Want to get the benefits of fasting without actually fasting? Let me introduce you to the FMD, a type of modified fasting. This approach is easier to comply with than water-only fasting, as it allows our body to stay nourished with nutrients and electrolytes. FMD was developed by Dr. Valter Longo , a professor of biological sciences and the director of the USC Longevity Institute. His approach is a low calorie, low protein diet that causes changes in markers (insulin-growth [Read More]
Which Diet is Right for Me?
Most of my life I struggled with my weight and gut health issues. I went to so many doctors and specialists only to walk away feeling unheard, distraught and undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. I finally came to the realization that I needed to figure it out on my own. And thankfully I did. It has been a very frustrating journey but an amazing learning experience. An experience that has only deepened my passion for functional nutrition.
There is no perfect diet for everyone. We are all different. You have a unique set of factors and circumstances that affect your metabolism and health. In my practice, I perform a thorough review of your symptoms, history, genetics, lifestyle, and labs to find out what might be adversely affecting your health and metabolism and I help you try to fix it. The personalized treatment plan is designed to heal your gut and metabolism. This comprehensive plan focuses on improving all lifestyle factors including nutrition, sleep, stress management, movement, exercise, social support, mindfulness and chrononutrition (eating in time with your circadian system).
The keto (ketogenic) diet is a high fat, very low carbohydrate and a moderate protein food plan. This diet is not for everybody and for those who may benefit from it, either eating this way for 30-90 days or cycling in and out as needed, may be the healthiest approach. I recommend that most of my clients ease into the keto diet. Supervision and monitoring are also advised. Ketones (ketone bodies) are byproducts of the body breaking down fat for energy and occurs when carbohydrate [Read More]
Sardines are an incredible source of dietary calcium. As you know, most of our calcium is stored in our bones and our teeth. Not only is calcium critical for a strong skeletal system, it is also necessary for nerve conduction, muscle contraction, blood clotting and enzyme secretion. All of which are pretty important things. Research has shown that calcium deficiency can result in osteoporosis, high blood pressure, autoimmunity, insomnia and low sex hormones. Some studies [Read More]
Collagen is the most plentiful protein in humans and animals. It is found almost everywhere in the body, but is most abundant in the skin, bones, tendons and ligaments. It provides strength for your muscles, skin, cartilage, blood, bones and ligaments. Collagen contains glycine. Glycine is an amino acid that your body uses to create proteins, which it needs for the growth and maintenance of tissue and for making important substances, such as hormones and enzymes. Unless you [Read More]
What is Intermittent Fasting and is it Right for Me? What is it? Intermittent fasting (IF) is alternating periods of eating and fasting to maximize the hormonal benefits of cyclic caloric intake. Extended caloric reduction can slow metabolism but short fasts, such as intermittent fasting, can actually preserve muscle mass and optimize fat burning. What does it do? Increases human growth hormone, which helps the body burn fat, build muscle and decrease the aging process. [Read More]
We have been told for years to avoid/minimize our consumption of saturated fat foods because it increases risk of heart disease. Well, recent research has not been able to support this. And a 2018 study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine shows that margaric acid, a saturated fatty acid found in full-fat dairy, was inversely associated with heart disease risk. To maintain our health, or in many cases improve our overall health, it's important to consume these saturated fat [Read More]
I try to minimize the supplements I take and that my patients take. Magnesium, however, is one supplement I have consistently recommended to most of my patients for the past 20 years. Magnesium (Mg) is a crucial mineral required for over 300 biochemical reactions in your body. Unfortunately, most of us are not getting enough magnesium due to soil depletion, consumption of processed foods, underlying health conditions, medications, etc. And, the typical lab blood test that measures serum [Read More]
Do you suffer from migraines? Research suggests probiotics may help alleviate them. Recent research suggests that intestinal microbiota and the gut-brain axis may play a role in the cause of migraines. Intestinal permeability (leaky gut) is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine becomes damaged, causing undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria to "leak" through the intestines and flood the blood-stream. This may trigger migraines by activating the [Read More]