General Information: Lipotropic compounds are used on the potential for release of fat deposits in some parts of the body.

  • Methionine, which helps the liver maintain the optimal ability to process fatty acids;1
  • Choline, which stimulates the mobilization of fatty acids and prevents their deposition in a given part of the body;2 and,
  • Inositol, which aids in the transport of fat into and out of the liver and intestinal cells, acts synergistically with choline, exhibiting more lipotropic activity than when administered alone.
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Fat tissue Insulate the body

Wikipedia is right about the fat tissue functions:

Adipose tissue, or fat, is an anatomical term for loose connective tissue composed of adipocytes (Fat cells).

Its main role is to store energy in the form of fat, although it also cushions and insulates the body.

Obesity in animals, including humans, is not dependent on the amount of body weight, but on the amount of body fat – specifically adipose tissue.

In mammals, two types of adipose tissue exist: white adipose tissue (WAT) and brown adipose tissue (BAT).

Adipose tissue is primarily located beneath the skin, but is also found around internal organs.

In the integumentary system, which includes the skin, it accumulates in the deepest level, the subcutaneous layer, providing insulation from heat and cold.

Around organs, it provides protective padding.

It also functions as a reserve of nutrients.

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Why the scale is not a good marker of successful weight loss

There is a lot I wish we could change in medicine. One of the things that bothers me the most is our fixation with the scale and lack of education about what it tells us. Both women and men use their total body weight as a marker of how healthy they are, but just how accurate is it? The truth is it isn’t accurate at all.

The scale tells us our total body weight. It tells us how much fat mass, muscle mass, bone mass and water mass our bodies are composed of.  We just assume the lower the number, the better. This is one of the most dangerous assumptions we make in medicine today.

I have been 186 pounds (84 kg) and 97 pounds (44 kg), and I have been obese at both weights. It’s not hard to justify to people I was obese at 186 pounds (84 kg) since I’m only five feet (152 cm) tall, but what about 97 pounds (44 kg)?  How could I possibly be obese then?  The truth is I may have been small, but I was a little sack of fat rather than the large sack of fat I was at 186 pounds (84 kg).

Fermin RedondoWhy the scale is not a good marker of successful weight loss
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Battling Cancer – Empowering The Body Through Nutrition

The American Cancer Society estimates that over 1,750,000 people in the United States will get a cancer diagnosis in 2019, and over 600,000 will die of the disease. Of those who died in 2017, 10 to 20 percent were nonsmokers, and most of the others were former smokers. That outnumbers the deaths from breast, prostate, colon and rectal cancers put together. Although pancreatic cancer doesn’t make the list, it is still the 4th leading cause of deaths. The Immune System and Wellness Researchers suspect links between many carcinogens and tumors, but the connection between some, like cigarette smoke and lung damage, is certain. Another proven link is that between asbestos exposure and mesothelioma, a rare, hard-to-treat disorder that doesn’t cause symptoms for 30 to 50 years. Lung ailments are uncomfortable because they make it difficult to breathe, but all patients experience symptoms like pain, anxiety, fatigue and side effects from medication. Illness makes it more difficult to eat a balanced diet and exercise, and that affects the immune system. Doctors can’t always cure cancer, but they may be able to help patients live longer and more comfortable lives with exercise, complementary therapies and special diet programs. The Mayo Clinic recommends that patients talk to their doctors or a dietician about the best way to regain weight lost during the illness. Diet can help to control pain, nausea and side effects that keep cancer patients from getting the nutrients they need. A good plan also helps overweight patients lose extra pounds safely and slowly. Recommendations for a Healthy Diet The American Cancer Society makes the following recommendations:

· Good fats and omega-3 fatty acids, such as those found in nuts and fish

· 2.5 cups of fruits and veggies every day

· Proteins low in saturated fat, such as seeds, nuts, lean meats and fish

· Healthy carbs like legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables

More research is necessary to know if certain nutrients or foods help with prevention or recurrence, but studies agree that a balanced diet is good. Taking a lot of supplements, however, especially without medical supervision, may be dangerous. Superfoods and Immunity One of the latest trends in the fight for a strong immunity and a disease-free lifestyle is the superfood, many of which are little known and come from around the world. Dana-Farber Cancer Clinic nutritionist Stacy Kennedy says superfoods have similar phytonutrients, or compounds that make them colorful and healthy, that ordinary fruits and vegetables, such as

blueberries or cranberries, have. Although mostly plant-based, the category includes some dairy and fish products and foods like these:

· Green tea

· Leafy, dark greens

· Fruits and berries

· Legumes, nuts, seeds

· Yogurt and kefir

· Olive oil

· Spices like ginger and turmeric

· Avocado

· Sweet potatoes

· Mushrooms

· Seaweed

· Eggs

Just as eating superfoods makes the immune system stronger, eating other foods can be harmful. Foods high in carbohydrates or refined sugar, fried or overcooked foods, processed meats, and foods high in sodium or fat content may cause cancer or complicate recovery. Like healthy individuals, those with immune disorders will benefit from moderation and wise choices.

– Written By Morgan Tully

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New study: blood pressure drops big time on low carb

Remember that toe-tapping reggae song “Pressure Drop” covered by groups like the Clash and the Specials? The lyrics repeated: “Pressure drop, oh pressure, oh yeah, pressure gonna drop on you…
Fermin RedondoNew study: blood pressure drops big time on low carb
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Poor sleep linked to buildup of dangerous plaques throughout body, study says

Here’s another reason why getting a good night’s sleep should be on your must-do list: Sleeping fewer than six hours a night or waking frequently raises your risk of developing damaging plaque in arteries throughout your body, not just your heart.

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Body Composition Analysis: InBody test.

Just at Doctor For Life. The InBody 570 goes beyond traditional body composition analysis. It not only analyzes how much fat and muscle you have, but it also measures your Total Body Water and divides it into Intracellular Water and Extracellular Water- values important for understanding a user’s fluid distribution in medical, wellness, or
fitness contexts.

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Think Food as Medicine

Food is medicine as Hippocrates famously espoused it. Medicine is a substance used in treating disease. Similarly, Food is a substance that all living things eat, drink or absorb to maintain life and growth. These substances if misused, abused or underused will cause weight gain.

Why “Food is Medicine” important?

1. It is a treatment – Studies show that high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and coronary artery disease to name a few can be treated with proper diet and other lifestyle interventions as effectively as with state-of-the-art modern drugs.
2. It is pleasurable – Our social life revolves around food and food meets our emotional needs whether it’s positive or negative. Prescription drugs are not the centerpiece of our gatherings, holidays, and celebrations nor we share with our family or friends; food is.
3. It helps overall health – With food as a medicine, you don’t have to deal with side effects. While medication may be a source of relief, it is rarely a source of pleasure. Good food equals good health!
4. It improves quality of life – Drugs are just a Band-Aid. It treats a given symptom or disease temporarily and rarely makes us well. The right food always goes far beyond a targeted risk factor, a sign, or a condition and contributes to overall health and vitality.

According to The Lancet study, the less optimal diet causes far more deaths compared to tobacco smoking. High salt, sugar, and fat intake have been the main focus of diet policy debate in the past two decades. Foods high in salt, low fibers, low in vegetables, and low in omega-3 fatty acids are the leading dietary risk factors for mortality accounting for more than 2% of global deaths.

There’s an urgent need to improve the overall diet of the whole nation. A complete, well-balanced meal such as whole grains, fruits, nuts, and seeds is what is needed and follow a healthy dietary pattern or behavior. Eat as close to nature if possible – whole, minimally processed, mostly plant-foods. Food that is focused only on macronutrients, high intake of sodium, low intake of whole grains and low consumption of fruits were the leading dietary risk factors for premature deaths in the modern world.

At Doctor for Life, our staff recognizes the importance of Food as Medicine. Whether you, your child or your whole family want to embrace a healthy lifestyle, we can help. The Doctor for life has a full team dedicated to creating a doctor-guided, patient-centered program individualized to your needs. We address all aspects related to living a healthy lifestyle including nutrition, exercise, behavior, and pharmacotherapy.

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Fire in the belly, burn fuel efficiently.

For us to survive and function, our body converts what we eat into energy, called metabolism. Metabolism powers everything from breathing to blinking, even during sleep, our body works continuously. What causes metabolism to slow down or burn fast? Charge it to individual genetic differences in metabolism, muscle mass, and physical activity.

  1. Fan the flames – While it’s true that genetics help determines our metabolism, we can boost metabolic rate by proper nutrition and through exercise, build muscle. Muscle is active metabolically, which means that people who are muscular burns more energy than those with high-fat percentage.
  2. Age is just a number – As we age, our muscle decreases in size and slows down the metabolic rate. But you can counteract this process by increasing physical activity through exercise.
  3. The real deal – No magic food will speed up metabolic rate. Only a well-balanced nutrient-dense diet will help boost metabolism.
  4. The deal breaker – A circadian rhythm is an internal process that regulates the sleep-wake cycle. Nighttime is for resting, not eating; the GI tract has to rest from digesting food. Studies showed when researchers tracked the eating habits of 52 adults; they found that those who ate past 8 p.m. consumed more total calories than earlier eaters. People are more likely to snack in the evenings while watching television. The extra calories consumed by late eaters could lead to weight gain over time.
  5. Survival of the fittest – In an attempt to lose weight, people skip meals or fast and only eat one meal a day, can backfire if not under direct supervision by a physician. One of our bodies defense mechanism is trying to survive hunger, by storing energy and so will slow down metabolism to conserve energy and save it as fats.

What is the takeaway? Avoid dieting and instead prioritize healthful nutrient-dense foods, including whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruits, and fun physical activity. Eat at least three meals a day. Be mindful of your diet and chew your food slowly. Practice a healthy weight lifestyle that includes stress management and get enough sleep.

At Doctor for Life, our staff recognizes the Fire in your belly!!!. Whether you, your child or your whole family want to embrace a healthy weight lifestyle, we can help. Doctor for Life has a full team dedicated to creating a doctor-guided, patient-centered program individualized to your needs. We address all aspects related to living a healthy lifestyle, including nutrition, exercise, behavior, and pharmacotherapy.

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Cheryl SarmientoFire in the belly, burn fuel efficiently.
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