A Functional Medicine Approach To Cholesterol with Dr. Bernarda Zenker

Dr. Zenker is Board-Certified Family Physician through the American Academy of Family Medicine, Board-Certified in Integrative Medicine.  Certified Practitioner in Functional Medicine, through the Institute for Functional Medicine. Certified, Bredesen training for Alzheimer prevention. Founder:  Trinity Integrative Medicine, Burnsville, MN Dr. Bernarda Zenker has a particular concern for finding solutions to chronic health problems. She utilizes nutritional supplements and diet recommendations to assist traditional medicine in the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases.   She looks for root causes of chronic health problems, and helps individuals use their own genetics to their benefit for better health, working around possible genetic blockages.  She works aggressively to prevent memory loss, detoxification of toxins, increasing neurotransmitter levels when needed, reducing inflammation, and re-establishing gastrointestinal health.  
Learning point:
    1. What is the role of cholesterol in our body?
    2. Why is the standard blood test measuring cholesterol isn’t telling us?
    3. What is the relationship between inflammation and high cholesterol?
Social Media: www.trinityintegrativemedicine.com

 

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This Week On The Health Hub…Conscious Living with Roxana Rafatjah

Roxana Rafatjah is the Founder of Conscious Enterprises, a thought leadership platform and advisory & consulting service, boosting the evolution of business. Severe health challenges while living a typical Manhattanite lifestyle were the catalyst for Roxana to discover the crucial importance of understanding mind-body-energy balance. During this time, newly sparked curiosities in the relationship between inner-acknowledgement and outer-impact drove her to dive deeper into correlations between flow states, neuro-biology, quantum physics, existentialism, and most notably, businesses, systems, peak performance and leadership.  A self-taught meditator and consultant for prominent brands and leaders, Roxana has applied, experienced and advised on powerful results by recalibrating subconscious intentions in all facets of life. She views the world through a psychological and scientific lens that is revealing humanity’s rapid evolution and the necessity for business leaders to break down limiting belief systems in order to encourage thriving communities to grown around them. Roxana’s intention with Conscious Enterprises is to boost human, management and business evolution by supporting leaders, corporations and brands that intend to connect to an impactful purpose. As a mission & purpose driven executive, Roxana is also the Head of Marketing & Brand Partnerships and a key Advisor for Heuro Health, a healthcare-technology company on a mission to reverse the illness-incentivized healthcare industry by making wellness profitable for businesses and insurance carriers. Roxana grew up in Potomac, Maryland with a Korean mother, Persian father, and a sister. She is a graduate of Boston University. Roxana is currently an Advisor, Wellness Program Curator, Event Producer, Marketing & Business Consultant and Licensed Real Estate Agent in New York City, where she lives with her husband and furry baby Bibi.

Learning Points:

  • What is Conscious Living?
  • What is the evolution of wellness in the business world?
  • How can business leaders influence wellness within their companies?

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Rama Lama Lama Ka Dinga Da Dinga Dong

We go together
Like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong…

Are you a Grease fan?  Yes? No? Undecided? It really doesn’t matter because from here on in what I’m going to focus on has nothing to do with one of the all-time best movies EVER!  Except for one stolen line from a song.

And in this space what goes together are food sources that contains both prebiotics and probiotics.

Here is a simple equation that I want you to put into memory:

Prebiotic Food + Probiotic Food = Symbiotic Food

And here is why.  If you want to improve your gut health or maintain the good gut health you already have, there are two things you must do. Consume probiotic foods and consume prebiotics foods. And for the biggest bang for your buck consume them together.

Probiotic foods contain beneficial organisms that help our gut perform its duties.  They have amazing health benefits for us.

Examples of probiotic foods are sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, kefir, miso, natto, pure apple cider vinegar (with the mother in it) and true balsamic vinegar.

As a side note here, in order to deliver the beneficial organisms from fermented foods to the gut, as well as the enzymes these foods also contain, do not heated past a temperature of 118 degrees F (48 C).

Prebiotics are types of fibre like inulin, resistant starch, GOS and FOS that help feed our good bacteria. Prebiotics also enhance the absorption of calcium and magnesium and are involved in appetite regulation as well as lipid metabolism.

Examples of prebiotic foods are Jerusalem artichokes, chicory, garlic, onions, beans, lentil, citrus fruits, pears, apples, bananas, berries, almonds broccoli which contains soluble fibres like inulin and FOS.

Resistant starch (starch that escapes from digestion in the small intestine) is found in foods like legumes, potatoes, wheat, corn, rye, barley, rice, spelt, kamut, and other grains.

GOS is found in dairy products.

We have two types of bacteria strains in our gut: residential and transient.

Residential bacteria strains are the bacteria that live in our gut naturally and we must re-populate them to stay healthy. We need prebiotics to help us feed and increase our residential bacteria.

Transient strains of bacteria pass through us (usually within 3 days) but while they are there, they help the gut do its work and keep us healthy. Probiotic foods contain transient bacteria.

Knowing this, it’s easy to understand why consuming both prebiotic and probiotic foods on a regular basis is essential.  It nourishes our gut microbiome and helps to establish new colonies of microorganisms.

Symbiotic Eating

Back to this equation:

Prebiotic Food + Probiotic Food = Symbiotic Food

Symbiotic food combines the characteristics of probiotic food and prebiotic food.  Specific foods that are symbiotic are tofu, sauerkraut and tempeh.

Eating symbiotically by combining foods can be as simple as mixing banana slices into your yogurt or serving sauerkraut with a meal that contains garlic and onions.

Research is continuing to discover how fascinating these substances in food are and how together, with our good bacteria, they are involved in a complex relationship to help us be healthy.


References:

“The benefits of symbiotic foods” SHA Wellness Clinic

Inulin-Type Fructans: Functional Food Ingredients1,2 Marcel B. Roberfroid, 2007 American Society for Nutrition

Health effects of probiotics and prebiotics A literature review on human studies, Henrik Andersson, Nils-Georg Asp, Åke Bruce, Stefan Roos, Torkel Wadström, Agnes E. Wold, Food and Nutrition Research, Vol 45, 2001

Probiotics, prebiotics, and synbiotics: approaches for modulating the microbial ecology of the gut 1,2M David Collins and Glenn R Gibson, 1999 American Society for Clinical Nutrition

Lowbush Wild Blueberries have the Potential to Modify Gut Microbiota and Xenobiotic Metabolism in the Rat Colon

Alison Lacombe,Robert W. Li,Dorothy Klimis-Zacas,Aleksandra S. Kristo, Shravani Tadepalli,Emily Krauss, Ryan Young,Vivian C. H. Wu mail Published: June 28, 2013 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.006749

A Systematic Screening of Total Antioxidants in Dietary Plants1, Bente L. Halvorsen et al, Institute for Nutrition Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo; Akershus University College, Bekkestua, Norway; †Agricultural University of Norway, Ås, Norway; and the Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Current knowledge of the health benefits and disadvantages of wine consumption, John F. Tomera, Trends in Food Science & Technology – TRENDS FOOD SCI TECHNOL 01/1999; 10(4):129-138. DOI: 10.1016/S0924-2244(99)00035-7

 

 

This Week On The Health Hub…Reducing the Risk of Miscarriage with Dr. Winifred Mak

Winifred Mak, MD, PhD, is a board-certified reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist in UT Health Austin’s Women’s Health Institute. She specializes in understanding oocyte and early embryo biology to help patients facing infertility issues and recurrent pregnancy loss. Additionally, Dr. Mak is an assistant professor in the Dell Medical School Department of Women’s Health.

Learning Points:

  • Who may be at greater risk for miscarriage?
  • Are there treatments currently available to reduce the risk of miscarriage?
  • Does delaying childbirth put one at higher risk for miscarriage?

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Microbiome Testing: Another Marker Of Your Health

Guest Post Article By:

Richard Lin
Founder / CEO
www.thryveinside.com

 

As our “Father of Medicine,” Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Yet, the precursor to all disease is inflammation. Since our immune system is responsible for inflammation, there must be a tie between our gut health and our immune system. Well, there is! In fact, up to 80% of our immune cells reside in our gut. That’s why the key to a strong immune system is to improve your gut health!

What Causes Chronic Inflammation?

There are many triggers that set off an immune response in our system. Perhaps none are greater than our food sources. Many of the foods we eat are deficient in nutrients. They are fried in unhealthy fats, preserved with artificial ingredients, and sweetened with refined sugars. 

Many of these foods are made of ingredients that our healthy bacteria don’t enjoy. Therefore, solid food particles and artificial molecules remain in the body. So, our immune system kicks in to eliminate these potential hazards by causing inflammation. Once the threat is eliminated from the system, inflammation ceases. All is merry again.

Unfortunately, our round-the-clock diets have evolved to include a lot of inflammatory foods. From GMOs to increased sensitivity towards allergens to the use of pesticides, our food supplies set us up for a lifetime of inflammation. 

How Chronic Inflammation Ruins Gut Health

Our body is composed of trillions of microbes that range from bacteria to fungi to viruses. We depend on our gut bacteria to help keep a lot of these other microbes in check. All the while, we also depend on our gut bacteria to break down food, help create energy, and boost nutrient absorption. That’s a lot of burdens!

For our gut bacteria to work optimally, we must feed them a diet rich in fiber. Unfortunately, a vast majority of us don’t get enough fiber. So, over the course of this lifetime, we end up starving out our healthy bacteria.

Even worse, the immune system doesn’t have an ally that can help modulate inflammation. In turn, inflammation becomes chronic. As a result, immune cells and beneficial gut bacteria start to die off. 

Without healthy gut bacteria, the body is susceptible to viral, bacterial, and fungal attacks. When this happens, we can develop a litany of life-threatening illnesses, including cancer. 

How to Improve Gut Health and Immune System

Everyone’s body is different. Therefore, we all have different ratios of gut bacteria in the body. The key to fixing your gut health and immune system is to get a gut health test kit.

Microbiome testing company, Thryve, sends you everything you need to collect a sample from your toilet paper safely and mail it to their laboratory. Their specialists will analyze your DNA and give you an in-depth report of bacteria living in your gut.

Even better, they offer custom probiotics to help bring balance to your system. In turn, your immune system will have the backup necessary to help control chronic inflammation that can cause many chronic life-threatening conditions, including cancer.