Cannons and Canoes

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Cannons and Canoes

One of my favorite quotes as it relates to power creation in the human body I read many years ago in Stuart McGill’s “Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance”. When speaking about how the body can generate the most power the book says, “You can’t fire a cannon from a canoe”. This image has stuck with me ever since I first read it and seems to simply explain how we need to address the athlete’s conditioning if we want to ultimately create maximum power. The absolute, crushing power of a cannon ball shot from a cannon is unmistakable. If you decided one day that you wanted to create a cannon with more power that could ultimately create more force, the first instinct would be to build a bigger cannon that used a bigger cannon ball. This is often the same instinct that we have as athletes when it relates to our sport. Getter faster on the bike means getting a better bike, a lighter shoe, a lighter wheel, or more aerodynamic frame. To get faster, runners want to get the best shoe and just run more miles. To get bigger muscles athletes think only to lift heavier weights and lift them more often. While all of these things do help to improve the performance of the athlete, the most important piece of equipment is often neglected: the body.
Let’s look back at our example of the cannon. What if all the focus was placed on building a bigger cannon and heavier cannon ball without paying much attention to the stability of the cannon. This is eloquently illustrated by thinking about firing a cannon from a canoe. If you put a powerful cannon on a canoe and fired it, the explosion would cause more energy displaced in the movement of the canoe rather than in the propulsion of the cannon ball. This same principle can be seen with athletes. Too often athletes are narrowly focused on big muscles and better gear, rather than focusing on the stability of their cannon. Remember that the more you stabilize the cannon, the more power you can create when shooting the cannon ball. Any loss in the stability of the cannon directly relates to loss of power in the firing of the ball. This is no different than the human body. If athletes lack proper stability then maximum power can never be created. This goes for every sport: golf, running, cycling, basketball, football, etc. Taking the cannon off of the canoe and putting it on the ground obviously yields better results. For the highly competitive athlete this needs to be taken one step further. Not only does the cannon need to be on solid ground, but it needs to be completely immobilized so that no energy is wasting moving the cannon when fired. This ultimate stability of the cannon allows for maximum force dispersed to the cannon ball.
For the athlete, this ultimate stability needs to be realized not only through the proper fitness training, but also through optimizing the stability of the internal health. Let’s briefly discuss these two:
Proper fitness training for the athlete needs to be very specific to what muscles and movements are involved in the sport. It also needs to build an athlete from the ground-up. This means making sure there is a proper base strength and muscular control from which power and strength can be built upon. It is far too common to see athletes who focus on power and strength, but have very poor stabilizing capacity and fine motor control.
Optimizing internal health is probably never even considered by the athlete as a way to ‘stabilize the cannon’. This is where I find true performance enhancement can really be achieved. Getting bigger, stronger, or faster is completely determined by an athletes ability to recover. This was discussed at length in a previous blog (read here: http://momentumsportstherapy.com/category/sports-and-fitness/) so we’ll keep it simple here. Just know that improving your overall health is the absolute best way to be able to train harder and recover faster. Using specified lab work, precise nutritional intervention, and high-quality supplementation can give athletes huge advantages in competition.
If you are a serious athlete that either wants to compete at a high level or stay in the sport for many years, start to consider that optimizing your health is the first priority to achieving those goals.

14 Medications to Zero

pillsA few weeks ago I heard a great story about a lady’s return to health that made me both happy and frustrated all at the same time. While checking out at Nordstrom’s the woman that was assisting me took down my email address and noticed that ‘Dr.’ was in the spelling. She continued to ask what kind of doctor I was and when I told her I was a chiropractor her face lit up as she told me how her chiropractor was the absolute best and was the only doctor she currently uses. This, of course, makes me smile, but also begs me to get more information. The explanation of her return to health was really summed up in one sentence. She said, “Two years ago I was on 14 medications and now I am on none!”. 14 MEDICATIONS!!!!! It is almost difficult to believe that someone can continue to be handed prescriptions at a rate so high. She said that she finally sought out this chiropractor because she was not satisfied with the direction of her healthcare and didn’t feel right taking that many medications every day. This particular chiropractor took control of her care and in two years she lost 50 pounds and was able to eliminate 14 medications from her life! That is just plain awesome. Can you imagine the negative side effects that 14 medications have on your system? Not only each individual one, but there also must be some negative interactions between these meds. Now, this story is really not to say how chiropractors are the best thing in the world. This could have been any other healthcare professional, like a dietician, a naturopath, an acupuncturist, or even another medical professional. The point is that she was able to turn her life around so drastically and truly control her own health.
This really made me smile as I walked out of the store, but this satisfaction was quickly joined by a feeling of frustration. Clearing 14 medications from the system and returning the body to a healthy state is a massive victory, but it begs the question of how someone can possibly be instructed to take all these medications in the first place. Was this really the direction that her previous healthcare provider(s) thought was in her best interest?? Surely there were multiple medical professionals who each lent a hand in boosting her prescription numbers. And maybe even 3 or 4 of these medications were given temporarily and not meant for long term use. However, this would still leave the patient with at least 10 daily medications and potentially no planned date for ending their use. Unfortunately, this has become a common scenario in today’s healthcare system; partly because multiple doctors are used to control a patient’s health and partly because many medical professionals rely on medications as their primary tool for ‘health’. Luckily, this patient decided to seek out advice from another health professional whose goal would be to fix things without using a prescription pad. My hope is not that we eliminate the use of all medications as there are extremely useful and necessary in many instances. My hope is that we use them only when other methods fail to provide solutions or if the body just cannot sustain health without them. I’m sure there are many stories just like this, but probably even more people that COULD have stories like this if they decided to finally take control of their own health.

Heart-Attack or Rib Dysfunction?

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This blog article is a personal story, and thus a little long.  A couple months ago I was struck with severe pain in the right side of my chest.  There was no trauma or single incident that caused the pain.  It gradually began one day and became increasingly severe over the next couple of days.  Like many of my patients, the only thing that I could recall as potentially being the cause was some hard workouts the week prior to the pain beginning.  This not only caused severe chest pain, but it also began to cause other symptoms that most people would not correlate to a musculoskeletal injury.  I began to have acid reflux, heartburn, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.  Sleep became difficult and work became touch-and-go with pain increasing throughout each work day.  Luckily, because of my training and profession I was about 90% sure of the diagnosis.  However, there was a small part of me that gave some thought to the potential of the pain stemming from the heart.  While my pain was on the right side, all of the other symptoms made me question my diagnosis.  Had the pain been on the left side as well then I would have had more of a questions in my mind and the heart consideration would have been stronger.  However, I was pretty confident that my pain was due to a rib dysfunction on the front of my chest.  So, like a good chiropractor, I made an appointment with my chiropractor and mentor.  Although, because of a family history of heart conditions I also made an appointment with a trusted medical doctor for the following day, should the rib adjustment not prove to be the root of the pain and other symptoms. 

One visit to my chiropractor (some ART and adjustments to the ribs and spine) and the pain was 80% decreased and was isolated to just chest pain, instead of being accompanied by reflux, heart palpitations, and shortness of breath.  More treatments and self-care were still needed to fully recover, but luckily my diagnosis was correct and the visit to my medical doctor was not necessary.

To this day, I still marvel at the fact that anyone else in this situation who was not a chiropractor would have probably went immediately to their medical doctor.  And this would have been the right decision as it is never wise to procrastinate on medical care if heart complications are suspected.  However, the unfortunate thing is that they would have went through extensive (and expensive) testing only to find that ‘everything looks good’.  Blood tests, an EKG, an x-ray, and maybe even a stress test would show that the heart is healthy.  They would be told they were fine and sent home with some prescription meds to mask the pain.  So, thousands of dollars later the patient would not be given much direction on how to solve the real problem and would be sent home to just let time heal everything.  Unfortunately, many times ribs do not just ‘fix themselves‘ over time and pain will last until the rib is corrected with a chiropractic adjustment.

I guess the point of this article is to show that there is a place for all health professionals in healthcare.  Medical professionals are fantastic at what they do.  In severe, acute-care situations, we have the best in the world.  However, when none of the serious conditions are confirmed with medical testing, the default treatment should not just be to pull out the prescription pad.  Especially in this situation, where relief of symptoms would not occur until a chiropractor correctly fixed the rib dysfunction.  No health professional knows everything, nor should they pretend to know everything.  In the event that the cause of a patient’s pain or symptoms is unknown, it is never OK to just dismiss their symptoms and assign the best known drug to mask all symptoms.  Just as I would expect any competent chiropractor to refer a patient out of his or her office should they need medical attention, so too do I expect a medical professional to refer to a competent chiropractor, or other therapist, should the root cause of the problem not be discovered with their knowledge base.  My rib dysfunction just reinforced this concept in my mind as this particular case would have cost a patient a significant amount of money and anxiety, and resulted in nothing but a recommendation to take harmful medications.  If your doctor will not be an advocate for your overall health, please take your health into your own hands and seek out a healthcare professional who cares enough to figure out the underlying cause of your symptoms.  While medications can be very helpful in many circumstances and can definitely help modify pain, it is up to the patient to not be satisfied with that as a treatment protocol or way to fix anything.  Having a team of health professionals that you trust is imperative, not only in the medical world, but also in the world of conservative care.  After all, the vast majority of symptoms that you will encounter in your lifetime will not necessitate true medical care. 

Supplements are a SCAM!

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nutritionist irvine, nutritional supplementation, supplements are a scamHopefully this article title got your attention, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.  It is true that the supplement industry is not regulated which allows everyone and their brother to make products that will sell.  So, yes, some (in fact many) of the products out there are a scam because they are made with cheap materials and may not even contain what they claim. 

However, it really frustrates me when I hear my patients say that their medical doctor told them that supplements are a scam and really ‘don’t do anything.’  This is just nonsense.  Especially coming from a health professional that knows little to nothing about nutrition.  This is not a slam on medical doctors, it just means that they were not trained at all in the topic of nutrition during their intense medical schooling.  They are extremely talented in their particular fields, but don’t have the knowledge base within the field of nutrition to make these suggestions. 

Just recently I had a patient tell me that their doctor said supplements were useless and a waste of money, yet told the patient that he wanted him to continue to take his ‘prescribed’ Vitamin D and Vitamin B12.  Doesn’t that seem a bit odd?  In fact, since we now know how powerful supplementation can be with these two supplements, there are now prescribed versions.  Another silly notion since high quality versions of these supplements are very inexpensive. 

In my clinic we use a very potent Vitamin D liquid supplement that costs about $20 for a 6 month supply!  Why on earth do we need a prescription for this?  Strictly because there is money to be made so the insurance and pharmaceutical machines wants a piece of the profit.    

The real truth is that high quality supplements can have a very powerful and potent effect on health.  The trick is knowing which ones to use, at what dosage, and for what duration.  The goal is not to be on endless amounts of supplements forever, but rather to use targeted supplementation to correct dysfunctions within the body and help your systems to return to normal function.  If this is done correctly you can then remove these nutritional aids and keep the body healthy with proper nutrition and lifestyle alterations. 

However, knowing the benefits of many supplements doesn’t mean that you should run out and just start taking the latest and greatest supplements.  Just because we know the vast benefits of things like Vitamin B12, Turmeric, Omega-3, etc, doesn’t mean that everyone should just start taking all of these for the rest of their life.  Some supplements can be beneficial as a daily addition to a proper diet, but many others can be eliminated as long as a proper diet is followed.  Supplements are just that, a supplement to a diet that should be full of all the major macro and micro nutrients that we need for a healthy life.  Sometimes our intake of proper foods fail or become inadequate and this is when supplements can be very helpful.  We also must understand that the nutrient value of foods today is much less than foods even just 15-20 years ago.  Many studies show that unless you buy organic foods you may be losing up to 25% of the nutrients found in food!  This on top of the herbicides and pesticides that are used on non-organic products can make it difficult to reap all the health benefits from some foods.

There are a few ways that you can see what supplements may be right for you:

  1. See if you feel better when a supplement is added.
  2. Use proper lab testing to determine which supplements may improve your health.
  3. Understand why/when you take a certain supplement and only use it when your diet is lacking.

Just know that using supplements can be a very effective way to improve your health.  I have seen many patients show significant improvements once we introduced some targeted nutrition and supplementation advice to their daily routines.  So, supplements can most definitely be a scam, but only if you buy cheap versions.  High-quality supplements, used with proper timing and dosage, can be very powerful additions that just might make that difference in your health!

Want to learn more?  Contact us today at 949-387-0060.

Tom Brady GETS IT

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tom brady healthy eating, tom brady food interview, nutritionist irvineIf you won’t take my word for it, maybe you will listen to Tom Brady. 

As a guy trying to etch his name in the ‘Best Quarterback to Ever Live’ category, he must know a thing or too about health, right?  Well, whether he does or not, his comments and views on the garbage that our food industry produces is SPOT ON!! 

Take a listen to this audio link of Tom Brady being interviewed on a radio station and see one of the reasons he has become such a dominate force in football.  Not only does he lash out at the food industry for ‘poisoning’ our children, but he also claims that his ability to return to football after a devastating injury was due solely to his decision to ignore the thoughts of the medical doctors and turn to holistic health to get him healthy. 

This is the second major quarterback in the NFL (first one being Aaaron Rodgers – read the article) to speak out and state that the major reason for the ability to play at a high level was mostly due to eating a very clean diet and paying attention to wellness principles. 

It is NOT because of the performance enhancing drugs.  

It is NOT because of the best surgeons in the world.

It is NOT because of the best medications in the world. 

It is, in fact, achieved by simply taking care of your body with the right foods, the correct amount of rest, and avoiding things that we know trash our bodies. 

Can eating whole, organic foods actually provide that much health and performance benefit??  The answer is ABSOLUTELY YES!!!  In fact, Tom Brady has received lots of press lately for saying that he wants to play another 10 years and ‘dominate‘ football until 2025! 

Listen here:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/11/03/tom-brady-fights-junk-food-industry.aspx

Off Season is Peak Training Season

As the year is winding down, so has the triathlon season.  While this brings a much needed rest period it is also the best time to optimize your health and prep for a new season of training. 

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Getting your overall health in peak shape can pay huge dividends when training resumes for the next season.  It is not only important to stay strong and maintain base mileage, but it is also crucial to make improvements in the vitality of your immune system, adrenal system, and gastrointestinal system. 

During the season these systems get beaten down by the sheer volume of training and without proper attention these deficits can linger on into the next season and make peak training near impossible. 

If you really want to get better next year you need to pay attention to what you do in the off-season.  This means strength training, but more importantly getting as healthy as possible!

Strength Training

Strength training is always something that is highly neglected, in the endurance athlete world especially, but always pays huge dividends in performance.  Having sufficient strength to hold proper postures is very important for every sport, but in endurance sports it becomes more of an issue since that posture needs to be held for long periods of time. 

If these postures cannot be obtained or held for any duration then energy is significantly wasted and power output will drop significantly.  So, while practicing the particular skill of the sport is very important, your potential to convert those training hours into the most power output using the least energy is always the goal. 

Proper strength training is the only way to maximize that equation.  While many people don’t take this very seriously, at least they realize that it is something that would probably help performance if done correctly. 

Getting Healthy

However, the biggest bang for your buck can many times be just getting as healthy as possible.  You must remember that your ability to train hard rests solely on your ability to recover from the previous workout.  This recovery potential not only determines your ability to train hard, but it also determines much of your injury prevention.  

Most injuries occur because of overuse which means that use of an area overwhelms its ability to heal and recover.  While this seems pretty obvious to most people, what they fail to realize is that your overall health greatly influences your ability to recover. 

This means making sure you are eating right, sleeping well, your hormone levels are in normal ranges, your GI system is not dysfunctional, and your inflammation levels are low.  Difficult and long seasons tend to exhaust our systems and create dysfunctional hormone levels and high levels of inflammation.  Having the proper testing, like blood, saliva, and stool testing, allows you to know what systems need to be addressed and gives a great roadmap for how to address those systems quickly and effectively before the next season begins. 

If done properly, this rejuvenation of your internal systems will allow you to feel better, recover quicker, train harder, and ultimately get faster and stronger.  This can be the missing link for many people and can be the difference between a season of success and a season of battling injuries.

If you are interested in improving performance through health, now is the time!  Contact our office today at 949-387-0060 to find out about our programs designed to optimize your health.

GMO Labeling Would ‘Deliver Many Benefits’

The term “GMO” has become a hot topic in recent times. 

There is a huge push to get all GMO products labeled so that consumers have the choice to purchase them or not.  However, the food industry is pushing back hard to prevent the mandatory labeling of these items. 

GMO Labeling benefits, problems with GMO foods, nutritionist IrvineAs always occurs, money and powerful lobby interests seem to push the direction of lawmaking in favor of corporations instead of the people.  The argument against GMO labeling, however, is also very popular and states that GMO products are completely safe and the public has nothing to worry about.  In my opinion, most people on both sides of the argument, just don’t have all the information to decide on the matter. 

In a very recent publication, Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D., published a commentary in the New England Journal of Medicine.  For those who are unaware, this journal is probably the most respected journal in the medical world.  So, research articles and commentaries do not appear in this journal unless there is some serious science to support them.

In this commentary, Dr. Landrigan and Dr. Benbrook quickly and simply explain the reasons why GMO foods should be labeled and the FDA should reconsider how we grow these crops.  They state that the studies used by the Environmental Protection Agency to deem safe the herbicides used on GMO crops were ‘flawed’ and completely contravened ‘federal pesticide law’.

It goes on to show that the chemical compounds found in these herbicides has been proven already to be a ‘probably human carcinogen’ and that detailed study and assessment of these compounds linked them to increases in malignant tumors. 

Not only are the authors greatly concerned with the human health effects of the GMO foods themselves, but they clearly show how the herbicides used specifically on these GMO crops pose a grave threat to human health.

The final recommendation by Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., and Charles Benbrook, Ph.D, is that laws on GMO labeling need to be completely revisited with all the evidence and that GMO labeling ‘will deliver many benefits’.

Please take the time to read this very quick commentary and learn about some of the real concerns involving GMO foods.  These laws are all being discussed right now and it is important that we voice our opinions. 

Read this quick informative commentary at the following link:

http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMp1505660

“Healthy” Foods are NOT Always Healthy

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People are often misled into thinking that just because a food is healthy that they can have it anytime they want and in large quantities. 

learn to love healthy food, healthy food study, nutrition lake forestThis is just not the case and many times this thinking can get people into trouble.  Many foods have tremendous health benefits, but can also be troublesome.  One really great example are fruit juices.  I’m not talking about the ones that are just part fruit juice and mostly added sugar, as those things are no different than drinking a Coke.  I mean even the ones that are 100% fruit juice. 

Let’s use orange juice as an example since this is a very popular breakfast drink.  It takes on average about 2 oranges to make 8 ounces of juice.  While oranges are very good for you, when you just drink the juice without consuming the actual fruit, you are not getting any of the fiber.   Fiber is not only great for your digestion and overall health, but it is crucial to help slow the absorption of sugar into your blood.  This is very important because having recurrent, rapid spikes in blood sugar is not good for overall energy levels and health.  So not only are you having 2 oranges with every glass, but the fiberless sugar hits your blood stream almost immediately which causes your body to counteract that with immediate high doses of insulin.  This morning routine can start your body on a blood sugar roller coaster that can sometimes be difficult to get off of for the rest of the day.

Another example would be protein shakes.  While protein is definitely important, most protein shakes on the market are loaded with added sugars.  This completely undermines a persons attempt to be healthy by having a protein shake, as many times they are unknowingly drinking a protein milk shake.  While they may ‘taste better’ than other clean proteins, that is simply because they are made with sugar to make you love it, not to be a healthy alternative to a meal.  Understanding the ingredients of these protein mixes is very important so that you are again not drinking a glass full of sugar.   

For those who are blending up their protein shakes it is always important to also monitor what you put in the blender.  Take for example someone who makes a protein shake using a clean, sugarless protein, sweetened almond milk, frozen blueberries, a banana, and some fresh strawberries.  While these ingredients seem fairly benign and individually ‘healthy’, the combination of these in a shake is just like having a bowl of sugary cereal.   First of all, the sweetened almond milk already has sugar in it to make it sweet.  The protein powder was a good choice, but adding three different types of fruit to the mix just negated the choice of picking a sugarless protein powder.  Most people would not have an entire plate of fruit for a meal, so why do we think it is OK to consume that in a shake, which we drink fairly rapidly? 

While many people hear that we should just not eat much fruit, this is really not the point.  Fruit is a very healthy food and provides many benefits to our health.  Avoiding it altogether would be silly.  However, we must understand that foods such as these cannot be consumed in large quantities if we are truly trying to achieve a healthy nutritional balance.  So, just because a certain food is considered ‘healthy’ don’t think that this gives you full reign to eat at will.

If you have more questions about nutrition and eating healthy, call us at 949-387-0060.

Fitness Does NOT Equal Healthy

A common correlation that people make is that apparent fitness is equal to health.  This cannot be further from the truth and can be a dangerous thing to believe.  Over the years I have had numerous clients who train countless hours each week, but when we uncover the deeper things regarding their health it is evident that there is a storm brewing inside.  These people appear from the outside to be completely fit and their ability to run for miles or ride their bike all day makes most people, including themselves, think that their health is completely under control.  However, this is not always the case.  While fitness is crucial to health it is really only one piece of the puzzle of TRUE health.  If these other pieces of the puzzle are not addressed then extreme training can actually be making health worse!   

running, fitness, health, chiropractor irvineSome other puzzle pieces that really need to be assessed are nutrition, hormone balance, stress levels and management, and GI health.  It doesn’t matter if someone is competing at a high level if their GI health and hormones levels are dysfunctional.  They are just headed for a major breakdown of the system and are probably compensating for current symptoms with medications or just plain ignoring them.  They are also cheating themselves as improved overall health really means an ability to train harder, which leads to overall improved performance.  Logging training hours is only one way to get better.  Improving the health of the body is another way and it is the one that is most commonly overlooked. 

Let’s look at an example to try and put this into perspective.  Say Steve is training hard and has a triathlon competition schedule that is packed for the year.  Most injuries and set-backs occur as training volume increases and the year progresses.  This occurs because the body hits a point where the stress that it is enduring overcomes the body’s ability to heal and recover.  This excess of stress comes in many forms and the body gets hit with them all simultaneously:  training stress, chemical stress, traumatic stress, and/or emotional stress. 

For ease of example, let’s say that Steve’s body can handle 100 units of stress before it breaks down.  In the beginning of training, when volume is low, Steve takes on 20 units of training stress, 20 units of chemical stress (from foods, drinks, medications, lotions, detergents, pollution, etc.), and 20 units of emotional stress (work and family).  This is far below his 100 limit so his body is able to efficiently handle the effects of the stress andrecover from day to day. 

However, let’s say that as training increases he also has an increase demand at work and home.  Now he is enduring 40 units of training stress, 35 units of chemical stress (because now he doesn’t “have time” to eat healthy), and 40 units of emotional stress.  He is now at 115 units and above his body’s ability to effectively handle stress loads and recover efficiently.  What’s even worse, what if Steve started this whole process of training and wasn’t completely healthy in the first place??  What if this lack of health allowed him to only be able to handle 80 units of stress?  He wouldn’t even make it to the peak volume of training before his body started failing!  This is a very common situation and is a time bomb waiting to explode.  Typically, this occurs at the peak of training when the training stress units are at the highest, but is highly dependent on the health of the athlete when training began. 

Now, what if Steve paid strict attention to the foods he ate and the chemicals that he allowed himself to encounter.  He could then drop his chemical stress level down to 20 units and at the same time provide his body with nutrients that allowed his system to better handle immune system stress and inflammation. This would bring his total stress units down to 95 units, even with the increased training load.  This now allows his body to handle the peak of training, without the danger of exploding. 

This is a very simplistic way of looking at stress to the system, but the point is to show you that health is not determined solely by fitness AND that overall health can be a huge factor in performance ability. 

So, just because you are able to ride faster, run farther, lift more weight, or score more points, doesn’t mean that you are healthy!  It just means that your physical fitness is higher.

For more information on your overall health or how it can be improved, contact our office today at (949)387-0060.

Anti-Inflammatory Benefits of Turmeric

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Turmeric has recently become a very popular food and supplement due to its beneficial effects in human health.  However, this knowledge is by no means something that we just recently discovered.  The healing power of turmeric has been known for many centuries.  Most people are familiar with turmeric as it is used widely in curry dishes.  It is highly beneficial in the body as a potent anti-inflammatory agent.  The main ingredient that provides this benefit is the curcumin within the turmeric.  In fact, many of my patients find that this supplement is much more effective than even many of the over-the-counter and prescription drugs that they were using.

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Supplementation of turmeric has also been utilized for a long time, but recently it has become one of the newest ‘super foods’.  While this newly found fame is greatly deserved it does bring with it many commercial negativities.  Once a supplement, or food, begins to receive attention in the media companies jump all over it and everyone begins to produce their own version of that particular product.  However, this brings with it many poor quality supplements.  Since the supplement industry is not highly regulated it allows many companies to write things on their bottles that are never verified by anyone and many times are poorly absorbed versions of a compound.  For instance, the curcuminoid value within the turmeric is one of the most important things to know about your turmeric supplement.  The supplement needs to contain a high level of curcuminoids in order to be effective in the body, as this is the ingredient that provides the anti-inflammatory benefit.

Another highly important quality about the supplement is the delivery form.  This is something that consumers rarely think about or have any knowledge about for that matter.  However, the importance of this cannot be overlooked.  Most supplements are taken as pills.  While this is the best delivery format in some cases, it is not always the best way.  The stomach is designed to aggressively break down food before it enters the digestive system.  This is a brilliant system, but it can interfere with our ability to effectively absorb and receive the nutrients in the supplements.  Most turmeric supplements are delivered this way and unfortunately the acids and enzymes in the stomach tend to degrade much of the supplement before it can even enter your intestines.  So, you have to take an incredible high dosage and are probably only benefitting from a very small part of this.  Unless the capsules, or other delivery system, are designed to safe guard the nutrient before it reaches you intestines, you may just be wasting your money.  Not only that, but because turmeric is fat-soluble, the way in which the supplement is prepared also greatly affects your body’s ability to absorb it. 

This is why our turmeric supplement is so difficult to keep on the shelves in my office.  Turmero Active is made by Apex Energetics and is by far my favorite supplement in their entire line.  It is 95% curcuminoids and is in liquid fat-soluble format for the absolute best delivery to your body so that you can absorb and efficiently utilize the ingredients.  It is also comes with an easy to use syringe so that you can decrease or increase dosage easily.  If you have never tried turmeric or are unhappy with the results from your turmeric supplement you should definitely give this one a try.  Especially during the month of September as we are offering 10% off our Tumero Active for the entire month! 

Call our office today at 949-387-0600 to order yours and mention this article to receive your discount!