Archive for December, 2009

Holiday Eating and Digestion

It’s that time again. The Holiday Season is upon us. This time of year is always a challenge for us to eat healthy and get our exercise routine in. With Christmas parties and family obligations we usually gain weight and turn to the medicine cabinet for Tums, Nexium or other pharmaceuticals.

Here at Ovitaminpro we have some good news that will help you through these dietary challenges. Digestion is the key word here. What can you take to get you through some of the not so good eating choices?

There are three products I would highly recommend. All three are from Apex Energetics.

Super Digest-Zyme is not only good for a daily digestive enzyme but works extremely well for those of us who may overeat at social functions. It helps the body extract the minerals it needs and aids in the breakdown of most food types. It especially supports digestion for high starch and high sugar meals, so typical during this festive season.

Glutenflam is a one of a kind gluten digestive aid. It is a powerful gluten digestive enzyme that aids in the digestion of gluten and its inflammatory response to the body. I usually suggest one tablet before bed on an empty stomach, just in case you accidently ingested gluten you did not know about ; for example eating out in a restaurant. Otherwise I recommend one to two with each meal if you plan on eating gluten during the Holidays.

HCL- ProZyme is another great choice with high levels of Betaine HCL it is perfect for a daily digestive enzyme. We recommend HCL-ProZyme for those showing a decreased ability to digest proteins. This usually comes with age and can often be seen in blood work. It is one of our best sellers.

Be prepared with some digestive support through this Holiday season. Don’t let an upset stomach or heart burn dampen your Holiday spirits.

This wonderful season reminds us to give thanks for the good things in life. We here at Ovitaminpro give thanks for all our wonderful customers. It is our passion and reason for being to partner with our customers in their pursuit of better health.

Here’s to good health throughout the coming year!

Mary

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Are You Sleeping?

Sleep is an active brain state.  Many parts of the brain are involved in the sleep cycles. Healthy sleep depends on a healthy brain. Drugs cannot induce a sleep state. They can only induce an altered state of consciousness.  Note the case of Michael Jackson.  Here at OVitaminPro we work with you to improve the health of your neural circuits so you can get real sleep with the real benefits you need.

Speaking of need, you already know that real sleep is not optional for the health of your entire being. You need to know that we know how much you can suffer if you can’t get real sleep.

We see three basic problems from a less than healthy brain: anxiety, depression and insomnia.  All of these have many forms but most of what we see falls into one or more of these categories.   The brain requires three things to be healthy: oxygen, glucose and stimulation.

The best way to ensure oxygenation of the brain is making sure you have proper hemoglobin levels that is you can’t be anemic and get sufficient oxygen. Exercise is important for so many reasons and oxygenation of the brain is one of them.

Glucose must be closely regulated.  If you aren’t controlling your hypoglycemia or diabetes or insulin resistance you will suffer effects in the brain.  We can help you with these issues.

Stimulation means that you have to always be learning.  Learn a new language, learn an instrument etc.

Now to talk about specific neurotransmitters, we often see two problems in sleep: upregulated gluatamine and down regulated serotonin. Glutamine is very excitatory so if this is too active your brain will be too active too. Serotonin gets converted to melatonin in the brain. A very effective precursor to the production of serotonin is 5-HTP and tryptophan.  The strategy for dealing with these depends on your particular issues. There are 3 products by NeuroScience most helpful with these precursors. Serene and Travacor both contain 5-HTP. Kavinace is also helpful for sleep.

Of course we always  recommend a neurotransmitter test to see what might be most helpful in getting you back on track and feeling rested and vital again.

Dr. Dan

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