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Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health DIM-Avail

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Sep 16, 2014 5:24:00 PM

Quick Overview

Due to its crystalline structure, absorption of DIM is minimal when given orally (similar to CoQ10). DIM absorption can be greatly enhanced by emulsifying it with lecithin in rice bran oil, including with it compounds that hold it in solution such as beeswax, and finally adding fat-soluble nutrients that aid absorption through the gut wall. DIM-Avail™, which gets its name from its high bioavalability, is a unique combination of such ingredients. 

Research tells us that a low level of the 2-hydroxyestrone and a high level of 16 alpha-hydroxyestrone are not desired. DIM works by helping to increase 2-hydroxyestrone and therefore improves the 2/16 hydroxyestrone ratio.*

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Topics: weight management, female health, endocrine health, smart supplementation

Supplement of the Week: Designs for Health Detox 14 Day Kit

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Aug 4, 2014 6:00:00 AM

Quick Overview

The 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Program has been created to support the body’s natural two-phase detoxification process. This is accomplished by providing the nutrients needed to support and balance phase I and II metabolic pathways, high levels of antioxidants for safe detoxification and a comprehensive array of herbal hepatics and cholagogues to promote healthy liver function and elimination.

This program has a shorter duration than our other popular detoxification programs, yet it remains comprehensive in scope and true to the Design for Health philosophy.

Product Description

We encounter toxic substances from many different facets of life. Sources such as pesticides, herbicides, and industrial chemicals enter the body through food, water, and air supplies and become trapped in our tissues and organs, which over time can negatively impact health, reduce vitality and eventually may contribute to the development of chronic diseases.

The 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Program has been created to support the body’s natural two-phase detoxification process in order to safely and effectively remove harmful toxins from the body. This program has a shorter duration than our other popular detoxification programs, yet it remains comprehensive in scope and true to the Design for Health philosophy.

Using a combination of carefully selected products and a methodical, step-by-step diet plan, the 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Program has been designed in order to introduce people to a healthy cleansing process without having to commit to a longer regimen. It is ideal for those with busy schedules or anyone new to the concept of detoxification.

Potential Benefits of Detoxification

• Increased energy and vitality

• Weight loss and reduction in body fat

• Healthier skin and hair

• More restful sleep, clearer thinking, and happier mood

• Establish healthy habits for improved long-term health

One Kit Contains:

1 - PaleoCleanse Powder

1 - PurePea Vanilla Powder

1 - Amino-D-Tox 90 capsules

1 - Plant Enzymes Digestive Formula 90 capsules

1 - 14 Day Detox/Cleanse Patient Guide

1 - Blender bottle

1 - Reusable bag made from recyclable materials

 

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Topics: weight management, diet direction, detoxification, smart supplementation

Healthy Thyroid Function, Part 5

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Oct 26, 2011 6:00:00 AM

In the United States the most common cause of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto's autoimmune thyroid. An autoimmune condition is an immunological response of the body against its own tissue and organs. Named after the scientist who first identified this condition, Hashimoto's involves a progressive attack of the thyroid gland by the immune system.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis

The slow and gradual attack on the thyroid gland by immune cells eventually destroys enough tissue of the gland that it stops producing enough of its hormones. This causes the pituitary to release more thyroid stimulating hormone and can be seen as elevated TSH levels in the blood. This process can take many years and will often go undiagnosed until a large portion of the thyroid tissue has been destroyed.

It is common to suffer the symptoms of Hashimoto's for years before a diagnosis is made and treatment prescribed. As with other autoimmune conditions, Hashimoto's comes in waves or flareups. This is part of the reason it is difficult to pinpoint the condition. If testing takes place   flareups, blood tests may not reveal the necessary markers for a diagnosis.

The symptoms of Hashimoto's thyroiditis are most often the same as those of hypothyroidism (slow thyroid). However, as destruction of the gland progresses, it is possible to suffer the symptoms of hyperthyroidism (fast thyroid) as well. Grave's Disease is another form of autoimmune thyroid that only expresses itself as hyperthyroidism. But Hashimoto's can exhibit both.

How to Identify Hashimoto's

Most medical checkups include a thyroid test. But typically the test is only for TSH levels. TSH levels may or may not be elevated with autoimmune thyroid. It is ideal to have a more comprehensive thyroid panel that includes, Total T4, Total T3, T3 uptake and thyroid antibodies known as TPO and thyroglobulin AB. It is safe to assume if thyroid antibodies are elevated significantly that there is an autoimmune response present. If allowed to persist this will usually develop into an advanced case of Hashimoto's. Traditional physicians may not diagnose Hashimoto's simply with elevated antibodies, but a functional medicine doctor may treat it at this point as a means of preventing destruction of this important gland.

Gluten and Hashimoto's

Scientific evidence has uncovered a strong correlation between autoimmune thyroid and gluten sensitivity. The gliadin molecule found in gluten that causes the greatest reactions in the gluten sensitive is molecularly similar to the tissue of the thyroid. Thus when gluten enters the system and causes an immune response, the immune system mistakes the thyroid for the true culprit - gluten. For this reason it is highly recommended that those with autoimmune thyroid conditions be tested for gluten sensitivity. It is also highly advised to avoid gluten indefinitely.

Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is a complicated autoimmune condition that requires the assistance of a trained professional that understands autoimmunity. With the help of diet, lifestyle changes and immune modulating botanicals it is possible to better manage the frequency and severity of flareups with the hopes of preventing extensive damage to the organ and its life altering consequences.

Read the other articles in the Healthy Thyroid Function series.

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Topics: weight management, immune health, endocrine health, lifestyle

The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Oct 7, 2011 6:00:00 AM

Is that a sweet potato? Or is that a yam? Good question! I was confused myself for so long. But now I know there is a distinction. That orange colored flesh of the picture on the left is the sweet potato, though it is often labeled as a "yam." It comes from the plant family known as Convovulaceae, or Morning Glory. It is very different from the yam that comes from the Caribbean, which is an edible root of the Discorea genus. The true yam is rough and scaly. And its nutrient content is much different from the sweet potato. There are several varieties and colors of the sweet potato. To make matters even worse, the sweet potato is not a potato either!

SWEET POTATO'S NUTRITIONAL VALUE

The sweet potato is considered one of the most nutritious vegetables around. It is nutritionally unique from the potato and the yam. It is very high in beta-carotene, providing several times the recommended daily allowance of Vitamin A. This root vegetable is also packed with potassium, manganese and copper. It is a good source of vitamins C and B6. The sweet potato is high in fiber but you have to eat the skin!

The white potato is a species belonging to the nightshades. These are foods that cause inflammation that are especially a problem for those with arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Other nightshades include tomatoes, eggplant, capers and peppers. Fortunately, the sweet potato is NOT a nightshade. In fact they contain quercetin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory.

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Topics: whole foods, anti-aging, weight management, diet direction

Healthy Thyroid Function, Part 3

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Sep 29, 2011 6:00:00 AM

We have been examining the function and disorders of the thyroid gland, the butterfly shaped gland just below our skin and surrounding our throat. As we get older we become more susceptible to disorders of the thyroid. Unfortunately, most thyroid conditions are not diagnosed early enough to prevent deterioration of the gland and its function. A dead or dying thyroid will impact the quality of one's life. Identifying and preventing damage to this gland will ensure healthy thyroid function.

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Topics: weight management, immune health, endocrine health, lifestyle

Healthy Thyroid Function, Part 2

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Sep 19, 2011 6:00:00 AM

In part 2 of our series Healthy Thyroid Function we will learn what a healthy thyroid is supposed to do (Read Part 1). This complicated little butterfly shaped organ is quite remarkable in its function and influence on our health.

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Topics: gluten sensitivity, weight management, immune health, endocrine health, lifestyle

Healthy Thyroid Function, Part 1

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Sep 9, 2011 6:00:00 AM

The butterfly shaped organ that wraps around our throat is called the thyroid gland. This seemingly indescript organ can actually have a tremendous effect on our health. It's function is somewhat complicated, and disorders of the thyroid are very often overlooked or downplayed. This occurs in spite of the prevalence of thyroid disorders in our society.

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Topics: gluten sensitivity, weight management, immune health, endocrine health, lifestyle

The Health Benefits Of Taking Probiotics

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jul 22, 2011 6:00:00 AM

If you watch television you've likely seen one of the many commercials touting the benefits of probiotics. An advertising campaign by Activia brand yogurts has actress Jamie Lee Curtis explaining the benefits of the probiotics found in their product. There are several other commercials like it. But what's all the hype about?

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Topics: weight management, immune health, herbs & botanicals, smart supplementation

The Health Benefits Of Zucchini Squash

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jul 20, 2011 6:00:00 AM

As I'm writing this post I have a zucchini lasagna baking in the oven. It's summertime here in California and the slightly sloped hill in my backyard has about 10 plants of some type of squash growing, both summer and winter squash. It's safe to say that I love eating all types of squash.

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Topics: whole foods, micronutrients, weight management

Are Toxins Making You Fat?

Posted by Daniel Sanelli, M.Sc. on Jul 14, 2011 6:00:00 AM

It's no secret that our environment is toxic. Nuclear waste, chemical pesticides, oil spills and acid rain are hardly "news", but more like "olds." Toxins are everywhere. It is estimated that almost 80 billion pounds of toxins are released into the environment every year.

The Environmental Working Group, a consumer watchdog organization, has published several studies documenting the presence of toxins in the bodies of seemingly healthy families, even newborn babies, all over America.  These toxins end up in our water, ground, food and eventually into our tissues and cells. We are a toxic society.

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Topics: weight management, detoxification