Fatigue and Low Energy
More and more people are complaining of fatigue and low energy. We commonly hear patients explaining that they wake up tired after a full night of sleep, and then they rely on caffeine and sugar to push them through the day. This is a pattern that will lead to more severe health problems if not addressed properly. Unfortunately, there are few beneficial treatments and approaches that are offered to patients. The most common causes of fatigue and low energy are nutrient deficiency or nutrient excess and hormonal imbalances.
What causes nutrient deficiency or nutrient excess?
Even if a person has a “good “ diet, they may not be utilizing all the nutrients properly. Poor digestion will not allow you to absorb nutrients causing deficiencies. Toxicity can also result causing inflammation and poor utilization of nutrients. This can cause energy decline and fatigue.
What causes hormonal imbalances?
When your body is under stress (physical, emotional, mental, or chemical), it will respond by stimulating your adrenal glands to produce stress hormones, such as cortisol and adrenaline. In the short term, these hormones are very beneficial. They allow you to survive and overcome the specific stress you are under. However, when you are under prolonged stress, these hormones can begin to have very negative effects on your health. Some of these effects are:
• Poor sleep
• Improper digestion
• Weakened immunity causing you to get sick more often
• Chronic inflammation
How are these problems addressed?Through physical examination and lab work Advanced Healthcare can determine what the true causes are and most importantly how to fix or manage them. Using an individualized approach combining nutritional and medical approaches with physical interventions, we can ensure great results.
If you continue to have fatigue and low energy, call Advanced Healthcare of the Palm Beaches at 561-296-1715 and we will give you a FREE consultation to discuss what is the cause of your symptoms and how we can help.
Losing weight is a common goal; however, reaching an ideal weight is a challenge for many people. Between hormone imbalances, food allergies, nutritional deficiencies and sluggish metabolisms, there are a number of medical issues that can have an impact on your ability to successfully lose weight—and keep it off. Fortunately, Advanced Healthcare of the Palm Beaches offers a number of medical weight loss programs that are known to deliver results. As mentioned above, many people are unable to lose weight due to common health conditions. Our doctor will not only put you on a medically-supervised meal plan to help you begin safely and quickly losing weight, but will also treat the underlying condition to ensure that your efforts are long lasting. To determine what’s keeping you from your goal weight, our doctor will first go over your health history and conduct a comprehensive workup, which will include a physical examination and diagnostic assessment. Once the doctor uncovers the root of the problem, he or she can recommend an effective treatment plan. In addition to diet modification, our healthcare team can also develop a supplement regimen and exercise plan that will build your muscle and jump-start your metabolism.
The benefits of weight loss extend far past how you look—they can also have a positive impact on how you feel. The health benefits of losing weight include:
- Increased energy
- Reduced inflammation
- Lower cholesterol
- Improved blood sugar levels
- Improved digestion
If you are ready to lose the weight for good, please contact our Advanced Heathcare medical weight loss clinic.
To set up your FREE consultation, please call 561-296-1715 today!
Common symptoms of Hypothyroidism are:
- Weight gain despite following a low calorie diet
- Morning headaches that lessen as the day progresses
- Hypersensitivity to cold weather
- Poor circulation and numbness and tingling in the hands and feet
- Muscle cramps while at rest
- Increased susceptibility to colds and infections and difficulty recovering from them
- Slow wound healing
- Excess amount of sleep required to function properly
- Chronic digestive problems
- Itchy, dry skin
- Dry or brittle hair
- Hair falls out easily
- Dry skin
- Low body temperature
- Edema and swelling, especially in the face
- Loss of the outermost portion of the eyebrows
Research has shown that 70–90% of people with hypothyroidism actually have a disease called Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Hypothyroidism. This is a disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys the thyroid gland. In this case, the thyroid dysfunction is actually secondary to the immune system dysfunction. To properly treat and manage this condition, the immune system must be treated and supported in addition to the thyroid. Having a doctor who understands and specializes in this situation is essential to successful treatment and management.
Why has my doctor not told me about this?
Although most doctors are aware of Hashimoto’s Disease, many do not have the proper training to treat and manage it. In most cases when you are having low thyroid symptoms, your doctor will order lab work which includes a TSH test. Very often your doctor will then tell you that your thyroid hormones are low and will recommend that you start taking thyroid hormones. Sound familiar?
Obviously you want to get better, so you follow the recommendations. After a period of time, your lab tests may improve but you’re still having the same symptoms. You tell your doctor that you’re still having problems and the response is that your lab tests are normal. At that point a common recommendation is to start taking antidepressants. Am I on the right track?
Does this mean it’s all in your head?
Of course not!
In most cases your problem has just been overlooked. This oversight will slowly worsen and may result in serious complications. The longer someone has this condition without proper treatment, the higher the chance of it progressing and affecting other parts of the body. This will continue to happen until it is properly handled.
You need a doctor that understands and specializes in all aspects of Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s Disease.
Most doctors only order a TSH test and stop there. Although that test is extremely important and should be ordered, there are 24 patterns of dysfunction that lead to thyroid disease. Doesn’t it make sense to look at all of them? How can you successfully treat thyroid disease if you don’t have all the facts?
What do I do next?
To uncover the causes of your thyroid condition, specialized testing including lab work are ordered to discover the patterns of dysfunction and especially to see if it’s affecting other parts of the body. At that time, our integrated team of doctors at Advanced Healthcare will develop a plan which may include traditional medical approaches, clinical nutritional approaches, diet modification, and body therapies.
If you are continuing to have problems and symptoms and you are not getting answers, then stop being frustrated! Help is available!!!
Call Advanced Healthcare of the Palm Beaches at 561-296-1715 to schedule a FREE consultation to discuss if you are a candidate for our Thyroid Program!
Inflammation And Obesity
Could inflammation be making you FAT?
Chronic Inflammation may be the answer. Inflammation is the body’s response to attack, whether it is infection or trauma, from the inside or outside of the body. This is accomplished by the body’s immune system. While good in the short term, chronic inflammation is the root cause of many diseases and conditions. One condition that chronic inflammation will cause is obesity.How does inflammation cause obesity?
Chronic inflammation will negatively affect all aspects of fat metabolism or fat burning. Ultimately, chronic inflammation will increase your ability to gain and store fat and impair your ability to burn fat. This happens by a variety of different pathways. Chronic inflammation will create hormonal imbalances, digestive problems, liver detoxification problems and blood sugar problems — all of which will eventually make you fat and unhealthy.
What causes chronic inflammation?
The root cause of chronic inflammation is Nuclear Factor Kappa Beta or NF-kB. This little protein is the cellular origin of inflammation in the body. There are many things that will stimulate NF-kB to begin the inflammation process. This problem is so efficient, that sometimes even after you remove the trigger that began the inflammation, it will continue to be inflamed. For example, gluten, a protein in wheat, causes inflammation in many people. Sometimes, even after gluten is removed from the diet, the inflammatory process will continue. Some people are “wired” to be more prone to become inflamed. In these people it takes less to trigger inflammation.
How do we stop chronic inflammation?
While diet is obviously important, if chronic inflammation is not effectively handled, losing fat and getting healthy can be close to impossible. Luckily, there are powerful methods for bringing down inflammation. Research has proven that certain nutritional supplements such as curcumin (turmeric), resveratrol, specific enzymes, etc., can be some of the most powerful natural anti-inflammatory supplements available. Taking these along with following a health and nutrition program based on your individual physiology can produce amazing results.
At Advanced Healthcare of the Palm Beaches, our doctors can order specific tests to determine what type of health program and supplements will produce the best results for your individual physiology and health problem.
If you are continuing to have weight problems, it could be chronic inflammation.
Call Advanced Healthcare of the Palm Beaches at 561-296-1715 to schedule a FREE consultation where we will share how we can help you!
What is functional medicine?
Functional medicine is a 21st century approach to health care. It uses a whole body, systems-oriented approach to discover the underlying causes of your health problems. Rather than just looking at symptoms, functional medicine addresses the imbalances and dysfunctions that damage health and precede disease. Specialized testing including laboratory testing of blood, urine, saliva and stool, physical examination, imaging and extensive case histories are utilized to ascertain the root of the problem. Treatments incorporate specific supplementation, dietary changes, medical interventions, exercise, physical rehabilitation and lifestyle changes.
How is functional medicine different than the traditional medical approach?
The traditional medical approach typically focuses on symptoms. Helping a patient to relieve symptoms is extremely important in the beginning of care and especially during emergencies. This is where the traditional medical approach shines. The weakness is when the next step is not taken. The vital next step is to ask why the symptoms are present. This is where functional medicine is most appropriate. Functional medicine uses testing and examination that focuses on whole systems and how they interact with one another to maintain function and balance. The medical term for optimal function and balance and the ability to adapt and maintain this state is called homeostasis.
A great way to describe the appropriate application of functional medicine vs. the traditional medical approach is to look at a scale from 1 to 10. In this example, 1 is optimal health and 10 is severe disease. Traditional medicine will treat people who are 8–10, or in other words, very severe. This is a person who has severe diabetes or is just about to have a severe heart attack. This person will obviously need traditional medical interventions. This intervention will be focused on keeping you alive and reducing life threatening symptoms.
Functional medicine will help people who are a 2-7. This can include people who are just about to transition into severe disease to people who are simply trying to stay as healthy as possible and raise performance. Many people in these stages will not have symptoms yet. Many times dysfunction and imbalance will go on for years before any symptoms develop. Even more commonly, various symptoms due develop but they are judged as normal and not needing attention. This is where functional medicine shines.
What types of health problems does functional medicine work with?
Functional medicine approaches are used with any and all types of health problems; however, many functional medicine practitioners focus on conditions where traditional medical approaches have not had great success. These include:
- Hashimoto’s Autoimmune Hypothyroidism
- Autoimmune Disease
- Diabetes Type I & II
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Irritable Bowel Disease (Chrohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, etc.)
- Metabolic Syndrome
- Pain Syndromes
- Digestive Dysfunction
- Hormonal Imbalance
What can I expect on my first visit?
On your first visit you will have a consultation with the doctor to find out what your main concerns are and if you fit the criteria for care. At that time you will be able to talk with the doctor, ask questions, and make sure you feel comfortable in the office. At the conclusion of the consultation, you will be given questionnaires and other types of “homework”. This will help the doctor determine the appropriate testing to order to provide you with the best care possible.
Once the questionnaires are returned and analyzed by the doctor, the information will be reviewed and the recommended testing will be presented and explained. At that time, all costs will be discussed for care. The cost will depend on the severity of the problem, what needs to be done, and most importantly your goals. Options will be provided for various conditions.
Functional Medicine is what we practice at Advanced Healthcare of the Palm Beaches.
Call us at 561-296-1715 to schedule a FREE consultation to find out how this approach will be beneficial to you!
The new and ever-changing nutritional guides make it so difficult to know what to eat when you are trying to make a change for your body – whether it’s to lose weight or to eat more healthily.
Carbs? Gluten-free? Paleo? Diet? Sugar content? Low-fat? Organic?
The list is quite endless of possibilities and options – and we are here to sort it out and to help you structure what you need for YOUR body.
Call Advanced Healthcare of the Palm Beaches at 561-296-1715 to schedule a FREE consultation.