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Sep 22nd, 2017
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Although human growth hormone (hGH) is produced naturally in our body, the level of growth hormones in our blood levels decline as we get older, leaving many in search for treatment methods that will help them to cope with the signs and symptoms of aging. However, growth hormone therapy using growth hormone supplements, or the most widely known product hGH can have a number of side effects. Recently, a new therapy has evolved that is called Sermorelin. Sermorelin is a protein chain that acts as a biologically active fragment of GH releasing hormone (GHRH). By mimicking GHRH, we can stimulate the brain to initiate growth hormone production and secretion from the pituitary gland.

Clinical studies have shown a long list of benefits attributed to Sermorelin prescription therapy. These benefits include:

Sermorelin is a synthetically manufactured version of a natural substance that is produced by our bodies. This substance is responsible for the release of growth hormone from our pituitary gland, a process that decreases and becomes less consistent as we age. Sermorelin synthetically models this substance, helping our bodies to receive more of our naturally produced growth hormone.

Growth hormone is highly active during our childhood years. Sermorelin has been used to assist growth hormone during childhood, especially in situations where there is an abnormality in the function or amount of naturally produced growth hormone that may alter development. Recently, Sermorelin has been found to be beneficial in the treatment for anti-aging and age-management, as well as for children with complex development conditions.

Sermorelin is only available by prescription through your Dallas anti-aging specialist. Dr. Fein will decide what dosage level is most appropriate for your needs.

If you are interested in including Sermorelin as part of your anti-aging treatment plan, contact us to schedule an appointment with Dr. David Fein.

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TLC diets || TLC diet

Sep 22nd, 2017
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TLC diet, Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet is designed by National Cholesterol Education Program (NECP) to lower your cholesterol by regulating your diet to elevate your physical activity, reduce weight and threats of heart attacks. Although, the diet is not designed to cut down weight, it is well-liked, as it not only helps in weight loss but is also good for overall health.

The diet rules your daily intake of fats, carbohydrates, proteins and fiber-containing products, for a balanced diet. Listed below are some of the details of the regimen, the diet has set out:

Fats:

This diet recommends overall fat consumption to be 25 to 30 percent of daily total calories. Two main types of fats found in foods are saturated fats (bad fats) and unsaturated fats (good fats). Studies suggest that these bad fats in our diet raise the bad cholesterol levels; therefore, TLC diet is effective as it minimizes the amount of saturated fats leading to lower cholesterol levels. Saturated fats, solid at room temperature, include fatty animal meats, whole milk dairy products and fried foods. These fats are also found in plants like coconuts and palm. Processed foods such as peanut butters contain saturated fats in abundance, therefore, either they should be avoided or consumed in very less amounts. TLC diet restricts consumption of saturated fats to 7 percent of total daily intake.

Unsaturated fats like nuts and all fish products lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol level.

Cholesterol:

Only foods are not responsible for increasing cholesterols; liver makes the majority of cholesterol required by body. The diet limits cholesterol intake to less than 200 milligrams a day.

Carbohydrates:

TLC diet stresses the intake of healthier carbohydrates such as pasta, vegetables and whole wheat bread, instead of foods prepared from simple sugar like cookies or pastries. The diet recommends total carbohydrate daily intake to be around 50 to 60 percent of total calories.

Protein:

The diet provides around 15 percent of daily calories from proteins that is within the recommended level of 10 to 35 percent.

Other key nutrients:

Consumption of veggies, fruits and beans, and the major sources of fiber does not only lower cholesterol levels but also support easy digestion. Since, with TLC diet you are gaining more potassium, you are likely to experience stabilized blood pressure levels, reduced risk of development of kidney stones and decreased bone loss. Fulfilling the recommended 100 mg to 1000 mg of calcium, apart from maintaining bones will also facilitate blood vessels and muscles to function properly.

Although, TLC encourages a heart-healthy and a balanced diet and lowers cholesterol levels by diminishing fat intake and increasing fiber consumption, it does have a few cons.

Cons:

1. Aims to reduce cholesterol levels; not weight

2. You may starve if follow this diet consistently

3. Must learn to read nutrition labels and calculate percentages of saturated fats in foods you eat

4. You may still require cholesterol lowering drugs

TLC diet, Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet is designed by National Cholesterol Education Program (NECP) to lower your cholesterol by regulating your diet to elevate your physical activity, reduce weight and threats of heart attacks. Although, the diet is not designed to cut down weight, it is well-liked, as it not only helps in weight loss but is also good for overall health.

The diet rules your daily intake of fats, carbohydrates, proteins and fiber-containing products, for a balanced diet. Listed below are some of the details of the regimen, the diet has set out:

Fats:

This diet recommends overall fat consumption to be 25 to 30 percent of daily total calories. Two main types of fats found in foods are saturated fats (bad fats) and unsaturated fats (good fats). Studies suggest that these bad fats in our diet raise the bad cholesterol levels; therefore, TLC diet is effective as it minimizes the amount of saturated fats leading to lower cholesterol levels. Saturated fats, solid at room temperature, include fatty animal meats, whole milk dairy products and fried foods. These fats are also found in plants like coconuts and palm. Processed foods such as peanut butters contain saturated fats in abundance, therefore, either they should be avoided or consumed in very less amounts. TLC diet restricts consumption of saturated fats to 7 percent of total daily intake.

Unsaturated fats like nuts and all fish products lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL), also known as bad cholesterol level.

Cholesterol:

Only foods are not responsible for increasing cholesterols; liver makes the majority of cholesterol required by body. The diet limits cholesterol intake to less than 200 milligrams a day.

Carbohydrates:

TLC diet stresses the intake of healthier carbohydrates such as pasta, vegetables and whole wheat bread, instead of foods prepared from simple sugar like cookies or pastries. The diet recommends total carbohydrate daily intake to be around 50 to 60 percent of total calories.

Protein:

The diet provides around 15 percent of daily calories from proteins that is within the recommended level of 10 to 35 percent.

Other key nutrients:

Consumption of veggies, fruits and beans, and the major sources of fiber does not only lower cholesterol levels but also support easy digestion. Since, with TLC diet you are gaining more potassium, you are likely to experience stabilized blood pressure levels, reduced risk of development of kidney stones and decreased bone loss. Fulfilling the recommended 100 mg to 1000 mg of calcium, apart from maintaining bones will also facilitate blood vessels and muscles to function properly.

Although, TLC encourages a heart-healthy and a balanced diet and lowers cholesterol levels by diminishing fat intake and increasing fiber consumption, it does have a few cons.

Cons:

1. Aims to reduce cholesterol levels; not weight

2. You may starve if follow this diet consistently

3. Must learn to read nutrition labels and calculate percentages of saturated fats in foods you eat

4. You may still require cholesterol lowering drugs

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Sep 21st, 2017
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This is one of those questions that gets asked a lot so I wanted to address it in this post.

I know that one of the things that excited me about starting the ketogenic diet in the beginning was reading about all these crazy weight loss success stories that some women seemed to experience. You know, the ones where they lose 14 pounds in the first three weeks and then continue to lose 4 pounds a week for the next 6 months and voila theyre at their ideal weight.

I loved the thought of getting into a fat burning state and just watching the excess pounds melt away.

In actuality, it took me about a year to lose 30 pounds. However it didnt take a year for me to start feeling and looking a great deal better, though. This actually happened in a matter of weeks.

The thing about losing weight on the keto diet is every woman is different. Those who have a lot of excess fat will find that it comes off more quickly. Those who have a lot of metabolic derangement or hormonal healing to do will find that it takes longer.

Your bodys main goal is always survival and health. It doesnt care about how it looks, it cares about how its functioning.

When you start eating keto with weight loss in mind, you kind of have to trust the process. What you are doing is feeding your body all the nutrients it needs to heal, build, release and do whatever it needs to do in order to move towards optimal health. Some women will experience this as a fairly drastic weight loss, and others will experience this as a slow weight loss.

If you have a great deal of healing and balancing to do internally, you may even experience a little weight gain in the beginning. (I know, few women want to hear this).

Embarking on a journey of health is a little like embarking on a journey of trust and faith. You give your body what it needs and you trust that it has the intrinsic knowledge (which it does), to do what is necessary.

The ketogenic diet is not a fad diet, its a lifestyle of health. And one of the most common things I hear from women who have embarked on this journey is that they learn so much about their bodies and their minds along the way.

With that being said, here are the most common weight loss patterns that I have heard women experience when eating keto:

Out of all the weight loss scenarios Ive heard of, the most common one by far is where women get despondent because they feel like they are not losing weight fast enough. And they are completely disregarding other things that are happening that indicate their health and well-being is increasing.For example, better sleep, more energy, clearer skin, higher libido, more regular and easier menstruation, and even inches lost.

With my journey, you know when I was happiest? It was when I stopped weighing or measuring myself at all and trusted my body and the keto process.

I realised that if I hadnt lost weight one week, it meant that my body was doing something else equally (if not more) important, and it was all good.

Its not all about the number on the scale far from it.

I highly encourage every woman these days to let go of weighing and measuring and instead focus on health, well-being and nourishing body, mind, and soul. When you do this, you can be sure that your body will happily reach the perfect weight for you at exactly the time its supposed to.

I hope this is helpful, as always Id love to hear any comments below!

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Research Peptides – Peptide Guide

Sep 21st, 2017
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Latest blog postsBrief overview of popular peptide products:

ACE-031 is an activin type 2 receptor, which is a myostatin inhibitor. ACE-031 is a protein that was designed to bind to myostatin before it can attach to its receptor and suppress muscle growth. Myostatin is a hormone produced by our bodies that signal muscles to stop growing and developing. Thus, by inhibiting or blocking myostatin, muscles would be able to grow bigger and stronger.

Adipotide is a completely different weight loss drug. It works by cutting off the blood supply to fat cells. Adipotide causes the blood vessels that supply the fat cells with blood to shrink and eventually leads to fat tissue death. The dead tissue is then reabsorbed and metabolized by the body. It also lowers the level of insulin resistance drastically which is the main sign of metabolic disorders like diabetes.

BPC-157 is a peptide that is derived from human gastric juice and is being researched for its regenerative and healing effects. BPC stands for Body Protecting Compound. Our body produces it in our own gastric juices in very tiny amounts where it protects and heals stomach and gut. BPC-157 speeds up the healing of existing injuries and protects the body from new injuries. It is completely free of side effects and research has shown that it can repair tendons, muscles, intestines, teeths, bones and more.

CJC-1295 DAC is a tetrasubstituted peptide used to increase Growth Hormone production. It is in the class of Growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) analogs. GHRH is the name of naturally occurring hormone in the human body, it is not commonly used because of its high price and extremely short half-life. CJC1295 is the improved version of GHRH with addition of DAC – Drug Affinity Complex. CJC1295 DAC provides stable blood levels after injections and half-life of approximately one week. Generally, CJC1295 is not used alone, but used in conjunction with a peptide of the GHRP category, for instance GHRP-2, GHRP-6, Ipamorelin, Hexarelin.

DSIP is a neuropeptide that stands for Delta sleep-inducing peptide. It works by inducing spindle and delta EEG activity and by reducing motor activity. DSIP is used to improve sleep quality. It also lowers corticotropin levels and prevents its release. DSIP also helps the body to release more LH (Luteinizing Hormone). Additionally, it assists in Growth Hormone release and suppresses the production of Somatostatin. DSIP is also known to normalize the blood pressure and might slow down the cell damage by offering anti-oxidant benefits.

Erythropoietin (a.k.a EPO) is a glycoprotein made by interstitial fibroblasts in kidneys, that stimulate the red blood production. More red blood improves delivery of oxygen from the lungs to the muscles. The extra oxygen greatly increases the muscles energy production and can help to improve athletic performance output – longer duration and higher intensity. Endurance athletes are highly attracted to EPO because of the effect it has on red blood cell production.

Epitalon is a synthetically produced tetrapeptide. Its main function is to increase the production of telomerase, a natural ferment that aids cells to produce telomeres, which allows the body to regenerate old cells and grow new ones. Epitalon has also been shown to suppress the growth of cancer cells, allowing to live longer, happier and healthier life. Studies show that Epitalon is a strong antioxidant which gets rid of free radicals that are responsible for damaging and destroying cells.

Follistatin is an interesting protein that is able to increase the muscle growth beyond natural limits by inhibiting myostatin, a hormone that regulates muscle growth negatively. Follistatin is naturally produced in almost all mammals. Follistatin works by binding and inhibiting myostatin. Myostatin also has a role in a regulation of fibrosis, too much myostatin can cause chronic diseases in internal organs, bones, and tissues.

GHRP-2 is a hexapeptide which is in the class of drugs known as Growth hormone secretagogues. This drug class includes GHRP-6, GHRP-2, Ipamorelin, Hexarelin and it’s main function is to stimulate the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone which also results in elevated IGF-1 levels. GHRP-2 is a ghrelin agonist and it helps to stimulate the release of Growth Hormone in two ways. Firstly, it stimulates the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone and secondly it suppresses a hormone which restricts the release of growth hormone – Somatostatin.

GHRP-2 is the second generation GHRP and it is mainly used for increasing Growth Hormone and IGF-1 levels. In this regard, it is better than GHRP-6 and at the moment is preferred peptide for reaching highest increases in GH. The use of GHRP-2 can potentially lead to increased appetite.

GHRP-6 is a hexapeptide which is in the class of drugs known as Growth hormone secretagogues. This drug class includes GHRP-6, GHRP-2, Ipamorelin, Hexarelin and it’s main function is to stimulate the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone which also results in elevated IGF-1 levels. GHRP-6 is a ghrelin agonist and it helps to stimulate the release of Growth Hormone in two ways. Firstly, it stimulates the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone and secondly it suppresses a hormone which restricts the release of growth hormone – Somatostatin.

GHRP-6 is the first generation GHRP and bodybuilders use it for two reasons – the first is the elevation of Growth Homone and IGF-1 levels and the second is increased appetite. GHRP-6 is great addition for individuals who are struggling with appetite.

Gonadorelin is a synthetic version of GnRH (Gonadotropin-releasing hormone) which is released naturally from the hypothalamus gland. GnRH stimulates the synthesis and secretion of FSH (Follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (Luteinizing Hormone). LH and FSH control the fertility in adults and development in children.

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone produced by females in the early stages of pregnancy to help balance and control woman’s hormones In males, HCG mimics LH (Luteinizing Hormone), which tricks the Leydig cells into producing testosterone when natural levels of LH are suppressed. This can theoretically aid in keeping the HPTA functioning while using anabolic steroids and make recovery easier. HCG is also used to help diagnose cancers.

Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is a hormone that is produced, stored and secreted by the pituitary gland. It is very important in human development and HGH is at the highest levels during youth. HGH is responsible for growth and regeneration of our cells, it affects our bones, muscle, internal organs and also plays important role in countless other areas of our body.

HGH Fragment 176-191 is a hormone of the Growth Hormone class. As its name indicates, it is an isolated fragment of the Growth Hormone that is responsible for fat burning properties. Scientists have found that HGH Fragment regulates fat loss 12.5 times better than regular synthetic HGH. It also stops formation of fatty acids and other lipids. In addition, HGH Fragment 176-191 increases lean body mass, protein synthesis and improves the quality of sleep.

Human menopausal gonadotropin (HMG), also known as Menotropin, is a medication used for treating infertility and fertility issues. HMG peptide is made for women where it stimulates the ovaries to mature follicles, therefore making them more fertile. HMG can also be used in men that are suffering from hypogonadism to increase sperm count. HMG contains LH and FSH activities in nearly identical proportions.

Hexarelin, also known as, Examorelin is a hexapeptide which is in the class of drugs known as Growth hormone secretagogues. This drug class includes GHRP-6, GHRP-2, Ipamorelin, Hexarelin and it’s main function is to stimulate the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone which also results in elevated IGF-1 levels. Hexarelin is the strongest GHRP in terms of Growth Hormone release. It has no effect on ghrelin (the peptide that induces hunger) but just like all other GHRP’s will lead to increased IGF-1 production. The use of Hexarelin will quickly lead to peptide receptor desensitization which doesn’t make it ideal for long term use but studies has shown that the pituitary gland recovers its sensitivity quickly so there is no pemament loss of sensitivity. According to studies, the constant use of Hexarelin will most likely lead to desentitization within two weeks.

IGF-1 (Insulin-like growth factor-1) is a hormone that is produced primarily by the liver and also in target tissues in a paracrine/autocrine fashion. The main role of IGF-1 is to promote cell growth and division. It is involved in cell repair, especially in the brain, heart and muscle.

IGF-1 DES is the shorter variant of the IGF-1 chain and is 10 times stronger than regular IGF-1. It has a half-life of approximately 20-30 minutes, which means it is a very fragile peptide. Thus, it should only be used at the site where muscle growth is desired. IGF-1 is a polypeptide and it stands for insulin-like growth factor. IGF-1 is primarily responsible for bone growth in children and muscle growth, recovery of adults.

IGF-1 LR3 (Long R3) is a synthetic analogue of naturally occurring hormone IGF-1. IGF-1 LR3 is chemically modified to avoid deactivation by IGF-1 binding proteins in the blood. Therefore, the modification results in a half-life of around 20-30 hours instead of 20 minutes. IGF-1 LR3 will travel through the body for approximately one day, binding to receptors and activating cellular communication that promotes muscle mass growth and bodyfat loss.

Ipamorelin is a pentipeptide which is in the class of drugs known as Growth hormone secretagogues. This drug class includes GHRP-6, GHRP-2, Ipamorelin, Hexarelin and it’s main function is to stimulate the pituitary gland to release more Growth Hormone which also results in elevated IGF-1 levels. Ipamorelin is the third generation GHRP and is solely used for Growth Hormone release and production of IGF-1. IGF-1 or Insulin-like Growth Factor 1, which is produced in liver is highly anabolic in its nature and plays a significant role in general growth, repair of muscular and skeletal tissue.

Mechano Growth Factor (MGF) is a growth factor that is derived from damaged muscle cells. MGF has a unique role in muscle development. MGF has the capability to induce damaged tissue growth and improvement by activating satellite cells and increasing the sensitivity of protein synthesis. This exclusive ability can make the recovery faster and accelerate speed up the muscle growth.

Mod GRF(1-29), also known as, tetrasubstituted GRF (1-29), is an injectable peptide used to increase Growth Hormone production. It is in the class of Growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) analogs. Mod GRF(1-29) amplifies Growth Hormone pulse in the same fashion that GHRH does but it doesn’t induce the pulse of GH. That’s why it is recommended to combine Mod GRF(1-29) with a peptide of the GHRP (Growth hormone releasing peptide) category because if no GH pulse occurs during the time of Mod GRF(1-29) injection then it has nothing to amplify.

Melanotan 1, also known as Afamelanotide is a synthetic analogue of a-MSH (alpha-Melanocyte-stimulating hormone) and is used to avoid skin damage caused by exposure to UV. Alpha-MSH is responsible for pigmentation of the skin and it also has influence in other body processes like appetite, lipid metabolism and libido. Melanotan 1 causes the skin to achieve tan by producing more melanin. The effectiveness of Melanotan 1 is thousand times more effective than naturally occurring a-MSH.

Melanotan 2 is an injectable hormone analogue of Alpha-MSH and it is used to promote tanning. Melanotan 2 works by stimulating Alpha-MSH receptors, which promote the production of melanin in response to Ultraviolet exposure. When Melanotan 2 is used, the user develops a tan as if he were a naturally darker skin type. As Alpha-MSH also contributes to sexual arousal, Melanotan 2 causes enhance libido and erections in males.

Oxytocin is a hormone secreted by the posterior pituitary gland. It plays a role in human bonding, sexual reproduction and during the childbirth. Oxycotin is released into the blood during the childbirth and during the breastfeeding. The presence of Oxytocin helps with childbirth, maternal bond and lactation. Newer studies show that Oxytocin can also combat and prevent aging of skeletal muscles. Scientists are also investigating Oxytocin as a treatment for depression, autism, emotionally unstable personality disorder, alcohol withdrawal syndrome and other diseases.

Pegylated Mechano Growth Factor, PEG-MGF, is a peptide mostly used for faster recovery after exercise. It is recognized being capable to repair muscle damage more effective than IGF-1. Since PEG-MGF is a variant of Insulin-like Growth Factor-1, it is known for inducing better growth in adult muscles. It has also been proven that PEG-MGF causes growth of new cells near damaged muscle tissues which act as replacement cells in the damaged muscle. That means that by using PEG-MGF it is possible to create new muscle cells while repairing existing ones.

PT-141, a.k.a Bremelanotide is a synthetic peptide analogue of alpha-MSH. PT-141. Alpha-MSH (Alpha melanocyte stimulating hormone) has significant influence in improving the body’s ability to control appetite, metabolism and sexual desire. PT-141 is a derivative of Melanotan 2 that lacks C-terminal amide group. PT-141 primarily used for treating erectile dysfunction in males and arousal disorders in females.

Selank is a heptapeptide developed by Russia. Selank mimics the effects immunomodulatory peptide tuftsin. It has been shown that Selank increases the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a monoamine neurotransmitter that is linked to mood regulation and it also has ties to sleep and hunger regulation. The presence of Selank and it’s capability to increase the serotonin secretion means that users can experience improvements in terms of emotional state, hunger and sleep.

Semax is a heptapeptide mostly produced and prescribed in Russia for a wide range of health conditions but mostly for its evident neuroprotective, nootropic and neurorestorative effects. Semax has been found to produce anti-anxiety and anti-depressant effects. Semax can be effective in the treatment of ADHD and depression. Medically Semax is used to treat stroke, TIA, PUD (peptic ulcer disease), cranial nerve disease and to improve immune system.

Sermorelin Acetate (GRF 1-29) is a peptide analogue of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH). It means that Sermorelin stimulates the part of the brain that secretes and releases Growth Hormone. Sermorelin acts exactly the same as naturally occurring GHRH. By stimulating the brain, Sermorelin preserves growth hormone hypothalamicpituitaryadrenal axis that declines with aging. Sermorelin provides all of the effects of HGH and more. Another great benefit of Sermorelin is that it stimulates the pituitary gland to regenerate.

TB-500, also known as Thymosin Beta 4 is a synthetic version of the naturally occurring peptide that is used to accelerate healing, increase range of motion of injuries, reduces inflammation. TB-500 has been used widely on race horses but just recently humans have started experimenting with this peptide. TB-500 is especially suggested for treatment of chronic muscle injuries, such as muscle strains, tears or tendonitis.

Tesamorelin, also known as Egrifta, is a synthetic form of growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) and is traditionally used to decrease abdominal fat in HIV patients. This injectable peptide reduces belly fat that’s brought on by lipodystrophy. Tesamorelin works by signaling the pituitary gland to produce more growth hormone. It has been approved by FDA medication for HIV-related lipodystrophy.

Triptorelin is a gonadotropin releasing hormone agonist (GnRH). GnRH is responsible for signaling the brain to produce Luteinizing Hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH). These hormones are used to produce testosterone and sperm. Triptorelin signals the HPTA to produce more GnRH, therefore it signals the pituitary gland to produce LH and FSH, which means that more testosterone is produced in males. The correct dosing with Triptorelin is very important because too much GnRH can lead to hormone production shut down.

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Sep 21st, 2017
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SERMORELIN Now Available as Sublingual LozengesThe more I learn about the benefits of sermorelin, the more excited I become about recommending it to my patients. Sermorelin is a Growth Hormone releasing hormone peptide. There are many favorable research studies about the benefits of Sermorelin boosting Growth Hormone levels. In addition to the known benefits of HGH, sermorelin seems to have unique benefits of its own, such as sharper cognition, better energy,better sleep,faster recovery from exercise,improved muscle tone, loss of body fat, less aches and pains and improved generalized sense of well being.Based on my own personal use I am seeing loss of body fat with increase of lean muscle tone. However, in addition I am experiencing added energy, more strength in workouts, better endurance, faster recovery from exerciseand clearer thinking.Studies have also found that supplementing with GH Synergy can further enhance the boost of HGH.GH synergy is a proprietary blend of the two amino acids arginine and ornithine

Studies indicate that Sermorelin can be successfully absorbed under the tongue. I think it is still more effective administered subcutaneously as an injection. However, for those people who would like to use it, but are needle phobic, the lozenges offer a great solution.

Both preparations require refrigeration. The cost is very similar.

Data also indicates that sermorelin may condition the pituitary gland; meaning that it may make the pituitary more sensitive to responding to other hormone levels. The pituitary is the primary regulating gland of all hormones. It is similar to the thermostat in the house. When it senses that a hormone in the blood is low, it sends a signal to that gland to make more of that hormone. When the gland responds and the hormone level rises, the pituitary stops sending the stimulating signal. This operates just like the thermostat sensing how much heat there is.

Sermorelin is a derivative of growth hormone releasing hormone. It stimulates our pituitary gland to secrete growth hormone. Growth hormone is an essential hormone made in the pituitary. It is responsible for maintaining muscle mass, bone density,energy,joint flexibility, skin tone and burning fat stores. It gradually declines as we age. Its decline is primarily responsible for the physical changes in the body from a young person to an older person.

Growth hormone administration is FDA approved only for growth stunted children and adult growth hormone deficiency syndrome such as wasting in AIDS. It is strictly regulated and generally not approved for use in normal ageing. However, Sermorelin is not in that category. It was also developed for growth stunted children and has been successfully and safely used for many years. Monitoring is done with a simple blood test of the IGF-1 level.

As an adjunct to a healthy anti-ageing hormone balancing program Sermorelin is proving to be a very valuable and beneficial tool. When used correctly it may enhance the balance of other hormones as well as helping maintain optimal health and function by slowing the ageing process.

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Human Growth Hormone – thebodywellusa.com

Sep 20th, 2017
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Human growth hormone (HGH) is a vital component of the human endocrine system. It is secreted by the pituitary gland, a small gland located at the base of the brain that produces several hormones. In childhood and adolescence this hormone is necessary to promote growth in height. In adulthood, its presence leads to a healthier body composition and is responsible for such important jobs such as:

Unfortunately, natural production of HGH declines as you get older. This progressive deficiency, beginning for most in our 20s, leads to a reduction in lean body mass and bone mineral density, an increase in body fat especially abdominal, and a worsened cardiovascular risk profile.

All in all, you begin to look and feel older as HGH declines.

I treat Adult Growth Hormone Deficiency (AGHD) as well as other hormonal deficiencies in my practice. The easiest and most accurate way to test for HGH deficiency is with a blood test called an IGF-1. IGF-1 is a hormone produced in response to HGH secretion by the pituitary gland. It is the best marker of the status of secretion of HGH, and a low value less than 200 is indicative of growth hormone deficiency. Levels below 200 are generally considered to be in the deficient state.

The quickest and most effective way to increase HGH levels is with a daily injection of HGH. Numerous studies have shown that replacement therapy is beneficial, and such treatment has become recognized as standard practice. In adults, HGH replacement therapy will often be maintained for many years.

Exercise, stress, emotional excitement, diet and aging all affect the quantity of HGH production. The Carragher Method at The Body Well approaches raising HGH levels in several ways that work best in combination with each other. Certain lifestyle factors, such as sleep and stress management, our specific nutritional plan and our scientifically-based exercise plan cause the pituitary to secrete more HGH.

Here are 10 of the most effective ways to increase HGH production, naturally:

If you suspect you have an adult HGH deficiency, I suggest you be evaluated by a qualified Age Management Medicine Physician. For a recommendation, please feel free to email me at info@thebodywellusa.com.

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Weight Loss Programs, Diets, Tips & Foods | Bembu

Sep 20th, 2017
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With so many different fads out there, weight loss often seems more like a magic trick than it does something you can approach from a common sense angle. Its not simply a matter of reducing your calories, or burning more calories than you consume, you have to feed the body what it really needs so that all of your organs and systems can work the way theyre designed to.

How to Get Rid of Belly Fat

See how to naturally get rid of some of the most stubborn fat ever created. For many, belly fat is the bane of their existence. But it doesnt have to be. By following some simple and all-natural methods for losing stomach fat you can finally be free of it, have better health, and a better self image. No diet pills or crazy abdominal machines necessary.

Weight Loss Tips

Keeping your body looking and feeling its best pays huge dividends to your self confidence as well as your overall enjoyment of life. Here are tips that will keep your weight at the right spot, without forcing you to make huge, sweeping changes to your current lifestyle. Dont be overwhelmed because there are so many tips. Simply start adopting them one at a time and in a few months youll have made big progress.

How to Lose Weight without Dieting

Healthy weight loss doesnt have to be slow paced, and you can lose up to 3 pounds a week if you have enough weight to lose it at that clip. Its important not to hem and haw about how you can lose this much weight, but simply start taking action and measure the results from that action. From there you can make adjustments and find your own unique path to effective weight loss.

Foods That Help You Burn Fat

A large percentage of your weight loss success will hinge upon what you eat. Its much easier to not eat the extra 500 calorie cupcake than it is to try to burn it off with cardio or by working out. An even better idea is to eat foods that help you burn fat, instead of help you gain it. Here is an extensive list of foods you can start eating today in order to start losing weight and burning fat 24/7.

Zero Calorie Foods

Also known as negative calorie foods these foods are designed so that you burn just as many calories eating them as they contain. Its an interesting concept, and definitely one that will help you lose the pounds if thats the goal. Check out which of these have the fewest calories, and how they can help your body with their vitamins and minerals as well.

6 Weeks to A Better Body

Getting a better body is not as hard as you think, and doesnt have to take forever. Here we outline a simple 6 week system that will take you from where you are now, to a better place. The good news is you dont have to kill yourself with an aggressive exercise program or eat nothing but celery and water for a month and a half. These steps help your body get back to its natural state of wellbeing as quickly as possible.

Benefits of Detox Drinks for Weight Loss

Detox drinks are one way to spur weight loss, as they not only help to flush toxins from the body, but they bring important nutrients to help get your major organs back on track. Weve broken down the top 9 benefits youll get by using detox drinks to lose weight, so you can see just how well they work for sustainable weight loss.

Strawberry & Green Tea Smoothie for Weight Loss

Heres a green tea smoothie recipe that will help you lose weight thanks to the antioxidants from the green tea, and the balanced vitamins and minerals from the accompanying ingredients.

How to Use Honey and Cinnamon for Weight Loss

Theres a buzz going around about cinnamon and honey being very helpful when it comes to weight loss. We examine the possible benefits of drinking a honey and cinnamon concoction at strategic times throughout the day as a way to spur weight loss. Find out what to do and how to do it the right way so you can experience the benefits of a slimmer you.

Fat Free Foods

The fat free diet craze is finally behind us, as it has become clear that not all fats are processed by the body in the same way, and there are even healthy fats that youre supposed to eat. But keeping your consumption of unhealthy fat down is still a good way to go, and these foods will keep your fat totals to a minimum.

Weight Loss Supplements & Vitamins

Sometimes just trying to eat healthier foods isnt enough to get the pounds off as quickly as youd like. It can be hard to eat enough fruits and vegetables to supply your body with what it needs day in and day out. Here is a long list of vitamins and supplements that you can use to fill in any gaps that remain after doing your best to make dietary improvements.

Diet Food Delivery Services

Here is an exhaustive list of diet food delivery programs for those that want to eat well, but dont have time to cook. The services from pre-packaged meals that come frozen, to freshly prepared gourmet meals made locally and delivered to your door. Theyre not all created equally of course, and the prices range dramatically, so its a matter of finding the right mix of delicious foods that adhere to your diet plan and fit into your budget.

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Benefits Of Chia Seeds: Diet Food Helps With Weight Loss, Suppresses Appetite – Medical Daily

Sep 7th, 2017
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The weather gets cooler and the days get shorter as we spend less time outdoors. The switch from summer to autumn makes our bodies crave high-calorie and high-fat foods, which makes weight gain a challenge to avoid. However, adding chia seeds, a “weight loss superfood,”to our diet can help suppress our appetite as it nourishes the body with nutrients.

The tiny, flat, oval-shaped seeds are a popular weight loss staple due to their ability to stave off hunger and boost energy. They contain 486 calories per gram, which is 138 calories per ounce because of their omega-3 fatty acids. Meanwhile, just one ounce of chia seeds contains roughly 11 grams of fiber, which is about one-third of the recommended dietary allowancefor fiber.

Previous research suggests diets high in fiber are linked to weight loss. A 2015 study in Annals of Internal Medicine found eating 30 grams of fiber each day can help with losing weight, lowering blood pressure, and improving the body’s response to insulin just as effectively as a more complicated diet. In other words, a simple step can make a difference in encouraginghealthy behaviors, like maintaining or losing weight.

The plant’s extensive health properties, from its ability to control blood sugar to its protein content, may help you avoid weight gain this September, also known asthe “second fattest month of the year,”closely trailing December.

Fiber is known to absorb large amounts of water, causing the stomach to expand, which makes us feel full and slows food absorption.

Megan Casper, a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Megan Casper Nutrition, explained to Medical Daily: “Chia seed are high in soluble fiber, which combines with water to make a gel, making us feel full.”

Chia seeds reactwhen they are put into some type of liquid, and the fibers will absorb their own weight up to 10 to 12 times, creatinga gel-like mass, according to a 2009 study.

Casper adds fiber is digested more slowly than refined carbohydrates. This is linked to acetate, an anti-appetite molecule that tells our brain when we’re full and to stop eating. Acetate is naturally released when fiber is digested in the gut, and when it’s released, it is taken to the brain where it signals us that we can’t have any more.

Chia seeds contain 19 percent protein, which is similar to other seeds, but it contains more proteins compared to a majority of cereals and grains. A high-protein diet has been linked with more satiety and limited food intake. Previous research suggests increasing protein intake from 15 to 30 percent of total calories helped a group of women eat 441 fewer calories per day while losing 11 pounds in just 12 weeks.

Our bodies are susceptible to changing blood sugar levels that can lead to cravings for sugar and other high-fat foods like sweets. Unstable blood sugar levels can lead to weight gain and potentially diabetes. A 2007 study found 20 participants suffering from type 2 diabetes saw improvements in several important health markers when they had 37 grams of chia seeds for 12 weeks. Blood pressure went down; high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) an inflammatory marker went down by 40 percent; and von Willebrand factor (vWF) decreased by 20 percent.

The fiber in chia seeds is comprised of insoluble and soluble fiber, which are both helpful weight loss aids. Constipation can interfere with weight loss, therefore, it’s important to keep the digestive system on track. Rudy Mawer, a sports nutritionist and researcher,explains soluble fiber in chia seeds is able to absorb water, which adds bulk to our stool while also making it soft and malleable.

“This allows fecal matter to pass through your digestive tract with ease,” he told Medical Daily.

Meanwhile, insoluble fiber doesn’t really absorb water and remains fairly undigested. This leads to an increase in bulk, which speeds up waste exretion.

The combination of these two fibers from chia seeds makes it an ideal option for constipation relief.

Chia seeds are ideal for pre and post-workout because of their high protein content. Dr. Alex Roher, an anesthesiologist at San Diego Botox, explained to Medical Daily their versatility: “Having chia seeds a few hours before an intense workout can help provide fat for fuel after your carbs are diminished. Eating them after a workout provides valuable tissue repairing proteins.”

Roher admits he’s used them during sustained activity such as hiking or cross-country skiing to maintain his energy levels.

Moreover, chia seeds contain amino acids, which allowthe body to absorb the protein and potentially lead to weight loss.

Adding chia seeds to your diet this fall can help you avoid the fall weight gain and stay fit.

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Attention Chocoholics: Science Says Cocoa May Delay Type 2 Diabetes – Reader’s Digest

Sep 7th, 2017
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Aizhan Baibulova/ShutterstockThis might surprise you, but eating chocolate isnt one of the worst eating habits for diabetes. In fact, it might actually help prevent and treat diabetes.

According to researchers from Brigham Young University, cocoa contains compounds called epicatechin monomers that can help the body release more insulin, the hormone that manages glucose, which reaches unhealthy levels in diabetes. According to the new research published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, these compounds also improve the bodys responses to increased blood glucose. Epicatechin monomers work, in part, by making beta cellswhich are malfunctioning in diabetesstronger and more productive.

Study collaborators at Virginia Tech fed the compound to animals on a high-fat diet, finding that it lowered the level of obesity and increased their ability to handle increased blood glucose levels. Next, the BYU researchers figured out what was happening on a cellular level with a focus on beta cells.

What happens is its protecting the cellsits increasing their ability to deal with oxidative stress, says study author Jeffery Tessem, assistant professor of nutrition, dietetics and food science at BYU, as reported on ScienceDaily. The epicatechin monomers are making the mitochondria in the beta cells stronger, which produces more ATP (a cells energy source), which then results in more insulin being released.

This study, which was funded in part by grants from the Diabetes Action Research and Education Foundation and the American Diabetes Association, is the first to actually pinpoint the most effective compounds for preventing and/or treating diabetes. These results will help us get closer to using these compounds more effectively in foods or supplements to maintain normal blood glucose control and potentially even delay or prevent the onset of type-2 diabetes, says study co-author Andrew Neilson, assistant professor of food science at Virginia Tech.

Before you start stocking up on your favorite chocolate treats (even healthy chocolate bars),you should know that theres a butand its a pretty big one. While the compounds in cocoa can help people with diabetes, any added sugar is bad idea. That means sugar-free chocolate, or unsweetened cocoa, is the chocolate fix youre going to want to try.

Researchers believe the next step is to work out how to take the compound out of cocoa, multiply it, and use it as a potential treatment for people with diabetes.

Could this scientific breakthrough be amiraclecure for type 1 diabetes?

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8 Things to Know About Your Poop – Allure Magazine

Sep 7th, 2017
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Mary Allen is a plant-based athlete and lifestyle blogger who is always game to chat about poop. Catch her at plantnasty.com and on Instagram.

Can we talk about our poop? Are we there yet? This is the ultimate friendship litmus test for me: I know weve gone from casual acquaintances to BFFs when we can shoot the shit about shit. The thing is, poop is important. Our bowel movements are some of the most telling updates our bodies give us about our health, and many of us could stand to pay them more attention. To give you the 411 on defecation, I spoke with the integrative gastroenterologist and author Robynne Chutkan. Read on for her key points about your poop.

Obviously, men can be constipated too, but women are much more likely to be constipated than men. In fact, research suggests that up to twice as many women as men report suffering from constipation. According to Chutkan, that’s due at least in part to our colons, which are 10 centimeters longer on average than men’s meaning it can take longer for our poop to make its way through. If youre looking for a constipation antidote, upping your fruit, vegetable, and water intake is a good place to start. This shift in your diet will lead to softer, bulkier stools that evacuate more easily.

The medical community is just starting to understand the connections between gut health and mental health. We do know that roughly 90 percent of the bodys serotonin, what Chutkan calls the feel-good hormone, is made in the intestine with the help of bacteria there. Research indicates that the mix of microorganisms in our guts (referred to as our “gut microbiomes”) also influences the production of other neurochemicals, such as GABA and dopamine.

All signs point to importance of the health of your gut microbiome, which Chutkan says is influenced by “what you eat, what medications you take, your living environment, and your contact with nature.” Eating fiber-rich plant foods and avoiding unnecessary rounds of antibiotics, which can disrupt your microbiome, appear to be good steps toward gut health.

Whether you poop twice a day or once every two days, dont stress too much about the schedule. According to Chutkan, People who eat a high fiber plant-based diet may have up to three or four stools a day… Some people only go a few times a week because of slow motility. Both ends of the spectrum from as much as three times a day to as little as three times a week are fine. (That is, as long as your pattern is relatively consistent if, for example, you go suddenly from having two bowel movements a day to two a week, something could be awry).

What’s important is the consistency of the stools you do produce. Consistency tells us a lot about whats going on inside: Very hard stools can be a sign of not enough plant fiber or water, and very loose stool can be a sign of an inflamed colon,” Chutkan says. Generally speaking, you should strive for a smooth, soft, unbroken stool that is several inches long.

Each time you pass a bowel movement, youre ridding your body of biological debris. The longer is takes to clear these waste products out, the more unnecessary exposure you get to toxins in your stool. So although you need food to stay in your body long enough for you to effectively absorb nutrients, you dont want it to linger too long. “Within 48 hours is considered a healthy transit time,” Chutkan says. “People who eat a plant-based diet will generally have faster transit time compared to a diet high in animal protein and fat. Doctors sometimes test colonic transit time for diagnostic purposes using high-tech markers and imaging tools. If youre the DIY type, you can just eat corn, beets, or whole flax seeds and track how long it takes for that food to appear in your poo.

Typically, you want poop that is a deep, brown color that looks like melted chocolate, Chutkan says. Other shades, including yellow, green, red, and black, are cause for concern if they persist. Yellow stool could signify the presence of a parasite, for example giardia; green stool could be evidence of a C. diff infection; red stool could be a sign of bleeding from the colon; and black stool could be the result of bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal tract.

However, sometimes colorful stool is perfectly fine. Beets can turn your poop red. Iron supplements can turn it black (consult a doctor about whether you need additional iron before you start popping supplements, since too much iron can make you sick.) Green leafy vegetables can turn your stool a gentle grassy green, while that blue raspberry slushie you grabbed at the gas station could also make for an unusually pigmented deuce. The bottom line is to stay attuned to inexplicable changes in the color of your poop, and don’t hesitate to consult a doctor if anything seems out of whack.

Poop gets a bad rap for being malodorous, but according to Chutkan, “in general, if you eat a healthy, unprocessed plant based diet youll have healthy, non-smelly poo. To achieve a less fragrant stool, cut back on high-sulfur foods, including meat, as well as high-fat, high-sugar, processed foods. A caveat: Cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage might make your bathroom trips a bit smellier, but their health benefits make it worth it.

What comes out is a direct reflection of what goes in!” Chutkan says. “If youre constipated, have smelly poo, lots of gas and bloating, or slimy loose stool, you need to take a good look at your diet and lifestyle, not just head for the medicine cabinet.” A diet rich in unprocessed plant based foods is the surest ticket to achieving what Chutkan calls “Stool Nirvana”: no- or low-odor, bulky, chocolatey brown poo, which passes cleanly and sinks to the bottom of the bowl. Its a poo, she says, that leaves you feeling “cleansed” and “bright” and who doesn’t want that?

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