TEL: 616.808.2695 | FAX: 616.808.26971959 East Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
02/Aug/2022

Our weight loss programs are on special for the month of August. It includes either the 4, 5 or 10-week HCG Weight Loss and even the 12-week Adolescent Program.

Also on special are our MIC (Methionine-Inositol-Choline) injections. Only $10 all month long. These lipotropic injections are a great addition for continued fat metabolism with a healthy diet and lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call the office to schedule a free consultation to find the right program for you or to place your order for the injections. 616-808-2695


18/Jul/2022

In recent years, there has been more and more evidence linking small bowel overgrowth (SIBO) and irritable bowel syndrome. Anyone suffering from chronic constipation, diarrhea, gas and bloating should look further to rule out SIBO. It has been shown that SIBO is an underlying factor for those patients with fibromyalgia.

The majority of our microbiome resides in the lower part of the large intestine. SIBO is an increase in the number of bacteria in the small intestine. It isn’t an infection or too many “bad” bacteria, but rather too many bacteria in the wrong part of the digestive tract. This bacterial migration is often due to low stomach acid production or a pancreatic enzyme insufficiency and sub-optimal function of our internal migrating motor complex (MMC).

Other symptoms not listed above can include: 

  • Abdominal pain
  • Belching
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Brain Fog 

 

These symptoms are often worse after eating simple sugars and carbohydrates. This is due to bacterial fermentation of the sugars and failure of the MMC to fully sweep the undigested food particles from the small intestine. These bacteria can also produce toxic by-products that can be damaging to the mucosal lining of the intestine. If not addressed, it can lead to permeability issues. 

There are several testing options to detect the presence of bacteria in the small intestine. The best is a 3-hour breath test. There is also a stool test that is more comprehensive and looks further at digestive function and inflammation as a whole. Both are available through Age Management. 

 

SIBO won’t go away on its own, and takes a little more than just adding in some probiotics. We need to decrease the amount of bacteria in the small intestine. This can be accomplished with antibiotics and a rotation of antimicrobials. The final step is to complete the 17 week GI Repair program here at Age Management. If you think you may have SIBO or any of the symptoms, please reach out, don’t suffer another day. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7083062/


20/Jun/2022


$200 off

GI Repair and Restore Program



80% of our immune system is in our gut….. the starting point for functional healing. Institute of Functional Medicine

The gastrointestinal system has a direct effect on all major systems in the human body.  Imbalances in the GI system can have dramatic effects on immune system function, brain and cognitive function, inflammation, and numerous hormone functions.

The 17 week GI Repair and Restore program is a comprehensive program that addresses all areas of gastrointestinal imbalances to restore optimal GI and immune system function.

Symptoms associated with Gastrointestinal Dysfunction

  • Abdominal Pain (Chronic)
  • Bloating
  • Anxiety
  • Gluten Intolerance
  • Heartburn and Reflux
  • Migraines
  • Chemical Sensitivities
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Low Exercise Tolerance
  • Poor Memory
  • Recurrent Vaginal Infections
  • Brittle Nails
  • Swollen Lymph Glands
  • Constipation
  • Liver Dysfunction
  • Abdominal Spasms
  • Constant Hunger Pains
  • Low Energy
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Weight Gain
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive Gas
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Malnutrition
  • Nutrient Deficiencies
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Muscle Pain
  • Mood Swings
  • Poor Immune System Function
  • Recurrent Bladder Infections
  • Skin rashes and sensitivity
  • Hair Loss
  • Food Allergies
  • Inflammation
  • Brain Fatigue
  • Anal Irritation
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Depression


17/Jun/2022

Stress is an inevitable part of life and comes in many forms.   Stressors on the body can be internal, external, physical, psychological, physiological, environmental, or chemical.   These stressors can be acute, episodic acute or chronic in nature and all cause a cortisol response that starts a cascade effect of responses in the body that can lead to chronic health decline.   “Start with the Adrenals” is a motto in functional medicine treatment.  Evaluation of the stress response and management of this response is essential in promoting long term health and well-being.  Age Management promotes an integrative lifestyle approach to best manage adrenal health and cortisol (stress) management.

 

Monitoring Adrenal function:  

Age Management utilizes an (ASI) Adrenal Stress Index test with patients to determine the health and function of the Adrenal glands.   This is a saliva test that gives us a circadian cortisol profile, Cortisol-DHEA Correlation level, Insulin activity, 17-OH Progresterone , Total salivary sIgA, and gluten(gliaden) Antibody response.   Cortisol has a normal diurnal pattern throughout the day, with levels peaking in the morning and declining at night.   Numerous studies show that deviations from this pattern are associated with signs ad symptoms of Adrenal Dysfunction.

 

Supplement Support:

Supplements can help support key nutrients that are essential for healthy adrenal function.  Following is a list of the main adrenal support supplements utilized at Age Management of West Michigan.

Adreset:  Herbal blend for overall Adrenal support to increase energy and stress resilience.    Utilizes a combination of Cordyceps, Asian Ginseng, and Rhodiola.   

Adrenevive:  Blend of herbs, amino acids, and phosphatidylserine to support Adrenal function and decrease cortisol levels.  Phosphatidylserine has been shown in several studies to effectively decrease cortisol levels in the blood.

7-Keto DHEA:  DHEA is the precursor hormone in production of cortisol and deficient levels can cause imbalance in diurnal cortisol patterns.   We recommend utilizing 7-Keto DHEA instead of DHEA.   7-Keto DHEA only has effect on cortisol pathways, where DHEA can have an effect on numerous hormone pathways.

L-Tyrosine:  L-Tyrosine is a free form amino acid that is a key building block to Adrenal and Thyroid hormones.  L-Tyrosine supplementation can provide and increase in both cognitive and physical energy.

 

Nutritional Support:

Cortisol has an effect on our body’s nutrition intake and nutrition directly has an effect on Cortisol levels.  Elevated stress and cortisol can have both an appetite stimulating effect or cause GI distress and a deficiency in nutrient intake.  Dietary extremes in either direction have an impact on cortisol production and release.

Research studies show that a Western diet that includes an increase in refined carbohydrates and saturated fats, along with a decrease in dietary fiber causes an upregulation of cortisol release.   

Exercise support

Regular physical activity and exercise have a positive effective in both increasing the body’s stress resilience and managing cortisol levels.  A 2021 study showed a 42% decrease in cortisol levels following three weeks of a HIIT exercise routine.   Be aware, that too much exercise and over training can lead to an increase in Adrenal stimulation and cortisol levels.

Neurofeedback support

LENS neurofeedback has been one of the most successful treatments used at Age Management of West Michigan to treat stress and anxiety.   LENS is FDA approved to calm and rebalance the nervous system and brain.  This makes the brain and body more stress resistant and decreases any sympathetic nervous response to stressors and environmental stimuli that directly cause an increase in cortisol production and release.  

Sleep Patterns

Consistent and quality sleep is essential for maintaining Cortisol levels and a healthy diurnal cortisol pattern throughout the day.   Lack of sleep causes elevated Cortisol levels.  Try to set a consistent sleep window where you are going to bed and waking up around the same time every day.

Stress Management Techniques

Deep breathing, meditation, yoga, exercise, or just being in nature are all effective ways to manage stress and cortisol levels in the body.  

Utilizing an integrative approach of all the above lifestyle techniques and treatments is the most effective way to manage stress and cortisol effects on the body.

 


1959 East Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546

TEL: 616.808.2695 | FAX: 616.808.2697

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