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Category Archives: Functional Medicine & Cellular Health

What are peptides and why is copper so important in healing?

What are peptides? Peptides are normal signaling proteins produced by our own body to perform a particular function. Our bodies normally produce peptides! When we injure ourselves, our body produces peptides to direct the wound healing cells to start the healing process. It informs the cells to produce more collagen, improve blood flow and help with remodeling of the scar, for example. This is the NORMAL healing process. Another example of a peptide is insulin. When the blood sugar level in the body is high, our bodies increase insulin production to lower blood sugar. Important peptides that control healing We have incorporated several peptides into our post-surgical protocol to help accelerate healing. These peptides in combination:- Reduce inflammation and pain Work as antioxidants Stimulate collagen... continue reading >

Should Celery Juice be on Your Daily Menu?

Just a few years ago, juicing was a trend that was of interest to relatively few people. As time has passed, we’ve become much more aware of the value of living well. Studies indicate that we are living longer, so why not preserve the actual life in our many years? If you’ve been considering ways to support your body throughout your aging process, juicing may be a practice that has come across your path. Juicing oranges and apples doesn’t sound like much of a stretch, but celery? Yes. Here’s why. Thanks for four-time NY Times best-seller Anthony William, aka “Medical Medium,” there is a celery juice crazy sweeping the globe. Numerous celebrities, including Sylvester Stallone and Kim Kardashian, have jumped onto his bandwagon. Does that... continue reading >

#11 Ways to Take Your Sleep to the Next Level

In today's busy world, many people are working longer hours and sacrificing their sleep. Studies suggest that we should be getting at least 7 hours of restful sleep each night. Many of us are getting just 4-6 hours each night but the “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” mentality may actually be knocking healthy years off of your life. Poor sleep affects your hormones, mood, and brain function so it’s no surprise that disease and obesity are on the rise during the same time that we are getting less sleep. Alternatively, having good, deep sleep each night is shown to improve productivity, brain function, energy levels, weight loss, and reduce the risk for diseases such as heart disease, stroke, depression, and type 2 diabetes. If you... continue reading >

6 meaningful ways to improve your digestion

Your gut’s health is vital to your overall health. Good digestion determines which nutrients are absorbed. Good digestion will also get rid of toxins. In essence, gut health is directly linked to the health of your entire body. Your gut ecosystem Your gut is responsible for breaking down and absorbing your food. That is a very important job that requires a lot of work!  For you to have optimal health, look to great digestion. First, the bugs in your gut are like a rainforest, a large ecosystem.  It contains 3 pounds of bacteria that include some 500 different species like a chemical factory. These chemicals include the “happy hormones” your body needs such as serotonin and dopamine. That factory also helps you digest your food,... continue reading >

Nutrient Testing Scottsdale & Phoenix, AZ

Why Consider Nutrient Testing?

More people are becoming interested in how they can manage their aging process with food and supplements. This move toward healthy living is advantageous and also a little confusing. Multiple studies show that what’s on your plate really can heal you – or hurt you. However, it’s not quite this simple. According to statistics, a vast majority of the population is missing the mark. Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey revealed that more than 90% of Americans are deficient in vitamin E. More than 55% have a magnesium deficiency. Why This Matters Micronutrients, the vitamins and minerals that we consume daily, are crucial to every physiological function of the body. Your body relies on adequate amounts of micronutrients such as vitamins A,... continue reading >

Why IV Therapy Makes Sense

A new year brings us new opportunities to shake things up and create new goals. To achieve what we set out to do, we must be highly operational. As we can see from the popularity of IV therapy, more people realize that it doesn’t have to be so difficult to enhance health and wellness and, thus, performance. We are proud to offer innovative services like our Vitamin IV to patients of our Scottsdale office. Here, we want to share with you what this modality is and what it can do for you. IV Therapy 101 IV means intravenous. It is a delivery system that is normally associated with the administration of sedative and anesthetic drugs during surgical procedures. In addition to distribute medication, the IV... continue reading >

is your body getting enough magnesium

Is Your Body Getting Enough Magnesium?

You most likely will see Magnesium listed on the back of your daily multivitamin supplement.  The question though is if your body is getting the amount it needs. Magnesium is an essential macro-mineral that plays a very important role in many of our body’s functions.  Unlike trace minerals, macro-minerals are needed in large amounts.  Magnesium plays a part in hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body.  It maintains normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, regulates the heart’s function, and supports the production of energy. Since magnesium aids in so many crucial functions of the body, it is very important that we regularly replenish our levels to prevent symptoms that can occur from a magnesium deficiency….and most likely, just taking your daily... continue reading >

anti-inflammatory foods

Food is Medicine- Healthy Ways to Reduce Inflammation in Your Body

Inflammation is your body's natural response to injury or infection, attempting to heal itself.  Without inflammation, your body would not be able to heal from wounds or infections.  This type of inflammation is referred to as acute or temporary.  Chronic inflammation is prolonged, keeping your body on high alert at all times, which can lead to more serious health problems such as arthritis, depression, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Chronic inflammation can be caused by a poor diet, smoking, too much alcohol, and chronic stress.  It can often go unnoticed for a long time attacking internally, until there are noticeable symptoms of a serious health problem.  Understanding the causes of inflammation and taking healthy steps to help lessen chronic inflammation is crucial. Food can play... continue reading >

Is Your Immune System Stressed?

Last week, we treated two patients at Ong Institute for Plastic Surgery & Health needing some additional "help" with their immune system . Our first patient had a rash that started developing all over her body. She had seen a dermatologist several times, given antibiotics and treatment without any improvement for 2 weeks. I recognized the amount of stress that was going on in her life, and knew that her immune system had been compromised. We gave her a Vitamin IV push  and IV glutathione and within 12 hours her rash and began to subside and in 24 hours was 50% improved. The second patient was battling multiple recurrent infections, and was recently "down" with another upper respiratory event feeling fatigue, and unwell taking some... continue reading >

Why Are IV Vitamins The Most Efficient Way To Energize Your Brain And Body?

Do we need vitamins? Specifically IV vitamins? Research shows that only 15% of Americans eat a balanced diet. In addition, we are constantly stressing our bodies on a daily basis. The constant push to be better both mentally and physically takes its toll over time leading to overworked bodily systems, particularly the immune system. We are constantly on the go. We are not getting enough rest, sleep and not eating well enough to fuel our bodies for what we demand it to do.The immune system is affected and the body does not get the nutrients it needs to keep up. We start to feel the effects:- 1. Constant lack of energy 2. Inability to concentrate or focus 3. Frequent viral illness 4. Aches and pains... continue reading >

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