The Unknown Link Between Protein, Beauty Concerns, and Menopause

The Unknown Link Between Protein, Beauty Concerns, and Menopause

by Dr. David Minkoff July 09, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.

What’s the common link between menopause and beauty concerns (sagging skin, hair loss) in women who are aging? It might surprise you to learn it’s a lack of protein.

One study showed that over a month’s period of time, adding an essential amino acid blend (amino acids are critical for making protein in the body) to a 2,000 calorie diet of mainly vegetables and some fruits plus walking for an hour a day resulted in significant weight loss without sagging skin under the chin or in other areas of the body.

Amino acids also help women mitigate the effects of menopause. During menopause, falling levels of hormones cause lean body tissue to begin to break down. Loss of bone, skin collagen, muscle mass, brain cells, and neurotransmitters all lead to more rapid aging, and the feeling that one is getting old. Wrinkles, weakness, osteoporosis, sagging skin, and a loss of energy occurs—all things women want to avoid.

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The Secret Power of Proprietary Blends: Why the Industry Needs Them

The Secret Power of Proprietary Blends: Why the Industry Needs Them

by Dr. David Minkoff July 04, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

There’s a lot of negativity that surrounds proprietary blends, but companies have a legitimate reason to use them---protecting recipes. The hard work and preparation that goes into producing a powerful multi-ingredient formula has been stymied. In fact, formulations have been constantly criticized by the general public.

How many times have you heard how companies with proprietary blends aren’t legit? Or how these formulations are made with cheap ingredients? Well, like the old adage goes, “you can’t believe everything you hear.”

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Autism Rising: Heavy Metals, Genetics, And a Little Hope

Autism Rising: Heavy Metals, Genetics, And a Little Hope

by Dr. David Minkoff July 04, 2019 7 min read 0 Comments

Autism diagnoses continue to rise at an alarming rate. According to the CDC the rate has gone from 1 in 160 children in the year 2000 to 1 in 59 in 2018 [1]. 

That is an increase of 267% in less than 20 years!

While there are no definitive answers, pieces of the puzzle are slowly coming together. As the picture becomes clearer, we can look at a number of factors to make sense of the disturbing statistics…

...and take decisive preventative actions. 

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Struggling with Low Thyroid? Protein Deficiency Could Be to Blame

Struggling with Low Thyroid? Protein Deficiency Could Be to Blame

by Dr. David Minkoff July 02, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.

There’s a common link behind health issues like weight gain, fatigue, thinning hair, dry skin, and regular constipation that many of us suffer from, and it’s often overlooked.

If you deal with these symptoms, you may be thyroid hormone deficient. Estimates tell us that at least 60% of the U.S. population may suffer with this condition, and yet, many people go undiagnosed because the “normal” range for thyroid is inaccurate.

When doctors run a test called TSH to check a patient’s level of thyroid stimulating hormone, the normal range for most labs is 0.5 to 4.5. If the patient is in that range, most doctors will move on and chalk the symptoms up to something else.

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Protein is the Key to Fighting Leaky Gut and Restoring Your Health

Protein is the Key to Fighting Leaky Gut and Restoring Your Health

by Dr. David Minkoff June 25, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

The following is adapted from The Search for the Perfect Protein.

Today, many people suffer from a condition they may not even know exists: “leaky gut.”

You see, the gut requires adequate amounts of essential amino acids to regenerate itself every few days. If they are lacking in the body, then the gut membrane can become more permeable, creating an increased susceptibility to “leak” fragments from proteins and microorganisms into the bloodstream from the intestines.

As you can imagine, this is very bad. Some people contract infections from their own intestines, which can lead to a blood infection, resulting in sepsis or meningitis.

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The BodyHealth Guide to Micronutrients

The BodyHealth Guide to Micronutrients

by Dr. David Minkoff June 19, 2019 7 min read 0 Comments

The word “micronutrients” sure sounds nice.

Health marketers use it as a generic catch-all term, but usually without any specific meaning.

It’s easy to have an idea about what it probably is –– small nutrients, right? –– and it’s easy to understand that they are probably important.

But what are they really? And what do they do? Are there different kinds?

This article will help you clear up the confusion so you can make an informed choice about your health and nutrition and what is or is not a worthwhile purchase.

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BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) vs EAAs (Essential Amino Acids)

BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) vs EAAs (Essential Amino Acids)

by Dr. David Minkoff June 18, 2019 6 min read 0 Comments

BCAAs (Branched-Chain Amino Acids) are all the craze these days. Pushed by supplements companies and hyped by paid sponsors, what are these supplements, what do they actually do, and are they worth it?
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How Protein Helps the Elderly Combat Cognitive and Physical Decline

How Protein Helps the Elderly Combat Cognitive and Physical Decline

by Dr. David Minkoff June 18, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

It’s impossible to prevent all age-related breakdowns, but they can definitely be slowed down and whole-body performance can improve. When we contrast MRI images of a person’s arm muscles at age twenty and fifty, we can see that the average person loses about thirty percent of their lean body weight throughout those years.
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What You're Being Told Helps with Osteoporosis is Probably Wrong

What You're Being Told Helps with Osteoporosis is Probably Wrong

by Dr. David Minkoff June 11, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

If your jaw doesn’t disintegrate, you still have to worry about side effects like joint and muscle pain, nausea, heartburn, and ulcers. Due to the small potential of benefit and high risk, I do not consider bisphosphonates a worthwhile treatment option.

But what about increasing your calcium intake. That has to help, right?

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How to Address Your Body's Nutritional Needs No Matter Your Diet

How to Address Your Body's Nutritional Needs No Matter Your Diet

by Dr. David Minkoff June 04, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

At the top of that list of needs is protein. I say the following as a doctor and a former vegetarian: vegans and vegetarians who don’t supplement their diets with amino acids are very likely to experience a decline in health—there just isn’t enough protein in fruits and vegetables to maintain cellular health. If you've been a vegetarian for more than six to twelve months, it is very likely that your level of serum essential amino acids are low, which is the prelude to your body moving into a state of breakdown.
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What's The Big Deal? Macros And Optimal Health

What's The Big Deal? Macros And Optimal Health

by Dr. David Minkoff May 23, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

So, we’re going to dig into a big one: macros – aka macronutrients.

Now you’ve probably heard about macronutrients, especially in relation to a paleo or ketogenic diet.

So, what’s the big deal? What’s actually important? What’s fluff? And what’s worth paying attention to?

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What is Destroying Your Gut Health? And What To Do About It.

What is Destroying Your Gut Health? And What To Do About It.

by Dr. David Minkoff May 22, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

The health of your microbiome depends on having the proper balance between beneficial bacteria and potentially pathogenic bacteria, as well as the health and integrity of your gut lining.

When your microbiome falls out of balance or loses its diversity, or your gut lining becomes compromised, it can impact many processes in your body and your risk of chronic disease.
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