I get a lot of private messages and emails asking me how the TRU products work. So, this is my ‘in a nutshell’ description of the new TruWeight & Energy Gen 2 product. What is in it & How it works!
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Benzylamine HCL – is a naturally occurring substance found in celery. It is used to help regulate blood sugar thus inhibiting blood sugar spikes which in turn helps minimize insulin spikes.
Natural Caffeine & Caffeine Citrate – This formula does contain a small amount of Caffeine. The use of caffeine in moderation and in the right application (i.e. the caffeine contained in headache tablets), has a positive effect on one’s body. This formula does not contain a sufficient amount of caffeine to cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms. Just enough is used to act as a catalyst in activating other key ingredients in the formula.
Dendrobium – Dendrobium is one of fifty of fundamental herbs in traditional medicine. It is found in certain species of the Orchid family. The complexity of the plant is largely attributed to its unique profile of alkaloids, such as: Dendrine, Nobiline, Nobilonine, etc (Dr. Duke Phytochemical Database). Extracts enriched in dendrobium alkaloids show many beneficial effects, including: increased focus, enhanced confidence, and increased energy. Unlike other stimulants these effects are not typically seen with an increase in blood pressure. Because of Dendrobium’s unique properties it is considered to be highly effective when coupled with other stimulants and/or nominal amounts of caffeine in helping individuals obtain their weight loss goals.
Evodiamine – An Asian plant extract that has been demonstrated in laboratory studies to reduce both fat uptake, act as a thermogenic, and stimulate metabolism.12,13
Green Tea – Green Tea EGCG Extract: Green tea enriched in Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) shows significant results in helping individuals maintain their weight. Green tea has long shown promise in helping individuals maintain a healthy weight, after significant green tea research it is now believed that the EGCG compound is what contributed to the reduction in weight. There are three hypothesis on how Green Tea EGCG helps in promoting a healthy weight: 1) Increase blood flow – By increasing the blood flow throughout the body, there is increased oxygenation to muscles and thereby increasing caloric demands; 2) When combined with a nominal amount of caffeine allow for increased fat oxidation (Dulloo et al, 1999); and 3) modulating insulin effect – Regulating the signaling of insulin in response to carbohydrate consumption allows one to not be as susceptible to blood sugar spiking (Li et al, 2006). Green Tea is also a rich source of anti-oxidants.
Hordenine HCL – A natural phenethylamine compound which is naturally occurring in a variety of plants, but typically sourced from barley grass. It works primarily through the release of norepinephrine. It’s actions are multi-fold – it works to increase metabolism and energy, while decreasing appetite. It has also been noted to improve mood and focus, and may increase the amount of calories burned during workouts. Synergysitc with, caffeine, and Yohimbe. http://nootriment.com/hordenine-hcl/
Korean Ginseng – Is an adaptogen and has been used for centuries for its health promoting benefits. Some of those reported benefits include energy, strengthening the immune system, stress reduction, mental clarity, etc
Methylcobalamin – Also known as vitamin B-12, it can normalize appetite and give greater levels of energy thus fighting fatigue. It is also known to lessen muscle pain and promote better sleep. It can enhance mood, and combat mild levels of depression. It also contributes to clarity of thought and focus. It contributes to overall motivation to maintain an active life style.
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) – is a sulphur-bearing amino acid which has a long history of use for a variety of issues. Not only is it instrumental in supporting the body’s production of the master antioxidant glutathione, but it is protective to the lungs, liver and kidneys. It has been demonstrated to reduce insulin sensitivity, and supports the normalization of circulating hormones. It also modulates several neurotransmitters which cam improve mood.
Niacinamide – Also known as vitamin B3, and is found naturally in many foods. Niacin has been shown to support healthy cholesterol levels, circulation, and blood sugar.
Theacrine – is a natural plant extract which structurally resembles caffeine but appears to have fewer side effects, making it known as an acceptable alternative to caffeine. It is noted to increase energy levels, and has stimulatory effects. It may boost physical activity, motivation, concentration, and levels of alertness. Anecdotal reports suggest it may be useful in reducing fatigue, and have anti-aging and immune boosting properties.16,17
Trimethylglycine (TMG) – An organic compound found in many plants, but commonly isolated from beets. Trimethylglycine is required for methylation, and for the synthesis of neurotransmitters. It also plays a key role in energy production, and is beneficial for optimal digestion, liver health, and certain detoxification pathways.14,15
Yohimbe – is a herbal extract used to provide energy. It is also been demonstrated to support vascular health and circulation.
How it works:
First, let me preface this by saying that Gen2 was not designed to be taken alone. It was designed to be paired with TruFix. The two work synergistically. At it’s most basic level, the TruFix balances glucose levels and underlying body chemistry allowing the body to release it’s stored fat. The Gen 2 product has several key actions:
- reduces appetite
- reduces craving
- increases satiety, so you feel full faster
- stimulates metabolism and fat burning
- enhances energy levels
This is why it is so important to take the combo together. Think of the combo this way: The TruFix is the electricity, it is what makes everything possible. It balances body chemistry so that it is in a position to release stored fat. The TruWeight & Energy is the light switch. It allows that electrical potential to happen or not happen. Just like how the light bulb and light switch work together, our products do too. You can flip a switch all you want, but if there is no electricity, nothing is going to happen. Likewise, if you have electricity but no way to flip the switch, nothing is going to happen. You need to have both present in order to turn the light on! One without the other always results in lost potential.
January is a new year and it gives you the opportunity to have a new start. Evaluate your diet, make the appropriate fixes, get out and move more, and take your TRU together. It is up to you to ‘flip that switch’!
I have a specific program to help people lose weight and reclaim their health! my specialty is helping people with ‘stubborn fat’. You know who you are – you’ve tried every diet imaginable, yet your body really struggles with letting go. Whether it is because you don’t have a gallbladder, you have hormonal imblaances, you are hypothyroid, or you have other health challenges — Please message me for more information, and visit me at my Facebook group Weight Loss Resources with Dr. Miranda .
Acne sucks. Yes, I said it!
As someone who has had uber fair, oily, sensitive skin my entire life, acne was something I battled with from the age of 11 onward. I was so self conscious of my skin that I didn’t get in any baby photos after the birth of some of my children. I saw numerous doctors and dermatologists over the years for it, but nothing *really* seemed to work for me. So, I experimented with every new product or diet on the market for more years than I care to admit to. I FINALLY found a winning combination however, and I am happy to share it with you.
Cystic / hormonal acne can be deep, painful, red, and it can even scar. It does have a genetic component, so if either parent had it, you are more likely to have it yourself. Hormones certainly exacerbate it, and are the leading trigger for many people. In fact, many teenage girls are put onto birth control pills under the auspices of [hopefully] controlling their acne. There are dietary triggers, and food allergies certainly play a role, however both contribute to inflammation – which also makes acne worse. So barring getting hundreds of dollars worth of food allergy tests (although I do recommend those), I am going to cover what you can do at home, today, to turn your skin around but before I do, I would be remiss without mentioning conventional treatments. People with cystic /hormonal acne commonly have overactive sebaceous glands, and they may also have bacterial overgrowth or imbalances on the skin.
Conventional treatments typically include antibiotics, steroid injections, medications such as retinols or Accutane®, hormonal birth control pills, and various other topical preparations. All of these have their own associated potential side effects, the most common ones are photo-sensitivity, headaches, dry eyes and mouth, gastrointestinal issues, peeling or painful skin, depression, allergies, yeast overgrowth, muscle pain, and infection. Hormone based birth control also has additional side effects which you should discuss with your prescribing physician.
So, what can you do about it? The answer is a lot, actually. Let’s start with diet; it needs to be cleaned up. Eliminate as many processed foods as possible. The biggest allergen that I have found in my office is dairy. Eliminate it for 1 month and see how the skin does. It takes at least a month of ZERO dairy (no cheating!) to really get a good idea if dairy is your issue. Remember though, dairy is hidden in a lot of foods, and some people are horrible at avoiding it (ahem, teenagers, I am calling you out on this!). I suggest increasing your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, and adding fresh lemon to your drinking water. Using neem soap, and applying a mask of raw honey or a probiotic paste once a week for 20 minutes can improve the skin ecology by reducing bad bacteria.
My skin improved with all of these things, but it never totally turned around until I stumbled on the following trifecta. I will preface this by saying that I have a much deserved reputation for finding odd-ball products that no one has ever heard of. I certainly love to experiment, and I LOVE Asian and Korean skin care products. I have read industry reports that they are typically 10 years ahead of the curve as compared to American skin care, and I believe it. I have rarely been disappointed with any of my Asian skincare or cosmetic purchases.
My daily routine is very simple: First, I use Tony Moly Floria Cleanser . It is an opaque white cream and you literally use less than a centimeter of it because it is so heavily concentrated. One bottle lasts me approx. 10 months with daily use. Second, I apply two pumps worth of Skin Food’s Peach Sake Pore Serum. It is a product designed to reduce oil production in the skin, and a bottle lasts 45 +/- days for me. I apply my make up over it once it dries. Now twice a week, I use Roc Resurfacing Disks on my skin before bed. This helps to eliminate all of the debris that accumulates on the skin over the course of the week. I’m frugal – so I cut them in half, therefore, a tub of 28 lasts a LONG time! That’s it! As you can see from my candid, unfiltered photo, my skin is the best it has ever looked, and I think it looks pretty good for being 40. My daughter, who also struggles with acne, follows my regimen now, and you can see her teenage skin has done well with the system too. In fact, as I worked on perfecting this over the past year, I have recommended it to several of my clients, and they have all reported massive massive improvements with it.
So, if acne is something you struggle with, and you have tried everything else, give this a shot. All three items are priced at $11 or less including shipping, and some last a very long time. I can say easily say that it has been the hands-down best skincare system I have found thus far.
*Clicking on the BLUE names of the Products above will take you to their sales page on amazon. These are not sponsored links. I receive no compensation for recommending them to you.
** Whenever you start a new skin care regimen, your skin can initially break out as the acne ‘brewing’ in various stages within the skin needs to come out. This is temporary and is to be expected. As always, please seek the counsel of your physician if you have any issues or concerns.
THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET WHEN IT COMES TO WEIGHT LOSS! That is why there is NO SINGLE THING that will work for everyone. There are simply too many factors involved. That said, we can encompass these factors into key categories: Dietary, Hormonal, Chemical, Exercise, and last but not least – Emotional. Dietary factors are the easiest to explain – you have to feed your body real food and provide it with nutritionally sound fuel if you want it to function at a decent level. You wouldn’t put bad gas in your car and expect it to run well, the same can be said for your body. The second imbalance is hormonal – while we have dozens of hormones that readily affect our weight, with women, thyroid, adrenal, or sex hormone imbalances are the most common culprits. Chemical imbalances are both the easiest and the hardest to change. You have control over the chemicals you expose your body to, you may not have as much control over the medications you take. Nearly every drug that is prescribed not only induces specific vitamin and mineral depletions, but many are highly toxic and have a plethora of side effects. There is a long list of medications that not only impair weight loss but can cause weight gain. If you are on prescribed medications which are associated with weight issues- speak to your prescribing physician to see if there are better options (with fewer side effects) available to you. Exercise is the factor which everyone underestimates. Now, I don’t think you need to run marathons or bench press your weight, but most people think they exercise far more than they do. Get a pedometer and keep a record of your physical activity. Walking is one of the best activities you can do. If you can handle more, look into HIIT, yoga, swimming, or even mild weights. Chiropractors are always fond of the saying, “move it or lose it” – if you are not actively moving your joints, you accelerate the aging process, and your strength and flexibility will decrease at a fairly consistent rate. Lastly – lets look at emotional factors. There is a HUGE emotional component to weight loss (and to allergies, but I will save that conversation for another day). Some of us get comfort from food. Some of us were conditioned as children to ‘clean our plates’, some are addicted to fats and sweets. Women that are nurturing and caregivers tend to struggle with weight more than those that are not care givers. Some use fat as an insulation against emotions. Some of us mentally *see* ourselves as a big girl, and can’t even imagine ourselves thinner. Some of us have given up hope.
Let me be very blunt – no one will ever reach and maintain their ‘happy weight’ unless all of these factors are balanced. You might lose and regain the same 15 (or 40) lbs over and over, but you will not be able to maintain it. As a chiropractor, I am trained in balancing the body – that is what we do. We balance it so it works correctly. Moving into the weight loss realm isn’t that much different – you will notice that everything I suggest or recommend isn’t extreme, it is practical & doable. I focus on helping you achieve balance – and I give you simple tools to accomplish that. It could be supplements to balance what your gallbladder should be doing. It could be supplements which balance your body chemistry so you can enhance your metabolism. It may be easy activities like walking to increase your cardiovascular fitness and lymph flow. I may suggest you speak to your physician about certain medications, and I may even suggest other things which impact those emotional factors.
Weight loss is a process, your happy weight is the destination. The road isn’t easy, but it isn’t hard either – it just requires consistent effort. The process doesn’t usually occur at warp speed, but you didn’t accumulate those impairments to your health overnight either. I have dedicated my life to helping people – and if YOU don’t give up on you, I won’t either! Anyone who purchases products from me, whether it is Beta, TruVision, Vitamin D, – or anything else, becomes my personal client. I send you my personal phone number, my email, and make myself completely accessible to you. I will help you reach your goals, but I want you to know that I can’t do the work for you – only steer you in the right direction. You are always in control of your own destiny.
So, as you’ve read this, and are contemplating your own situation, ask yourself if you are balanced. Are you focusing all of your efforts on one factor and ignoring the rest? If you make a concerted effort to achieve balance in all of these 5 factors, I can absolutely guarantee you that you will achieve your happy weight and never leave it again!
This basic principle applies to any surgery , albeit different organ systems are affected, but for our purposes, we will relate this to gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy).
ANY time you have surgery (of any sort) you can experience fatigue. Your body only heals when you are asleep – so that is nature’s way of getting you to slow down – so you can heal efficiently [while sleeping]. That said, most people didn’t go into surgery with a fully functioning gallbladder. It could have been dysfunctional or essentially non-functioning for months or even years before that. So , that means you have months or years of digestive issues and not getting the building blocks your body needs to make hormones or repair itself. Surgery brings its own issues, as it increases the demand you have for certain nutrients – like vitamin C, B vitamins, protein, glutathione, etc . So, when you have gallbladder surgery – you go from just being deficient in the fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K) and essential fatty acids to being potentially deficient in most of the major vitamin categories. To compound matters, they typically put you on a significant dose of antibiotics after your surgery – which kills off the good bacteria in your gut along with the bad, and since 80% of you immune function comes from the gut and those good bacteria, your immune function goes down , making your MORE tired and susceptible to catching everything that goes around. It is a hard thing to dig yourself out of. You have to overhaul your diet (and you rarely get that advice), you have to get optimal levels of sleep, and you have to get out in the sunshine and fresh air and get some exercise. Otherwise you feel like you are trying to dig yourself out of a hole with a plastic spoon. Now, occasionally people feel great after surgery, but they are the exception to the rule. In 12 years of practice, I have rarely met anyone who didn’t have to make changes to feel better afterwards. Sooner or later their underlying nutritional deficiencies caught up to them and affected their health.
Your body uses cholesterol and vitamin D as precursors to make many of your hormones, including your sex hormones. Fats are necessary for life, and your brain is largely a fatty organ. This is why people taking anti-cholesterol medications (statins) frequently experience decreased libido, or even sexual dysfunction. They also often experience short term memory issues.
I have heard doctors argue that the gallbladder is unnecessary. They say that since the liver continues to make bile, then fat absorption continues. I disagree with this. First, I don’t believe we were designed with unnecessary parts. We may not realize their full worth or function yet, but that is a human limitation, not a limitation of our creation. Science only ‘discovered’ what the appendix was for within the past few years (It acts as a reservoir for healthy bacteria to recolonize our intestines after fever or illness). Since cholecystectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in this country, it makes sense that there is more money in removing them than figuring out how to save them. But I digress, let’s get back to the liver making bile – it does keep making it. The level it makes it is dependent on whether you have fatty liver degeneration or not. But let’s say that you don’t have fatty liver — the liver is going to drip, drip, drip 27-34 oz bile out in a steady stream. That bile is very caustic, and would normally be funneled over to the gallbladder where it is collected and concentrated, up to 18 times – down to 1-3 oz. It is this highly concentrated bile that is designed to break down the fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins you consume. The pre-concentrated bile, while caustic and irritating to your gastric mucosa, can’t hold a candle to the concentrated bile your gallbladder should hold. There is never enough, and never enough at the specific concentration required to absorb those key nutrients out of your diet. So you become deficient and your body goes into conservation mode. Some experience this immediately, others find it takes 6-24 months to fully start experiencing the effects. People find it harder and harder to lose weight, or they find themselves gaining weight despite eating the same diet they always did, or exercising. They find they get fatigued easier, and that they are more susceptible to colds and flu. If they have autoimmune disorders, they may find themselves experiencing a greater degree of symptoms.
So what can you do? I will be the first to admit that I don’t have all of the answers. If anyone suggest that they do – RUN! I can tell you that what my research, and my experience has led me to works for most people. First, you need to keep a food journal and track every meal you eat and how you feel afterwards. Gas, bloating, and diarrhea are the most commonly experienced repercussions from having cholecystectomy. 1 in 15 people who have had their gallbladder removed experience Habba Syndrome, which is commonly misdiagnosed as IBS, or even Celiac Disease. 5-40% of cholecystectomy patients will experience post-cholecystectomy syndrome (persistent right upper quadrant abdominal pain, bloating, gas, nausea, diarrhea, and general malaise). Often, these people will know the whereabouts of every bathroom in their vicinity, because they experience issues almost immediately after eating. Dietary changes will be necessary. Certain foods aggravate a significant number of people with no gallbladder. These include greasy foods, carbonated beverages, dairy, and simple carbohydrates. Wheat products, including breads and beer, can also elicit a negative response. Please don’t take this as a reason to stop eating healthy fats — you NEED to consume them in order to maintain your health and shift your waistline. Use specific dietary supplementation to replace some of the action of the gallbladder. I recommend a blend of ox bile, beet concentrate and pancrelipase to substitute for this action. If you avoid fats, you will make matters worse. Since digestive enzyme production decreases with age, if you are over 40, adding digestive enzymes to your meals can also cause significant relief. make sure you are getting adequate levels of sleep so that your body can repair itself and so that levels of stress hormones can decrease.
- Keep a food journal to log your physical responses to foods and beverages. Learn what your body can and cannot handle.
- Use specific dietary supplements to increase your digestion and resolve your underlying nutritional deficiencies.
- Get 7+ hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.
- Get out there and move. Aerobic activity and weight bearing exercise is crucial for your recovery. Walking is a great way to get started. Walking in the sunshine is even better (get some vitamin D while you are at it!)
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You’ve heard about preemptive strikes, how about preemptive health? Don’t wait until you are really sick to get blood work drawn. Have it drawn at your yearly physical and keep a copy for your records. You OWN your medical records, by the way, your physician is just the custodian of them – so you are legally entitled to a copy of anything contained within it.
PREEMPTIVE HEALTH: What Blood Work to Request from Your Doctor
I get a lot of requests from people asking what blood tests they should request at their next medical appointment. Along with getting a standard Chemistry Panel and Complete Blood Count (CBC) which should include RBC Magnesium and RBC Potassium , here are the ones I commonly recommend for women. Men would have a few slight differences.
1) Complete Thyroid Panel :
TSH (many doctors only test TSH, and that is like trying to diagnose what is wrong with your foot by only looking at your big toe)
Free T3 (also known as: Triiodothyronine, Free)
Free T4, Direct S (Not Free T4 Index, Free T4 calculated, or TSH reflux)
Reverse T3 (If your doctor will do this and/or if it’s available in your country)
***Because this test includes a TSH screening, remember that medications like corticosteroids, aspirin and lithium can interfere with those results. Also, if you’ve had a recent X-ray that used iodine dye – or other radioactive tests – ask your doctor when you can take an accurate TSH test. Pregnant women in their first trimester should also ask their doctor about the proper time to get a TSH test.
If you have symptoms of hypothyroidism and/or Hashimoto’s Disease, add these :
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPOab)
If you have symptoms of hyperthyroidism (much less common), add these:
Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulin (TSI)
Thyroid Receptor Antibody (TrAb)
2) Iron panel:
Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)
4) Sex Hormones (serum blood):
***The sex hormone tests should be done 7 days after ovulation. If you don’t know when you ovulate, an ovulation kit can be purchased from a drugstore, or you can just test on day 21, if you still menstruate. If you no longer cycle, the tests can be done anytime.
5) Other tests:
C-Reactive Protein (systemic inflammation marker)
Cholesterol panel ( I don’t care if it is high, I look at the ratios, and your CRP level^^^)
Fibrinogen (clotting & inflammation marker)
Hemoglobin A1C (long term measure of glucose status)
Homocysteine ( risk for coronary artery disease, fractures, and other disorders)
A) If you have ANY chronic health conditions, I recommend getting an ELISA Food Sensitivity and Allergy Panel done. It is an easy way to identify what you consume that is contributing to your systemic inflammation. Most family doctors do not perform these tests, you will need to go to someone familiar with them. ALCAT and ALLETESS are the two brands of testing that I have used with my patients. Their respective websites can help you locate a practitioner who is versed in them www.alcat.com , www.foodallergy.com
B ) If you have symptoms of low cortisol/ or adrenal fatigue, then salivary cortisol tests should be considered. Cortisol levels: 24-hour saliva cortisol tests from Canary Club and MyMedLab are done through ZRT Laboratories: http://www.canaryclub.org/diurnal-cortisol-4x-stress-hormone-kit.html ($119+shipping) or https://sttm.mymedlab.com/sttm-profiles/sttm-24-hour-cortisol-dhea ($125)
Symptoms of low cortisol: http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info/symptoms-low-cortisol/
C) Educate yourself! Read up on what you are experiencing: Books I highly recommend: Type II Hypothyroidism, Dr. Mark Starr; Stop the Thyroid Madness, Janie Bowthorpe; What is Your Menopause Type? Joseph Collins ; Death to Diabetes, DeWayne McCulley, The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman; The Adrenal Reset Diet, Dr. Alan Christianson; Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Wentz & Nowasadzka.
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