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No time for breakfast? Try a shake.

Are you a fan of smoothies, shakes or juicing?

With so little time in the mornings I struggle to get breakfast.  The one thing that has helped me is to make a quick smoothie.  With the help of a blender it only takes me 3 minutes to prepare a smoothie.  Having 21 grams of protein is critical for me to get through the morning.

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The concept of liquid nutrition, be it meal replacement, liquid protein, or sports nutrition offers a number of advantages. Liquid nutrition supplies nutrients in a form that is more easily and efficiently taken up than nutrients obtained from solid foods, which require specific digestive enzymes and stomach acid for absorption. Liquid nutrition allows for specific formulation and nutrient targeting to address specific disease states or individual needs. Liquid supplements can also provide a measured intake of calories, sugar and sodium.

Liquid protein nutrition, such as Perfect Protein Powder, has been recognized as having immense value in providing a sound nutritional foundation for individuals. Liquid protein nutrition can be enhanced by the addition of whole food ingredients such as fruits, berries, and vegetables, and may be flavored to suit the user’s preferences. Liquid protein smoothies can even be “supercharged” by the addition of specific vitamins and minerals. The list of individuals who can benefit from liquid protein nutrition includes, athletes and body builders, individuals with wound healing challenges, hospice patients, cancer patients, bariatric surgery patients, and anyone wishing to reverse metabolic syndrome.

So now you can drink your way to better health.

  • Perfect Protein Powder tastes great as a shake or it blended into several smoothie recipes.   Here are a couple to try out.

    Weight Loss Smoothie RecipeWeight Loss Smoothie

  • Improve sleep smoothieSleep smoothie

What is your favorite smoothie/shake recipe?

 

The Core of health – Probiotics for Gut Health

75 Billion CFU

75 Billion CFU

I have been taking Probiotics for several years and I discussed why a while back when I wrote “5 reasons why I take probiotics”.  I thought I would revisit this important nutrient that everyone needs now that it is time for school to start back.

Probiotics are beneficial, friendly bacteria that reside in our intestinal tract. There are approximately 500 different strains of these bacteria. In fact, there are several times more bacteria in our intestinal tract than there are cells in our entire body. In all, there are three to four pounds of bacteria growing in our intestinal tract daily. Probiotic bacteria, the “for life bacteria”, are essential for healthy living and are the core of our total wellness.

Lactobacillus bacteria are the primary bacterial strain living in our small intestine, while the Bifidobacterium are the main bacteria in residence in our large intestine. Whatever the appropriate strain, gut bacteria and probiotics perform many important functions inside our bodies besides digestive health. Probiotics and bacteria are an essential part of our immune system and work to increase the production of immune cells in the intestinal tract. It has been stated that 70% of our immune system and immune function lies within the gut. The gut flora also serves another function by helping to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Probiotics have been shown to assist in helping to lower cholesterol. We would expect that the major role of gut flora would be to assist in the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients such as calcium and other minerals. But researchers are also finding a role for bacterial flora in depression, autism, certain cognitive diseases, and even weight loss.

A healthy bacterial flora is essential for good health. However, there are several ways that the population of these friendly, essential bacteria can be diminished. Taking an antibiotic will eliminate good, friendly bacteria as well as bacteria causing an infection. Episodes of diarrhea, extended periods of stress, and drinking chlorinated water will also have an adverse effect on intestinal flora.

Probiotics have been shown to be helpful for a wide range of health issues including:

  • Using probiotics while on antibiotics to reduce diarrhea and prevent yeast infections
  • Relieving diarrhea with probiotics by re-establishing normal gut flora
  • Using probiotics to improve digestion and minimize acid reflux
  • Using probiotics to manage irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Enhancing recovery of compromised immune systems with probiotics

With all of the many probiotic formulas, how does one choose? We normally look at the strength of the probiotic, listed as Colony Forming Units (CFUs) and the number of bacterial species used in the product. Probiotic-5 with 10 billion CFUs is a good daily supplement for anyone with an existing healthy gut flora or for children. Individuals with a compromised gut flora, or who are having issues that might be benefited by re-establishing gut flora should consider ProBio Gold with 20 billion CFUs,  or Super Pro Bio with 75 billion CFUs per capsule. And keep in mind that Fructooligosaccharide Powder or FOS Powder  when given with any probiotic will significantly enhance the growth and proliferation of beneficial gut bacteria.

If you don’t already take a probiotic give me a call to find out if that probiotic is right for you.  What probiotic do you take?  What results have you seen with probiotics?

The fear of Alzheimer’s

A poll from 2012 indicated that Alzheimer’s disease is the #1 most feared disease (ranked higher than cancer).  The thought of losing your personality, memories and ability to think is truly frightening.  So what can be done about this nightmare?  I have a few thoughts on this that might help you come up with a plan.

First, lets discuss who is most likely to get Alzheimer’s.  According to reports,  1 out of every 9 people over the age of 65 have some level of Alzheimer’s and 1 out of every 3 over the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s.  The highest rate is among overweight men.  Evidence shows that there is a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s if you have any of the following:

High Blood Pressure
High Cholesterol
Stroke
Heart Disease
Diabetes

There is also a higher risk if you have a family member who has had Alzheimer’s disease.  We are learning so much about our genetic makeup and we now have the capability to find out what diseases we are more likely to develop.  Not to bore you with all the details but there are a couple genetic issues that are associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s.  One of the genes that has been identified with having an increased risk of late onset Alzheimer’s (over age 65) is apolipoprotein E (APOE).

  • APOE e2 — the least common — appears to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
  • APOE e3 — the most common — doesn’t seem to affect the risk of Alzheimer’s.
  • APOE e4 — a little more common — appears to increase the risk of Alzheimer’s.

So what that means is that if only one of your parents has passed on the APOE e4 gene then you are at a higher risk.  If your mom and dad both passed on the APOE e4 gene you are at an even higher risk of late onset Alzheimer’s.

What about early onset Alzheimer’s (ages 30-60)?  The genes involved here are:

  • Amyloid precursor protein (APP)
  • Presenilin 1 (PSEN1)
  • Presenilin 2 (PSEN2

Excessive amounts of a toxic protein fragment called amyloid-beta peptide are produced from mutations of these genes. This peptide can form clumps called amyloid plaques, which are characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. This toxic amyloid beta peptide and amyloid plaques may lead to the death of nerve cells and the progressive signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s.  It is believed that there are other genetic factors with Alzheimer’s that are yet to be discovered.

I know that it is not cheap right now but over the next several years we may see a drop in price for genetic testing and maybe insurance coverage.  When this happens we can then analyze your genes for these specific markers.

Do the prescription  medications for Alzheimer’s help to prevent the disease?  No, these medications are marketed by the drug manufacturers to help with the symptoms and “possibly delay the progression” of Alzheimer’s.  These medications do not cure Alzheimer’s.

What can you do to prevent Alzheimer’s?

  1. Eat a healthy diet (I recommend the Mediterranean-DASH diet “MIND diet”)
  2. Exercise regularly (I recommend at least 3 times a week)
  3. Supplement with the following:
    Vitamin B12 – 5000 iu/day (check your level)
    Vitamin B Complex – one a day
    Vitamin D3 – 5000 iu/day (check your level) maintain a level between 50 and 80
    ProOmega – 2000 mg a day
    CoEnzyme Q-10 – 100 mg a day (a must if you take a statin or a beta-blocker)
    Phosphatidylserine – 100 mg a day

    5000 iu of vitamin D3

    5000 iu of vitamin D3

This list is not all inclusive and I recommend that you let me help you formulate a specific plan.  What do you take for Alzheimer’s prevention?  Post in the comments section below.

 

Omega-3 – Krill Oil vs. ProOmega Fish Oil

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To be a pharmacist you have to be a bit “nerdy”.  Who else other than the “nerdy” ones really enjoy learning how medications work in the body and then doing all the math.  To specialize in the practice of compounding pharmacy and to have a wellness center, well that is a different level of “nerdy”.  Several years ago I started hearing that everyone should be on an Omega-3 supplement for cardiovascular protection.  I agree we all need more Omega-3.

I often make recommendations to patients to take ProOmega fish oil from Nordic Naturals.  I am sold on this Essential Fatty Acid, so much so, that I take it myself and I have convinced Summer to take it also.  At one point several years ago I decided to find the best source of Omega-3 fish oil.  I researched the different products and I discussed with my fellow pharmacists and Certified Clinical Nutritionists around the country.  I finally landed on Nordic Naturals.  One of the things that caught my eye was that they research and compare their products with other products on the market.  Recently, they decided to compare ProOmega with Krill oil, Salmon oil and the prescription version of Omega-3 fish oil.  

The results of this study were eye opening to me and answered the common question that I hear “what is better krill oil or your ProOmega fish oil?”.  Take a look for yourself.

 Published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease.

ProOmega is

  • 47% more effective than ethyl ester fish oil
  • 227% more effective than salmon oil
  • 382% more effective than krill oil

Now lets compare the number of capsules you would need to take to match the blood levels you receive with ProOmega.

In conclusion, if you take Krill oil, you will need to take 10 capsules to compare to 2 capsules of ProOmega.  It looks like with ProOmega you get more “bang for your buck.”

Another advantage with the ProOmega product is that they combine needed nutrients with ProOmega such as, Vitmain D and CoQ-10.  Contact me to find the  Omega-3 product that fits you best.

 

What is your experience with Omega-3?  Concerned about allergies? Comment below.

 

Aller Calm for Allergies and Hay Fever

Regel Silver PolishedHay fever, also known as allergic rhinitis, and other seasonal allergies are allergic inflammatory conditions of the nasal passages that affect a large portion of Americans. For some individuals, allergies are a seasonal manifestation. For others, they are a year-round challenge. Additionally, hay fever can develop into chronic sinusitis or even asthma in some individuals.

The term “hay fever” originated in the early 1800s, when individuals seemed to suffer allergy symptoms during the hay growing season. Some of the symptoms commonly seen with hay fever and seasonal allergies are, watery, itchy eyes, nasal congestion, excessive mucous production, and sneezing. Histamine, which is produced from the mast cells, creates a cascade of events that are meant to flush out or rid the body of the offending substance. That is why we traditionally turn to antihistamines to address the symptoms of histamine release. However, antihistamines come with a number of adverse side effects which can create additional challenges for individuals using them. Fortunately, there are several natural substances that may be able to address and manage allergy challenges without the side effects found in traditional antihistamine products.

For allergy sufferers, 500mg of Vitamin C taken 2-3 times daily has been shown to be beneficial against allergies due to Vitamin C’s ability to expedite the elimination of inflammatory histamine from the body. Quercetin, another natural substance, can serve as a mast cell stabilizer, blocking the release of histamine. Quercetin has also demonstrated a bronchodilator effect, helping to open the airways of individuals with asthma. The natural enzyme, bromelain, is commonly taken with food and used as an aid in digestion. However, when taken on an empty stomach, bromelain can be absorbed into the bloodstream, helping to reduce inflammation and break up mucous.

Aller Calm Complex from Regel Pharmalab is a unique formulation featuring all of the above ingredients as well as additional ingredients in a single tablet that supports allergy and asthma relief. Aller Calm Complex has been the subject of several studies, and has been shown to help relieve allergy symptoms in most individuals with allergies and asthma, and minimize the need for prescription medications. Aller Calm Complex is safe for both children and adults. In helping individuals manage allergies, a good preventative approach is often very helpful. Omega-3 essential fatty acids can be beneficial in helping to manage inflammatory allergic and asthmatic symptoms. A quality probiotic, such as Probiotic-5 helps to support a healthy intestinal tract. We know that 70 percent of our immune function is located in our gut. So maintaining good gut health is essential for the management of allergic issues, regardless of the source.

My recommendation for Hay Fever or seasonal allergies is:

Aller Calm
Pro-Omega Q-10 (Omega 3)
Probiotic 5

If you would like a customized regimen designed for your symptoms give me a call at (901) 757-9434.

Are you toxic?

Have you ever done a detox program?  Summer and I have several times with some interesting results.  Detoxing is not the most fun thing to do, but with a good detox program, the results can be impressive.  One added benefit from the detox programs that Summer and I have completed is that we always seem to improve our dietary choices a little bit each time.

If you are not familiar with detox programs let me explain what is involved and the benefits of completing a quality detox program.

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Why detox?
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) releases a report every once in a while to determine our exposure to chemicals.  One of the latest reports showed that the CDC tested the blood and urine for 212 different chemicals and found that most Americans had all 212 of the chemicals in their body.    We really do not know all of the problems that these chemicals cause to our bodies.

Where do these toxins come from?
Some of the most common sources these toxins are found in the following:
Plastics – Bottles and containers we use every day
Household products – Cleaning products etc
Food – Insecticides, Herbicides, Pesticides etc
Heavy Metals – multiple sources
Medications

How to determine if you are toxic?  Look for the symptoms
Chronic Fatigue
Difficulty concentrating
Muscle aches and pains
Food Allergies and Sensitivities
Irritability
Headaches
Abdominal Pain

This video can answer most of your questions about our Detoxification Program.

https://vimeo.com/89357546
Our goal in the metabolic detoxification program is to help you feel better, increase your energy level, and improve your overall wellness.  We recommend doing this type of metabolic detoxification no more than three times in a 12 month period.

Now what do you do?

Take the questionnaire click here. Print this out and bring it to our pharmacy or send it to me at jregel@regelpharmalab.com

Other resources for your information:
What is involved in the 10 day Clear Change Metabolic Detoxification Program?  Click Here 

What will I have to eat on this program?  Click here to review the recommended foods/recipes.

Do you have any helpful tips for doing a detoxification program?  Comment Below

Alternatives to Stimulants for ADD and ADHD

The questions continue to flow in from concerned parents about their children who have either been diagnosed with ADHD or they suspect they may have a case of ADHD.  Many have heard about some of the negative side effects that can go along with some of the drugs that are commonly prescribed for this problem and would like to know about what alternatives are available.  Last summer we started digging a little further into the matter to try to help out.  Another pharmacy student passing through, Peyton Lucas, Pharm. D. Candidate 2016, did some additional research and not only found more information that supports what we had already discovered  (read http://regelpharmalab.com/blog/summertime-add-and-adhd-options/,)  but he has also reported on some additional information as well on prescription alternatives.  Here are the details:

ADHD is a common problem that affects many children and leaves their parents with a difficult decision:  should their child be started on a stimulant such as Adderall or Ritalin?  Although this provides a quick fix to the symptoms caused by ADHD and is often the first treatment recommended by doctors, there are many side effects to be aware of before starting your child on these medications.  Stimulants are associated with abuse and dependence, heart problems, decreased appetite/weight loss, and trouble sleeping.  According to the literature that comes with ADD and ADHD medications suicidal thoughts are a concern.  Fortunately, there are prescription and non-prescription medications that can be tried before stimulants to control your child’s ADHD.

Non-prescription alternatives that have been proven effective in ADHD are Omega-3’s, Phosphatidylserine, and Magnesium glycinate.  Omega-3’s and Phosphatidylserine have been shown to directly improve ADHD symptoms in children by increasing functioning of the brain.  Magnesium glycinate, on the other hand, has been shown to improve sleep.  Improving sleep often resolves many of the symptoms associated with ADHD.

Prescription alternatives to stimulants include Atomoxetine (Strattera), Guanfacine (Intuniv), and Clonidine (Kapvay).  These medications have been proven effective in children with ADHD and unlike stimulants, they are not controlled substances and are not associated with abuse or dependence.  They also do not cause heart problems, decreased appetite/weight loss, or sleeping issues like stimulants.

Although stimulants are needed in some situations and some children, they are associated with many side effects.  Unfortunately, many doctors do not discuss the alternatives that are available with parents of children with ADHD.  Wouldn’t starting with safer non-prescription supplements and then moving to prescription medications and/or stimulants, if needed, seem like a good option?

Check out the ADD/ADHD Nutrient Kit offered by Regel if you are looking for an alternative treatment to try with your child.  You may see a desirable change and teachers may notice a difference as well.

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ADD and ADHD Kit

$100

Let us know if you would like us to reserve an ADD/ADHD Nutrient Kit for you – email us at info@regelpharmalab.com

If you have a child with ADD or ADHD what kind of challenges are you having?  Comment Below

 

 

Half the population are Mutants! Folic Acid

Co-authored by Amber Moss, Pharm.D. Candidate 2015

It seems like every day we are hearing something about our genetics.  Much research is being done to understand the reasons some of us are more prone to diseases and some are not.  The latest in medicine is coming from biotechnology.  We are starting to see research in medications custom made to fit your specific genetic fingerprint.   What I will be discussing is a genetic mutation of the enzyme methtetrahydrofolate reducatse (MTHFR).  To discuss this I must start with the B-vitamin Folic Acid.

Here are two major reasons that you need folic acid

  1. Prenatal care to prevent neural tube defects (see marchofdimes.org)
  2. Heart to prevent elevated Homocysteine (Strokes, hardening of the arteries, and blood clots)

So, all of us need folic acid, Right?

 Due to our genetic makeup some of us have a weakened ability to convert our folic acid into a useful form of folate.  The genetic mutation does not allow the enzyme Methyltetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) to be formed appropriately.  The malformation on this enzyme prevents the enzyme from converting folic acid to the active form folate.  Low levels of folate can disrupt a process called methylation which is necessary for the body to work properly.  We have been working for years with patients that do not methylate efficiently.  Some of these are listed below.

Attention Deficit Disorder Click here for more
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Fertility issues/Frequent Miscarriages
Autism Spectrum
Seizure Disorders
Alzheimer’s
Dementia
Insomnia
Depression/Anxiety
Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue
Diabetes
Bi-Polar
Hashimoto’s (Low Thyroid) Click here for more

There are two most common types of MTHFR mutations.  The C677T mutation is the result of the amino acid cytosine being switched for thymine.  The A1298C mutation is the result of the amino acid adenine being switched for cytosine.  The C677T mutation is associated with lower enzyme activity than the A1298C mutation.  This means that those with the C677T mutation will have more issues related to high homocysteine.

If you feel that you might be a mutant and would like to do something about it, you have two options.

  1. Get tested for the MTHFR mutation (contact me to discuss how a simple blood test can determine if you are a mutant)
  2. Supplement with the proper nutrients (see below)

These supplements are recommended to reduce homocysteine and to improve methylation

Methylfolate (the active version of folic acid)
B-12 as Methylcobalamin (the active version of B-12)
Pyridoxal-5-Phosphate (the active form of B-6)
Riboflavin-5-Phosphate (the active form of B-2)
Glutathione or N-Acetyl-Cysteine – to improve glutathione levels
Trimethylglycine (TMG) helps to form methionine which lowers homocysteine
Probiotic-5

Before you say “no way am I going to take all of that,” let me tell you that we have a Multi-vitamin that has 4 of these nutrients in one capsule.  The other 3 come in easy to swallow capsules that you will have no trouble taking.

In summary, our mission is to solve medication problems.  Testing for the MTHFR mutation can give answers to many individuals that are not sure why they may be suffering.  Treating the body for the MTHFR mutation can have a major impact on the life of a child, a mother that has had multiple miscarriges, a patient with fibromyalgia, and many other common issues.  This is what we do best, solve medication problems by customizing medications.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Please leave a comment below if you have questions.   If you have been tested and you have a MTHFR mutation what treatments have you tried?  What has worked?  What did not work?  We all would like to hear your story.

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Are you getting enough protein?

A couple years ago I started working out with a trainer.  I thought to myself that I would get in shape and lose a little weight.  At the time I was 38 and since I was considering the thought of turning 40, I decided that I needed to take better care of myself.  So with the encouragement of my wife, Summer, I invested in my health.

In my younger years, I was an active person I played several sports and played college baseball for a year at Union University.  After that one year, I maintained a little athletic ability and picked up running during pharmacy school.  During pharmacy school and at the beginning my career I found out about stress and how to maintain a poor diet.  I added 20 to 30 pounds of non-muscle within that 5 to 10 year stretch.  During the later years of this time I tried several popular diets.  I tried the south beach diet, the HCG diet and the Adkins diet.  I was successful with all of them but the pounds came right back on within 6 months.

Now fast forward to working with a trainer.  I was expecting to just get a workout plan and workout enough to be able to tone up, lose weight, and eat what I wanted and not worry about it.  What I found out was interesting and this is what I would like to share with you.

When trying to lose weight, 80% of my problem is my poor diet.  I thought it was a 50% thing.  So I was thinking I could start exercising and then I could eat anything I wanted and lose weight.  I found this to be a major hurdle to achieving my goal.

I also learned that stress releases the hormone cortisol that breaks down protein and turns it into “blood sugar”.  Excessive amounts of blood sugar make the pancreas pump out more insulin and insulin pulls the sugar into the cells for energy production.  If there is too much blood sugar in the diet and “lots of stress” then the body is designed to store this excess sugar.  The storage form of sugar is called fat.

My diet was like most Americans high in carbohydrates and low in protein.  My stress level was also like most Americans, high.  I created a situation where my metabolism was low.  To increase my metabolism my trainer suggested that I increase my water intake and increase my protein intake.  This combined with strength training and cardio will have my metabolism back to normal in a few short months.

I never have been one to try protein shakes but I realized that I was not getting enough protein and the protein that I would normally intake was not the best quality.  So I tried several and found that there are some pretty good tasting shakes out there.  I never found one that met my standards until I found Perfect Protein Powder.

My Criteria for choosing Perfect Protein:

  1. Taste (I am picky)
  2. Amount of Protein per shake/smoothie
  3. The source of the Protein (Vegan) – Whey protein makes you have gas
  4. Other stuff that are found in the powder – No weird herbs or ingredients that no one has ever heard of
  5. Gluten Free/Soy free/Dairy Free and NO GMO

Here now was the question.  How much protein do I need?  How do I calculate this?  As it turns out, there are several ways to calculate protein requirements.  I chose one that is easy and I could remember.

1 Gram of protein per Kilogram of body weight.  To calculate Kilograms of body weight all you need to do is divide your weight in pounds by 2.2.  For example:

Body weight = 225 pounds

Body weight in Kilograms (Kg) = 225/2.2 = 102 Kg

The protein intake for someone weighing 225 pounds is 102 g.

There are several apps that you can download that will do all of this for you.  The one that I use is “my fitness pal”.  With this app you can enter your meals to determine if you are getting enough protein.

When you find out you are not getting enough then stop in and pick up Perfect Protein Powder.  Click here to find out more about Perfect Protein Powder.

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7 Diet and Nutrition Principles

Deciding to eat right and exercise is on everyone’s “To Do List”.  I recently ran across these 7 principles in a book called The Original Prescription.  I thought I would share what I think may help those of you like me that struggle with food choices.View More: http://michaelallenphotography.pass.us/regal-pharmalab

Dietary patterns that promote health

  1. Choose a healthy dietary pattern that takes up 80% of your food choices.  That means that 80% of the time choose the right thing to eat.
  2. Let your body tell you when to stop eating.  Listen to your body.
  3. Don’t skip meals. Start each day with a balanced breakfast.
  4. Eat real Food!  Limit prepared and packaged food.
  5. Invest appropriately in your food selections; your life may depend on it.
  6. Drink enough water and limit your liquid calories.
  7. Prepare for cravings that can jeopardize you plans for success.

Many times I have attempted to diet and I have been successful at dropping a few pounds and then gained them right back.  I know now why.  One of my goals this year is to follow these principles. My intended outcome is to feel healthier.

My definition of feeling healthier:

  • Increase in energy level (Sun-up to sun-down)
  • Sleep better (feel rested every morning)
  • Feel stronger
  • See more of my feet when I look down (Reduce belly fat)
  • Handle stress better

What is your definition of feeling healthy?  (post in comments below)

 

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