by Dr. David Minkoff December 08, 2022 4 min read
Let me start by saying: No, fat doesn’t make you fat. Sugars, mainly processed sugars, do.
Fat from food is not converted to fat in the body without the presence of sugar. But due to their effects on our hormones, some fats can help us lose weight, and some make us gain it.
Now, there are many types of fat, both that you eat and your body creates, and different fats are used for various actions in your body.
by Dr. David Minkoff November 07, 2022 6 min read
There are several things that control cravings or make it hard to get off sugar, as covered in this article here: What Causes Cravings For Sugar & Junk Food?
Causes mentioned in that article include hormones, messenger chemicals in the body that tell the cells what to do or not do, how to use energy or not, whether to build muscle or break it down, or add fat or burn it.
by Dr. David Minkoff November 03, 2022 5 min read
When our sleep is below normal, when it’s broken up or thrown off, it affects us more both physically and mentally than we realize. Sleep is when most fat burning and muscle building occurs, as well as when most cellular repair happens. Our cortisol levels lower when we get good sleep and we become less stressed or anxious and more able to relax. This helps balance out hormones and neurotransmitters.
by Dr. David Minkoff October 31, 2022 4 min read
“How do I get off sugar and junk food? It's so hard!” In case you feel alone in this struggle — please know that you're not. In fact, the majority of people don't succeed from mainstream diets, even when they go all out on them. Why is that? Is it because the diet or lifestyle habits to succeed are not practical? Or you might be thinking you are not determined enough or simply lazy. Though some of the factors we’ll cover will make you feel low in energy to the point you may feel it’s laziness, but no it’s not.
by Dr. David Minkoff October 27, 2022 5 min read
As we head towards winter, I wanted to provide a little information on how our immune system works and how you can prepare your body to stay as healthy as possible over the coming months. Getting sick is never fun, but even more, is often unneeded. Yes, we may occasionally get a cold, the flu, or some other illness, but if our immune system was in proper health then we would get sick less often.
by Dr. David Minkoff October 21, 2022 4 min read
There are about 500 different species of bacteria. And between them, they ether produce or help to produce neurotransmitters in our body, such as Serotonin and GABA, which calm and relax us, de-stress us, allow us to fall asleep, and help to keep our hormones in balance so we can lose weight and add muscle.
Some of these bacteria eat the foods coming in such as amino acids, vitamins and other nutrients, and some actually produce amino acids, or vitamins, or other nutrients that the body can use or that other bacteria feed off of.
by Dr. David Minkoff October 20, 2022 5 min read
There is something called “Leaky Gut”, and this is not just a funny name. It’s probably one of the most accurate labels there are, actually.
When food comes into your small intestine from your stomach it’s already mostly broken down. Here, more enzymes (bodily chemicals) are released to break it down further into truly microscopic pieces.
by Dr. David Minkoff October 14, 2022 4 min read
The digestive tract is arguably the most important pathway in the body for overall health, weight loss, muscle-building, hormones, energy, and immune system function.
Now we’re going to dive more into one aspect of it affecting a majority of the people in the US right now whether they know it or not: SIBO or Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth.
by Dr. David Minkoff October 06, 2022 5 min read
by Dr. David Minkoff September 16, 2022 5 min read
There is an idea that GERD, Heartburn, and Acid Reflux are caused by too much stomach acid, and idea pushed heavily by pharmaceutical companies who make quite a bit of money from antacids and acid blockers.
But while these give a temporary solution, in the long term they actually make the problem worse.
This is because it’s not high levels of stomach acid that cause acid reflux and GERD, but the exact opposite — too little stomach acid. In fact, there is no research at all showing high stomach acid to be a cause.
by Dr. David Minkoff August 30, 2022 6 min read
The ability to fully digest and absorb protein determines your body's ability to maximizing muscle gains and fat loss. It also affects your energy levels, hormones, inflammation, and overall health.
So, understanding exactly how digestion works and how to keep it, or get it, working properly is very important.
Let’s look at this.
by Dr. David Minkoff May 24, 2022 5 min read