by Dr. David Minkoff September 24, 2023 5 min read
In the last article in this series we covered what SIBO is, how it comes about, what feeds it, and how it creates cravings for sugar and other junk foods.
But there is another aspect to SIBO which has more destructive and far-reaching effects.
There is something called Leaky Gut, where there are actual microscopic perforations in the intestinal lining that is meant to protect our internal organs from the harmful bacteria, parasites and toxins coming in through our digestive tract.
And it's behind a significant number of physical conditions common today, even premature aging.
by Dr. David Minkoff September 20, 2023 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.
This is something that causes intense sugar cravings, makes losing body fat and keeping it off a nightmare, raises cortisol, makes gaining muscle harder, causes hormonal imbalances and energy crashes, affects our mood, and makes it harder to get good, deep sleep.
by Dr. David Minkoff September 10, 2023 10 min read
We’re going to be addressing digestion, acid reflux, harmful micro-organisms, leaky gut and our colon bacteria (microbiome).
While this is key to longevity, hormonal balance, mood, stress levels, energy levels, mental ability, fat loss, muscle building and overall health, and you will feel much better by the end of it… it’s not for the faint of heart.
I want to be upfront about this. We will be killing off harmful bacteria, some you have had for years or even decades. Yes, they cause considerable damage over time, but when we kill them off you will also feel this.
You will go through reactions. Even if your gut is not in too poor condition.
by Dr. David Minkoff September 10, 2023 3 min read
Welcome to the Gut Health Guide & 30-Day Challenge!
Addressing gut health goes far beyond heartburn, acid reflux or digestive trouble. An unhealthy gut leads to a majority of the physical conditions we see in society today.
In this guide we give a complete protocol you will be on for the next 30 days, or possibly longer, while covering every aspect of our gut health, what is causing trouble, what that affects down the road, and how to handle it.
Knowing what you are addressing, why you are doing what you are doing, and what is happening within your body at different stages is KEY.
It gets you results and puts you in control of your health for the long term.
by Dr. David Minkoff August 22, 2023 9 min read
This is the third article in the Autoimmune series.
In the last two articles we covered what autoimmunity is and what causes it.
And in this article we’re going to talk about how to address it.
When we look at treating some kind of condition or illness, we can look at it from two different angles: addressing the symptoms and working to suppress those, or locating the root cause that is creating the condition, and keeping it created on a daily basis, and address that so that it is no longer being continually created.
by Dr. David Minkoff August 16, 2023 6 min read
This is the second article in the Autoimmune Series.
In the last article we covered what autoimmune conditions are and what they’re actually doing in the body. But in this article we’re going to cover how they come about.
What actually causes them.
And it starts in the gut, our first defense against illness.
by Dr. David Minkoff July 17, 2023 4 min read
It’s summer time, and if you plan on getting out into the woods or into the mountains, then it’s important you know how to spot ticks and remove them, or prevent them from getting onto you in the first place.
Because their bite can potentially carry harmful bacteria that causes Lyme Disease, Spotted Fever, and a series of other illnesses.
This doesn’t mean you need to be scared at all. Far from it.
It just means that you need to be informed.
You need to know what they look like, where to look for them, and what to do if you find one.
Or, better yet, how to prevent them from getting onto you in the first place so you can have a safe adventure and enjoy the outdoors without worry.
by Dr. David Minkoff July 12, 2023 3 min read
Water retention is swelling in some part of the body, usually the feet and ankles, caused by large accumulations of fluid in the spaces between the body’s cells or in the blood vessels.
But it’s a symptom of something, not a condition in its own right.
And, while it can be caused by specific physical conditions of the kidneys, heart or circulatory system, most cases are actually due to lifestyles or diet, and they’re pretty easy to fix.
But there are many things that can cause this, so let’s jump in and see how this all works so you know what to do to help you.
by Dr. David Minkoff July 10, 2023 4 min read
Most people think of electrolytes as something to take when they’re dehydrated. And this is true.
But there’s much more to it than that.
They allow your nervous system to function, your cells to function, and energy to be created.
When they’re low we can get brain fog, have headaches or back aches or feel exhausted.
They’re even necessary for protein synthesis for recovery and muscle building, and this slows down when we don’t have our electrolytes.
And they’re absolutely vital for hormonal creation and balance.
So let’s take a good look at what electrolytes are and what they actually do in the body. Because they’re very important.
by Dr. David Minkoff July 05, 2023 5 min read
We’ve all seen energy drinks advertised on social media, by influencers, and even by athletes.
And the number of people drinking these on an almost daily basis has been growing for years, affecting their sleep, mood, nervous system, heart health, weight and overall health and energy levels.
Even some elite athletes have begun drinking them, causing trouble down the road.
These energy drinks have high amounts of caffeine, and higher amounts of straight sugar, often under the guise of several different ingredients so you don’t see quite how much is in there.
So let’s look at what they’re actually doing in the body, how they give that first energy high, then crash, and their effects down the line.
by Dr. David Minkoff July 02, 2023 6 min read
Many people think of bodybuilding as just trying to build the biggest muscles we can. And that’s not quite true.
Bodybuilding is about building one’s ideal physique. And, while that includes achieving bigger muscles, it also means achieving balance, symmetry and aesthetics.
But there are those who do try for building the biggest muscles they can, which there is nothing wrong with.
Unfortunately, many of them employ substances which, while helping to achieve their goals faster, and in some cases achieve more than they could naturally, also result in serious health conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes, something which is becoming more and more prevalent amongst bodybuilders today.
In this article we’re going to cover the use of steroids and insulin injections, why they're used, how they work, and how these significantly increase the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes down the road.
by Dr. David Minkoff June 28, 2023 4 min read
Anyone who works out, runs, bikes or does any type of intense exercise, knows about DOMS — Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.
This is the soreness you feel not right after a workout or exercise, but 24-48 hours later.
At one point it was thought this was caused by lactic acid build up, but this isn’t the case.
(Lactic acid is an acid that starts to build up just before we reach our VO2 Max and can’t go any further in our exercise or workout.) But lactic acid actually helps you. Your body can metabolize it (burn it and use it as fuel).
So what really causes DOMS? And how can we prevent it or lessen it?