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The Link Between Depression, Antibiotics, and the Life Saving Benefits of Good Gut Flora

The Link Between Depression, Antibiotics, and the Life Saving Benefits of Good Gut Flora

by Dr. David Minkoff September 24, 2020 6 min read 0 Comments

Physicians over thousands of years have observed a link between a patient’s mental state and how swiftly they recover. It is a long-standing axiom that people who are determined to get better and maintain a healthy frame of mind recover more quickly, with better results.

But what if we told you that it’s a two-way street? That specific health conditions can cause conditions like depression and anxiety?

In 1931, decades before the first antidepressant and antianxiety medications had been developed, a physician named Yaskin discovered that clinical depression is the earliest manifestation of pancreatic cancer. Further research demonstrated that patients who suffered from gastrointestinal malignancies carried the greatest risk of suicide – which was one of the first science-based flags indicating that the digestive system can have an impact on mental health.

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Toxins, Eating Organic, and Your Athletic Performance

Toxins, Eating Organic, and Your Athletic Performance

by Dr. David Minkoff September 24, 2020 6 min read 0 Comments

The simplest way to reduce toxins in your body is to avoid them. Despite today’s crazy world that has toxins everywhere, there are steps you can take that will reduce your toxin intake. This gives your body a chance to get rid of the “backlog” and catch up.

  1. Eat ORGANIC. One of the most important ways to reduce toxicity is to eat foods that are certified organic. Not only do these foods contain higher nutrient densities to supply your body with what it needs, but they are free from the pesticides and chemicals present in most food.
  2. Avoid exercising and training in a densely populated city (when possible). As an athlete, your respiratory system is much more active – and training in a city with high levels of pollution means you are inhaling toxins just by breathing.
  3. Avoid any household products that have artificial fragrances. Artificial fragrances are toxic and should be avoided.
  4. Stay away from pesticides.
  5. Avoid highly-processed foods, as these are generally chock full of toxic chemicals.
  6. Stay away from products that contain BPA, which means avoiding plastic bottles, cardboard, and cans as much as possible.
  7. Avoid the use of non-stick cookware, as the coating contains harmful chemical compounds that can enter your food and be consumed.
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Nature’s Medicine Chest: Elderberry Drops + Vitamin C

Nature’s Medicine Chest: Elderberry Drops + Vitamin C

by Dr. David Minkoff September 10, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

Elderberry, also known as Sambucus nigra, has been used for centuries as a natural herbal remedy for those who fall ill.

Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, referred to elderberry as “nature’s medicine chest,” and it has been noted as early as the 5th century BC as a medicinal tonic – forever cementing it as a staple in human nutrition.

But, it wasn’t until recently that we understood WHY it is so helpful to the body. And with this understanding came advanced methods of harnessing the incredible power of this medicinal plant.

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The Link Between Your Digestive System and Chronic Inflammation

The Link Between Your Digestive System and Chronic Inflammation

by Dr. David Minkoff August 26, 2020 6 min read 0 Comments

Chronic inflammation is one of the most dangerous conditions to affect the human body. The WHO estimates that three out of five deaths worldwide are associated with chronic inflammatory diseases (stroke, cancer, heart disorders, and other conditions and diseases).

Now, that doesn’t mean that everyone who suffers from chronic inflammation is going to die – quite the contrary. But it does mean that it is crucial to identify the condition and address it early before it progresses into a disease or serious health condition.

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The Candida - Mental Health, Anxiety & Fatigue Connection: A Scientific Review

The Candida - Mental Health, Anxiety & Fatigue Connection: A Scientific Review

by Dr. David Minkoff August 13, 2020 5 min read 0 Comments

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five adults in the U.S. live with a mental illness. Many of these people have been prescribed medication to treat conditions such as depression, ADHD, anxiety, and hundreds of other cataloged mental disorders.

But what if these mental illnesses weren’t the result of an imbalance in the brain, but instead were caused by something as simple as a yeast infection?

Well, we are not about to make a ridiculous statement like “All depression is caused by candida” or anything like that, but today we’re going to honestly review what effects an overgrowth of candida can have on your body and your mental health.

Furthermore, we’re going to provide guidance on how to resolve a candida infection.

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Veganism, Protein &amp; <em>The Game Changers</em>: A Hard Truth

Veganism, Protein & The Game Changers: A Hard Truth

by Dr. David Minkoff July 30, 2020 8 min read 0 Comments

One of the more popular recent voices on the subject promotes a plant-based diet in a big way: The Game Changers. This Netflix special proposes eliminating meat from your diet and replacing it with plant-based sources of protein and nutrition.

Having spent years as a vegan and understanding the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle, I couldn’t help but agree with many of the points brought to light in the film.

As a medical doctor, I saw a fundamental flaw in his information: plant-based proteins do not contain enough of each essential amino acid for most of to provide their bodies the wherewithall to optimize body protein synthesis. This is a fact observed through my own experience, through the experience of my patients, and backed by scientific research.

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Charging Your Body's Electrical System

Charging Your Body's Electrical System

by Dr. David Minkoff July 01, 2020 5 min read 0 Comments

You know that the cardiovascular system is responsible for pumping blood and oxygen throughout your system, right? And that the endocrine system manages hormones? And that your nervous system relays messages throughout your body?

Well, underlying all these systems is an astoundingly complex electrical system.

This electrical system is busy sending an almost uncountable number of messages to the muscles, bones, brain, and the cells. The human brain is the home to approximately 100 billion neurons, each firing about 200 times every second.

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The Risks of Purified Water: Mineral Deficiencies

The Risks of Purified Water: Mineral Deficiencies

by Dr. David Minkoff June 18, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

Sometimes it feels like there are more types and brands of water than drops in the ocean. You go to the grocery store and discover a huge shelf packed with different brands of water that all claim to be health-beneficial. Add in the hundreds of in-house water purifiers, and it can seem like a “sea” of confusing options (cue the pun).

Thankfully, your choice doesn’t have to be that complicated.

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Next Level Electrolytes for World-Class Performance

Next Level Electrolytes for World-Class Performance

by Dr. David Minkoff June 03, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

What if achieving your next level of high performance didn’t have anything to do with building more muscle?

According to research, your highest level of optimal health and athletic performance may be more about using the resources you already have to their highest capacity…

And it all comes down to a new way of managing your hydration. 

But... Can hydration be the key..? 

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The Low Sugar Con - Part 2: The Risks of a High-Sugar Diet

The Low Sugar Con - Part 2: The Risks of a High-Sugar Diet

by Dr. David Minkoff June 03, 2020 7 min read 0 Comments

Everyone knows that too much sugar is bad for you. You heard it from your parents, and if you have children, you avoid allowing them to have too many sweet drinks and candy, right?

Well, we have some bad news for you. The for-profit food industry has developed ways of sneaking sugar into your diet without making it obvious. In other words, you and your family are likely consuming much more sugar than you thought – and paying the price.

To understand this, we have to take a step back and walk through exactly what sugar is, what it does to your body, and how you get it. Let’s begin.

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BodyHealth Inflam-Arrest Usage Guide: Quantity and Consistency Are Key

BodyHealth Inflam-Arrest Usage Guide: Quantity and Consistency Are Key

by Dr. David Minkoff May 21, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

If you suffer chronic inflammation, chances are you’ve tried everything you could think of to make the pain go away.

The usual solutions people turn to include:

  • Over-the-counter drugs to reduce the pain
  • Special stretches and exercises
  • Prescription medication
  • Herbal remedies

For most people, these solutions fail to provide consistent, long-term relief.

Medications provide short-term relief, special exercises help to some extent, but herbal remedies or supplements may not have worked as well as you hoped.

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The Low-Sugar Con Part 1: Maltodextrin

The Low-Sugar Con Part 1: Maltodextrin

by Dr. David Minkoff May 21, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

In today’s highly competitive economy, the new normal is for food manufacturers to use marketing ploys to make their products appear healthy – even when they aren’t.

Maltodextrin is one of the most common, hidden-in-plain-sight cons on the market today. It is glorified, processed sugar that masquerades as “carbs.”

It might sound unbelievable, but read the following quote from BellChem – a top US producer of maltodextrin:

“Maltodextrin is a complex carbohydrate that can be hundreds of sugar molecules in length, which is much larger than the simple carbohydrate arrangement of glucose. Many soft drinks and other flavored beverages contain maltodextrin in their formulas so that they can have a lower amount of sugar on their nutrition facts labels. On the nutrition label, maltodextrin is included under the “Total Carbohydrate” heading, instead of the “sugars” label.”

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