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Gluten-free diets

I do have a Gluten free food plan that I can give you on your next office visit.

Studies suggest that less than one percent of the population suffers a severe immune reaction from gluten, and up to eight percent have mild-to-moderate insensitivity to it. I notice that when clients choose to go gluten-free, they often lose weight and feel better, even complicated cases seem to resolve.  

some clients notice that living gluten-free has improved there overall health and given them more energy. If you notice that you don’t feel well the morning after having a beer or a plate of pasta, then you may be gluten sensitive. The term lately is gluten intolerance. There are lots of cookbooks and restaurants that offer gluten- and dairy-free recipes. My wife’s restaurants called Maria’s Italian Kitchen now offers gluten free dishes.

I am certain going gluten-free will improve your overall health.

Gluten is a glue-like composite found naturally in grains like wheat, rye and barley. It is what gives breads their fluffy texture, and is often used in other food preparations to make food thicker or more chewy.

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Top 7 Supplements for Men

Tribulus Fruit – a key herb used traditionally to support male libido and healthy sexual function.
Dr. Tucker’s pick: Tribulus Synergy by Metagenics. This provides Tribulus Fruit, Ashwagandha Root & Cowage Seed. This all-in-one herbal formula is used for vigor, vitality & positive mood.
 
CoQ-10  – can lower your blood pressure while boosting your levels of ecSOD, an enzyme thought to protect blood vessels from damage. CoQ-10 may also improve sperm quality. Japanese researchers found it can increase fat burning during exercise. This is an absolute must supplement if you are taking a statin drug (cholesterol lowering drug).

Dr. Tucker’s pick:  NanoCell-Q by Metagenics. This is a highly absorbable form of CoQ10. I also like the orange flavor. Natural sources include meat, fish, eggs, and broccoli.

 

Vitamin D – is a hormone that helps your bones absorb calcium. Vitamin D has been linked to reduced levels of depression, reduced risk of colorectal cancer, less chance of a heart attack, and supports the immune functions.

 

Dr. Tucker’s pick: Iso D3 by Metagenics. This delivers 2,000 IU of the active form of vitamin D in the body. Natural sources include sunshine and fortified milk.

 
EPA-DHA Omega 3 Fatty Acids – these are essential! Fish oil can reduce triglycerides, boost HDL cholesterol, lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation, supports healthy brain & nervous system function. Omega 3’s also support optimal joint function. Omega 3’s may lower your risk of colon and prostate cancers as well. I want everyone of my patients, male & female on this supplement! 
Dr. Tucker’s pick: OmegaPure 780 by XYMOGEN (call 1-800-647-6100 to order. Use PIN TUC 500) or EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics. Natural sources include salmon, tuna, or other fatty fish.
 
Resveratrol this is a powerful antioxidant.You can’t stop the clock, but you can slow it down. This chemical, found in the skin of grapes, seems to interact directly with genes that regulate aging. Resveratrol has been shown to promote DNA repair in animals, enhance bloodflow to people’s brains, and halt the growth of prostate-cancer and colon-cancer cells.
Dr. Tucker’s pick: Resveratin by XYMOGEN. (call 1-800-647-6100 to order. Use PIN TUC 500). Natural sources include red wine and red grape juice.
 
EGCG – this is an anti-oxidant in green tea. Men who took green-tea extract burned 17 percent more fat after moderate exercise than those taking placebos, according to one study. It has also been shown to help prevent cancer and can improve heart health.
Dr. Tucker’s pick:  Celepro by Metagenics. I love Celepro because it supports healthy cellular aging. It contains green tea leaf extract, D-Limonene, Lycopene & Turmeric. This combination offers protection against free radicals.
 
Multivitamin/mineral – every guy should be on a comprehensive, high qualty multivitamin/mineral. My recommendation for idiot proofing what you should take is the Wellness Essentials for Men packets by Metagenics. These packets contain the Tribulus, EPA-DHA, zinc, quercetin, E, B’s, etc that all of us guys need. Don’t mess around, start taking a good quality supplement like this one offered by Metagenics.
 
BonusProbiotics are healthy bacteria that crowd out the disease-causing bad bacteria in your gut. These address problems caused by antibiotics use, chemotherapy, irritable bowel syndrome, and support healthy immune function.
 
 

 

 

 

 

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True or False About Diabetes?

  • Prediabetes is a common condition you can live with “normally” as long as you keep your glucose levels under control with medications.
  • Type 2 diabetes is irreversible.
  • Having diabetes is no big deal these days. By monitoring your blood sugar and following your doctor’s orders, you can enjoy a normal life and escape diabetic complications, including nerve damage, going blind and losing limbs through amputation — not to mention heart attack, stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

The answers are false!

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Understanding Fats

Good Sources of Sat Fats

Somethings are worth saying again –  fat is good for us.

Two good sources of fat are saturated (animal) fat and omega-3 fats.

  • Omega-3s – These are great for heart health. They protect against cardiovascular disease. They also helps to burn body fat. For good sources of omega-3s enjoy wild fish, avocado, olives, cod liver oil, Sacha Inchi oil, and nuts. I recommend you take supplements called EPA-DHA 720 by Metagenics www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com  
  • Saturated Fats –These fats boost your immune system. They also help you to absorb calcium. Find it in grass-fed beef, raw milk, and raw butter.

You can find healthy sources of fat in these 9 foods: 

  1. Organic butter
  2. Olive oil
  3. Nuts
  4. Raw milk
  5. Cold water wild fish
  6. Grass-fed beef
  7. Free-range chicken
  8. Eggs
  9. Avocadoes

Vegetable oils that you cook with are fats that are highly processed to extend their shelf lives. Saturated fats come from nature, trans fats are almost always man-made. Eliminate the trans fats, they are not essential fats; nor do they promote good health. Margarine is produced at high temperatures which destroys vitamin E, and other nutrients in the oil. The final product contains trans-fatty acids.

Trans-fatty acids increase inflammation in the body (colitis, arthritis, muscle and joint conditions). 

I’m OK with butter. It does not contain trans fat. It’s also a good source of fat-soluble vitamins, including vitamin A, D, E and K. None of these essential vitamins are found in significant quantities in margarine.

Fats to Avoid

Bad fats are the omega-6s. They are needed for a balanced diet, but only in small amounts. You need a higher ratio of omega-3s to omega-6s in the foods you eat. You can avoid high levels of omega-6, by not eating grain-fed beef, processed foods, and vegetable oil. Avoid processed, packaged foods like potato chips, cookies, cakes, and bottled salad dressings.

Here’s a short list of foods which contain trans fats:

  • Hardened Margarines and shortenings
  • Bottled salad dressings
  • Mayonnaise
  • Fried fast foods
  • Corn chips
  • French fries
  • Fried meats like chicken and fish
  • Baked goods including biscuits, breads, cakes, cookies and crackers
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Eat to feel great – Paleo Diet

I’m still recommending the eat like a cave man Paleo Diet to lose weight, build muscle and feel healthy. The “Paleolithic”, or Paleo diet consists only of meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and mushrooms. I have way too many clients that are getting great workouts, but  few that  follow a  healthy diet. I offer individual diet recommendations to all of my patients, and most of the time the program is the Mediterranean Diet or Paleo Diet, or a combo of the two.

I really want my clients to feel healthy. I see so many people with all kinds of  problems, especially inflammation, arthritis, over- weight issues, aches and pains, and all of these problems can be helped with diet and supplements. After 3-4 weeks on the diet, I see clients able to drop excess weight and achieve better body fat percentages.

The key to the Paleo diet is to avoid all refined sugars, grains, dairy products, beans, legumes and anything processed. Though difficult, sticking to a Paleo diet fits the human genetic makeup better than most modern diets because it represents the foods that our ancestors ate and thrived on. The Paleo diet has other benefits, including helping to clear up acne.

The Paleo Diet might not entirely clear up acne in every single person who has acne, but it will almost always have an important positive effect on blood sugar and weight.
Call me for a session so we can individualise a program for you.
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Probiotics – I think they are a must!

We have experienced an abundance of antibiotic abuse, antibiotic soaps, wipes, and even anti-microbial fabrics. We all agree that certain bacteria can harm us. But we also need friendly bacteria called probiotics. Some of the health benefits of probiotics  include enhanced recovery from fatigue, improved immune function and the maintenance of a healthy gut. All of this can improve our general well being, which could in theory improve your performance at work and exercise routines.

There is a difference in the quality of probiotics you take, what you take it with and how much actual activity it contains is critically important. In addition, the health effects are very strain-specific, so while your breakfast yogurt might contain friendly bacteria, whether it gives you any actual benefits is another question. 

I personally take the UltraFlora DF (dairy free) probiotic from Metagenics. I do feel that it helps protect my immune system from all of the people I come in contact with. Order at www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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DHA & Pain Relief

Antinociceptive effects of docosahexaenoic acid against various pain stimuli in mice.

Nakamoto K, Nishinaka T, Mankura M, Fujita-Hamabe W, Tokuyama S.

Department of Clinical Pharmacy, Kobe Gakuin University, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kobe, Japan.
Abstract

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (n-3 PUFAs), is an essential polyunsaturated fatty acid in the central nervous system, and possesses many physiological functions in neurodegenerative diseases. Previously, there are some reports that n-3 PUFAs contribute to pain relief. As the antinociceptive effect of DHA alone has not been reported, this study examined the antinociceptive effect of DHA on various pain stimuli. To evaluate the antinociceptive effect of DHA on thermal and chemical nociception, we employed the tail flick test, acetic acid writhing test and formalin test in mice. DHA was orally administrated at 5, 15 and 25 mmol/kg at 30 min before measurement. DHA administration dose-dependently exerted an antinociceptive effect against thermal and chemical stimulation in comparison to the control olive oil administration. These effects of DHA were abolished when mice were pretreated with naloxone, an opioid receptor antagonist. These findings suggest that DHA has opiod receptor-mediated pain control activities, and may provide valuable information towards an advanced therapeutic approach for pain control.

OmegaPure 820 from XYMOGEN (phone # to order 1-800-647-6100) has independent third party assays that document freshness and purity of every DHA batch.

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Magnesium – Migraines & Inflammation

A deficiency in magnesium makes you twice as likely to die, according to findings published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine. Unfortunately 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

Medical experts agree that magnesium is essential to a long and healthy life. A lack of this important nutrient can cause  irregular heartbeat, and in pregnant women it can cause seizures. Magnesium triggers over 300 enzyme reactions and is present in all bodily tissues. It’s critical to bones and muscle. Your cells use it to make energy and stabilize membranes. It helps improve depression, fatigue, and even kidney disease. 

Magnesium deficiency has been linked to migraines, inflammation, and high CRP levels. Most of my clients are deficient in magnesium. One recent study concluded…It is regrettable that deficiency of such an inexpensive, low-toxicity nutrient results in diseases that cause incalculable suffering throughout the world.

We just don’t get enough magnesium in our diets. Carb-rich foods like white flour and pasta have no magnesium at all. Neither does dairy. Certain  foods reduce our magnesium levels – alcohol, salt, cola, and coffee all reduce magnesium. And our modern lifestyle does the same: stress, antibiotics, and diuretics decrease our levels too.

Magnesium is hard to absorb. That’s why it’s important to supplement our magnesium intake.

Good dietary sources of magnesium include:

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Walnuts
  • Shrimp
  • Green drinks
  • Leafy green vegetables

I do suggests taking a supplement. While the recommended daily amount is about 300 mg a day, I find most clients could benefit from as much as 400 – 1,000 mg a day.

Taking a hot bath in Espom salts (magnesium sulfate) helps reduce stress and allows easy absorption of magnesium.

Magnesium citrate, glycinate taurate, and aspartate are the most easy to absorb. 

Even though you are taking UltraInflamX Plus 360 which contains 330 mg per serving, you will still need to take an additional amount. I suggest Metagenics Mag Citrate 200 mg/2 tabs – take 2 am & 2 PM. Order @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com

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Lumbar radiculopathy: Epidural injection of steroid and pain medication versus placebo

Epidural injection of steroid and pain medication versus placebo
Evidence-Based Spine Surgery, 09/10/09

Epidural steroid injections for treatment of sciatica did not confer significant additional benefit over placebo injection in patients who had had symptoms for less than one year. While steroid injections may afford short–term improvements in pain and movement, this beneficial effect was transient, and there was no statistical difference between active and placebo treatments after 4 weeks of follow–up. Treatment of sciatica with epidural steroids has exhibited no significant functional benefit, nor does it reduce the need for surgery. Outcomes varied minimally by injection site across studies, not based on direct comparisons.

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Diabetes neuropathy – numbness & tingling in leg

I have diabetes and get pins and needles and burning sensation in my legs. I’m on metformin and glyburide. Is there anything nutritionally you recommend?
 
The nerve sensation you describe is called neuropathy. Diabetes, shingles, Celiac, heavy metal toxicity, nutrient deficiencies, autoimmune disorders and neurological conditions are caues of these sensations.
 
Other neuropathy symptoms include burning, weakness, muscle pain & weakness,  shooting pain, tingling, numbness, feeling like you got stabbed by an ice pick, cystitis, urinary urgency, vibration/buzzing sensations, erectile dysfunction, loss of bladder control, poor coordination,   trigeminal neuralgia, and dizziness when standing up.   
The number one thing you can do to reduce pain is to lower your blood sugar. That is why I  recommend the Paleo diet or a Mediterranean diet. Both food plans minimise carb’s. I try to keep clients at 100-150 grams of carb’s daily. 
 
Here is a list of some of the common supplements that I recommend.
 Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) – This is one of the most important antioxidants. It helps defend you against free radicals that attack your myelin sheath and ‘fray’ your nerve wiring. Be diligent in taking it every day for several weeks before you make up your mind about ALA. Try 200 – 250 two to four times daily.
 
Take ALA with omega 3 fish oil (EPA-DHA 720’s). I like to see patients take at least 3-4 grams of EPA-DHA 720’s daily. Order @ www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com
 
GlycemX 360 is a medical food powder that you can make into a delicious shake. It  contains natural things that reduce blood sugar, chase away a pain-causing chemical TNF as well as nitric oxide. Other ingredients include Methylcobalamin (B12) -when your body starves for B12, you lose the myelin sheath and your nerves short circuit. This can cause neuropathy and depression.  There are dozens of drug muggers of B12, including the diabetic medications that you take as well as processed foods, sugar, antibiotics, estrogen hormones and acid blockers. 
 
Thiamine – I’d suggest about 100 mg daily for a few months, along with a low dose B-complex so you have all the other Bs on board. 

Neuragen- It’s a topical ointment sold at pharmacies and online. A study showed that it might be  helpful for shingles neuralgia, diabetic or HIV neuropathy or trigeminal neuralgia.
All of these recommendations help get more oxygen to your cells, reduce inflammation, protect the myelin wrapper around your delicate nerves, quench toxic free radicals and reduce protein kinase C (PKC). www.DrJeffreyTucker.meta-ehealth.com
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