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What are Probiotics?

You may have already started to see TV commercials or magazine advertisements for something called a Probiotic. The commercial may have been speaking about constipation, possibly bloating, or maybe advertising your favorite yogurt.

The body needs to stay in a state of beautiful balance also known as homeostasis. Our many bodily systems certainly work best when they all reach this type of balance. Unfortunately, your body can be brought into a state of chaos very easily. In particular, our gut health or stomach is at risk for bacterial imbalance. Diet, environment, medication or illness can cause an imbalance between good and bad bacteria in the body. Some medication such as an antibiotic may wipe out the healthy and friendly bacteria needed for our body to flourish.  A decrease in good bacteria and dominance of poor can lead concerns such as diarrhea, urinary tract infections, gas, and fatigue.

The healthy strains found in probiotics look to restore gut integrity and bring us back to a beautiful balance. The gut makes up well over half of our immune system, close to 60-70%! Taking probiotics and providing friendly bacteria to our tummy is an easy way to support healthy digestion, nutrient absorption and your immune system.

So who really benefits from a Probiotic?

A large majority of the population may benefit from supplementing with a probiotic. How often, what time of day, medications and health goals may change from one person to the next. Check with your healthcare team about the suggested dose that is right for you. Possibly a probiotic will help you go beyond your biology for years to come.

Lets Food Shop Together!

How to read labelsToday let’s do a bit of food shopping together, and take a closer look at statements on labels!

Please keep in mind that time, energy, money and marketing is spent to make food products look appealing to you, the consumer. Remember that these companies have skilled health professionals and dietitians working for them to help create this appeal. So we must build our nutrition knowledge and read labels closely.

Here are some terms we should understand:

Reduced fat: this means that a product has 25% less fat than the same regular brand. So pick up the full fat version and notice the difference.
Light: this means that the product has 50% less fat than the same regular product. Interesting, right?

Low fat: this means a product has less than 3 grams of fat per serving. This does not account for the type of fat. Don’t forget to look at the serving size with all products, especially those marked low fat. You must determine if the serving size is realistic for you.

When you plan your meals and food shopping list try to focus on:
1) BALANCE: Nothing in excess is ever good
2) VARIETY: This is important for both your health and your mind. Avoiding boredom is an important aspect of maintaining lifestyle changes, long term.
3) EDUCATION: You will now be educated to make the right choices, you can’t be perfect but you can always make small improvements.
Try to remember these labeling statements as you go to on your next food shopping trip. Compare labels and keep your eyes peeled! Eating well requires understanding labels. Statements and claims are only ONE aspect of label reading. Food shopping can be a daunting task. Let us know if you have any questions about food shopping, or label reading that we can answer here!

How to speed up your metabolic rate….and quickly please!

It has happened to almost all of us. You just hit a weight loss road block and you would like your fast metabolism back….and stat! Hold on…..did I ever have a fast metabolism?

One of the many concerns as we age is that almost everything in our body system starts to slow down! You might begin to wonder. If everything is moving so slowly around here, how can I grow my waistline at such an exponential speed?

Great question! There are several factors involved in achieving and maintaining a healthy body weight. However, if you’re interested in the art of weight control you need to learn how to master your metabolism and keep it moving! Get started by working on a few steps and start to increase your metabolism now.

1)     Your mom was right when she told you breakfast is the most important meal of the day! I am sorry to report the same boring news but we need to start implementing breakfast. No excuses. If you are not a morning person I understand. Try starting with Greek yogurt and a few almonds or walnuts topped with a small handful of high fiber cereal. Breakfast, literally breaks your overnight fast and it is your first chance to get your fat burning metabolism moving.

2)     Please do not go long periods of time without eating, try not to go longer than 3-4 hours. This forces your body to keep working, burning energy and keeps hunger under control.

3)     Work on your muscle health. Muscle drives your body to burn more calories. Make an effort to start with a small amount of resistance training (light weights/resistance bands). Start fueling your body with high quality whey protein powder after your workouts or in between meals. Check your hormone status (sex hormones and thyroid hormones). This can be done with a simple blood test. A healthy muscle to fat ratio is almost impossible to achieve if our hormones are not balanced.

Mastering your metabolic rate, burning calories well, and staying lean will help you control your weight long term. After implementing these steps you may consider adding nutrients to support your fat burning ability. That can be a post for another day!

Together we will reach your personal weight loss goals at Beyond Biology.


Four tips to keep moving your health in a positive direction!

Nutrition information is everywhere. You know what I mean, your mom, Aunt Sue, co-worker and your neighbor all have nutrition degrees! Who knew? What can be the most confusing is the additional information from TV, magazines and the web. How do you know where to turn for strong information and support?

Remember a few things when looking to optimize your health and nutrition:

1)       First breathe! Don’t get too overwhelmed by the ever changing world of nutrition and health. It will likely always be an imperfect science. Expect to read conflicting reports, and be ready to reach out to an expert. A Medical Doctor, Naturopathic Physician, Nurse, or Chiropractor can be outstanding resources.

2)       You may consider speaking with a Registered Dietitian (RD). An RD is different from a nutritionist. If you are seeing an RD you know they have a specialized degree in science and they have completed advanced dietetic course work. Every RD has also completed nationally accredited medical dietetic rotations.

3)       Have your health evaluated and be sure to understand your own blood work. Your health provider should take the time to review your blood work. You may benefit from additional nutrition support, or need further testing. Comprehensive blood work is the first step to personalizing your health. Even if it’s once a year!

4)       You OWN your health, and you get to decide where to turn for advice. It is important you have a complete health team of well rounded professionals. The providers you work with should cater to your healthcare needs. Ask for suggestions that you can start following to bring you closer to your ideal health. Phone appointments can make a world of difference; try to set time to speak with a health care professional.

At Beyond Biology we are committed to our patients’ health and well being and you can always reach out to us to develop a personalized health plan for you.

The only person fighting your biology and aging process is YOU, set goals and use your healthcare team to help you reach them!


We would love to hear from you……

How do you take control of your own health? Do you have special tools, like a food journal or supplements?

What area of your health do you focus on most?