The Body Well’s Dr. Mike Carragher & Dr. Jill Stocker Named to Los Angeles Magazine’s 2018 Top Doctors

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Los Angeles Magazine and Professional Research Services conducted an exclusive peer-review survey to determine the doctors deemed the best in their field of practice by their colleagues. We were selected in their first annual, peer-review survey sent to certified doctors within Los Angeles County and I couldn’t be more proud and excited.

Dr. Jill Stocker

Los Angeles’ Top Doctors are chosen through a rigorous process conducted by PRS (Professional Research Services), which includes voting by professional medical colleagues. That is the sole criteria for inclusion in the Top Doctors listing.  Listings cannot be bought, and advertising has no impact on the review process. The special recognition will appear in the April 2018 issue of Los Angeles Magazine.

Both Dr. Stocker and I use The Carragher Method™, a healthy aging plan that I developed for patients for patients which includes cutting-edge hormone optimization protocols, Intelligent Physical Fitness to optimize fat loss and hormone utilization, a specific eating plan which is not a diet but an approach to nutrition which is both sustainable and geared toward supporting their hormones. The Carragher Method™ also incorporates lifestyle support in the areas of sleep and stress management.

To book an evaluation with either myself or Dr. Stocker, please call Aaron Epstein, The Body Well’s Director of Client Services, at (323) 874-9355.

 

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Treating Chronic Fatigue Syndrome with Hormones

Mike Carragheradrenal fatigue, Age Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, chronic fatigue syndrome, cortisol, Dr. Carragher, fatigue, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, loss of energy, low energy, The Body Well, ThyroidLeave a Comment

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a much-talked-about but poorly defined disorder. Typically CFS presents itself as disabling exhaustion. By disabling, I don’t mean being tired in the afternoon and needing a nap. People with CFS can’t get out of bed, go out with friends, or live their best lives. They’re exhausted, and sleep isn’t helping.

But CFS also has plenty of other troubling symptoms, including memory impairment, mood changes, irritable bowel syndrome, joint pains and muscle aches. CFS is also called Immune Dysfunction Syndrome because it depletes the immune system.

To make matters worse, there’s no magic bullet for treating CFS, and plenty of contradictory theories about what causes it. Because it’s not well-understood, patients with CFS are often told it’s just in their heads and are subject to ridicule not only by friends and family but also by the medical community. Since women suffer from CFS more often than men, doctors with unconscious (or conscious!) sexist tendencies sometimes brush it off as “hysteria.”

So: Varying symptoms, no well-defined cause, and often dismissed. No wonder people often search all over the internet for information about CFS! As you might expect the tricky nature of CFS also results in a lot of internet-inspired self-diagnosing, since the symptoms overlap with so many other conditions (or because someone might have fatigue off and on and mistake that for CFS).

But the best way to diagnose Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is with a doctor who understands it, by exclusion of other diseases. You have to rule out other forms of fatigue, caused by such conditions as anemia or heavy metal toxicity. And of course, you have to rule out plain old lack of quality sleep.

At The Body Well, we also keep in mind an overlooked but key factor in CFS: hormones. With my patients, I’ll make sure that hormones are optimized before giving a diagnosis of CFS, since hormonal deficiencies can cause fatigue as well! I’ll also go through the other possible culprits, making sure patients are eating well, exercising, free of toxicity, and so forth. If, after that, a patient is still complaining about disabling fatigue, I’ll be sure they are treated specifically for CFS.

At The Body Well, one approach I use to treat CFS is using thyroid hormone at high doses, several times a day. When hormones are already optimized, additional thyroid can help ease the pain of and enliven someone suffering from CFS.

I also use a hormone called hydrocortisone, or Cortef. Cortef is basically the kind of cortisone produced by adrenal glands (two glands that sit atop the kidneys). By giving Cortef to a patient, healthy levels of cortisone are restored, which results in anti-inflammatory and energizing effects, combatting both muscle/joint aches and fatigue.

Many non-specialized doctors use prednisone in an attempt to achieve the same effects. But  prednisone has many problematic side effects when used over time, whereas Cortef is very safe if used at correct dosages.

Both CFS and hormones are both often misunderstood by doctors who don’t specialize in this area, so if you’re suffering from fatigue, call The Body Well today for a knowledgeable and reasonable approach to restoring your energy levels and becoming the most energetic you possible.

Call The Body Well today at (323) 874-9355 and schedule an hormone evaluation. Or email us at info@thebodywellusa.com

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Does Testosterone Cause Blood Clots?

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

There are so many benefits of supplementing with bio-identical testosterone, including improved cardiovascular health, better overall sense of well-being, higher energy, better sexual function, and increased strength. It’s a life-changer and even a life-saver for so many men.

So why is it that since late 2014, testosterone products have been required to include an alarming warning? The warning comes from the FDA, and alerts patients and prescribing physicians of a potentially serious side effect of using testosterone: thromboembolism (basically, a blood clot).

The two most common types of blood clots are deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a blood clot in the deep veins of the leg; and pulmonary embolism (PE), which is a blood clot in the lungs. Both can be deadly. 

When patients see or hear this warning, it justifiably causes concern. Even if they don’t see it, they may hear from their primary care physician that they should not take testosterone because of the danger of blood clots.

The information is meant to protect you, of course. But the fact is is that the vast majority of research shows that testosterone does not cause blood clots.

So why is the FDA label on testosterone products in the first place? What, exactly, is the risk of a blood clot when you take testosterone? And more to the point, should you worry about it?

A little history. The reason testosterone became associated with blood clots in the first place is because in 2013  Charles Glueck, M.D. published observational studies in men who had a medical condition (called Factor V Leiden) that increases likelihood of clotting. He observed that when these men received testosterone, they got blood clots.  In other words, he was studying a population of men who tended to get blood clots anyway.  And when they were taking testosterone, they got blood clots too.

He reported this to the FDA, and soon, blood clots were listed as a possible side effect of testosterone. Since the FDA’s responsibility is to protect the public, they are compelled to report any side effect reported to them. The FDA does not conduct research studies to see if it’s the drug actually causing the side-effect; they simply report what is reported to them.  So if you report to the FDA that testosterone turned your urine traffic-light-green, they would list it as a possible side-effect of testosterone.  This is the reason why the side effects lists on medications are so long.

The reason there’s a highlighted general warning about blood clots on testosterone packaging is not because blood clots from testosterone are common (they are not) or even because there is research indicating testosterone causes them (there isn’t). It’s there as a highlighted general warning because blood clots are a serious condition.

So is there an increased risk of blood clots with testosterone? No.  

What the larger body of research on testosterone shows is that men who take testosterone have no greater risk of blood clots than the general population.  Doctors who dissuade their patients from taking testosterone for fear of blood clots are doing so without the facts.  There’s no research to support it, unless the patient has an underlying clotting disorder. Even in them, the risk is about 1.2%.

Here’s what the research actually shows:  A large review article (an article which looks at multiple research studies) published in New England Journal of Medicine in 2004 states “It is reassuring that as far as we can determine, no testosterone-associated thromboembolic events have been reported to date.” And a study published by the Mayo Clinic Proceedings in 2015 looked at looking at 30,572 men on testosterone therapy affirmed this with similar conclusions.

I confidently prescribe bio-identical testosterone to my patients without fear that I am putting them at increased risk of clots.  In my 15 years of practice, I have never seen one testosterone-related blood clot.  And the research shows that it simply does not happen.

Call The Body Well today at (323) 874-9355 and schedule an hormone evaluation today. Or email us at info@thebodywellusa.com

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Hair Loss in Men: Causes and Solutions

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, Anti-Aging, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Hair Loss In Men, Hormone Replacement Therapy, The Body WellLeave a Comment

Most men are concerned about hair loss at some point in their lives, and as an Age Management Medicine & Hormone Optimization Physician, I get questions about it all the time. That’s because hair loss is a particularly anxiety-producing problem. When a man starts losing hair, his physical appearance begins to change; it can feel like a shock to his identity and sense of self. And it’s a particularly difficult problem to solve. Not only are there many different causes of hair loss, there are often multiple factors in each case, for each man. With that in mind, I’ve listed the most common causes of hair loss below, as well as their solutions.

1

Cause: Telogen Effluvium
You’ve probably never heard the term “telogen effluvium” before, but it names the most common cause of hair loss: stress. Work stress, life stress, stress on the body from disease or strain, lack of sleep, and more. These environmental and lifestyle factors actually interrupt hair growth and lead to thinning. The bad news is, this kind of hair loss is bound to affect many adult men, who are immersed in stressors. The good news is, it’s a temporary and fairly reversible process.

Solution: Find Peace
Do some work identifying your main stressors and eliminating or alleviating the frustration that comes from them. Of course, many stressors are ongoing or even lifelong. So meditate. Meditation each day will create peach points in your daily schedule that allow you to let go of the inflammatory and damaging power of stress. Personally, I do Transcendental Meditation (or TM). TM is the best-researched form of meditation in terms of its effects on health. Find a center near you, or check tm.org for details. Since most health challenges are related in some way to stress, getting yourself to a more peaceful life is essential anyway, so get to it!

2

Cause: Androgenetic Alopecia
Androgenetic alopecia is basically hormone-related baldness. It has to do with the effects of androgens or so-called “male” hormones on the hair follicle. When hormone levels aren’t balanced for optimal hair health and growth, male pattern baldness can occur in the well-known spots, the crown of the head or above the forehead in the form of a receding hairline. A man will often have a genetic predisposition for it, in which case it’s generally predictable, with visible signs of hair thinning in his twenties or even his teens. Because of this genetic component, in spite of androgenetic alopecia’s hormonal basis, it’s rare that I see this in my practice as a result of prescribing hormones.

Solution: Medication
There are well-known medications to slow down, prevent, and even reverse androgenetic alopecia. You’ve probably heard of them by their brand names: Rogaine (Minoxidil) and Propecia (Finasteride).  In my practice, my preferred medication is Dutasteride (also known as Avodart), which is similar to Propecia but is better at blocking formation of dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the hormone that can cause androgenic alopecia. But I generally use Dutasteride in conjunction with Hormone Replacement Therapy, because the drug has been shown to interfere with testosterone production, which can cause a whole array of unpleasant symptoms.

3

Cause: Hyper- and Hypothyroidism
Both over- (hyper) and under- (hypo) stimulation of the thyroid can cause hair loss. One of the ways to know if thyroid health is a contributing factor is to note if you’re losing body hair as well as the hair on your head. If so, then it’s important to get your thyroid levels checked.

Solution: Correct the Thyroid Disorder
This is a pretty obvious one. If you have a thyroid disorder that’s leading to hair loss, you want to correct the thyroid disorder. That means seeing a qualified Age Management physician, getting your labs done, and getting the appropriate treatment.

4

Cause: Low Ferritin Levels
Ferritin is an iron-containing protein in your blood, and low levels of ferritin can be a factor “and a commonly overlooked one, at that” in thinning hair and hair loss. To know if ferritin levels are low, it’s important to get ferritin levels checked, not just iron levels. Even if your iron levels are adequate, your ferritin may not be high enough to support healthy hair growth and strength.

Solution: Doctor-monitored supplementation
To contend with low ferritin, you need to supplement with iron. But even though iron is readily available over the counter, you don’t want to do this without medical supervision. Too much iron in your blood can lead to fatigue, constipation, gut pain, and even heart failure.

The important thing to remember is that hair loss is generally caused by a combination of the above factors. And of course, hair simply loses some of its thickness and strength as you age. Very few fifty-year-olds are walking around with the same head of hair they had when they were twenty. So while solutions are available for each possible cause, getting the right approach can be very tricky.

To comb through the details of your hair loss, call The Body Well today at (323) 874-9355 and schedule an hormone evaluation. Or email us at info@thebodywellusa.com

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Lose Weight By Flipping A Coin: Try This Weight Loss Life Hack Now – by Rene Von Gunten, NTP

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, belly fat, Dr. Carragher, Hormone Optimization, René von Gunten, The Body Well, weight gainLeave a Comment

One of the most daunting things about trying to lose weight or gain muscle is that it’s a long-term commitment.

If you want to have and keep a new kind of body, you have to live a new kind of life. After all, the way you were living before didn’t get you the body you wanted. That means your dedication will need to be ongoing and long lasting. Since losing weight and gaining muscle often involves giving up the level of carbohydrates and sugar you’re used to, as well as making new decisions about other types of food, it can be a big shift in your daily life.

That can be an overwhelming thought for people just starting their journey to a better and healthier body. Life is stressful enough without adding healthy eating to the list of things you’ve got to be constantly responsible for.

To make things worse, when you do set out on your journey and mess up, you can experience feelings of guilt and shame that make you want to give up all together.

What can you do to make the whole process easier? Easy: flip a coin.

The Coin Toss Solution

The Coin Toss Solution is based on a simple premise: many people find they’re more successful at meeting their health goals (and escaping the struggle) if they take them day-by-day.

Here’s how it works:  first thing in the morning, flip a coin.

There are two sides of a coin, obviously. The side it lands on determines whether or not you’re going to eat clean that day or if deviation is okay.

Heads means: deviation from your nutrition plan is okay. So if your coin lands on heads, it means that if you mess up or eat something out of the framework you’d like to be working in, it’s not a big deal.

The tails side of the coin means: it’s going to be a clean eating day. Eat what you’ve mapped out for yourself.

You might be asking: But doesn’t that mean I’ll be eating poorly 50% of the time?

What I’ve found in my practice is that patients who use the Coin Toss Solution begin to eat healthier and healthier. A coin toss might seem small, but remember, when you do it first thing in the morning, you’re aiming your first thoughts of the day toward your health goals.

But you’re thinking about it for that day, not beyond it. When you get heads – a day when you can deviate from the mapped out diet – you know the next day you’ll be starting over again. So you can let go of guilt. The decision was taken out of your hands for the day by chance. And when you get tails (or an “eat clean” day), you’re more likely to meet your nutrition goals successfully, because the next day there’s a chance you might be able to cheat without guilt.

The Coin Toss Solution will help you if you’re struggling, but don’t leave optimal health up to chance. Call The Body Well today!

Rene von Gunten, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, is a member of the Age Management Team at The Body Well.  To schedule an Age Management/Hormonal Evaluation, please call (323) 874-9355 or email info@thebodywellusa.com today.

About Rene von Gunten:Rene von Gunten, NTP CPT, aka “The Swiss Nutritioneer,” is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Nutritional Therapy Association. He holds a diploma in Balancing Nutritional Science from the Westbrook University and is a graduate of the renowned mentorship program in functional medicine by Dr. Daniel Kalish. He is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist practicing at The Body Well.

 

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Will Taking Testosterone Make My Testicles Shrink?

Smoky MuehlsteinAge Management, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, HGH, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, Testosterone, The Body WellLeave a Comment

A common question from my male patients when I recommend testosterone therapy is, “Is this going to make my balls shrink?”

Understandably, that’s not something that they want.

Let me cut to the chase here. The short answer to the question is: yes, it can.

The longer, more accurate answer is: not always, and there are ways to offset this side effect.

First, let me explain why testicular shrinkage can happen when testosterone is administered.

The way that testosterone is normally produced in the body is via a process initiated by the pituitary gland in the brain. The pituitary gland utilizes a hormone (called luteinizing hormone or LH) which sends a signal to “turn on” testosterone production in your testicles, and, accordingly, your testicles start making testosterone, which goes into your bloodstream. When your body senses that there’s enough testosterone in your blood, it sends a signal back to the brain, which slows production.

It’s a system that works remarkably well in healthy young guys. But as you age, your testosterone levels (as well as many other hormone levels) decrease.

One of the ways I increase testosterone in men is by giving them a cream they rub on their body, or by giving an injection. The medication is administered, testosterone is absorbed into the bloodstream, and, just like in the feedback loop described above, this sends a signal to the brain to stop stimulating testosterone production in the testicles.

Since your testicles are the size they are in part because they’re actively producing testosterone, shutting down the production of the hormone can lead to them becoming smaller.

This doesn’t always happen, but it can. The shrinking is generally not permanent, and it’s not dangerous, either.

If this is a worry for a patient, instead of prescribing a cream or injection, I’ll recommend a medication that mimics the luteinizing hormone from the pituitary gland. These medications, called LH analogues, stimulate your testicles to get your body to produce more of your body’s own testosterone. And when that happens, your testicles don’t shrink, because they’re working. The most common of these medication is human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG).

LH analogues are a good option for men up to a certain age. At some point in your aging process however, many of the cells you need to produce the testosterone will have naturally atrophied, so it doesn’t matter if you try to stimulate them. That means eventually testosterone itself will need to be administered. In these cases, I’ll still prescribe LH analogues in conjunction with the testosterone as a sort of assistant against testicular shrinkage.

Don’t shrink away from good health. To look and feel your best as you age, call The Body Well today at (323) 874-9355 and schedule an hormone evaluation. Or email us at info@thebodywellusa.com

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4 Things Your Doctor Doesn’t Know About Hormone Replacement Therapy

Mike CarragherAge Management, BHRT, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy, Dr. Carragher, Hormone Optimization, Hormone Replacement Therapy, The Body WellLeave a Comment

I’m an Age Management & Hormone Optimization specialist physician who regularly recommends Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT), which means that in addition to the standard training of medical school, residency, and board certification (which most doctors go through), I’ve had years of additional training, education and advanced certification in this specialized field of medicine.

As a result, I can tell you there is a severe lack of knowledge and an overabundance of misconceptions about Age Management Medicine and hormone replacement therapy – not just by patients, but most most physicians themselves (even many endocrinologists)!  It’s really quite shocking. 

Here are four of the most important things your doctor may not know about this field:

1. Age Management Medicine isn’t a “fringe” field of medicine or a luxury service.

Instead, Age Management Medicine & Hormone Replacement Therapy is preventative medicine.

To feel and look your best as you age, you need a doctor who understands the complexity and fine details of the aging process and the many systems involved, particularly the endocrine (hormonal) system. 

Unfortunately, many non-specialized doctors simply aren’t equipped to offer the best level of care in Age Management. Why? Because there are volumes and volumes of peer-reviewed research studies about hormones and aging, and almost none of it is taught in medical school.  Even though the research I base my recommendations on is available in mainstream medical journals (The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of Endocrinology, etc.), there’s simply too much information to take on if you’re not a specialist.  So your primary doctor is simply not up to date or thoroughly knowledgeable.  Often their conceptions – or more often – misconceptions come from the same sources you get yours: popular magazines, news headlines, etc.

On top of that, mainstream medicine is largely reactionary – it waits for something to go wrong, and then it fixes it. Age Management is preventative medicine (as well as reactionary).  In other words, it seeks to keep you in a state of optimal health so that there’s nothing to fix.  BHRT is the best treatment we currently have for maintaining quality of life and decreasing degeneration of your body as you age; it can relieve the signs and symptoms of, and prevent many of the diseases that come with, aging.

2. Men and women with higher levels of hormones have better health outcomes.

Patients with higher levels of testosterone, thyroid, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, and other key hormones feel and look better and have lower incidence of virtually every chronic disease of aging.  Most doctors rarely even check hormone levels…they just think it’s fine that your hormone levels may be falling (“You’re just getting old”). Or even worse, if they do, they often check the wrong form of the hormone or don’t know how to interpret the results.  Despite the fact that they may be looking at the wrong form of the hormone altogether, they’ll likely just look to see if you’re in the “normal” lab range. But what they don’t realize is that if you’re higher than “normal for your age” for certain hormones (some hormones are optimal at lower levels), you’ll be healthier, feel more energetic and robust, and be less likely to get sick down the road.

Which leads me to my next point:

3. Normal is not enough.

Many of my patients have told me in their initial appointment that their primary care physician checked their testosterone or their thyroid or some other hormone and said the levels were normal. This is supposed to be a sign of health.  But this is based on misconceptions of what normal lab ranges demonstrate.   All that “normal” means is that the hormone level matches a sampling of the general population. Of course, the general population of the United States doesn’t have healthy hormone levels. In fact, as a culture many hormone levels have become increasingly out of whack over time. See for instance, the drastic decrease in testosterone levels in recent years.

In other words, “normal”doesn’t necessarily mean “healthy.”

But it’s even more complicated than that. Why? That brings us to my fourth and final point:

4. Standard hormone lab results don’t give a full picture, even if your hormone levels are high.

In order for a hormone to work, it has to attach to a receptor on the surface of your cell. As a result of this receptor-hormone interaction, changes inside the cell are initiated. These lead to more energy and strength, lower body fat, and more.  Simply put, the hormone has to attach to a receptor to be turned on and go to work.

Often, as we age, these receptors become resistant to hormones, and as a result, we need more and more of a hormone for the reactions to take place.  Which means your doctor can measure your hormone levels and see that they’re high – even at optimal numbers, not just “normal”ones -but if your receptors are resistant, you’re still not able to utilize the hormones!

As you can see, Age Management and Hormone Replacement is more than just a numbers game or simply giving you hormones to make you build muscles or increase your sex drive. It’s a complex interweaving of different factors and considerations that requires a doctor have the right education and perspective. And know the research!  Just like you wouldn’t go to your Primary Care Physician to have a tooth pulled or for heart surgery, you shouldn’t go to your Primary Care Physician for Hormone Optimization.  Not only will they not be best able to take care of you, their lack of knowledge may be causing you harm down the road. 

Aging is a complex process, and hormones are a key part of it. To look and feel your best as you age, optimize your hormones,  call The Body Well today at (323) 874-9355 and schedule an hormone evaluation. Or email us at info@thebodywellusa.com

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Everyone Has Food Sensitivities: Here’s A Free Way To Check For Yours!

Mike CarragherAge Management, fatigue, inflammation, René von Gunten, The Body WellLeave a Comment

Whether you know it or not, you have food sensitivities. How can I be so sure? Well, because almost everybody has some kind of food sensitivity: foods that don’t resonate with your body, that cause some sort of stress on your system. This stress can show up as fatigue, brain fog, itchiness, bloating, lack of clarity, and more.

The prevalence of food sensitivities has to do with many factors, and there are plenty of theories about why they’re so common. One major culprit is the level of other everyday stressors we face: work stress, environmental stress, poor quality water, lack of sleep and more. Introduce a food that your body is not in tune with and your already-stressed immune system is going to be pushed over the edge. In other words, food sensitivities may be more noticeable than ever because people have reached (or are nearly at) their peak stress thresholds on a daily basis.

Because of this, you obviously want to avoid foods that are introducing yet another disruption to your health. The problem is, it’s not always easy to figure what foods are causing your issues.

Many people try to uncover food sensitivities with lab testing. There’s the skin scratch test (where a skin sample is exposed to different food substances), as well as blood tests with various different approaches to interpreting the data. These tests can be costly, and yield contradictory results. Because most tests don’t offer a systemic picture but instead only measure the sensitivity of a branch of your immune system, you may end up with extremely limited information after you’ve shelled out a lot of money. This is why a lot of patients come in for the first time with conflicting tests results and lots of confusion.

An Easy and Free Way To Check for Food Sensitivities

The way to discover your food sensitivities is relatively easy, and best of all, it’s not going to cost you any extra money.

First, eliminate what I call The Big Seven: the seven most common foods that people are sensitive to. Dairy, gluten, soy, eggs, peanuts, corn, sugar. Cut them out for 14 days. It’s just 14 days. You can do it!

After 14 days, reintroduce the foods one by one. Take the first food you want to test and eat a large serving of it for your first meal in the morning. Start with a food you’ve been craving. For instance, if you cut out dairy and you really miss cheese, start with cheese. On the first meal of the first day, eat cheese — only cheese, and a good portion of it — in the morning.

Wait 2 hours before eating anything else. In that time, pay attention to your body. Are you feeling fine? Are you feeling tired? Experiencing lack of clarity? Feeling itchy? You’ll learn pretty quickly whether or not your body has a strong reaction to the food you reintroduced.

If you don’t have any reaction, or if you do have a reaction but it’s mild, keep reintroducing the food over the course of the day. The rest of the day, eat a bit of your selected food with every meal. (Keeping with our example, make sure there’s cheese on all your meals.) The next day pay attention to how you feel. Feeling good? Or are you feeling tired, puffy, bloated, and so on?

If you don’t show any negative reaction, you can reintroduce another food right away.

If you do show a reaction, allow yourself to chill out for a day, then reintroduce.

The great news is you can do this with any food. Simply cut it out of your diet for 14 days, then follow the instructions above.

Pretty simple! And instead of a lot of extra money, all you need is a little patience and awareness.

Rene von Gunten, Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, is a member of the Age Management Team at The Body Well.  To schedule an Age Management Evaluation, please call (323) 874-9355 or email info@thebodywellusa.com today.

About René von Gunten:

René von Gunten, NTP CPT, aka “The Swiss Nutritioneer,” is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the Nutritional Therapy Association. He holds a diploma in Balancing Nutritional Science from the Westbrook University and is a graduate of the renowned mentorship program in functional medicine by Dr. Daniel Kalish. He is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner and Holistic Nutritionist practicing at The Body Well.

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