Houston Medical Weight Loss and Nutrition Programs
The Texas Age Management Institute in Houston provides advanced programs that look at all aspects of a person’s health to men and women in the Greater Houston area. The clinic’s comprehensive programs assess the functioning of multiple bodily systems, which may include assessments of blood sugar, oxygen intake, cognitive testing, hormone levels, heart health, strength, and a bio-lectric scan to evaluate your bodily systems and how they are functioning. These tests can allow an Age Management Specialist to customize a specialized treatment program and determine which therapies are best suited for the patient. The clinic’s comprehensive program includes several different non-invasive therapies, which may include Nutritional Plans, Exercise Programs, and Nutritional Supplementation to help patients potentially reverse or prevent disease and the symptoms of aging. Patients in the Greater Houston area can greatly benefit from the clinic’s comprehensive programs.
Nutrition & Optimal Health
Proper nutrition is probably the most important factor in achieving optimal health. Without proper nutrition, everything else a person does to be healthy will not work. There are many diets that will help a person lose weight, but those gains are short lived and are followed by more weight gain. When people go on a diet, they are immediately setting themselves up for failure, self-recrimination, and low self-esteem. Diet pills are even worse because in addition to the previously mentioned problems, there is the issue of ingesting harmful chemicals, in a desperate attempt to lose weight.
What seems to work in the long run is a thorough understanding of the kinds of foods that are being eaten, the science behind healthy eating, and doing it. There is no need for calorie counting or going hungry. Each person can eat well and often. There are certain foods that have to be avoided and certain foods that have to be eaten in the right proportion. As fat melts away and energy increases, patients may become motivated to continue to eat healthy, and this way of eating becomes a lifestyle.
The clinic advocates avoiding sugar and all forms of processed carbohydrates, and they advocate eating organic foods as much as possible and making water or green tea the beverage of choice. As a result of eating well, patients can lose fat, decrease insulin levels, and decrease the risk of chronic diseases. Energy levels stay consistently high through out the day, and a person can develop a strong immune system.
Everybody including young, old, middle-aged, male, and female needs nutritional supplements. The food people eat is nutritionally depleted due to the effects of environmental pollution, poor soil quality, modern methods of farming, and food handling.
As aging progresses, there is oxidative damage to the mitochondria in cells, and people need supplements to counteract the damage. Modern lifestyles have played a huge role in the lack of nutrients. Humans are built to be out in the open, to run, climb up trees, swim, eat fresh food, go to bed at sunset, and awaken at dawn. When people exchanged that for the modern lifestyle, trouble occurred. Each person has a different pattern of nutritional deficiency, and the clinic can identify that pattern and customize supplements that are individualized and unique to that person.
Some commonly used nutritional supplements are:
These are bacteria and yeast that reside in the intestines and are important for the body’s wellbeing. They conquer potentially dangerous organisms, reduce the risk of infection and toxin-mediated diseases, regulate the immune response, suppress excessive inflammation, and promote the integrity of the intestines. The loss of probiotic organisms is associated with chronic illnesses such as inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, gastro-esophageal reflux, peptic ulcers, H. pylori infection, allergies, asthma, and lupus. Factors that reduce normal probiotics are antibiotic use, processed foods, pollution, and normal aging.
Vitamin D is the sunshine vitamin, and the body makes vitamin D when exposed to sunshine. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D. The benefits of having optimal levels of Vitamin D are improving absorption of calcium, magnesium, and phosphorous, reduction in cancer risk, improving prostate cancer, lowering blood pressure, improving diabetes, preventing cardiovascular disease, increasing dental health, improving depression, improving memory, and treating hyperparathyroidism.
Omega 3 fats
Fish oil, flaxseeds and chia seeds contain omega 3 fatty acids, which are potent anti-inflammatory compounds. Taking adequate amounts of omega 3’s will improve brain and cardiovascular function, arthritis, and the appearance of the skin.
Exercise & Hormone Optimization
Resistance training is the most important type of exercise a person can do to optimize hormones, build lean muscle, burn fat, improve cardiopulmonary fitness, and reverse aging. That means of course, lifting weights. Texas Age Management in Houston strongly encourages all those who are new at exercising to join a gym and work with a personal trainer. Trying to do it alone can be ineffective and at worst, lead to injuries. There are different weight training regimens for beginners, intermediate, and advanced levels, which any decent personal trainer can guide a person through.
Men and women do not have to spend hours training in the gym, and in fact, it may be counterproductive to do so. The clinic recommends training for about an hour a day,4-6 days a week. The Doctor also recommends anaerobic training with some aerobic training only. Anaerobic training refers to training in an oxygen-depleted state. In other words, it involves doing intense exercise of shorter duration.
The physician also recommends high intensity interval training on the treadmill, bicycle, elliptical, or just running on a track. This refers to cyclical training at or near the maximum heart rate for short durations interspersed with training at lower intensity for a total of 20-30 minutes. Enormous gains in cardiopulmonary fitness and fat loss are seen with this kind of training. It is also beneficial to do 5-10 minutes of stretching at the end of the workout, targeting especially the lower back and hamstrings. Other activities that patients can enjoy, such as yoga, swimming, and martial arts may be done in addition to the above recommended exercises.
Texas Age Management Institute in Houston provides patients with Nutritional Plans, Exercise Recommendations, and Nutrient supplementation in order to help them achieve optimal levels of health. Healthy amounts of exercise can help patients to prevent age related diseases and symptoms, and nutritional plans can help keep men and women healthier and more youthful. The clinic’s extensive lab tests can allow an Age Management Physician to determine the treatment plans for each patient. The clinic’s comprehensive programs are physician monitored, and at Texas Age Management Institute in Greater Houston, patients can feel confident that they will receive treatment plans suited to meet individual needs.