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By contactus@drnhi.com
May 29, 2018
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By contactus@drnhi.com
November 13, 2017
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With the holidays coming, many are looking forward to their favorite sweets, from leftover Halloween candy to Christmas cookies, cakes and pies. Before you get set to indulge, we'd like to give you some food for thought.
 
While cakes, cookies and other holiday treats may seem nice, they have a naughty side. Here's why they are on the naughty list...
 
1. Obesity
 
While an occasional sweet treat is fine, many tend to overindulge during the holidays and can put on pounds that are hard to get rid off. These added pounds don't only impact how you look, but they can also impact your health.
 
If you weigh at least 20% more than what is considered a normal weight for your height, you're at increased risk for conditions including heart disease, diabetes and even some cancers.
 
So what can you do to stay healthy? Lose the excess pounds. A doctor administered weight loss program can help you lose weight when a do-it-yourself diet program hasn't worked. 
 
2. Cancer
 
Diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates can lead to overweight and obesity, which indirectly increases cancer risk over time.
 
In fact, a recent study has proven cancer cells thrive on sugar. So does that mean that sugar can cause cancer? No, but consuming a low-sugar diet can slow cancer growth. Some studies have also shown a link between a low sugar diet and a lower rate of cancer recurrence.
 
3. Addiction
 
Sugar and other junk foods are as addictive as cocaine, nicotine and other abused substances because of their powerful effect on the reward centers of the brain. Eliminating these processed carbs can improve your sleep, mood, skin quality and so much more.
 
Avoid and keep track of foods that have added sugar. Sometimes the sugar is disguised as high-fructose corn syrup or simply corn syrup. Sauces such as ketchup, soft drinks, and various cereals have high amounts sugar.
 
But not all sugar is bad, naturally occurring sugars found in complex carbs such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and dairy are good for you because they contain high amounts of nutrients, fiiber and antioxidants. 
 
4. Type 2 Diabetes
 
In the U.S. government's 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines, one of the top recommendations is that all Americans limit their intake of added sugars to no more than 10% of their daily calories.
 
While sugar does not cause Type 2 Diabetes, a high-sugar diet has been linked with an increased incidence of the disease due to the links between high sugar intake and obesity.
 
Another problem with sugar is that it contributes to inflammation of the arterial walls by spiking insulin levels. This can lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. 
 
You should get screened to see if you're at risk of getting Type II Diabetes.
 
5. Cardiovascular Disease 
 
Numerous studies have shown that chronic high blood sugar levels associated with uncontrolled diabetes and other conditions lead to a hardening of the arteries, and can lead to heart disease and heart failure.
 
You can avoid heart disease caused by sugar by:
 
* Avoiding high fructose corn syrup (found in many foods)
* Use natural sweeteners
* Eat several small meals a day, instead of 3 large meals
* Limit alcohol intake
* Restrict bread and bread products as much as you can
 
For more information on how you can make healthy dietary changes, contact Dr. Nhi Le for consultation. 
By Texas Medical & Wellness Clinic
July 07, 2017
Category: Internal Medicine

The digestive system is the lifeline of our entire body and plays a very intricate role when it comes our body systems functioning at an optimal level.  Our gut is not only responsible for processing everything that we put inside our bodies, but it is the core of our immune system and the primary center through which every cell in our body communicates. Body systems affected by gut health include:

  • Metabolism
  • Nervous System
  • Intestinal pH
  • Reproductive System
  • Immune System

Problems Related to a Sick Gut

Imbalance in the digestive system can cause a plethora of issues that can turn into chronic illness if left unchecked for a prolonged period of time. Some of physical ailments that can result from a sick gut: 

  • Gut Inflammation, also known as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Depression
  • Stiff and achy muscle joints
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Foggy Thinking
  • Autoimmune Deficiency
  • Difficulty assimilating nutrients

Preventative Measures

Now that you are aware of how your gut health is deeply interconnected with your overall well-being, here are a few steps you can take to keep your digestive system running smoothly:

  1. Add Probiotic Supplements.  Incorporating a probiotic supplement into your daily diet not only cultivates good bacteria in your gut, but improves immune system function and can alleviate digestive issues.
  2. Stay Hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will help your better assimilate fats and soluble fiber and softens stool so it passes through the colon with ease. 
  3. Move Your Body. Exercise increases blood flow to your organs and tones muscles in the GI tract—making it easier for the colon to pass waste. 

If you have any questions, give us at (361) 551-2288 to make your appointment.

 

 

By Texas Medical & Wellness Clinic
July 05, 2017
Category: Internal Medicine
Tags: screenings   inflammation   fatigue   pain   muscles  

When it comes to debilitating illnesses such as diabetes, arthritis, cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimers, researchers are discovering that inflammation may be the root cause behind the advancement of these diseases.

What Causes Inflammation 

Inflammation is the body's way of responding to stress. When the body is under attack by foreign invaders (viruses, bacteria, fungus, etc.), inflammation is a protective mechanism that aims to eliminate the foreign invaders to allow the body to heal itself. Inflammation is a process of cleansing and for this purpose—it’s very necessary for the body.   

This process only becomes unnecessary (and dangerous) for the body when acute inflammation—which lasts for a short amount of time and clears up within a few days—turns into chronic inflammation lasting for prolonged periods of time.

Chronic inflammation is often caused by stress, a diet lacking the proper nutrients, inactive lifestyle, food allergies and much more. 

Symptoms of Inflammation

The body will definitely communicate with us when something is out of balance and that communication is different for everyone.

Here are some symptoms of inflammation that your body may be using to get your attention:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Redness
  • Joint immobility
  • Fatigue/Loss of Energy
  • Headaches
  • Fever

How to Prevent Inflammation

Studies have shown that there is a link between chronic inflammation and the digestive system, so diet is undoubtedly a dominating factor when it comes to combating this condition. Incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into one’s diet will not only reduce inflammation, but transition the body into a state that will begin to heal the conditions and cultivate overall wellness.  

Anti-Inflammatory Food List:

  • Green Leafy Vegetables
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Sprouts
  • Beans and Lentils
  • Acai Fruit

If you have any questions, give us at (361) 551-2288 to make your appointment.

By Texas Medical & Wellness Clinic
July 05, 2017
Category: Internal Medicine

More than 27 million Americans have some sort of thyroid disease and about half of them have no idea they suffer from a thyroid imbalance. Would you know if you had a thyroid imbalance? Here are some quick facts about the thyroid that can help you better understand how it impacts your overall health and wellbeing.

Thyroid Function

This small, brownish-red gland is positioned in front of the neck just above the Adam’s apple. Shaped like a butterfly and abundant with blood vessels, the thyroid is essential for secreting hormones—thyroxine(T4) and triiodothyronine(T3)—that influence metabolism balance, growth and development of the brain, and regulating body temperature. The adrenals, kidneys, and liver are also interconnected with the health of the thyroid, so it’s important to keep these organs operating at their optimal levels.

Signs of Thyroid Dysfunction and Hypothyroidism

  • Enhanced appetite accompanied with weight loss
  • Increased heart rate, heart palpitations, high blood pressure, nervousness, and excessive perspiration.
  • Frequent bowel movements; diarrhea
  • Muscle weakness; trembling hands
  • Lighter or shorter menstrual cycles

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism, in which the body is not producing enough thyroid hormones:

  • Chronic fatigue, delayed mental processes, and depression
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Increased sensitivity to cold
  • Tingling or numbness in hands
  • Development of goiter (an enlargement in the neck)
  • Heavy menstrual cycles and constipation
  • Dry hair and skin

Screening Test

The main issue with standard lab tests is that they have the ability to give us some valid information about thyroid function, but they fail to examine the system as a whole.

Getting to the root of thyroid disorder and hypothyroidism involves ordering the right tests and interpreting the tests correctly to avoid misdiagnosis. Here is a patient guideline for what tests your doctor should be ordering:

  • TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone)
  • Free T3
  • Free T4
  • Reverse T3
  • Thyroid peroxidase and thyroglobulin antibodies
  • Sex hormone binding globulin
  • Iron studies

Getting the thyroid gland back to its proper healthy state will undoubtedly take some effort, but the human body is resilient. With a little education on the body systems and adjusting our diet and other daily habits, the body will naturally balance itself out and begin to perform at its fullest potential.

To learn more about thyroid health and the labs needed, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nhi Le and get informed. Call us at (361) 551-2288 to make your appointment.





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