Turmeric: A Super Root


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In order for our bodies to work properly, we have to keep them well fueled. What you eat can make a huge difference in your energy levels, your mood, and of course your overall health. It's important that your diet is giving your body the best fuel possible.  A super food that has been proven to contain many health benefits is turmeric. Turmeric is a root that is similar to ginger, and it can be found most notably in curry. (It's what gives curry it's beautiful yellow color.) In India, the belief that turmeric holds various health properties has persisted for thousands of years, and now science is proving that belief to be correct.

The main ingredient of Turmeric is curcumin, which is where it derives its numerous health benefits. One of its perks is that it's an antioxidant. Antioxidants help to counteract the effects of aging and disease that are caused by the oxidation of tissue. Curcumin also increases the productivity of the antioxidants that are already present in our system. So not only does it block oxidants from damaging our tissues, but it also strengthens the other antioxidants in our body so that they work better. 

In addition, curcumin works as an anti-inflammatory. Low-level, chronic inflammation is thought to be responsible for a variety of chronic illnesses that afflict many people, such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer's, and other degenerative diseases. It can help to prevent heart disease by improving the function of our blood vessel lining, which regulates things like blood pressure as well as blood clotting. In addition, curcumin has been shown to be effective in the treatment of arthritis, as some patients have reported that it works just as well as other anti-inflammatory drugs.

Curcumin also has the ability to help elevate levels of a growth hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). BDNF is shown to prevent brain-related diseases, and low levels of BDNF correspond with certain health issues such as depression and Alzheimer's Disease. Alzheimer's Disease is in part caused by inflammation as well as oxidation, and curcumin works to counteract them both.

A powerful remedy for cystic acne is a relatively simple mixture of turmeric with equal parts fresh lemon juice and unfiltered apple cider vinegar. It creates a paste that is extremely effective in preventing and healing acne cysts. The only downside is that it can temporarily dye the skin, so it's best to do it at night before bed.

The amount of curcumin in turmeric is relatively small, so it's recommended to use a turmeric extract in order to receive the full benefit of its potential. Another way to boost your body's ability to absorb curcumin is by eating it with piperine, which is the chemical in pepper that makes it spicy. It's also recommended to consume turmeric with a meal heavy in fat because curcumin is fat-soluble, which means it needs fat to break down.

The best health plan is prevention, and using turmeric is a great way to help your body fight against the degenerative diseases that are prevalent in today's society.

 

 

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Keto Diet: A Helpful Short-Term Tool


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Everyone is talking about The Keto diet! Many celebrities swear that it is the fastest and most effective way to shed weight. The diet is essentially an extremely low carb regiment. By eliminating carbohydrates, your body goes into a natural state of ketosis where it breaks down the fats in your liver and produces ketones. This is a process called beta-oxidation, and the ketones are used to fuel your brain and body, instead of what your body normally uses for fuel, which is glucose, or sugar. Anyways, all that science means that your body is actually burning fat instead of using its other sources of energy!

There can be many other benefits to switching to a low carb diet too. Not only is it an effective method for weight loss, but it can also help prevent and maintain diabetes by controlling your blood sugar. Additionally, making this change can also improve brain functionality as well. Studies have shown that increased fatty acid intake can aid your concentration and focus. Keto benefits don’t stop there either! The diet has also been shown to be good for your skin and help clear up acne!

So what exactly is a Keto diet? When following a keto diet, it's good to avoid things with sugar, such as bread, fruit, or starchy foods like potatoes and beans. What you should be eating are things like meat, greens, seeds, nuts, and other fatty foods like milk and cheese. The majority of food to be consumed is fat, followed by protein and then a small number of carbs. Green, leafy vegetables are best, such as Kale and Spinach!

There are some potential side effects associated with the Keto diet. It is possible to experience cramping in the legs as well as constipation. In order to best prevent this, it is important to keep hydrated. When switching to a high fat, low carb diet the body goes through a transitional period where it adapts to burning fat instead of glucose. During that time you might feel tired but that is normal! Your energy levels will return to normal after your body has finished adapting to using a new fuel source.

It is truly fascinating the way the human body works and how what we eat directly affects our ability to function. Whether or not you're interested in trying the Keto diet, it's best to do your own research and formulate a plan that is best for you!

An Incredible Year: Wally’s Sleeve Success


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There is nothing more gratifying than hearing the inspirational success stories of our patients. Our team at BeLiteWeight would like to give special recognition to our amazing patient Wally, who was able to achieve incredible success with a Gastric Bypass procedure. His surgery was about a year ago and since then has sent us two inspirational updates throughout his journey.

Along with a couple photos below Wally also wrote this message for us to share.

I am doing great! I weighed 375 on the day of my surgery, and this morning I weighed in at 182.8. That put's me down 193 lbs since my surgery. My high weight was 425, so I am down 243 lbs overall.

It has been an incredible year, and it feels so good to be healthy again!!

…I am sooooooooooooooooo happy that I found BeLiteWeight! My life has been forever changed.

…I've been recommending you guys to everyone I talk to about weight loss surgery! You're the BEST!!

Wally's first update came just four months after his procedure when he had already lost a total of 106 lbs!

 

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Just recently, around the one year anniversary of his Gastric Sleeve Wally gave us an update of his outstanding progress! He can easily fit his whole arm in his pants when he wears his old clothes!

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You are awesome Wally! Thank you for sharing your success with everyone!

 

For more information on Gastric Bypass and other weight loss surgical operations, please call BeLiteWeight today!

 

Sleep Apnea and Weight Loss Surgery: An Unlikely Remedy?


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With over 12 years facilitating weight-loss surgeries for people with many different levels of obesity and weight related health histories BeLiteWeight can attest that obesity and Obstructive Sleep Apnea come hand-in-hand. Unfortunately, it is far too common for those reaching out for help losing weight to also be battling a number of other medical conditions with the most common including diabetes and hypertension as well. The good news is that BeLiteWeight's long history also substantiates the beneficial effects that weight loss surgery has had on patients with Sleep Apnea. With over 10 thousand prior patients BeLiteWeight has had countless first-hand encounters with obesity and Sleep Apnea which have nearly all resulted with major improvements following the Gastric Sleeve or Bypass. Just one example comes from one of our amazing patients Torre who in just 6 months had no more signs of sleep Apnea! Here is her before and after picture and what she had to say about the process. 

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"I've lost 65 pounds since my surgery on July 18, 2015. I went from a size 16 to a size 7. I'm happy to report that I'm medication free. I'm no longer on High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol and no longer in danger of being on diabetic medication. I no longer have sleep apnea and no longer sleep with that dreaded CPAP machine at night. I want to thank BeLiteWeight and their staff for saving my life and giving my life back. I love me and that hasn't been the case in a very long time. – Torre"

While BeLiteWeight cannot guarantee similar medical results due to bariatric surgery, a 2013 study established by the Obesity Surgery Journal also further validates the correlation between OSA and obesity. The study found that out of nearly 14 thousand patients over 75% found improvement in their sleep apnea following their procedures. BeLiteWeight's own history not only supports this figure but suggests that it could be even higher. Nearly all of our patients who are suffering from Sleep Apnea see tremendous results within just months! 

 

There is no reason to wait. For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight now! 

4 Pant Sizes & Feeling Better: Tish’s Gastric Sleeve


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The BeLiteWeight team wants to give special recognition to one of our beautiful and amazing patients Letitia for her incredible results with the Gastric Sleeve! Letitia, who also goes by Tish, recently sent us the above pictures and wrote this brief update for us to share:

 

"I have lost 58lbs and went down 4 pants size, feel tons better! Still, have 40lbs to go but am feeling confident that it will happen and in the meantime, I'm much happier with the way that I am looking thanks to Dr. Rodriguez and JoAnne at BeLiteWeight!""

 

Way to go Letitia! Our team is so happy for your success today and in the future to come!

 

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other surgical weight loss options call BeLiteWeight today!

Obesity Rising: Weight Loss Surgery the Answer?


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With all of the recent advancements in public health education and technology it seems like Americans must have made great progress to fight the obesity epidemic that scared the nation a decade ago. However, unfortunately this is not the case. Obesity is still on the rise and modern health & fitness "fads" have done little to change the picture. One of the only sources of hope lies in the future of surgical weight loss options such as the Gastric Sleeve and Bypass. An article from the LA times suggests that many Americans are:

"Letting themselves go." – Obesity

Studies over the past 15 years have revealed that the percentage of overweight people who are even attempting to lose weight have dropped significantly. This coincides with an increased tendency for overweight people to deny their condition and claim that they are in the normal body weight class. It would seem that many people have gotten used to being overweight, often after multiple failed attempts at dieting. Unfortunately after losing weight from standard dieting

"the post-diet body undergoes a host of changes designed to ensure that weight loss is regained." – New England Journal of Medicine

It is an unfortunate fact that within five years of having lost weight the standard dieter will typically regain 95 percent of the weight they lost. This is largely because body has mechanisms in place to reach an equilibrium weight which is usually a persons largest point. Even though decreased body weight would greatly reduce stress on the heart, the body still gravitates towards the higher weight. The body simply does not change without a huge stimulus. Weight loss surgery provides this stimulus.

"Obese patients who opt for bariatric surgery… reduces mortality by 30% to 50% seven years to 15 years after surgery" – American Family Physician

The long term benefits of weight loss surgery are clear: it works. A group of 1800 patients who had the gastric bypass were surveyed by the NIDDIK 10 years afterwards and only 19 of them had regained back to near their starting point! That is barely 1% of all patients!  Overweight Americans are losing hope in the "yoyo" cycle of consistently losing weight and then putting it right back on. Weight Loss Surgery is likely the best answer for many of them. 

 

For information about Weight Loss Surgery & the Gastric Sleeve call BeLiteWeight today!

 

Works Cited

http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-fewer-americans-diet-20170308-story.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/do-the-benefits-of-weight-loss-surgery-really-last/

http://www.menshealth.com/health/health-problems-with-weight-regain

 

Turn My Life Around: Michael’s Gastric Sleeve


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The BeLiteWeight team is so overjoyed every time our prior patients send these inspirational and positive progress updates. A few weeks ago our team heard back from Michael, who in just 8 months almost looks like a completely new individual! Your progress is amazing… keep it up! Here is Michael's heart warming update in his own words: 

I have been overweight most of my adult life trying every diet and scam plan available. I decided to to have the surgery although I was very nervous about doing this in Mexico. After the initial shock or being overwhelmed from being in another country having this procedure done I relaxed and enjoyed the great care and treatment I received from all the staff. I have lost around 70 pounds and feel great and my friends and family say I look great. This was the best decision I could have made to turn my life around. I can now enjoy my granddaughter and going to buy clothes. Went from XXXL to XL and some large shirts. From 42 waist to 36 and some 34's. 52 jacket to 48 regular. I think shopping is the most fun now when I used to hate it. Thanks again to BeLiteWeight and Dr. Jose Rodriguez and staff.

To learn more about the Gastric Sleeve and how it could change your life as well call BeLiteWeight now! 

Gastric Sleeve & Bypass: Quick Facts


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The exceptional medical benefits of the Gastric Sleeve and Bypass for the moderately overweight and obese have been shown through the lives of our patients time and time again! Here are some quick facts about each:

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Vertical Gastric Sleeve Quick Facts:

1. The Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy, abbreviated VSG and commonly known as the Gastric Sleeve, is BeLiteWeight's most commonly chosen procedure and is both less physically invasive and generally less costly than the Roux-en-Y Bypass.

2. The VSG is a "restrictive" operation in which approximately 80 percent of the stomache is removed. This results in less amounts of food providing the satisfaction of being full.

3. The Gastric Sleeve is not "malabsorptive" and is a simpler operation compared with the Gastric Bypass. This is because the VSG does not involve any "rerouting" or reconnecting of the intestines.

4. An additional advantage of the Gastric Sleeve is its effect to limit the production of a gut hormone called "Ghrelin" which controls appetite.  Interest in food is profoundly diminished afterwards. 

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1. The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, also known as simply the Gastric Bypass, is BeLiteWeight's second most popular option but is more costly and invasive than the VSG.

2. The Bypass is both "restrictive" and "malabsorptive" in that it both makes the stomach physically smaller and reroutes food through the intestines bypassing the stomach.

3. Since the Gastric Bypass is "malabsorptive" not all of the food eaten is fully absorbed by the body. This greatly accelerates weight loss and provides very fast results.

4. For longer term diabetic patients and those with heartburn or acid reflux disease Gastric Bypass may be a better option to put these illnesses back in to remission. 

 

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and Bypass and how they may help your situation call BeLiteWeight today!

5 Low-Carb Dieting Mistakes


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Middle of January is dieting season! As more and more eating regiments are being constructed for 2017 unfortunately many people are falsely informed regarding the benefits of lowering their carbs. The BeLiteWeight team has put together five simple pieces of advice to hopefully help others avoid the common pitfalls of low carb dieting. Now is the time to diet succesffully! 

1. Not Enough Fat

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It is a very unfortunate myth that a low fat diet helps shed weight when in actuality fats are one of the most important parts of your diet because they make you feel full without packing on the weight!

 

2. Not Enough Vegetables

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It is far too easy to neglect eating vegetables however they are your bodies most healthy fuel! Eating vegetables will help keep you feeling full without processed carbohydrates!

 

3. Low Carb Does Not Mean No Carbs

9-and-0-1165172-1279x788 Despite what you may think the human body needs carbohydrates to function! Rather then cutting all the carbs from your diet  learn to portion and time them for true success.

 

4. Don't Give Up Too Early

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Limiting your bodies carbohydrate intake will make you feel different and that is completely normal! Avoid the impulse to run to those potato chips the moment you are hungry and choose some healthy fat!

 

5. Drink More Water!

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Water is your best friend! Drinking water will not only make you less thirsty but it fills up your stomach curbing your hunger and making you feel full!

 

For more information about the Gastric Sleeve and other weight loss options call BeLiteWeight today!

 

Links to info: 

https://bengreenfieldfitness.com/2011/08/10-ways-to-do-a-low-carbohydrate-diet-the-right-way/

https://www.verywell.com/top-low-carb-diet-mistakes-2242042

https://low-carb-support.com/low-carb-mistakes/

http://www.womenshealthmag.com/weight-loss/low-carb-diet-mistakes

Health, Confidence, Happiness: Debi’s Gastric Sleeve


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Over the holidays BeLiteWeight received some touching words and a few photos from one of our Gastric Sleeve patients Debi. Our team is truly honored to share her heart warming story with you!

Appreciate you all and the great job your team does for those of us that needed the help and benefits I feel regaining so much back like my health, confidence, and overall happiness.  Doing great about 15 or 20 lbs away from my goal of 175lbs.  Best decision I ever made.  Refer alot of people to yall. 

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