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An Integrative Approach to SIBO

lifestyle medicine Jun 17, 2024

Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition that occurs when there is an excessive amount of bacteria in the small intestine. While it's normal to have bacteria in the gut, an overgrowth can lead to various digestive issues and discomfort. At Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, we understand the importance of addressing SIBO for optimal gut health and overall well-being.

What is SIBO? SIBO is a condition characterized by an abnormal increase in the number of bacteria in the small intestine. Typically, the majority of gut bacteria reside in the large intestine (colon), while the small intestine contains a much smaller number. When the bacterial population in the small intestine becomes excessive, it can lead to symptoms such as bloating, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea, and malabsorption of nutrients.

 

Causes of SIBO Several factors can contribute to the development of SIBO, including:

  1. Reduced motility: When the muscles of the small intestine don't...
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Ask the Expert Series Continues! Dermatology Q&A with Dr. Simone Stalling

lifestyle medicine Jun 14, 2024

At Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, we were thrilled to host Dr. Simone Stalling, a renowned dermatologist, as a guest co-host for our recent "Ask the Expert" group visit series. Dr. Stalling shared her extensive knowledge and expertise on various topics related to skin health, including skincare routines, sun protection, anti-aging techniques, and lifestyle tips for maintaining healthy, radiant skin.

During the session, Dr. Stalling provided valuable insights into the importance of a comprehensive skincare routine, emphasizing the benefits of cleansing, moisturizing, and using products tailored to individual skin types. She also highlighted the crucial role of sun protection in preventing skin damage, premature aging, and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Dr. Stalling recommended the use of broad-spectrum sunscreens with an adequate SPF and shared tips on how to incorporate sun protection into daily routines.

Additionally, Dr. Stalling discussed the latest advancements in...

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Get Your Questions Answered at Our Ask the Expert Group Visits

lifestyle medicine Jun 06, 2024

At Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, we understand that dealing with chronic health issues can be complicated and confusing. That's why we offer our Ask the Expert Group Visit series - to give you direct access to various specialist practitioners who can help shed light on your symptoms and condition.

These interactive group visits provide you with an invaluable opportunity to ask questions of leading experts across a wide range of fields. From sleep disorders to autoimmune diseases, gut health issues to dermatological concerns and pelvic floor dysfunction, our scheduled experts this month have deep experience helping patients find solutions.

By being part of these small group sessions, you can share your experience, learn from others, and ask any specific questions you have about symptoms/treatment options! The expert/specialist can then provide insights into potential root causes, discuss different treatment approaches, and suggest lifestyle strategies that could aid in...

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Managing POTS: Staying Healthy in The Summer Heat!

lifestyle medicine Jun 04, 2024

If you have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), staying properly hydrated is crucial for managing your symptoms, especially during the hotter summer months. POTS is a condition that causes an abnormally large increase in heart rate when standing up, often leading to symptoms like dizziness, fainting, headaches, nausea, sweating, and more. It can be traced back to low blood volume, and typically accompanies Dysautonomia, an autonomic nervous system disorder. When trying to manage POTS, it is important to seek individualized care from a team who takes the time to listen and gather information about your story and medical history. There are several lifestyle changes that can be made to ease and eliminate symptoms. 

One of the most important lifestyle habits to improve POTS symptoms is hydration. Dehydration can exacerbate POTS symptoms by reducing blood volume and making it harder for your body to regulate blood pressure when shifting positions. Proper hydration...

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The Impact of Menstrual Cycles in Autonomic Nervous System Function and Heart Health

If you're a menstruating woman, you've likely noticed how your monthly cycle can affect everything from your energy levels and food cravings to your mood and sleep patterns. But did you know your cycle may also influence your cardiac autonomic nervous system?

A new study published in the Journal of Nutritional Science and Vitaminology, sheds light on the complex relationship between menstrual cycle phases and indicators of autonomic function like heart rate variability (HRV). The researchers tracked 15 female college students throughout their menstrual cycles.

What They Found During the luteal phase (after ovulation), the participants exhibited higher sympathetic nervous system activation compared to the follicular phase, as measured by an increased low-frequency to high-frequency HRV ratio.

However, this shift was mitigated when the researchers controlled for other menstrual cycle-related factors like:

  • Diet: Protein and fat intake was higher in the luteal phase
  • Sleep: Total sleep...
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Group Visit with Dr. Jerald Simmons: Sleep, Autonomic nervous system function

Uncategorized May 21, 2024

We're excited to announce that Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine will be hosting a very special guest speaker for our upcoming Tuesday morning group visit with Dr. Ruan. Dr. Jerald Simmons, renowned sleep neurologist and founder of CSMA, will be joining us virtually to share his invaluable expertise.

The Details:

Date: Tuesday, June 11th

Time: 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Location: Virtual event on Zoom

About Dr. Jerald Simmons: Dr. Simmons is a pioneer in the field of sleep medicine and a leading authority on the intricate connections between sleep disorders and autonomic nervous system issues. As the founder of CSMA, he has dedicated his career to advancing our understanding of sleep's crucial role in overall well-being.

What to Expect During this engaging session, Dr. Simmons will delve into the fascinating world of sleep, discussing its vital functions and the impact of sleep disorders on our health. He will also explore the complex interplay between sleep, upper airway issues,...

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Announcing Our New Mind-Body Program for Dysautonomia

We're thrilled to introduce our latest Group Visit Program at TCLM: a four-week mind-body program designed exclusively for our young adult dysautonomia patients. Geny Moreno, Mind-Body Medicine Practitioner has intricately designed this program with our patients in mind, titled "Resilient Warriors: Regaining Control Through Mind-Body Mastery for Dysautonomia." This innovative program will provide you with powerful tools to better manage your condition and cultivate resilience.

What is the Resilient Warriors Program?

This comprehensive four-session series will guide you through evidence-based mind-body practices proven to reduce stress, improve symptom management, implement positive communication skills and self-regulation, and enhance overall well-being for those living with dysautonomia. Each week, we'll explore a different aspect of mind-body medicine, equipping you with valuable techniques to regain control and thrive.

Here's what you can expect:

Week 1: Introduction to...

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Our IV Infusion Department is now Administering Vitamin D3 Injections

lifestyle medicine May 09, 2024

At the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, we're committed to providing our patients with the most comprehensive and personalized care. That's why we're excited to announce our IV Infusion Team is now offering vitamin D3 injections for those with a documented deficiency.

The Importance of Vitamin D Vitamin D3, also known as cholecalciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a crucial role in regulating calcium and phosphate absorption. Adequate vitamin D levels are essential for maintaining strong bones and teeth. However, the impact of this vital nutrient goes beyond musculoskeletal health – it also contributes to:

  • Supporting immune function
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Promoting cognitive health
  • Regulating mood and energy levels

Despite its importance, vitamin D deficiency is a common issue, particularly among those with limited sun exposure, certain medical conditions, or specific dietary habits.

Our Personalized Approach to Vitamin D3 Injections If you're experiencing...

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A Mindful Healing Path: Transforming Childhood Trauma

mind body medicine May 06, 2024

Childhood trauma can have a profound impact on mental health and increase the risk of various problematic behaviors like substance abuse, disordered eating, self-harm, and aggression. At our clinic, we understand the deep wounds that trauma can leave and offer mind-body medicine sessions to provide transformational tools that guide our members along their healing path. It is important to note that TCLM is not a crisis center for mental health concerns, nor do we replace emergency systems when it comes to intervening on patients' behalf for their mental health concerns. This blog is for educational purposes only and to shed light on mind-body medicine tools that have shown to be helpful in self-regulation, emotional expression, and self- awareness. 

Here is what the research shows: Recent research published in the Journal of American College Health explored the roles that experiential avoidance and lack of mindfulness play in driving problematic behaviors in those who...

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The Foundation of Brain Health: Nurturing Mind, Body, and Relationships

At the Texas Center for Lifestyle Medicine, we believe that true brain health begins with a holistic approach to wellness. Our thoughts, beliefs, nutrition, relationships, sleep patterns, and boundaries all play a crucial role in supporting optimal cognitive function and overall well-being.

Thoughts and Beliefs: The health of our thoughts and beliefs have a profound impact on our mental and physical health. Self- destructive thought patterns and limiting beliefs can contribute to stress, anxiety, and even physical ailments. On the other hand, cultivating a growth mindset, practicing gratitude, and engaging in mindfulness can promote resilience, emotional well-being, and overall brain health. Happiness is not solely a reflection of our mental health or the end goal, but the ability to grow through hardships, embrace resilience, increase joy, and shift our perception of our experiences. This begins with developing self awareness of our thoughts and belief system that are governing our...

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