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Eating for Energy with Alisson Kothera, RD, and Luann Lavin, APRN, FNP-C

Eating for Energy

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If you’ve ever struggled with fatigue, you know how aggravating it can be. Every step feels like you’re dragging a ball and chain behind you as you attempt to make it through your day. Fatigue limits your freedom to do what you want, when you want, and can even make it difficult to think and make decisions. 

Fatigue is a feeling of constant weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy. And while there can be multiple, complex root causes of fatigue, there is one thing that can help your fatigue, regardless of the cause — food

Food plays a huge role in energy production. The type and amount of foods you eat can be the deciding factor in how well your body produces and uses energy, and ultimately, how you feel. But it can be confusing to sort through all the conflicting advice on what you should be eating. 

MaxWell Clinic’s registered dietitian, Alisson Kothera, and nurse practitioner Luann Lavin see patients every day who struggle to have enough energy to meet life’s demands. And they’re passionate about teaching people just how to fight fatigue with the power of food.

Watch the video as Alisson and Luann deep dive into eating for energy:

  • Find out what you might be doing now that is actually making your fatigue worse
  • Learn what foods you can choose to maximize your energy levels
  • Discover how to support your body’s energy systems with the nutrient-rich fuel it needs

Learn how to harness the power of food to fight fatigue and regain your energy.

Optimizing Your Energy: Nutrition, Mitochondria, and More

Maintaining high energy levels throughout the day is a common goal for many individuals. Whether you’re an athlete looking to enhance performance, a busy professional trying to stay focused, or simply seeking vitality in your daily life, understanding how nutrition and your body’s internal powerhouses, the mitochondria, play a crucial role can be a game-changer.

At MaxWell Clinic, registered dietitian Alisson Kothera and nurse practitioner Luanne Lavin emphasize the importance of energy and nutrition. In a recent discussion, they shared valuable insights on how you can optimize your energy levels by focusing on the right foods, supplements, and lifestyle choices. In this blog post, we’ll delve into their expert advice and offer practical tips for enhancing your energy naturally.

The Mighty Mitochondria: Your Energy Powerhouses

Before we dive into the specifics of nutrition, it’s essential to understand the role of mitochondria in energy production. Mitochondria are tiny structures within your cells responsible for generating adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the primary energy currency of your body. Think of them as your cellular power plants.

Luanne Lavin points out that mitochondria are sensitive to micronutrients obtained from food. Therefore, providing your body with the right nutrients is paramount for optimal mitochondrial function. When your mitochondria are healthy and efficient, you experience higher energy levels and overall well-being.

The Rainbow Diet: Eating for Energy

A recurring theme in the discussion is the importance of a balanced, nutrient-rich diet. Luanne and Allison emphasize the significance of “eating the rainbow,” which means consuming a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Each color represents different phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals that support your overall health and nourish your mitochondria.

Here are some key components of the rainbow diet:

    1. Fruits and Vegetables: Load up on a diverse range of fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens, berries, oranges, and red bell peppers. These foods provide antioxidants and micronutrients essential for mitochondrial health.
    2. Legumes: Beans, lentils, and chickpeas are excellent sources of B vitamins, which play a crucial role in energy production. They also offer plant-based protein to keep you full and energized.
    3. Fatty Fish: Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and trout are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids. These healthy fats help maintain the integrity of mitochondrial cell membranes.
    4. Nuts and Seeds: Almonds, walnuts, flaxseeds, and chia seeds provide a variety of nutrients, including healthy fats, fiber, and micronutrients, supporting your overall energy.

Supplements for Mitochondrial Support

While a well-rounded diet should be your primary source of nutrients, supplements can play a role in optimizing your energy levels. Luanne Lavin recommends specific supplements that support mitochondrial health:

    1. CoQ10: Coenzyme Q10 is vital for mitochondrial function and energy production. It’s often referred to as the “heart nutrient” due to its cardiovascular benefits.
    2. Quercetin: A powerful antioxidant, quercetin helps combat oxidative stress, reducing the strain on your mitochondria.
    3. Activated B Vitamins: Especially important for vegans, activated B vitamins help with energy production and overall vitality.
    4. Omega-3 Fish Oil: If you’re not consuming fatty fish regularly, omega-3 supplements can support your mitochondrial cell membranes.

Intermittent Fasting: A Strategy for Energy Optimization

Another valuable strategy discussed is intermittent fasting. While not suitable for everyone, intermittent fasting involves cycling between periods of eating and fasting. This practice allows your body to rest and digest, promoting mitochondrial health and improving energy utilization.

Luanne suggests starting with a 12-hour fast between dinner and breakfast. This approach aligns with circadian rhythms and gives your body time to repair and rejuvenate, ultimately enhancing your energy levels.

Balancing Caffeine Intake

Caffeine is a double-edged sword when it comes to energy. While it can provide a quick energy boost by blocking adenosine receptors, excessive caffeine consumption can lead to adrenal gland stress and tolerance. Allison and Luanne recommend being mindful of your caffeine intake and personalizing it to your body’s needs.

They advise against relying solely on caffeine for energy and emphasize the importance of nourishing your body with the right foods and supplements to address the root causes of fatigue.

Exercise: A Vital Component

Exercise is a potent tool for boosting energy and overall well-being. Regular physical activity can enhance mitochondrial function, improve circulation, and increase your body’s energy-producing capabilities. However, it’s crucial not to overexert yourself, as excessive exercise can become a stressor on your body.

Balancing your exercise routine and providing your body with adequate nutrition and recovery time is key to sustainable energy levels.

Shakes for Convenience and Nutrition

For those looking for a quick and convenient way to ensure they get essential nutrients, shakes can be a valuable addition to your daily routine. Creating Health® offers an InflamaCool™ shake that includes key ingredients like N-acetylcysteine, turmeric extract, pomegranate seed extract, and more. These shakes are designed to reduce inflammation, support mitochondrial function, and provide a nutrient-packed energy boost.

Allison and Luanne both enjoy these shakes, but they emphasize that shakes should complement a well-balanced diet, not replace it entirely. They serve as a bridge to help you increase your energy levels while improving your overall nutrition.

Transitioning to a Sustainable Energy Lifestyle

The ultimate goal is to transition from relying on shakes to having the energy and motivation to prepare balanced meals. Both Allison and Luanne encourage this transition, and they highlight that it’s entirely possible once your energy levels improve.

However, they stress that shakes can always be a convenient option when life gets hectic or when you need an extra energy boost. The key is to listen to your body and make choices that support your long-term vitality.

In summary, optimizing your energy levels requires a holistic approach that encompasses nutrition, supplementation, intermittent fasting, exercise, and mindful caffeine consumption. By focusing on the health of your mitochondria and providing your body with the right nutrients, you can enjoy sustained energy and improved well-being.

At MaxWell Clinic, Luanne and Allison are dedicated to helping patients unlock their energy potential and achieve optimal health. If you have questions about how to personalize your energy optimization plan, don’t hesitate to reach out to a healthcare professional who can guide you on your journey to vibrant living.

Are you ready to take charge of your health? Schedule your free 20-minute discovery call with our New Patient Coordinator to see how you can become a patient at MaxWell Clinic and start your healing journey today.

I am the registered dietitian here at
the Maxwell clinic and with me I have
Luanne Lavin she is one of our nurse
practitioners so welcome her in today
thanks Allison so you might be wondering
why we’re wearing these fabulous glasses
and they are hearts and we’re talking
about energy and food today so and it’s
also February at least the end of
February and so in order to have an
amazing heart you have to have tons of
energy and going through your body so we
all thought that these strong heart
glasses would kind of just resonate with
our topic today so I hope you guys
appreciate them as much as we do but it
is kind of hard to see with the one
because they’re actually sunglasses so
we’ll be taking them off but to me they
just energize me they’re fun
they enjoy them so today we’re talking
about food for um for energy we’re
talking about all the things that
nutrition can do for you do to help with
your energy levels
um I wanted to start out with a pretty
broad question for Luanne as and kind of
get an idea what do you see when
patients are coming in to Maxwell Clinic
what what are you normally seeing what
are their complaints what are you
looking for
great question so here at the Maxwell we
see so many amazing patients all coming
with all kinds of things that are going
on with them and so running the great
set of labs that we can order and
looking at those labs and listening to
what the patient is telling me
um there are very very many times I’d
say most times than not where we’re just
recognizing that there’s mitochondrial
issues so what’s am I in a country now
that is the battery the little energy
maker inside each one of your cells that
is totally turned on by micronutrients
which we’re getting out of food
so when we used to not know how to
revive and to regrow mitochondria like
we had no clue this is a recent thing
and we’re so grateful for it and we
really uh opportunize on this and
um go to town with it at the Maxwell so
when I see Labs right you know when I
see Labs right and
um for example some of those ads might
be a ferritin level
um I see a super high ferritin level I
know there’s significant mitochondrial
um another lab that I might see is
something called a CRP or a C-reactive
protein and here at the Maxwell we look
at a high sensitive a high sensitive
level of C-reactive protein when I see
either one of those and there’s actually
more Labs as well but those two in
particular I know
um there’s danger right the mitochondria
are dying
um I think of it as inflammation in the
body yes that is my signal oh got some
inflammation and mitochondria can be
danger because of that 100 degree yes
absolutely and another test that we do
here at the Maxwell is the body
impedance analysis test which we offer
to every single patient that comes in
and they are seeing holding on to a very
expensive machine right and having
electrical impulses going through their
body and so one of the key things that I
will look at on that body and Penance
analysis is the cellular Mass so here at
the Maxwell we’re looking at that
cellular level and if that cellular mass
is low or high or anywhere out of range
I know there’s some significant
mitochondrial damage and I can make a
huge huge difference with their energy
levels by really working with certain
supplements that we can work with so
I’ll give you some examples of
mitochondrial supportive supplements but
then even more importantly than that I’m
sending them to you okay because Allison
is like our sixth clinician seventh or
eighth clinician right do we have yeah
well we’re growing but yeah
I know that we don’t to live on
supplements but we know we can move
patients faster with supplements and
then really teaching them as soon as
possible to get it out of their diet so
example supplements CoQ10 heard of it
yup it’s like the heart thing right
you’ve probably heard of it that way and
um quercetin is another huge supplement
that came about since covid and just
really helping to turn the body around
and so you know when I set patients up
having them on certain supplements and
then I send them to you one of the diets
that I love for you to work with is
called the Mito diet which is all about
how are we Reviving The mitochondria and
how are we healing them or making new
and so I get on supplements but then you
can go to town with how do you get that
out of the diet so I would turn it back
to you and say like what is that Mito
diet all about how are we getting people
energized yeah that’s great so with the
Mido standing for mitochondria that’s
the whole food plan and it is based on
and this is saying I know you love you
know eating the rainbow eating a variety
of colors now I will say as a caveat
that doesn’t mean we’re taking out the
Browns and the whites you know we still
want the jicama and the cauliflower and
the mushrooms as well as beans and nuts
we’re not taking out but we do want to
focus on all of them as much variety as
we can so
um when I think of the Mido food blend
that is a big thing that I’m focusing on
that is something that you hear of
Elaine and I both say often are you
eating the rainbow and there there’s a
big reason for that and it’s not just
hey eat the rainbow it’s colorful it’s
pretty but it’s because you’re getting
those nutrients that we are looking for
so when it comes to mitochondria we need
antioxidants when they’re producing
energy they are producing oxidative
stress in the body so as they’re doing
their job there is some oxidative stress
and so we want to combat that a little
bit with you know some antioxidants so
perhaps that could be your vitamin A
people might not know what oxidative
stress is I mean oxidative stresses when
your cells are going through death and
dying like
and you have no energy you know you all
know what that feels like or you
probably wouldn’t be listening to this
little presentation and so when the
cells are going through death and dying
those mitochondria are just fighting for
their lives or dead and so we are
Reviving them and rebuilding them which
is such a great thing to be able to do
to know how to do
other things maybe that we look at in
labs when I get a methylmalonic acid
level back or even when I get a complete
blood count back I can see when a
patient can be severely depleted in B
vitamins which are crucial they’re huge
for helping mitochondria and they’re
huge for your detoxification Pathways so
your mitochondria can be just
suffocating down there because they’re
not having detoxification working
properly so I’m putting them on B
supplementation and I’m sending them to
you right so with B vitamins we’re
thinking about meats you know your
chicken your meat your fish we’re
thinking about legumes so that’s your
lentils your beans are gonna also help
with the B vitamins if you think of B12
again Meats organ meats are going to be
um really helpful at getting those B
vitamins which player role in all parts
of the energy production in the Krebs
cycle and electron transfer chain so
like all throughout there they’re gonna
all be involved there so they’re they’re
play a huge role so many times times
when we get patients on just plain old
activated B vitamins good quality
supplementation with a methylated folate
that helps them to absorb their B
vitamins it’s like energy on a stick
okay all you have to do is like eat it
like a popsicle it’s just wonderful so
um huge huge huge uh way to help
patients with energy
um some other lab values that I might
um insulin you know we’ve had great
conversations about this so you’re
probably all familiar with insulin
levels maybe being really high fasting
insulin because that can be a a
precursor to knowing you’re pre-diabetic
or moving into diabetes you’re having
insulin resistance the insulin and the
sugar are just not talking to each other
and not going into the cell well
together but I also can see very very
low insulin levels and that to me is
very concerning because I may not have
mitochondria in the body that’s helping
to make insulin in the pancreas and so
that’s a huge thing a red flag for me
let’s get this patient on mitochondrial
support and get them there energy back
in patients usually no it’s like I can
eat food and not get any energy from it
well so let’s supplement you to get
those mitochondria back to health and
um yeah different different areas that
that can really make a huge difference
in I mean nutrition plays a role in your
insulin management and your blood sugar
so we know how big of an effect
the most important thing for your blood
sugars and making sure you’re eating
enough is another huge thing make sure
you are actually eating it’s easy when
we’re feeling fatigued you know to maybe
not cook as often or to get something
not as nutritious uh it could be
skipping meals you’re you’re just tired
you want to lay down it depends on what
level of fatigue Spectrum you’re in but
eating is very important if you are
skipping meals or only eating one meal a
day it’s not sufficient calories you’re
really making the body struggle and
you’re going to see those levels that
she’s talking about come down so I count
on you to do that for my agent I really
do seven day Diaries are huge for me I
always sell patients before they come
see me write down what you ate during
the week and I know it could be kind of
painful but I’m looking at you know
seven days of breakfast luncheon or
snacks what happened and you know
oftentimes with patients who are more
fatigue I can tell that meals maybe are
a little smaller you know they’re maybe
something quick and easy to do in this
in our standard American life one of the
other things that I think is huge when
it comes to labs and we really really
focus on this here at the Maxwell is
assessing your fatty acids and assessing
your omega-3s so we look at the Omega-3s
as you know we talked about the
mitochondria and how we need those to
make our energy but the the the
um wall of that mitochondria is made of
Omega-3s so if you don’t have strong
Omega-3s in your body then your
mitochondria are going to be dying a lot
easier you’re going to have oxidative
stress the process of cells going
through that design a lot faster and
someone you could
go out there and get a virus the covert
virus will use an example who doesn’t
have high levels of Omega-3s can much
more easily have their cells be wiped
out because they don’t have that cell
wall to help to keep those mitochondria
strong so there certainly are many other
factors but that’s a huge one so we do
that test it’s a big deal and I
typically will get my patients started
on fish oils and we know that’s a fast
way to get it there but I’m sending them
to you hard work fatty fish is something
I talk often with my patients eating
fatty fish usually recommended about you
know at least twice a week fatty fish
now with fish you want to be careful
that they’re not high in mercury so we
want a low mercury high in omega-3 fatty
fish we use the acronym smash
um so you get you know your salmon your
mackerel anchovies sardines and uh
Herring those are great options so if
you’re a member of Smash low mercury
High Omega-3s something I like to point
out is the color from the that salmon
has it is a keratinoid actually and it
comes from the algae that they eat that
gives them that color they eat so much
of it of course that it it turns them
that same as flamingos for example and
that is actually helpful towards the
cell membrane not just omega-3 but also
that phytonutrient that that is in their
their coloring so huge thing to get
those those when I get three it is and
you bring up another Point too about the
Mercury and just that if someone’s
really fighting for energy and really
um not being able to press through
despite the supports that we’re able to
give them then that’s a place that we
will quickly to see if that’s what’s
really pulling that energy down but by
getting them going with all the other
mitochondrial supports and fish oils
that can make a huge difference in their
energy level and it’s so wonderful to
see that
um I don’t know I know you’ve had those
those Revelations when we’re sitting in
front of patients and even just working
with patients for two weeks sometimes
it’s even one week of getting on a great
supplement and turning around their diet
It’s Just Energy and we are so desperate
for helping to make that happen it’s
just a huge focus in health today some
that we are looking at here at the
Maxwell and it’s a wonderful anti-aging
strategy to learn how to bring your body
energy through supplements and diets so
we hope to bring that to the table here
absolutely so we’ve talked about um you
know the carnitine we talked about uh
CoQ10 yep and fatty acids fatty acids
getting you know your Omega-3s there’s a
few things like egcg which comes from
your green tea great antioxidant again
it helps fight that oxidative stress we
were talking about earlier your cells
you know not doing so well so green tea
trying to increase that uh and drinking
it regularly
um things like Resveratrol and quercetin
you mentioned so red grapes are
wonderful for that and you often hear oh
you get research from wine red wine
specifically white wine does not count
for that but just you know eating the
red grapes even three areas and actually
the highest amount I was just doing this
module in the Ohio
students to skins of apples but we know
that apples can be on the dirty dozen
list so you want to do skins of organic
apples but the supplements are just
humongous when it comes to Turning
inflammation around and giving you
energy too when it comes to where
September you don’t have to live on that
Library so apples would be a good one
citrus fruits are also a good one
parsley is also another source of it um
and if you’re thinking man that’s a lot
of things well here’s where we go back
to if you eat the rainbow and all the
colors you’re getting all those fruits
and vegetables you’re going to be
getting those phytonutrients so we don’t
need you to know I gotta eat apples just
for this or that we don’t want to pick
and choose you get other benefits from
apples like fiber so right and we could
probably share some Secrets here on this
video with
um many of you may know micronutrient
shakes we just love to help you start
and that’s a great bridge from being on
supplements to eating food and getting
you there faster we don’t like anybody
to be struggling so as quickly as we can
get those micronutrients on when you’re
tired it may this is so easy to not have
to make a meal so we often say for
get a breakfast or you’re not having to
get up there and cook
um you know three times a day so a shake
is a wonderful way now you have
something specific to your shakes that
you like to add in you often recommend
yes I do so it’s all about the energy I
mean here we are two young ladies right
coming to work every day and we need
energy too so thinking about using our
wonderful micronutrient shakes which we
have multiple ones but I don’t drink
caffeine and we can talk about all that
because many people are looking to
caffeine to get that energy
um it is an antioxidant type of a food
but it is also going in there and
stimulating your adrenal glands and
sometimes over stimulating your adrenal
glands Without Really bringing to the
table with micronutrients that are
really feeding your body so I like to
bring micronutrients to my body first
thing in the morning but to get that
little pop-up I like a superfood called
cacao which to me is my little spice of
life which brings that kind of coffee
type of a bump for me so I love getting
that into my shakes That’s My Little
Secret it does have a nutrient called
pqq I will not even try to pronounce it
but it helps with my mitochondrial
biogenesis creation of more mitochondria
which is huge so you’re getting that
nice little boost if you will nice
chocolatey type taste and you are
getting something that’s going to be
supporting your mitochondria now you did
touch on caffeine I think that’s
important for us to touch on because you
can tuck energy nowadays without
mentioning caffeine yeah so I think a
big thing is we don’t necessarily
understand how it works most people just
feel the Boost however you want to make
it you know quick and easy you have
these adenosine receptors and when the
adenosine you know clicks into them your
body puts you in a more sleepy mode if
you if you will now that’s helpful when
you’re trying to go to bed it’s night
time we do need this however we don’t
necessarily love this during the day and
what coffee does is it blocks that
receptor so the adenosine can get to it
so sure you’re not going to be feeling
that tire low level however this happens
if you’re not used to drinking coffee
now if what if you’re a regular coffee
drinker what’s happening is your brain
is going to adapt to that and so it’s
going to be making more receptors and
more adenosine and we hear that a lot
people are coming in on lots of cups of
coffee and don’t have energy so we just
back it up and we just work our magic
we’re not against coffee by any means I
do love it however it isn’t surfing I
mean and ask yourself is it really
helping you to rely on caffeine every
afternoon it’s not really fixing the
problem so we always say just back it up
a little and we have a concern with
adrenals if you’re drinking too much
caffeine yes
yeah so I I love the fact that we
brought that point up um it’s and we’re
not saying no to Coffee we’re just
saying that we want to personalize it to
your body and not too much right
um because yeah I have patients that
come in here to the Maxwell and they’re
on coffee all day long and they’re
exhausted so that speaks highly to
exactly what we’re talking about
um one other thing we didn’t talk about
is a little bit of intermittent fasting
I don’t know if we should talk about
that a little bit but sometimes your
exhaustion can come with the fact that
your body never really gets to rest and
digest and really just absorb all these
amazing micronutrients that we’re
putting into you or we’re helping to
feed your body and so we typically will
start that this can be just amazing for
your brain to give you Clarity focus by
thinking like after dinner
um and before you go to bed just make
your final meal be dinner and really get
all of those micronutrients on board and
then start a bit of a fast between
dinner and when you go to bed and then
when you wake up in the morning and for
most people that can be about a 12 hour
fast and that for most people sometimes
is all you need to just really change
your energy levels because your body is
getting more rest
um your your digestive system is
actually able to eat and then be still
and so all the other areas of your body
making hormones making neurotransmitters
building new cells making
neuroplasticity in your brain all those
things you’re not having a chance to
work and so you’re getting energy so
this is a big nice thing to be able to
share with patients too now we do want
to be cautious of longer fast while they
can be beneficial if you’re just coming
in really fatigue it might not be the
best way to start right off the bat with
really long fast unless you know discuss
with your clinician but we don’t want to
go in a really long pass right off the
bat because we need those we need those
nutrients first we need you that’s a
really good point this is definitely not
a first step this is like later on in
most the majority people are right yeah
because fasting can be a stressor to the
body now the other stressor that we
often you know hear about is the
ketogenic diet and again not a first
step for me and I don’t believe for you
um very much depends on on the patient
it’s usually a transition because again
we want to load you up change your food
plan change your lifestyle first before
we dive into a ketogenic diet which it
can be difficult to get into right off
the bat but we want to make sure your
mitochondria are in a better place
before we go there and lastly another
you know stressor if you will stressors
can be an X is a problem but
um in moderation like fasting and
ketogenic could be very beneficial would
be exercise yes very very much so
exercise and a little bit of
intermittent fasting we know are helping
to improve our our vitality and our
longevity and those of you who are out
there who are exercising you probably
know exactly what we’re talking about
people who are Runners you know they
have a hard time going through the day
without that run
um because it’s bumping up their energy
their Clarity of thought so what we have
to be really mindful of and what I rely
on Allison to help me do is to make sure
that we’re not over exercising and not
replenishing those micronutrients we see
it happening me every day there could be
too much exercising but those tiny
little micronutrients the rainbow
whatever they may be is not getting back
into the body and then we’re gradually
even though we’re still exercising
getting a little bit more fatigued and
more fatigued so we do we can do
micronutrient testing um at any time we
need to to find those little tiny fine
tune those little areas but um that can
be a big area too while it can bring on
energy it can also start to not work for
you as well and we will we really
appreciate being able to work with our
patients to help figure that out yeah
again it’s a stressor to the body so you
want to be careful not to to do too much
of it so we’re going to leave time for
questions right absolutely that we just
did 20 minutes which I’m really so proud
of I know but uh we want to make sure
that we don’t
um you know overstep our bounds and talk
too much and we really would like to
hear from you all if there are questions
about how we’re getting energy out of
our food
I would like to summarize real quick so
some of the things we talked about were
you know I think the biggest takeaway
here is we need nutrient dense food we
need to eat a colorful nutrient-dense uh
diet so we are looking for
um you know lots of fruits and
vegetables we still do need our proteins
um so so much B vitamins you get your
zinc from them as well so we still do
need our proteins we talked about you
know your Omega-3s making sure you’re
getting those those healthy fats to
support your mitochondria as well
um and we’ve talked about a little bit
on being able to make meals and make
sure that you can’t eat shakes being a
really good strategy for that and
keeping it simple yeah lastly the the
stressor that we do utilize but that
maybe are not the first steps right off
the bat and it’s okay if you’re doing
them but you know it’s worth a
discussion to make sure that we’re not
overdoing them we do encourage exercise
uh but maybe not over exercising right
off the bat so good summary yeah good
perfect well let’s see if we have any
questions I think we have a couple that
came in
let’s see uh B vitamins I’m a whole
plant food eater I’m not eating any
animal products are there any
recommendations for vegans so yes
um I go back to lagoons if you’re eating
you know your black beans Pinto beans
your lentils your chickpeas you’re gonna
give me vitamins from those
um soybeans you also do get them from
your tofu and your edamame as well nuts
and seeds you’re gonna get B vitamins
from now b12 specifically only comes
from animal proteins so supplementation
is going to play a big role here if you
don’t need it yes and testing you want
to be testing your B12 or methylmalonic
acid as well a methylmalonic acid is a
way to indirectly test that B level as
is a complete blood count a CDC because
if you are taking your vitamin
supplements and you go to get your
bloodstream that day you may already
know this but we’re going to draw out of
your blood and we’re going to see high
levels of B vitamins which is basically
just because she took supplementation so
there’s a different way of testing that
too that your clinician here an axle
would definitely know how to do so
another question we have is do most of
your patients stay on a shake long term
or do you try to transition them off and
prefer getting them onto regular food
sorry question great question and I
personally give the option of
transitioning off
um I think as your energy increases you
have more energy more desire more
motivation to start cooking a little bit
more we use the shakes as a starter
because it’s just easier when you’re
when you’re feeling fatigued it’s a
bridge it’s a huge Bridge getting up in
the morning can be oh my goodness heart
your body feels heavy you just takes a
while to wake up the other big take home
there is you know we’re fixing you up
here we’re partnering with you to have
amazing Health at the Maxwell but that
doesn’t account for maybe what’s going
on down the line and you’ve experienced
now wonderful
um transformation hopefully if we’re
doing our jobs well and you can always
go back to that shake you know
um if you get you doing a lot of travel
or you’re having a lot of stress or
you’re falling down certain Pathways
again it’s just something that can
always be there for you
um to get you back so um everybody’s
different some people like to pulsate it
like here and there a couple times a
month or a couple times a week some
patients are able to go off of it but
then you can bring it back when they
need it and it’s just a great experience
an opportunity to go through yeah
personally like doing shakes and
smoothies during summer time but it’s
just a great way for me to be able to
get fruits and vegetables in the morning
so it makes it really easy for me but no
we do try to you know transition
patients and then I’m supposed to say
them uh as you will and great question
thank you for that we also have a
question about a shake example so in
particular I don’t know about you but I
am thinking of our islamical it is a
creating health supplement that we have
here at the start soil clinic and I I
love it I mean in fact I will say
through that one quite often it is so
good for inflammation well so let’s talk
a little bit about that just a little
bit and those of you who might be my
patients out there may have already
heard this but inflammable pool has
something called an acetylcysteine in it
which is just a humongous thing for
wellness and vitality in helping your
body to just make its own antioxidants
by the millions per second so you’re
getting rid of free radicals you’re
constantly healing your body and that’s
just one amazing micronutrient that is
in that shake
um it’s filled with multivitamins and
it’s filled with a full component of
amino acids so there are very few people
that we cannot resurrect their
mitochondria and get their energy just
tenfold by using that shake so it is
great I love it gut health and lower
inflammation I mean it has turmeric
extract pomegranate seed extract
um you know lemon bioflavino it’s green
tea extract so it has a ton of good
stuff and so we we love that one in
particular but you still can put in it
whatever you want to honestly this
morning I just took a scoop of
inflammable and water which is atypical
for me and a little bit of my cacao and
stuck it in there and that was what I
needed once you start realizing how it
gives you energy then you can biohack
your own health by giving your body what
you need we really hope to be able to
help you to learn that here also so high
in protein keeps you fully so yes I love
that love that part of it too all right
um well I think that is all I do take
B12 this has been very informative I am
glad you guys have found this uh helpful
I’m glad that you enjoyed this we are
proud to have kept it at a you know
short time yes and it was informative
plug-in for next month yeah absolutely
so Segway to next month oh yeah okay we
have our heart glasses right we do well
and next month we’re going to be doing
hormones and how it makes the heart grow
fonder so it has a little bit it’ll be a
nice segue of mitochondria because if a
woman has ovarian failure or premature
menopause you know those mitochondria
just are not working in the ovaries to
give them what they need but we’re going
to talk about hormones and heart rate
variability heart rate variability right
so I might have to wear these glasses
again sure all right well it was a great
being with you all you have a good rest
of your day

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Alisson Kothera, RD

Alisson Molinares, RD is a registered dietitian who loves working one on one with her patients to help them tailor a nutritious food plan.