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The Physiology of Diabetes

The Physiology of Diabetes

The physiology of Diabetes Written by: Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND For further questions or concerns email me at [email protected]† One of the most common questions people call or ask about is regarding blood sugar. Statistics for diabetes are quite alarming. In the United States alone there 

The Adrenal Glands Take A Part In Thyroid Function

The Adrenal Glands Take A Part In Thyroid Function

What are adrenal glands and the connection of them to our thyroid health? To find out more on this topic read more from Dr. Claire Arcidiacono, ND blog post!

Burn Belly Fat with Apple Cider Vinegar – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 382

Burn Belly Fat with Apple Cider Vinegar – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 382

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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH

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Just over a decade ago, researchers in Japan were studying the effects of vinegar. An interesting finding came out of this study and it was that vinegar could potentially help to burn fat, thus functioning as a weight loss agent. This is an interesting way to think about vinegar apart from a salad dressing or an alternative cleaning agent. What we now know is that apple cider vinegar has a really unique way of promoting thermogenesis, which is natural fat burning.† 


Research on the benefits of vinegar

People are always looking for different ways to burn fat. The researchers in Japan said that vinegar may be a natural fat fighter. They found that when they were utilizing vinegar, they were starting to see that it was helping people by preventing additional weight gain. They were looking at people’s weight, percentage body fat and Body Mass Index (BMI).† 

In the journal of MedGenMed in 2006, there was a study that came across another interesting finding with vinegar. They found that it had these anti-glycemic effects, which means it was more in terms of the regulation of blood glucose. Though there are many different types of vinegar, we certainly know that apple cider vinegar really seems to have this heightened amount of medicinal benefits.†

What makes apple cider vinegar special?

Across the board, when we’re looking at cholesterol, weight and gastrointestinal health, apple cider vinegar has been shown to be very beneficial, especially in the setting of the microbiome. Whenever we can control our microbial environment, this will also help to support our weight. Apple cider vinegar has also been looked at for cardiovascular health and blood pressure.† 

In that same study from 2006, the researchers looked at how apple cider vinegar could help to regulate blood glucose levels by enhancing insulin sensitivity. This helps create a more balanced blood sugar, helping to prevent spikes in blood glucose. One of the things that we know about weight gain is that it is often paired with insulin resistance, so people who are struggling to lose weight generally have elevated cortisol, elevated insulin and erratic glucose levels. Cortisol coming from adrenals then gets stored as fat, so you may be trying different things to burn fat, but if you’re having this dysregulation because of glucose and insulin, you’re always going to be struggling. We know now that vinegar helps to modulate this.†     


Many times, people are struggling to find ways to promote fat burning in the body. We know that apple cider vinegar has been shown to have all of these other properties in terms of the immune system, digestive system and cardiovascular system, so why not give it a shot when it comes to weight management and belly fat? Check out our Apple Cider Vinegar formulation to help support all of these systems in the body.†

In this episode, Amanda Williams, MPH discusses the many benefits associated with apple cider vinegar, especially in terms of burning fat. She also details multiple studies related to vinegar.†

Key Topics:

  • The frustration associated with having excess body fat
  • Finding the root cause of weight gain
  • Studies on apple cider vinegar

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Checking Your Blood Sugar Levels are Important – No Matter Your Age!

Checking Your Blood Sugar Levels are Important – No Matter Your Age!

Photo by Sharon Mccutcheon on Unsplash We’ve all experienced the impact our blood sugar has on our bodies, which includes the crash after the sugar rush. But beyond being energy-draining, our blood sugar can seriously impact our health. Even if you think you are following 

The Impact of Fitness on Weight Loss & How to Optimize Your Routine

The Impact of Fitness on Weight Loss & How to Optimize Your Routine

Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash If you’re like the majority of the world, weight loss is difficult. You’re making sure to take the right vitamins, eat the best foods and stick to a workout regimen. But how does fitness actually help to maintain your 

What does a Cortisol Level Test Show?

What does a Cortisol Level Test Show?

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Whether your doctor feels its best, or you feel your body is out-of-whack, speaking with your doctor about a cortisol level test is never a bad request. It can tell you a lot about what’s going on in your body, including your level of stress and issues with your pituitary and adrenal glands.

What is Cortisol?

According to former Director of Nutrition for InVite® Health, Millie Lytle, ND, MPH, CNS, cortisol is a stress hormone produced in the adrenal glands. “We need this hormone to simply wake up in the morning. However, too much stress can stimulate our brain, signaling the adrenal glands to produce cortisol too often. High cortisol can cause issues with your mood, weight, and sleep patterns. Over long periods of time, and if left unattended, cortisol secretion may actually trigger a vicious chain of events that leads to some of the most common lifestyle illnesses, including depression, anxiety, obesity, hypothyroidism and diabetes.”

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Cortisol Level Test Results

A simple blood test is all that is needed for your doctor to test your cortisol levels. He or she may want to review your current medications, as this might affect your cortisol results. Speak with your doctor for directions before your cortisol test.

According to the University of Rochester’s Medical Center, normal cortisol levels are usually highest early in the morning and lowest at about midnight. normal ranges vary depending on the type of test. For most tests, normal ranges are:

  • From 6am to 8am: 10 to 20 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL)*
  • Around 4pm: 3 to 10 mcg/dL*

Review your results with your doctor to confirm what your score may mean.

Natural Approaches to Manage Stress and Cortisol Levels

“Cortisol tends to deplete memory supportive, feel-good brain chemicals like serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine. Lacking these brain chemicals can negatively affect mood, memory, appetite control and overall brain function. Luckily, nutrients like GABA (gamma amino butyric acid), and L-Theanine help to clear out excess cortisol and rebuild essential brain chemicals,” reports Lytle.

GABA slows down the firing of nerve cells, can benefit mood and supports memory, attention, focus and learning, as well as relaxation and restorative sleep. Theanine, an extract of green tea, helps to calm the central nervous system and supports the production of alpha brain waves, which are made during relaxation, meditation and sleep.†

Getting adequate rest is very important for well-being, especially when stress becomes overwhelming. Supporting tranquility during the day and restful sleep at night may be the key to helping the body resist the harmful effects of stress on memory, mood, and sleep, restoring your waking vitality. Natural remedies keep cortisol and other wellness-zapping hormones in check and build healthy, positive brain chemistry. With the help of some natural remedies, you can get your biochemistry back on track, and not only survive, but thrive with stress.

Bring your cortisol level test results to a certified nutritionist or Naturopathic Doctor. Click here to find a retail location near you for a free, personalized nutritional consultation!