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Your Dermatologist Needs to Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 533

Your Dermatologist Needs to Know This Supplement – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 533

If you’re concerned about the health of your skin, you and your dermatologist need to talk about Vitamin B3. This nutrient helps to protect and support the health of your skin.

TMJ vs Teeth Grinding – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 528

TMJ vs Teeth Grinding – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 528

Are you grinding your teeth or do you have TMJ? Many people confuse these two issues. Find out how they are different and what you can do to help from Amanda Williams, MD, MPH.

Poor Circulation to the Legs? These Nutrients Can Help – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 475

Poor Circulation to the Legs? These Nutrients Can Help – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 475

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Today we’re discussing poor circulation to your legs, its ramifications and what can help. It’s actually called PAD, which stands for Peripheral Arterial Disease. It’s also called Peripheral Vascular Disease. It occurs when the arteries that carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to your limbs narrow and stiffen. This is typically because of a buildup of plaque inside the vessel walls. This can slow down or diminish the flow of blood to your limbs, so it typically affects your legs. If you walk fast or you’re walking uphill or up the stairs, you can experience real leg pain.†

What leads to poor circulation in your legs?

Some of the risk factors for poor circulation in the legs can actually be controlled. This includes smoking, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, elevated blood sugar and high levels of the metabolite homocysteine.†

There are risk factors that lead to clogged arteries in the legs that are out of our control. One of these is being older. As we age, we have some level of a decline of blood flow. A family history of heart disease and kidney disease can also lead to this. Sadly, African Americans have a higher risk of Peripheral Arterial Disease. Research shows that they have double the risk compared to other ethnic groups.†

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You might not have any symptoms from Peripheral Arterial Disease or you might have very mild symptoms. This is because your arteries haven’t gotten bad enough yet. Once your arteries are more than halfway narrowed by the plaque, then you’re going to have the symptoms. The most common symptom is leg pain and leg cramps when you walk. You get leg cramps, your legs are tired and they become heavy. The problem with this is that it becomes easy to mistake this for other conditions and because of this, Peripheral Vascular Disease is often overlook and not diagnosed until the symptoms get bad.†

How to help this issue

The pain associated with Peripheral Arterial Disease usually eases when you rest. If you have poor circulation, you’re not getting enough oxygen to the muscles in your legs and your leg muscles have to look for an alternate source of fuel, so they go to lactic acid. Lactic acid is only useful as fuels to your muscle for a very short time, after that it causes cramping.†

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The doctor may prescribe medications that can help with this intermittent leg pain, but these can have a lot of side effects. There are also nutrients that can help. One of them is cocoa. There are many ingredients in cocoa that are great for circulation to the brain, but they are also great for circulation to your legs. Cocoa has flavan-3-ols, which are a type of polyphenol, and they can improve the distance a person with Peripheral Arterial Disease can walk without pain. The problem is that, when cocoa is processed into chocolate, it can remove the flavan-3-ols. That’s why I tell patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease to take cocoa, not even dark chocolate.†

Grape seed extract can also help with circulation. When the heart pumps blood to the legs, it releases a gas called nitric oxide that opens the blood vessels so blood can flow smoothly. When you have Peripheral Arterial Disease, you don’t have any nitric oxide in the blood vessel walls. Grape seed stabilizes nitric oxide so it can pump open the blood vessels and allow the blood to flow smoothly to the legs.†

In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses Peripheral Arterial Disease, a condition that impacts the circulation in your legs. He explains what risk factors may impact your circulation and also provides recommendations for nutrients that can help.†

Key Topics:

  • How smoking is harmful to the body
  • What is homocysteine?
  • The severity of symptoms related to PAD

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Healthy Gut for a Happy Holiday Season – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 465

Healthy Gut for a Happy Holiday Season – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 465

As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to make sure we’re protecting our bodies so we can enjoy time with our loved ones. It’s especially important to make sure we’re maintaining our gut health as we partake in different celebrations.

What Is Iron Overload? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 437

What Is Iron Overload? – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 437

Did you know that your body can have too much iron? When this occurs, it can be toxic to your organs. The good news is there are nutrients that can help regulate iron levels within the body.

Urine Color and Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 433

Urine Color and Health – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 433

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InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode hosted by Jerry Hickey, Ph.

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You may have noticed that sometimes the foods that you eat can change the color of your urine. Your urine color can change rapidly. Most of the time it’s temporary and doesn’t mean anything, but sometimes it really does. There are thousands of things washed away in your urine and some of them affect the color.† 

Factors that impact urine color

If the color does change and it’s related to a health condition, the color may not be very specific. It just gives the doctor an idea of what to look at. The doctor must do a blood test and a urine test to get more concrete answers. The doctor also has to consider symptoms.†

Urine color varies according to how much fluid you drink. I happen to drink a lot of green tea and water and sometimes I’m overhydrated, so my urine is very clear. I should probably cut back on some fluid. But if it gets a deeper yellow, then you’re dehydrated and you need to drink more fluid. Urine gets its yellow color from urobilin, which is a breakdown product of heme. Your urine should be in some range of yellow.†  

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So what if your urine is a dark brown color like cola? This could be related to food. Fava beans, rhubarb and aloe vera can cause this. Muscle breakdown from excessive exercise may also be a reason for this change, as well as something going on in your liver. There are many drugs that can turn your urine dark brown, such as chloroquine, primaquine, metronidazole and more.†

If the urine is pink or red, that could be blood, which may be indicative of a urinary tract infection (UTI) or kidney stones. If that’s the case, you will likely experience pain along with that. If not, you need to speak with your doctor, as it may be related to your bladder. There are also foods that can make your urine pink or red, including beets, rhubarb and blackberries, as well as a lot of drugs such as some laxatives and chemotherapy drugs.†

Green urine can be related to eating asparagus. When you eat asparagus, not only can it create a detectable odor in your urine, but it can also give it a slight green tint. A lot of times, if the urine turns blue or green and it’s really vivid, it’s a dye from something like candy or other processed foods. Infections such as yeast infections can also turn urine greenish. Again, this would likely be accompanied by some pain or burning and an unpleasant odor.† 

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What about orange or dark orange urine? That could be the bile ducts, from the gallbladder and liver. If it’s orange, your stool is pale, your skin is becoming itchy and yellowish, and your eyes are looking yellow, you need to see a doctor right away.† 

Cloudy urine is usually indicative of a UTI or kidney stones and you should have this looked at. Foam in the urine once or twice is usually from something you ate. But if you’re getting foam all the time, especially if you have an autoimmune disease, that could mean that your body’s filters aren’t working properly and protein is leaking into the urine. This is a sign that there’s a kidney problem.†

Promoting kidney health

So what’s good for the kidneys? Drinking enough water is important. If you have too little water, the kidneys have to work really hard. This could cause kidney failure.†   

Grape seed extract is great for the kidneys. Studies in post-menopausal women showed that when they were put on grape seed extract, they didn’t lose any kidney function. There are also some studies on people with reduced kidney function. When the researchers gave these people grape seed extract, it helped to reduce inflammation in the body, restore antioxidant levels, protect the heart, brain and eyes, and support the body’s filtration systems.†

Carnosine is another nutrient that is amazing for the kidneys. Carnosine is a dipeptide that is made in the body that is very protective for the brain, eyes and muscles. Studies have shown that diabetics who develop kidney damage have an inability to use carnosine efficiently, so I always recommend carnosine to these people. I also recommend ubiquinol to these people. In studies of people with reduced kidney function, when they raised the level of ubiquinol in their blood, their kidneys started to work a little better.†

In this episode, Jerry Hickey, Ph. discusses the different factors that can impact your urine color, and how this can be indicative of your health. He also recommends various nutrients that can help protect and support the kidneys.†

Key Topics:

  • Stories relating to urine color
  • What is heme?
  • The dangers of severe dehydration

Thank you for tuning in to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. You can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting www.invitehealth.com/podcast. Make sure you subscribe and leave us a review! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at InViteⓇ Health today. We’ll see you next time on another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast.