Cleansing, excreting and burning fat, synthesizing protein, producing bile to aid in digestion, and emulsifying fats for general circulation. Your liver performs hundreds of functions. It is an integral organ for metabolism and hormone regulation, including thyroid and cortisol breakdown, and filters all blood. Continue reading
Ana was 43 and had always been bubbly and active with tons of energy and a quick mind. She kept up with her health checks, had normal iron levels and no concern with her thyroid, and she ate a nutrient rich diet including some red meat rich in iron and zinc. She was working five days per week with regular hours and enjoyed her job. But now she was tired and could hardly get through the afternoon. She had lost her lust for life and even her evening social tennis was in the past. Ana’s doctor told her it was age related but a physical well-being test and fitness assessment did not indicate this at all and in fact gauged her fitness as that of a 35 year old. She was depressed and absolutely stumped as to what had changed to make her feel so low.
Of all the lab tests I run in my clinic, vitamin D and vitamin B12 are among the most common problems. Last month the ministry of health in the UAE acknowledged that in a country bathed in sunshine, vitamin D levels are clinically low across most age groups, genders and ethnic origins. Vitamin B12 is also a concern for vegetarians and particularly vegans, picky eaters, and in people with digestive disorders and auti-immune dysfunction. It is an invisible epidemic estimated to affect about 40% of elderly people with research highly supporting its links with Alzheimers, cognitive decline and memory, cardiovascular disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases. Much of this research has further moved into the similarities of these diseases in children to affect learning and developmental disorders, autism, autoimmune disease, cancer and fertility. Both of these nutrients have been missed in the past firstly because they were not routinely tested by most physicians and secondly, the laboratory reference ranges were too low.