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A True Partner in Your Health

Health care has long been focused on how to get patients more engaged in their care. Over the last 20 years, researchers have looked for ways to get people to participate actively in decisions regarding their care, and DNA testing for health is one of the greatest tools for both practitioner and patient.  The goal is not to be your own doctor,  but rather to be willing to share in the decision-making process.  We know that the patient-physician relationship has taken some hard hits. Providers are squeezed for time, and people’s health is too complex for a 20-minute visit. When you are sick, you want to fix it immediately. People look to their provider for the solution. The problem with this approach is that there is usually more than one way to fix it. Providers have traditionally taken the responsibility for coming up with the plan. Patients get their prescribed plan and they do “what the doctor ordered.” Shared decisions are rare in the clinic setting and even rarer in the hospital. So how do we create an environment where the patient and the provider work together as a team?  We believe that DNA testing for your health could be the answer. When a patient takes a home DNA test, they receive a comprehensive scientific report with easy-to-read results. A patient being able to share this information with their practitioner is a direct path to shared decision-making.  Imagine scheduling an appointment with your doctor when you are not sick. Then imagine sitting down and reviewing all your DNA results; for example, what foods work best for you, what vitamins and minerals you should take, what exercise program you perform better at, and what medications are best for you. In this scenario, you lead the conversation and you are the one inviting your doctor into the discussion. Wouldn’t you feel that your doctor really “knows” you? Wouldn’t you be more inclined to engage with her/him when you are sick?  Technology is bringing high-level health information to your fingertips. It is possible to diagnose yourself. However, we argue that this approach is not in most people’s best interest. Telemedicine, email conferencing and walk-in clinics are common conveniences, but they are no substitute for a real patient/provider relationship. re:iimmune believes that home DNA testing is a game changer. When you are supported in making and implementing choices based on your unique health traits, you become a true partner in your health.
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Your Body Is Designed to Feel Good

We have all been subject to trial and error when it comes to our health. We try different diets to lose weight. We eliminate dairy, gluten, and even coffee. We take vitamins and minerals believing they will help us. We join different fitness clubs or purchase home exercise equipment just to find a plan we can live with on a consistent basis.  Home DNA Testing is one way of participating in your health at the deepest level.  We are given a prescription for a medication. It may not work or it makes us feel bad, so we try another one. Trial and error is “finding out the best way to reach a desired result or a correct solution by trying out one or more ways or means and noting and eliminating errors or causes of failure until you succeed,” according to Webster Dictionary.  With a simple cheek swab you can learn more about how your body is uniquely designed to feel GOOD, without years of trial and error.  re:iimmune wants you to know what is possible. Here is what you can learn about YOU. Fitness DNA Test will help you discover: – The best exercise program for weight loss – Key traits for muscle energy, recovery and fatigue – Insulin and body fat response to exercise – Traits for aerobic capacity, nitric oxide and vascular function  Strength
  • Glucose Metabolism
  • Muscle Growth
  • Muscle Strength
  • Muscle Development
  • Nerve Activity
Metabolics
  • Endurance Benefit
  • HDL Response
  • Insulin Response
  • Response to Exercise
  • Testosterone Levels
Recovery
  • Muscle Recovery
  • Sleep Cycle
  • Exercise Fatigue
  • Tendinopathy/Osteoarthritis
Cardio
  • Aerobic Capacity
  • Exercise Response
  • Blood Vessel Formation
  • Nitric Oxide Metabolism
  • Vascular Function
Performance
  • Muscle Energy
  • Muscle Speed
  • Optimal Exercise Type
  • Endurance vs Strength
Build
  • Blood Pressure
  • Muscle Growth
  • Muscle Volume
Nutrition DNA Test will help you discover: – Optimal diet type for weight loss – Reactions to gluten, caffeine, alcohol, and lactose – Predispositions for metabolic rate, cholesterol, blood sugar – Determine nutritional needs for vitamins and folate Diet
  • Body Fat Loss
  • Omega 3,6 Levels
  • Optimal Diet for Weight Loss
  • Obesity Predisposition
  • Saturated Fat Levels
Behaviors
  • Eating Disinhibition
  • Snacking
  • Sweet Tooth
  • Satiety
  • Tendency to Overeat
Nutritional
  • Vitamins B2, B6, B12
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D
  • Folate
Reactions
  • Caffeine Metabolism
  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • Lactose Intolerance
  • Alcohol Flushing
  • Peanut Allergy
Metabolic
  • Cholesterol Levels
  • Metabolic Rate
  • Blood Sugar Levels
  • Antioxidants/Detoxification
  • Triglyceride Levels
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Taking Care of Your Liver

The liver is our largest internal organ, roughly the size of a football and is positioned under the lower rib cage on the right side of the body. It’s also considered a gland because it secretes chemicals used in other bodily functions. The liver is essential for survival as it helps clean our blood by eliminating harmful chemicals, produces bile which helps us break down fats in food and turns glucose into glycogen and stores it for when the body needs a quick burst of energy. Liver cells also make many proteins required for blood clotting and the maintenance of fluid within the circulatory system. Detoxification is another key responsibility; it converts ammonia into urea which is excreted in the urine by the kidneys. It also breaks down alcohol, drugs, medication, insulin and hormones in the body. Finally, the liver acts as a storage unit in the body for vitamin B12, A, D and K as well as folic acid and iron. With all of the important processes your liver is responsible for,  it makes sense to take really good care of it! Here are some ways to keep it in tip top shape. . .
  • Moderate your alcohol intake. It can damage the cells of the organ and leads to scarring called cirrhosis, which can be deadly. The National Institue on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism defines moderate intake as up to four alcholic drinks for men and three for women in any single day with a maximum of 14 weekly drinks for men and 7 drinks for women. 
  • Exercise and maintain a healthy weight. Doing so will keep you from the risk of developing nonalcoholic fatty liver disease which also leads to cirrhosis.
  • Watch your intake of painkillers such as acetaminophen as it is damaging to the liver if taken too much.
A healthy diet is also beneficial to the liver. Check back with us next week when we’ll share several foods that are beneficial to the health of your liver!  
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Tried and True Health Tips to Get Better, Better!

You may not realize it, but your body has an amazing ability to heal itself after a serious injury or illness. Although medicine has come a long way, and should not be takin for granted, it’s important to recognize and take responsibility for our part in recovery. If you are recovering from an illness, a severe injury or just trying to maintain a healthy immune system, it would be in your best interest to observe these health truths.

  • Food is Medicine: Most of us have felt that swell of pride wheneat for health, stay healthy with re:iimmune we reach around the box of donuts and grab a piece of fruit instead, but that momentary feeling of elation often fades by dinner time as we find ourselves reaching for that second helping of buttery mashed potatoes, or a heaping pile of cheesy pasta. Hungry yet? The truth is, our brains react to food with the same addictive stimulation as it would with any other drug. It doesn’t help that portions are larger than ever, and that processed, feel good treats are more accessible than they have ever been. On top of the temptation to indulge, is the confusion; with every diet fad in the book being thrown around at us from all angles. It can become overwhelming to decipher what approach to take when it comes to a healthy diet. Our mantra? Keep it simple. Say no to carb heavy, processed foods that will drain your energy and leave you feeling lethargic. Say yes to whole fruits and vegetables and lean proteins, and most importantly, enjoy the food you eat! Branch out with some new recipes that abide by these principles, but still leave your mouth watering.

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  • Sleep Offers So Much More Than Beauty: Your body can cope without food for about a month, without water for up to a week, but sleep? Your body will start shutting down after 48 hours of sleep deprivation. http://www.everydayhealth.com/conditions/what-happens-when-you-dont-sleep-days/ Sleep benefits every aspect of our health, both physically and emotionally, from your heart health, mental stability, and weight control. So go ahead, hit that snooze button one more time, skip that last episode on Netflix, and hit the sack an extra hour early- your body will thank you!

 

  • Exercise Your Way to Health: Get moving! Culturally we tend to complicate this concept, but the simple truth is this; move more. That’s it! It doesn’t take expensive gym memberships, hours of intense weight lifting, or fancy gadgets to “exercise”. Find what works best for you, your budget, and your lifestyle. For me, it’s as simple as taking my dog on a 30-minute walk, or heading to the YMCA for a group yoga class. It gets your blood flowing while simultaneously moving toxins out of your body, and pumping endorphins back through your system. Maybe you’d be more comfortable bicycling through nature, tuning into your favorite in home work out routine, or joining a kick boxing club. However you choose to make exercise your own, own it! The benefits to your health are endless.

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At Make People Better, we are passionate about enabling people to take control of their own health. Every day we have opportunities to improve our health, and one step at a time we want to inspire your journey! Don’t forget, the Clinical Strength Hydration® and Intestinal Immune support found in re:iimmune® is the perfect accompaniment to your healthy lifestyle. Get better, better!

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