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Why Intermittent Fasting Is Great For You & How To Implement It

In recent years, many diet fads have inundated your senses and your sensibilities, all promising anything from miracle weight loss to helping you live forever. One of the most common questions I receive in my practice today involves Intermittent Fasting.

Intermittent fasting, which includes everything from periodic multiday fasts to skipping a meal or two on certain days of the week, may promote some of the same health benefits that uninterrupted calorie restriction promises. The idea of intermittent fasting is more palatable and accessible to most people because you don’t have to give up the idea of the “feast”, meaning you get to cut loose and have that second slice of pie. Multiple studies show that rodents that feast one day and fast the next often consume fewer calories overall than they would normally and live just as long as rats eating calorie-restricted meals every single day.  Mark Mattson, head of the National Institute on Aging’s neuroscience laboratory, found in a 2003 study that mice that fasted regularly were healthier by some measures than mice subjected to continuous calorie restriction; they had lower levels of insulin and glucose in their blood, for example, which correlated to a decreased risk profile for development of Diabetes, showing increased insulin sensitivity and decreased blood glucose measurements.. Theoretically, this same benefit could be applied to people as well. Given that Diabetes is a national epidemic, as is obesity (which I feel has to do with increased insulin insensitivity), this merits a deeper look.

Even if calorie restriction does not help anyone live longer, a large portion of the data supports the idea that limiting food intake reduces the risks of diseases common in old age and lengthens the period of life spent in good health. If only one could claim those benefits without being hungry all the time. Well, there just might be a way. This is where Intermittent Fasting comes in.

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Intermittent Fasting Explained

In its simplest form, Intermittent fasting (IF) is a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating.

It does not say anything about which foods you should eat, but rather when you should eat them.

In this respect, it is not a “diet” in the normal sense we are accustomed to . It is more accurately described as a “pattern of eating”. The most common methods involve daily 16 hour fasts, or fasting for 24 hours, twice per week (more on that later in this article).

Bottom Line: Intermittent fasting (IF) is a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It is currently very popular in the health and fitness community.

How to Do Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting has been popular for a few years and many different methods exist.

All of them involve splitting into “eating periods” and “fasting periods.” During the fasting periods, you eat either very little or nothing at all.

The most popular methods include:

  • The 16/8 Method: involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, for example from 1 pm to 9 pm. Then you “fast” for 16 hours in between. This is the most popular method by far
  • Eat-Stop-Eat: This involves fasting for 24 hours, once or twice a week, for example by not eating from dinner one day until dinner the next day. This is the hardest version for most people.
  • The 5:2 Diet: On two non-consecutive days of the week, only eat 500-600 calories. Eat normally the other 5 days. By making you eat fewer calories, all of these methods should make you lose weight as long as you don’t compensate by eating much more during the eating periods.

I’ve personally tried all three and found the 16/8 method to be the easiest, most sustainable method.

Bottom Line: There are several different ways to do intermittent fasting. All of them split the day or week into “eating periods” and “fasting periods.”


How Intermittent Fasting Affects Your Cells and Hormones

When you fast, several things happen at the cellular and molecular level in your body. Hormone levels change, and cellular signals are altered.

Here are some changes that occur in your body when you fast:

  • Human Growth Hormone (HGH): Growth hormone has been shown to increase substantially, leading to increased fat metabolism and muscle protein sysnthesis.
  • Insulin: Insulin sensitivity significantly improve with a corresponding drop in insulin levels. This change makes stored body fat more accesible as an energy source for your body.
  • Cellular repair: Cellular repair signals are triggered when fasting, allowing for healing of damaged cells
  • Gene expression: There are changes in the function of genes related to longevity and protection against disease, specifically telomeres, which are the end caps to all of our genes that many in the scientific community link to againg

These changes in hormone levels, cell function and gene expression are responsible for the health benefits of intermittent fasting.

Bottom Line: When you fast, human growth hormone levels go up and insulin levels go down. Your body’s cells also change the expression of genes and initiate important cellular repair processes.


Health Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

Many studies have been done on intermittent fasting, in both animals and humans.

These studies have shown that it can have powerful benefits for weight control and the health of your body and brain. It may even help you live longer.

Here are the main health benefits of intermittent fasting:

  • Weight loss: As mentioned above, intermittent fasting can help you lose weight and belly fat, without having to consciously restrict calories
  • Insulin resistance: Intermittent fasting can reduce insulin resistance, lowering blood sugar by 3-6% and fasting insulin levels by 20-31% This should protect against type 2 diabetes.
  • Inflammation: Some studies show reductions in markers of inflammation, a key driver of many chronic diseases Heart health: Intermittent fasting may reduce LDL cholesterol, blood triglycerides, inflammatory markers, blood sugar and insulin resistance. These are all risk factors for heart disease Cancer: Animal studies suggest that intermittent fasting may help prevent cancer Brain health: Intermittent fasting increases a brain hormone called BDNF, and may aid the growth of new nerve cells. It may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease
  • Anti-aging: Intermittent fasting can extend lifespan in rats. Studies showed that fasted rats live as much as 36-83% longer Keep in mind that the research is still in its early stages. Many of the studies were small, short in duration or conducted in animals.

Safety and Side Effects

Hunger is the main side effect of intermittent fasting.

You may also feel weak and that your brain isn’t performing as well as you’re used to.

This may only be temporary, as it can take some time for your body to adapt to the new meal schedule.

If you have a medical condition, then you should consult with your doctor before trying intermittent fasting.

This is particularly important if you:

  • Have diabetes.
  • Have problems with blood sugar regulation.
  • Have low blood pressure.
  • Take medications.
  • Are underweight.
  • Have a history of eating disorders.
  • Are a female who is trying to conceive.
  • Are a female with a history of amenorrhea.
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding.

All that being said, intermittent fasting does have an outstanding safety profile. There is nothing “dangerous” about not eating for a while if you are healthy and well nourished overall.

Bottom Line: The most common side effect of intermittent fasting is hunger. People with certain medical conditions should not fast without consulting with a doctor first.

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 Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I drink liquids during the fast?

Yes. Water, coffee, tea and other non-caloric beverages are fine. Do not add sugar to your coffee. Small amounts of milk or cream may be okay.

Coffee can be particularly beneficial during a fast, because it can blunt hunger.

  1. Isn’t it unhealthy to skip breakfast?

People associate skipping breakfast with eating more and unhealthier. As long as you make sure to eat healthy food for the rest of the day and keep your portions under control, it will work well.

  1. Can I take supplements while fasting?

Yes. However, keep in mind that some supplements (like fat-soluble vitamins) may work better when taken with meals.

  1. Can I work out while fasted?

Yes, fasted workouts are fine. Some people recommend taking branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) before a fasted workout.

  1. Will fasting cause muscle loss?

All weight loss methods can cause muscle loss, that is why it is important to lift weights and keep protein intake high. One study shows that intermittent fasting causes less muscle loss than regular calorie restriction.

  1. Will fasting slow down my metabolism?

No. Studies show that short-term fasts actually boost metabolism (14, 15). However, longer fasts (3 days or more) can suppress metabolism (36).

  1. Should kids fast?

That’s probably a bad idea.

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PRP Treatments in Santa Monica with Dr. Daniel Moghadam

Living in a health conscience community like Los Angeles and Santa Monica provides many introductions into cutting edge medicine such as Platelet Rich Plasma Treatments. The core services that many inquire about are PRP Treatments for Hair Loss, PRP Facial Treatments and PRP for Joint Pain.

There are many articles, videos and published information out there discussing these treatments, however, discussing them with a doctor who has years of experience with these treatment will give you the true understanding of its benefits and advantages. Dr. Moghadam is passionate about modern treatments to help people achieve their health and aesthetic goals. He completed his fellowship in Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine from the American Academy of Anti-Aging and formed his Integrative and Aesthetic practice to support those looking into natural methods of accomplishing their goals.

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There are many reasons Dr. Moghadam is a proponent of using PRP, specifically that it is all natural and non-invasive – meaning, there are no surgeries or anesthesia involved.

Because PRP is used directly from the body of the patient and then injected into the treatment site, it is a natural treatment. It contains growth factors that have the ability to heal damaged tissues, due to the fact that it works by naturally triggering localized inflammation, production of collagen and other regenerative processes.

If you have specific questions about PRP or other all natural anti-aging and health treatments, please contact our Santa Monica Anti-aging medical office today.

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Lip Augmentation Santa Monica, CA by Dr. Moghadam

Have you been thinking about getting a fuller set of lips than you currently have, Dr. Daniel Moghadam will review lip augmentation Santa Monica and the variety of lip fillers Santa Monica providing you an in-depth free consultation.

Each patient has a variety of options when it comes to lip injectables.

JUVÉDERM® Ultra XC adds fullness to lips, and subtle density to frown lines to provide the smooth healthy skin you desire.

JUVÉDERM VOLBELLA® XC adds subtle volume to lips and softens the appearance of vertical lip lines to give you a smooth and sexy look you desire.

JUVÉDERM VOLLURE™ XC softens moderate to severe facial lines and wrinkles to create a smoother and vibrant appearance you desire.

JUVÉDERM VOLUMA® XC adds volume to correct age-related volume loss in the cheeks to help create a more youthful appearance

The results can be subtle if you’d like (ie below) – or you can have a fuller more plump lips. Dr Daniel Moghadam will sit with you to review your exact desires and treat you accordingly.

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Weight Loss Doctor Santa Monica Reviews Ketogenic Diet

Ketogenic Diet – What Are Its Benefits For You

Many Americans suffer from various chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity, and the main culprit is usually the food they eat. The standard American diet can contains excessive amounts of protein and carbohydrates, neither of which is good for your health because it eventually causes you to develop insulin and leptin resistance. As a result, you are prone to gain excess weight, develop inflammation and become experience cellular damage.

To avoid this problem, maintaining the right type of diet necessary, and the type of diet weight loss doctor Dr. Moghadam recommends is inducing your body into a state of nutritional ketosis, a condition where your body burns fat as its primary fuel instead of sugar. In order to reach nutritional ketosis, you must follow a ketogenic diet.

But what exactly is a ketogenic diet?
This guide will tell you everything you need to know about a ketogenic diet – how you can apply it to your lifestyle and what positives you can reap from it.

The Benefits of the Ketogenic Diet
A ketogenic diet (keto) is a dietary approach that focuses on minimal carbohydrates, moderate amounts of protein and high healthy fat consumption — the keys to achieving ketosis. It’s what I recommend for most people who would like to optimize their health.

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There are a significant number of reasons why we recommend that you try a Keto diet, recommend by our Santa Monica Weight Loss Center. It can be very beneficial for people suffering from chronic conditions, or for people who would simply like to be healthier. Keto Helps with:

• Weight loss
If you’re trying to lose weight, then a ketogenic diet is one of the best ways to do it, as it makes your body access fat stores for energy. Multiple studies have shown ketogenic diets to actually aid weight loss and FAT loss significantly better than calorie restriction alone

• Anti-inflammatory
The human body can use both sugar and fat fuel sources. However, the latter is preferred because it is a cleaner, healthier fuel, as it releases far fewer reactive oxygen species (ROS) and secondary free radicals. Certain carbohydrates are known to cause an inflammatory cascade in your body which can worsen chronic inflammation from a myriad of disease processes, including heart disease

Reducing Appetite
The feeling of hunger can cause you to consume more calories than you can burn, which can will lead to weight gain. A ketogenic diet can help you avoid this problem because reducing carbohydrate consumption can reduce hunger symptoms. Both fat and protein have been shown to be much more hunger reducing than carbohydrates, leading to the “full” effect that will prevent overeating. As an added metabolic bonus, your body must work harder to break down both fat and protein, making the process of releasing energy from these foods calorie burning in their own right.

• Lowering Insulin Levels
By far the most important positive effect of a ketosis based diet is its ability to improve your insulin sensitivity. When you consume carbs, they are broken down into sugars in your blood stream. When these sugars are introduced into your bloodstream, they cause a large pulse of insulin to be. Released to help transport this sugar into cells for consumption. Over time, these large pulses can lead to insulin resistance, which is essentially Diabetes.

Types of Keto Diets

There are several types of the keto diet based on specific needs:

• Standard Ketogenic Diet (SKD) SKD is the type I typically recommend for most people, because it is very effective. It focuses on high consumption of healthy fats (70 percent of your diet), moderate protein (25 percent) and very little carbohydrates (5 percent). Keep in mind that there’s no set limit to the fat, because energy requirements vary from person to person, depending on their daily physical activities. However, majority of your calories still need to come from fats, and you still need to limit your consumption of carbohydrates and protein for it to become a standard ketogenic diet.

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• Targeted Ketogenic Diet (TKD) TKD is the type of diet for those who are active in fitness and working out. In this approach, you consume the entirety of your daily carbs in one meal, 30 to 60 minutes prior to your workout. The concept here is to use the energy provided by the carbs effectively before it disrupts ketosis. If you’re going to utilize this diet, I recommend that you consume carbs easily digestible with a high glycemic index to avoid upsetting your stomach. Then, when you’re done exercising, increase your intake of protein to help with muscle recovery, then continue consuming your fats afterwards.

• Cyclic Ketogenic Diet (CKD) Whereas TKD is focused on those who workout, CKD is the approach athletes and bodybuilders should take. In CKD, you cycle between a normal ketogenic diet, followed by a set number of days of consuming large amounts of carbohydrates. The concept here is to leverage carbohydrates to replenish the glycogen lost from your muscles during athletic activity or working out. Typically, consists of five days of SKD, followed by two days of carb-loading. During the ketogenic cycle, your carb consumption = 50 grams, but when you get to the carb-loading cycle, the amount rises 450 to 600 grams. That means it is important that you have high activity athlete lifestyle.

• High-Protein Ketogenic Diet A variation SKD. Overweight and obese people will benefit most from this type of dieat. In a high-protein diet, you increase the ratio of protein consumption to 10 percent and reduce your healthy fat consumption by 10 percent. In a study involving obese men that tried this method, researchers noted that it helped reduce their hunger and lowered their food intake significantly, resulting in weight loss. may help you at first, then you can transition to SKD after you normalize your weight.

• Restricted Ketogenic Diet As mentioned earlier, a ketogenic diet is a cancer fighter due to starving your cancer cells. By restricting your carbohydrate and calorie intake, your body loses glycogen and starts producing ketones that your healthy cells can use as energy. Because cancer cells cannot use these ketones, they starve to death.

A study done in 2010 supported this belief. A 65-year old woman who was suffering from glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), an aggressive type of brain cancer, was put into a restricted ketogenic diet that started with water fasting and then proceeded to consume 600 calories a day only. After two months, her weight decreased and the ketones in her body elevated. More importantly! There was no visible brain tumor tissue detected using magnetic resonance (MRI) or fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) imaging scans.

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Put Away These Foods Before Going on a Ketogenic Diet
As with any diet, first take a look at your diet habits and remove unhealthy foods from your diet. Specifically removing sugars, packaged and processed foods, and starches, from your diet, because a ketogenic diet focuses on eating all natural, whole foods. Furthermore, avoid drinking milk because it contains the carbohydrate galactose – drinking just one glass can basically eat up your entire carb allotment for the day. In addition, avoiding milk helps lactose-intolerant people to implement the ketogenic diet. Many other products should be avoided, such as hydrogenated vegetable oils (canola), soy products and sodas. They may be low on carbohydrates, but they are unhealthy and can wreak havoc on your health.

The Ideal Foods to Eat for a Ketogenic Diet
So now that you’ve taken out all the unhealthy food sources, what’s the next step? When it comes to the core of an actual ketogenic diet, remember that you need to consume only a moderate amount of protein, or about one-half gram per pound of lean body mass, each day. In addition, carbohydrates must be minimized and high-quality fats increased to serve as your new fuel source. To ease yourself into a ketogenic diet meal plan, I usually recommend adding C8 medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil into your food. It’s typically more expensive than other types of MCT oil, but I prefer it more because it converts into ketones more effectively. You can start with 1 teaspoon per day, then gradually increase your consumption to 2 to 3 tablespoons per day.

If your stomach does not agree with MCT oil, you can try MCT powder, which is easier on your stomach. The table below provides a good overview of other foods rich in high-quality healthy fats:

  • Coconut oil
  • Animal-based omega-3 fats from healthy sources such as wild-caught Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies and krill
  • Olives and olive oil (make sure they are third-party certified because most olive oils are diluted with vegetable oils)
  • Raw, grass fed butter
  • Raw nuts, such as macadamia, almonds and pecans
  • Various seeds such as pumpkin, sesame, cumin and hemp
  • Avocados
  • Grass fed meats
  • Lard and/or tallow
  • Ghee (clarified butter)
  • Raw cacao butter
  • Organic pastured eggs

When building your ketogenic diet meal plan, it’s important to stick to green leafy vegetables because they are rich in fiber, antioxidants and various nutrients. Your best choices include broccoli, spinach, parsley, Brussels sprouts and zucchini. While fruits are generally healthy for you, majority of them should be are avoided in a ketogenic diet because of their high amounts of sugar. However, certain berries are safe to eat in moderate quantities, such as blackberry, blueberry and cranberry, because they are rich in antioxidants that can support your health.

As for beverages, there are several you can choose from. The most important is water, but you may also drink organic black coffee (without any sweeteners or milk), which is rich in antioxidants. Coconut milk can be consumed as well, as well as herbal teas because they are rich in various antioxidants and nutrients.

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IV Therapy – What Is It and How Does It Work?

What is Vitamin Therapy?
Vitamin IV therapy is a way to deliver a dose of natural minerals and vitamins directly into your bloodstream.

Compared to oral supplements, vitamin drips or injections are recommended by clinicians as the more effective means largely due to the fact that the fluid is delivered directly into your bloodstream enhancing immediate and full utilization of the nutrients.

It should be noted that while oral supplements are also offered in readily absorbable form, some of the nutrients are still lost in the GI track, something that is not possible with vitamin drips.

What are some of the advantages of vitamin therapy?
Vitamins are requisites to proper functioning of the cell. In case of a deficiency of either a vitamin or essential mineral in the body, our IV infusions help redress the balance and almost immediately restore your health status.

These administrations have also been shown to reverse more acute conditions such as asthma, depression and fatigue quite effectively and at incredibly high speeds in the presence of healthy cells and high energy levels.

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In the long run, intermittent administrations are believed to have an impact on the following conditions:

Parkinson’s disease
Cold and flu
Allergies and asthma
Heart disease
High blood pressure
Athletic performance enhancement
Herpes outbreaks
Chronic sinusitis
Anxiety and depression
Viral infections
Bacterial infections
Chronic pain
Post-surgery recovery
Chronic fatigue
Injury or acute strain

Vitamin injections and drips: What is the difference?
The main difference between drips and injections is not in the purpose they serve but in how they are gone about.

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Vitamin injections, as the name suggests, are administered through injection whereby the fluid is pushed into the vein by a syringe while drips utilize gravity to push the fluid from a hung IV bag into your vein through a tubing or needle.

IV drips are administered at a rate set by the doctor or nurse but generally take much longer than injections, which are basically a few seconds long.

They however make up for that in a major way by providing 10 times the amount of vitamins shots would in a single administration.

What are the risks of vitamin therapy?
Apart from slight pain at the injection site during infusion, there are typically no risks big enough to influence a decision. You should however be careful not to overuse a vein as this can lead to scar tissue in it.

How many times is too many times for vitamin therapy?
Vitamin infusion should take place on ad hoc basis, but too much of it can be a waste of resources and a threat to your well-being. We recommend you don’t receive more than one drip or two shots a week.

Can anyone receive vitamin therapy?
Vitamin therapy hardly has any side effects save for the aforesaid physical ones. If you’re living a normal lifestyle and are not under any medication, you are good to receive vitamin infusions.

Kidney failure and hypertension patients are however advised to avoid IV drips and only receive injections if they must.

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PRP Facials – 5 Benefits For The New All Natural & Quick Facelift

A PRP bio-facial is a modern approach to facial skin revitalization. With a PRP bio-facial, you can reduce the signs of aging, lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce acne and blemishes, and address puffy lines, all without the need for surgery and medications associated with the facelift procedure.

Safe and effective procedure
A little blood (10 to 20ml) is drawn from your arm and centrifuged to concentrate the plasma and platelets. The doctor then identifies sites on your face that will be injected with the pure PRP concentrate. These sites are cleaned and numbed for your comfort.

No PRP goes to waste. After the injections, the remaining PRP is painted onto the target areas and rubbed in with a derma roller to optimize the results. The treatment will be complete in about 30 minutes, and you only need 2 – 5 more treatments at 4-6 weeks interval for best results.

Here are some other benefits pure PRP Facials:

1. Completely natural procedure
The pure Platelet Rich Plasma used in your bio-facial treatment is derived from your own blood. No artificial substances are injected in your body, as is the case with Botox or dermal fillers.

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2. Little to no risk of side effects
Since the material used is from your own body, there is no risk of non-compatibility or allergic reactions. Any mild swelling, redness, bruising or tenderness near the injection site is pretty common and dissipates within 24 hours.

3. No surgery
Before treatment, the surgeon uses a topical anaesthesia or local anaesthetic to numb the area. The minimally invasive treatment takes about 30 minutes

4. Zero recovery time
Since the procedure is fast and not complicated, you can schedule your treatment and continue with your daily activities right afterwards. You don’t need to change your diet, workout, or travel plans.

5. Long-lasting results
After the first several treatments, 1-2 year revisits may be necessary depending on your skin type to maintain your youthful appearance.

It is possible that the full potential for Pure PRP is yet to be seen. Still in the current state, PRP-based bio-facials are the best option for gradual, natural-looking results for patients looking for the complete package – an overall radiant and youthful glow – as opposed to using muscle relaxants or dermal fillers.

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Vampire Facial – Platelet Rich Plasma Facial Rejuvenation

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) facial rejuvenation known as Vampire Facial is one of the few natural treatments that help to restore lost volume and rejuvenate the skin. This treatment involves the use of the patient’s own blood to produce platelet-rich plasma that is then injected into specific sites on their skin.

Apart from facilitating blood clotting, platelets also contain growth factors and special proteins that promote healing by initiating new blood vessel formation and stimulating cells to regenerate new tissue. PRP facial rejuvenation injections target the growth factors found in your platelets to stimulate your body into producing collagen to refresh your complexion and restore plumpness to wrinkly, crepey, and scarring skin.

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The aging process
As you age, the amount of collagen and elastin produced in your body naturally decreases, resulting in the appearance of dehydrated skin, deep lines, and wrinkles. PRP therapy addresses these concerns in all layers of the skin, from the outermost surface to the deepest dermal layers.

Whereas standard facial rejuvenation treatments work by stimulating skin repair from the outside, PRP seeks to optimize the body’s natural repair resources to heal the skin and deeper tissues from the inside. As a result, you can enjoy a better framework of both the outer skin layer and the subcutaneous tissues, delivering superior support and fullness.

What can PRP treatment (Vampire Facial) do for you?
PRP therapy can be safely used anywhere on the skin to improve skin laxity, fine lines, and dark circles, as well as thin-textured skin or the overall loss of facial volume.

The treatment is particularly beneficial for patients aged between 40 and 60 to help reinvigorate areas of the face affected by loss of elastin and refresh the quality of facial skin around the eyes, neck, and décolletage – areas that are harder to rejuvenate without surgery.

For the best results, the Vampire Facial is administered as a series of three treatments at 4-week intervals, with top up treatments every 12 to 18 months to maintain the results.

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Hormone Questions About Diet? Ask Our Doctor About Increasing Libido

Lowered libido or low sex drive happens to everyone from time to time throughout your life, but it is more common among women than men. Today, the loss of desire is considered one of the most common female sexual problems. In fact, American drug companies claim that female sexual dysfunction (FSD) or female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) affect about 30 percent of women, while about 15 percent of men experience low sex drive.

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Causes of lowered libido
When looking to increase your sex drive, for men or women, there are two biological chemicals that you should focus on: dopamine and prolactin. Research suggests that dopamine increases desire whereas prolactin decreases it. Some of the medications you take may increase the production of prolactin or inhibit that of dopamine. Either of these scenarios can result in lowered libido and a range of other sexual and health side effects.

Additionally, there are several common psychological and emotional causes of decreased sexual desire, usually working in combination with each other, including:

● Lack of quality sleep
● Poor diet
● High stress
● Low testosterone
● Drug or alcohol use
● Medications and birth control pills
● Poor physical health
● Low physical activity
● Anxiety and depression
● History of sexual abuse
● Hormonal imbalance, like due to menopause or low thyroid
● Unresolved conflicts and repressed emotions
● Low self-esteem

The first step to addressing low sex drive is identifying the root of your problems.


How to increase libido naturally by changing your diet

Foods that help include:

● Natural aphrodisiacs – bananas, avocadoes, and figs are rich in vitamins and minerals that promote blood flow to the genitals and increase sex drive naturally. Dark chocolate encourages the release of serotonin and phenylethylamine, which have mood-lifting and aphrodisiac effects.

● Vitamin C foods – besides improving blood circulation to the organs, vitamin C has been specifically linked with improved female libido. It also enhances collagen production for skin health, and subsequently, increases your ability to maintain an erection and make the vaginal wall firmer. Great sources include oranges, guava, broccoli, and red pepper

● Iron-rich foods – grass-fed beef and dark leafy greens like spinach and kales are great sources of iron. This mineral is particularly important for women looking to improve their libido, arousal, lubrication, and even the ability to orgasm.

● Nuts – the high levels of selenium in Brazil nuts helps to maintain healthy testosterone levels, while almonds are rich in vitamin E, Zinc, selenium, and other minerals and healthy fats that promote sexual health and reproduction.

● Watermelon – it contains phytonutrients known as beta-carotene, citrulline, and lycopene that help to relax blood vessels and deliver the Viagra effect for improved libido.

Keeping your body well hydrated by consuming plenty of clean water can also help to increase libido by reducing the risk of headaches, fatigue, and vaginal dryness.

Foods to avoid include:

● Fried foods and trans fats – greasy foods lead to abnormal sperm production and interfere with a woman’s gestation cycle

● Low-quality protein such as factory-farmed meat – they contain added hormones and antibiotics that may result in hormonal imbalance

● High sodium foods such as processed and canned food – contain chemicals and high sodium that increases the risk of high blood pressure, which reduces blood flow to sex organs

● Traditional cow dairy products – milk and cheese – especially from factory-farm cows – contain synthetic hormones that affect estrogen and testosterone levels

● Sugar – it affects sex hormones, especially reduced testosterone levels

● Overindulgence in alcohol and caffeine often results in reduced arousal, sexual desire, and sensitivity. However, a single glass of polyphenol-rich red wine can help widen blood vessels and increase blood flow to the main arousal areas.

Final note
Changing your diet can lead to improved sexual health in the long term. You can also consider the use of supplements such as Maca and L-arginine, weight training and burst training exercises that increase HGH hormone, yoga, the use of essential oils for hormonal balance, and positive lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, to see your libido increase.

For more questions about managing your hormones, call us today at (310) 395-5055 and schedule an appointment speak with our Hormone Doctor.

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Natural Remedies to Female Hormonal Imbalances

Hormones influence almost every cell, organ, and function in the body. They regulate metabolism, tissue function, reproduction, growth, development, relay information from one group of cells to another, and generally control and coordinate every activity in the body.

The endocrine system – various glands that produce hormones – collectively controls hormone levels in the body, and any kind of imbalance can result in widespread, serious health problems.

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Cause of hormone imbalance in women
The main female hormones are estrogen and progesterone. Many women believe that they have to endure mood and behavior swings, among other symptoms, throughout their reproductive life due to hormone imbalances associated with puberty, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and peri-menopause, as well as mental anxiety, menstrual cramps, and menopause.

Sex hormones in women may drop up to 90 percent as they age, resulting in impaired mood, sexual problems, poor sleep, muscle loss, and memory difficulties. But these consequences are not natural. Studies show that the resulting suffering is largely caused by poor lifestyle habits such as:

● Smoking and drinking alcohol

● Consumption of high-sugar and refined-carbs

● Regular dairy and gluten intake

● Lack of enough exercise

● Exposure to toxic environment

● Chronic stress

In other words, any symptoms associated with your monthly periods are usually indicators of sex hormone imbalances. Addressing the symptoms directly does not resolve them. Instead, you should try to identify the underlying cause and manage it.

Managing Female Hormonal Imbalance
Traditional treatments for hormonal imbalances mainly include birth control pills and synthetic hormone replacements. However, relying on these types of synthetic treatments may have serious implications:

● You may become dependent on prescription drugs to help manage the symptoms

● You may continue to develop abnormalities in different parts of the body while disorder progresses. This is because drugs mask the symptoms as opposed to solving it

● You have a higher risk for serious side effects such as anxiety, stroke, reproductive problems, and more

Fortunately, there are a number of ways to control your hormones naturally.

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Start by choosing the right diet
Controlling the different hormones in your body is a process, but sticking to your plan can make you happier and more energetic. Your diet is the pillar that helps to keep your sex hormones in check.

The first step should be removing bad items from your diet. These include sugar, caffeine, high-calorie carbs, alcohol, stress, and inactivity, all of which worsen hormonal imbalances.

Consider this: If you consume sugar, your body releases more insulin, more estrogen, and more testosterone.

Dairy products are also associated with female hormonal imbalances due to the combination inherent natural hormones and antibiotics added to the milk. Gluten also causes serious hormone imbalances.

Substitute the bad stuff with healthy foods comprising real, whole, organic, unprocessed, plant-based items and organic animal products. And drink filtered water.

Watching what you eat reduces the intake of hormones, xenoestrogens, and antibiotics that affect your own body’s hormone production.

Final note
There are other ways to keep your hormones in check without medications, including:

● Smart supplement use – additional vitamins B and D, and fish oil help to balance estrogen, especially when used with good multivitamins containing omega-6 fats, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and probiotics

● Exercising – long walks, running, weight training, aerobics

● Stress reduction – meditation, tapping, yoga

● Good sleep – 8 hours of quality, uninterrupted sleep

● Reduce or eliminate alcohol – it increases estrogen

Make the necessary changes to your lifestyle and track how your body responds to them to get your own custom natural remedy to hormonal imbalances.

For further questions, request a consultation regarding women’s hormone replacement therapy with Santa Monica women’s hormone doctor Dr. Danny Moghadam.

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PRP Treatment (Vampire Facials) – Non-Surgical Procedure for a Glowing, Rejuvenated, more Youthful Look

Until recently, patients had to endure invasive surgical procedures and lengthy downtime to treat the signs of aging. Thanks to the innovative PRP treatments, it is now safer, easier, and more convenient to achieve a younger look here at our Santa Monica Med Spa.

PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) or vampire facial treatment is an advanced, non-invasive procedure that uses growth factors in your own blood platelets to stimulate your body’s regenerative process. When injected into your body, the platelet rich plasma increases your body’s production of elastin and collagen. This in turn provides a natural and effective solution for aesthetic concerns, orthopedic repairs, sexual health, and hair rejuvenation.

PRP helps to:

● Reduce fine lines and wrinkles to rejuvenate the appearance of aging skin without surgery

● Enhance collagen production for firmer, tighter skin

● Enhance skin tone and moisture to restore a more natural and youthful glow

● Minimize stretch marks, scars, and dark spots

● Improve moisture retention

● Take years off your appearance so you look and feel younger


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How PRP treatment works
One of the biggest marvels of the human body is its ability to self-heal. However, the site of injury needs good supply of platelets at the site of injury to optimize recovery.

PRP treatment involves the introduction of blood plasma with a high concentration of platelets to a site. These platelets have growth factors and biologically active (or healing) and signaling proteins.

The growth factors activate cells in the body to prepare for the healing and generation of new blood vessels – capillaries – and collagen in the skin. The bioactive proteins initiate repairs and heal tissue, which in turn stimulates healing, develops fresh blood vessels, and acts as an anti-inflammatory substance and painkiller. The signaling proteins, on the other hand, draw stem cells to the required area to aid in the tissue regeneration.

The introduction of platelets also initiates hemostasis, or blood clotting, and balances the inflammatory response, which is essential during the healing process.

Benefits of PRP
The PRP is very effective for improving collagen formation, connective tissue healing, skin layer rejuvenation, as well as skin tightening, and helps to soften wrinkling or diminished elasticity in the forehead, cheek, eye, chin, neck, chest, or hand regions.

PRP treatment has revolutionized the reversal of skin aging, the recovery time of tendon and joint injuries, and treatment of sexual health issues and hair loss.

Benefits include:

● Fast, safe, non-surgical procedure

● Minimal downtime

● Fast results with long-lasting regenerating benefits

● Glowing, rejuvenated, more youthful look

What to expect
PRP treatment is a fairly simple, one-session procedure that takes about 30 minutes depending on the size of the area being treated. The doctor will:

● Collect the PRP by drawing a small amount of blood from your arm

● Put the blood into an FDA cleared device, place it into a centrifuge, and spin it until the platelets isolate from the blood

● Apply numbing gel to the treatment area

● Apply the PRP into areas of concern to initiate regeneration and revitalization

At the end of the procedure, you will experience dramatically smoother, softer skin and a brighter complexion. As the collagen supply rebuilds, the look of wrinkles will reduce, elasticity will improve, and your skin will be better able to retain more natural moisture. The results should last between 9 and 18 months.

Anyone looking for more youthful-looking skin is a good candidate for PRP therapy.

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