By Akers Editorial
Ask The Expert: Weight Loss
Gretta Ellis, Owner and APRN
Q: How can weight loss benefit my overall health?
A: When people think about weight loss, the first thing that comes to mind is transforming their bodily appearance but the physical benefits of losing weight can greatly improve one’s physical health and be preventative in future disease processes.
What we offer at Ellis Integrative Family Practice is a program that promotes lifestyle changes to help many health conditions including auto-immune disorders, diabetes, inflammation, and chronic gut issues by naturally correcting inflammation caused by stress, our standard American diet, overuse of antibiotics, prescription drug side effects, etc.
By doing that we not only address weight loss, improved body image, but we can help correct related health conditions.
For example, we have a patient whose blood sugars were elevated, and he was on his way to becoming a diabetic. After getting him on a proper diet and routine exercise for three months, his glucose decreased and as an added benefit his cholesterol went back to normal, and he was able to stop taking prescription medication which is our goal- getting people off prescription medication and maintaining new lifestyle changes so they are not just focusing on a temporary weight loss diet trend.
Our weight loss program includes a MICC-Liposomal injection with B12 which helps with breakdown of fat during metabolism in the body. We make patients accountable by having them come to the office every two weeks to weigh in and become their cheerleaders and encouragers. If for some reason they get stuck at a level where no matter what they are doing they can’t lose weight, we look further to determine what else they need to jump start their body’s ability to lose weight again including imbalance of hormones and/or optimizing their thyroid function.
We also offer different nutritional IV therapies that are formulated to address a variety of issues including dehydration, brain fog, fatigue, and boosting your immune system.
Overall, when patients lose weight, they can be more active, play with their children or grandchildren again, participate in activities that had become difficult, sleeping better and most of all discontinue the use of certain prescription medications, which means no more horrible side effects and better quality of life.
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