NutriMap Diet

June 6th, 2012, 02:06:25 admin

   So you just got back from your Dr. visit and your blood work was reviewed. If your results concluded that you have high total cholesterol, you probably got a lecture about how it needs to be lowered to save yourself from a heart attack or stroke. You may have even got medication to lower your cholesterol. After this visit you leave the Doctor’s office with some choices:


              1. Continue to live your life the way you do without changing your dietary habits, and take the        medication that your Dr. gave you in the hopes of whatever pill you are consuming everyday will fix the problem.


              2. Shift your lifestyle, improve your dietary habits, and take the initiative to educate yourself on how you can benefit your future by lowering your cholesterol back down to normal levels, leaving the medication behind.




Here’s a little education on Cholesterol:

First of all, understand that your body needs cholesterol. It’s in every cell in your body, and it helps to produce cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D, in addition to the regulation of fat digestion and brain function.

The way your body produces and metabolizes cholesterol is mostly based on your genetics and individual body composition… So don’t blame it all on the foods you are eating.

The conventional thinking with high cholesterol is it starts to build up in your arteries, forming a plaque that makes your arteries narrow and less flexible. If a clot forms in the narrowed arteries leading to your heart or brain, the result is a heart attack or stroke respectively.

Research has led us to understand that the dietary change that is most effective in contributing to a decrease in total cholesterol is to decrease your saturated fat intake. There are multiple natural substances that could improve your cholesterol levels as well, including: Omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, green tea, nuts, vitamin E, and garlic to name a few.

Come into BioShift and have your lipid profile checked by a physician. If you’ve found that you have high cholesterol, educate yourself with our Doctor’s and our Certified Nutrition Specialist’s, so you can learn the best way to lead your life towards optimal health.

June 6th, 2012, 02:06:27 admin

The Science of Endocrine Regulation of Metabolism

Endocrine Regulation of Metabolism:

We eat sugar and we eat carbohydrate; as a result, our bodies break them down into a molecule called glucose that we use for energy. When the amount of glucose in the body increases, it stimulates our body to secrete insulin. Think of insulin as a “Glucose Taxi.” Insulin literally picks up glucose, and taxi’s it around our body: to the brain so we can think, to muscles so we can move, and to the heart so it can beat. This is a very elemental explanation of how a healthy person utilizes sugar/carbohydrate (glucose) for energy, and how the insulin taxi is our happy friend.

       Now, it’s no secret that millions of Americans eat lots of sugar and carbohydrate. Our bodies can only use a limited amount of glucose at a time, but that’s cool because our insulin taxi drives the extra glucose to the liver.

       Think of your liver as a bank. It’s a bank that turns all the extra glucose into glycogen to use for energy later. So far we are all good, using some of the glucose for energy and storing the excess glucose as glycogen to use for energy later.

       Here’s the problem: American’s eat so much sugar/carbohydrate that our liver banks are overflowing like crazy. As a result, our liver turns this overflow of glucose into cholesterol and fat (triglycerides). That’s not cool. In addition, our insulin taxi get frustrated because it’s driving so much and it has nowhere to go, so the taxi stops driving glucose. That’s not cool either.

       Do your insulin taxis a favor and be mindful of the amounts of sugar and carbohydrate you are consuming. You should educate yourself on the amount of sugars and carbohydrate you should consume daily according to your lifestyle. Things like genetics, age, and physical activity, should all be taken into account. Contact a Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) at Bio-Shift to schedule an appointment and take the tests and learn how to achieve your optimal health.

June 6th, 2012, 02:06:58 admin

Some nutrient requirements are greater during lactation than during pregnancy, however, the requirements are the same for:
       - Calcium and Iron

In order to maximize the health of her fetus, a woman in the 6th month of pregnancy should supplement her diet with additional:
       - Calories and Iron

The fetus acquires most of its calcium during:
       - The 3rd trimester

Several vitamin requirements that are increased during gestation include:
       - Thiamin, Riboflavin, and Niacin

June 6th, 2012, 02:06:15 admin

Prebiotics and Probiotics are associated with the restoration and maintenance of the colon. They are commonly confused for one another, so I’ll explain the difference:

       Prebiotics are non-digestible food ingredients that benefit you by stimulating the growth of helpful bacteria in the colon. Wheat, onions, asparagus, chicory, banana and artichoke are common sources of prebiotic foods. You may have seen claims such as “ Prebiotics ice cream” which means that they have added prebiotic carbohydrates (usually oligomers), which produce byproducts that are beneficial to the human colon.

       Probiotics are oral dietary supplements that increase the number of good bacteria as well as decrease the amount of bad bacteria in your gut. They also aid in the proper digestion of foods and absorption of nutrients. Food sources include sauerkraut, miso, kefir, and yogurt. You’ve probably seen probiotic supplements, which claim that daily intake of billions of probiotics help maintain a healthy gut.

If you have a sensitive stomach, supplementation with prebiotic/probiotic combinations can produce symptomatic improvement in your life. Hundreds of studies show that these healthy bacteria promote overall good health. A good supplement should contain all the species of good bacteria, including Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus. Consult with a Specialist at Bio-Shift, to determine if a prebiotic/probiotic supplement can be an addition to your optimal health.

May 31st, 2012, 04:05:16 admin

The Basic Science of How Going Sugar Free can make you Happy

       If you’ve been following my blogs, you should be fairly educated on how carbohydrates and sugar are utilized by the body, and the role of the iTaxi (Insulin Taxi). If this is your first time here, click here and learn about it.

       Here is some cool metabolic science on how eliminating refined sugar can make you a happier person: If we decrease the amount of sugar we consume, the glucose concentration in our body is going to be less. If the glucose concentration in our body is less, our pancreas doesn’t need to secrete as much insulin.

       Here’s a new lesson about Insulin: Insulin inhibits a hormone in our body called Hormone Sensitive Lipase (HSL). HSL is our friend, because it increases the breakdown of stored fat (triglycerides) into free fatty acids to use for energy. So with less insulin, we are encouraging our hormone friend HSL to continue to break down fat (triglycerides) into free fatty acids for energy.

       Here’s the science of how this process makes you happy: With a higher free fatty acid concentration in your body, this increases a transporter called tryptophan into your brain. Increased tryptophan (which is an essential amino acid) stimulates the synthesis of serotonin, and as you know, serotonin makes you happy.

May 9th, 2012, 01:05:55 admin


If you’ve ever looked at the labels on foods and drinks, you’ve noticed the long list of ingredients and additives that bring back some names you recall learning about in high school chemistry.  This is where we remind you about those chemicals, help you understand how the human body metabolizes those compounds, and leave you more educated on the choices you make for your health.  Every week, our nutrition experts at BioShift pick 1 popular food or drink and give you a detailed breakdown of exactly what it’s made of.

       From the workplace to the classroom, the prevalence of energy drinks has grown exponentially over the past decade.  Our subject of the week analyzes the newest product from Red Bull N.A. Inc. – Red Bull Total Zero.



Carbonated Water: Well, that’s good.

Taurine: This amino acid has a pretty good reputation with respect to being a detoxification chemical. Previous studies have shown that taurine supplementation may play a role in preventing Thrombosis (the formation of blood clots).

Citric Acid: This is the acid naturally found in sour fruits such as lemons. It’s made in this drink by fermenting sugar, and used as a flavoring agent.

Sodium Citrate: This chemical formula refers to sodium salts of citric acid. It’s pretty much saline, which give the red bull that tart flavor.

Caffeine: With approximitely 80 mg of caffeine, this drink is required to display on the can that it is “ not recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women, and persons sensitive to caffeine.” Nonetheless, it is also the principal stimulant that allows the product to display “ improves performance, increases concentration and stimulates metabolism.”

Glucuronolactone: This compound is found in many energy drinks. It’s naturally produced in the body by the metabolism of glucose. It is believed to fight fatigue, however, there is very little research regarding the compound itself.

Aspartame: This artificial sweetener is composed of a blend of two amino acids: phenylalanine and aspartic acid, joined by methyl alcohol.

       Phenylalanine: Toward the bottom you will see in big bold letters “ Contains Phenylalanine”. In high concentrations, this amino acid is neurotoxic. Phenylalanine is the toxic component seen in the childhood disorder called phenylketonuria or PKU.

       Aspartic Acid: This amino acid has also been shown to produce damage to the brain at higher concentrations.

       Methyl Alcohol is a powerful toxin that is carefully regulated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). When methyl alcohol is consumed, it is broken down into formaldehyde and formic acid (both of which are toxins). Formic acid is the poison used by the fire ant, and if you’ve ever been hit by a fire ant, you know the pain. Formaldehyde is that preservative they use to preserve school frogs, rats, pigs, and whatever else it was that you dissected. Note, that Methyl Alcohol is a known carcinogen.

Sucralose: Another artificial sweetener with limited human research. I couldn’t find any long-term studies on this synthetic compound, yet we know that it’s cooked up in a lab through a complicated process. Our bodies can’t properly metabolize the compound, which makes it have zero calories.

Acesulfame K: Another calorie free, artificial sweetener that lacks long term human studies. Enough already.

Inositol: This special formation is related to the B group of vitamins and has shown beneficial effects with respect to depression and neurological function. It has been used in Europe for the past 30 years to lower cholesterol.

Niacinamide: Also known as vitamin B3, this compound has been shown to have beneficial effects such as increasing good cholesterol (HDL). Note that its low concentration in the red bull will most likely not have a profound benefit.

Calcium Pantothenate: Part of the vitamin B complex family which aids as a component of energy production.

Pyridoxine HCL: Also part of the vitamin B complex family that is necessary for proper nerve function and metabolism.

Vitamin B12: Vitamin B complex family again, plays a role in DNA synthesis and immunity. Red bull seems to like this family of vitamins.

Xanthan Gum: A natural sugar derived from corn. Probably used as a thickening agent.