A healthy diet is one of the most important things you can do to safe-guard yourself and your family against sickness and disease. As a result, at Back to Function (BTF) we take nutritional counseling very seriously. But it’s not just about preventing disease. Your BTF doctor will guide you in making food choices beneficial to your health so you can feel better, perform better and look your best. One of our favorite programs to get you started on a healthier and skinnier you is our 14-day liver detoxification program from Designs for Health. Not only will this detox program help you lose weight by eating healthier foods, you should also notice an increase in energy and emotional wellness. Whether or not you use the 14-day liver detox from Designs for Health to jumpstart your health, the nutritional approach we recommend to many of our adult clients is a low sugar approach such as the KetoFlex 12/3 diet.
The KetoFlex 12/3 diet is a specific plan that we have encouraged many of our clients at BTF to adopt in order to combat inflammation and insulin resistance. It is a very specific diet based on Dr. Dale Bredesen’s protocol for optimal brain health and reversing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. The KetoFlex 12/3 diet is mostly a plant-based and low-protein ketogenic diet. The keto in the ketoflex 12/3 diet refers to ketosis. Ketosis is a metabolic state characterized by elevated levels of ketone bodies in the blood or urine. Ketosis is a normal response to low glucose (sugar) availability, such as with low-carbohydrate diets or fasting. Mild ketosis is optimal for cognitive function. This is not your standard ketogenic diet because it emphasizes only small amounts of animal proteins.
Main Components of the KetoFlex 12/3 Diet:
- whole, predominantly plant-based foods
- low carb and no sugars
- 8-15 servings of non-starchy vegetables/day
- healthy fats (example: nuts, seeds, MCT, coconut & olive oil)
- small amounts of lean protein (example: cold-water, low-mercury fish)
- low-glycemic fruit (example: berries)
The KetoFlex Diet Avoids:
- all processed foods
- large amounts of animal products
- simple carbs such as refined bread, crackers, pastries
- simple sugars
Click the link to read more about the KetoFlex 12/3 Diet. We also have some of our clients focus more on a higher protein food intake based on the nutritional analysis at BTF. Once you are ready to get started, the first step is to fill our our comprehensive nutrition questionnaire. This will guide our team in designing the best approach for your unique situation.
What About Supplements?: Since nutritional supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA (Food & Drug Administration), at BTF we only recommend nutritional supplements that are pharmaceutical grade. Pharmaceutical grade supplements have been independently tested and verified by an outside laboratory. You cannot get this type of quality supplement at your local grocery or nutrition store and is only available from your trusted healthcare provider. At BTF, the nutrition company we trust the most is Pure Encapsulations. We carry the Pure Encapsulations products that we feel are the most useful for many of the conditions that we see, but we can order any Pure Encapsulations supplements that you need.
What If I’m In Pain?: Certain foods and supplements can actually decrease inflammation and help your body heal faster. Many of the well-known anti-inflammatory and pain reducing medications have been discovered from actual plant sources in nature. Your BTF doctor will guide you to making food choices beneficial to your health so you can feel better faster. For joint repair and mobility (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot issues) we use Joint Complex, and for spinal repair (back or neck issues) we use Disc-Flex.
What About Improving Athletic Performance?: Your food and hydration choices are crucial to maximizing your athletic potential. The doctors and BTF can help you with proper nutrition and hydration guidelines. Some of the nutritional supplements that can also aid your performance are: Athletic Nutrients (multivitamin/mineral complex for exercise performance and training), Creatine Monohydrate (supports the body’s natural ability to regenerate the primary energy immediately available to working muscle and has the potential to increase optimal work output and delay fatigue in activities such as weightlifting and sprinting), Biosteel High Performance Sports Mix (amino acid hydration), Magnesium (good for athletic performance and immune system activation) and PurePaleo Protein or PurePea Protein from Designs For Health (tissue repair and healing).
What About Weight Loss?: If you want to lose weight, tone muscles and increase endurance, then BTF has you covered. We understand what it takes to increase your metabolism so that your body becomes a fat-burning machine. Combined with our BTF fitness plan, you will see significant decreases in body fat while toning muscles and improving your stamina. We use the state of the art in body composition analysis with the InBody 570. This bioelectrical impedance device goes beyond traditional body composition analysis, measuring fat, visceral fat, muscle and total body water.
Some of the nutritional supplements that can also aid your weight loss goals are: AdipoLean II (healthy weight management and abdominal circumference), CholestePure Plus II, (promotes healthy cholesterol metabolism), Lithium (promotes healthy mood, memory & behavior), Metabolic Xtra (supports healthy glucose & insulin metabolism), Thyroid Support Complex (supports healthy thyroid function) and XanthiTrim (supports fat metabolism).
What About Immune System Boosters?: Rado Nutrition Antioxidant Superfoods (superfood easy-to-mix formula), PureDefense w/ NAC (immune system booster and upper respiratory health, Quercetin (supports immune function), Zinc (immune support and emotional wellness), EPA/DHA (supports cardiovascular health), and Vitamin D3 (immune system booster and bone health).
At BTF we have found through years of client care that if we are able to address all areas of health: injury care, exercise therapy and nutrition, then we get the best results.
How to Get in Touch With Us?
To schedule an appointment for an injury evaluation, nutrition consultation or fitness assessment with one of our elite BTF doctors, please call 310-534-1900 or use our web form to the right of this page.