What Is Endocannabinology?

What Is Endocannabinology?

Endocannabinology

& how you can use it to restore hormonal balance

In the medical field, the “study of” something is usually coined with the suffix “-ology.” We have all heard of neurology, pulmonology, etc. – and as CBD is becoming more accepted by the medical community, the study of its effects have been classified as “endocannabinology.”

CBD exerts its effects by engaging with your body’s built in endocannabinoid system. This is a complex system that regulates everything that happens in your body, from breathing to hormone regulation, immunity, to your body’s temperature, your mood, and more. An endocannabinoid system that is finely tuned and in perfect balance will keep you in optimal health.

The study of the function - and sometimes, dysfunction - of this system, and all the ways different medications, supplements, and herbs can affect is, all fall under the umbrella term of “endocannabinology.” CBD features heavily in this field due to the fact that it is one of the most impactful substances regarding the endocannabinoid system.

But many other things impact this regulatory system, and not all in a good way. Our environment – stress, exposure to certain chemicals like exhaust fumes, the amount of sleep or exercise we get, genetic makeup and even the food we eat can all knock the endocannabinoid system off-balance.

Inflammation:

the root of dysfunction

The root of Endocannabinoid Dysfunction Syndrome or endocannabinoid imbalance is typically inflammation. Inflammatory foods, injuries, environments, and more compound into a variety of conditions. Our bodies combat this inflammation by trying to maintain balance. Endocannabinoids are integral to balance optimization of all systems, especially the immune system.

Our cells signal to each other. For instance, when muscle tissue gets damaged if you bump into the corner of a table, those damaged cells signal for an inflammatory response. This causes pain, so you don’t damage the area further by misusing it. The response causes swelling, which protects the damaged tissue and brings in more healing and inflammatory proteins. The response ultimately causes healing. 

Behind this process is the network known as the endocannabinoid system. When this system is overloaded, however, it struggles to respond to these signals appropriately. That’s where CBD comes in. You can read more about CBD by reading this helpful blog!

How The Endocannabinoid system works

Our bodies make endocannabinoids, or the ligands (key-like molecules) that bind to cannabinoid receptors. The formation and elimination of cannabinoids happens constantly in the human body. Billions are made daily. The system of processing requires significant amounts of Omega-3 and Omega-6 and other essential fatty acids. When we don’t eat enough foods with these essential fatty acids, the entire system suffers. 

Phytocannabinoids, like CBD or its better-known cousin, THC (the compound responsible for the “high” from marijuanna) are able to mimic certain endocannabinoids or bind to endocannabinoid receptors in the body to help regulate levels of neurotransmitters involved in pain, lymphocyte and immune function, circulation and other systems.

CBD also binds to or influences the CB1 receptor, PPAR, TRV, and other receptor targets. Its effects impact the serotonin system, opioid system, and others. It is so effective with regard to seizure activity in the brain that the FDA has approved a CBD-based medication, called Epidiolex, after studies and trials analyzing CBD’s known anticonvulsant properties.

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Endocannabinology is a young medical science, which means that there is much more to be discovered. Believe it or not, this important human system was not even fully described until the 1980s due to government regulation and prohibitions on the science. Epidiolex is the first of many approved pharmaceutical-grade and insurance-covered (sometimes) drugs that will be approved as our understanding of the endocannabinoid system, and the methods we can use to affect it, grows.

CBD in Medicine:

current research

In the meantime, however, studies have shown that you can affect your endocannabinoid system with almost every decision you make – the food you eat, the exercise you get, the vitamins you take, and more. While cannabidiol is one of the most versatile phytocannabinoids that can interact with your body, nutrition gives your body the building blocks it needs to thrive. It requires natural, whole foods in a well-balanced diet to create new cells. Healthy fats, like the Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s mentioned earlier, are especially important in this process.

Like many effective medications, CBD is not meant to provide a solution to every problem or imbalance in your body – it is supposed to work in conjunction with a balanced lifestyle. 

At Well Theory, we’re invested in helping you learn how to live well. Check out the rest of our blog for more healthy living tips, our Herbal Kitchen cooking show for easy, wholesome recipes, and our surgeon-designed CBD products to give your life the boost it needs to achieve optimal wellness!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Start Cooking with CBD Oil

Start Cooking with CBD Oil

How To Cook With CBD

use these tips to incorporate CBD into your daily life:

CBD has been taking the medical and wellness communities by storm, and that has resulted in a rapid influx of commercially-made products – from vitamins, to gummies, ingestible oils, and even cosmetics, CBD has arrived on the commercial market and it’s here to stay.

More people are choosing to include CBD products in their daily routines as supplements, but what if you could incorporate it into something you do every day – by using it in your meals? While it does take longer to feel the effects of CBD when it’s eaten, the effects are known to last longer. The ingredients in edibles are released slowly into the system as it is digested, and remain steady over the course of digestion.

CBD oil is most often used in edibles. These oils are usually Full Spectrum, which means they contain all the beneficial compounds of the industrial hemp plant, including trace (legal) amounts of THC or Broad Spectrum, which contains all the beneficial compounds except THC. CBD is one of the many naturally-occurring chemical compounds found in the flowers and leaves of cannabis plants.

Unlike THC (the psychoactive element of cannabis,) CBD cannot get you high. It does, however, have proven anti-inflammatory, pain-fighting, and anxiety-reducing properties.

When small doses are taken daily, a slow, natural, and steady return to hormonal balance and overall well-being can occur. Including CBD in a ritual you complete at one to three times a day is a great way to get the dosage you need – without interrupting your daily routines.

How To Cook With CBD

The first thing you have to remember when cooking with CBD is that you shouldn’t actually “cook” it in the traditional sense. CBD has been shown to lose its efficacy when it’s heated. Therefore, it is not recommended as a cooking oil – you should not use it while sauteing, baking, boiling, or frying anything that requires it to be heated over 350 degrees Fahrenheit. CBD will begin to break down and evaporate anywhere from 320-350 degrees, so while you can heat it somewhat, it is not recommended. CBD oil is commonly described as an “earthy” tasting olive oil that gets more bitter when heated – so be careful with how much you use and how much you heat it.

It’s best used as a finishing oil or in dishes that don’t require heating to be prepared – such as smoothies, pestos, and salad dressings.

Cannabinoids bind well to fat and oil-based ingredients - so use it with some sort of grease or fat. This way, you can take full advantage of the benefits in your CBD oil.

Less Is More

Again, CBD is not psychoactive and has few, if any, negative side effects. Even so, it is important to start with smaller doses to see how you respond – and consult with your physician to make sure it will not interact with any medications you are taking.

Because CBD is a supplement and not a heavily standardized medication, some trial and error is necessary – your experience will be different from anyone else’s. 

Thankfully, CBD is a forgiving compound. Just remember that less is more, especially if you are new to supplementing with CBD.

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Eat your way to less anxiety! Find out how CBD can relieve symptoms and stress by reading our helpful blog.

At Well Theory, we pride ourselves in creating some of the most high-quality CBD products on the market. Each of our products was personally curated by an orthopedic surgeon, and is made in an FDA-approved facility + cGMP certified. They have also been tested in a 3rd party lab, and you can find those results right here.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Balancing Your Endocannabinoid System

Balancing Your Endocannabinoid System

Why You Need to Balance Your Endocannabinoid System

When your body isn’t in balance, it can wreak havoc on your life, emotions, and overall well-being. At Well Theory, we provide resources, products, education and more to help you achieve balance in your life through small lifestyle changes.

If you don’t feel 100% your best, physiologic imbalance is likely at the core of your struggles. An unbalanced immune system, overeager inflammatory response, chaotic hormonal system and more can impact your overall wellness and outlook on life.

If you’ve struggled with recurring pain, inflammation, or anxiety, you’ve likely searched for a safe solution to your condition. And your search likely turned up one promising answer to your problems: Cannabidiol (CBD.)

What Homeostasis Is

and how you can maintain it

Your body naturally tries to maintain balance – think of this as when an air conditioner clicking on when the temperature gets too warm. Your body does its best to achieve and maintain homeostasis – a state of optimal balance. This includes things like maintaining a stable body temperature, keeping hormones in check, and emotional stability.

Learn how CBD can relieve stress and anxiety by reading this helpful blog!

Natural Ways To Maintain Balance

Your body achieves and maintains homeostasis by employing the Endocannabinoid system, or ECS. The ECS is a network of neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids, and receptors for these that are located everywhere throughout the body – in the brain, heart, liver and in your bones, skin, and even digestive tract. In fact, there are more of the ECS-type receptors in the human body than any other type. 

Your body naturally produces chemicals called endocannabinoids to affect these neurotransmitters and send signals to the body. These receptors regulate things like hunger, mood, inflammation, and more. This is the “eat, sleep, relax and forget” system of the body.

You can trigger your body to produce more or less cannabinoids with things such as exercise, diet, medication, supplements, and more.

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Essentially, every function of your body is influenced by endocannabinoid receptors. CBD is a phytocannabinoid and is able to influence these receptors; it is molecularly similar to the endocannabinoids your body produces naturally.

If, for example, you begin to experience constant anxiety, your body may attempt to restore homeostasis (balance) by reducing the activity of specific receptors in the brain; therefore there is a reduced sensation of stress. In the long term, this makes it difficult for your body to maintain balance in the future, as it may err in the opposite direction. Sometimes the human body overshoots.

CBD can influence the stress response by binding to or influencing the endocannabinoid receptors - this can influence how other cannabinoids bind and exert influence, which will help your body not become overstimulated. Likewise, if you lack enough endocannabinoids, the addition of a phytocannabinoid will allow normal function of the same receptors. CBD is a great pain reliever because of its ability to influence the body’s inflammatory and nerve response, reducing pain and inflammation at injury sites, arthritic joints, and more.

Balance is not something a quick fix can achieve – you have to make holistic and consistent lifestyle changes to see results over time. This requires you to really examine your lifestyle, and make changes to things like your physical activity or diet. Using CBD is a great way to optimize your endocannabinoid system, but each person is unique and will require different therapeutic treatments to achieve optimal homeostasis. (You should not look to CBD as a ‘cure-all’ and think that making basic healthy choices is not important!)

When treating her patients, Dr. Meredith Warner uses an unconventional, patient-centric approach when developing treatment plans. If appropriate for the patient, she prefers to use natural therapies and functional recovery over invasive procedures and heavy pharmaceuticals. 

This belief is what helped her found Well Theory – your resource to a life lived vibrantly. Well Theory makes her method for achieving wellness available to you through our resources, products, and more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
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  • PARABEN-FREE
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Things to do if You’re Considering Surgery

Things to do if You're Considering Surgery

Before You Undergo surgery

follow these quick tips

If you’re considering surgery, it’s likely because you’ve been experiencing near-constant symptoms and have exhausted all other options available to you. Even so, there are still some things that you should take into account before considering surgery. It’s important that you remain as informed as possible to remain an equal participant in your treatment plan. Fully understanding any risks of the procedure you may undertake will help you manage your expectations better, heal faster, and recover more fully.

Questions You Should Ask

during your pre-surgery consultation

Seek a second opinion. Your surgeon will not be offended and will likely encourage you to seek the guidance of outside medical opinions. Sometimes, all it takes to find a different option to surgery is a fresh set of eyes on your medical history. And if the surgeon you see for a second opinion comes to the same conclusion as the first, you can be confident that surgery is your best option.

How much will the surgery be, and is it covered by insurance? You will likely have to call your insurance company and speak to the front office staff at your surgeon’s office. Ask about things like physician’s fees, hospital services, physical therapy (if applicable) and prescriptions needed to prepare for your procedure and help you recover afterwards. This will also help you better understand the risks of your procedure, and how much the surgery will impact your life afterwards.

Everyone’s insurance plans are different; pricing of surgery changes based on contracted rates, co-insurance, deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket maximums and HSA allowed expenses. In addition, some necessary services (such as an assistant in surgery) are not covered by insurance companies. You should have a good picture of all of these variables before committing to a surgery.

What will happen if you don’t get surgery? Is the surgery something that needs to happen immediately? How will your symptoms or condition change if you wait a month, six months, or even a year to have your procedure?

What alternatives have not been exhausted? You can bring this up in your “second opinion” appointment as well.  There are a massive amount of non-surgical treatments out there; what you are actually offered by a surgeon depends upon the surgeon’s training, education and beliefs.

Most surgeons trained in allopathic (MD) medical schools are trained not to believe in complementary or alternative medicine.  At Warner Orthopedics and Wellness we do believe in CAM and often integrate it into our plans with or without surgical intervention.  

 

Things To Know About

your post-surgery recovery

What will recovery be like? This includes how long you will be expected to remain in the hospital (if at all), how your surgery will limit your range of movement or daily activities, etc. You will need to know all of your restrictions ahead of time. It would also be good to find out your surgeon’s beliefs about pain medications. The fewer the better and this is important; the CDC has released data proving that addiction can occur in as quickly as 6 days of opioid use.

Consider taking a multivitamin before surgery to optimize and shorten your recovery!

What are the benefits of the surgery, and how long will they last? Depending on your condition and the procedure itself, it is likely that while surgery may reduce your symptoms, it may not relieve them entirely. It’s important to make sure you have reasonable expectations. If the surgery doesn’t relieve your symptoms as much as you’d hoped, trying alternative procedures under the guidance of your physician may be equally as beneficial. Functional improvements are equally as important as pain relief; don’t forget to ask about how your function could improve.

How do I prepare for the surgery, both physically and mentally? If you and your physician have decided that surgery is your best option, you can still make preparations at home. Starting a multivitamin regimen with your physician’s approval, exercising and stretching to make post-surgery physical therapy a little easier, and addressing any anxiety you may be experiencing about the procedure itself are great ways to prepare.

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(Often a pre-operative psychological evaluation to improve post-operative performance is helpful; remember, most professional athletes have sports psychologists on speed dial and there is no reason we should be different.) You should also take this time to ask close friends and family to help you with daily tasks after surgery, like cooking, cleaning, or taking you to follow-up doctor’s and physical therapy appointments.

Dr. Warner, orthopedic surgeon and founder of Well Theory, has always taken a patient-led approach in her clinical practice – exhausting all alternative treatments before recommending surgery. She decided to develop Well Theory to give you access to surgeon-approved advice and natural pain-fighting + inflammation-reducing products that you can incorporate into your daily wellness routine.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
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What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

What is Diabetic Neuropathy?

What Is diabetic neuropathy

and how to successfully prevent & treat it

Neuropathy is damage to nerve tissue within the body that prevents messages from being sent to the brain. Diabetic neuropathy, specifically, is nerve damage in the legs and feet caused by high blood sugar. Dysfunctional nerves are unable to provide normal sensation or function.

Neuropathy is not uncommon in those who have diabetes and can range from mild numbness to severe pain. If left untreated, diabetic neuropathy can be disabling and even fatal, as it is one of the most common causes of amputation in this country as well. The best defense is a good offense, so prevention is key to treating this disease.

It’s important to understand what diabetic neuropathy is and how it works, so you can identify it early, preventing progression of the disease and manage it better.

Is Nerve Damage That Bad?

Yes. The complications with diabetic neuropathy are that it if you cannot “feel” that something is wrong, you will be unaware that something is wrong. To those with diabetes, being unaware of pain or losing a sense of balance can be life-threatening over time. For instance, you could develop a Charcot foot. This disease is closely associated with (and caused by) diabetic neuropathy; fragmenting and weakening the bones within the foot. If your bones are weak, you’re more prone to a sprain, fracture or break.

If you fracture your foot and do not feel it, you will continue to walk on it. If you keep walking on it, eventually, your joints will cave in, your foot will swell, and you will likely need surgery to fix it. That’s Charcot foot, and it is one of many diseases catalyzed by diabetic neuropathy. In addition, the deformity caused by Charcot is a leading cause of ulcers on the foot. These may also lead to amputation.

Is There A Cure?

There is no known cure for diabetic neuropathy. However, being cognizant of your body and any loss of sensation, combined with a healthy lifestyle is vital to treatment and prevention. Diabetic neuropathy is caused by high blood sugar levels, so controlling those levels will control the damage done to your nerves.

How To Prevent & Treat Diabetic Neuropathy:

Paired with this, it is also essential to maintain proper blood pressure levels, avoid smoking or drinking, and practice good foot care. Of course, medication and surgery to help alleviate or cure the effects of diabetic neuropathy are options as well. A physician should periodically test you for what is called “protective sensation,” as well.

The most prominent threat from diabetic neuropathy comes from being unaware that something is wrong. If you maintain an active lifestyle, follow a healthy eating schedule and consult/update your doctor regularly then you are already taking effective steps towards prevention or recovery.

A great way to fill the gaps in your diet is through taking a multivitamin. Click here to read more about our surgeon-designed multivitamin and how it compares to other multivitamins on the market!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

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Prevent Charcot Foot and Avoid Injury​

Prevent Charcot Foot And Avoid Injury

Charcot Foot

how diabetes puts you at risk

Diabetes is a significant problem in the United States. While diabetes causes many adverse effects on one’s body, the most commonly-hospitalized reason involves the foot. Diabetes causes nerve damage and poor circulation, which is a catalyst for most foot problems. In addition, diabetics are unable to heal and fight infection normally.

One of the complications caused by uncontrolled diabetes is known as diabetic Charcot neuropathy or Charcot foot. Commonly unrecognized until it gets severe, Charcot foot can deform the shape of the foot and potentially lead to disability. One of the best treatments is prevention. If this condition is not recognized and treated early, amputation can happen.

Charcot foot is a bone deformity that is a direct result of neuropathy in the foot, a decreased sensation of pain or feeling.

With a more diminished sense of pain and balance, those with Charcot foot tend not to notice as the disease’s effects as they worsen. As Charcot foot develops, it weakens the bones in the foot. This weakening becomes a severe problem since the affected person will continue to walk on the foot and cause trauma and fracturing. 

As a result of this continued stress on weakened bones, the joints within the foot collapse and cause a visible deformation usually at the arch of the foot. The Charcot foot is a result of poor healing and continuous trauma.

The weakening of the bones and the lack of sensation are the amplifiers of Charcot foot. This disease weakens the bones in the foot, so it’s more common for a sprain, fracture, dislocation, etc., to occur.

Neuropathy decreases the ability to feel an injury and a bone break or severe sprain. As one continues to put pressure on the damaged foot, neuropathy prevents the affected person from being aware anything is wrong, and further damage occurs.

Orthotics are a great way to relieve foot pain. If you have diabetes, be sure to consult with your physician to find the right orthotic option for you.

How To Treat Charcot Foot

and how to prevent it

At its core, Charcot foot is a broken bone, so treatment methods are similar to that. Pressure needs to be taken off the foot, while the bones heal naturally. Special shoes or casting will be required to achieve this in the early stages. However, if Charcot foot has progressed enough that a deformity is noticeable (usually a swollen area on the arch or ankle of the foot), surgery may be the best option.

The best way to treat Charcot foot is to catch it early before any severe damage occurs. If you notice problems, tell your doctor immediately. If you have long-standing diabetic neuropathy, you should seek professional evaluation of the foot regardless.

If you have diabetes, you’re more susceptible to this condition, so daily monitoring of your feet is imperative. Any sensation of pain – no matter the severity – should be brought up with your doctor. Redness and foot swelling are early indicators, so look out for these signs as well. If you’ve been diagnosed with neuropathy before, be very cognizant of the conditions of your feet.

Charcot foot is caused due to a lack of the person affected knowing something is wrong. To combat this, one needs merely to be aware of their feet and check them daily for any abnormalities, especially if you have diabetes or neuropathy. Any mild sprain, misstep or impact to the foot should prompt a visit to you orthopedic surgeon. Otherwise, an injury will be missed and serious interventions may become necessary.


At Well Theory, we advocate for patient-led treatment and natural therapies. 

The time to take charge of your health + overall wellness is now! Visit the Herbal Kitchen for wholesome, healthy recipes to help restore balance from the inside out – and shop our natural pain-fighting products.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
For Your Peace of Mind

Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
  • FDA-REGISTERED
  • PARABEN-FREE
  • 3RD PARTY TESTED
  • 100% NATURAL

Three Ways Mitochondria Affect Your Health

Three Ways Mitochondria Affect Your Health

Dr. Warner Talks Mitochondria

and how they can help or harm your overall wellness

Dr. Warner here –

Today I’m talking about mitochondria and the way they can help, or harm, your overall health and well-being.

Keep reading to find out how mitochondrial health impacts wellness + vitality in aging:

What Are Mitochondria?

and their role in aging

Mitochondria exist within every cell you have throughout your entire body. The mitochondrion may be considered as the ‘engine’ of the cell. That is, the mitochondrion manufactures energy for all cellular functions – which is why it is more commonly known as the “powerhouse” of the cell.

Without the energy that all the mitochondria provide, damage to cells most certainly occurs. The energy is made through the electron transport chain and oxidative phosphorylation. Basically, the mitochondria turn things like the food we eat and the air we breathe into usable energy for all cell processes.

Mitochondria exist within human cells and can assist in the alteration or repair of human DNA. However, the mitochondria carry their own DNA as well. The function and modulation of the mitochondrial DNA is extremely important to cell function and thus to the longevity and vitality of any given cell.

Thus, the mitochondria and the mitochondrial DNA is the foundation of vital and healthy aging.

If one wants to age well and have functional longevity with vitality and fun, then one must have awesome mitochondria.

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The key to the ‘Golden Years’ and playing hard with grandchildren and children is the mitochondrion.

How Free Radicals Affect Mitochondria

and how to avoid them

The electron transport chain converts the energy held within food (calories) into a usable form for cell function. This is usually ATP (adenosine 5’ triphosphate). The synthesis of ATP is the production of ‘cell-fuel’. Perhaps it is better to think of the mitochondria as the refinery or the wind-turbine rather than as the actual engine. 

Along with the production of ATP comes the production of the by-product of oxidative phosphorylation unfortunately. These by-products are reactive oxygen species or ROS. These are the damaging ‘free-radicals’ that can destroy most cells and the inner working of the cell. 

Each cell or system has feedback loops and functional processes in place to handle the production of ROS after the mitochondria make ATP. By capturing and degrading ROS, the cell can keep them at an optimal level that does not cause damage. If there is an excess of ROS from poor capture and degradation functions, the cells can become dysfunctional. Mitochondria have the ability to manage the ROS properly, but only if it is healthy too.

An increase of ROS’s to levels that the cell cannot manage begins an inexorable downward spiral of more and more free radicals being formed and ultimately leads to the total destruction of that cell. This is why antioxidants help so much in cell function and health.  Antioxidants capture and process excess free radicals from the cell environment.

To preserve optimal energy production and cellular function, the constant production of free radicals must be managed. If your mitochondria lack any of the substrates necessary to do so, you are fighting a losing battle.

The treatment of secondary mitochondrial dysfunction – mitochondrial dysfunction not caused by genetics but instead dietary or lifestyle choices, aging, and other variables –  therefore focuses on the replacement and maintenance of these critical substrates for mitochondrial function.

Learn how the drug metformin can be protective and reduce DNA malformations by clicking here to read our blog post on metformin’s effect on aging.

Treating Mitochondrial Dysfunction

safely + naturally

Vitamins are an essential part of effectively treating mitochondrial dysfunction; vitamin D, E and C are examples. There are minerals necessary for the entire process and include magnesium, phosphate and calcium. There are unsaturated fatty acids necessary and membrane phospholipids. Nutrition and appropriate supplementation are mandatory for optimal mitochondrial health. Therefore, nutrition and appropriate supplementation are mandatory for vitality and function as we all age.

Everyone ages. At Well Theory, we want to help you age gracefully and carry vitality with you through the rest of your life. Maintaining your health at a cellular level is key to maintaining your health for many years to come. Choose the Well Theory Bone & Joint Health Multi to help achieve baseline wellness and promote cellular health.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation