Anti aging & Preventive Medicine

What is Anti Aging?

Anti- aging medicine is a medical specialty founded on the application of advanced scientific and medical technologies for the early detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of aging related dysfunction, disorders and diseases. We provide an expert medical evaluation and planning for individual healthy lifestyle.

Anti-Aging Medicine is the following:

  • It is scientific.Anti-aging diagnostic and treatment practices are supported by scientific evidence and therefore cannot be branded as anecdotal.
  • It is evidence-based.Anti-aging medicine is based on an orderly process for acquiring data in order to formulate a scientific and objective assessment upon which effective treatment is assigned.
  • Is well-documented by peer-reviewed journals.As of this writing, the National Library of Medicine hosts more than 3,000 peer-reviewed articles on the subject of anti-aging medicine.

What is Preventive Medicine?

Preventive medicine is preventive healthcare that is given with the intention to prevent or reduce a patient’s risk of certain illnesses or ailments. Preventive medicine often includes patient evaluation through regular exams and checkups to ensure the body is functioning properly and identify any nutritional or hormonal problems, or detect silent conditions like high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol in order to begin treatment early. Preventive medicine establishes proactive patient treatment plans including dietary modifications, stress management, exercise programs, and any appropriate medical intervention necessary to preserve optimum human function and quality of life. Vitamins and supplements are also frequently used as preventative measures to ward off unwanted diseases.

Why Focus on Anti-Aging Medicine Now?

Public interest in coping with aging and life management through consultation with and support from physicians and healthcare professionals is growing.

With the aging of the population and decrease in birth rate, the burden of medical expenditures covered by the public healthcare insurance system is about to reach a critical limit. If many of the elderly population stay healthy, however, this burden could be of its present level.

Anti-aging treatment strategies

A health plan can extend your life expectancy and increase your quality of life. At Morphoclinic a customized program will be fixed to help you remember the plan outline: diet, exercise, sleep, supplements, early disease, detection, risk behavior reduction, and treatment of hormone deficiencies, this plan not only provides general health benefits, it also addresses age-related dysfunctions and diseases and their negative impact on your health.
Personal Health Assessment

The anti-aging medicine department at Morphoclinic provides personal health services for individuals who want to improve their overall health and reserve aging related disease and health problems. The Anti-aging medicine will evaluate your current health and help you develop a personal health plan to improve your life. While disease prevention is the goal of must physicians, anti-aging physicians take prevention to new and cutting edge limits.
The medical consultation includes:

Family medical history​​​​​
Biological age evaluation
Skin properties condition​​​​
Balance and motor function tests​​​
Reflex testing ​​​​​​
Memory tests ​​​​​​​
Visual accommodation tests ​​​​
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Anti-aging testing and evaluation can include :

Antioxydant/Oxidative stress profile

Vitamins profile (annual check-up)

Fatty acids profile

Trace elements profile

Cardiovascular and inflammatory risk assessment

Nutritional biochemistry

Endocrine status women/men

Food Tolerance profile (221 aliments)

Examination for disease prevention and early treatment

-Biomarkers are measured and their results and age index calculated.

-Metabolic syndrome, which is associated with multiple lifestyle disease risk factors, is identified at an early stage for prevention and early treatment.

-Aging and deterioration of quality of life (QOL; level of mental, physical, social, cultural, and intellectual satisfaction in daily life) are identified at an early stage for prevention and early treatment.

Systems checked

Internal medicine

Metabolism

Cardiovascular

Digestive tract

Endocrine

Respiratory

Neurology

Cerebrovascular disorder

Alzheimer’s disease

Stress

Orthopedics
Muscle weakness
Osteoporosis
Osteoarthritis

Ophthalmology
Presbyopia
Cataract
Age-related macular degeneration

Obstetrics and gynecology
Menopausal disorders
Late childbearing
Hormonal issues

Urology 
Sexual dysfunction
Male climacteric disorder
Prostate disorder/hormonal issues

Dermatology
Photoaging
Senile dermatitis

Guidance and treatment based on anti-aging diagnosis

Based on the examination results,the anti-aging medical doctor at Morphoclinic  will provide guidance on diet, nutritional supplements, and exercise to improve lifestyle, thereby preventing aging and age-related diseases and prolonging a healthy life span.

Daily guidance

Nutritional therapy

Exercise therapy

Mental therapy

Morphotherapy

Supplement therapy

Physician selection criteria

Drug therapy

Immune enhancement therapy

Antioxidant therapy

Special therapy

Non invasive shaping procedures

Dermatological treatment

Alternative medicine

Consult Morphoclinic for Anti Aging & Preventive Medicine Program

The best way to treat an illness is to prevent it from occurring. Preventive medicine is an important aspect of anti-aging medicine, where we focus on optimizing health, reversing the aging process and preventing the body from going into a disease state.

At Morphoclinic, we will review your health status, risk factors, medical and family history, metabolic imbalances and hormone deficiencies, as well as diet, lifestyle, exercise habits.

A comprehensive analysis of your current physical status can then be determined after considering body fat, lean muscle, bone density, and medical history along with the results of your physical examination and review of the laboratory tests. Armed with this information, our anti-aging doctor will be able to develop individualized program recommendations.

Your individualized program will be prioritized based on your goals and your medical needs.

It is your decision how extensive a program you are willing to undertake. Our goal is to improve the length and quality of your life.

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Cellulite Causes and Treatments

What is cellulite?

Cellulite is located in the subsurface – or subcutaneous layer of the skin. It is made of up of connective tissue and fat cells known as the septa. Cellulite forms when the structural support of the skin starts to collapse and the fat cells push through it – that’s what causes the ‘dimpled’ look that so many women would like to do away with.cellulite-diagram

Like most things in life, there isn’t a quick fix for erasing cellulite. Let’s take a look at how cellulite forms and what you can do to help your body run efficiently to help alleviate what’s causing cellulite to form and stay.

 Cellulite causes:

Having cellulite doesn’t mean you are overweight. Even thin people can have it. Cellulite is more common among women than men. If other women in your family have cellulite, there’s a good chance you will too.

Other factors that influence how much cellulite you have and how visible it is include:

  • Poor diet
  • Fad dieting
  • Poor blood circulation
  • Slow metabolism
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Hormone changes
  • Dehydration
  • Total body fat
  • Thickness and color of your skin

Signs and Symptoms of Cellulite

Signs of cellulite are relatively easy to recognize. The condition is characterized by fat deposits under the skin that cause an uneven, lumpy, dimpled appearance.

Cellulite is more common in women and usually occurs in a localized area of the body, such as on the stomach, thighs, hips, and buttocks. It also can occur in other areas, including the breasts, upper arms, back, and neck.

Areas of the body affected by cellulite often are described as resembling cottage cheese or an orange peel. In mild cases, the dimpling only is noticeable when the skin is pinched or compressed. Other symptoms include thickened skin, a cool feel to the skin, and broken blood vessels.

In severe cases, cellulite may cause skin in the affected area to become more sensitive and to bruise more easily than normal. Increased sensitivity, excessive bruising, and other symptoms (e.g., redness, swelling, itching) may indicate a more serious condition and should be reported to a qualified health care provider.

Cellulite can develop in people who are thin or of normal weight, as well as in people who are overweight or obese.

Consult Morphoclinic for cellulite treatment

Diagnosis of cellulite

Your body’s systems are all connected, and the cellulite you see is a symptom of something going on in your body.Our cellulite detection consultation will help you identify what is causing this problem and treat it.

Here’s what we have recommended to our patients:

  • Be aware of toxins and limit your exposure. Preservatives, chemicals, additives, alcohol and caffeine all test your lymph system. Eliminate sugar completely from your diet. Sugar interferes with Vitamin C metabolism and vitamin C is critical to the formation of elastin and collagen.
  • A daily multivitamin is an easy way to close the gap between what our body needs and what we are able to take in on a daily basis.
  • Exercise regularly. Regular exercise helps increase muscle tone and burn fat. Both help to reduce the appearance of cellulite.
  • Manage your stress. When our bodies are stressed, blood is directed away from the skin, affecting circulation and decreasing the nutrients being delivered to our skin. Increased cortisol tells the body to store fat which contributes to cellulite
  • Clear your body of toxins regularly, feed your body what it needs and be aware of ways to keep your hormones balanced.

Technology used

Morphoclinic offers a combined cure for cellulite, the technology used may include:

Cellulyse Ultra: It involves injecting substances such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and enzymes into the tissue just beneath the skin. Mesotherapy may break down fat and bring a slight improvement in the appearance of cellulite.

Laser treatment: the device can melt fat under the skin, break up the fibrous bands under the skin, and stimulate collagen production.

Endermothermy:  This will help break down fat and toxins and increase blood flow to the area while tightening the skin.

Shockwave therapy: uses ultrasound waves to disrupt the scar tissue and connective tissue, improving circulation and initiating collagen production for thicker, more elastic skin.

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Hormones Changes, Mood Swings & Physical Effects

What is Hormonal imbalance?

Hormones are chemical messengers in our body that affect our brain, heart, bones, muscles, and reproductive organs and are an essential part of the workings of every cell in the human body including

  • Growth and development
  • Metabolism – how your body gets energy from the foods you eat
  • Sexual function
  • Reproduction
  • Mood

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A hormonal imbalance occurs as a reaction to the elevated level of estrogen and lowered level of progesterone.  Estrogen is a hormone produced in the ovaries, and it promotes cell division, cell growth, and in excessive amounts, formation of fat tissue while progesterone protects against the “pro-growth” effect of estrogen. Later in life, the ovaries begin to decrease their production of estrogen and progesterone, causing symptoms of hormone imbalance to develop. So before you give in to living with the discomforts of hormonal imbalance, discover the causes and symptoms of hormonal imbalance

Causes of hormonal imbalance

  • Menstrual cycle
  • Estrogen dominance
  • Menaupose
  • Pregnancy
  • Thyroid issues
  • Diabetes
  • Medication such as birth control pills
  • Inconsistent sleep patterns
  • Higher than average levels of stress
  • Poor food choices
  • Taking synthetic hormones
  • Sedentary lifestyle (lack of movement or exercise)

 Symptoms of hormonal imbalance

  • Anxiety
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of concentration
  • Weight gain
  • A reduced sex drive
  • Hot flashes and night
  •  Headaches and migraines

Hormonal imbalance and weight gain

Many women think that gaining weight is inevitable as you age. But it isn’t. Normally, estrogen and progesterone (protects against the “pro-growth” effect of estrogen) work together to achieve hormonal balance. But as women age, and especially between the ages of 35 and 50, the decline in progesterone occurs much faster than the decline in estrogen, and this gradual drop in estrogen combined with a steep drop in progesterone is what initiates a problem with estrogen dominance and growth of excessive fat tissue.

While this “estrogen dominance” is a normal, expected part of aging, the weight gain that it causes can be significantly increased by lifestyle or dietary factors that increase the amount of estrogen in the body.

Here are some of those “extra” sources of estrogen that can contribute to estrogen dominance and weight gain in women, along with what you can do about it:

  • Pesticides and herbicides (in  fruits and veggies)
  • Poultry or beef raised on hormones.
  • Chemicals found in consumer products.
  • Industrial solvents.
  • Stress and poor sleep.
  • Excessive calories.
  • Poor liver function.
  • Magnesium deficiency.

Consult Morphoclinic ® for hormonal imbalance detection, prevention and treatment

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Metabolism: How does it affect your weight & how to speed it up

It’s not unusual to hear people blame their weight gain on a slow metabolism.

They’ve cut down on calories and take regular exercise yet they’re still not losing weight. The only other possible diagnosis, they expertly conclude, is a slow metabolism.

What is a slow metabolism? How does it affect your weight and can you do anything to speed it up?

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What is metabolism?

Metabolism describes all the chemical processes that go on continuously inside the body to keep your organs functioning normally, such as breathing, repairing cells and digesting food.

These chemical processes require energy. The minimum amount of energy your body requires to carry out these chemical processes is called the basal metabolic rate (BMR).

Your BMR accounts for anything between 40% and 70% of your body’s daily energy requirements depending on your age and lifestyle. A ‘slow metabolism’ is more accurately described as a low BMR.

 Do some people have a faster metabolism than others?

Body size, age, gender and genes all play a role in determining your metabolic rate.

Muscle cells require more energy to maintain than fat cells, so people with a higher muscle to fat ratio tend to have a higher BMR.

As we get older, we tend to gain fat and lose muscle. This explains why the BMR tends to decrease with age.

In general, men tend to have a faster metabolism as they have more muscle mass, heavier bones and less body fat than women, which is why their daily calorie allowance is higher.

Your metabolism may be partly determined by your genes, although this is not yet fully understood. Genes definitely play a role in muscle size and your ability to grow muscles, both of which affect your metabolism.

 Am I fat because of a slow metabolism?

People who struggle to lose weight often blame a slow metabolism. However, numerous studies involving thousands of people worldwide have failed to find evidence to support the widely held belief that overweight people must have slower metabolic rates.

In fact, the opposite appears true: overweight people may actually have a higher metabolism than their leaner counterparts, reflecting the energy requirements of maintaining a larger body size. When you account for differences in body size and composition, there is a remarkable similarity in energy expenditure between individuals.

Research has also shown that people tend to eat more than they think they do. When asked to write down everything they’ve consumed in a day, many people tend to report eating far less than they actually do.

More often than not, the reason you’re putting on weight is not because of a slow metabolism, it’s because you’re eating and drinking more calories than you’re burning. It may be hard to accept, but staying on top of the number of calories you eat is key to losing weight and keeping it off. At Morphoclinic the 12 week weight loss plan will help you lose weight by tracking your calories.

Can losing weight too fast slow my metabolism?

Crash diets and other calorie-restricted diets can reduce your BMR. With some diets, your body is forced to break down muscle to use for energy. The lower your muscle mass, the slower your metabolism. With less muscle and a slower metabolism, it then becomes a lot easier to put body fat back on after coming off the diet.

What can I do to speed up my metabolism?

It is claimed that certain foods and drinks can boost your metabolism, including green tea, black coffee, spices and energy drinks. The evidence behind these claims is flimsy, the effect on your metabolism is marginal at best and each person will respond differently to each product.

While you don’t have much control over the speed of your metabolism, you can control how many calories you burn through your level of physical activity. The more active you are, the more calories you burn. In fact, some people who are said to have a fast metabolism are probably just more active than others.

Here are the three most effective ways of burning calories:

Aerobic activity
Aerobic exercise is the most efficient way to burn calories. You should aim to do 150 minutes of aerobic activity, such as walking, cycling and swimming, a week. You can achieve this target by doing 30 minutes five days a week and breaking down your activity sessions in chunks of 10 minutes. To lose weight, you are likely to need to do more than 150 minutes a week and make changes to your diet.

Strength training
Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, so increasing your muscle mass will help you lose weight. Aim to do muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms.

Be active
Being constantly on the move and reducing time spent sitting down will help you burn more calories. Any extra movement helps burn calories. Look for ways to walk and move around a few minutes more each day than the day before. The more you move the more calories you burn.

Can certain medical conditions cause a slow metabolism?

Some diseases and conditions can slow a person’s metabolism, such as Cushing’s syndrome and hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid), but more often than not, people’s weight is a matter of consuming more calories than they burn. However, if you feel that you may have a problem that’s not responding to lifestyle changes, seek medical advice.

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Morphoclinic offers the latest combined cure to reactivate your metabolism. The technology used may include: Medisculpt IR and the Metaboost 12 week Program .

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Food Intolerance: Causes , Symptoms & Detective Test

What is Food Intolerance?

Food intolerance (or non-allergic food hypersensitivity) is a detrimental reaction, often delayed, to a food, beverage, food additive, or compound found in foods that produces symptoms in one or more body organs and systems, but it is important to note that food intolerance is different from food allergy.

Although not life threatening like food allergy, food intolerance should never be underestimated as its impact on sufferers can be significant, severely impacting on their ability to live normal healthy lives.   Food intolerance is extremely widespread and it is estimated that 45% of the population could be affected.  Many people with food intolerance experience more than one symptom. Sufferers often complain of seeming to be in a ‘fog’ feeling, bloated and being tired all the time.

 What are the signs and symptoms of food intolerance?

The symptoms of food intolerance generally take longer to emerge, compared to food allergies. Onset typically occurs several hours after ingesting the offending food or compound and may persist for several hours or days. In some cases symptoms may take 48 hours to emerge.

Food intolerance can manifest itself by producing a variety of symptoms and can affect almost any organ in the body. Often patients report multiple symptoms such as gut pain with headaches and skin rash, but some common symptoms include:

  • Migraines
  • Headaches
  • Cough
  • Runny nose
  • Water retention
  • Weight control problems
  • Bloating
  • Stomach ache
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Irritable bowel
  • Gastritis
  • Hives
  • Anxiety (acute or chronic)
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Bed wetting
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Depression
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Insomnia
  • Sleep disturbances

What are the causes of food intolerance?

Enzymes are needed to fully digest foods. If some of these enzymes are missing or insufficient, proper digestion may be undermined.

An example of Food Intolerance: People who are lactose intolerant do not have enough lactase, an enzyme that breaks down milk sugar (lactose) into smaller molecules that the body can break down further and absorb through the intestine. Lactose cannot be absorbed through the gut wall into the bloodstream. If it remains in the digestive tract it can cause spasm, stomachache, bloating, diarrhea and gas.

Chemical causes of food intolerance

Certain chemicals in foods and drinks can cause intolerance, including amines in some cheeses, and caffeine in coffee, tea and chocolates. Some people are more susceptible to these chemicals than others.

Food poisoning – toxins can cause food intolerance

Some foods have naturally-occurring chemicals that can have a toxic effect on humans, causing diarrhea, nausea and vomiting. Undercooked beans have aflotoxins that can cause extremely unpleasant digestive problems. Fully cooked beans do not have the toxin. Hence, people may wonder why they react to beans after one meal, and not after another.

Natural occurrence of histamine in some foods

Some foods, such as fish that has not been stored properly, can have an accumulation of histamine as they “rot”. A number of people are particularly sensitive this naturally-occurring histamine and develop skin rashes, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. Often, the symptoms are similar to anaphylaxis (a strong allergic reaction).

Salicylates are present in many foods

Salicylate intolerance, also known as salicylate sensitivity occurs when somebody reacts to normal amounts of ingested salicylate. Salicylates are derivatives of salicylic acid, which occurs naturally in plants as a defense mechanism against harmful bacteria, fungi, insects and diseases.

Salicylates are found in many foods. Most of us can consume salicylate-containing foods without any adverse effects, but a number of people suffer symptoms after eating large amounts. Salicylate intolerant individuals should avoid foods that are high in salicylates.Processed foods with flavor additives are usually high in salicylates as well.

Food additives are common causes of food intolerance

Food additive intolerance has been a steadily-growing problem over the last thirty years, because more and more foods contain additives. Even so, food additive intolerance is not estimated to affect more than 1% of people.

Food additives are used to enhance flavors, make foods look more appealing, and to increase their shelf life.

Examples of food additives include:

  • Antioxidants
  • Artificial colorings
  • Artificial flavorings
  • Emulsifiers
  • Flavor enhancers
  • Preservatives
  • Sweeteners

Of the thousands of additives used in the food industry, a relatively small number are thought to cause problems.

Consult Morphoclinic® for Food Intolerance Test

The Cambridge Nutritional Sciences (SNC) FoodPrint® 200+ was introduced to Morphoclinic since 2008 ,this service utilises a new, state of the art immunoassay based on microarray technology to detect food-specific IgG antibodies.

( www.camnutri.com)

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The FoodPrint®  test is carried out on a blood sample collected from a finger-prick into the CNS heparinised blood collection tube. The antibody reactivity associated with each food can be compared to allow the practitioner to devise an optimal dietary regime based on food antibody level. The results are given in U/ml.

 Sample requirements and test turnaround

A simple pin-prick blood sample is all that’s required.

Results are available within 7 working days of sample receipt.

 FoodPrint® Reports

FoodPrint® reports are prepared in a Group format where results from similar types of foods are listed together.

The FoodPrint® Group Report presents the results of each food group together (e.g. fish, fruit).

Each food is classified under the Avoid, Borderline or No Reaction column.

Intake of foods in the Borderline category should be moderated

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Water Retention: What causes It, How to Prevent it and How to Reduce it !!

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Water retention, also known as fluid retention refers to an excessive build up of fluid in the circulatory system, body tissues, or cavities in the body. Water exists both inside and outside our body’s cells. Also called edema, water retention is defined as the accumulation of abnormally large amounts of bodily fluid.

What Causes Fluid Retention?

If you are on your feet or sit down all day, you most probably experience leg stiffness and pain, as well as fluid retention. This is due either to:

  • Tension build up on your calf, thigh and hip muscles
  • Poor functioning of the leg veins
  • Inadequate leg lymph drainage.

15 Physiological Reasons To Develop Fluid Retention

  1. Vein wall / lymphatic vessel wall weakness and fragility: veins walls are partially damaged, and herniate or leak blood into the tissues
  2. Poor muscle tone of the vein walls: veins walls cannot effectively pump blood upwards
  3. Valve failure on veins and lymph vessels: vein valves herniate leading to blood or lymph pooling or even flowing downwards
  4. Low interstitial fluid turnover due to dehydration: tissues hold on to their water due to water scarcity, therefore water doesn’t even leave the tissues
  5. High blood viscosity: makes blood flow through small veins and capillaries difficult
  6. Constipation: obstructs blood and lymph flow in the abdominal area leading blood and lymph pooling on the legs
  7. Pregnancy: works in the same way as constipation; in addition increases fluid retention of fluid due to excess estrogen production
  8. Chronic low-grade inflammation: all inflammation by definition increases water retention
  9. Impact injury: damage to veins and lymph vessels
  10. Congestive heart failure: the heart cannot process blood fast enough and water is literally dumped in the tissues to reduce heart load (contraindication to lymphatic drainage massage, the heart itself must be treated first)
  11. Kidney dysfunction: the kidneys retain sodium and water which then accumulates in the tissues
  12. Post-operative lymph gland removal / other injury to the lymphatics, veins and lymph glands: removed glands call for special techniques to remove excess water from tissues (manual lymph drainage, specialized bandaging)
  13. Excessive estrogen in the system: causes water retention
  14. Excessive cortisol in the system: causes water retention
  15. Albumin (blood protein) shortage: water cannot be carried away from the tissues to the blood due to the lack of this transporting protein

Lifestyle and genetics are responsible for most  physical changes that lead to fluid retention

There are several reasons for the deterioration of function and integrity of the lymph vessels and veins.

Heredity (our genes) is one factor we think we cannot affect, but this could not be further from the truth. “Bad” genes usually need bad lifestyle to be expressed, and vice versa, “good” genes need a good lifestyle to be fully expressed. This practically means that you even if you have excellent genes, a poor lifestyle based on stress, inactivity and junk food, will still lead to fluid retention. Or, on the other hand, even you have poor genes, an excellent lifestyle will probably lead to very little or no water retention.

So lifestyle is what turns on or off your good or bad genes. Furthermore, it is the only thing you can change, so instead of blaming your genes try to optimize lifestyle in order not to suffer from water retention.

15 lifestyle factors that typically lead to water retention, switching off “good” genes and turning on “bad” genes

  1. Cellulite and fat deposit: most of the factors that cause fluid retention may also cause loss of skin firmness, low-grade inflammation, toxin accumulation, connective tissue deterioration and fat accumulation, literally affecting all aspects of cellulite, so usually fluid retention is inherently linked to the problem of cellulite for most women.
  2. Toxins anti-nutrients and inflammation-producing foods that damage the blood and lymph vessels or impair their natural function: saturated fat, oxidized fatty acids, hydrogenated fats, sugar, excessive alcohol and highly processed foods
  3. Prolonged standing up, sitting down or crossing of the knees
  4. Food intolerance or allergies that lead to low grade chronic inflammation
  5. Leaky gut syndrome that allows undigested food particles, bacterial toxins and other substances to enter the circulation and irritate/inflame the lymph and blood vessels
  6. The contraceptive pill, that increases blood viscosity and therefore capillary blood flow
  7. Lack of sleep, that causes vein wall muscular tension and impairs vessel tissue repair
  8. Lack of exercise, essential for lymphatic and vein function; constipation that causes vein and lymph vessel obstruction
  9. Pregnancy (works in the same way as constipation, but in addition leads to extra fluid retention due to the action of estrogen)
  10. Smoking that causes vasoconstriction and blood vessel damage
  11. Excessive caffeine which in the long run leads to low tissue water turnover and therefore toxin and waste product accumulation and poor lymph drainage
  12. Not drinking enough water has exactly the same effect as excessive caffeine has on your tissues, i.e. poor fluid drainage leading to water retention
  13. Certain medicines, especially cortisone (corticosteroids), lead to water retention due to their action on the kidney, blood vessels and other tissues of the body
  14. Chronic stress has the same effect as cortisone drugs, just milder, as it leads to excessive and chronic cortisol release
  15. Excessive weight puts an enormous pressure on your vessels, as well as contributing to low grade inflammation.

As you can see, with today’s unhealthy lifestyle, there are plenty of reasons to develop fluid retention, and therefore it’s no wonder that most women suffer from it to a greater or lesser degree. The good news is that, since fluid retention is caused by an unnatural lifestyle, it can also be reduced by following a natural lifestyle and working with natural treatments.

 How To Reduce Water Retention

There are several things you can do to address most of the causes of fluid retention:

  1. The most popular solution to the problem, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD) does help drain the excess lymph from the legs to the upper body and to the heart.
  2. The Lymphatic stimulation massage (LSM) provided by Morphoclinic is stronger than the very mild MLD massage , in addition to help drain excess lymph it also stimulates the lymph and blood vessels, thereby offering a more all-round therapeutic effect
  3. Keeping your legs elevated when you lie down and sleep is a good idea, as well as putting your legs on a stool when you sit down.
  4. Wearing compression garments (also known as compression tights or compression socks) offers some temporary help but it is not a good idea to use them in the long term as constant compression inhibits arterial flow and insulates your superficial tissues from mechanical stimulation, so in the long run may cause connective tissue deterioration and blood / lymphatic vessel weakening.
  5. Applying a gel or cream that contains high concentrations of circulation supporting active ingredients, such as escin, esculoside from horse chestnut extract proanthocyanidins from cranberries, centella asiatica / gotu kola extract and polyphenols pine bark extract can be of help.
  6. The same herbal extracts mentioned above can also be taken internally, in the form of supplements. Several diuretic herbal teas, such as dandelion leaf tea, can also be of help, but their effectiveness is a bit limited.
  7. Exercising regularly is probably the best thing you can do to reduce water retention. Muscle contraction stimulates your blood and lymph vessel walls to contract rhythmically, thereby boosting lymph flow and venous return (the return of blood to the heart via the veins).
  8. Swimming in particular helps boost circulation without any of the negative side effects of gravity that can reduce the effectiveness of walking or running on some people.
  9. Cold showers – and especially hot and cold showers – boost circulation, although they should better be confined to the legs only in the winter months to avoid catching a cold. People with cardiovascular disease should also be careful before using hot and cold showers.
  10. Eating a diet rich in polyphenols, vitamin C and anti-oxidants – such as berries, cocoa, citrus fruits and vegetables – and oily fish is essential. Oily fish omega-3 highly unsaturated fatty acids (HUFAs) reduce blood coagulation and make your blood vessels more elastic. Vitamin C and polyphenols help support the blood vessel walls and also improve blood vessel contraction. Natural anti-inflammatory phytochemicals (plant chemicals), such as curcumin found in turmeric also help with water retention by moderating inflammation.
  11. Avoiding sugar, refined carbs and nasty fats (basically fried and hydrogenated fats) is probably the best preventative measure you can take against water retention
  12. Try to lose weight: the more weight you carry the more difficult it is to drain water from your legs!
  13. Stop, or at least try to reduce, smoking! Smoking causes damage in your blood and lymph vessel walls, making them less efficient in pumping blood and lymph.
  14. Drink plenty of water! Two to three litres is ideal for women while for men two to four litres is recommended, depending on body size.
  15. Consult a good nutritionist if you suffer from constipation or leaky gut syndrome. Milled flax seeds with plenty of water twice a day are ideal for constipation, while strong probiotics (5 billion organisms or more per capsule per day) and 5g of or more per day of glutamine powder can be of immense help with leaky gut syndrome (always consult your doctor or nutritionist first)!
  16. Avoid alcohol, which worsens water retention, by it’s effect on the liver and blood vessels
  17. Avoid excessive caffeine. One or two cups per day are fine, but seven or 10 cups a day, that some of my patients take, will lead to water retention in the long run.
  18. Try an elimination diet if you suffer from food intolerances. This involves the elimination of known food that cause intolerance for at least three months. To find out what foods cause you food intolerances you can do a food intolerance blood test, usually provided by Morphoclinic. BTW, do not fall for the hocus-pocus, misleadingly called “biofeedback” tests that involve measuring your electrical resistance to homeopathic samples of foods: there is zero evidence to be found on their effectiveness on any peer-reviewed science journal.

By all means, the list above is not exhaustive, but it covers most of the measures you can take to tackle water retention.

 Self-care Options For Fluid Retention

  • Not to sit/stand still for too long.
  • Lifestyle changes in response to the underlying medical condition: for example, avoidance of alcohol if liver disease is the cause
  • Changes to medication or dosage, if drugs are the cause
  • Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is thought to help in cases of mild fluid retention. Good sources of vitamin B6 include brown rice and red meat.
  • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), calcium and vitamin D help the body to excrete excess fluids. Include fresh fruits and low-fat dairy foods in your daily diet.
  • Drink plenty of water. It cut back on dehydrating drinks such as tea, coffee and alcohol.
  • Exercise regularly
  • Get up and walk about regularly when travelling by car, train, boat or plane.
  • Avoid extremes of temperature, such as hot baths, showers, and saunas. Dress warmly if it is cold.
  • Massage – if the affected area is stroked firmly in the direction of the heart it may help move the fluid. It is important that the hand movements do not cause pain. A qualified masseuse or physical therapist will know how to do this more effectively

 

Consult Morphoclinic ®for Water Retention treatment

 Diagnosis Of Fluid Retention

The underlying cause of the Water retention must be found before treatment can begin. Diagnostic tests may include:

  • Physical examination
  • Medical history
  • Detailed questioning about the fluid retention, such as when it started, any factors that worsen the swelling and whether it is constant or intermittent

Morphoclinic® offers the latest combined cure for water retention, the technology used may include:

Food Intolerance Test

Specific Waterfall diet

Lymphatic stimulation massage (LSM)

Velashape II

Endermotherapy

Pressotherapy

The treatment is customized to the individual patient, consulting a physician specializing in vascular disease is the best way to get information on your specific case and best treatment combination at our facility.

Sodeco Square Bloc D, 2nd floor, Ashrafieh, Beirut  T961 1 42 44 43  M961 3 94 94 59

 Info@morphoclinic.com – www.morphoclinic.com

Stretch Mark Removal

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Stretch marks, or striae, are a form of skin scarring associated with pregnancy, obesity, puberty, and short-term weight gain from bodybuilding and other physical activities.

They form when the dermis – the middle layer of the skin that maintains shape and elasticity – is stretched more than it can tolerate. Connective fibers in the skin eventually break, disrupting collagen production and causing scarring. This scarring may be treatable only through stretch mark removal.

 Candidates

While there are many suitable candidates for stretch mark removal, the most common patients are women who have recently given birth. Stretch marks and pregnancy usually go hand in hand – almost three in four women will experience stretch marks after pregnancy.

Other candidates include people who have lost significant weight and bodybuilders who have quickly developed significant muscle mass.

 Causes of Stretch Marks

  • Genetics: Women are more likely to get belly stretch marks if their mother and after significant weight gain or loss.
  • Puberty: Growth spurts during puberty often result in stretch marks as the skin is unable to keep up with the body’s rate of growth.
  • Bodybuilding: Rapid development of muscle mass.
  • Corticosteroids: Heavy or long-term use of oral or topical corticosteroids.
  • Ethnicity: People with darker skin are less likely to have stretch marks.

Stretch Marks after Pregnancy

Nearly three in four women will develop stretch marks on their legs, abdomen, hips, and other areas of the body affected by weight gain during pregnancy.

During pregnancy, the skin expands and stretches to its limit, causing tiny tears in the supporting layers of skin. These tiny tears are stretch marks that appear as glossy, white streaks in the skin.

Natural Stretch Mark Removal

Traditional stretch mark removal treatments include creams, lotions, and recommendations for regular diet and exercise. However, these methods fail to produce satisfactory results. Worse still, it is possible that some of these products may contain ingredients that actually pose a health risk to the customer.

Mesotherapy Treatment Description

Mesotherapy is a great option for relatively new stretch marks and has been suggested more for those in their 20s and 30s. For stretch mark removal, several mesotherapy treatments may be needed. Mesotherapy treatments for stretch marks will involve a cocktail of vitamins and antioxidants that are injected into the skin in as little as 30 minutes. This technique stimulates the skin, encouraging it maintains or regains its elasticity.

Laser Stretch Mark Removal

During a laser stretch mark removal procedure, a beam of light removes thin layers of skin around the stretch marks. The sublative Resurfacing procedure by Elos is uniquely effective for this procedure. It uses high-energy ultraviolet laser light to disrupt the molecular bonds in the skin tissue, which causes the tissue to disintegrate in a process known as ablation. Once laser stretch mark removal is complete, the treated area will heal quickly, and new layers of healthy skin will form. Stretch marks will have disappeared, and a renewed, healthy appearance will result.

Surgical Stretch Mark Removal

Surgical stretch mark removal is the only effective option for the complete and permanent elimination of stretch marks. Other methods, including laser stretch mark removal and natural stretch mark removal techniques, can fade stretch but can’t fully remove them.The only effective surgical procedure for stretch mark removal is Abdominoplasty or “tummy tuck”. It tightens abdominal muscles and removes excess skin in the mid to lower abdominal region.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels are most commonly used on the face to treat wrinkles and age spots, but they can be used on other areas of the body for stretch mark removal.

Microdermabrasion

Both microdermabrasion and chemical peels improve the appearance of stretch marks through the removal of the skin’s top layers Dead skin cells are removed and new, healthy skin cells take their place. Microdermabrasion is a painless procedure that takes no more than an hour to complete and involves little recovery time. It is not an effective means of complete stretch mark removal.

Blue Light Therapy

Although more widely used for acne treatment, blue light therapy is sometimes used to improve the appearance of stretch marks. Patients may notice some improvement, especially in the appearance of newer stretch marks.

Cost

The cost of stretch mark removal varies widely depending on the technique being used and the severity of the scars in question. Natural techniques like creams and lotions are generally the cheapest and least involved, but also the least effective. Surgical treatment is generally the most expensive, though repeated laser treatments result in similar costs.

Consult Morphoclinic ® for a Stretch Mark Removal

Because stretch mark removal is customized to the individual patient, consulting a physician specializing in stretch mark removal is the best way to get information on your specific case and best treatment combination.

Sodeco Square Bloc D, 2nd floor, Ashrafieh,Beirut  T+961 1 42 44 43  M+961 3 94 94 59

 Info@morphoclinic.com – www.morphoclinic.com