Dr. Carrie Louise Daenell is a licensed Naturopathic Physician (ND) and currently practices as a wellness consultant in the Cherry Creek area of Denver, Colo. Her areas of expertise include: healing the aging metabolism, digestion, menopause, hormonal issues, chronic fatigue, allergies, hepatitis, cholesterol levels, arthritis and immune challenges. Former managing editor of The Journal of Naturopathic Medicine and co-author of the book Better Breast Health for Life, Dr. Daenell speaks both locally and internationally, and writes locally and nationally for physicians and lay persons on the topic of natural health.
She is past president of the Colorado Association of Naturopathic Physicians and has served on the board of directors for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP). She is a guest professor of rheumatology at Bastyr University, where she earned her degree in Naturopathic Medicine; and professor of gynecology at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), where she created the Carrie Louise Daenell, ND, Advanced Gynecology Scholarship for students at SCNM.
Ubiquinol. It has many anti-aging, metabolic and mitochondrial effects.
#1 Lifestyle tip
The things we do day-in-and-day-out have a huge impact on our health; so make great lifestyle choices (eat organic) and also get moving! We are meant to move.
2:17 Why Dr. Daenell created her protocol: She consistently had patients in her practice who had been doing all the right things for a long time, getting great results, until they hit their 40s and 50s. Doing all the same things, they were 10 to 20 pounds heavier. This was the impetus for her quest.
3:33 Why can’t we lose weight, in our 40s and 50s, when we are doing all the right things? Dr. Daenell believes that our toxic environment, our food, air and water, is partially to blame. That and aging. Tthere are specific changes to our biochemistry and physiology as we age. Thyroid hormones, sex hormones and stress hormones all play in important role.
5:41 Cumulative effects of toxins: Dr. Daenell believes that toxins accumulate in our bodies as we age and those toxins drive an epigenomic response that instructs the body to protect us by producing more abdominal fat to safely store toxins. (Your epigenome is a network of chemical compounds surrounding DNA that modify the genome without altering the DNA sequences and have a role in determining which genes are active in a particular cell.) We need to bring down the level of inflammation and toxicity so the body does not have to create the fat to store toxins.
6:20 Aging and metabolism: As we age, our metabolism slows and our cellular energy production slows. This leads to higher risk for chronic degenerative illnesses and disease. It leads to fatigue and loss of vitality.
8:20 The ultimate meal replacement shake: Research shows that people who use weight loss shakes lose weight more effectively than people who don’t. The shakes available either contained negative impacting ingredients, tasted bad, or caused digestive upset or gas. So, Dr. Daenell designed her own meal replacement shake using bioactive protein, so it would feed muscle, and included detox and anti-inflammatory supplementation.
10:03 Nutrition and lifestyle changes: Buy everything organic and reduce your toxic load. Foods and herbs can also address the slowing of metabolism and cellular energy.
11:48 Burn fat, not muscle: You don’t want to burn muscle. That is where your metabolism resides. When you cut calories and do not protect muscle, your body consumes it. You lose the weight, but you now have a slower metabolism, causing even easier weight gain. This is yo-yo dieting.
12:43 Mitochondria are the key to cellular energy: Mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell. Real cellular energy is a molecule called ATP. Dr. Daenell’s strategy is to create more mitochondria, nurturing it and provide building blocks so it can make more ATP. As you get older, you need more calories to build fewer energy molecules which you use to burn calories. The math doesn’t work, and you end up fat.
14:34 What about exercise? It may take 3 or 4 months of work for the metabolism to fuel fat lose. One thing that her participants notice right away is an increase in energy. You need to use a variety of exercises, since your body acclimates to what you have always done. You also need to buckle down and do exercises you don’t like so you are sure to maintain a balance between your cardio and your resistance exercise. You need to stay active most of the days of the week. Start where you are, respect your limitations and work within them.
17:34 Building and maintaining bone strength: Lifestyle and nutrition alter bone health. You need to make sure you are doing resistance training as well as cardio. Bones need stress and pressure to respond in a healing way to build back stronger. More people die from complications associated with osteoporosis breaks than from breast cancer. To prevent osteoporosis we need to improve metabolism and maintain muscle mass. After the age of 40, unless we actively work to prevent it, we lose 8% of our muscle mass.
19:41 How to support bone health: There is more to bone health than a good calcium supplement or bone medication. Bones are complex. They have a collagen matrix that holds minerals, many more than just calcium. Vitamin K2 in the correct form can nurture new bone health. Growth factors are the intelligence that directs how to make bone. You need to support the collagen matrix. You need to absorb a full array of minerals, and you need growth factors to orchestrate the creation of bone. Dr. Daenell has videos about this on her web site.
23:03 Dr. Daenell’s Journey: At one time, Dr. Daenell jokes, she was allergic to life. You name it, and she couldn’t have it or be exposed to it. When she comprehensively repaired her digestive system, she was able to add healthy foods back to her diet and gain back her life.
24:04 Digestive health: If your digestion is not functioning well, your body is not functioning well. Nutrients that drive metabolism are absorbed, neurochemicals arise and toxins leave all through the digestive tract. If digestion is off kilter, it drives inflammation, in more than one way, into the body. Digestion is the root of health.
25:10 Just one thing for digestive health: It is a comprehensive complicated project to heal one’s digestion. But if she could choose one thing, that would be probiotics. Nearly everyone can benefit from probiotics. They help with nutrient absorption, they change the PH of the gut to be more suited to good bacteria, they support immune health, and probiotics with bifidobacterium have been linked to lower body fat mass.
26:33 Meal replacement shake protocols: Dr. Daenell asks her patients to have two of her shakes per day. Most people consume them for breakfast and lunch. She wants them to have healthy snacks between meals and shakes. She wants her patients to eat a health, satisfying, well balanced dinner. She finds that being able to run the detox and anti-inflammation support supplements in the shakes through the body twice a day is profoundly therapeutic. She has a variety of shakes that perform different tasks in the body.
28:54 One herb or nutrient Dr. Daenell would not want to live without: She chooses the active form of CoQ10, ubiquinol. The active form of CoQ10 promotes anti-aging, vitality, disease prevention, and increased energy.
29:54 One health tip for Americans: Buy organic whenever possible. Once you eat organic, your body experiences fewer toxic and inflammatory hits on an everyday basis. Move your body 5 to 6 days per week. Schedule it into your day as the priority it should be. These changes will compound over time and will change the trajectory of your life.