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B12 Injections: Benefits Beyond Weight Loss

The body relies on a constant internal balance of vitamins and minerals to function at its best. Unfortunately, today’s standard American diet is high in everything we don’t need and low in the essential nutrients that we do.

When trying to lose weight, it’s not just about extra calories and fat, the right balance of vitamins and minerals is essential too. One of the most essential is vitamin B12, which plays a role in digestion and helps you metabolize your food. But many people are deficient in vitamin B12.

According to the National Institutes of Health, as much as 15 percent of the population, to be exact. That’s why we offer vitamin B12 injections as part of our overall weight loss plan. But it’s not just about weight loss, the benefits extend way beyond that.

Nerve Function

A shot of vitamin B12 provides enough of the vitamin to protect the nerves and ensure proper nerve function. Vitamin B12 is used to build myelin sheaths around the nerves, which are the only way the nerves can properly signal, and also protects them from glutamate, which can damage the brain and lead to things like dementia.

Energy Production

B12 is also crucial for proper metabolism. It helps convert the carbohydrates you eat into energy you can use, and while this does help you lose weight, it also boosts your energy levels.

Anemia

Vitamin B12 shots also help prevent and treat anemia, especially a condition called pernicious anemia, where the body isn’t able to make enough red blood cells. Your body uses vitamin B12 to make blood cells, and when there’s not enough, your health suffers.

Age-related Macular Degeneration

Vitamin B12 helps regulate the levels of an amino acid called homocysteine in the blood. High levels of homocysteine are associated with an increased risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, a disease that affects the area of the eye responsible for central vision. B12 injections can lower homocysteine levels, reducing the risk of developing the disease.

B12 Injections can also help:

  • boost energy levels
  • detoxify the body
  • ease stress
  • aid in digestion
  • promote healthy immune function
  • reduce depression
  • promote better sleep
  • keep skin and nails healthy
  • metabolize fat

To find out if Vitamin B12 shots are right for your weight loss plan, contact us and talk to one of our on-staff physicians to find out more!

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Kybella ® – The First and ONLY Injectable Double Chin Treatment

In 2015, the FDA approved Kybella ®, the only injectable treatment for extra fat underneath the chin, or the area not-so-lovingly referred to as the “double chin”. Before Kybella ®, there were few options for this area. Aside from weight loss, which didn’t even always address the double chin area (and even sometimes made it worse), the only other real option was plastic surgery, which many patients shied away from since it required them to go under the knife. Now, you can get rid of your double chin with a simple series of injections.kybella

What’s in Kybella ®?

Kybella ® contains a synthetic version of deoxycholic acid, a molecule that also occurs naturally in the body. As a natural part of your body, deoxycholic acid helps to break down and absorb excess fat from the diet. When injected into the “double chin”, deoxycholic acid destroys the excess fat cells, resulting in a significant reduction in the fullness of the “double chin” area. Even better still, the reduction of these fat cells is for good – meaning that once these cells are destroyed, they’re gone for good, so most people don’t need further treatments.

How Many Injections Do I Need?

The number of treatment sessions varies from patient to patient, since everyone’s goals are different. Each treatment, or injection, is given about one month apart, and most patients receive six or fewer treatments. The healthcare provider administering Kybella ® will be able to outline a specific treatment plan for you during your consultation.

Side Effects of Kybella ®

Before receiving Kybella ®, tell your doctor if about any medical conditions. Also note any prescription or over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements you’re taking. It’s also important to let your doctor know if you’ve had any cosmetic treatments on your face, neck, or chin.

The most common side effects of Kybella ® include swelling, bruising, pain, numbness, redness, and areas of hardness in the treatment area. Although rare, some serious side effects, such as nerve injury in the jaw or trouble swallowing, may occur. Discuss all possible side effects with your healthcare provider before receiving Kybella ®.

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Immune Booster: Protect Yourself from Getting Sick

Earlier in this year, we laid out some of the best natural ways to boost your immune system, but since then, we noticed that having a healthy immune system has become even more important to a lot of our clients.

You’re probably already familiar with the basic advice:

  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Avoid contact with anyone displaying symptoms.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.

But, now, more than ever, you may need more than these basic preventative measures to keep your immune system strong and healthy.

How to Boost Your Immune System

When you boost your immune system, you’re able to properly fight off any invading pathogens that might be trying to make you sick. Some easy ways to boost your immune system include:

  • Staying away from sugar
  • Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Exercising regularly
  • Supplementing with vitamin D
  • Getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night

But if you really want to turn your immune system into the powerhouse it can be, you need the Immune Booster injection. This injection contains a combination of Engystol and Gripp-Heel, two homeopathic ingredients that are scientifically proven to both reduce the risk of viral infections and reduce the duration and severity of an infection, should you get one. They’re so powerful that they can raise your white blood cell count by as much as 41 percent!

What are White Blood Cells?

White blood cells are important because they’re the first line of defense against infection. When you’re exposed to something, like a virus, that wants to make you sick, white blood cells move in to destroy the pathogen and protect you. That’s why have a higher number is important when you have an increased risk of exposure to a virus.

Arm yourself from infection by coming in for your Immune Booster injection as soon as possible.

Want to know more and need information on our current hours? Contact us now!

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Should I Get Lipotropic Injections?

Weight loss is multi-faceted. Successful weight loss relies on different bodily processes working together in harmony. While regular exercise and a healthy diet helps activate and get these processes going in the right direction, sometimes it’s just not enough to see results you’re looking for. When you want to boost or kickstart your weight loss, lipotropic injections may be what you need.

Lipotropic Injections Increase Calorie Burn

To achieve weight loss, you have to create a calorie deficit, by either reducing calorie intake or increasing calorie burn. Lipotropic injections help you burn more calories by boosting your body’s production of a compound called adenosine monophosphate, which increases your metabolic rate and makes it easier for you to lose weight.

Fat Control

Lipotropic injections help control both the storage and placement of fat. A substance called Inositol plays a particularly important role in fat control. Inositol, which is part of the B-complex family, assists in weight loss by breaking down fatty deposits in the body and helping the body’s overall metabolism of fats.

Cell and Nerve Function

Healthy cell and nerve function both play essential roles in weight loss. Lipotropic injections help boost the health of your cells and nerves, improving their function, through various substances, like choline.

Choline helps your body make acetylcholine, an energy-producing neurotransmitter. One of the primary building blocks of acetylcholine is fat. That’s why those who are deficient in choline crave more of the calorie dense fatty foods associated with weight gain.

Charge Your Metabolism

Your body constantly adjusts your metabolism to maintain balance. When your metabolism is running smoothly and efficiently, you burn calories more effectively and you lose weight faster.

Lipotropic injections include B vitamins, like B6, B12, and B5 to assist in the breakdown of carbohydrates and fats so you can use them. These vitamins also help boost energy and promote an overall healthy and efficient metabolism.

If you feel like you’ve tried every diet and exercise plan and you’re still not seeing the results you want, lipotropic injections may be just the answer you need. You can learn more about our injections or contact us if you’re ready to dive in.

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Banishing Those Wrinkles with Botox ®

At Valley Medical Weight Loss, we believe that looking your best is a big part of what makes you feel your best. And when you feel your best, you’re able to face the world with more poise and confidence. That is why we offer non-surgical injections, like Botox® Cosmetic, in addition to our weight loss programs. Botox ® is probably not a new name for you, but do you know exactly what it is and what it can do for you and your skin? If not, keep reading. And even if you think you do, keep reading.

Let’s Start with Wrinkles

To understand how Botox ® works, it’s important that you understand how wrinkles form in the first place. It’s really a combination of factors – damage from free radicals, decreasing amounts of collagen – the protein that keeps your skin springy and supple, changes in cellular structure, and making the same expression over and over again. When you frown or smile or you’re deep in thought, certain muscles contract and certain areas of your skin crease and fold in response. Over time, these creases and folds start to stick around and you’re left with fine lines and wrinkles. While Botox® can’t address the external factors that cause lines and wrinkles, it can target the muscle activity that contributes to them.

How Botox® Works

Botox® works by reducing the activity of the underlying muscles that cause your skin to crease and fold. It does this by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscle. When nerve signaling is reduced, the muscles relax and soften. This translates to fewer lines and wrinkles and a younger-looking appearance. You’ll generally begin to see the results within one to two days following the procedure, but the most noticeable difference in your appearance tends to come after 30 days. Because Botox is non-surgical, treatments are quick – each treatment lasts approximately 10 to 20 minutes and requires no recovery time. That is why this type of procedure is often nicknamed “a lunchtime procedure”. You can get in and out in the amount of time it would take you to go down the street for a salad. The results of Botox typically last up to four months.

What Else Should I Know?

Botox is most effective for crow’s feet and frown lines. Since every individual is unique and every face is different, your treatment will vary based on you as an individual. Your physician will discuss your treatment plan with you before administering any injections; and make sure you’re comfortable with the recommendations and all your questions are answered. A typical treatment may include 5 injections into your forehead muscles and 3 into each of the muscles that surround your eye.

Ask Away!

Our number one goal is to make you feel confident and comfortable. If you want to learn more about Botox in general or want to know what we can do for you specifically, please give us a call or stop into one of our clinics. You don’t have to make an appointment; just come on in and we would be happy to answer any of your questions.

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Choline and Lipotropic Injections: What’s the Deal?

If you feel like you’ve done everything right when it comes to diet and weight loss, but you haven’t seen the results you want; or if you’re just stuck at a weight loss plateau, and you just can’t break through it, you may be missing a key ingredient in your weight loss plan: lipotropic injections.

Basics of Lipotropic Injections

Lipotropic injections are injectable weight loss/fat-burning injections that contain 3 key ingredients: methionine, inositol and choline. These ingredients are classified as lipotropic, which means they decrease the amount of fat in the body. They also speed up the removal of fat from the liver. In addition to the lipotropic ingredients, lipotropic injections also contain vitamin B6, which is vital to proper metabolism of fats and carbohydrates, and vitamin B12, which dramatically increases energy levels. Typically the injections are given once or twice a week.

All of the ingredients in the lipotropic injections play an important role in helping you lose weight and boosting your metabolism; but choline is especially important.

What is Choline?

Choline is an essential nutrient that’s absolutely vital for your metabolism to work correctly. Although your body can make choline, it’s not enough to meet your needs. You have to get it elsewhere — either through your diet or, even more ideally, through injections.

Choline Benefits

Choline is a lipotropic agent, or in other words, a substance that helps break down fat during metabolism. It works together with inositol, another substance commonly found in lipotropic treatments. Together these nutrients help transport fat to the various cells in the body so it can be used for energy. This helps pull fat out of fat stores and improves how efficiently your metabolism is able to burn fat. Translation: you lose weight faster

Choline also strengthens the structure of cell membranes, which improves brain function and memory and protects the health of your liver and heart. Of course, you can’t rely solely on lipotropic injections and the choline in them for weight loss. They should be a part of a larger, comprehensive weight loss program that includes a healthy diet, exercise, and professional support. That’s why we offer weekly and monthly plans that combine lipotropic injections with guided weight loss support.