What Every Man Needs to Know About – ANDROPAUSE

What Every Man Needs to Know About – ANDROPAUSE


What is Andropause?

As men approach middle age they experience a phenomenon similar to female menopause, called Andropause. Unlike women, me do not have a clear cut sign to mark this transition, such as the cessation of menstruation. Both menopause and andropause, however, are characterized by a drop in hormone levels. Estrogen in the female, testosterone in the male. Resulting bodily changes happen gradually in men and are accompanied by changes in attitude and mood, fatigue, a loss of energy, sex drive, weight gain, brain fog, and endurance.

Studies show that this decline in testosterone can actually put men at risk for other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and weak bones. Since all this happens at a time when many men begin to question their values, accomplishments, and direction in life, it’s often difficult to link the changes that are occurring to more than just external conditions.

Is Andropause a new phenomenon?

Yes and no. In fact, Andropause was first described in medical literature in the 1940’s. So it’s not really new. But, our ability to diagnose it properly is because tests for bio-available testosterone weren’t available until recently and many men were not aware. Andropause went through a long period of being underdiagnosed and undertreated. Now that men are living longer, there is heightened interest in Andropause, and this will help improve the way this important transition period is treated.

Another reason why Andropause has been underdiagnosed over the years is that symptoms can be vague and can vary a lot among individuals. Some men even find it difficult to admit that there’s a problem. Many just think they are getting older and there is nothing you can do about it.  Physicians didn’t always consider low testosterone levels as a possible cause; not many do because of the new studies.  Doctors often concluded that symptoms were related to other medical conditions such depression or were simply due to aging, and encouraged their patients to accept ‘the inevitable,’  ” I’m getting older and there’s nothing I can do about it”.  Fortunately, this situation has changed dramatically. New testing methods and an increased interest in men’s aging among medical researchers has focused so much attention on Andropause that major efforts are underway to quickly share emerging scientific information.

Whatever your age, as a man you need testosterone (woman do also but at a much lower level) to maintain energy and focus, to build lean muscle, to boost your sex drive, and to regulate your moods.  The onset of andropause and the drop in testosterone that goes with it can have a big impact on the quality of your personal and professional life.  When many men are interviewed, many say “I just don’t feel like myself anymore”

What causes Andropause?

Andropause gradually comes on as men age.  It is a natural part of aging because your glands slow down and stop producing adequate levels of testosterone.  Because of the decreased testosterone levels, thyroid and DHEA levels decrease.  On the other hand estrogen levels increase which is not such a good thing in men.

What are the symptoms of Andropause?

Here are the common symptoms of andropause:

  • Fatigue
  • Memory loss
  • Low sex drive
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Weight gain (especially mid-section)
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Hair loss
  • Prostate problems
  • Osteoporosis

Can Andropause be treated?

Loss of testosterone is a normal part of aging and hopefully the stigma is going away.  It’s going to happen to every man as he gets older but that does not mean you have to accept it.  As long as you have a good provider that monitors blood levels, hormone levels can be safely and effectively restored through hormone therapy.  The most effective delivery system is through BHRT Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.  Most men see results in about 2-3 weeks.  It’s really simple.  It is times released pellets that deliver the right amount of testosterone everyday.  Most men get treatment every 4 – 6 months. It is important to have a healthy lifestyle as you age and this treatment as well as any other treatment goes hand in hand with a healthy diet, regular exercise, good sleep, and stress management.

If you would like to see if you are a candidate for BHRT, Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy, give us a call for lab work and a consult with Dr. Trim.


New Vitality Centers

665 S. Kings Ave.

Brandon, FL  33511

(813) 436-0708



SkinPen Microneedling Is Having Amazing Results For Hair Loss

SkinPen Microneedling Is Having Amazing Results For Hair Loss

Hair loss in both men and women can be emotionally difficult to handle.  PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma is changing the game for restoring hair growth and giving hair a thicker appearance.  It is  an easy procedure that is done in the office with no downtime.  PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma promotes hair grown on dormant hair follicles.

Where does the PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma come from?

It is a simple blood draw from the patient.  The blood is spun and harvested to get the PRP which is  the clear portion of the blood.  That is the PRP!  Your own blood is used to get the PRP so there is no risk of rejection.  These cells are highly concentrated platelets that release growth factors.  These growth factors have been shown to stimulate new hair growth on dormant hair follicles.  They have also been shown to improve the health and texture of the existing hair.

How much downtime is involved?

There is virtually no downtime.  New Vitality Centers uses the only FDA approved medical grade microneedling device called the SkinPen.  After numbing cream is placed on the surface of the skin, tiny needles are used to penetrate the skin prior to using the PRP.  The PRP is then applied to the head.  It is recommended that it remains in place for 24 hours, but it does not mean you cannot go about your daily activities.

How long does each the treatment take?

Each treatment takes about an hour.  The first portion of the appointment is drawing the blood and obtaining your PRP.  The middle portion is the cleansing and numbing the treatment areas which takes about 20 minutes.  The final portion is the microneedling itself and applying the PRP.

How many treatments will I need?

Depending on your goals, most people get between 3 – 12 treatments; 3-6 being the most common.   Most treatments are 3 to 4 weeks apart.

When will I see results?

PRP, Platelet Rich Plasma is regenerative so it will continue to work months after treatment.  Although each patient is different usually you begin seeing results about 3 weeks you will notice improvement in hair texture, thickness in the hair shaft and regrowth of hair. It typically takes three to six months from your initial treatment to see measurable results.

Are there any contraindications to PRP?

Platelet Rich Plasma injections may not be appropriate for a patient who: Has blood or bleeding disorders, Is taking blood thinners, Is anemic, Is pregnant, Has a medical condition that could spread or worsen, such as active infection, metastatic disease or certain skin diseases.

What are the side effects of PRP treatment for thinning hair?

PRP is obtained directly from your own blood and this virtually eliminates the possibility of an allergic reaction. Like any treatment involving injections, there may be mild bleeding, small risk of bruising and or infection at the injection site. There may be some tenderness or swelling at the treatment site which can last three to five days.

If you are interested, call 813-436-0708 to schedule today!


New Vitality Centers

665 S. Kings Ave.

Brandon, FL  33511

(813) 436-0708


10 Things Every Man Needs to Know About Testosterone

10 Things Every Man Needs to Know about Testosterone

Women are not the only ones that need hormones.  Fluctuating hormones are most associated with women.  However, men experience this too but never think that the way they feel is because of hormones.

In fact, they go through the male equivalent of menopause.  This is called Andropause.  This is a subject that is not talked about enough.  We are not sure why whether it is embarrassment or the “tough guy” syndrome.  It should be discussed because it plays a huge role in how well you feel as you age.  The lack of conversation leaves many men in the dark about what their hormones are doing in their bodies.

Hormones affect the body in various ways, from energy and emotions to body composition.

  1. It causes hair loss. There is a strong link between testosterone and hair.  A drop in hormone levels can be responsible for hair loss.  It can cause hair to grow in new places too.  Male pattern baldness is often genetic.  But it can be start with low levels of testosterone.


  1. Testosterone does not make you aggressive. This idea is a myth.  The misconception is damaging.  This behavior is generally caused by other biological and social factors.


  1. Low testosterone can cause low libido. Testosterone is associated with sex drive however low testosterone can be responsible for a low libido and sex drive.  It can also cause many men to suffer from erectile dysfunction.  This s more common in older men but can occur at any age.  In fact, 1 in 4 men under age 40 seek treatment for erectile dysfunction.  Testosterone stimulates receptors in the brain which releases nitric oxide.  That causes a series of chemical reaction, which causes an erection.  Without adequate testosterone, this cannot occur.


  1. Men can develop breasts. Low testosterone triggers Gynecomastia in men.  We can see this often during puberty but for middle-aged men gynecomastia can be more persistent.  It is known to occur during andropause which is referred to as “male menopause” and is the result of low levels of estrogen.


  1. Men have hormone cycles. Men’s hormones fluctuate just like women on a daily and monthly basis.  It affects the biological processes, moods, and emotions just the same as they do in women.  Men can become stressed, grumpy, and irritable and it can change from one extreme to another.


  1. Low testosterone can cause fatigue. If you struggle to muster up enough energy to face your day even after a good night’s sleep, your hormones may be the reason.  Insomnia, irritability, and stress caused by low testosterone in men can contribute to fatigue.  This is worrisome and causes you to lose sleep which makes you feel even more tired.


  1. Excess estrogen can cause weight gain. Testosterone is “what makes men, men”.  It allows them to have their muscular physique which is why they have more lean muscle mass and a higher metabolism.  Hormone imbalance in men often means that testosterone drops while estrogen increases.  The result can be weight gain.  It can come out of no where even when you have not changed your diet or physical activity.


  1. Low testosterone can make you depressed. There is a strong link between low testosterone and depression.  Hormones dictate moods, and hormone imbalance can wreak havoc in your body and emotions.  If you find yourself down or feeling depressed it can be that you have low testosterone.  The most common symptoms include persistent fatigue, irritability, lack of motivation and drive, and a decrease in sex drive.


  1. Too much alcohol can lower testosterone. While alcohol can have benefits, too much can cause your testosterone levels to drip.  Regular over consumption of alcohol can contribute to low testosterone.  Therefore, men who suffer from alcoholism often have low levels of testosterone and above levels of estrogen.


  1. Hot flashes can occur in men. Hot flashes and night sweats are common symptoms of menopause.  It is quite common for men to experience them too.  This can happen when low testosterone levels trick the brain to think that your body is overheated.  This causes the blood vessels near the surface of the skin to widen which is when the sweating and flashes happen.


The effects of hormone imbalance in men can be difficult to deal with.  Fortunately, there is treatment available which is quite easy.  It can reduce and even eliminate these symptoms.  The process starts with an analysis of your levels with a simple blood test.  At New Vitality Centers, several levels are reviewed to determine the correct dosing.  The easiest and most convenient method of treatment is called BHRT or Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy.  This is timed released pellets that delivers what your body needs on a daily basis.  Most patients have treatment 2 to 3 times a year.  The pellets are made with natural products – yams.  No, you cannot eat yams to increase your testosterone.  Throughout the treatment, the patient is monitored and evaluated to make sure that a perfect balance is restored.

New Vitality Centers

665 S. Kings Ave.

Brandon, FL  33511

(813) 436-0708


Are You Sleeping Too Much?

We always talk about the importance of sleep, not just the number of hours of sleep but also the quality of sleep.  But have you ever considered that you are sleeping too much?  Can that really happen?  Yes, it can!

If you have been feeling tired and cannot drag yourself out of bed, maybe too much sleep could be the problem.  Everyone experiences insomnia and sleep deprivation at some points in time.  There are harmful effects of oversleeping.  Sleeping too much can bring about underlying health conditions like depression and certain chronic diseases.

It sounds good but we should not be sleeping 12 hours a day.  We do need a certain amount each night to help restore our energy and support body functions, but too much sleep can be problematic.

How much sleep should I be getting?  The National Sleep Foundation believes that getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night is normal and healthy for most adults.  This is what is needed to feel energized and operate at your best.  Getting around 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night has several benefits:

  • A better mood
  • Improved concentration
  • Lower risk for obesity and many diseases
  • Longevity

They also found that getting over 9 hours of sleep seems to be too much.  Consistently oversleeping is called hypersomnia and is more than 9 hours and it can indicate that something is wrong whether mentally or physically.  This is true when you wake up and still don’t feel rested or healthy.

There are many causes of oversleeping.  Sometimes it can be a symptom of certain medical conditions such as:

  • What you eat is very important
  • Obesity
  • Depression
  • Unbalanced hormones
  • Chronic pain
  • Chronic inflammation and autoimmune diseases
  • Issues with breathing due to smoking, asthma, and obesity
  • Side effects from medications
  • Chronic stress
  • Sleep disorders including sleep apnea, narcolepsy, and bruxism

Diet is a huge factor in a person’s health and it impacts sleep quality.  Poor nutrition increases the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and more.   A study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine confirmed these findings.  The study further confirms that just one day of eating foods high in sugar can result in reduced duration of slow-wave sleep which is referred to as “deep sleep”.  This is the part of sleep that restores physical and mental energy and more.

Spicy and acidic foods can kill efforts to good sleep quality because it can cause heartburn.  Heartburn is very problematic for people with acid reflux.  Eating these foods close to bedtime because lying down makes heartburn worse.  It is uncomfortable and hinders sleep.

An old wise tale is to drink warm milk before bed.  Milk contains tryptophan.  The body uses tryptophan to make serotonin which is a neurotransmitter in the brain.  Serotonin helps control sleep patterns, appetite, pain, and other functions but does not contain enough tryptophan to change your sleep patterns.

If you are overweight, losing those pounds can help tremendously.  Losing the excess weight will help with other conditions that contribute to poor sleep such as high blood pressure, circulation issues, energy, and the ability to rest peacefully.

Have you ever been in bed at night and think “tick tock, tick tock, etc.”?  It’s 3 am and your up and frustrated.  We know that sleep is one of the most important needs in life.  We need it to function.  Without it, we break down physically and mentally.  Diet and lifestyle habits are hard to break but they could be sabotaging your efforts to get quality sleep.  A study from the National Center on Sleep Disorders at the National Institute of Health concludes that foods we consume can interfere with sleep.  The most common is caffeine and sugar; not to mention nicotine.

We like to keep you off medication at New Vitality Centers but if worse comes to worse, a sleeping pill could help if used in moderation.  Use caution with sleeping pills because it is merely a band-aid for the symptoms.  A doctor may prescribe sleeping pills on a short-term basis for patients who are having a stressful period in their life.

Lifestyle habits can play a leading role in quality of sleep or lack of sleep.  The Cleveland Clinic recommends these tips for good sleep:

  • Not going to bed until you are tired
  • Setting a regular schedule to get up, even on weekends
  • Not napping during the day
  • Avoid caffeine and nicotine at night
  • Not watching TV, eating, or reading in bed
  • Following the same bedtime routines
  • Avoid rigorous exercise 3 hours before bed
  • Invest in a high-quality mattress
  • Exercise during the day
  • Talk to your doctor about medications that could be interfering with sleep

Warning Signs of Too Much Sleep

If you’re wondering if you are sleeping too much, take a look at these warning signs:

  • Your’re always tired.
  • You are moody and irritable
  • Pain is getting worse from laying down too much
  • Your’re getting headaches and brain fog
  • You have slower reaction times and mental performance
  • Inflammation is worsening
  • Weight gain

Sleeping too much is linked to higher rates of inflammation, weight gain, mortality, and chronic disease.  Too much sleep is also has a negative effect on hormones and circadian cycles.  This can cause changes in reproductive hormones and fertility issues.

There are many side effects that can result from too much sleep:

  • Cognitive impairment such as memory issues, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Increased risk for depression or worsened depression
  • Increased inflammation, swelling, and pain because of less blood flow
  • Higher risk of obesity
  • Higher risk for heart disease (One study found that people who slept consistently more than 8 hours a night has double the risk of angina chest pains which is caused by reduced flood flow)
  • Impaired glucose tolerance which can lead to Type 2 diabetes
  • Impaired fertility
  • Higher risk of strokeRemember, most adults need about 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night.  This supports a healthy weight, brain, mood, heart, metabolism and more.


    New Vitality Centers

    665 S. Kings Ave.

    Brandon, FL  33511

    (813) 436-0708


Sugar, Salt & Fat Undermine Our Immune System

Sugar, salt, and fat make junk food delicious BUT undermines our immune systems!

It’s so easy to get caught in the trap.  Just look around at the chronic disease obesity and all around you.  It is more important than ever to get control of your health, your body, and your immune system not just because of the way you look but more importantly the way that you feel.  Underlying health conditions like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes have emerged as key factors in in COVID-19 deaths alone.  Among the fatalities 76.1 percent had high blood pressure, 35.5 percent had diabetes, and 33 percent had heart disease.  One study revealed that among the 18 – 49-year-olds hospitalized due to COVID-19, obesity was the most prevalent underlying condition, just ahead of hypertension.

Chronic conditions like Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and obesity have a lot in common, including the fact that they’re often caused by poor diet.  What goes into your mouth is one of the only things you have control over AND EVERYTHING COUNTS.  Processed foods, junk foods, and soft drinks are key culprits in the rise of these and other chronic diseases, and they have a key role to play in COVID-19 deaths.

There are many factors that play a role in your hunger:

  • Your genes
  • Learned behaviors
  • Social cues
  • Your hormones
  • Environmental factors

Your Habits Can Shape Your Hunger

It is hard, but it is important to avoid bad eating habits.  One of the first steps to eating healthy is breaking some eating habits that severely hinder your progress.  Start by addressing these issues:

  • Binge eating. It’s easy to do.  Eating large amounts of food is something everyone has done at least once in their life, but it should be avoided, or it can undo all healthy eating efforts.
  • Emotional eating. Sometimes when your sad, angry, or stressed, you find comfort in your favorite snacks or food.  This is an easy way to fall into a pattern of unhealthy eating.  Remember emotions only last for a short time and finding healthier ways to deal with them will help you in many ways.  Find other ways to deal with them such as journaling, walking, or stretching.
  • Eating late. Dinner should typically be the last meal of the day aside from a small snack.  Many people eat constantly after dinner and that can cause them to consume a high number of calories just before bed.  It does not even matter if it is healthy food that you are consuming.

Practice Mindful Eating

Sometimes you eat out of boredom, because it is the social norm or because something you like is in front of you.  You may eat a lot more because you are distracted by a movie, by your phone, by your work, or by a video game.  When you eat mindlessly YOU WILL CONSUME MORE than you need which WILL lead to excel weight gain and an unhealthy balance of your sugar levels.  When you eat, focus on eating, paying attention to your body cues so that you stop when you are full or almost full.

Plan Your Meals In Advance

People say all the time “I don’t have time” – well they are the ones that need it the most.  There is always time and yes it may be difficult at first.  It is hard for everyone.  If you plan, you are more likely to choose healthy options when you go to the store.  Make sure you get a variety of foods in your diet.  Planning reduces the temptation to get takeout or make poor meal choices such as fast food or frozen meals.

Add More Protein to your Diet

Protein is not only good for providing you with energy to power you through your day, but it also can help you fuller longer as it takes longer for the body to digest carbs.  Using a ketogenic basic lifestyle plan can help and help you shed pounds quickly.  Intermittent fasting can help you burn fat instead of muscle.

But again, you must stick to it and make it a lifestyle.

Use Smaller Plates

Smaller plates lead to smaller portions.  Since people have a need to clean their plate, you can cut a significant amount of calories just by reducing portions by 20 – 30 percent.  Smaller plates can also trick your brain into thinking that you are consuming more than you are.

Make Your Food Plate Visually Pleasing

When your food or presentation is brightly colored, it triggers your brain to eat less.  It can also make food that you may not bee keen on eating seem more appetizing.

Slow Down a Bit

Eating too fast is an easy way to overeat, consume too many calories, and feel bloated.  If you simply slow down, your brain will have time to let you know when you are full so that you don’t overeat and have negative side effects.  If you can’t seem to slow down, try using your non-dominant hand or eat with chop sticks.  That will make you naturally slow down.

Don’t let poor eating habits ruin your health and prevent you from doing all the things that you like to do that make you happy.  If you have struggled with poor eating habits and your weight, consider contacting New Vitality Centers.  We are all about no nonsense weight management.


New Vitality Centers

665 S. Kings Ave.

Brandon, FL  33511

(813) 436-0708


Anti-Aging Made Simple with PRP

Anti-Aging Made Simple with PRP

Antiaging and skin rejuvenation is made simple with Microneedling with PRP using SkinPen. Fine lines, wrinkles, and acne scars can age your appearance and make you feel self-conscious.  Microneedling is a treatment that can help improve the texture of your skin and stimulate collagen production with little or no downtime. As we age, we lose collagen and elastin making the face and neck seem thin and saggy. Microneedling helps but only last about 30 days BUT using PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is the game changer that helps provide optimal results. It’s regenerative and long lasting.


  • Little or no downtime
  • The only FDA cleared microneedling device
  • More youthful skin without surgery
  • Reduces scaring such as acne scars
  • Rejuvenates from the inside out
  • Results are natural and safe for all skin tones and types
  • Jump starts new collagen without heat and chemicals
  • Safe and effective treatment


  • People who have sun damage
  • People who have acne scars
  • People who have poor skin tone and texture
  • People with fine lines and wrinkles
  • People with thin sagging skin


PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a concentration of platelets in the blood that are crucial to wound healing.  When it is used for skin rejuvenation, the PRP releases growth factors into the skin to expedite the body’s own repair process and stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin.  New Vitality Centers uses your own blood and derives a high concentration of biological nutrient-rich cells and create autologous platelet rich plasma.  Since it is processed from your own blood, there is virtually no risk of an allergic reaction or rejection.


Most patients experience minor redness and light swelling for one to three days after the treatment.  You will begin to see some improvement after your skin heals.  However, microneedling with PRP relies on your own body’s ability to heal so your skin will continue to improve over the next several months.  A series of treatments is usually recommended depending on your goals and the cognition being treated.


New Vitality Centers

665 S. Kings Ave.

Brandon, FL  33511

(813) 436-0708




Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent Fasting May Relieve Anxiety and Depression

Ketogenic Diet and Intermittent Fasting May Relieve Anxiety and Depression

Is it possible?

We all know that low-carb, high-fat diet can help lower blood pressure, reduce your risk of heart disease, and help you lose weight. Depression is a mental disorder that affects more than 350 million people of all ages. Depression is not the same as mood swings and it is not the same as crying for a day over an unfortunate life event. Depression is a poison for someone who is suffering and contributes to many other diseases.  

Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, nervousness, and uneasiness about something and it is often recurrent in those who have chronic anxiety disorders. Feeling a little anxious on certain occasions like the first day of school, a job interview, or public speaking, is considered normal and most people experience that.

There are studies that show that ketogenic diet can help fight depression and anxiety too.  Many stories are coming out about people sharing how they do not feel depressed or anxious anymore on the ketogenic diet.

Your diet can absolutely have an effect on your mood and many studies have shown a link between diet and a person’s state of mind. When you’re on ketogenic diet, your body produces more GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid), which is a valuable anti-anxiety neurotransmitter that helps the brain function properly. If your GABA levels are low, there is higher risk for anxiety and depression.

Weight loss may also help relieve symptoms of depression, especially if one of the reasons a person is depressed is linked to being overweight.  If you are at a healthy weight consistently it is linked to better sleep and happier moods.

Science backs up the mental health claims of the keto diet with improvement in stress, depression, and anxiety.

Ketogenic and Mood.  Keto acts as a mood stabilizer because of its anticonvulsant properties, positive energy changes in brain profiles.  A study tested the mood stabilizing properties of the keto diet on rats.  The results revealed that rats in the keto group spent less time immobile and they stated that this result is like how rats treated with antidepressants would react.

Ketogenic and Energy Levels.  The ketone bodies on a ketogenic diet have been found to produce more ATP for energy than glucose, and they are metabolized faster.  Glucose must go through glycolysis first.  High carb diets are associated with fatigue and sluggishness.  On keto it is reduced significantly which leads to overall improved energy.  Lack of energy to participate in activities is one of the symptoms of depression, and the keto diet can help reduce those symptoms by increasing energy levels.

Ketogenic and Inflammation.  It is well-known that high carb diets increase the risk of inflammation, especially in overweight and obese people.  Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress are two huge factors of many diseases including depression and anxiety.  Keto diet helps to eliminate inflammation in the body and there’s good reason.  Aside from being great for weight loss, the keto diet is naturally anti-inflammatory.  When on keto diet, you are reducing food that feed inflammation.  One of the first things that happen when you go on keto is your drop some initial weight quickly.  You get reduced bloat which accompanies inflammation

The neurological benefits of the keto diet are continuously being studied and we are already seeing plenty of evidence that supports keto benefits such as improved cognitive function, improved memory, and brain function.

The current evidence shows the positive effects of the ketogenic diet on depression and anxiety.  For example, people who have lost weight on the keto diet never fail to say how great and confident they feel again.

Junk Food Has Harmful Effects On YOU!

Junk Food Has Harmful Effects On YOU!

Why do you think they call it “junk food”?  There is a dark side, and we are going to tell you about it.  Study after study have shown that fast foods and processed foods have increased obesity in in children and adults, heart disease, and other chronic diseases.  The part to worry about is that it is not just years of poor eating that can cause serious damage to your brain, but regular consumption can lead to mental meltdowns.

The Encyclopedia of Junk Food and Fast Food defines junk food as those commercial products including candy, bakery goods, ice cream, salty snacks, and soft drinks.

All fast foods are not junk food but certainly most are.  Be careful!  The more junk food you eat, the less likely you are to get the essential nutrients your body needs and relies on for proper function.  Junk food can and will hurt you.

  1. It can cause memory and learning problems. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that healthy people who eat junk food for only 5 days performed poorly on cognitive tests that measured attention, speed, and mood.  A poor diet is toxic.  It causes chemical reactions that lead to inflammation in the hippocampus area of the brain which is associated with memory and special recognition.  Diets that are high in sugars and bad fats can suppress the brain peptide called BDNF – brain-derived neurotrophic factor.  That peptide in your brain helps with learning and memory formation.  Moreover, the brain contains synapses which is responsible for learning and memory.  Even overeating and eating too many calories interferes with the healthy production and functioning of these synapses.
  2. Increases the risk of dementia.   Many people are dealing with aging parents with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  It is emotionally exhausting.  In a survey of our own patients at New Vitality Centers, it was listed as the biggest fear of most of the patients.  The link between junk food and dementia has been one of the scariest discoveries associated with the consumption of junk food.  Insulin is produced in the pancreas and helps in the transportation of glucose to fuel the body.  Insulin is also produced in the brain where it helps in carrying signals between nerve cells and forming memories.  A study was done at Brown University, and it shows that too much fatty food and sugars can substantially increase the insulin levels in your body.  The higher the levels of insulin, the brain stops responding to this hormone and becomes resistant to it.  It restricts our ability to think, recall, or create memories. The result is the increased risk of dementia.  After this was discovered, most scientist refer to Alzheimer’s as a form of “diabetes of the brain”.
  3. Junk food lessens your ability to control appetite. Excess consumption of trans fats that is found in fried and processed foods can send mixed signals to the brain which makes it difficult to process what you have eaten and how hungry you are.  Therefore, you end up overeating.  Healthy brain functions require a daily dose of essential fatty acids like omega-6 and omega-3.  If these two elements are deficient there is a very high risk of attention deficit disorder, dementia, and bipolar disorder and other brain-related problems.  Too much junk food replaces these with trans fats which are harder to digest.  Studies show that trans fats cause inflammation in the hypothalamus, which is the part of the brain that contains neurons to control body weight.  Junk food kills your appetite for healthy food!  In some circumstances, the habit of overeating is like drug addiction by relying on junk foods to activate the pleasure centers of the brain.
  4. Junk food causes chemical changes that can lead to depression.  There are many studies that show that eating foods high in sugar and bad fat changes the chemical activity of the brain making it more dependent on those foods.  One study at the University of Montreal on mice showed that they suffered with withdrawal symptoms after their regular junk food diet was discontinued.  In people, these withdrawal symptoms can lead to the inability to deal with stress, make you feel depressed and then you turn back to those foods to comfort yourself and handle these feelings.  It is a vicious cycle, and it is difficult to stop the cycle.  Too much junk food means that you do not get enough essential nutrients like the amino acid tryptophan, which increases the risk of depression.  We are overloaded with new stories of the increases of people and even young people on anxiety and medication for depression.
  5. Junk food makes you impatient and can cause uncontrollable cravings.  Eating too much sugar, even a cupcake or doughnut, can temporarily spike your blood sugar levels making you feel happy and satisfied but as soon as they return to normal you are left feeling even more irritable.  Fast food is loaded, loaded, with refined carbohydrates which cause your blood sugar levels to fluctuate rapidly.  If your sugar levels drop to a very low level, in comes the anxiety, confusion, and fatigue.  Fast foods are loaded with artificial flavorings and preservatives like sodium benzoate that increases hyperactivity.

These sugary and bad fat foods are specially designed to be addictive in nature with high levels of salts, sugars, and fats that make you crave them!  The addictive nature of fast food can make your brain crave them even when you are not hungry.

For more information contact: New Vitality Centers

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6 Amazing Benefits of PRP Microneedling Facials


Usually, facial treatments are viewed as a luxury instead of a self-care necessity.  But in today’s thirst to look good and feel good, these procedures are becoming the norm.  They are meant to improve the health, quality, and beauty of skin.  PRP is regenerative and has amazing benefits for the skin.  Patients who do PRP facials experience increased collagen production, fewer wrinkles and lines, improved skin tone and texture, and long-lasting results.

PRP facial therapy is also known as the “vampire facial”.  It is a miracle treatment that is popular with celebrities and media.  This therapy involves a blood draw to extract the platelet-rich plasma from the blood paired with microneedling to trigger the body’s natural healing response.  PRP therapy is also used in the orthopedic field because of its regenerative factors.  In orthopedics, it is used to help patients with soft-tissue injuries recover quickly.  The platelet rich plasma from the blood has powerful growth factors that help the tissues rebuild themselves stronger and healthier.

Here are more reasons why more and more people are using this treatment:

  1. Increased Collagen Production.  As we age (even in our late 20’s and 30’s) we experience a drop-in collagen production rate, which continues to decline.  Collagen is an important protein that is in the bones, muscles, skin, ligaments, and tendons.  It helps the blood clot and provides the skin it is firmness which is why unhealthy skin is one of the visible signs of low collagen in the body, thus old skin.  A PRP facial is excellent for people who have fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging in their skin.  PRP enhances the quality of the skin and restores its youthful appearance by boosting the body’s natural collagen production.  The production of collagen is triggered when the skin cells are traumatized. PRP facials (Vampire Facials) utilize small needles that puncture the upper layers of the skin during microneedling.  New Vitality Centers uses the only FDA approved microneedling device called the Skin Pen.  Once the skin is wounded, the existing collagen in the body attempts to heal the skin.
  2. Fewer Wrinkles and Other Facial Lines. Facial lines and wrinkles are especially annoying for both men and women.  Younger and younger people are getting both Botox and PRP facials at an earlier age with the thought of prevention verse correction.  These facial lines are slowly erased when the old skin cells are recycled and new skin cells with healthier elastin and collagen are formed.  The different signs of aging caused by loose skin are eliminated once the skin starts tightening as a response to the micro incisions on the skin.  The deeper folds in the skin also start to disappear and the hollow areas are plumped.
  3. Improved Skin Tone and Texture. PRP facials are great for all types of scars.  Patients with surgical and acne scars, stretch marks, hyperpigmentation, scars from injuries, and other forms of poor skin texture and tone benefits can benefit from PRP facial therapy.  As the body produces new and healthier skin cells, the overall appearance of the skin also improves.
  4. Less Risks and Side Effects. PRP facials treatments do not involve surgery.  It is considered low risk with no major side effects.  The treatment involves extracting the patient’s own blood so there is no risk of plasma rejection or any negative response from the body.  Here is how the PRP therapy works:  We get 25 ml. of PRP from the patient’s arm. The blood sample is taken to the lab and placed in the centrifuge which separates the blood into different layers.  The PRP (plate-rich-plasma) is extracted and is massaged on the patient’s skin after the microneedling has been performed.
  5. Painless (relatively painless) Procedure. Before the treatment, the skin is cleansed thoroughly to make sure that there are no irritants or pollutants that might affect the treatment.  The patient should not be wearing makeup.  After cleansing the face, the provider applies a topical anesthesia to the face.  Since the skin around the mouth, hairline, and eye area is extremely sensitive, the provider will use special care to those areas.  Patients will feel the device and hear the sound, but the procedure is not considered painful.  Patients are encouraged to take Tylenol before or after the procedure.
  6. Long Lasting Results. The results of the PRP Microneedling Facial appear within a few weeks and will continue to work months after.  The collagen production process takes a little while longer which is shy the results constantly improve over time.  While some facial treatments such as microneedling alone without PRP is good for only 30-60 days, PRP facial rejuvenation provides high-quality results for up to 18 months!  Aging is a continuous process which is why it is important to continually maintain the treatments.  This helps patients maintain a younger looking and healthier skin.

New Vitality Centers is an anti-aging medical clinic dedicated to providing patients the safest and most effective non-surgical procedures to help improve their appearance.

Why Do We Crave Sweet and Salty Foods?

There are 3 reasons why you crave sweet or salty foods.

  • Partly Physiological Does chocolate start calling your name around 2p.m.?
  • Partly Psychological
  • Partly the Environment    Do you want a bag of chips an hour after dinner?


Your body functions like a car.  You put gas in the tank and then you drive.  If your body does not get the fuel it needs, the strong physical cravings come.  What does your body need?  A balanced intake throughout the day of:  fiber, lean proteins, healthy carbohydrates, and heart healthy fats.

3 Factors that Contribute to Cravings

  1. You are starving yourself.  This comes from a couple of different ways.  Simply going without food and skipping meals sets yourself up for failure.  Following a healthy supervised intermittent fasting protocol is helpful but you need to be prepared in advance.  If you are not giving your body nutritious food that sustains your body systems, cravings will come!  When you are not prepared, you are setting yourself up for failure because your body will crave the fastest fuel it can think of which usually turns out to be refined grains and simple sugars.  This habit can lead to binging.


  1. You do not realize how addictive sugar and salt can be.  Why do we crave sugar and salt?  Well for one thing – they taste good.  This is not a mistake.  Food companies perform research to determine which food components will tempt consumers’ taste buds the most.  Our brains are wired to enjoy things which make us happy.  Sugar makes us feel good and leaves us to want to experience that over and over.  Sweet and salty foods and beverages are incredibly addictive.  That is why processed food is loaded with them.  They trigger the release of dopamine, the brain chemical that motivates us to engage in rewarding behaviors.  It is like any addiction; over time our tolerance builds up and we need more to reward ourselves.  This creates a vicious and unhealthy cycle.


  1. You are not listening to your body. If you begin to crave something sweet or salty, before you indulge, check your fatigue level.  Research shows that when you are tired you are more likely to turn to whatever you crave to give you more energy.  If you are craving a salty snack, the next time it happens, pay attention to your stress level.  Stress may impair your adrenal glands’ ability to regulate sodium, which may lead to cravings.  Are you thirsty?  Some research suggests that mistaking dehydration for hunger may trigger cravings as well.  If you have diabetes, you probably get hungrier than other people.  But excessive hunger can mean your blood sugar is too high or too low.

Understand that starving yourself is not a good solution.  Understand that sugar and salt can be addictive. Understand that your body may be trying to tell you something can help you reduce cravings and embrace a more balanced diet.


New Vitality Centers

665 S. Kings Ave.

Brandon, FL  33511

(813) 436-0708