If you are preparing or recovering from stem cell procedure. Or just looking to improve the health of your stem cells, this article is for you.
1) Remove Processed Sugar
In 1776 Americans consumed about 4 lbs of sugar per person each year. By 1850, this had risen to 20 lbs, and by 1994 to 120 lbs! Now we closer to 150 lbs – mostly from chemically derived from fructose making us fat and sick. The fructose added to bread, pasta, juices and processed foods, table sugar, sugar in candy bars.
Fructose intake is also associated with severity of liver function. Based on one of the studies, the effect of fructose was limited to industrial fructose, with no evidence for a negative effect of fructose from fruit. You get a spike in a blood sugar within a half hour while your body releases insulin to control the spiked blood, which causes your body to dump fat into your blood stream as if you are starving. There is a clear difference in how your body reacts to eating fruit. Fiber helps to inhibit the uptake and helps to regulate the rate of intestinal sugar absorption.
As Dr. Chris Centeno mentioned in his article Sugar Is Cancer’s cellular power food.
2) Reduce Your Caloric Intake
Stop snacking and eat 2 to 3 meals a day. In one study, a group that ate small meals or snacks throughout the day (instead of meals) consumed a significantly higher amount of sugar and fewer micronutrients. When your body is fed every 2-3 hours, the body is not encouraged to burn any of its stored fat for energy. When you eat 2 or 3 meals a day and have ample time between meals, the body is forced to burn that stored fat. Once the fat is restored as an active fuel supply, you will have more energy with stable moods and greater mental clarity.
Another study demonstrated done with a group eating 3 meals a day with no snacks and measured weight loss and a host of psychological factors. Within two weeks, their moods, cravings, sleep, exhaustion after work and fatigue were all significantly improved. They lost an average of 1.2 pounds per week during the 2-month study.
3) Incorporate Fasting
A study of the Cell Stem Cell shows that cycles of fasting not only protect against immune system damage but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal. As a side effect, fasting also has major implications for healthier aging. The immune system decline contributes to increased susceptibility to disease as people age. By outlining how prolonged fasting cycles (periods of no food for two to four days at a time over the course of six months) kill older and damaged immune cells and generate new ones.
Michael Mosley popularized the concept of intermittent fasting in his book “The Fast Diet” based “5:2” approach. This meant he would eat normally for 5 days of the week and significantly reduce your caloric intake for the other two.
It’s important to eat healthy on the non-fasting days. Remember, overeating kills your stem cells. Fasting is a state of mind. Your body doesn’t need as much food as your mind thinks. You can drink water, tea or coffee (typically not recommended, but I include coffee with my fasts), read, write or sleep. Allow yourself and your body and mind to rest.
5) Lift Weights and Move
This means 8-12 hours a week of exercise hard enough that carrying on a normal conversation during the activity would be tough.
We all know the benefits of exercise. Apparently, it also helps to increase your stem cell count and health. In addition, you will not be able to work out for about 8 or more weeks after your procedure. It is important to build strength. I am guilty of over-doing this one before my procedure, which might’ve caused further deterioration of my ACL fibers. Consult your stem cell doctor on what you can and can’t do.
My routine included a lot of knee rehabilitation exercises, 21-day beginner boot camp (a program is set to email you 12 minutes daily workouts with some breaks), Pilates and Yoga. Listen to your body and don’t push through the pain. Find a place where you work hard enough to challenge yourself without causing damages and injuries.
If you have injuries or health issues that make these workouts impossible, just focus on what you can do. Try light activities in the pool to start, and then just increase your activity as you are able.
I had to remind myself that becoming a professional athlete was not my goal in preparation for stem cell procedure. Rather, I needed to improve your my stem cells and build as much muscle as possible.
6) Spend Some Time Getting High!
Sorry, this doesn’t mean medicinal plants but rather hiking and walking at high altitude on a mountain trail for 2 hours with 1000 foot elevation gain.
I used my brace and hiked for about 20 miles per week with an average gain of 500 to 1,000 feet.
Low oxygen is better for growing stem cells. Lucky for me, I live at 8,000 ft altitude. Perhaps consider taking a little vacation to a high-altitude location Before your stem cell procedure.
6) Add Supplements
Regenexx offers their brand Regenexx Advanced Stem Cell Support Formula. This formula, however, includes fish products and wouldn’t work for me. I hand-picked all of my vitamins based on the ingredients in this formula:
7) Take Time Off
It Is Good For Your cells!
You have to wear a brace and take it super easy during the first recovering phase after your stem cell treatment, which lasts about 8 weeks. Based on your doc’s recommendations you can slowly take the brace off after 8 weeks. Currently, I am at my 9th week or second healing stage. I wear a brace when I go hike with my dog just in case.
With that in mind, I took time off to play prior to my procedure. I hiked about 30 miles (wearing my brace) during this week, worked out as hard as my knee allowed, cleaned the house and just had a blast! This made a huge difference for my mental state during and after the procedure. Unlike after my injury, my whole world didn’t crumble because I couldn’t be active. So I highly recommend to save up your days and take time off before and after as much as you can.
To conclude, there are things you can’t predict or change (will this procedure work), but you can control your food intake, movement, and wellness. So focus on what you can do to improve your stem cells to get the best possible results!
- 8 ways improve your stem cells prior treatment by Dr. Centano
- Dangers of frequent eating by Dr.
- How much added sugar is too much by Dr. Michael Greger
- Futher Reading: Plan-based power diet.
- If fructose is bad what about fruit? by Dr. Michael Greger
Please ensure to read the article and talk to your doctor.
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The entire contents of this website are based upon the opinions of Anna Sheinman. They are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional, and they are not intended as medical advice. They are intended as a sharing of knowledge and information from my own research and experience. I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with a qualified health care professional