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Why Summer is the Best Time for B-12 Injections

June 8, 2015
Why Summer is the Best Time for B-12 Injections

Why Summer is the Best Time for B-12 Injections

The time of year you’ve been waiting for is finally here: it’s officially summer! Summer can mean a lot of different things for you and your family. It means vacations, adventures, road trips, three day weekends and it also means trying to keep the kids occupied until August rolls back around.

With so much going on during the summer, keeping your energy levels high are essential. With trips to the airport, carpools to drop the kids off at camp, long distance drives in the car to get to the nearest beach, it’s no wonder why summer feels like it’s gone in the blink of an eye.

To make matters even worse for your energy levels, the extreme heat during Arizona summers is enough to make you feel exhausted just by doing the simplest tasks.

You may not have time to catch up on your sleep or allow yourself to take a day off to just relax. For those people who are struggling to maintain their energy levels during this time of the year, there is truly no better time to start B-12 injections.

If you aren’t familiar with B-12 Injections, the simple way to explain them is that they are concentrated doses of the vitamin B-12 that allow you to have higher energy levels and lose weight faster. There are countless benefits to receiving B-12 injections and they have become a proven method of weight loss.

So if you are looking for an excuse to have more energy this summer, here are a few reasons why summer might just be the best time for you to start B-12 Injections!

1. Travel
2. Extreme heat
3. Exercise
4. Vacation

1. Travel

It’s no secret that travel can take a major toll on your body and your energy levels. Whether you are taking a short road trip up to Flagstaff or you are flying across the globe, traveling is an exhausting activity that can make you vulnerable to sickness.

When you pile the whole family into the car and are scrambling to try and organize everything, your energy quickly becomes depleted. Since you are exposed to so many different people (especially at airports) when traveling, your risk for getting sick immediately escalates.

B-12 Injections can not only help you maintain energy levels when you take on these tiring endeavors, but they also help boost your immune system.

No one likes getting sick while traveling, so avoid the risk this season and take the proper precautions before hitting the road.

2. Extreme heat

As mentioned earlier, the heat in Arizona is enough to deplete you of energy. Doing yard work, or running errands become drastically more challenging when you are trying to accomplish these things in triple digit temperatures.

Even getting in the car and desperately trying to blast the air conditioning can be an exhausting task. With the sun constantly beating down on you and the temperatures never relenting, there are very few options available when it comes to attempting to find some reprieve from the summer heat.

A dip in the pool might help temporarily and frantically running from one air conditioned location to the next can only do so much good. Your life is too busy to be able to take the much needed break you deserve during the middle of the day, so avoid the possibility of exhaustion by investing in the solution of B-12 shots.

It won’t only help you get through your routine, but it will help everyone else around you! If you are positive and feeling good, you instantly improve the mood of all of your family and friends that you come in contact with. Who could possibly put a price on that?

3. Exercise

Much like your daily activities, exercising in the summer gets more challenging with each passing day. Regardless of whether you exercise indoors or outdoors, working out in the summer is no easy task. Fortunately, in addition to providing you with higher energy levels, B-12 Injections also help to boost weight loss.

During a time of year where dieting and exercising can be challenging, this simple solution can solve all of your problems. Not only do B-12 shots help you with your weight loss regime, but they will also help you from attempting extreme exercise during the brutal summer weather. When the weight comes off quicker, you won’t feel the need to be so hard on your body during workouts. Burn fat quicker and have more energy to accomplish your workouts.

4. Vacation

Vacationing should be filled with lots of rest and relaxation, right? Contrary to popular belief, vacationing can actually be more tiring than it is relaxing. Planning, packing, driving/ flying and then taking adventures once you have reached your destination can all take a toll on your body.

When you vacation, you are out of your element. Even though this can be a great thing, it can mess up your energy levels, your sleeping patterns and your eating habits. You become jet lagged, your diet probably consists of foods that aren’t very good for you, and your exercise routine becomes non-existent.

Once you get back home, you realize that you are completely burnt out and out of sync with your daily routine. Your first day (or week) back at work becomes a sluggish chore where you count down the hours until you can go home and take a nap. You continue to avoid working out because you feel so tired, and you are too exhausted to cook a healthy meal, so eating out becomes your go-to.

Everyone struggles with getting back in the groove once they return from vacation, but why not avoid this whole hassle with a quick fix? By getting regular B-12 injections, you not only avoid becoming exhausted when you return home form vacationing, but you also help to boost your energy levels while you are on your trip!

No more jet lag, no more grogginess. Just smooth sailing for you!

Featured, Weight Loss

4 Tips to Help you Exercise Safely in Extreme Heat

April 12, 2015
4 Tips to Help you Exercise Safely in Extreme Heat

4 Tips to Help you Exercise Safely in Extreme Heat

Life in Arizona is full of countless benefits: beautiful weather (almost) year round, endless days of sunshine, and access to so many different spaces of natural beauty. However, when summer comes around, it can seem like Arizona may not be the best place to help you stay fit.

The temperature in the summer can become brutal. We usually stay in the steady 100 degree temperatures and sometimes creep up to temperatures as hot as 115 degrees. If you enjoy staying fit and would prefer to exercise outdoors instead of in a gym, it is possible to still maintain your workout routine during these peak summer months.

Taking the proper precautions for physical activity is of the utmost importance to keep you and your body safe. If you have lived in the Valley of the Sun for a few years, you know that some serious injuries and fatalities come from people who don’t adequately prepare to exercise in such extreme weather.

Even though braving the triple digit temperatures can be a bit unnerving, we are here to help you take the proper steps to safely exercise in extreme heat.

The four primary tips you should follow before exercising in the summer are:

1. Hydrate
2. Dress properly
3. Avoid direct sun
4. Choose the right time

If you follow these guidelines and listen to your body’s signals while working out in the peak of summer, you will be able to maintain your fitness routine without jeopardizing your health.

1. Hydrate

One thing Arizonans do not joke about is the importance of hydration. Even during the cooler months of the year, you will see people still consume a large amount of water on a daily basis. With how dry and hot the weather can get here, staying hydrated isn’t just a hobby for people, it’s a necessity. Even when you aren’t about to exercise, it is so important to take hydration seriously, especially during the summer. Drinking your eight glasses (or more) of water each day will be a huge help when you are attempting a workout in 100+ degree heat.

Be sure that you are drinking a lot of water before, during and after your workout. Some people prefer the taste of sports drinks over water, but when you are facing such harsh conditions, nothing will leave you better off than plain old H20. If you are planning on going for a long hike or a long run, be sure that you bring enough water with you to keep you hydrated. Running out of water would not only be an inconvenience, but it could lead to some serious health issues as well.

After your workout, instead of reaching for a Gatorade to help replenish your electrolytes, try snacking on something that is a more natural source of energy for your body. Chocolate milk, olives, seaweed, bananas, leafy green vegetables, yogurts, nuts, and nut butters will all help your body to recover after a tough workout.

2. Dress Properly

Even though yoga pants and a light jacket might work for an outdoor workout in the fall or spring, those clothing options do not fit the bill for summer exercising. Shorts and tank tops are a must during this time of year. You don’t want to just grab an old cotton shirt from your dresser before you hit the pavement; you want to find clothing that will keep you cool.

Loose fitting clothes that are light colors will be your best friend during this time of year. Picking some options that allow air to circulate and let your body breathe will be a huge help to maintain your body temperature and prevent you from getting over heated.

Always avoid dark colors when picking an outfit for your summer workout. Dark colors absorb more heat. Lighter colors do a better job of reflecting heat, ultimately helping you to stay cool. Some workout clothing lines have dry fit technology that will help keep clothes from becoming drenched in sweat and sticking to your body.

3. Avoid Direct Exposure

There is no question that the difference a bit of shade can make during the Arizona summer is substantial. Shady spots become almost as valuable as gold; you see people battling for shaded parking spots or space to walk on the shady side of the sidewalk. Even though finding a place to run or hike that is filled with shade is difficult, you can find some areas that have more shade than others. Even though we don’t have many large trees that provide us with a lot of reprieve from sun rays, it’s better to find a spot that has a little bit of shade than to go without it entirely.

Additionally, it’s good to grab some items that were specifically built for keeping the sun away from your skin. Hats, visors, sunglasses and sunscreen are all necessities for summer workouts. Don’t forget the Chap Stick!

4. Choose the Right Time

Choosing to do a spontaneous hike, run or bike ride during the summer time is a difficult task. More often than not, you will want to plan your workouts ahead of time and do them during a time of day when it’s cooler. The hottest times of the day are between noon and 4 pm, and the best time to tackle your workout will be in the early morning hours, or later in the evening.

Another thing you can do to plan your workout is to pick a location that you know will be shaded during certain hours of the day. For example, if you know that a particular hike will be mostly covered in shade at a certain time of day, make a point to do that workout during that time frame. Staying out of direct sunlight will make working out during this season that much easier.

Even if the weather is still relatively cool and hasn’t reached peak temperatures yet, it is good to start practicing these rituals early. There’s always a good deal of sunshine here in the valley and knowing how to protect yourself is key.

Featured, Weight Loss

5 Best Winter Workouts

December 4, 2014
5 Best Winter Workouts

5 Best Winter Workouts

Winter is in the air and the weather is cooling down! With the holiday season right around the corner, maintaining your workout regimen can become difficult, especially as family gatherings, dinner parties, and holiday prep work are starting to take priority. Not only do the holidays have a tendency to put a hitch in your workout routine, but in some areas, the weather can take a toll on exercising as well.

If you live in the valley of the sun, fall and winter are the best times of the year! You can expect a perfect 60-70 degrees with the sun shining on most days! Mornings and evenings are brisk, and the afternoons are perfect for a gorgeous run or hike.

In order to keep you on your workout routine in whatever weather you might be facing, we have come up with the five best winter workouts: three for warm weather and two for cold weather! These exercises include:

1. Hiking
2. Running
3. Outdoor yoga
4. Hot yoga
5. Indoor cycling

In addition to these workouts, we will give you tips on how to stay motivated to work out during the holidays and how you can bundle up and stay safe when working out in colder climates.

Warm Weather Workouts

If you are fortunate enough to live in Arizona and enjoy our beautiful winter weather,why not go out and take advantage of it? Whether you are a fitness addict or you occasionally dabble in exercising from time to time, this season is too good to miss out on by sitting on the couch!

Here in Phoenix, we have endless options when it comes to perfect areas to go running, hiking, or practicing yoga.

1. Hiking

With seven summits readily available to us at all times, Phoenicians might be considered a bit spoiled when it comes to hiking. Anything from a strenuous hike to a brisk morning walk can be accomplished, not to mention that they are all accompanied by beautiful views.

Be sure to take a look at the best spots to hike in phoenix this winter, and get out there!

2. Running

Run, walk or jog in the great outdoors this holiday season at any of the beautiful spots Phoenix has to offer! If you are training for a marathon or if you are a first-time runner, there are endless options when it comes to running trails in the valley. Anything from a hardcore training run to a light afternoon jog can be accomplished on these trails, so be sure to check out the best places to go for a run in phoenix!

3. Outdoor Yoga

Nothing calms the mind and strengthens the body like a good yoga session. With serenity being the primary focus, there is no better way to accomplish that than in the presence of nature. With the extensive yogi network that phoenix has and the yoga junkies who are always looking for a great flow class, there are no shortage of options when it comes to places to do outdoor yoga in Phoenix!

Cold Weather Workouts

When the temperatures are down, all you want to do is curl up and warm up! It’s natural to want to go into hibernation mode during the winter months, but it is best for you—both mentally and physically–to summon up the courage to exercise when you can. With gyms and indoor workout studios available, not all workouts have to take place in the freezing cold.

There are plenty of great options when it comes to indoor workouts. Whether you want to give cycling or yoga a try, or if you just want to stick with a good old fashioned gym routine, burning calories can be made comfortable when the temperatures outside are brutal.

4. Hot Yoga

What could possibly feel better than warming up and sweating it out when the snow is falling outside? Hot yoga is not only a great workout option year round, but it’s a great way to stay in shape in the winter. When motivation is at an all-time low and the thought of exercising in the cold air makes you want to give up, hot yoga is the perfect solution! It will warm you up, calm you down and keep your body in shape.

Take a look at a few helpful tips on how to master the art of yoga this holiday season!

5. Indoor Cycling

It’s difficult to get amped up about a workout when you know you have to make that treacherous walk from your house to the car in frigid temperatures. Having to bundle yourself up and trek through the snow is never an ideal situation. However, once you get into the cycling studio and see how high energy it is, that walk to your car will no longer be a problem!

Indoor cycling studios are the definition of adrenalin and excitement. With music pumping, lights flashing and a motivational instructor coaching you through the moves, this workout will get you out of any winter bind you might be facing.

Staying Warm

Sometimes having to run in the cold weather is unavoidable. If you don’t have the budget for a gym membership and the weather in your area is brutal as ever, you just have to suck it up and get out there!

If you are one of the brave souls who faces the cold of winter to burn some calories, be sure to take the proper steps to keep your body safe in such harsh conditions. Before going out for your run, be sure to take the following precautions:

• Warm up
• Stretch it out
• Layer up
• Hydrate

Warming up your body with stretches and various warm up exercises is of the utmost importance. In cold weather, your body has an extremely difficult time loosening up its muscles. By combining hydration, stretching and warm up exercises, you can reduce the chance of suffering an injury.

In addition to those checklist items, be sure you have the right gear that will adequately protect you from the elements. If you live in an area where the temperatures are particularly cold, simply wearing a hoodie isn’t going to cut it. Be sure to do some research and find the best warm, dry fit clothing you can. Investing in dry fit clothing will help keep you warm at all times during your work out and will allow you to avoid the possibility of your sweat soaking your clothing, therefore making your body even colder, rather than warmer.

If your running trail has the potential for icy or slippery turf, be sure to invest in a pair of shoes that has great traction, or invest in gear that can be attached to the bottoms of your shoes to help you avoid slipping or falling.

Staying Motivated

Those winter months are by far the most difficult months to maintain motivation. With so many variables working against you, it’s easy to let the opportunity to exercise slip away from you. After you have made the decision to dedicate yourself to a certain practice during the winter months, and you have taken the proper steps to protect your body during those workouts, be sure to take these few motivational tips into consideration to keep pushing through the snow, ice and cold!

If you ever feel yourself struggling to work up the energy to work out during the winter months, or during any time of the year, take a look at the option of B-12 injections and see if this vitamin boost will help to get you out of your winter slump. Schedule a consultation with Dreambody to explore your options today!

Featured, Supplements

Supplements: What Are They and Why Do I Need Them?

October 9, 2014
Supplements: What Are They and Why Do I Need Them?

Supplements: What Are They and Why Do I Need Them?

Ever since you were a child, your mother has been pestering you to take vitamins every day. Like everything else when you’re a kid, taking your vitamins always seemed to be an unnecessary hassle that you simply did not want to do. However, little did you know, vitamins were the key to maintaining your health and keeping your body in check.

Now that you’re an adult, your moods are probably much more subdued than when you were a child, and your energy is usually running low. You don’t feel as healthy as you used to, and you’re looking to put a little pep in your step. Now is the time to get back into the routine of taking daily supplements and to admit that mother, indeed, does know best.

What are Supplements?

Supplements are daily pills that you take to give your body the necessary nutrients it needs. The majority of these vitamins are supposed to be consumed along with your daily food intake. However, if you are like most Americans and consume a high carb, high fat diet, you probably aren’t getting the nutrients you need from your food alone.

Supplements come in many forms and can either be solid pills, capsules or liquid drinks. They can be vitamins, minerals, herbs or other plants and should only be used to enhance your dietary needs, not to be a meal replacement.

There are dozens of different types of supplements that are used for a variety of reasons, but some of the primary supplements include:

• Vitamin D
• Vitamin C
• Prenatal Vitamins
• B2 vitamins
• Protein supplements
• Fiber pills
• Calcium supplements
• Iron supplements
• Dietary supplements
• Amino Acids
• Fish Oil pills

Even though vitamins are intended to maintain your health, they are not able to treat any serious medical issues. For example, if you are suffering from a calcium deficiency, calcium supplements can help to increase that nutrient in your body. But if you have osteoporosis, calcium supplements will not be able to provide the type of medical treatment that a prescription medication will.

Even though the previously named supplements just barely scratch the surface of the wide variety that are available, it gives you a good idea of what people are choosing to use supplements for in their life. In order to help you understand how you can incorporate supplements into your life, here are some of the most popular supplements and what they can do to better your health.

What are the different types of supplements?

Multivitamins:

Multivitamins are daily vitamins that are specialized for certain sexes and age groups. You may have seen Flinstone gummy vitamins for children or Centrum daily vitamins for men. The different types of multivitamins include:

• Children’s
• Men’s
• Women’s
• 50+

Each one of these groups has different dietary needs that cannot always be fulfilled by the same type of vitamins. Depending on your age and sex, your body is lacking different nutrients, and these multivitamins are specifically created to increase those particular nutrients.

To find out more about multivitamins and if you should start incorporating them into our daily routine, check out this Q & A with MedlinePlus.

Mineral supplements:

Mineral supplements are used when you are suffering from a mineral deficiency. Some of the most common types of mineral supplements used to correct deficiencies include:

• Boron
• Calcium
• Iron
• Magnesium
• Potassium
• Selenium
• Zinc

Suffering from these types of mineral deficiencies is something that can be very common. When lacking one of these essential minerals, many people can feel lethargic and most do not even know that they are lacking these types of minerals from their diets. Luckily, it is a quick fix to get out of the sluggish mood and back into your normal routine.

Letter Vitamins:

Letter vitamins are exactly what they sound like: Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and so forth. Each letter vitamin plays a different key role in your health, and when you are not getting enough of one of these vitamins, it becomes apparent.

In order to help you understand what each type of letter vitamin does, below are definitions that explain what each vitamin is used for:

Vitamin A: Important for normal vision, the immune system and reproduction. It also helps the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs to work properly.

Vitamin B: Important in cell metabolism. There are several different types of B vitamins, but all of them play a role in providing energy for your body.

Vitamin C: Acts as an antioxidant and helps to protect cells from the damage caused by free radicals.

Vitamin D: Helps to absorb calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphate and zinc.

Vitamin E: Helps to build a strong immunity and keep your skin and eyes healthy.

Vitamin K: Is necessary for the modification of certain proteins that are required for blood coagulation.

Cardiovascular Supplements:

Cardiovascular health problems are becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Taking steps to better monitor your cardiac health is becoming a necessity. Along with diet and exercise, cardiovascular supplements are a simple way to keep your heart health in check.

Some of the different types of cardiovascular supplements include:

Fish oil
Omega-3
Red yeast rice
Co Q-10
Flax/Chia
Lecithin

All of these vitamins perform different specified functions on your body, but as a whole, they have been shown to reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues including arrhythmias, blood clotting, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. To find out more about what each of these supplements do, visit WebMD.

Amino Acids:

There are 20 different kinds of amino acids in our bodies, and all of them play a very important role in maintaining energy levels and metabolism. Amino acids also help with skin and hair loss, digestive problems, sleeping disorders, stress, and all-around poor health.

A deficiency in amino acids, like a deficiency of many other vitamins, becomes apparent almost immediately. Maintaining the amount of these nutrients in your body is a necessity and not something you want to put off.

Some of the different types of amino acid supplements include:

5-HTP
Arginine
Glutathione
L-Carnitine
Lysine

So now that you know the basics of what the different types of supplements are, and what they can do for you, you are able to make a more educated diagnosis of what might be right for you and your body.

How long should I take supplements for?

The duration of time in which you are taking certain supplements can vary. Some supplements are safe to take over extended periods of time while others need to be monitored more regularly.

Supplements like multivitamins can be taken daily over long periods of time. Your intake of multivitamins doesn’t need to be highly regulated since these are common over the counter health supplements that many doctors recommend you take on a daily basis anyways.

However, when you start taking more specialized types of vitamins based off of a doctor’s recommendation, this is something that needs to be more regularly monitored. Each person is different, but consulting your healthcare provider a few times each year about your supplement regiment is always a good idea as there are times when it becomes unnecessary to continue taking supplements.

There is no fool proof way to determine how long an individual should incorporate a type of supplement into their daily routine, so the best way to go about it is to ask your doctor. No one knows your body better than you do and by talking about it with your doctor, you can make the necessary adjustments to ensure your health is always at its best.

How do I know which supplements to take?

If you are simply wanting to live a healthier lifestyle and have a higher intake of vitamins, a daily multivitamin is the best option for you. It is a safe method that does not drastically alter your body or cause negative side effects.

However, if you are noticing drastic changes in your health, i.e. sleep patterns, mood, or energy levels, it is best to do some research of your own as well as consult a doctor in order to properly diagnose which vitamins or minerals you might be lacking.

To find out more information about the basics of supplements, visit our blog Why Are Supplements Becoming Necessary for Healthy Living?

Lipotropic B-12

3 Reasons You Should Get B-12 Injections

April 22, 2013



The name “B-12 Injections” may sound scary, but they are actually a
simple vitamin injection
that is performed right inside our office in Old Town Scottsdale. The injections provide a wide variety of
health benefits
which is why they have become so increasingly popular.

Why receive B-12 Injections?

While there are many reasons for you to receive
B-12 Injection
, we suggest receiving them in order to:

1. Promote a
Healthy Immune System

B-12 Injections
help to promote a healthy immune system in your body, working to fight against common colds and other sicknesses that our bodies are often susceptible to. These are a great option for those of us with little kids, who work in an office environment or are constantly catching the latest sickness.

2.
Increase Energy Levels
Weekly
B-12 Injections
significantly increase energy levels allowing you to cut back on your coffee or soda intake. Don’t seem to have enough hours in the day to get everything done? You are not alone. Increasing your energy levels with the help of vitamin injections could be the answer to your problem.

3. Avoid
Vitamin B-12 Deficiency

Vitamin B-12 deficiency
can lead to a number of health related problems ranging from weakness and dizziness to rapid heartbeat and breathing. If a B-12 deficiency continues for a long period of time, nerve cells can be damaged which can result in even more severe health problems such as memory loss and difficulty in walking. Weekly B-12 Injections will rid your body of any vitamin B-12 deficiencies.

Depending on whether you want to promote a
healthy immune system
, increase your
energy levels
, avoid a
vitamin B-12
deficiency, or all three, B-12 injections are your solution. They are quick, easy and performed right in our office!

Lipotropic B-12

How often should I receive B-12 injections?

March 6, 2012

Most people receive a

B12 injection weekly

. However, it’s safe to do it monthly, if you want. It really depends on you and your diet. If you are a vegetarian, I recommend getting your

B12

weekly because you’re not absorbing all the B vitamin that you need.

Lipotropic B-12

Can I do HCG and B-12 injections at the same time?

March 6, 2012

Whether you have already done our HCG weight loss program or need an alternative to lose a few more pounds, we have a solution! Our Lipotropic B12 weight loss plan can help you achieve a 10 to 15 pound weight loss. We have modified our HCG meal plan to accommodate a higher caloric intake, concentrating on increasing proteins and decreasing fats.

With the modified meal plan, you will receive a lipotropic injection one to two times a week to help break down the “bad” fats that you have stored. There are no hormones involved. This is not HCG! Our injections consist of amino acids and vitamin B12 only. These supplements help suppress your appetite and boost your energy levels. The injections have been used for over 50 years, which guarantees them to be safe and, best of all, affordable!

Lipotropic B-12

How much weight could I lose just doing B-12?

March 6, 2012

To maintain the results that you receive after an

HCG diet

, I do recommend our second level of the B12, which is the

B12

with amino acids, you can potentially lose about a pound a month if you continue to do those injections weekly.

Lipotropic B-12

What different types of B-12 does DreamBody Medical Centers offer?

March 6, 2012

At Dreambody, we have 3 different types of

B12

offered here. Our first level is just straight B12 Methylcobalamin. It helps patients increase energy and helps promotes a healthy immune system. Our second level is B-12 with Amino acids, which helps break down the fat. Our third level of

B-12 injections

is a Super B-12. This is a combination of Vitamin C, B-12, and all of the B Vitamins, so overall a B complex, plus your amino acids. This one will promote a better immune system, decrease fat and

increase energy

.

* Individual results may vary and are not guaranteed.