Metabolic Wellness Programs

Metabolic Research Center serving DC & Virginia

Programs at the Giannotto Clinic

Metabolism is the combined effects of ALL of the chemical reactions that occur within the body on a day to day basis. Optimal health requires a balanced metabolism. Metabolic reactions are regulated by hormones. Hormones are regulated by nutrition and lifestyle habits, including nutrition, sleep, stress, ingestion of toxins and exercise. Provided ALL of the hormone systems of the body are intact and balanced, nutrition and lifestyle habits, whether good or bad, regulate metabolism. As a result, metabolic health awareness is at the forefront of successful age management.

When a hormone system is compromised, even the best nutrition and lifestyle habits cannot keep the body metabolically balanced. All of the hormone systems of the body are interdependent, and the compromise of any one hormone system affects the functioning of other hormone systems. Metabolic balance requires all hormone systems to be intact. Maintaining metabolic wellness then requires the proper treatment of hormone imbalances.

Metabolic reactions fall into two categories, anabolic (building) and catabolic (using) reactions. Through anabolism, which requires nutrition and occurs during rest, the body replenishes: (a) functional chemicals such as enzymes, hormones, antibodies and neurotransmitters; (b) structural chemicals such as those that make up cells, muscle and bone tissues; (c) energy chemicals such as sugars and fats that are used to drive all of the biochemical processes that facilitate anabolism and catabolism.

Catabolism occurs at all times when a person is awake and active. In the performance of its catabolic action, the body utilizes and depletes its functional, structural and energy chemicals, which then must be replenished through anabolism. If not, the body is metabolically imbalanced. METABOLIC WELLNESS, then, strives to keep the body building and using at the same optimal rate so that there is a metabolic balance.

Metabolic imbalance is caused by one or a combination of: (a) aging; (b) poor nutrition and lifestyle habits; (c) loss or compromise of any hormone system. As people age, they lose the ability to rebuild or repair themselves as they once did. Poor nutrition and lifestyle habits cause sub-optimal secretion and production of various hormones. When there is a loss or compromise of a hormone system, all other hormone systems become affected and compromised.

How the Giannotto Health Longevity Clinic in Virginia Can Help

Our metabolic medicine clinic in McLean, Virginia address a five-point model in the quest for metabolic wellness:

HORMONES: Imbalances or compromise contribute to heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Diabetes, Alzheimer ’s Disease, Stroke, Colon/Prostate Cancers

NUTRITION: Proper balanced nutrition results in beneficial effects at the level of nutrient gene interaction but can be very detrimental if not balanced, causing compromise of hormonal systems and stress.

BODY: Exercise and movement are required to keep hormones in balance and the aging process in check. Exercise increases lean (muscle) mass and decreases body fat, as well as regulates stress hormone production.

MIND: An agitated or anxious mind will result in high levels of stress hormones causing an increase in catabolism and an imbalance in metabolism. This will further compromise other hormone systems.

TOXINS: Omnipresent, toxins accumulate causing oxidative stress and inflammation in the body which results in severe metabolic imbalance. Other toxins accumulate because the body cannot discard the toxic byproducts of metabolism due to poor nutrition.