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Dr. Minni Malhotra is a Board Certified Family Physician and A Certified Functional Medicine practitioner. She is an award-winning speaker and best-selling author. She Believes that an Onesize-fits-all medicine is a thing of the past. The future of Healthcare is here. Today we know better. Today, it’s possible for you to have personalized, precision medicine tailored specifically to you and your lifestyle. She practices a new model of medicine known as root cause medicine or Functional Medicine. It incorporates the best diagnostic tools and technologies from conventional medicine, as well as emerging tests and tools that help identify the critical imbalances that are at the root of all illness. It is a practice that endorses patient-centered, not disease-centered, medicine. With me as a coach and guide you can get more knowledge about a better way of taking care of your health and walk you through this journey, a healthier you is right around the corner! This will help you restore, protect and grow your health throughout your lifetime with the help of my unique methodology C.O.P.E. – which has helped all my patients gain lifelong Vitality and Wellness.

The Better Prescription Dr Minni Malhotra MD

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Dr. Minni Malhotra is a Board Certified Family Physician and A Certified Functional Medicine practitioner. She is an award-winning speaker and best-selling author. She Believes that an Onesize-fits-all medicine is a thing of the past. The future of Healthcare is here. Today we know better. Today, it’s possible for you to have personalized, precision medicine tailored specifically to you and your lifestyle. She practices a new model of medicine known as root cause medicine or Functional Medicine. It incorporates the best diagnostic tools and technologies from conventional medicine, as well as emerging tests and tools that help identify the critical imbalances that are at the root of all illness. It is a practice that endorses patient-centered, not disease-centered, medicine. With me as a coach and guide you can get more knowledge about a better way of taking care of your health and walk you through this journey, a healthier you is right around the corner! This will help you restore, protect and grow your health throughout your lifetime with the help of my unique methodology C.O.P.E. – which has helped all my patients gain lifelong Vitality and Wellness.

    EP 39: Exercise and Longevity

    EP 39: Exercise and Longevity

    Everyone wants to live a long life, but, if the goal is longevity, how you live matters! Aging is a natural, yet complex physiological process that is influenced by many factors, some of which are modifiable. As we age, it’s important to develop certain interventions to ease the process and decelerate vulnerability to disease. Exercise is one such intervention, and thankfully it’s easy to implement! In this episode, you’ll learn about the physiological and hormonal changes that occur with age and how resistance training, paired with a healthy diet, can reduce frailty, prevent insulin resistance, and generally extend your quality of life. Tune in to hear more about the undeniable link between exercise and longevity!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    The benefits of regular exercise for longevity and disease prevention.What exercise training programs should include.The physiological rhythms that change with age.What age-related loss of complexity is and how exercise can decelerate it.The role of homeostenosis in increasing vulnerability to disease.How increasing muscle mass reduces frailty.Sarcopenia as a risk factor for mortality.The side effects of decreasing muscle mass.The important mitigating role of activity!Why recovery is slower as we age.The hormonal changes that contribute to age-associated alterations in muscle mass and function.How tightly muscle mass is linked to lifespan.The benefits of resistance training.The importance of combining a healthy diet with resistance training.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Anchor Wellness Center
    Dr. Minni Malhotra
    Dr. Minni Malhotra Email
    The Institute for Functional Medicine
    American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine

    • 15 min
    EP 38: Functional Medicine Versus Conventional Medicine

    EP 38: Functional Medicine Versus Conventional Medicine

    Many people are curious as to what functional medicine is, essentially, and how it differs from conventional medicine. In this episode, you’ll hear all about the principal differences and the patient-centered philosophy of functional medicine. We discuss the ways in which functional medicine aims to address the root cause of disease, as opposed to its insurance-based counterpart. Instead of suppressing inflammation, functional medicine delves into all the factors that may be causing the inflammation in the first place and looks to restore health holistically rather than simply managing symptoms. Tune in to find out about functional medicine’s core processes and the core imbalances it tackles!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    What functional medicine is and how it differs from conventional medicine.The tools functional medicine provides to address the root cause and restore health.Dr. Malhotra dispels the misconception that most diseases are genetically determined.The myriad of influences altering gene expression.How functional medicine directly addresses the modulators of gene expression.The importance of taking into account the impact of social determinants of health.The core processes by which the functional medicine knowledge base is informed.The systems-based, rather than organ-based, approach functional medicine employs.What the functional medicine multi-model treatment plan consists of.The patient-centered philosophy of functional medicine.What the Matrix is and how it’s used to identify functional imbalances.Six core functional imbalances.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Anchor Wellness Center
    Dr. Minni Malhotra
    Dr. Minni Malhotra Email
    The Institue for Functional Medicine

    • 10 min
    EP 37: The Detox Diet

    EP 37: The Detox Diet

    In the previous episode, we discussed toxins, and today, we delve even deeper into the topic. We recap the common sources of toxins, look at the factors affecting the level of toxins in our bodies, and break down the detoxification process! In this episode, you’ll find out what causes detoxification inefficiencies in the body, the benefits of actively detoxing, and what our detox food plan entails. You’ll learn more about allergies, food sensitivities, and food intolerances, which foods support the detoxification process, and why personalized food reintroduction is recommended post-detox. Tune in for some valuable tips for minimizing the intake of harmful substances and how to give your liver a break!  


    Key Points From This Episode:
    What ‘detox’ means, specifically in terms of metabolic detoxification.Common environmental and other sources of toxins!Three factors affecting the toxin levels in our bodies.The symptoms and diseases related to a build-up of toxins.What causes detoxification inefficiencies.The benefits of detoxing!The role of food in the detoxification process.The two phases of detoxification in the liver and which foods support each step.The importance of hydration and consistent bowel movements for detoxing.The goal of the detox food plan and what it entails.The difference between allergies, food sensitivities, and food intolerances.What personalized food reintroduction is and why it’s recommended following a detox diet.How the detox food plan supports the liver.Which foods are included and excluded in the detox diet.Tips for minimizing the intake of harmful substances.Potential reactions you might experience while detoxing.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Anchor Wellness Center
    Dr. Minni Malhotra
    Dr. Minni Malhotra Email
    The Institue for Functional Medicine

    • 14 min
    EP 36: How Toxic?

    EP 36: How Toxic?

    In this modern age, toxic contaminants are consumed from multiple common sources all around us every single day, and yet we don't often think of the hard work our organs have to do to get rid of them. Today's session is all about how our bodies do this, and how to support this vital process. You'll hear the long list of environmental contaminants that we are exposed to, as well as the numerous other factors which are part of the body's burden of toxicity, and the scary results of what happens when we don't detox effectively. Dr. Minni shares the steps and pathways in the body that are responsible for this detoxification process and provides information on a detox food plan and elimination diet that helps in identifying what is bringing toxicity to your body. Finally, you'll hear a bit about the success of her unique methodology and the huge benefits reported from undertaking this life-changing process! We hope you join us today for another hugely important and relevant episode of The Better Prescription. 
     
    Key Points From This Episode:
    Introductory comments about why your body is like a car and needs to be checked regularly!Defining the word 'detox' in functional medicine.A long list of common environmental contaminants and how we are exposed to these.How we develop a toxic burden in our bodies. What happens when we don't detoxify effectively.Hear about the steps and pathways of detoxification. How you can support the detoxification process safely. A bit about the detox food plan and elimination process. Dr. Minnie shares her unique methodology called COPE. A story of someone whose life was changed by the detox method.  
    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Anchor Wellness Center
    Dr. Minni Malhotra
    Dr. Minni Malhotra Email
    The Institue for Functional Medicine

    • 11 min
    EP 35: Heart Rate Variability as a Marker of Mortality

    EP 35: Heart Rate Variability as a Marker of Mortality

    One of the best predictors of mortality is heart rate variability. Join us today as Dr. Minni breaks down what heart rate variability means, how it is linked to pathology, and what you can do to increase yours! The episode begins with a clear discussion around the physiology governing heart rate and blood pressure, and how this links to heart rate variability. We hear about the pathologies linked to a low heart rate variability, and how tracking beat-to-beat is a much better indicator of cardiac health than using an average. Find out how autonomic balance impacts your health, and why a higher resting heart rate is usually linked to a lower heart rate variability, and thus increased mortality. Dr. Minni also gives some great tips and tricks on how you can activate your parasympathetic nervous system to increase your heart rate variability. Tune in for all this, and so much more!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    An introduction to heart rate variability and what to expect from this episode. How the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems interact to adjust heart rate and blood pressure. Why your heart rate is not a steady-state condition.The importance of studying the heart beat-to-beat rather than as an average. The pathologies linked to a low heart rate variability. What “autonomic balance” means for your health.Why higher resting heart rates are independent markers of mortality. How the sympathetic system increases your heart rate. Dr. Minni’s tips for how you can increase your parasympathetic nervous system stimulation and improve your heart rate variability. 

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Heart Rate Variability: New Perspectives on Physiological Mechanisms, Assessment of Self-regulatory Capacity, and Health risk
    The Population-Based Longitudinal Chicago Health, Aging, and Social Relations Study (CHASRS): Study Description and Predictors of Attrition in Older Adults
    Anchor Wellness Center
    Dr. Minni Malhotra
    Dr. Minni Malhotra Email
    The Institute for Functional Medicine

    • 14 min
    EP 34: Micronutrient Balance

    EP 34: Micronutrient Balance

    Modern medical school education doesn’t focus on the human body’s need for nutrients to fuel its basic functions. Because of this, the vital importance of nutrients has completely escaped the public’s attention. We are so focused on proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, but it’s the micronutrients that are responsible for enhancing our bodies’ metabolic processes. In this episode, we discuss the importance of nutrient balance, and delve into the causes of micronutrient deficiencies, and the myriad of health problems they subsequently create! You will find out if you fall under the category of those who would benefit from micronutrient testing and, if you do, how to go about it. We break down the primary reasons for extra- or intracellular deficiencies and which nutrients we are at risk of being deficient in as we age. Tune in to discover all you need to know about micronutrient balance, from gut health to cognitive decline, and so much more!


    Key Points From This Episode:
    What micronutrients are and how they enhance the metabolic process.Why the vital importance of nutrients has escaped the public’s attention!What leads to micronutrient deficiencies.The myriad of health problems caused by micronutrient deficiencies.Who would benefit from micronutrient testing.The primary reasons for extra- or intracellular deficiency.How our digestive, detoxification, and antioxidant capacities decrease as we age.The typical nutrient deficiencies in the aging population.Which toxins are most likely to accumulate in our bodies.The antioxidants at risk of depletion.What causes changes in the gut microbiome and which bacterial populations are affected.The nutrient deficiencies associated with cognitive decline.How to test your gut health and why it’s important to do so.What the stomach, duodenum, upper and lower jejunum, ilium, and large intestine absorb, respectively.The role nutrients play in energy production.How to test for micronutrients deficiencies.

    Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
    Gut Zoomer
    LabCorp
    Quest Diagnostics
    Vibrant Wellness
    Genova Diagnostics
    SpectraCell
    Anchor Wellness Center
    Dr. Minni Malhotra
    Dr. Minni Malhotra Email
    The Institue for Functional Medicine
    American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine

    • 12 min

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