The Stem Cell Diet: How Nutrition Can Optimize Your Treatment Outcomes

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The Stem Cell Medical Center, located in beautiful Antigua, is a world-class regenerative medicine facility using cutting-edge stem cell therapies to treat patients from across the globe. While our advanced treatments are key, research shows nutrition also plays a big role in outcomes. Read on for diet tips to maximize your results.

Control Those Blood Sugar Spikes

Managing blood sugar is critical for keeping stem cells healthy. The constant spikes from high sugar intake lead to inflammation, insulin resistance, and cell damage. Studies also confirm high blood sugar reduces stem cells’ healing abilities. Stem cells thrived longer in low-glucose lab environments.

  • To optimize stem cells pre-procedure, patients should eliminate processed sugars and refined carbs for 2 weeks. Enjoy low-glycemic foods like non-starchy veggies, legumes, whole grains instead. Some fruit is ok too thanks to nutrients, despite fructose. Avoid artificial sweeteners as they also spike insulin. Aim for A1C levels under 5%.

Go Organic When Possible

Pesticides and chemicals on non-organic produce can build up and disturb stem cell function over time. Just 6 days of organic eating reduced pesticide urine levels 60% in one study. This also lowers cancer risks. Research found pesticides pushed stem cells toward fat cells over bone/cartilage cells. Focus on the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen lists to go organic strategically.

Calorie Restriction Can Help

Studies show calorie cutting enhances stem cell activity in animals and people. Try safely lowering calories 20% for 2 weeks before your procedure. Intermittent fasting works well too. This can also increase circulating stem cell counts.

Keep Those Triglycerides in Check

High triglycerides correlate with poorer stem cell growth/function. Lowering carbs, sugar, calories, and supplementing with fish oil can help normalize levels. Get tested and aim for optimal range before treatment.

Exercise and Lift Weights

Being active signals more stem cell circulation while strength training is especially beneficial. If currently inactive, build to 150 minutes of moderate exercise weekly. High-intensity interval training is time-efficient too. Focus on what you can do safely depending on health/injury.

Supplement Strategically

Supplements like curcumin, resveratrol, fish oil, vitamins C/D, and glucosamine/chondroitin have proven stem cell benefits. Our Regenexx Advanced Stem Cell Support formula was designed specifically to support patients.

Avoid Harmful Medications

Certain prescription drugs negatively affect stem cells, particularly quinolone antibiotics, steroids, and NSAIDs. Discuss your medications to find safer alternatives or stop usage before treatment, under medical supervision.

Limit Environmental Chemical Exposures

Daily contact with chemicals in products/foods can disturb stem cell function over time. While you can’t avoid all, make smart choices about personal care, cleaning supplies using tools like EWG Skin Deep and Guide to Healthy Cleaning.

Minimize Alcohol

Alcohol inhibits stem cell function so limit intake in the weeks pre and post-procedure.

Quit Smoking

Smoking severely worsens outcomes so all patients should quit before treatment.

Try Some High Altitude

Studies show low oxygen helps stem cells stay viable, while normal oxygen aids differentiation. Consider some high altitude exposure pre-procedure.

While our stem cell procedures are state-of-the-art, nutrition and lifestyle optimization gives your cells the best chance for optimal harvest and results. Work with your care team at the Stem Cell Medical Center in Antigua to follow the diet, exercise, and supplement recommendations in the weeks before your treatment. We’re dedicated to your success!