The human body is truly amazing. It can handle stressful situations, it has the ability to heal itself after injury, and makes sure that each system can work properly. When there are unwanted pathogens or severe injuries that damage the body and the tissues, that is where regenerative medicine can help the body. Regenerative medicine can help the body’s cells regenerate and repair the damaged cells and tissues in the body, thus speeding up the healing process. In this 2 part series, we will be taking a look at the pre-procedures of what a person should do before going into their regenerative medicine treatment. Part 2 will be discussing what inflammation is, how foods can alleviate or even create inflammation, and how it can affect the pre-procedure protocols for regenerative medicine treatments. By referring patients to qualified and skilled providers that specialized in regenerative cellular therapy, we work with affiliated clinics and distributor organizations, both internationally and nationally with the services that we offer. We find that education is the key to asking valuable questions to our providers. Dr. Alex Jimenez DC provides this information as an educational service only. Disclaimer
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What Is Regenerative Medicine?
The body has many ways to naturally heal itself from injury and sometimes it needs a little help with regenerating its cells. That is where regenerative medicine comes in. Research shows that regenerative medicine can actually go beyond and discover many therapies that can help support the body by repairing and restoring itself into a state of well-being. Some regenerative medicines like stem cells can actually help speed up the recovery process of damaged cells and tissue organs in the body. Other research studies show that regenerative medicine can help limit the effects of organ dysfunction and tissue degeneration. This means that regenerative medicine is beneficial for stimulating the body’s own repair mechanisms and restoring the function of damaged body tissues or organs.
The Pre-Procedure Protocol For Regenerative Medicine Treatment
Many individuals that are going through any treatment have to follow protocols before and after the treatment. For individuals that are going into a regenerative medicine treatment, there are pre-procedure protocols that can benefit the individual to have the best results during the procedure. By following the patient’s guide below for regenerative medicine treatments, these are the several steps to the program that affiliated clinics and distribution organizations, both nationally and internationally) recommend patients to do before treatment that can help improve the chances at the best results possible. For example, eating the right foods, drinking more water, exercising, and avoiding medications that may reduce the chances of a great outcome.
Stop Taking Medication
One of the first things that many individuals should do before going to their regenerative medicine treatment is to stop taking medication that can disrupt the regenerative cell process after the procedure is done. Since the body will be in an inflammatory state during the procedure, stopping medication intake a week before can help the stem cells to regenerate the damaged cells. There are several things that professional providers asked patients in order to prepare them for the upcoming regenerative treatment:
- Stop taking steroids 3 weeks prior to injection. Steroids can stop the body’s ability to heal and can make the treatment less effective.
- AVOID corticosteroids (prednisone, Medrol dose pack, Cortisone).
- Stop taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, Aleve, naproxen, Motrin or ibuprofen, or arthritis medications such as Celebrex, a week prior to the procedure.
- If a person is on any blood thinner, be sure to notify the provider.
Drink Plenty Of Water
It is important to be drinking plenty of fluids prior to the procedure. Water has so many beneficial properties as studies show that water can help carry the nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells, protect the organs and tissues, and maintain the electrolyte balance. By drinking plenty of water before any procedure can help the body from being dehydrated and research shows that water is essential for cellular homeostasis and life itself. Plus a person can get their bodies hydrated not by just drinking water daily but through nutritional whole food that has a high water intake.
Eat Something Nutritious
Before going into the treatment procedure, it is best to start eating nutritious whole foods that are beneficial for the stem cells in the body to thrive. Surprisingly food is one of the biggest causes that can cause the individual to have self-inflicted inflammation and it can actually activate or deactivate the stem cell growth based on what foods are being digested. By incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into a diet, studies show that an anti-inflammatory diet can help innate the immune system and dampen the effects of prolonged inflammation in the body. By making sure that an individual is eating something nutritious and not fast food, especially if an individual has any issues with low blood sugar, can help with the process of the treatment procedure. Part 2 will be discussing more on how food can actually create or alleviate inflammation in a regenerative medicine treatment.
Taking It Easy
Stress is a two-way street where it is beneficial for the body to get moving and it can also be dangerous if the body is under a constant state of worry. Studies show that stress is actually a key process for ensuring survival and managing it is a must. When going through the pre-protocols before a regenerative medicine treatment, it’s better to plan out on the day of and the day after the procedure. By doing this, it gives the body a chance to recover and for the individual to be relaxed. Research shows that when individuals are incorporating mindful practice strategies into their lives it can help improve both cognitive and emotional functioning. And if it’s the individual’s first procedure, it is best to have a designated driver to take them to and from the procedure to eliminate any stressful situation that comes to the person.
All in all, by following these procedures before a regenerative medicine treatment, the body will be able to produce more stem cells naturally and the body will have a better chance to repair the damaged cells and tissues that have harmed the body and the healing process can repair the body quickly. If a person doesn’t follow these procedures, it can affect the healing process and cause more problems than before. It is important that the body needs time to prep itself before any treatment and the individual must follow these procedures to ensure that the results are doing their job properly and the individual is on the road to recovery.
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