Further Understanding The Intersection of Weight Management and Anxiety & Depression

The body is complex, and it is also complicated. What do we mean by that? We mean that inside your body is a living ecosystem of countless interconnected elements that work together to make you who you are — and figuring out how to fix a “problem area” without disrupting other aspects of your ecosystem can be complicated.

This is why we make the Protea Promise that we will never just throw prescriptions at your surface level symptoms. No, we dig deeper than that. We get to the root of your issues — the cause of your symptoms, and we address those causes.

One example of this is the relationship between stress, anxiety and depression, and healthy weight management. We discussed the connection between stress levels, cortisol production, and weight gain in our blog post: Food Allergies & Weight Gain. To sum it up: Cortisol is a stress hormone which makes your body want to store fat. Cortisol is also found in dairy products, and if you’re sensitive to it, it can exacerbate weight gain. And that exacerbated weight gain will, most likely, be causing you more stress — thus raising your cortisol levels even more.

Let’s now look at another chemical related to weight loss and mental anguish.

In our last blog entry, Spotlight: The Patented Protea SlimShot!, we discussed a chemical compound called inositol. Inositol naturally occurs in cantaloupe and oranges. It can also be found in our Protea SlimShot. We use inositol in our SlimShot because it helps the breakdown of fat. That’s right, it aids weight loss, but it also does something else quite cool.

Inositol is a known mitigator of depression, anxiety and panic attacks. In fact, a recent scientific study (Mukai, T., Kishi, T., Matsuda, Y. and Iwata, N. (2014), A meta-analysis of inositol for depression and anxiety disorders. Hum. Psychopharmacol Clin Exp, 29: 55–63. doi:10.1002/hup.2369) found that inositol is especially effective for women suffering from premenstrual dysphoric disorder.

This makes inositol a very valuable chemical compound for our purposes. Stress levels and weight management are inextricably linked. Understanding that is crucial to a holistic approach to your health. We hope this sheds some light on why we designed our Protea SlimShot the way we did. We want to attack the causes of weight gain on all the levels we can.

We will continue to analyze the intersection of healthy weight management and your mood. Remember: you are a biological and scientific creature made up of a complex web of interconnected elements that make you who you are. We’ll see you next time.

Have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

With love,


Spotlight: The Patented Protea SlimShot!

We believe in holistic and natural approaches to helping our patients. The Protea path is one paved with in-depth insights gleaned from ongoing and thorough testing. We dig deeper, we go beyond your complex web of symptoms. We dig to the root cause.

We’ve developed a variety of proprietary Protea Intra Muscular Shots to aid us in this process. One of our key shots is our Protea SlimShot, and we’re going to go a little deeper into what makes it so amazing. Click here to see our full menu of Protea Intra Muscular Shots!

Our $20 2cc SlimShot contains lipotropin compounds which catalyze the breakdown of fat during metabolism. We combine B12, inositol and choline to make packed and powerful weight loss aid. Choline is the most common and important lipotrope found in mammals. Choline is essential for fat metabolism and supports healthy liver function as well. Inositol not only helps the breakdown of fat, but it also helps relieve the trauma of depression and panic attacks. More on that in a soon-to-come blog!

We often find that our patients have past experiences that are less than positive. We don’t rush. We take our time. We get to know our patients, and we isolate their needs. This dedication to custom-created plans for our patients manifests in a variety of ways. This means you have the power to custom-create your tailored-to-you Intra Muscular Shot. Maybe the SlimShot addresses just one of your needs, and maybe you have needs that our current menu doesn’t meet. That’s why we put the power in your hands.

Whether you are in Chandler or Glendale, come by your local Protea Medical Center to learn how our patented Protea Intra Muscular Shots can help you. And remember: every day from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm we have our $5 off Happy Hour at both Protea Chandler and Glendale!