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Archive Category: Weight Loss

Resistant Starches and Weight Loss?

January 13th, 2017

Findings suggest that resistant starches in foods may increase metabolic rate and possibly support weight loss. More research is needed, of course. And don’t over-eat resistant starches either! But you may enjoy a baked potato–cooled in refrigerator then re-warmed–occasionally 🙂 Check out this article.

Obesogens May Be Thwarting Weight-Loss

January 13th, 2017

For so many of us, weight loss is becoming more and more difficult and obesity is on the rise. A very real culprit may be hidden “obesogens”. Xenoestrogens have long been known to increase risk of weight gain and difficult weight loss. Avoiding plastics and parabens can help–see the attached article for more information.

Chemical Exposure Staggering

October 25th, 2016

Chemical exposure in the United States is increasing our health care costs AND reducing our IQ’s. This article further discusses PBDE’s (polybrominated diphenyl ethers–flame retardants). PBDE’s are in just about everything and are known endocrine-disruptors. One mechanism is that the bromide molecule blocks iodine from our receptors. This in turn block thyroid function leading to hypothyroid symptoms and potential thyroid cancer. Bromide can also accumulate in breast tissue and is likely associated with breast cancer as well. Iodine deficiency is also associated with insulin resistance and weight gain. While it would be almost impossible to avoid PBDE’s while living in the US, but you may want to have your iodine and bromide levels checked. If you are iodine deficient, supplementation could help “flush out” bromide. Caution must be exercised with iodine supplementation or suppression of thyroid function can occur.

So, this note kinda went down a rabbit-hole. First, the high cost of chemical exposure in the US. Then the adverse impact of these chemicals on our health and IQ. Then the link of bromide with thyroid, breast, blood sugar and weight gain problems. Then testing for iodine and bromide to determine supplementation needs. Whew! I do encourage you to make an appointment to have testing and potentially reduce the risk of these dangerous chemicals.

BTW–Did you know that there are endocrine disruptors in your nail polish, too?

Leaky Gut Testing

October 21st, 2016

If you suspect you may have “leaky gut”, these testing options may help guide treatment. Often, however, clinical treatment (without testing) is very effective and saves the cost of the testing. Please schedule an appointment to determine best treatment approach for you.

Leaky Gut effects our entire body!

Leaky Gut effects our entire body!

Green Tea for Artery Health

October 18th, 2016

New research is showing that drinking green tea may strengthen arteries. This means that there may be a reduced risk of aneurysm, a deadly condition. Green tea has also been shown to support healthy blood sugar levels and weight loss! And it is delicious, too–my favorite is matcha tea.

Powdered Matcha tea

Powdered Matcha tea

Some Healthy Fats to Include . . .

October 11th, 2016

Fats have been villified for years now but the recent release of OLD reports reveals that sugars and refined carbohydrates are greater risk factors to our overall health. So, healthy fats are now exonerated–include nuts, seeds, olive oil, and avocados in your diet (avoiding, of course, anything that you are intolerant or allergic to). Check out this article. To your health!!

Paleo May Be Even Better Than Mediterranean

October 11th, 2016

The article summarizes findings comparing the popular Mediterranean diet to the increasingly popular Paleo (or pre-agrarian) diet. The findings suggest improved weight loss and especially improved reduction of waistlines. And those in the study ate until they were full. Schedule an appointment to see if the diet is right for you, and for clarity amongst all the internet hype!

How The Impact of Sugar Has Been Down-Played

September 14th, 2016

Sugar is associated with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, inflammation, and more. One of my favorite recollections was in medical school when I was scanning the nutrition shelves. I flipped open an OLD nutrition book (from late 1800’s)–the author was emphatically warning of the health consequences of “artificial sweeteners”. I rechecked the publication date, scratched my head, and read on, wondering what “artificial sweetener” this could be. It was CANE SUGAR!! Please read the attached article and watch the Fed-Up movie.

Thin Fat??

August 16th, 2016

This is a great article explaining the health consequences of “obesity” whether the individual is thin or fat . . .

Multiple Small Meals? Not So Good For Us . . .

July 27th, 2016

Where do I start? This article has some great information–please check it out.

Also, for those trying to lose weight, these frequent small meals can end up being self-sabotage. Whenever we eat, we get an insulin release–higher with more carbohydrates, higher with simple sugars. Insulin is designed to STORE energy as fat. We cannot lose weight with insulin is present. We should “fast” long enough between meals to switch to release of glucagon which draws from the “energy” that insulin has stored. If we keep eating throughout the day, we get little or no glucagon. SO, if we eat many small meals throughout the day, weight loss becomes difficult or impossible. And we haven’t even mentioned leptin and ghrelin!

My recommendation for most adults (children may need healthful snacks between meals): Try eating 2 – 3 square meals daily. Focus mostly on healthy veggies and healthy fats (e.g., olive oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, nuts, etc.). Limit animal protein to only healthfully-raised meats/poultry/fish. Enjoy fruit but limit it, too. Fast 12 hours nightly. If you get any symptoms other than hunger, eat something healthy and see your doctor.

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