You should know enough about reducing your insulin at this point to get yourself started down that path. You can address the 2nd step of detoxification for the purpose of stubborn fat loss as well as overall health improvement at the same time you’re working on reducing your insulin level if it’s high.
2nd Step is Detoxification
It’s quite a big topic and I’ll just be outlining information in this post. The studio has great programs on detoxification such as the Intense Detox using shakes and a special diet, the infrared sauna, the ion cleanse and we’ll soon be launching a very effective program called “True Cellular Detox” which works at the level of your cell.
It’s important to note that there are many forms of detoxification. It depends what substance you’re getting rid of and where it is. It also depends on if you’re really, really sick and need a more aggressive method to get you feeling better… or if you have good general health and want to stay that way by doing gentle detoxing on a regular basis.
To put it into perspective, one of the most gentle ways to start detoxification is to increase your intake of vegetables. Just doing that will help your body get rid of toxins. If you’re thinking that detoxing is uncomfortable or drastic or even dangerous, know that you could simply start by increasing vegetable intake.
Another way to start detoxing better is to remove as many toxins in your environment as you can. It really is not a detox method, but is the most important first step. It’s not helpful to do programs to eliminate toxins when you keep adding them back in!
One more easy way is to choose a morning breakfast shake that includes cruciferous vegetables (cooked and cooled). We recommend the UltraCleanse BODYSHAKE as the base of your shake because it contains nutrients to help your liver process toxins, it’s very gentle and does not produce “detox reactions” and people LOVE the taste.
And lastly, opening your “channels of elimination” is also gentle without detox reactions. Your channels of elimination are your kidneys, colon, lungs, lymph, and skin. Each of these organs help you to get rid of toxic byproducts processed by your liver.
Opening your channels is simply a way to help your body work better. Your body already has ways to get rid of toxins… this is helping that process.
Quite simply “opening your channels of elimination” means
Drinking plenty of water to flush your kidneys.
Doing what it takes to poop at least once per day or ideally 3 times a day if you eat 3 meals a day.
To get lymph moving you MOVE your body and/or do skin brushing.
You BREATHE deeply to allow your lungs to blow off toxins.
Do skin brushing and saunas (sweating) to allow toxins to leave through your skin.
Lifestyle habits go a long way to improving health. If you’re considering a more intense method of detoxification, all of the above must be already implemented before you start releasing toxins from your cells (they need a way out!).
Why the Problem with Toxins?
The world is not the same as it used to be… in fact we’ve seen dramatic changes in health the last 20 years but even greater in the last 2 years! And the problem of stubborn fat loss has increased exponentially.
One BIG reason is the continued INCREASE in dumping toxins into our precious environment. Over 250 lbs per person per day of toxins are dumped into the US environment. And that does not include pesticides….. so the number is much greater.
The problem is this accumulates in our bodies… our body toxic burden increases and creates health problems including an inability to lose body fat. As we age we accumulate more and more toxins…. maybe it’s not “old age” that’s your problem… but maybe toxin buildup?
And pregnant women pass off over 200 toxins to their newborns. Lead is a big one passed on in pregnancy… so this may be one explanation why so many children are affected with poor health.
What are toxins?
Car exhaust (benzene, CO, formaldehyde)
VOCs (paint, adhesives, cleaning products)
Heavy metals (cadmium, lead, mercury, aluminum)
Carcinogens (dioxin, radiation, asbestos, vinyl chloride to make plastics)
Flame retardants in baby clothes, car seats, furniture, beds, and carpets
Car detailing, “new car smell”
Lawn care chemicals
Aluminum cookware, non-stick cookware
Mold (from moldy nuts or moldy living area)
Smoked and cured foods, hot dogs, (nitrosamines)
Chlorine from your shower and drinking water
EMFs: cell phones, electric blankets, computers, TV screens
Mercury and aluminum in vaccines, mercury in fillings
Lead in pipes and leached from bones
Food additives: artificial sweeteners, preservatives, colorings, other food chemicals
We encounter these things every day… they are part of a “normal” modern lifestyle.
But what’s happened is it’s become “normal” to be diabetic, obese (and struggle with stubborn fat loss), autistic, depressed, anxious, have joint pain, headaches, “hormone trouble'”, unable to sleep, unable to digest food properly….. most of us have problems with at least one of these items and know other people who suffer with a multitude of these.
It’s very sad that even children are affected by these health problems…. often with no hope in sight.
We can have hope. We have this window right now to improve the situation and take charge of our health. We may not have this opportunity later… but we have it now! So let’s learn what we can realistically do to improve our health and more easily lose that stubborn body fat… because I’m telling you… it CAN be done and you are no exception!
How do toxins affect stubborn fat?
Many toxins are stored in your fat cells. Fat all over your body, but also your brain because your brain is mostly fat. Fat is a safer place for toxins to be rather than your blood stream so when you get exposed, they are in your blood for a short period, then get stored away in your organs and fat (also in fatty liver).
When you decide to go on a fat reducing plan, if you’re quite full of toxins… and most people are…. your body is very smart and decides it would be unsafe for you to release those toxins into your blood stream…. so it hangs on to the fat to keep the toxins stored away.
And you get frustrated because you’re trying as hard as you can and thinking you’re doing everything right but the weight does not come off.
Another problem is that the toxins “clog up” the receptors on your cells. You have receptors that receive the messages from your hormones. Your hormones float around in your blood stream, then attach to a cell, and then give it a message to tell it what to do. Your hormones govern your body processes.
When the receptors are malfunctioning because you’ve got toxin interruption, the cell doesn’t receive the healthy message… and you suffer health problems including inability to lose body fat.
Your insulin may now be in a healthy range, but it cannot give your cells the right message… so you remain insulin resistant.
You may have plenty of testosterone and estrogen, but if those receptors are out of commission, your sex hormones cannot get the messages to your cells.
Same with thyroid hormone. You may have enough… your lab tests are normal, but you have low thyroid symptoms because your cells cannot receive the thyroid hormone message…. and taking more thyroid hormone as a medication doesn’t help either!
Once the toxin load is reduced and your cell membrane receptors shift back to normal, your hormones all start to work better.
When you reduce toxin load in a safe and rather slow process, your body will know it’s safe to let go of fat and your problems with stubborn fat loss diminish.
Not only does an excess toxin load make it nearly impossible for stubborn fat loss, but it also causes a host of other problems such as:
Increased risk of breast and colon cancer
Central nervous system disorders
Joint inflammation and stiffness
and inability to lose body fat
Hopefully you see a number of reasons to take steps to reduce your toxin load. It helps you get rid of stubborn fat but also improves health outcomes. I’ve really just touched on this important topic… so many other details. I’m hoping to address this in future posts.
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Stubborn fat can be as little as 5 extra pounds of fat or as much as a few hundred pounds. Stubborn fat seems to just stick to your body and not budge no matter what you do. Most people feel discouraged after dieting, exercising and trying to do all the right things and still have that stubborn fat on the belly, hips, thighs, upper arms, love handles, back… it can be anywhere on your body and it’s different for different people.
The news and magazines promote going vegan, vegetarian, low carb, or Paleo, detoxing, eating more protein, less protein, avoid coconut oil, but eat butter, but only a certain kind… and eat organic food, and then organic doesn’t matter… How do we know what to believe!?
My science and medical background as a Pharm.D. leads me to be more analytical in nature, so when the confusion starts I re-look at the physiology of our bodies. In the case of diets and what we should eat if we’re wanting to lose excess bodyfat, I like to look at the facts of how our bodies work rather than follow the latest fad or simply what worked for someone else. While I’ve found there are no shortcuts to a healthy and lean body, you can make it less terrible, more efficient, and more effective by addressing specific reasons your body holds on to excess fat.
The first step is to address high insulin
Most people in this country are walking around with a high fasting insulin level and don’t know it.
High insulin tells your body to store fat… almost without regard to how little you eat or how much you exercise. If your insulin level is high, your efforts for fat loss will be in vain… causing disappointment and giving up.
You don’t have to be diabetic to have a high insulin level. In fact, a high insulin level will appear at least 10 years before diabetes is discovered. Knowing your insulin level now (and reducing it) can help you completely prevent getting diabetes in the future.
Get Your Level Measured
To know your insulin level, you’ll get your fasting insulin blood level done at your doctor’s office or order it yourself at Life Extension (lifeextension.com) or other online lab ordering businesses. It’s about $30-$40. If you order online, they send you a form to take to your local blood drawing organization such as LabCorp. Be sure it’s a fasting insulin and not blood sugar or hemoglobin A1C.
To have efficient body fat loss your fasting insulin level should be 2-5 mIU/L. The lab normals will indicate 25 is a good level, but that’s an outdated number. Those lab values should be updated to help us all improve our health. A level above 5 will make it difficult for body fat loss. The 2-5 level was chosen as ideal from looking at healthier populations of people. The lab normals in the United States are from average Americans.
What to Do With Your Results
Many people are thrilled to find a reason why they’ve been unsuccessful at losing bodyfat. It’s not to say that this is the only point. But it’s the first point that should be addressed.
If your level is 2-5 and you still have issues with stubborn fat loss, we have more steps to address. We’ll just tick one off at a time.
If your level is above 5, start right away eating foods that do not raise insulin levels. It’s simple… but easier said than done depending on what your diet is like now. In general, this means eating protein (eggs, meat, fish, protein shakes) in moderate amounts (no! don’t overdo protein), tons of non-starchy vegetables (think 6-9 cups/day), and plenty of good fats (olive oil, pasture butter, coconut oil, avocado, MCT oil).
Time saving tricks and learning to make food taste amazing is what makes this type of eating completely doable for longer periods of time. When you’re faced with a decision whether or not a food will be good for you…. ask yourself if it will raise your insulin level. If the answer is “yes’… that food will not help you while you have this goal of reducing your insulin level.
Once your insulin level is 5 or below, start to add back in fruit and starchy veggies. It’s important to know that food choices are determined based on what you are trying to accomplish….
Short term pleasure?
Decreasing insulin level?
Cancer prevention or treatment?
Keep in mind always that your choices of food give you specific results.
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The H.O.P.E. Formula by Brenda Watson is a program for everyone to adopt into their daily lifestyle. It’s not reserved for those with digestive problems. It’s a program to prevent future problems and keep your digestive system (and the rest of your body) running smoothly and effectively.
When addressing any health problem, most experts agree that the first place to start is the digestive system. Supplements, hormones, amino acids and other treatments will not work effectively if the digestive system is not functioning properly. Overlooking this important process could be the barrier to improved health.
Let’s start with the “H”, for High Fiber.
Absorbs toxins and gets them out of your body (soluble fiber)
“Sweeps clean” and tones the colon muscles (insoluble fiber), reducing/eliminating constipation.
Slows glucose absorption, helps keep blood sugar levels balanced and good for diabetics
Absorbs water soluble cholesterol, reducing cholesterol levels and helps reduce formation of gallstones.
Improves hemorroids, varicose veins and colitis.
Promotes weight loss, prevents colon cancer and controls carcinogens in intestine.
helps remove unwanted heavy metals and toxin and reduces the effects of radiation therapy.
A blend of soluble/insoluble fiber will both bind toxins and increase elimination. Using only one type of fiber will not give you all these benefits.
Insoluble Fiber Sources
Peanuts, brazil nuts
Soluble Fiber Sources:
Barley, oats, rye
Seeds (incl flax)
Psyllium husks (not recommended)
35 grams per day. Very difficult to get only from diet. Fiber supplements are almost always necessary to achieve 35 gm/day. Look for one with a blend of both soluble/insoluble fiber. Flax, acacia and oat bran make a good blend. You can find Brenda’s line of products at Whole Foods to make it easy.
Why not psyllium?
Psyllium is a popular type of fiber seen sold in stores. It absorbs 40 times its weight in water and can have a dehydrating effect on the colon and can cause costipation and bloating. Psyllium can increase intestinal permeability and possible contribute to stomach or bowel cancer. Additionally, psyllium can encourage overgrowth of the normal intestinal bacteria which can deprive your body of vitamin B12 and produce an increase in the concentration of bacterial toxins.
Information presented here is from The H.O.P.E. Formula by Brenda Watson.
You are! You’ll get the best results by putting yourself in the driver’s seat and learning as much as you can.
Your hormones affect everything in your body. Your thinking, your energy level, your fat to lean ratio, your sleep and your appetite and much more. Hormones are of the sex hormone type (testosterone, DHEA, estrogen, progesterone, etc) and the insulin type (cortisol, adrenaline, relaxin, insulin, etc).
If you’re not getting the results from exercise and diet, sometimes hormones are the trouble. Remember, hormones include insulin, cortisol, adrenaline and thyroid. Don’t think you have to be menopausal to have hormone problems.
The best way to learn about hormones is to read. The information is out there and you CAN learn on your own. A book list is included at the bottom.
First, keep in mind that hormone therapy is not necessarily the first step. Work with your diet, supportive supplements and lifestyle before diving into hormones.
However, if you’re unable to sleep and/or you’re having severe symptoms, starting with hormones can certainly make sense. Just know that it’s not wise to use hormone therapy in place of a healthy lifestyle. Not everyone needs hormones.
Once you have a working knowledge of hormones, find a health care practitioner you can work with. This isn’t necessarily easy. Not many doctors work with bioidentical hormones. Don’t expect your doctor to have all the answers. You must form a successful partnership with your provider and do your part. No one can do it all for you.
When choosing a provider, be sure he/she works with adrenals and thyroid, in addition to the sex hormones.
It’s important you first understand how your body works and a good understanding of hormones before you go to your first appointment. You’ll learn more as you start your therapy and see how your body responds.
Here is a short list of Twin Cities health care providers who work with bioidentical hormones:
Noelle Radcliffe M.D at Edina Sports Health and Wellness
Rob Bruley, MD, DC at the Bruley Center in Linden Hills
612 455 0444
Sandi Greenquist at the Minnesota Menopause Center
Nancy Gossard NP at Park Nicollet 952 993 3282
________________________________________________________ Book List:
For men: The Testosterone Syndrome by Eugene Shippen, M.D.
Change Your Brain Change Your Body by Daniel Amen M.D. (also good for men)
Female Brain Gone Insane by Mia Lundin, R.N.C., N.P.
The Schwartzbein Principle II, by Diana Schwartzbein, M.D.
The Miracle of Bioidentical Hormones by Michael Platt, M.D.
Before the Change, Taking Charge of Your Perimenopause, by Ann Louise Gittleman, M.S., C.N.S
Perimenopaue the Natural Way, by Deborah Gordon, M.D.
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Perimenopause, by John Lee, M.D.