- Nut Milk
- 1/2 cup Brazil nuts
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 3-5 dates
- 1 Vanilla bean stem
- 3-5 cups water
Try adding Cayenne to your cacao smoothies. The blend of chilli with chocolate is divine!! One of my favorites is:
Recent research shows that specific chemicals in foods – such as sulforaphane, a phytochemical in broccoli – work with your genes to ratchet up your body’s natural defense systems, helping to inactivate toxins and free radicals before they can do the damage that leads to cancer, cardiovascular disease, and even premature aging.
And the hope for the future is to be able to tell someone what diseases or maladies they might be genetically predispositioned to early on, so their diets can be focused accordingly. We’ll know which ones to add, which ones to avoid, and be able to take a proactive role in preventing or deterring a genetic disease. In the meantime, many foods have been determined to pack a punch to the aging process.
Lycopene, the pigment that makes tomatoes red, also appears to reduce risk for cardiovascular disease, some cancers, and macular degeneration. It’s also been associated in greater self-sufficiency in elderly adults. While fresh tomatoes have a good hit of lycopene, the most absorbable forms are found in cooked tomato products, such as spaghetti sauce and soup and prepared salsas. Pink grapefruit, guava, red bell peppers, and watermelon are also rich in lycopene.
Eating at least two cups of orange fruits like sweet potatoes, squash and carrots boosts intake of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A, essential for healthy skin and eyes, which may also reduce the risk of some cancers, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. Lutein and lycopene, also found in orange produce, also help reduce the risk of macular degeneration and may protect skin from sun damage and even reduce wrinkling as well. Mangos and cantaloupes are also beta-carotene endowed.
And if you don’t do anything else to change your diet, eat your dark leafy greens. They have been showed to significantly reduce your risk for heart disease and may also save your eyesight. Dietary guidelines advise at least three cups of greens a week.
Don’t forget the mental aging process as well. The heart-healthy omega 3 fatty acids have also recently been shown to keep your brain sharp. A recent study found that a higher intake of fatty fish significantly reduced mental decline. If fresh fish isn’t an option, go for canned tuna, salmon, and sardines.
It’s important that we eat plenty of different fruits and vegetables every day. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber, and other substances that are important for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and are filling.
You’ve probably heard about the 5 A Day for Better Health program. It provides easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily eating patterns. It’s vital that we eat a wide variety of colorful orange/yellow, red, green, white, and blue/purple vegetables and fruit every day. By eating vegetables and fruit from each color group, you will benefit from the essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that each color group has to offer alone and in combination.
There’s several different yet simple ways to start incorporating vegetables and fruit into your familiar and favorite meals. You can begin your day with 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice, slice bananas or strawberries on top of your cereal, or have a salad with lunch and an apple for an afternoon snack. Include a vegetable with dinner and you already have about 5 cups of fruits and vegetables. You may even try adding a piece of fruit for a snack or an extra vegetable at dinner.
Don’t be afraid to try something new to increase your vegetable and fruit intake. There are so many choices when selecting fruits and vegetables. Kiwifruit, asparagus, and mango may become your new favorite. Keep things fresh and interesting by combining fruits and vegetables of different flavors and colors, like red grapes with pineapple chunks, or cucumbers and red peppers.
Get in the habit of keeping fruits and vegetables visible and easily accessible – you’ll tend to eat them more. Store cut and cleaned produce at eye-level in the refrigerator, or keep a big colorful bowl of fruit on the table.
If you’ve considered my healing food diet, you may already know that bread, while seemingly innocent and marketed as healthy, is worse than you think!
For starters, bread is likely one of the saltiest foods in your pantry. Data from the CDC shows that a single slice of bread contains around 100 to 200 mg of sodium. In comparison, an ounce of potato chips only has about 120 mg of sodium in comparison.
If you want to lose any amount of weight, removing bread and pasta from your diet can be a huge boost to your success. Bread, like pasta, is largely made up of processed grains and/or white flour. The problem with this set of ingredients is that there is little, if any nutritional value, or even fiber present.
Breads will quickly exceed your daily sodium amounts, and can prevent you from getting the potassium you need. Potassium can be found in fruits, vegetables and cultured whey– food that most of us rarely eat enough of.
Sodium is essential for hydration because it pumps water and nutrients into your cells. Potassium functions by pumping waste products out of the cells.
A major reason so many Americans are unable to function at full health is the over consumption of Sodium and the under consumption of Potassium. Your body needs approximately 500mg of Sodium per day, but many American’s consume upwards of 5,000mg per day—10x more than needed!
Conversely, Americans should be consuming 4,700mg of Potassium, but fall short consuming approximately 1/10th the Potassium necessary for optimal health. This potassium-sodium imbalance is actually believed to be a major factor that contributes to hypertension, as well as other heart problems.
Potassium is in a class known as electrolytes
When dissolved in water, electrolytes conduct the electricity needed by our muscles and nerves to function. Another function of potassium is to assist the storage of carbohydrates in the muscles. Carbohydrates are needed for endurance, and also play a role in the body’s blood pressure regulation, as well as fluid balance. When the body lacks potassium, not only are the muscles and nerves compromised, but the heart may even have trouble maintaining a normal rhythm.
If you follow what I call the SAD Diet (Standard American Diet) there’s a good chance you may also suffer from the potassium-sodium imbalance. The good news is this imbalance is not permanent. There are ways to correct it.
How to Correct the Imbalance of Sodium and Potassium
Here’s a few things you can do:
Remove all breads and pasta from your diet. I can’t stress this enough!
Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet, today! It’s simple. It works.
Consider starting a cleanse. I recommend doing a juice cleanse, the RAW Cleanse, or my Suero Cleanse. Pick the one that’s right for you and get started!
We are all familiar with the little yellow packages of Splenda that promise to satisfy our sweet tooth without the extra calories and the carbohydrates. You may have used Splenda in place of aspartame and saccharine and the -now banned by the FDA- cyclamate because you know they are composed of dangerous chemicals. And Splenda is natural, right? Well, not quite.
“Splenda” is the commercial name used for sucralose. The manufacturers advertise Splenda as being more “natural” than other sweeteners, as the main substance, sucralose, comes from sugar. This is very misleading though, as it leads consumers to believe that sucralose comes from sugar the same way that cheese comes from milk.
The way that sucralose is produced is much more complicated, but to put it simply splenda is chlorinated sugar (chlorocarbon). Other common chlorocarbons include carbon tetrachloride, and methylene chloride which are all poisonous! Chlorine in numerous studies has been proven as toxic to our bodies and can accumulate in our systems over time.
The reason that a chemically altered molecule, like sucralose, can be threatening for our health if ingested, is the fact that our bodies are not made to recognize these substances and do not know how to properly deal with them. This is not the case with sugar (sucrose, lactose, fructose) that we have been ingesting for thousands of years.
Sucralose accumulates very slowly and with habitual use. To make it more clear, if we eat something containing sucralose once, our body will manage to eventually get rid of sucralose. But if we ingest it every day, our body does not have enough time to deal with it. A study showed that with a moderate consumption 96.7% of sucralose leaves our bodies, while high consumption the percentage falls to 92.8%. This means chlorine is being stored in other areas of your body causing your cells to become toxic!
You may say, if it’s so dangerous, then why is it FDA approved? (FYI, the FDA approves a lot of things that later are pulled off the market once enough people die like cyclamateand Vioxx). The FDA points to over one hundred studies that claim sucralose is safe. The problem is these studies are typical, and usually conducted by companies who are financially invested in Splenda, and all were short term studies. One of the studies tests if Splenda causes teeth decay, for example, which is of course a serious issue, but not life threatening. The vast majority of the studies used rats, not humans and in very, very limited amounts.
The ones that show that in amounts of 500 mg/kg sucralose is hepatoxic and nephrotoxic, meaning that it causes damage to the liver and kidneys. Those studies are not taken seriously by the FDA, as the test subjects were -guess what- rats. And their defense mechanism are not considered adequate to simulate the human body’s response. The controversy of the FDA’s behavior here is of course obvious. It is a fact that the amount of sucralose used in these studies is very high, but it is chosen as they want to test the effects of accumulated sucralose in the human body after years of everyday use.
Apart from the liver and kidneys, a 2008 Duke University study found that Splenda alters the intestine flora as it destroys beneficial bacteria. This is a major problem because we need good bacteria also known as probiotics for a healthy immune system.
Many people report the side effects as resembling allergic reactions. The most commonly reported Splenda side effects are:
And the list goes on! Of course, it’s hard to pin point that Spenda was exclusively responsible for these side effects, but in the reports people claim that they felt better once they stopped using Splenda.
James Turner of “Citizens for Health” is fighting for the labeling of products containing Splenda, to give consumers a choice to avoid sucralose. There is a good reason for that, as even if someone chooses not to use Splenda in their beverages, it is used as an additive in so many low calorie and/or sugar free foods and prepackaged goods, that it is quite hard to avoid it.
Concluding, Splenda does not have any long term research and we know by its chemical makeup that it is not good for you. Too much chlorine in your system is toxic and there are healthier, natural sweeteners available today like Whole Leaf Stevia. I suggest you make the switch to Stevia or raw local honey to satisfy your sweet tooth in a healthy way! I recommend a brand called Stevita.
Being overweight in America is a national epidemic. It affects citizens of all ages. If you are overweight, then losing weight in a healthy and consistent way is the best thing you can do to help improve your quality of health. It will also benefit almost any other health problem.
Engaging in the process of weight loss is of paramount importance. Changing the dynamics within your body that make weight loss possible requires many aspects of health to work in the right away, especially as time goes along. A healthy process of weight loss offers many health benefits long before an optimal weight goal is achieved.
Individual health challenges that may inhibit weight loss vary from person to person. During the Advanced Healing Diet Weight Loss Challenge you will learn the most common reasons people struggle with weight loss. Some of these may apply to you and others may not. However, understanding all the key topics involved will help you, as any one of them can throw a monkey wrench in your progress at any time.
Public health officials will preach and use the mantra “eat less and exercise more.” After that, the public health pundits think being overweight is a medical problem requiring drugs or surgery.
It’s true, eating well is very important. However, eating the proper size meals is also very important. Not snacking is very important. Not eating after dinner is very important. Exercising is very important. OK, we can all agree these things are important.
A third leg to this equation is called metabolic efficiency. It determines how many calories you can actually burn as fuel. A calorie represents the potential energy you can extract from food. Fat has nine calories per gram, protein or carbohydrates each have four. Whether or not you convert calories to energy depends on how active you are compared to how many calories you consume. It also depends on how efficiently your metabolic engines run.
A key theme of The Advanced Healing Diet Weight Loss Challenge is improving your metabolic weak spots so that your calorie burning efficiency improves.
Leptin – King of Hormones
The proper function of leptin in your body determines your metabolic efficiency. The Advanced Healing Diet® represents a strategy for eating in harmony with leptin. This is absolutely vital to improve metabolic efficiency over the long haul as well as create a physiology that has the potential for healthy weight loss.
During The Advanced Healing Diet Weight Loss Challenge I will not be explaining the basics of leptin or the Advanced Healing Diet. This information is readily available on the website for you.
I routinely post breaking news on leptin and weight loss in the Weight Loss News section of our website. This keeps you up to date on the most current science and is my method of keeping you informed about the subject since publishing these books. You will find hundreds of postings in Weight Loss News, and some of these postings are linked in this article.
During The Advanced Healing Diet Weight Loss Challenge I will focus on key topics and help you adopt strategies to improve problems so it is easier for you to lose weight. The goal is not only to keep you moving in the right direction but also give you tools and skills to identify and change what is happening when you aren’t losing weight or when you find yourself slipping off a healthy path.
Most of us struggle with various metabolic issues that go beyond the basics of a good diet and exercise. Helping you understand what your weak spots are and how you can improve them is a key part of The Advanced Healing Diet Weight Loss Challenge. When you can consistently apply this information from month to month, your chances of weight loss success over time greatly improve.
Approximately 33 percent – 50 percent of the cells within your white adipose tissue (fat) are mature adipocytes or what we might call “grown-up” fat cells. A normal weight person has about 30 billion of these fat cells; an overweight person averages around 75 billion and an obese person can have up to 300 billion.
Within your white adipose tissue are immune system cells, with a large amount of specialized immune cells called macrophages and monocytes. When fat cells expand, they become stressed and release signals to monocytes complaining of their plight. Monocytes respond by secreting monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1), which turns on inflammatory processes within white adipose tissue macrophages.
MCP-1 enters your general circulation and recruits additional macrophages to come and help out with the struggling fat cells. The macrophages come to the site of the problem and see fat cells bursting at their seams. This is the equivalent of a sprained ankle but in this case “sprained fat.” To help solve this problem the macrophages actually help fat cells break down fatty acids and release them, trying to prevent the fat cells from dying. This is a highly inflammatory situation within your fat that drains your antioxidants and can contribute to or cause low-grade inflammation anywhere in your body.
Your stored fat is not static. It is constantly being broken down and repackaged. Thus, it is not enough to just break down stored fat, your body is already doing that. You must create metabolic efficiency to the point where the stored fat has someplace to go, instead of just being sent back to storage. Nutrients can help encourage the breakdown of stored fat while in a weight loss mode.
As you lose weight, your fat cells first shrink in size. If you gain weight, fat cells can rapidly enlarge again. As you continue to lose weight, your progress naturally slows partly because you are encountering damaged fat cells that are older and have been previously crammed full of fat. They typically contain higher than desired amounts of fat-soluble toxins, complicating the weight loss process. This is when strategies to improve metabolic efficiency really become important. You actually want new and more metabolically fit fat cells to form, but not while overeating, or weight gain will occur. You also want older fat cells to dump their contents and die, reducing your numbers of fat cells to a more normal level. This process takes months. It is also vital that you process the toxins correctly during this time or weight loss will come to a halt.
The larger your stomach or the more co-existing problems like Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (POSD) or type 2 diabetes are present, the greater the number of metabolically unfit fat cells you possess. This does not mean you can’t make very good progress. It means you have little margin for error and little freedom to go off a healthy plan that is working.
No dietary supplement is a magical weight loss pill. No single dietary supplement product is going to melt pounds from your body. You must eat well and you must exercise. Supplements have little chance to help you when this is ignored. There are no short cuts.
The metabolic stress of being overweight is associated with increased demands for a variety of basic nutrients. You may or may not be lacking these nutrients, but you definitely need to understand what they are.
Various sluggish situations of metabolic efficiency can be improved with dietary supplements. For some people various dietary supplements improve the sluggish issues and simply help make the process easier and progress more consistent. For others such support may be instrumental in making improvement. A good diet and exercise are always the foundation to the solution.
Many dieting strategies rely on severe calorie restriction to induce initial weight loss or require significant calorie restriction for an extended period of time. Such strategies can induce weight loss in the short term, as your metabolism is set to burn a higher number of calories for a few weeks.
However, after a period of time your metabolism will slow down and your body will enter low leptin starvation mode. You will run low on energy, have a bad mood, lose muscle and strength, and run the risk of getting sick from depressed immunity – not to mention other potential risks. It is unlikely you will reach your goal weight in this weak and anorexic-like condition. It is certain you will regain weight, sometimes even more than you started with, when you begin eating even normal amounts of food.
The notion that weight loss can be accomplished by eating less and exercising more certainly applies to a junk food consuming couch potato. That idea starts to lose value as you eat better and exercise more – which generally means you will need to eat more to sustain your energy. This does not mean you should use exercise as an excuse to overeat. I am just pointing out the flaw in the public health message “eat less, exercise more,” as the foundation of a long term weight management strategy.
I recommend consuming 1,200 – 1,600 calories per day for women and 1,600 – 2,000 calories per day for men. More calories within this range are typically needed if you have physically demanding activities. In some cases you may require more calories than this basic range if your daily physical output is quite high (demanding physical work or higher levels of activity/exercise). These are very general guidelines, though my main point is that eating less than this as the strategy to lose weight is not likely to be successful over the long term.
If the latest diet fad is not a new way to starve yourself then it is typically a new or repackaged way to manipulate the fat, protein, or carbohydrates in your diet. While such strategies can induce your body to lose weight, they may not be healthy depending on what is being recommended and how long you do it.
A diet too low in fat will cause you to have no energy and can make you very depressed. A diet too low in protein will cause your liver’s metabolic drive to slow down, and with it your metabolic efficiency. A diet too low in carbohydrates will dehydrate your muscles and stress your heart and kidneys.
A diet too high in fat will clog you metabolic organs. A diet too high in protein will poison your brain. A diet too high in carbohydrates causes insulin resistance and leads to type 2 diabetes.
So how do you determine too high or too low? It will vary from person to person and you definitely need to understand what amounts of which calories work best for you. It is not one size fits all.
The quality of calories you consume is also extremely important.
For the purpose of weight loss, your minimum protein intake should be ½ your ideal body weight in grams of protein per day ranging up to ¾ of your actual body weight in grams of protein per day, which amounts to approximately 30 percent of your calories. Individuals with liver or kidney disease may not be able to metabolize this much protein and would need guidance from their doctor.
Higher protein intake is metabolically activating to your liver and if your liver is in good shape it can increase your metabolic rate by 30 percent for as long as 12 hours. Higher protein helps preserve your muscle and bone during weight loss and helps you deal with stress.
This higher protein amount requires that you have adequate nutrients to healthfully process the protein such as magnesium, B vitamins, and antioxidants. Exercise is critical so that the protein is put to use.
High quality whey protein is a superior food for metabolic activation and I highly recommend it for breakfast most days of the week. It can be made into a smoothie with the beverage of your choice and a serving of fruit – oftentimes a banana to help keep your potassium levels up.
I recommend 25 percent – 30 percent of your calories from fat. In a 2,000 calorie diet, this means 500 – 600 calories from fat, or 55 – 66 grams of fat per day. In a 1,600 calorie diet that’s 45 – 55 grams of fat per day. Ideally, 1-3 grams of that fat should be the omega-3 oil DHA.
DHA lowers inflammation within white adipose tissue. A number of studies show that DHA boostsadiponectin levels. Adiponectin is another important hormone coming from fat that is vital for healthy blood sugar regulation and inflammation reduction in your cardiovascular system. DHAlowers signals from leptin-related genes that are behind the excess production of leptin that causes leptin resistance.
A key feature of DHA is that it works in harmony with saturated fat intake so that saturated fat intake, in moderation, is not harmful to your health. With adequate DHA you can eat half your fat grams in saturated fat. When your diet is too low in saturated fat you may have trouble sustaining energy between meals, which will cause you to be tired and eat more carbohydrates. Round out your fat intake with olive oil. Minimize intake of vegetable oils and packaged foods, salad dressings, or baked goods that contain vegetable oils.
Most individuals who eat too much fat are eating too much cheese, so cut back cheese portions at any given meal to 1 – 2 ounces. Butter and cream have some interesting properties that when used judiciously can help you feel full faster. The value of olive oil as a monounsaturated fat is partly due to its unique antioxidant properties, which are based on the squalene contained in its fat.
Saturated fat is vital to human health. It is actually a premium fuel source for your energy. Its intake is highly associated with pleasure, which indicates its evolutionary importance to continuation of the human race.
Wherever we find disease in modern Western society, including obesity, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes, we find an over-consumption of saturated fat, a lack of DHA, increased consumption of refined carbohydrates, and too much vegetable oil.
Every place DHA goes in the body, healthier fat metabolism follows. This is proven beyond any doubt for the health of your circulation, heart, brain, liver, pancreas, and especially the fitness of white adipose tissue.
My overarching point is not to live in fear of fat but to use it wisely.
Carbohydrates make up the balance of your calorie intake. As a general rule these should be about 40 percent of your calories. You can decrease them to 25 percent or 30 percent of your calories, while increasing protein, which can sometimes help weight loss kick into gear.
A considerable body of research has evolved around the concept of the glycemic index. In theory, lower glycemic index carbohydrates pose less stress to your ability to regulate blood sugar.
I agree with the glycemic index in general, but would like to add one caveat. The glycemic potential of any food will be increased if you eat a lot of it by itself and will be decreased if you eat it with other foods containing fiber.
The important point is that adequate fiber is essential to slow the rate of sugar absorption from your intestinal tract. Just as we need DHA to help metabolize saturated fat, and magnesium, B vitamins, and antioxidants to help metabolize protein, so it is that we also need fiber to help metabolize carbohydrates.
Dietary fiber is one of the fundamentals of a healthy diet. Although it is a form of complex carbohydrate, it is so complex that it is not digestible for use as energy like other carbohydrates (fruit, bread, pasta, etc.). This can confuse consumers a bit, as fiber “calories” must be listed as carbohydrates on food and supplement labels, yet they are actually a “no calorie” type of food.
Our government recommends 25 grams of fiber per day. Americans eating the typical refined food diet get about half that amount of fiber. The American Cancer Society recommends 20 – 35 grams of fiber per day, based on research indicating that higher fiber intake may reduce the risk ofvarious forms of cancer1. The FDA allows a health claim for certain types of fiber, like psyllium and oats, for the reduction of heart disease. Two Wellness Resources products containing fiber qualify for this heart friendly claim.
In terms of using fiber to support weight management I recommend 35 – 60 grams of fiber per day. A lack of adequate dietary fiber will eventually stall any weight loss efforts. Science continues to prove that the higher the fiber intake, the greater the amount of weight lost. I also like fiber because it is the key prebiotic for friendly flora growth, a sponge for toxins and cholesterol, a tool to help regulate food cravings, it improves ease of bowel movements, and reduces the amount of food needed at a meal to get a normal full signal.
Fiber can be mixed in a whey protein drink or it can be mixed in water and consumed before meals. Cutting back on refined sugar while increasing fiber intake can have a rather dramatic impact on your ability to lose weight. When adding supplemental fiber, gradually increase your amount each day until you reach the desired intake. Too much too fast may cause gas, bloating, or other digestive discomfort.
Those prone to constipation may need some natural laxative support when boosting fiber – although the higher fiber by itself typically keeps everything moving better once regularity is established. Extra magnesium and/or vitamin C also helps sluggish bowels.
Magnesium is a vital cofactor in more than 300 enzyme reactions, many of which are central to the utilization and production of energy. Magnesium is the foundation of your alkaline reserves. It acts as a buffer so your body can maintain an alkaline pH while performing needed metabolic chores, which often involve acid chemistry, such as handling the higher intake of protein to facilitate weight loss. A lack of magnesium2 creates a body chemistry at risk for developing the full blown metabolic syndrome, of which obesity is a part.
Additionally, numerous studies show that magnesium lowers the inflammatory signals CRP, TNFa, and IL6. Magnesium also supports multiple chemistry reactions that facilitate antioxidant function, in turn resulting in less inflammation. Evidence shows that magnesium, like DHA, is a vital nutrient foradiponectin production. Supplemental magnesium3 has also been shown in overweight people to upregulate 24 genes and downregulate 36 other genes in a manner consistent with improved metabolic gene signaling.
A key feature of magnesium is that it enables your body to handle the stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system. This allows your body to tolerate the stimulation of both brown and white adipose tissue, which is vital to the fitness of fat.
Doses of magnesium up to 800 mg a day are typically quite helpful in improving sluggish metabolism. Some individuals are limited by bowel tolerance as to how much magnesium they can take.
Being overweight is a pro-inflammatory condition that places an extra demand on antioxidants4. When antioxidants run low, inflammation accelerates. This is a nasty catch-22 that locks in inflammation while handicapping metabolism. Cell energy production (calorie burning) simply cannot occur at an optimal pace when antioxidants are lacking. The U.S. Center for Disease Control has documented that overweight and obese adults are woefully lacking in many antioxidants as well as B12 and folic acid. It is also clear that obese children and adolescents lack antioxidants6.
As a compromised antioxidant status persists, other serious metabolic problems7 are more likely to occur, including high blood pressure, coronary artery problems, and type 2 diabetes.
Vitamin C may be especially important as a cornerstone for antioxidants in the context of obesity. This is because most mammals synthesize vitamin C from sugar, but humans have an abnormal genetic mutation that prevents this. This will cause cravings for sugar when what you really need is vitamin C. Some researchers believe this issue is so important it is helping to cause the obesity epidemic8.
Overweight people must have more antioxidants in order to get a good response to exercise. This is due to poor oxygen utilization in cells, which is common in overweight people. Ironically, simply boosting exercise without supporting antioxidant needs can actually worsen free radical damage and induce greater levels of inflammation – the opposite of what any person would like to have happen.
I recommend a comprehensive array of synergistic antioxidants as a foundation for healthy weight management, including basic antioxidants such as vitamin C, vitamin E, and carotenes9. The majority of supplements a person might take to assist metabolism typically contain antioxidants. Top additional choices include nutrients like quercetin, resveratrol, tocotrienols, and grape seed extract.
Low vitamin D has now been conclusively linked to obesity and the metabolic syndrome. One study,Vitamin D deficiency is the Cause of Common Obesity10, makes the case that the lack of this one nutrient may be at the root of our societal epidemic of obesity. It is clear that vitamin D helps slow down the increase in the number of fat cells11 that accompany gaining weight.
Vitamin D is the key nutrient that enables your body to tolerate inflammation, literally preventing an inflammatory forest fire. Vitamin D and magnesium deficiency have been clearly established as mutual deficiencies in highly dysfunctional fat.
Higher vitamin D levels also support higher adiponectin levels. Whereas lower levels of vitamin D are associated with leptin resistance and low adiponectin , driving weight management problems.
A half hour of sun exposure gives you 10,000 IU of vitamin D. Overweight individuals should get at least 2,000 IU per day and likely need doses ranging from 4,000 IU – 8,000 IU per day to support healthy metabolism. The winter months are especially problematic.
A lack of calcium can cause an elevation of neuropeptide Y (NPY) in your brain, in turn causing you to have cravings for carbohydrates. NPY simultaneously stimulates the production of new fat cells12. Calcium is known to help bones; the osteocalcin produced by bone also acts as a hormone in white adipose tissue to boost adiponectin and in the pancreas to boost insulin production. Calcium also helps regulate energy production and has been shown to participate in the formation of adiponectin13.
Newer science shows that supplemental calcium and supplemental vitamin D, in combination, can increase the rate of fat burning in humans, regardless of carbohydrate cravings. Studies show thathigher calcium intake is associated with better weight loss over time.
B vitamins are fundamental cofactors in how your body prepares any type of calorie to be burned as fuel. They are also instrumental in how your cell engines actually produce energy from calories. B6, B12, and folic acid are required for protein metabolism to work properly.
Thus, when you increase protein intake to assist weight management you need an adequate supply of B vitamins for best results. Vitamin B12, folic acid, and B6 are needed to lower a natural byproduct of protein metabolism called homocysteine14. Elevated levels of homocysteine are clearly linked to obesity and more serious metabolic problems. For example, B12 is especially lacking in overweight women with PCOS15.
Folic acid is needed to activate a core cellular signal16 (AMPK) that synchronizes energy production in every cell of your body. I will talk about this in much greater detail in a future article in this series. In fact, when parents lack B vitamins their children are more likely to have faulty metabolic wiring leading to increased risk for easy weight gain.
A multiple vitamin and mineral supplement17 has been shown to help obese women lower blood pressure and inflammation over a 26 week period. This study highlights the need for the most basic of dietary supplements to assist metabolism to work better.
The first step to adopt a weight loss strategy is to create a physiological environment in which weight loss can take place. The Advanced Healing Diet is an eating strategy that facilitates weight loss. Eating higher quality food and exercising are of course essential. Additionally, we see that many basic nutrients are lacking in overweight people. Ensuring adequate intake of all of these helps your body get and stay in a weight loss mode.
There are many other roles for nutrition in helping weight management. These include thyroid support, extra support for stress, boosting fat metabolism, reducing fluid retention and inflammation, etc. Such strategies may be quite helpful and can be readily added to the basic nutrition support recommended herein.
In the coming weeks, I will explain twelve important issues that impact your ability to lose weight. I will outline them in their general sequence of importance to help you get on track as quickly as possible.
The goal over the next twelve weeks is to provide enough information and practical strategies so that you can truly take charge of your metabolism. This should make it much easier for you to get in a weight loss mode and stay in it consistently until you reach your goal weight.
Until you have reached your goal weight and maintained it for one year, you are at risk for relapse – with plenty of fat cells willing to expand at a moment’s notice. Managing leptin efficiently is a lifestyle, not a short-term dieting strategy. As the years go by and you have improved your metabolism significantly, you will be more than happy that you invested time to understand an issue that is vital to the quality of your future health.
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