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Why A Natural Medicine Approach Without A Whole Body Approach To Wellness Never Works

Why A Natural Medicine Approach Without A Whole Body Approach To Wellness Never Works

Did you try natural medicines yet they had little to no effect?
Maybe you’ve been to a natural medicine doctor and still didn’t get the results you were looking for.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve had several consultations with clients who told me exactly the same thing. This is a story I sometimes hear when people are talking to me about natural health practices and a root cause approach to healing.
Many people have already been failed by alternative therapies and began to doubt them.
Many people I talk to have already tried a lot of natural things. They’ve changed their diet, started to exercise, and maybe even had a few functional lab tests and they still aren’t getting the results.
This is the typical story I hear…
I did such and such lab tests, took such and such supplements… And they didn’t work.

The Real Problem With A Natural Medicine Approach

Here’s the problem with the natural medicine approach… When you don’t address the root of the condition like toxicity, relationship stress, nutrition, emotional impact, exercise (or lack thereof), then you’re never going to address the real root of the issue.

Hormones Example

For example, if I give you one of my favorite hormone tests called The Dutch Test and we find that you’re in estrogen dominance or estrogen toxicity, we can open up the drainage pathways in your liver to help you detox.
We want to correct those pathways and drain off excess old estrogen to prevent things like DNA damage and breast cancer.
But if you’re constantly exposing yourself to xenoestrogens or fake estrogens that are in our environment in the form of toxins, then it doesn’t matter how many pills and potions I give you… When we stop the treatment, the symptoms will return. And many times, they may never even go away, and you may never find hormone balance.

 

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Taking A Whole Body Approach To Wellness

I went through this cycle for many years, yet I had no improvements. I remember being on bioidentical hormone therapy and wondered why these pills and potions didn’t work for me. Why did I need to increase my dose every time I went? Why were my hormones not coming into balance?
Those were the wrong questions.
Those therapies were only one piece of a very big puzzle.
Part of the issue is that when you receive an external source of hormones, then your own hormone production tends to get lazy. Your body is, naturally, going to do the easiest thing possible.
A huge piece of the wellness puzzle is the lifestyle factors that may be preventing you from reaching your fullest health potential.
I know for me, that was the case. Whenever I achieved the end result of my personal issue, much of that was related to toxicity and issues with my gut.
This is the reason it is so important to take a whole body approach to wellness.

Doing The Detective Work To Find The Root

When we look at simple hormone imbalance and something like PCOS or polycystic ovarian syndrome, we’re going to see that the hormones are out of balance. But it’s not really a hormone issue. The driving forces behind these diseases are actually inflammation and abnormally high blood sugar, but your doctor is going to prescribe you hormones. The problem with this approach is it treats the symptoms but never addresses the underlying or root cause.
Lab tests are only one part of the detective work. We have to look at your history, your environment, and your body. Are you being exposed to chemicals and toxins or mold? Are you even able to digest and absorb nutrients?
Sure, we can run a simple lab test and see what it comes up with. But without a proper interview with you and the education to understand how your lifestyle factors impact you (positively or negatively), then you may never get well. When you’re attempting to follow natural healing protocols, this is often the biggest missing piece. That’s also why so many people suffer for years when they try to trial and error it on their own.
When you operate in this manner in an attempt to save money, you’re prolonging your wellness results. You’re not going to get a full understanding of how your body truly functions and how you need to approach it in a systematic way if you don’t have the education to do that.

Looking At The Whole Picture To Find Wellness

When you hire a professional who will look at the whole picture, you’ll be able to find wellness in time.
You don’t want someone looking at individual pieces of the puzzle – separate from one another.
You want someone who is willing to do the detective work and determine what pieces of the puzzle apply to you. This allows them to address the root causes of your issue so that you can live in health and happiness instead of chasing symptoms.
If you want a detective, learn how I help clients uncover the whole picture of their wellness.
Someone recently asked me to run a simple lab test with them and interpret it instead of going through my program. While you may get some answers going that way, it still never addresses the root of the condition. And if you want to experience a whole body approach to wellness, you must address the root. Let’s discover the root cause for your unwellness and find healing together!

 

3 Things Your Metabolism Needs From You To Lose Weight Faster

3 Things Your Metabolism Needs From You To Lose Weight Faster

The obesity epidemic continues to climb, week after week, year after year. If you’ve been searching the Internet for ways to increase your metabolism lately, you are not alone.

Most people I meet are not happy with their current weight. As a matter of fact, research tells us that over 50% of Americans are looking to lose weight. Unfortunately, about half of those people are not doing anything about it. How does that happen? It’s easy to lose hope if you feel like you’ve tried everything and nothing worked.

What is metabolism?

It’s the breakdown and transformation of food into energy.

In this blog, we’ll look at 3 metabolism myths to avoid, how to redirect your metabolism, and what your metabolism needs from you to help you lose weight.

3 Myths About Your Metabolism

One of the reasons so many people struggle is because they don’t understand why they carry excess body fat in the first place. We hear the word metabolism thrown around in everyday conversation, but there is very little understanding about its meaning.

The problem with this is the metabolism myths will lead you astray. When you have the right information, you can be successful in reaching your goal weight. Let’s take a look at 3 myths.

Myth #1: Slow Metabolism Results in Weight Gain

People believe they need a fast metabolism to be thin and if they have a slow metabolism, they’re doomed to be overweight.

Facts:

  • Every living organism has its own metabolism, even bacteria. Your metabolic rate determines how much fuel you need to carry out basic activities like standing up, walking around, or going about your daily activities.
  • Your basal metabolic rate is responsible for using about 70% of the calories you burn every single day. This happens as you go about your normal daily activities.
  • The best thing you can do to improve your metabolic rate is to increase muscle mass. This is why weightlifting is one of the best exercises you can do to lose weight, and why pounding it out on the treadmill is not the best bang for your buck. Movement does not always equal weight loss.

Myth #2: Extreme Diets Will Course Correct Your Metabolism and Help You Lose Weight

If you are juice fasting, drinking cabbage soup, or doing anything extreme from a dietary standpoint to lose weight, you could be doing yourself more harm than good. These foods are not going to help you burn more calories. And these unhealthy habits may actually slow down your metabolic rate.

Facts:

  • Including a variety of whole foods in a well-balanced diet is better for managing weight and metabolism.
  • Extreme diets are not sustainable for long periods of time and will sabotage your weight loss efforts.

Myth #3: Eat More Often

Some people swear they have to eat six meals per day to keep their metabolism going.

Facts:

  • This is poor advice; some doctors even falsely recommend this practice to their diabetic patients. Truth is, this negatively impacts blood glucose, causing your body to rely on sugar for energy.
  • When you’re constantly putting food in our mouth, you never allow your body to rest. The body doesn’t have time to use its own reserves for fuel, meaning the extra fuel is stored as fat.
  • The body learns to depend on an external source of glucose for energy when it has a constant supply coming in. This naturally drives up the blood sugar in the body and negatively impacts every organ system.

What Your Metabolism Needs From You

My client Cheryl struggled with her weight for over 20 years. She tried every new fad diet, pill, and potion out there.

She had zero luck.

We did two major things that shifted her in the right direction.

  1. Developed and implemented an appropriate detox for her specific body’s needs
  2. Used functional lab tests to evaluate her gut and hormone health

 

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If you’re looking to repair your metabolism for weight loss, here’s what you need to know:

  • The goal is to use your own body to fuel your metabolism and not rely so heavily on constant intake of food to fuel your metabolism. When you learn to balance your plate appropriately, you’ll be able to go longer between meals.

This is why I teach my clients how to eat intuitively based on their metabolic type. If we eat intuitively, we never ask questions like, “is breakfast the healthiest meal of the day?” I could write an entire post on that, but the short answer is, it depends.

If you are grabbing onto the next fad diet, hoping that will be your answer, you’re likely sadly mistaken. Even with the latest keto craze, there are downfalls to attempting to use fad diets as a sustainable way to live.

As you’ve probably learned, especially if you’ve tried many diets, there is no one-size-fits-all approach. These Band-Aid solutions are not focused on revving up your metabolism so it fits your body’s specific needs.

(Want to start eating intuitively? In this free resource, I teach you how to balance your plate so you’re eating the right combinations of foods to give you fuel for your metabolism. Access it here!)

Increase Your Amino Acids

One of the best things you can do to help your metabolism is increase your amino acids in the body. This will help improve your own muscle mass, and muscle burns fat. Most people are safe eating one gram of protein for every pound of lean body mass they carry.

Learn more about measuring lean body mass by investigating body measurement tools like a bioimpedance analysis or a dexa scan (watch a video on my results last year).

Adjust Your Plate

Protein is great for your metabolism, but it tends to be more difficult for the body to digest. To digest it, our core temperature and metabolism must rise, resulting in a high thermic effect in the body – which is a good thing for weight loss.

I work with my clients to help them find their metabolic type, which helps them understand exactly how much protein they need for their specific body type.

You’ll hear me say frequently… It’s all about balancing your plate.

With all my clients, I encourage balanced meals. That includes carbs, fats, and proteins with each meal to help sustain you for at least 3 hours.

After a meal, your goal should be to feel satisfied, have a stable mood, and have plenty of energy to carry you for several hours.

Focus on Your Hormone & Gut Health

Your hormones drive your health.

Thyroid Hormones. Your thyroid is your master when it comes to metabolism. When it slows down, not only will you feel sluggish, but you’ll also have a hard time losing weight.

Liver and gut health also play a major role in metabolism. They are involved in the conversion of the inactive thyroid hormone T4 to the active hormone in your body, T3.

Estrogen and Progesterone. When it comes to these sex hormones, if you have too much estrogen on board or if your estrogen to progesterone ratio is high, you’ll notice yourself holding on to that puffy-looking body fat.

The liver is also responsible for metabolizing estrogen, which prevents old estrogen from being recycled back into the system. When this system gets backed up, you’ll see weight gain as a side effect..

Adrenal Hormones. The little glands on top of your kidneys are responsible for cortisol production. This is your stress hormone. Stress-related fat tends to make up that spare tire you see around your waist.

The gut also plays a major role because it’s the first point of entry – where things from our external environment enter our internal environment.

If the gut becomes compromised, it can lead to other health issues (including a sluggish metabolism). This happens when things like medications, pathogens, toxins, pesticides, and herbicides enter our internal environment and begin to destroy the gut lining.

How do you know what your hormones and your gut look like?

Functional lab tests, of course.

Partnering with someone like me helps give you the information you need to lose weight instead of throwing every pill and potion you come across at it, hoping to put the fire out.

The Journey Towards Sustainable Weight Loss

If you’ve tried everything out there and you still feel stuck, you don’t need another meal plan. You need to start balancing your plate for you. I’ve created a free guide to help you get rid of your cravings, improve your overall mood, and improve your hormone balance by eating the right combination of foods for your body. Take authority over your health and your life – starting with this guide.