If you have difficulty losing and sustaining weight loss and cannot understand why, you may need to rule out a few medical reasons in order to safely and rewardingly attain your goal. This article continues to look at a complex web of factors that influence your metabolism and may be hindering your ability to maintain an ideal body weight.
In the previous article, hormones regulating your thyroid and adrenal function were addressed. Other hormone level imbalances that contribute to weight gain are estrogen dominance and low progesterone levels. This applies to men as well. Some signs of estrogen excess are weight gain around the abdomen, hips and thighs for women and for men increased belly fat, loss of muscle mass, and you may notice breast development. Conversely, low estrogen levels can produce belly fat for women as well, especially during menopause since estrogen serves our cells to better respond to insulin.
Having optimal level of testosterone are important for weight loss as low levels of T will increased body fat and decrease muscle mass. Maintaining optimal hormone levels will also prevent the manifestation of inflammatory diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, autoimmune disease, arthritis, Alzheimer’s, pulmonary disease and diabetes type 2.
Do you have an allergy or intolerance to a food perhaps? Food allergies contribute in the inability to lose weight because the food you eat that you’re allergic to will cause inflammation, which in turn signals an entire cascade of reactions in your body that will hold on to the weight.
Are your medications interfering with your progress? Antidepressants, oral hypoglycemics, antihypertensives, cholesterol drugs, People who sit for long periods of time have a greater risk of developing back pain and even more serious issues like a lumbar disc herniation. When we spend time sitting at a desk, craning our neck toward the computer or tilting our head to cradle a phone while typing, muscles tighten up and pull the upper lumbar spine forward, resulting in uneven distribution of upper-body weight along the arch of the spine. When we move, soft discs between vertebrae expand and contract like sponges, soaking up fresh blood and nutrients. But when we sit for a long time, discs are squashed unevenly. Collagen hardens around tendons and ligaments, which makes our spine inflexible. All of these can contribute to poor biomechanics, which often leads to chronic neck and back pain. While reducing sitting time and maintaining good posture will help prevent these issues, most people will require pain relief treatment which will allow them to move more comfortably while changing their daily.
Recent warnings regarding common pain medications have changed people’s approach to pain management. Patients and healthcare practitioners alike are increasingly seeking natural pain-management alternatives that do not carry the side effects associated with medications. A popular treatment option that meets this need involves the use of non-thermal laser therapy. A growing body of research has shown that this technology accelerates the natural healing process. Non-thermal laser therapy uses very specific wavelengths designed to promote tissue healing, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation at a cellular level. In collaboration with senior scientists and researchers at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre in Toronto, therapists has developed state-of-the-art technology that delivers a precise amount of light energy to the target tissue while customizing treatments for each patient. It is known as Light Speed Healing. Light Speed Healing is currently used by healthcare practitioners including physicians and surgeons, chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists and foot specialists, across the globe, to compliment existing hands-on healing practices. More about the benefits of non-thermal laser therapy is available at www.lightspeedhealing.com.
Cold and flu season is in full swing. This year, opt for a natural remedy rather than a drugstore dose. It’s common knowledge that citrus fruits, including oranges and lemons, have cold-fighting abilities − and a natural coincidence that these fruits reach their peak season during the virus-prone winter months. Here are some ways you can make the most of your citrus this season:
- Add fresh lemon juice to tea or water to help increase the absorption of antioxidants.
- Start your morning with hot water and lemon juice to neutralize acid in your body and stimulate the immune system to fight infections.
- Have 1/4 of a pummelo which contains over 100% of your daily vitamin C.
- Relieve a sore throat by combining lemon, honey and ginger into hot water. Citrus are an anti-oxidizing super fruit that can help support a healthy lifestyle.
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Synthetic hormones and PPI’s to reduce stomach acid will alter your body’s metabolic function and may increase weight as a result. If your nutrient demands and hormone levels were all in check, do you think you’d be on these medications? There are many ways to address all of the conditions that you taking these medications for with a functional medicine approach, which is to address the underlying cause of the disease. By focusing on decreasing inflammation throughout your body, stabilizing your blood sugar to fight insulin resistance, balancing your hormones, especially your thyroid and adrenals, you will achieve successful weight loss. Working with a practitioner who practices metabolic and functional medicine is essential in finding the underlying cause and help you to correct your condition in order to lose weight.