The Effects of Inflammation on the Metabolism

Inflammation is an amazing protection mechanism our bodies have against infections, allergens and toxins. Inflammation becomes of concern when the body is being over stimulated with common allergens, overload of sugars and trans fats, and overeating. Inflammation is directly correlated to being overweight, and being overweight leads to greater inflammation according to Dr. Mark Hyman. Reducing inflammation is not only essential to reducing your waistline but fundamental in reducing serious health risks such as, heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimers. If you are curious or concerned about your level of inflammation ask your doctor for a C­reactive Protein test.

To dial down the inflammatory responses your daily regiment should include exercise,­ it signals the brain to turn off the inflammatory process. Omega fats (EPA and DHA) ­ salmon, flaxseeds, walnuts, high quality supplements, Phytonutrients ­blueberries, grapes, tea, dark chocolate. Herbs, turmeric, ginger. Probiotics, Lactobacillus 5 billion units daily


The Effects of Oxidation on the Metabolism

Antioxidants are all the buzz because they quench the oxidative process that constantly happens to our cells. Oxygen molecules like to be paired. When unpaired they go looking for electrons to steal. This process is accelerated with: Charbroiled foods, Excess sugar/ alcohol, Excess or insufficient exercise.

How to eliminate causes of oxidation?

  • Avoid the above list

  • Include CoQ10 and Alpha Lipoic Acid supplements

  • Reduce air pollution (HEPA Filters or ULPA filters)

  • Get at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep

  • Improve Liver and Gut detoxification

  • Include: ginger, green tea, turmeric, rosemary in your diet


The Effects of Appetite Control on the Metabolism

Control your appetite to improve your metabolism. To moderate the appetite by composing perfect meals. Think of a perfect meal like a campfire, where the base is built with complex carbohydrates (grains and vegetables), then proteins and a little fat on top to burn evenly in the body. The little bit of healthy fat helps us absorb certain vitamins, gives a feeling of fullness and preserves healthy nerve function. The proteins are important building blocks for new cells and the carbohydrates are the fuel that our cells use in the process of living.  To make the "fire" last longer we need to stay away from simple sugars, artificial sweeteners, and especially High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). These sugars burn fast, faster than our bodies can respond to with insulin. Eating foods that are plentiful in fiber, like legumes, nuts, seeds, whole grains and vegetables, tempers the fire. 30­50 grams is a recommended amount of fiber per day.

Another simple way to control your appetite is to eat early and often. This means eating protein for breakfast to get your fire burning early in the day. Choose healthy snacks during the day to keep the fire burning (apple with almond butter is my favorite). Finish your dinner at least 2 hours before you go to bed.


The Effects of Detoxification on your Metabolism

Our bodies are naturally designed to detoxify by removing and eliminating any unwanted chemicals. That is not to say they everyone is on a level playing field when it comes to eliminating these internal (metabolic byproducts, used hormones, etc...) or external (air pollution, alcohol, pesticides, etc..) sources.

All of these chemicals pass through the liver, which has two phases of detoxification. One, is how fast they are coming into the liver and two how fast the liver packages them to leave the body. So effective detoxification is all about slowing down how fast toxins come into the liver in phase one and speeding up how fast they leave in phase two. Phase one is affected in part by the food choices we make (preservatives, artificial sweeteners, meats or dairy products with growth hormones just to name a few. This phase two requires an assortment of B vitamins of which some people need more than others, so yellow pee in no big deal.

Our bodies also use water to eliminate waste through our urine, sweat and excrement­, so drinking water and having plenty of fiber helps transport everything out of you.

1. Reduce Expose
2. Drink Water 2­-3 liters/day
3. Fiber 30grams/day
4. Take an excellent B Complex vitamin


The Effects of Stress on the Metabolism

In the New York Times Bestseller, Ultra Metabolism, Dr. Mark Hyman guides us through the mysterious details of our metabolism. Stress is a response to a real or perceived threat. From here we can understand stress to be a response to psychological threats (love, money, or career) or physical threats (being overweight, chronic illness or infections).

Under stress, our bodies produce elevated levels of Cortisol to get away from a boss or murderer. Additionally, Cortisol also reduces our sensitivity to Leptin, which is responsible for making us feel full. This in turn falsely signals to our brain that we are still hungry and our weight goes up.

We cannot loose weight and be stressed at the same time. We must take steps to actively manage your stress on a consistent basis. Regular Massage Therapy is an excellent method as is yoga, qi gong, meditation, and prayer.