However; Wise lifestyle choices have to come into play first and foremost.
Eating organic rainbow colored foods.
Hormone antibiotic free meat, dairy and poultry.
Wild fish consumption not farm raised unless it is from cold waters like Scotland, Norway or Newfoundland.
Be especially careful with berries like strawberries; make sure they are organic as these are commonly sprayed with pesticides.
Stay away from gluten. Today in the USA most bread, pasta, flour is so refined and filled with pollutants our bodies are not designed to break down so many toxins.
Check out your genomics; do you have issues with detoxification in the liver pathways, kidney or colon? Simply put all drugs, hormones, environmental toxins and chemical are in a fat soluble state. Once they enter the liver it is important they are converted to a water soluble state. Phase 1 liver detoxification is the step going from a fat soluble to water soluble state. However, if there is a problem with Phase 2 liver detoxification pathways the chemicals, drugs, environmental toxins or hormones may stay in a more dangerous state and recirculate in the body because that particular pathway is blocked.
If the toxins are not eliminated properly, they may be stored in the adipose tissue and nerve cells contributing to various diseases of aging and degenerative conditions. Remember, as we age the breast tissue becomes more fatty replaced which is another reservoir for the accumulation of toxins. Certain co-factors such as methylated folic acid, takes you from point A to point B directly. If you are missing the enzyme then toxins can be diverted or detoured to another path which means inflammation. Knowing your genomic predilection helps prevent you from going down these paths of inflammation which can lead to cancer, obesity heart disease and diabetes to mention a few.
As a result Inflammation whether it be obesity, heart disease, stroke or cancer it is Inflammation..The Silent Killer.
Fat Burning Barrier #1: Not Enough Adiponectin
Adiponectin is literally the hormone that tells your body to burn fat for fuel. It’s like your body’s “fat burning torch.”
Many studies have shown the more of this super hormone you have circulating in your bloodstream, the more fat you burn. Research shows that low levels of adiponectin are associated with a higher incidence of obesity. In fact, according to Dr. Leo Galland, Director of The Foundation for Integrated Medicine, “A lack of adequate adiponectin is emerging as a significant factor in people’s inability to melt flab and stay slim.” (1)
The frustrating thing about adiponectin is that the more fat you have, the lower your levels of adiponectin which is why losing fat is so darn difficult at the beginning. You need a kick start, so here are two “at home” methods for naturally boosting your adiponectin levels and stoking your fat burning fire:
First, increase your magnesium intake, either by taking a high quality supplement (which is quite inexpensive), or by consuming seeds (pumpkin seeds are great) and green, leafy vegetables like spinach and kale. Magnesium intake is very important for balancing women's hormones as it is a very important co-factor..revs up the response from point A to point B.
Another aggressive approach is called “intermittent fasting,” . This has been shown to significantly increase adiponectin levels. This works by fasting one day, and then eating big the next. While it can work for weight loss, this does not sound healthy. Plus, who wants to live this way? Right?
Fat Burning Barrier Number 2: Too Much Ghrelin.
Ghrelin is called the “Hunger Hormone.” The more ghrelin you have in your system, the hungrier you are. If you find yourself fighting cravings and can’t seem to stay away from the fridge after dinner, it’s probably due to elevated ghrelin levels. (2)(3) This is the hormone we focus on reducing the cells in the stomach which express this hormone and release. The stomach-brain connection.
Ghrelin works directly on the hunger center of your brain by activating the brain’s reward response to highly addictive sweet, fatty foods. This increases your food intake at the worst possible time—at night—and ultimately makes you gain more weight.
What can you do to lower your ghrelin levels and help you feel more satisfied: Get some sleep. New research has shown that even low levels of sleep deprivation increase your ghrelin levels and lead to more body fat storage. (4) Most adults need between six to eight hours of sleep. The gift of restful, uninterrupted sleep is a great way to lower your ghrelin levels and bolster your weight loss regimen.
Fat Burning Barrier Number 3: Insulin Imbalance
If you’re overweight, there’s a good chance that you’re experiencing some level of insulin imbalance, or insulin resistance resulting in excess glucose, or sugar, in your system. While this doesn't necessarily mean that you’re diabetic, it does mean that your body’s insulin, or glucose regulator, becomes less effective at lowering your blood sugars. This may be due to defective insulin receptors or you are just not eating right.
The end result is that instead of using the excess sugar to feed your muscles or burning it for energy, most of the carbohydrates you consume get stored as fat. If you have insulin resistance, it is virtually impossible to lose fat. That said, there’s a surprisingly simple trick to addressing the excess glucose problem—and it just might be in your kitchen cupboard. Studies have shown cinnamon, biotin and alpha lipoic acid can help with insulin resistance by enhancing insulin sensitivity.
A recent study found that consuming two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before a high carb meal significantly reduces blood glucose levels for those people with insulin resistance (5), which is that imbalance I spoke about. While this might not be appetizing for everyone, the study did say that apple cider vinegar might work as well as prescription drugs at regulating blood sugar.
Fat Burning Barrier Number 4: A Cortisol Overload
Your body produces cortisol in response to stress and ramps you up so you can be ready to fight or flight. This can be a good thing in dangerous situations, like if you were to run across a rattlesnake while running or a shark while surfing. However, with the constant stress we’re all under in today’s hectic, 24/7, crisis-driven world, our cortisol levels are elevated far beyond what we were originally designed to handle. The fat around the mid section is often the culprit of elevated cortisol.
The result is a quadruple whammy on your waistline. Excess cortisol increases your cravings for sweets and carbs, which can lead to overeating and constant hunger. Result? You get fat. (6) Plus, cortisol causes your body to actually break down your muscle tissue for energy, which is absolutely the worst thing for weight loss. The less muscle you have, the lower your metabolism will be and the more fat you’ll gain.
Also, elevated cortisol levels cause a larger percentage of fat to be stored in the abdominal area. What’s worse, that the more abdominal fat you have, the more cortisol you produce in response to stress, which then causes more abdominal fat to be stored. One supplement which helps to reduce cortisol levels is phosphatidyl serine. it is shown to regulate the neuroendocrine response of hormones related to the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis. Therefore; reducing cortisol levels. The adrenal gland is your fight or flight gland which you cannot live without.
Finally, recent studies link high cortisol levels to depression in adults and children. And we all know that when you’re depressed, you eat more.
Here’s how to break this vicious cortisol cycle. First, reduce or eliminate your caffeine intake. Caffeine increases cortisol secretion in people undergoing mental stress. (For many of us, that’s just about all the time). Oh yes, this is why we tell you to limit your caffeine intake with fibrocystic changes in the breast as cortisol is the greedy hormone which blocks your thyroid and progesterone receptors
Next introduce exercise into your routine. Even walking for just 30 minutes each day will work wonders. Keep moving do what you love to do swim, dance, yoga, bike but keep moving.
Finally, stress reduction. Prayer, meditation, yoga, listening to soothing music, friends.. supportive friends. It’s that easy.
To see how the actual procedure works visit the page on Left Gastric Artery Embolization under the category Interventional Radiology.
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