Effective weight loss programs require much more than just calorie counting. For patients who have tried programs without success or to help get over a plateau in weight loss careful consideration must be paid to other areas of the body. A lasting and effective weight loss protocol should include comprehensive hormonal testing, detoxification assessment, food sensitivity testing, dietary and lifestyle counselling, and nutritional and herbal supplements.
Hormonal balance is extremely important in lasting weight loss programs as hormones impact fat storage, metabolism, and inflammation.
Currently there is no ideal method for hormonal assessment. Blood, saliva, and urine each have their advantages and disadvantages. Most conventional hormone tests are unable to get a holistic picture of a patient’s hormone levels because hormone levels vary throughout the day, and also because important hormones may be missing or inaccurate in serum and saliva tests. For these reasons a 24-hour urine sample is most accurate because it takes into account daily variability (circadian fluctuation) in hormone levels.
For women, if you are experiencing symptoms from menopause, PMS, or suspect there may be imbalance in your monthly cycle consider testing.
For men, often times the earliest signs of low testosterone and hormone imbalance is low energy or changes in mood, and tendency to gain weight.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food IgG antibody levels increase in response to the presence of the food antigens in the bloodstream, especially those foods eaten often such as dairy, wheat, soy, corn, and egg. IgG responses may cause delayed symptoms, such as joint or muscle pain, chronic headaches, fatigue, eczema, psoriasis, unexplained weight gain or weight loss, and a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms.
The newest development in food allergy testing is the FoodSafe Allergy Test, which requires only a small amount of blood for testing 95 foods. IgG results are ranked according to their concentrations, and then reported as safe, moderately safe, or avoid. These results can then be used to design therapeutic elimination or rotation diets. The information provided in this report enables the client to design an appropriate diet to exclude the reactive foods. With this test you can determine the primary cause of adverse food reactions. A food that causes an IgG response is referred to as delayed hypersensitivity, which may come and go in cycles, depending on whether the food is eaten or avoided.
The next time you eat, ask yourself if you are about to eat under stress. Checking in with your breath (is it shallow or deep, rapid or slow?) can help to create an environment conducive to healthier eating practices. Use your breath to slow down your heart rate and relax muscle tension; digestion and absorption of nutrients happens best while being present; similarly, we tend to prevent overeating when eating consciously.
Detoxification is a critical ongoing process for achieving and maintaining health in the human body. It involves the elimination of substances which are poisonous and/or for which the body has no further constructive use. All healthy cells automatically detoxify themselves everyday. However, as we do not live in an environment of pure air, water, food, emotions, and so on, there is a need for additional detoxification methods to eliminate pollutants and toxins to attain or maintain optimal health. Typically specific vitamins, minerals, herbs, foods, exercises, stress reduction methods, and baths are recommended.