Get Rid of Cellulite Naturally:
Cellulite is one of the most unsightly things many individuals remark about their bodies. Research has indicated that hormones are the major player in the creation and elimination of cellulite. Evidence indicates that healthy lifestyle strategies can positively affect the hormone balance associated with cellulite.
Cosmetic surgery is at an all-time high with over 1.5 million procedures performed in 2011. This included over 205,000 liposuction procedures. Many of these surgeries have focused on eliminating cellulite. However, the surgeries are not only dangerous but they never address the hormone imbalance that causes cellulite to begin with.
Elevated Stress Hormones:
According to research published in the Journal of European Academy of Dermatology July 2000 found cellulite can be caused by increased levels of stress hormone. The researchers found that individuals who had chronically elevated cortisol levels were much more likely to have cellulite accumulation.
When the body senses it is in a state of chronic stress it will accumulate fat stores in preparation for times of famine that have accompanied times of stress throughout the history of mankind. This leads to the formation of cellulite. The key to removing cellulite naturally is to get rid of the causes of low-grade chronic stress in the body.
Minimize Stress to Balance Hormones Naturally:
There are three major stressors with our body’s natural hormone expression. The first major stress is mental/emotional and must be effectively addressed. Living in a state of fear is extremely destructive to human physiology. Fear drives stress hormones which utilize all the key resources in the body and increase fat storage.
To minimize mental/emotional stress spend more time reconnecting with your spiritual identity. Use the Earth’s rhythms by grounding yourself through walking barefoot, sitting or lying on grass, dirt or sand for as long as possible. Sunbathing is great for vitamin D3 synthesis and reconnecting with the Earth’s rhythms and calming stress hormones.
Chemical Stress Affects Fat Burning:
Chemical stress comes in the form of bad nutrition and environmental toxicity. A diet high in sugar, trans-fats and industrialized meat is highly inflammatory. These food sources create toxic cells and damage the gut lining and increase chronic stress in the body. Follow an anti-inflammatory diet that is free of food allergens and is loaded with fermented foods to reestablish a healthy gut. This reduces stress hormone expression and turns on natural fat burning mechanisms.
The ideal diet should focus on good fats as the primary calorie source in the form of coconut, avocados, olive oil and sprouted nuts and seeds. Clean animal protein in the form of grass-fed beef & bison, wild fish and organic poultry should be consumed regularly. The nutrition plan should feature phytonutrient rich vegetables and herbs and low-glycemic fruit like lemons and berries.
Physical Stress Must Be Corrected:
When an individual experiences some form of trauma such as a car accident, fall or contact sports the spine and nervous system become damaged. Poor posture patterns will also cause muscle imbalances and spinal subluxation patterns.
A sedentary lifestyle is extremely damaging to the physical body as are poor biomechanics in lifting, bending and walking. The more these bad biomechanical patterns are used the more uneven wear and tear the body experiences and the more stress hormone is produced.
To effectively reduce physical stress it is essential to see a wellness based chiropractor to remove subluxations and restore good biomechanical and neurological patterns to the body. Rehabilitative exercises for the spine and extremities should be applied to restore balance and tone. A program of short-time period but high-intensity burst training and resistance training optimizes physical health and fat burning capabilities.
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What is Cortisol?
Cortisol is a hormone that is secreted by the adrenal glands. It regulates blood pressure and regulates the body’s use of macronutrients. Cortisol also affects the release of insulin release and your body’s ability to convert sugars into energy.
Typically, cortisol levels peak in the morning, and is at its lowest level in the middle of the night. At natural, healthy levels, cortisol provides sustained energy and even improves memory. In stressful situations, extra cortisol is released to provide an immediate, easy-to-use energy supply. While this reaction is helpful in life-or-death situations, it actually becomes harmful when it occurs in response to minor everyday stresses like traffic and bills. Chronic stress, over-working, and insufficient sleep cause a chronic excess of cortisol, which is harmful in the short-term and life-threatening in the long-term.
The Drawbacks of Too Much Cortisol
Most modern-day stresses are mental or emotional—not truly life-threatening. The result of a week’s worth of minor conflicts is a body under constant stress. This provides a few immediate complications:
- Suppressed thyroid function.
- Lowered immune response.
- Imbalanced blood sugar.
Over the course of a lifetime, excess cortisol is associated with far more damaging effects:
- Loss of muscle mass, which also slows your metabolism.
- Chronically increased blood sugar, which increases appetite, cravings for harmful sweets, and can lead to insulin resistance (a precursor of type 2 diabetes).
- Accumulation of body fat from stress-eating due to an overstimulated appetite. Stress-eating tends to add fat around the abdomen. Belly fat is linked to metabolic syndrome: a group of risk factors linked with increased risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Excess cortisol also inhibits your body from burning fat for energy. Without an optimal ability to burn fat, sustainable weight loss becomes exceedingly difficult.
Managing Cortisol for Weight Loss
Lay off the caffeine.
When you’re stressed, caffeine increases the release of cortisol. And, in patients with diabetes, coffee specifically has been shown to drastically increase blood sugar after a carbohydrate-rich meal. Kick the coffee and switch to a relaxing, caffeine-free green tea. It’s rich in antioxidants and still provides a warm, tasty morning beverage.
Long, slow jogs on the treadmill can actually increase the production of cortisol. Switch to Max T3: Surge-type training to reap the benefits of the excess post-exercise oxygen consumption—or afterburn effect—which burns calories long after a workout has been completed without triggering the release of cortisol.
Tension builds up in the muscles and spinal structures.Corrective chiropractic care will relieve tension not only from muscles and joints, but from the nervous system itself.
Give yourself time to unplug and unwind every day. If you don’t take time to handle your stress, your cortisol levels will remain high. Prayer, meditation, nature walks and journal-writing are all healthy, natural ways to cope with a stressful day.
Get to sleep.
The average American misses out on 300-400 hours of necessary sleep each year. Your body needs this time to recover from a day’s worth of stress.
Contact your local Maximized Living wellness doctor to see learn other ways to control your cortisol so you can stay on track with your weight loss goals.
This is a great dish for summer. It is very versatile – you can serve it will grilled or broiled salmon, cod, or mahi mahi for an advanced plan option OR with sprouted grain tortillas for a core plan recipe.
Season with salt, pepper, and chili powder and grill or broil to desired doneness.
Slice very thin:
- 1 cucumber
- 1/2 head cabbage
- 2 tomatoes
- 1/2 large onion
- 1 red bell pepper
- any hot pepper you like (jalepeno, poblano, etc)
1 handful fresh cilantro, chopped
Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 cup grapefruit juice
1/2 cup lime juice
Let marinate for at least 30 minutes for best flavor.
For an aioli type dressing:
Homemade Mayonnaise (recipe in the Maximized Living Nutrition Plans book) with ground chipolte pepper.
NOTE: for the Core Plan, you can use a grapeseed oil based mayonnaise.
Advanced Plan: Put the slaw on a plate and top with fish and aioli
Core Plan: Put fish in a sprouted grain tortilla and top with fish and aioli
The human body operates to efficiently run the numerous and intricate operating systems that comprise your complex body. Nutrition is the only way to offer fuel to the trillions of cells that control our heart beat, our oxygen intake, our digestive tract, and much more. What exactly can we do to make sure our body’s life supply is running on high? Maximize the quality of your nutrients!
Most American’s run their bodies on convenient, processed, and chemical enriched foods. Due to the fast paced world we live in, most consumers believe it is easier to visit their local McDonalds or Burger King to partake in a greasy helping of chemicals and preservatives. Our bodies were not created to run off of French fries and Krispy Kreme donuts, and this new diet of convenience is posing a serious threat to healthy cell life!
It doesn’t stop there either. Essentially, we are what we ingest, and the sugary colas, coffee drinks, and artificial “juices” are just as bad as the newest, fatty burger creation from the fast food joint down the street. Dousing your organs and cells with these beverages is not allowing them to properly function and attain optimal operations. If a fish cannot survive in a bowl filled with those types of beverages, what makes you think your cells can?
Eliminating or reducing fatty processed foods and replacing them with whole foods rich in nutrients is one way to ensure cell performance and survival. Also, adding supplements to your diet will help to encourage healthy cell production, and maintain optimal body performance. Just think, your body is essentially a divine mix of chemical reactions. When you begin to dump foreign chemicals into your body, the results could be explosive. To maximize your potential, become educated on what you’re putting in your body!
Toxins Sabotage Your Efforts
Popular thinking in our society blames poor nutrition, lack of exercise, and stress as the main contributors to disease. There is an even bigger culprit – a constant invasion of toxic substances into your body can produce disease over time. Minimizing toxins will drastically improve your quality of life and reduce your likelihood of disease.
Advanced and Core Plan-Approved, Raw, Vegan, Serves 6-8
This is a great go-to recipe. It is fabulous because it is raw and contains chia seeds which are very nutritious because they are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and fiber. When mixed with liquid, they plump giving the mixture a tapioca-like consistency. This recipe is extremely versatile as well, you can literally add just about anything to it an top it with, including your favorite fruits, nuts, seeds or coconut.
- 3/4 cup chia seeds
- 4 cups almond mil
- 2 vanilla beans (split down the center and seeds removed) or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 6-8 tablespoons erythritol (like Swerve) or stevia to taste (pure stevia, about 1/2 teaspoon to start and add more if desired. If spoonable stevia — start with 2 teaspoons and add from there. If liquid stevia — start with 1 teaspoon and add from there)
- Add almond milk, vanilla, and sweetener to a blender and mix well.
- With the blender on a very low setting, add the chia seeds and mix. If you would like to add other ingredients, do it here.
- Transfer to a container and stir every 5 minutes for the first 15 minutes then let sit for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Transfer to the refrigerator.
- When ready to serve, add toppings.
Berries, nuts, seeds, coconut, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa, cocoa nibs, goji berries, apples, maple extract, lemon or lemon extract, kiwi, or anything of your other favorites.
Nutrition Fact vs. Fiction
- Focus on the ingredients portion of the label.
- Look for a minimal number of ingredients — the less the better. You can dress it up once you buy it.
- Look for natural ingredients, such as the items included on the Core Plan. (Avoid ingredients you can’t read or pronounce because they were probably made in a laboratory).
- Buy more foods that aren’t required to have labels because what you see is what you get (i.e. fruits and vegetables).
- Make a habit of checking the label on each item you buy. It won’t be long before you will know exactly what to consider. It will quickly become a habit and won’t add any extra time to your trip to the store.
- Spend less time looking at grams of fat, carbohydrates, proteins, calories, and serving size.
- Remember that the recommended daily values on this part of the label do not take into consideration age, gender, athletic activity, or specific dietary needs.
- Beware of boisterous advertising claims. Cereals have recently been under the microscope by the FDA for claiming outrageous health benefits, such as “low in fat” or “trans-fat free,” while clearly listing unhealthy, dangerous ingredients on the label. The advertisers want you to SEE “Low in Cholesterol,” (which doesn’t matter), and miss high-fructose corn syrup on the ingredients list.
- Being low in fat, low in carbohydrates or sugar-free does not make something healthy.
- Being organic or located in the health food section of the store, (i.e. organic sugar or organic potato chips), does not make something good for you.
Watch Out for the Following Common Hidden Ingredients:
- Various forms of sugar (foods ending in “-ose”)
- Monosodium Glutamate (MSG), a powerful stimulator of free radical production in the body
- Hydrolyzed or autolyzed ingredients (highly heated, addictive excitotoxins)
- Artificial sweeteners (sucralose/Splenda®, aspartame/Nutrasweet®, Equal® among others)
- Hydrogenated or partially-hydrogenated oils. These trans fats may still appear on the ingredients list, but if the quantity per serving is less than 500 mg, the food can boast “trans-fat free” on the label. You may notice the serving size has conveniently “shrunk” over the years.
- Refined flour touted as organic. If it isn’t “sprouted, whole grain, or stone-ground” it is refined.
- Additives, colorings, chemicals and preservatives
Tackling the topic of soy is a little like trying to untangle my four year-old daughter’s hair. First, I feel overwhelmed just looking at the mess. And then, when I tackle it, more and more tangles keep appearing!
That’s why, for years, I avoided looking at all the data on soy.
Finally, folks, I did it for you. As a health professional, I get asked about soy a lot, as it’s one of the most common food allergens in the westernized world.
And it’s only gotten more confusing recently. A few years ago, soy manufacturers funded a PR push after some studies showed it helped ease some menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes. But then the pendulum swung the other way and soy became the scapegoat for almost everything under the sun, including cancer.
If you’re adopting a plant-based lifestyle, this is an even trickier topic, since you’re faced with soy in practically every product in the vegetarian section of your grocery store. It’s difficult to completely remove soy from your diet as it’s practically everywhere; you’d have to drastically move away from all mainstream food choices to avoid it completely.
But what is the real risk of moderate consumption? And why is there so much polarized information?
I’ve tried to boil it all down to the top 10 facts you need to know about soy:
1. Soy feed is the major ingredient in modern animal feed.
Along with corn, fat-free (defatted) soybean meal is a significant and inexpensive source of protein for animal feeds. Without soy, it would be impossible to raise farm animals (such as chicken, hog, turkey) on a large industrial scale. Did you know that the US produced over 90 million tons of soy in 2011, making it the largest soy producer in the world?
2. It’s estrogen-like.
Soy’s role as a natural hormone replacement was touted for many years because soy contains isoflavones, which are similar to estrogen. While isoflavones may act like estrogen, they can block the more potent natural estrogens from binding to the estrogen receptor. So, it’s much more complex than is usually presented in the media.
How does this affect kids? I am concerned about my son, who tends to like soy meat replacement products. How much is OK? A few experts on the subjects weighed in on this question and concluded that about two servings a day should be the upper limit of soy intake for boys and girls.
3. It may contribute to breast cancer.
This, to me, was the thorniest issue. Some articles supported the idea that soy contributes to breast cancer, but most of them studied soy consumption at extremely high levels. Also, many of them were animal studies. And most of them had the participants eat processed soy.
However, the Weston A. Price foundation made a nice summary page of all literature that supports soy and breast cancer. Quite a few sources say that soy does not correlate with an increase of risk of breast cancer and I found a good summary of it here.
4. Soy may affect your thyroid especially if you are already hypothyroid.
It’s now accepted, even by soy advocates, that people with hypothyroidism should avoid consuming more than 1 serving a day of soy.
Because soy is a goitrogen (meaning that it promotes the growth of a goiter), it can slow thyroid function, and sometimes, trigger thyroid disease if taken in large quantities. Also, children who drink soy formula tend to develop problems with their thyroid at a higher rate than other children.
5. Most soy is GMO.
In fact, 93% of all soy in the US is genetically modified. Also, in the US, there are no rules to separate GMO soy from non GMO fields of soy.
6. It is often highly processed.
Like wheat, part of the problem with soy is that it often presents itself in the processed form of snacks, cakes, and meat alternatives. In my practice, I find that cutting out soy and wheat from the diet is partially beneficial because it also means you cut out processed foods such as cakes, cookies and other junk food.
7. Soy is a complete protein.
Soybeans are a source of complete protein. They are considered as being almost equivalent in protein quality to animal proteins.
8. Soybean oil is processed with Hexane.
Most of the soy crop in the U.S. is used to produce soybean oil, and uses hexane (a chemical solvent) in its intial stages of extraction. If you choose organic soy products or unprocessed soy (like edamame)—you don’t have to worry about hexane use.
9. Soybean provide a large amount of protein with moderate amounts of fat.
This is a fact. 100g of soy contains 173 calories, with 9 grams of fat, 10 grams of carbs (6 of which are fiber) and 17 grams of protein.
10. Soy has been eaten in Asian countries for thousands of years.
Soy farming in China and East asia started in 1100 BC. The Japanese and Chinese eat 10 grams of soy protein per day (although some groups in these countries eat as much as 50 grams). Also much of the soy that is consumed is fermented, which makes it a healthier choice. But in America, many soy supplements and powders can have as much as 50 grams of soy protein in one serving.
Ok, so what’s the final verdict?
I’ll let you decide … but if I were you, I’d avoid consuming processed soy.
That said, having edamame at restaurant, or a couple of whole organic, non-GMO or fermented soy meals per week is fine for most people.
I know that everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion, but I wanted to present the facts as I see them so you can make an informed decision. What’s your stance on soy?
“Why are fevers so IMPORTANT especially when a person has Cancer?”
Your body temperature will only rise when there is an infection, its the body doing the right thing at the right time! Hippocrates said, “Give me a fever and I’ll heal any disease.” Fevers are caused by chemicals called pyrogens flowing in the bloodstream. One common pyrogen is called Interleukin-1 (IL-1). IL-1 is produced by white blood cells called macrophages when they come into contact with certain bacteria, viruses, or cancer. The fever is to raise the body’s temperature enough to kill off certain bacteria and viruses because they are sensitive to temperature changes. Bacteria and viruses cant live in higher temperatures where normal healthy cells can.
A fever also naturally stimulates the body’s own production of nitric oxide, it opens up the capillaries, it improves circulation, it vibrates the water molecules that are sometimes bound with tumors, and other heavy metals, mold, fungus, that are encapsulating the tumors. “We are using a temperature that you would get if you had a bad case of the flu,” Joan Bull, M.D., an oncologist at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, told Ivanhoe. They raise the patients temperature from 98.6 to 104 degrees.
What about seizures or brain damage from a fever? Only 5% to 10% of children under six get febrile convulsions, which usually last for a few minutes. The commonly misdirected concern is that a high fever in a young child can create brain damage!
Someone who is very ill without fever (under 101 F) should cause more concern than someone running a high fever but resting well while taking in fluids and eating little.
It would be far more helpful to think of a fever as a healing response rather than a symptom of disease. And, raising your body’s temperature to between 102 to 103 degrees F is actually the ideal range of a fever because this is the temperature range in which viruses, bacteria, even cancer can be killed.
This is straight from All Children’s Hospital website:
MYTH: All fevers are bad for children.
FACT: Fevers turn on the body’s immune system and help the body fight infection. Fevers are one of the body’s protective mechanisms. Normal fevers between 100° and 104° F (37.8° – 40° C) are actually good for sick children.
MYTH: Fevers above 104° F (40° C) are dangerous and can cause brain damage.
FACT: Fevers with infections don’t cause brain damage. Only body temperatures above 108° F (42° C) can cause brain damage. The body temperature climbs this high only with extreme environmental temperatures (for example, if a child is confined to a closed car in hot weather).