Thyroid Disorder and Holistic Healing

Thyroid Disfunction

Majority of thyroid dysfunction is caused by autoimmunity. Shockingly, many people with thyroid dysfunction don’t even know if their condition is autoimmune-related or not. This is because conventional doctors don’t routinely check for thyroid antibodies when testing thyroid blood levels. The important thing to know is that if you are experiencing thyroid dysfunction, there’s a good chance that it’s autoimmune, and I would recommend asking your doctor to check your thyroid antibodies next time she checks your thyroid blood levels.

So if the majority of thyroid dysfunction is caused by autoimmunity, what causes the autoimmunity in the first place? The answer is complex, but without a doubt, one of the biggest contributing factors is gluten. Gluten wreaks havoc on your gut, increases your inflammation, and can directly cause your immune system to attack your thyroid.

Thanks to the pioneering work of Dr. Alessio Fasano*, we know that leaky gut is one of the primary triggers for all autoimmune disease, including autoimmune thyroid disease. As you might guess by its name, leaky gut occurs when your gut (specifically your small intestine) becomes permeable, allowing particles to leak from your digestive tract and travel freely through your bloodstream.

When anyone, whether they have gluten sensitivity or not, eats a gluten-containing food, the gluten proteins make their way through the stomach and arrive at the small intestine, where the body responds by producing zonulin, a chemical that signals the tight junctions of the intestinal walls to open up, creating temporary permeability. This permeability will heal as the gut cells renew every 48 hours. However, if you have gluten sensitivity and you eat gluten, then this permeability will not heal in that 48 hours and your gut remains leaky. Leaky gut can also be caused or exacerbated by gut infections such as Candida overgrowth or SIBO, medications such as antibiotics, steroids or birth control pills, as well as a high stress lifestyle. New research shows that spraying Glyphosate (Roundup) on the wheat is also a major contributor of leaky gut and gluten sensitivity.
Now that your small intestines are open and permeable this allows toxins, microbes, and partially digested food to leak into your bloodstream, your immune system goes on high alert to neutralize all of these threats. But, because your gut is still leaky, the threats just keep on coming, putting your body in a state of chronic inflammation and putting you on the path to develop an autoimmune disease (including thyroid dysfunction) as your immune system becomes so stressed and confused that it begins attacking your own tissue by mistake. Unfortunately, the gluten that caused your gut to become leaky makes it even more likely that you will develop thyroid dysfunction (autoimmune and non autoimmune), thanks to a phenomenon called molecular mimicry.

Gluten, Leaky Gut, and Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Thanks to the pioneering work of Dr. Alessio Fasano*, we know that leaky gut is one of the primary triggers for all autoimmune disease, including autoimmune thyroid disease. As you might guess by its name, leaky gut occurs when your gut (specifically your small intestine) becomes permeable, allowing particles to leak from your digestive tract and travel freely through your bloodstream.
Gluten is one of the main causes of leaky gut in people that I see with thyroid issues and autoimmune diseases, and not just among Celiac patients, but in anyone with gluten sensitivity. When anyone, whether they have gluten sensitivity or not, eats a gluten-containing food, the gluten proteins make their way through the stomach and arrive at the small intestine, where the body responds by producing zonulin, a chemical that signals the tight junctions of the intestinal walls to open up, creating temporary permeability. This permeability will heal as the gut cells renew every 48 hours. However, if you have gluten sensitivity and you eat gluten, then this permeability will not heal in that 48 hours and your gut remains leaky. Leaky gut can also be caused or exacerbated by gut infections such as Candida overgrowth or SIBO, medications such as antibiotics, steroids or birth control pills, as well as a high stress lifestyle. New research shows that spraying Glyphosate (Roundup) on the wheat is also a major contributor of leaky gut and gluten sensitivity.
Now that your small intestines are open and permeable this allows toxins, microbes, and partially digested food to leak into your bloodstream, your immune system goes on high alert to neutralize all of these threats. But, because your gut is still leaky, the threats just keep on coming, putting your body in a state of chronic inflammation and putting you on the path to develop an autoimmune disease (including thyroid dysfunction) as your immune system becomes so stressed and confused that it begins attacking your own tissue by mistake. Unfortunately, the gluten that caused your gut to become leaky makes it even more likely that you will develop thyroid dysfunction (autoimmune and non autoimmune), thanks to a phenomenon called molecular mimicry.

Molecular Mimicry, A Case of Mistaken Identity

Every time your body is exposed to a bacteria, virus, or other pathogen, your immune system memorizes its structure, specifically its protein sequence, so that it can recognize it in the future and mount a defense.
However, the immune system’s recognition system isn’t foolproof; as long as a molecule’s structure and protein sequences are similar enough, the immune system can be fooled into attacking look-a-like molecules that are actually your body’s tissue, causing autoimmune disease.

Unfortunately for the thyroid, it has a common doppelgänger that puts it at risk for rogue autoimmune attacks. You guessed it – gluten. What’s more, 50% of people with gluten sensitivity experience molecular mimicry with casein (a protein found in dairy). This is known as cross-reactivity, where you react not only to your original trigger, but also to another trigger that resembles the first one.

Thanks to the leaky gut that was originally caused by gluten, every time you eat gluten and dairy, their proteins are able to escape into your bloodstream, where they trigger an attack from your immune system. And, because of the molecular mimicry phenomenon, your thyroid tissues end up in the crosshairs as well.
Interestingly, your immune system’s attack can affect your thyroid in two completely different ways. In the case of autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s disease) your immune system’s attacks decrease thyroid functionality, so your metabolic processes slow down. In autoimmune hyperthyroid (Grave’s disease), the antibodies act like Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, causing your thyroid to overproduce its hormones and sending your metabolism into overdrive.
Even in patients who have non-autoimmune thyroid disease, the molecular mimicry phenomenon still impacts thyroid function, which is why is why it makes sense that patients with thyroid dysfunction remove gluten from their diet, even if they are not autoimmune.

How to Heal the Damage Caused by Gluten

The bottom line is, if you have a thyroid dysfunction, ditch gluten for good. Once you’ve eliminated them from your diet, your gut can begin to heal, your inflammation will decrease, and your body will slow and eventually stop its rogue attacks on your thyroid.

In addition to eliminating gluten, I recommend using functional medicine’s 4R approach to heal your leaky gut. The process involves

1. Removing other toxic and inflammatory foods, including gluten and dairy

2. Restoring the ingredients needed for proper digestion

3. Re-inoculating with healthy bacteria

4. Repairing the lining of your gut so that gluten and dairy proteins and other particles can no longer escape into your bloodstream and trigger molecular mimicry.

Thyroid Disfunction and Molecular Mimicry

Gluten, Leaky Gut, and Autoimmune Thyroid Disease

Thanks to the pioneering work of Dr. Alessio Fasano*, we know that leaky gut is one of the primary triggers for all autoimmune disease, including autoimmune thyroid disease. As you might guess by its name, leaky gut occurs when your gut (specifically your small intestine) becomes permeable, allowing particles to leak from your digestive tract and travel freely through your bloodstream.

 

Gluten is one of the main causes of leaky gut in people that I see with thyroid issues and autoimmune diseases, and not just among Celiac patients, but in anyone with gluten sensitivity. When anyone, whether they have gluten sensitivity or not, eats a gluten-containing food, the gluten proteins make their way through the stomach and arrive at the small intestine, where the body responds by producing zonulin, a chemical that signals the tight junctions of the intestinal walls to open up, creating temporary permeability. This permeability will heal as the gut cells renew every 48 hours. However, if you have gluten sensitivity and you eat gluten, then this permeability will not heal in that 48 hours and your gut remains leaky. Leaky gut can also be caused or exacerbated by gut infections such as Candida overgrowth or SIBO, medications such as antibiotics, steroids or birth control pills, as well as a high stress lifestyle. New research shows that spraying Glyphosate (Roundup) on the wheat is also a major contributor of leaky gut and gluten sensitivity.

 

Now that your small intestines are open and permeable this allows toxins, microbes, and partially digested food to leak into your bloodstream, your immune system goes on high alert to neutralize all of these threats. But, because your gut is still leaky, the threats just keep on coming, putting your body in a state of chronic inflammation and putting you on the path to develop an autoimmune disease (including thyroid dysfunction) as your immune system becomes so stressed and confused that it begins attacking your own tissue by mistake. Unfortunately, the gluten that caused your gut to become leaky makes it even more likely that you will develop thyroid dysfunction (autoimmune and non autoimmune), thanks to a phenomenon called molecular mimicry.

 

Molecular Mimicry, A Case of Mistaken Identity

Every time your body is exposed to a bacteria, virus, or other pathogen, your immune system memorizes its structure, specifically its protein sequence, so that it can recognize it in the future and mount a defense.

 

However, the immune system’s recognition system isn’t foolproof; as long as a molecule’s structure and protein sequences are similar enough, the immune system can be fooled into attacking look-a-like molecules that are actually your body’s tissue, causing autoimmune disease. Unfortunately for the thyroid, it has a common doppelgänger that puts it at risk for rogue autoimmune attacks. You guessed it – gluten. What’s more, 50% of people with gluten sensitivity experience molecular mimicry with casein (a protein found in dairy). This is known as cross-reactivity, where you react not only to your original trigger, but also to another trigger that resembles the first one.

 

 

Thanks to the leaky gut that was originally caused by gluten, every time you eat gluten and dairy, their proteins are able to escape into your bloodstream, where they trigger an attack from your immune system. And, because of the molecular mimicry phenomenon, your thyroid tissues end up in the crosshairs as well.

 

Interestingly, your immune system’s attack can affect your thyroid in two completely different ways. In the case of autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s disease) your immune system’s attacks decrease thyroid functionality, so your metabolic processes slow down. In autoimmune hyperthyroid (Grave’s disease), the antibodies act like Thyroid Stimulating Hormone, causing your thyroid to overproduce its hormones and sending your metabolism into overdrive.

 

Even in patients who have non-autoimmune thyroid disease, the molecular mimicry phenomenon still impacts thyroid function, which is why I recommend that all of my patients with thyroid dysfunction remove gluten from their diet, even if they are not autoimmune.

Weight Scale Number Comparison

 

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Day before starting the strict Intermittent Fasting Program

 

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10th day of starting the strict Intermittent Fasting Program
Checking your weight can be a good thing if you understand what the numbers mean AND you are using a smart scale to truly analyse your body.
These numbers can be a good guidance that helps you tailor your own transformation program. NUMBERS SHOULD NEVER BE THE ONLY GUIDANCE YOU USE! Looking in the mirror is always a superior way to analyse your body and do aesthetic mapping – as I like to call it.
When I measure my clients, the numbers I focus on are the following:
1. Visceral fat points : the fat around your organs. this is the criminal and the fat you need to focus on. visceral fat releases toxins back into the blood, it stores the extra food you eat and is very responsive to insulin (carbs you eat). visceral fat causes your abdomen to bulge out. visceral fats causes your ab muscles to inflate out, weak and out of shape.
your goal should be to reduce visceral fat and keep it between 8 and 10.
2. Body fat percentage : roughly how much fat composition we are working with
3. Bone mineral density : very important for females. low density means you can easily get injured. women need to work on bone density as they age because you lose bone density quicker after age 30 – more hip pain and silly injuries that can easily be avoided.
Combining the understanding of all the numbers will help you understand what your body is composed of. Don’t just weigh yourself and get frustrated. Numbers mean something!
What bothers you about your transformation journey, where do you need help?
Talk to me below 🙂

Body Composition, Fat vs Muscle

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This is an important topic! Too many times women ask me, why does my weight not change? It all comes down to BODY COMPOSITION. This means what are you composed of- how much fat : muscle : bone : water etc If you are on a journey to become healthier, then shedding toxic body fat may be one of your goals. Body fat is not just fat where you hate it – it is a chemical balance. The body stores fat as energy and the body can burn fat as energy too – IF you teach it how.
 
  • Your body usually prefers to break down glucose. It is easier.
  • It will only break down fatty acids in the absence of glucose.
  • Glucose gives you 4 calories per gram. Fats give you 9 calories per gram.
  • If you have 11 kilograms of body fat, it basically means that you have 100,000 calories stored in your body, available to be burned.
  • You probably burn between 1800 and 2500 calories per day.
  • So basically you have stored energy for 50 days without eating anything.

But don’t go starving yourself just yet! Balancing hormones is key in unlocking fat from fat cells to be burned as fuel. Billions of fat cells exist in all body types, no matter their shape, sandwiched between the skin and muscle tissue. It’s not the amount of fat cells that dictate a person’s weight, though; it’s the size of them, which can fluctuate depending on how much fat they are storing. Read this to find out How Does Body Burn Fat

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Weight training and strength training WILL alter your body composition – this is a good thing! You need to change the composition of your body to less fat and more muscle. If you want to tone your body along with reducing toxic fat – this includes weight training that helps you gain lean muscle mass. Muscle weighs more than fat in less volume. So during weight training, you will lose fat and gain muscle. This is essentially what keeps the number on your weight scale from shifting first few weeks or months of your transformation journey.
This should not demotivate you! Why is muscle more important than fat ? Because —
  • muscle burns more calories
  • muscle needs more calories to sustain itself
  • muscle means means you will age injury free
  • muscle keeps you toned and lean
  • more muscle means increased metabolism
  • more muscle in lower body has been linked to improved brain performance and longer life
  • etc !
Good news is, women are high in estrogen and low in testosterone. This means weight training will NOT make you look bulky like men. So get to those weights fast.
 
How long does it take to see changes in the number scale?
  1. it depends on your specific body type and metabolism and health history
  2. it doesn’t really matter because you need to focus on changing body composition rather than lowering the number on the scale.
So how do you know if your program is working for you?
  1. Check your dress size
  2. Monitor your energy levels
  3. monitor your sleeping patterns
  4. monitor your cravings
  5. note general increase in quality of life
Your metabolism will take time to shift – about 3 – 6 weeks. You can not see changes unless you are following a precise workout routine. Just eating will help you balance hormones and improve gut health (very important during shedding toxic body fat); but exercise is what will truly speedy up the process of burning the fat out of your body.
 
So don’t be upset if you are not seeing results in 4 to 8 weeks of starting a new program. Every body is different and will require specific tweaking to find the metabolism sweet spot.
 
Ignore the dumb scale. It only shows you how much you weight in relation to gravity of the Earth. To truly understand your body composition you need a smart scale and a very smart coach to show you the correct path 😉

How Does Body Burn Fat

Billions of fat cells exist in all body types, no matter their shape, sandwiched between the skin and muscle tissue. It’s not the amount of fat cells that dictate a person’s weight, though; it’s the size of them, which can fluctuate depending on how much fat they are storing.

So how does this build up of fatty deposits get broken down when you’re working on losing weight? Put simply, it involves a biochemical process, which converts these space-demanding molecules in fat cells into usable energy.

The entire process begins once you start to increase activity levels and reduce calorie intake; calories indicate how much potential energy is in certain foods. By consuming fewer calories than you’re burning, the body will react to the reduction of available energy by producing fat-mobilising hormones, which in turn signal important enzymes, which help break down fat reserves for more energy.

The key enzyme in this process is lipase. Lipase stimulates fat cells so that they release triglycerides (the form of fat within the fat cell). Each triglyceride molecule is then broken down into glycerol and three fatty acids. The glycerol is broken down further by the liver to release energy, while the free fatty acids are transported directly to muscles via the bloodstream. The enzyme lipoprotein lipase helps the muscle cells absorb the fatty acids, which can be burned for extra energy.

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Why does losing weight quickly leave you with excess skin?

Skin is incredibly elastic, so in most cases you can expect it to ping back and fit snugly around your new body shape once you’ve lost weight. This is all thanks to a protein called collagen. Collagen enables the skin to stretch, which is why it’s so important as we grow. However, collagen fibres will weaken over time, resulting in wrinkles as we age.

The production of collagen can also be slow, especially when it comes to sudden weight gain or growth, which in turn leads to overstretched skin as well as noticeable stretch marks. As a result of this, significant or very quick weight loss can often leave you with overhanging, excess skin that can only be removed by a surgical procedure.

Losing weight slowly, with a balance of good food and exercise, can help minimise the risk of loose skin, so don’t rush into shedding stones with a quick-fix crash diet.

What is in Your Fragrance?

How often have you looked at the ingredients label for a skin care or makeup product and was baffled by how to pronounce the crazy long names? They’re usually the names of chemicals that have been mixed together for the formula, and it’s hard to tell what exactly they’re made of straight from the ingredients label, or what they do to you.
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Don’t be so quick to purchase something “high end” or “in trend” or “western” products thinking they are using the best products on the market. Most cases, that is wrong!
Once you start looking for it, you’ll quickly realize this toxic mix of ingredients known as “fragrance” is added to nearly every product on the market, from laundry detergent to dish soap, shampoo to all-purpose cleaning spray, candles, perfumes, deodorant and even tampons.
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Toxins entering your body through cosmetics are being stored inside your fat cells. These fat cells release the toxins back into your body, which imbalances hormones, imbalances gut flora and much more.
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If you’re wondering why this is allowed to happen just know that as of 2009, the EU has banned 1328 chemicals from being put into their personal care items. In contrast, as of 2018, the US has banned only 30. Its cheaper for companies to use these ingredients. It always comes back to money. Now if you’re saying to yourself, “no way would the U.S. be that behind,” we totally understand because we did too
We wanted to get a better grasp on what’s going on and why the US isn’t stepping up. Throughout our research we’ve found that the biggest difference between the EU and US is that the EU bans chemicals in a way that is preventative. They begin taking measures to ban a chemical as soon as there is evidence of its harm. The US on the other hand has a higher expectation of evidence showing the harm of the chemical before they put any regulations on it. This obviously can take time and can be difficult to produce, thus limiting their ability to begin shutting its use down before it’s way too late.
Doesn’t the US Government Protect My Products?
Well, not really. A strong example of how the US fails to take action against toxins in our cosmetics is in the case of talc. Its soft texture and ability to absorb moisture make it a popular ingredient to use in conventional cosmetic products. But these perks come with a huge dangerous downer – talc is often contaminated with asbestos, a substance that has been directed linked to causing cancer and a whole range of lung issues. The EU reacted to this link by adding talc to their no list for cosmetics. However, the US FDAcan’t take action against a chemical unless they have “sound scientific data to show that it is harmful under its intended use,” even though they also say that they cannot prove that cosmetics with talc in them are completely sans asbestos! That means you could unknowingly be putting asbestos on your skin right now, but the FDA can’t do anything about it until they obtain proof – in other words, it’ll be way too late.
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Ok, So FDA is to Blame.
While we all want to perhaps point fingers at the FDA, they themselves complained that they are not allowed much independence when it comes to putting regulations on cosmetics. They note that because there is no requirement for companies to report adverse side effects of products, it limits the FDA’s effectiveness as it slows the process of hearing about chemicals that are hurting people. There’s a lot more in this letter that helps shed light on how they aren’t to be solely blamed and is worth a read. Because of this, you very well may be putting formaldehyde – another known human carcinogen – on yourself while hoping to pretty up your nails. That’s right, formaldehyde can be found in conventional nail polishes.
Who can we hold Accountable for these dangers?
So, if not the FDA, who? It appears Congress is partly at fault. Even though they’ve updated the FDA’s ability to regulate other type of products, they haven’t done so for cosmetics since 1938. We think that’s pretty bonkers. If Congress were to update it, companies would be required to register their products with the FDA, thereby allowing them to approve the ingredients for being safe or kick them to the curb if they aren’t. Without this in place, companies can pick and choose whatever chemicals they want in their stuff without anyone keeping an eye on it. You might be thinking to yourself that there are no safety guidelines for cosmetics, but they actually do exist, it’s just that companies aren’t legally bound to adhere to them. Sounds pretty crazy!
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What about Canada?

Canadian cosmetics regulations, like European Union regulations, are much stricter than those in the United States.

Health Canada, the federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, regularly reviews the safety of cosmetic ingredients and prohibits or restricts the use of ingredients that present health risks, according to their website.  The Canadian government regularly updates a Cosmetic Ingredient Hotlist that includes hundreds of chemicals and contaminants prohibited and restricted from use in cosmetics such as formaldehyde, triclosan, selenium, nitrosamines and 1,4-dioxane — all of which are allowed in U.S. products.

In addition, cosmetic manufacturers, by law, are prohibited from selling cosmetics that contain ingredients that present a hazard to the health of Canadians; must disclose all cosmetic ingredients to Health Canada; and are required to register their products. Labeling requirements that went into effect in 2006 require ingredient lists to appear on all cosmetic product labels. Increased disclosure is making choosing safe products easier for Canadian consumers.

What about Europe?

The European Union, now 28 countries strong, has more stringent and protective laws for cosmetics than the United States. The hazard-based, precautionary approach of the EU acknowledges that chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects simply don’t belong in cosmetics – regardless of the concentration of the chemical being used.

The United States has much to learn from the EU example. The EU Cosmetics Directive (76/768/EEC) was adopted in January 2003 and most recently revised in 2013.  The EU law  bans 1,328 chemicals from cosmetics that are known or suspected to cause cancer, genetic mutation, reproductive harm or birth defects.  In comparison, the U.S. FDA has only banned or restricted 11 chemicals from cosmetics. Unlike the United States, EU law requires pre-market safety assessments of cosmetics, mandatory registration of cosmetic products, government authorization for the use of nanomaterials and prohibits animal testing for cosmetic purposes.

Back to understanding “Fragrance”

Many products list “fragrance” on the label, but very few name the specific ingredients that make up a “fragrance.” This lack of disclosure prevents consumers from knowing the full list of ingredients in their products. While most fragrance chemicals are not disclosed, we do know that some are linked to serious health problems such as cancer, reproductive and developmental toxicity, allergies and sensitivities. Clearly, there is a need for stronger regulations, more research, and greater transparency.

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FOUND IN: Most personal care products including sunscreen, shampoo, soap, body wash, deodorant, body lotion, makeup, facial cream, skin toner, serums, exfoliating scrubs and perfume.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR ON THE LABEL: Fragrance, perfume, parfum, essential oil blend, aroma.

WHAT IS FRAGRANCE? Fragrance is defined by the FDA as a combination of chemicals that gives each perfume or cologne (including those used in other products) its distinct scent. Fragrance ingredients may be derived from petroleum or natural raw materials. Companies that manufacture perfume or cologne purchase fragrance mixtures from fragrance houses (companies that specialize in developing fragrances) to develop their own proprietary blends. In addition to “scent” chemicals that create the fragrance, perfumes and colognes also contain solvents, stabilizers, UV-absorbers, preservatives, and dyes. MORE…

HEALTH CONCERNS: The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) lists 3,059 materials that are reported as being used in fragrance compounds.[1] Of these 3,059 ingredients, some have evidence linking them to health effects including cancer, reproductive toxicity, allergies and sensitivities.

A 2016 study assessed self-reported health effects from fragrance. This survey of a random sample of US residents found that 99.1% of participants are exposed to fragranced products at least once a week from their own use, others’ use, or both. Participants also reported an extensive list of health effects experienced when exposed to fragrance ranging from migraines and asthma to gastrointestinal problems and cardiovascular problems. The findings showed that a high percentage of the participants did not know of the chemicals included in fragrance and would not continue to use a fragranced product if they had previously known it emitted pollutants.[2]

Acetaldehyde: Acetaldehyde adversely affects kidneys and the reproductive, nervous and respiratory systems.[3] This chemical is listed as known or suspected to cause cancer in California’s Proposition 65.[4] Both the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the National Toxicology Program classify acetaldehyde as potentially carcinogenic to humans.[5], [6]

Benzophenone: Benzophenone is linked to endocrine disruption and organ system toxicity,[7] and experimental studies suggest benzophenone may lead to several kinds of tumors.[8] Derivatives of benzophenone, such as benzophenone-1 (BP-1) and oxybenzone (BP-3), are potential endocrine disruptors.[9]Benzophenone is listed as a possible human carcinogen under California’s Proposition 65.[10]MORE…

VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: All, especially pregnant women, infants

REGULATIONS:  Current laws do not provide the FDA with the authority to require disclosure or public safety of fragrance ingredients. In the U.S., companies are required to list ingredients on the label; however, this regulation excludes the individual constituents of fragrance in order to preserve fragrance trade secrets. This sustains a loophole that leads to disclosure gaps.

The International Fragrance Association (IFRA) and the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) develop and set voluntary standards for chemicals in the “fragrance” component of products. The US, Canada, and Europe rely on IFRA and RIFM to identify ingredients for use in fragrance. In effect, this means the international Fragrance industry is self-regulating.

HOW TO AVOID: Read labels and avoid products when no information is given other than “fragrance”.

Is there any Solution?
The solution is to find cleaner and more natural products that use essential oils as fragrance or a product that is fragrance free. Vote with your dollar / money, check labels or even make your own products if possible. We must also hold these companies accountable. Ask the company if they are using safe ingredients. If companies are using safe ingredients, then they should want you to know that. If they won’t fully explain how their products are scented, it’s likely a red flag.
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Constant Headaches and A Quick Tip

Fasting – or just daily life –  can bring on a constant head ache that does not go away.  I have heard from too many of my clients and people around me they have been suffering from long term headaches. Good news is this is something that is very much under your control. Sometimes, even when we follow a correct individualised nutrition plan, the nutrients are not properly upregulated into the cells. This is caused by factors such as lack of minerals that play a role in cellular intake of nutrients – mainly potassium. Yes, something so simple can be (and usually is) the cause of a constant head.

Potassium is an essential mineral that has many roles in your body. It helps regulate muscle contractions, maintain healthy nerve function and regulate fluid balance.

A national survey found that approximately 98% of Americans are not meeting the recommended potassium intake. A Western diet is likely to blame, because of processed foods.

But remember, a low-potassium diet is rarely the cause of potassium deficiency, or hypokalemia.

Deficiency is characterized by a blood potassium level below 3.5 mmol per liter ().

Instead, it occurs when your body suddenly loses a lot of fluid. Common causes include excessive sweating, blood loss, chronic vomiting, and diarrhea,

Imaging your cells coming across good nutrition and still not being able to make use of it. Your body – made up of cells – can be operating at less than normal efficiency due to deficiencies of minerals. It’s important to remember that you need a daily intake of vitamins and minerals to meet these needs.

Other than your headache, you may also be experiencing:
1. Muscle spasms
2. Heart Palpitation
3. Fatigue
4. Digestive issues
5. Muscle aches, stiffness, tingling, numbness
6. Breathing difficulty
7. Mood changes

What to do? Supplement correctly.

Unfortunately, we can not rely on food intake to be the sole resource of our nutrition. YOU NEED TO SUPPLEMENT. In these cases, other than investing in your top quality multivitamin and etc – you can try a top quality BCAA : branched chain amino acid complex which comes with a correct electrolyte blend and includes a good potassium mix.

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During fasting, I recommend (and we personally take) BCAA mixed in water. Try this , it may really help you.

Read more about BCAA here and here.

The main focus on supplementing with a good BCAA is to replenish your mineral stores.

NON FASTING:
Alot of my clients feel dizzy throughout the day and even while working out. Something like getting up too quickly or doing cardio / hiit can cause nausea and vomiting sensations. This is also due to the same cause !

Have I told you to eat more beetroot? because it is highest in potassium, but eating beet root in the morning can mean you are still depleted of potassium by the evening. So this is where an investment into BCAA can really give you more than your money’s worth.

Are you suffering from constant headache? share below and lets talk about living pain free.

Nuts – Are You Eating A Toxic Mold?

Nuts! A great way to improve your lipid profile and make sure you are balancing your intake of fats. Nuts are a good source of unsaturated fats (mono and poly). Increasing your intake of nuts (as per your individual nutrition needs) is a good idea IF you know how to properly handle them; which most of us do not.
Nuts carry a microscopic toxic fungus (mold). This is because of how we harvest, store and ship our nuts and they end of staying in dark and moist places. Aflatoxin – a human carcinogen – causes inflammation and growth impairment, and damage to digestive organs – among many other harms to the body.
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Research shows that aflatoxin targets the digestive organs most, especially the liver by raising the risk for liver cancer, heptitis and liver disease. Long-term exposure to aflatoxin is a major risk factor for cancer of liver called hepatocellular carcinoma, which causes liver scarring, loss of nutrients, inflammation of the digestive tract and other serious problems that can lead to death.
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Other foods contaminated with and cause spread of aflatoxin :

  • peanuts
  • corn
  • milk and cheese (rarely, meat can also become contaminated due to the spreading in aflatoxin in livestock feed)
  • nuts (especially almonds, Brazil nuts, pecans, pistachios and walnuts)
  • grains including quinoa
  • soybeans
  • figs
  • dried spices
  • although it’s not commonly eaten, cottonseed is also a major crop that tends to grow aflatoxin

Experts believe that the biggest threat of aflatoxin to human health globally is the contamination of corn, since it’s such a widely-consumed crop in many parts of the world. Corn tends to be grown in humid climates that are likely to have contaminated soils. Aflatoxin in corn is hard to control because of the enormous quantity that it’s grown in, duration of storage processing and how we ship it across the globe.. Because some populations eating a lot of corn might already have impaired immunity, aflatoxin in corn is a big concern for liver disease formation.

Does cooking peanuts and corn help to reduce aflatoxin?

Aflatoxin molds are not entirely killed off even when corn, grains peanuts or other foods are processed or roasted, so it can even show up in things like peanut butter and many processed products. 

 
Peanut butter is another item on the list to avoid. Peanut butter is not the ideal “healthy food” that you think ! Unless you are making your nut butters at home, the peanut butters on the store shelfs / or wherever you buy from have been sitting there for ….how long now?
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Detoxifying your body of microscopic molds should be one of your top priorities when it comes to improving your lifestyle, wellbeing and sense of happiness. Remember, your gut is your second brain !
 
Supplements that help your body improve detoxifications pathways are:
 

1. Studies show that chlorophyllin and chlorophyll supplements help to reduce the bioavailability of aflatoxin.

 

2.Milk thistle, marshmallow root and dandelion root all help cleanse the liver and can lower digestive symptoms.

3. Activated charcoal can help bind to aflatoxin mold and carry it out of the body more easily

Recommendation:

First and foremost, when following a detoxifying nutrition plan, I ask my clients to avoid nuts, lentils, legumes, peanut butter and all foods that carry a major risk of aflatoxin. We work on adding supplements and improving nutrition intake which boost detoxifying pathways. This is very important to focus on when starting a programme of healing and recovery.

Furthermore, when adding nuts back into your nutrition plan, I always advice to roast the nuts in high heat, and store in fridge. You must consume the nuts quickly and purchase only the freshest. 

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Are you still eating nuts on a regular basis? This may be a good time to consider the above facts and focus on correct supplements instead. 

 


  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26930866
  2. https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000280.htm

 

Detoxing Your Body

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Acne is not just a sign of imbalanced hormones. Acne is a sign of imbalances hormones caused by toxins inside your body. Acne is not the problem, rather acne is signalling you there is more problems inside of you. What are other signs your body is giving you about hidden toxins inside? Extreme fatigue, body pain, constipation, cognitive decline, and much more.

What can you do about it? Boost your detox pathways. Change your lifestyle to help boost the natural function of your kidney, liver and entire lymphatic system. It is extremely important for you to LEARN about toxins and how they enter the body and how your body removes them. Nutrition, exercise, supplement and sleep all come into play when planning for a Detox Boosting lifestyle.

Are you suffering from skin issues, and fatigue? What are some changes that you think you can that may help you feel better?


Want to start a serious body cleansing detox protocol?

Check out my programme Glow Up Detox Programme

 

Does Ab Exercise Give You Abs?

One of the biggest concerns of women who are new to working out is : can I get abs by doing more ab workouts? The answer is straight and easy: NO! But before you give up on your transformation journey,  read on to find out how to keep lean, strong and increase quality of your life. 

Because you already have abdominal muscles. You also have 2 types of fat, one is under the abs – visceral fat- and one is fat under the skin – subcutaneous fat. These 2 types of fat needs to be reduced in order for you to tone your entire body. Visceral fat is causing your abdominal muscles to bulge out and contributes to the flabby shape of our tummy. Fat under the skin is covering your abdominal muscles and further causes the bulging shape of your mid section. 

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Visceral fat is stored in a person’s abdominal cavity around the organs and is also known as ‘active fat’ because it influences how hormones function in the body. An excess of visceral fat can, therefore, have potentially dangerous consequences.

Carrying around excess visceral fat is linked with an increased risk for:

  • Coronary heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Depression
  • Arthritis
  • Obesity
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Sleep disorders

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Visceral fat is also insulin responsive fat and stores the access calories in your blood. What this means is, when you over consume calories (carbs mostly) this goes right into your visceral fat cells. Visceral fat is very carb sensitive. This is why in terms of body fat loss, you need to follow a proper individualised plan of low carb lifestyle to really get rid of those fat cells. 

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HOW VISCERAL FAT DEVELOPS

When there’s too much glucose in our bloodstream and our cells already have filled glycogen stores, glucose is stored as fat. This happens a lot more quickly and easily when consuming refined processed carbohydrates and sugary foods. Processed starches, like white bread or white rice, along with high-sugar foods, are rapidly converted into simple sugars that enter the bloodstream and trigger a larger release of insulin from the pancreas. The result is usually weight gain, plus even more hunger, which leads to continued overeating and a vicious cycle that makes it hard to stop eating sweets.

The more often and longer that blood insulin levels remain high, the more likely a person is to accumulate excess body fat and to battle weight problems. Insulin also communicates with many other hormones needed for various functions, including those made in the adrenal glands, such as the stress hormone cortisol, so abnormally high levels and hormonal imbalances result in powerful urges to eat, mood changes, lack of energy and various other factors that contribute to disease formation.

WHAT REDUCES FAT ON THE ABDOMEN?
1. A PROPER nutrition plan where your metabolism is boosted throughout the day, hormones are balanced. This is where individualised nutrition comes to play. Important steps include reduces inflammation causing carbs and only having carbs based on your body, metabolism, hormones and lifestyle needs. 
2. Proper exercise that involves muscle engagement
3. Supplements and correct sleep cycle
4. Consistency

WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO TRAIN THE ABS AND LOWER FAT?
Use ab workouts to condition your muscles. you need to train your muscles to be “active” and “engaged”. This is where proper training comes in. When you exercise you need to understand what happens to your muscles down to the cellular level.

Do not train abs daily. Train abs 2 times a week properly and INTENSELY.

IS THIS ENOUGH?

Yes, if you are proper engaging your abs during ALL your exercise so you dont need to ab workouts.

BEST EXERCISE TO ENGAGE THE ABS?

First, you need to learn stomach vacuum and kegels. This will get your core muscles engaged.Then add in proper conditioning exercise. my favorites are kettle bell swings, and single arm snatched. these 2 are amazing for sculpting the whole body.

UNDERSTAND AND FOLLOW PROPER NUTRITION CONSISTENTLY.

You need to understand YOUR body composition. Just lowering the number on the scale IS NOT GOING TO HELP YOU. You need to learn about body composition in order to change it.

How much fat are you?
Much muscle muscle mass are you?
Where are your troubled areas?

DITCH THE SCALE

Stand naked in front of the mirror. Analyse your body and see where your trouble spots are. This will help you ( or your experienced and educated coach) understand your metabolism more. This will set the basis for your transformational routine.

TRAIN SMART

Knowledge is power. seek proper knowledge instead of just following online exercise models.