Intermittent Fasting (IF) is currently one of the world's most popular health and fitness trends.
Besides assisting with weight loss, IF has many additional health benefits I will share in this article.
By definition, intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that involves regular, short-term fasts — or periods of minimal or no food consumption. Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting.
You start your eating at noon and your last meal at 8 pm.
You are technically fasting for 16 hours every day, and restricting your eating to an 8-hour eating window.This is the most popular form of intermittent fasting, known as the 16/8 method.
Can't lose weight no matter what? Could the weight loss culprit be something as inconspicuous as mercury build-up in your body?
It is widely accepted that metal toxicity can impair neuroendocrine function. Simply put, this means that normal thyroid function can be impaired from toxic metals such as mercury, cadmium, lead and others.
What are Toxic Metals?
Toxic metals are metals that are not required or of use to your bodies chemistry. Mercury is the example we are all probably most familiar with. Toxic metals can also be variations of metals for which there is a biological use, but in the wrong form are toxic.
What is the Weight Loss Connection?
For the purpose of weight loss, or an inability to lose weight no matter what, the effect of toxic metals on thyroid function and estrogen production becomes of particular interest.
I think you will agree with me that what you are about to read will make total sense and is a fantastic companion to my highly successful health restoration program for patients who suffer with chronic health challenges. Most of the patients I work with have undiagnosed autoimmune illness (like Hashimoto's) and out of control systemic inflammation. Through my health restoration programs, my patients almost universally lose significant weight without exercising, but they need a way to tone up and continue the weight loss as well as improve their fitness for a full and rewarding life. This article and the special offer at the end IS YOUR ANSWER FOR A REVITALIZED NEW YOU!
Below is a list of various nutrients that affect a person's ability to gain or lose weight.
- Zinc - reduces leptin, a beneficial hormone that regulates appetite, which is reversed by zinc repletion.
- Asparagine - this amino acid increases insulin sensitivity which helps the body store energy in muscle instead of storing it as body fat.
- Biotin - boosts metabolism by improving glycemic control (stabilizes blood sugar) and lowering insulin, a hormone that promotes fat formation.
- Carnitine - carries fatty acids into cell so they can be burned for fuel; Helps reduce visceral adiposity (belly fat).
- Calcium - inhibits the formation of fat cells; Also helps oxidize (burn) fat cells.
- Lipoic Acid - improves glucose uptake into cells, which helps a person burn carbohydrates more efficiently.
- Chromium - makes the body more sensitive to insulin, helping to reduce body fat and increase lean muscle.
- Vitamin B5 - taking B5 lowers body weight by activating lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that burns fat cells. One study linked B5 supplementation to less hunger when dieting.
- Magnesium - low magnesium in cells impairs a person’s ability to use glucose for fuel, instead storing it as fat; Correcting a magnesium deficiency stimulates metabolism by increasing insulin sensitivity. Magnesium may also inhibit fat absorption.
- Glutamine - reduces fat mass by improving glucose uptake into muscle.
- Cysteine - supplementation with this antioxidant reduced body fat in obese patients.
- Inositol - supplementation may increase adiponectin levels.
- Vitamin B3 (niacin) - treatment with B3 increases adiponectin, a weight-loss hormone secreted by fat cells; Niacin-bound chromium supplements helped reduced body weight in clinical trials.
- Vitamin A - enhances expression of genes that reduce a person’s tendency to store food as fat; Reduces the size of fat cells.
- Vitamin E - inhibits pre-fat cells from changing into mature fat cells, thus reducing body fat.
- Vitamin D - deficiency strongly linked to poor metabolism of carbohydrates; Genes that are regulated by vitamin D may alter the way fat cells form in some people.
- Vitamin K - poor vitamin K status linked to excess fat tissue; Vitamin K helps metabolize sugars.
Every day, you and I are being exposed to materials that are toxic to our bodies in ways that can lead to major health issues at some point in the future. I wrote a post about how toxins (xylene) weakened my immune system so it could not get rid of warts on my foot. There are over 70,000 deadly industrial chemical toxins in our environment. These chemicals challenge and deplete the body's glutathione, which is the main chemical used to stem inflammation of our cells. Inflammation is what drives autoimmunity and Hashimoto's, Fibromyalgia, MS and other autoimmune disorders.