Nutrition & Weight Loss
At James family chiropractic, we address more than just back pain and chiropractic related matters, but nutrition, detoxification and weight loss, making sure your body is running optimally, and helping you live a healthier and longer life.
Detox, short for detoxification, is the removal of potentially toxic substances from the body. Although detox is primarily thought of as a treatment for alcohol or drug dependence, the term is also used to refer to diets, herbs, and other methods of removing environmental and dietary toxins from the body for general health. Detoxification protocols often are done incorrectly, unsafely and many programs do nothing at all.
Since your body is only as healthy as your cells, true detox must occur at the cellular level. Our focus in this office is always on removing anything interfering with the body innate ability to function and heal at 100%. Since all function and healing ultimately come from the nervous system, we focus our detoxification programs primarily on neurotoxicity.
Just as spinal problems create physical interference to the nervous system, neurotoxins cause chemical interference at the level of the cells and the brain, creating widespread problems with hormone regulation and inflammation. The two most common and problematic categories of toxins are biotoxins (mold, lyme) and heavy metals (mercury, lead).
Not Losing Weight Even Though You Diet and Exercise? Have you ever wondered why you can’t lose weight despite diet and exercise? A hormone called Leptin was discovered in 1995 as the hormone that tells your brain to burn fat for energy. Unless you brain receives the right message from this hormone, you cannot burn fat for energy and you will not lose weight.
A synthetic form of leptin was created by drug companies who thought they had the answer to obesity. It was thought that if the brain needs to “hear” leptin in order to lose weight then people who are obese must be deficient in leptin. Eventually they realized that they were wrong and it was an elevation in leptin that caused people to be overweight. When a person is diabetic they produce plenty of insulin that they cannot use which is caused from eating too much sugars and grains and toxicity. When a person consumes too much sugar on a regular basis the body releases more insulin. This constant releasing of insulin along with elevated glucose cause the receptors on a cell that “hear” insulin to burn out. This means that they become insulin resistant.
This is the same with leptin. The only way your brain knows to burn fat is if Leptin which is produced by your fat cells, tells your brain that there is too much fat. This system will not work if it is worn-out. This “wearing out” of this system causes your brain to not Leptin and thusly is not told to burn fat. When the Leptin receptors get burnt out you become leptin resistant. It is almost impossible to lose weight once this hormone system fails.
The Healing diet is the answer to this problem. This diet gets rid of everything that turns to sugar and increases good fats to help heal insulin and leptin receptors. This will reset the hormone system.
Because grains turn to sugar after 4 seconds of chewing them they are eliminated from this diet. Sugars are also eliminated. The only fruit allowed in this diet is berries in moderation because fruit has so much sugar.
We want to control the elevation of glucose with this diet and therefore, foods such as whole healthy grains like oatmeal and whole wheat are eliminated as well.
Protein intake should be limited to 15 –25 grams per meal depending on a person’s size and level of activity. Protein can turn to sugar which is why it should be limited.
Glucose and insulin is controlled by increasing healthy fats, which will also heal their receptors. This increase in healthy fats will also regenerate hormones that have been depleted.
This diet is considered a high fat, moderate-protein, and moderate-carbohydrate(due to vegetables) diet not a low-carb or high-protein diet.
How do you know if you need this diet? Of course this diet will work for someone who simply cannot lose weight despite his or her efforts to, but there are also five factors to determine who needs it. If you have just one of these factors then you are qualified:
1. Triglycerides / Cholesterol
Your body cannot burn fat because it is not able to hear leptin, therefore circulating blood fat in the form of triglycerides or cholesterol will be elevated.
2. High blood pressure
This pressure is caused by a narrowing and/or hardening of the arteries initiated by oxidation of cholesterol and inflammation in the arterial wall. When you eliminate glucose (sugar), you control insulin and leptin, which reduces inflammation, and thusly blood pressure.
3. Elevated glucose, leptin, or insulin
Sugar turns into fat, so it is no surprise that elevated levels of glucose can lead to higher cases of obesity.
Some individuals do better with certain diets than others do. This is why some people do well with a low-carb diet and some do better with a high-carb diet. The only way to determine this factor is if you are a person who has tried many diets and failed or has a family history of heart disease, diabetes, and/or obesity, then the Healing Diet is probably for you.
Neurotoxins cause inflammation that affects hormones that deal with weight loss. These neurotoxins such as heavy metals (mercury, lead, etc) and biotoxins (mold, lyme, etc.) enter the body and attach to fat and nerve cells. If you are neurotoxic you will not lose weight unless you address the issue. Most leptin resistance comes from being biotoxic.
The weight will come off with ease if the Healing Diet is the right diet for you based on the factors. If not, toxicity must be considered and is likely the cause of your uncontrollable cravings, diet failures, and inability to lose weight. Toxins have an affinity for fat cells due to the fact that they are fat-soluble. When the toxins attach to the outer cell membrane, which is made of a lipid bilayer (two layers of fat), they cause the cell to continually release leptin.
When leptin is continuously elevated, just like insulin in type II diabetes, the receptors burn out; Leptin is the hormone that tells your brain to burn fat for energy. This is why weight gain that does benefit from diet or exercise is due to leptin resistance. The toxins also cause cytokines to release on an unregulated level that is damaging to leptin receptors in the brain. Weight loss resistance will be the first of many problems.
Melanocyte(MSH) is an important hormone produced in the hypothalamus by leptin and is so important that it is on the top of the hormone chain and controls a number of bodily functions. If you are toxic your brain cannot hear leptin and eventually will become MSH-deficient. This means that every immune and hormone response in your body will be altered.
Basically you feel horrible and have no idea why. But you find yourself on medications and chasing symptoms on a downward spiral. This is the pitfall of modern medicine. The key thing is understanding how toxins affect hormones, and how inflammation leads to so many new millennium diseases such as depression, diabetes, cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia to name a few.
How do we fix this? Proper detoxification and not just some simple colon cleanse or liver detoxification program will fix this problem. The neurotoxins must chelate (detox) in a very specific way depending on the toxin. Proper testing is a much to determine which chelation is right. It is extremely important to work with a doctor experienced in this kind of toxicity. True detoxification must occur at the cellular level.
The majority of Americans cannot lose weight despite diet and excessive exercise. The amount of processed grains and sugars and the onslaught of toxicity are causing major hormonal problems which lead to uncontrolled cravings, the inability to burn fat, decrease in metabolism, muscle wasting and eventually a new-millennium disease. Your hormonal system will reset once you are rid of toxins and have followed the Healing Diet. There will be success because you will get to the cause of why you can’t lose weight after many failures.