Sunday, January 11, 2015

How to Eat Healthy and Loose Weight as a Side Effect

Become Modern Hunter - Gatherer
How to Eat Healthy and Loose Weight as a Side Effect

"Let the food be thy medicine" - Hippocrates

Avoid Fructose in sweetened drinks and processed foods. Fructose blocks burning of fat. In liver it is converted to triglycerides (fat) and we develop fatty liver and loose ability to detoxify. That fatty liver is equivalent to alcoholic fatty liver. Imagine your kid getting it by drinking sodas!

Eat real foods - organic or locally grown vegetables, meat, fruits and nuts.
Plant your own organic vegetable garden and have your own chicken roaming around.

Avoid Processed foods - they are packed with sugars, harmful trans-fats (peanut , corn, soy oil), genetically modified ingredients and artificial sweeteners and addictive substances. If it is made by man and come in a box or bag, do not eat it.

Eat healthy fats - avocado, butter from organic milk, coconut oil, raw nuts and seeds, organic pastured eggs and grass fed meats.

Minimize white sugar - also white flower, potatoes as they  also become sugar in your body.We have one gallon of blood and  only one teaspoon of sugar in it. If there is more sugar than that Insulin starts rising and starts storing fat.
Increasing insulin causes inflammation in our body which leads to myriad of chronic diseases ( heart disease, diabetes, cancer )

Eat pasture raised meats free of hormones, antibiotics and growth promoting drugs.

Exercise regularly at least 3 times a week.Interval training is one of my favorites.
Find something you love like ZUMBA and stick with it . Get up every 15 minutes if sitting in front of computer (fight that gravity ).

Avoid pesticides around house, toxic cleaning solutions and use natural nontoxic cosmetics. Avoid BPA and Phthalates in plastics as they exacerbate weight gain being endocrine disruptors. Drink filtered water from glass or stainless steel bottle  instead and use glass containers to store your food.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Methylate And Be Healthy

A 50 year old man with significant family history of cardiovascular disease came to my office. His concern was he was newly diagnosed with a aortic aneurysm.

We found that his homocysteine was elevated and he had mutation in his MTHFR gene that was decreasing his ability to methylate by 50%.

Methylation is vital to numerous biological pathways including detoxification, DNA repair and synthesis. In addition to cardiovascular risk, other conditions associated with this genetic defect are depression, fatigue, anxiety, hypothyroidism, neuropathy, addictions, autism, pulmonary embolism, cancer etc.

Good news is that, fortunately for my patient,  this condition can be helped by addition of active folate and other methyl donors and appropriate dietary changes.