Functional Medicine – Obesity and Over weight
Obesity and Over weight
What You Should Know
A proper anti-inflammatory diet is an excellent way to loos weight, if there are no other issues that can prevent the weight from coming off no matter how much we diet. This condition is commonly known as “Stubborn Weight”. Stubborn weight issues have serious underlying causes, which cannot be reversed by diet alone.
Some of the most common underlying causes of the stubborn excess weight are: Chronic stress, Under-active thyroid, Hormonal imbalance, Heavy metals and toxic overload. It is typical for a person to increase the consumption of sweets and snacks during periods of heavy stress. Although that by itself can prevent the process of weight loss, but that is not all. Both human and animal bodies responds to stress by going into their fight or flight mode, which activates the powerful anti-stress hormone called Cortisol. The side effect of this powerful defense hormone “Cortisol” is weight gain. Medical research has shown that animals under stress gain weight without increase in their food intake. Cortisol increase due to chronic stress tends to stay up, causing a long-term obstacle for weight loss. Feelings of being overwhelmed, overworked and frustrated are clear signs of stress that one must avoid, in order to begin the process of healing.
12 million of the estimated 20 million people in the United States who have Thyroid malfunction are not aware of their problem. Gaining weight without overeating, or having difficulty loosing weight while on proper diet is a clear sign of Hypothyroidism. Underactive thyroid is unable to control and regulate body’s metabolism. Slow metabolism equals low energy production, which results in low body temperature, anxiety, fatigue, muscle ache, joint pain and weight gain. In conventional medicine, doctors use only one or two test for thyroid, but doctors of functional medicine use full range of all thyroid tests.
Hormonal imbalance include insulin, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone are also known causes of stubborn weigh loss, among other health issues. Insulin irregularity causes weakness, craving for sugar and belly fat. In addition to sexual performance, sex hormone imbalance leads to loss of muscle, weight gain, memory loss, difficulty sleeping. Functional medicine doctors reuse full range of functional hormone testing to address the underlying cause of stubborn weight and other issues that patients may have.
Toxic overload is consistent with living in modern society. We regularly come in contact with, inhale and ingest mild to heavy doses of lead and other heavy metals, harmful chemical, medicines, air pollution and other poisons. All of which accumulate in our body, causing serious damage to our endocrine system, immune system, and vital organs in our bodies. Protection from toxins and natural detoxification are essential parts of functional medicine.
Weight loss through Functional Medicine
For weight loss to be effective and done right, the concepts of functional medicine must be integral to it. There must be consideration given to the actions of neurotransmitters, hormones, the gastrointestinal tract, your exercise selection, any potential toxicities and sleep. Despite all the misinformation we are bombarded with in the US about weight loss the key to losing the weight is really all about biochemical balance. When you achieve biochemical balance through the application of science driven functional medicine, losing weight is just an added benefit t being healthy. You won’t have to be afraid of the scale, and losing weight will not be your focus anymore, but rather longevity.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve heard that just doing a water or juice fast is the best way to detox. Is that right?
Many of us get a large portion of our toxic burden through the foods we choose to eat. So reducing the intake of those foods will decrease the amount of new toxins coming in to your body. Dietary modification should be a part of any good detoxification program but it isn’t enough. We need to really load up the body with the key phytonutrients, antioxidants, proteins and fats that will help our body deal with the toxins that are already trapped in our tissues and cells.
How often should I do a detox or a cleanse?
We ideally want to maintain a lifestyle that is as “clean” as possible but let’s face it, no one is perfect and some toxins are unavoidable such as air we breath in so periodic detox or cleansing is needed. We recommend that the average person do a 21-day cleanse program every 6 months.
My friend did a cleanse and felt horrible while she was on it. Is that normal?
Absolutely not! Occasionally a person will feel some achiness or fatigue or even a mild headache as they begin a detox program. This is usually just a sign that they are “stirring up” more toxins than they can eliminate. We see that as a problem and will advise you to slow down and add a few simple at home procedures to release toxins in a more balanced way.
Should I expect to lose weight on detox program?
Many people do lose a significant amount of weight while detoxifying their bodies. There are several reasons why that happens. First, simply avoiding foods that are not ideal for their body will often decrease calories as well as water retention and inflammation. Second, toxins in our bodies sabotage the normal functions of our cells. When there is a decrease in the amount of toxins, there is often an increase in cellular energy and our metabolism works more efficiently. For some people, detox is the key to jump starting weight loss.