What blood tests should you request from your Doctor?

What blood tests should you request from your Doctor?

You’ve heard about preemptive strikes, how about preemptive health?  Don’t wait until you are really sick to get blood work drawn.  Have it drawn at your yearly physical and keep a copy for your records.  You OWN your medical records, by the way, your physician is just the custodian of them – so you are legally entitled to a copy of anything contained within it.  

PREEMPTIVE HEALTH:  What Blood Work to Request from Your Doctor

I get a lot of requests from people asking what blood tests they should request at their next medical appointment.  Along with getting a standard Chemistry Panel and Complete Blood Count (CBC) which should include RBC Magnesium and RBC Potassium , here are the ones I commonly recommend for women.  Men would have a few slight differences.

1)  Complete Thyroid Panel :

TSH (many doctors only test TSH, and that is like trying to diagnose what is wrong with your foot by only looking at your big toe)

Free T3 (also known as: Triiodothyronine, Free)

Free T4, Direct S (Not Free T4 Index, Free T4 calculated, or TSH reflux)

Reverse T3 (If your doctor will do this and/or if it’s available in your country)

***Because this test includes a TSH screening, remember that medications like corticosteroids, aspirin and lithium can interfere with those results. Also, if you’ve had a recent X-ray that used iodine dye – or other radioactive tests – ask your doctor when you can take an accurate TSH test. Pregnant women in their first trimester should also ask their doctor about the proper time to get a TSH test.

                If you have symptoms of hypothyroidism  and/or Hashimoto’s Disease, add these :

Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody (TPOab)

Anti-Thyroglobulin (TgAb)  

                If you have symptoms of hyperthyroidism (much less common), add these: 

Thyroid Stimulating Immunoglobulin (TSI)

Thyroid Receptor Antibody (TrAb)

 

2) Iron panel:

Serum iron

Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)

%Saturation

Ferritin

 

3)  Vitamins:

B12

D3

 

4)  Sex Hormones (serum blood):

Testosterone

Estradiol

Progesterone

FSH

LH

DHEA

***The sex hormone tests should be done 7 days after ovulation. If you don’t know when you ovulate, an ovulation kit can be purchased from a drugstore, or you can just test on day 21, if you still menstruate. If you no longer cycle, the tests can be done anytime.

 

5) Other tests:

C-Reactive Protein (systemic inflammation marker)

Cholesterol panel ( I don’t care if it is high, I look at the ratios, and your CRP level^^^)

Fibrinogen (clotting & inflammation marker)

Hemoglobin A1C (long term measure of glucose status)

Homocysteine ( risk for coronary artery disease, fractures, and other disorders)

 

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A) If you have ANY chronic health conditions, I recommend getting an ELISA Food Sensitivity and Allergy Panel done.  It is an easy way to identify what you consume that is contributing to your systemic inflammation.  Most family doctors do not perform these tests, you will need to go to someone familiar with them.   ALCAT and ALLETESS are the two brands of testing that I have used with my patients.  Their respective websites can help you locate a practitioner who is versed in them www.alcat.com   , www.foodallergy.com

 

B )  If you have symptoms of  low cortisol/ or adrenal fatigue, then salivary cortisol tests should be considered.  Cortisol levels: 24-hour saliva cortisol tests from Canary Club and MyMedLab are done through ZRT Laboratories: http://www.canaryclub.org/diurnal-cortisol-4x-stress-hormone-kit.html  ($119+shipping) or https://sttm.mymedlab.com/sttm-profiles/sttm-24-hour-cortisol-dhea  ($125)

Symptoms of low cortisol:  http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/adrenal-info/symptoms-low-cortisol/

 

C) Educate yourself! Read up on what you are experiencing:  Books I highly recommend:  Type II Hypothyroidism, Dr. Mark Starr;    Stop the Thyroid Madness,  Janie Bowthorpe;  What is Your Menopause Type?  Joseph Collins ;  Death to Diabetes, DeWayne McCulley,  The Blood Sugar Solution, Dr. Mark Hyman;  The Adrenal Reset Diet, Dr. Alan Christianson;  Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Wentz & Nowasadzka.

 

©2015, MirandaJorgenson, www.mirandajorgenson.com

Have you hit a weight loss plateau?  TruElevate can help you bust through it!

Have you hit a weight loss plateau? TruElevate can help you bust through it!

It has been a long time since I have done a product specific post, but I am so excited about the release of this product next week, that I just had to tell you about it…

TruElevateThe latest creation from TruVision Health, TruElevate is a synergistic blend of ingredients known to promote healthy weight loss.  In fact, TruElevate was designed to help individuals with resistant fat break through their weight loss plateaus. Furthermore, it comes in two unique versions – a delicious chocolate smoothie, or as easy-to-swallow capsules.  So how does it work?  In a nutshell, TruElevate acts to decrease appetite, balance glucose and insulin levels, burn fat (with an emphasis on stubborn abdominal fat), and provide you with gentle, sustained energy so that you can get out and enjoy life more!  While it aids in fat loss, it doesn’t do so at the cost of losing muscle.  It helps you to maintain your muscle mass and feel good while doing it.  It contains several ingredients that have balancing or reparative properties to ensure you have ‘healthy’ weight loss.  If you’ve been stuck in a rut – then give TruElevate a try!

Here is how each ingredient works:

Ribose – Is a pentose monosaccharide (simple sugar) which forms the backbone of RNA and plays roles in metabolism and energy (ATP) production.  Early research indicates that taking ribose supplements orally may improve energy, sleep, the sense of well-being.  Studies also show that it supports healthy heart function, a reduction in fatigue, restless leg syndrome, and may lessen symptoms associated with fibromyalgia . Ribose may lower blood sugar levels, so people taking insulin or other diabetic medications should monitor their blood sugar and consult with their physician.1

Inulin – A polysaccharide and functional fiber which acts as a prebioticPrebiotics are substances which support the growth of healthy intestinal flora and probiotics  (good bacteria) in the gut. In dietary supplements, inulin is most commonly derived from the chicory plant.  Studies have  demonstrated that inulin is beneficial in supporting healthy  blood lipid levels, including cholesterol and triglyceride levels.  It promotes bowel regularity, weight loss, and can also be used as a food additive to improve taste.2

Caffeine – is a natural CNS stimulant which is found in tea, coffee, chocolate, colas, and many other products.  It is commonly used to reduce fatigue and increase mental alertness.  Used in moderation, caffeine can enhance the action of other medications and supplements, and is widely recognized as being safe when used as directed.3

Yerba Mate – a tea derived from the evergreen bush ilex paraguariensis, and has been used for centuries to provide energy and improve concentration.  It has been demonstrated to promote normal blood levels of glucose and cholesterol.  Studies also indicate it may be beneficial for urinary tract health, colon health, bone density, healthy mood, and weight loss.  Consumers of Yerba mate report that it provides them with the energy and alertness of caffeine without any ‘jitters’ or sleep disturbances.4,5

N-Acetyl Tyrosine – An amino acid that may be difficult for the body to make in optimal concentrations. It is used as a building block to make new proteins and cells,  and to aid the recovery and repair of muscles and other systems.  One of its key roles is that it aids in the synthesis of dopamine – one of our main neurotransmitters.  Dopamine is directly correlated to your emotional responses, behavioral responses, and addictions.    Dopamine levels are also associated with norepinephrine  – a neurotransmitte related to adrenalin.  Maintaining healthy dopamine levels results in stress alleviation, enhanced mood, and improved energy and concentration.6

Taurine – A sulphur-bearing amino acid that is a required building block for proteins.  Certain tissues of the body have higher concentrations and  requirements  including the heart, brain, muscles, and blood cells.  It has been used to support healthy cardiovascular function, blood pressure, blood lipid profiles, and as an agent of repair for those with oxidative damage from diabetes and alcoholism.7,8  It also helps the body respond to mental and physical forms of stress.

Phenylethylamine – is a natural chemical found in the body which boosts mood, mental drive, concentration, productivity, and aids in fat burning.  It is also one of the components in chocolate that makes it so appealing.9

Green Tea – Used for centuries a daily tonic and all-purpose beverage, green tea is an extract form the Camellia sinensis plant.  Studies have demonstrated that green tea extracts have thermogenic properties, and can reduce body mass index (BMI) and obesity levels (particularly abdominal fat).10,11

Evodiamine – An Asian plant extract that has been demonstrated in laboratory studies to reduce both fat uptake, act as a thermogenic, and stimulate metabolism.12,13

Trimethylglycine – An organic compound found in many plants, but commonly isolated from beets.  Trimethylglycine is required for methylation, and for the synthesis of neurotransmitters.  It also plays a key role in energy production, and is beneficial for optimal digestion, liver health, and certain detoxification pathways.14,15

Theacrine –  is a natural plant extract which structurally resembles caffeine but appears to have fewer side effects, making it known as an acceptable alternative to caffeine.  It is noted to increase energy levels, and has stimulatory effects.  It may boost physical activity, motivation, concentration, and levels of alertness.  Anecdotal reports suggest it may be useful in reducing fatigue, and have anti-aging and immune boosting properties.16,17

Glucomannan – Often found in the cell walls of certain plants, Glucomannan is a polysaccharide/dietary fiber.  It has been used as a food additive to emulsify fats and act as a thickening agent.  As a dietary supplement, it can decrease appetite and it slows the absorption of sugars and fats in the gut;  which can help to balance glucose levels, and result in weight loss.  As the fiber passes through the intestinal tract, it absorbs water, which also helps glucomannan improve bowel health and regularity. 18,19

Huperzine –  purified extract from Chinese Club Moss.  It is associates with improved memory, mental focus and clarity, muscle function, energy use, and sleep.20

DHEA – Is a hormone (dehydroepiandrosterone) naturally produced in the body, however both stress and age decrease its production and many people turn to dietary supplementation to maintain optimal levels.  DHEA has been associated with enhancing immune function, energy production, normalizing hormones, building and maintaining muscle, bone health, and balanced mood. It is believed to have anti-aging benefits and plays a role in weight loss; particularly in the reduction of abdominal fat and insulin sensitivity.  Lower levels of DHEA are found in people with chronic health conditions, including diabetics, and those with cardiovascular dysfunction, inflammatory disorders, immune disorders, and with those taking certain medications – including corticosteroids and hormonal birth control.21,22,23

Xylitol – a natural sugar alcohol commonly extracted from birch trees for the dietary supplement market.  It is used in lieu of sugar in “sugar-free” products, and is believed to prevent dental cavities and ear infections when taken orally. It is considered a ‘diabetic friendly’ sweetener.24

Available soon: You will be able to get TruElevate as part of our convenient Combo-Packs

Available soon: You will be able to get TruElevate as part of our convenient Combo-Packs

**A note on resources – while I had the option to use any of a variety of available sources for the information contained above, I chose to stick to popular and widely accepted sites such as WebMD and the MayoClinic.  Whenever possible, I did not use sites associated with the manufacture or sale of dietary supplements so there would be no accusations of ulterior motivation. These resources are not all encompassing, but are user friendly, and I encourage you to be your own informed consumer and do your own fact checking.

  1. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-827-ribose.aspx?activeingredientid=827&activeingredientname=ribose
  2. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1048-inulin.aspx?activeingredientid=1048&activeingredientname=inulin
  3. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-979-caffeine.aspx?activeingredientid=979&activeingredientname=caffeine
  4. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401108/Is-Yerba-Mate-Tea-Healthy.html
  5. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-828-mate.aspx?activeingredientid=828&activeingredientname=mate
  6. http://nootriment.com/n-acetyl-l-tyrosine/
  7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2586397/
  8. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1024-taurine.aspx?activeingredientid=1024&activeingredientname=taurine
  9. http://nootriment.com/phenylethylamine/
  10. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/960.html
  11. http://news.psu.edu/story/310179/2014/04/02/research/research-suggests-green-tea-exercise-boost-weight-loss-health
  12. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1159-evodiamine%20(evodia).aspx?activeingredientid=1159&activeingredientname=evodiamine%20(evodia)
  13. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11582540
  14. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20108209
  15. http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2807004
  16. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1280-theacrine.aspx?activeingredientid=1280&activeingredientname=theacrine
  17. http://www.nootropicmind.com/theacrine-a-future-alternative-to-caffeine/
  18. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-205-glucomannan.aspx?activeingredientid=205&activeingredientname=glucomannan
  19. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6096282
  20. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-764-huperzine%20a.aspx?activeingredientid=764&activeingredientname=huperzine%20a
  21. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/dhea/background/hrb-20059173
  22. http://www.webmd.com/diet/dhea-supplements
  23. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/331.html
  24. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-996-xylitol.aspx?activeingredientid=996&activeingredientname=xylitol

 

©2015, Miranda Jorgenson.  May not be used in whole or in part without the expressed written permission of the author.

 

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Dr. Miranda’s Plateau Busting Protocol

Dr. Miranda’s Plateau Busting Protocol

Dr. Miranda’s Plateau Busting Protocol™

My Plateau Busting protocol is a work in progress, as we discover new information in the literature – we tweak this as needed.  By popular demand, I have enclosed the original protocol  here so people can refer to it, but please know that this protocol works for many people but I am currently putting the final touches on my weight loss book which will have many more options for people.

 

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One of my most popular videos on Youtube is “What To Do When Your Hit a Weight Loss Plateau”, and due to it, and the popularity of my Facebook group  www.facebook.com/WeightLossResources one of the most common things reported to me is that people are hitting plateaus and are at a loss as how to proceed since they have tried everything but they just can’t seem to break through that scale barrier. So, in my quest to help my team members and friends, I got out my pharmacology texts and my physiology texts and took a long, hard look at things to try to figure out how we could best use  certain products to blast through those stubborn weight plateaus and barriers.
After studying these texts and the physiology behind how certain organ systems and pathways work – I had a brainstorm on how to dramatically increase weight loss using a few small dietary changes and chronopharmacology; the study of how biological rhythms interact with metabolism and medication & nutrient absorption. So to put my theory to test, I asked for a spectrum of volunteers from my online groups. I laid out the rules for the trial, and all participants had to have been stuck at a weight loss plateau (or actually gaining weight) for a minimum of a month. It ended up that nearly every participant had been at a plateau for 3-6 months or longer. So we were dealing with some bodies that were very resistant to weight loss. Let me be clear, this was a trial to test a theory. It was not a double-blind clinical study which is virtually impossible to run in the real world because you cannot control or modulate people’s individual diets and lifestyles to the extent that would give you enough controls to have a true clinical objectionable study. My trial centered on three products: a glucose regulating product,  a proteolytic enzyme formula, and a potent probiotic.  The participants were instructed to continue taking any medications that had been prescribed to them and to continue taking any supplements they had been taking with the exception of any ‘weight loss’ products. I issued 5 STEPS that they were to follow:

  • 1) STEP 1 – Ketogenic or “Death to Diabetes®” breakfast comprising of a cup of coffee or tea (if desired) and one of 2 approved breakfasts
  • 2) STEP 2 – Taking 2 capsules of TruFix (from TruVision Health) per day.  An optional step is to drink a glass of Tru Heart & Hydration at this time.
  • 3) STEP 3 – Taking Biotics Research Intenzyme Forte ™ twice daily on an empty stomach
  • 4) STEP 4 – Taking 1-2 capsules of an approved probiotic  at bedtime, on an empty stomach
  • 5) STEP 5 – Twice daily, or more –  drinking a cup+ of tea from the approved list of teas.

Other than that, they were to eat regular meals and to be mindful about excessive carbohydrate intake. They were to continue life as usual. They were instructed NOT to start an exercise program if they hadn’t already been doing it.. We tried to minimize the affect ancillary factors would have on the protocol.

“It’s been barely been over 2 weeks and I’m down 10 lbs with my… products and with just a few changes to what I was already doing!”   Trial Participant

So now you know the basic steps, but you need to understand the science and rationale behind the recommendations:

STEP 1

Upon waking you are allowed to eat the following:
1) 1 cup of coffee or tea ( if you drink coffee or tea) * “Bulletproof Coffee” is acceptable (1 tbsp of organic grass-fed butter blended into your coffee with or without added coconut oil)
2) Only protein for breakfast – eggs, fish, steak, bacon, sausage, left-over meat from the previous night’s dinner. 2-4 oz of protein is fine. The only other acceptable breakfast is the “Death to Diabetes©”1 breakfast – consisting of 3-4 oz of meat or fish along with up to 2 cups of steamed green vegetables dressed with 1 tbsp of olive oil, 2 tbsp of vinegar, and any type of Mrs. Dash™ seasoning. The latter breakfast is better for people who prefer to eat larger meals early in the day.
3) Healthy fats – 1 tbsp of coconut oil, grass-pastured butter, avocado, or raw nuts (raw walnuts, pecans and macadamia nuts are particularly beneficial) may be added to control hunger or cravings.

Rationale: The breakfast needs to be essentially carb-free. Do not ask me if you can have fruit, or yogurt, or cereal, or pancakes, or donuts, or oatmeal, or cheese, or anything else. We want ONLY protein so we are starting off the day by leveling glucose and insulin. Those other foods, even if they are ‘healthy’ choices, will spike your glucose and insulin, and then your TruFix has to work twice as hard to be effective. This is, in effect, a ketogenic or paleo-style breakfast. This type of meal “shifts the body’s metabolic engine from burning carbohydrates to burning fats”2 and improves insulin sensitivity and leptin resistance3. Consuming carbohydrates, even in healthy forms such as those from fruit (fructose) or dairy (lactose) causes surges in blood glucose levels which in turn initiate the release of insulin. People with excess weight have been shown to be insulin resistant4 and therefore if we by pass this, we set the stage for less severe glucose and insulin fluctuations throughout the day. In fact, in his book Death to Diabetes™, researcher DeWayne McCauley postulates that eating a paleo or ketogenic breakfast is the most important factor in modulating glucose levels throughout the day.5

STEP 2


1) Take 2 capsules of TruFix each morning.  

Rationale: There are several. First, we want to regulate glucose and insulin spikes.  Even as little of five extra pounds of body weight indicates some degree of insulin resistance.  One, we are consumingthe TruFix  at  or near the same time the same time as protein. Protein takes longer to digest than carbohydrates and the stomach retains protein containing meals for longer periods of time before it is sent through to the small intestine. This enhances absorption of the TruFix ingredients. Two, for those doing the optional step of drinking the TruHeart & Hydration drink mix,  there is a well established neural-lingual connection between your taste buds and the brain. Primary gustatory fibers synapse centrally in the medulla, so upon consuming sweet substances, the sweet taste receptors in the mouth stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain. We can use this signaling to turn down the body’s desire for carbohydrate-rich or sweet substances; “…sweet taste is modified by circulating hormones. Recently, the effect of leptin on sweet-responding taste cells has generated much interest. Leptin, a protein hormone secreted mainly by adipocytes regulates body mass and suppresses insulin secretion by the activation of ATP-sensitive KCn . Its inhibitory effect on TRCs also involves the activation of a K+ conductance and membrane hyper polarization. Thereby the hormone partially blunts nerve signals indicating sweet taste, which, presumably, makes food less attractive.”6 So, in effect by concentrating the sweetness of Heart & Hydration, and holding it for a slightly prolonged period in the mouth to extend its contact time with taste buds, we are fooling the brain into believing that it has consumed a significant amount of carbohydrates, and it turns down your appetite and cravings for them.

The first few days of trying this new method seemed *very sweet* to me, but as I persevered, I noticed a marked reduction in both my appetite and cravings, as did the trial participants. In order for this neural-lingual activation to work you must be tasting the Heart & Hydration. Do not drink it with a straw, do not use ice (which has a numbing effect on the taste buds), do not cut it with cranberry juice, Mio™ Drops, or any other agent that will alter the taste.

 

STEP 3 –

1) Mid-morning and mid-afternoon take Intenzyme Forte™ . The trial was performed using 1 capsule of  Intenzyme Forte  mid-morning, and 1 capsule mid-afternoon on an empty stomach. Empty stomach usually means 30 minutes+ prior to eating or a minimum of 90 minutes after eating. *This HAS to be taken on an empty stomach or IT WILL NOT WORK! Please note, if you have significant levels of inflammation, you can take 2 capsules twice a day, but for simplicity and to curtail costs, the trial was performed using 1 capsule twice daily.

Rationale: Where do we start? There are so many! First, let’s take a look at how inflammation makes you fat : Inflammation begins within the fat cells themselves. Most people think of inflammation and assume that means joint pain, but inflammation is so much more. At its very core a fat cell is an inflamed cell. “As glucose is moved into fat cells, they produce an excess of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) which in turn initiates an inflammatory cascade within the cell”7. As the percentage of body fat increases, the rate of inflammation increases exponentially. This inflammation causes insulin resistance, and can be noted with C-Reactive Protein testing. The inflammatory cascade eventually makes its way to the brain, specifically the hypothalamus, where it causes leptin resistance.8 Leptin is your ‘hunger’ hormone and is noted for controlling your appetite and regulating your metabolism. The more fat you have the greater potential you have for leptin resistance, which affects your glucose regulation, and slows your metabolism which results in more weight gain and insulin resistance. It is a vicious cycle that keeps getting progressively worse. Inflammation within the gut itself, where 80% of immune function resides, further causes both leptin and insulin resistance. An imbalance in the gram-negative bacteria in the gut has been shown to produce an endotoxin called lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and a cytokine cascade which causes inflammation, insulin resistance, and weight gain.9 But I digress, we will get into how bacteria are related to obesity in the next step. Obesity makes fat cells act like they are infected.10 The stimulation of fat cells by excess calories causes the cells to make Major Histocompatibility Complex II (MHCII), which in turn sends your immune system into over-drive, mimicking autoimmune dysfunction.11 This breakthrough in understanding the fat cell may prove to be crucial future weight loss and aging studies.

Intenzyme Forte™ is a proteolytic enzyme formula. When taken on an empty stomach, it can be absorbed intact into the bloodstream12 where it can be directed towards breaking down those inflammatory products in the body. Proteolytic enzymes have been demonstrated to reduce Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNF-a), a cytokine protein that signals inflammatory responses along with other pro-inflammatory mediators such as Prostaglandin E2 and Thromboxanes.13 Autoimmune dysfunction is associated with increased levels of TNF-a.14

In addition to the overwhelming capacity of proteolytic enzymes to interrupt this fat-inflammation cycle, certain ones, including bromelain, have a secondary action of helping the body to utilize insulin more efficiently which in turn helps to keep blood glucose fluctuations less dramatic. 15

To summarize all of this technical jargon : fat cells are inflamed cells. Think of each fat cell like a little water balloon filled with fat. The fat creates chemicals which not only irritate the body, but stimulate the body to keep making more and more fat cells. This is very stressful on the body which finds the inflammatory chemicals hugely irritating, so the body tries to dilute those irritants by sending more water to the area (bloating and swelling) to flush those chemicals away. This not only sends the body down the pathway to blood sugar dysregulation and even diabetes, but can result in premature aging and even autoimmune-type degeneration. Once you have made a fat cell, you can never get rid of them (barring surgery like liposuction) but you can deflate those ‘balloons’ of fat, and turn off the inflammation production. That is what we are trying to achieve with this step.

” I started Plexus on May 24, 2013. I did exceptionally well with weight loss and then November hit. I got stuck. As the weeks passed I saw my numbers going back UP. I tried everything… Nothing was working NOTHING – and no one seemed to have any answers for me except the usual drink your water, what are you eating, did you do the spit test….I just did my 3 week weighs and measurement since I started Dr Miranda’s way of taking my… products…. apparently my inches are on super movement (and keep in mind my weight loss would probably have been more BUT I had a huge “bad” Easter dinner and we hit and all you can eat wing night in this time period!)

So I am back to not having to starve to death and the scales are moving in the right directions!!! In just 2 weeks, I have lost 7.5 inches and 5.3 lbs.

WAHOOOOOOOO! ”  Trial participant

 

STEP 4 –

1 ) At bed time, take 1-2 capsules of a broad spectrum probiotic. Again you want to take your probiotics on an empty stomach so it gets passed through your stomach acid quickly and so it can colonize in your large intestine while you have your longest period of bowel rest. If you take magnesium, this is an ideal time to take it too.

Rationale: An increasing body of evidence suggests that obesity is directly linked to the bacteria in your gut. In fact the bacteria in thin people differs from the bacteria in overweight people. 16 Thin people and overweight people have entirely different strains and ratios of intestinal flora.17 Researchers at Laval University in Canada, found that female test subjects receiving probiotics lost twice as many pounds as those in the placebo group over the course of a twelve week period.18 Furthermore, probiotics may normalize intestinal pH, making it more difficult for candida albicans to thrive, and may crowd out pathogenic bacteria sepcies.19 There are variations of professional opinion on the best way to consume probiotics, but heat and acid are enemies of bacteria, so if you can get the probiotics through the stomach acid as quickly as possible, then you have created optimal conditions for the greatest number of probiotics to survive. Hence the need to take them on an empty stomach. Taking them at night coincides with the greatest period of bowel rest for most individuals, which allows for longer periods of contact between the probiotics and the intestinal mucosa, which may improve the rate of colonization. When you take probiotics with food, they stay in the acidic stomach for much longer, which kills off a greater percentage of the bacteria.

STEP 5 –

1) At some point throughout the day, please consume 2 cups of tea – either hot or cold (make it yourself, do not use premade or commercial preparations) Green tea, Black tea, Dandelion Tea, Yarrow, Rosehip, Cornsilk tea, Roobios, or Pu-Ehr are all acceptable forms. Warm water with the juice of 1 lemon is acceptable as well. Sweeten with stevia or a small amount of table sugar (so its glucose/fructose ratio is balanced) to taste if needed. Mix up these forms of tea. If you use only one type, your body will accommodate, and we will lose the reason why we are adding this to the program. You don’t have to use all of them, but experiment and try at least 2 or 3. You can drink 2 cups at once or drink 1 cup at two different times.

Rationale: All of these teas have a known mild diuretic effect and by keeping them in rotation our body will not accommodate to it- thereby it maintains its effectiveness. Geranax had potent diuretic properties, and this contributed to the immediate weight loss many people experienced when they took it initially. As we already discussed, the body likes to flood inflamed tissues with excess water, so if we drink tea, its mild, natural diuretic properties help us flush those inflammatory by-products from the body, and that will support healthy weight loss. Please note: many of the teas listed, particularly the herbal teas are naturally caffeine-free. Should you choose to use green tea or black tea however, it is the caffeine portion of it which acts like a diuretic, so make sure to purchase regular versions and not decaffeinated ones.

 

Now for the rest of the questions you might have:

  • Meals – Make healthy choices when you can. If you can eat lower amounts of carbohydrates, you should see results faster. Try to eat GOD made foods and avoid as many Man-made foods as possible. *Perfect meals are meat & veggies*
  • If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to one (1) oz of hard liquor or 1 6(oz) glass of wine per day. If you drink more than this, it increases the difficulty you will have losing weight tremendously.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners
  • Keep your fruits and yogurts as side dishes to your meals – like dessert.
  • If you already exercise, keep continuing what you are doing. Please don’t start a new program at the same time you initiate a new diet. You want to know what is working for you and what isn’t.
  • If you are consuming the beverages as described, please make sure that you are drinking your water. These cups of tea do count towards your daily quota.
  • Please do not skip meals.

We are going to do a few things differently than what you have been doing. Please follow these instructions:

** Start by taking your measurements and writing them down.   When you weigh yourself, do it first thing in the morning after you have gone to the bathroom. Do not wait until after you have eaten, and do not weight yourself later in the day. If you are measuring your blood sugar, please record your average fasting glucose and post-prandial reading (if you track that one. Take photos of yourself if you would like. You always want to weight yourself and take our measurements at the same approximate time of the day**

  1. STEP 1 – Ketogenic or “Death to Diabetes®” breakfast comprising of a cup of coffee or tea (if desired) and one of 2 approved protein based breakfasts
  2.  STEP 2 – TruFix™ , 2 capsules per morning.  Optional — 1 packet of Tru Heart & Hydration mixed into 8-12oz of water and hold it in the mouth for a few seconds before swallowing
  3.  STEP 3 – Take Intenzyme Forte™ twice daily on an empty stomach (mid-morning & mid-afternoon)
  4. STEP 4 – Take 1-2 capsules of an approved probiotic at bedtime, on an empty stomach
  5. STEP 5 – Twice daily, drinking a cup+ of tea from the approved list of teas. (Green tea, Black tea, Dandelion Tea, Yarrow, Rosehip, Cornsilk tea, Roobios, or Pu-Ehr, or water with the juice of 1/2 to 1 whole lemon in it)

Helpful pointers: :

  • Meals – Make healthy choices when you can. If you can eat lower amounts of carbohydrates, you should see results faster. Try to eat GOD made foods and avoid as many Man-made foods as possible. *Perfect meals are meat & veggies*
  • If you drink alcohol, limit yourself to one (1) oz of hard liquor or 1 6(oz) glass of wine per day. If you drink more than this, it increases the difficulty you will have losing weight tremendously.
  • Avoid artificial sweeteners
  • Keep your fruits and yogurts as side dishes to your meals – like dessert.
  • If you already exercise, keep continuing what you are doing. Please don’t start a new program at the same time you start a new diet. You want to know what is working and what is not.
  • If you are consuming the beverages as described, please make sure that you are drinking your water. These cups of tea do count towards your daily quota.
  • Please do not skip meals.

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1. McCulley, DeWayne. Death to Diabetes. North Charleston: BookSurge LLC.© 2005
2. Ketogenic Diet Improves Insulin Sensitivity and Numerous Aging Markers. Retrieved April 26, 2014 from: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/02/02/ketogenic-diet-health-benefits.aspx
3. ibid
4. Hyman, Mark. The Blood Sugar Solution. NY: Little, Brown and Company. ©2012
5. McCulley, DeWayne. Death to Diabetes.
6. Sweet taste signaling. Retrieved April 26, 2014: http://www.qiagen.com/products/genes%20and%20pathways/pathway%20details.aspx?pwid=425
7. How inflammation makes you fat and diabetic (and vice versa).
http://chriskresser.com/how-inflammation-makes-you-fat-and-diabetic-and-vice-
8. ibid
9. ibid
10. Obesity makes fat cells act like they are infected. Retrieved April 26, 2014: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130305145145.
11. ibid
12. Proteolytic enzymes among top 10 ways to help decrease inflammation. Retrieved April 26, 2014: http://www.enzymesinc.com/index.php?id=
13. Quell the fire of Inflammation the immense power of proteolytic enzyme therapy. Retrieved April 26, 2014: http://metabolichealing.com/quell-the-fire-of-inflammation-the-immense-power-of-proteolytic-enzyme-therapy/
14. ibid
15. Bromelain. Retrieved April 26, 2014 : http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1089-BROMELAIN.aspx?activeIngredientId=1089&activeIngredientName=BROMELAIN
16. The Microbes in Your Gut May be Making You Fat. Retrieved April 29, 2014: http://www.livescience.com/41954-gut-microbes-make-you-fat.html
17. ibid
18. Certain probiotics could help women lose weight, study finds. Retrieved April 30, 2014:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140128103537.htm
19. Why Use Probiotics For Candida? Retrieved Apriil 30, 2014: http://www.thecandidadiet.com/probiotics.htm

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Disclaimer: Consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program. Dr. Miranda’s protocol is offered as generalized information and should not be construed as medical advice.
Copyright (c) 2014 Miranda Jorgenson. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of the author

Are these 4 hormones making you fat?

There is so much information and misinformation about weight loss on the internet that it is hard to wade through it all.  Everyone has a different theory – it is fats, it is carbs, it is meat, it is dairy, it is preservatives, it is too many calories, it is not enough exercise, it is an inevitable part of aging, it is estrogens, it is not enough testosterone, it is mercury in retrograde…  blah, blah, blah…  Surely someone must have some answers!

 

Well, ten years of nutritional practice has taught me that no one has all of the answers.  If you find someone who claims otherwise – RUN the other way!  Weight loss science is constantly changing and it is as mercurial as the people who espouse individual diet plans.  Quite simply, there is no quick fix and there is no single plan that will work for 100% of everyone.  Period.

 

What I can tell you is that there are certain hormones that play key roles in many people’s weight gain or inability to lose weight.

 

1. Your body is not producing enough adiponectin.   Adiponectin is a protein specific to fat cells and it is believed to play a role in the development of insulin resistance and atherosclerosis.  Typically, the more body fat you carry, the lower your adiponectin levels, with increased levels of visceral fat (that fat hidden in your abdomen, packed around your internal organs) being especially correlated to decreased levels of adiponectin.  Almost every symptom associated with metabolic syndrome or insulin resistance can be directly tied to adiponectin, so – how do you make more of this hormone and head off these problems?  First, you need to increase your magnesium intake with supplements (like BioCleanse, or magnesium glycinate) and magnesium rich foods (raw spinach, pumpkin seeds, nuts, seeds, beans, lentils, fish, brown rice, bananas, figs, avocados, dark chocolate, etc.).  Second, you should look into fish oil (omega 3 fatty acid) supplementation and exercise to increase your adiponectin levels.

 

2. Insulin imbalance.  Think of insulin as a key that unlocks your cells so your body can take the glucose (sugars) in your blood stream and store it away in the cell for later.  If you don’t have enough insulin, your circulating blood sugars remain too high, and these negatively affect your vasculature system, your fat storage, your blood pressure, your ability to heal, and even your brain.  Much of the medical community thinks that insulin resistance stems from the body not having enough insulin, but other researchers, like Dr. Mark Hyman, MD, believe that too much insulin is the problem.  He postulates that elevated levels of circulating insulin are even more problematic, and that many of the drugs and methods used to treat elevated blood sugar levels , actually cause the body’s tissues to be flooded with too much insulin, which slowly cause your body’s cells to become resistant to it, which means that greater and greater levels of insulin are needed to see any effect, which leads to vicious blood sugar and insulin swings, making these hormones rollercoaster throughout the day. The ingredients in Plexus Slim support the  normalization of your insulin resistance.  In addition, some studies have shown that consuming 2 tbsp. of apple cider vinegar before a high fat meal may work as well as drugs at decreasing blood sugar levels.  If you consume artificial sweeteners, do yourself a giant favor and STOP!

 

3.  Too much ghrelin.  Ghrelin is your hunger hormone and it is found in the cells that line your stomach.  It stimulates the hunger center of the brain and makes you desire sweet or rich foods. In fact, it is so efficient at stimulating your hunger centers, that elevated levels of ghrelin will make you feel the same way as if your were in full starvation mode – desperately craving the richest, highest calorie foods you can imagine.  Furthermore, it makes you feel unsatisfied with the amount and quality of food you have eaten, whether you are truly full or not.  It’s why you can slip in that piece of pecan pie or chocolate cake for dessert when you are already uncomfortably full from eating that big turkey dinner.  A classic sign that you have too much ghrelin is that you feel you have room for dessert, or you find you are a bit hungry an hour or so after you eat. You fridge-cruisers know who you are!  Ghrelin cycles in 4 hour increments, so typically you would be hungriest 4 hours after your last meal.   So how do you address ghrelin?  There are a few different things you can do.  First, make sure you are getting enough sleep.  8 hours of sleep per night is the ideal.  If you are getting less, or have poor quality sleep, please know that sleep deprivation causes your ghrelin levels to increase.  Protein intake also staves off the release of elevated ghrelin levels, so make sure that each meal starts off with high quality protein sources (this is particularly important for breakfast). Consuming a small bowl of broth or soup before a meal is an excellent way to prevent ghrelin levels from rising too much.

 

4. Cortisol overload.  We are designed for fight or flight.  Cortisol is produced as a response to stress (and who isn’t stressed nowadays?).  It increases your cravings for sweets and carbohydrates, it increases  muscle breakdown for energy production, it increases the percentage of fat that is stored in your abdominal area, and it increases your levels of depression and anxiety – which make you eat more, which further increases your cortisol levels, creating a vicious cycle,  resulting in you feeling tired and burnt out all of the time.  Supplements such as fish oil, Rhodiola, lactium, magnesium, DHEA, and b-vitamins can all help reduce cortisol levels.  Other things that have a positive effect include slow exercise like yoga or walking, meditating, praying, or just getting into a ‘zone’ where you let your creativity reign.  Limiting coffee, and making sure you get enough sleep are other ways to keep cortisol levels normal.

So before you give up he fight, have a good look at these factors and see which ones may pertain to you and take the action steps needed to achieve your ideal weight.  I have found Plexus Slim to be an excellent tool for my patients and clients in achieving their ideal weight in a safe and efficient manner.  It truly is the non-diet, because it never involves meal replacements, shakes, calorie counting, points, or anything else.  It simply helps to normalize insulin resistance and inflammation levels so your body can release the weight it’s been hanging on to.  In addition, it makes it easy to make healthier food choices.  You didn’t gain those 40 extra pounds in a month, and it will take you time to lose it, but the key is you.  You have to draw that line in the sand and start something.  4 months from now, you can be the same weight you are now (or even heavier!), and still have those aches and pains, fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, etc., or 4 months from now you can feel like a million bucks.  No one can ever force you to change because the choice truly is yours, but, if you want help and are sincere about making change, I will help you every step of the way!

 

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