2 pills, twice a day?
OK, so if you have a social media account, you’ve seen the advertisements for the TruCombo: TruFix and Tru Control. The blue capsules are TruFix and the orange ones are TruControl, and together they work to promote healthy body composition in several key ways:
1) It promotes healthy blood sugar and insulin levels, which makes burning fat much easier.
2) It increases satiety – which means when you do eat, you feel full longer.
3) It decreases appetite so you eat less.
4) It increases energy levels so you can do more.
5) It improves mood, thereby reducing emotional eating.
6) It reduces food cravings, particularly for junk and carbohydrates. This allows you to have more control over your choices.
7) It enhances your metabolism so you burn more fat and burn it more efficiently.
Now, let me add this – The FDA prohibits supplement manufacturers and sellers from commenting in great detail about what their product does, because in their opinion, claiming a product does something is making a drug claim, and only ‘drugs’ do something. Therefore, supplement manufacturers are restricted to discussing the structure and the function of the individual ingredients and leaving it to the consumer to decide whether to take the supplement or not. Here is a general rundown of each ingredient in the combo and what it does:
The Ingredient Rundown
1. Green Coffee Bean, aka. Cholorogenic Acid – essentially retrains your body to more effectively seek out and utilize body white adipose tissue (the undesirable type of fat) stores for energy. It helps regulate blood sugar, lowers high blood pressure, decelerates the aging process, improves brain function and mental clarity. It also contributes to overall healthier blood chemistry. When blood chemistry is improved, virtually every major system and organ in the body benefits.
- Raspberry ketones are an enzyme extracted from raspberries. This enzyme increases the production of the protein hormone adinopectin. This hormone controls metabolic deviations that could lead to weight gain. When used alone as a weight loss supplement, it has not been shown to be very effective. It is usually combined with stimulants. It is included in TruFix as a complimentary ingredient for metabolism regulation and also for its significant antioxidant benefit. It may also help prevent the buildup of plaque in the arterial walls and may reduce the risk of liver cancer.
- Cinnamon bark extract contains the specific polyphenols responsible for the many health benefits of cinnamon. These benefits include blood sugar management, subtle weight loss benefits, deceleration of the aging process, enhanced lean body mass, lowering of high blood pressure and absorption and utilization of antioxidants.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a beneficial fatty acid that is produced in every cell of the body. One of its principle functions is to help convert glucose (blood sugar) into energy. It is also a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes potentially harmful molecules called free radicals. Free radicals have been linked to cancer, accelerated aging and many other debilitating and potentially terminal conditions. Studies have shown that ALA can also help with high blood pressure, diabetes, impaired brain function, degenerative diseases, some forms of neuropathy, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, some forms of cancer, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions and many degenerative diseases.
- Zinc is an essential trace element. It boosts the immune system, helps prevent diseases of the eyes and can help tinnitus (ringing in the ears). It also may help individuals with ADHD, osteoporosis and prostate issues. Some athletes use zinc to enhance athletic performance and strength.
- Copper helps the body produce red blood cells thus avoiding anemic conditions. When taken with zinc and magnesium it can also help prevent calcium loss, especially in women during menopause. It may also assist in wound healing and alleviation of arthritic symptoms.
- Chromium polynicotinate – Chromium is known to help regulate glucose and assist the metabolism of glucose on a cellular lever the supplies the body with energy. It is also reported to slow the loss of calcium, help prevent glaucoma and regulate cholesterol. Low chromium levels may contribute to coronary artery disease. Chromium also assists the body in building lean muscle tissue while assisting the body in white adipose tissue.
- Selenium is a powerful antioxidant. It is often used in formulas to fight cancer, heart disease and aging. It has also been used to fight viral infections.
- Vanadium Chelate – Helps improve the efficacy of the body’s naturally produced insulin. Insulin helps regulate glucose (blood sugar) and neutralizes blood sugar spikes.
- Magnesium oxide – can help prevent calcium loss when taken with Copper and Zinc. It is also an effective preventative supplement as it is a required nutrient for over 200 different biochemical reactions within the body. In fact, magnesium deficiency is exceedingly prevalent and it has been estimated that as much as 80% of the population has insufficient stores of this nutrient.
- Inactive ingredients include: Gelatin capsule, cellulose, stearic acid, silicon dioxide, titanium dioxide, erythroinse, color.
TRU Control contains:
- Green Tea – Green Tea EGCG Extract: Green tea enriched in Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) shows significant results in helping individuals maintain their weight. Green tea has long shown promise in helping individuals maintain a healthy weight, after significant green tea research it is now believed that the EGCG compound is what contributed to the reduction in weight. There are three hypothesis on how Green Tea EGCG helps in promoting a healthy weight: 1) Increase blood flow – By increasing the blood flow throughout the body, there is increased oxygenation to muscles and thereby increasing caloric demands; 2) When combined with a nominal amount of caffeine allow for increased fat oxidation (Dulloo et al, 1999); and 3) modulating insulin effect – Regulating the signaling of insulin in response to carbohydrate consumption allows one to not be as susceptible to blood sugar spiking (Li et al, 2006). Green Tea is also a rich source of anti-oxidants.
- Cocoa Powder – Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and compounds such as theobromine, which support positive mood and enhanced feeling of fullness, Cocoa powder has been used for weight loss primarily because it enhances fat metabolism and suppresses appetite. Its action in helping to raise serotonin levels helps to increase satiety (our feelings of feeling satisfied when we eat)and reduces the risk of emotional eating.
- Octodrine – Is a relatively new ingredient in the weight loss realm. It has stimulant properties, and is believed to increase energy levels, act as a mild bronchodilator and decongestant ( making it easier to breathe and get oxygen to needed tissues), enhances focus and concentration, and acts as a relatively strong appetite suppressant. In addition, it is believed to function as a monoamine releasing agent – which means it has the potential to release monoamines like noradrenaline and dopamine, which in turn can make you more motivated to work out and increase your activity level.
- Caffeine: -This formula does contain a small amount of Caffeine. The use of caffeine in moderation and in the right application (i.e. the caffeine contained in headache tablets), has a positive effect on one’s body. This formula does not contain a sufficient amount of caffeine to cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms. Just enough is used to act as a catalyst in activating other key ingredients in the formula.
- KinetiQ – is a trademarked thermogenic combination of a standardized extract of Citrus aurantium (bitter orange extract), and the two bioflavonoids also found in the Citrus aurantium plant – Naringin and Hesperidin, which have been shown to increase thermogenesis and control weight. KinetiQ is supported by over a dozen human clinical trials. It has been demonstrated to be stimulant free, and it promotes fat breakdown and decreases appetite. It has also been shown to promote lean body mass, and the bioflavonoids have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. http://www.livekinetiq.com/faqs/
- 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.
- Evodiamine – An Asian plant extract that has been demonstrated in laboratory studies to reduce both fat uptake, act as a thermogenic, and stimulate metabolism. It has been associated with a healthy DaVinci reflex.
- Ferrous fumarate — Is an essential mineral which supplies iron to the body. Iron supplementation has been shown to support healthy red blood cells and oxygen delivery, thereby increasing energy levels. Please note that only a very small amount of Ferrous fumarate is present in the formula.
- Hordenine HCL – A natural phenethylamine compound which is naturally occurring in a variety of plants, but typically sourced from barley grass. It works primarily through the release of norepinephrine. It’s actions are multi-fold – it works to increase metabolism and energy, while decreasing appetite. It has also been noted to improve mood and focus, and may increase the amount of calories burned during workouts. Synergysitc with, caffeine, and Yohimbine. http://nootriment.com/hordenine-hcl/
- Vitamin B6 – B-6 helps metabolize fat and is a natural diuretic which helps the body avoid water retention. B-6 also helps maintain blood sugar in a normal range. It can also have a healthful stimulating effect on the thyroid. It is a water soluble vitamin that functions as a co-enzyme, essential in the breakdown and utilization of carbohydrates and proteins. It also aids in the repair of tissue and cells.
- BioPerine – (Black Pepper extract)Peperine, the active ingredient in black pepper, has been patent proven to enhance the absorption of molecules into the body(Majeed et al., 1996). This is critical since many compounds are prematurely metabolized into inactive forms through oral ingestion. Black pepper extract thereby stimulates the active absorption of these compounds into the body allowing for enhanced and sustained effects of the active ingredients. Furthermore, piperine, has been shown to act as a fat burner similar to capsaicin by increasing basal metabolic rates(Diepvens et al., 2007; Hursel and Westerterp-Plantenga, 2010).
- Dendrobium – Dendrobium is one of fifty of fundamental herbs in traditional medicine. It is found in certain species of the Orchid family. The complexity of the plant is largely attributed to its unique profile of alkaloids, such as: Dendrine, Nobiline, Nobilonine, etc (Dr. Duke Phytochemical Database). Extracts enriched in dendrobium alkaloids show many beneficial effects, including: increased focus, enhanced confidence, and increased energy. Unlike other stimulants these effects are not typically seen with an increase in blood pressure. Because of dendrobium’s unique properties it is considered to be highly effective when coupled with other stimulants and/or nominal amounts of caffeine in helping individuals obtain their weight loss goals.
- Yohimbine HCl – is a herbal extract used to provide energy. It is also been demonstrated to support vascular health and circulation.
- Inactive ingredients include: Microcrystalline cellulose, Magnesium stearate, Flo-Guard, Embo Cap R (contains riboflavin for color).
Those ingredients pack a lot of punch! You can see why we are so excited about this formula, and you can see why it helps so many people achieve better health – because it is working on so many different levels! Having read all of this, if you are interested in trying TRU, please visit my online store https://squareup.com/market/dr-miranda-jorgenson where you can purchase a 7 day trial pack or a 1 month supply of the TRU Combo and see for yourself all that it can do.
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Goldilocks and the three bears of exercise… Once upon a time Goldilocks went to a nice doctor in Louisiana because she had a serious muffin top and no matter what she did, she couldn’t budge it. Goldilocks told the nice Doctor, “I used to not exercise at all, and I got fat! But then, I started running marathons through the woods, and I still stayed fat! I exercise more than I ever have in my life, and nothing helps! Tell me Doctor, what can I do?”
The Doctor replied, “Well, Goldilocks, just like the best porridge is neither too hot nor too cold, the same goes for exercise. You do have to ‘move it to lose it’ but you don’t want to over-do it with sustained exercise. You see, exercise makes the muscles release a compound called IL-6. This IL-6 goes to your brain and signals it to tone down your hunger. It goes to your liver and tells it to balance out your blood sugar fluctuations better. It goes to your fat cells and tells them to burn more fat. But life is not all comfy begs and toasty porridge. There are two key types of exercise – A) Sustained duration exercise, like your running through the woods, and B) short duration, high intensity exercise. Like those 5-10 minute microburst sessions where you have to get away from those scary bears!. Long periods of exercise induce chemical reactions which negate the benefits of IL-6, and they increase stress hormones, like cortisol, which can make it much, much harder to burn fat. It is the short microburst activity, like High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or weight training, that shuts down the production of the inflammatory compounds and aging compounds your fat cells produce . They also elevate your metabolic rate, and even stimulate your thyroid health. HIIT is MUCH better than sustained exercise if your goal is to burn fat! So Goldilocks, we need to find the ‘just right’ level of exercise for your body. This means when you exercise, you are going to give it your all for very short periods of time, 45 seconds! then work slowly for a minute, then do another 45 second burst of intense activity. Do this 5-10 times, so you end up doing 10-15 minutes of physical activity, and do this once a day. You can do this twice a day if you really want to. This will make your body burn fat for hours and hours! Bye-bye muffin top, hello skinny lederhosen!”
Both versions of TWE have essentially the same effects, but they do so via different ingredients. That said, both products may not be available in your country, but if you are trying to decide which to order, or whether you are just curious on how they differ, here is my opinion on how they react within the body.
While we have no control over how well others eat, or how well they exercise, we do have complete control over what we do. I happen to think we are the BEST weight loss company out there because we are different. Nearly every one of our competitors center their program around calorie restriction. We don’t. Both TRU Combo’s :
- Balances glucose levels and underlying body chemistry so the body can release the weight it has been hanging on to
- Reduces cravings, making it easier to make healthy food choices
- Increases satiety (makes you feel full faster)
- Increases your energy level so you can be more active throughout the day
- Rev metabolism (and the rate you burn abdominal fat in particular)
- Reduces insulin sensitivity (which makes it makes it harder to gain weight or store fat while you are taking it! )
and lastly, 7. Reduces appetite.
We have SO much MORE to offer than shakes, wraps, or massively restrictive diets. Our 10K program is unique in the industry because we are encouraging healthy lifestyle modification. People can earn over $700 worth of products per year for FREE. Yes, it is optional, but what a great option to have. We have more & we deliver more!
So, what is the key difference between the two products?
Well, in the most general terms, it works like this. You know how when you eat a chocolate bar, those carbohydrates hit your blood stream hard & fast, your glucose level spikes up but crashes a couple of hours later? Well Gen1 acts like that – it hits you hard & fast, but wears off quickly too. While not a ‘sustained release’ capsule, the Gen 2 offers a slow & steady release and acts more like a sustained release pill.
In TWE Gen1, you get that quick rush of energy, but it doesn’t last long. In Gen 2, it is low & slow (but much longer lasting) energy. So, if you are used to the quick burst of energy of Gen 1, you may be confused when you start Gen 2 and think it isn’t working for you. But it is! It is just working differently! Occasionally, some people don’t even notice the increase in energy until they run out of product for a couple of days. It is subtle, you may find yourself staying up an extra hour, or having the energy to do 20 more minutes on the treadmill. Now another thing to keep in mind, Gen2 is also unique because it offers ‘flexible dosing’, and this is a great thing for people sensitive to stimulants. You can start low with a single dose or two, and you can work up to as 3, or even 4 doses, as your body requires. It can be as gentle or as strong as you need.
EFFECTS OVER TIME (per dose)
So, if you are trying to choose between the two – you can be rest assured that they both act the same. Both work, but your body responds to each in a slightly different way. If you are switching from Gen 1 over to Gen 2, then I personally suggest taking 7-10 days off of your green pills (you can keep taking the blue TruFix pills), so you reduce the risk of headaches from switching. If you find yourself getting a headache, drinking an additional caffeinated beverage can help tremendously. If you live in a market where you can purchase either version, then start with the original Gen 1, since that is what TruVision started out with, and then switch to Gen 2 when you hit a plateau. If you live in the United States, then start with Gen 2. Either way, this is a great tool to help you achieve your ‘happy weight’.
If you would like to know if the Tru Combo is right for you, drop me a line. I’d be happy to help you.
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I get a lot of private messages and emails asking me how the TRU products work. So, this is my ‘in a nutshell’ description of the new TruWeight & Energy Gen 2 product. What is in it & How it works!
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Benzylamine HCL – is a naturally occurring substance found in celery. It is used to help regulate blood sugar thus inhibiting blood sugar spikes which in turn helps minimize insulin spikes.
Natural Caffeine & Caffeine Citrate – This formula does contain a small amount of Caffeine. The use of caffeine in moderation and in the right application (i.e. the caffeine contained in headache tablets), has a positive effect on one’s body. This formula does not contain a sufficient amount of caffeine to cause addiction or withdrawal symptoms. Just enough is used to act as a catalyst in activating other key ingredients in the formula.
Dendrobium – Dendrobium is one of fifty of fundamental herbs in traditional medicine. It is found in certain species of the Orchid family. The complexity of the plant is largely attributed to its unique profile of alkaloids, such as: Dendrine, Nobiline, Nobilonine, etc (Dr. Duke Phytochemical Database). Extracts enriched in dendrobium alkaloids show many beneficial effects, including: increased focus, enhanced confidence, and increased energy. Unlike other stimulants these effects are not typically seen with an increase in blood pressure. Because of Dendrobium’s unique properties it is considered to be highly effective when coupled with other stimulants and/or nominal amounts of caffeine in helping individuals obtain their weight loss goals.
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
Green Tea – Green Tea EGCG Extract: Green tea enriched in Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) shows significant results in helping individuals maintain their weight. Green tea has long shown promise in helping individuals maintain a healthy weight, after significant green tea research it is now believed that the EGCG compound is what contributed to the reduction in weight. There are three hypothesis on how Green Tea EGCG helps in promoting a healthy weight: 1) Increase blood flow – By increasing the blood flow throughout the body, there is increased oxygenation to muscles and thereby increasing caloric demands; 2) When combined with a nominal amount of caffeine allow for increased fat oxidation (Dulloo et al, 1999); and 3) modulating insulin effect – Regulating the signaling of insulin in response to carbohydrate consumption allows one to not be as susceptible to blood sugar spiking (Li et al, 2006). Green Tea is also a rich source of anti-oxidants.
Hordenine HCL – A natural phenethylamine compound which is naturally occurring in a variety of plants, but typically sourced from barley grass. It works primarily through the release of norepinephrine. It’s actions are multi-fold – it works to increase metabolism and energy, while decreasing appetite. It has also been noted to improve mood and focus, and may increase the amount of calories burned during workouts. Synergysitc with, caffeine, and Yohimbe. http://nootriment.com/hordenine-hcl/
Korean Ginseng – Is an adaptogen and has been used for centuries for its health promoting benefits. Some of those reported benefits include energy, strengthening the immune system, stress reduction, mental clarity, etc
Methylcobalamin – Also known as vitamin B-12, it can normalize appetite and give greater levels of energy thus fighting fatigue. It is also known to lessen muscle pain and promote better sleep. It can enhance mood, and combat mild levels of depression. It also contributes to clarity of thought and focus. It contributes to overall motivation to maintain an active life style.
N-Acetyl Cysteine (NAC) – is a sulphur-bearing amino acid which has a long history of use for a variety of issues. Not only is it instrumental in supporting the body’s production of the master antioxidant glutathione, but it is protective to the lungs, liver and kidneys. It has been demonstrated to reduce insulin sensitivity, and supports the normalization of circulating hormones. It also modulates several neurotransmitters which cam improve mood.
Niacinamide – Also known as vitamin B3, and is found naturally in many foods. Niacin has been shown to support healthy cholesterol levels, circulation, and blood sugar.
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
Trimethylglycine (TMG) – 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
Yohimbe – is a herbal extract used to provide energy. It is also been demonstrated to support vascular health and circulation.
How it works:
First, let me preface this by saying that Gen2 was not designed to be taken alone. It was designed to be paired with TruFix. The two work synergistically. At it’s most basic level, the TruFix balances glucose levels and underlying body chemistry allowing the body to release it’s stored fat. The Gen 2 product has several key actions:
- reduces appetite
- reduces craving
- increases satiety, so you feel full faster
- stimulates metabolism and fat burning
- enhances energy levels
This is why it is so important to take the combo together. Think of the combo this way: The TruFix is the electricity, it is what makes everything possible. It balances body chemistry so that it is in a position to release stored fat. The TruWeight & Energy is the light switch. It allows that electrical potential to happen or not happen. Just like how the light bulb and light switch work together, our products do too. You can flip a switch all you want, but if there is no electricity, nothing is going to happen. Likewise, if you have electricity but no way to flip the switch, nothing is going to happen. You need to have both present in order to turn the light on! One without the other always results in lost potential.
January is a new year and it gives you the opportunity to have a new start. Evaluate your diet, make the appropriate fixes, get out and move more, and take your TRU together. It is up to you to ‘flip that switch’!
I have a specific program to help people lose weight and reclaim their health! my specialty is helping people with ‘stubborn fat’. You know who you are – you’ve tried every diet imaginable, yet your body really struggles with letting go. Whether it is because you don’t have a gallbladder, you have hormonal imblaances, you are hypothyroid, or you have other health challenges — Please message me for more information, and visit me at my Facebook group Weight Loss Resources with Dr. Miranda .
THERE IS NO MAGIC BULLET WHEN IT COMES TO WEIGHT LOSS! That is why there is NO SINGLE THING that will work for everyone. There are simply too many factors involved. That said, we can encompass these factors into key categories: Dietary, Hormonal, Chemical, Exercise, and last but not least – Emotional. Dietary factors are the easiest to explain – you have to feed your body real food and provide it with nutritionally sound fuel if you want it to function at a decent level. You wouldn’t put bad gas in your car and expect it to run well, the same can be said for your body. The second imbalance is hormonal – while we have dozens of hormones that readily affect our weight, with women, thyroid, adrenal, or sex hormone imbalances are the most common culprits. Chemical imbalances are both the easiest and the hardest to change. You have control over the chemicals you expose your body to, you may not have as much control over the medications you take. Nearly every drug that is prescribed not only induces specific vitamin and mineral depletions, but many are highly toxic and have a plethora of side effects. There is a long list of medications that not only impair weight loss but can cause weight gain. If you are on prescribed medications which are associated with weight issues- speak to your prescribing physician to see if there are better options (with fewer side effects) available to you. Exercise is the factor which everyone underestimates. Now, I don’t think you need to run marathons or bench press your weight, but most people think they exercise far more than they do. Get a pedometer and keep a record of your physical activity. Walking is one of the best activities you can do. If you can handle more, look into HIIT, yoga, swimming, or even mild weights. Chiropractors are always fond of the saying, “move it or lose it” – if you are not actively moving your joints, you accelerate the aging process, and your strength and flexibility will decrease at a fairly consistent rate. Lastly – lets look at emotional factors. There is a HUGE emotional component to weight loss (and to allergies, but I will save that conversation for another day). Some of us get comfort from food. Some of us were conditioned as children to ‘clean our plates’, some are addicted to fats and sweets. Women that are nurturing and caregivers tend to struggle with weight more than those that are not care givers. Some use fat as an insulation against emotions. Some of us mentally *see* ourselves as a big girl, and can’t even imagine ourselves thinner. Some of us have given up hope.
Let me be very blunt – no one will ever reach and maintain their ‘happy weight’ unless all of these factors are balanced. You might lose and regain the same 15 (or 40) lbs over and over, but you will not be able to maintain it. As a chiropractor, I am trained in balancing the body – that is what we do. We balance it so it works correctly. Moving into the weight loss realm isn’t that much different – you will notice that everything I suggest or recommend isn’t extreme, it is practical & doable. I focus on helping you achieve balance – and I give you simple tools to accomplish that. It could be supplements to balance what your gallbladder should be doing. It could be supplements which balance your body chemistry so you can enhance your metabolism. It may be easy activities like walking to increase your cardiovascular fitness and lymph flow. I may suggest you speak to your physician about certain medications, and I may even suggest other things which impact those emotional factors.
Weight loss is a process, your happy weight is the destination. The road isn’t easy, but it isn’t hard either – it just requires consistent effort. The process doesn’t usually occur at warp speed, but you didn’t accumulate those impairments to your health overnight either. I have dedicated my life to helping people – and if YOU don’t give up on you, I won’t either! Anyone who purchases products from me, whether it is Beta, TruVision, Vitamin D, – or anything else, becomes my personal client. I send you my personal phone number, my email, and make myself completely accessible to you. I will help you reach your goals, but I want you to know that I can’t do the work for you – only steer you in the right direction. You are always in control of your own destiny.
So, as you’ve read this, and are contemplating your own situation, ask yourself if you are balanced. Are you focusing all of your efforts on one factor and ignoring the rest? If you make a concerted effort to achieve balance in all of these 5 factors, I can absolutely guarantee you that you will achieve your happy weight and never leave it again!
This basic principle applies to any surgery , albeit different organ systems are affected, but for our purposes, we will relate this to gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy).
ANY time you have surgery (of any sort) you can experience fatigue. Your body only heals when you are asleep – so that is nature’s way of getting you to slow down – so you can heal efficiently [while sleeping]. That said, most people didn’t go into surgery with a fully functioning gallbladder. It could have been dysfunctional or essentially non-functioning for months or even years before that. So , that means you have months or years of digestive issues and not getting the building blocks your body needs to make hormones or repair itself. Surgery brings its own issues, as it increases the demand you have for certain nutrients – like vitamin C, B vitamins, protein, glutathione, etc . So, when you have gallbladder surgery – you go from just being deficient in the fat soluble vitamins (A,D,E,K) and essential fatty acids to being potentially deficient in most of the major vitamin categories. To compound matters, they typically put you on a significant dose of antibiotics after your surgery – which kills off the good bacteria in your gut along with the bad, and since 80% of you immune function comes from the gut and those good bacteria, your immune function goes down , making your MORE tired and susceptible to catching everything that goes around. It is a hard thing to dig yourself out of. You have to overhaul your diet (and you rarely get that advice), you have to get optimal levels of sleep, and you have to get out in the sunshine and fresh air and get some exercise. Otherwise you feel like you are trying to dig yourself out of a hole with a plastic spoon. Now, occasionally people feel great after surgery, but they are the exception to the rule. In 12 years of practice, I have rarely met anyone who didn’t have to make changes to feel better afterwards. Sooner or later their underlying nutritional deficiencies caught up to them and affected their health.
Your body uses cholesterol and vitamin D as precursors to make many of your hormones, including your sex hormones. Fats are necessary for life, and your brain is largely a fatty organ. This is why people taking anti-cholesterol medications (statins) frequently experience decreased libido, or even sexual dysfunction. They also often experience short term memory issues.
I have heard doctors argue that the gallbladder is unnecessary. They say that since the liver continues to make bile, then fat absorption continues. I disagree with this. First, I don’t believe we were designed with unnecessary parts. We may not realize their full worth or function yet, but that is a human limitation, not a limitation of our creation. Science only ‘discovered’ what the appendix was for within the past few years (It acts as a reservoir for healthy bacteria to recolonize our intestines after fever or illness). Since cholecystectomy is one of the most commonly performed surgical procedures in this country, it makes sense that there is more money in removing them than figuring out how to save them. But I digress, let’s get back to the liver making bile – it does keep making it. The level it makes it is dependent on whether you have fatty liver degeneration or not. But let’s say that you don’t have fatty liver — the liver is going to drip, drip, drip 27-34 oz bile out in a steady stream. That bile is very caustic, and would normally be funneled over to the gallbladder where it is collected and concentrated, up to 18 times – down to 1-3 oz. It is this highly concentrated bile that is designed to break down the fatty acids and fat soluble vitamins you consume. The pre-concentrated bile, while caustic and irritating to your gastric mucosa, can’t hold a candle to the concentrated bile your gallbladder should hold. There is never enough, and never enough at the specific concentration required to absorb those key nutrients out of your diet. So you become deficient and your body goes into conservation mode. Some experience this immediately, others find it takes 6-24 months to fully start experiencing the effects. People find it harder and harder to lose weight, or they find themselves gaining weight despite eating the same diet they always did, or exercising. They find they get fatigued easier, and that they are more susceptible to colds and flu. If they have autoimmune disorders, they may find themselves experiencing a greater degree of symptoms.
So what can you do? I will be the first to admit that I don’t have all of the answers. If anyone suggest that they do – RUN! I can tell you that what my research, and my experience has led me to works for most people. First, you need to keep a food journal and track every meal you eat and how you feel afterwards. Gas, bloating, and diarrhea are the most commonly experienced repercussions from having cholecystectomy. 1 in 15 people who have had their gallbladder removed experience Habba Syndrome, which is commonly misdiagnosed as IBS, or even Celiac Disease. 5-40% of cholecystectomy patients will experience post-cholecystectomy syndrome (persistent right upper quadrant abdominal pain, bloating, gas, nausea, diarrhea, and general malaise). Often, these people will know the whereabouts of every bathroom in their vicinity, because they experience issues almost immediately after eating. Dietary changes will be necessary. Certain foods aggravate a significant number of people with no gallbladder. These include greasy foods, carbonated beverages, dairy, and simple carbohydrates. Wheat products, including breads and beer, can also elicit a negative response. Please don’t take this as a reason to stop eating healthy fats — you NEED to consume them in order to maintain your health and shift your waistline. Use specific dietary supplementation to replace some of the action of the gallbladder. I recommend a blend of ox bile, beet concentrate and pancrelipase to substitute for this action. If you avoid fats, you will make matters worse. Since digestive enzyme production decreases with age, if you are over 40, adding digestive enzymes to your meals can also cause significant relief. make sure you are getting adequate levels of sleep so that your body can repair itself and so that levels of stress hormones can decrease.
- Keep a food journal to log your physical responses to foods and beverages. Learn what your body can and cannot handle.
- Use specific dietary supplements to increase your digestion and resolve your underlying nutritional deficiencies.
- Get 7+ hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.
- Get out there and move. Aerobic activity and weight bearing exercise is crucial for your recovery. Walking is a great way to get started. Walking in the sunshine is even better (get some vitamin D while you are at it!)
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