Insulin often causes a large crash of blood sugar as it over compensates and takes too much sugar out the blood, this can cause tiredness and the shakes. Cortisol, a stress hormone, is then released to get sugar into the blood again. The nature of cortisol is that it causes fat storage and stops weight loss. So high blood sugar and low blood sugar causes fat storage. And guess what most people think the way to lose weight is? To eat less! You can now see this causes fat storage as the body becomes stressed and secretes cortisol.
The answer then is to keep your blood sugar balanced by eating meals that are balanced between protein, fat and carbohydrate and to have a snack or RVL shake in between these meals. Or you can use RVL as a meal replacement as you must NOT miss any meals, you certainly won’t go hungry on this weight loss plan. In this way your body will be less stressed and every cell will have the correct fuel for good metabolism. Imagine your body saying “Thank you I have enough of everything to be healthy and I can now release this extra fat I stored when you stressed me out by not eating!”
A meta-analysis published in the January 13th, 2010 edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutritionshowed no significant link between saturated fat intake and coronary heart disease, stroke, or cardiovascular disease. The meta-analysis included 21 epdiomeiological studies that encompassed nearly 348,000 adults! The individuals were studied anywhere from 5 to 23 years. Of the total number, 11,006 developed heart disease. That’s an insignificant 3% of almost 348,000 people.
An epidemiological study is a statistical study on human populations which attempts to link human health effects to a specified cause. In this case, researcher looked for associations between reported dietary habits and risk of cardiovascular disease. A meta-analysis combines the results of several studies that address a set of related research hypotheses.
Meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies evaluating the association of saturated fat with cardiovascular disease.
BACKGROUND: A reduction in dietary saturated fat has generally been thought to improve cardiovascular health. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this meta-analysis was to summarize the evidence related to the association of dietary saturated fat with risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), stroke, and cardiovascular disease (CVD; CHD inclusive of stroke) in prospective epidemiologic studies. DESIGN: Twenty-one studies identified by searching MEDLINE and EMBASE databases and secondary referencing qualified for inclusion in this study. A random-effects model was used to derive composite relative risk estimates for CHD, stroke, and CVD. RESULTS: During 5-23 y of follow-up of 347,747 subjects, 11,006 developed CHD or stroke. Intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD. The pooled relative risk estimates that compared extreme quantiles of saturated fat intake were 1.07 (95% CI: 0.96, 1.19; P = 0.22) for CHD, 0.81 (95% CI: 0.62, 1.05; P = 0.11) for stroke, and 1.00 (95% CI: 0.89, 1.11; P = 0.95) for CVD. Consideration of age, sex, and study quality did not change the results. CONCLUSIONS: A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD. More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be influenced by the specific nutrients used to replace saturated fat.
Am J Clin Nutr doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2009.27725.
Low blood blood sugar, or hypoglycaemia, is the opposite of the better known diabetes where the sugar in the blood remains too high. I would say that low blood sugar is fast becoming one of the most common problems I am seeing in clinic at The Perrymount. The symptoms are so wide ranging, from feeling vaguely unwell, to shaking, dizziness, weakness, anxiety and general fatigue and tiredness. The clue to whether the symptoms are blood sugar related are that they may be related to meals. If you have these symptoms it might be that you notice they present themselves if you have gone too long without food. Many people realize this is the case and so will snack to keep their blood sugar up. However, I think this can be the start of a downward spinal as the snacks are usually sugary like chocolate bars or a stimulant like coffee which gives you the feel good "up". Yes, the sugar will get the levels raised in the blood, actually too high, making you feel better but the body has to compensate and bring the sugar down again into reasonable levels. If a dip happens again then you will feel like eating sugar once more and so your blood sugar levels yo yo up and down.
The two most common causes I see for this yo-yo-ing of blood sugar is eating the wrong foods at meal times and as snacks and also from stress causing adrenal fatigue. Let's briefly look at the latter first. The adrenal glands produce the hormones for the fight or flight response, basically they produce them when we are under stress. If we are under long term or lots of stress then the adrenals can tire or fatigue and not produce enough of these hormones, producing the main symptom of tiredness. The adrenals can also be responsible for hypoglycaemia as these same hormones keep our blood sugar from going too low, so if the adrenals are fatigued they can't work hard enough to keep the blood sugar up. Basically this is the opposite of insulin, which you have probably heard of.
More fundamental than this is the consumption of wrong foods, and those that make our blood sugar rise quickly and then fall quickly are the culprits. The worst for this will be sugars in snack foods like chocolate, cakes, sweets etc. If we are looking at main meals then the foods that are most problematic are the high carbohydrate foods such as bread and pasta. I should also point out that some vegetables can cause these blood sugar fluctuations and they are the tubers or underground, starchy vegetables, like potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrot, turnip etc. Fruits are also high sugar foods. If you think you do have blood sugar problems you will really need to be careful of all of these foods and judge just how much you can have of them before getting symptoms of low blood sugar between meals.
In the treatment of this condition it is vital to get the ratio’s of carbohydrate, fat and protein correct at each meal, this differs for each person and I use what I consider to be the most accurate and advanced way of finding this out which is through the use of a Metabolic Typing questionnaire. This is available online here: http://www.theperrymount.com/therapies/therapies/metabolictyping.html. I also use a protocol of supplements, ionic minerals and spagyric herbs with great success. Below is the testimonial of a patient who was suffering with the symptoms described above and did the Metabolic Typing questionairre and used my adrenal fatigue protocol:
How are you? I've been meaning to email you and let you know how I've been getting on. I've felt absolutely amazing since being on the metabolic typing eating program. I can't believe how much energy I have. I just feel like a different person. I've been eating a cooked breakfast every morning and I've still managed to lose 3lbs in the last 3 weeks, how strange is that! I don't feel bloated or sluggish and my energy levels have really improved. There have been a couple of times that I've broken the rules and had alcohol or pizza or something like that but even then I've got straight back to the program afterwards and have felt completely fine. So, so far things are going really well!”
This is a brief insight into a very common problem. Fortunately, with diet changes and support to the adrenals I have had fantastic results with patients who have really been suffering. I would like you to takeaway the basics from this article, the foods you should avoid that cause the yo yo-ing of blood sugar and also to identify in yourself whether stress could be playing a significant role in the poor regulation of your blood sugar. Visit www.theperrymount.com to learn more or call the clinic 01444 410944.
Body biotyping and Metabolic typing are ways to find your individualised nutritional needs. They recognise patterns in physical, emotional, physiological and psychological characteristics to produce foods plans that are specifically tailored to the individual. These are based on what I call Evolution Nutrition, by this I mean we should observe nutritional habits that our bodies have literally been designed to over millions of years. A great question to ask yourselves with anything to do with health is, what have our bodies been doing for the longest time? Because it is that which we will be most adapted to. Let’s look at a few examples.
What fats are better for you, vegetable seed oils or saturated fats found in animal meats? Well, go back a few thousands years, and think about how you would make an oil out of vegetables seeds? Basically you couldn’t really, you just wouldn’t have the tools to squeeze an oil out of them in the quantities we use today. Now what about animal / meat products? Of course we would have been eating meat, and in fact have been eating meat for millions of years, a Paleolithic diet, so we are far more adapted to eating and processing the saturated fats in meat then any other oil.
My next example is similar, are we more adapted to eating meats or grains such as wheat? The answer is virtually the same, grains have only been produced in agricultural quantities in the last 10,000 years, a drop in the ocean compared to how long we have been eating meats. This is a possible answer to why so many people are wheat intolerant, our digestive systems just aren’t as well adapted to them.
These are examples of general patterns in our nutrition over our evolution. We can get more detailed than this and look at our genetics and family background. This is easiest explained by looking at extremes, let’s take for example the Eskimos’s. Their diet consists of nearly 100% animal meat and extremely high animal saturated fat. Most people know that the Eskimo’s have incredibly low rates of heart disease, yet it has been ingrained into us that these are the exact foods that should be clogging our arteries if we merely look at it!
An extreme in the other direction are certain African tribes where they are very nearly vegetarian and have the same fantastic health as many other indigenous cultures around the world (this is based upon research by a dentist called Weston Price). So would you make an Eskimo vegetarian or an African tribesman consume large amounts of meat? No of course not, it is all about the individual and how their own body responds to the food they eat. Everyone is an individual, we all look different on the outside and our metabolism is as different on the inside to. We each will respond better to different foods, different mixes of protein, carbohydrates and fats and will even do better with different sized meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some of us will thrive on 3 meals per day, other better with 6 smaller meals.
How do you think your diet is performing for you? The simple way to find this out is how do you feel? If you are not as healthy as you want to be then you are probably doing something wrong. A very simple piece of advice I give to my patients is to try something different. So if you are tired, have re-current colds, infections and other illnesses and you eat vegetarian then I would say try not being vegetarian! If you are overweight and lethargic and eat meat at every meal then try cutting your meat intake down and go closer to being a vegetarian, simply experiment with your foods, trying something new. The other piece of simple advice is to stop eating anything that is man-made and refined (sugar, hydrogenated fats etc), if it wasn’t around 10,000 years ago then don’t eat it!
Body Biotyping observes that there are five basic body types that are determined by a dominant hormone gland in our body, they are the pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, gonad or gonad/pituitary types. Let’s look at an example of a Body Biotype. The adrenals glands, which produce the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol, produce a stocky, medium height, muscular, rugby-player type shape in the male. These people will crave meat and salt as they stimulate the adrenal gland hormones and act like a “food drug” to make the person feel better. So an adrenal type person should be careful to not over indulge in these foods but instead balance themselves with other beneficial foods. Within Biotying terms an adrenal type will perform better observing a food-combining diet, where protein and vegetables are eaten together and carbohydrates and vegetables are eaten together but not protein and carbohydrates on the same plate. Other give aways that an adrenal Biotype will gain weight around the abdomen as the fat cells in this area are sensitive to the cortisol and adrenalin hormones.
Pituitary types are tall and gain weight all over, thyroid types gain weight centrally on the thighs and buttocks and the gonad types gain weight on the rear and breasts in the women. Pituitary types crave milk and dairy, thyroid sweets, carbs and coffee and the gonad type rich spicy foods.
These individual differences reveal so much about us and answer questions that so many people are asking themselves, like why did my friend lose weight on the Atkins diet but I felt awful? Body Biotyping reveals that only two of the five types would do well on the Atkins, just as it explains why only three out of the five types could be a healthy vegetarian. What about that person you know that just eats whatever they want and never gains weight! They are a gonad/pituitary type, the newest Biotype to have evolved and therefore are most used to modern day foods.
If you are interested in finding out more about Body Biotyping and your individual nutritional needs then visit www.theperrymount.com/events to see a full presentation by Christian Bates on Body Biotyping.
The Daily Express yesterday had the front page headline "Health Pills Heart Attack Danger". It was reporting on research that showed taking calcium supplements increases the chance of having a heart attack. If you are a Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor like myself then these results will not be wholly surprising. Each different "Metabolic Type", which can be determined through an online questionnaire here, has different needs for foods and nutrients. So, although we all need all the same vitamins and minerals each type reacts differently to higher levels of each nutrient. This is what this research has looked at, higher doses of calcium on top of the normal diet calcium. What the research obviously doesn't look at is what Metabolic Type each of the participants are. Could it be that the people with increased heart attacks are the Metabolic Types that don't react well to increased calcium levels? There is no way to know.
Let me give an example of a Metabolic Typing. If we look at some one who is a "Fast Oxidiser, just one of the types. This means they convert their fuel / food into energy very quickly. These types need higher intakes of protein, i.e. meat and fat i.e. butter than carbohydrates. Protein and fats convert to energy slower so a Fast Oxidiser does better on these foods as it balances their metabolism. A fast oxidiser eating a high carbohydrate cereal breakfast is like adding dry kindling wood to an already raging fire, it will burn too quickly, and the person will be hungry again very soon after breakfast. On the other hand if they eat a cooked breakfast of bacon and eggs the fuel is like damp logs on the raging fire, it will lessen the rate of the fire, and consequently this breakfast will last the person until lunch without hunger.
This scenario is the same for vitamins and minerals. If a Fast Oxidiser takes high doses of a mineral that makes them an even faster oxidiser then they will be further pushing their metabolism in the wrong direction. The vitamins and minerals that work for them are the ones that slow their oxidation rate, balancing them.
The research above does mention that they only looked at people taking calcium supplements in isolation, this means they weren't taking other nutrients that aid its absorption, such as Vitamin D. Click here to find an fantastic liquid Vitamin D spray that also has Vitamin K2 in it. This formula basically helps the calcium go where it is meant to.
The research also doesn't take into account the diets of the people studied. For example if some of these people were on a high intake of high calcium foods, such as milk and cheese, already then the calcium supplements would significantly be pushing above what is required for optimum health.
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Have you ever wondered why one person looks well as a vegetarian and another doesn't? Or why your friend lost weight on a particular diet and you gained weight? Or why a celebrity looks fantastic on raw food and you felt hungry, tired and ill! These questions relate to our metabolic individuality, basically we are all different and have different requirements for food. If you would like to improve your health by understanding more about Metabolic Typing click here.