What you need to know about insulin

What you need to know about insulin

Hello Everyone and welcome to my Podcast, Regenerate You!

Insulin is one of the most misunderstood hormones in your body. There are some diet plans that say to keep it as low as possible and others that say you need more of it. If you’re trying to lose weight, balance your cholesterol, or even achieve healthy thyroid levels; optimum insulin levels are necessary. But what constitutes normal insulin and what is this powerful hormone doing in your body? This is what I’ll be discussing on this episode.

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The Link Between Food Intolerance, Hormones and Your Gut Health

The Link Between Food Intolerance, Hormones and Your Gut Health

Welcome to Regenerate You!

If you find yourself struggling with food intolerances of any kind, then it’s most likely causing an imbalance in your hormones as well. And if you’ve been diagnosed with low testosterone, PCOSestrogen dominancethyroid issues, or insulin resistance; then your food sensitivities are making them worse.

In this Podcast, I discuss how they’re linked and where to begin to help heal and regenerate your body from the attack on your immune system.

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Regenerative Health Program™

Regenerative Health Program™

The Regenerative Health Program™

I’m so glad you’re here.

By allowing me to help you, you are about to end your battle with fatigue, lack of confidence, a constant state of discomfort, mood swings, painful periods and a simple lack luster for life.

How can my Regenerative Health Program™ help you? Let’s discuss how I will reprogram every cell of your body, to come back to life.

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in Holistic Medicine

Navigating your own health is similar to starting a new recipe without knowing how to cookYou have an idea of what ingredients to use, but have no idea how to put it all together.

This is where I come in…

I found the Regenerative Health Program™ to help teach you how to renew every cell of your body

Reprogram Your Health

To Reinvent Your Life

Discover the Real You

By regenerating your health struggles, into your ideal self



I’m dedicated in helping you have a firm grasp on understanding why your health turned upside down, while supporting your decisions to choose whichever path you prefer in the healing process.



Reinventing Your Health

I’m guiding you

step by step…

On which ingredients to buy and how to put the recipe together. I take your entire picture, along with your labs, to to paint a clear picture of how you got to where you are, what to do to fix it, and what’s coming down the pipeline if you don’t act now.

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My job is to teach you how to care for your body so well that you know exactly what to do when things get a little off balance.

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If you’re suffering from symptoms of imbalance, hair loss, chronic fatigue, PMS, hypothyroidism, adrenal dysfunction, fibroids, endometriosis and have seen everyone and tried everything, I can offer you solutions on your healing journey that will help you to get your life back. A full life of fun, happiness and ease. It’s time to end your needless suffering.

Burning Fat the Natural Way

Burning Fat the Natural Way

Natural Solutions to Burning Fat

Fat may seem like the enemy of civilized people—especially sedentary ones. Yet we cannot live without it. Fat plays a key role in the structure and flexibility of cell membranes, and it helps regulate the movement of substances through those membranes. Special types of fat, known as eicosanoids, send hormone-like signals that exert control over many bodily systems, mostly those affecting inflammation or immune function.

Of course, the best-known function of fat is as an energy reserve. Fat has more than twice the energy-storage capacity of carbohydrate (9 calories per gram vs. 4 calories per gram). It has been estimated that lean adult men store about 131,000 calories in fat (Horowitz & Klein 2000), enough energy to keep the average person alive for about 65 days.

For fitness enthusiasts, the prime concern arises when the body’s fat-storage function works too well, hoarding unwanted fat that makes people unhealthy and self-conscious about their appearance. However, understanding how fat travels through the body can help to reduce excess body fat and improve athletic performance overall.

The Journey of a Fat to Muscle

Fat resides primarily in designated fat-storage cells called adipocytes. Most adipocytes are just under the skin and in regions surrounding and protecting vital organs. Nearly all fat in adipocytes exists in the form of triglycerides. Each triglyceride consists of a backbone (glycerol) with three fatty-acid tails. I like to use the image of stick with 3 tadpoles attached.

Depending on energy supply and demand, adipocytes can either store fat from the blood or release fat back to the blood. After we eat, when the energy supply is high, the hormone insulin keeps fatty acids inside the fat cells. After a few hours of fasting or during exercise, insulin levels tend to drop, while levels of other hormones—such as adrenalin (also knows as epinephrine) increase.

When epinephrine binds to adipocytes, triglyceride stores go through a process called fat breakdown, which separates fatty acids from their glycerol backbone. After this, fatty acids and glycerol can leave the fat cells and enter the blood.

Fatty Acids in the Blood

Because fat does not easily dissolve in water, it needs a carrier protein to keep it evenly suspended in the water-based environment of the blood. The primary protein carrier for fat in the blood is albumin. One albumin protein can carry multiple fatty acids through the blood to muscle cells via the capillaries that surround the muscle.

Two Fates of Fat Inside Muscle

Once fat is inside the muscle, a molecule called coenzyme A (CoA) is added to the fatty acids. CoA is a transport protein that maintains the inward flow of fatty acids entering the muscle and prepares the fatty acid for one of two fates:

  1. Oxidation (in which electrons are removed from a molecule) to produce energy or
  2. Storage within the muscle or organs

Most of us prefer step one. However the body ultimately makes it’s decision based upon a person’s current state of health and diet.

How Much Fat Do We Need

The human body actually needs to have a certain percentage of body fat for it to be able to function properly. For women, 14 percent body fat seems to be the low end of healthy and for men that number can be as low as eight percent. When body fat drops lower than 14 percent for women and eight percent for men, health risks increase, including everything from reproductive dysfunction (such as amenorrhea in women), chronic dehydration, sarcopenia (loss of muscle tissue), osteoporosis (loss of bone density), and potentially even organ and nerve damage.

The Best Way to Burn Fat with Exercise

Doing what is commonly known as cardio or aerobic exercise (walking, biking, jogging) is good for you because it reduces heart disease risk, but it’s not the best choice if your focus is to burn the body fat. 

You may think of weight, strength, or resistance training as simply a way to build muscle mass, but weight-bearing exercises have also been found to burn abdominal fat more effectively than cardio exercise.

In just two 15-20 minute heavy lifting sessions per week you can have positive effects on your resting metabolic rate, your blood pressure, and insulin sensitivity. Which all adds up to being a better way to keep that body fat weight off.

Balancing Insulin to Burn Fat

Insulin resistance occurs when insulin is released by the pancreas, but your body doesn’t use it properly causing blood sugar levels to stay high instead of going down into the normal range. This can occur if you are consistently stressed, lacking sleep, eating processed foods and drinking too much alcohol.

An imbalance in insulin and glucose levels can be easily managed with diet and lifestyle changes. Here are some thing that you can begin to do (or check) to resolve insulin resistance:

Check your Cortisol 

Stress during can cause steroid sex hormones, such as estrogen, to be metabolized into cortisol. Increased cortisol levels stimulate sugar to be released into your bloodstream, increasing insulin and ultimately thwarting your efforts to lose weight. 

Address your Adrenals

Some of the symptoms of adrenal fatigue include:

  • relentless and debilitating fatigue
  • depressed mood
  • irritability
  • loss of interest in life
  • low energy
  • an inability to carry out your normal day-to-day activities

Make sure that your adrenals are nourished by feeding them with healthy Himalayan or Celtic sea salt. Sodium supports adrenal function. And, despite what you have probably heard about sodium intake, most people do not get enough sodium in their diet. It’s easy to become sodium-deficient, especially if you exercise or are under stress. When you are sodium-deficient your cortisol and insulin levels will be out of whack, and your muscles can become stiff. (Sodium relaxes soft tissue.) Try adding a good Himalayan salt to your food (not regular table salt.) You can also put 1/4 tsp of sea salt in warm water first thing in the morning. 

Skip Alcohol

Alcohol is sugar. Drinking alcohol regularly causes insulin resistance and weight gain. In addition, alcohol is processed through the liver.  When your liver is busy breaking down alcohol, it can’t process hormones, creating further imbalances in estrogen and cortisol and converting the excess glucose it stores to fat. Remember fat cells are loaded with glucose receptors so they crave more sugar. If you do have the occasional drink, take fiber to help stabilize your blood sugar and slow down the absorption of alcohol.

Quick Solutions to Weight Loss

If you find that you just need a boost to kick start your weight loss, consider HCG. The HCG weight loss program is a simple-to-follow, highly effective way to lose a significant amount of weight in a relatively short period to time, without slowing down the metabolism, experiencing unwanted hunger, or regaining the weight back afterwards.

If you are concerned that your weight loss goals are being hindered by an imbalance of your thyroid, insulin (or that you may be approaching menopause) please contact me to schedule an appointment. A simple urine test can help to stabilize your hormones for weight loss success. I’m here to help you achieve your weight loss goals, for good!

Dr. Nirvana Lectures on Balancing Hormones to Release Weight

Dr. Nirvana Lectures on Balancing Hormones to Release Weight

When working with patients in my Practice, I hear a lot of similar comments. In particular:

  • I’m eating all the right foods, but I still can’t lose the weight.
  • There’s nothing I can do to lose weight, it’s genetic.
  • I’m just getting old and my metabolism has decreased.
  • These last 10 pounds just won’t go away—I want to give up.
  • There are certain foods I can’t stop eating even though I suspect they’re bad for me.
  • I crave sugar like crazy.
  • Diets that work for others don’t seem to work for me.
  • I lose five pounds, and then I regain seven.
  • I’m tired of and frustrated with weight loss.

Do those statements also resonate with you? If so, you might not know an important secret: the reason you struggle with your weight is that your hormones are out of balance.

As a licensed Naturopathic Doctor, I am uniquely qualified to understand the private suffering that women experience with weight gain and body shame. Although hormones are complex, when out of balance, they make losing weight close to impossible particularly for women. During my lecture, I’ll share which hormones are to blame, how they affect your weight, and at least one simple action you can take to bring each hormone back into balance.

Please join me on May 18th at 2pm, as I help you understand the ins and outs of your complex body, with natural solutions for weight loss.

RSVP by May 17th


Boost Your Metabolism with This One Herb

Boost Your Metabolism with This One Herb

Boost Your Metabolism Naturally

This One Herb Can Accelerate your Weight Loss

After changing your diet, adding in supplements is often the next step in along someone’s wellness journey. But knowing what supplements to take can take you down a very confusing tunnel. This is why I like to keep it as simple as possible when recommending supplements. A little can go a long way and using a few supplements at a time is better than a myriad that may be causing more health obstacles down the road.

increase metabolism, berberine benefits, balance blood sugar, accelerate weight loss, heal liver

I’d like to introduce you to one of my very most favorite supplements known as Hydrastis canadensis or better known as Berberine. This beautifully colored herb has long been used in traditional Chinese, Ayurvedic and Naturopathic protocols to help fight off bacteria, viruses and other harmful pathogens. In my Practice, I often use it to help balance blood sugar, eliminate Candida and up-regulate metabolism to assist with weight loss. 

One of the reasons berberine is so beneficial to the body is that it works with many different physiological pathways of the body that can activate adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase (AMPK). This enzymes controls how energy is used in the body and how it’s used inside the cell. Think of it as a switch that turns things on and off. Berberine turns on AMPK to regulate the biological activities that normalize lipid, glucose and energy imbalances.Another interesting fact is that it can form structures with other compounds to increase it’s efficacy. I just love how the innate intelligence of the human body! 

Health Benefits of Berberine

Insulin Resistance and Diabetes – As mentioned previously, Berberine is incredibly helpful in balancing the blood sugar levels in the body and can help control diabetes. It does this by improving insulin sensitivity and reducing the production of glucose in the liver.

Weight Loss – studies show that Berberine may help reduce body weight by improving the function of fat-regulating hormones like insulin and leptin. It also helps inhibit the growth of fat cells and improve the activity of brown fat, which converts fats into energy. (Source).

Gut Health –  Berberine may help improve immune function by maintaining healthy gut flora, providing antioxidant properties and activating white blood cells, which are responsible for preventing infections. As well as killing various bacteria, viruses or fungi wreaking havoc in the gut. (Source).

Liver Health – Research suggests that Berberine may be a useful supplement for people with Fatty Liver, as it helps decrease fat buildup in the liver and regulate hepatic lipid metabolism. (Source).

Naturally Occurring Sources of Berberine

Berberine is a naturally occurring compound found in several medicinal plants and herbs. It’s usually extracted from the roots, barks, leaves and rhizomes of any of the following plants:

  • Goldenseal
  • Oregon grape
  • European barberry
  • Chinese goldthread
  • Phellodendron (also known as cork tree)
  • California poppy

Optimizing your Metabolism

Taking Berberine is not enough to improve your overall health (sigh), you’ll need to put in some effort too. In order to maximize the positive effects of this supplement, it’s best to pair it with proper nutrition based upon your body type and any food sensitivities or GI issues you may be experiencing simultaneously. Healing the root cause will allow your body to release the inflammation that is keeping your metabolism at bay. To get to the core of your sluggish metabolism, schedule a consultation to begin!