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, PCOS, estrogen dominance, thyroid 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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If you feel like you can’t lose weight no matter what you try, genetics may be playing a role, albeit small. The exciting news is that through gene/environment interactions, genes are being switched on and off based on lifestyle cues. You have more control over the way that your genes are expressed than we ever thought possible. Furthermore, the science of genetics has shown that great genes come from turning genes on and off to your advantage. If you’re struggling with weight gain/weight loss resistance, you want to know about the genes that may be driving you to be more hungry or addicted to carbs, so that you can do something about how those genes are being expressed.
Below are three of the most common genes impacting your metabolism and weight loss or gain:
FTO Gene: Impacts Food Intake
One of the most studied obesity genes is FRO which stands for Fat Mass and Obesity Associated. FTO seems to act as a nutrient sensor, affecting the amount of food a person wants to eat, and their hunger. Variations in the gene that encodes for FTO could affect the ability of FTO to regulate food intake and lower satiety. Scientists have found that people with certain variations in this gene have a higher BMI. What can turn off this gene naturally? Regular physical activity is the answer for those who have the gene and would like to keep it “dormant”.
PPARG Gene: Impacts Fat Metabolism
Another gene affecting weight gain is the one that encodes for PPARG, a protein involved in fat metabolism. When activated, PPARG creates fat cells and helps with the uptake of dietary fats from your blood. Too much activation of PPARG can cause weight gain and increase the risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Obese individuals have much higher amounts of this protein in their fat tissue. In addition, studies have shown that postmenopausal women who have variations PPARG gain more weight than those who don’t.
ADRB2 Gene: Impacts Fat Breakdown
The adrenergic beta-2 surface receptor gene (ADRB2) codes for a protein that plays an important role in the breakdown of fat. (When the hormone epinephrine is released, it can bind to ADRB2, which increases energy by breaking down fat molecules.) Certain variations are associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome in women, result in risk factors that display an increase risk of diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome is higher in middle-aged women than middle-aged men, as is greater cardiovascular risk.
If you are interested in having your genes tested, please contact the office here, or learn more about how the DrNirvanaDiet™ can help you discover your genetic propensity towards weight loss.
Only 10 percent of your genetics determine how you will age—some of which we can turn on and off—and the other 90 percent is lifestyle. So we actually have an extraordinary amount of control over the length of our health span (years of good health).
The signs of aging can vary from decreased libido, increase in belly fat and memory loss. But there are some primary NATURAL techniques that can decelerate the speed at which you age.
While you can’t change your genetic makeup, you certainly can modify the environment in which you live.
Since mapping the human genome, scientists developed an important complementary concept called the exposome— the measure of all the exposures of an individual in a lifetime and how those exposures relate to health. From diet and lifestyle to behavior, as well as how the body responds to them, and, finally, how these exposures relate to health. These factors have the power to work for or against you, and can adjust how your genes are expressed in your DNA sequence.
So what controls most of your “exposome”? Your daily habits of body and mind, both conscious and unconscious, including how and how often you move, environmental exposures in your home and office, what you eat and drink, and how you manage or mismanage your hormones. Practical lifestyle changes allow you to manage your exposures and personalize your approach to preventing disease and unnecessary aging.
Because of this, I’ve developed a test that examines the specific biomarkers in your DNA, that can be detected in your saliva, and reveal how your body processes foods and the impact of them on your genetics.
What are some tips that can help you in the meantime to increase the quality and quantity of your life?
Sleep – Sleep is magic, a vital health boost for both body and brain. You want to make sure you’re getting all you can from your sleep time.
Sun – Improve your exposome with positive exposures via saunas (dry and infrared) or heat (hot tubs or steam rooms). Sauna heat stressors reset the body and activate longevity genes. Better yet, increase your time outdoors and take in some nature. Not only with the sun’s rays boost your Vitamin D levels which are vital for a healthy brain, but the surrounding nature will feed your soul.
Greens – Make sure to include dark green leafy vegetables with at least one meal per day. The amount of antioxidants and fiber help to nourish your cells immune capacity and endurance.
If you are interested in testing your DNA, to release weight, and eat the best diet for your body’s predetermined genetics, please contact the office here.
Optimize your Health with a Simple Test – For Good
As a Naturopathic Doctor I often talk about how to make healthy eating more realistic. There’s a lot that’s within your control, like focusing on eating whole, healthy foods instead of counting calories, and organizing your kitchen to make it harder to accidentally overindulge.
But I also know that eating well isn’t just about choosing to do so—genetics determine a lot, too. With that in mind, I created the DrNirvana Diet™ to pinpoint how genetics are effecting my patient’s nutritional needs.
As it turns out, your saliva holds a lot of surprising information about how you can live the healthiest life.
So what exactly does the DrNirvana Diet™ reveal? It’s actually more straight forward than you might imagine. We know that the one-size-fits-all approach to nutrition is not working and that individualized nutrition support is crucial to health and optimizing body composition and performance.
The DrNirvana Diet helps by giving you results that help you to see such things as whether a high-protein or high-fat diet may be best for weight loss, your inherent tendency to eat between meals, whether you have lactose and gluten intolerances, your motivation to exercise, and even your propensity for Achilles tendon injuries. All these things are coded in your genes.
YOU have the potential to make big impacts on your long-term health, and that’s the real takeaway here. Making huge changes to overhaul your diet usually isn’t necessary—instead, it’s all about making tiny yet sustainable changes that will deliver BIG results down the line.
Are you ready to discover the secrets in your genetic codes and change your life for the better? Are you looking to be energized without the help of caffeine, live a life without medications, and increase your health overall, with the help of The DrNirvana Diet™? Then contact us to begin today.
Do you often find that your skin has lost the luster it once had? Or all of a sudden, as an adult your skin has become more prone to acne or breakouts? If you find yourself allergic to certain foods & think that it’s only effecting your stomach, you may want to think again. Food allergies affect every aspect of your body, such as your hormones and your complexion.
Below are some examples of various foods that are known to cause some issues:
Evidence has shown that high-glycemic foods may be the trigger for inflammatory conditions, like acne. Foods high in sugar effect proper hormone metabolism, therefore resulting in skin issues.
Similarly, dairy can be problematic if you are prone to cystic breakouts in the chin and jawline area. Since most dairy cows are given growth hormones, the consumption of milk, cheese, & yogurt become factors that influence endogenous hormones & mimic the hormones that trigger oil production in the skin.
If you struggle with under facial & eye puffiness, eating foods high in sodium will encourage water retention.
How to Help
Step 1: Eat foods that contain antioxidants, such as avocados, berries, spinach, dark-skinned grapes, & cantaloupe. Antioxidants have the power to protect you from disease and slow the aging process, as they fight the free radicals in your body that can harm your cells.
Step 2: Load up on vitamin C every single day. If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your skin & slow down aging from inside out, the best ones to eat to get your daily vitamin C are dark, leafy greens, broccoli, cantaloupe, kale, sweet potatoes , red peppers, strawberries, oranges, tomatoes, & grapefruit.
Step 3: The best fish to eat is cold-water fish. Try to include sardines, tuna, mackerel, cod, herring, & trout in your diet whenever possible. All of these have the best essential fats for smoother, more moisturized skin, increased energy, & improved immunity.
Step 4: Begin The DrNirvana Diet™ to get to the root cause of how your genes can help you reveal your best in beauty and health.
How your Genetics Determine the Outcome of your Health
When most of us think of genes, we think of the ones that determine particular characteristics such as whether we have brown hair, blue eyes or long legs. These are our genes that are “fixed” and are only few in number. By far the vast majority are the thousands of genes that direct all our biochemical processes that render us susceptible to the many chronic diseases so many people are experiencing today. While we are each born with a set of genes, we can change how they are expressed.
This means that most genes in and of themselves do not create disease. Rather the likelihood of developing disease and disability is determined by the way we live our lives and by the choices we make. You may have the genes for and be susceptible to heart disease or diabetes or arthritis, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you will get those diseases. In other words, these genes do not cause disease per se unless they are thrust into a detrimental environment, one conducive to expressing these genes as chronic disease.
Of all the factors, diet is the easiest to control and probably the most important determinant of how our genes are expressed.
Because of this, I came to develop The DrNirvana Diet™. The genetic testing offered with The DrNirvana Diet™, shows how different foods may interact with specific genes, how food “talks” to our genes and how our genes express themselves after the conversation. It is confirming that food provides potent dietary signals that directly influence the metabolic programming of our cells and modify the risk of common chronic diseases. It is telling us that food is information, that it contains “instructions” which are communicated directly to our genes.
When you receive your results you will see how your genes dictate various metabolic actions and affect millions of critical biological processes in your body. These include cholesterol levels, aging, hormone regulation, weight gain and loss, and much more. Eat the right foods and they will send instructions to your genes for good health. Eating the wrong foods however, sends messages for disease. Again this is reliant upon your own genetics. You may be surprised to find out that eating carbohydrates is good for you, or that increasing your fat consumption may lower your risk for cardiovascular disease.
Are you ready to reveal the many answers being held withing your own DNA? If so, contact us here for an appointment to begin.