Sunday, February 26, 2012

HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT WISELY - by SHEILA BER - Naturopathic Consultant.

My best advice to you:

There are many solutions, and no one solution works on its own.
Our body chemistry is very individually complex, and one needs to consider all internal and external factors influencing our body.
There is no one magic bullet that is safe to lose weight rapidly.
Multiple solutions, together will achieve synergistic, helpful and lasting effect that you desire to have, while losing weight.

The Dietary Guidelines for distribution of energy nutrients are as follows:

Fat: 30% of total calories
Protein: 25%
Carbohydrates: 45%
Carbs, short for carbohydrates, are a ready and easy supply of energy since they break down quickly. Most carbs will digest completely in about two hours. With that in mind, you should eat carbs that are high in fiber to slow the rush of sugar to the blood stream.
Proteins should be eaten in portions about the size of a deck of cards. Three to four of these portions will provide 60-80 grams (2.1 to 2.8 ounces) of the protein needed each day. If you’re trying to build muscle, it’s a good idea to add a few more grams of protein each day to promote muscle growth.
Saturated fats are not as heart healthy as mono-unsaturated or polyunsaturated fats, but they are important and as much as 10% of your fat intake can come from saturated fats. They are mostly animal fats, including fat from dairy products.
Minimize their consumption, and if you consume more than recommended, you can cancel out saturated fats, by following the steps described below, in clause #4.

First you have to tackle all the following health aspects to achieve maximum results:

-Physically: Exercise, body restoration (massage, spa, etc,)
-Mentally: Relaxation, mind restoration, effective ways of dealing with stress, and/or with any mental condition, if present.
-Spiritually: Yoga, meditation, prayer, herbal treatments.
-Chemically: Supplements, vitamins, alkalizing agents.
-Microbially: Probiotics, enzymes, daily elimination of microbial & chemical toxins.
-Electrolytrically: Drink daily: 6-8 glasses water.
Take Minerals to balance your body`s electrolytes: Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium. These are extremely important for:
metabolism, and efficient electrical conductivity, impacting every cell in your body, the nervous system, all muscles, glands and organs. The BRAIN and the HEART are particularly
affected, due to their higher electrical activity. 

*Optimal electrical conductivity, provides the body with better circulation, more energy, higher level of Oxygen, strong immune system, and improved bodily functions.

Second: Have a blood test and check with your family Doctor the levels of the following:


The reason all the above items have to be checked, is because the slightest imbalance in any one, will actually impede you from achieving your goal to lose weight, whether at a slow or at a faster

If your Thyroid level is low, treat it!

You can also treat it naturally, by taking Lugol Iodine:8 drops in some filtered water 2x a day for 2 months, on an empty stomach, and continue for an indefinite period: 8 drops - once a day.

If your Hemoglobin and Iron levels are low: 1) take daily 1-2 Iron capsules, from a vegetable source (a mild form that does not cause constipation). Take it with vitamin C - 500 mg, for optimum absorption. 2) Take B-12: 1000-5000 mcg. (Methylcobalamine) version which assimilates better.

If your Cortisol level is high, its indicatory of your high stress level, and you can treat it naturally, by taking: 1) B-Complex 1-2 tablets daily,
2)L-Theanine (Amino acid) 500 mg. 1-2x a day. It helps with anxiety.
3) Holy Basil 500 mg. 4) Passion flower extract or capsules: 1-3x daily for about 30 days, and stop. Take this herb only during period of extreme stress and anxiety.
Ladies: check your hormone levels of: Estrogen, Progesterone, and DHEA and Testosterone. Gentlemen: check your hormone levels of  Testosterone, Estrogen and DHEA.
If your Estrogen level is high, you are Estrogen dominant.
You then need to balance your hormones, by getting a bioidentical Progesterone cream 3%-6%, and applying it daily on your skin. Apply it once daily, alternating skin areas: abdomen, front neck, inside mid arms, inside and back of thighs.
Bioidentical hormones assimilate more efficiently, it is safer, and it's from a natural source.

Progesterone will make you feel better, more calm, and will help balance your thyroid, including all other systems in your body.

For more information you can go to:    and

*Estrogen dominance can pose a high risk for developing cancer, if not treated in due course. Some of the many side effects are, overeating, and higher aggression, in both women and men.

If your ESR level is high, it is indicatory of high inflammation level in the body. Treat it if its high! You can take a daily
tablet of coated Baby Aspirin 81 mg. to reduce the inflammation


Also during weight loss, ESR level fluctuates, so it is recommended to have a blood test every 3-6 months, to address any abnormality.

1. Reduce consumption of saturated fats to a minimum. That being said, our body needs a certain amount, to function optimally.
2. Exercise 15-30 minutes daily. NEVER overexert yourself!
 It is unhealthy and stressful. Stress will elevate your Cortisol level, which will actually cause you to gain weight, and thus it's counterproductive.

3. Periodically, alternate the type of exercises that you do. The muscles that you work out eventually get desensitized and will have lower resistance.
Remember: you burn calories faster when your muscles have higher resistance, when you exercise them:


HIGHER INTENSITY EXERCISE is not always equal to HIGHER MUSCLE RESISTANCE, and thus will not always burn you more calories.

Working out longer, and more intensely, with muscles that no longer have high resistance, will have you burn less calories than you burned previously, when your muscles had higher resistance.
For this reason, it is recommended that you alternate any set of exercises that you do, every few days, and also change the duration time, so that your body does not get desensitized completely to any particular set of exercises.


Daily take the following:

a) 1-2 spoons EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL (Healthy Planet Health store), and/or EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL(high quality,
such as "Evoo"). Yes, these oils will balance your HDL/LDL
levels, due to the special chemical composition that they both acquire.
b) 2-3 capsules 1000 mg. LECITHIN. Or 1 spoon granules, 2x daily, in soups, teas, or juices.
c) 1 spoon FLAX OIL,
d) 2-4 spoons COD LIVER OIL (also high in Omega),
e) 2 spoons APPLE CIDER VINEGAR in 1 cup warm water, especially after a heavy or fatty meal.
f) Take PROBIOTICS! They aid in digestion, reduce inflammation, enhance metabolism. 1-2 capsules once or twice daily, 1/2 hr. before meals.
g) Take ENZYMES 2-3x daily, with meals, for complete digestion, optimum metabolism, treating yeast infection, and allergies. Enzymes digest putrid matter in your digestive system, also digest microbes, yeast, and even cancer cells.

How Do You Know if You Are Lacking Enzymes?
Heartburn, gas, constipation, bloating, allergies, ulcers, lack of energy and reduced functioning of the immune system may occur when there are not enough enzymes.

**Please note: Yeasty foods and drinks can be addictive!**When you eat or drink yeasty foods, drinks, such as: PIZZA, PASTRY, WINE, BEER, consume in moderation, and immediately Probiotics, to get rid of the excessive yeast in your body. Probiotics digest yeast, consequently they help reduce your cravings to foods that contain yeast!

h) BAKING SODA (Arm & Hammer): Take 1/2 tsp Baking Soda, in 1 glass water, along with POTASSIUM 1 capsule 99 mg.(to balance the electrolytes in your body).
*You must take the drink with the Potassium, in order to also maintain a normal blood pressure.

Baking Soda (2NaHCO3): Aids digestion, provides energy, slows/reduces microbial activity, alkalizes your body due to the 3 Oxygen atoms in the soda, thus better in neutralizing your body acidic pH. An acidic diet, comprised of high percentage of sugars, carbs, proteins, fat, and low in vegetables and fruits.

*Body acidic pH will render you tired, sluggish, deprived of, or lower in oxygen, resulting in higher microbial activity, increase in inflammation level, and greater risk of developing cancer, because CANCER thrives and grows only in an acidic environment. *Keep your body pH always slightly alkaline at: 7.0 - 7.5!!!

BODY DAILY ELIMINATION: Daily elimination of toxins is crucial for good health. If you are occasionally encountering a problem doing so, you can try one, or more of the following suggestions:

a) Eat a healthy amount of vegetables, whole grains and beans to get a variety of fibers, vitamins and minerals.
b) Drink plenty of water: 6-8 glasses of water daily.
c) Take Probiotics, 1-2 capsules on empty stomach, with 1 cup of warm water, before breakfast, and before bed.
d) Eat several prunes, to help with quicker bowel motility.
e) Add Lecithin granules: 1 spoon, in your coffee, tea, or food. It works when you add it to a warm/hot liquid. Or you can take 1 capsule 2x daily with warm water.
f) Add 1-2 tablespoons of ground Flax seeds into 1/2 cup of boiled water, stir, leave for a minute, add 1/2 cup lukewarm water, and drink, preferably on empty stomach. It helps with smoother movement.
g) Drink special HERBAL LAXATIVE TEA (excellent brand is: Triple Leaf). It will give you gentle effective relief, especially if you drink it on empty stomach, 1/2 hr. before a meal.

NOTE: *If none of the above was of any help, then you may have parasites, that cause stubborn constipation, and it would therefore be best that you consult with a Naturopathic Doctor, who can give you a simple test, to find out if you do have them. If you do, you'll be given a simple herbal treatment, to take for about 20 days. The treatment is safe, easy, simple, and effective.

*I can recommend an excellent Naturopathc Doctor: Dr. Diana Enzo, at: 905-477-0200, Address: 3160 Steeles Ave. E. (just W. of Victoria Park Ave.), Toronto. He has many years of experience

behind him.

If you have parasites and you don't seek treatment to eliminate them, you may experience a continuing constipation problem, along with many other undesirable symptoms. To find out if you have parasites, ask yourself the questions:


Constipation: Some worms, because of their shape and large size. can physically obstruct certain organs. Heavy worm infections can block the common bile duct and the intestinal tract, making elimination infrequent and difficult.

Diarrhoea: Certain parasites, primarily protozoa, produce a prostaglandin (hormone like substance) found in various human tissues) which creates a sodium and chloride loss that leads to frequent watery stools. The diarrhoea process in parasite infection is, therefore, a function of the parasite, not the body's attempt to rid itself of an infectious organism.

Gas and Bloating: Some parasites live in the upper small intestine where the inflammation they produce causes both gas and bloating. The situation can be magnified when hard-to-digest foods such as beans and raw fruits and vegetables are eaten. Persistent abdominal distention is a frequent sign of hidden invaders. These gastrointestinal symptoms can persist intermittently for many months or years if the parasites are not eliminated from the body.

Irritable bowel syndrome: Parasites can irritate inflame, coal, the intestinal cell wall, leading to a variety of gastrointestinal symptoms and malabsorption of vital nutrients, particularly fatty substances. This malabsorption leads to bulky stools and steatorrhea (excess fat in feces).

Joint and muscle aches and pains: Parasites are known to migrate to encyst (become enclosed in a sac) in joint fluids, and worms can encyst in muscles. Once that happens, pain becomes evident and is often assumed to be caused by arthritis Joint, and muscle pains and inflammation are also the result of tissue damage caused by some parasites of the body's ongoing immune response to then- presence.

Anaemia: Some varieties of intestinal worms attach themselves to the mucosal lining of the intestines and then leach nutrients from the human host. If they are present in large enough numbers, they can create enough blood loss to cause a type of iron deficiency or pernicious Anaemia.

Allergy: Parasites can irritate and sometimes perforate the intestinal lining, increasing bowel permeability to large undigested molecules. This can activate the body's immune response to produce increased levels of Eosinophils, one type of the body's fighter cells. The Eosinophils can inflame body tissue, resulting in an allergic reaction. Like allergy, parasites also trigger an increase in the production of immunoglobulin E (IgE).

Skin conditions: Intestinal worms can cause hives, rashes, weeping eczema, and other allergic-type skin reactions. Cutaneous ulcers, swellings and sores, popular lesions, and itchy dermatitis can result from protozoan invasion.

Granuloma: Granulomas are tumour-like masses that encase destroyed large or parasitic eggs. They develop most often in the colon or rectal walls but can also be found in the lungs liver, peritoneum, and uterus.

Nervousness: Parasitic metabolic wastes and toxic substances can serve as irritants to the central nervous system. Restlessness and anxiety are often the result of the systemic parasite infestation. (After completing a herbal cleanse, many people swear that their persistently grouchy mates or relatives have become a lot more pleasant and patient. "The most famous tapeworm of recent years belonged to the late opera singer Maria Callas. She had a serious weight and skin problem. When the tapeworm was detected and removed, ha" weight dropped, her skin improved and her temperament mellowed,"  says Dr. Louise Gittleman, who was treating her.

Sleep disturbances: Multiple awakening during the night particularly between 2 and 3 AM, are possibly caused by the body's attempts to eliminate toxic wastes via the liver. According to Chinese medicine, these hours are governed by the liver. Sleep disturbances are also caused by nocturnal exits of certain parasites through the anus, creating the intense discomfort and itching.

Teeth grinding: Bruxism - abnormal grinding, clenching, and gnashing of the teeth - has been observed in cases of parasitic infection. These symptoms are most noticeable among sleeping for children. Bruxism may be a nervous response to the internal foreign irritant.

Chronic fatigue: Chronic fatigue symptoms include tiredness, flu-like complaints, apathy, depression, impaired concentration, and faulty memory. Parasites cause these physical, mental, and emotional symptoms through malnutrition resulting from malabsorption of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and especially vitamins A and B-12.

Immune Dysfunction: Parasites depress immune system functioning by decreasing the secretion of immunoglobulin A (I&A). Their presence continuously stimulates the system response and over time can exhaust this vital defense system, leaving the body open to bacterial and viral infections.

The following conditions might also be tell-tale signs of an invasion: weight gain, excessive hunger, weight loss, bad taste in the mouth and bad breath, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, acne, migraines, and the biggest killers: heart disease and cancer.

*By examining all the above information closely, and by following the instructions, you will treat the root causes of your weight problems, and not just the symptoms.




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