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GI-MAP Case Study – How I Used Gut Testing to Help Lacey Reverse Chronic Constipation, Fatigue, Migraines & Bloating

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Hey there, hey everyone!

 

I’m Kendra Perry, I am a functional diagnostic nutritionist and i specialize in female hormones, GI health and heavy metal detox so if this is your first time joining me it’s very very nice to meet you, and I’m pretty excited about today’s video because I’m actually gonna be going over the case study of a GI map which is a very very important GI panel that i use with pretty much all my clients and i honestly get so much in so many questions about the gi map.

 

So a lot of people with chronic GI issues they’re doing a ton of research and ultimately they’ll end up coming to the gi map which is a very effective panel for identifying infections, leaky gut, inflammation, immune function and stuff like that. So I actually want to go over a case study of one of my clients Lacey we’ll call her Lacey.

 

So you can see what her test initially looked like when she came to me, the symptoms that she was initially experiencing and how we worked through the different protocols to actually a hundred percent resolve her chronic GI symptoms. This is an amazing test and if you want to copy up the case study that I’m going to go through today you just have to type amazing in the comments below, and I’ll just send it to you through facebook messenger, I have all the entire protocol that I used in this document plus copies of the lab tests so you can get an idea of what it would look like.

 

Okay, so I am actually going to share my screen so here we go and I’m going to take you through this. So Lacey was a client who came to me just over a year ago, she was a 36-year-old female she was an IT consultant and she was having a really rough time, she was currently eating a standard American diet so unfortunately, she was eating a lot of processed food she thought she was eating healthy but she was eating a lot of things that came from a box that came from a package and because of that her sugar consumption was much higher than desirable she was eating lots of unhealthy fats she wasn’t getting enough protein, which is pretty common with many of the woman who I work with they don’t like eating a lot of meat so they’re just not getting the protein that they need.

 

She wasn’t getting enough sleep either she was staying up really late she was doing a lot of her work late at night and then she was getting up pretty early in the morning and she was pretty stressed out, overall she didn’t like her job she was you know really stressed out with work she had a bit of a relationship stress and she kind of dealt with that by doing a ton of different exercise so she would she would go to CrossFit she would go to spin classes and she would do this five to six days a week and she would actually get up early and deprive herself from even more sleep just so she could do this really intense exercise.

 

She was trying you know she was doing her best she was taking some supplements but yeah, magnesium citrate really low, form of magnesium because her main complaints were bloating and gas. She was doing ghee, membrane, peppermint. She was also taking a multivitamin and some vitamin D and she was taking quite a few over-the-counter pain meds just because she was having so much pain with her month of migraine so her, main complaints are right here she had chronic fatigue she had horrible constipation where she just couldn’t eliminate at all.

 

She would only go once or twice a week sometimes which is pretty bad. So you know reabsorbing a lot of the toxins she was being exposed to, she was also severely bloated pretty much everything she ate was just bloating her she said, even water would bloat her.

 

And then she was having you know migraines a few times a week so she was having a really really hard time. So we ran some tests with her but I do want to show you her first GI Map, so this is a gut panel that I use it is amazing it’s very sensitive it uses a more cutting-edge type of technology than a traditional stool analysis and so because that is very sensitive it’s very good at picking up different infections, parasites, bacteria, yeast, viruses, worms which is a cool new addition to the test plus it will look at inflammation, digestion, detoxification and a few other things a, well so, this was the first page of her tests so right off the bat down here these are some major issues like really really major so these parasitic pathogens here I like to call these the big bad three because these are the most damaging parasites that you can get.

 

Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba histolytica and giardia and she does have two of them, I’ve actually had all three of these but that’s me so this one right here the entamoeba histolytica this is the most dangerous parasite that you can get. Most doctors know about this it causes a lot of disease basically, it is a parasite that doesn’t stay in the GI tract it travels into the brain into the lungs and into the liver and in the liver it has the opportunity or possibility of creating a liver abscess and that’s what can actually kill people, so this is a potentially fatal infection so it’s no wonder she was having so much fatigue while she was having so much of gi Issues because this is a really really serious infection and this is actually a good lesson for why it’s so important to test because you know I come across so many people who are just you know they think they have a gi infection so they’re just taking like some anti microbials they’re taking different herbs that they’ve heard of that will help,

 

Well in the case of this one in the case of entamoeba histolytica, It does not respond to her mo protocols this is probably the only infection where I will send someone to their doctor to get a prescription for antibiotics a very specific antibiotic a lot of antibiotics don’t touch this but there is a couple specific antibiotics that will get rid of this and it will generally get rid of it within two to three weeks of treatment so if you know and that’s why I’m such a proponent of testing I think you should always test not guess and yeah this is because with this one you know if you didn’t test you would never know that you have this and this can actually exist in you for years and just cause so much sickness, okay so pretty, big deal right there.

 

Giardia is another parasite for some people also can cause fever but you get it from drinking contaminated water or swimming in like a contaminated lake or pond, you know it’s nasty it causes a lot of toxins to be released in the body it will cause a lot of dysbiosis so you know right here she has two of the three big bad parasites right so no wonder that she feeling the way that she’s feeling, okay on top of that sheso has h pylori so helio factor k pylori is a little spiral shaped bacteria, It likes to burrow into the lining of the stomach and typically the stomach is very acidic and that’s what allows you to break down and denature protein but h pylori actually changes the ph to alkaline so when the ph is alkaline you actually can’t break down protein so you have a lot of protein malabsorption and then you have these large chunks of protein traveling through the gi tract and getting fed on by other types of bacteria it will cause a lot of purification a lot of gas production hence bloating right, so this is a really nasty infection and unfortunately she does have this Vac A Virulence factor, which just, means that she has a strain of hp laura that is more likely to lead to something like stomach ulcers and stomach cancer so this infection is actually a primary cause of stomach cancer.

 

So yeah right off the bat we’re seeing, some major infections, it’s not going to be a quick fix but we can definitely help her okay, and then as I scroll down here we can see her this is her normal flora which some of it is looking a little bit low. So, I did put her on a probiotic and then we’re also seeing some of these potential autoimmune triggers so these are bacteria that have been shown in some research to potentially trigger certain types of autoimmunity. This one is specific to rheumatoid arthritis and this one is just specific to autoimmune conditions in general so yeah, some pretty nasty opportunistic bacteria this is gonna crowd out her friendly flora so definitely an issue definitely something we want to address.

 

And then she also has one of these parasites not as nasty as the two other parasites she has but you know, not favourable we don’t want to see parasites in people so we’re gonna address this parasite as well and then finally she does have Candida. She doesn’t have candida albicans this is the strain of candida most people are familiar with she has a different strain of candida it’s in moderate amounts and she also has micro spur idiom which is considered a parasitic fungus really, really nasty fungus causes a lot of pathology causes a lot of symptoms a lot of fatigue so you know we’re seeing a lot of infections in Lacey and its really validating how she feels right.

 

Okay, and then if we go down we can see secretory iga, which is a marker for immune system you can see how depressed it is so the range is five to ten and considering how many infections she has you would actually expect to see this really elevated that would show you that the immune system is on high alert and actually responding to those infections that she has but it’s so low so these infections are really wearing on her immune system and it’s possible that these infections have actually been going on for a really long time and that’s why her immune system just simply isn’t mounting a response anymore.

 

Okay, so anti-gliadin, IgA is the section of the immune system that reacts that responds to gliadin which is a component of gluten that people react to and this is really high so I don’t often see ones this high, anything over 300 can show that your body is mounting an inflammatory response to gluten but this is so high I actually was like this could be a sign for something like celiac disease I don’t diagnoseI’mm not a doctor so i sent her to a doctor to get tested for celiac to see if that was something she had but regardless even if she doesn’t have celiac we still need to follow a very certain free diet because her body is having a pretty negative nasty response to that protein.

 

Elastase-1 this is a marker for pancreatic enzyme function and you can see it’s quite low 200 or above is the range I like to see 400 or higher from a functional standpoint, so she’s at 110 so pancreas is a bit sluggish she’s not getting good enzyme production so she’s not breaking down her food very well and then calprotectin is a marker for inflammation in the gut and this is really high and considering how low her immune function is this is very high because it’s like she’s barely being able to respond, her immune system is not responding. And then she has this in high inflammation so this is actually a lot higher than it looks because of that so I know this isn’t some another situation where  I sent her to a gastroenterologist just to get her checked out for something more serious of course those infections that she does have they can definitely cause a lot of inflammation but I always like to be safe I want to make sureI’mm within my scope of practice so I did send her to a doctor to get that checked out as well.

 

Okay, so what did we do to help her?

 

So we’ll go up here and so we actually we had to do a lot of work with Lacey, just because you know she wasn’t eating a super healthy diet, she wasn’t living a super healthy lifestyle so, we put her on 100% gluten-free diet Paleo I had her eliminating, grains, dairy, legumes, beans, sugar a lot of those things can be hard to digest and we could just tell that she clearly wasn’t digesting so i really had to clean up her diet.

 

We got her eating  four to seven tablespoons of added fat daily of healthy fats these are the ones I usually recommend and I really upped her protein content so we had her starting to eat a little bit more meat we also added in a really high-quality protein powder to just get her some of some more of that protein, we started introducing some really healthy carbs like roux feds root vegetables and some low sugar fruit and I also significantly upped her cooked veggie intake I’m a big fan of cooked veggies because they do increase mineral content and when your body is having trouble digesting raw veggies just aren’t your friend because they are hard to digest.

 

Okay, so when I work with clients I like to use DRESS-D protocol so dress stands for Diet Rest Exercise Stress reduction Supplements and then I also added another D for Detoxification. that’s really important so it really is a holistic approach when i work with clients it’s very important we can’t just give people supplements, we can’t just give people, you know, tell them to sleep we can’t just clean up their diet really, we need to address all those things, okay?

 

So, we also got her resting warm we got her going to bed early in bed by 10:30 every night, started getting her to prioritize that seven to nine hours of sleep and then avoiding screens and bright lights before bed just so that she wasn’t affecting her melatonin. Which is her sleep hormone which can be affected by bright light so we had her sleeping better which is really helpful, i did have to tell her to slow down on her exercise because she was exercising way too hard for her energy level she was exhausting herself and as you go through a healing program especially when you’re killing off infections they do dump their toxins so it is pretty hard on the body so you really do need to rest so we had her doing more restorative workouts, walking, pilates, yoga stretching and avoiding all that intensive cardio for the duration of the program.

 

So she was a little resistant to that but once she started resting more and taking more time for herself she did see how much it helped. So, we had her implement some stress reduction techniques Daily, gratitude journal meditation practice more restorative yoga and journaling I referred her to a couple’s counsellor for relationship issues which I know she did find helpful and you know she just wasn’t doing enough things that were fun for her so you know. I really encouraged her to get outside to do things with friends just to spend more time doing things that made her happy.

 

I got her on on some foundational supplements and so this was for the duration of all the protocols that she ended up having to go on Ashwagandha to mitigate the stress response I got her on some high dose magnesium glycinate so I’m a big fan of magnesium for everyone, GI Revive is a really great gut rebuilder. So I gave her some of that megaspore biotic is a really potent probiotic,

 

So to just support that sort of friendly flora and microbiome I had are taking some interphase and Biocidin this helps address the biofilm this is actually really really important for any Infection elimination because the biofilm is like this sticky

 

Polysaccharide matrix that bacteria produce between them and they can actually physically kind of hide under it as a barrier but they also use it to kind of communicate among each other so that’s how they kind of resist and adapt to some of the treatment you might giving it so a big part of getting rid of infections is disrupting the biofilm so these are biofilm disruptors we also gave her some colostrum which will help improve her immune response,

 

Someday just some bitters to help her produce more enzymes and some Boswelia as an anti-inflammatory and for this protocol I actually Had to put her on five Separate protocols just because she had so many infections this was definitely a bit of a worst-case scenario I mean not all of the ones I see her this bad but it’s not uncommon so first I wanted to address the entamoeba histolytica. If you’ll remember that’s that really dangerous Potentially fatal infection. That a lot of people that just won’t respond to hurled protocols so I referred her out for an antibiotic and fortunately the antibiotic that kills the entamoeba histolytica will also kill giardia so this Was kind of like a two birds with one stone, we had her on three weeks of those antibiotics prescribed By her physician and after those three weeks.

 

We started the second protocol so the whole time she’s taking all these foundational stuff foundational supplements. So the second protocol was 60 days and the next thing i prioritized was the h pylori, because that is the reason she’s not digesting any of her food so these are the products I use pylori it’s mostly mastic gum, mastic gum seems to be the thing that kills off h pylori. DGL synergy Which I deglyzerized  licorice roots of licorice root without the effects that they can have on hormone so very good for the stomach and then mutula tea which is a really really healing tea it’s a combination of different flowers and herbs that are picked at very specific times of the year but it’s pretty awesome at getting rid of h pylori, if i have h pylori with a client and there aren’t those of ireland’s factors or those factors pointing to having the type of h pylori that leads you to stomach ulcers and cancer i may not add in mutulu tea but because she had that more serious strain of hp laurie i did add in maturity

 

So then, we knew that third Sixty-day protocol for that last parasite that penta chromis hominis and so amazon ap, this is a great product that’s rain, forest botanicals so really effective herbs are getting rid of parasites i really really love, these products We did that for days. And then we did the fourth protocol for sixty Days to address the bacterial infection so I put her on another product with rain forest botanicals but More specific to the bacteria and then alison is just really high dose concentrated garlic

 

So, that’s really really effective for addressing, bacterial infections and then the fifth protocol. The final protocol is for the yeast for the candida and the micro spur idiom so i did another product with rainforest botanicals for fungus and then candid x which will help address that candida, that she had for detox we had daily coffee enema coffee enemas I know those are probably sound scary but they’re very effective for detox. We had her during regular castor oil packs in sauna therapy and then of course i did send her to her Physician for celiac testing to see if that was something that she had because of that really Elevated immune response to the anti-gliadin, iga, okay?

 

We did that this took about six months is I think it took longer than six months this was a long protocol, we had five different protocol. So, that’s probably, about eight months So at eight months we checked in and she actually had experienced a lot of improvement so her fatigue had Improved she was still having migraines but they were becoming less intense and less frequent. She was experiencing less, bloating she was starting to have more regular bowel movements but they were so hard to pass is still a bit of constipation there she did notice that she was sleeping better.

 

And she was adhering to the recommendations and you know. No one’s perfect! She wasn’t perfect but she was doing a really good job. She did manage to cut down on some stress she cut down on work hours she was pursuing a new job opportunity Which she thought was feeling very excited about. She took up a new hobby and she cut down on her exercise which even though she was resistant she did find that that really helped and it turns out the celiac test was negative so she did not have celiac disease according to her doctor but because of the elevated response to it

 

Strict gluten free diet okay, so let’s look at what her second test looked at looked like okay so this is kind of interesting and this is actually a situation that i see a lot. Sometimes the retest you get rid of one round of infections and a whole bunch of new infections show up very common that’s just because you know the gut is a deep dark place.

 

There’s a lot of things that are in there and such small amounts and once you get rid of one thing you kind of make room, for these other things they kind of come out of hiding and show their face it’s not a bad thing it shows that the particle is working so it’s not uncommon to have to go through another round of treatment after the first. One or sometimes you just don’t get rid of those initial infections they need a longer treatment everyone’s different so this isn’t straightforward, there’s no cookie cutter approach.

 

What I do for you is very different for what i do for her or him. Okay, so the good news is we got rid of those big bad infections so we got rid of the entamoeba histolytica We got rid of the giardia and this is awesome we got rid of the h pylori the first round of treatment Which doesn’t always happen so that was awesome. But what we did see is this clostridium difficile or c-Diff so this is a very nasty Bacterial infection it’s very resistant to antibiotics and typically people get it from taking too many antibiotics and Lacey did have a history of antibiotic use plus it’s rampant in hospitals so if you spend any time in hospitals if you are a hospital worker a nurse a doctor there’s a good chance that you might have this and if you spent any time you know visiting relatives or friends in the hospital and she did have a sick mother so she was spending a lot of time in a hospital we never really know why people get these or when they pick them up or how long they had them for but those are definitely some risk factors.

 

C-diff if is nasty causes a lot of toxin production this one can be fatal as well although mostly in people who are immunocompromised or really elderly people but definitely not something that you want in your stomach okay. So this is a new protocol that we’re gonna have to put her through if we scroll down. We’re actually seeing some improvements in her bacterial flora which is good so that probiotic is helping and just the fact that we’re getting rid of these major infections is actually really increasing the rate at which your friendly flora can grow so we got rid of the citrobacter.

 

We got rid of the proteus so this is all awesome but we did have another parasite pop up and this is actually really common so the h pylori, that she originally had tends to travel with blastocystis hominis the two teams seem to come together. Although i rarely see them come up with the same task so usually I’ll see one on the first test and on the retest the next one comes up that’s pretty common although i did just have a client yesterday, where we saw both on the same test so it does happen so we’re gonna have to do another parasite protocol for Lacey. And then we did do a pretty good dent in the candida and microsporum fungus they were moderate before so now they’re low so yeah we just need she needs a bit of a longer protocol for this but what we’re doing is working.

 

We just need to do it for a little bit longer and then for these additional tests, we can see this is her immune system marker it’s coming back. I believe it was at 135 before and it’s at 526 so her immune system is starting to bounce back this is awesome. This is the immune system that is reacting to gluten. Excuse me and it’s gone down it was at 500 before but it’s still high so after we saw this she was eating a really strict glutenfree diet she’s doing really good with that so i had her go through all her personal care products and beauty products and check for

Gluten in the ingredients because a lot of these products do have gluten and that for people who are really sensitive. Okay, so we’re back on i think i just bounced off for a second as always i have super crappy internet. So enzyme production is back it’s it’s better it’s above the range now it’s still low from my perspective but we’re starting to see better pancreatic enzyme response, calprotectin, which is that inflammation marker has gone down a little bit too so we’re seeing a lot of really good things with this test

 

Which is awesome and then it’s showing it how she feels it’s showing in her symptoms. Okay, so what did we do so for the second test? We had to put her through another protocol so We had her continue with everything she was doing because her energy levels were up i let her Add a bit of resistance training, some interval training as her energy allowed we continued with all those foundational supplements but we did have to put her on a few more 60-day protocols so seed if that’s the nasty one. This one actually responds really poorly the antibiotics really poorly the herb it does really well with saccharomyces boulardii.

 

Which is a probiotic and i do a taper off protocol, which means we start with a high dose and we slowly decrease. Ok, we’re back on so i added in the ap, some gi microbe acts have been some more things and then we also added in i just a yeast protocol, we continued with what we were doing because it was working and then i added in some grapefruit seed extract, Some caprylic switch is from coconut oil to just really try to speed that protocol along and then we continued with everything, of course, we did have her assess her personal care and beauty products to look for those gluten-containing ingredients ok. So after this protocol she again experienced some significant changes she said she hadn’t had a migraine in a couple months which is awesome she was reporting better energy and more consistent energy throughout the day she didn’t feel bloated anymore her bowel movements were regular and only occasionally difficult to pass, her sleep was really good and she said she was following the guidelines but 90% so she was doing a really good job.

 

And well this is what, we saw on her third test. Okay so this, is test number three, we can see the c-diff is gone sorry guys having internet connections but i’m gonna keep going here all her bacteria was up which is awesome and this was all looking really clean the yeast was gone that parasite was gone. And then where we’re seeing so this these are actually there, was so in between the I’m just gonna, keep pushing, through, these tech issues guys and so this is where we’re seeing so many good things so alas says one, enzymes are way up there above 400 this is awesome pancreas is keeping up again we’re seeing that her immune response has really bounced back so it was 500 on the last one now we’re up to 1300 we’re,back in that range and she’s no longer mounting an inflammatory response to gluten that’s because she has completely removed it she’s got it out of her diet she had got it out of her personal care products she’s been really good with that so that is no longer an issue for her and then calprotectin this is the inflammation marker and that is way down so this is a really great success story and this is typically what happen when i work with clients it’s not always done after the first round like one test usually isn’t enough, we have to work through a couple.  This probably took a full year to complete or just a little bit over a year.

 

Maybe about a year and a half but But it’s not a long time because these Issues were going on for years she had this going on for 15 years so 15 years a year and a half to heal i actually think that’s pretty good that’s why i love testing. You want a copy of this case study with everything that i did to help or you can just type amazing into the comments box and i’ll send it to your facebook messenger we’re just pushing through these tech issues hopefully i won’t have another i’ll be able to finish this before i drop off again but if you’re interested you can book a free appointment with me if you just want to chat with me, pick my brain and see if what you’re going through will be a good fit for my program and of course if you do want this case study you want to take a look at these tests and the protocol that i recommended for Lacey just type “amazing” in the comments box and ill send it to your FB Messenger.

 

You can learn more about me at kendraperry.net Have a good day, Bye!

3 Completely Unknown Side Effects of Birth Control Pills

 

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Hello, how’s it going? I’m Kendra Perry from Kendra Kendra Perry Nutrition, and I’m coming to you from my very cold house.

 

It’s getting into October now and I didn’t feel like making a fire because I was lazy so I’ve got my toque on I got my … jacket on and I even got my booties on, those are my favorite little booties, but anyways, today we’re going to be talking about a very very important topic and also maybe a bit of a controversial topic because I know a lot of you ladies out there take the birth control pill and you’re getting a lot of benefits from it

 

You know you don’t have to think much and you’re not getting pregnant you don’t have to worry about that which is awesome.

 

But of course that does come with some side effects,  and that’s what we’re going to be talking about today; three unknown very very commonly unknown side effects that are very long-term and these side effects can affect you even if you were on the birth control years ago and you’ve been off it for years, so maybe it’s something you took in your 20s and it’s been five or ten years since you’ve been off of it.

 

Unfortunately, some of these side effects can still be affecting you and I’m going to get into that a little bit today. So if this is your first time joining in for one of my videos. Welcome, I’m Kendra Perry from Kendra Perry Nutrition like I mentioned before and I’m a functional diagnostic nutritionist and what I do is I help women generally in their 30s and 40s.

 

I help them balance their hormones so they can stop feeling fatigued, crazy overweight and super unsexy and they can start feeling awesome, so that’s what I do and if you haven’t already I have an awesome freebie right now if you are wondering what’s up with your hormones? If maybe you suspect your hormones have to do some of the symptoms that you’re experiencing lately,

 

I have a free self-test it’s pinned to the top of this page and you can use that to get a good idea if you might be at risk for a specific hormone imbalance and which imbalance that might be, okay.

 

So let’s get into it, but before we get started, I just want to ask you guys a question and please answer even if you’re just watching this video if even if you’re just watching the replay of this video.

 

I know there’s a bunch of you guys with me live today but even if you’re watching the replay I come back and look at these comments for weeks, so please answer so I just want to know and this is a bit of a personal question but sometimes

 

I like to get personal, let me know if you are currently taking the birth control pill and if so, what’s the reason that you are taking it is it to avoid pregnancy, or is it some other reason?

 

Maybe you’re taking it to regulate a hormone imbalance that your doctor said you have or maybe it’s to regulate a very irregular cycle?

 

Just let me know drop it in the comments box below, and that would be great, okay? So let’s first kind of talk about the birth control what’s actually kind of happening in the body so of course this like starts with what the female cycle is really supposed to look like okay, so in a woman who’s not taking any hormone, so no birth control typically what happens is estrogen is very dominant in the first half of the cycle so days 1 to 14.

 

Estrogen is what’s considered, it’s a growth hormone so it makes things grow and what it does is it grows the lining of the uterus it starts to grow that lining and basically, that’s your body preparing for pregnancy because if you were to say get pregnant or if there was a sperm and it connected with that egg in your body which is terrifying, but anyway is that they connect that egg will go into your uterus and implant on the wall, and that’s where it’ll start to grow and eventually turn into a baby.

 

So that’s what happens in day 1 to 14 is estrogen is pumping and then at some point around ovulation so that usually happens around day 14 middle of the cycle an egg is released from the ovaries and that ovary or that that egg basically is looking for a sperm to fertilize it and if it doesn’t get fertilized it actually starts to break down and degrade because we don’t need it anymore so your body gets rid of it.

 

And as that egg breaks down and degrades it actually releases a significant amount of progesterone, and that’s why progesterone is very important in the second half of the menstrual cycle, so estrogen goes down progesterone goes up as that a starts to degrade and then when it comes up to your period that’s actually when hormones drop super low so they’re at their lowest and that’s actually what triggers the menstrual cycle is a drop in both estrogen and progesterone, okay.

 

So what happens when you were on the pill? So basically the pill kind of hijacks your hormone control, so it dumps a bunch of synthetic estrogen and progesterone into the body in really high amounts which actually mimics pregnancy so when you’re pregnant your hormones are just pumping right, these things help maintain the pregnancy and keep a fetus healthy so the hormones are just kind of going off the radar they’re super high and that’s what hormonal birth control does is it lets these hormones become super high with synthetic hormones.

 

And it actually tricks the body into thinking that you’re pregnant so that’s why if you end up with another sperm inside your body because you’re still having sex there’s not going to be any eggs released because the body thinks you’re already pregnant.

 

So that’s what happens when you take that pill every single day and the same is true for IUD’s and also the patch or the ring I know there’s a lot of different types of birth control methods out there right now, but basically, they are pumping hormones and hijacking control of your hormones.

 

And then what happens when you get the period so that’s when you start taking those sugar pills, right? So what happens is you’re not actually getting a real period you’re actually getting what’s called sort of breakthrough bleeding. So you’re stopping those pills and that basically causes your hormones to drop and suddenly the body can’t maintain that lining anymore, so it starts to shed it so you’re kind of getting I guess what’s more like an artificial period you’re not actually getting a real period okay.

 

And this is a big reason why a lot of women take birth control pills even if it has nothing to do with preventing pregnancy so I know a lot of women take them because you know they have a very heavy period or maybe they have a very irregular cycle, maybe they have severe period cramps those are a lot of reasons people or women take birth control pills that really has nothing to do with actually not being, not getting pregnant, okay.

 

And the reason and so you know being on the pill is going to alleviate a lot of those symptoms because it does hijack hormone control and regulate things but it doesn’t actually fix the root cause so what a lot of women find is they feel really good on the pill.

 

But at some point they’re gonna want to go off it maybe because they want to get pregnant or they’ve just been on it. Too long and those hormone issues will come back and often with a vengeance because it’s basically just masking hormonal issues, so I think you know and that that I find quite unnerving.

 

You know I was like you I was on birth control for a really long time I think from the time I was 16 she about 23, so I guess what’s that 7 years? Maybe even longer than that and you know I got a ton of hormonal issues when I got off the pill and you know it’s because it sort of masks these hormonal issues, and they continue to persist in your body but unknown to you because you feel great while you’re on the pill, okay.

 

Anyways, I’m getting a bit off-track here But I want to get into those 3 reasons why? Or those 3 long-term side effects of birth control pills and again use can affect you even if you’ve been off the birth control pill for many years, even 10 or 15 years, and I’m gonna give you one bonus piece of info at the end.

 

So if you stay till the end, I’m gonna give you one complete and total shocker, it’s gonna blow your fucking head off! Seriously. It’s crazy when I learned about this I was completely shocked. Ok, so number one is it disrupts your gut flora, so the pill you know it doesn’t only have synthetic hormones in there, but it also has a lot of other synthetic additives and you take the pill in your mouth orally, and it actually kills your gut flora ok

 

And if you are someone who knows about gut health and knows the importance of the microbiome we know, this is a big problem so the microbiome is basically a bacterial community that you have living in your gut andwe have billions and billions and billions of these species in our gut and they play a huge role in our digestion our mood and pretty much a lot of our internal gut physiology and beyond. So it’s very very important to have healthy gut flora but you are taking a pill every single day that is killing the gut flora okay?

 

And this is probably one of the big reasons that women who are on birth control pills are significantly more likely to have issues with Candida.

 

Okay, so Candida is a yeast that naturally lives in the large intestine, and it’s always naturally there but when the gut floor is healthy it’s largely kept in check and it kind of just exists in those dark dark like deep corners of the large intestine but when that gut flora gets imbalance then the Candida can over grow and it can thrive and that can cause a lot of issues.

 

You know a lot of people are pretty familiar with the issues associated with Candida, but you know weight gain, fatigue, sugar cravings can be a really big one. It can cause a lot of issues because it causes a lot of inflammation it secretes a lot of toxins and it really does reduce your ability to digest and absorb nutrients.

 

So that’s a really big one so the way that it damages your gut flora and when your gut flora is not a good place so you just don’t have those healthy communities it puts you at risk for not only candida but also a lot of other gut infections so things like parasites and also other nasty bacteria because we are exposed to these things all the time, you know we don’t have to go to a third world country to get exposed to something like a parasite.

 

But when your gut flora is healthy it’s not a big deal because your immune system kind of deals with it it gets out you know overcrowded by the other healthy communities around it, so these things can tend to just get flushed out or at least kept …

 

There we go, sorry my timer, I need to put the turkey in the oven it’s Thanksgiving here in Canada. And I had to set myself a timer so i got to get that turkey and we’re having a big big dinner probably tonight and my boyfriend will kill me if I forget anyways, okay, so talking about yeah, so you just put risk for a lot of infections when your gut flora is disrupted and once your gut flora is disrupted you know a lot of things can happen and it can really set the stage for you know long-term chronic health problems specifically mood and digestive problems.

So a lot of women you know they were on birth control pills in their 20s and they find in their 30s; they have a ton of GI symptoms, and they don’t really know what’s going on and a big part of that is the fact that they’ve spent many years depleting their incredibly important and sensitive gut flora.

 

So that’s the first way that birth control can really harm you for the long term.

 

Number two is relatively unknown, but this one is insane. Okay, so I see so I’m going to tell you about copper toxicity so birth controls really push up copper in your body, okay, and copper toxicity is something that I see in almost every woman is crazy and so when I work with women

 

I always want a hair mineral analysis. I’m really big into remineralizing the body right now. And so when I do this I tend to see in the results that their copper is completely imbalanced. It’s through the roof and copper toxicity can cause a significant amount of issues.

 

I’m just going to read you off some of the symptoms here because you might be able to relate to this but hypothyroid, mind racing, mood swing, diet, dry skin, depression, feeling of loss of control, chocolate cravings, constipation, adverse reaction to vitamin and minerals b12 deficiency, iron deficiency,haemorrhoids, osteoporosis, fatigue, anemia, decrease in white blood cells, problems of concentration, memory, acne, paranoia, arthritis it goes on and on and on and these are all issues of copper imbalance.

 

And it is crazy how much birth control pills can dis regulate your copper, and there are people out there so one of the experts that trained under for hair mineral analysis his name’s Rick Mulder it’s his opinion, and I mean he’s been doing this for 30 to 40 years, he’s tested tens of thousands of people and it’s his opinion that copper imbalance is the main cause of the majority of the health problems that we experienced because copper really needs to be tightly controlled in the body.

 

You don’t want too much, but you don’t want too little you have too much or too little you’re going to have health problems and so it’s really interesting, so sometimes so what happened so sorry I’m getting a little off track here, but I really want to tell you about this, it’s really interesting, so the birth control pill can put a lot of stress on the adrenals on the thyroid and when the adrenals and the thyroid are sluggish this actually reduces your body’s ability to make something called ceruloplasmin and ceruloplasmin is basically a compound in the body that allows you to use copper so you get into the situation where you know your thyroid and adrenal are sluggish from you know maybe they’ve always been a bit sluggish and now the birth control is making them more sluggish.

 

So and then on top of this the birth control pill is also pushing up copper so you end up in a situation where you’re totally copper toxic!

 

Because the birth control is pushing up copper but you’re also copper deficient because you have now a limited ability to produce ceruloplasmin and which means you have a limited ability to use copper and this is actually the most common situation i’ve seen and women who’ve been on birth control even if it was like 15 years ago is they have this severe copper imbalance where they’re totally copper toxic the body is storing copper in the tissues in the organs especially the liver and the kidneys and then because they can’t use it they’re completely copper deficient, so they have symptoms of both.

 

And it takes years to detox copper from the body it can take a really long time so I’ve seen this in women who have only been on birth control for a year and now we’re doing this test ten years later, but it’s gonna be even more crazy in women who’ve been on birth control pills for multiple years because it pushes up your copper and then another really interesting thing about copper is copper pushes up estrogen levels so when your copper is high your estrogen will be high, so taking birth control pills pushes up copper which can then push up your estrogen which leads to estrogen dominance.

 

And I’ve talked a lot about estrogen dominance I’ve written about a lot of it on my website Kendraperry.net but this is one of the nastiest hormone imbalances that you can have and it’s also one of the most common I see in women over 30 and even some women over 25 between like 25 and 30.

 

And so when your estrogen dominant it really does predispose you for estrogen dominant cancers things like cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, it also gives you crazy PMS, tender breast, bloating, acne, irritability, insomnia around your period, it just kind of makes you miserable.

 

And it’s just really crazy how much birth control pill can really lead to a long-term copper issue and thus estrogen dominant issue and sometimes this estrogen dominance won’t show up on a test and I’ve seen this again where we won’t see it in the test, but because it’s the copper that’s pushing up estrogen during certain times of the month we actually will never find the estrogen so we just have to go with the copper toxicity and assume estrogen dominance.

 

And I think another way that birth control can really affect your copper level is the fact that actually depletes a zinc so zinc is a very important mineral for the immune system, so when zinc goes down you start to have more issues with infections you get sick all the time and of course that does put you a bigger risk for things like parasites and candida as well.

 

But zinc and copper are antagonists so as one goes up the other goes down. So as zinc goes down copper goes up. So not only is birth control pushing more copper into your system but it’s also depleting zinc which naturally will make your copper levels more high and unless you address copper toxicity directly and you start to detox copper from the body. These issues and these symptoms and that list that I mentioned can affect you for the rest of your life

 

It’s crazy, so that’s a really big one, okay. So number three is magnesium deficiency so birth control pills deplete magnesium. It’s well known it’s been shown in a ton of research and magnesium and you might know that it’s super important, so it’s involved in over 300 different enzyme reactions in the entire body, you need it to relax the entire nervous system you need sleep you need it to feel calm and not totally crazy and stressed out and birth control pills actually deplete magnesium and so this is a really big issue as well.

 

Another thing that happens is because magnesium is an antagonist with cut with calcium so as magnesium goes down calcium goes up and if calcium gets too high in your system your body does start to store it in different parts of the body and it can lead to a lot of joint pain, and it can actually really change your personality and lead to a lot of mood disorders as well, so magnesium is huge. We’re already deficient in it, and then if you’re taking birth control pills. You’re gonna be even more magnesium deficient okay, so that’s number three is in the way that magnesium causes or sorry birth control causes magnesium deficiency.

 

So I just want to quickly recap and then I’m gonna give you the bonus side effect the one that’s gonna just like blow your head off. It’s crazy! I can’t even believe this is a thing but anyways, So number one is birth control pills will deplete your gut flora so it does lead to long-term mood disorders and GI problems, does increase your likelihood for getting a parasite or candida.

 

Number two is that birth control will cause copper imbalance so it can make you deficient and toxic at the same time that leads to a ton of symptoms, very hard to get out of the body if your body can’t use it, it can’t move it out and then you are just copper toxic and dealing with so many health problems that you can’t connect to anything for the rest of your life.

 

And number three is magnesium deficiency, so it does push down your magnesium, okay. And now for the bonus so the bonus so I heard this from dr.

 

Sarah Gottfried so she is an MD who does a lot of work with hormones, but more for women who are postmenopausal, But she said in a podcast that I was listening to that birth control pills reduce the size of clitores by twenty to thirty percent.

 

They shrink your clit. That’s crazy. It’s crazy, and I was pretty skeptical about this, so I looked it up, and I did find a research study on PubMed that did indicate that the birth control pill can actually shrink your clitoris.

 

Which is shocking, it’s just shocking like that is horrible right? I mean the reason we have sex is for pleasure and enjoyment and being on the birth control pillcan actually shrink your clitoris, and you know I was on the birth control pill for probably seven or eight years

 

I wish I had measured. I have no idea if mine is smaller than it used to be but I think that’s pretty significant and these are side effects that nobody is talking about and your you will never hear this from your doctor when you go on the pill they will tell you that maybe you have a higher risk for blood clots, but that you have a lower risk for certain types of cancer, and you know nobody’s gonna tell you about deficient gut flora, no one’s going to tell you about copper imbalance and nobody’s gonna tell you about magnesium deficiency, and I know nobody is gonna tell you about clit shrinkage, okay, so you know you really need to take these things into consideration when making a decision to go on the pill.

 

You know I understand that there’s times in your life where you absolutely do not want to get pregnant and I get that but you know 60 to 70 percent of women go on the pill for reasons that have nothing to do with avoiding pregnancy and they are not told about these side-effects.

 

They have no idea and you know as someone who works with women’s health, I mean it is crazy how often I work with women who have come off the birth control pill, and they are a mess. You know, it’s just it’s crazy, and we’re just not being given the proper information.

 

You know if you want to make the decision to go on birth control knowing those side effects that’s good, because you’re making an informed decision but most of us aren’t even making informed decisions because we never get the information to begin with okay, so I hope you found this video helpful

 

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That’s it for me. I hope you guys, if you’re in Canada Happy Thanksgiving!

 

I hope you have a delicious turkey dinner, and if you’re elsewhere. I hope you just have a fantastic weekend

 

I will see you next week.

 

I’m going to be coming to you live four times next week Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday.

 

So I’m gonna be talking about lots of hot topics so I will see you guys all next week. Bye!

5 Ways to Fall in Love with Yourself

 

No matter what you think, no matter how hard it is to believe, the truth is, “You are good enough.” It isn’t easy to love yourself, not with all the picture-perfect images in the media and culturally defined ideas of what a woman “should” look like. Everywhere you look, there is another article telling you “How to lose weight,” How to look sexier,” “How to look better naked.”

 

When it comes to loving yourself, the odds are stacked against you. There are so many things hinting and even outright telling you that you aren’t good enough and making it seems like life will be more exciting or more fulfilling when you reach X number of pounds or make X amount of money. The “I’ll be happy when…” mindset is a slippery one. And the result is often chronic self-hatred or “not enoughness” that penetrates every single crevasse of your life.

 

To me, loving yourself is the very first step to living a happy, positive and present life. If you can’t love yourself, you’re going to have a hard time feeling healthy, achieving your goals and truly enjoying all the amazing things that this world has to offer.

 

Our thoughts are powerful. Scientific research has shown hat negativity can affect our physical health and manifest itself into chronic disease and long-term hormonal and GI issues. 

 

However, loving yourself is no easy task. It’s not like you just wake up one day and suddenly think, “It’s happened. I finally love myself! Amazing!” Loving yourself takes a concerted effort. It’s something you need to work on daily and maintain over time.  

 

Top 5 Ways to Love Yourself

 

1.  Stop comparing yourself to others.

This is something I often struggle with. It’s incredibly easy to compare yourself to others and the result is that you feel lesser than or don’t appreciate what you have by wanting what someone else has.

 

When we compare ourselves to others, we waste a lot of our time and our energy. The media encourages us to compare ourselves to other and tempts us to want what other people have that we don’t. Self-judgement is toxic and never leads to feeling good or worthy enough.

 

Social media is a huge culprit in this. Every time we engage in social media, we only see the “highlight” reel of the lives of our friends and strangers. This very often leads to self-judgement and feeing like our lives aren’t quite as robust of those of others. It’s important to keep in mind that no one ever posts the hard stuff on facebook or Instagram. We don’t see the mundane tasks like laundry, cleaning the toilet or unhealthy relationships or personal inner turmoil.

 

If this is something you find yourself doing, comparing yourself to your friends and strangers’ social media highlight reels, you need to dial back your exposure. Something that has helped me is to “unfollow” pretty much everyone on my Facebook feed, even my good friends.

 

The only things I see on my Facebook feed are pages and groups that I am interested in learning about or seeing more of. I love my friends but seeing their “highlight reels” can cause me to spin down the dark rabbit hole of comparison. If I want to know what my friends or family have been up to, I just give them call or pay them a visit.

 

Focus on you and what’s great about who you are, what you have, and what you do. Don’t waste any more time comparing yourself to those around you. This is the first — and most important — step to loving yourself. 

 

 

2.  Focus on your wins – even the small ones.

Too often, we focus on the things that went wrong (or could go wrong) and not on the things we did right.

 

Humans have a natural bias towards negativity. Scientists see this even in the earliest forms of child development. I feel this is probably related to survival in the pre-modern world. It would make sense to take note of the negative things in our environment in order to survive and keep ourselves alive. But in a modern world, this leads to chronic negativity and harsh self-talk.

 

Most of us are incredibly hard on ourselves and we make sure that we know it. We’ll dwell forever on a conversation that went poorly, but hardly think at all about a wonderful interaction with had with someone the other day.

 

Likewise, people are often more likely to focus on their failures than their achievements There is nothing wrong with acknowledging when something didn’t go right but there is no benefit in dwelling on it and beating up yourself over it. Acknowledge it and move on.

 

When you find yourself going down the self-criticism path, stop yourself, forgive yourself and move on. Try to spend more time focusing on the wins, the things that you rocked, even if they seem insignificant.

 

So tell me, what was something that you totally rocked this week?

 

 

3.  Stop basing your happiness on your physical appearance.

It’s all too common for people to define themselves by the way they look. But know this, you are way more than what you look like in the mirror and even further, what you look like naked.

 

There is nothing wrong with taking pride in your appearance and wanting to look good but it’s not everything and it needs to stop being your main focus. This can be a hard thing to remember when everything around you says otherwise.

 

An exercise that I have found to be helpful is to look in the mirror naked and give myself and all my parts love. Every body part that you feel is inadequate or not up to par, give it love. Tell yourself, flaws and all, that you love yourself and that you appreciate your body for everything that is gives you. Our body’s are truly amazing and they work hard to keep us healthy and functioning.

 

Your body deserves respect and love. So give it.  

 

4.  Silence your inner shit talker.

We all have an annoying little voice that lives inside our head and criticizes every single move we make and every word that comes out of our mouth. I like to call this the inner shit talker.

 

We all have one and it’s probably impossible to eliminate this annoying little being that sits on top of our shoulder completely. But the good news is that you can interact with the shit talker and tell it to “shut the f*ck up!”

 

It all starts with being mindful. Start to notice the ongoing dialogue that lives inside your head. What you will likely notice is that there is a loit of negativity up in there. There is someone in your head that is constantly telling you “You’re too fat.” You’re not smart enough.” ‘You need to be more successful!”

 

When you hear these thoughts, begin to interact with them. Respond to this dialogue. When you hear “You’re too fat.” Say, “Hey! That’s not true. You are beautiful just the way you are.”

 

If you hear, “You’re not smart enough.” Say “Hey! That’s not true. You are incredibly smart and always working to improve your intelligence.”

 

I have found this to be incredibly helpful. You can’t eliminate your inner shit talker entirely but you can tell them to beak off and replace that negative dialogue with more positive and loving thoughts about yourself.

 

You are an incredible human being and you deserve to be treated with kindness. Think of it this way…If you had a friend who constantly criticized you and told you “You’re fat” “You’re stupid” “You’re poor,” would you continue to be friends with them? I hope not! You would tell that friend to hit the curb. Tell your inner shit talker to take a hike!

 

5.  Make a list of all your awesome traits and the things you are grateful for.

Feeling like you’re not quite up to par? Stop. Drop what you’re doing. Grab paper and a pen. And get to work.

 

You have made so many amazing accomplishments in your life and even more you have achieved so many great things in the past week. Take a moment to write these things down.

 

Write down your amazing traits (we all have them!) and all the things you love about yourself.

 

And if you find yourself struggling with this exercise, write down the things that you are grateful for. We all have a lot to be grateful for. Gratitude has a scientifically proven positive effect on the brain. It improves heart rate variability which soothes the nervous system and helps the body respond better to the constant change in the environment. 

 

This should be something that you do on the regular. I find it helpful if you can start your day by writing down 3-5 things that you love about yourself, accomplishments that you have achieved or just simply things or people you are grateful for. 

 

Final Thoughts

As I said, loving yourself isn’t easy. It seems like the kind of thing that should come naturally, but it doesn’t. We are programmed with a negative bias that we need to be aware of. Most women struggle with self-love and that’s ok. What’s not okay is not making this an important piece of your self-development.

 

In my nutrition practice, the women who feel the most negativity, the ones who struggle the most with self-doubt and self-hatred are the ones who have the hardest time balancing their hormones, healing their guts and detoxing. Chronic self-hatred can be the biggest blocking factor standing in the way of you being happy and truly enjoying your one and only chance on this planet.

 

You deserve love, not only from others but most importantly, from yourself.  So start embracing your awesomeness and use the five tips above to start loving yourself now. There’s no time like the present to learn to love yourself! 

3 Mind Blowing (Yet Relatively Unknown) Reasons You Can’t Get Pregnant

If you are asking, “Why can’t I get pregnant?!” you are not alone. In a healthy, perfectly fertile woman, the chance of achieving a successful pregnancy is only about 25% – even if you have sex every day.

 

On top of that, infertility is on the rise. Currently, 6.1 million couples in the United States are struggling to get pregnant the natural way.

 

The infertility services market, from infertility clinics and sperm banks to fertility drugs and surrogacy programs, now tops $3.5 billion, up four-fold from 25 years ago, according to a recent study from research firm Marketdata.

 

Nearly $2 billion of that total comes from spending on in vitro fertilization (IVF), in which egg and sperm are fertilized in a laboratory to create an embryo that can be implanted in a woman’s uterus, hopefully resulting in a successful pregnancy.

 

Overall, growth in the infertility market is projected to continue at a 3.6% annual clip, hitting $4 billion by 2018.

 

Unfortunately, success rates of fertility treatments are not always significant. IVF only has a 40% success rate in women under 35 and costs thousands of dollars per round.

 

Fertility drugs can often cause a multiple pregnancy (like twins or triplets) or Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome leading to multiple symptoms and even dealth.

 

Infertility is not a random thing. It is your body telling you that something isn’t right. It’s your body saying, “Nope. Now is not the right time to get pregnant.”

 

Remember that everything in the female body revolves around a cycle which prepares you to get pregnant every single month. If you are struggling to get pregnant that there is some deeper imbalance standing in your way.

 

Your overall health plays a massive role in your fertility. Most know that eating a healthy, whole foods diet, getting regular exercise and reducing stress are crucial to maintaining health. These things are also important in achieving healthy pregnancy.

 

But there are certain imbalances involved in infertility that most doctors don’t know about and fail to address in their patients.

 

The key to reversing infertility is to improve your overall health and addressing hidden imbalances that are blocking your pregnancy efforts. Here are three unknown reasons that may be affecting your fertility and preventing you from achieving your baby dreams.

 

1. Hormone Imbalance

 

Did you know that the hormones surging through your body every minute of the day influence or even control many of the most important bodily processes—including the ability to get pregnant?

 

In almost every case of infertility I have seen (and I have seen hundreds of cases), there has always been an underlying or even hidden hormone imbalance that is preventing women from conceiving.

 

There are several hormones that play a direct role in your fertility. If these hormones are too high or too low or out of balance with each other, getting pregnant will be no easy task.

 

“As stressful and upsetting as it may be, it’s important to remember that 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age will experience difficulty conceiving. And, in many of these cases, hormonal imbalances are at least part of the problem,” remarks board-certified reproductive endocrinologist Rachana Garde, M.D., of SGF’s Woodbridge and Annandale, VA locations.

 

There are several hormones involved in not only your capacity to get pregnant but your ability to maintain a healthy pregnancy to term.

 

Some of the hormones that will most significantly impact your ability to become pregnant are:

 

  1. Thyroid – Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located on the front of your neck. Many know it as the regulator of your metabolism but it has many other important functions including energy production, bowel transit time AND your ability to conceive naturally. Having an underactive thyroid is a leading reason why some women are infertile. The thyroid is part of the endocrine (hormonal) system and is under control of the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland in the brain. The thyroid is contained in this feedback loop which also is connected to your sex, your stress hormones, and your ovaries. You can think of all of these glands — hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, ovaries, adrenals — as being a part of a spider’s web. When something happens at one part of the web, it’s felt through the entire web. Thus, imbalances anywhere in this system will influence the other glands and hormones, including your thyroid, in the system.

 

  1. Progesterone – Progesterone is essential to maintaining a healthy pregnancy to full term. If a woman has levels of progesterone that are too low, she will often have a very short luteal phase which is the length of time between ovulation and the beginning of the menstrual period. A short luteal phase means that fertilized eggs are not able to properly implant in the uterus, and miscarriage can easily occur.

 

  1. Estrogen – Estrogen is the hormone responsible for building the uterine lining in the first half of the menstrual cycle. Estrogen is the goldilocks hormones. You don’t want too little and you don’t want too much. You want it to be just right. Too little estrogen and the uterine lining may be too thin for an egg to properly implant after fertilization. Too much estrogen and Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) may be suppressed. FSH controls the production of eggs in the ovaries and without it eggs will no be released properly.

 

  1. Testosterone – Elevated testosterone can lead to a condition called Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is the leading cause of infertility in the Western World. In PCOS, cysts can build up on the ovaries and burst which may cause irreversible damage to the reproductive organs. Additionally, too many male hormones in your body can interfere with those precious female hormones that you need for ovulation. If ovulation doesn’t occur then there will be no egg for a sperm to fertilize.

 

This list just scratches the surface of the hormones in your body which affect fertility. Research has also shown that insulin excess (from eating too much sugar and refined carbohydrates) can interfere with pregnancy hormones as can excess cortisol or cortisol deficiency.

 

Standard blood tests are not an effective measure to assess hormones levels. Hormones that are in the blood are in transit and are bound up in protein carriers. They are not active or usable in the cell. For that reason, the most common outcome of blood testing is a false negative. Your hormones will look completely normal even though they are depleted or in excess on a deeper cellular level.

 

Saliva and urine testing is the best option for diagnostic testing of hormones. Unfortunately, these are expensive and not covered by insurance. The good news is that you can get an idea of your risk for a particular hormone imbalance based off of some of the symptoms you might be experiencing.

 

Make sure to pick up my FREE Hormone Imbalance Self Test so that you can determine if you have an imbalance in 5 minutes or less. The key to finally getting pregnant and fulfilling your dreams of a happy, healthy family, always starts with re-balancing your hormone levels.

 

 

2. Heavy Metal Toxicity

 

Heavy metals are natural components in the Earth’s crust. However, they are poisonous to the body even in small quantities.

 

They enter our food and water supply by industrial and consumer waste, or even from acidic rain breaking down soils and releasing heavy metals into streams, lakes, rivers, and groundwater.

 

Heavy metals are also added to medicines as well as thousands of different food products, household products, personal products and an unknown number of industrial products and chemicals. They are everywhere!

 

More and more heavy metals are being added to our environment every single year. Currently there are 84,000 chemicals in our world and only 1% have been tested for safety. Because of this, no person is spared exposure. Even those who live away from civilization, high in the mountains are still dealing with some level of toxicity.

 

It’s not a question of “do you have heavy metals?” it’s a question of “How many do you have and is your body able to detox them?”

 

Those of us who don’t detox well (due to mineral deficiencies, gut imbalances or chronic stress) or who those who don’t get enough nutrients and minerals in their diet are significantly more likely to hold onto heavy metals.

 

What does this mean for fertility?

 

Heavy metals can easily accumulate in the body, get stored in various organs and tissues and then easily disrupt metabolic function. They also are strong antagonists to many minerals which cause minerals to be displaced and lost from the body.

 

Minerals are the spark plugs of the body and are critical for virtually every single chemical reaction in the body. Mineral deficiency can virtually cause any symptom, including fatigue, weight gain, insomnia and the inability to get pregnant. Additionally, certain metal toxicities like copper, lead, and mercury can directly impact fertility by interfering with the endocrine function and damaging sperm.

 

Toxic heavy metals cannot be degraded or destroyed and are dangerous because they tend to bioaccumulate. Bioaccumulation means an increase in the concentration of a chemical in the body over time, compared to the chemical’s concentration in the environment.

 

They are immediately absorbed and due to their highly toxic potential are quickly and deeply stored away in tissues such as the brain, liver, kidneys and bones to prevent immediate harm as they are not easily broken down, metabolized or excreted by the body.

 

The problem is that due to their inability to be easily metabolized and excreted they tend to accumulate further causing metabolic disruptions which can quickly lead to infertility, poor sperm production, and miscarriages.

 

Heavy metal testing and removing metals from the body is a complex task. It should ONLY be performed with the help of an experienced practitioner. If you are interested in detoxing your body (and your partners) prior to conceiving (which will not only increase your chances of conceiving easily but will also drastically improve the health of your child), please book a FREE 30 minute call with me to discuss my functional detox coaching program.

 

 

3. Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

 

Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition where healthy and normal bacteria of the large intestine travel up the intestine into the small intestine where they don’t belong.

 

The large intestine is meant to contain a significant amount of organisms, about 100 billion organisms for every ml of fluid. The small intestine, conversely, is meant to be relatively sterile, only containing 100,000 organisms for every ml of fluid.

 

Intestinal nerve damage, abdominal adhesions from injury or ileocecal valve dysfunction (the valve that connects the large intestine to the small intestine) can result in the ability of bacteria from the large intestine to travel upwards into the small intestine where they don’t belong.

 

Once in the small intestine, these bacteria end up consuming and fermenting all the food that you eat. This causes a buildup of methane and hydrogen gas levels which often leads to bloating, gas, burping, abdominal pain, constipation or diarrhea. It can also cause skin issues, fatigue, and brain fog.

 

The overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine means that you can no longer digest, absorb and assimilate much of the food you consume.

 

The elevated gas levels also cause inflammation and leaky gut. Leaky gut is a condition where the gut lining becomes increasingly permeable and toxins, pathogens, and metals can easily leak into the bloodstream and negatively affect all your cells, organs and tissues.

 

How does SIBO affect your fertility levels?

 

Mineral deficiency, as a result of bacterial malabsorption, is a main cause of the inability to get pregnant. Since minerals are needed to make hormones, mineral deficiency can block production and make it impossible to conceive. When SIBO is blocking your ability to use the food that you eat, mineral deficiency can easily develop.

 

SIBO has also been implicated in almost 80% of cases of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). IBS is a condition that results in chronic digestive issues. There is no treatment for IBS and sufferers are often left to deal with it on their own.

 

Several studies have shown that IBS greatly increases the change of miscarriage in the first trimester. For that reason, SIBO is a huge risk factor for early miscarriage. If you have dealt with several early miscarriages, SIBO might be your problem.

 

If you are dealing with chronic IBS or ongoing digestive issues (like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation or belly pain), you should consider running a test for SIBO. You can apply to be a private client here. 

 

Final Thoughts

 

Achieving great reproductive health isn’t an impossible goal. I have seen many women reverse their infertility in my clinical practice simply by adopting better diet and lifestyle practices and uncovering hidden fertility blocking factors, like toxic metals and infections, with the help of functional lab testing.

 

If you are interested in learning how functional lab testing can improve your fertility and help you achieve a healthy, sustainable pregnancy, you can apply here to be a private client.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22373726

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/761575

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3949258/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5347643/

 

 

5 Shocking Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

 

There is nothing more annoying than packing on extra pounds that, despite all your efforts, won’t budge.

 

You might even be pumping iron, running miles and attending every yoga and spin class possible but STILL find it difficult to lose the extra weight that has accumulated over the years.

 

If this is you, you probably feel out of shape, frustrated and lost. What I want you to realize right at this moment is you are not alone!

 

In my nutrition practice, many of my female clients are active women. They love to spend time outside, running, hiking, biking and swimming. Therefore, it must be easy for them to maintain a healthy body weight, right?

 

Wrong. Many of the women I work with, as healthy as they try to be, still struggle to maintain a healthy body weight.

So, what gives? Why are women, who do everything in their power to stay healthy, continue to pack on extra pounds?

 

Despite what we are told, weight loss is not an easy feat. It’s certainly not as simple as eating less calories and exercising more. This false claim causes women to gain MORE weight.

 

The truth is, weight loss is complicated and there are several reasons why you may not be able to lose weight. Most of these obstacles to weight loss are completely unknown.

 

The good news? Once you discover the hidden reasons why you can’t lose weight, you can fix the issue and finally start to experience the results you are looking for.

 

Let’s explore the five most common (yet unknown) reasons why women struggle to lose weight.

 

1. Lack of Sleep

 

Today, healthy sleep habits often get pushed aside to make room in our already overwhelming schedules.

 

In fact, I work with many women who get less than six hours of sleep every night. Though this leaves them feeling fatigued and drained the next day, they tend to push through with the help of caffeine.

 

Sleep is incredibly important to all aspects of health, especially weight loss!

 

The amount of sleep you get every night has a huge effect, not only on your food choices the next day, but also on whether your body decides to store fuel (the food you eat) as fat or burn it as energy.

 

Firstly, sleep affects the endocannabinoid (eCB) system, a key player in the brain’s regulation of appetite and energy levels.

 

(Ever wonder why people who smoke marijuana get “the munchies”? This is because marijuana activates the eCB system, causing increased hunger and reduced willpower.)

 

During a study completed by the University of Chicago, 11 individuals were placed on a fixed diet and were either allowed 1) a normal 8.5 hours of sleep or 2) a restricted 4.5 hours of sleep.

 

In the afternoons, when sleep-deprived, the participants had eCB levels that were higher than when they had a full night’s rest. These higher eCB levels also lasted longer.

 

Since higher eCB levels cause increased hunger and reduced willpower, when sleep-deprived, the participants often snacked in between meals and made poor food choices; consistently choosing the junk food over the healthy options.1 They were also hungry all day long!

 

Have you experienced increased hunger after poor sleep? If so, you probably reached for anything to curb your sugar craving, including refined carbs. I know when I don’t sleep well I crave pasta with butter and salt like no other!

 

Secondly, lack of sleep affects insulin sensitivity.

 

A recent study found that after four nights of sleep deprivation (4.5 hours per night), participants experienced insulin sensitivity that was consistent with the insulin sensitivity of diabetic and obese people.2

 

When this happens, your body cannot use insulin properly which causes your blood sugar levels to rise to unhealthy levels as well as causes the sugar in the food you eat to be sent to the liver where it is converted into fat (rather than to your cells to be used for fuel).

 

To keep weight off, you must prioritize sleep habits. This means getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night and being in bed before 10:30pm.

 

A significant amount of regeneration and repair occurs between the hours of 10pm and midnight. An hour of sleep before midnight is worth 2 hours of sleep after midnight.

 

2. Mineral & Vitamin Deficiency

 

Minerals are the spark plugs of the body. They are needed as co-factors for almost every single enzyme reaction in the body. If you are lacking minerals, you are lacking the tools your body needs to function properly.

 

Unfortunately, in modern times, it is rare to find a man or woman who has healthy mineral status. Most people simply do not eat enough whole, unprocessed foods required to obtain these levels.

 

Instead, they eat too much high fructose corn syrup, refined flours, refined vegetable oils, trans fats and overall fake, junky processed foods that have hardly any minerals.

 

If these processed “foods” make up most your diet, you can bet you are malnourished. In fact, many obese people are not over nourished, they are malnourished.

 

But what about if you DO eat a whole foods diet…but you still have extra weight?

 

Even if you eat a healthy, whole foods diet, you can STILL be mineral deficient.

 

Why? Each decade that passes, our soil becomes more and more deficient in minerals. The nutrient content of the soil has changed significantly in the past 50 years and even more in the past 20 years.

 

This means that if a fruit or vegetable is said to have 80% of a vitamin or a nutrient, the actual percentage is much less.

 

Believing that you can get all the vitamins and nutrients you need from food alone is great in theory but this is simply not true.

 

What does this have to do with weight gain? Everything.

 

Your body needs appropriate mineral and nutrient status to burn fat.

 

It needs minerals like chromium, zinc, selenium, and magnesium to regulate blood sugar levels. Unregulated blood sugar levels can lead to increased fat gain.

 

It also needs B6 and B12 to help convert your food into usable energy. Lacking these vitamins means that your body can’t utilize the food that you eat. So, what happens? This food gets broken down and funneled into fat storage.

 

Data from the Tufts University Framingham Offspring Study suggest that 40 percent of people between the ages of 26 and 83 have plasma B12 levels in the low normal range. Nine percent had outright deficiency, and 16 percent exhibited “near deficiency”.

 

Most shocking to the researchers was the fact that low B12 levels were as common in younger people as they were in the elderly.3

 

Additionally, your mineral and vitamin status determines your energy levels.

 

If you have low energy, you are not going to be very motivated to exercise. You are also going to feel less able to prepare yourself healthy, whole meals and will be more likely to reach for the quick, convenient food that is packed with unhealthy fats, sugars and chemicals.

 

Moreover, stress greatly increases the burn rate of our minerals and vitamins. Since most women are chronically stressed to some degree, not only do we receive fewer minerals from our food but we also use minerals at a quicker rate.

 

This leaves most women mineral and vitamin deficient and with extra weight despite eating what they consider to be a healthy diet.

 

What can you do about it?

 

For starters, try to eat all your fruits and vegetables lightly cooked (NOT over-cooked). Minerals and vitamins are significantly more available in the slightly cooked form because the cooking process breaks down indigestible fibres and releases much of the food’s nutrition.

 

You also might consider taking a mineral supplement with the guidance of a nutritionist. I will not recommend minerals without knowing your individual mineral status because every single mineral influences every other mineral in the body.

 

To assess mineral levels, a Hair Mineral Analysis is an inexpensive test that can give you significant information about not only mineral status but toxic metal burden. You will need the assistance of an experienced practitioner to interpret the results of this test. I encourage you to book a free 30 minute consult with me to determine if this test is appropriate for your health concerns. You can do that here.  

 

I also recommend incorporating food-based minerals into your diet, such as Ocean’s Alive Marine Phytoplankton.

 

3. Over-Exercising

 

Exercise has been touted as a cure-all for poor dietary choices, overeating and almost every health condition on the planet. This information makes many women think that they need to constantly exercise no matter what, which often leads to over-exercising. Over-exercising involves intense exercise for an hour or more at least once a day, but may be even less for some women).

 

Many women feel the need to exercise when they are sick, have low energy and even after a poor night’s sleep. This is problematic for several reasons and can have the opposite effect.

 

If your body is stressed, worn down and burnt out, then it might not take much exercise at all to overwhelm your body.

 

Excessive exercise depletes minerals. Good mineral status is critical to healthy weight loss.

 

If you exercise too much you could be losing necessary minerals and vitamins that your body not only needs to lose weight, but to keep you healthy.

 

Excessive exercise also influences your cortisol levels.

 

Cortisol is a stress hormone that your body releases when it believes your life is in danger. Cortisol is responsible for breaking down your cells and tissues and transporting everything, including sugar, into the blood so that you can have super human strength to survive a stressful situation. Great, right?

 

Occasional cortisol production is normal and beneficial to you; however, when cortisol production is chronic, it tells the body that the world is stressful so you better start conserving resources. The body will react by turning you into a fat storing machine rather than a fat burning one.

 

What’s important to understand is that exercise is a stressor. It can be a good stressor if you lead a calm, relaxed life. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case for most of us.

 

Many of us wake up earlier than we want, spend all day at a job we hate, run around doing errands after work and then go to the gym and work out hard until we’re overwhelmed by exhaustion and cannot possibly go any longer.

 

We stress ourselves out all day long and then top it off with intense, stress-producing exercise that truly is that last thing our body wants. This can cause us to constantly produce cortisol, and hence, cause our bodies to store the fat we’re trying to get rid of.

 

How do you know if exercise is doing more harm to your body than good?

 

It’s simple. If you feel drained and depleted at the end of a workout, you are probably doing too much. Exercise should energize you and increase your vitality, not drain it. Also, if you’re exercising constantly and unable to lose weight or gain muscle, you need to slow down and exercise less.

 

Make sure to take rest days in between intense workouts. Shorten the duration of your work outs. Refrain from intense exercise on days when you are sick, tired or had less than seven hours of sleep the night before. Also, prioritize restorative exercise like yoga, pilates, stretching and walking.

 

4. Too Much Sugar & Not Enough Healthy Fats

 

Over the past 20 years, we’ve been told that fat makes us, well, fat. The theory that too much fat in the diet leads to more fat on the body seems simple. You eat fat, you gain fat. Interestingly, this information is not rooted in proven research and couldn’t be farther from the truth.

 

In fact, this completely bogus misinformation has significantly contributed to the current obesity epidemic. How? Because “low-fat” and “fat-free” foods are packed with sugar and lack healthy fats – the perfect nutritional storm.

 

Why is fat so important? First, your body needs healthy fat to make hormones.

 

However, over the years, foods have been modified to keep up with the trend and contain significantly less fat. When you remove the natural fat from a food, you take away the flavor. As a result, food manufactures had to add something back in to improve taste.

 

Unfortunately, sugar is almost always the option they choose. Therefore, most processed foods in the grocery store contain significantly less fat but also significantly more addictive sugar. Therein lies the problem.

 

Too much sugar in the diet leads to blood sugar imbalances.

 

Most women are familiar with the blood sugar roller coaster (you might be riding it as we speak).

You’re stressed, hungry and exhausted, so you reach for a quick fix in the form of a sugary treat (sugar is just as addictive as cocaine). This gives you a burst of energy; however, since sugar is highly refined and requires almost no digestion, it is quickly burned.

 

The result? You crash, meaning you feel irritable and “hangry”. So, you reach for whatever food (usually more sugar or carbs) is within in your reach.

 

This constant fluctuation of blood sugar levels negatively impacts insulin. This causes fat production and poor sleep. Not so fabulous after all, eh?

 

Now, you’re sleeping poorly and as a result, you experience fluctuating blood sugar levels throughout the day (which then leads to fluctuating blood sugar levels while you sleep).

 

Low blood sugar causes a spike in cortisol which is stimulating, so it will often wake you up when it happens during sleep and cause you to be tired again the next day. And as such, the evil cycle of poor sleep, an influx of sugar cravings, poor food choices, and weight gain continues.

 

Sugar also negatively affects your mineral and vitamin status.

 

It turns out, a high intake of sugar can contribute to nutrient deficiencies in ways other than by displacing more nutritious foods.

 

There are several mechanisms by which sugar can deplete (or reduce the absorption) of certain vitamins and minerals. As a result, eating too much sugar can induce deficiencies, even when our overall micronutrient intake appears to be adequate.4

 

Though you may take steps to reduce your sugar consumption (skipping the Oreos, ice cream, etc.), sugar is hidden in many of the “healthy” foods you eat such as bread, yogurt and granola bars. Therefore, it’s important to incorporate a whole foods diet as much as possible.

 

In addition, many women replace refined sugar with more natural sugars like honey, maple syrup and fruit. This is a step in the right direction but natural sugar can also make you fat if you eat too much of it.

 

Agave syrup is a popular sugar alternative but it’s probably the worst culprit at all. While it does not contain high amounts of glucose sugar, it is exceptionally high in fructose sugar which it hugely implicated in weight gain.

 

A good solution is to track the foods that you eat for a week with an app like Fooducate or Fitness Pal. This might give you some insight into the amount of sugar you are consuming on a regular basis.

 

Ideally, your sugar consumption should be less than 100 grams a day or less than 10% of your total calories for the day.

 

5. Hormone Imbalance

 

Hormones are the chemical messengers of the cells. They are responsible for the telling the cells, tissues and organs what to do. If there is a hormone imbalance, your entire body can go out of whack quickly.

 

In fact, hormone imbalance is one of the most common reasons that health conscious women struggle to lose weight.

 

There are certain hormone imbalances that will prevent you from losing weight regardless of what else you do to stay healthy.

 

Cortisol, thyroid, insulin, estrogen, and testosterone are all hormones that have huge control over our weight. Let’s talk about each.

 

Cortisol

 

Cortisol, the stress hormone we discussed above, is associated with stubborn belly fat, sugar cravings and poor sleep. In addition to over-exercising and stressing too much, cortisol production can increase when we don’t eat enough food or we push ourselves too hard.

 

If have been struggling with a “muffin top” that won’t budge despite all those core workouts you have been doing, cortisol might be part of your issue.

 

Estrogen

 

Estrogen is another hormone that is often implicated in stubborn weight gain. In my clinical practice, this is the most common hormone imbalance that I see in women over 30.

 

Not only does elevated estrogen lead to weight gain, especially around the hips and breasts, but it can also lead to those nasty PMS symptoms that you experience in the week prior to your period. If, during that week, you feel crazy and totally out of control, your body might be producing excess estrogen.

 

Thyroid

 

Thyroid hormone is the regulator of our metabolism. One of the most crucial pieces to healthy weight loss involves having healthy thyroid hormone production.

 

There are receptors for thyroid hormone in every single cell in your body; it’s that important! Therefore, if your thyroid hormone is under-producing, weight gain is going to be a constant struggle, along with fatigue and brain fog.

 

Interestingly, mineral deficiencies are a primary cause of poor thyroid hormone production (it’s all connected!)

 

Testosterone

 

While many of us associate testosterone with being a male-specific hormone, it is also extremely important for women.

 

The reason why men build muscle and lose weight quicker than women (those bastards!), is due to increased amounts of testosterone. Testosterone is present in significantly smaller amounts in women but is needed for the same reasons; to burn fat and build muscle.

 

Unfortunately, many things reduce free testosterone like birth control pills, lack of sleep and poor exercise habits.

 

Insulin

 

Insulin is a hormone that’s responsible for managing our blood sugar levels. When we eat sugar or foods with sugar, our glucose levels rise. To control these levels, the pancreas releases insulin.

 

Too much insulin is a great way to pack on pounds quickly. Since insulin production is directly controlled by the foods we eat, the great news is that you can learn how to keep you insulin in check.

 

Determining if you have a hormone imbalance is a critical step to losing weight.

 

This can be tricky though, since typical blood tests most conventional doctors run are poor measures of hormone status. This is because hormones in the blood are in transit, which means they are bound to carrier proteins and are not available or usable to the cells.

 

As a result, many women who are suffering from hormonal imbalances are misdiagnosed and told they’re fine, when in fact, they are not.

 

A better indicator of hormonal imbalance is your symptoms. In my practice, I can tell if my clients have a hormonal imbalance (and what kind) just by discussing their symptoms.

 

To find out whether your hormones are the main culprit in your inability to lose weight, grab my Hormonal Imbalance Self-Test Cheat Sheet.

 

With this guide, you’ll answer the same questions I ask my clients to determine whether they have an imbalance. By completing it, you’ll know IF you have a hormonal imbalance and which specific hormones are causing an issue for you.

 

Once you know which hormones are the culprit, 50% of the battle is already won. You’ll be able to create an action plan to balance haywire hormones and lose the weight for good. But even more so, you’ll begin to feel like your youthful, confident, energetic self again

 

 

Here’s what you need to remember…

 

Many women are struggling to lose weight and are beating themselves up for it. Since the media tells them that weight loss is a simple mathematical equation (eat less, exercise more), women feel like failures and might try harder to lose weight using tools that make them gain MORE weight, not less.

 

  • Following the eat less, exercise more model leads to mineral and vitamin depletion.
  • Prioritizing exercise over sleep leads to additional weight gain.
  • Eating low-fat diet foods increases sugar consumption and slows weight loss.
  • Finally, hormone imbalances, which affect 85% of women, are massive weight loss blockers.

 

If you have hormone issues, weight will be a constant struggle. Make sure you grab my Hormonal Imbalance Self-Test Cheat Sheet to determine if you have a hormone imbalance that is sabotaging your weight loss efforts.

 

If you are interested in FINALLY getting to the root cause of your mysterious weight gain, please book a FREE 30 minute call with me. I take a systematic approach to weight loss which involves the use of several informative lab tests that will identify your unique weight loss blocking factors. You can book that appointment here.

 

 

 

Sources:

 

  1. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/molecular-ties-between-lack-sleep-weight-gain
  2. https://www.acponline.org/acp-newsroom/short-term-sleep-deprivation-significantly-decreases-insulin-sensitivity-in-fat-cells
  3. https://www.ars.usda.gov/news-events/news/research-news/2000/b12-deficiency-may-be-more-widespread-than-thought/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3981704/

 

The ONE Thing You Do Every Single Day that Leads to Weight Gain & Fatigue

Weight gain is no just a simple mathematical equation. Even though our current knowledge of weight loss is starting to shift, many people are still stuck on the calories in calories out method. Research has clearly shown that this method does not work. And even worse, it will likely lead to more weight gain in the long term. 

You might have experienced this before. You can lose weight. That’s no problem. But over time the weight creeps back on and sometimes you end up gaining even more weight then you originally started with. What a bummer!

If you are gaining weight despite eating a healthy diet and doing regular exercise, it’s not because you are lazy or incapable.

Make me a promise. STOP beating yourself up over this. When we are unable to lose weight, we often feel like a failure. What many women don’t realize is that there are multiple factors involves in weight loss. It is NOT a simple mathematical equation. Your body’s ability to lose fat or gain fat is dependent on several metabolic processes, the food we eat, the type of exercise we do AND the type of environment we live in. 

Did you know you can improve your ability to lose weight simple by shifting your environment. This is what I want to discuss with you today; a way that your actions might be negatively influencing your environment and causing you to gain weight. 

You might be unknowingly sabotaging your weight loss efforts. There is one thing that women do every single day that almost always leads to more pounds. A simple change can increase you ability to lose weight AND dramatically improve you energy levels. I will tell you all about it in the video below.