3 Blood Chemistry results that give insight into energy production (that many Doctors ignore).
It’s it frustrating when a woman goes to the Doctor and ALL the blood work comes back as “normal”? She is sitting there feeling like a pile of crap and her Doc is standing there telling her that “You’re healthy” or “It must be stress.”
Kendra Perry: Hey guys, how's it going? Welcome, welcome, to another episode of HIGH on Energy TV. I am your host, Kendra Perry, and as always I am pretty friggin' excited to be with you today. So I'm gonna be standing here pretty close to my microphone because I'm in a new office, as you can see, for those of you who are hanging out with me on Facebook Live. And it's a little echoey in here, we've got high ceilings, we've got rock floors. So I'm just gonna try to be super close to my mic, because when I'm close to my mic, my audio sounds better. So hopefully you guys can hear me okay if you're on with me live make sure to say hi, say hello. I love to connect with you and know who's here.
And today we're actually gonna be talking a little bit about blood chemistry markers and which markers you should be using for ... oh, that's weird. And which markers you should be using if you want to try to unwind the reason why you're so tired.
Because honestly, there is nothing more frustrating than going to the doctor, getting a whole bunch of bloodwork done, and then just being told that, "Hey, you're healthy, everything's normal." And you're sitting there being like, "Man, I feel like garbage. I feel like crap. And this guy's telling me, or this gal's telling me, that I'm healthy." Or they're like, "Well you're probably just stressed out." And you're just like, "Man, I've been going to yoga, I've been meditating. My life isn't that stressful. There's something else going on." And you're just not getting validated for that at all.
And so I'm gonna talk to you today about, there's many blood chemistry markers that can help you but I want to focus on three really specific ones, 'cause these are three that don't get ... they're not often run. A couple of them are, but they're definitely ones that you should request, and they should be a part of a standard blood chemistry that you get with your doctor. Okay.
So with blood chemistry, the big reason why everything is always coming back as normal or as in range is because the lab is using really wide reference ranges. So it is actually regulated, or it's a law, that lab ranges, the normal, quote-on-quote normal range, needs to include 90% of the population, okay? And as the population shifts, that range needs to also shift with that population, okay? And so this is a big issue, right, because there's a pretty big trend happening these days where people are getting sicker. People are getting sicker and sicker and I think that's quite apparent when you look at the younger generation. When you look at a lot of the people, you can probably think of a couple people in your life, maybe even yourself, who has an autoimmune condition.
Autoimmune conditions are incredibly common. They get grouped into all these different categories based off of the tissue that is being attacked by the immune system, but they are really all the same process in the body and if you lump them all into one category, for example, that would surpass cancer when it comes to statistics. So a lot of people have autoimmune conditions, a lot of people have a lot of chronic health issues. So as the population gets sicker, those lab ranges legally have to shift to accommodate the sicker population.
So when you're in range, your doctor is telling you that you're normal, really what that means is that you're falling within the spectrum of a population of people who aren't that healthy. So looking at conventional ranges, I mean, it doesn't tell us anything. It doesn't tell us, "Oh, this is actually working fine, you're healthy." It literally just tells us that you're somewhere in an average of a population of people who don't feel great and who are sick and don't necessarily take care of themselves. So we use something in functional medicine, we use functional ranges. These are more narrow lab ranges. They're based off of what's been found to be appropriate for good function. And so these are much more narrow and they also will find things trending in the wrong direction way quicker than any conventional range will pick up.
And so what I mean by this is, your health doesn't go sideways overnight. That doesn't happen. It's always a buildup over time. When you start manifesting symptoms, that actually means that what you've had going on, what caused those symptoms, is something that may have been going on for months, for years, or even decades. And the reason for this is because our bodies are designed to survive. And if we had symptoms, it would be very hard for us to survive in the real world, IE, nature before the industrialized world, right? If we were sick and fatigued and tired, how would we outrun predators? How would we outrun a cougar? Or whatever. How would we find food? How would we hunt if we were tired AF? Right? And so the body tries its best to keep us in balance, to try to keep us at homeostasis, as balanced as possible.
So the body is always compensating. The body doesn't want you to have symptoms. So it spends years trying to keep you balanced, trying to compensate as best it can. During that time, you may not have a lot of symptoms. You're like, "I feel good, life is good." But then suddenly you start manifesting symptoms. And when we start getting symptoms we're like, "Oh man, nothing has changed. I don't know what caused this." But meanwhile, whatever is causing it, the dysfunction that's been kind of pulling at that balance point, that homeostasis in your body, has probably been going on for a really long time. By the time you have symptoms, there is a disease state going on in your body. There is dysfunction. Okay?
And these really wide lab ranges that we're using in the conventional medicine system, they don't pick up dysfunction until things have gotten really friggin' bad, okay? So by the time you are out of range on your blood work, that's a big deal. That's actually super, super out of range. And because those lab ranges are so wide and rarely does your doctor actually explain your blood chemistry to you or even really track when things are maybe shifting in the wrong direction. So maybe you're at optimum, you're right in the middle of the range, and you keep trending right, going further and further towards the high end of range. Maybe this is happening over 10 or 20 years. But your doctor's not tracking that. They're not saying, "This is getting higher." They're not really comparing it. Typically they're just saying, "Oh, that's in range, so you're fine."
And so all this time, unknowingly, your health is getting worse, something is turning in the wrong direction, and then suddenly when you go to the doctor it gets flagged as high, it's outside of the range, and your doctor's like, "Oh, this is a big deal." And you're like, "Oh my god, this happened overnight, this is crazy. Six months ago I was healthy, and now I have a disease." And you get diagnosed with something. And so you're just like, "Oh my god, this just happened overnight. I was healthy and now I'm not." And that's not really what's going on, that's not what's happening. It's actually been developing for years. There's just no one that's actually explained to you that things were actually trending in the wrong direction. Okay?
So, that's me hanging out on my soap box. Okay. So let's talk about, so with functional ranges what I just want to say about that is what's cool when you use them is when things get flagged high on your functional range it's gonna detect things that don't get flagged high in the conventional range. So that means that we can pick up dysfunction well before it turns into a full blown chronic disease. And it means we can turn things around, right? Because it's way easier to turn things around before they've progressed to a certain state. Like, when people get multiple diseases, multiple diagnoses, and they get put on multiple prescription drugs, that's a tough situation. It's not to say that it's not fixable. There's always hope. But it is something that's a big more chronic and it's typically gonna take a longer time to heal. So that is something that is really important to keep in mind.
Okay. So let's talk about the three blood chemistry markers that you ... let's see here. Okay, we'll talk about the three blood chemistry markers that you should be getting measured if you are someone who is really fatigued. You're really tired. You feel really drained, really burnt out, and nothing seems to be fixing it. And guys, I'm having something weird going on with my e-cam right now. Just so you know if you guys are on with me live and you're commenting with me, I actually can't get to the comments because my cursor is stuck to the video screen. And so I can't click on anything. So anyways, we're just gonna roll with that. If you guys are with me say hi, say hello, but if you have questions there's something glitching out here so I'm not gonna actually be able to answer them. But that's okay. I usually come back, if you guys have questions feel free to ask them. I'll come back later and answer them in the comments or I'll add them to the Live Q&A that happens on the last Tuesday of every month at 4:15 PM Pacific Time.
Okay. So the first blood chemistry marker I wanted to mention is something called hemoglobin A1C. Or HA1C. And this is actually a blood sugar measurement, and what's very cool about this marker is it's not just what's going on with your blood sugar on the day that you took the test, it's more of an average of what's been going on with your blood sugar regulation over about three months. Why is this important for energy? Because glucose is our primary energy molecule, right? We use that to give ourself energy. So if you don't metabolize or move glucose very well into your cells there's a good chance you're gonna be feeling really tired. You might be having lots of blood sugar fluctuations. Your energy might go up and down throughout the day. Because your body is not regulating your blood sugar well.
And there can be a few things going on with this. Sometimes there's too much insulin in the blood. Insulin moves that glucose into the cell and if there's too much insulin then it can cause low blood sugar. It can push that glucose too quickly or too aggressively into the cell. Or, if insulin is too little, if there's not enough insulin then every time you eat you have an excessive amount of blood sugar in your blood and because you don't have enough insulin then your body as a really hard time shoveling that glucose into your cell and therefore your energy production is going to be hindered. Okay.
So with a lot of blood work, you may get a fasting glucose, at a minimum. And sure, that's great, it's good to know what's going on with glucose. But without saying insulin, and insulin is actually a pretty rare marker that doctors will actually order, it can be really hard to see what that blood sugar actually means. And that's why I like hemoglobin A1C, because it kind of looks at the whole picture. And where you want to be is you want to be below 5.5%. So if you are above 5.5% or even if you're getting close to 5.5%, maybe you're at 5.4, that can be you trending in the wrong direction and what that will tell you is if you don't turn things around, if you don't get your shit figured out, then you're gonna be on your way to metabolic syndrome and Type 2 diabetes. And so that's a really good measurement, because sometimes why people are so tired is because they don't regulate their blood sugar properly.
And if hemoglobin A1C is high, the first thing you're gonna want to do is take a really good look at your diet. For people who are having issues regulating their blood sugar, if they're having blood glucose metabolism issues, the first place to look is your breakfast. Like what are you eating for breakfast? If you are eating a breakfast that is high in carbohydrate, high in sugar, cereal, muffins, donuts, granola, these are not good things to eat for breakfast. And if you have elevated H1AC or hemoglobin A1C, this is even a bigger deal. I was working with a client earlier this week and he had a high hemoglobin A1C and when I looked at his diet there was lots of fruit, there was lots of granola bars, and there was cereal for breakfast. And I was like, "We need to completely flip this. We need to get you on high protein, high fat diet. We need to reduce the sugar. We need to reduce the refined carbohydrates in order to turn this around." And so that's always where you start.
But if you eat a really healthy diet, if you're eating a paleo-esque sort of diet, higher fat, higher protein, lower carbohydrate, the next thing to look into would be fasting. Intermittent fasting can be really helpful for helping people to reregulate their insulin and their blood sugar. And if you've done that and it's still high then you're gonna want to consider mineral imbalances and gut infections. There are certain situations where the body has chronic infections where they can't actually ... where, sorry, the body will actually keep people insulin resistant on purpose due to the infections that are in the body. So that is the H1AC, and like I said, you want to be below 5.5% for good health and good energy production.
The next marker I want to measure is reverse T3. Okay, so this is, should be, in my opinion, part of every single comprehensive thyroid panel. But rarely is it measured, and you do usually have to request it. In Canada, you can definitely get it from a naturopathic doctor. If you ask your doctor about it they actually may have no idea what you're talking about but it's only about a $40 test. But it's really important. And so yeah, I mean, obviously it's good to look at a comprehensive thyroid marker but reverse T3 is an inactive form of T3. And T3 is just your active thyroid hormone. So that is what regulates your metabolism, what gives you energy, and if your reverse T3 is high it tells you that your body is not producing active thyroid hormone. So that's gonna mean you're gonna have sluggish metabolism, sluggish thyroid activity, and lower energy. And you want your T3 to be below 15. And if it's above 15, that can tell you that you have a chronic infection in your gut. It can also tell you about heavy metal toxicity and that's one I see all the time. And so you're gonna want to look into those things. Look at your exposure to metals, to chemicals, implement some detox strategies, and clear up your gut. 'Cause you want that reverse T3 or that RT3 to be below 15 or you're gonna feel fatigued. You're gonna have low energy.
The next markers, and this is more a collection of markers, this isn't really a single marker, but this is your liver enzymes and your gallbladder enzyme. So this is AST, ALT, and GGT. So AST and ALT, those are your liver enzymes. When those start to get high, what that tells you is that your liver is starting to have a hard time metabolizing fat properly, and sugar. So when your liver enzymes are above ... so you want your AST to be below 20, so between 10 and 20 international units per liter. And you want your ALT to be between 10 and 25 international units per liter. And so when AST and ALT start to get high, that means you are on your way to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. And that just means that your liver is stressed out, it's probably toxic. It means that you're probably eating a diet that is too high in carbohydrates, refined sugar, again, there's a huge dietary component. And you're gonna want to probably take something to help with your liver.
So a supplement that I just ordered, I've been looking into and I'm starting to recommend to clients, is this BioRay Liver Life. It's a liver tonic and it has really amazing herbs that help regenerate your liver. Now, it does have a bit of milk thistle in it, and milk thistle has some detoxification blocking effects, so you do want to cycle on and off of it. Making sure you're not taking it all the time. And guys, if you're asking questions right now on Facebook Live, I'm sorry, I'm glitching out with my e-cam right now so I actually can't see your comments and I don't have the ability to click on them. But, ask your questions and I'll make sure they get answered in the monthly Q&A.
So this liver life from BioRay, really love it. Really good for regenerating the liver. The other marker that is a part of this category is GGT. And GGT, you want it to be between 18 and 28 international units per liter. And if it gets high, that is a sign that your gallbladder is struggling, okay? Your gallbladder probably has thick sluggish toxic bile. The bile isn't flowing. There might be some biliary obstruction, stasis, it's not moving, insufficiency, damage, and that's a big deal. And why should you care about liver, gallbladder, what does this have to do with energy? Well, your liver, it gets the fame for being a detoxification organ. But it actually has mostly digestive function. So if your liver is struggling you're gonna have a hard time breaking down and assimilating nutrients, assimilating food. And that is going to play into your energy levels. And if your bile is sluggish because of gallbladder issues, that's huge because bile is your primary detoxifier. It is a binder. It moves toxins out of the body and it also regulates your hormones. So sluggish bile is a big reason why women have PCOS, why women have estrogen dominance, all these things can affect your energy levels. And a big reason why women are toxic, okay? Also a huge reason why they have thyroid issues. Because you need to have good bile function in order to convert the inactive T4 hormone to the active T3 hormone. Okay?
So bile is friggin' important, okay? And if your GGT is high that means your gallbladder is failing and that means you may be on your way to getting gallbladder surgery. Which you don't need to get. The gallbladder is not a throwaway organ. So if you see that GGT above 28, you need to get your bile flowing. I love bitters, Canadian bitters is one that I use personally, if you're in Canada this is what I recommend. If you're in the States I use Dr. Shades Bitters #9 from Quicksilver. Or Urban Moonshine also makes a good one. So any good bitter tincture. You also want to get coline. If you are someone who has non alcoholic fatty liver disease, you should get on coline. You want to do 500 mg of coline three times a day, do this for six weeks, and then retest and see where your liver enzymes are at. And there will be a good chance that they have come down if you've also added into your regime a really good diet and really good sleep, okay?
The other thing that I really love for sluggish gallbladder is something called tudca, it's a really, really special bile acid and it can also help get the bile flowing. You'll also want to consider bile building foods or bile stimulating foods, so your grains are really fantastic ways to stimulate bile. Any bitter foods like dandelion, chicory, ginger will do it, a really high quality cup of coffee in the morning is a good way to stimulate bile. Beet juice. Celery juice. All these things are great bile stimulants. So yeah. Definitely look into those things. Okay.
So let's do a quick recap before I hop off, guys. So the three blood chemistry markers that you definitely want to be looking at if your energy is in the toilet. Number one is the hemoglobin A1C so this is your blood sugar marker that shows you an average of glucose metabolism over three months. And you want that to be below 5.5%. If it's above 5.5%, you're probably on your way to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. But, luckily, you can turn it around by getting your diet dialed in, looking at your minerals, and looking at any exposure to gut infections.
Number two is reverse T3, this should be a part of any comprehensive thyroid panel. It's an inactive thyroid hormone and your body will push it into that when there is thyroid dysfunction but typically when there are infections and heavy metal toxicity and that will make you tired. And then you always want to be looking at your liver enzymes and gallbladder enzymes, AST and ALT. Those should be below ... AST should be below 20, ALT should be below 25, and your GGT should be below 28. And if those are trending high, that's a sign that you are moving towards non alcoholic fatty liver disease and possible gallbladder surgery, so love your bile. Think about ways to stimulate your bile. Stimulate your liver. Consider doing a good detox strategy. Try to get that stuff moving and get your diet dialed in. Reduce that sugar, reduce those carbohydrates, and make sure to get sleep.
Okay, guys. So I hope that was helpful. Again if you have comments, I'll come back to them after. I'll make sure to add them to the live Q&A that happens the last Tuesday of every month. Typically we do these Facebook Lives on Tuesdays at 4:15 Pacific. This week was a little crazy, but I wanted to make sure that I squeezed it in. And guys, the podcast of this goes out every Thursday so if you don't have time to consume video, like me, you can listen to this as a podcast. It's just the HIGH on Energy podcast, and you can subscribe to that on iTunes, on Spotify, on Google Play, or wherever you listen to your podcasts. Alright guys, thank you so much for tuning in. As always, I hope this was helpful and I will talk to you guys soon.
Did you know that Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis or HTMA is one of the most powerful tools you can use to assess your internal bio-chemistry or the bio-chemistry of your clients?
Are you aware that HTMA is the most commonly misinterpreted test - in fact, I have hundreds of people contacting me with test results that were read improperly by their practitioner?
Today, we dive into the beginner basics of understanding HTMA results and how to determine if your practitioner is reading your results properly.
Kendra Perry: Hello, hello there, welcome to High On Energy TV. I am a super, super excited to be here and bring to you some more amazing content on today's episode. So I am your host Kendra Perry. You can find out more about me at kendraperry.net and as always, let's talk about some stuff to help you boost your energy. And so today's episode is going to be just slightly different than what we normally cover on the episode. And the reason for that is because we're going to be talking about something that's maybe a little bit more relevant for practitioners, but I know I have practitioners in my audience. So I just want to talk a little bit about a tool, my favorite tool to use when it comes to improving people's energy. Okay. And I mean, there's a lot of theories out there about testing and what is the best test to send out to your clients if you have people who are struggling with energy.
But my very, very favorite tool in the whole world to use to help not only with energy but pretty much with any symptom that a person might be dealing with is actually a hair mineral analysis kit. Okay. So what a lot of people don't know is this is a very effective and also very affordable way to assess a person's unique biochemistry and physiology. Functional testing is expensive, right? Like if you are going to run like a GI-MAP, if you're going to get into the gut testing, into hormone testing, run something like a DUTCH, I mean, you're going to be spending several hundred dollars and especially with the GI-MAP, that's definitely a pretty high price point. You can literally spend thousands of dollars on testing, but one of the most amazing things ever is that hair mineral analysis is pretty affordable. It is probably the lowest price point for any tasks that I've ever really seen out there.
Obviously depending on where you're getting it from and who you're ordering it from. But I think that's pretty cool because my biggest complaint with functional medicine is that it's not really available to everyone. Right. When something costs thousands of dollars that's kind of a big deal. Sorry, I think my microphone is a little bit further away from me than it should be, I'm a little excited today because I love talking about hair mineral analysis, but yeah, functional medicine is amazing. I think we all need it. I think we need ... We all need to be doing testing just because if you're not testing then you are guessing, right? Everyone's different, I don't know what the heck's going on in your body. Like your the most intelligent, experienced, educated practitioner in the world doesn't know what's going on in your body unless they test.
Otherwise they're making maybe educated guesses or there may be going with their intuition. But honestly, we really do need testing in order to get that legitimate scientific information to give us a course of action and to give us a path to follow because even if you have a really well educated practitioner who maybe has some really good intuition and has an idea of what might be going on in your body, it can be really hard to commit to all the things that they're asking you to commit with if you are not 100% sold on that, that's actually what's going on with you. And especially if you don't also have a way to track that, right? Like we want to be able to follow up and know, okay, what we're doing is actually working. This is the right thing. We're seeing progress in the results or we're not seeing progress.
So what we're doing isn't working and it's not actually what we should be doing and we need to totally change course. So I can sit here on my high horse or on my soap box or whatever for the next while and talk about the importance of testing. But if you guys have been listening to the podcast or tuning in for High On Energy TV, then you know that I'm really into testing. So I really think hair mineral analysis is amazing because it is really cheap, but it gives you an insane amount of information about the body and it correlates more than any test I've ever come across. Okay. And so what I mean by that is I can look at a panel and be like, okay, this is probably what they're experiencing symptom wise and this is probably how their personality is.
So there's a lot of mood connections and personality connections based on the various mineral patterns that we see. So I can look at that and get an idea like, oh, this person is a type A personality. They probably push, push, push. They probably really busy. They probably take on a lot of tasks or I could look at that and be like, wow, this person probably feels pretty depressed. They might even feel a bit apathetic, like a bit disconnected from their emotions or kind of like they're not really feeling much in terms of ... They're kind of like that stone cold statue. Right. And so that's what's really cool about that. You can also get insight into thyroid, into adrenal health into digestion, into blood sugar regulation into hormones, into the nervous system, heavy metal, toxicity, detoxification, chemical sensitivity.
These are just amongst some of the things that we can see. I can see what if you are in the alarm stage of stress or the exhaustion stage of stress. It's crazy, it's a really cool test and I've come to love it. And I also think it is a really good standalone test. Yes, sometimes we do need to test the gut, we want to see if there's infections. We want to balance hormones totally. But if you're like, I don't have a lot of money, what is my best use of my dollars? I will tell you to do a hair mineral analysis every time, regardless of whether you have hormonal issues, gut issues, brain issues, whatever issues you could be having because the mineral system is very important. Minerals are the co-factors in every single enzyme reaction in the body.
And a lot of times they're actually the enzymes themselves. So if your minerals are out of whack or they're out of balance with each other, I mean you're going to end up with all kinds of different symptoms, right? It just kind of depends on you and what your genetic weaknesses are. So like I said this episode today is going to be a little bit more focused on practitioners and health professionals out there who are interested in learning the basics of HMA or hair mineral analysis. Hair mineral analysis is HMA. But if you are kind of a nerdy maybe you're not going to be a health professional and you don't aspire to be one. You can use the information from this episode to get an idea if the person who is reading your hair mineral analysis should be the one reading your hair mineral analysis.
Because unfortunately this test is very misunderstood and very misread and I've literally had hundreds of people contact me. I have people contacting me every week, who are like, "yeah, this is what my practitioner told me to do based on these results." And I'm literally getting goose bumps and I'm cringing because it's not right. And what they are telling that person to implement or to bring in isn't actually going to help fix the issue. And that's really unfortunate because I think it gives this test a bad name, right? Because I think a lot of people don't have a great experience with it because as practitioners it's hard to interpret and as clients we often have it misinterpreted for us. So that leads us to believe it's not accurate or it's not as powerful tool as it really is.
And your practitioner who might be misreading your hair mineral analysis, it's not their fault, don't get mad at them. There is a very massive lack of training out there on hair mineral analysis. It's actually really hard to learn about. When I started to realize its power and I realized that I wanted to bring it into my life and into the lives of my clients. I took every single training out there that existed that I could find. And every single one of those courses was very interesting. It gave some good information. It helped me maybe understand the panel a little better, but every single one of them lacked practical and clinical application. So sure, I understood what I was looking at sort of, but I didn't actually know what to do with the results or how to actually develop protocols that would help fix the situation that we were looking at.
And I was really frustrated by that. And I spent years figuring it out on my own by following various experts and listening to podcasts and going on PubMed and Google Scholar and diving into the research. And I had to hire a certain HMA practitioners that costs me thousands and thousands of dollars. One woman I was working with who is a true expert, she's one of the biggest experts in the field, but I was paying her $600 an hour to get this information from her. So it was really hard and I had to really want it. Okay. And so that's why I'm saying don't blame your practitioner who maybe doesn't know how to read your hair test, because honestly it's not readily available information. And actually that's one of my big missions is to change that. And so I'm actually going to be running a six week live practitioner training on hair mineral analysis this February.
We'll be starting February 21st and this course is going to dive deep into the primary mineral patterns that you see on hair mineral analysis, but it is going to focus heavily on the clinical application and how to actually develop the hair mineral protocols to actually help people get well. So pretty excited to teach this course. I have about 10 or 12 people signed up. It's going to be awesome. I'm going to give you everything I've got and I'm going to make you feel like an expert in HMA. And so if you are a health professional or you're just a pretty nerdy person in general and you think that you can keep up and understand this information I would love if you would join me, just send my business page a message, I'll send you the details. Yeah, I'm going to be getting the info page up shortly.
And so once that info pages up, it will be go.Kendraperry.net/HMA. If you go to it and you get an error message, it's just because I haven't quite finished it yet. I'm jumping on this really quickly. I literally decided to create this course last week when I had a whole handful of practitioners being like, I want to learn this. Will you teach it? Please teach it, create this course. So I was like, okay, I'm going to do it. So yeah, I'm kind of scrambling to get everything together, but that will be happening for anyone who's interested. And guys, if you're on with me live right now say hey, because really all I see is a little eyeball with the number five and I have no idea who you are. So give me, hey, give me a heart, give me a like.
Let me know that you're here so I can say hi to you personally. Okay, so let's jump into it guys. We're going to talk about three simple or sort of like beginner steps to understanding a hair mineral analysis task. So this is very beginner, but you need to know these first before going deeper into this test. Okay? So number one, this is really, really important and this is actually the primary way that practitioners actually misinterpret this test. And that is they read it as it is. And what do I mean by that? Well, they just look at it exactly how it is. So they're like, okay, you're high on this, so you're eating too much of this. Stop eating foods with that in it. Okay, you're low in this. Okay, you need to eat more of this.
That's actually a huge mistake because the hair is an excretion, right? So this is minerals that are being pushed out of the body and we need to interpret, this is where all the big interpretation comes in. Why is it being lost? Is it being lost because your body has too much of it. You're over consuming it. You have too much of it in your life or because your body can't hold onto it because there's something else going on with some other mineral or vitamin that is causing it to be lost and pushed out of the body. Okay. And so listen carefully when I say this, okay. The mineral system is dynamic. Every mineral has an effect on every single other mineral in the body, either directly or indirectly. Okay? So you can't look at one mineral in isolation and just be like, oh, calcium is high.
Stop eating calcium and that'll make your calcium go down. That is the biggest mistake with hair mineral analysis. And that's a big reason why it's misinterpreted, especially when it comes to magnesium. Because high magnesium typically indicates actually a loss of magnesium. And isn't actually high magnesium in the body. So that person more than anything actually desperately needs magnesium like needs magnesium or they need something to make it more bioavailable. But that practitioner might be telling them, oh your magnesium levels are good, so let's start pulling magnesium out of diet because it's actually too high. Okay. So this is what I mean. So you really ... So if you want to get educated on hair mineral analysis, where you should start is actually learning about the various mineral relationships and which minerals are antagonists. So they decrease the absorption of the other and which are synergists so they enhance the absorption of the other.
And you might be wondering, well this sounds like a lot of information Kendra. Like where should I actually got this from? Okay. So want you to Google when you get off the podcast or the episode with me, Google mineral wheel, I'm pretty sure that we'll bring it up, but it's very cool. And let me actually see if I can bring it up right now because it would actually be really cool for me to show this to you. And maybe you would understand a little bit better. okay, that's awesome. Let's pull it up and now let's see here. Okay, I'm actually gonna share my screen guys, just gimme a second.
Okay. Can you see what I'm looking at? Let's see here, primary display, that's not it, that is something totally different. Okay. It's weird though because when I look at it, I just see an empty screen. I don't actually see the window that I have up. So maybe what I'm going to do quickly guys is I'm just going to look in, I'm going to go to my Facebook page and I'm going to see if I can actually do this populating and let me know you should actually see a mineral wheel. So if you're in the audience right now, just let me know. Can you see the mineral wheel that I am looking at because I would love to know. Okay. And so in my Facebook page is actually kind of delayed.
let me know you should actually see a mineral wheel. So if you're in the audience right now, just let me know. Can you see ... Yeah. I don't think you can see it, I don't know why that is like so confusing to me. So maybe what I'll do is I'll bring this down to my lower screen. Jenny's here. Hey Jenny. And I'll actually switch primary display.
Yeah. So I don't think you can see it. I don't know why that is like so ... That's so weird. I've actually never had this, it's like why can't you see my, that's my slack.
You can see everything, but what ... Okay, so that's not actually working. Just mountains. That's so weird. So you're actually not seeing what I'm looking at. I've actually never had that problem before, so I'm going to try to explain this and the best way that I can. Okay, so Google mineral wheel and pull up the images of what you'll see is that you'll see a big wheel, let's see here. I should also turn down myself talking on my phone. And so what you'll actually see is you'll see this big wheel and you'll see all these lines going through the middle. It kind of looks like ... I don't know how to describe it, but anyways, so what you're gonna see is you're going to see a wheel with all the various elements and metals that all surround the mineral wheel.
And you're going to see arrows on the line in between. And the arrows that push towards each other mean that those are, they're synergist and they're antagonists when the arrow just points in one way and not just towards each other, it means that that mineral enhances the mineral. So I don't think I'm explaining this very well. So let's, okay, let me try again. So you'd have this big mineral wheel and there's all the elements around it. And so let's say that you start ... You go to the very bottom, the very bottom you actually see mg, which is magnesium. And if you follow that arrow up, you'll get to calcium. And what you'll notice in the middle of the line that connects magnesium to calcium are arrows that point towards each other. So what that means is that these minerals, calcium magnesium are synergists. So they enhance the absorption of the other, but they are also antagonists.
So they also decrease the absorption of the other. So that means that in a proper levels they are synergists and they enhance each other, but if they get too far apart, they actually push quite strongly against each other. Okay. So hopefully that makes sense. Okay, so I'm going to try to find another example here. So if you go to the left, you'll see Pb. Okay. And then Pb connects to, let's see here. So Pb connects to chromium. Okay. And so PB is lead. Okay. So lead, you'll see the PB, and you'll see the line that goes to chromium and you'll just see one arrow pointing from lead to chromium. So that means that lead is antagonist to chromium which means that lead can push chromium out of the body and reduce its absorption.
So I hope that makes sense. I might be kind of butchering it. I really hope I could have showed this on my screen. It's so weird that I couldn't show that to you, but check out that mineral maybe. And you could probably get an online description of that, maybe a little better than what I can give you when we're not actually looking at it. But what I want you to ... The reason I'm bringing this up is because you need to understand the entire dynamicness. I don't think that's a word, but let's pretend it is of the mineral system. So when you're looking at magnesium and it's high, you can be like, okay, the first thing you want to think, well, is that high because it's high in the body or is it a loss? And you want to look at the other minerals, consider those relationships and make interpretation based on this.
So if you just read it as it is then that's how you're going to misinterpret it. So that's number one. Don't read it as it is when you're looking at each mineral. Consider all the other minerals. And obviously that's very complex way easier said than done. I mean this took me years to learn, but that's okay. And so number two is to focus on the macro minerals. So when you look at a hair mineral analysis, there's a lot of minerals going on. It's really overwhelming. It's really confusing. But what matters are actually the first four minerals, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium. These are the body's primary electrolytes. They are responsible for running pretty much everything in the body. So when you are thinking about balancing minerals and what you should actually do to help this person or help yourself with those first four minerals, you should be only the implementing things as a new practitioner on those first four.
Because if you can bring those four back in the balance, a lot of the other ones will actually follow. Okay. So focus on the first four or the macro minerals. Don't get stuck down all the other rabbit holes that you can go on with all the like 30 other elements and metals that are on the test. Focus on the first four. That's gonna help bring the body back into balance. And it's going to help with detox of metals as well. Okay. Yeah, so I think Brittany just posted a link. I actually can't see what that link is. I just see it's a gift link, but maybe it's a mineral wheel, I don't know. Okay. So number three, okay is focused on the significant ratios. So sure, we want to look at each of the minerals on their own, get an idea of maybe what's going on.
But really what matters is the balance between minerals. Because if you can remember what I said initially, some minerals are antagonists and some are synergist. So we care about the balance between the minerals. So if the calcium magnesium ratio is really high, that means you have way too much calcium compared to magnesium. So you probably actually need magnesium. Even if magnesium looks normal on its own, you want to actually support that magnesium. The other thing, so there are a bunch of different significant ratios if you're looking, and the only two labs that I recommend guys are ARL and TEI. I don't recommend any other labs out there because they wash their hair samples and that will actually create great variability in the results. So stick to Analytical Research Lab ARL and stick to Trace Elements Incorporated or TEI.
And they will actually give, there's a little section that says significant ratio. So always look at the ratios. Like I said, if calcium is really high above magnesium you probably need magnesium. If sodium is really high above potassium you probably need to potassium. If calcium is really high above phosphorus, you probably need phosphorous. Of course, this is pretty basic. Obviously I don't recommend that you go out and try to interpret your own hair mineral analysis because this is something that took me years and hundreds and hundreds of hours to learn. But this will maybe help you if you are a client working with a practitioner to get an idea if what the protocol that practitioner is giving you is actually a good protocol. because if they're not focusing on the macro minerals, if they're reading it just as they see it, if they're not looking at the significant ratios and trying to balance those out, then that's a red flag.
Okay. So they probably need more training and you probably need to find a different practitioner. Okay. So I'm just going to do a quick summary of what we talked about and then I'm going to go to questions. Okay. So number one, don't just read it as it is. Don't just look at each individual mineral without taking into account the interactions with every other mineral in the body, okay. Especially the macro minerals. Okay. And that brings us to number two, focus on the macro minerals, the first four minerals. These are also called the first level of minerals, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium. Focus on those. Look at the interactions between those. Try to bring those back into balance and focus your attention on the significant ratios, which is number three. So the balance between those main minerals. So the first level minerals especially, so you're going to be looking at the sodium potassium ratio, the calcium magnesium ratio, the sodium magnesium ratio and the calcium potassium ratio.
So those are the four most important significant ratios. They are going to be listed in the significant ratios. Okay. So I'm going to go to questions now. Hopefully that wasn't too confusing. I'm really disappointed I could not bring up that mineral wheel. So Ellen says, "Hey, sent to question regarding fasting perhaps to tease to get minerals. Does that process work at all, or a bad idea also bad bugs and dark lines with the salted water protocol, never had that in my life. Thoughts?" So Ellen, I think these questions are related to maybe a protocol you're going through in high and energy, in which case you should direct those into the membership program so that I can better take a look at what you're actually asking me because I think it was in regards to something I told you within the membership program.
So definitely make sure to ask those same questions within the membership program and then I can help you better because I can spend a little bit more time focusing on your question. Okay. Awesome guys, thank you so much for joining me today. Remember if you want to go through my clinical training for hair mineral analysis, I'll be running that the 21st of February as a live six part training with live Q and A sessions in between. Is going to be super comprehensive. I'm going to make you feel like an expert in HMA.
So if this at all interests you as a practitioner or maybe just someone who is super nerdy and wants to dive deep into this stuff and doesn't know, you are intimidated hanging out with a group of nerdy practitioners, then definitely send my page a message. Let me know you're interested. I'm going to be confirming all the details by the end of this week, and I'll have the info page up shortly, which will be go.Kendraperry.net/HMA. If you get an error message, it just means I'm not done yet, but my plan is to have it done by Friday. All right guys, thank you so much. Thanks for hanging out with me today and I'll see you guys next Tuesday for the next High On Energy episode. Bye.
HIGH on Energy TV Episode #2: Is Iodine Deficiency the Cause of Your FatigueIodine deficiency can absolutely drain your energy levels, cause resistant weight gain and mess with your estrogen metabolism. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common deficiencies I see with my clients. Tune in to see if you are at risk for iodine deficiency, what causes it and the most important steps you can take to avoid it.
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Hello, Hello, welcome to high on energy TV. This is episode two. I'm super, super excited. You're here and I'm really, really excited to talk about. Today's topic is iodine deficiency, the cause of your fatigue. So I'm Kendra Perry. I'm your host and I cannot wait to bring you more energy and this topic today is very, very important. Okay. We know that a lot of us are struggling with low energy. That's probably why you're tuning in for this episode because your energy is a bit sub-par or even worse. It's barely even there. You're rating it like a two or three out of 10 and you're wondering, well, what the fuck? Why do I feel so shitty? And it's a really good question because there are a lot of things that can play into fatigue, but this deficiency, iodine deficiency is actually one of the major causes of fatigue and it's one of the most common deficiencies that I am seeing in my clients.
Once we correct this deficiency, it has a big results. I've seen big results and the people I work with, but also in myself. This is a huge part of why I was able to reverse my debilitating fatigue and get out of that fatigue ditch. Okay. So let's start by talking about what is iodine. So when you think of iodine, you might be thinking of iodine that's in your first aid kit, right? Because I think a lot of us, you know, we maybe use iodine to disinfect wounds, but we're not really fully aware of how important of a role it plays in our bodies and in our diet. So let's talk about some of the things that iodine is important for. So number one, detox. Iodine is a very powerful detoxifier. It helps you detox. So we need iodine in order to detox, especially certain metals like excess copper and mercury. So we need iodine for that. We also need iodine to have healthy thyroid hormone production. So T4 and T3, those are your thyroid hormones. Those are actually made from iodine. Okay. T3 is three molecules of iodine and T4 is four. So if we want to have healthy thyroid production and hormone production, we actually need to have good levels of iodine and this is a big deal because we know that when our thyroid isn't working, we have a lot of fatigue, but we also struggle with weight gain. We tend to be very cold. You might have insomnia and they'd have low stomach acid. You might have cold hands and feet and have a really hard time keeping your body temperature strong. There's a lot of things that can happen when your thyroid is under functioning. And I actually believe a lot of thyroid issues are, have an underlying iodine deficiency. There's a lot of things that play into thyroid health, but definitely iodine deficiency is huge. Okay. So when it comes to thyroid hormone or thyroid health, you really want to be considering your iodine levels.
The other thing that I had is incredibly important is estrogen metabolism. So you need iodine to properly metabolize estrogen and also to produce enough healthy estrogen. There's not just one type of estrogen. There are healthy metabolites of estrogen so you can metabolize your estrogen down healthy pathways into healthy metabolites, and then there are unhealthy metabolites, but when you have iodine deficiency, you tend to produce a lot of the unhealthy metabolite. So that means that women who have iodine deficiency can very easily get things like fibroids, endometriosis, and fibrous cystic breast disease. If you have fibrosis cystic breast disease, I hope you're tuning in, you need to pay attention because iodine is a huge, huge culprit in this. And the only way for you to have any success of reversing fibrous cystic breast disease is by paying attention to your iodine levels.
So we also need iodine for energy. That has to do with how it's involved with the thyroid hormone, like we discussed before. There are receptors in every single cell in your entire body for iodine. And, so you will not have good cellular energy organ energy overall if you don't have good iodine levels. We also need iodine for intelligence and brain health. So when it comes to developing children or developing babies in the womb, in that first trimester, a lot of the intelligence and brain function is built and if the woman who is producing that baby, if she is iodine deficient, but it's going to affect the intelligence and brainhealth of that developing baby. So it's very important and it's also important for our own brain health. People with iodine deficiency tend to have a lot of brain fog. They tend to feel very foggy because they don't have enough production actually have that healthy, sharp, clarifying brain health. The other thing that iodine does is it's a very potent antimicrobial, so it's antiviral, antiparasitic, antibacterial and antifungal. So it does help us fight off infections. So that's a big way, a reason why it's in your first aid kit, right, because you're rubbing it on your little cut and it's helped. It's helping prevent infection. So it's very anti microbial as well. So pretty important stuff. Iodine is a very important mineral and like I said, pretty deficient in the population today.
So let's talk a little bit about some of the ways a person may get deficient. So you know, the obvious answer to this is low dietary intake. So definitely in North America, I mean we don't consume as much iodine as people who are living in Asia. So in Asia people might actually be consuming on average about 12.5 milligrams a day. Where as in the United States and Canada we're getting a mere fraction of this. And the recommended daily allowance for iodine is excessively lowly crazy, crazy low. It's only 150 micrograms. So when you compare a 150 micrograms to 12.5 milligrams in Asia, I mean people who live in Asia are consuming almost a 100 times as much iodine as we are. So I don't understand why our rda for iodine is so crazy low because it's barely enough to give you proper function. It's enough to prevent goiter and to prevent disease. But it's not actually enough to give you energy to promote thyroid health and give you all those benefits that we discussed them beginning of this video. And in a lot of cases in North America, we do tend to have very iodine deficient soil. So unless you live near the ocean and you're consuming a lot of sea vegetables and kelp and fish and spending a lot of time in the ocean, there's a good chance you're just not getting enough iodine into your diet. Okay.
And then on top of that, there are a lot of things that actually compete with iodine absorption in our body and very easily make us deficient. So it's the halide chemical. So this is going to include things like chlorine, chloramine, bromine, and fluoride. So these are a group of chemicals or metals and actually compete with iodine at the receptor level. So if you're getting exposed to these things, they can actually push iodine off of the receptor and then bind to the receptors. So even if you then consume iodine, you know, maybe after this video you're like, oh, I need to think about my iron levels. I'm going to go buy some Kelp, I'm going to go get some sea vegetables and, start consuming more iodine, but if you have these halides attached to your receptors then that iodine just kind of bounces off and gets excreted rather than binding to the receptor and getting absorbed into the system. And this is the thing, if you are drinking tap water or if you ever have in your recent life you are getting a Shitload of halides, right? Because if you're drinking city or municipal water, it's disinfected with chlorine. It also has chloramine in it. And depending on where you live in the world, there may be fluoride as well. So a lot of us are consuming these chemicals in the form of our water every single day, multiple times a day. And that is making us iodine deficient. So drinking, tap water is a big no, no. You can't drink it. It's, I mean, it's not only going to affect your iodine levels, but it's going to bring all kinds of other toxins into your world. And, you know, it's funny because when I talk to people, you know, people were like, oh, well we have really clean water, like our city apparently has the cleanest water, like I don't even know what that means. It's like complete and total bullshit because there are so many chemicals and crap in municipal and city water, sure, maybe it's clean of parasites or bacterial organisms or feces because they disinfected with chlorine. But most, I mean, all municipal and city waters, they're not filtering for metals. They're not filtering for glyphosate. They're not not filtering for residue or runoff from agriculture, like pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, they're not filtering for what's the word I'm looking for? Drug residues. So this is another big one. So a lot of people are taking prescription drugs. They pee out what's left of that prescription job into the toilet that goes back into the water system. And that actually goes back into the water drinking system. So nobody is filtering for these things. And chlorine is toxic. Chloramine is toxic. Fluoride is especially toxic. So there's this big piece of tap water that, I mean most people around the world are drinking and this is making us incredibly iodine deficient, even if we are consuming good healthy sources of iodine, okay.
Bromine is another one. And so maybe you're like, oh, well I drink spring water or among creek water or, you know, I filter my water, I make sure those things aren't in it. Well, you know, you gotta look at like your car, your furniture, your mattress, because these things tend to have bromine added to them and they do off gas and we actually absorb them into our lungs. Nonorganic strawberries are sprayed with bromine, bromine used in a lot of breads as a levener so helps bread rise. So a lot of us are still getting exposed to those things as well. And these make us iodine deficient, and as it's really problematic. So when you start getting iodine deficient, that's when hypo thyroid starts to pop up. You start having thyroid issues, the course that is going to play into your energy levels. Not having proper iodine levels actually can promote Hashimoto's. And this, you know, people don't get this because there's a lot of fearmongering out there around iodine and people are going to say, are going to tell you you're going to find this on the Internet that people are saying, oh, well if you take iodine with Hashimoto's, it's like adding fuel to the fire and it's going to make Hashimoto's worse. Well, there's actually a lot of research that points towards iodine deficiency being one of the primary causes of Hashimoto's and I can tell you that I use and iodine protocol with all my clients with Hashimoto's and hypothyroid and they're getting results. Okay. It's not making their thyroid issues worse. So there is a lot of fearmongering around it probably because it's a very poorly understood mineral and a lot of people don't understand that, you can't just willy nilly go out and take iodine. There's a whole protocol that comes with it that needs to be customized for you. So you do need to be working with an iodine literate practitioner to be doing iodine therapy safely.
So I mentioned in the beginning it's really, really important for estrogen hormone metabolism. So it can lead to that buildup of damaging estrogens, it promotes the 16 OH pathway. So that's one of the metabolites that your estrogen gets turned into, and this is the metabolite that actually leads to a lot of tumor growth. So that can cause things like fibroids, endometriosis, and it can promote fibrous cystic breast disease. Very, very common. This is a symptom I see all the time, and these people desperately need iodine. Your energy levels will drop. You will gain weight. It's really hard to maintain a healthy weight when you were iodine deficient. You get that resistant weight loss were like, no matter what you do, you can't lose weight. You're like eating healthy, you're exercising, you're fasting, and you're just stuck. You're not getting anywhere with your weight. That can indicate an iodine issue as well. I mentioned the brain fog. It can make your brain feel really, really foggy. Really, yeah, just fuzzy. I'm like, you're walking around in a tunnel. That's a very typical iodine deficiency symptom. Like I mentioned, poor, poor detox, so it can be lead to the buildup of certain metals and toxins in the body because you're not able to detox properly, and then there are a lot of studies that are associated with thyroid, ovarian, and breast cancer, so it can definitely have that and it will will lead to the buildup of copper and mercury in your body because you actually need iodine to detoxify those things. Okay.
So yeah, lots going on with iodine. Really, really important to care about status. I mean, I would definitely put a big priority on adding iodine rich foods into your diet. The best way to do this is with sea vegetables. Things like kelp and seaweed and Nori, all those tasty little sea vegetables. It's a really good way. Just make sure you're buying them from a really good source. You want to buy them from someone who's testing them for metals, for toxins because unfortunately our oceans are getting pretty contaminated these days. So you just want to make sure that you get these things from a reputable company, someone you trust in order, just so you're not making yourself toxic, okay. Another really great supplement that I do recommend is kelp and again, you have to be careful on the brand that I trust the most called nature's way and they make kelp capsules and they test them and this is actually a really affordable supplement. Like I think you can go on, iherb.ca and get a bottle of 180 capsules for like $8 or $9 and you can take six capsules a day. It's a really great way to boost your iodine status on top of those food sources of iodine. Really, really love nature's way, Kelp.
So let's talk about testing for iodine. So blood testing for iodine isn't going to work. Urine testing for iodine doesn't really work either because it doesn't really tell us what's going on with the iodine. Like if you have high iodine levels in your urine, is it high because you have enough or is it high because your body's excreting it because the receptors are blocked with halides. The best tests for iodine is probably iodine loading test. So basically this just involves you taking high doses of iodine. And then seeing how much is getting excreted in the urine and you know, if your, if your receptors are saturated with iodine and then it just gets dumped in the urine so should actually have technically, if you have good iodine levels, you should actually have high excretion in the urine and that means like your iodine status is pretty good. But if you have really high uptake of iodine and it tells you that you're deficient because those receptors can only take up iodine when they have space on the receptors and what we want is full receptor saturation of iodine. But the problem with this test is you may excrete a lot of iodine if you have a lot of halide chemicals attached to your receptors. So you know, it, it's not always, a definitive test. The way that I like to determine iodine deficiency is actually with hair trace mineral analysis or each HTMA testing. So technically there is no iodine marker on the HTMA panel because it's actually not excreted through the hair. It is primarily excreted through the urine. But all the minerals have a relationship with each other so I can look at the, the minerals that have the most tightly wound relationship to iodine and determine if there's an iodine deficiency. And then of course looking at symptoms, people's symptoms as well, because you know, if people have endometriosis, if they have fibrous cystic breasts disease, if they have fibroids like severe estrogen issues, they have Hashimoto's, hypo thyroid, I'm probably going to want to put them on an iodine protocol, but I can actually look at the potassium levels of lithium, siledium, calcium and copper, and when I look at those, I can actually look at them and determine is someone's iodine deficient. Because typically people who are iodine deficient, they have really low potassium and really little lithium levels, very hard for the body to absorb and hold onto those minerals without good iodine status. Also, iodine deficiency, tends to cause the buildup of calcium that actually in effect slows the thyroids. You end up with this really high calcium on hair mineral analysis and you may end up with copper toxicity, so there may be high copper or hidden copper on the hair mineral analysis tasks and there may be low selenium levels as well. You also may see a buildup of aluminum because iodine deficiency can affect the aluminum levels and mercury as well. So I don't directly measure iodine. I look at the person, I look at hair trace mineral analysis or HTMA testing. And then based on that, I determine if somebody needs iodine. If someone needs an iodine protocol.
So this is not this video, this is not the ticket to go out and start just willy nilly taking iodine. I really don't recommend doing that because if you don't do it properly, you can just waste your money or you could actually cause your body some stress. So you need to do the iodine protocol properly. So you do want to be working with an iodine literate practitioner like me and someone who runs hair mineral analysis because you want to make sure that you only take iodine. Well, also supporting the other minerals that need supporting, but I want to give you guys some good take home actionable tips, things that you can do right now to support your iodine status. So we talked about sea vegetables, really great way to do that. Sea vegetables, kelp, Nori, dulse, that sort of thing. Just making sure you're getting it from a really good quality organic source. The other thing to do is to filter your tap and shower water. Okay. Because if you ever hope to have good iodine status, you need to stop exposing yourself to halides that are competing with iodine. So I always recommend that people actually start with your shower water because the halides, especially chlorine, chloramine, fluoride, which are typically in municipal city water, they have really low vapor point, so that means that they vaporize, you know, at pretty low temperatures. So if you're having a hot shower, those halides are turning into gases and you're actually absorbing them through your skin and you're absorbing them directly into your lungs. This is actually a massive cause of respiratory issues and asthma. Okay. So I do recommend starting with a showerhead filter, which is great because they're relatively cheap. I like Berkey B e r k e y and Pure Effects Filters. It's like $80. It's not an expensive filter and you just put it on your shower. Once you've done that and you can afford it, I recommend getting a filter for your tap water. I personally use Pure Effects. I like it because I can actually attach it to my tap because I don't like having to fill up a canister because I'm lazy and I don't have fucking time for that. So I like to attach it to my filter. If you don't have fluoride in your water, you can get the compact version, which is the lowest price point. So what you can do is you can pull up your city's water report and just see if they put fluoride into the water. And if they don't, you can go with the compact. But if you do have fluoride in your water, you need to upgrade and go with the ultra. So it's more expensive, but you know, you're getting that fluoride out of your water. We've talked about kelp taking the nature's way, kelp capsules, you can take as much as five to six capsules a day, which is, a few milligrams of iodine. So really good if you couple that with food, you're going to get close to more of that kind of Asian intake of kelp of iodine, which is really important. Plus the Kelp has a lot of other minerals in it, all the cofactors for iodine. So it's a really good, awesome support for iodine if you aren't ready to work with a practitioner and go on a, an iodine protocol.
So those are my recommendations. I hope that helps. This is a really big thing. This is really made one of the biggest impacts on my life. When I started taking iodine, it was like somebody turned on the fucking lights. I was like, I was walking around in a tunnel. I was lying in that fatigue ditch just so exhausted. I was struggling with chronic fatigue for so many years. And yeah, the iodine really turned things around for me. So really, really, really important thing to consider if you are struggling with energy issues or any of the symptoms that we discussed today. So guys, if you want more for me, make sure to download my Free Endless Energy Quick Guide. I have tips on improving iodine and boosting your energy in this guide. It's pretty juicy. Honestly. I give all my best stuff in this guide, so make sure to download that. And if you want to work with me, if you want my support and you want access to functional testing, like the hair trace mineral analysis that we discussed today, join me and my high on energy group membership program. I've got a group of some pretty bad ass ladies and you get full access to me, group coaching calls, facebook forum, plus you can upgrade and purchase the hair trace mineral analysis and see where your iodine levels are at. So if you want links for that, they're in the show notes and I will see you guys next Tuesday at the same time for the next episode of High on Energy TV. Okay, have a great day guys. Thanks for listening.
HIGH on Energy TV Episode #2: 3 Causes of Fatigue that Your Doctor Has Never Heard of
Low energy is one of the most frustrating symptoms a person can deal with. It is also the most common complaint I get from clients. Everyone seems so damn tired these days!
If you are thinking, "I go to bed early. I take steps to reduce my stress and eat a healthy diet, what gives? How can I still be so exhausted?"
In this episode, I break down 3 incredibly common causes of fatigue that most practitioners will never tell you about.
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Hey, hey everyone and welcome to episode one of high on energy TV. I'm super, super excited to be here. It's been a while since I've done a live video and today of course we are talking about fatigue because that is what high on energy is all about. It's about giving you more energy and getting you out of that fatigue ditch as I'd like to say.
So, as I said, I'm super excited to be here and I want to talk to you about three super common causes of fatigue that I don't really see a lot of practitioners or doctors talking about. And you know, fatigue is really, really common. I would say there's this kind of low energy epidemic these days. It's the most common complaint that I get from clients. People are just always telling me that they're so freaking tired and definitely for me personally, this was something I really struggled with. This is what led me to learn about hair mineral analysis, which I think is one of the most powerful tools for addressing fatigue and getting the body more energy. When I first got into functional medicine, this is like five or six years ago, I had a lot of issues going on. I had a lot of hormonal issues. I had to get issues that was just so much stuff going on. And when I started doing the functional testing, it helped a lot. It helped with my God, it helped with my hormones. It helped with the insomnia that I had at the time, which was super chronic and super hard to deal with, but it didn't really do anything to address the fatigue, at least for me. Like I really couldn't get my fatigue sorted until I actually addressed mineral issues. And that's kind of what we're talking a lot about today because these are the things, minerals and metals, which is what we're going to dig a little bit deeper into in this episode. Are huge drivers of fatigue and it's a little bit more cutting edge. It's a little bit more unheard of. And I don't even see some of the biggest functional medicine doctors in this industry really talking about it. And I think this is a huge mistake, and I think this is the reason why a lot of people aren't getting better. A lot of people are spending a lot of money on functional medicine and functional testing, yet they're not quite getting the results. So I want to dive a little bit deeper into this today.
And you know, before we get started, before I go through these three causes, I first want to address like the basics because there are certain things a lot of people are going to be aware of these, especially if you're further along on your healing journey. There are certain things that you do need to have in place in order to have energy, right? And these are the obvious things, but I do want to address these. I want to make sure that you're thinking of these because if you don't have these things in place, um, it doesn't make sense to go deeper and get a little bit more complex as some of the things we talk about today if you don't even have the basics in place.
So let's talk about the basics. Obviously, if you're going to have energy, you need to learn to sleep properly, right? That's a big deal. Most of us know that, but you know, if you're staying up too late or you're not sleeping enough, you're not getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night if you're not going to bed before 11 than that is going to play into your energy levels. Stress is going to play into that. So it was exercise, so his diet and so as water consumption. So those are those basic things and you know, I know you're jumping on with me now if you just jumped on, you're like, okay, like what the heck? Like I thought you said this is stuff that no one is talking about. Like everyone is talking about that. I just want to throw that out there and you know, let you know that if you know, energy is your primary concern. If you're really tired, you always need to make sure that you are reducing stress. You're getting exercise, you are sleeping, you were eating a healthy diet and you're drinking enough water. Okay? Basic things, but let's jump into it.
What are the three super, super common causes of fatigue that not a lot of doctors or even natural pathic doctors are talking about? Okay. I have heard very few practitioners talk about these things, so that's why I'm so passionate about teaching them, but let's talk about one of the number one causes of chronic, unrelenting, debilitating fatigue and that is copper toxicity. And again, not a lot of people know about this. This is a really common issue, especially with women. In the woman that I'm working with. I'm probably like 80 to 90 percent of those women. We are addressing copper toxicity because that is how common it is. Cover toxicity was the primary driver of my own fatigue. Okay. And basically what this refers to is when the body starts retaining copper, for some reason, it gets an excessive amount of copper coming into the body or something starts to happen where the body starts to just increase it's copper retention. And then at some point the body gets so weak that it can no longer metabolize and move copper out of the body. And then that copper starts to accumulate and it basically sets off this huge chain reaction of events in the body that lead to a lot of different, a lot of different issues. But fatigue is a really, really big, big one of these causes of fatigue. So how does one get copper toxic? That is the big question. And there's actually a lot of things in our environment these days that can make someone copper toxic. Okay. One of the biggest causes in women is hormonal birth control use. So they've been on the pill, the patch, the ring, the needle the implant. I might be missing something. I think there's a cervical ring, I may have that, but I'm hormonal birth control does greatly increased the retention of copper. And the reason it does that is because of the synthetic estrogen that is in all hormonal birth control. So estrogen has an interesting relationship with copper and that it greatly increases the retention of copper. So you're on birth control pills for however many years, decades. Like, I mean, some women are on them for 20 years. You were just enhancing your copper retention. Okay. And when it comes to minerals, every mineral has an effect on every other mineral in the body, either directly or indirectly. Some minerals are a synergist, so they help increase the retention of another mineral or some are antagonists. They decrease the absorption of the other minerals so they have an enhancing or an antagonistic effect. And so copper, when you start to retain it excessively like this, it starts to drive all these other mineral issues because copper will deplete your potassium, it will raise calcium, it'll increase the burn rate of magnesium, it will raise sodium, it will deplete zinc, it'll deplete chromium, it will deplete selenium, it will deplete molybdenum. So it has this really interesting effect. So it really messes with all the other minerals in the body. And that's going to set off a whole bunch of events in the body because, you know, minerals are needed for every single process in the body.
And then the thing about this copper toxicity is the reason why it gets to a state where it's actually toxic is because the body can't metabolize it and utilize it. So the body is storing it and it's toxic, but the body can't utilize it. So it's also deficient. And copper is actually one of the primary minerals that is used in the energy cycle. So when your body is making ATP, which is cellular energy, ATP is basically the gas or the fuel that you put into your body that allows it to function optimally. So with copper deficiency, then you don't have good energy production. And one of the most common things I see with copper toxicity is this really profound fatigue. And you've probably, you may have heard me speak of the copper ditch. I see that Jamie's on with me. I know she has heard me talk about the copper ditch, but I call it the copper ditch because when I had copper toxicity, that is how I felt like I was in the ditch. I could see out of the ditch, but I didn't have the energy to get out of the ditch. It's like I drank all night long and it was so drunk I was in the ditch, but you actually, it's not fun like you actually can't get out of it and you're just watching the world go by around you. And so it causes this really profound fatigue. It's really, really hard to deal with. Nothing seems to shift it. And it's because don't have bioavailable copper to utilize in the energy cycle. So this is interesting. But the primary cause copper deficiency is actually copper toxicity and it's because of that bio available, bio unavailable copper.
So if you have been on birth control pills or some sort of hormonal birth control at some point in your life, even if it was 10 years ago, even if it was only for a few years, this could have set off the sequence of events to put you in a place where your body got really weak and can no longer detox copper. Because the thing of a copper is when you increase that retention. Initially it really stimulates adrenal function and so adrenals are actually responsible for metabolizing copper. So the adrenals are pumping, copper stimulating them, they're pumping, you moved that copper out and it's not a big as, as big of an issue, but over time is you consistently stimulate adrenals. They do start to slow down. The metabolism starts to slow down and once adrenal function is low, you no longer can move copper out of the body. And that's when it really starts to accumulate. So that's why like if you were on the birth control pill for say, like four years, 10 years ago, that four years of this greatly enhanced copper retention could have, could have burned out your adrenals, could have lowered that function to the point where 10 years later your body is still struggling to have good adrenal function. And therefore that copper that you accumulated 10 years ago when you were on the pill or whatever, is potentially still causing an issue today. Okay? So I always add that into my assessment of a client is like, okay, so these are everything I'm looking at on your hair mineral analysis. That might be pointing the finger towards copper, but you know, what is the history? Have you been on hormonal birth control? The same goes for the copper Iud, despite what you are being told about the copper iud. It does greatly enhance copper retention. You may not see it in the blood because again, if adrenal function is poor, then it's not going to be moved out and metabolized anyways. But copper toxicity is a big one. It needs to be addressed. A lot of women are struggling with it. And I mean cover doesn't only cause fatigue, it causes a lot of issues, other issues as well, including mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, constipation, crazy insomnia, the kind of kind of just makes you want to crawl out of your skin. It's a big deal and it can take time to detox. And the best way to address it is by running a hair mineral analysis, because if your adrenal function is slow, we can't force your body to detox copper, we actually need to raise adrenal function and we need to raise energetic potential in the body so that the body can actually even begin to detox that. So we can do that with hair mineral analysis testing. Okay. So that's number one.
Number two is another mineral and it's a deficiency. And this is iodine deficiency. And this is another extremely common deficiency that actually is a little bit controversial. There's a lot of practitioners out there that tell you to stay away from Ini that iodine can harm your thyroid. I don't really agree with these. I think, you know, when you're doing iodine therapy, you need to be careful. You need to do the cofactors, you need to do it properly. And if you don't do proper do it appropriately, there is a risk that you could cause some damage. But if you do it properly, it can be a very powerful, protocol. And the reason is because there are receptors for iodine in every single cell in the body. So your thyroid hormone, t3, t4, is actually made from iodine, iodine molecules. It's like three iodine molecules, which is t3 and t4 is four. So that is what your thyroid hormone is made of and your thyroid hormone is responsible for regulating the entire body's metabolism. So if you have low thyroid function that maybe it's being caused by iodine deficiency because your body actually doesn't have what it needs to produce thyroid hormone or to make thyroid hormone, then you're not going to have good energy, right? You're really gonna struggle to have good energy and you know, unless you are, you know, you're living in Asia and you eat a lot of sea vegetables and seafood or you're not living on the coast. A lot of people just don't get enough iodine naturally in their diet. And you know, when we look at say Asian cultures, like they're consuming quite a bit of iodine, like on average they might consume 12.5 milligrams of iodine a day. And what's interesting is the recommended daily allowance for iodine in the US is 150 micrograms. So the Japanese people and Asian people, I mean they're consuming almost a hundred times the recommended daily allowance for iodine in the US, yet they're still healthy and I would challenge even healthier than US people. So there is a lot of fear mongering around iodine and I don't think there's much merit to it.
I think iodine is very important. I think we can consume a ton of iodine in our diet and not be consuming toxic levels of iodine. And I think a lot of people will benefit from an iodine protocol, because a lot of people are iodine deficient, not only because they're not getting it from food, but because there's certain chemicals in our environment that actually compete with iodine on the receptors. So, if you are drinking tap water, if you have fluoride in your water, if you have chlorine or cloramine in your water, then you are probably iodine deficient. Or if you know, at any point in your life you were drinking this type of water, you were probably iodine deficient and it's because those are the halide metals. So chlorine, chloramine, fluoride, also bromine, which is not typically in water, but it's in mattresses, new furniture, new cars. It's sprayed on non organic strawberries. It's in bread as a, as a leven in bread, so a lot of us get exposed to bromine as well, but they actually compete with iodine on the receptors. They can actually just push the iodine right off of the receptor and then bind to that receptor. And if your iodine receptor cells are all, just kind of clogged with Halides with chlorine and fluoride, you can consume iodine and it will literally just bounce off the receptor because those receptors are blocked. Okay. And so this is a big problem because a lot of people are drinking tap water. They're drinking city municipal water that is treated with chlorine. You know, a lot of people are sleeping on mattresses that are off gassing bromine. They have new cars, they have new houses, they have new furniture that are off gassing these halide chemicals.
So that's a really big way that people get iodine deficient. It's not only because they have lack of consumption because they're not spending time in the ocean or eating veggies or animals from the sea, but also because on a regular basis, I mean we are consuming these chemicals on top of that. A lot of us are actually breathing them in and actually absorbing them through our skin in the form of shower water. So they have a really low vapor point. So when they get heated they actually vaporize and then they just, you know, get into your skin. You absorb them into your lungs. That's why these things can actually cause a lot of lung issues and asthma issues. So if you don't have good iodine, then you're going to struggle with fatigue. And I've actually found the iodine protocol to be one of the most beneficial protocols for fatigue. And this isn't a free ticket, a free pass to go and start taking iodine willy nilly. You don't want to be taking high doses of iodine without taking the proper steps and taking the proper cofactors and working with an iodine literate practitioner just because you could potentially mess things up, but you can take some steps to improve your iodine levels just through food, by consuming lots of sea vegetables, algae products. I love marine phytoplankton. Oceans Alive, marine phytoplankton. This is a really good source of iodine or you can take kelp capsules. I like nature's way because, I trust them to not be contaminated, but you can actually start consuming more iodine. And then one of the biggest things you can do is you can filter your tap and shower water to stop exposing yourself to those really nasty chemicals. Okay.
Edina says, 'Could coffee enemas help with detoxing copper? I've only done minimal mineral work, but my energy has improved so much. So I'm wondering if the animas could have helped detox the copper.'
Absolutely. So copper actually leaves the body via the bile. It does. You do sweat out a little bit. Um, but a lot of it is going through the liver and the bile which is secreted by the gallbladder and made in the liver is actually carrying that copper out and one of a big reason why people can also get very copper toxic is because they have oil poor bile function either from low digestive function, low stomach acid infections in the gallbladder. Also, just not having a gallbladder or just having sluggish function, then they may not be able to even move copper out. So maybe they're not consuming too much copper, maybe they don't have hypertension of copper, but they don't have enough bile. So yes, coffee enemas are very, very helpful for copper detox and just metal detox in general because of how they stimulate bile. And when the coffee enema causes you to dump bile, that bile is typically full of toxins and then you just excrete it out into the colon. So that may have helped. Absolutely. Okay.
So that's number two. That's iodine deficiency. And then finally I want to talk about heavy metal toxicity. So to this day I've worked with hundreds of clients. I've yet to see a, a case of profound fatigue that did not also include some sort of heavy metal toxicity. Okay. So, basically, we all get exposed to metals. They are in our environment unfortunately. Industry uses them, right? A lot of industry manufacturing, coal, you know, different mills. I mean a lot of these industries are putting a lot of metals into our environment and then on top of that, like they're in a lot of the products that we use everyday. No one is actually safe from metals like we, we do get exposed to them constantly and what metals do, so they can compete with minerals for binding sites so they can actually. Because like if you, like, if we kind of get nerdy about science here and we think about the periodic table, what minerals and metals are all on the periodic table and that means that they have similarities. So certain minerals actually resemble metals. They have similar properties, and so metals can come into the body and because they're heavier they can actually push these minerals off of binding sites, off of enzyme sites. And sort of displace them so they can actually cause your body to dump minerals. And then, excuse me, if you, are mineral deficient, which a lot of us are, your body is just way more likely to hold onto metals because metals can actually perform similar tasks as minerals. If your body is lacking the minerals.
So a really good example is calcium and lead, so calcium and lead have very similar properties. And if your body is very deficient in calcium, your body can actually use lead in place of calcium to make bone. And yes, lead makes brittle, shitty bone, but it's better than nothing and your body needs to use something so your body will actually utilize that lead. And the best way to get your body to detox that lead is actually to restore calcium levels. So when it comes to metal detox, yes, metals are a massive part of your fatigue. If you're struggling with fatigue, I guarantee you have some sort of metal issue, but this is not a free pass to go out and start doing aggressive, heavy metal detox or doing something like culation therapy which pulls metals through the kidneys aggressively and can actually make someone very sick.
So if you have a lot of fatigue and you suspect metals and I, I almost guarantee there's going to be metals there. Again, the best way to do this, like with iodine deficiency, like with copper, is to run a hair mineral analysis, but there are steps you can take to enhance metal detox. So one of my favorite strategies is near or not near any infrared sauna, infrared sauna, or just a sauna in general. Infrared is a little bit better because you can stay in it longer. It doesn't like heat your skin and make it hard to breathe. But honestly in the end, any sauna will do, sweating it out is a really great strategy to help with heavy metal detox. And then there's actually two products that you can use together. This is very gentle. This is very safe. Anyone can do this, you can use something called bio-sil, which is just silicone, which helps kind of stir up and mobilise metals but very gently, you want to get the drops and you're probably going to be a little bit confused because it's marketed for skin, nails and hair, but it actually is a heavy metal immobiliser. Start with one drop. If you can get to 10, that's great, but it can cause a lot of fatigue in the way that it stores up metals. So we'll just start with one, and you would always want to take a binder with that. And my favorite binder is econugenics practicel C. So this is modified citrus pectin. It will bind to metals but it will not bind to minerals. So most binders out there, bind everything and that's actually super problematic because they will displace your minerals as well. But the modified citrus pectin does not do this, said modified in a way so that it does not affect mineral balance. I only recommend the ECO neurogenics not because I have a relationship with this company, but because they have actually proven their process. And proven that their method with a lot of research, there are a lot of companies out there that say they have modified citrus pectin but they actually don't do it properly. And the result is it will also bind to minerals. So the practicel C is awesome. You do that with bio-sil and that with sauna therapy and that is a pretty awesome a light heavy metals detox that you can do to help boost your energy levels. Okay.
So let's just do a quick recap of the three super common causes of fatigue that your doctor or natural path has never told you about. Probably because they've never heard of it. Number one is copper toxicity. Number two is iodine deficiency and number three is heavy metal toxicity. So if you are struggling with fatigue that is not responding to sleep, stress reduction, exercise, healthy diet, water consumption, drinking enough water, then you really want to consider these three things, because there is a good chance that at least one, if not two, if not all three of these things is playing into your energy levels.
And Maryanne says, 'Any recommendations for those who have had their gallbladder removed?'
So yes, if you've had your gallbladder removed. What that means is your body makes bile, but it has no place to store it, concentrated and secrete it from. So that means that the bile kinda just drips from the liver, it can be a bit aggravating to the intestine, but what it means is that you need to take something to stimulate bile with every meal because you have no way to store it for later. So your body just makes bile and it dumps it. There's no storage facility. So I would take bitters. I love digestive bitters. If you're in Canada, I love Canadian bitters from St Francis. If you were in the states, I like quick silver scientific Dr Shades, bitters, number nine. These are really good bitters. So you'd want to take that with every meal. I would also probably add in some bile salts or some bile acid factors. I liked jarrow formulas, bile acid factors. I would take one to two of those with every meal with the bitters. And you may also want to look into something, a unikey makes the bile builder and that's actually a really great product, but you want to be making sure I wouldn't take any of those outside of meals. You'd always want to take them with meals because you know, if you're stimulating bile outside of your meal, your meal is just gonna get dripped into your intestines. He only want to be stimulating it when you're eating. And unfortunately without a gallbladder, you do need to take those things with every meal for the rest of your life. Or you're not going to absorb fat, you're not going to be able to detoxify, you're not going to be able to clear hormones. So you're going to end up with a whole host of issues, when you don't have a gallbladder.
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Why should you care about contaminated water? Our body is made up of around 45-50% water. Water is vital for our survival! But will any drinking water do?
I’m such a snob when it comes to drinking water. This is because, unfortunately, contaminated water is so common, even in developed countries. This is mainly because of old water pipes and chemical pollution. It’s so sad! It doesn’t matter where you live anymore.
For example, America has fluoride in their water supplies, which is a lethal toxin. What fluoride does is act as a mitochondrial toxin, and it sabotages the ability for us to create cellular energy, affecting the enzymes in our body. What makes this worse is that fluoride is a tiny molecule, making it extremely difficult to filter out once it’s in your water supply. Even if you have a whole-house carbon filtration system that has a large volume of carbon, you won’t be able to get it all.
Is Reverse Osmosis the way to go then? Reverse Osmosis (RO) systems remove water impurities, but not many are aware that they also remove the beneficial minerals and trace elements along with the harmful contaminants! Basically, it turns your water into “dead water!”
No life in it, no good minerals and elements whatsoever! In fact, the reverse osmosis process removes 92-99% of beneficial calcium and magnesium as well as removing chlorine, inorganic and organic impurities in your water. RO is like distillation.
A water distillation system is designed to purify water cheaply, quickly, and efficiently. To distil water, all you really need is a heat source and a condenser. Distilled water is an active absorber, and when it comes into contact with air, it absorbs carbon dioxide, making it acidic. The more distilled water a person drinks, the higher their body acidity becomes. Continually drinking this type of water is a bad idea because of its acidity. It is recommended for getting rid of toxins in the body, but once the toxins are gone, its job is done. So Reverse Osmosis is not the best option for drinking clean water.
There’s been so much propaganda about ionized/alkaline water and how good it is for you, but the facts are that… there are no facts! No scientific proof that it is the best water and it is meant to do what it says it does. For example, drinking alkaline water supposedly “reduces the acidity in your body and restores it to a healthy alkaline state.”
According to many chemists though, that statement is false. Sure, there have been some small studies but the results are not conclusive. There are even possible side effects such as nausea, vomiting, and others. It won’t magically boost your energy levels either. So, as you know, PLEASE do not believe everything you hear and read! So is ionized/alkaline water a good clean water drinking option? At your own risk, it might benefit you or it might make you sick. Definitely wouldn’t be the smartest idea to drink it all the time all day long.
So, what would be the best water to quench your thirst? Spring Water! This is the only type of water we all should be drinking. It’s quite amazing that, on its own, it has been filtered by the earth in ways that we don’t really understand. It contains a variety of trace minerals that our body desperately calls out for. So, if need water asap, look for glass bottled spring water from a reputable brand
What can we do if we cannot get our hands on spring water, either because of the price or where we live just doesn’t sell quality spring water? Well, if you care about your health, you need to think about and invest in a good filter. Even though it won’t get rid of everything all the time, it really has become more of a necessity than an option these days. There are some good filters out there and some even add those trace minerals that of body wants and needs.
Here are a few filters that I recommend that have been proven that really get the job done. And no, a ‘Brita’ water filter is not one of them! It just doesn’t cut it! It removes chlorine, but it does not block chloramine (which is just as bad). I highly recommend “Pure Effects Water Filter Systems,” it protects our drinking water and helps restore it back to its natural ‘pure’ state, entering our body whole and nutritious again.
“Berkey Water Filter” is also a good one that removes all impurities. It is so powerful that it is also classified as a “purifier,” and it is used worldwide as the international standard for water filters. It transforms the water into great tasting, pure drinking water, and does this all naturally without using chemicals and complicated processes.
There you have it, the best options for clean drinking water at your reach. Healthy water, healthy body.
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“I need a coffee!” Who hasn’t said this before? I know I have! Who loves to drink a coffee, tea, energy drink, or soft drink? Who drinks it because they think it gives you more energy? What about the times you get sleepy-eyed at work and feel that a coffee kick will do the trick? Well, think twice! Did you know that caffeine, even in the afternoon, can interfere with much-needed sleeping patterns? Chronic caffeine consumption can ruin your energy levels and cause unpleasant side effects like fatigue. Crazy, right?
It stimulates your central nervous system affecting your body in numerous ways. Knowing the symptoms of caffeine and its long-term effects on your body may make you think twice about having that fourth cup of coffee.
“Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages in the world, and the most commonly consumed psychoactive drug.”
Studies have shown that although it is safe when consumed in low-to-moderate amounts, extremely high doses of 1,000mg or more per day have been reported to cause nervousness, jitteriness, and similar symptoms in many people. However, did you know that it can have the opposite effect causing rebound fatigue after caffeine leaves your system? Yep! I know, who would’ve thought!
Caffeine acts as a central nervous system stimulant. When it reaches your brain, the most noticeable effect is alertness. You’ll feel more awake and less tired. Some people consider coffee to be a health drink, but like most foods, overindulging can cause problems. Don’t be fooled, thinking “another cuppa won’t hurt.”
Often, when people get a headache, they automatically think that they need a caffeine fix. This is usually linked to caffeine withdrawal. What happens is that the blood vessels in your brain become used to the effect of caffeine so when you suddenly stop consuming caffeine, it causes withdrawals and unwanted side effects. It can get to the point that your system becomes immune to its effects, no longer giving you that energy boost you want!
“A Mayo Clinic partnered study found that men who drank more than four 8 fl.oz. cups of coffee had a 21% increase in all-cause mortality.”
Not really something you want to hear, but it’s the truth!
So, like a wise proverb says, “everything in moderation!” Less coffee equals less fatigue.
I’m sure that I am not the first person to tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s true. Breakfast sets the stage for your energy levels and blood sugar balance for the rest of the day.
I don’t know about you, but I love the smell of freshly baked bread straight out of the oven! Mmm… Unfortunately, eating too many carbohydrate foods for brekky is bad for your energy levels and can promote fatigue. Why?
According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, you should get 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories from carbohydrates.
Does this mean yes to potato chips, pizza, and doughnuts? I’m sorry but no. Ideally, you should get your carbohydrates from whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, oats, non-starchy veggies, meats, fruits, and eggs.
Carbs, especially refined carbohydrates, and starches give your body a rush of energy, but it’s short-term. Things like granola, cereal, toast, and pastries do you no energy favors. When your body releases insulin to control your blood sugar levels, those carbohydrates -which have now converted into sugar- make their way to your muscles, liver and other organs leaving you feeling sluggish and tired.
Many people think that they should have a load of carbs for brekky, thinking, ‘this will keep me going till lunch.’ Well, not really. You should be eating protein for brekky. Eating protein for breakfast helps you to stabilize your blood sugar. Your cortisol is highest in the morning, and your glycogen reserves are somewhat depleted. Eating carbs will quickly make it full, but it’s a quick fix and is short lived. Eating protein helps to stabilize blood sugar for longer, keeping you feeling less hungry during the day, helping you eat less.
So in a nutshell, protein is fantastic for stabilizing your blood sugar and helps keep you energized all morning. My favorite breakfast is poached eggs on roasted yams with sauerkraut and avocado.
Why is going to sleep before 10:30pm so darn important? What connection is there with your energy levels?
Well, did you know that the deepest and most regenerative sleep occurs between 10pm – 2am? After 2am, your sleep becomes more superficial. Yep! If your body is chronically deprived of this regenerative sleep between those times, you may still feel tired when you wake up in the morning.
Having excellent deep sleep has many benefits such as: maintaining a healthy weight, fighting high-stress levels, and keeping your energy levels HIGH! Who doesn’t want these benefits, right?
Now, why? Why 10-10:30pm, and what does it have to do with our energy levels?
It all has to do with an internal clock lodged deep inside your brain that regulates your sleep – the pineal gland. Yep, amazing stuff. What happens is, the pineal gland receives information about sunlight or light through your eyes. When the sun sets, that gland tells your body it’s dark outside, and this is when melatonin steps in, affecting your sleep. How amazing, right? So, how can you work with this amazing internal clock? Well, after the sun goes down, keep lights low or use candles. Bright lights will make your pineal gland think it is still daytime and mess up your melatonin levels.
Your body removes the effects of free radicals that have been produced by stress throughout the day when you sleep. This natural, nocturnal clean-up crew, maintains your physical balance without barely any effort. All you need to do to benefit from this process is to sleep when your pineal gland sends the melatonin signal.
So, turn off all electronics! Yes, you guessed it, this means no TV, no Netflix, no Instagram, no Facebook, etc.