HIGH on Energy TV Episode #6: Which Diet Works - The Science of Weight Loss
According to the science, what is the most effective diet for weight loss?
Today we dig deep and nerdy into the science of weight loss. What diet is best?
Is it low-carb? Low-fat? Keto?
Plus, what to consider when the scientifically-proven weight loss diet doesn’t work.
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Hello, hello, everyone. Welcome to another awesome episode of High on Energy TV. This is episode six, and my name is Kendra Perry, for those of you who might just be meeting me for the first time, and you can find out more about me at KendraPerry.net. And today, we are diving into a topic that I know a lot of people love to talk about. We are talking about weight loss, but what we're gonna do is we're gonna get a little bit nerdy today, and we're gonna actually dive in into the science of weight loss, and we're gonna discuss, when it comes to the scientific research, what is the scientific research actually saying about the best diet for weight loss, because there is a lot of bad information out there. There are a lot of fad diets. There's a lot of books that are promising you a lot of really big results.
Hey, [Maryanne 00:00:51], welcome.
They're promising you all kinds of things if you just do this or do that or follow their program, but what does the science actually say, because I think it's a lot less complicated than people think. And then, we're also gonna talk about what to do when the scientifically proven diet for weight loss doesn't actually work because this happens. Just because you are following a specific diet does not guarantee weight loss and this can be really frustrating. I totally get it because I've been there. I've been the person on the healthiest diet of anyone I knew, following that scientifically proven diet for weight loss and not getting results, and that's when we need to dig a little bit deeper and so we're gonna be discussing that as well today.
So welcome, everyone who is on Facebook Live with me right now. Say hi. I know Maryanne's on here. I know we have a few other people. But all I see is just an eyeball and a number sign, so I don't actually know who's here. So if you're here, say hi. Feel free to introduce yourself and say hey, because I love to know who's here.
Okay, awesome. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna start by talking about some of the most common theories of weight loss. And probably the one that is known the best is the calories in, calories out theory of weight loss, so let's discuss that. So this theory of weight loss is the one that we're all familiar with. I feel like we're told this most of our lives.
Oh, we've got [Pardese 00:02:29], [Peardese 00:02:30]. I think I'm butchering your name. I hope I said that right. But hi, welcome. I haven't seen you here before and I'm really glad you're here. Okay, so calories in, calories out. I know that I was told this most of my life. I remember in high school reading Cosmo magazine and I knew that I always needed to eat less, and a lot of my high school experience was actually spent trying to lose weight and trying to restrict calories and eat less, which is crazy looking back. I'm sure when you look back at photos of yourself in high school you're like, "I was fit as fuck. Why did I think I needed to lose weight?" But honestly, I think I was just doing it because all my friends were doing it.
And so, basically, the theory of calories in, calories out basically is based on the law of thermodynamics, so it basically means that you need to bring in less energy than you expend in order to lose weight. So, basically, this is the eat less, exercise more model. So you wanna take in less calories and you wanna burn more calories. So the problem with this is that people automatically assume that when they bring in less calories than they consume, they're automatically going to lose weight. But this doesn't usually happen, and let's talk about why.
So let's talk about what the science says about what's actually going on when you actually start to do this method. So typically, if you start restricting calories and exercising more, there is a very good chance that you are gonna lose weight but this weight loss only will happen initially. And then, at some point, something happens. Weight loss comes to a halt. You plateau and then you slowly start to gain it back. And in some cases, you gain back extra weight. Nobody wants that. That sucks.
So why is this? So there's actually three metabolic adaptations that are happening when you decrease your calories consumption, and part of this is due to the fact that your body is always fighting against weight loss. This is an evolutionary thing. In the environment before we had fridges, and 7/11s on every corner and we didn't have access to food when food was a scarcity, our body was always trying to gain weight. It always wanted to prevent yourself from actually losing weight, because if you lost weight you could starve to death. So a lot of physiology, a lot of the information in ourselves is really, really fighting against losing weight.
So let's talk about those three metabolic adaptations that happen when you start restricting calories. So number one, it decreases your thyroid hormone. Now, the thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland on your neck and it's actually the main regulator of your metabolism. So when your thyroid hormone decreases, ultimately, so does your metabolic rate. So as thyroid hormone becomes less, as your thyroid hormone slows down, your metabolism slows down. So that is one of the three metabolic adaptations that happens when you follow the eat less, exercise more model of weight loss.
Number two, it will actually breakdown muscle, and muscle is more biologically active than fat. So that means, when you have less muscle, ultimately, you have less ability to actually burn calories. So the eat less, exercise more model does tend to lead to muscle breakdown.
Number three, it actually causes fatigue. And so, this happens because your thyroid is slowing down and that actually decreases your energy levels. So when you have more fatigue, you slowly start moving less and sometimes this is very gradual, and sometimes this happens without you even realizing it. So we slowly ... our metabolism goes down. We start burning muscle. We start having less ability to burn fat because we have less muscle, and then we are slowly getting more tired, so we are starting to move less, and less and less. And this can be very gradual, and this doesn't happen immediately. This might happen a year or so after you get that initial weight loss, and this is a big reason why there that big fat statistic out there that tells you that 95% of people who lose weight will gain it back, maybe plus more, within a year. And we know that, because if you look at ... if you guys are familiar with the show The Biggest Loser.
Okay, so this is pretty popular TV show. Maybe you know what I'm talking about, but it's basically a TV show where they take overweight people, they put them through an exercise program with a trainer and they restrict calories, and they lose a bunch of weight and then they choose a winner. And I believe that every single contestant of The Biggest Loser, with the exception of I think one, has actually gained all the weight back that they initially lost and sometimes even more.
So that's a pretty big deal, because that is ... The Biggest Loser is the epitome of the calories in, calories out model of weight loss. The other thing that happens, so this is fourth thing. I know we talked about three but there is a fourth thing that happens, is when you start restricting calories your body's like, "Okay, well, we need to get more calories in," so your body actually starts messing with your hormones. It'll increase your hunger hormones and that will actually lead to you craving more food. So as over time, you're slowly exercising less, you are also slowly starting to eat more as well.
So if you guys are on with me live today, say hey. I know there's a few of you out there. And just let me know, give me a thumbs up if you're familiar with this. Have you seen this happen to someone you know? Has this happened to you? Let me know. If I was sitting in the audience right now I would give a thumbs up in the comments because this has happened to me multiple times in high school and in my 20s when I was thinking that this is what I needed to lose weight. It was also what I thought I needed to do to be healthy, because I associated being skinny with being healthy, so I thought by restricting calories I was actually keeping myself healthy. I also was living in the '90s and early 2000s where I was totally afraid of fat. I thought it was really bad and everything I ate was a low-fat processed produce. So I was doing myself a lot of disservices at that time. Totally clueless about nutrition and health. But hey, when you're young, sometimes you just don't know.
So the reason that this approach to weight loss actually fails is because, like I mentioned, the body is actually fighting fat loss. Like I said, this is a very normal thing. Of course, our body wants to fight fat loss, because in the real world, out in nature we wanna carry as much weight as possible because food is scarce. So if we were hunter/gatherers, humans living outside of the industrialized world that we live today, we probably wouldn't be able to be overweight because we wouldn't have that much availability to food.
So why does the body fight against fat loss? Well, it's an evolutionary thing. We talked about that. But there's also this thing called a fat loss setpoint. And so, anyone who's on the cutting edge of weight loss research is talking about the weight loss setpoint.
Okay, so Nicole says, "Hello. Yes, my body crashed after being put on an 800 calorie diet." Oh, my gosh. That is so low. That is crazy. I actually can't believe someone would put you on a diet that low. That's barely enough calories for normal metabolic function, so no wonder you crashed. Totally crazy. There is some really crazy theories out there about what you need to do for weight loss. And if it's restricting calories to that point, it's not a safe thing to do.
Okay, so let's talk about the fat loss set points. So this is biological mechanism that is designed to keep your weight stable over time. So no matter how many calories you burn, your body is always fighting its way back to that setpoint. So that is a big ... the big part of this. So your body has this setpoint, whatever that is, and that can change over time but your body's always fighting to get back towards that. So a big part of weight loss is figuring out, well, how do we lower our weight loss setpoint? And we're gonna talk a little bit about, today, about some of the things that actually interfere with the weight loss setpoint and make it so that that setpoint keeps getting higher.
So when it comes to calories, so if we know that if we restrict calories that we can't lose weight, does that mean that we shouldn't consider calories? Does that mean that calories don't matter? And I think there's two big platforms out there. There's the people that are like, "Calories matter. You absolutely have to restrict them to lose weight." And then, there's the other people who are telling you that calories don't matter, just eat good food.
So what's the truth? Well, the truth is calories actually do matter, but the research shows that if you count them it won't help you lose weight. So this is probably like a WTF moment. You're like, "What the fuck? Kendra, what are you talking about? What do you mean? So I need to ... Calories matter. I need to eat less calories. But if I count them, it's not gonna lead to me losing weight, at least in the longterm? So how does that even work?"
So this is a bit confusing but we're gonna ... let's dig into this. And I just wanna say hi to Kristy. She says, "Hello. Having PCOS, it's difficult to keep weight in check and get what I need." Yeah, so there are hormones that can fight against this. I know with PCOS there is a big insulin resistance component. Your body typically has a really hard time breaking down glucose, breaking down blood sugar. For some reason, the elevated androgens really push that insulin resistance. And then, in turn, the insulin resistance pushes the elevated androgens that drive the PCOS. And so, we'll definitely talk about that in a later episode because PCOS is a big piece of energy, weight loss. It plays a big role in those various systems of the body. So we're gonna definitely dive into that in a future episode.
So the key to losing weight is to eat in a way that naturally lowers your calories without you actually counting them or trying to lower this. And so, this is actually a really big reason why people tend to lose weight on a low-carb diet. It's not because it's low-carb. It's because naturally, when you tend to eat low-carb, you need to replace the carbs with something. Typically people are going to replace the carbs with protein. So they're actually eating a higher protein diet and that's actually what the research actually says, that the best diet for weight loss is a high protein diet. Why is that? It's because protein is very satiating. It's very energy dense. It raises and lowers your blood sugar more slowly. So actually, pretty important for someone who has PCOS to eat a high protein diet.
So a high protein diet naturally makes you eat less, because it fills you up more and it gives your body a higher nutritional need. So all this big low-carb fad out there that says you need to go low-carb for weight loss actually has nothing to do with it actually being low-carb. It's just because, naturally, when people go low-carb they tend to go higher protein. And when the research actually compares low-carb to low-fat, they get pretty much the same results for weight loss. It's really all about that calorie restriction, that natural, non-counting calorie restriction, but also that higher protein content.
So how much protein should you actually be eating in a day, because this is important. And when I work with women, typically what I'll get them to do is use the free app, My Fitness Pal, and get them to track their protein for a week and see how much protein are they actually eating in a week. And what I see in a lot cases is woman aren't eating nearly enough protein.
So what you wanna do ... So the range for daily protein consumption ranges from about .4 to .7 grams of protein per pound of body weight. That range really depends on your activity level. If you are a sedentary person, maybe you don't move around in a day, you have an office job like me, or you run an online business, or you're just ... you're not ... you don't have a lot of movement throughout the day, and then you're not doing really intense exercise. Well, probably, you're gonna need protein on the lower end of that. Whereas, if you have a physical job, I used to work in forestry so I was in the bush, running around the forest all day long. And so, in that case I needed higher protein in a day. Or, maybe you're a professional athlete, or your someone who goes to Crossfit every day, or you exercise intensely on a regular basis, well, you're probably gonna need on the higher end of this.
The reason why I tell you to use an app, like My Fitness Pal, [Foodjacate 00:15:20] is another good one as well, is because 100 grams of chicken doesn't have 100 grams of protein. And so, chicken has some fat in it as well, so it's not gonna be just 100% protein and that varies a little bit depending on the type of protein you are consuming. So you do need to track that for about a week and just get an idea of where your protein is at.
Typically, when I recommend protein, I do recommend high-quality, grass-fed, organic, local if possible, animal products because they are significantly higher in protein than vegetarian sources. There are some things out there that have a really good protein profile for vegetarian sources, spirulina is a good example, so is hemp, but it is really hard to meet those protein requirements if you are consuming a plant-based only diet. I'm not saying I don't believe in a plant-based diet. I do believe in a plant-based diet but I do think you need some amount of animal protein in most cases. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule and there are some people who do thrive on a vegan diet. I just don't see it very often. So I recommend high-quality animal protein. And what you'll see is that your protein requirement for the day doesn't actually require you to eat a ton of meat, and it probably doesn't require you to eat meat every day. It's just, maybe, a few times a week and then you top that up with the vegetarian sources of protein.
So I talked about, before, that fat loss setpoint. And if you wanna lose weight, the biggest thing, and you wanna lose it for the longterm, you really gotta work on lowering that fat loss setpoint. And so, let's talk about some of the things that cause that setpoint to malfunction. So number one is what's called high reward food. So these are food that are really easy to consume a lot of. They taste really good. They're addictive. They make you wanna eat more. Yet, they have very little nutrition or minerals. So this is that processed food category. So this would be things like chips, or crackers, or ... I'm trying to think, nuts and seeds can be a bit of a high reward. Because typically, when you get nut or a seed, it has a shell and you have to hack that shell open. And so, if you had to hack open a shell of every single nut you ate, you probably wouldn't eat that many nuts. But if they de hauled, so they've got the shell and the haul away from them, you can just consume them, consume them, consume. You could sit there and eat a thousand calories worth of nuts in a 20 minute sitting because they're easy to consume.
So these high reward foods have been processed, so they have a lot of the minerals and nutritional components stripped of them. The thing that's left is the really digestible and consumable and addictive carbohydrates. So a bag of chips is really to consume. You could probably eat three bags of chips. But if you actually had a potato, how many potatoes would you actually be able to eat? Maybe you'd be able to eat one, maybe two potatoes and then you'd be super full because there's starch in that. There are minerals. There are nutrients. There's all these different things in a potato that makes it really hard to eat potatoes for an hour straight, but I bet you could eat chips for an hour straight. So those high reward foods actually do mess with the weight setpoint. And this is a big reason why processed foods need to be removed. Any healthy diet removes these type of foods.
The other thing that messes with weight setpoint is high food variety. So this is eating tons of different foods at once. So think of, you go out for a fancy dinner. Maybe you have bread to start, and then you have an appetizer, and then you have a main course, and then you have a dessert, and then you have a cocktail in there, or something like that. And so, that's a ton of food variety. You've got fats, carbs, proteins. You have multiple different food ingredients. That is a lot for the body to handle and that's for a body to digest. And doing that can actually really mess with your setpoint. So simplicity really wins when it comes to a good weight loss diet. So you wanna stick to simple foods. And when you look at traditional foods, typically, they're eating the same food over, and over and over again and it's just ... it falls into just a few categories.
I'm not telling you to eat the same food over, and over and over again, because that might make you really bored. But you really wanna be sticking to those simple foods. Have you animal protein, your small little bit of animal protein, like chicken, pork, beef, whatever it is. If you're a vegetarian, maybe that's some tempeh. And then, you're gonna have some veggies and you're gonna have some fats, and maybe you're gonna include some legumes, or maybe some gluten-free grains in there. That would be a very simple meal and that would be a very good diet for weight loss.
The third thing that really messes, number three, with that weight loss setpoint is circadian rhythm disruption. So this has nothing to do with diet, but it's really important. This is pretty clear in the research. So if you're not getting enough sleep, this is a big thing. So not getting enough sleep in the night can actually make you quite insulin resistant and that is gonna cause you to gain weight.
So if you want to lose weight, and you wanna maintain a healthy weight, you need to get to bed at a decent time, and I would say no later than 10:30. You need to sleep seven to eight hours every single night. Things that can mess with your circadian rhythm is not getting enough sunlight, a light deficiency, malillumination, just like malnutrition, is a thing.
So if you're not getting enough sunlight, this is probably a big reason why people in the Northern Hemisphere gain weight in the winter, because you don't get sun for a bunch of months out of the year. So I do recommend, for those people, it might be worth it to get a vitamin D lamp. The one I recommend is call Sperti, S-P-E-R-T-I. It's a really good vitamin D lamp if you do live in a northern place and you don't get a lot of light for half the year. You can use a red infrared light. I have a, do I have it next to me, I usually have it right here, but I have a little red light which helps me get more light. And then, of course trying to get outside and getting unfiltered sunscreen-free natural light, and how much you need really depends on your skin tone. I have Italian heritage. I need to get a lot of sun. I'm one of those people who never burns. I get super dark and I actually need a lot more unfiltered sun exposure than my boyfriend who is a ginger, and he probably needs 10 to 15 minutes and he's good. So that will depend on your skin tone.
And then, of course, too much blue light after the sun goes down. So screens, computers, cellphones, these are a really big culprit for blue light and the big thing is because the light, the rising and the setting sun actually sets our circadian rhythm and that blue light mimics the sun of a rising sun, or the light of a rising run. So if you are looking at screens, if you're watching Netflix, if you have really bright lights in your house, you on your tablet, this can mess with your circadian rhythm. So I do recommend avoiding these types of lights in a couple hours leading up to bedtime. If you do need to use them, get those really sexy blue light blocking sunglasses. They are the orange sunglasses and they work really well.
Other things that can mess with circadian rhythm, and of course I'm bringing it back to minerals because you know I love talking about minerals, but magnesium deficiency can mess with your circadian rhythm, copper toxicity is a big one because copper stimulates adrenaline and that can keep you up at night, sodium excess, and then zinc deficiency. All these things can actually mess with your circadian rhythm. So ultimately, if you're following this perfect scientifically proven diet for weight loss, you're not eating high reward food, you're eating simple foods and you're not indulging, or over consuming, because this another thing that will mess with the weight loss setpoint, then you really need to think about minerals and metals and toxicity, and we're gonna talk about that in just a second.
So the next thing that messes with the weight loss setpoint is the over consumption of calories and overindulgence. And honestly, this can happen even when you're eating healthy food. A really important thing is to not overindulge and overeat, but you don't wanna be counting calories. But if you're eating this simple diet of wholefoods without those high reward foods, it's actually really hard to over consume food. When was the last time you were like, "Man, I really binged the hell out of that broccoli"? When was the last time you said that. You said that never, because who can ... who binges of broccoli? You just can't do it. It's just not possible. What do you typically binge on? Well, chips, or pasta, or cereal, or crackers, or something along those lines. It's the high reward foods. So if you're eating this really simplistic wholefoods diet that doesn't have those high reward foods, then it's actually really hard to overindulge and over consume calories.
The other thing that we need to mention is movement deficiency. So this is why it's so important to have regular movement, and this is something that I personally do need to work on because I'm really good for getting exercise in the morning, and then later on in the evening after my workday, but when I'm on my computer in the day I get locked in to projects, or things that I'm working on and I ... I'll just sit there for multiple hours and I know that's really bad for me. Because even if you sit all day, then you go pump it at the gym for two hours, that's not enough. If you were stagnant for that entire day, that is gonna mess with your weight loss setpoint. So regular movement is really important. So if you have a desk job, you need to set a timer and every 30 to 40 minutes you need to get up and do something. And it doesn't need to be a lot, it just needs to be something to get the blood flowing.
So something I have in my office, right over there, is a rebounder. So I have a little trampoline and I set a timer and I try to do 100 jumps every 30 to 40 minutes. So now, I'm not super consistent with this. This is definitely one of my challenges, but something like that, maybe you can't have a rebounder in your office but maybe you could do a quick lap of the office, maybe you can do some jumping jacks, maybe you can just run on the spot, but doing something for even just a couple minutes every 30 to 40 minutes is actually really, really important. If you're not doing that, that exercise, or that gym session that you have at the end of the day, or the beginning of the day isn't enough to offset the negative effects from movement deficiency from not moving on a regular basis. So that is really, really important.
So the final thing that I wanna discuss, and I've eluded this, so in the beginning I said if you are doing, so you're doing the scientifically proven diet for weight loss, which is high protein, low food reward, simple meals, and then natural, organic, all of that stuff, you're getting good sleep, you're moving on a regular basis and you are not overindulging but you still can't lose weight, you gotta think about minerals and metals and toxicity. This is big thing.
So get exposed to a lot of crap in today's world. We are the forefront of the generation that is getting extremely toxic because of all the chemicals, and metals and plastics and everything in our environment. These things are getting into our body. And once they enter the body, if your body isn't able to detox them and if you're someone who has a slower metabolic rate, which is 80% of the population, it's very hard for your body to move these things out. So the body needs to store them.
A really good place to store toxins is actually fat cells. They provide this stable matrix to put a toxin into you where it won't have a negative effect on the body, to some degree, versus it being out in the blood running amuck in the body causing all these issues. So your body will actually push toxins into fat cells. And sometimes, your body is like, "Well, I'm not gonna let you burn fat because the fat cells are full of toxins and if we immobilize all these toxins you'll probably die." So a lot of times your body actually might be protecting yourself from toxicity. This is why I think a effective detox ... or weight loss program needs to include detoxification. It also needs to involve correcting mineral imbalances, because if your minerals are really out of whack, it actually is really hard to regulate blood sugar. You may end up with lots of cravings and it may be really hard for your body to even lose weight and produce energy, because you actually need to have good energetic potential to actually lose weight.
So if this is the case, if you're at this point where you're like, "Man, I've done all these things and I can't lose weight," you wanna be doing something like a hair mineral analysis and a heavy metals panel. These are the best ways to address your mineral status, to address toxic metals in the body and you wanna work with a practitioner to go through some sort of mineral rebalancing detox program, because if you don't do this it will be stuck and I see this all the time.
And so, that's what I recommend. You wanna ... You don't wanna try to do this on your own. A hair mineral analysis is not something that you can interpret on your own. It's a very complex test. Trying to interpret tests on your own without actually knowing how to interpret them is a really good way to waste your money, so you do wanna find a mentor. I hope it's me. I hope you want me to mentor you, because I do mentor people in my High on Energy membership program. Where, basically, I give people a step by step program to help them restore their energy, help them lose weight, help them eliminate brain fog, get their hormones balanced. And then, you can access the testing as an upgrade. Hair mineral analysis, gut testing, metal panels, so that we can make that protocol customized for you because everyone's different, and my mineral imbalances are probably very different from your mineral imbalances.
So the link for that is in the show notes, or just on top of this live video if you wanna check that out. We have about 70 women so far and counting, and it's probably the most amazing community of women I have ever come across. They are so supportive and multiple times a month I bring everyone cutting edge functional health strategies to help move the needle and help them get towards their health goals. Which, for a lot of them, is losing weight and gaining more energy because a lot of people are chronically fatigued these days.
So let's just quickly summarize before we hop off today. Let's talk about what is the best diet for weight loss. So high protein, low food reward, so get rid of that processed bagged plastic food crap. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store. High protein, eat high-quality organic animal protein or vegetarian protein, if you don't eat animal meat. Make sure to include some fruits, some vegetables, and if you are eating nuts, seeds or grains, make sure to properly prepare them, because they contain anti nutrient factors that will bind with minerals and pull them out of the body.
And so, with nuts and seeds, you wanna soak them, and then roast them. And with grains, you wanna ferment them and that will help breakdown those anti nutrient factors to make them less damaging to the system and prevent them from actually effecting your mineral status negatively.
So I hope this was helpful, guys. If, for those of you who are with me live, if you have any questions, throw them into the comments box now because I would be more than happy to answer them. I love connecting with you guys and answering your questions, because you guys always have really good ones for me, and remember that we do this Facebook Live every Tuesday at 4:30, and then I release it as a podcast every Thursday. And the last Tuesday of every month, we do a live Q&A. So if you have questions, you can send them to my Facebook page. Just send me a message and I will answer them live on air, or you can always hang out with me, 4:40pm Pacific, on Tuesdays, the last Tuesday of the month is the Q&A.
And guys, if you wanna work with me, if you wanna connect with me, I do encourage you to join my High on Energy group membership program where, for a very, very low price point, you can get full access to me. I will help guide you and coach you. I will bring you the most cutting edge functional health strategies you need to start moving the needle to help you lose weight, to help you get more energy, to help you eliminate brain fog, and just basically get your life back. Because when your health sucks, you don't really have a full quality life.
And if you're not sure you wanna go that far and you just wanna get some basic tips, you can download my free Endless Energy checklist. Again, the link for that is in the show notes or in the Facebook Live description, and that is just my five non-negotiable strategies for getting more energy. So it's where to start, if you don't know where to start.
All right, thanks guys. Thanks so much for being here with me today. I love you all and I will see you guys next week.
HIGH on Energy TV Episode #5: Why potassium is important for energy and how to support it
Potassium is BEYOND important for your energy levels. Many people are deficiency in potassium and it is making them impossible to feel vibrant and energetic.
In this episode, we discuss the importance of potassium, who is at risk for potassium deficiency, common symptoms of potassium deficiency and my three most important foods for raising potassium.
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Hey guys, how's it going? Welcome to episode five of, of High on Energy TV. I'm your host Kendra Perry from KendraPerry.net. And I am so excited to help you get more energy.
So today we're going to be talking about potassium and why it is so important for energy and how you can support it. And so this is actually one of my favorite minerals. The reason for that is because so many people are incredibly deficient in it and it plays a major role in the fatigue that people are experiencing and it's one of the minerals that when people start to boost it and people start to replenish and restore their status, that they tend to get pretty big results. I have to tell a lot of my clients that potassium needs to be their mission. Okay. So today we're going to be talking a little bit about what is potassium, why should you care about it? We're going to be talking about how much potassium you need in a day and it's actually quite a bit. You'll probably be surprised. We're going to talk about what can cause potassium deficiency, symptoms of potassium deficiency and who is at risk for potassium deficiency. And then I'm going to give you three simple ways that you can support your potassium levels.
So. Hi, Marion. Marion just hopped on the live recording on my facebook page. How's it going? Welcome. I'm super glad you're here. I hope you are excited to learn about potassium. Okay.
So what is potassium? So potassium, I think when most people think about potassium, they think about bananas. I think everyone is well aware that potassium is very high in bananas, but there's way more to potassium than this, I promise. So it's one of your body's major electrolytes, which means that it's just a very abundant mineral in the body. It's very important for regulating your heart, very, very important for this. It helps dissolve and keep calcium in the bone. So that means it's very important for bone density and not having brittle bones. When people have lower potassium, they tend to have calcium building up in the wrong place, which is the soft tissue, which means that, they break bones more easy, they have brittle bones, they may have osteopenia, osteoporosis. It's very, very important in regulating the thyroid and in fact, people who have hypo thyroid or hyper thyroid, so underactive or overactive thyroid, they tend to have lower potassium levels. Potassium is anti cancer, so it helps fight cancer. So in a lot of natural cancer protocols, there's a lot of juicing and a lot of potassium support in those protocols because it does have anticancer effects. It regulates fluid in the body, that fluid balance in the body, it controls cell permeability, so it controls how well things get in and out of the cell and it helps your water get into the cell. Okay.
So as you can see, it's very important. Potassium is incredibly important. And a lot of us aren't getting enough of it. And even if we are consuming enough of it, there may be other factors, other sort of factors either in our diet or in our body that might be preventing us from properly absorbing potassium. So according to the recommended daily allowance for potassium, it's about 4,500 milligrams. You probably need a little bit more than that because I feel like, the RDAs are always on the lower side and usually they're just enough to, for you to avoid nutritional diseases rather than actually build and promote health. 4,500 milligrams is actually quite a bit and it's actually even challenging I find to get that 4,500 milligrams. So at the end of the livestream I'm going to be telling you guys like what foods will give you the best bang for your buck with potassium. So that's coming up. So stay tuned.
Okay. So what causes potassium deficiency? So people who have thyroid issues have a really hard time with potassium retention, meaning that they don't hold onto potassium well. So if you have hypo thyroid or Hashimoto's, then I do encourage you to pay attention and make potassium your life mission because it's really gonna help. It's gonna help with your energy. It's going to help you feel better. And so the thing for people who have hypo thyroid, it may not necessarily be that they don't consume enough potassium, but they don't retain it well. So their body has a really hard time holding onto this. And I see this all the time when I'm running hair mineral analysis. I see really bottomed out. Potassium and people who have thyroid, typically they have very high calcium, they have very low potassium, sometimes it's barely registering and, they tend to feel a lot better when you raise the potassium. But the thing is is when you look at, I look at their diet and I'm like, well, they actually consume a lot of potassium rich foods, but they just have this really low retention because of this thyroid issue. The other thing that will promote potassium loss from the body is hormonal birth control. Okay. So, the synthetic estrogen that is in pretty much all hormonal birth control, some talking about the pill, the patch, the ring, the implant, the needle, pretty much the whole Shebang of any hormone containing birth control form of birth control, has the effect of raising copper. So estrogen and copper have this very unique relationship where copper actually boost estrogen and then estrogen increases the retention of copper. But what copper does is it causes potassium loss, so it makes it really hard to retain copper, so copper will get pushed out of the body. So if you're someone who is currently taking hormonal birth control, or you have for a significant amount of time in your life, then again, I encourage you to pay attention and make potassium your mission. Okay.
The copper IUD also will have the same effect, right? Copper in the copper iud will have that effect of driving potassium out of the body. Stress can greatly increase the burn rate of potassium. Pretty much all your minerals, stress burns through your minerals, stress is actually pretty energy intensive, right? So if you have a lot of stress, mental and emotional stress, then yeah, there's a good chance that your body is losing a lot of potassium. Inflammation can also cause potassium loss because there is, again, there's a lot of interesting relationships between minerals, but there's an interesting relationship between sodium and potassium, and they actually help synergize each other. They help enhance the retention of the other, but when they get really out of balance, they can start to antagonize each other or drive the other one out of the body. So inflammation will drive up sodium and sodium drives up inflammation. So there's again, this interesting relationship between stress and, sorry, sodium and inflammation. And when sodium gets really high, it will actually help start to push potassium out of the body. The other thing that will make it really hard for your body to retain potassium is iodine deficiency. And this is probably one of the most common deficiencies that I see. A lot of us aren't getting enough iodine because, you know, we're not living near the sea. We're not bathing in the ocean. We're not consuming seafood and seaweed and Kelp and even these days you have to avoid a lot of fish, right? Because of how toxic the ocean has become.
Hey Teresa, welcome. Anyone else's here? I'd love to know who's here. Give me a Hi. Give me a heart giving a little thumbs up. I love knowing who's hanging out in the audience because right now all I see is an eyeball with a number. That's all I see on my end. I know there's seven of you hanging out here.
Hey Ellen. So yeah, there we got a few of you here and thanks for saying hi.
So like I mentioned, I had an deficiency, very common. A lot of us aren't getting enough of it and a lot of...
A lot of us are bringing things into our diet, into our lifestyle, into our environment unknowingly that actually make it really hard for the body to retain iodine. And so when I run hair mineral analysis, there is no marker for iodine. That's because iodine.
Iodine does not actually get excreted through the hair. So if there was an iodine marker, it would always pretty much be zero. Okay. But I can actually look at your potassium levels and some of the other minerals and get a pretty good idea if you're someone who's iodine deficient and if you have a thyroid issue.
Hey Brittany, she says, 'Yay potassium.' I know Brittany also loves potassium just like me.
Then I can, you know, if you have that low potassium than I can tell that you're probably iodine deficient, especially when it's really bottomed out. When there is a severe iodine deficiency, usually that potassium, it's like, it's not even registering like the lab, the lowest number of the lab can report is one. So it'll say one, but then we'll have these little arrows. This basically means that it wasn't even detectable. What they have to report one. So those are all the things that can cause potassium deficiency. I would say a poor diet can also cause that not getting enough fruits and vegetables. And then, you know, even if you are eating a really healthy whole foods diet, just the fact that our soil tends to be more deficient and what Google tells you is in something is probably not actually true, right? If Google tells you, well, this, you know, like 200 milligrams of this has this much potassium in reality, it probably varies quite a bit depending on where that vegetable or fruit, was actually grown, right? Because it all depends on the soil that it's grown in and we know that our topsoil in North America especially has been pretty depleted. So if that's going to vary a lot as well.
Okay. So let's talk about symptoms. So if you were suffering from potassium deficiency, what might you be experiencing? So the number one thing is typically water retention. So you're kind of, you're bloated and you know, it's not weight, you know, it's not fat. It's like this water retention and woman might notice this in the week leading up to their period, you know, they gain a bunch of weight. More than likely it is water weight, right? And that is because potassium is what brings water into the cell and there are two oceans of water in the body. I like to think of these two oceans, there is what is inside the cell and what is outside the cell. So if you have potassium deficiency, you have nothing to bring that water into the cell, which means that when you drink water, it just hangs out outside the cell and bloats you and then you pee it out. So another sign that you might have potassium deficiencies that you don't retain your water well. So it's like you drink water, you pee it out, you just don't actually feel like you are retaining it and you constantly feel dehydrated even though you might be drinking eight glasses of water a day or more.
The other thing that you would likely experience is heart palpitations. So potassium is very much responsible for regulating the heart. So if potassium is deficient and sodium is in excess, which is really common, that will actually drive high blood pressure, you can get a lot of heart palpitations, pelt, pelt, palpitations. I'm probably totally butchering that word.
I'm terrible at pronouncing things. I always have to go on Google and just type it in and ask for the pronunciation because I'm always saying things wrong. People are always calling me out for it.
The other thing you would experience would be muscle cramps and spasms. So those little spasms that maybe you get in your eyebrow and your leg in your back, a lot of muscle cramping. That can be a sign that you might have potassium deficiency, thyroid issues if you have any thyroid issues at all. Hyperthyroid, hypo thyroid, Hashimoto's, I guarantee there's going to be a potassium issue. And then bone density issues and we kind of already discussed this, but potassium helps keep calcium in the bone. So, if you have low potassium then you might be struggling with Osteopenia, osteoporosis or just, you know, breaking your bones pretty easily.
So who is at the highest risks for potassium deficiency? Well, like I mentioned, I, we've kind of already went through this, but just to sort of reiterate this, are the people with thyroid issues. I would say that is the biggest, people who have Hashimoto's, hypothyroid or hyperthyroid, even graves' disease are going to be really at risk for low potassium. Anyone who's on hormonal birth control, the copper Iud is that risk for very low potassium. And then if you're someone who lives inland and North America so you don't live near the coast, you're not consuming fresh fish and seaweed or marinating your body in the sea, you're going to also be at risk for having potassium deficiency.
And you know, for me personally, like as you guys have probably heard me say over and over, like I struggled with chronic fatigue for so long, you know, my energy levels have been an issue for the past six years or probably even longer now. And potassium was a really big piece for me and it still is a really big piece for me. I always have to be super on top of my potassium levels because I'm copper toxic. I'm still dumping copper a year and a half after I initially started. And copper will help drive potassium out of the body. So I always need to be really on top of it. I have a huge need for potassium. Okay.
So the good news about potassium, is it, is the most well absorbed through the food, which is great. You don't necessarily need to take a supplement, although sometimes I do recommend a potassium supplement, especially when people are really deficient. But this one's actually a little bit new and I kind of hate to say this because I kind of fought it for a while and I hate to jump on this train but I'm jumping on celery juice. Okay. And so I know the medical medium guy, he's all over celery juice. Everyone's drinking their celery juice and I kind of thought it was a bit bunk until I actually started to research it and read into it. And then when I discovered how much potassium that celery juice actually has, I was blown away. It has probably one of the best profiles for potassium than any other food I've really seen. Okay.
So you want to, you obviously need a good juicer and you want to be juicing celery, but for a cup of celery juice you get almost 700 milligrams of potassium, which is really awesome. Okay. And so you need your 4,500 milligrams, you're going to get some of that from food, you're going to get some of that from, you know, sprinkling sea slat on your food or putting salt in your water. But, but that celery juice is actually a really, really good potassium support. I will warn you, it doesn't taste good. I started drinking it every morning and it, it actually, it does tend to make me feel even a bit nauseous, like the taste is really bad. So I've actually started adding it later in the day because first thing in the morning is just a little too much on my gut. So you may want to mix it with some other type of juice just because, yeah, I don't really think it tastes very good. And, the, the great thing about it is you get a lot of other minerals as well. The potassium has a really good sodium profile as well, and then on top of that it's a bitter food, so it's a bile stimulant as well. And I love bile. I think most of us need to be focusing on bile. I think a lot of reasons why people have thyroid issues, why people are fatigued is due to, a sluggish, toxic, thick, bile instead of that nice, thin, viscous. I don't think that's the right word, but a nice thin, like kind of easily movable, like watery, sort of bile, which is what we want. So celery juice as number one. Trying to get a cup in a day. I think it's really, really helpful.
Laura has a great question in the audience. She says, doesn't matter if you're taking out the fiber by juicing it? So don't think of the celery juice, Laura as a replacement for food. Think of it as a supplement. Okay. So, you know, just juicing. Yes. Like not having the fiber is going to be a big issue because we do need fiber. It's really important. It's important for detox, it's important for bowel movements. It's important for a gut bacteria, there's so many reasons we need fiber, so you still want to be consuming your cooked vegetables, you're three to four to six cups of vegetables a day, but you're using the celery juice more as a supplement, as an extra boost so you're not using it to replace. So hopefully that makes sense.
And then Jenny says, 'Hi Kendra, would you be able to touch on high potassium levels? I've been warned to watch how mine get with my kidneys tested high in the last few months.' So yeah, if you have a kidney disorder, you may have to be more concerned about potassium. Definitely, everyone's different and people who have a faster metabolic type do tend to have higher levels of potassium. So those are the type of people who probably don't want to take potassium. Remember that It is all, everyone's different. Right? And that's why I always like to work with hair mineral analysis testing. I know Jenny's in my membership, so she's probably either done the hair mineral analysis or we're waiting on results. We're going to do one soon, but for those of you who aren't in my membership, it's the best way to get access to the testing, it's a pretty low price point to be in the membership and then you can upgrade and get the hair mineral analysis because really in the end you do want to know your levels, but if you're someone who doesn't have kidney issues or any specific, yeah, like kidney disorder, kidney to disease, and then you have some of the issues we talked about, the hormonal birth control history, copper iud, the thyroid issues, then it's not going to be a big deal to use food as a support for your potassium. Your body does a really good job of regulating and if you have too much, typically the kidneys will just move it out. But of course if you do have, a kidney issue, then, maybe that's not happening as much. So you do want to be wearing obviously if you've been diagnosed with something like that.
Teresa says, 'Heart to the membership.' Yes, Teresa is one of my members. It's a great place, for, to work with me to connect with me and we actually have a pretty awesome group of ladies. I would say that they're all pretty bad ass and the support I see everyone giving each other just like makes me cry every single day.
Okay. And then Jenny says, 'I do add celery to my vitamix for smoothies to keep the fiber.' Yes. So you can do that as well. The reason I like a juicing is just because it's a really potent potassium hit versus having to consume all that fiber and getting full. You can just get a lot more bang for your buck from the juice.
The second way to increase potassium is coconut water. So I love coconut water, not only is coconut water, a great source of potassium, but it's a really good electrolyte replacement drink. I think the biggest concern that people have with the coconut water is that it has sugar in it, but I wouldn't worry too much about the sugar. This is a natural sugar. Yes. There are some coconut waters that have higher levels of sugar. Maybe because of the coconuts had been bred to produce higher levels of sugar, or there's sometimes added sugar sometimes. There's really weird things added into coconut water, but you just want a basic. I wish I could remember the brand of the stuff I've been buying. I really like it. It's, it comes from a Thai coconut. It's in a big grain long bought bottle. I can't remember the name of it, but, the other one I use is blue monkey. I do like blue monkey. And, yeah, you just want to make sure it's straight up coconut water and there's nothing else added. I don't worry too much about the added sugar because it is natural and the minerals that you get from coconut water are awesome. So if you're someone who uses the sauna, if you're someone who likes to exercise and sweat a lot, coconut water is something you should take for a mineral replacement drink. It would take the place of something like Gatorade, right? Like obviously don't drink gatorade, drink coconut water. That's what I would say. But I really love coconut water. You're someone who does struggle with really low potassium. I would, you can drink up to a liter of coconut a day. There are some days where I'll drink a full liter of coconut water in a day.
'What about coconut water with high ammonia levels?' So I'm not super familiar with that. Emily. I don't actually, I'm not super familiar with ammonia being in coconut water. I would think that it shouldn't be in coconut water. I would say good quality organic coconut water shouldn't have high ammonia.
And then the third way that I like to support potassium is with nettle. And nettle is comes from stinging nettle, but when it's dry it into a tea, loses that stinging quality so you don't have to worry about that. But you can brew like an infusion. And that actually is a really great way to support potassium as well. And I actually have combined coconut water, so like three parts, coconut water to one part nettle in the summer and made this cold drink and actually really like it. So that's a really good way to support potassium as well.
Ellen says, 'If you were to take potassium, what would a potassium supplement?' So I wouldn't take citrate. The only supplement I found that I like. I haven't right here. It's the designs for health, K Plus 2 potassium and this one is actually a mixture. It's a mixture of bicarbonate and glycinate and this is the only one I found that I like that I think is a high quality well absorbed form. I don't, I wouldn't use it as your only way to support potassium if you have low potassium because three of these is only giving you about, I think you're getting about 900 milligrams. So it's good. I take this every day. I'm someone who's very copper toxic and so I need to be really on top of my potassiums. I do take a potassium supplement. This is the only one I've found so far. There is actually one other, but I found it really hard to get, premier labs makes the HCL activator and that's just comes from potassium foods. But basically it's just potassium foods. So I prefer to support potassium with food. It's better tolerated.
Laura says, 'I love nettles. Nettle infusion. Two thumbs up.' That's great.
Emily says, 'High blood ammonia from infections.' Yeah. So certain infections that consume protein will produce ammonia. I don't see coconut water and ammonia really being an issue. Like if you have high ammonia levels from infections, I would say you can still consume the coconut water. I had several infections that do tend to produce ammonia as a byproduct. Drink lots of coconut water. I don't think it's an issue.
Marion says, 'How can you make coconut water tastes better? I have a hard time getting it down.' So that's funny because I actually love the way it tastes. I love it. I'm obsessed with. I think it tastes great. Marion, I would just say that, maybe it's just a brand thing. I find depending on where the coconuts are being grown or where they come from, they have a bit of a different flavor. So you may just want to experiment with different brands of coconut water to see if you find one that you like or if you really just don't like it and some people just aren't into it. Right? It's a, it's a palette thing. I would stick to, nettle, I would try celery juice or you can even do coconut milk. The only thing I don't love about coconut milk is it comes from an aluminum cans. So there is that, you know, whatever the can is lined with. I never liked that. But you can do a coconut milk because it has about the same potassium profile as, a coconut water.
Jenny says, 'Smoothies.' So that's actually a really good, good recommendation is put it into a smoothie.
'In the US, we have pineapple, pineapple, coconut water. It's fabulous.' That's awesome Ellen.
Awesome. I love how stoked everyone is about coconut water right now. And Potassium. This is like my favorite group of people ever. I talk about potassium so much because the truth is, with potassium, it is the hardest mineral to raise. It can take time, especially when you have other things working against you, like high copper, high sodium, iodine deficiency, adrenal issues, that sort of thing. All of these can affect your potassium.
Theresa says, 'Can you make coconut water?' So you don't actually need to make it, you just need to break open a coconut. When I was in Costa Rica in, when was I there in November, I was literally just buying coconuts and I was using a, a wine opener, a corkscrew and I was just drilling into the coconut and then drinking it. And it was actually amazing, like even though it was getting all the coconuts from the same place, the difference in how they all tasted actually range quite a bit. So I think the taste of coconut water really depends on the coconuts and each individual coconut and where it's coming from. Okay.
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Hello. Hello. Hey everyone. Kendra here. Welcome to your live monthly q and a. I absolutely love doing these. I love answering your questions. I know that every week we go through so many different things. We discuss a lot of content, a lot of things that you probably haven't heard about before. So I really love doing these monthly Q&A's. Just so I make sure that, I'm getting your questions answered and I'm helping make things clear that maybe weren't so clear, when I discussed them in my videos, so super stoked to be here. And, I have about five questions that were submitted. So we're going to be going through those. And then if you're on with me live, you can of course ask me any questions in the comments box. Hopefully I can see the comments this time because I know the last couple times I've actually been having a little bit of trouble seeing your comments.
Hey Rebecca, I can see Rebecca's comments. So that is a good sign. Yeah, you guys, if you want to ask me questions in the comments box, definitely go for it. I am happy to answer them, and I'm happy to bring you the most cutting edge advice I can give you when it comes to functional testing, hormones, energy, and gut health, because those are my three jams. The three things I love the most.
So, let's jump into it. Let's jump into your questions. So first question is, 'Can you suggest, how to increase Secretory IgA?' Okay. So for those of you who have no idea what Secretary IgA is, I also want to refer to this as Sig-A, that's sort of the short form for this, but Sig-A is basically your body's primary immunoglobulin. So this is your big first line of defense in your immune system, in the gut. So Sig-A is what responds and built anybody's towards things that, you don't want in your gut. Okay. So a lot of people, through testing actually discover that they have low SIg-A or low Secretary IgA, very common. And how you raise it, you know, isn't just as simple as take this to raise it. You really have to ask the question, well, why is it low to begin with? Because that's not normal. If it's low, you have to ask the question, well, what's making it low? Typically what I see really depress the immune system and depress Secretary IgA, is gut infections. Okay, that's one of the pieces. So in order to raise it, what I've seen have the best effect on raising, say Sig-A is actually eliminating the infections that are present. And of course in order to address infections you have to run a really good test to determine which infections are actually there. And you've probably heard me talk about this before, but a lot of tests, a lot of stool tests on the marker, on the market, are not great for identifying GI infections or they're just really notorious for missing infections. So a traditional stool test, this is called a comprehensive stool analysis. A Microscopic test. Typically you'd go to your doctor and ask for gut test or a parasite test. Typically it's going to be this type of test that they give you, so microscopy, or a comprehensive stool analysis, basically refers to the type of technology that is used to identify various infections.
So what you're going to have is you have a lab techs do you have a human, they are looking at the stool in a petri dish and looking through a microscope and looking well what grows after 24 hours. So it's called a stool culture. So they're trying to culture it and try to make it grow and they're single. What actually grows after 24 hours? So if there is a positive, if they find something that grows, it is 100 percent positive. There is no false positive. If it grows and they see it, it's there. But there can be a lot of false negatives because this type of technology actually requires, organisms to be alive because they need to grow. So they need to be alive and they need to be present in large enough amounts that they're able to reproduce and grow. Okay? So this is problematic. If you have infections that are anaerobic, so they don't actually do well in oxygen, they like environments that are free of oxygen which exist in the large intestine, but once they leave the body and they get exposed to oxygen, a lot of times they actually break down to integrate and die, so those are not going to be found in a culture or a comprehensive stool analysis because they don't have the ability to grow because they're dead, or that thing is just, you know, it's there, but maybe it's an such tiny amounts that there's not enough of it to actually reproduce. So that's sort of the disadvantage of that type of test is yes. If it finds something, it's 100 percent there, but there's a good chance that it's actually going to miss things all together. Okay.
So you know, if you've done that type of testing and you're like, well, nothing came up. It's not really 100 percent that it's that your gut is completely clean. Okay. So the tests that I recommend, I love the GI-MAP from Diagnostic Solutions Lab. Basically, this is a PCR DNA test, so it takes out the human component. There's no Labtech, there's no one looking through a microscope. All there is, is a machine that is identifying the microspots, microscopic DNA of these various organisms. So that doesn't, that means that these things don't need to be alive. They can be dead and they could still be found, they can be present in a single DNA strand and they will be found. So it's a much more sensitive test. But of course that being said, there is no perfect test. We have to remember that the body's very complex and we're basically getting a snapshot of a moving target. So if you're looking at a stool sample, your body needs to be excluding it to find it. And there can be things that just don't get shed regularly in the stool. Maybe because they're there in smaller amounts, they're hiding or you know, they're just not getting shed on that particular day that you're taking the test. So, you know, there's downfalls, there's drawbacks to every test, but the first thing you're going to do to raise your immune system or your Secretary IgA, you're Sig-A is to address the infections and you do that with a good tests like the GI-MAP and trying to find the infections that actually might be present. Okay.
So that's really important. The other thing you need to do is you need to address toxicity. So heavy metals, chemical exposure, this, these things will depress the immune system. They will inhibit the immune system. In a lot of cases they can actually promote a friendly environment for, for organisms to grow. So sometimes why you have organisms is because you know, you have too much or too little of a mineral that makes more of a favorable, a favorable environment for these sorts of infections. And then the other thing is that sometimes your body actually allows infections to grow because you have metals because there's a protective mechanism. So there's been a lot of research on this in fish populations were fish have these parasites and these parasites actually concentrate metals and toxins into their cell walls so that their toxicity within that parasite cell is significantly higher than what's actually in the fish or the host.
So, there's a lot of people who believe there is a protective mechanism going on. I believe this to be true because I see so many chronic infections were like you just can't get rid of them until you get rid of the metals. And actually the last episode of High on Energy TV, I actually talked about this connection between metals and chronic infection. So you need to adjust the metals, you need to address the chemicals you need to identify the infections. Once you address these things, I do tend to see Sig-A go up. Some things that you can do to support your immune system. Maybe you can't afford testing or, you know, you can't find a practitioner to work with, although you could always work with me. You can take something like colostrum. I find colostrum has a really nice support, nourishing effect for the immune system. The other thing is Saccharomyces Boulardii, which is a beneficial strain of yeast, which actually has a great supportive effect for SIg-A and the immune system. So I would recommend those two supplements to start and then I would recommend doing some testing with me, look into gut testing, metal testing, hair mineral analysis to address those deeper root cause of the low Sig-A because if it's low, it either means you don't have the building blocks to support a healthy immune system because your mineral deficient, or you have metals that are interfering with a healthy immune system or you have bacteria, parasites, yeast, viruses, worms, things that are overwhelming, the immune system. Okay. So I hope that answers your question.
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So next question. So regarding the GI-MAP, 'Can I ask what prescription drugs were used for the nasty parasites? I've done Paromomycin, Doxycyclin. Another one I can't produce for Blasto, but I also have Crypto and some other bugs.' So. Okay. So I'm, first thing, this is my disclaimer. I'm not a medical professional. I'm unlicensed. I'm not a doctor, legally, I can't give you advice about prescription drugs or antibiotics. What I can tell you is with the exception of one parasite, I never use antibiotics or prescriptions. Okay? The reason for this, again, this is just my own experience. This is not me giving you advice or telling you what to do, but if you take antibiotics for an infection, you may get rid of the infection, but you fuck up the landscape, the landscape of the gut, okay? Because antibiotics are going to mess with that delicate balance. So getting rid of the infection may not have much benefit if the result or the consequence is that you decimate your bacteria, you totally mess with your immune system by killing off those beneficial flora that antibiotics will kill, because antibiotics are non discriminant, right? They're not just going for the parasite, they're going for everything. So they taking the antibiotics might help you get rid of the Blasto, but it actually makes you more likely to get Blasto back or a whole host of other infections in the feature.
Blasto It was a really hard infection to get rid of. It is the nastiest of the parasite. I call it the parasite lottery because it's a pain in the butt to get rid of, and it goes systemic. It doesn't say, 'Hey Michelle,' it doesn't hang out in the GI tract. So it has the potential to cause a whole host of issues. Cryptosporidium not a huge infection, not a hard infection to get rid of, typically will respond to one round of treatment, but I like herbals because they are much easier on the digestive system and they don't have the consequence of totally wrecking your healthy microflora. Okay. And I talked a lot about this in the previous High on Energy episode. So definitely if you're on Facebook you can go into my videos and see that episode or if you're listening on the podcast, it's just the previous episode. 'Hey, Karla.' Karla is my good friend and I'm glad she's here. And because you have to address the reason why you have the infection to begin with. And like a lot of things, I do believe that infections are just another symptom. I believe there is symptom of mineral imbalances and toxicity, especially metals. We're getting exposed to so much crap these days. So many toxins, metals, chemicals, glyphosate, and there's certain cases. And again, I talked about this in the last episode, where your body is actually has sort of a symbiotic relationship going on with the parasite because the parasite is protecting you from the metals because it has the ability to concentrate toxins and metals in the cell wall. So instead of you becoming totally auto toxic and getting really sick or even dying from all this metal exposure, your body actually is allowing that parasite or yeast to grow or bacteria because it has a protective mechanism going on.
So I don't think, again, I'm not a doctor, I'm not telling you what to do. You should listen to your doctor. I don't like the antibiotic prescription approach for infections because you just create a whole host of new infections. Okay? So I never recommend those. There's only one infection on the entire GI-MAP that is the Entamoeba Histolytica doesn't tend to respond to herbals, is a very dangerous parasite. That is the only one where I would refer someone out to a doctor. It's a very rare infection. I've only seen it twice. One of those times was myself because I've had a lot of nasty parasites. Okay.
Okay. So second half of this question is, 'Do you use anything stronger than interface plus for Biofilm? Because it doesn't seem to work for me anymore. I'm retesting in January and tempted to book in with you next year. I'm still having issues but I don't do well on herbals. They tend to make the bugs grow. Haven't tried the Amazon herbs is yet though.' So it depends. There's a bunch of different things that you can do to address Biofilm. So for those of you who are wondering, well, what the fuck is Biofilm? Basically you can think of it like Saran wrap, like clear plastic wrap. It's like this polysaccharide which is carbohydrate. It's like this thin blue, like sticky film. All organisms create it. Plaque on your teeth is a biofilm a, but all organisms create it. There's good and bad biofilms, but you know, in terms of the pathogenic material, they actually use it as a physical barrier. So they hide behind it. And there is a stat that I read that, bacteria that are hiding under a biofilm can resist antibiotics after 2000 times versus bacteria that aren't hiding behind biofilm. So if that blows your mind, let me know in the comments, say, 'Whoa,' let me know. Because that's crazy. It's honestly crazy and I think this is a big reason why antibiotics don't work, or why people continue to have chronic infections because they have a lot of this biofilm. And if that's not creepy enough, biofilm can also act as a communication network among these pathogens. So they use it to communicate with each other, help them adapt. It's all very creepy, but when you disrupt the biofilms, so certain things will do this, but when you disrupt it, not only are you releasing these infections, these organisms, but you also releasing a lot of other crap that can be tied up in biofilm like metals, chemicals, glyphosate, toxins, all kinds of shit can be in there. So taking, a biofilm disruptor. Yeah, Karla says, 'Sneaky little bacteria.' They are sneaky. They're super creepy too. And so that's the, I think a lot of people have issues with the biofilm. So are the Biofilm disruptors, 'Klaire labs interfase phase plus' is typically what I use. I don't use it longterm, does have EDTA in it which can bind to some of your minerals. So that one I usually use more short term. Biocidin is a herbal concoction that will disrupt bios, biofilm. So will Acetylcysteine, or NAC. You can do that in 600 milligrams, three times a day on an empty stomach. That is a really great biofilm disruptor. I also use from integrative therapeutics, I use Biozyme, which are just proteolytic enzymes. So you, again, you want to take those on an empty stomach. So a lot of biofilm disruptors are just carbohydrates specific enzymes because of that biofilm is actually made up of carbohydrates.
So any pathogen protocol, if you're doing any parasite, yeast, bacteria protocol, you need to have a biofilm disruptor, because if you don't, it may not work. Okay. And this is also a big reason why we see a lot of new infections on retest is because it can take a shitload of time to actually break down the biofilm. That can be a really long process so it can take time to kind of, immobilize these infections, and have them start to come out in the stool on something like the GI-MAP. Okay. So I would try those, those recommendations, those products that I recommended. I do recommend that you book in with me. I don't take many one on one clients anymore, but I do have a membership program where you can join for a really low price point and you can actually purchase the protocol for you GI-MAP test and I'll actually go over it and design a customized protocol either be or one of my highly trained practitioners for you, because I just find that the GI-MAP, and perspectives on gut testing and pathogen removal, to be kind of messed up. I see a lot of practitioners doing it wrong. I see a lot of people suffering. And if you're not addressing the minerals and the metals, you're gonna end up with chronic infections because a lot of, like I mentioned, again, the previous episode has a lot more information on this. Sometimes your body is allowing these things to grow for a reason and so will, you trying to kill them and that's all you're doing. You might just be addressing a symptom and you actually might be making yourself sicker because you may be eliminating the very protective mechanism that your body has put in place to protect you from toxicity. Okay. So really good question. I kind of went off on a tangent as always, but I hope that helps.
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Okay. So next question, and I really liked this question. So, 'I've had previous symptoms that look like endometriosis and I've had quite severe irritable bowel syndrome earlier this year. I'm on Progestin only pills and I've been increasing my probiotic intake in natural foods, Kombucha, Kiefer, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables. My IBS symptoms are almost gone. That's awesome. And I'm pretty sure my pelvic pain symptoms are gone to. I'm just hoping they'll stay gone. If I come off my pills, I'm hoping to come off the pills eventually. Do you know of any tips for managing endometriosis and irritable bowel symptoms through diet and natural health? I, I'd prefer to try and manage naturally rather than be on the pills forever. Do you know someone who's done this and how they've managed so.' Okay. If you actually want to legitimately reverse and get rid of endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome, you got to get off the pill. Again, I'm not a doctor, I'm not telling you to do this. I'm just saying what I've seen in my experience. This is what I would do. So this is the issue with the pill, even though it's Progestin only, it is going to cause mineral deficiency. It will make you vitamin C, magnesium, selenium, zinc deficient, it will mess with your gut flora. It will cause things like IBS symptoms, and it suppresses your natural hormone production. You're basically taking steroids, which is kinda crazy because if I said, 'Hey, do you want to take some fucking steroids and get jacked?' You'd think I was crazy. But that's basically what the pill is. You're taking steroids. Okay, so you can't balance your hormones or get rid of something like endometriosis or IBS while you're on the pill. It's a really, really nasty drug. So if you want to actually see success with that, I do. I'm not going to say I recommend getting off, but if it was me I would be getting off of that. Okay.
So in terms of, you know, you're doing a lot of the right things, you know, you're using diet, you're using fresh, whole foods to manage this and it sounds like it's improved a lot. So, you know, I want to congratulate you. This is a huge win. That's awesome. Not a lot of people are willing to do that. I think diet wise, I mean, I always recommend a Paleo template, Paleo, removes grains. It removes dairy, it removes sugars, it removes beans and legumes. A lot of things that can be irritating to the gut. I don't think you necessarily need to be on this diet longterm, but it's great to use as a template, at least as elimination diet. Maybe you can use it for three to six months and then start to reintroduce some of these foods. In terms of endometriosis. What this means is that your body doesn't metabolize your estrogen very well, or you have synthetic synthetic estrogens coming into the body which are raising your estrogen. So plastics, plastics are huge sources of synthetic estrogens, cookware, teflon, like, look at your cookware. You should only be using high quality stainless steel or titanium, clay, glass, really high quality ceramic. I'm really look at what you're cooking with. Ditch your slow cooker because there can be a lot of synthetic estrogens in the ceiling, ceiling, the varnish, I don't know that like plastic material that's over your ceramic pot. I actually have a clay. I have a clay, a slow cooker, or you can do something like an instant pot, which is, is stainless steel. Okay. Look at personal care products. There's synthetic estrogens in a lot of, chemical, personal care, beauty care products, cleaning products, checkout the EWG.org. This is the environmental working group. They have a top 10 list for all of these products. Use something safe and nontoxic. This is a really good place to start. The other connection is the gut. So there is a connection between your IBS and endometriosis. Typically, endometriosis means you have bad gut bacteria, so you need to address the gut. But what I found to be the biggest thing that relates to endometriosis is iodine. So there's probably an iodine deficiency. Iodine actually makes it impossible for you to metabolize your estrogen properly. So if you have endometriosis or on a Dutch test, you have high 16 OH metabolites. I know you need iodine. So I would recommend an iodine protocol, but you want to be doing this with an iodine literate practitioner. I can help you with this if you joined my High on Energy membership where I help support you and bring you the most cutting edge functional medicine recommendations that I can give you, that will be in the show notes, but you need to get on iodine. So, in the meantime, while you're, you know, if you're not working with me, you can do something like Kelp capsules. I like Nature's Way. Those are the only ones I personally tested and I know to be free from chemicals and toxins. You can do Kelp really great way to address iodine, seaweed, that sort of thing. Just make sure it's organic or from a good source. But I would recommend high dose iodine therapy, but please don't do this on your own. You can make your situation much worse if you don't do this properly. So please let me be your mentor or find someone who is an iodine literate practitioner who can be your mentor and who can help you with this. Okay. But again, people who want to eliminate endometriosis or any hormonal issue can't be on the pill. Okay. Because it fucks with your hormones and you can't fight against that. Okay. I hope that helps.
Okay. So Danielle. 'Hey, Danielle.' Danielle is on a lot of my live videos and she has a question and she says, 'Ah, my question.' So I think that was her question. That's great. 'Thank you.' She says, 'I found herbals wiped out a lot of my bacteria.' Yeah. 'Especially when done for months. Yes, I love NAC. What Diet did you use when addressing infections?' So, yeah, so I just go with a typical Paleo Diet. I don't believe in a low carb diet. It will not help you with yeast. Infections are very opportunistic. They are very adaptive and if you deprive them of one macronutrients, they will just turn around and eat the other. There's a lot of research that shows that Candida or other forms of yeast can thrive on Ketones, which is an extreme which you will produce if you're on an extreme low carb diet. I don't really think diet has a huge effect. I think it just needs to be a natural, whole foods, healthy diets that is free of crap. Okay, so that's why I like Paleo. I think you can introduce some grains, some dairy, beans and legumes in the future. But if your gut is really unhealthy, we want to go with a diet that really lowers phytic, act, phytic, phytic, access, acid and lectins. So these actually bind with minerals and move them out of the body and the body can't stay healthy if it doesn't have good mineral balance. So we want to be eliminating the foods that can actually make you more mineral deficient, which is why I love Paleo is a template. In my High on Energy membership. I call this the High on Energy diet. It's just basically a modified Paleo diet that gives a little bit more room for some of those foods that are typically not allowed, but that you might be able to tolerate because I believe in inclusive diets and not exclusive once. Okay.
Okay. 'So which lab do you use for mineral testing? How much does it cost for the test? I may book in.' So, so I use Trace Elements. I only recommend for mineral testing, Analytical Research Lab or Trace Elements because they don't wash their hair sample and most labs like Doctor's Data, a lot of the other ones I've seen on the market, they actually wash their hair sample which is going to mess with sodium, potassium, and zinc levels. So I only trust those two labs. I don't currently do kind of À la Carte lab testing with clients. You can book in with me and what am I comprehensive programs where we do run that test with other tests. You do have to apply. I only take on a very limited amount of one on one clients, but in my membership program in the High on Energy membership, which is a very low monthly cost, you can get that test for $200. On top of your monthly membership and then within that membership you get a group support for me. You get a facebook forum. So you can get all the support, but basically when you order the test, either myself or one of my personally trained practitioners, we create the protocol for you which we give to you in a document for you to follow. And then if you have questions you can ask me in the facebook group or in one of the group coaching calls that we do monthly and we do at least three sometimes we do four. So pretty high value. I do recommend doing that. Because right now I'm not taking on many one on one clients anymore and I don't anticipate taking on many more in the future. And there's probably going to be a time pretty soon where I'm not taking on any anymore. And I'm only working with people in the group program. Okay. Hope that answers your question, Danielle. I'm really happy to see you here. You're always tuning in and I really appreciate that. Okay.
Okay. So last question. And again, if you guys are on with me live, there's still a few of you on. Thank you for sticking with me. Definitely ask me in the comments. I'm happy to answer. So, 'Hi there. I just got my GI-MAP results back and I have a smidge of staphylococcus species point four, it should be and is less than one and staphylococcus Orris, which is point five, which it should be less than five. I know these are insignificant on the chart, but what do they mean?' Okay, so these fall into the additional overgrowth bacteria. So these bacterial infections are not common for your body to have, but they should be below detectable level, which on the GI-MAP you see that with the little, kind of sideways triangle like larger than or smaller than, and then the dl, which just means below detectable level.
So yes, the lab has ranges for all these infections, but from a functional standpoint, we want to see everything below detectable level like, because just because the lab isn't flagged as high doesn't mean it couldn't become high in the future and doesn't mean that if you were to test tomorrow that it wouldn't be high, right? Snapshot of a moving target. Remember that. So these are overgrowth bacteria, typically what these mean, like these will overgrow when they can, when they have the opportunity opportunity to. That's why they're called additional overgrowth, opportunistic bacteria, right? And so typically what it means is that you have either a deficiency in some of your friendly Microflora. You may or may not see that on the GI-MAP and it may mean that you have other infections. I address anything that pops up even if it's not getting flagged as high. So those all fall into the anti bacterial a section or kind of categories you'd want to do an anti bacteria. I'm a big fan of high dose garlic, something like lmx pro or [inaudible]. those are my favorite things for bacteria protocols. They tend to work really well. Okay. So, I hope that answers your question. Again, I address everything, even if it's not getting flagged as high because you just don't want to give it the opportunity to become high. Okay.
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HIGH on Energy TV Episode #3: What Causes Chronic Gut Infections?What's up with a chronic Candida or a parasite infection that just won't go away? You try everything! You eat a restrictive diet like GAPS, SCD, AIP or the Candida diet. You take round after round of antibiotic or herbal antimicrobial. Yet, every time you test you have yet another infection or the original infection is STILL there. Learn the shocking cause of chronic GI infections that no one is talking about.
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Hey guys, how's it going? Kendra here, welcome to episode three, I believe of High On Energy TV. Super excited to be doing these every week for you. And as always we're talking about a topic that I'm pretty into. So we're going to be talking about today, we're gonna be talking a little bit about chronic infections. And we're going to be discussing the cause of chronic infections because this is something I see all the time. I'm seeing it in a lot of my clients and a lot of people who are reaching out to me is that they have infections that no matter what they seem to do, they've taken antibiotics, they've done the conventional route, they've taken herb's, they've done diets, they've done all these things, yet they continued to have these infections and when they go back and they retest, these infections just keep coming up.
So if you guys are on with me, live on facebook live, say hi, let me know you're there. I'm super stoked to be able to connect with you and hang out with you guys today. So let's talk a little bit about what causes chronic infections. So before I get into that, getting a little ahead of myself here, as always, my brain's just like spinning a million miles a minute right now, but I want to talk a little bit about the importance of the gut and what happens when the gut isn't functioning properly. So, you know, the gut is how you break down your nutrients, your minerals, your vitamins, like pretty much everything you need for the body to function properly. I'm, your gut needs to actually break it down, break it down. It's not like we can just take a piece of Broccoli and transform it into energy, right? It has to go through this whole process of digestion, of getting broken down, getting pulled apart, getting absorbed, and then eventually ending up in our cell to actually give us that cellular energy. So it's a long process and it requires pretty good gut, gut function for us to be able to do that.
So, you know, digestion really starts when we, even when we smell food, so when we smell something that actually starts to stimulate the salivary glands, that's why your most starts to water, right? Because that's your body getting primed, you know, getting ready to start digesting because it's something that you're about to eat a meal. So that's what happens. First, he put the food in your mouth and probably about 5 to 10 percent of digestion happens here by salivary amylase. Which is in the mouth and help start to break down carbohydrates. Now, if you liked to inhale your food hole and don't chew, you're probably going to get a lot less digestion actually occur in the mouth because you actually want to be, you know, manually and sort of physically actually breaking down your food with your teeth in your mouth and allowing the families to work, okay. From their food goes into the esophagus and down into the stomach and in the stomach, this is when stomach acid gets secreted. And stomach acid is primarily responsible for breaking down protein. But also it's very important for mineral absorption. So for mineral and vitamin absorption. So that happens in the stomach and that stomach acid being triggered actually starts to have downstream effects. It stimulates the pancreas to start producing enzymes and it also stimulates or sort of sends a message to the gallbladder to tell the gallbladder to give off bile. So as the food travels outside the stomach, into the small intestine, that's where the pancreatic enzymes begin working on the food. And then you get the bile which comes from the gallbladder, which really starts to break down the fat content of the food. So a lot of that digestion is happening in the small intestine, is that food travels further down, it starts to feed bacteria in the large intestine, and those bacteria in your large intestine will actually start to pull further, further things like short chain fatty acids from the foods. So that kind of continues on. So pretty, pretty good, pretty, pretty important to have good digestion. You know, there is that saying that you are just what you eat, but really you are what you digest and absorb. You know, you could eat a really healthy diet, but if you're not breaking it down, if you're not digesting, if your gut is unhealthy, then yeah, I mean, you're just not gonna feel like you're getting anything from your food. You're going to feel like, I think I'm just making expensive poop, right? Because you're spending all this money on organic, high quality food yet, yeah, it's just not really getting to where it needs to go. Okay.
So one of the biggest hindrances on good digestion is actually infections and I test pretty much all the people that I work with, with a gut panel to identify infections and I don't really see any clean panels. I've seen the odd one where I'm like, oh, this is like strangely clean. And we ended up finding a different infection somewhere else. But most gut panels are actually pretty messy, pretty shitty pun intended. They've got a lot of stuff on them, that needs to be addressed. So when I talk about infections, I'm not just talking about parasites, I'm also talking about Candida or other strains of yeast. There are other strains of yeast that can inhabit the human body and cause issues. I'm talking about negative bacteria, infections. I'm talking about viruses, worms, and even something like h.pylori which infects the stomach. So when somebody gets infections, this is kind of a big deal, right? And you can go down a lot of different rabbit holes on various infections of what they cause and what they might be correlated with, but really like when we look at this from a bigger picture, when we look at sort of the take home message of infections is when they excrete their excretion is toxic. So just think of it as bug poop is toxic, so that is going to damage the lining of your intestine. It's toxic. So it is going to clog up detox pathways. It's going to put those detox organs and cells into overdrive. It's going to cause inflammation, right? And then the other thing it does is going to sort of out compete some of that more friendly, healthy flora that you want in your gut. So I feel like when I talk about this with clients, we're always talking about like war zones, right? There's always this kind of push and pull this ongoing battle between friendly and healthy flora, but also, the more negative ones and it's totally normal to have unhealthy strains of bacteria and organisms in you. But what we want is that the good always outweigh the bad and that the friendly flora, the one that you have a symbiotic relationship, a healthy relationship, the ones that help you boost your immune system, breakdown food, keep the gut lining healthy. We want to always have those out competing the bad. Okay.
So yeah, I mean, when someone has infections, because the gut is so crucial to us absorbing minerals and nutrients, I mean symptoms can be pretty far ranging. Yes. Some people do have those typical gut symptoms. They have bloating, constipation, diarrhea, maybe stinky gas, they have abdominal pain, they get cramps, they have acid reflux, gerd, that sort of thing. That's all very common. But what a lot of people don't realize is that a lot of people who do have chronic infections and gut issues, they don't actually have gut symptoms. So they're actually getting the brain symptoms. So they get the fatigue, they get the brain fog, they get anxiety, depression, maybe ocd, panic, they can get all those things. So you know, I, I often see that people have tons of infections and they're like, 'oh, but I don't have any symptoms of these. I have no gut infections. My gut feels really healthy.' And it's like, yeah, but those, that might not be how your symptoms are actually manifesting. Everyone is a little bit different. Everyone has a different experience and some people are just going to get acne or they're going to get really severe brain fog or they're just going to be frigging tired all the time. Like all of those things are possible because if you don't have minerals or nutrients because you can't absorb them properly from food, basically at a very basic level, your body doesn't have what it needs to function. Okay.
So let's talk about, because I think this is a really big confusion, is people think, well, 'I don't, I don't do a lot of traveling, like I'm really clean, like I always wash my hands, like, you know, I don't eat street meat, you know, like I'm not traveling to, you know, South America or wherever, Thailand,' wherever, any of these foreign countries that people may think that they can pick up infections. Like the truth is, organisms are very good at adapting. They can survive in a lot of different environments and they can be in North America or Europe or New Zealand, Australia. They can be anywhere in the world. It's actually totally normal that you do get exposed to pathogenic organisms. Like we're always getting exposed to them. But the big question is, well, why aren't they getting excreta? So let's talk about some of the lines of defenses when you excrete these, or excrete, when you ingest these, these negative organisms. And of course we could be digesting them through food, water, air, right, in our environment, even through our skin.
First line of defense is stomach acid. So we want a very acidic environment in the stomach because that actually kills off organisms. This is a big reason why you're usually told to take probiotics on an empty stomach. It's because that acidity and that stomach acid is actually very good at killing microorganisms. So when you have really healthy stomach acid, a lot of these things just die in the stomach, they don't even make it past. Beyond the stomach. The next thing we have are the gut flora. So the friendly flora that help, so something gets through those friendly flora, just come in and out compete it and get rid of it. So that's our second line of defense. And then our third line of defense is our immune system, right? So, our immune system will engulf these things, destroy them, send these killer cells towards them and get rid of them. So we do have those three lines of defense and if any of those are compromised, that means that these things can actually start to make a home in it. Because, you know, if you really needed a home as a parasite, like you're going to get into this dark, warm space in our guts, like that's a pretty sweet living situation, free rent, right? And a constant food source. So why wouldn't you want to make a home in a dark, warm gut, right? So those are the three main ways that people, you know, first begin to get infections. They have low stomach acid, they have poor immunity or they have imbalanced gut flora. So then we need to kind of look at this a little bit further and try to think about some of the things that might actually affect stomach acid. And so a big one is having an h.pylori infection. So you could have an h.pylori infection, which is a serious infection. It's an infection that I typically prioritize above everything else because it does open you up to having other infections. The other thing is mineral imbalances, so as zinc deficiency, or a sodium deficiency, these are things you actually need to build healthy stomach acid. If you have a deficiency in either of these, that can play into it as well. Copper toxicity is actually huge in this. A copper excess will deplete zinc and sodium. So it's a big reason why people have those deficiencies to begin with because there are copper toxic, okay. Stress will deplete stomach acid levels. So does alcohol, so to sugar and refined processed carbohydrates. So does Proton pump inhibitors. So a medication that lowers purposely stomach acid. If you read the fine print on Ppi's on Proton pump inhibitors, it actually actually tells you that you should not be taking these for longer than six weeks. And of course doctors have people on those for 30 years. So that is a big, bad thing. I mean, if you can avoid being on those longterm, that's, that's a big thing because it's a really hard medication to get off of. Okay.
And so I find that low stomach acid and chronic infections go hand in hand. But I want to dig a little bit deeper into why this is happening. Not a lot of people are talking about this. So get ready. This might actually surprise you, but there's actually quite a few research studies, not specific to human guts, but specific to fish and environmental pollutants. So parasites and yeast are actually very good at concentrating environmental chemicals and heavy metals in their cell walls. Okay? So you'll see this in fish and other organisms where there is a ton of toxins, metals, chemicals in the wall of the parasite, but there isn't the same level of toxicity in the fish or in that other organism or in the host.
So parasites actually act as sinks for pollutants of the host. So let's think about this for a second. What is a massive problem in the industrial industrialized world? It's metals, heavy metals, environmental chemicals. I like to call them xenobiotics, which is basically just a chemical does that does not belong in the human body. We are getting exposed to a lot of these things. Okay. So, they're all around us, right? Regardless of where we are, we have a pretty intimate relationship with toxins. Okay. And there has been quite a few researchers, that has suggested that the reason why we have these chronic infections that we cannot get rid of is because our body is allowing them to be there because they are giving us a symbiotic relationship to some degree, right? They are concentrating these toxins and metals. They are protecting us from them. So our body is like, these are actually incredibly beneficial. So yes, they are toxic and they're fucking shit up in there, but they are protecting us from something that is much worse. Okay. And you know, the research around this isn't really related to what's actually going on in the human body. I don't really think it has been proven that this could, this is definitively going on in the human body, but I 100 percent believe it. It makes sense if this happens in other organisms. I believe it does happen in humans too. If you want to read the research on this, just Google 'Parasites act as sinks for the pollutants of hosts.' That's sort of like the key words that will get you to those studies that I'm referring to. But I see this all the time, you know, I see people with these chronic infections that every time we retest we find more and more infections and we don't actually have any success in getting rid of the infections until we address the toxicity. I've had this experience as well. I'm like the poster child for chronic infections. I've had like six parasites. If had bacteria, like I've had all the strains of yeast, like pretty much on a GI-MAP test, I can click off and check off almost every box so far for infections except for h.pylori, which maybe I'm going to find on the next test. Okay.
So I'm, I'm someone who is very toxic. I have only started to see improvement in getting rid of these infections once I've started to address toxicity. And so I think it can be a big mistake to only address infections without actually addressing detox. Okay. And I know in the functional medicine world it's very trendy to talk about the gut these days. Everyone's talking about the gut because everyone's gut is unhealthy and there are so many people who , who are telling you that the gut is the root of all illness. They are telling you that, you know, the key to health is the gut and I don't buy it and I put probably a pretty unpopular view and people might feel weird about that but I don't buy it because I just see this time and time again, chronic infections that won't go away over and over and over again. People are getting these infections and nobody is addressing toxicity and it, it almost seems like kind of like, like a course like this of course moment to me because I'm thinking like we have 84,000 chemicals alone in the US and Canada that we are putting into the environment. We live in a plastic chemical world. I can't remember who said this, but 'we are marinating and chemical soup.' Those are not my words. I definitely heard someone else say that on a podcast, can not remember who it is. So I wish I could give them credit, but it's true. We are marinating in a chemical soup, and our body has found a protective mechanism. We have to address toxicity, we have to get metal out of the body, we need to address zinobiotics, we need to address environmental chemicals, we need to address glyphosate, glyphosate, roundup, we need to address it. And you know, personally I can speak of my own experience like I have had all the infections. I have been on probably seven different gut protocols and they didn't really do anything for me. Like yes, they made my digestion a little bit better, but they didn't really play into the bigger overall picture of my health. And every time I tested they would be back. And so now that I am on a detox program, I'm always detoxing. I'm always thinking about it. I'm balancing my minerals. At this point, my infections are finally starting to clear. Okay. So I think this is a really important piece. I don't think the root cause of illness is the gut. I think that the gut plays into that. I think the gut makes that worse. And I'm not saying you shouldn't get rid of infections, you still do need to get rid of the infections, but I believe the root cause of our illness, of hormonal imbalance, chronic gut issues, fatigue, brain fog, skin issues, it's the chemicals, right? And it's kind of like, well, 'Duh, you pollute the environment. You make it so incredibly toxic. Of course people are going to start getting sick,' right? And unfortunately we pass down our toxicity to the next generation. There is a thing called generational toxicity where we pass that on to our children and it's no wonder our children are so sick. Okay?
So when you work on the guts, when you work on your chronic infections, if you want to get rid of your chronic infections, you need to ask the question why? And you need to be addressing the detox in metals piece. So you might be wondering, well, how do I detox? I have a lot of opinions about detoxing, but the best way to start detoxing is with hair, mineral analysis testing. When you balance the mineral system, you allow the body to detox more effectively. And the body will start to do it naturally. Detox needs to be a very slow and calculated process. I don't think you should do it on your own. You should do it with someone like me, a practitioner who knows what they're doing, who has a good understanding of detox and how to actually do it safely. So I do recommend hair mineral analysis testing. If you want to do this with me, the best way is to join my group membership program. I have the High On Energy group membership where you get access to that testing as an upgrade and you get support from me. We work together. Also, it's a pretty bad ass sweet group of women. I have to say. I'm pretty stoked on everyone who's in that group. Very supportive. You know, it's really good to know you're not alone. So I do recommend signing up for that. If you want to do hair mineral analysis, if you want to do, if you want to detox and address the source of your chronic infections, if you want to grab that link for that, I'll put it in the show notes for the podcast or for, for facebook is just in the description.
And as always I like to give you guys some actionable tips. So let's talk about some things you can do to help yourself detox. So number one, best way to detox is get in a sauna. Any sauna we'll do, sweat it out. A lot of toxins can only leave the body through the, through the skin. And if you are so tired that you can't exercise, there is a good chance you are not getting any sweating or if you're like me and it's wintertime outside, you know, you're not sweating because it's freaking cold, right? So get in a sauna that can be really helpful. A coffee enemas are another great strategy. This is probably scares you, but most people do love them once they try them. A really great way to mechanically detox the liver. Supplement wise, I always talk about Pectasol-C from econugenics, it is a really great binder, it binds to roundup, to glyphosate, it binds to environmental chemicals and toxins, and it also binds to heavy metals, but it does not bind to minerals, so most binders will also bind to minerals which makes them not a good longterm strategy. Econugenics Pectasol-C, great product. I do not work for this company, I just think they have a great product and they backed up their strateg,y and their method, with testing. So I definitely recommend those. Those can be really great strategies to help yourself detox. And if you want to take it to the next level, do some mineral testing with me by joining my group membership program High On Energy. And if you just want to get started boosting your energy, if you don't know where to start and you just want to get my basic tips, grab my free energy checklist, again, I'll put that in the show notes for the podcast, in the description for my facebook live show. Definitely grab that. I have five of my basic tips, five tips that everyone should be doing if they want to have better energy levels, and these five tips will also help you begin to detox gently, slowly, and not in a scary, aggressive manner.Okay, so thanks so much guys. I appreciate you being here. I love connecting with you guys. I'll see you guys next week. We do one of these every single week on Tuesdays at 4:30 on facebook live and I released the podcast episode every Thursday, so thanks so much. I hope you guys have a great day and I will see you in the next show.
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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