Bile production and why you should care (hint: it's important for thyroid hormones and detoxification)
Bile may not sound like the sexiest thing but it is! Without bile your thyroid won’t work, your skin won’t shine and your estrogen will cause you nothing but problems.
Tune into today’s episode to learn why you should care about bile and how to boost it (bile style!)
Kendra Perry: Hello, hello, how's everyone doing? Welcome to another awesome episode of High on Energy TV. I'm just fiddling with my microphone here, just give me a sec. I always hop on, just a little bit too early. I get super excited to come on and then I hop on before actually making sure that I'm totally set up to talk to you guys. I am always, always excited to be here. I am Kendra Perry, I am your host. As always, I want to teach you how to get more energy.
Today, we're going to be talking about bile. Actually, this might sound a little bit funny, but bile is actually one of my very, very favorite topics to talk about these days. I feel like I've become a bit of a bile broken record. It's crazy, and I actually can't believe it, but up until recently I was pretty ignorant and unaware of why bile was so important. And I didn't really know much about it or talk about it very much. Hey Margret, welcome. I'm so glad you're here and guys if you're here with my right now, always chime into the comments and say hi, 'cause I love connecting with you.
Yeah, I was a bile ignorant person for a very long time, and I actually didn't know much about it. I kind of got turned onto it recently, when I've been learning a lot about detoxification and heavy metals. What I learned is that bile is incredibly important, not only for detoxification and heavy metals. But also for thyroid, for skin, for hormone levels, all these things. And suddenly I realized that my bile might not be functioning at its optimum, and maybe I should be considering bile more in that of my clients, okay. Now I'm a bile broken record like I said. Yeah, It's something that I think is really important, something that I think especially as women we really need to be considering and we really need to be talking about.
Today I'm going to talk about you know, what is bile? Why should you care? What does bile do? Who is at risk of having bile issues? And then as always, I'm going to give you some actionable tips, things that you can start doing today. Things that you can start implementing to start boosting your bile. Very exciting, hope you guys enjoy today's episode.
Okay, let's jump into it. First of all, for those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, and you're wondering well, what the heck is bile? Bile is basically a greenish brown, it's very dark. It's a alkalide, and it's a fluid. It's very important for our digestion but also for our detoxification process. It is secreted in the liver and it's stored in the gallbladder. The gallbladder is actually responsible for releasing it. The liver makes it, sends it to the gallbladder. The gallbladder concentrates it, stores it, and when it gets the trigger or sort of like the message to send it, that is when it gets sent out. When it gets triggered into our digestive system and helps us with digestion, okay.
When it comes to bile, what it is actually made of? It's actually mostly cholesterol, which I think it's interesting because I feel like we've been pretty highly fear mongered about cholesterol and why it's bad, but it's actually incredibly important for bile. And if you have ever taken or know somebody who's taken cholesterol lowering drugs, this is a really big issue because it's actually going to cause a bile deficiency. Which is going to cause all these issues as you soon will learn, okay.
Bile also contains bile acids and also called bile salts and then bilirubin. These are the things that bile is made up of, and it's actually a big part of that is what makes your stool very dark. A very easy way to tell if you are you know, either you have a bile deficiency you're not making it properly. Or maybe your bile isn't flowing properly. A really great way to do this, to check on this is actually to look at your poop. If your poop is very light in color, if it's very pale looking. There's a good chance that you don't have good bile production. Your bile is not flowing as it should, so that's a really easy way to tell. Although it's not always straight forward.
Bile is that very dark greenish substance. That's what makes our stool that nice beautiful brown color that we want to see in the toilet every time we poop okay. Some of the primary jobs of bile, number one, it helps absorb fat soluble vitamins. It's what helps emulsify and break down fats okay. Pretty much every time you eat, there's certain triggers. Your stomach acid will get triggered as your food goes to your stomach. That is actually a primary trigger to your gallbladder to be like, "Yo, release some bile." And then by the time that food gets to the small intestine, and that will actually help emulsify and break down fats.
Your fat soluble vitamins are things like vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin E and vitamin D. Very, very important vitamins, and they do need that bile to be able to emulsify them. If you don't have good bile, you're going to have a really hard time absorbing your fat soluble vitamins. That can really affect your skin health. I find with people with a bile deficiency, their skin tends to look very dull, it tends to be very dry. Sometimes kind of peely, sometimes itchy. Linda says, "Oh poop." You know, I love talking about poop Linda. It's nice to see you Linda, welcome, I'm glad you're here.
Bile also helps boost thyroid activity, this is what a lot of people don't know. Is that bile is incredible important when it comes to the function of your thyroid. And you know, on this podcast, we talk about getting you more energy. Typically you are tuning in because you're like, "I'm pretty tired Kendra, I need more energy." And if your thyroid is not functioning properly, well this can be a primary cause of fatigue, right?
We really want our thyroid to function properly. And getting our thyroid to function better is not about taking thyroid drugs, it's not about taking thyroid glandulars. That can help, but really we got to get to a deeper root cause. If your bile isn't flowing, then you're likely going to have thyroid issues. Because bile actually triggers the release of enzymes that convert T4 which is your inactive thyroid hormone. This is what your thyroid is producing, it's always producing T4. T4 isn't active. And so T4 needs to be converted, it needs to be activated into T3. T3 is the active hormone, it's the one that exerts the effect on our metabolism, on our energy levels.
Bile actually triggers the enzyme that causes that conversion. If your bile isn't working properly either because you have a deficiency or your bile is all sluggish and gross, and blocked up and kind of like sludgy. Think of like sludgy, think of like oil, sludgy oil. Then that conversion doesn't happen, so we don't have T3. Honestly there is a crazy statistic for thyroid issues. I mean, I see thyroid issues in most of the women that I am testing. I think the statistic say like 70% of women have a thyroid issue. It's crazy, it's like every woman I talk with has a thyroid issues, and obviously maybe I'm seeing a certain subset of people.
You know, obviously people are coming to me for fatigue. Typically there may be a thyroid issue, but it is crazy. I mean, I talk to multiple people each day who have thyroid issues. And I've always now, I wasn't six months ago, this wasn't even on my radar. But right now I'm always thinking about, well what is going on with their bile? Okay.
The other thing that bile does, is it actually helps regulate your hormones. Bile is really important for moving hormones out. Hormones are the chemical messengers of the cell. They basically just get instructions from other things in the body and then they go do a job, okay? Once that hormone has completed its message, once it has completed its job. It needs to be exited or moved, or eliminated out of the body. You can't have a hormone that now has an outdated message running amok in the body and causing all these issues. It's very important that hormones, once they are finished their job they get moved out of the body. The body will do that with bile, okay. It'll bind to hormones and it'll move them out of the body.
If you don't have good functioning bile, a lot of those hormones can actually be left to recirculate. If you have any dominance of a certain hormone like estrogen or testosterone, that can actually be due to a bile deficiency, and I see this a lot. Estrogen dominance, very nasty. Testosterone dominance, very nasty, right. You don't want to have these dominances, these are very potent hormones and they can cause a lot of issues in the bile, or in the body sorry. You know, if they are out of balance, especially if they are high, okay.
Who is at risk for bile issues? Anyone with a thyroid issue, I would definitely be paying attention, I would definitely be thinking about your bile. We've talked about how bile can drive things like estrogen dominance. Estrogen dominance, can actually create a bit of a vicious circle and actually cause a bile issue. Estrogen actually stimulates the liver to remove more cholesterol from the blood and divert it into bile. When you have too much cholesterol in your bile which can happen if you're estrogen dominance, that will actually cause the bile to thicken.
If you are estrogen dominant, you know, maybe because you have a bile deficiency. But then on top of that, you're taking hormonal birth control, you're bing exposed to synthetic estrogens in the form of plastics in our environment. Then you will have this situation going on where your body keeps pushing that cholesterol into bile from the blood, and that will cause that thick bile. That's really what we don't want. Because really, what we want bile to be like this like thin kind of viscous fluid. Kind of like water, we want it to kind of swirl around. You know, if were to get into bile and swim in it, you know, we'd want to be able to like easily kind of move through it.
But what happens with a lot of women, I'm seeing this a lot lately is that their bile thickens. It gets very sluggish and toxic, and sludgy, so that it's like goop. It's sticky and sludgy, so if you were to dive into that sludgy gross bile, it would just stick to you and you would lose energy so quickly 'cause you'd be wading against this crazy thick sludge.
Hopefully this is painting a really nice picture in your head for you. Yeah, so anyone who has estrogen dominance, or estrogen issues. Or is taking external sources of estrogen. Again, this can come from synthetic plastics, it can come from hormonal birth control. The pill, the patch, the IUD, the ring. I don't know, the needle, the implant, there's all these different types of birth control. They have synthetic estrogen, and no matter which form you are on, the progesterone, the synthetic progesterone is not true progesterone. It's progestin, so it doesn't have a true progesterone effect. Any form of hormonal birth control does stimulate estrogen, it does make you estrogen dominance. A copper IUD will do it do, because copper will stimulate the release of estrogen.
And then hormone replacement therapy, if you're on any bioidentical estrogen that you maybe don't need. That maybe is getting monitored with blood testing. Or you're on some sort of synthetic estrogen therapy. I mean, this can all cause the bile to thicken, okay? When the bile gets too thick, this is what actually leads to the gallstones. It's basically this really sludgy bile that eventually forms into stone, that can be incredibly painful. It can lead to you eventually needing your gallbladder removed. Which is really the worse case scenario, because the gallbladder is not a throw away organ. It is an organ that you need, and if you get your gallbladder removed, unfortunately you're going to have digestive issues for the rest of your life and you're probably going to struggle with your thyroid.
A lot of people gain a lot of weight after having their gallbladder removed, and that is because of how it affects thyroid hormone. It will ultimately slow down your metabolism and it can cause a lot of hormonal issues as well. Obviously there are extreme cases. If you let the situation get too bad, and you've been getting bad information for too long. You might get to a point where it's medically necessary to actually get your gallbladder removed unfortunately. Luckily there's things you can do to support it, but you will need to be taking bitters and bile salts, and bile builders with pretty much every single meal for the rest of your life. Or you're going to end up with these issues, okay. It's unfortunate.
Usually when someone tells me that it's been recommended by their doctor to have their gallbladder out. Usually what I'll say is, "Just give me six months." Give me six months, let's see if we can turn this around. As long as obviously the situation doesn't go to emergency medical status. And in every single case so far, we've been able to avoid that gallbladder surgery. If you can avoid it, if it is in anyway possible to avoid it, please do. We don't want to be removing organs, especially something as important as the gallbladder. It's a very important organ.
Let's talk about how you can identify if your bile is not flowing properly. Like, I said, you know, if you have some of those symptoms. If you have estrogen dominance, PCOS. If you feel really noxious after eating really fatty foods, if you don't feel like you digest fat well. These are signs that your gallbladder isn't working. You know, like I said, any thyroid issues these all make it likely that your bile isn't flowing. But you can actually do a bit of blood work, and so you want to get your liver enzymes tested. I actually talked about these in the last weeks episode, or two weeks ago I think? I talked about some of the blood markers you want to look at if you have fatigue. I did talk a little bit about these. If you want the functional ranges, I forgot to write down the functional ranges, 'cause I don't know them off the top of my head. But you can grab them in I believe it was two episodes ago. The one on blood chemistry markers for fatigue.
But you want to be looking at your AST and your ALT. These are liver enzymes and you don't want to be elevated. You want to look at them in comparison to the functional ranges. I really recommend you go back and check out that episode, because I actually give you the functional ranges for these two liver enzymes. If those are elevated that is a sign that your liver, gallbladder is functioning. But the one marker that you want to get and you're probably going to have to request this, because this isn't going to be typically a part of comprehensive metabolic panel. It is GGT. That is actually a really good gallbladder marker, if it is elevated again you can get that function range in that episode I did on blood chemistry.
That shows that your gallbladder is sluggish. Your bile production is not optimal. Either you're not producing enough, you're missing that trigger. If you have low stomach acid you're probably missing that trigger. Or that bile is really like thick and sludgy. You know, that really gross oily, nasty tar. Think of it like tar, right, we don't want our bile to be like tar.
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Okay, so as always, I want to give you guys some actionable tips. Things you can do to help improve bile function. The easiest ways to increase biles, or sorry, bitter foods in your died. Any bitter food is really good at stimulating bile function, okay. Angela says hey, I know Angela is here, that's awesome.
That's going to be a lot of your dark leafy greens. Swiss Chard, collards, dandelion greens, beet greens. Amy's here. Amy said she just learned about me through YouTube. That's awesome, welcome, I'm really glad you're here Amy. Some of the other things would be, yeah like beet greens. Arugula, radicchio, all those dark leafy greens are bitters. Beet root is a fantastic bitter, so is artichoke, also dandelion roots. I actually drink a dandelion root tea everyday at the end of the day. It's my afternoon drink to support my bile. I also try to eat lots of dark leafy bitter greens. I think those are really, really helpful, it's a really easy thing. You know, you can eat them in a smoothie, throw them in a soup. I like to saute them up with just butter and salt, that is my favorite way to eat them.
That's a really easy way to do it. Artichoke, I like making artichoke dip, or even doing an artichoke tincture, that can be incredibly helpful. The other thing that I really love ... You might not be able to see this, 'cause I've got a study light on me, this is a St. Francis Canadian Bitters. If you want to access this, you can get it in my online dispensary. Just shoot my Facebook page a message and I can give you access to that.
Just the bitters are basically just bitter herbs. For example, this has artichoke in it, it has dandelions, some of the things we've talked about. It has chamomile, gentian, tumeric, cardamon, burdock, black walnut and ginger. Those are all bitter herbs and I love taking them as a tincture. If you're in Canada this is really good, a lot of natural food stores actually carry this one. If you're in the states, I really like Urban Moonshine or Quicksilver Dr. Shade's Bitters No.9. Those are all really good options.
I take these with every single meal. I help take them to help stimulate bile with every single meal, I also take them first thing in the morning. Now if you don't have a gallbladder you wouldn't want to take these on an empty stomach. Because you don't have the organ you need to store bile. So you're just going to stimulate bile, and it's going to get dumped into your intestine, and that can be aggravating. You want to be taking this with meals.
Also if you don't have a gallbladder, you should add in bile salts and some sort of bile builder, like choline or taurine. Those are really great bile builders. I love taking taurine. Choline is amazing, if you are someone with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. You should be taking Phosphatidylcholine three times a day with every single meal. That can actually really alleviate that non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, so really, really, helpful.
The other thing I like to use is Tudca, so T-U-D-C-A. Tudca is a really great bile salt. Really helpful for people who don't have gallbladders, and people who have that sludgy bile. I also use a lot of celery juice. Celery juice is really great for sodium, potassium, it's also a great bile stimulate, okay.
The other thing that is really helpful for bile and you guys will probably be happy to hear this, is coffee. Coffee is a bitter food, it's actually a fantastic bile stimulant. It's a big reason why coffee makes you poop. It's like you drink your coffee, you poop, because it's stimulating your bile okay.
I'm not someone who actually thinks coffee is unhealthy. I think one small cup of coffee before 10:00 AM. It should be high quality organic coffee is a fantastic way to stimulate your bile. I have a coffee not every morning, 'cause coffee is a bit hit and miss with me. Sometimes it just doesn't make me feel good, so I have to be in the mood for it. But I would recommend just one small organic cup of coffee first thing in the morning. Now a light roast is going to have more bile stimulating properties, but a light roast has more caffeine. When I have a light roast, I feel like my heart's going to beat off the rocker. I don't tolerate the extra caffeine very much. But if you can tolerate it, go for the light roast. But the light roast it definitely tastes a little bit more acidic.
I don't think it tastes as good as dark roast, but I will try to have one once a week. Just to try to have that bile stimulating activity. Okay, so I'm going to hop into the comments now. Lisa says, "Thank you for the videos, you're so interesting to listen to. Explaining the body in laymen terms." I'm glad that helps. And then Linda says, "Not Tea?" Yeah, you can dandelion root tea, I'm not sure which tea you're referring too. But dandelion root tea is a tea that I will do, and then coffee. Those are the two things that can be really helpful. Also chicory root. Chicory root is also a bitter and you can make a tea out of chicory root. You can kind of do a dandelion, chicory root combo. Definitely go light on the chicory root, it is very bitter, very quickly. You actually don't need to steep it for very long if you're doing a chicory root tea.
When I do chicory root tea, I'll put the chicory powder in a glass, pour the water in and then strain it. I don't let it steep because it just gets too bitter and too strong. Those are my best tips. Just to summarize guys, remember we should care about bile because not only does it help us break down those fat soluble vitamins that we need of healthy skin, that we need for so many functions in our body. But we also need it for thyroid activity and moving old outdated hormones out of the body. Very, very important things.
When your bile stops functioning properly, so either you stop producing in high enough amounts or it gets thick and sludgy. This is a huge issue, this will leave to gallstones, eventually gallbladder surgery. This will cause your thyroid to slow down. If you have estrogen dominance, if you've taken hormonal birth control, copper IUD, you are at great risk for bile issues and you should be taking steps to boost your bile.
Remember that you can test for this by looking at liver enzymes AST and ALT. And then GGT is your primary gallbladder marker, and you will need to request it, it's not going to be a standard on most blood chemistry. And then to improve bile function, focus on those bitter foods. Things like dark leafy greens, beet root, coffee. Dark chocolate, didn't mention that one, but a little bit of dark chocolate is actually a great bile stimulant. You don't have a gallbladder, make sure you're taking digestive bitters with every meal. I recommend doing that too even if you have a gallbladder. But without a gallbladder you want to add in the bile salts and probably want to add in a bile builder like choline or taurine as well. You could also experiment with Tudca, which is a really fantastic thing as well.
Dandelion root tea, artichoke, all these things are very helpful. And I think everyday we should be doing things to boost our bile. We should be considering our bile every single day. And in my group membership program, High on Energy, this is the main way that I work with clients right now. I'm not taking on any one on one clients anymore. But I work with women in my High on Energy membership program, and we actually did a bile boosting challenge in December. We had people ... Hey Theresa.
We had people you know, doing something everyday, posting every time they were stimulating bile, with hash tag bile. Obviously there was a prize in the mix, I love giving away prizes. A lot of my members notices a lot of benefit from focusing on bile boosting. A lot of them said, "My skin is glowing. I have more energy. I feel like my digestion's better." We saw a lot of great results with that contest. I do encourage you to think about your bile every single day. I am definitely doing that these days.
I'm taking my bitters, I take choline. I drink my dandelion root tea, I have my coffee. I occasionally have some dark chocolate. I think that's it. Well, sometimes I do celery juice too. Theresa's in the group, she's in the comments right now and she really enjoyed the challenge. Right now we're having another challenge, we're having the I Love Me challenge, which is all about self care and loving ourself, because that is very important. If you guys want to be a part of the membership, that is the number one way to work with me right now. I'll put a link at the top of this episodes and in the show notes for the podcast guys. The podcast goes out every Thursday, a copy of this episode.
And then if you want to hop on with my life for the Facebook live show, that's going to happen every Tuesday at 4:00 PM Pacific. A question from Angela, she says, "How do we test for the health or size of our bile?" Just go back and listen to the first half of this episode Angela. It's GGT along with your liver enzymes, and I talked about that earlier in the episode, so you can just scroll back and just listen to that.
Cool guys, so that is all I've got for today. I hope that was helpful. Yeah, I love connecting with you and I will see you guys in the next episode, which happens next Tuesday at 4:00 PM. Take care everyone.
What does healing from fatigue, burnout and chronic health conditions really look like?
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Is it really possible to heal? Join me in today's episode as we get honest about what it takes to heal from a chronic disease.
Kendra Perry: Hey, hey, everyone. Welcome to another awesome episode of HIGH on Energy TV. We're at episode 11 and we're going to be talking about a very awesome topic today. As always, I am bringing awesome content to you and I would love to know if you guys are on with me live right now. Say. "Hey," introduce yourself, let me know you're here because otherwise, all I can see is an eyeball with your face. I'm really, really excited to be with you guys here today and we're going to be talking about little bit about what a true healing journey looks like, what that means as you go through your healing process, is it possible to heal and really, what does that entire journey look like because it's going to be little bit different for everyone. Honestly, I think when it comes to healing, when we're actually taking a honest look at your health and you're actually looking to improve and get better, I think people think it looks a certain way, when really, it kind of looks the opposite way to that.
Guys, if you want to learn more about me, you can always find out more about me on my website kendraperry.net or if you want to work with me, you can join my HIGH on Energy membership, where I bring you the most cutting edge functional health strategies. I give you access to testing like Hair Mineral Analysis, the GI Map, Metals Testing, so that you can get the information you need to know about your body. You can make this whole healing process happen a little bit quicker because without the information, I really believe that you're just guessing. There is not a practitioner in the world who is talented enough to guess about what is going on in your body and actually hit the nail on the head.
I've been talking about this a lot lately because I work with a lot of people. I have a lot of clients, I work with a lot of people in my HIGH on Energy membership. I believe we have almost 80 people in the membership, plus I have, probably, 50 clients, maybe more. I work with a lot of people, so I see how a lot of healing journeys unfold and I've been doing this for awhile. I see the different fears that people have as they go through their healing journeys and I see a lot of the confusion that people have as they go through their healing journey. Confusion is a big one.
Healing is not easy. It is very challenging. If you have decided that you want to go the natural health route, you've decided that drugs and surgery are not an acceptable option for you, you have chosen a amazing path but you have also chosen a difficult path. You have chosen a path that is well worth it and that you will be happy that you chose, but the path to health is neither straightforward nor easy and it is an up and down journey.
I just want to say hi to Ellen and Margaret, welcome. I know we've got a few other of you guys on here and I know that in the corner of the left part of the screen, it says Christine Hansen. That is not me. That is actually my colleague. We share a Zoom account, so sometimes I forget to actually change my name. I am not Christine Hansen. I am Kendra Perry and welcome to HIGH on Energy TV.
Let's talk about healing and what that actually might look like and what I would say that it typically looks like for most people. What I will say is that everyone's experience is 100% different. I see people react one way and another way and another way and another way. It really depends on you and what you have going on. It depends on the different things that are affecting your body, it depends on your mindset, it depends on the people who you surround yourself with, it depends on your lifestyle, it depends on a lot of the things that might be affecting your body that you may or may not have any idea about. It is very different, but something that is really important to keep in mind.
If you have symptoms, typically, if you're on this livestream, if you're listening to the podcast, you probably have symptoms. Most people don't come to me without symptoms. I think I had one woman ever, come to me with virtually zero symptoms and she was like, "I just want to get on top of this. I just want to see what's going on in my body, so I can prevent illness." That was unicorn. That doesn't usually happen because most people don't take any interest in their health or aren't even aware that they should be concerned about their health until they have symptoms. Right? Until there's something wrong and they feel like there's something that they need to address.
This is the thing about the body, all the body wants for you, the whole body intelligence really just wants you to be healthy. Right? The body is always trying to achieve and maintain balance. Right? Always wanting to maintain balance. It is constantly working to keep you symptom free, because from a survival perspective, from an evolutionary perspective, if you have symptoms that were so bad that you couldn't get out of the cave, that would be a huge issue. Right? Your body wants you to perform, it wants you to be able to gather, to hunt, to survive, to run when necessary and if your symptoms are bogging you down, you wouldn't survive and humans wouldn't survive for very long, right?
There's a lot of things. There are a lot of external factors and inputs affecting our body. Really, the body is just trying to keep you balanced and trying to keep you symptome free and healthy. Really, your whole life, that is actually what your body is trying to do. It's trying to keep you symptom free and healthy. But it can only do that for so long. Right? There's only so long the body can be in state of chaos to have constant insults coming in, in the form of bad food, in the form of stress, in the form of electromagnetic frequencies, in the form of toxins, heavy metals, environmental chemicals, all these things mold all these things that can affect us. Right? If it's just a little bit coming in here or there, body can probably deal with it but if it's a constant chronic assault on the body, at some point, things are going to really tip in the wrong direction. Right?
By the time you have a symptom, whether that's fatigue, burn out, exhaustion, food allergies, stomachache, indigestion, acid reflux, constipation, diarrhea, brain fog, depression, acne, any symptom. What that means is that your body can no longer compensate, your body can no longer keep you balanced and that did not just happen today and that did not just happen yesterday. That means that whatever is driving that symptom or more likely the collection of things that are driving that issue have probably been going on for a very long time. They've been going on for months, maybe years, decades, right? Probably a really long time.
Unfortunately, the way that our current medical system is set up, we don't really give any attention in the current medical system to things in that in between. We basically, in modern medicine, conventional medicine, we have two states. We have person who's healthy and we have the person who has a disease and who is fucking sick. We don't really approximately attention to this whole spectrum of things that happen in between. I'll just use blood work as an example because that's something that we are currently getting annually. We go in for an annual check-up, maybe we get some blood work drawn.
Let's use thyroid hormones, so let's just use TSH, thyroid-stimulating hormones. That's a primary hormone they test, a doctor will test when they're looking at your thyroid. The reference range for thyroid-stimulating hormone or TSH is 0.5 to 5. That's the conventional range, typically, is going to be. Let's say you're getting exposed to a lot of chemicals and metals and EMF, all these things. You're not eating the best diet, you're eating foods that you're sensitive to, you're eating a lot of food chemicals, blah, blah, blah. For some reason, because of your unique biochemistry, this is affecting your thyroid. It's causing your thyroid to slow down.
But you're going in for your annual physical and in the beginning, when things are pretty balanced, your TSH is about 1, which is actually a pretty optimal TSH result. Next year, you go in and you're at 1.3. Next year, you go in and you're at 1.9. Basically, it's steadily increasing over the he years and the decades. Now, every time you go in, there's a good chance, you don't even get a copy of your blood work. You don't even see it and if you do see it, you don't even know what it means and it's not going to get flagged as high or even trending in the wrong direction. Every year, you're just normal, normal, normal, normal, normal, normal and over time, you're like, "Ah, I'm starting to feel a little bit fatigued. I'm a little bit tired. Oh, I'm a little bit cold. I need an extra blanket. Weird, my skin's really drying out. Weird, dry skin, okay. My bowel movements aren't as good. They're a little bit hard. I'm getting this occasional hard pellet. Weird, my hair's thinning a little bit. It's falling out."
You're going in there and your doctor's like, "You're normal. Your thyroid's normal. Your thyroid's normal." Then, one day you go in and your TSH is at 6 or 5.5 or 5.1 or whatever. It's over 5. Your doctor is like, "Well, you have hypothyroid." They're like, "Okay, you have hypothyroid." If you have a good doctor, they're going to be like, "Maybe we should check your thyroid antibodies." Check your thyroid antibodies, they're at 200, so they're elevated. Now, you have Hashimoto's. You've officially been diagnosed with Hashimoto's.
You're like, "Oh my God. I just got Hashimoto's overnight. I literally just got Hashimoto's. What the hell? I was healthy last year, when I came in. I was normal. My blood work was normal and now, I have Hashimoto's. I have this diagnosed medical condition and I have to take Synthroid."
This is the big issue because that issue didn't happen overnight. Maybe that was progressing for decades. That number was slowly going up and probably, your antibodies were slowly going up as well, showing more and more autoimmune activity on the thyroid, but those test results, our system isn't really set-up to detect that. "We think, well I was healthy yesterday, and now, I'm sick. Now, I have a disease. Everything was good and then, suddenly, things went wrong. I can't imagine what happened. Nothing has changed. I've been doing everything the same." But really, that condition has been developing for a decade. You just didn't have any idea about it because nobody was reading your lab work appropriately, nobody was looking at functional ranges, nobody was paying attention when you were like, "I'm tired. My hair's thinning. My skin's getting dry," and now, you have a health condition.
Now, you're like, "Okay, I don't want to take Synthroid. I want to do this the natural way." You get going on some program, maybe you clean up your diet, you find a good program and you're wondering after three months, why isn't this working. Why is this taking so long. My whole point is ... I do have a point. I do have a point. My point is, is our health does not go side ways, overnight, in a few days or even in a few months. Typically, it's been developing over probably, our entire lives of toxicity, of exposure in the last 15 years. EMF, stress, all these things. Bad diet food additives, toxic people, all these things and it's been going out of whack for a long time, but we just didn't know because we weren't paying attention.
If it takes 10 years for you to develop something like Hashimoto's, how long do you think it's actually going to take to fix that? It's going to take time and I can't put a number on that. I can't tell you it's going to take six months, it's going to take a year, it's going to take five years. I can't tell you because everyone's different and there's so many things that go into a healing program and there's so many things you actually need to heal. But if you want to actually fix a problem and you want to get to the root cause and you want to reverse something that has become a chronic health problem, this is a long term approach. This is a long-term journey. This is not going to be a quick fix. Unfortunately, there's no quick fix. Anything in alternative health is not a quick fix.
I just want to say hi to Tierney. I hope I didn't just butcher your name, but hello. Welcome. I'm so glad you're here and I know there's eight of you on and a few of you are probably shy, so say, "Hey," or give me a little heart, give me a like. Let me know you're here. Let me know if what I'm saying is resonating with you. Let me know if you do have a chronic health condition that you're trying to reverse the natural way. I would love to know where you're at.
This is the thing, right? When we decide to undertake a natural healing protocol or program or journey or whatever, the first thing we need to accept is that this is going to take time. It's probably going to take longer than six months. Honestly, it may even take a year or even longer. It may take several years or it may be an ongoing life thing. I'm not trying to discourage you but this is the truth. These things have been developing our whole life and a lot of us with chronic health issues ... Oh good, I got Tierney's name right. Awesome. Welcome, I haven't seen you on here before and, so I just want to hello and so glad you're here. I voice cracked like a teenager there.
Yeah. I think, the first thing we need to understand is that it is going to take time. A lot of people want to know, "Well, I just need to do that and I'm good, right? Then, I'm good." No, you're not good. You're never going to be good and what I mean by that is the second thing we have to accept ... The first thing we need to accept is healing takes time. The second thing we have to accept is that we live in an incredibly toxic question world, incredibly toxic. We have never, in human history have ever been exposed to so many heavy metals and chemicals. 84,000 chemicals in our environment. Heavy metals are pretty much all around us. They're in everything.
I'm drinking out of a ceramic mug that I shouldn't be drinking out of because the ceramic glaze probably has lead, uranium. I'm slowly phasing these out but this is what I knew. This is what I know. We have to accept that we don't live in a world that is conducive to health. We have a lot of stressors in our lives. We have to wear a lot hats, especially us women. We need to be mothers, we need to be bosses, we need to be employees, we need to be spouses, we need to be best friends. We're wearing a lot of hats, right? We have a lot of stress. Then, we have the metals and chemicals.
Recently, in the past 10 to 15 years, we're dealing with EMF exposure. We're dealing with WiFi, we're dealing with 5G, we're dealing with cellphone towers, we're dealing with electricity, we're dealing with a lot of things that are very new and are disrupting our energy fields. I'm actually digging deep into EMF, right now, guys. That's definitely going to be a future topic. We have all those things going on. Right?
All those things are working against us. Now, this is not to discourage you. This is not to say there's things you can do to improve these things or protect yourself from these things, but because of these things, health is never going to be a thing. If you want to be healthy and you want to recover and you want to live a life where you're thriving and not just surviving, you are going to have to figure out what are the things that you need to do to keep yourself healthy.
When we first embark on a healing journey, we likely have to be pretty strict, probably going to have to run a bunch of testing. We're probably going to have to take a bunch of supplements. We're going to have to be super on top of it. But as things improve and as we heal over time, we're probably not going to have to be as more rigid. We're going to be able to tolerate more foods. We're going to be able to make a little bit more mistake in our diet. We're going to take less supplements. But still, what we're going to have to figure out is what do I need to maintain my health and keep myself healthy.
There's always going to be something. Using myself as an example, I have to be really on top of my meditation and self-care. Very type America. Maybe you've noticed that. I take on a lot. I'm an over achiever. I'm ambitious. I have a million projects on the go at all times. I work hard. I really have to be on top of grounding, on top of spending time outside, getting out in the sun, meditation and doing things to help me relax because otherwise, I just get anxious, I get overstimulated and things go sideways. I have to be very on top of my sleep. I am not someone who can stay up past 10:30 two or three nights in a row. That will seriously affect my health. That will push me back to feeling fatigue, feeling burnt out, feeling terrible.
I have a lot more room in my diet but I can't eat gluten. That's not something I can eat, so I have to consciously avoid gluten. There's all these different things. I also have to be very on top of my magnesium and calcium intake because I have a very fast metabolism and I burn these things really quickly. Those are the supplements that I need to focus on. I am 10 years into my health journey and I have made vast improvements. I feel significantly better, but if I don't stay on top of things, I can easily fall back into fatigue, into not feeling good, into insomnia. That's what I'm trying to say.
Healing is a journey. It's not like you just follow that three months or six month program, or you're good where you just run one round of testing and you're good. This is an ongoing journey. We need to always stay on top of things. I will test myself regularly. I'm always running my Hair Mineral Analysis Test, I'm running my GI Map, I'm running my Metals. I'm seeing what I'm getting exposed to. I'm seeing if I picked up an infection. I'm seeing if my minerals are getting further out of whack because if I don't stay on top of those things, it's very easy for me to fall back. The truth is if you have developed a chronic health condition, if you have chronic fatigue, if you've gotten to the point of exhaustion, burn out, if you have Hashimoto's or some diagnosed health condition, you've gotten to that point, which means you can always get back there. That is why you have to stay on top of things.
The next thing I want to talk about is the sort of process of healing. I think a lot of people think, "Okay, I just need to clean up my diet. Maybe I need to just exercise. I need to hop on a sauna and then, I'm just going to feel like this. I feel like crap. I'm at a four out of 10 for energy and now, I'm going to be at a 4.5 and then, I'm going to be at a 5.5 and a 6 and a 6.5 and a 7 and then one day, I'm going to be on a 10. It's just this sort of linear progression. You need to get that out of your head because it doesn't actually exist. It looks like this and sometimes, it looks like this. If you're on the podcast, first one was me making a wave. If you put your hand outside the window when you are moving really fast I a car and you do that wave motion. That's what I was doing. Then, I was making a scribble. It's not straightforward.
The truth is, as we go through this healing process, there's going to be a lot of ups and downs. This is because typically, in order for your body to get to a higher state of health, it has to feel crappy temporarily. When you improve your health, when you start doing better things for your body, things that actually support you, support your body's function, what it wants to do is it's like, "Great. I feel better, I have more energy, I'm going to do some house cleaning." That might mean it decides to move out a chemical or a toxin that you might have been storing in your body for years, for decades or something you were recently exposed to. When your body decides to detox something, what happens is that, that toxin or that chemical is going to temporarily end up in your blood stream or it's going to have to get pushed to your kidneys, your liver. It's going to have to get pushed out. It's going to be immobilized. That means that as you're detoxing, you typically don't feel great.
This is the biggest thing that turns people off their healing program and causes them to actually give up and think that it's not working or think that they're failing. It's a tough thing to deal with. I get it. I go through it too. I'll feel really good for awhile and then, I spend a few weeks kind of feeling crappy because my body decided to detox lead or get rid of whatever it was that it was dealing with. As a result, I feel more fatigued or I don't sleep as well. It's really easy in that moment to be like, "What I'm doing isn't working. I'm taking steps back. I'm back at the beginning. I'm back to where I started. I must be doing something wrong." Or the most common thing I hear is nothing has changed. I'm not doing anything different."
First of all, everything is always changing. Nothing is static in the body. Regardless of what you're doing, if you're always doing the same thing, what you're getting exposed to, the energy that is coming into your energy field is always changing. Right? That doesn't even make sense. When you're like, "Well, nothing has changed." Everything's changing. Everything is always changing. Our body is constantly dealing with inputs or outputs. But the other thing is you don't want to look at it as things are getting worse. I'm doing the wrong things. Usually, what it means is that you just need to stay the course.
Now, this may be really hard to determine if you're doing things on your own and this is why I really do recommend you work with someone. In my HIGH on Energy membership, we are always running testing, we a re retesting, we are re-looking at things, so that we can tell if someone's actually progressing, which helps because sometimes, if you're doing this on your own, you feel crappy for a couple of months. You're like, "I don't know if this is actually helping or I'm feeling worse. I don't actually know." But if you're doing testing, if you're tracking it with testing and looking at the numbers and tracking things, then it's a lot easier to know if what you're doing is the right thing and if you actually just need to stay the course.
It's not a straightforward journey and it's up and down and you can get to a point with your health where you're like I feel amazing. This is the best I've ever felt. But you could still go back to feeling crappy temporarily because the better you feel, the better your body is going to detox and the better, the more it's going to be immobilizing this toxins into your bloodstream to move them out, which means that you feel crappy.
That is what I'm trying to say. The first thing we need to realize is that our health does not get bad overnight. We don't develop chronic health issues overnight. They develop over months, years and likely, decades, possibly even our whole lives, which means that there isn't a quick fix. These things are going to take time.
Number two, what we need to realize and accept that we live in a very toxic world. Pretty much everything is working against us. Health can never take a back burner. It's always something that we're going to have to stay on top off. Obviously, as we get healthier, there's a bit more room for error, but you probably are still going to always have to take a certain supplement or practice self-care or focus on meditation, focus on taking time for yourself, exercising, that sort of thing, but we're always going to have to be consciously aware of the things that we're doing to keep ourselves healthy.
Then, number three, health is not a linear progression. Healing is not a linear progression. It's a wave. It's fucked up scribble. There's a lot of ups and downs and sometimes you feel very alone, sometimes you feel very frustrated, but if you are working with a good practitioner, someone who can guide you through this, someone who is using functional testing to guide the process, you just need to stay the course and make adjustments as you go.
I have to hop off now. I'm headed to the gym. I'm headed to Maverick Fitness for my weekly gym session with my personal trainer. I got to hop off now, but I hope that was helpful, guys. I do these Facebook lives every single Tuesday at 4:15 PM Pacific and then, this goes out as a podcast every Thursday as the HIGH on Energy podcast. Subscribe to the podcast if you want me to join you in your car or on your walk or if you guys want to join me live and ask me questions on air, I love that. I love connecting with you. Just join me every Tuesday and the last Tuesday of every month, that's next Tuesday, I do a live Q&A, so if you guys have questions, you can ask them on this thread, you can email them to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can Facebook message my Facebook page and then, I will answer your questions on air or you can hop on and ask me live.
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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.
Hello, how’s it going? I’m Kendra Perry from Kendra Kendra Perry Nutrition, and I’m coming to you from my very cold house.
It’s getting into October now and I didn’t feel like making a fire because I was lazy so I’ve got my toque on I got my … jacket on and I even got my booties on, those are my favorite little booties, but anyways, today we’re going to be talking about a very very important topic and also maybe a bit of a controversial topic because I know a lot of you ladies out there take the birth control pill and you’re getting a lot of benefits from it
You know you don’t have to think much and you’re not getting pregnant you don’t have to worry about that which is awesome.
But of course that does come with some side effects, and that’s what we’re going to be talking about today; three unknown very very commonly unknown side effects that are very long-term and these side effects can affect you even if you were on the birth control years ago and you’ve been off it for years, so maybe it’s something you took in your 20s and it’s been five or ten years since you’ve been off of it.
Unfortunately, some of these side effects can still be affecting you and I’m going to get into that a little bit today. So if this is your first time joining in for one of my videos. Welcome, I’m Kendra Perry from Kendra Perry Nutrition like I mentioned before and I’m a functional diagnostic nutritionist and what I do is I help women generally in their 30s and 40s.
I help them balance their hormones so they can stop feeling fatigued, crazy overweight and super unsexy and they can start feeling awesome, so that’s what I do and if you haven’t already I have an awesome freebie right now if you are wondering what’s up with your hormones? If maybe you suspect your hormones have to do some of the symptoms that you’re experiencing lately,
I have a free self-test it’s pinned to the top of this page and you can use that to get a good idea if you might be at risk for a specific hormone imbalance and which imbalance that might be, okay.
So let’s get into it, but before we get started, I just want to ask you guys a question and please answer even if you’re just watching this video if even if you’re just watching the replay of this video.
I know there’s a bunch of you guys with me live today but even if you’re watching the replay I come back and look at these comments for weeks, so please answer so I just want to know and this is a bit of a personal question but sometimes
I like to get personal, let me know if you are currently taking the birth control pill and if so, what’s the reason that you are taking it is it to avoid pregnancy, or is it some other reason?
Maybe you’re taking it to regulate a hormone imbalance that your doctor said you have or maybe it’s to regulate a very irregular cycle?
Just let me know drop it in the comments box below, and that would be great, okay? So let’s first kind of talk about the birth control what’s actually kind of happening in the body so of course this like starts with what the female cycle is really supposed to look like okay, so in a woman who’s not taking any hormone, so no birth control typically what happens is estrogen is very dominant in the first half of the cycle so days 1 to 14.
Estrogen is what’s considered, it’s a growth hormone so it makes things grow and what it does is it grows the lining of the uterus it starts to grow that lining and basically, that’s your body preparing for pregnancy because if you were to say get pregnant or if there was a sperm and it connected with that egg in your body which is terrifying, but anyway is that they connect that egg will go into your uterus and implant on the wall, and that’s where it’ll start to grow and eventually turn into a baby.
So that’s what happens in day 1 to 14 is estrogen is pumping and then at some point around ovulation so that usually happens around day 14 middle of the cycle an egg is released from the ovaries and that ovary or that that egg basically is looking for a sperm to fertilize it and if it doesn’t get fertilized it actually starts to break down and degrade because we don’t need it anymore so your body gets rid of it.
And as that egg breaks down and degrades it actually releases a significant amount of progesterone, and that’s why progesterone is very important in the second half of the menstrual cycle, so estrogen goes down progesterone goes up as that a starts to degrade and then when it comes up to your period that’s actually when hormones drop super low so they’re at their lowest and that’s actually what triggers the menstrual cycle is a drop in both estrogen and progesterone, okay.
So what happens when you were on the pill? So basically the pill kind of hijacks your hormone control, so it dumps a bunch of synthetic estrogen and progesterone into the body in really high amounts which actually mimics pregnancy so when you’re pregnant your hormones are just pumping right, these things help maintain the pregnancy and keep a fetus healthy so the hormones are just kind of going off the radar they’re super high and that’s what hormonal birth control does is it lets these hormones become super high with synthetic hormones.
And it actually tricks the body into thinking that you’re pregnant so that’s why if you end up with another sperm inside your body because you’re still having sex there’s not going to be any eggs released because the body thinks you’re already pregnant.
So that’s what happens when you take that pill every single day and the same is true for IUD’s and also the patch or the ring I know there’s a lot of different types of birth control methods out there right now, but basically, they are pumping hormones and hijacking control of your hormones.
And then what happens when you get the period so that’s when you start taking those sugar pills, right? So what happens is you’re not actually getting a real period you’re actually getting what’s called sort of breakthrough bleeding. So you’re stopping those pills and that basically causes your hormones to drop and suddenly the body can’t maintain that lining anymore, so it starts to shed it so you’re kind of getting I guess what’s more like an artificial period you’re not actually getting a real period okay.
And this is a big reason why a lot of women take birth control pills even if it has nothing to do with preventing pregnancy so I know a lot of women take them because you know they have a very heavy period or maybe they have a very irregular cycle, maybe they have severe period cramps those are a lot of reasons people or women take birth control pills that really has nothing to do with actually not being, not getting pregnant, okay.
And the reason and so you know being on the pill is going to alleviate a lot of those symptoms because it does hijack hormone control and regulate things but it doesn’t actually fix the root cause so what a lot of women find is they feel really good on the pill.
But at some point they’re gonna want to go off it maybe because they want to get pregnant or they’ve just been on it. Too long and those hormone issues will come back and often with a vengeance because it’s basically just masking hormonal issues, so I think you know and that that I find quite unnerving.
You know I was like you I was on birth control for a really long time I think from the time I was 16 she about 23, so I guess what’s that 7 years? Maybe even longer than that and you know I got a ton of hormonal issues when I got off the pill and you know it’s because it sort of masks these hormonal issues, and they continue to persist in your body but unknown to you because you feel great while you’re on the pill, okay.
Anyways, I’m getting a bit off-track here But I want to get into those 3 reasons why? Or those 3 long-term side effects of birth control pills and again use can affect you even if you’ve been off the birth control pill for many years, even 10 or 15 years, and I’m gonna give you one bonus piece of info at the end.
So if you stay till the end, I’m gonna give you one complete and total shocker, it’s gonna blow your fucking head off! Seriously. It’s crazy when I learned about this I was completely shocked. Ok, so number one is it disrupts your gut flora, so the pill you know it doesn’t only have synthetic hormones in there, but it also has a lot of other synthetic additives and you take the pill in your mouth orally, and it actually kills your gut flora ok
And if you are someone who knows about gut health and knows the importance of the microbiome we know, this is a big problem so the microbiome is basically a bacterial community that you have living in your gut andwe have billions and billions and billions of these species in our gut and they play a huge role in our digestion our mood and pretty much a lot of our internal gut physiology and beyond. So it’s very very important to have healthy gut flora but you are taking a pill every single day that is killing the gut flora okay?
And this is probably one of the big reasons that women who are on birth control pills are significantly more likely to have issues with Candida.
Okay, so Candida is a yeast that naturally lives in the large intestine, and it’s always naturally there but when the gut floor is healthy it’s largely kept in check and it kind of just exists in those dark dark like deep corners of the large intestine but when that gut flora gets imbalance then the Candida can over grow and it can thrive and that can cause a lot of issues.
You know a lot of people are pretty familiar with the issues associated with Candida, but you know weight gain, fatigue, sugar cravings can be a really big one. It can cause a lot of issues because it causes a lot of inflammation it secretes a lot of toxins and it really does reduce your ability to digest and absorb nutrients.
So that’s a really big one so the way that it damages your gut flora and when your gut flora is not a good place so you just don’t have those healthy communities it puts you at risk for not only candida but also a lot of other gut infections so things like parasites and also other nasty bacteria because we are exposed to these things all the time, you know we don’t have to go to a third world country to get exposed to something like a parasite.
But when your gut flora is healthy it’s not a big deal because your immune system kind of deals with it it gets out you know overcrowded by the other healthy communities around it, so these things can tend to just get flushed out or at least kept …
There we go, sorry my timer, I need to put the turkey in the oven it’s Thanksgiving here in Canada. And I had to set myself a timer so i got to get that turkey and we’re having a big big dinner probably tonight and my boyfriend will kill me if I forget anyways, okay, so talking about yeah, so you just put risk for a lot of infections when your gut flora is disrupted and once your gut flora is disrupted you know a lot of things can happen and it can really set the stage for you know long-term chronic health problems specifically mood and digestive problems.
So a lot of women you know they were on birth control pills in their 20s and they find in their 30s; they have a ton of GI symptoms, and they don’t really know what’s going on and a big part of that is the fact that they’ve spent many years depleting their incredibly important and sensitive gut flora.
So that’s the first way that birth control can really harm you for the long term.
Number two is relatively unknown, but this one is insane. Okay, so I see so I’m going to tell you about copper toxicity so birth controls really push up copper in your body, okay, and copper toxicity is something that I see in almost every woman is crazy and so when I work with women
I always want a hair mineral analysis. I’m really big into remineralizing the body right now. And so when I do this I tend to see in the results that their copper is completely imbalanced. It’s through the roof and copper toxicity can cause a significant amount of issues.
I’m just going to read you off some of the symptoms here because you might be able to relate to this but hypothyroid, mind racing, mood swing, diet, dry skin, depression, feeling of loss of control, chocolate cravings, constipation, adverse reaction to vitamin and minerals b12 deficiency, iron deficiency,haemorrhoids, osteoporosis, fatigue, anemia, decrease in white blood cells, problems of concentration, memory, acne, paranoia, arthritis it goes on and on and on and these are all issues of copper imbalance.
And it is crazy how much birth control pills can dis regulate your copper, and there are people out there so one of the experts that trained under for hair mineral analysis his name’s Rick Mulder it’s his opinion, and I mean he’s been doing this for 30 to 40 years, he’s tested tens of thousands of people and it’s his opinion that copper imbalance is the main cause of the majority of the health problems that we experienced because copper really needs to be tightly controlled in the body.
You don’t want too much, but you don’t want too little you have too much or too little you’re going to have health problems and so it’s really interesting, so sometimes so what happened so sorry I’m getting a little off track here, but I really want to tell you about this, it’s really interesting, so the birth control pill can put a lot of stress on the adrenals on the thyroid and when the adrenals and the thyroid are sluggish this actually reduces your body’s ability to make something called ceruloplasmin and ceruloplasmin is basically a compound in the body that allows you to use copper so you get into the situation where you know your thyroid and adrenal are sluggish from you know maybe they’ve always been a bit sluggish and now the birth control is making them more sluggish.
So and then on top of this the birth control pill is also pushing up copper so you end up in a situation where you’re totally copper toxic!
Because the birth control is pushing up copper but you’re also copper deficient because you have now a limited ability to produce ceruloplasmin and which means you have a limited ability to use copper and this is actually the most common situation i’ve seen and women who’ve been on birth control even if it was like 15 years ago is they have this severe copper imbalance where they’re totally copper toxic the body is storing copper in the tissues in the organs especially the liver and the kidneys and then because they can’t use it they’re completely copper deficient, so they have symptoms of both.
And it takes years to detox copper from the body it can take a really long time so I’ve seen this in women who have only been on birth control for a year and now we’re doing this test ten years later, but it’s gonna be even more crazy in women who’ve been on birth control pills for multiple years because it pushes up your copper and then another really interesting thing about copper is copper pushes up estrogen levels so when your copper is high your estrogen will be high, so taking birth control pills pushes up copper which can then push up your estrogen which leads to estrogen dominance.
And I’ve talked a lot about estrogen dominance I’ve written about a lot of it on my website Kendraperry.net but this is one of the nastiest hormone imbalances that you can have and it’s also one of the most common I see in women over 30 and even some women over 25 between like 25 and 30.
And so when your estrogen dominant it really does predispose you for estrogen dominant cancers things like cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, it also gives you crazy PMS, tender breast, bloating, acne, irritability, insomnia around your period, it just kind of makes you miserable.
And it’s just really crazy how much birth control pill can really lead to a long-term copper issue and thus estrogen dominant issue and sometimes this estrogen dominance won’t show up on a test and I’ve seen this again where we won’t see it in the test, but because it’s the copper that’s pushing up estrogen during certain times of the month we actually will never find the estrogen so we just have to go with the copper toxicity and assume estrogen dominance.
And I think another way that birth control can really affect your copper level is the fact that actually depletes a zinc so zinc is a very important mineral for the immune system, so when zinc goes down you start to have more issues with infections you get sick all the time and of course that does put you a bigger risk for things like parasites and candida as well.
But zinc and copper are antagonists so as one goes up the other goes down. So as zinc goes down copper goes up. So not only is birth control pushing more copper into your system but it’s also depleting zinc which naturally will make your copper levels more high and unless you address copper toxicity directly and you start to detox copper from the body. These issues and these symptoms and that list that I mentioned can affect you for the rest of your life
It’s crazy, so that’s a really big one, okay. So number three is magnesium deficiency so birth control pills deplete magnesium. It’s well known it’s been shown in a ton of research and magnesium and you might know that it’s super important, so it’s involved in over 300 different enzyme reactions in the entire body, you need it to relax the entire nervous system you need sleep you need it to feel calm and not totally crazy and stressed out and birth control pills actually deplete magnesium and so this is a really big issue as well.
Another thing that happens is because magnesium is an antagonist with cut with calcium so as magnesium goes down calcium goes up and if calcium gets too high in your system your body does start to store it in different parts of the body and it can lead to a lot of joint pain, and it can actually really change your personality and lead to a lot of mood disorders as well, so magnesium is huge. We’re already deficient in it, and then if you’re taking birth control pills. You’re gonna be even more magnesium deficient okay, so that’s number three is in the way that magnesium causes or sorry birth control causes magnesium deficiency.
So I just want to quickly recap and then I’m gonna give you the bonus side effect the one that’s gonna just like blow your head off. It’s crazy! I can’t even believe this is a thing but anyways, So number one is birth control pills will deplete your gut flora so it does lead to long-term mood disorders and GI problems, does increase your likelihood for getting a parasite or candida.
Number two is that birth control will cause copper imbalance so it can make you deficient and toxic at the same time that leads to a ton of symptoms, very hard to get out of the body if your body can’t use it, it can’t move it out and then you are just copper toxic and dealing with so many health problems that you can’t connect to anything for the rest of your life.
And number three is magnesium deficiency, so it does push down your magnesium, okay. And now for the bonus so the bonus so I heard this from dr.
Sarah Gottfried so she is an MD who does a lot of work with hormones, but more for women who are postmenopausal, But she said in a podcast that I was listening to that birth control pills reduce the size of clitores by twenty to thirty percent.
They shrink your clit. That’s crazy. It’s crazy, and I was pretty skeptical about this, so I looked it up, and I did find a research study on PubMed that did indicate that the birth control pill can actually shrink your clitoris.
Which is shocking, it’s just shocking like that is horrible right? I mean the reason we have sex is for pleasure and enjoyment and being on the birth control pillcan actually shrink your clitoris, and you know I was on the birth control pill for probably seven or eight years
I wish I had measured. I have no idea if mine is smaller than it used to be but I think that’s pretty significant and these are side effects that nobody is talking about and your you will never hear this from your doctor when you go on the pill they will tell you that maybe you have a higher risk for blood clots, but that you have a lower risk for certain types of cancer, and you know nobody’s gonna tell you about deficient gut flora, no one’s going to tell you about copper imbalance and nobody’s gonna tell you about magnesium deficiency, and I know nobody is gonna tell you about clit shrinkage, okay, so you know you really need to take these things into consideration when making a decision to go on the pill.
You know I understand that there’s times in your life where you absolutely do not want to get pregnant and I get that but you know 60 to 70 percent of women go on the pill for reasons that have nothing to do with avoiding pregnancy and they are not told about these side-effects.
They have no idea and you know as someone who works with women’s health, I mean it is crazy how often I work with women who have come off the birth control pill, and they are a mess. You know, it’s just it’s crazy, and we’re just not being given the proper information.
You know if you want to make the decision to go on birth control knowing those side effects that’s good, because you’re making an informed decision but most of us aren’t even making informed decisions because we never get the information to begin with okay, so I hope you found this video helpful
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