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About Nutritional Therapy

Food is the ultimate medicine. There is no drug, supplement, pill or herb that can influence your health as profoundly as your diet.

You will know when you feel the need from the inside that it is time for a positive change / upgrade in your life. The human body is designed by nature to be strong, vibrant, energetic and healthy. If you don’t experience that state of well-being every day, then something in your diet and/or lifestyle is off. Fixing your diet may seem complicated at first, but eventually and under the right guidance is what will set you get free of your symptoms and help you achieve the life and balance you want and deserve.

Your genetics may have contributed to your current state of health. All people are born with specific genetic predispositions or ‘genetic cards’. How well these cards are played depends on your environment, lifestyle, diet, attitude, emotions, and so on. Poor cards or genes can succeed just as strong cards can be played ‘weak’. In most cases, weak genes have a small correlation with the predicted outcome or pathway of your disease. It’s not that genes are not important; they are. However, they don’t exclusively define a person’s health. It’s primarily how these genes are expressed that determines the final outcome. Allopathic / conventional medicine will never admit this truth because it topples their fundamental philosophy and gives the patient complete responsibility for his / her health.

It depends. The duration typically lasts from 3 months (90 days) to years, with appointments / consultations becoming less frequent and necessary as time goes by. In Metabolic Body we strive to see you succeed on your own, so we do our best to inform and educate our patients as much as possible in order for them to eventually become their own doctors.

A prolonged juice fast is one of the most aggressive and effective detoxification techniques available. It oftentimes includes the use of enemas, herbs, and supplements that encourage bowel cleansing and elimination, which actually constitute one of the primary objectives of the fast. For that reason, having an experienced health expert on your side, guiding you and helping you overcome any potential challenges can be very helpful and boost your results, especially if you embark on this type of fast for the first time. If you are or plan to embark on a prolonged juice fast, we are here to help you.

It depends. Some insurance companies may cover your expenses for using our services, while others not. To know for sure, you should send them the invoice of your purchase and ask them if they can cover it. In your invoice, the service you buy from us will be labeled as “Nutritional Therapy Consultation”.

About Chronic Disease​

Chronic disease

Because over 80% of your immune system is located in your gut. Your body has smartly and proactively put its strongest defenses in areas where exposure to foreign substances and microorganisms is most likely to occur – your digestive tract. Your defense system starts with your tonsils and adenoids, which are your first line of defense. In lower areas of your gut wall and especially in the lowest part of your small intestine (ileum), we find tonsil-like patches of lymph tissue, called Peyer’s patches. Peyer’s patches contain high concentrations of white blood cells or lymphocytes, which protect you against infections and diseases by detecting antigens, such as bacteria and toxins. They also stimulate B-cells to produce antibodies, which are used by your immune system to neutralize various pathogens. Consequently, your gut has the potential to become a ‘hotbed of inflammation’, depending on what is coming in through your mouth. There are many potential culprits that can burst our guts into ‘flames’. A big one is undiagnosed food intolerances and allergies, which unfortunately have become the norm these days. Other inflammation-inducing factors may include: 1) Dysbiosis 2) Leaky Gut Syndrome 3) Partially digested foods 4) Heavy metal poisoning.

Because there are some great benefits when it comes to eating a predominantly-raw food diet. As a general rule, all raw foods are healing because of two primary reasons: 1) They provide undamaged, readily-assimilable nutrients and raw materials to your body. 2) The heat-sensitive enzymes and bacteria necessary for digestion, proper immune function and metabolic health are still present in them.*

*It’s worth noting that not all foods should be consumed raw. For example, certain vegetables can be very harsh on the digestive system when consumed raw, causing bloating, indigestion, constipation and other negative gastrointestinal side effects. Fibrous vegetables should be first subjected into special preparation (blending or juicing) before consumed. A 100% raw food diet approach is a powerful tool that can be used for healing purposes. Some of the best foods to consume raw include fruits, nuts (soaked and sprouted), tender leafy greens, honey, milk, kefir, cheese, egg yolks, fish (such as sashimi), beef (such as tartare or carpaccio). Many people may find specific foods, such as meat or fish, utterly disgusting to consume raw. However, these foods have been part of the human diet for millions of years.

In most cases, yes. In the early 2000s, many people started eating like Paleolithic hunter-gatherers to manage / treat almost every health condition under the sun. People with chronic autoimmune issues who shifted to a Paleo diet were positively amazed with the results – their symptoms, lab values and overall health significantly improved. Over the last two decades, the amount of scientific evidence verifying why these dietary changes are so effective has changed our understanding about the mechanism and pathophysiology of chronic disease. By studying history and anthropology, it becomes evident that therapeutic diets have been around since humans had a choice of what to eat. Over thousands of years, folk healers and grandmothers have learned through trial and error what works and what doesn’t for achieving good health and longevity. It’s fascinating that most of the intuitive wisdom passed on by our ancestors is now provable by modern science to be valid, especially when it comes to nutrition and lifestyle. This combination of ancient, traditional wisdom with modern science and millions of positive anecdotal reports has proven to be a much-needed opportunity for the ever-increasing number of chronically ill people walking through their lives wounded, tired and hoping for a cure.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a debilitating chronic health condition characterized by overwhelming fatigue that is not improved with rest, impairing the person’s ability to do even daily tasks. Many doctors, unaware of the physiological malfunctions underlying this condition, falsely state that it is an imaginary illness. That is incorrect. The human body is naturally designed to be vibrant and energetic – not constantly tired and hypotonic. Any disease present in your body is there for a reason and constitutes a message your body is trying to send you. For anyone suffering from CFS, it’s highly recommended to start by cleansing the colon (large intestine), which is the king organ of detoxification and waste removal. While most people do not acknowledge the fact that they are themselves sufferers of chronic, hidden constipation, this insidious condition has become a worldwide pandemic, mainly due to modern man’s diet and lifestyle. When not everything coming in comes out, but stays in for days, weeks, or even months, a highly toxic, internal environment is materialized. This internal environment greatly burdens the immune system on a daily basis, contributing to all sorts of chronic health conditions – from eczema, depression and arthritis, to unexplained fatigue, insomnia, low libido, and autoimmune issues. Unless the large intestine (colon) is properly cleaned up, it’s not smart for the person to focus on building the body up through nutrition, as the foundation is weak and malfunctioning. Tissue laced with toxins can’t assimilate nutrients well or eliminate its own wastes effectively. After the sanitation process is complete, the person should “restart” the system through nourishing, nutrient-dense foods that are compatible with his / her metabolic type.  

Food combining is a dietary strategy used to improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients by limiting each meal to foods known to be compatible with each other on the digestive tract. Many of the rules of food cobining are just common sense. For example, it’s not a good idea to eat a piece of fruit and a piece of meat at the same time, because they pass through the digestive tract at very different rates, and require different kinds of enzymatic secretions from the stomach and other digestive organs to be digested. Thus, food combining can be a beneficial tool for some people, especially those with weak digestive power.

About Weight Loss

Weight Loss

In most cases, yes. Following restrictive weight loss programs and diet plans offers only short-term results and benefits. Obesity is a sign of metabolic dysfunction and an indication that you are consuming metabolically-inappropriate diet (e.g. diet inappropriate for your metabolism). People struggling with weight management problems should, along with daily intermittent fasting (IF), identify their metabolic type and adjust their eating practices accordingly.

A low insulin to glucagon ratio stimulates the mobilization and breakdown of adipose (fat) tissue into free fatty acids and glycerol, promoting fat loss. Unfortunately, there is no single “fixed” macronutrient ratio that will effectively balance everyone’s insulin/glucagon levels. Some people lose weight on 40-30-30 diets, others on high-carb or high-protein diets. Genetic and environmental factors affect this response greatly. Many people claim that a high-protein, low-carb diet is the “silver bullet” when it comes weight loss and body recomposition. However, what these people fail to consider is that protein in high amounts is also insulinogenic and therefore lipotropic (fat-promoting). Additionally, the protein source makes a big difference when it comes to our body’s response to insulin. For example, whey protein is one the most insulinogenic protein sources available, which in part explains its powerful anabolic (building) properties. If you want to lose weight, a smart strategy is increasing your intake of nutrients that support insulin metabolism, such as chromium picolinate and omega-3 fatty acids. This approach may swift your metabolism towards the glucagon end of the insulin-glucagon axis, helping you lose weight and improve your body composition.

Yes. Research in mice indicates that the balance of microbes in the gut (gut flora) can play a potential role in the development of type II diabetes and obesity. Furthermore, it has been showcased that people suffering from these diseases harbor a greater proportion of gram-positive Firmicutes bacteria than gram-negative Bacteroidetes bacteria in their intestines. Having a high Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes ratio may increase caloric extraction from food, body fat deposition, inflammation and impair insulin sensitivity. Put simply, the more Firmicutes present in someone’s gut, the bigger the tendency to accumulate body fat. That means that you can have two people eating the exact same number of calories, with one individual gaining weight, and the other staying lean. These microbial phyla love an alkaline environment caused by low stomach acid (hypochlorhydria), thrive in high-fat, high-sugar diets, and since they adhere to diurnal rhythms like our sleep/wake cycle, tend to proliferate if we follow erratic mealtimes, as opposed to a standard, daily eating schedule. In simple words, the current obesity and diabetes epidemic has a bacterial origin among others. Natural ways to improve our microbiome composition, decrease Firmicutes, and increase Bacteroidetes counts include: 1) Choosing carb sources rich in prebiotic, soluble fibers, such as those found in fruits and vegetables. 2) Reducing dietary fat intake 3) Abstaining from antibiotics, stomach acid-blocking drugs (i.e. PPIs), and steroids 4) Going 100% organic to avoid artificial hormones, antibiotic residues and agrochemicals in food.

To sum it up: obesity and obesity-related metabolic disorders, like insulin resistance and diabetes, are characterized by specific changes in the composition and function of the gut microbiome. Implementing dietary and lifestyle changes that alter our gut bacterial populations may offer significant weight loss and obesity-preventing benefits. 

It depends on the quantity and type of body fat. People store body fat in two primary ways: 1) Underneath the skin – in areas like the thighs, hips, buttocks, and abdomen. This is called subcutaneous fat. 2) Deep inside, around vital organs, such as the heart, liver, lungs, digestive tract, and others. This is called visceral fat. The first one, subcutaneous fat, is the one we can see and gives us shape, while visceral fat is not visible, since it’s located deeper within the body. Even though fat/adipose tissue is a metabolically dynamic organ, visceral fat is particularly active, and its cells secrete molecules that differ from those secreted by subcutaneous fat. While in the past adipose tissue was considered to be just a reservoir of stored energy (something proven to be completely incorrect), it has now become clear that adipocyte-derived molecules, such as adipokines and various hormones, affect inflammation and metabolic health on a systemic level. Obesity and increased body fat levels induce a state of low-grade systemic inflammation that puts our whole body in a state of constant stress and immunostimulation. This negatively affects the regulation of glucose, cholesterol, and sex hormone metabolism, and down the road may lead to several serious illnesses, including cancer. Some of the molecules secreted by our adipose tissue include: 1) Angiotensin, which is a co-regulator of blood pressure 2) Adiponectin, which is a key regulator of insulin sensitivity 3) Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1, which regulates blood clotting 4) Different cytokines, such as interleukin-6 (IL-6), TNF-A and leptin 5) Aromatase, an enzyme that converts male hormones, like testosterone, to female (like estrogen). High levels of both types of adipose tissue put a constant burden on our body, but especially the visceral kind has been linked to metabolic disturbances and increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type II diabetes. The visceral kind of fat is considered more insidious than the subcutaneous type, because it is not visible. It’s disturbing to realize that many “fit but sick” people are actually walking around; people with slender silhouettes but an abdominal cavity full of visceral fat.

Moving, eating, sleeping and hydrating like your ancestors is one of the best ways to restore, enhance and upgrade your overall health and fitness.

Your body is designed to sustain life on the same core nutrients and building blocks that were available to your ancestors – not on products that come in a bottle or a box.

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