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About Nutritional Therapy

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

You will know when you feel the need for a positive change or upgrade in your life. The human body is by nature designed to be vibrant, resilient, strong, healthy and energetic. If you don’t experience that state of well-being every day, then something, either on your diet or lifestyle is off. Fixing the nutrition part may seem complicated but is always the biggest piece of the puzzle.

Your genetics may have contributed to your 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 disease. It’s not the genes that define a person’s health status, but how these genes are expressed that determines the final outcome. Allopathic/conventional medicine will never admit this truth because it topples their foundational philosophy and gives the patient complete responsibility for his/her health.

It depends. The duration typically lasts from 3 months to a full year, with appointments 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 to eventually become their own doctors.

Prolonged juice fasting is one of the most aggressive and effective natural healing modalities available. It usually includes the use of enemas, herbs, and supplements that encourage bowel cleansing and detoxification which are one of the primary objectives of the fast. For that reason, having an expert on your side, guiding you and helping you to overcome any potential challenges can be very helpful, especially if you embark on this type of fast for the first time. If you need support and guidance during your juice fast journey, we are here to help.

Unfortunately, at the current moment, we do not cover insurance access to our services.

About Chronic Disease​

Chronic disease

Because over 80% of our immune system is located in our gut. Our body has smartly and proactively put its strongest defenses in areas where exposure to foreign substances and microorganisms is most likely to occur – our digestive tract. It starts with our tonsils and adenoids, which are the first line of this defense system. In lower areas of our gut wall and especially in the lowest part of our 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 us against infections and diseases by detecting antigens, such as bacteria and toxins. They also stimulate B-cells to produce antibodies, which are used by our immune system to neutralize various pathogens. Consequently, our gut has the potential to become a “hotbed of inflammation,” depending on what is coming in through our 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 include: 1) Dysbiosis 2) Leaky Gut Syndrome 3) Partially digested foods 4) Heavy metal poisoning.

Let’s explain in brief each one of those terms: 1) Food allergy or intolerance is an inappropriate immune response after the ingestion of a particular food, causing unpleasant and even fatal physical reactions. 2) Dysbiosis means that microorganisms are present in parts of our digestive system where they shouldn’t be or that they are abnormally high in number, causing all sorts of problems. 3) Toxic heavy metals, such as mercury and lead, are neurotoxic and can set up an inflammatory response in the gut, poisoning our friendly and unfriendly bacteria, impairing immune function, damaging the bowel wall, and creating a permeable or “leaky” gut. 4) Improperly digested foods and especially proteins, are being metabolized by bacteria in our gut, producing toxic, chemical substances that induce toxicity and damage the bowel wall. These compounds are absorbed through the bowel wall into the bloodstream and promote systemic inflammation. Genetically weak organs (i.e., thyroid) suffer the most damage.  

Because there are some amazing benefits when it comes to eating a raw food diet. As a general rule, all raw foods are healing: 1) They provide undamaged, readily-assimilable nutrients and raw materials for the body to use and utilize. 2) The heat-sensitive enzymes and bacteria necessary for digestion, immune optimization and metabolic health are still present in them. It’s worth noting, however, 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 side effects. These foods should be consumed by first subjecting them to special preparation (blending or juicing). A 100% raw food approach is a powerful tool that can be used for therapeutic purposes. Some of the best foods to consume raw are fruits, nuts (soaked and sprouted), tender leafy greens, honey, milk, kefir, cheese, egg yolks, fish (sashimi), beef (tartare, carpaccio). Many people may find some foods, like meat or fish, utterly disgusting to consume raw, however these foods have been a part of the human diet for millions of years.

Yes. In the early 2000s, many people started eating like Paleolithic hunter-gatherers for almost every health condition and fitness goal they had. People with autoimmune issues who shifted to a Paleo Diet were positively amazed with the results – their overall health and lab values 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, 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 promoting good health. 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, health and longevity. 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 ailment characterized by overwhelming fatigue that is not improved by rest, impairing people’s ability to do even daily tasks. Many doctors, unaware of the physiological processes underlying this condition, state that it is an imaginary illness. This is incorrect. The human body is naturally designed to be vibrant and energetic – not tired, weak and sick. Any disease that is present in our body is there for a reason and constitutes a message our body is trying to communicate. For anyone suffering from CFS, it’s highly recommended to start by cleansing the colon (large intestine) – the king organ of detoxification, waste removal and cellular cleanliness. While most people do not acknowledge that they are themselves sufferers of hidden, chronic 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 it stays in for days, weeks, or even months, a highly toxic, internal environment is materialized. This greatly burdens our immune system on a daily basis, contributing to all sorts of chronic conditions, from eczema, depression and arthritis, to unexplained fatigue, insomnia, low libido, and autoimmune issues. Unless the bowel is properly cleaned up, it’s not smart for the person to focus on building the body up through nutrition, since the foundation is weak and malfunctioning. Tissue laced with toxins can’t assimilate nutrients well or eliminate its own wastes efficiently. 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 technique used to improve digestion and assimilation by limiting each meal to foods known to be compatible with each other on the digestive tract. Many of the rules 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 different rates, and require different kinds of enzymatic secretions from the stomach and other digestive organs. So, yes, food combining can be of help for some people and especially those with weak digestion.

About Weight Loss

Weight Loss

Prescribing restricting weight loss diets has only short-term benefits. Along with daily intermittent fasting, people struggling with weight management issues should seriously identify their metabolic type, as obesity is a sign of metabolic dysfunction and an indication that you are not consuming a diet appropriate for your kind of metabolism. That can also extend to other metabolic and/or immune problems, like allergies, arthritis, headaches, indigestion, cardiovascular problems, depression, recurrent infections, and the rest.

A low insulin to glucagon ratio stimulates the mobilization and breakdown of adipose 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). Besides, the protein source makes all the difference when it comes to our body’s insulin response. Whey protein, for example, is one the most insulinogenic protein sources we may consume, which in part explains its potent, anabolic properties. If you want to lose weight, a smart strategy you may try is increasing your intake of nutrients that support insulin metabolism, such as chromium picolinate and omega-3 fatty acids. This may swift your metabolism towards the glucagon end of the insulin-glucagon axis, helping you lose weight and improve your body composition.

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 in their intestines. Having a high Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes ratio can 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 calories, with one individual gaining weight, and the other staying lean. These microbial phyla love an alkaline environment caused by low stomach acid, thrive in high-fat and 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 microbiota 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 organic in order to avoid antibiotic residues and agrochemicals in our 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 populationsmay offer remarkable weight loss and obesity-preventing benefits. 

It depends on the quantity and type of 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 immunoexcitation. This negatively affects the regulation of glucose, cholesterol, and sex hormone metabolism, and down the road may lead to several serious illnesses, including cancer. Among the molecules secreted by our adipose tissue are: 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 walking around with slender silhouettes and an abdominal cavity full of visceral fat.

Moving, eating, sleeping and hydrating like your ancestors is one of the best ways to restore, maintain and enhance 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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