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About Nutritional Therapy

Food is the ultimate medicine. There is no drug or vitamin 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 in your quality of life. The human body is by nature designed to be vibrant, resilient, strong, and healthy. If you don’t experience this state of being in your everyday life, then something – either on your diet or lifestyle – is off and should change. Fixing the nutrition part is often a complicated process, 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. Genes do not necessarily define a person’s health status, but it’s how these genes are expressed (epigenetics) that determines the outcome. Allopathic/conventional medicine will never admit this truth, because it topples their foundational philosophy, as well as giving the patient complete responsibility for his / her health.

It depends. The duration typically lasts from 3 months to a year, with appointments becoming less frequent and necessary as time goes by. In Metabolic Body we want to see you succeed on your own, so we do our best to educate and inform as much as possible.

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

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About Chronic Disease​

Chronic disease

Because over 80% of our immune system lies in the 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. As a result, the gut can become a hotbed of potential inflammation, depending on what is coming in through our mouth. There are many possible 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 pathways include: 1) Dysbiosis 2) Leaky Gut Syndrome 3) Partially digested foods 4) Heavy metal poisoning.

So 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 often fatal physical reactions. 2) Dysbiosis means that hostile organisms are present in the gut when they should not be there, causing all sorts of problems due to their pathogenic nature. It occurs as a result of compromised gut microbiota since our healthy bacteria populations should antagonise and inhibit their proliferation. 3) Toxic heavy metals such as mercury are selectively secreted into the gut and they set up inflammatory responses, poisoning out 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 unfriendly bacteria in the bowel, producing toxic, chemical substances inducing bowel toxicity and damaging its walls. These compounds can be re-absorbed into the bloodstream wreaking havoc in tissues all over the body. Genetically weak organs suffer the most damage. For someone may be the thyroid leading to autoimmune thyroiditis (Hashimoto’s), for another may be the joints causing Rheumatoid Arthritis.  

Because there are some really amazing benefits when it comes to a raw diet. As a rule, all raw foods including animal and plant-based are healing: 1) They provide undamaged, readily assimilable nutrients and raw materials the body can utilize for repair and detoxification 2) The heat-sensitive enzymes and bacteria necessary for digestion, immune optimization and metabolic health are still present. We have witnessed clients with Multiple-Sclerosis gaining full control of their limbs, and cancer patients going into lifetime remission by adhering to this way of eating for some months or years. However, not all foods should be consumed raw. For example, certain vegetables can be very harsh on the digestive tract, causing bloating, indigestion and constipation. These foods should never be consumed by someone who is sick, without first subjecting them to special preparation (blending or preferably 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, eggs, fish (sashimi grade), beef. Many people find some foods utterly disgusting to consume raw (like meat or fish), however these foods have been used medicinally for millennia. They are also a part of many traditional dishes- beef as steak tartare and fish as ceviche or sashimi. Whether someone should adopt a raw food diet and the type of foods he should consume in their raw form, can be discovered by taking our metabolic individuality test.

In our experience, yes. In the early 2000s, many people started eating more like Palaeolithic 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. Their overall health status and lab results improved substantiantly and rapidly. Over the last two decades, the amount of scientific research that has proven exactly why these dietary changes are so effective has changed our understanding of the mechanism of chronic inflammatory diseases. Nonetheless, it is worth saying 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. It is fascinating and inspiring 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 food. This combination of ancient tradition, modern research and literally millions of people experimenting on themselves 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 or Myalgic Encephalomyelitis 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. Firstly, the human body is naturally designed to be vigorous, fit and robust, not frail and sickly. Secondly, diseases are neither present for no reason nor evil, but are mere messages the body is trying to communicate. For anyone suffering from CFS, it’s highly recommended to start by purging thoroughly the large intestine- the king organ concerning waste removal and cellular cleanliness. While most people do not acknowledge that they are themselves sufferers of constipation, this insidious condition has in reality become a worldwide pandemic, mainly due to modern’s day nutrition and lifestyle. When not “everything coming in comes out”, but stays for days, months and even years in, a highly-toxic, internal environment is materialized. This greatly burdens the immune system on a daily basis, contributing to all sorts of chronic maladies- from eczema, depression and arthritis, to unexplained fatigue, insomnia, low libido, and even autoimmune issues. Unless the bowel is properly cleaned up, it’s not smart for the person to focus on building the body up, getting tons of nutrition in, 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 by introducing nourishing, nutrient-dense foods that are compatible with his / her metabolic type.   

Food combining is a dietary technique to enhance 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. Food combining can be of help especially to people with low digestive power or obese individuals. That’s cause weak digestion impairs nutrient absorption, which leads to cellular malnutrition, lowering the body’s metabolic rate and increasing fat storage.

About Weight Loss

Weight Loss

Obese people are unable to digest and absorb an optimal amount of nutrients from their food due to metabolic disturbances and a compromised gut microbiome. That pushes them to a state of “cellular starvation” and as a response their body turns on powerful, hunger-promoting mechanisms and hormones- like high levels of leptin and low levels of ghrelin. This makes it extremely difficult to stop engaging in self-sabotaging overeating patterns.

Most weight loss programs fail miserably simply because they only address the “tip of the iceberg” or symptoms, rather than the actual, underlying cause of weight gain. Prescribing restricting, non-sustainable diets has only short-term benefits.

Along with prolonged everyday fasting, people struggling with weight 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 metabolic type. That also includes other metabolic and/or immune problems like allergies, arthritis, headaches, indigestion, cardiovascular problems, depression, recurrent infections, etc.

A low insulin/glucagon ratio stimulates the mobilization and breakdown of adipose tissue into free fatty acids and glycerol, aiding in body 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. What they fail to consider is that protein in high amounts is also insulinogenic, 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 highest insulinogenic protein sources on earth, which in part explains its potent, anabolic properties. However, a good strategy you may try is to increase your intake of nutrients that support insulin metabolism, such as chromium and omega-3 essential fatty acids. This may swift your metabolism towards the glucagon end of the insulin-glucagon axis, helping you balancing your weight.

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 the gram-positive Firmicutes bacteria than the gram-negative Bacteroidetes in their intestines. Having a high Firmicutes to Bacteroidetes ratio can cause high caloric extraction from food, body fat deposition, inflammation and impaired 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 the one individual gaining weight, while the other stays 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 meal times, as opposed to a standard, daily eating schedule. All those factors can partly explain the current obesity and diabetes epidemic, which seems to have a bacterial origin amongst others. Natural ways to improve microbiota composition, decrease Firmicutes, and increase Bacteroidetes counts are 1) Eating a high-carb diet consisted of quality, pre-biotic, soluble fibers, such as those found in fruit and vegetables. 2) Reducing dietary fat intake 3) Abstinence from antibiotics, stomach acid-blocking drugs, and steroids 4) Going all the way organic in order to avoid antibiotic residues and pesticides. To close this question, it is crystal clear that obesity and obesity-related metabolic disorders like insulin resistance are characterized by specific changes in the composition and function of the human gut microbiome. As a result, implementing dietary and lifestyle interventions that alter our gut bacterial populations can offer remarkable weight loss or obesity preventing benefits. 

It depends on the quantity and the type of fat. People store body fat in two main 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, etc. 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 the classic, subcutaneous fat. While in the past adipose tissue was considered to be just a reservoir of stored energy – something proved 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 levels of body fat, induce a state of low-grade, systemic, chronic inflammation,  that puts the body in a constant state of stress or immune excitation. This negatively affects the regulation of glucose, cholesterol, and sex hormone metabolism, and down the road may lead to several serious illnesses, including cancer. Amongst the molecules secreted by 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 amounts of both types of adipose tissue put a constant burden on the body, but especially the visceral kind has been linked to metabolic disturbances and increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and type 2 diabetes. What’s interesting is that there are countless “fit but sick” people walking around with slender silhouettes and an abdominal cavity full of internal fat.

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