Why am I Gaining Weight? Natural treatments for fat?
A frequent complain that I hear from people is, why am I gaining weight? Can you make it stop? They’ve told me that they’ve tried everything. They’ve tried diets and this and that. They’ve tried cutting down on fats. But often they’ve not cut down sufficiently on sugar and carbohydrates.
There are two things that sugar can do. They can be used to cause fats to become chain elongated as we say technically. And it also can cause accumulation of more fats. But even more than that it can affect the organisms living in our digestive system. And that can contribute to the growth of more fat cells in the body and an addition of weight. So we really have to change the kind of organisms living in the body as well as reduce the calories coming in.
Of course it’s important to put out more calories too so that exercise is critical. Exercise not only burns up calories while you are doing it, but it increases the metabolisms of your muscles and your body so that you burn more fats while you are sleeping and during the rest of the day as well. Another thing that has to be done is to cut down on inflammation, which aggravates the whole system that regulates how much fat we store. When we are inflamed the body is on alert and it stores more fat in case.
So we have to cut down on inflammation, various sources whether it be from food allergy or from chronic infections. Or even just from chronic exhaustion and sleep deprivation. So we want to cut back and normalize the lifestyle so that everything begins to work more naturally. And that helps us cut down on weight.
Kale is a dark leafy green vegetable that has a lot of valuable properties to it. It is a very rich in antioxidants like lutein, so that it is protective for the skin and for the eyes. So it’s a very important plant to eat, especially when there’s a lot of exposure to the sun.
For some, a combination of good sense, protective genetics, and good luck protect them from skin cancer–even with an outdoor lifestyle.
I was on the beach in Sarasota recently, and I stopped by a group of kite surfers to inquire about what wetsuit I might need for a swim. They were adamant about protecting their skin with wetsuits and rashguards so that they don’t get any more (squamous cell) skin cancers.
Damage leading to skin cancer (and skin wrinkling) is often done by sunlamps to those who are too young to think about long term effects, or those who are mis-informed by the industry selling the lights or the tanning. While light exposure does lead to vitamin D production, and a little exposure can increase melanin production, I agree that legislation should be passed to better inform of the dangers and protect those under age from causing long term damage to their skin.
As a physician, I support of Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) proposed rule titled, “General and Plastic Surgery Devices: Restricted Sale, Distribution, and Use of Sunlamp Products.”
I commend the FDA on its leadership in regulating sunlamps and for taking this important step to protect the public health. It is estimated that indoor tanning causes upwards of 400,000 cases of skin cancer in the U.S. each year. In fact, using indoor tanning beds before age 35 can increase your risk of melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – by 59% and the risk increases with each use.
Be sensible about the sun, and protect yourself and your fellow Americans.
Let’s talk about some great foods for your skin! One of the best foods for your skin, if you are not a vegetarian, is northern fish. Fish that comes from cold water and grows in cold water and basically is living off the food chain that starts with the krill in the cold water. These fish contain a number of beneficial things, one of which is Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids, and they will help the membranes of your body both be healthy and be less inflammatory.
Green tea has antioxidant activity and anti-inflammatory activity–and anti-tumor activity. So, drinking green tea can help protect you against a lot of the environmental damage that’s occurring from a number of different sources.
Green tea has less mold in its production than black tea, so it seems to be more beneficial in that way, and various compounds isolated from green tea have been tested for decades and shown to have anti-cancer activity in the test tube. Those products include something called EGCG, and a number of other related compounds. So I recommend that green tea become a regular part of your diet if you’re not sensitive to the small amount of caffeine in it.
WHAT IS MAKING ME ITCH? ~ Scratching the Itch Naturally
You know “itch” is caused often by allergic reaction and sometimes by various chemicals that set off a reaction. For instance, various kinds of bits from insects, various kinds of plants that cause allergic contact dermatitis, like poison ivy. When you have itching, it’s a sign that something is going on that needs to be remedied or avoided. It’s really important to think back about what is going on when the itching started and what was going on a few days before the itching began in case it was something you contacted with and set it off with a delayed response.
Finding out the cause of an inch is a detective game that you are the deputy detective here and you need to start looking back at what was going on and put that information together so you can present it to your doctor or your dermatologist. Now, if this is been a complex long-term problem, it can take some real serious detective work. This is when digging in deeper to the causes can make a real difference. This is where real holistic dermatology begins.
This time to the center of the stage, let’s have: broccoli! Broccoli has a lot of benefits, not only for your skin, but for the rest of your body. Especially because it has various substances in it that help you detoxify chemicals in your body. Things like indole-3-carbinol and di-indo-methane are related to the substances in broccoli that are so valuable for protecting you. I think it’s best to cook your broccoli. Why is that? Because in uncooked broccoli, there are substances called goiter-ages, that will bind-out iodine. And if you eat too much raw broccoli and its cousins like kale, raw, from the broccosica family, you’ll pull out iodine and you’ll put a stress on your thyroid. So I recommend steamed broccoli as a great food for helping your skin and helping detoxify your body from potential carcinogens.
Water is one of my favorite, well I guess you could say, foods. But you have to know how to use it. Water should be pure as possible, and the temperature should depend on what you’re doing. You don’t want to have ice cold water if you’re a type of person who’s already cold. And you don’t want to have it in the winter. Water should be taken between meals, because if you take the water with your meal, you dilute your digestive juices.
But it’s really important to hydrate your body adequately. So that means making sure that you remind yourself to drink water in-between times. Remember that if you’re drinking coffee or tea, that doesn’t always count as water, because those beverages are stimulating the kidney to get rid of water, so if your body needs more hydration, make sure you actually take it as water, and not water with other things in it like sugar or caffeine.
Oatmeal is soothing to the entire digestive system and can be very calming to irritation in the gut. However some oatmeal does have gluten in it, and if you’re gluten-sensitive, you may want to avoid that, and if you’re grain-sensitive, you may want to avoid the oats as well. So, this is a food to choose if you don’t have sensitivities to grains or wheat, certainly not if you have sensitivities to oats, that can make a big difference in calming yourself down.
In addition, they have some anti-depressant qualities, so it’s soothing not only to your gut, but also to your mind.
And finally, avina sativa, oats, is a natural soothing element for the skin when applied topically. Oatmeal baths have long been used to soothe irritated skin, so oats are an excellent food to be aware of if they match your body’s capabilities of dealing with them.