Do you think that you are destined to be fluffy because you have family members with weight problems? Here’s the good news: genes predict only your predisposition to obesity. Whether or not you actually have weight problems depends on how these genes are expressed. Even more good news: with the genetic testing offered at The Wellness Place, we can personalize your nutrition in order to turn on your skinny genes!
Ten Steps to Turn On Your Skinny Genes!
Create a Diet That Fits Like a Glove
Depending on your genes, you may do better with a high carb/low fat diet or a low carb/high fat diet. Or you may be someone who has ‘genetic privilege’ when it comes to saturated fats. If your genes suggest a propensity toward addictive behaviors, diet and lifestyle steps can be put in place to break food addiction.
The Nutrition genome panel from the Wellness Place can identify a propensity for increased need for certain nutrients so that actionable steps can be taken to make sure your nutrient needs are met.
Tailor Your Supplements
Studies show that nutrient deficiencies are widespread in America- and this can happen even when eating a healthy diet! Over 80% of Americans have low vitamin D levels. 90% are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. Insufficient amounts of crucial nutrients like vitamins C, E, A and K are commonly seen in American diets.
Optimizing nutrient intake support vital processes in the body and resets metabolism. The supplementation genomics report from The Wellness Place shows your where your body might need an nutrition boost by creating a supplement routine custom tailored for you.
Clean Up Your Environment
There is a whole class of environmental toxins that have been shown to mess with metabolism and weight loss efforts. These chemicals are called “obesogens” and can be found in many personal care products, household products, and even in our water and in our food.
Eating lots of organic vegetables and following the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) list of the “Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen” is a great start to cleaning up your health. Take a look at The EWG’s ranking of personal care products based on the amount of toxic chemicals present to see where your products fit in. Drink at least 8 glasses of filtered water each day. The Detoxification panel from The Wellness Place shows you your weak links where it comes to detoxification. Armed with this knowledge we can create targeted interventions personalized to your needs.
Support Your Good Gut Bugs
Your good gut bacteria– more formally known as your “gut microbiome” or probiotics – is making big news these day, and for good reason! These beneficial guys live and work inside us to create nutrients, balance our mood, suppress inflammation and have a huge influence on weight and metabolism.
Your gut microbiome thrives when you eat lots of vegetables and healthy fats. Add in fermented foods for an extra boost of probiotics. Fiber-rich foods can act as pre-biotics and feed the probiotics.
Inflammation takes on many forms: allergies, joint pain, skin problems, etc. But did you know that inflammation can also drive weight gain – independent of calories intake? That means that if you’re inflamed, you won’t lose weight even if you reduce calories… until you put the fire out.
Food sensitivities, leaky gut, and poor nutritional status can drive inflammation. Learning what your triggers are is a huge step in taking off those stubborn pounds. Your genetics are a valuable resource to identifying what your potential triggers of inflammation are.
Boost Your Metabolism
A healthy metabolism depends on healthy mitochondria– the little power plants inside each and every one of your cells. When your mitochondria are operating efficiently, you are making energy from your food rather than storing it as fat. Your metabolism can rev up or down depending on diet, lifestyle and other factors.
Just like any power plant, mitochondria need appropriate fuel: oxygen, vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and a healthy microbiome. Minimize stressors like environmental toxins and inflammation. Appropriate exercise is the final link to optimize mitochondria and metabolism for healthy weight.
Support Your Thyroid
Thyroid function plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy weight and hypothyroidism is a major player in weight-loss resistance. Low thyroid function affects one in five woman and one in ten men.
You can support your thyroid with appropriate nutrition: seaweed, brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds are packed with iodine, selenium and zinc- nutrients essential for thyroid function; fatty fish provides omega-3 fats. Removing gluten is often necessary since gluten is recognized as a common trigger for thyroid troubles.
Manage Stress and Think Yourself Thin!
The mental stress of deadlines or a bad marriage. The physical stress of over-exercising. The physiological stress of blood sugar imbalances. No matter the source of stress, stress can make you fat by activating cortisol. Cortisol is a vital hormone whose main job is to bring blood sugar up so we have the physical energy to deal with stressful situations. But in our modern world, the cortisol system gets stuck in the ‘on’ position, making us wired, tired and fluffy.
We can’t control all the sources of stress, but we can control how we react to stress. Meditation or other mindfulness practice, appropriate exercise and movement, and healthy eating are just a few of the tools available to help think yourself thin!
Balance Sex Hormones
It’s all about balance with sex hormones: too much of estrogen in relation to testosterone causes trouble. Too much testosterone in relation to estrogen causes trouble. It’s the same for men and women. Most of us were born with the ability to regulate our hormones and keep them the ever-changing and intricate balance. Unfortunately, environmental factors such as poor diet, toxicities and medications can through balance out of whack.
A low-sugar, high healthy fat, high fiber diet is essential in naturally balanced hormones. Unsexy as it sounds, pooping at least once a day is essential! Find out how a complete health evaluation and coaching from The Wellness Place can keep your hormones in harmony – naturally!
Make Sleep A Priority
The importance of a good night’s sleep for healthy weight can’t be overstated. Concrete evidence exists that missing out on sleep is associated with weight gain through increased appetite and decreased physical activity. Specifically, a lack of sleep alters the release of two hormones that help your body to regulate feelings of hunger. When you don’t get enough sleep, your body releases more ghrelin, which stimulates appetite, and releases less leptin, which suppresses appetite. Finally, sleep is when your body heals and repairs. Chronic sleep deprivation leads to high inflammation, which leads to weight gain. Too much sleep can also through our natural rhythms out of sync.
Some great ways to optimize sleep: go to bed on a regular schedule, use the bed only for sleeping and sex, use blackout curtains, put away the computer or cell phone one hour before bed, take a relaxing bath with lavender oil added to the water, experiment with blue-light blocking glasses. Genetic testing can guide you to a good night sleep by identifying your natural rhythms based on your genetics.
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