Weight Management

Weight Management

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Here’s the thing – your weight isn’t just weight. It’s a reflection of adrenal gland function, diet, digestion & nutritional status, thyroid and sex hormone levels and body burden of heavy metals.

When all of these factors are comprehensively and properly addressed, a magical thing happens – your weight corrects itself.

I’m not talking magic solutions or quick fixes. I’m talking about the real work it takes to address whole body health and wellness.

I don’t believe it counting or cutting calories. I believe in establishing the foundations for health so that your body can do the rest. If that’s the way you want to set yourself up for success, let’s chat.

Detoxification

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No one wants to carry around garage. Addressing heavy metals and completing a detoxification program is an important and necessary step in achieving optimal health.

Over our lifetimes, we are all exposed to heavy metals through various ways – our home and work environments, our hobbies and even through the food we eat.

Heavy metals are then concentrated in body stores and tissues to keep them out of circulation. Yet, having a high body burden of heavy metals can interfere with hormonal synthesis and function, blood sugar regulation, weight management and mood.

The most comprehensive and accurate way to test heavy metal testing is through the urine. This test provides insight into recent and ongoing exposures, as well as past heavy metal exposure and total body burden. This is in contrast to hair element analysis, which only shows circulating heavy metals over the past 3 months.

After assessing exactly which heavy metals are high in your body, you will be guided through a safe and effective detoxification program that supports liver, kidney and digestive health while the removal of heavy metals occurs.

Safely removing the body of heavy metals has the following effects:

  • Improved energy, clarity of thought and cognitive function
  • Balanced hormones, thyroid and immune system function, including auto-immunity
  • Correction of metabolism, blood sugar regulation and weight management
  • Clearer skin and reduction of skin issues like acne, vitiligo, eczema, psoriasis and melisma
  • Decreased inflammation and optimized health

Healthy Hormones

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Your hormonal system is an inter-connected web between your brain, reproductive organs, digestive system, thyroid and adrenal glands. While individual hormones can be manipulated or administered, real restoration of hormonal balance comes from first balancing the HPA (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal) axis, correcting digestion, optimizing nutritional status and regulating thyroid function.

A systematic and comprehensive approach to addressing your hormonal concerns involves the following:

  • First optimizing adrenal, digestive and thyroid function
  • Measurement of salivary hormones – either a single day or month-long collection
  • Correcting imbalances by supporting your body’s own production, metabolism and detoxification of hormones while also providing your body with all natural hormone modulating treatments

Balancing your hormones will allow you to experience:

  • Regulated menstrual cycle – no more pain, mood swings or PMS
  • Optimized fertility
  • Improved libido, and in men, correction of erectile dysfunction
  • Relief of menopausal symptoms like hot flashes and vaginal dryness

Thyroid

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  • Treat Thyroid Conditions Naturally

The thyroid gland is our master of metabolism and internal thermostat. The most common cause of thyroid dysfunction is hypothyroidism, or low thyroid function.

When your thyroid is under-functioning, it’s not much fun. Everyone has different symptoms of low thyroid function, but here are the most common:

  • Extreme fatigue and inability to feel rested
  • Weight gain and inability to lose weight
  • Brain fog, low mood and depression
  • Lack of libido, irregular periods or heavy periods
  • Constipation and bloating
  • Dry skin, greasy hair and splitting nails

It doesn’t paint a pretty picture, does it?

Here’s why we only address your thyroid after first addressing your adrenal gland and digestive health:

  • Elevated cortisol inhibits the conversion of inactive to active thyroid hormone and increases the dysfunctional thyroid hormone reverse T3
  • Deficiencies in key nutrients (iodine and selenium) and elevated toxic elements (bromine and cadmium) will greatly affect thyroid function and hormone production
  • Unidentified food intolerances and pro-inflammatory dietary factors will interfere with thyroid function and hormone production

These issues are further complicated by the fact that basic screening tests (TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone) are not in-depth or accurate and have left many patients suffering from untreated hypothyroidism. Many of my patients have been told by their medical doctor that they have normal thyroid function based on their TSH level, but with further testing we discover abnormalities in hormone levels, the presence of anti-bodies and/or imbalances in essential and toxic nutrients that affect thyroid gland function.

Even more, you can have normal levels of thyroid hormone (T3 and T4) but a lot of signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism – this is known as subclinical hypothyroidism. Most commonly, it’s a sign your thyroid is working extra hard to compensate and is barely keeping up with your body’s needs.

If any of the above sounds like you, then this program is for you. Here’s what’s involved:

 

Investigation

  • Comprehensive bloodwork to complete a full thyroid hormone panel – this includes TSH, free T3 and T4 thyroid hormones, thyroid anti-bodies and reverse T3
  •  Salivary cortisol panel to assess adrenal gland function – if stress and cortisol are high, thyroid function is inhibited

Treatment

  •  Vitamin B12 injections and IV therapy
  • Supplementation to support thyroid gland function with the nutrients it needs
  • Adrenal gland support to reduce cortisol and manage stress
  • Dietary prescriptions to improve digestion and promote weight loss

Benefits

  • Improved energy, mood and concentration
  •  Less PMS, increased sex drive
  • No more belly-bloat
  • Increased metabolism and weight loss
  • A happier, healthier you!

Digestion & Nutritional Status

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Optimizing digestion and nutritional status provides your body with the building blocks it needs to begin healing and re-building.

Digestive activity is negatively affected by stress -that’s why it’s key to first address your adrenal gland function, then begin restoring the digestive system. Digestion is also negatively affected by unidentified food intolerances/sensitivities and certain medications.

Key components of the system to restoring optimal digestion and nutritional status include:

  • Managing stress to restore the body to ‘rest and digest’ mode
  • Identification and elimination of food intolerances and sensitivities
  • Reducing inflammation and overgrowth of unwanted bacteria or yeast in the GI system
  • Restoring optimal gut flora with the right probiotic for your digestive system and needs
  • Managing medication-induced nutrient depletions and medication-induced constipation or diarrhea
  • Optimizing nutritional status through balanced dietary recommendations, plans and supplementation

With improved digestion, your body is able to actually absorb what it needs so you can function optimally – that means the proper synthesis, metabolism and detoxification of hormones, neurotransmitters and body tissues.

Ensuring nutrient deficiencies are corrected then allows us to then address thyroid and sex hormone imbalances.

Adrenal Fatigue: Stress & Burnout

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Stress sucks.

But who doesn’t have it?

Your adrenal glands are responsible for regulating your stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline. While short term stress is tolerated and easily managed by your body, long term or unmanaged stress leads to various stages of adrenal fatigue:

Alarm phase – stress hormones are increasing because you are in the ‘fight or flight’ mode in response to various life stressors. You are starting to notice anxiety, difficulty concentrating and have a sense of overwhelm.

Resistance phase – cortisol is chronically elevated to resist your life stressors. Chronically elevated cortisol causes you to feel tired but wired, have difficulty sleeping and concentrating, leads you to feel anxious, interferes with blood sugar and causes weight gain. If consistently elevated, it also interferes with thyroid and sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone). Watch this video on how stress steals your hormones.

Exhaustion stage – your adrenal glands are no longer able to cope with prolonged and unmanaged stress and elevated cortisol. Cortisol levels eventually decrease and even flat line causing fatigue, chronic colds and flus, low blood sugar, loss of libido, depression and burnout.

Supporting and healing your adrenals is key to addressing your whole body health. Without first managing cortisol and stress hormones, other health concerns and hormonal imbalances will persist.

As the foundation of health, this the system for addressing stress and burnout:

  1. Initial intake with focused physical examination and thorough health history review to identify specific factors and symptoms related to your fatigue.
  1. Investigation of adrenal function. This includes a 4 point salivary cortisol measurement to determine what specific phase of adrenal fatigue you are experiencing. You will also be sent for bloodwork for further investigation and screening tests.
  1. Nutrient infusions with targeted adrenal gland support. These infusions include vitamins, minerals and amino acids that your adrenal glands concentrate and use to make stress and sex hormones. Nutrient infusions rapidly improve adrenal fatigue and related symptoms – including mood, sleep, energy, brain fog and low immunity.
  1. Prescribed adrenal gland support for your individual needs. Depending on whether your cortisol is high and needs to be lowered, or your cortisol is low and needs to be elevated, you will be prescribed targeted adrenal gland support and treatment.

 

Benefits of treating adrenal fatigue include:

  • Improved energy
  • Balanced mood
  • Regulated blood sugar
  • Boosted immunity
  • Restful and restorative sleep
  • Increased resilience to stress

Once your adrenal glands are being supported, we can begin addressing other aspects of your health. It is only after stress is managed that digestive, thyroid and hormonal function can normalize and be restored.

Sound like what you need?

Create the life you want with the health you need.

Because life is always better when it’s balanced.

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