Permanent weight loss can be very difficult. For some people, even with exercise and a healthy diet, losing weight seems impossible. Often, the culprit is a damaged metabolism. Let Dr. Ridley be your personal guide to help repair your metabolism and experience natural, healthy weight loss.
More than half of all American adults are overweight and at an increased risk for developing serious complications, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and more — diseases responsible for approximately 300,000 deaths a year. All of which are preventable. Below are some of the avenues we will explore to help you lose weight and repair you metabolism.
Detoxification and Weight Loss
Toxins bind to our cells, causing them to malfunction, or destroying them altogether. The result is inflammation that can lead to changes in appetite and the inability to burn fat. Dr. Ridley will assess your level of toxicity and help tailor an appropriate weight loss plan for you. If your fat cells are toxic, rapid weight loss can release those toxins into your blood stream at high levels, which is one reason why people might not feel sick once they begin to lose weight. Through proper nutrition and supplementation, Dr. Ridley will help you remove these toxins safely to avoid getting poisoned by your own stored toxins during fat loss.
Food Allergies/Sensitivities and Weight Loss
Some people are born with food allergies and some people develop them later in life. The reactions caused by food allergies create stress in the body. Some severe reactions can occur within minutes. Other milder reactions can take days. Either type of reaction causes a large amount of inflammation throughout the body which affects insulin sensitivity and creates many other problems that can lead to weight gain. The increase in stress is another cause of weight gain and difficulty in losing weight. And some allergies, such as gluten, can lead to even more serious health problems.
Insulin Resistance and Weight Loss
Insulin is a hormone released in response to blood sugar which greatly impacts weight gain and weight loss. It forces your cells to use sugar from the blood for energy. If your cells become resistant to insulin, sugar will not get used for energy and will instead be stored as fat. If too much sugar builds up in the blood, diabetes can result, causing severe damage to the body. Restoring insulin sensitivity is a great way to reduce body fat, and it is also the best anti-aging step you can take.
Adrenal Fatigue and Weight Loss
Stress will make the body release high amounts of cortisol, which can inhibit healing and may cause poor digestion, preventing the body from absorbing nutrients from food. Over time, high cortisol levels lead to fat gain around the belly, and eventually to adrenal fatigue. Adrenal fatigue causes cortisol levels to drop, which causes bloating, fatigue, sleep disturbances, salt cravings and continued weight gain. Low cortisol can also disrupt the normal action of the thyroid hormone. If you have adrenal fatigue, losing weight will be virtually impossible unless the adrenals are repaired.
Sleep Disturbances and Weight Loss
A healthy body constantly repairs itself, and sleep is when most of the repair occurs. During deep sleep, growth hormone levels increase. Muscles need growth hormone in order to repair after exercise, and when you have more muscle mass, you’re burning more calories and fat. Leptin, another hormone produced during deep sleep, is what tells the brain you’re full after eating a meal. So if you do not sleep properly, it is more likely that you have increased food cravings due to low leptin levels.
Digestion and Weight Loss
Your body contains trillions of bacteria that line the intestines. Some of these bacteria are very beneficial for the body, helping you break down food into nutrients. Others cause serious illnesses, nutrient absorption problems, and general inflammation. Dr. Ridley provides the proper care to help your body balance the intestinal bacteria, which will improve your digestion and overall health, and help you lose weight.