Weight Loss and Hormones
Dear Ted; I thoroughly enjoy reading Earth Clinic and most especially your advice. I have found lots of good information there that has helped on various things. My problem now is too much information and not sure what all I can try at the same time.
My History: I am a 42 year old female who is overweight and have been most of my life. In the past I could lose weight but it would come back. Now, I can't lose any at all hardly. I had a heavy bleeding problem due to fibroids a few years ago. They gave me depo-provera shots for 1 year and this helped that problem. I no longer take the shots and it has been almost 2 years since I quit taking them but it is still so hard to lose any weight. I am also under a lot of stress from working and family obligations. I think I could have a hormone imbalance from those shots. I have restless leg syndrome too and taking magnesium helps some with this problem.
I have a lot of things at home I can try but don't know what I should try or if they are safe to try together.
- Black Strap Molasses
- Baking Soda
- Lemon Juice
- Lime Juice
- Vitamin B12
- B complex
- Niacin (just purchased this but haven't tried it)
- L glutamine
- Vitamin C
- Coconut Oil
- Raw Honey
I have other things too but can't remember them right now. I can also purchase other things you may recommend. I know you are super busy but I was hoping you could let me know what to try and the times to take them. What can be taken together, etc.... Thank you in advance for your help in this matter.
Well, I am assuming you have a sleeping problem and stress, that is one possible clue. If that is the source, assuming, then the Restless Leg Syndrome, aside from magnesium, is tryptophan taken in the evening 1000 to 2000 mg at night is the usual, assuming again there is no folic acid deficiency, no B12 deficiency (you take 1000 mcg for 4 to 7 days usually alleviates most sleeping problems too). None of my clients use any sleeping pills, they can at least use allopurinol to help sleep due to high uric acid but in long run low dose lithium will help, at 2 mg and that is a low dose taken with some iodine.
Now for the weight problems, well all my clients on the diet reported weight loss, just by following the blood sugar reduction since most of them have blood sugar problems, the average blood sugar must be below 90 mg /dL after meals 2 hours. The average being between 70 to 90 with the average somewhere in between, this way it checks for potential diabetes not permanently diabetes if you do the 12 hour fasting required by doctors, besides that it checks for things that do not agree with your body, and that is what matters.
The rule of thumb that can lower blood sugar is drink water with meals, always, if you don't then take soups (e.g. chicken soup) then the caloric intake and feeling of fulness takes over. This will reduce both caloric intake and reduce the blood sugar by dilution from taking more water. The fat intake is also responsible too, and is very fast on that. Some people can't breakdown the lipase and that makes it very difficult to lose weight, and it often causes fatty liver, and that leads to more complications, detoxification! And if you are acidic, it leads to constipation. The feeling of fullness can also be stimulated with a frequency, square waves of 4 hertz, sound frequency or electrical frequency the same, but electrical can be used as square or sine waves. You can use a sound frequency generator via freeware and do that 4 hertz square wave, which will help and is shown to stimulate parasympathetic frequencies. At higher frequencies it simply gets to the sympathetic and may not be helpful. The time to take food that does not have an effect on blood sugar is small meals with water between 12.30 pm to 5.30 pm. The morning meal is eaten only when you feel like it. The research studies on breakfast are flawed, they don't even allow any water, and if allowed, they don't do on obese people, just normal people. In a way we're not normal anymore, we're fatter by the decade, from high fructose, hydrogenated vegetable oils (none of the vegetable oils are NATURAL), there is not a single vegetable oil that claims that, except flaxseed and unhydrogenated coconut oil. So it is best to avoid anything sugar, especially artificial sugar (excitotoxin aspartame), fructose especially, ribose (is the worse), glucose and sugar. If you are diabetic, using my standard 2 hours after meal must be below 90 mg/dL then consuming most carbohydrates is ok, but if above that then it is no carbs at all.
The number one supplement of weight loss based on trial and error and reading the research I can best figure is 25 mg to 100 mg of DHEA taken at night, if restless leg syndrome then melatonin, and tryptophan. Both DHEA and melatonin reduces the blood sugar at night, as I measure their effects to be true. Gymnema slyvestre keeps your blood sugar normal throughout the day but I wouldn't try at night it causes dry throat, so DHEA and melatonin are preferred. Lecithin 1 tablespoon twice a day would work in getting rid of fatty liver for overweight also. I would stay away from fruits and take only fruit extract without the sugar.
DHEA will also get rid of stress, if too much during the day, it can be like at night and some at day, particularly at around lunchtime. I like 75 mg at night and maybe 25 mg at day, but differences in body and things may make your results different. I prefer the tablet version no timed release and no capsules for DHEA, the capsules somehow become a timed release and I don't like it for a simple reason: I don't want them in the body too long just enough that is needed at the moment seems to cause the least problems. Most people are deficient in DHEA starting at age 25 to 26, so they do need them if there age is beyond that point.
As far as lime juice with baking soda, that seems to lower blood sugar in diabetics in some people and has an alkalizing effect in most people. Most people do fine with that taken 30 minutes after meals and helps the digestion.
Avoid fluoride, chlorine, vegetable oils (nearly all are hydrogenated or altered to increase shelf life) and all forms of sugar, and wheat, otherwise the remedy would not work.