What do we use MSM for at The Plan?
• Acid Reflux
• Healthy collagen synthesis for skin, hair and nails
• Inflammation (especially of mucous membranes)
• Candida- yeast overgrowth
• Leaky Gut
• Liver detoxification and choline production
MSM helps to alleviate the symptoms of a large number of allergies including food allergies, contact allergies, inhalation allergies, etc. The major anti-allergic property of MSM is caused by its ability to bind to the mucosa and present a natural blocking interface between hosts and allergens. MSM also works to alleviate allergies through detoxification and elimination of free radicals, and improvement of cell permeability. A direct correlation between concentration of MSM used and resistance to allergens has been established and several authors have noted that MSM works as a histamine inhibitor at least as well as the traditional antihistamines, without the negative side effects.
Undigested food and toxins are deterred from entering the blood stream through thus reducing one of the most common causes of allergies and auto-immune diseases. Given time, MSM will start to repair the damage causing the gut to leak. MSM improves the permeability and the absorption capabilities of the cells in your intestinal tract, it can improve your body’s ability to absorb nutrients from food. Sulfur compounds work with B-vitamins to augment the muscle tone of your stomach and intestines, and this helps to move food along more efficiently. Since an increase of MSM levels can stabilize your ph balance, it helps to normalize stomach function and prevent overproduction of stomach acids. This also alleviates heartburn and stomach ulcers.
When administered orally, MSM is effective in ameliorating the bodies stress response and appears to augment immunological competence through a natural vitamin like moderating or normalizing activity for various body functions and is noted for its exceptionally non-toxic nature for both children and adults, including geriatric patients.
Preventing Breast Cancer
Research in animal studies has shown that oral MSM supplementation can protect against the onset of breast cancer. In both breast and colon cancer studies, MSM significantly prolonged the time of appearance of both tumors and cancers.
Sulfur also aids carbohydrate metabolism, which is significant for hypoglycemics and diabetics. Sulfur is an important component of insulin, the protein hormone secreted by the pancreas. Low levels of sulfur in the diet can result in low insulin production. It is possible that a diet rich in sulfur could increase the body’s ability to produce insulin to a point where insulin injections could be reduced.
WebMD notes there appear to be no interaction between MSM and medications herbs, supplements or food.
Q: What are The Plan’s recommendations for allergies?
• MSM- 3,000 mg works for up to 180 lb, 4,000 mg over 180 lbs, for 6 weeks, 1-2 times per year
• Quercetin can be a nice addition to MSM
• Make sure to shower at the end of the day to wash off pollen
• Steaming your face with sage can help to clear sinuses and is antifungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial
• Taking probiotics can help with immune support
• Don’t sleep with windows open
If you are doing The Plan test less frequently as heightened levels of histamine can mean you are primed for weight gain. Get your allergies under control first! Allergies may mean hormonal fluctuations feel worse, make sure to eat your friendly foods at this time!
Q: What happens when I take MSM?
A: The sulfur in MSM helps take certain chemicals and make them water solu¬ble. This allows them to then be excreted by the kidneys. Some of the sulfur is used to make cysteine, which is then used to make glutathione. Glutathione rids the body of toxic metals, protects cells from oxidation, and does other health promoting activities. 7 MSM also goes to any injured cells and reduce inflam¬mation, increase the flow of nutrients to the site and promote tissue repair. It may also help prevent scarring. If you have allergies it can help control your histamine response. MSM has also been found to support energy levels.
Q: If I am allergic to sulfa drugs, will I be allergic to MSM?
A: It is very rare to be allergic to nutritional sulfur. Most people allergic to sulfa drugs tolerate MSM very well. However, if you are concerned about a possible sensitivity to sulfur, start with a small amount of MSM and build up your intake slowly under the guidance of your health care practitioner. Taking 100 mcg of molybdenum along with MSM also helps you metabolize MSM more effectively.
Q: When I started taking MSM I got a headache. Can MSM be to blame?
A: This is not common, but can occur. First of all, the sulfur in MSM increases detoxification, the body’s process of removing cellular and metabolic waste. This “spring cleaning” initiated by MSM is a health enhancing process, but if you start to release toxins too quickly, this could cause a headache. The solution? Stop your MSM for a few days, and begin to take it again in reduced doses so your body can cleanse itself more slowly. This will allow you to detoxify without headaches.
Q: How does MSM relieve inflammation?
A: MSM increases the effectiveness of the body’s natural anti-inflammatory hormone cortisol. MSM also inhibits the proliferation of fibroblasts.8 Excessive amounts of fibroblasts are produced in the swelling process and lead to scar tissue. MSM also binds to fluid in swollen tissue and aids in its removal.
Q: How can MSM help with allergies and/or respiratory problems?
A: MSM blocks histamine receptors. It acts like a bodyguard outside the cell membrane, deciding how much histamine will be allowed in to cause inflammation, swelling and fluid build-up.
Q: MSM gave me a rash. Should I stop taking it?
A: The MSM is probably helping you to rid excess copper and/or toxic metals such as mercury. Both of these metals can cause a skin rash. You do not need to stop taking the MSM. It would be helpful to add Vitamin C to help the process along and minimize symptoms. You could also reduce the dosage of MSM and detoxify at a slower pace.
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It is not your imagination. Yes, you are gaining weight despite eating what works for you and yes, you can blame stress for your expanding waistline. But the effects of stress don’t end there. Feel like you’re running on fumes? That’s stress. Depressed, raging hormones, snapping at co-workers and your kids? That’s stress too. Worse–premature aging and chronic illness, are all by-products of the S word. A never ending list of to-do’s, job pressures, family stressors, exercising too intensely and constant exposure to technology are some of the reasons why we feel like there’s never enough time and are 10 steps behind.
Why does stress affect us so much? And more importantly, what can you do about it? Stress, in and of itself is not necessarily bad. In fact, we need the stress response to fight infections and keep us safe. A stress response can also mean excitement too– think of a first date, or the thrill of a job promotion. The issue with stress is when it doesn’t go away and becomes chronic. When the periods of stress are too high and you don’t have enough of a relaxation response your body goes haywire.
In my practice, I always look at thyroid hormones and two hormones that I like to call your “base hormones” Dhea and Pregnenolone . Low levels of Dhea and Pregnenolone are signs that your adrenal system is under great stress. Pregnenolone is produced in our adrenals and is the base hormone from which nearly all other steroid hormones are made, including Cortisol, Dhea, Progesterone, Testosterone, and Estrogen. When someone deals with chronic stress on a regular basis more of the Pregnenolone is used to feed production of Cortisol. As Cortisol levels rise it reduces the production of Dhea, which is known as the fountain of youth. Ok, now this is starting to sound bad, right? Dhea is used to make all of your sex hormones like estrogen and testosterone and it is critical for fat burning and lean muscle mass as well as immune system balance.
Ideally when the stress is gone, Pregnenolone, Cortisol and Dhea levels should go back to normal. However, when the stress is prolonged, and occurs for too long a period the body sometimes does not recover and bring these hormones back to normal levels even when stress levels are lower. Instead your body remains in crisis mode with high cortisol and low DHEA output. If this continues for long enough your body will get to the point where even cortisol levels will drop because your other hormones have become so depleted. This is known as adrenal burnout.
Adrenal dysfunction can also cause autoimmune issues to flare because stress weakens and dysregulates digestion. The most common side effect of chronic stress is the development of a leaky gut type syndrome where large proteins and antigens pass through the intestinal barrier. These proteins and antigens trigger an immune response and is strongly implicated in triggering auto-immune disorders as a result. This also means that the food sensitivities you have will heighten and you will start to put on more weight in reaction to these reactive foods. More and more foods become inflammatory over time which results in an inability to lose weight. This syndrome also causes digestive disorders like IBS, chronic constipation and Crohn’s disease. These affects on digestion all heighten the levels of chronic inflammation which also means premature aging and heightened risk for diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.
Adrenal stress and the inflammation it causes can also lead to thyroid hormone resistance by making your cells less able to “accept” the thyroid hormones stimulation. This means that even if your thyroid numbers read in a “normal range” and even if you’re taking thyroid medications, your body may be resistant to the thyroid stimulation which is essential for optimal metabolism, mood sex drive and energy levels. Since the thyroid is essential for every metabolic and cellular function this will further worsen weight gain.
How do you know if you are having adrenal issues? Simple bloodwork can help you determine your stress levels and we can put you on a regimen to restore you back to optimal weight, health and mood. To book a consultation you can email Info@LynGenet.com.
Heightened levels of cortisol, your stress hormone, enacts long term fat storage which leads to weight gain. In addition, stress disrupts hormonal balance and attacks our master gland for our metabolism, the thyroid. Thyroid dysfunction affects at least 30 million Americans, with many more undiagnosed to their condition. Thyroid dysfunction is linked to depression and anxiety. Mitigating the effects of stress is crucial for optimal weight loss, metabolic function and mood.
Cortisol exacerbates our tendency to store visceral fat, the fat around our abdomen. The fat cells that lie in the abdomen have been linked to increased rates of diabetes which affects 30 million Americans with 86 million with pre-diabetes. Visceral fat has also been linked to increased risk of heart disease which affects 47% of the US.
At The Plan we have found SAM-e’s unique effects to lower response to stress enhance weight loss and overall health. When combined with MSM and probiotics to strengthen digestion and the microbiome, traditional weight loss models are obsolete.
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