Probiotics Aid Healing For Fibromylagia

All too often Fibromyalgia  and digestive disorders  go hand in hand. In fact, it’s one of the most common complaints which can have huge effects on your overall health, mood and weight! Typical symptoms can range from simple constipation to more serious disorders like IBS and Crohn’s.

Good bacteria, which are essential for optimal digestion, can be wiped out out by various factors such as stress, illness, medications and diet. And all of these factors are part of the life of a Fibromyalgia sufferer. The good news?  You can fix this! Taking the right probiotics can restore balanced gut function quickly and easily when you have a low inflammatory diet that is personalized for YOUR chemistry.

Here’s what’s super interesting, while most people will have a gut imbalance, studies show that fibromyalgia patients have much higher levels of harmful bacteria in their gut. Here’s where probiotics come in. Probiotics contains strains of beneficial bacteria and many of these bacteria are strongly anti-inflammatory and can act as balancing agents for these harmful bacteria. The higher levels of bacterial overgrowth also correlated with pain intensity – the worse the bacterial imbalance was, the higher the individual’s pain.

Benefits of Probiotics for Fibromyalgia

  • Immune system- 70% of your immune system is in your gut. Probiotics help to balance immune function.
  • Mood- the majority of your serotonin  (your feel good hormone) is produced in your gut. Research is showing that taking probiotics can help to relieve depression and anxiety. Optimal serotonin levels can also mitigate the effects of cortisol  (your stress hormone) which can greatly exacerbate Fibromyalgia symptoms.
  • Medications and stress can disrupt your intestinal flora. Probiotics can quickly come to the rescue saving you from an overgrowth of yeast. Yeast will disrupt hormones and slow your metabolism.

 

  • Food sensitivities are reduced. The more food sensitivities you have, the more inflammation is produced.
  • Probiotics aid digestion and assimilation of nutrients providing better nutrition and ability to heal.
  • Probiotics can reduce seasonal and environmental allergies which can exacerbate symptoms such as pain,
    fatigue and digestive disorders .
  • When looking for probiotics you should have many strains of bacteria , just having one or two lessens your
    chances of it being the types you would need to restore gut function particular to your needs.

Here’s an overview of a few probiotics I like to see in formulations.

Acidophilus is important for digestion, immune health, urinary tract and vaginal health. Provides relief from gas and bloating.

B. longum helps to maintain the integrity of the gut wall which is important for auto-immune disorders. As with all probiotics it aids digestive and immune health, it’s also a great liver detoxifier .

B. bifidum aids digestion of dairy products as well as carbohydrates, fat, and protein so your your body can use them more efficiently.

B. infantis decreases bloating and bowel movement difficulty, gas, diarrhea, and constipation.

L. paracasei is important for liver function and the liver is responsible for over 500 functions including your hormones and your metabolism. Part of the your goal is normalizing hormones for optimal thyroid health. We will cover why the thyroid is such a key player in putting fibromyalgia into remission later!

L. rhamnosus restores GI health, supports immune health, supports vaginal and urinary tract conditions and aids digestion of lactose.

L. fermentum aids in your body’s production of two antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione both of which are chronically low in FM. They both help to protect us from oxidative stress which. is thought to play a role in the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia.

But probiotics are only part of the picture, to heal gut health, an essential component to put your symptoms in remission, you must identify the foods that cause inflammation.

Food and Inflammation- Find The Trigger

In my practice, we use the protocol I developed in The Plan to identify food sensitivities and eliminate the foods which can cause an inflammatory response Simple, seemingly healthy foods, like strawberries, asparagus, oatmeal, yogurt and salmon can cause an immediate reaction which triggers inflammation, weight gain, depression or anxiety and health symptoms. Identifying and removing the foods that cause inflammation is key to putting your symptoms into remission.

 

When you think about how a simple capsule can greatly aid your weight, mood and health it seems like a perfect supplement to take when you need it. My advice is to try different brands that do not contain FOS (ingredients like chicory and inulin can be a gut killer!) and to keep rotating them so you receive the benefits that different strains offer.

Inflammation and Optimal Health and Weight

And as always, please remember this, your body always wants to achieve homeostasis, the act of repair and stability. But (!!), it will always divert energy from healing to digestion. Inflammatory foods, divert even more energy. Choosing the foods that work for your body will free up your body’s ability to do what it always wants to do, heal.

To find out more about The Plan visit www.lyngenet.com or email info@lyngenet.com .

Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet Recitas

Exercising At Night Can Slow Your Metabolism

Here is a picture of what your cortisol levels should look like through the day. You have a natural peak that gets you up in the morning revved and ready to meet your day. You can see that it starts to really slow down by the time we hit 5 pm. This is our natural time to decompress from our busy life, relax, have a glass of wine or tea before dinner and then a nice nourishing dinner with friends and family.
 
When ones goes against this natural flow one can raise cortisol levels and one’s body perceives this as danger. Heightened levels of cortisol enact long term fat storage, skew hormones and attack thyroid function . As your thyroid is the master gland of metabolic function, anything that interferes with its function has long term ramifications on on your health and ability to lose weight.
If you find that your body is not responding optimally to your exercise choices you may want to rethink your after work gym visits and try to get to bed earlier and do an earlier morning exercise!
Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet

MSM- The Wonder Supplement for Sinus, Digestive, Lung and Esophageal Health

What do we use MSM for at The Plan?

Acid Reflux
• Healthy collagen synthesis for skin, hair and nails
• Wrinkles
Asthma‬
Arthritis‬
Inflammation (especially of mucous membranes)
Candida‬- yeast overgrowth
Leaky Gut‬
Migraines‬
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.

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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?
A:
• 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.

To order MSM you can click HERE.

Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet ~ Executive Director, The Plan
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Exercise SMARTER To Boost Your Metabolism

Did you know that when you exercise too intensely for YOUR body you will GAIN weight and SLOW your metabolism? Yes, it’s true! So it’s time to chat about how this occurs so it doesn’t happen to YOU.
 
When you exercise too intensely for your body, you raise cortisol levels and that spells trouble. Here’s what happens when cortisol is raised too high: heightened levels of cortisol INCREASES fat storage AND skews your hormones. This causes weak adrenal function, slows your thyroid and increases insulin output. Exercise can do that? Yes, and this is not a good formula for being your healthiest!
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Here’s an overview:
Over-training has been shown to decrease blood levels of l-glutamine, dopamine and 5-HTP which affects mood, energy and the body’s ability to repair. Exercising too intensely for your body affects your hypothalamus and pituitary glands. Impaired thyroid function means your metabolism is compromised. Studies have directly shown how exercising too intensely depletes t3 levels. Plain, simple, accepted fact.
 
The increase in cortisol depletes progesterone or testosterone levels creating estrogen dominance; another reason for weight gain and thyroid dysfunction. Exercising for more than half an hour has been shown to increase hunger thus often offsetting the metabolic boost and calorie burning activity, creating a calorie surplus- not a deficit.
 
In addition, as we age the body’s ability to withstand oxidative stress diminishes. Periods of constantly elevated heart rate with no decrease seems to cause the most damage. Not allowing for adequate periods of rest after oxidative stress heightens inflammation. Inflammation means you are gaining weight and getting sick. We are constantly told faster, harder, more intense, push, push, push and what we are pushing ourselves to is an early grave.
 
Now, that being said, some people are genetically programmed to be athletes. But most of us aren’t. Our ability to repair from too much exercise decreases as we age. The exercise that may have worked for you in our 20s is now perceived as stress by your body AND your body can’t keep up with repair. No matter how you slice it, our bodies are adapted to survive. When you spend way too long on the treadmill or at the Cross fit class your body will react by slowing down your metabolism bcs your body wants to survive longer .It does that by decreasing T3 levels to preserve energy and slow metabolism.
 
Then there is the flip side, you don’t exercise because you think you need to spend an hour 5 days a week in a gym. You too, are slowing thyroid function and of course not getting the wonderful benefits of exercise like cardiovascular health, bone density and nice boosts of serotonin. Exercise is FUN, it really is, you just need to find the exercise that works for you!
 
Did you know that in my early 30s I was a crazy runner? 50 miles a week, every single week, for years. I loved it. Really and truly. Then I started to really build my practice, so I only started to run in the spring. And my body was so happy! I’d lose my winter fat, pounds would drop, I would feel so invigorated and happy.
 
Then…the last couple of years, running started to seem like a chore. And I wasn’t dropping body fat. And I wasn’t losing my winter weight. So I decided to test it. There was no way, running was the problem, right? It was my go to for 20 +years. Well guess who totally, and absolutely, failed running? Yup, me. Using the testing protocols I can teach you, you will be able to figure out what your body loves. And what’s fun. My go to now? Weights, yoga and plyometrics. 
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You can use The Plan protocols to help you find your balance. If you would like to enroll to work with me or one of my staff, you can email info@lyngenet.com AND receive a signed copy of my new book The Metabolism Plan when it’s released (mention TMP when you sign up)!
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Remember, the key is always listening to your body, it’s always telling you everything you need to know! For me, my new balance is exercising 1-1.5 hours a week (and my body fat and weight is the same at 50 as it was in my 30s when I was exercising like a maniac! ).
Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet Recitas
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Stress Is Slowing Your Metabolism & Making You Sick

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.

 

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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.

What Do We Use SAM-e For At ‪‎The Plan‬?

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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.

SAM-E
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