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

Depression and Inflammation- Break The Cycle

Too often we blame ourselves when we are depressed, not knowing that’s a natural physiological response to something you do every day. Depression is a sign from your body saying “Please change what you are doing! Once you understand the reasons for depression you can start to take charge of your mood.

What are some of the hidden causes for depression and anxiety? Let’s cover what I call the big four over the new posts.

  1. Inflammatory Reaction to Foods
  2. Stress
  3. Thyroid Function
  4. Hormonal Fluctuations and Yeast

Today I am going to cover inflammation, and it’s huge. Inflammation is a key factor behind your depression.

 

How does this happen? Well, inflammation is your body’s first line of defense against infection and injury. When it senses that an invader is affecting you, it goes into high alert mode. When the danger is gone it will normally shut down. Inflammatory response can last up to 72 hours, but certain factors can stop this line of defense from turning off, and when the inflammation is ongoing this is called chronic low grade inflammation.

Chronic low grade inflammation can turn on your body, attacking healthy cells, blood vessels, and tissues instead of protecting them. It can cause weight gain, premature aging and even chronic disease like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

You can develop inflammation anywhere in the body, even in the brain. The idea of inflammation being a root cause of depression has existed for decades.  A recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry reviewed 200 existing papers on depression and inflammation. The researchers determined that brain inflammation was 30 percent higher in clinically depressed patients. Further research shows that even small short bouts of inflammation can cause occasional depression.

One major source of inflammation is food. Foods, yes even healthy ones, can cause an inflammatory response and put your body in attack mode. We all have different responses to foods, and every time you eat a food that doesn’t work for your body, it triggers inflammation. This response triggers a whole cascade of reactions in your body from affecting your endocrine and hormonal systems to affecting your gut function. It just so happens that the majority of your feel good hormone, serotonin, is produced in your gut. Incredible but true, that virtuous egg white and spinach omelette might be great for me, but trigger inflammation for you and be the root cause of your blue mood (and expanding waist line)!

 

One of the organs deeply affected by inflammatory foods is your thyroid. Thyroid dysfunction and depression go hand in hand, so optimzing its function is one of our key goals at The Plan. The key to reducing inflammation and boosting your spirits is to find out what foods trigger this response. So how do you target inflammation? Seems like a big task but actually, it’s not!  You just need to identify that foods that do, and don’t work for your chemistry. Remember the foods that don’t work for your body put it in attack mode Most people are just eating 3-4 foods that don’t work for their body. Identifying, and removing them using The Plan allows your body to go back into a non-inflammatory state, back into a good mood free of depression. Adopting a healthy lifestyle — making positive changes in diet sleep, exercise, and stress levels — will help turn off the inflammation response in your brain.

“I did the 30 days of The Plan. I still have my one can of soda a day. I have my wine and chocolate every night. However, I found out that I am HIGHLY reactive to almonds, nuts, oatmeal, and multi-grain breads. All of which were staples in my vegetarian lactose intolerant diet. I have stayed away from those things. Not one has entered my mouth.

Just from staying away from those things I am no longer on Prozac. which I had been on for 5 years for postpartum depression which never seemed to go away! I have been off Prozac for 4 months and my head just keeps getting clearer and clearer. My energy is more sustained. And I no longer have the anxiety and depression I lived with even while taking the medication. I was told I’d probably be on it the rest of my life.”

 

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

How Inflammatory Foods Cause Weight Gain

 
Bill has lost 19 lbs in 30 days (yay you!), noticed that when he eats a reactive food, he starts to have a runny nose! That’s a histamine response and how the body responds when you eat a reactive food. We may not notice a runny nose, but we will note the weight gain a histamine response causes when we step on the scale next day!
 
Perhaps you’re familiar with the term histamine? You’ve probably heard it in context of seasonal allergies. Histamine is an important part of our immune system because it springs into action when a person is exposed to something he’s allergic or sensitive to.
 
The immune system of the allergic person, thinking that this allergen is going to cause harm, tries to mobilize and attack by releasing histamine and other chemicals into the body. The histamine then acts on a person’s eyes, nose, throat, lungs, skin, or gastrointestinal tract, causing those notoriously unpleasant allergy symptoms.
 
Histamine is also triggered when an inflammatory food is introduced. Histamine causes water retention by causing capillaries to dilate and allowing them to leak fluid, so you’ll see an immediate gain on the scale when you eat an inflammatory food. But the inflammatory response is not just water weight. Water weight can be reversed within 24 hours. A reactive response can easily last for 72 hours and it causes more than just weight gain. Eating a food that doesn’t work for your body can kickstart any latent health issues you have (think constipation, acid reflux, IBS and so on).
 
To control this histamine response, the body produces cortisol. Cortisol and hormones such as progesterone and testosterone use the same building blocks; the more cortisol that is released, the more your hormonal balance is negatively affected. The body is producing cortisol at the expense of progesterone and testosterone. These hormonal fluctuations disrupt water balance, metabolism, thyroid health, healthy sex drive and immune response. Elevated cortisol produces glucose, which leads to increased blood sugar levels. This will start to increase yeast growth as they have specialized glucose sensors and their growth in population will alter gut flora affecting your body’s defense system. A high yeast population means never ending sugar and carb cravings (and high sugar and carb intake is definitely a factor behind the incredible rise of type 2 diabetes in the US. Altered gut flora leads to a weakened immune response as the balance of our intestinal bacteria is thrown off.
 
This might sound amazing to you, but yes. Every time you eat a food that doesn’t work for you this whole system gets started. There are other factors that affect your weight of course. Certain foods known as goitrogens, attack thyroid function which disrupts your metabolism, so as people age and digestion starts to slow down, you need keep an eye on how often they are eaten.Women are prone to thyroid dysfunction earlier to men (usually around age 35) thanks to our hormones, but men start to catch with thyroid and metabolic issues in their 50s!
The good news? You have control over this cycle which influences every aspect of your health and your weight. Find the foods that work for your chemistry. Read The Metabolism Plan and take charge of your life.
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You Friend In Health,
Lyn-Genet

Find the Foods & Exercise That Boost Your Metabolism

We have always been taught that calories mattered. That if you exercised you would lose weight, and if you exercise more you would lose more weight. But in fact, neither “fact” is true. It’s all about your metabolism and what foods work for your chemistry.
 
When you exercise too intensely for YOUR body, you slow your metabolism, which means that not only do you slow weight loss, but you affect EVERY metabolic and cellular function that is essential for your best health.
 
For some people over-exercise could be the 10,000 steps they are aiming for daily, for other’s their crossfit classes or running marathons. We are all different. Some of us have the genetics to be athletes, but most of us do not.
 
Counting calories? Never works. Healthy foods like strawberries, quinoa,  yogurt and turkey can cause inflammation which skews everything from your hormones, to yeast upticks and thyroid dysfunction. Chronic low grade inflammation causes obesity, premature gain and even diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and auto-immune diseases.
 
You are working too hard to not know EXACTLY what works for YOUR body. Because if you follow the precept of cutting calories, if you exercise too intensely for YOUR body, you will SLOW your metabolism. That’s what happened to the contestants on the Biggest Loser. But it’s not just them. I see it every day, every year with thousands of our clients. Stop the madness and find out what works for YOU. That’s The Metabolism Plan.
 
“The Biggest Losers did what it took to be winners. They cut their grapefruits in half and separated their whites from their yolks. They spent more time at the gym than most of us spend at the office. Some of them shed an entire pound of fat each day, and on average, they lost 128 pounds each over the course of the 30-week reality show.
 
And then they gained much of it back. According to a devastating new study published in the journal Obesity and written up in a widely shared article by the New York Times last week, only one of the 14 Biggest Loser contestants studied weighs less today than when the competition wrapped. Four of them are now heavier than before they went on the show.
 
The culprit appears to be the contestants’ metabolisms, which slowed down dramatically as they lost weight. Now, they must eat hundreds of calories less each day than people of a comparable size, just to maintain their new svelte sizes. Failing that, they regress back to their “set points,” as some obesity researchers call the body’s preferred weight. The study suggests the bodies of obese people work against them, making it harder to get in shape even for those who really need to.”
To read the article in full click here.
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Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet Recitas
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