Stress and Weight Gain, It’s Not All In Your Mind

Stress, we talk about it all the time in The Metabolism Plan. What causes stress for you? Reactive foods, over or under exercise, family, work, illness. All of this will have an effect on your overall health and weight and a new study at the Brigham Young University (BYU), shows stress could be as harmful for your gut as greasy junk food. Most fascinating is that it indicates that women are more sensitive than men to stress.
 
The researchers looked at the mice’s gut microbiota —the group of bacteria that live in digestive tracts that some research has linked to our metabolic health.
 
A stress test was performed on the mice. Scientists discovered that the gut microbiome of female mice actually changed in response to high stress to resemble that of an obese mouse. The same microbiome shift was not seen in male mice but they did become more anxious and less physically active, said the researchers.
 
Previous studies have also pointed that levels of the stress hormone cortisol correlated to a larger waist circumference and higher body mass index.
 
So what do you do? Simple. You identify what causes stress for you and come up with a game plan.
 
Stressful day at work or home?
  • Sam-e or lemon balm could be two options to mitigate the effects of stress. You can find out more about these two wonderful stress aids in the Metabolism Plan.

 
Reactive foods that cause inflammation and internal stress?
  • Use the Metabolism Plan to identify the foods that don’t work for your chemistry and omit them. This will lower inflammation, optimize your health, prevent obesity and the bonus is lowering gut inflammation also increases serotonin, your feel good hormone.
 
Exercise can cause stress?
Oh yes it can and too much can even slow your metabolism and healing. The exercise component is fascinating. So many of us either over or under-exercise and both will increase stress levels, so find the exercise that works for YOUR body. The Metabolism Plan is a systematic protocol that helps you find the exercise that boosts your metabolism, decreases stress and optimizes your health.
Your friend in health,
Lyn-Genet Recitas

Probiotics for Fibromyalgia

All too often Fibromyalgia  and digestive disorders  go hand in hand. In fact, it’s one of the most common complaints and 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

How To Heal Your Auto-Immune Disease

Every day I am thrilled to read the testimonials of people putting their auto-immune diseases in remission thanks to The Metabolism Plan. The reason why so many auto-immune disease sufferers find their symptoms go into remission is that this protocol addresses so many of the factors that researchers believe are at the root cause.

Researchers note that addressing these factors are key to putting your disease into remission: inflammation, unbalanced hormones, leaky gut and thyroid function. The great news is that something as simple as eating the foods that work for your chemistry can do this! You need to eat a bio-individual (based on your personal chemistry) low inflammatory diet. You see what’s inflammatory for me may be perfectly fine for you. I can’t eat eggs, chickpeas or fish, while these foods may work beautifully for your body! That’s why you have tried so many diets and have only had minimal success for short periods of time.

The Metabolism Plan helps you find the foods and exercise that work for you and boosts your metabolism/thyroid function. This allows your body to heal quickly. It’s chemistry, not calories, that will get you to your optimal weight and health.

Foods that cause inflammation follow this negative feedback loop:

On The Metabolism Plan you will find that by eating the least inflammatory foods that literally in days your hormones, thyroid, gut function and adrenals will start to balance. The Plan will help you identify and remove foods that are your personal food  sensitivities that cause inflammation and leaky gut syndrome.

Leaky Gut and The Impact of Diet For Healing

According to Dr Andrew Weil, leaky gut occurs when your intestinal lining is damaged from eating inflammatory foods. This leads to bacteria, toxins and partially digested too to leak into your bloodstream. Your blood doesn’t expect these toxins to be there and goes on constant high alert and this causes autoimmune disease. His advice? Go on an anti-inflammatory diet to get better.

So, as you can see, one of the most important factors with putting auto-immune diseases into remission, is identifying and removing the foods that cause inflammation. Inflammation is not only a huge trigger for exacerbating symptoms, but also a fetter at to your body being able to heal. An inflammatory response can last for up to 72 hours and this diverts your body from healing to instead diverting that energy to fight inflammation. This keeps you in a perpetual cycle of illness, fatigue and fighting weight gain.

 

 

Could You Have Inflammation?

Every person that has ever come to my clinic is eating at least 3 “healthy” foods that cause inflammation. Foods like salmon, asparagus, yogurt, turkey, strawberries and oatmeal are 85% reactive, which means that for 85% of the population over the age of 35, these “health” foods trigger premature aging, inflammation, disease and weight gain. You can find the foods that don’t work for your chemistry, eliminate them and literally within days  start to restore your body’s energy to what it wants to do, and that’s heal.

GR: “A few years ago I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I ended up seeing a doctor that truly acted as though he wanted to help me. But the one thing he kept saying to me was, “This has never been shown to be affected by diet.” And I believed him. I tried every prescription he could give me. Nothing worked. Life was miserable for me! He was about to put me on a steroid and I was determined not to go that route. I wanted to try everything else first.  A co-worker told me about The Plan because she knows that I am into natural healing and diet. Based on my experience with colitis and diet, the things I learned through The Plan made sense to me! I thought this could work!

I ended up shedding 20 lbs my first time through it. That’s 20 lbs by doing nothing other than changing my eating! I sleep better, I have more energy, and my skin looks better. I didn’t even realize how much bloat and swelling I was suffering from until it all went away on The Plan. But far and away, the greatest change has been in my colitis. The Plan has provided me with a relief that I never knew I could achieve. I can go jogging again without having to run laps around a restroom! I can sleep through the night without having to get up to use a restroom. If you don’t have colitis, you will never understand how much these little things mean to someone!”

MP: “When I started TP 4 weeks ago, I was 17 lb heavier, but more importantly I was in the middle of the worst lupus flare of my life. I was diagnosed at age 25, and by now at age 33 the symptoms and med side effects were starting to control my life. By week 3, I was able to taper completely off of my steroids and have cut my other medications in half. I haven’t had a headache in a month, and I was getting 2 to 3 migraines a week – some so severe I would end up in the hospital.

My husband has been my support and is also doing TP with me. He has lost 23 lb and has been able to stop his antidepressant and antihistamine prescription meds.

We both have more energy, more knowledge, and better attitudes about food and about life in general than we have had in a LONG time. We are so grateful for this book and the results we’ve seen! 

SG: I healed my Hashimoto’s Disease (thyroid) with this process and dropped about 50 pounds too! And lost about 8 sizes as well. I am 42, but people swear I don’t look a day over 30! Even my hubby says I look like I am in my 20s! Truly, The Plan is the way to a life of healthy living and proper weight management.

Through my one year process, I had my doctor monitor my blood work. She was so impressed with the results, she now recommends the book to her patients too! I am living proof that this process works for EVERYONE, not just for me, for all who decide to take this trek and stick with it for a year. I promise you, it will change your life!

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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Cook For The Week In Under An Hour!

Fall is here and we are all gearing up for the holidays. But with what is possibly the best time of year can also bring an unexpected present… the dreaded holiday muffin top . Too many parties, too much take out, dinner out in restaurant all add up. But it’s easy to bypass this weight gain trap with a little home cooking . I’m here  to help you enjoy this incredible time of year without worrying about your scale. Instead let’s have you concentrate on enjoying this marvelous life you have created.

Eating, and especially dinner should be fun, not a dreaded chore. Finding the time to cook, play and spend time with friends and family is possible if you plan it ahead . I’m sure you have heard the magic words before, do it in advance. But here’s something more concrete. I’m going to tell you exactly how I do it. Here’s your secret look into a nutritionist’s kitchen routine.

My magic weapon is to make it fun and have an an all out party.

  1. It’s No Mystery, Dinners Have A Few Basic Ingredients

The rest is bells and whistles. No matter what style of cooking you love, whether it’s Paleo or classic French, all meals break down into simple components: proteins, cooked vegetable, salads and perhaps carbs. The best way to approach cooking for the week is to be prepared and keep the menu simple and delicious and know what works for you and your family.

  1. Work Out Your Menu For The Week Based On What Everyone Eats

You can easily work out dishes for your vegetarian daughter and your gluten free best friend. All you need is a well stocked pantry and make everyone happy with simple personal touches whether it’s adding sriracha to one person’s dish or a quick rice pilaf or pasta.

  1. Shopping The Day Before is Key

I do a big shop on Saturday and see what is seasonal, fresh and on sale. I also make sure to pick up a lovely bottle of wine and flowers for my Sunday night cook fest. Here’s an example of what I would buy:

  • A whole chicken which will make 4-6 servings and a chicken breast for each additional 2-3 servings per person.
  • Buy ground meat of choice, I adore ground lamb, but beef or pork works too!
  • Grab some eggs and keep them for a mid week easy dinner frittata.
  • Buy chickpeas or beans of choice for a vegetarian night.
  • Chop veggies for the week. I highly recommend glass containers with a seal, it keeps vegetables fresh, or breathable Tupperware which allows you to adjust the venting for each vegetable for maximum freshness. Because I lightly steam all of the vegetables Sunday night, it’s easy to saute, roast or steam as needed!

4. Make It Fun and Make It Easy

If you’re not having fun cooking then we need to change this pronto! My secret is telling everyone that Sunday nights is the one night I don’t want anyone helping out! As soon as the sun sets I have my playlist on Spotify blaring, pour myself a hearty glass of wine and start the party. You can make the dinners for Sunday through Friday on Sunday night, Friday and Saturday you use the leftovers for have a great Mexican and Thai night.

Here’s a sample week for you:

On Sunday Night try this recipe for Chicken Parmesan,  served with a side of pasta or gluten free “zoodles”

You can also roast a whole chicken and vegetables right in the skillet.

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Make it a meatless Monday Night with a warm, hearty Chana Masala and use the leftovers for lunch.

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Tuesday change the pace with Burgers &  Avocado Fries with Sweet and Sour Dipping Sauce.

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Wed night is a quick and easy gluten free night with a Leek and Mushroom Frittata.

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Thursday-mix it up and make it spicy with a Sweet and Sour Chicken stir fry !

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Friday, you made it through the week! Celebrate with Taco Night!

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Saturday I bet you still have some vegetables left and chicken, perfect for making Chicken Pad Thai.

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5. Helpful Hint

Sometimes you just don’t want to cook, and you shouldn’t have to! Be flexible

The quickest way to make cooking a chore is to make yourself feel like you have to channel your inner Martha Stewart and grow all of your own vegetables and raise livestock. Give yourself a break when you need to, pick up a rotisserie chicken or order in some plain steamed Chinese food and add some sauces you love. Remember this isn’t about being perfect, it’s about having fun and bonding with those you love. The payoff? Your best weight, health and sanity!

 

Your friend in health,

Lyn-Genet Recitas

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How Lisa Overcame Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Lost 50 Pounds!

“Since I was about 15 years old, nothing has annoyed me more than being told that if I just exercised more and ate a little less I would lose weight and have more energy. (That’s what I like to call No-Sh**-Sherlock Advice — obvious, but completely unhelpful.)
 
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, Epstein Barr and Chronic Fatigue in my early 20’s. At times just getting out of bed and showering were miraculous feats of athleticism. Gosh, even sleeping could be exhausting. But, yes, you are probably right that I would feel much better if I would just stop being so lazy and go out and run 5K. Silly me.
And I was always the big girl. Usually the largest of all my friends with a wardrobe full of practical clothes that fit rather than wearing the cute and sassy clothes I really wanted to wear.
If there was a weight loss diet out there that gave me more energy and caused the weight to fall off — sign me up. I’ve not stopped experimenting with a way to eat that made me feel better since I was 15. I’ve done the 4 food groups, and protein diets, and weight watchers, and raw food, and brown rice diets, and candida diets, and allergy and elimination diets…Some of them dropped a few pounds temporarily, but none of them ever really eased the fatigue or pain.
 
And so it felt like a vicious cycle of health and weight struggles because I was obviously just too lazy to do what it took to have energy and be pain-free.
 
Until now…
After spending the last 4 months playing detective with this amazing process developed by nutritionist Lyn-Genet Recitas that lets you easily pinpoint the foods that create chronic inflammation in your system — I am 50 lbs lighter, 7 sizes smaller…and pain free…eating cheese, and dark chocolate and — wait for it — potato chips.
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It didn’t require exercising more or eating less. (In fact, I exercise less and eat more.)
 
It required understanding my own chemistry and getting to the bottom of what foods stress my system out and create inflammation — which showed up for me as depression, pain, fatigue and extra weight.
 
And mine is only one of thousands of stories of people who have changed their health and their life with this technique — arthritis, sinusitis, diabetes, psoriasis and eczema, high blood pressure, cholesterol…etc.”
You can read the New York Times Bestseller The Plan or email info@lyngenet.com for more info on how to change your health and your weight!

Is Hidden Yeast Overgrowth Slowing Your Weight Loss?

One of the things that can mysteriously and frustratingly prevent us from losing weight is a systemic yeast problem. Most people think of yeast as being vaginal, but everyone has yeast. Yes, men too. You could have never had an apparent yeast infection in your life and still have yeast overgrowth.

We have a very delicate balance in our gut between friendly flora and yeast. Yeast colonies can rapidly multiply and overtake our friendly flora in response to diet, hormones, or environmental factors. People who eat a lot of sugar may be more prone to yeast overgrowth . But really ANYONE who eats reactive foods, foods that cause an inflammatory response, will kick up yeast. You may also note that in times of stress you are more prone to having a flare-up.

Taking antibiotics disturbs your intestinal flora; this is the reason people recommend eating yogurt when you take antibiotics (which really doesn’t help that much for systemic yeast – especially if you are reactive to yogurt!). Other factors that might contribute to yeast overgrowth are hormonal changes, birth control pills, steroids, and exposure to radiation such as radiation therapy.

Regardless of what causes it, a yeast overgrowth can create digestive disturbances like bloating, gas, and constipation, headache, sinus problems, brain fog, depression, and fatigue. Even worse yeast, left unchecked, can cause disorders like leaky gut and disrupt your immune system. Candida can also set off volatile emotional issues . You know all those symptoms usually associated with PMS, like feeling irrational, severe mood swings, and anger? Those can often be a result of systemic yeast, which can flare during times of hormonal shifts.

When yeast organisms take over your intestinal flora, they produce acidic toxins, which slow down weight loss and affect your immune system. If you are having a yeast flare-up while testing, it will affect your data. To make matters worse? The more yeast you have, the more foods you may be reactive to!

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If you are doing The Plan to identify your inflammatory foods, I want you to have as accurate data as possible. It would be frustrating to put in all this effort on your 20 days and not have the payoff, so we want to determine if there’s an issue before we get started.

 

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The best way to counteract a yeast overgrowth is through a course of high-quality probiotics and removing any foods that cause a reactive response (inflammation). Probiotics are living organisms that are similar to the beneficial bacteria in your stomach that help restore the correct balance in your system. You can use the brands recommended on The Plan website – www.LynGenet.com. I find most people respond to probiotic treatment within a few days. If you are are female and believe that yeast is systemic in your system, you may also want to try a vaginal suppository. I have found that many women do wonderfully with Yeast Gard which you can find in many drugstores or online. A 7 day protocol in conjunction with an oral probiotic is wonderful!

 

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Please do avoid probiotics with the following:

  1. I find that probiotics which contain FOS ( Fructooligosaccharides, is reactive to approximately 80% of the population I work with.  FOS is used as an sweetener and it has a sugar level of somewhere between 30 and 50 percent of sugar syrups. Conventional research is quite mixed on FOS as it can increase the growth of unwanted bacteria in the GI tract. It could also serve as food for less desirable strains of bacteria. In addition, FOS feeds E. coli and many Clostridium species, which will disrupt your population of gut-friendly bacteria. There is also a concern that some kinds of yeast are able to use inulin/FOS for fuel, thereby leading to overactive yeast production in the body.
  2.  Xylitol can cause nausea, gas, bloating and diarrhea and or constipation. Remember whenever you impair digestion you not only cause weight gain, but create an inflammatory response which can affect your immune system and serotonin production.
  3.  Dairy, Soy and Gluten- If you have sensitivities/allergies, please make sure that your probiotics do not contain these ingredients.

Also what is confusing to some people is that it’s not the number of cells in your probiotic that are important, but the strains and how many they are. You can research which strains work best for what ails you. I find that it’s best to rotate your probiotics so you can restore gut function with as many beneficial strains as possible.

Your friend in health,

Lyn-Genet Recitas

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Tips For Perfect Zucchini Noodles

Zucchini pasta is not only inexpensive dish to make thanks, to being so copious in summer, it’s also an incredible source of potassium  at 500 mg per zucchini. The secret to make good zucchini pasta is to let it dehydrate so it’s not mushy ( no need to use dehydrator- just plain old air works) for at 12 hours. I like to spiralize in the am and keep them in my sunroom which is cool. I add fresh herbs,a dash of garlic powder and sea salt garlic powder. Dinnertime comes around and it’s already ‘al dente’ and you just saute for 3 minutes in evoo. Do note that raw zucchini can hamper digestion for some folks, so make sure it is fully cooked.

 

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Another trick is to make a BIG batch of zucchini pasta as it really benefits from drying out and can easily last in the frig in a tupperware container for a week. I make a big batch on Monday and have some on Thursday, Saturday and Monday! This makes your summer dinners, oh so easy!

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Inflammation and Antidepressants

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Research in the UK states high levels of inflammation interfere with the efficacy of antidepressants. When inflammation is cut the antidepressants work better. This is most likely one of several reasons why anti-depressants can be cut on The Plan. The Plan reduces inflammation, you need lower doses and your medications work more effectively!

Those who tested positive for inflammation need more aggressive therapy from the outset. The research is published in the International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. Two markers of inflammation were discovered a compound called macrophage migration inhibitory factor (MIF) and another called interleukin-1beta. Patients who had high levels of these markers did not respond well to traditional antidepressants. There is now research to see if administering anti-inflammatory drugs in conjunction with the antidepressants may work better at treating depression.

But there can be a simpler answer.  Rather than taking more drugs to make drugs work more effectively, simply reduce inflammation, boost serotonin and thyroid function by doing The Plan.

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Tell those you love to find out more about The Plan- visit www.lyngenet.com