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Metabolism Part 2

Hi there Dr. Nick Jensen from Divine Elements Naturopathic Family and Wellness. I’m a Naturopathic Physician guiding my patients to their best health with natural medicine and what I‘m really excited about is about educating in lifestyle medicine so that you can have more energy, better quality of life and stop illness before it starts and in more serious cases reverse illness once it takes control.

So in the last video we talked about metabolism and food as information and I just want to flesh out the actual steps of how this information can support or not support the body.

The first step is eating foods high in bad fat, high in sugar, high grains, low vegetable intake, empty calorie diets - all these things lead to information or they show up as information that then can become inflammation in the body. And secondly, what happens is this inflammation when out of control starts to lead to something called gut permeability; meaning food can pass the intestinal barrier more easily, as can bacterial by-products and other toxins that are in the gut. Once this gets into your blood stream, then your adipocytes or fat tissue start to gobble up the toxins and they start to accumulate in the fat cells and as that diets persists what happens is; the fat cells actually expand and the cells and insulin receptors and leptin receptors start to become inefficient meaning, we feel more hungry, we have inappropriate blood sugar control and basically this just perpetuates a chronic inflammatory process.

So this isn’t just happening in the fat cells, it also happens in the muscle cells. So basically, the receptor sites for these hormones start to become less available and less function-able, meaning our muscle cells have an impaired metabolism.

In this case, you may notice either yourself or other people discuss, it doesn’t matter how much exercise they just can’t lose weight and it’s because there is too much of this information turning into inflammation in the body meaning, the systems start to shut down. So as this process perpetuates and continues, that causes something called lipotoxicity, so there becomes an influx of white blood cells into our blood system into the muscle system into the fat system that tries to eat up all the toxicity that is being burst out of the cells because of a lower metabolism. Then the excess fat and/or by-products start to deposit in different organ systems and arteries and various other things. So therefore, the whole bodies mechanism for health starts to deteriorate.

So what does this look like? This looks like low energy, chronic fatigue, obviously increased weight gain, increased hunger, never really feeling satiated and it can show up as: diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer etc, etc. You get the picture. It’s a downward spiral and it’s usually something that takes years to develop.

So now that I’ve scared the fat out of you, in the next few videos we’ll be discussing strategies on how to reverse this metabolic issue that you can regain power of your metabolism and feel like you can regain control of your health again as they are completely tied together. So thanks for watching, Dr. Nick Jensen here from Divine Elements Naturopathic Family and Wellness. I’m a Naturopathic Physician guiding my patients to their best health with natural medicine. Take care.

Metabolism

Hi there, Dr. Nick Jensen here from Divine Elements Naturopathic Family and Wellness. I’m a Naturopathic Physician guiding my patients to their best health with natural medicine and what I‘m really excited about is about educating in lifestyle medicine so that you can have more energy, better quality of life and so you can learn to prevent illness before it starts and in those cases where illnesses are already set in teach you how to reverse it so you can gain control again of your life.

Today’s topic is discussing metabolism and the three main factors that impede a healthy metabolism.
So number one is to look at food and this if the most obvious one for most of us and I love the analogy of food as information and not just as a fuel. The reason this is so important is because depending on how we’re eating food can either be a, or food will always be a signal for something in the body and in cases with an unhealthy diet there will be a signal for inflammation so diets high in unhealthy fats, sugars, process foods etc. etc. will create an increased inflammation signal in the body that has a direct effect on shutting down your metabolism.
Tip number two is to look at the hormonal system. We talk about hormones a lot being a hormone clinic of course but these are critical for metabolism so your adrenal, your thyroid and the main sex hormones estrogen, progesterone, testosterone all have a significant impact on your metabolism so getting things in balance will have a direct effect on how your body loses or gains weight.

Tip number three is to look at detoxification. So our bodies are constantly being bombarded with external toxins so pollution, pesticides, GMO foods, alcohol, too much caffeine, medications; all of these things play a huge role on overwhelming our systems so and when that’s the case what do? Well you talk to your Naturopathic Doctor about doing a detox. So along with the benefits of supporting a healthy metabolism, detox obviously helps with clearing your skin, having more energy, improving your digestion.

So these are my top three ways to make sure are in check when you’re supporting a healthy metabolism.
Dr. Nick Jensen here. Thanks for watching, helping you to transform disease to wellness with ease.

Eczema

Hi there, Dr. Nick Jensen here from Divine Elements Naturopathic Family and Wellness. I’m a Naturopathic Physician guiding my patients to their best health with natural medicine and what I’m really excited about is educating on lifestyle medicine so that people can have more energy, better quality of life and so they can prevent illness before it starts.

So today’s tips are on eczema and eczema is obviously a problem with the skin; it can be red, irritated, and it can be any degree of problem from just a nuisance to more serious which is directly affecting quality of life, creating a lot of stress.

So tip number one is to discover if you have any food or environmental sensitivities or allergies and this can usually be discovered through doing a blood test from your Naturopathic Doctor.

Step number two is to take a look at detoxification, maybe consider doing a cleanse or detox and to rehydrate the body and I usually recommend two-thirds of an ounce for every pound of body weight and when you implement a detox you help to decrease inflammation, help support your body’s natural elimination pathways and in doing so you also help to replete the nutrients that are often deficient such as B vitamins and other antioxidants.

So step number three is to consider getting some blood testing for vitamin D. Vitamin D is directly associated with inflammation and is correlated with, deficiency is correlated with eczema and when vitamin D is replete we often see symptoms for eczema go down considerably. Vitamin D can actually also be compounded into a cream through your local compounding pharmacist which can be a great relief symptomatically as well.

So you have my top three tips for resolving eczema.

I’m Dr. Nick Jensen from Divine Elements Naturopathic Family and Wellness; health care for the whole family.

Nutrient Deficiencies

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Hi there, Dr. Nick Jensen here from Divine Elements Naturopathic Family and Wellness, I’m a naturopathic physician guiding my patients to their best health with natural medicine. What I’m really excited about is educating on lifestyle medicine so the people can have more energy, better quality of life so they can prevent illness from setting in. For those that are already feeling sick and run down, I’m teaching them to reverse this process to give control back. So today’s topic is discussing the role that nutrient deficiencies play on illness and why it’s so important to address this problem.

First thing is most people don’t realize that there are a ton of journal articles and published documentation and research on the role that nutrient deficiencies play in someone’s health and into the deterioration of someone’s health and these can be directly correlated with conditions such as cancer, diabetes, autoimmune conditions, osteoarthritis and Alzheimer’s dementia. Most people also don’t consider that the majority of the population become nutrient deficient for multiple reasons whether it’s diet or lack of exercise, or too much stress or whatever the reason may be. It’s very common nutrient deficiencies for a lot of people could show up as B vitamin deficiencies, vitamin D, magnesium, calcium, iron, zinc, selenium to name a few. In this process of discovery, most people are just buying whatever they can get their hands on and I see many patients come in with big shopping bags full of supplements and part of our visit or consultation is going through what’s actually necessary and what’s not. So the way we decide that, is through testing to discover the exact nutrients that have become depleted over time and to target that nutrient deficiency by repleting with the right quality, the right amount and the right timing for those very specific nutrients.

Another reality is that many people as we know, are on a list of medications and these medications wreak havoc on the nutrient system and many people being on these medications over time create major deficiencies. To discover more about this I’m going to go over some of the different testing options that we do on our patients to teach you how to actually assess what it is you need to take on a regular basis and how to replete the body.

So Dr. Nick Jensen here at Divine Elements Naturopathic Family Wellness. I’m a naturopathic physician guiding my patients to their best health through natural medicine.

Tips for Your Sleepless Nights – Insomnia

Hi there, Dr. Nick Jensen here from Divine Elements Naturopathic Family Wellness. I’m an integrated endocrinology expert guiding my patients to their best health with natural medicine and what I’m really excited about is teaching people how to change their nutrition lifestyle habits so they can prevent illness before it starts.

Today’s topic is insomnia and my top 3 tips to help resolve this problem, so tip number 1 is to take a look at the hormonal system through consultation and lab testing we can discover which hormones are out of balance. For example in women who have progesterone deficiency they find great relief with replacing this hormone.
Tip number 2 is to look at the nutrition intake and find which foods are problematic for the individual so people don’t often realize the kind of impact that dietary influences can have on sleep and wake cycles.
Tip number 3 is to look at your exercise as optimal melatonin secretion happens with early morning exercise and often people who were exercising late at night time often find that they don’t sleep as well.

Another problem is that people experiencing pain and using pain medication, they don’t realize that this actually also blocks the night time sleep hormone melatonin so finding alternatives to pain is a great way to help to resolve sleep issues.

So this is my top 3 tips for resolving insomnia. I’m Dr. Nick Jensen here from Divine Elements Naturopathic Family Wellness. I’m a Naturopathic Physician guiding my patients to their best health with natural medicine. Take care.

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