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.