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Are You a Food Addict?

This question comes up often in our practice. People think they may be food addicts. These questions will help you figure it out. If you answer yes to 2 or more questions… it’s a possibility. 

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  1. Do you think about food more than 1 hour a day?
  2. Do you eat to the point of being physically sick?
  3. Does your relationship with food affect your personal relationships?(do you avoid company or social events because you lack self-control to eat the right foods)
  4. Do you turn to food during stressful situations?
  5. Do you experience withdrawal from food?

 

We would like to believe that we can all be balanced and controlled but is the sugar/processed/fat and salt laden food a real addiction……a biological addition? Think about it…. do we binge on celery? Do we go overboard eating broccoli or chicken, not likely but cookies or potato chips….easy right?

I would like to say self-control is all you need… personal power, it helps, but is that enough? Obesity and the related diseases are an epidemic. Does “just the say no attitude” always work? It is harder for the food addicts compared to other addicts because they have to deal with their demon every day. The “just say no” approach to drug addiction hasn’t fared very well. We don’t think it works for our industrial food addiction either. It is hard for a cocaine or heroin addict or an alcoholic to “just say no” after that first snort, shot, or drink. I do not think that it is that simple. There are many specific biological mechanisms that push people towards addictive behavior.

Nobody chooses to be a drug addict, or alcoholic. Nobody chooses to be fat either. The bad behaviors arise out of primitive neurochemical pathways in the brain that override basic willpower and overwhelm our natural biological signals that control hunger.

For Example:

  • Why smoke when we know smoking will give you cancer and heart disease?
  • Why do less than 20 percent of alcoholics succeed in quitting drinking?
  • Why do most drug addicts continue to use drugs despite their lives being ruined?
  • Why do we get headaches when we quit coffee and become irritable?

It is because these substances are all biologically addictive.

We don’t want to be overweight and unhealthy! ….but it may be because certain types of food are addictive. Hate to be one of those conspiracy people but when sugary salty foods are combined in secret ways the food industry will not share or make public we are biologically wired to crave these foods and eat as much of them as possible.

We all understand about cravings, but what does science tell us about food and addiction and what are the legal and policy implications. Can we do anything if certain foods are, in fact, addictive?

Those of you who know me see me as a person who has extreme self-control…..but would I be the same person if I did not avoid the foods that I know are triggers?…..what if I did not know?……what if I was the average lay person?….

I always think of the movie Super Size Me. This should be required viewing for every overweight person, or food addict. Morgan Spurlock ate three super-sized meals from McDonald’s every day he gained 30 pounds, his cholesterol, he got a fatty liver but what was most amazing was the addictive quality of the food he ate. When he ate his first super-sized meal, he threw it up, just like someone who drinks too much alcohol. By the end of the movie, he only felt “well” when he was eating the junk food. The rest of the time he felt sick, depressed, anxious, exhausted and irritable without sex drive, just like a smoker or addict withdrawing from a drug. The food was clearly addictive. My early childhood to my twenties I was a food addict for sure, took me many years to realizes this though.

The good news it is never too late to win this battle. Most people can turn it around in 3-4 weeks and the craving disappears. Dabbling in these foods is never a good idea though the cravings start again. Begin your new life today!

Products that may help you get started:

Saffron 88.25mg 2 times a day

5 HTP before bedtime 100-200mg

Mangodrene 500mg 1-2 per day.

 

 

 

 

 

Weight Loss Benefits 7 Keto DHEA

box-hcg-stomach.png7 Keto DHEA has been getting a lot of popularity lately, mainly because the experts have claimed its many weight loss benefits. It is basically a metabolite of the adrenal hormone dehydroepiandrosterone also known as its acronym DHEA. This 3-acetyl-7-oxo-dehydroepiandrosterone, or 7 Keto DHEA is a naturally occurring byproduct of your human DHEA which is produced from your skin, adrenal glands, and brain. As you age your 7 Keto DHEA levels naturally decrease starting in your 30’s and declining to about 50% when you hit 50 years old. There are around 150 DHEA metabolites, but the 7 Keto seems to be the most valuable of them all. 7 Keto DHEA can easily enhance your immune functions, decrease muscle loss, boost memory, lessen the effects of stress or cortisol, enhance your metabolic rate, and at the same time accelerate healthy weight loss. 7 Keto DHEA is well tolerated by most people and can give you these benefits without any stimulants which can raise blood pressure or heart rate or both.

Another important benefit of 7 Keto  is that it cannot convert to the sex hormones like testosterone or estrogen so it may be safer that DHEA for those who are not able to take hormones.

Weight Loss Benefits 7 Keto DHEA

7 Keto has been clinically proven to increase the metabolism while contribute a healthier weight loss. One of the main reasons 7 Keto is able to contribute weight loss would have to be its capability to increase the natural activity of your thermogenic enzymes that are responsible for the body’s fatty acid oxidation so you burn the fatty acids in the liver for fuel. This also benefits health by decreasing levels of triglycerides in the liver.  Studies have also stated that 7 Keto supplementation had a dramatic effect on these thermogenic enzymes by  increasing acyl CoA oxidase by over 128%, malic enzymes by 860%, and glycerol-3 phosphate dehydrogenase by 138%. Studies have also shown that taking 7 Keto can increase thyroid hormone activity that targets fat burning genes in the mitochondria and the adipose (fat cells). Studies have also said that this component is more effective than many other weight loss aids out there. 7 Keto has also been shown in the studies to significantly increase the amount of T3 (thyroid hormone) in test subjects. The last benefit that it offers is prevent fat storage in the body to promote a much healthier and quicker weight loss process. The main cause of weight gain is the fact that the body stores fat from consuming more carbohydrates than necessary.

Losing weight with 7 Keto DHEA will honestly make the entire process of dieting a lot less stressful and a lot more efficient for all sorts of body types while enjoying all the other health benefits of 7 Keto DHEA in your body.

Typical dosage in the studies is one 100mg capsule 7 Keto DHEA in the morning before breakfast and one 100mg capsule before lunch. For more information about 7 Keto please click the link on the picture! For questions feel free to call us at 888 908-0804 the Beyond Biology team will be glad to help!

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Many Benefits of Vitamin D Supplements

Vitamin D is a vital nutrient found in the body. The foods you will find it in are the fatty fish species like tuna, herring, sardines and mackerel. The sun provides slightly above 80% of all the vitamin D in many people, but is that enough today? In the days of 50 SPF as standard to protect us from skin cancer, can you be absorbing enough?Vitamin D supplements seem to be the best way to ensure everyone gets the optimal dose of Vitamin D for optimal health.

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There are so many important vitamin D benefits it is hard to list them all. Vitamin D down-regulates pro-inflammation markers and up-regulates antimicrobial peptides to support your immune system. Deficiency can cause common bone diseases such as osteomalacia, osteoporosis or osteopenia which is softening, weakening of bones, or bone loss. People experiencing such disorders usually experience pain and their limbs easily break even in minor accidents. The vitamin also boosts calcium absorption levels in the body thus protecting patients of renal dysfunctions from bone loss.

Adequate intake of vitamin D through frequent exposure to the morning sunlight and clinically proven supplements support ensures that you are guarded against diabetes, high blood pressure, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, asthma, obesity, premenstrual syndrome, multiple sclerosis, bronchitis and other respiratory conditions. Low Vitamin D levels also may be linked to critically ill children according to studies from children’s hospitals in Canada.

Studies have pointed to the ability of vitamin D to fight against cancer causing organisms and skin ailments such as lupus. Breast, prostate and colon cancer are among many cancers being studied for Vitamin D benefits. Some supplements are directly applied to the skin in case of conditions such as psoriasis. Vitamin D is essential in boosting the general immunity of the body and plays an important role in regulating and distributing phosphorus and calcium into our bones.

It is important to undertake the 25 OH (hydroxy) Vitamin D blood test to gauge the levels of vitamin D in your body. This type of test differs from the 1,25(OH)₂D test. This can be done at any certified institution that provides laboratory services. You can also take samples at home and send them to the lab through companies that collaborate with the Vitamin D Council.

According to the Vitamin D Council, you are considered to have a deficiency if your results return 0-39ng/ml. The optimal levels are put at 40-80ng/ml. The council advises that you take supplements of about 2,000 IU/day-10000 IU/day in order to maintain an above 40ng/ml level. Levels above 150ng/ml are considered too high, which means you have to reduce your intake. You should consult your doctor before beginning on supplements because there are health conditions that do not allow. Doctors also advise most people to use Vitamin D3 supplements in olive oil for better absorption and to take on a regular basis for more vitamin D benefits. For more information on high quality Vitamin D3 for you and your family read more.

Could it be Gluten Sensitivity?

Gluten FreeDo you know….that common everyday foods like bread, pasta, or baked goods could be quietly making you ill?

Are you experiencing any of these symptoms?

• Abdominal pain or bloating

• Daily diarrhea

• Pale, foul smelling, or fatty stools

• Chronic Iron deficiency anemia

• Nerve pain

• Irregular menstrual cycles

• Multiple miscarriages

• blistering rash

• chronic constipation

• multiple joint pains

• Osteoporosis

• Minor Depression

• Intermittent headaches

• Infertility

• Vomiting

• Weight loss

• Fatigue

• Seizures

• Anxiety

• Canker sores

• Lack of appetite

• Problems with dental enamel

• Short stature

• Irritability

• Delayed puberty

 

What is Celiac Disease? 

Celiac disease, which may affect 1 in 133 people, is a genetic autoimmune disease of the small intestine where eating gluten results in inflammation and damage to the intestinal wall. The intestinal damage causes interference with the absorption of nutrients and may lead to a wide variety health concerns. If it’s not identified and treated, celiac disease can lead to disruption of multiple organ systems and many serious health issues, including: malnutrition, lactose intolerance, chronic inflammation, autoimmunity, and neurological problems. To maintain their health, individuals with celiac disease must permanently and completely remove gluten from their diet.

How is gluten sensitivity different from Celiac Disease? 

Not everyone with gluten sensitivity has celiac disease. Many people have developed intolerance to this protein (gluten) due to poor GI health or imbalance, specifically the breakdown of the integrity of the intestinal walls. Unlike allergies and celiac disease, gluten sensitivity is usually not always a life-long condition. In the majority of cases, gluten can be reintroduced into a diet after a significant period of avoidance, and sensitivity can be dramatically reduced or may even be eliminated. Although gluten sensitivity is not generally life threatening situation, it may lead to an active immune response, causing chronic inflammation, and nervous system imbalances if not properly addressed.

The Vicious Cycle of Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity can be the cause of a wide variety of seemingly unrelated symptoms due to the interaction of the GI tract with other important systems in the body. All body systems are interconnected, and imbalances in one system will cause imbalances in the others, resulting in a vicious cycle.

 

Not sure what you should be avoiding? Ask Beyond-Biology today!  Stop that vicious cycle call 888.908.0804.

African Mango, can it really help you lose weight?

We first saw it on the Dr Oz Show, but what is all the excitement about?

 

West African Mango or Irvingia Gabonesis has been touted for body fat reduction, weight loss cholesterol lowering and assisting in Leptin resistance according to a study in Lipids in Health and Disease Journal.

 

The study used 150mg of the West African Mango 2 times a day with overweight individuals and they showed numbers indicating better heart health along with weight loss. The study showed lower glucose, lower total cholesterol, lower LDL (bad cholesterol), lower CRP and lower leptin levels all without changing diet and exercise. . Leptin levels are usually very high in the obese individuals.  Te best news is this occurred with virtually no undesirable side effects.

So if you are wearing some extra pounds or your appetite is ravenous or your “I’m Full switch is broken, African Mango maybe for you. Restore your Leptin balance in 8-10 weeks and give yourself the chance to be the NEW THIN YOU!!!! Ask us we will help! 1-888-908-0804 or click here for more information about the West African Mango.