Hormonal Havoc Harnesses Metabolic Overdrive (Part1)

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The sex hormones are also tied into metabolic overdrive and the next two weeks will focus on them. We all know that the fountain of youth does not exist but if you feel the need to turn back the hands of time consider balancing sex hormones. Hormone levels begin to change by age 30-35.

As each of these hormones reach “out-of-whack” status, additional hormones like insulin and cortisol are negatively affected compounding metabolic overdrive (MO) for weight and health.

Hormonal overdrive or MO, through the involvement of insulin and cortisol, is linked with metabolic disorders: obesity, diabetes,  metabolic syndrome (in normal weight people too) and heart disease.

Ask yourself some of these general questions if you think hormones are at the root of your (MO).

1. Are you tired during the day?

2. Do you have a low sex drive/libido (lower than in the past or than what you’d…

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Posted by on October 24, 2016 in Uncategorized


Insulin’s Immense Role in Metabolic Overdrive (MO)

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English: Diagram shows insulin release from th... English: Diagram shows insulin release from the Pancreas and how this lowers blood sugar leves. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Maybe it’s just because of its role as a counter-regulatory hormone (it balances out other hormones: cortisol, growth hormone, glucagon etc…) that raises blood sugar ? Maybe it is due to insulin‘s role in fat storage? Or maybe it’s the relation to high blood pressure and heart disease or digestion? But, most likely it is for all of the above reasons that insulin is a main catalyst for metabolic overdrive (MO).

Insulin is a fat storing hormone released by the beta cells in the pancreas. Aside from its major role in blood sugar regulation via the liver, muscle and fat cells, insulin is involved in emotional and cognitive brain function and its’ reward system (“a collection of structures in the brain that attempts to regulate and control behavior by inducing pleasurable effects,”), nerve function…

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Posted by on October 17, 2016 in Uncategorized


Yeast Yields Metabolic Overdrive

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There are more organisms living in your gut than there are cells in your body. Many of these organisms are good guys that synthesize vitamins and fatty acids, neutralize toxins, and make hormones. Others aren’t. One of the most problematic of these organisms is Candida Albicans (a.k.a. yeast overgrowth).  Candida normally lives in your mouth and gut (small and large intestines). As they ferment the food you eat, yeast secretes toxins that weaken the immune system and cause the following symptoms: gas, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, gastric reflux, post-nasal drip, brain fog, fatigue, increased appetite, headaches, rashes, and food allergies.

Taking antibiotics (or eating meat laced with antibiotics), eating too little fiber, or even consuming too much sugar can throw off the delicate balance of bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. In fact anything that lowers stomach acidity or compromises the immune system…

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Posted by on October 10, 2016 in Uncategorized


The Thyroid Tie-In To Metabolic Overdrive

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English: Scheme of the thyroid gland. 한국어: 갑상선 개요도 English: Scheme of the thyroid gland. 한국어: 갑상선 개요도 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The thyroid, is a butterfly-shaped gland found in the neck that releases thyroid hormonestriiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones are tied to many body functions, such as mood,  metabolism of vitamins, carbs, proteins and fats, body temperature, energy levels, heart rate, bone growth and the body’s  use of the hormones produced by the adrenal glands.

Because the thyroid is involved in so many body functions, if it is off by even a little you may feel one or more of the following symptoms: depression or anxiety,  difficulty in maintaining, losing or gaining weight, feeling cold, a general lack of energy, thinning hair, brittle nails, insomnia, high cholesterol,  constipation, low sex drive and much, much more.

A “short-circuit” in the thyroid can be caused by: an autoimmune “attack”, stress…

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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Uncategorized


The Cortisol Connection to Metabolic Overdrive (MO)

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The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys. The adrenal glands sit atop the kidneys. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last week I defined metabolic overdrive (MO),, and listed 5 body organs or systems that are effected: the gut, sex hormones, thyroid, pancreas and adrenal gland. Each week I will tackle a different system to give you a better understanding of what happens when you fall victim to MO. I’ll start with the adrenals.

The adrenal glands are triangular and sit on top of your kidneys. They make stress hormones (cortisol and adrenaline) and sex hormones (testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone). Daily stress (too little sleep, overworking yourself, or exercising too much)  triggers your adrenals to overproduce the hormone cortisol. Eventually the adrenals become fatigued and the ability to make cortisol is lost. As the adrenals lose the ability to overproduce cortisol, MO kicks in.  When cortisol production falls, intense cardio can initiate the breakdown of protein…

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Posted by on September 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


What is Metabolic Overdrive?

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When health markers are not within the normal range, it is your body’s way of communicating. It is begging for your attention. Your heart, pancreas, thyroid and other organs cannot speak to you directly but they can send you signals that should grab your attention.    

How Healthy is Your Metabolism?

Do you feel tired all the time?

Do you wake frequently at night?

Do you feel hungry between meals, even if you’ve just eaten?

Do you crave candy, soda, coffee or any stimulant especially in the mid afternoon?

If you answered yes to at least one of these questions, you have some of the classic symptoms of a metabolic disadvantage. An underlying medical condition is likely blocking your every attempt to lose weight, improve energy levels or health.


Metabolic overdrive (MO)  is the result of environmental stress and its…

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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in Uncategorized


Steer Clear of Artificial Sweeteners

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Artificial sugar (AS) substitute was created for those who are looking to cut calories for weight loss or cut carbs/sugar to obtain blood sugar control (BSC). It seemed like a simple solution. Eat the same foods replace sugar calories in foods (soda, cookies…) with a sweetener that has no calories and weight loss or BSC should occur. Sounds good and maybe true on paper but when it comes to real life, it may not necessarily be so simple.

Saccharin was the first artificial sweetener made available for mass consumption in the early 1900’s and it is safe to say that it has not done its intended purpose as a weight loss aid. We continue to face a diabesity (obesity and diabetes) epidemic.

A  recent study, , published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society found that drinking diet soda may contribute to “cardiometabolic risk” factors (obesity, diabetes…

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Posted by on September 12, 2016 in Uncategorized