Weight loss is a large topic with many facets. Diet should never be overlooked. Hair analysis and proper supplementation can help enormously to identify metabolic imbalances contributing to obesity and monitor their correction. Commitment is required, as correcting body chemistry may take several years.
A significant amount of our food is of very poor quality, its content of minerals and vitamins a fraction of that of a century ago. This is well documented by agencies such as the United States Department of Agriculture.
Some of the cause is our agriculture. Hybrid crops produce many more pounds of food per acre. Each plant, however, contains many fewer minerals. Lacking the trace elements needed for good nutrition, modern fertilizers mainly stimulate growth. Pesticides used on crops damage soil microorganisms, further diminishing plant nutrition.
Even with meat and dairy, the emphasis is on production, not on nutritional quality. Animals are fed cheap grains instead of grass and are administered even more antibiotics than the human population! Transporting food great distances also diminishes its nutritional content. Fortunately, higher quality organic food is now available in many areas.
Many people live on refined foods in which most of the remaining nutrients have been stripped away. This includes white sugar, white flour and white rice. Bland tasting, salt, sugar and fat are added to provide some flavor. However all the trace minerals have been removed from the salt and the sugar. The oils are highly processed, hardly fit for human consumption. Often artificially hardened, they can be thoroughly toxic products.
Many people overeat on this deficient food in order to obtain even a modicum of nutrition. It is amazing more people are not overweight. When they switch to fresh, organically grown food, most report eating much less. Weight loss occurs with little effort.
Poor food quality is not the only problem. Many people eat very unbalanced diets with few vegetables and too much carbohydrate. Bread, pasta, potatoes, milk and cereal are their main fare. Many more live mainly on junk food. They fill up on potato chips, doughnuts and cookies, cakes, candies, colas and ice cream. Reducing carbohydrates in the diet will cause weight loss for most people.
Many people eat while working or driving, in front of the refrigerator or while talking on the phone. Cats and dogs have far more sense. They stop eating when disturbed and will not resume until they relax. Poor eating habits ruin even the best food. The result is a desire to eat even more to obtain one's nutrients.
Deficient food, unbalanced diets and poor eating habits lead to nutritional deficiencies and excessive toxins affecting every organ and system of the body. Slow metabolizers often have impaired thyroid activity and sluggish elimination. Fast metabolizers often retain water and high cortisol levels cause fat deposition. When one does not feel well, one may eat just for pleasure. Obesity is the unintended result.
Impaired body chemistry contributes to food sensitivities. These can often cause weight gain. Wheat and dairy products are the most common offenders, and most people feel better avoiding them. Prescription and over-the-counter drugs can lead to additional toxicities that may possibly contribute to obesity.
Restoring a toxic body can be complex. Digestion is often impaired, cravings may be intense and glands may not function well. Hair analysis is excellent to help sort this out and monitor the correction process.
A calcium/magnesium ratio over 8.5:1 often indicates excessive carbohydrate in the diet. A phosphorus level less than 14 mg% indicates impaired digestion or synthesis of protein, and perhaps low protein in the diet.
Low levels of sodium and potassium, or a ratio between them less than 2:1 are associated with low hydrochloric acid, impaired digestion and a tendency for hypoglycemia or diabetes.
A high sodium level or high sodium/potassium ratio is associated with water retention that may contribute to obesity.
Elevated toxic metals interfere with digestion and utilization of food. Elevated copper in a slow metabolizer indicates a tendency for candida albicans infection, even if symptoms are not present. This can create food cravings and interfere with nutrient absorption.
A slow metabolic rate, even without elevated toxic metals, frequently indicates a toxic liver since slow oxidizers have much more difficulty eliminating all toxic substances. It is also associated with impaired thyroid and adrenal activity, another cause of obesity.
It is important to recall that a hair analysis only reveals the top ‘layer’ of metabolism. Correction requires time - often several years - to remove layers of adaptations and compensations. Explaining this is important, as many people expect instant results. In the author’s experience, anyone who sticks with a program, especially the diet and lifestyle, will achieve results. Unlike many quick weight loss diets, the other health benefits of rebuilding body chemistry are immeasurable. Detoxification procedures like colonic irrigation and far-infrared sauna therapy may also be very helpful for weight loss.