Researchers have been studying the health effects of artificial sweeteners for years; unfortunately, most of the findings show that they are very detrimental to human health. One of the most interesting findings is that artificial sweeteners can actually increase our desire to eat, increase cravings and lead to weight gain; this flies in the face of why most people consume artificial sweeteners, that is, to lose weight. Many studies have shown this to be true, and at least one of the mechanisms thought to cause this weight gain is dysregulation of the how our body controls blood sugar. Now, new research is showing artificial sweeteners can have even more far reaching detrimental effects on our health. (more…)
There have now been studies on over 100,000 people (!) that show that the consumption of artificial sweeteners leads to weight gain. Researchers have been investigating this counter-intuitive phenomena for decades with some very interesting results. However, one of the newer discoveries has to do with how artificial sweeteners affect brain signaling. As it turns out, these effects can have a dramatic impact on our appetite. (more…)
Medical doctors want to help people feel and be well; however, the tools that they have at their disposal are often inadequate to get the job done. Take, for instance, the top ten highest-grossing medications in the United States; research shows that they only help between 1 in 25 to 1 in 4 of the people who take them.
“Why is it so difficult to lose weight?”
Obesity isn’t just a calorie problem or an exercise problem – it is a metabolism problem. The fact is there are several fundamental underlying imbalances that prevent most people from losing weight and keeping it off. The problem is, they don’t know what those imbalances are and neither does their doctor. We can help find and address them.
“Eat less, exercise more” we are told. This has been the accepted weight loss formula for as long as anyone can remember. And it doesn’t work. Only 2‐3% of dieters maintain weight loss for over three years. This system ‐ of having people track calories, keep track of points and/or eat pre‐packaged, pre‐made or processed meals ‐ does nothing to help people lose weight and only compounds the confusion.
The most important groups of hormones for women are estrogens (especially ß‐estradiol) and progesterone. In a healthy female body they balance each other so phases of the menstrual cycle occur regularly. When one is going down, the other is going up. Their synchronized cycle repeats about every month (25 to 35 days). When the balance between estrogen and progesterone is lost, your body may act in unpredictable ways.