Happy Summertime Bloom Family,
We are in the thick of summertime here in Southern California. We came through June with very minimal June Gloom. It was more June Bloom than anything. I want to focus in on a very common concern I hear from my patients here at Bloom, and that is understanding the very complex issue of weight gain and the inability to lose weight!
Our office is located in Encinitas California, one of the most health conscious populations in the country. Despite the location, mindset, and the many resources of nutritionists and personal trainers, a large portion of my patients still cannot achieve their weight loss goals. It’s one of my top questions every day in my office - Why? Why won’t the weight budge?
So, I wanted to share what I believe are the top 3 health issues keeping you from losing weight.
#1: Stress: In fact, I think stress is a leading cause of many diseases. Doctors and scientists still really don’t know the full impact that stress has on every single cell of our body. We know that the hormone cortisol has a serious impact on our metabolism of fat. It turns us into fat storing machines – especially around our midline.
#2: Blood Sugar Imbalances: Even more common than weight gain, patterns of blood sugar dysfunction can be seen in many of my patients. Most of the time the culprit is hypoglycemia and/or insulin resistance. The number one root cause of this insulin resistance is ingesting more carbohydrates than necessary; remember the base of our old food pyramid? It encouraged us to take in 6-11 servings of grain per day! That’s totally outrageous!
Insulin is the hormone whose job it is to break down sugar. When we are eating a lot of carbs (which is quickly broken down into sugar), we must send out high levels of insulin. Eventually our bodies have so much insulin released it mimics the story of “the boy who cried wolf”. The cells no longer respond to the insulin, which then sets up yet another cascade of reactions in the body that make us store fat like crazy.
#3: Toxicity: It is estimated that every human on the planet carries a minimum of 700 contaminants in their body (Onstot et al). Most of these are chemicals that didn’t exist even 50 years ago. Our poor bodies are tasked with figuring out what to do with all these foreign toxins and chemicals. Toxins and chemicals have infiltrated our bodies through the water that we drink and shower with, food that we eat, inhalants in the air, and even through our umbilical cords while we are forming in our mother’s womb. Many of these toxins simply cannot be broken down or released from the body, so the body must store them. Luckily, our bodies have an innate brilliance that keeps these chemicals from entering our blood stream where they can cause the most severe damage. In order to keep them the furthest from our blood stream – our bodies prefer to store many toxins in our fat tissue. There seems to be a strong link between the amount of toxins we have and the amount of fat that a person's body stores. I believe this is partly why people feel so great when they lose pounds of fat. I tell my patients who lose 10 or more pounds - “You just did the best detox of your life!”
So – what can you do? Well, we do have to address these 3 factors. Everyone needs to learn to manage his or her life to cope with stress, and find their outlet to cope with this inevitable part of life. Yoga, meditation, exercise, dancing, or simply enjoying a hobby can help tremendously in releasing stress. A diet of course is a gigantic piece of this puzzle. A Paleo diet tends to be one of my favorites because I believe it best addresses the insulin resistance issue. Consuming high quality protein and fat frequently throughout the day is one of the best ways to control the release of stored insulin in our body, assisting in and focusing on detoxifying in our bodies every day. Our major organs to detoxify are our liver, kidneys, colon, and skin. My favorite starting points to all of this is getting some functional bloodwork tested (or retested if it’s been more than 6 months). We can test the function of these major detox organs, as well as your sex and stress hormones right here at Bloom. For those struggling with weight loss, this month’s featured test is the carbohydrate metabolism test.
If you are struggling with weight gain, please know you’re not alone. Come on into Bloom and let’s see if we can figure out, for your individual body, what is holding you back from being your ideal weight and feeling amazing! Let us help you Bloom into your healthiest and highest selves. That is my mission here at Bloom.
Love, Health, and Joy this summer.
SKINNY SHOTS AND SKINNY TACOS
From now until the end of the summer we will have an ongoing “Skinny Shots and Skinny Tacos” event on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. We will be offering our signature Skinny Shot for 1/2 off alongside Chef Tyler Mars’ Skinny Tacos! Stick around, or grab a couple to go! These delicious tacos (with vegetarian options available!) will be available for only $3.00.
FREE BODY COMPOSITION READING AND PRINT OUT
Body Composition Scale
In the spirit of weight loss, please stop in for a free body composition analysis with our brand new Body Comp Scale G6 Duo series. The scale displays fundamental markers of body composition, including BMI, weight, and body fat percentage for adults and even children. You will have accurate results in just 15 seconds. All you have to do is stand on the scale, answer a few simple questions, and you will have a complete body composition reading in seconds. Our staff is trained in using this machine, and will be happy to assist you!
GOOD LUCK DR. BROOKE
I created Bloom 7 years ago with a mission to help people Bloom into their highest and healthiest selves. This applies to my patients, my community and my incredible staff here at Bloom. I know that sometimes the highest purpose for my platform here is to serve as a launching pad for people to blast off into the next phase of self-perfection. This is so with our beloved Dr. Brooke. We are so proud so see her launching off to share naturopathic medicine in a new community. Dr. Brooke will be the first naturopathic doctor joining a wellness center in La Jolla. She has been an amazing energy here at Bloom and has contributed so much. I am grateful for her and all she has contributed to Bloom. I am excited to watch her Bloom into a new community. Please know that the amazing patient care coordinators at Bloom, Stephanie and Lauryn, are here to guide any of our Bloom patients that were seeing Dr. Brooke into the right care with myself or Dr. Orian. We are excited with all the growth and new buds blooming all around us here at Bloom. Love and Health to you all!
PRODUCT OF THE MONTH
For the month of July, we are focusing on Weight Loss. So, in the spirit of weight loss, our product for the month for July is our Skinny Patch! A "Skinny Patch" is a small round energetic patch worn on the skin that contain bioresonate energies to restore the body's energy system. The primary goal is to introduce energy frequencies known to aid in weight loss. We are offering our Skinny Patches to our Bloomies for only $23 for the entire month (instead of $30)! Come on in and learn more about these discrete energy devices.
ESSENTIAL OIL OF THE MONTH
Lavender is getting the spotlight this month as our essential oil of the month. Lavender offers our bodies love in many different ways. We often refer to this essential oil for its relaxant properties, relating to PMS, insomnia, or even nervous tension, but it assists in much more! Medicinally Lavender can be used as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and even has anti-fungal combatants. Lavender is also known to be used for burns, hair loss, and skin issues such as psoriasis and eczema. Who knew that distilling this beautifully scented flower can bring so much natural healing power!
TEST OF THE MONTH
The Micronutrient Metabolism Test
Where they grow your own cells' in vitro and put glucose and fructose both on the cells and see how well your cells metabolize those main sugars. This is an amazing “functional” intracellular test. Your cells are cultured in vitro and glucose and fructose are placed on the cells and the cells' insulin response is tested and reported This measures how well your cells metabolize thus main sugars. The mineral chromium is also tested, which is important for regulating the insulin hormone.
SHOTS OF THE MONTH
Summertime- the season for berry cobblers, summer feasting, and mixing cocktails! BBQs, cookouts, and parties are filling our summer agenda, and they probably don’t come with an ingredients list! Here are two shots to help keep yourself feeling great, while enjoying your favorite cocktail or summer sweets.
Is that sugar binging giving you that not-so-sweet feeling inside? Time to stop the vicious sugar craving cycles.
CONTENTS: Skinny Shot + Chromium
A little too much drinking got you feeling down? Alcohol detox nutrients are here to the rescue.
CONTENTS: Skinny Shot + Glutathione + B12 + B1
SPECIFIC NUTRIENTS KNOWN TO ENCOURAGE METABOLISM
Many of us have heard of metabolism through perhaps the saying “boost your metabolism;” but what is metabolism, really? Metabolism is the general term that describes the use or conversion of energy, which and it can be broken into two main classes, catabolism and anabolism. Catabolism is the process by which we break down foods or components of our body to release energy. Anabolism is the process by which we use energy to build structures within our tissues. For most of our metabolic pathways to operate successfully and efficiently, they require cofactors in the form of micronutrients or vitamins and minerals.
Some of the most important nutrients that support our metabolism include methionine, inositol, choline, B12, B6, and L-carnitine. Methionine, inositol, and choline are lipotropic agents, meaning that they help in the breakdown of fats during metabolism. These three amino acids can assist us in removing fat deposits from the liver, as well as burning fat for energy production during metabolism. B12 and B6 are involved as cofactors in several metabolic reactions. Without these critical vitamins, many reactions involved in red blood cell maturation, fat metabolism, and neurological development will be impaired. Lastly, L-carnitine plays an essential role in metabolism in skeletal muscle tissue. When our levels of L-carnitine are elevated in the muscle tissues, our fat metabolism is increased and glycogen is more readily stored to increase our exercise tolerance.
This month, we want to make sure that we are focusing on increasing your metabolism as much as possible to help you burn fat and lose weight. Our Skinny Shots contain most of the nutrients discussed above including B12, B6, methionine, inositol, and choline. Additionally, our Fat Burner Shot has the Skinny ingredients with the L-carnitine. So if you are looking for a metabolism boost, then swing by the office and pick up your Fat Burner shot!
It's summertime- a time for vacations, barbecues, and bathing suits. Mentally it can be overwhelming to think about summer travel, kids' schedules, and all the usual to-do's, while also feeling particularly conscious of swimsuit season and wanting to look our best. This is a perfect time to get in shape, physically AND mentally. With some simple meditation techniques that we will explore in our new Monday Meditations (1:30-2pm every Monday in Bloom's garden oasis), you can tap into the natural clarity and spaciousness of your mind through guided, beginner-friendly meditations.
While eating right, exercising, and following the advice of our doctors will get us on the right path physically, it's important to get our minds in a place that also feels healthy and fit this summer. Let's lose some of that mental heaviness that often weighs us down-- simply commit to setting aside a little bit of time each week to look inward, reconnect with the light inside of you, and I guarantee this practice will help you shine from the inside out!
July 14th & 28th: "Body of Light" -- In this meditation we'll use our imagination to mentally "dissolve" away the physical body. This powerful practice will leave you feeling light and deeply peaceful.
July 21st: "Clarity of Mind" -- During this calm meditation we will tap into the clarity and spaciousness of our mind. Let go of the mental clutter, lighten up, and feel fantastic!
Meditations will be led by our Patient Care Coordinator, Stephanie Gatschet. She has studied and practiced Buddhist meditation for over four years, attending and teaching classes for both adults and children at Kadampa Meditation Centers in Los Angeles and San Diego.
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