Environmental toxicity, stress, improper diet, out-of-whack hormones and lack of sleep can hinder body functions and lead to distressing weight gain. Over a hundred million Americans continue to fight the battle of the bulge. But despite their best efforts, many wind up back where they started—overweight and feeling bad, both emotionally and physically.
These ten weight loss secrets can make a world of difference.
1. Keep your liver in tip-top shape.
One of the best-kept secrets to weight loss and lasting weight control is keeping the liver healthy. The liver is the key organ for fat control and it performs nearly 500 other tasks in the human body. It is the main organ for detoxifying pollutants, hormones, and chemicals. It’s the primary organ for metabolism, which governs life-sustaining chemical transformations within our cells. The liver metabolizes not only fats but also carbohydrates and proteins.
Each day, the liver produces about a quart of bile which is stored in the gallbladder. Bile emulsifies and absorbs fats in the small intestine while it carries toxins out of the body. The better the bile, the more efficiently the body processes fat. But the liver cannot create healthy bile if it’s congested with chemicals, drugs, or heavy metals, or if it lacks certain nutrients that make up bile salts.
One of the primary components of bile is lecithin—a highly effective emulsifier with a detergent-like ability to break up fats. Adding non-GMO soy and lecithin-rich eggs to the diet helps the liver produce excellent bile. Fresh lemon juice in purified water twice a day is a beneficial bile thinner and a proven fat-reducer.
UNI KEY’s Bile Builder contains six key liver-loving nutrients, including pancreatic lipase, ox bile and collinsonia root. This formula works synergistically to help the body produce, thin out and move bile efficiently for optimum liver and gallbladder support.
2. Keep your lymphatic system squeaky clean.
The lymphatic system is the liver’s partner in waste removal and fat control. It is a circulatory network of tiny vessels under the skin, similar to the circulatory system’s veins and capillaries. The tonsils, adenoids, spleen and thymus are all part of the lymphatic system that rids the body of toxins, bacteria, heavy metals, dead cells and trapped fat globules. Cellulite—that dimpled accumulation of stored fat that often appears on the thighs and buttocks—results from a sluggish lymphatic system, rather than from poor muscle tone.
An amazing solution to cellulite is cran-water, composed of pure water and unsweetened cranberry juice (6 parts water, one part juice). Drinking 64 ounces of cran-water daily assists the liver in diluting and expelling body wastes. Because it is a potent source of antioxidant phytonutrients, this beverage not only helps digest fatty globules in the lymph, but it also improves the strength and integrity of connective tissues. Ideally, the water should be purified and noncarbonated. Water rids the body of waste, keeps tissues moist and lubricated, and may even help burn calories.
3. Befriend your belly-busting bacteria.
Humans house at least 10,000 different species of bacteria, the majority of which live in the gut. While some bacteria do cause illness, the majority that make up our microbiome are beneficial bacteria, called probiotics. These support life-sustaining functions, including: immune response, digestion, absorption of nutrients plus the manufacture of enzymes, vitamins, hormones, and neurotransmitters. The microbiome helps control hormone and blood sugar levels, promotes quality sleep, influences hunger hormones, and even regulates stress through influence on cortisol and adrenaline. Because it assists in the removal of toxins and waste, some experts call our microbiome the “second liver.”
Foods that contain natural probiotics are: plain yogurt or kefir, sauerkraut and miso (fermented soybeans). Prebiotics foods that nourish the microbiome include: onions, garlic, leeks, oregano, Jerusalem artichokes and miso. UNI KEY’s Flora-Key probiotic powder contains ten billion beneficial bacteria per serving. This naturally-sweetened formula is designed to feed, strengthen and transport good bacteria into the gut, while crowding out harmful toxins and molds (yeast) that can hinder optimum wellness and weight loss.
4. Use fats to burn fats.
Many of our hunger and satiety cues are controlled by a group of four “hunger hormones” which, if out of balance, can stimulate over-eating. The most efficient regulator of our hunger hormones are healthy fats, including the polyunsaturates omega-3 and omega-6. Omega-3 fats increase metabolism, help flush water from the kidneys, and lower fat-inducing triglyceride levels. The omega-3s not only help the body burn fat efficiently but they lower the risk of breast cancer. Daily servings of flaxseed and coconut oil ensure adequate omega-3 fats. Flaxseed oil also stimulates bile production.
Omega-6 fatty acids stimulate the thyroid. A strong thyroid raises metabolism and activates the brown adipose tissue (BAT) to burn fat, rather than store it in white adipose tissue. GLA, found in the oils of borage, evening primrose and black current seed, is an omega-6 that helps the skin maintain tone, firmness and hydration during and after weight loss.
Adding omega oils to the diet creates a feeling of fullness and satisfaction following a meal. Omegas cause the stomach to retain food for longer periods, which yields a slow, sustained rise in blood sugar followed by a prolonged plateau. The net result is a corresponding feeling of energy, stamina and hunger satisfaction that prevents overeating.
A delicious omega-rich food is avocado, a beautifully balanced fruit packed with protein and monounsaturated fat, including omega-9. Its fiber content supports important liver functions and detoxification. Avocado has the ability to fire up fat burning—to the tune of six pounds in two months.
5. Put the right carbohydrates to work.
Trade inflammatory sugar, bread, white potatoes and other high-glycemic carbohydrates for low glycemic foods, such as non-starchy vegetables and legumes that are digested slowly for better absorption. Because these low-sugar, plant-based sources take longer for the body to process, they provide the best nutrients that carbs have to offer, while stabilizing blood sugar levels with their high fiber content.
About 30 percent of daily carbohydrate calories should come from natural healers in the form of highly colored vegetables and fruits. Many are high in vitamin C, which delays the insulin response to glucose. Since low-glycemic carbohydrates do not prompt the body to retain water and fat, they help to flatten the belly.
6. Zap fat-promoting stress with proteins.
People who have the hardest time losing weight are often those with the most stress in life. Living on caffeine, juggling home and career or suffering from a sleep deficit are factors that produce an overabundance of “fight-or-flight” adrenal hormones intimately connected to the stress-fat cycle. The body has an urgent need for quality protein when under stress. Protein provides the amino acids that raise fat-burning metabolism by 25 percent. And protein activates the production of enzymes needed for liver detoxification.
The liver also needs daily protein to produce top-quality bile essential for absorbing fat-soluble nutrients. When the body becomes deficient in protein, fluid leaks from the vascular spaces into the spaces between the cells. It becomes trapped there, resulting in cellulite, bloating, and water weight gain.
A stress-busting diet includes at least eight ounces or more of poultry, fish, lean meat or a vegan substitute. Plants provide protein, too! For vegans and vegetarians, protein powder, beans, and legumes are excellent sources sans the allergens associated with eggs, soy and milk. UNI KEY’s Fat Flush Body Protein contains 20 grams of pea and rice protein per serving. It also contains inulin, a prebiotic that helps nourish friendly bacteria in the GI tract. Unlike soy and whey-based supplements, it leaves you feeling sustained and energized for a good four hours.
7. Nurture your tuckered-out thyroid.
The thyroid regulates body temperature, supports the immune system and balances the nervous system. It impacts the brain, muscles, heart, gallbladder, liver and intestines. The two thyroid hormones that serve as tinder for caloric burn are thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). Your body normally has a reserve of T4 ready to be converted into the more active hormone, T3. When T3 conversion fails to occur at adequate levels or when the thyroid fails to produce enough T4, hypothyroidism results. An imbalance of these crucial hormones can be caused by many factors, including: aging, illness, stress, high consumption of soy and certain medications.
Since the thyroid provides the ignition that turns metabolism on and off, an underactive thyroid usually leads to weight gain. A sluggish thyroid may also prompt the body to produce too much insulin, triggering low blood sugar along with cravings for starchy carbohydrates.
Energizing an under-performing thyroid is critical to firing up metabolic burn needed for successful weight loss. Detoxing the body, avoiding thyroid-depressing chemicals and metals (including lead, cadmium and mercury) and adding daily about 6 mg of iodine to the diet can heal and enervate a tuckered thyroid gland. Plenty of rest is also vital for rebuilding thyroid function and vitality. The medium-chain triglycerides in coconut oil can improve thyroid efficiency and boost metabolism by over fifty percent.
8. Avoid insulin resistance and inflammation.
A fat-free diet, low in proteins and high in fast-acting carbohydrates (starches and simple sugars), keeps insulin levels elevated. Insulin is a fat storage hormone and a strong producer of pro-inflammatory molecules. Insulin, like the inflammation it fosters, is one of the underlying factors of weight gain, loss of muscle mass, and aging.
Insulin awareness has ushered in an era of balanced nutrition and the return of insulin-lowering fats and proteins to the American diet. Inflammation deterrents are apple cider vinegar and lemon juice. One or the other, taken with meals, can lower blood sugar by as much as 30 percent. Their acidity helps slow stomach emptying. If foods take longer to reach the small intestines and bloodstream, carbohydrates are digested more slowly and glucose levels remain lower.
Use sesame seeds and sesame seed oil to curb the output of insulin, thereby slowing fat storage and preventing uncontrolled blood sugar swings that result in cravings and chronic fatigue. The omega oils are great inflammation fighters.
9. Dump hidden hitchhikers.
Parasites, especially toxic to the liver, can sabotage any weight loss program. By eliminating parasites, including an overgrowth of Candida, the body lightens its toxic load and can more easily shed weight. Candida thrives on sugary, yeast-rich diets, excessive antibiotics or too much alcohol. Worms and amoebas can be contracted from unwashed produce or poorly cooked foods. Superbugs like Salmonella, E-coli, MRSA and H pylori (stomach ulcers) can be spread in a number of ways, including contaminated produce and meats sold at the supermarket. Adequate cooking and good personal hygiene are key here.
Tried and true protocols for beating invading gut corruptors begin with a good colon cleansing program. When it comes dislodging stubborn invaders, UNI KEY’s Colon Cleansing Kit offers the most effective anti-parasite formulas on the market. The kit contains a 30-day supply of three products that naturally cleanse away intestinal waste and stubborn microorganisms hiding in the GI Tract. Included is the ultra-effective Flora-Key microbiome powder for kick starting immunity.
In addition to colon cleansing, careful balancing of hydrochloric acid (HCL) in the stomach for proper digestion is also important. Effective digestive enzymes taken with meals assist the body with absorption and assimilation of nutrients needed to keep the liver and GI tract in top condition.
10. Get sufficient magnesium.
Three out of four of us don’t get enough magnesium in our busy lives. Magnesium is to minerals what vitamin D is to vitamins: a superstar. It is critical for cardiovascular health and it provides 300 key metabolic functions, including: the upregulation of energy (ATP), protection of the DNA and utilization of vitamin D. Magnesium helps turn food into fuel. Without enough of this vital catalyst, we lack major nutritional components that trigger efficient fat burning.
This mighty mineral also contributes to hormone regulation. It prevents excess cortisol, increases insulin sensitivity and aids in the production of thyroid hormones. These factors make magnesium a premier nutrient for preventing unwanted weight gain.
Because magnesium is a detox mineral, the body can require 400–1,000 mg of magnesium per day to counteract food allergies and toxic exposures from prescription drugs and heavy metals—especially aluminum. UNI KEY’s Mag-Key is a full spectrum magnesium supplement containing four highly absorbable forms of magnesium with Vitamin B6.
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