Healthy & Active Program
The healthy & active metabolism program is an innovative nutritional program, aimed at boosting your metabolism. It’s not another new diet with powders, medication or calorie counting. healthy & active optimizes your metabolism, harmonizes your hormone levels and activates your immune system The result is an ideal body weight while also increasing your sense of well-being.
Following an extensive metabolic analysis (using results from 42 different blood values), and involving the blood group and data concerning eating habits and personal health, your own individual nutritional plan can be created with the goal of optimizing your metabolism.
The program can be offered only by specially-trained healthcare practitioners (naturopaths and medical doctors), who will monitor your progress on a regular basis.
At Barefoot Health we are thrilled to be able to offer the Healthy and Active program. Dr. Doran will order your panels of blood work, obtain the results from Gamma Dynacare labs and then prepare a special 25 page personalized guide to losing weight. The programs is 12 weeks in length with weekly monitoring and meetings with Dr. Doran. The cost of the program may be covered by your extended health care insurance.
Anyone who has been on a diet has been through this scenario before. At first it seems to work, the pounds are shed, but then it becomes increasingly difficult to stay trim. What is going wrong?
Canada has a population of 33 million people. 65% of all Canadian men between the ages of 20 and 64 are overweight or obese and 52 % of Canadian women are also suffering with weight issues. Needless to say, more than half of the total adult population are unhappy with their figure. As a result, new diets appear on the market daily but even so the general population is still not losing weight. Why? Well diets simply don’t work, in fact they have a tendency to cause weight gain. The reason for this is the so-called yo-yo effect. You can only achieve your ideal weight and maintain it when you make a long-term nutritional adjustment that is tailor made for your metabolism. The personal nutrition plan created by healthy & active, is a scientifically proven method to help you lose weight and keep it off while optimizing the metabolism.
Nutrition today is often associated with “fat-free carbohydrates” like breads, pasta, potatoes, rice and soft-drinks. Important Vitamins, minerals and trace elements are often lacking in these foods. This leads to so many common ailments which are caused by poor nutrition.
Paradoxically vitamin and mineral supplements that are taken to try and balance a poor diet often don’t get these ailments under control. A dose of chemically made supplements and medication may reduce the symptoms but cannot cure the cause. The food industry supports the misleading belief that fat-free carbohydrates are healthy. In order to thicken these low-in-nutrient foods it is necessary to add more starch to achieve the right consistency. This causes weight gain and the nutritional value, if any at all, is negligible. Hormone research has proven that it is not lack of exercise or fats that block our metabolism, but rather the “fattening- up” with simple (fat-free) carbohydrates.
xperts are unanimous that the “right nutrition“ is very important for good health. Unfortunately, experts cannot agree what is the “right nutrition”.
In looking for the right nutrition for everyone, an important aspect has been ignored. Nutritional requirements vary greatly from one person to another. Just as we differ in terms of skin colour, eye colour, size, how we look, build and physical type, we also have differences in our metabolism and in the way our metabolism processes food. There is no universal form of nutrition which is suitable for everybody. Each person is unique and requires optimal nutrition which suits his or her metabolism for health and vitality.
We can ascertain your metabolic type by conducting an individual metabolic analysis. This is a result of indicators of the autonomic nervous system and metabolic rate.
Autonomic Nervous System
The autonomic nervous system consists of 2 branches, the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system. Both subconsciously control many bodily functions such as blood pressure, heartbeat, the immune system etc. The autonomic nervous system has a considerable influence on metabolic balance. Different characteristics of the autonomic nervous system result in individual differences in metabolism. The right individual nutrition can restore the balance in the autonomic nervous system.
Dr. George Watson from the University of Southern California was the first to identify the link between the rate at which energy is burned and different metabolic types.
With people who have a fast metabolic rate, their cells create energy too quickly, and too slowly by the cells of those who have a slow metabolic rate. In order to restore metabolic balance, the right nutrition is important for every metabolic type. To slow down a fast metabolic rate, nutrition has to be rich in fat and protein and low in carbohydrate. On the other hand, someone with a slow metabolic rate requires more carbohydrate and less protein and fat. Different metabolic types (derived from differing rates and the autonomic nervous system) process nutrition differently. The composition of food (fat, protein and carbohydrate) is of great significance for individual metabolic types.
The evolutionary task of insulin is to store excess nutritional energy. This system was used by our ancestors to save energy in times of abundance in order to survive in times of hunger.
We have several hormones that raise blood sugar levels, such as cortisone, human growth hormone (STH), epinephrine and glucagon. There is, however, just one hormone that lowers blood sugar levels and this is insulin.
When blood sugar levels rise, this is a clear signal that we have consumed more energy than we need. Sugar which is not burned has to be stored using insulin. We store this energy as glycogen. The preferred places for the body to store this is in the liver and muscles. When these stores are full, insulin causes the carbohydrates to be stored as fat.
Low-fat, carbohydrate-rich diets result in increased fat storage. These diets do not make sense. Fat is not fattening, carbohydrates are fattening.
Carbohydrates cause the pancreas to release insulin. The body’s cells, which are surrounded by insulin, inevitably react to this process with a resistance to insulin. If this process occurs to an increasing extent with regularity, the insulin resistance of the cells becomes long term. The body’s cells become insulin resistant in order to protect themselves from the toxic effects of high insulin levels. They reduce the number of insulin receptors and thus their sensitivity to insulin. This process is one of the reasons why LDL cholesterol levels increase as a protective factor of the cells.
The liver is the first part of the body to develop this resistance, followed by the muscle tissue and then fat tissues. Some cells can only develop very little insulin resistance.
When insulin resistance increases for a prolonged period of time or when insulin production begins to fall, blood sugar levels rise. This is the beginning of Type 2 Diabetes.
Insulin resistance over time can have fatal consequences. Here are some examples:
Vitamin C and glucose have similar chemical structures. When blood sugar levels rise, both start to compete to be absorbed by the cells. Since the absorption mechanism for vitamin C and glucose are identical, less vitamin C is absorbed by the cells. The result is a weakening of the immune system. In particular, during periods of illness, an abundance of carbohydrates should be avoided in order to keep the immune system strong.. A glass of orange juice is bad news for the immune system – the fructose blocks absorption of vitamin C and puts strain on the adrenal glands.
Magnesium is stored by insulin. During long-term insulin resistance, the cells cannot absorb magnesium and it is released from the body when passing water. The result is intracellular magnesium deficiency, which often leads to increased blood pressure. Magnesium is important for the effectiveness of insulin. A reduction of magnesium in the cells strengthens insulin resistance. In the case of insulin resistance the supplementation of magnesium will be ineffective.
Calcium is also stored by insulin. Insulin resistance leads to an intracellular deficiency as with magnesium. Prescription medicines containing calcium to treat osteoporosis should be replaced with silicon and a low-carbohydrate diet.
Insulin also influences the storage of sodium. This process results in increased water retention which can result in oedema and/or increased blood pressure.
One of the strongest stimulants for the sympathetic nervous system is a high level of insulin. In this state, the body is subjected to extreme stress. The increase in blood pressure and stress places increased strain on the heart.
Insulin regulates cholesterol levels. There is a direct connection between the level of cholesterol and the level of insulin. An increase in LDL cholesterol should always be taken seriously as this is a sign of intoxication of the cell interstice. Conventional medicine prescribes lipid lowering medication in such cases. This is big business for the pharmaceutical industry with very little or even negative effects for the patient.
A high level of insulin prevents fat reduction. This is because insulin has an adverse effect on fat reducing glucagon. Up to the point that fat cells become insulin resistant, body weight inevitably increases in direct correlation to the increase in insulin resistance. For many people with diabetes, whether they have to take insulin or are dependent upon tablets, an important step is to reduce their insulin requirements through nutrition.
Insulin also causes blood clotting. It stimulates the macrophages to absorb oxidized LDL cholesterol. This leads to the creation of foam cells which seal the inner walls of our arteries. This results in arteriosclerosis. By stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, increased platelet aggregation occurs and increased blood clotting. Insulin decreases NO gas synthesis in the endothelium cells. Since this gas is important for the dilatation of blood vessels, a reduction of NO gas leads to constricted blood vessels and thus to high blood pressure. Therefore the foundations for cardiovascular disease and a heart attack have been laid.
There are many cases of medical literature which describe the blocking effect of insulin on the thyroid gland. The conversion of T4 into T3 hormone (active in metabolism) is reduced by insulin. This initially results in a latent and later in a significantly low functionality of the thyroid gland. Many laboratories still use old standard values for TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) of 0.3 – 4.5. For the last 3 years, these values have changed to 0.3 – 2.6. These new values are correct and result in the identification of a low functioning thyroid. We assume that all values above 2.0 already show latent thyroid dysfunction. If the selenium level is increased and insulin resistance corrected, thyroid values also return to normal. Since the thyroid gland is the motor for metabolism, this organ also plays a significant role in weight reduction.
An increasingly well-known fact is that insulin affects all hormone production. High levels of insulin resistance will also result in low levels of DHEA. The sex hormones, oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone are strongly coupled to proteins and thus lose their effectiveness. In our daily work at the practice, we have noticed that through healthy & active, patients start to rediscover their sex drive and enjoy their sexuality; menstruation problems disappear and menopause problems are reduced or cease completely. Many patients report that after just a few days of the metabolic program they can sleep better. This can be explained by the improved effectiveness of melatonin, our sleep hormone. Even the hypothalamus has insulin receptors which become resistant over time. Its resistance to feedback signals is one of the key causes of the ageing process.
Insulin accelerates the rate of cell division and cell growth. This also speeds up the ageing process and, unfortunately, also the growth of cancer.
When saccharides are coupled with proteins it results in a sticky material. The medical term for this is glycosylation. Proteins, which are not broken down by rapid metabolism, such as nerve tissue, collagen or proteins, show strong glycosylation. This leads to rheumatic illnesses and tissue damage. High-carbohydrate diets are particularly contraindicated for rheumatic patients.
What can you do to lower the amount of insulin required and increase insulin receptiveness?
The most important prerequisite is the change to low-insulin nutrition. The healthy & active metabolism program is particularly well suited for this because it ascertains the nutritional needs of an individual’s metabolism. The healthy & active metabolism program provides you with a list of suitable foods to optimize your individual metabolism.
Depending on each individual’s metabolic process, we recommend supporting the liver’s metabolism with the consumption of appropriate dietary supplements. Foods and / or dietary supplements with sufficient omega-3 fatty acids are important here.
The interrelationships mentioned above have been derived from Naturopath Lothar Ursinus’ 20 years of naturopathic practice experience, medical literature and from the article “Insulin and its metabolic effects” by Dr. Ron Rosedale M.D.
Carbohydrates are also seen as a source of energy. Humans lived for millions of years without bread, baked goods or pasta. Our genes are perfectly adapted to low-carbohydrate nutrition. Today, carbohydrates have become the world’s most important source of nutrition in the form of processed, low-fibre cereals, pasta, rice, potatoes, candy and sweetened drinks.
The carbohydrates that we eat are broken down by our digestive system to form glucose. With the help of insulin, the sugar molecules are absorbed by our cells to provide them with energy. Carbohydrates which our bodies do not use for energy are stored as fat. A long-term excess of carbohydrates and the excessively high levels of insulin which accompany this, lead to an increase in blood fats (lipids). This disrupts the hormone system and puts a strain on the body’s metabolism.
Nutritionists have classified carbohydrates based on their glycemic load. This means the more insulin the body requires for processing a carbohydrate, the higher the glycemic load. Sugar, raisins and white bread, for example, are rated as “bad” carbohydrates with high glycemic loads. They lead to a rapid rise in blood sugar levels which then fall quickly, resulting in a ravenous hunger. Vegetables however, result in a slow rise in blood sugar levels due to “good” carbohydrates with a low glycemic load. They make us feel satiated for longer and the ravenous hunger between meals can be avoided.
A major problem with today’s nutrition is caused by grains . Human beings are not well adapted genetically to grains . In particular, whole-grain products contain many substances which cannot be processed by our metabolism. Our metabolism reacts to grains by producing too much acidity causing physical dysfunction.
Potatoes are also loaded with bad carbohydrates. As a result, our metabolism is completely overwhelmed by them.
Fructose and lactose have an effect similar to sugar and can be regarded as carbohydrates. Both of these types of sugars are only well-tolerated in small amounts and together with proteins or fats.
The healthy & active metabolism program recommends carbohydrates with low glycemic loads (good carbohydrates) .
The basis of healthy & active, the metabolism program is optimal nutrition determined through a metabolic analysis.
Proper nutrition is the key to better health and well-being.
The program enables you to reach your desired weight goal without going hungry, taking medication or expensive powders.
A change in eating habits will improve your health leading to a more vibrant appearance.
healthy & active should be monitored by specially-trained healthcare practitioners. If symptoms should continue please see your doctor.