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How does lipotropic injections help with weight loss?

Lipotropic nutrients are a class of natural ingredients that play important roles in the body’s use of fat. These compounds enhance liver and gallbladder’s role by decreasing fat deposits and speeding up metabolism of fat and its removal. Dr. Lee has used this special formula for individuals who are “stuck” in their weight loss attempts and need that extra boost to achieve their goal weight. This injection has also been gratefully used for individuals who want to maintain their weight, or prevent re-gain of their lost weight. The main ingredients in the lipotropic injection are methionine, inositol, and choline. Some individuals will also benefit the addition of vitamin B12.

 

 

Methionine

assists in the breakdown of fats and thereby prevents the build-up of fat in the arteries, as well as assisting with the digestive system and removing heavy metals from the body since it can be converted to Cytosine, which is a precursor to Glutathione, which is of prime importance in detoxifying the liver.

 

Inositol

helps to maintain proper electrical energy and nutrient transfer across the cell membrane. It also acts as a lipotropic which converts fats into other useful products. Inositol helps establish healthy cell membranes, which facilitate nerve impulses.

 

Choline

Assists in controlling your weight as well as cholesterol levels, keeping cell membranes healthy and in preventing gallstones. It is also most useful in the maintenance of the nervous system, assisting memory and learning, and may help to fight infections, including hepatitis and AIDS. Choline is critical for normal membrane structure and function. Choline is the major precursor of betaine, and it is used by the kidneys to maintain water balance and by the liver as a source of methyl-groups for Methionine formation. It is also used to produce the important neurotransmitter Acetylcholine. It assists in nerve impulse transmission, gallbladder regulation, liver functions and lecithin production.

 

B-12

is a vitamin which is important for the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production.

 

For more information about lipotropic injections or if you would like to schedule, please call 206-319-5322 or visit Seattle Naturopathic and Acupuncture Center for more information.

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10 Tips for Weight Loss and Optimum Health

1). Eat whole foods – Foods that are closer to their natural form are more nutrient dense and do not have chemical/additives that can be toxic and affect metabolism.

2). Identify potential food allergies/sensitivities – We can be sensitive or allergic to some of the foods we eat. This can slow down metabolism as well as cause water retention. This can also be the underlying cause for many aliments.

3) Eat small, frequent meals – Eating every 2-3 hours helps keep blood sugar level stable. Unable blood sugar can affect insulin sensitivity, resulting in fat storage.

4) Go primal – Eating mostly vegetables, fruit, nuts (raw, unsalted!) and some meat (deep water fish and lean meat) is a healthy way to boost your metabolism and keep insulin levels stable.

5) Drink green or black tea – Tea contains polyphenols which provide numerous health benefits including improved immune function, weight loss and reduced cholesterol.

6) Sleep/recovery – Getting enough quality sleep helps to manage stress levels as well as hormones responsible for regulating eating (leptin and ghrelin).

7) Stress management -15 minutes a day of mediation can help balance your nervous system and affect stress hormones (Ex. cortisol). Elevated cortisol can slow metabolism and increase sugar cravings, blood sugar and fat storage.

8). Lift weights – Weight lifting increases testosterone, growth hormone and insulin growth factor, which will increase lean body mass and metabolism.

9). Interval training – High intensity short burst of activity (Ex. sprinting, stairs) can increase exercise post oxygen consumption, leading to increased fat burning for up to 72 hours (much more efficient  than conventional aerobics)!

10). Hydration –  Water is needed for every enzymatic processes in the body. Dehydration can lead to slower metabolism and mental fogginess. Aim to drink amount in oz. = 1/2 of your body weight in lbs!

There are numerous weight loss supplement available. While some can be beneficial, following the top 10 tips will likely yield the most long-term results.

If you have been trying to lose weight and have been diligent about your diet, exercise and sleep, there may be a medical condition affecting your results. A medical doctor or Naturopathic physician can often identify  potential obstacles to optimum weight loss and health.

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HCG over the counter diet products are illegal

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) have issued seven letters to companies warning them that they are selling illegal homeopathic HCG weight-loss drugs that have not been approved by the FDA, and that make unsupported claims.  For additional information visit www.fda.gov/hcgdiet.

The FDA does not evaluate homeopathic products for safety and effectiveness.  However, those that meet certain conditions set by FDA can be marketed.  A list of active ingredients that may legally be used in homeopathics are included in the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United StatesHCG is NOT on this list and therefore cannot be legally sold as homeopathic medication for any purpose.
HCG is approved by the FDA as a prescription drug for the treatment of female infertility, and other medical conditions.  It is not approved for weight loss.  Currently, however, physicians can legally prescribe HCG “off-label” for weight loss.  Off-label prescribing is a legal and common practice.  Prescribing HCG off-label is OK for now but that could change if the FDA chooses to change their stance.  There is precedent for denying off-label prescribing for specific products such as HGH (human growth hormone).

Diet and lifestyle changes seem to be safest, most reliable and effective way of losing weight. Many might say that have tried this strategy but was not successful. The reason behind it might be that they are not doing it right or simply there might be an underlying cause that is preventing them from losing weight. Examples of underlying causes  are hypothyroidism, leptin resistance, and adrenal fatigue. Checking in with a physician is probably “the weight to go”, preventing you from getting discouraged from your weight loss regimen.

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Fiber as a natural weight loss promoter

The best fiber to use for weight loss is water-soluble fiber. Examples of water-soluble are psyllium, gluconmannan, guar gum, and pectin. When taken with water before meals or with meals, these fiber sources bind to the water in the stomach to form a gelatinous mass that makes you feel full. As a result, you will be less likely to overeat.

The benefits of fiber go well beyond this mechanical effect. Fiber supplements have been shown to enhance blood sugar control and insulin effects, as well as reduce the number of calories absorbed by the body. In clinical studies demonstrating weight loss, fiber supplements were shown to reduce the number of calories absorbed by 30-180 calories/day. This reduction in calories may not seem like much, but over the course of a year it would add up to three to eighteen pounds.
In addition to weight loss, fiber supplementation promotes good health. Studies have shown these very same water soluble fiber sources to reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels and lowering blood pressure, reduce the risk for various cancer including colon, rectal, and pancreatic cancer, reduce blood sugar levels in diabetes, promote proper bowel movement function, and help with peptic ulcers.

There are many fiber supplements to choose from. I recommend one that is rich in water-soluble fiber and avoid products containing added sugar or other sweeteners. One other very important recommendation is to be sure to drink adequate amount of water when taking and fiber supplement.

Remember to start with a small dosage and increase gradually. Water soluble fibers are fermented by intestinal flora. As a result, gas and bloating can be a problem. If you are not used to a high fiber diet, an increase in dietary fiber can lead to increased flatulence and abdominal pain. Start out with a dosage of 1-2 grams before or with meals and gradually increase the dosage. How much weight will you loose? It really depends on how much you weigh, you should lose 50-100% more weight by supplementing you diet with fiber than by dietary restriction alone.

Caution: individuals with a disorder of esophagus should not take fiber in pill as it can expand in the esophagus and create obstruction in the gastrointestinal tract.

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