Start a New Lifestyle, Not a Diet! As we near the end of 2022, many people are reflecting on their past year and for some of us that means making decisions about our lifestyle and diet. If you eat a healthy diet then you don’t need more of those countless diets. Those extra pounds disappear along the way, and your body becomes more toned and defined. Dietary frustration and the dreaded yo-yo effect are things of the past. The nagging thoughts of how to lose weight can finally be put at ease. The Metabolic Balance plan will help you with all of this! Rather than a diet, this plan is a lifestyle that can help you lose weight and maintain that weight loss! Start the new year with a new mindset and lifestyle by giving one of our Metabolic Balance coaches a call.
We firmly believe that eating smart is about eating the right foods for YOU.
You are unique. Your biochemistry is unique to you. Your food needs to be unique to you too.
We use your blood test results to identify the right foods for you and then together with your certified Metabolic Balance coach, you’ll create the lifestyle you need to know for balance, well-being and long-term health.
Start eating intelligently and begin your total body reset today.
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Our diets affect our cholesterol levels and can help lower our risk of developing diseases. It’s important to point out that cholesterol is not always the bad guy though. We all need cholesterol to be healthy as it is the vital building block for our metabolism, cells and hormones. But of course it needs to be balanced. Balance is everything when you are talking about cholesterol!
The Heart Foundation advises following a heart-healthy eating pattern, which involves consuming a mix of fresh, minimally processed meals while reducing highly processed items like takeout meals, baked goods, chocolate, chips, and sugary drinks. Not only can you maintain an interesting and healthy diet, but following that advice will also give your body the nutrients it needs.
A heart-healthy eating pattern includes:
➡️ Plenty of vegetables, fruit, and whole grains
➡️ A variety of healthy protein-rich foods (especially fish and seafood), legumes (such as beans and lentils), nuts and seeds
➡️ Unsweetened milk, yoghurt, and cheese in the healthy amounts.
➡️ Healthy fats and oils. Choose nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, and their oils for cooking
➡️ Herbs and spices to flavour foods, rather than adding salt
Pay attention to how much you are eating as well! Portion sizes have grown over the last 50 years, and nowadays many of us eat more than we need – which raises cholesterol and increases the risk of heart disease.
Talk to your local Metabolic Balance coach about how changing your lifestyle can balance your cholesterol.
Leading a healthy lifestyle with your family doesn’t have to be boring! There are so many ways to make it enjoyable and educational – especially for young children. Check out some of our tips below:
✅ Give each family member their choice of a favorite meal once a week or once every two weeks ✅ Find ways to make fruits and veggies fun ✅ Get kids in on the cooking ✅ Introduce a new idea for healthy eating every week
Give your family and yourself a nutritional plan that is as special as you are and gets results. Get in touch with a local Metabolic Balance practitioner today!
Magnesium is an element that is vital for the function of many enzymes in the human body. Magnesium deficiencies is widespread and does not only affect people who are very active, as is often assumed. The body requires more magnesium in various life situations, e.g. during pregnancy, as a competitive athlete, but also when taking certain medications or with excessive alcohol consumption and in stressful situations. According to studies, magnesium, when available in sufficient quantities, is said to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, strokes and diabetes. Foods rich in magnesium, such as green leafy vegetables, whole grain products and nuts, are a good way to supply the body with magnesium in a natural way.
Did you know that walnuts are a real super food? They contain the essential fatty linolenic acid (an omega-3 fat) which is one of the two essential fatty acids that humans need to obtain from their diet. Essential fatty acids are known to offer a whole range of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. They keep the heart healthy by helping the blood vessels be flexible, prevent arteriosclerosis and have a positive influence on cholesterol levels. Walnuts are very high in protein and therefore particularly great for vegetarians. A handful of walnuts (about 43g) provides 8g of protein. They are also among the richest sources of antioxidants that help protect against cancer. They are rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E, pantothenic acid and important minerals such as zinc, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, sulfur, iron and calcium. Walnuts also boost digestion, as they are very rich in fiber.
One in five people suffer from an enlargement of the thyroid gland and one in ten from a thyroid dysfunction – and this is continuing to increase. Thyroid problems are often caused by autoimmune diseases such as Hashimoto or Graves’ disease. Incorrect nutrition and an imbalanced intestinal microbiome may also be the cause.
The thyroid gland is a small organ – it weighs less than one ounce and is the size of a walnut – yet it has a major effect on metabolism. The hormones produced by the thyroid gland are necessary for the processing of carbohydrates and proteins. At the same time, they influence calorie consumption, increase oxygen demand and break down fatty tissue. So it becomes clear quite quickly: If the thyroid is not functioning optimally, it affects not only the immediate environment of the gland, but the whole body.
Virtually every function of the body and all cells of the body – from the small toe to the hair roots – are controlled by thyroid hormones. If the finely tuned balance of the messenger substances is disturbed just a little, this can lead to symptoms such as fatigue, feeling too cold or too hot, and anxiety.
The hormones of the thyroid gland
The thyroid gland produces the effective hormone triiodothyronine (T3) and the less effective thyroxine (T4), a precursor that needs to be converted into the active form with the help of an enzyme.
The hormones T3 and T4 stimulate protein metabolism and thus contribute to the growth and maturation of the brain and bones. In addition, the increased protein synthesis increases the basal metabolic rate.
In order to produce thyroid hormones and then convert the precursor T4 into the metabolically active T3, the thyroid requires different trace elements such as iodine, iron, selenium and zinc. According to studies, not only the known iodine deficiency, but also a lack of other trace elements can promote an enlargement of the thyroid gland (goiter) or autoimmune disease and impair the production of thyroid hormones.
Furthermore, the thyroid gland also produces the hormone calcitonin, which regulates the body’s calcium and phosphate balance and plays a decisive role in protecting against osteoporosis.
Thyroid dysfunction – hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism
Problems caused by an out of balance thyroid can be roughly divided into two categories: Either the small gland works too little or it is overactive and releases far too many hormones. By far the most common is an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). In this case too few hormones are produced, i. e. the thyroid gland slows down the metabolism. With hypothyroidism, the body literally runs out of fuel. However, this usually does not happen suddenly, but rather insidiously, and thus it often takes a long time before it becomes apparent that something is wrong, especially since the symptoms are quite unspecific, such as constant fatigue, lack of concentration or nervousness, irritability and palpitations.
The metabolism runs on an energy-saving flame, which makes those affected shiver faster, as the body’s heat production decreases. Since fewer calories are burnt, weight gain, despite normal portions, is often observed with hypothyroidism.
In more than 90 percent of cases, an underactive thyroid is caused by an autoimmune disease called hashimoto thyroiditis.
Thyroid overactivity (hyperthyroidism) is much less common than an underactive thyroid. In hyperthyroidism, the thyroid gland really revs up, this means more hormones are produced than the body needs – the body is “under power”. Affected persons are hectic, restless, sleep poorly and the metabolism burns a lot of calories, which, despite sufficient food intake, becomes noticeable through increased weight loss.
Even with hyperthyroidism, in 40 to 60 percent of cases the cause is due to an autoimmune disease, the so-called Graves’ disease.
Hyperthyroidism, even mild, should not be taken lightly. People suffering from hyperthyroidism have a higher risk of gout, depression or cardiovascular diseases. In the long run, the bones also become brittle. A constant excess of thyroid hormones not only boosts the metabolism in the body, but also boosts the calcium metabolism in the skeleton.
Vital substances for the thyroid gland?
Thyroid disorders are more common in women in connection with hormonal changes such as puberty, pregnancy or menopause. Occupational and family stress, loss experiences, traumas and malnutrition can contribute to the development of the disease as well as an extremely irregular life or a chronic lack of sleep.
The typical lack in abundance that characterizes our Western diet leads to a deficit of valuable vital substances. Together with chronic inflammation as well as heavy metal exposure, this is the main cause for the intestines and immune system to be weakened.
Trace elements for the thyroid gland
The most important trace element for the thyroid gland is iodine, because it is part of the thyroid hormone thyroxine. Therefore, a good iodine supply is important for a sufficient production of the hormone. Iodine is mainly found in sea fish and algae, but it is also found in slightly smaller quantities in spinach, radishes, milk or eggs. It is supported by the trace element selenium. It contributes to the formation of thyroid hormone and is also an important antioxidant that promotes the formation of healthy cells. Selenium is also present in different amounts in marine fish, such as mackerel or tuna. In addition, Brazil nuts, lentils and hard cheese are also good suppliers of selenium.
The third trace element is iron, which plays an important role alongside iodine and selenium. Iron deficiency can possibly slow down thyroid metabolism and thus contribute to hypothyroidism.
Vitamins for a healthy thyroid gland
In addition to foods rich in iodine and selenium, vitamin-rich vegetables, fruits and whole grains should also be part of a well-rounded diet.
Vitamins such as vitamin A, B12 and D are also important for the function of the thyroid gland. Vitamin A, for example, supports the release of the TSH hormone, which is needed for the absorption of iodine, as well as for the circulation and growth of the thyroid gland.
In case of vitamin A deficiency, both hypothyroidism and goiter growth are stimulated more strongly.
Influence of the intestine on the thyroid gland
The gut and its inhabitants influence almost every organ in the body. Therefore, the gut should also be examined in case of a thyroid disease. Today, it is also assumed that a change in the intestinal flora in favor of pathogenic intestinal bacteria is responsible for the development of autoimmune diseases. These pathogenic microbes release toxins that can damage the intestine and cause inflammation. In Hashimoto’s and also Graves’ disease patients, it was shown in studies that the composition of the intestinal microbiome was altered compared to healthy study participants. Thus, the subjects with Graves’ disease had a deficiency of bifido and lactic acid bacteria. Hashimoto subjects, on the other hand, lacked the faecalibacterium prausnitzii.
Only a healthy gut can process food properly and provide the body with the necessary building blocks such as iodine, selenium, zinc and other nutrients needed to produce and release thyroid hormones. If the intestine is inflamed or the composition of the intestinal bacteria is severely altered, the absorption of nutrients is usually also impeded.
Support the thyroid gland with nutrition according to Metabolic Balance
Thyroid dysfunction can be balanced with appropriate medications and hormone supplements. However, this is easier and more effective if the eating behavior is adjusted at the same time. Regular meals, a reduced proportion of carbohydrates such as bread, pasta and rice, but plenty of vegetables, high-quality proteins and fats, as recommended in the Metabolic Balance nutrition plans, lay the foundation for a thyroid-friendly diet. In addition, foods that have beneficial effects are selected according to the thyroid dysfunction. High-fiber and anti-inflammatory foods have a positive effect on the intestine and its inhabitants as well as on the thyroid gland and its function.
“Personalized nutrition” has definitely become a buzz phrase, but not necessarily one that is completely understood. The science might be complicated, but the concept in relation to what we do here at Metabolic Balance is very straightforward: we use your blood test results and your medical history to determine precisely which nutrients are required to restore your body’s healthy balance. At Metabolic Balance, we turn the most recent findings in nutritional research into an easy-to-follow action plan. You will receive a customized food list, specific serving sizes, and meal suggestions, along with ongoing coaching support to guide you through the process. Even though each food list is unique, the foods are based on commonly found items – you won’t be left searching for a rare powder, odd drink, or pricey supplement! Get in touch to learn more about how a Metabolic Balance® plan with personalized nutrition can help you reach your health goals.
Colorful leaves everywhere, morning fog and frost early in the morning, whistling gusts and often wet and cold weather – everything points to the face that fall is in full swing. In these months, we love to sit at home on the couch with a nice book or show, enjoying delicious, hot tea.
There is a wide range of tea varieties – the classic teas such as black, green or herbal tea are increasingly replaced by teas with promising names such as wellness, good mood, sleep well or stress relief tea. Moreover, green, white or herbal teas offer more than just relaxation and a taste sensation: they can cheer you up, calm you down, make you beautiful and, above all, their health benefits cannot be denied. It is the polyphenols, the so-called catechins, which are most important here and are abundantly contained in green and white tea. With 3-4 cups a day, you can combine enjoyment with health, because catechins do not only supply antioxidants, but also boost lipid metabolism.