Food is Medicine

The amount, quality, and type of foods we eat have major effects on our health. By readjusting your hormones and metabolism, you can improve your overall health and reduce your risk of chronic diseases. That is why we create individualized programs for our clients based on unique markers in your blood and past health history. Our wellness program offers healthy and nutritious personalized food choices to help every person lose weight, improve their health and look forward to a great health future.

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Infertility and Nutrition

Infertility and desire for children – can nutrition help?
In fact, countless couples would like to have children, but pregnancy may not happen.
According to the Cologne-based Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA), every seventh partnership remains unintentionally childless. The causes of infertility are manifold if the longed-for desire to have children is not fulfilled. In addition to the advancing age of the partners, body weight also plays a role. Stress, hormonal disorders, diseases, medications, as well as an unbalanced diet, luxury products,
especially alcohol and nicotine, can also have an impact.
If pregnancy does not occur one to two years after stopping contraceptives, both partners should consult a specialist in order to clarify possible medical reasons for infertility.
Sperm quality, fallopian tube dysfunction, hormonal imbalances, diseases such as endometriosis, thyroid dysfunction, or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) are possible causes that can stand in the way of pregnancy. Very few of these causes are congenital, but arise from diseases, surgery or an unhealthy lifestyle.
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
About 15 percent of women of childbearing age suffer from polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is one of the most common hormonal imbalances in women. It involves the increased production of male hormones such as testosterone. Too much testosterone interferes with the development of the follicles. The follicles cannot mature and atrophy prematurely. In addition to an excess of male hormones, insulin resistance can also be a cause for the incomplete formation of the follicles. As a result, ovulation fails to occur, menstrual cycles lengthen or menstrual bleeding (amenorrhea) stops completely. This process is controlled in the pituitary gland – the “control center” for hormonal balance – because the pituitary gland produces follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormones (LH). Both together regulate the menstrual cycle, i.e. FSH ensures that the oocytes mature and LH stimulates ovulation and corpus luteum formation. In PCOS, LH production is increased and FSH production is decreased. Higher levels of LH contributes to the increased production of androgens, male sex hormones, in the ovaries, which are converted to estrogen with the help of FSH in fatty tissue. However, since FSH levels are reduced in PCO syndrome, less estrogen is converted, resulting in excess androgen that prevents a normal cycle. Other accompanying symptoms that can occur, in addition to infertility, with an increased androgen level (male sex hormones) are acne, hair loss, disturbed fat metabolism or high blood pressure.
In overweight women, PCOS occurs much more frequently, especially when fat cells increasingly settle on the abdomen. The abdominal fat is the production site for inflammatory molecules including TNF-α, interleukin-6. Likewise, hormones are increasingly produced in the fat cells, which can create a hormonal imbalance.
As early as the late 1980s, scientists drew attention to the fact that the distribution of fat in the body has an impact on our health. In many people, body weight and BMI (body mass index) are not significantly elevated, but they still have fat deposits (visceral fat) on the abdomen. The measure used to determine whether increased visceral abdominal fat is a risk factor is waist circumference, which should not exceed 35 inches (88 cm) in women, according to the International Diabetes Federation. For men, the limit
is an abdominal girth of 40 inches (102 cm).
However, obesity not only increases the probability of PCO syndrome, but also the probability of insulin resistance (which often occurs in connection with PCO syndrome). The body’s cells hardly respond to the signals of the insulin, which transports sugar from the blood into the body’s cells. The decisive factor is the fact that less adinopectin is produced in fat cells. Adinopectin is needed to activate the GLUT-4 transporter present in the cells, which allow sugar to enter the cells. As a result, less sugar is absorbed into the cell for energy supply. The body tries to counteract this and signals the pancreas to produce more insulin in order to maintain the sugar utilization. A vicious circle is triggered, because a constantly high insulin level promotes fat storage and allows fat cells to continue to grow. At the same time, the production of male hormones in the ovaries and kidneys is increased.
Obesity is also a problem for men and their sperm quality. Studies have shown that overweight affects sperm quality, i.e. with a body mass index of 25, men lose an average of 25 percent of their sperm. It can be assumed that hormonal changes also take place in men with an augmented increase in fatty tissue, which influence sperm quality. Furthermore, it is known that the fat that accumulates around the testicular vessels increases the temperature in the testicles and thus harms the sperm. The temperature in the testicles is usually 2-3 degrees below the actual body temperature. In addition to clarifying whether a medical cause is the reason why pregnancy is delayed, one should also focus on nutrition. Nutrition has a great influence on fertility in both men and women. With a balanced diet rich in vital substances, as
recommended by Metabolic Balance, weight can be gently reduced, hormones can be brought back into balance and thus a basic prerequisite for pregnancy can be created. Furthermore, the acid-base balance benefits from a change in diet, as detoxification processes are stimulated. Weight reduction is absolutely desirable in case of overweight or obesity. The diet should be designed in such a way that the underlying insulin resistance can be reduced, i.e. the insulin sensitivity of the cells can be reactivated. However, this requires stable blood glucose levels and moderate insulin levels. Diets with a lower carbohydrate content and a higher protein content are predominantly recommended. This is easy to practice with Metabolic Balance.
In addition to high-quality proteins and complex carbohydrates, an optimal supply of micronutrients is important. Numerous studies have shown that an adequate supply of folic acid is not only important for women who want to become pregnant, but also for men, because folic acid is said to significantly improve the quality of sperm. In addition, a diet rich in folate can reduce the number of sperm with a chromosomal defect and thus prevent possible malformations. Natural folic acid is found mainly in green
vegetables, pulses, oatmeal, peanuts and tomatoes. Another trace element that plays a decisive role in the desire to have children is zinc. Zinc promotes the body’s own production of the male hormone testosterone and thus also influences a better quality of sperms and their mobility. In addition, the quantity of sperm is also increased.
However, zinc deficiency also significantly affects fertility in women, because cycle disorders can occur and serum concentrations of the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone fall below the normal range. Zinc deficiency, even if it prevails only for a short period of time, contributes to limited fertility in both sexes. Meat lovers can now relax, because zinc is found in abundance in various types of meat such as lamb, beef, turkey, but green vegetables, pulses and nuts can also contain a lot of zinc.
Science has not yet studied all the micronutrients associated with fertility However, it is certain that selenium, magnesium, vitamin E, C and the B vitamins also help to regulate the hormonal balance in men and women and increase the ability to conceive. Vitamin E – the Greek denomination is tocopherol – roughly translated means “to beget a child” – “to expect a child” – in fact, sufficient vitamin E improves oocyte quality and, incidentally, with vitamin C, also acts as a powerful antioxidant. Perhaps this is the reason why it is now and then called the “vitamin for the desire to have children”. Vitamin E is abundant in cold-pressed oils, seeds, nuts, egg yolk and also in whole grain products.
Numerous studies have already shown how important omega-3 fatty acids are for our bodies. In particular, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA) have a positive influence on our immune system and are predominantly recommended for inflammatory diseases. After the first trimester of pregnancy at the latest , it is also increasingly important for expectant mothers to be supplied with
sufficient omega-3 fatty acids to promote the healthy development of the child. Studies have also found out that EPA and DHA promotes fertility in women and also supports egg implantation. In the study, the recommended amount of EPA/DHA via fish oil capsules was 480 mg per day. Omega-3 fatty acids are mainly found in fatty sea fish, nuts and linseed oil and should enrich the diet more often. For example, every day a handful of nuts and at least 3 tablespoons of cold-pressed linseed oil can help ensure the supply of essential omega-3 fatty acids.
Just as, on the one hand, a balanced diet can have a positive effect on fertility, on the other hand, alcohol, smoking, drugs, excessive exercise or even environmental pollutants can limit fertility. Regular alcohol consumption or smoking disrupts the hormonal balance in both sexes. While oocyte maturation is delayed in women and the menstrual cycle is disturbed, the concentration of sperm in the ejaculate
decreases in men and the proportion of defective sperm cells increases.

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Natural Healing

Metabolic Balance was founded in 2002 by Dr. Wolf Funfack and ever since then the Metabolic Balance program has continuously been developed and optimized. This program promotes the natural healing of nutritional diseases through whole and unprocessed foods. Nutritional diseases including metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, are far too prevalent in our society but are all treatable or even reversible. In addition to improving your health this program can also help you reach a natural and sustainable weight. Are you interested in incorporating Metabolic Balance into your practice? Visit us today and we will help you get started!

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Goals

Whether you want to lose weight, get fitter or improve your disease symptoms – Metabolic Balance supports you on the way to your personal goal. Always set yourself realistic goals – “Losing 20 lbs in one week” is demotivating just by reading it. Instead of getting frustrated by unattainable goals, it is better to motivate yourself with achievable phases and realistic intermediate goals. “Losing 2 lbs per week” is not only feasible, it also gives you a wonderful feeling when you see the result on the scale.

Brussels Sprouts

A wonderful vegetable, delicious any time of the year is the brussels sprout! Brussels sprouts are walnut-sized and light to dark green – actually grape-like arranged buds of this cabbage plant. Like green cabbage, brussels sprouts taste best after the first frost, when their sugar content moderates their bitter taste and makes their cell structure more delicate. Usually brussels sprouts are cooked and tossed in butter as a side dish, but they also taste good in casseroles, as soup or very thinly sliced even raw. Brussels sprouts have 4.7 percent of valuable plant protein with amino acids that the body can easily utilize. It is also an excellent vitamin C donor in winter and also provides the vitamins B1, B2, B6, folic acid, iron, potassium and plenty of fiber. Brussels sprouts are also used in folk medicine to reduce both weakness and tension, to facilitate weight loss, to eliminate constipation and acidification, and to prevent atherosclerosis. With a glucosinolate content of 237 mg per 100 g of vegetables, it is also associated with cancer prevention!

Personalized Nutrition

Here at Metabolic Balance we take the guess work out of what to eat and when to eat it. Each nutritional plan is developed specifically for each individual because it is created using:
• your blood values
• your measurements
• your personal data

Imagine spending this time after the holidays with your own personal nutrition plan with healthy, varied meals. 8 rules, a smartphone app, and an online community to guide you. As we start this New Year, isn’t it time to make a change? Connect with one of our coaches today and start your journey.

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New Year Fresh Start

We start the new year with the very best resolutions concerning health. Losing weight, eating healthier, cooking fresh food and simply taking more care of yourself are just a few of the most popular goals. The rules for eating according to Metabolic Balance will help you to keep your resolutions:

1. 3 decent meals a day will do. Snacks in between are taboo.

2. 5 hours break between meals.

3. Each meal should not last longer than 60 minutes.

4. 1 type of protein per meal, 3 different ones per day (e.g. cheese in the morning, legumes at lunch, fish in the evening).

5. 1 to 2 bites of the protein portion at the beginning of each meal – this stimulates the satiety hormone right away.

6. Do not eat anything after 9 pm in the evening.

7. Drink enough water throughout the day (5 ml per kg body weight).

8. An apple a day, keeps the doctor away – 1 apple a day is a must.

Turmeric

Turmeric is a bright yellow spice native to India and Southeast Asia. Commonly used as a dye due to its wonderful color, turmeric is also a spice with many health benefits. The main active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Scientific studies have shown that turmeric can help alleviate inflammation, pain, reduce cholesterol and improve liver function and digestion. Turmeric has an earthy and slightly peppery flavor and is great in both sweet and savory dishes. Brighten up a delicious curry, add it to a salad dressing, or try it in a fruity smoothie.

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Get Started with Metabolic Balance

Inspirational quotes are motivating but…we actually recognize it takes a lot more then just reading some nice words to make life better. Yes it’s wonderful to wake every morning ready to make your day amazing but let’s face facts, if you simply feel rubbish it is going to be hard work! Metabolic Balance and personalized nutrition helps people feel their best naturally from their food. So we encourage you to go beyond just reading the quotes and do something about making it happen. Take care of yourself and you can live your best life.

The process at Metabolic Balance is simple:
1) Find your Metabolic Balance coach
2) Get your blood test done
3) Receive your custom meal plan and food list
4) Start following your meal plan with guidance from your coach
5) Start feeling great and live your best life!

What are you waiting for?

Get Started with Metabolic Balance

Although many clients start Metabolic Balance in order to lose weight, the benefits of Metabolic Balance go beyond weight loss. Following your own customized nutrition plan can

-reduce inflammation to ease symptoms and pain
– improve mood
– promote increased energy levels
– improve sleep
– lower risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis
– provide you with the tools you need to maintain your new health long term

Working with a professional coach to support along with the custom Metabolic Balance plan will help you achieve your health goals. Whether you want weight loss, reduced pain or more energy, get in touch and see if Metabolic Balance is right for you.

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