Fat Fast And Menopause
All my life I have struggled with my weight. Both sides of my family suffered from morbid obesity, along with metabolic syndrome, a preoccupation with food and emotional eating. Only when I reached puberty and began to individuate, did I realize that it was not written in stone that I had to be overweight like everyone else. I could change my dietary habits and maintain my body weight within a healthful range. I did this most successfully by restricting my intake of carbohydrate. This strategy worked until menopause, when something shifted. In the past, when my weight crept up, I would eat more protein and less carbs, and the excess pounds would disappear. After menopause, this method was no longer effective. My weight began to climb, my clothes grew tighter and I felt frustrated that my sincere efforts yielded so little success. My metabolism had changed, and eating more protein and restricting carbohydrate did not result in weight loss as it had in the past. I needed to restrict my intake of protein as well. I have altered the composition of my diet so that the majority of my calories now come from healthy fats, along with moderate protein and very low carbohydrate intake. This translates into approximately 70% of my calories from fat, 20% from protein and 10% from carbs. This is the prescription for a ketogenic diet, and at 56, it is the only way I can eat without gaining weight. I feel well when I eat this way, with steady energy, no fluid retention and sound sleep. My esteemed colleague, Georgia Ede, MD author of the blog Diagnosis Diet, described in her most recent post, how well she also feels since committing to a ketogenic diet. There is increasing scientific evidence to support the benefits of a ketogenic diet, including normalization of blood sugar and other Continue reading >>
Does Anyone Feel Very Hot Whilst Eating High Fat?
Ive been on the paleo diet for 3 weeks now, i was very hungry for the first couple of weeks but i feel im eating enough fat now and im not really getting hungry between meals. how ever the last few days I have been feeling extremely hot, I don't know if that's a sign of my body adapting to the high fat content or what, I should mention I have been keeping my self very well hydrated. I would say my carbs are very low to what im use to, I have 2 bananas in the morning with a bit of protein straight to the gym a strength workout (mon,wed,fri) or 30 mins at 65-75% HR max followed by core training (tue,thu, I have another protein shake and one banana after taht and then for the rest of the day i'm just eating veg with meals, so not a lot of carbs. Im 6'4" and 230 lbs, I would probably say I'm around 15 % body fat. 1 Worst Carb After Age 50 If you're over 50 and you eat this carb, you will never lose belly fat. HealthPlus50 I feel like Im doing a lot, Im not getting stronger in the gym due to the lack of carbs and im feeling very hot for the rest of the day at the moment and quite tired to say the least. Is this normal for someone adapting to the paleo way of eating, is this a sign of me detoxifying or something? my aim is to lose body fat so hence the low carbs, but i feel like im running on empty. Thanks for reading. Continue reading >>
Ketosis symptoms are a result of the way the body gets rid of the excess ketone bodies which build up in the blood stream when a person eats a low carb, ketogenic diet. In short, the body has three ways of dealing with excess ketone bodies: First, the muscles liver and brain can burn them for energy in the cells. Second, the body can breathe ketones out through the lungs. And third, the body can flush ketones out through the kidneys and urine. Legionella Testing Lab - High Quality Lab Results CDC ELITE & NYSDOH ELAP Certified - Fast Results North America Lab Locations legionellatesting.com The ketosis symptoms associated with the benign dietary ketosis caused by eating a low carb, ketogenic diet are not dangerous. They may differ for each individual, with the most common symptoms being: Ketosis breath, which has a fruity odor, and the person in deep ketosis may feel a sort of slight burning in the nose and a slight smell of ammonia. Dry mouth, which is alleviated by drinking more regular tap or bottled water. (Reverse osmosis water will make this worse.) In the first week of beginning a ketogenic diet, most people experience frequent urination followed by fatigue, as insulin levels come down, and the kidneys release extraneous water stores. Minerals such as sodium, magnesium and potassium are also lost with excreted urine, and it is the mineral loss that causes the fatigue. This can be offset by eating more salt, drinking more fluids, and increasing the intake of magnesium and potassium containing foods. (Dairy foods and avocados are high in potassium, and you can drink broth for more sodium.) A slight headache at first which goes away in a few days. This is usually a sign of not getting enough salt. Ketone bodies become detectable in the urine. Ketone bodies are molecu Continue reading >>
Keto Flu: Symptoms And Relief
Many people (not everyone!) who start a low carb diet experience what’s called the “keto flu” or the “induction flu” in the first few days while the body is adapting to burning ketones instead of glucose. What is keto flu? The basic symptoms are: headaches nausea upset stomach Lack of mental clarity (brain fog) sleepiness fatigue It’s called the “keto flu” for a reason: you feel sick. I’ve gone through it, and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. Fortunately, it only lasted four days (2 of them were pretty bad) but then suddenly I woke up feeling much better, less hungry and my energy level was high and consistent throughout the day! While at one point (or three or four) I thought to myself: “what the serious F am I doing? I’m going to die!” but I plowed through it, and when it was over I didn’t regret a thing because what I gained mentally and physically was 100% worth it. Keto and autoimmune disorders I have an autoimmune disease called Ankylosing Spondylitis, and Fibromyalgia to top it off. So, I’m no stranger to brain fog and fatigue, but the fatigue and brain fog that comes with keto flu is a little different, and feel much more like having the regular flu. How long will the keto flu last? It depends. Some people don’t experience any symptoms at all, but some suffer anywhere from a day to a week. In rare cases up to 15 days. Everybody’s bodies are different, and some people handle switching over better than others. You might consider starting keto on the weekend or sometime when you’re able to get good rest deal with the symptoms. For those of you that are going through the keto flu, don’t give up! I know you feel like it’s never going to get better but stick with it and you´ll be so happy you did! I’m telling you, waking up r Continue reading >>
Hot Flashes In Menopause And How To Alleviate Them?
What are hot flashes during menopause and how long do they lasts? Hot flashes in menopause affect nearly 85 percent of middle-aged women. Unfortunately, the sudden hot flushes do not circumvent young people, which is more noticeable in the past few decades. Mentioned problems can very much impair the quality of life, but do not despair, for the solution do the following. Women who face a very unpleasant symptoms are advised drinks based on medicinal plants. Read on to learn how to relieve hot flashes in menopausal women using hops, sage and red clover. Stay tuned. What you need to know about hot flushes Menopause usually occurs between 45 and 55 years of age after 12-month absence of menstruation. Some of the first symptoms that accompany it are hot flashes and night sweats. These sudden heat waves cause blush and sweat, and rapid heartbeat can also occur. The exact cause of their occurrence is not known even today. The doctors believe that hot flashes in menopause are the result of the expansion of blood vessels due to falling of estrogen levels. The most common symptom of this condition is night sweats in women, which cause nervousness, insomnia and irritability. However, proper nutrition, especially towards the end of the day, can significantly reduce hot flashes at night to improve sleep quality. Factors that increase hot flashes Smoking cigarettes. Caffeine and sipping a large quantity of coffee during the day. Alcoholic beverages. Everyday stress. Elevated blood sugar. Overeating especially late in the evening. Tight shoes and clothing made of synthetic materials. How long do hot flashes in menopause last? Sudden heat waves can last only 30 seconds, and 15-20 minutes as individually. Sometimes they occur only at the beginning of menopause, or last for the entire p Continue reading >>
Ketosis Symptoms & Low Carb Flu Explained
What does Ketosis mean exactly, and what are Ketosis symptoms? There are a lot of questions about the Low Carb Flu, also known as “Induction Flu” (based on the Atkins Induction Phase). If you’ve just started eating low carb and you feel miserable, you’re experiencing the low carb flu. Ketosis symptoms include: Headaches, bad breath or a metallic taste in your mouth, irritability (like PMS on steroids! lol), leg cramps, insomnia, nausea, etc. It basically feels like you’ve been hit with a nasty flu. Symptoms vary from person to person. The good news is, it means you’re doing it right! The even better news is… it only lasts a few days. What Is Ketosis? It is a state in which your body burns fat for energy instead of carbs/sugar. A keto state means you are fueling your body on healthy fats instead of carbohydrates. So that saying that “You need carbs for energy!” is untrue. But you DO need either carbohydrates OR healthy fats for energy, which is why you can’t (or shouldn’t) eat “low carb, low fat”. See Low Carb, High Fat Diet Explained Your body and your brain actually operate much better on healthy fats. A ketogenic diet is known to reduce seizures, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, control diabetes and chronic pain issues (fibromyalgia, arthritis, etc) and remedy many other common health issues. The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. Normally, the carbohydrates contained in food are converted into glucose, which is then transported around the body and is particularly important in fuelling brain function. However, if there is very little carbohydrate in the diet, the liver converts fat into fatty acids and ketone bodies. The ketone bodies pas Continue reading >>
Menopause And Keto Dieting
Menopause and Keto Dieting: Too many women are being mistreated during menopause with prescription antidepressants and HRT. The liver can’t convert oral progesterone efficiently, plus most oral progesterone prescriptions are way too high at about 200mg. I had one client gain 40 pounds in a year after starting oral HRT. Where topical creams bypass the liver. Functioning ovaries produce 20mg of progesterone daily, far less than 200mg! A small 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Progest cream helps balance estrogen dominance. Healthy progesterone levels also stimulate new bone growth, help lower anxiety and increase sleep. Antidepressants are not a solution to hormonal problems. If you are truly depressed, medication may be the answer, but less than 10% of people truly have a chemical imbalance… so why are 80% of the clients I see on an antidepressant or anti-anxiety medication?! Well, low progesterone also is the leading cause of anxiety, insomnia and hot flashes. And estrogen determines fat distribution. To top all the uncomfortable things that can follow menopause, prescription antidepressants cause weight gain, low libido and night sweats… the same things you are fighting because of low progesterone! Low hormone output will also raise blood cholesterol and triglycerides because cholesterol produces hormones. All our major hormones are made from cholesterol: estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, thyroid, DHEA, and t estosterone. If we don’t eat enough, our bodies divert cholesterol from our endocrine system to use for brain function and repair. When that happens, it’s almost impossible for our bodies to maintain hormonal balance. Hot flashes, here we come! This is why I suggest everyone to use coconut oil! Lots of healthy fats = healthy hormones! Dr. Frank Tallis found his patien Continue reading >>
Can A Low-carb, No-sugar Diet Cause Night Sweats & Sleepiness?
Reducing your carbohydrates allows you to enter the dietary state of ketosis, where you primarily burn fat for energy instead of sugar. This requires you to severely limit your carbohydrate intake and avoid all sugars. Diets of this sort present certain difficulties, including a lack of energy if you typically run on a high-carbohydrate diet. Consult a health care professional before beginning any diet or exercise program. Video of the Day Low-carbohydrate dieting limits your body's ability to use glycogen for energy. The more you restrict your carbohydrates, and the more you are physically active, the quicker you will experience a loss of energy. Over time, your body becomes more accustomed to running primarily on ketones, free-floating fatty acids, instead of sugar, but it takes a while to adapt to this. If you are following the Atkins diet or a similar variation, this is usually dealt with during a two-week period known as the induction phase. Sleepiness can be the direct result of a lack of energy. Even though you are dieting, if you cut your calories too far, you may be suffering from a lack of total energy to work with. Regardless of the type of diet, excessive caloric restriction can result in both sleeplessness and sleepiness. Until you become accustomed to running on ketones, you may experience sleepiness or euphoria, a dazed feeling, as your body becomes accustomed to having less sugar and more fat to run on. You may sweat more on a low-carbohydrate diet for more than one reason. As your glycogen, or sugar levels deplete, you lose your ability to store water. Each gram of stored glycogen retains 4 g of water. As you must consume as much or more water while dieting than you did before you started your diet, you are going to expel water quickly, and some of this Continue reading >>
Keto Q&a: Hot Flashes And Hormonal Side Effects From Keto, Blood Ketone Readings Fluctuating, Hunger On Keto, Markers For Insulin Resistance, Mold Illness Marker, And More! -- #015
I'm making it my mission to get through as many of YOUR questions as I can for the next few weeks so you get the answers you've been waiting for! Today's episode will help clarify your questions on blood ketone readings, insulin resistance markers, hunger, hot flashes, other hormonal symptoms, and more! I've also been getting LOTS of questions about the inflammatory response I got from mold exposure, so I'm taking the time to go into detail about testing and treatment for that. TOPICS: How to test to see if your body has been affected by mold What treatment steps are necessary to combat mold illness and the inflammatory response it causes Question #1: Why am I getting hot flashes (and other hormonal symptoms) while keto? Question #2: Will my blood ketone readings get higher the longer I am in ketosis? What do low numbers mean? Question #3: What are the signs of being fat-adapted? Question #4: Is it normal for ketone readings to fluctuate throughout the day? Question #5: Why am I so hungry while eating keto? Question #6: Why are fasting glucose readings normal when I suspect insulin resistance? What markers do I test for insulin resistance? IMPORTANT LINKS: HLA-DR gene test link survivingmold.com biotoxinjourney.com More from Shawn Mynar Shawn's Instagram Shawn's Facebook Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Meter Precision Xtra Blood Ketone Test Strips Best Ketone Test - Blood Test Kit Continue reading >>
The Connection Between Weight Loss And Hot Flashes
If you've had one, there's no mistaking it: the sudden, intense, hot feeling in your upper body, perhaps accompanied by a rapid heartbeat, sweating, dizziness, nausea or headache. The initial rush is followed by a warm flush, leaving you red and sweaty. Up to 85 percent of women in the United States experience hot flashes of some kind as they approach menopause and for the first year or two after their periods stop. Between 20 and 50 percent of women continue to have them for many years after as well. But, to the delight of women everywhere, research focused on alleviating these troublesome symptoms is growing. The Link Between Weight and Hot Flashes Studies have found that obese and overweight women, in general, report more severe and more frequent hot flash symptoms. However, the mechanisms underlying this association are not well understood. Hot flashes are mostly caused by the hormonal changes of menopause, but can also be affected by lifestyle and medications. A diminished level of estrogen (seen during menopause) has a direct effect on the hypothalamus, the part of the brain responsible for controlling your body temperature (as well as appetite, sleep cycles and sex hormones). By some physiological mechanism, the drop in estrogen confuses the hypothalamus - which has been called the body's "thermostat" - making it read "too hot." In a recent study, 40 overweight or obese women who were experiencing four or more hot flashes a day were randomized to either behavioral weight loss intervention or a wait-list control. Using physiologic monitoring, a diary and questionnaire, hot flashes were assessed before and after the intervention. The results? Women who were randomized to the intensive intervention reported a significantly greater improvement in hot flashes compared Continue reading >>
The time of life when a woman's ovaries stop producing hormones and menstrual periods stop. Natural menopause usually occurs around age 50. A woman is said to be in menopause when she hasn't had a period for 12 months in a row. PubMed Health Glossary (Source: NIH - National Cancer Institute) About Signs and Symptoms of Menopause About half to two-thirds of women will have hot flashes (also called "hot flushes") and sweats during menopause. These are the most common symptoms. If you have them at night, they can disturb your sleep. In some women hot flashes and sweats are hardly noticeable and do not cause any problems. In others they are sometimes so severe and frequent that it really affects their daily life. Hot flashes last about three minutes on average. How often women have hot flashes, how severe they are and how long they last can also vary from day to day. In most women hot flashes stop on their own after a year or two. But about a third of women have hot flashes for about five years. A few women have them for even longer. The lining of the vagina changes around menopause. It usually becomes thinner and drier. As women get older, their risk of bone fracture increases. Many women also gain a bit of weight around... Read more about Menopause: Symptoms This guideline is a partial update of ‘The epilepsies: the diagnosis and management of the epilepsies in adults and children in primary and secondary care’ (NICE clinical guideline 20, 2004). It updates the pharmacological management sections of the 2004 guideline and also includes the use of the ketogenic diet. In summary, a large number of women in the UK experience menopausal symptoms which, in many cases, can significantly affect their quality of life. It is probable that a minority of these women seek medical Continue reading >>
Hot Flashes *and* Estrogen Dominance?
Lots of questions have come up in response to my latest video about Estrogen Dominance. First of all, let’s bust a myth that hot flashes mean someone necessarily has overall low estrogen levels. Not true! In fact, research does not generally show a correlation between circulating estrogen levels and the incidence (or severity) of hot flashes. Surprised? Most practitioners are. A hot flash is triggered by the hypothalamus in the brain and occurs to release heat that has built up in the body in response to a surge of norepinephrine and/or epinephrine (catecholamines or “stress hormones” – what we typically call “adrenaline”). In fact, a woman can indeed be estrogen dominant (and even have relatively high levels of estrogen) and still wrestle with hot flashes. It is a sudden drop in estrogen (meaning a higher level of variation) that can trigger the cascade that causes a hot flash. But it’s more complex than than… High cortisol, low cortisol, low progesterone, or low serotonin can all be drivers for hot flashes! This is such a fascinating topic; I could go on and on… Clinical study shows that no hot flash remedy works for everyone (e.g. ) My favorite combination that seems to get excellent results for nearly all late perimenopausal women with persistent (day and night) hot flashes includes 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed daily Black cohosh and Vitex twice daily Caffeine reduction Lower alcohol. Elimination of wine (especially red wine!) Dedicated help with Stress Relief and stress management habits. And if you need more oomph – perhaps maca root powder (This is the key item for some – myself included! Start slowly though (e.g 1/2 tsp). It’s highly stimulatory to some, while others need much more (e.g. 1-2 Tbsp)). Chronic stress often causes HPATG axis imbala Continue reading >>
25: Doing Keto Without Testing, Hot Flashes, Gallstones, And Candida On A Very Low-carb Diet
If you are interested in the low-carb, moderate protein, high-fat, ketogenic diet, then this is the podcast for you. We zero in exclusively on all the questions people have about how being in a state of nutritional ketosis and the effects it has on your health. There are a lot of myths about keto floating around out there and our two amazing cohosts are shooting them down one at a time. Keto Talk is cohosted by 10-year veteran health podcaster and international bestselling author Jimmy Moore from “Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb” and Arizona osteopath and certified bariatric physician Dr. Adam Nally from “Doc Muscles” who thoroughly share from their wealth of experience on the ketogenic lifestyle each and every Thursday. We love hearing from our fabulous Ketonian listeners with new questions–send an email to Jimmy at [email protected] And if you’re not already subscribed to the podcast on iTunes and listened to the past episodes, then you can do that and leave a review HERE. Listen in today as Jimmy and Adam bring their A-game answering all of your questions in Episode 25! KEY QUOTE: “We know if the triglyceride suddenly spikes, you will see the potential for the formation of stones or small pebbles within the gallbladder. So the risk for gallstones occurs when there’s a spike in triglycerides.” — Dr. Adam Nally Here’s what Jimmy and Adam talked about in Episode 25: – What are the benefits of ketosis and supplements on heart health? Hey Jimmy and The Doc, I’m loving the Keto Talk podcast! I’d love to hear about the benefits of nutritional ketosis on heart health? I know you already touched on this topic a little bit in Episode 8 but perhaps you can cover some of physiological effects of nutritional ketosis on the heart and related health Continue reading >>
Menopause Sucks! Even On A Paleo Diet
I’ve been hesitating to post about this topic again, and more specifically about me personally and menopause. I’m officially post menopause. No menstrual cycle for 2 years now, or is it 3? Somehow it’s a far more defining landmark in my life that turning 40, and then 50. I didn’t feel any different at those ages than I did at 30. Even now I still feel mid thirties. (I’d say in my 20’s, but due to my immature brain back then the 30’s are more appropriate.) Menopause for me is filled with negative connotations and associations; hair turning grey, jaw line losing it’s definition, bodies sagging and thick around the middle. Butts disappearing and upper arms flapping. Brain power degenerating, and mind and willpower going soft. And I imagine the world looking at us menopausal women and judging us as past our prime, no longer vibrant and attractive, less able, less dynamic, less smart. These changes marking the start of the long slow decline into old age and retirement. Menopause is a turning point. My body is no longer fertile, hormone levels that keep us young and healthy decline dramatically with uncomfortable physical, psychological and cognitive consequences. Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone levels in my body are now barely measurable. Everything I considered normal about myself has changed. While going through menopause, for a while I thought I’d lost my mind, I forgot where I put everything. When studying for exams, I couldn’t remember as easily as I used to be able to, it took so much more effort. When writing assignments, I struggled to keep a lot of ideas in my mind the way I could in the past. Hot flushes which started out as “wow this is interesting” have become a tedious regular intrusion. Triggered by the smallest things – a smal Continue reading >>
Keto Diet: 10 Benefits (& Potential Drawbacks)
Now on to Keto diets. Keto diets work. Even among patients initially doubtful, once they get into ketosis and see impressive, gratifying, often times instant results, they become believers. If you didn’t read my previous blog on the significant health benefits of an alkaline diet, please consider reviewing that here. And after you learn more about the health effects of a keto diet (in this blog), my next blog will talk about the power of combining the two in my Keto-Alkaline™ Diet. You can also download my brand new, FREE, ebook on Keto-Alkaline principles entitled, “The Secret Science of Staying Slim, Sane and Sexy After 40” here, as well! Experts have used keto diets since the 1920s for epilepsy, beginning in the 1960’s for obesity, and over the last decade for numerous conditions including diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), acne, neurological diseases, cancer, respiratory disease, and cardiovascular disease. Keto diets can address numerous health conditions During her initial consult, my 47-year-old patient Margaret expressed concern about several of these issues. She had done several commercial diets over the past decade with varying results. She’s not alone, right? None had remedied her polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), and her doctor remained baffled about how to treat it. Acne, a history of depression, familial Type 2 diabetes, and about 40 extra pounds accompanied those frustrations. While getting to a point where she felt happy took about a month, a keto diet became Margaret’s remedy. She reversed PCOS, her acne cleared up, she had more steady moods, and the scales started moving in her favor. She’s not alone. In my practice, I’ve witnessed how keto diets can benefit numerous conditions, including these 10: Weight loss. When patien Continue reading >>