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Weight Loss – Focus on healing your gut

The way that I work with clients who come to me wanting to lose weight, is not to focus on cutting calories, but to focus on the health of their gut. As they heal their gut, they find that they lose weight as a natural side effect.

The gut is healed by removing inflammatory foodstuffs and putting things in place to help the body naturally detoxify.

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Obesity isn’t rocket science, it’s much more complicated

Take a human from 50,000 years ago and one from the 1950s and they won’t look much different. Until then we were generally emaciated looking creatures running around this planet. In the last 70 years our bodies have dramatically changed beyond recognition; this has never happened to humans on this scale before.

We are quick to assume that being overweight is as a result of eating too much and not doing enough exercise, but that is a huge indictment on modern day human beings who in the last 60 years have created the internet, mobile phones, aeroplanes and life-saving medicines and to name a few. This suggests that we haven’t all been lazying around eating cake – something else is going on here. We’ve spent 50 years trying to tackle obesity by encouraging people to eat less and move more. It hasn’t worked. As Dr George Bray, who has been researching obesity since 1950s, says “Obesity isn’t rocket science, it’s much more complicated!”

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Antibiotics and intensive farming

In the 1950s we introduced antibiotics to livestock and also began intensive farming with the use of pesticides, insecticides and fertilisers. With the advent of the fridge and freezer and women going to work, the food industry was under pressure to create food with a shelf-live so they dried it, added salt and sugar, and put it on our supermarket shelves, which are unrecognisable from our local grocery store 70 years ago. At the same time the obesity epidemic began, starting in America and sweeping through Europe and into Asia.

Antibiotics not only stops infection from spreading through livestock, it also fattens animals up quicker, an added bonus for our intensive animal farmers. If antibiotics make animals fatten up quickly, then why not humans too and this may be one, amongst many, of the reasons for the obesity epidemic. Scientists proved this in 1953 with a trial of antibiotics on US Navy recruits to try and reduce spread of infections. They incidentally discovered that the recruits also gained weight and they saw this by-product as a good thing in terms of nutritional value that the antibiotics may offer, rather than an alarming indicator of things to come.

Toxins and the liver

Antibiotics together with our chemical laden, carbohydrate rich, processed foods has resulted in a build-up of toxins in our body. Our liver is responsible for eliminating toxins from our body, but if the liver becomes overloaded and cannot process all the toxins sent its way, it puts them into our fat cells for safe storage, away from our vital organs. At this point it is important to note that pesticides are not water soluble otherwise they would be washed away in water, instead they are fat soluble so when ingested they come to rest in our fat cells. But here’s the thing, the liver will not burn a toxic fat cell, because if it does it will release the toxins back into the body. In fact, the liver will choose to burn muscle and bone for energy, before it will burn a toxic fat cell. So, no matter how much exercise you do, until you detoxify your body, the fat in your fat cells will not be used for energy and you will not lose your body fat.