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Interview mit Dr. Lüscher in der Zeitschrift astrea Apotheke

Interview mit Dr. Lüscher in der Zeitschrift astrea Apotheke

Vitaler Kickstart in den Frühsommer

Der Mai ist da! Doch während die Bäume schon kräftig ausschlagen, hängen Sie noch ein wenig in den Seilen? Keine Bange, denn da lässt sich etwas nachhelfen.

Von blauen Beeren bis zu gelben Peperoni: Früchte und Gemüse in unterschiedlichen Farben machen nicht nur Lust auf den Frühsommer. In ihnen stecken gesunde Ballast- und Vitalstoffe. Warum es damit alleine nicht getan ist, weiss der Mediziner und Spezialist für orthomolekulare Medizin, Dr. med. Heinz Lüscher.

«An apple a day keeps the doctor away.» Würde ein Apfel täglich den Doktor fernhalten, dann hätten Ärzte wie Sie doch gar nichts zu tun.

Dr. med. Heinz Lüscher: Wenn das tatsächlich so wäre, ja (lacht). Natürlich enthält der Apfel eine Vielzahl von Vitalstoffen, die für den Körper wichtig sind. Die Wirkung einiger dieser Stoffe ist noch nicht oder nur unzureichend erforscht. Man tut sich damit etwas Gutes, aber mit dem Apfelessen alleine ist es nicht getan. Und das gilt auch für andere Nahrungsmittel.

Reicht eine gesunde, ausgewogene Ernährung nicht aus? Die ist natürlich die Basis. Allerdings hat sich in den letzten hundert Jahren viel getan: Früher war unsere Nahrung noch vollwertig, die Böden wurden nicht so intensiv genutzt wie heute. Heute sind die Äcker ausgelaugt, geerntetes Gemüse und Früchte enthalten nicht mehr ausreichend Vitalstoffe. Besonders der Gehalt von Antioxidantien, also von sekundären Pflanzenstoffen und Spurenelementen wie Selen, ist in den vergangenen Jahren nachweislich zurückgegangen. Hinzu kommen Pestizide, die in der konventionellen Landwirtschaft eingesetzt werden. Man kann also, auch wenn man viel Gemüse und viele Früchte zu sich nimmt, einen Nährstoffmangel haben.

Wann ist es sinnvoll, wann sogar notwendig, Nahrungsergänzungspräparate einzunehmen? Da gibt es zahlreiche Beispiele. Nehmen wir das Vitamin B12. Es ist unter anderem wichtig für die Produktion roter Blutkörperchen. Zudem kann ein Mangel an Vitamin B12 zu schweren, teils irreparablen Schädigungen des zentralen Nervensystems führen. Weil es ausschliesslich in tierischen Nahrungsmitteln vorkommt, müssen es Veganer, manchmal auch Vegetarier, ergänzen. Grundsätzlich empfehle ich Patienten, die keine oder wenig tierische Nahrungsmittel zu sich nehmen, regelmässig die Vitamin-B12- und die Eisenwerte im Blut kontrollieren zu lassen.

Wie machen sich fehlende Nährstoffe bemerkbar? Jeder Mikronährstoff ist wichtig für den Stoffwechsel. Man kann davon ausgehen, dass es Tausende von Mikronährstoffen gibt. Mangelt es dem Organismus an einigen dieser Komponenten, sind gleich mehrere Stoffwechselprozesse im Körper gestört. Ein Zustand, der sich zunächst als Energiemangel und Abgeschlagenheit bemerkbar macht. Man spricht dann auch vom chronischen Fatigue-Syndrom. Im zweiten Schritt entstehen Krankheiten. Leider sehen die Standardlaboruntersuchungen nur die Kontrolle weniger Mikronährstoffe im Blut vor. Andere Mängel bleiben meist unerkannt. Ohne Diagnose wird der Patient nicht selten über kurz oder lang als psychisch gestört abgestempelt.

Und solche Patienten kommen dann zu Ihnen? Ja, auch. In der Regel sind es aber Menschen, bei denen die Diagnose feststeht: Meist sind sie chronisch krank und haben Probleme mit dem Darm, neurologische Krankheiten wie multiple Sklerose, Parkinson oder Krebs.

Wie gehen Sie vor, wenn ein Patient zu Ihnen kommt? Als Erstes erfolgt eine 20- bis 30-minütige Anamnese, also eine umfassende Patientenbefragung. Hinzu kommen die Ergebnisse aus dem Labor (Blutbild). Daraus erfolgt der Therapievorschlag – je nach Diagnose werden auch schulmedizinische Medikamente miteinbezogen.

Woran mangelt es denn besonders oft? An Vitamin D3. Es wird über die UVBestrahlung der Haut gebildet. Für eine ausreichende Vitamin-D3-Versorgung reicht die Sonne in unseren Breiten allerdings nicht aus. Es ist also wichtig, dass wir D3 in ausreichender Menge zuführen. Häufig bleibt auch ein Magnesiummangel über längere Zeit unentdeckt, denn Magnesium wird in Standardlaboruntersuchungen so gut wie nie gemessen.

Können Sie sich an Patienten erinnern, die besonders von einer Therapie mit bestimmten Mikronährstoffen profitiert haben? Das geschieht sogar sehr oft, gerade bei Patienten mit Reizdarm. Viele haben bereits einen langen Leidensweg hinter sich und verspüren schon nach wenigen Wochen Therapie eine Verbesserung. Bei konsequenter Einnahme bestimmter Mikronährstoffe kann das Reizdarmsyndrom innerhalb von sechs bis zwölf Monaten komplett ausheilen. Liegt ausserdem eine Gluten- oder Laktoseintoleranz vor, muss selbstverständlich begleitend eine entsprechende Diät eingehalten werden.

Wo stösst die Vitalstofftherapie an ihre Grenzen? Das geschieht genau wie bei anderen Therapien auch. Die orthomolekulare Medizin ist oft zielführend, doch Wunder vollbringt sie nicht. Besonders, wenn das Leiden sehr vielschichtig ist, wie zum Beispiel ein Burn-out: Hier greifen psychische und körperliche Faktoren ineinander.

Können Nahrungsergänzungsmittel bei einer Überdosierung gefährlich werden? Hier eine generelle Aussage zu machen, ist schwierig. Aufpassen sollte man bei fettlöslichen Vitaminen wie Aund E. Sie können unter Umständen, speziell bei einer Überdosierung oder/ und wenn sie über längere Zeit eingenommen werden, schädlich sein. Auf der anderen Seite muss man sich die Studien, die teilweise einen riesigen Hype in den Medien auslösen und für Verängstigung bei den Konsumenten sorgen, genau anschauen. Viele dieser Untersuchungen genügen wissenschaftlichen Standards nicht. Mikronährstoffe deshalb pauschal als gefährlich anzusehen, ist undifferenziert und irreführend.

Wenn es der Frühling noch nicht geschafft haben sollte: Welche Mikronährstoffe bringen uns jetzt in Hochform? Zum Beispiel Coenzym Q10, ein wichtiges, körpereigenes Coenzym, das einen entscheidenden Einfluss auf den Energiehaushalt unserer Zellen hat. Es wirkt stark antioxidativ, schützt also vor freien Radikalen. Kombiniert mit dem biologischen Wasserstoff NADH (Nicotinamid Adenin Dinucleotid Hydrid, auch Coenzym 1), kann man dem Energiehaushalt ein wenig auf die Sprünge helfen. Wer gesund ist, bei dem genügen zweimal 10 mg NADH und 30 mg Coenzym Q10 täglich.

Empfehlen Sie auch manchmal Basenpräparate? Wenn der Urin übersäuert ist und der pH-Wert unter 6 liegt, rate ich zu einer Basenkur.

Verraten Sie uns abschliessend, was Sie selbst tun, um fit und gesund zu bleiben? Ich versuche, mir ausreichend Erholungszeit und Bewegung zu gönnen und achte auf meine psychische Gesundheit. Und ich helfe ein bisschen mit Mikronährstoffen nach.

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The intestine is an underestimated organ.

The intestine is an underestimated organ.

The intestine is an underestimated organ.

 

The intestine is a neglected but fascinating organ. On the one hand, the intestine is something like the central training camp of the immune system. This is where our defence cells learn to distinguish good from bad intruders. 70% of all immune cells are located in the intestine, and almost 80% of all immune reactions take place here. If the intestine is healthy, we are better protected against diseases.

 

Complex intestinal brain

 

The intestine also has an astonishing nervous system, the intestinal brain. More than one hundred million nerve cells control the complex movements of the intestine. On the other hand, the intestine constantly collects information about our body condition and is closely connected to the brain via the nervous system. If something is wrong in the intestine, we don’t only feel physically bad, but also psychologically. That this is true can be seen in our vernacular language, which has known for a long time:  love goes through the stomach, anger can hit us in the stomach, I wet myself, or you have butterflies in your stomach. All these linguistic references illustrate the connection between the intestine and the nervous system.

 

Gut influences our mood

 

Up to now it has been assumed that illnesses such as depression occur largely in the head. Yet, there is more and more evidence that the whole body, and especially the intestine, has a strong influence on our mood. For example, Norwegian researchers have shown that in the intestines of depressed patients some bacterial species are more common, while others are almost completely absent. In addition, an American study has shown that participants who ate lactic acid bacteria for one month reacted more calmly to emotionally disturbing images. In the digestive tract, a large number of calming and mood-lightening hormones are produced. If the intestinal flora is disturbed, this also negatively affects the production of these messenger substances.

 

Intestinal flora influences health

 

When looking at the intestinal flora we find:  A healthy intestine contains up to 100 trillion bacteria. This is about the same amount of cells an adult is made up of. They colonise our intestines, split our food up, live off this food and at the same time make it digestible for us. Not only is the number of bacteria important, but also their diversity: in a healthy intestine there are about 1000 different species. The greater this diversity of the so-called micro biome is, the healthier we are. Stress, unbalanced nutrition or medication can quickly disturb this delicate balance and we become more susceptible to disease. Antibiotics also destroy a large part of the healthy micro biome each time they are administered and can cause a large number of secondary diseases.

 

Conclusion: The intestine is responsible for our immune system, has its own brain, accommodates a multitude of small helpers, produces hormones and can influence our mood. This should be reason enough to invest in a healthy intestine.

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Leaky Gut Syndrome

Leaky Gut Syndrome

The intestine plays an important role in the immune system, is closely connected to the brain, it houses together with the micro biome, a large number of small helpers and can influence our mood. With so many tasks, it is not surprising that an intestinal disorder such as Leaky Gut Syndrome can be jointly responsible for numerous clinical pictures.

 

Rigorous protection against external influences

 

The intestinal wall is protected by a layer of mucus against harmful environmental influences such as bacteria, viruses or harmful substances. Beneath this are the mucosal cells, which are closely connected to each other. If the mucous membrane is intact, the body actively absorbs nutrients from food in finely regulated processes (absorption). In contrast, indigestible food components and other undesirable substances remain in the intestines and are excreted.

 

With Leaky Gut syndrome, the mucous membrane is damaged and becomes more permeable. Gaps occur between the mucous membrane cells and the intestine becomes leaky.  Together with other factors (genetic predisposition, environmental influences), this can lead to a variety of complaints, disorders or illnesses.

 

Perforated intestine leads to a fatal spiral

 

The causes of a Leaky Gut syndrome are manifold. Initially, there could be an infection caused by bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Other triggers including drugs (e. g. antibiotics, painkillers), or toxins such as nicotine, alcohol, heavy metals and other environmental pollutants. Nutrition also plays a role (sugar-rich food, many saturated fatty acids). Once the intestinal mucosa has become leaky, chronic immune reactions to certain foods can develop and trigger a fatal spiral. These immune reactions weaken and additionally damage the mucous membrane.

 

Correlation between leaky Gut and up to 120 autoimmune diseases

 

Leaky Gut syndrome can cause chronic digestive problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, flatulence, cramps or irritable bowel syndrome. The immune system may be misregulated or cause chronic inflammatory intestinal diseases such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis. Damaged mucous membranes increase the amount of environmental pollutants, bacteria and other substances that enter the blood stream. Experts also suspect that up to 120 autoimmune diseases may be associated with a damaged intestinal mucosa.

 

Treatment is possible

 

Therapy is always based on individual findings. It is almost always necessary to change one's diet, administer prebiotics and probiotics as well as supplemental administration of vital nutrients.

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Depression

Depression

Are antidepressants disease causing?

Serotonin is an important messenger and neurotransmitter. Since 1965, researchers have suspected a link between depression and a low level of serotonin in the brain. From the 1980s onwards, this hypothesis received a great deal of attention. At that time, a new type of antidepressant was developed, the Selective Serotonin Recovery Inhibitors (SSRIs). They cause the serotonin secreted in the brain to remain in the synaptic gap for a longer period of time, stimulating the recipient cells and preventing the SSRIs from being absorbed back into the cells too quickly.

Untested Hypothesis

To date, the pharmaceutical industry has been spreading the above mentioned message to the market about its SSRI-type antidepressants: depression is based on imbalance in the brain and antidepressants are correcting it. However, the thesis has one crucial flaw: it has not been proven in any of the investigations undertaken to date. Some depressed people have a higher serotonin level than healthy people. Nobody knows what a normal value is. Many researchers now suspect that serotonin is only indirectly associated with depression.

This does not mean that a healthy serotonin level is not important. However, it is precisely this level where the drugs tend to muddy the water. It has been known for decades that the density of serotonin docking sites decrease by 25% after only one month if SSRIs are taken. Other researchers report that these receptors decrease by 50% in chronic SSRI administration. To date, the consequences of this has not been clarified. The only thing that is clear: instead of compensating for a hypothetical imbalance in the brain, the SSRIs cause this imbalance in the first place. It is unclear whether the serotonin system is impaired before treatment, yet during the treatment it has certainly changed.

Results suggest – it’s hardly better than a placebo

In addition, the effect of the SSRI is anything but clear. An important review study found that in 57% of the studies, there is no difference between the tested drug and a placebo (sugar pill). And 82% of the improvement achieved with antidepressants was also achieved with the placebo. Only in the small group of severely depressed patients do antidepressants seem to be significantly more effective than the placebo.

Nevertheless, SSRIs are still frequently prescribed, even in mild or even subliminal depressions. In view of the side effects, this is a dangerous practice. Relatively harmless side effects such as disorders of sexual disfunction, insomnia, nausea or diarrhoea are common. The increased risk of suicide is even more frightening: especially among children and adolescents, suicide attempts increased so much during SSRI administration that the package leaflets now must warn against it. Time and time again there are reports of delusional acts carried out under the influence of these tablets. In the United States, there is compelling evidence that the vast majority of massacres in schools were carried out under the influence of psychotropic drugs. The well-known filmmaker Michael Moore believes this connection should be investigated as soon as possible.

Antidepressants - could lead to depression?

Meanwhile, it is believed that the drugs used to alleviate depression are actually responsible (in part at least) for the epidemic of psychiatric illnesses we now experience worldwide. This is one of the claims made by the US science journalist Robert Whitaker. His thesis in short: Many patients are treated with SSRIs unnecessarily due to their initial minor symptoms. This may lead to an improvement of symptoms in the short term. However, the longer the treatment lasts, the more likely it is that the biochemical processes of the brain become more out of sync. There is a habitual effect and the efficacy of the medication decreases. New symptoms may appear in the form of side effects and this can become a pharmaceutical spiral. The Italian psychiatrist Giovanni Fava says: "Antidepressants may be beneficial in the short term for depression, but they could worsen the course of the disease in the long term." Also in a commentary in the journal "Journal of Clinical Psychiatry", which is seldom openly discussed: "Long-term use of antidepressants is now very common”.

Genuine sympathy is crucial if we want to help

What does this mean for those affected? Depression is not a harmless condition and the people affected should be helped. Studies have shown that drugs, psychotherapy, social support, sports, acupuncture or pseudo-treatments are all equally useful. That is why there are researchers who argue that if such different treatments work equally well, it may not even be possible to find out what one should do about depression. All that matters is that something is done. They are thus adopting a thesis developed by the psychiatrist Jerome Frank, about half a century ago; it is crucial that the patient be thoroughly examined, receive an explanation for his or her suffering, create hope and finally practise a therapeutic ritual with an acknowledged expert. Whether the specialist prescribes a drug or conducts conversations, however, is irrelevant. For us laymen, this would mean: we need to assist affected persons intensively and with real sympathy, to brighten up the mood, to suggest natural alternatives like Aronia Berries or Pollen and to work towards a lasting change of the affected person’s life circumstances which may be causing the illness. On the other hand, antidepressants of the SSRI type should be avoided with mild depression.

 

P. S.: Psychotropic drugs should not be discontinued, or the dosage reduced without consulting your medical professional. A sudden drop in blood pressure can lead to considerable psychological and physical reactions. If you want to adapt an existing medication, you should always do this in cooperation with your doctor.

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Sugar consumption declared harmless in bought studies

Sugar consumption declared harmless in bought studies

The sugar-coated lie: In the 1960's, the US sugar industry deceived consumers in a similar way to the tobacco industry. Scientists and researchers were paid to present sugar in a positive light and place the blame for increasing cardiovascular disease entirely on fat.  This misconception persists to this day and has devastating consequences. The theory stubbornly persists, against better knowledge, that an increased cholestrol level leads to arterial calcification and therefore heart attacks (see blog article "The Cholestrol Lies")

Scientists paid by the sugar industry

In 1957, British nutritionist, John Yudkin, suspected that saturated fats could lead to cardiovascular disease, but noted that other factors, such as sugar, were "at least equally important". This was confirmed in further studies. In 1965, one study concluded that the blood glucose values allow a better prediction of arterial calcification than the cholestrol values. The sugar industry decided to take action by launching media reports. As recently revealed by US professor Stanton Glanz, two research scientists were commissioned to conduct an overview study of the metabolism of sugars and fats and were very generously paid.  The two scientists obligingly showed their appreciation by concluding that there was 'no doubt' that the only way to prevent cardiovascular disease was to reduce cholesterol . No mention was made of the possible role of sugar.

Less sugar, less medication

To date, no concusive biological evidence has been found to prove that an increased cholestrol level leads to the dreaded calcification of blood vessels. In a study conducted over 60 years and including 68 094 participancts, a high LDL cholestrol level was linked to a lower death rate rather than a higher death rate. This conclusion is in direct contrast to the current cholestrol hyposthesis which concludes that cholestrol, especially LDL cholestrol, leads to arterial calcification and health problems. But, there is little interest in the new discovery since the pharmaceutical industry earns billions from cholestrol lowering drugs.  To abandon these drugs and to consume less sugar simultaneously does not appear to be an option. The true cause of arteriosclerosis is unclear and more research needs to be done. However, a high sugar consumption certainly plays a role.

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Getting rid of nail fungal infections requires patience

Getting rid of nail fungal infections requires patience

Nail fungus is a common disorder of the finger and toe nails. Affected nails become thicker and turn a white or yellowish- brown colour. The cause is a fungal infection of the nail bed, affecting toenails more frequently than fingernails. The fungus can be contracted at school, home, whilst having a manicure or pedicure, or at a public swimming pool. The fungus is persistent and often spreads to other nails.

Nail fungus looks unsightly

Nail fungus is mostly a cosmetic and psychosocial problem. It looks unpleasant, can cause embarrassment and fear of the infection being passed on. However, because the nail thickens, the surrounding skin may become inflammed and painful.

Treatment requires patience

Nails grow from the nail root which is hidden 3-5mm behind the nail, under the skin.  This is the area to target for treatment. The fungus must be prevented from forming during the formation of the nail.  It is too late for parts of the nail that are already affected and the only solution is to wait for the nail to grow out and to trim off the affected area. This treatment is therefore a slow, lengthy process requiring patience.

How to treat nail fungal infections

I have had very good results with cinnamon, habanero or chili and artemesia. These natural substances all have excellent anti fungal properties.  There are creams available which contain all three substances. It is important to treat the skin behind the nail where the nail roots are located, rather than the nail itself, by applying the cream daily.  After about 3 months you will observe a clear, uninfected nail emerging from the skin. However, the treatment must be continued for between 9 months and a year to ensure that the fungus has been erradicated successfully and entirely.

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Competitive sports and nutrition

Competitive sports and nutrition

Competitive sport and nutrition


Institute for Sports Medicine

SALUTO is the largest centre of excellence in the German-speaking world for top athletes. It is led by the sports scientist, Prof. Dr. Elmar Wienecke, who also holds a qualification in training from the football league. The centre has medical data from 10 000 top athletes and several thousand other competitive athletes - a treasure trove of information for sports medicine. However, the importance regarding the field of nutrition is still not fully appreciated.

Injuries due to a lack of micronutrients/nutraceuticals 

72% of all sports injuries are not due to external effects.  Muscles, tendons, ligaments and even bones are injured due to sporting strain, often due to a lack of vital nutrients.  If the minerals and trace elements in the athletes blood are measured, the results are usually normal. Nevertheless, many athletes have a severe deficiency in these minerals at a cellular level, but they are unaware of it.

The optimal supply of micronutrients

Optimal care of the athletes micronutrient requirement leads to a significantly higher level of performance and fewer injuries.  Top athletes usually lack the following micronutrients:

  • Protein, especially essential amino acids  (recommendation: Product MAP, which stands for Master Amino Acid Pattern)
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Selenium
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin C
  • Omega-3 fatty acids and L-carnitine

Other more rare trace elements should also be kept in mind.

The right diet

Athletes require a higher intake of carbohydrates which should, whenever possible, be taken in the complex form ie.e wholegrain products.  Before each training session, the glycogen stores in the muscles and the liver should be replenished. Sugar and white flour promote inflammation and hyperacidity. The protein requirement of an athlete is much higher than that of a couch potato, as is the need for fatty acids. Interestingly, athletes also need 3-4 times more micronutrients. Tests carried out on professional athletes show that even with a 4 times higher intake, they often still have a deficiency.

Faster recovery

After each training session and competition, the body is highly acidic and flooded with free radicals. Therefore, antioxidants are vitally important for faster regeneration and recovery.  The easiest way to do this is to add antioxidants to an isotonic drink. I recommend a product called Aronia Shots (available from Kingnature) to the athletes that I treat. It is advisable to consult a specialist, but one thing is certain: The correct diet is extremely powerful!

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrom

Chronic Fatigue Syndrom

Chronic Fatigue

Countless people feel abnormally tired and would gladly take to their beds by late afternoon. Most people who mention this symptom to their doctor will not be given a diagnosis despite a thorough examination. If the hemoglobin, iron and thyroid levels are normal, there is not much the doctor can recommend.  Frequently, the actual causes of fatigue are chronic stress, micronutrient deficiency or hormonal deficiency.

Chronic Stress, Burnout

People who are stressed produce more cortisol in the adrenal cortex. However, the adrenal gland is only able to produce large amounts of cortisol for approximately 3 years after which it falls into an exhaustive state and produces a dramatically decreased amount of cortisol. This results in burnout, a state of complete physical and mental exhaustion.  By conducting a simple test, the cortisol day profile, it can be determined if a patient is still in a state of high stress (high cortisol level) or burnout (low cortisol level).

Micronutrients

Anyone who doesn't have a balanced diet will suffer from a lack of essential nutrients sooner or later.  Young people who tend to avoid fresh fruit and vegetables in favour of the daily consumption of sugary foods and energy drinks are highly likely to suffer from debilitating fatigue in early adulthood.

In such cases, there is no need for expensive medical investigation, but rather simple advice on healthy eating. If the cells lack the micronutrients, the mitochondria cannot produce energy. If individual cells lack energy, the whole body suffers from exhaustion. The cure is simple:  replenish all the essential nutrients through healthy nutrition. To accelerate the healing process, the intake of natural vitamins and minerals can be increased by using Moringa and Aroinia extract.

Intestinal diseases

One of the main reasons for the insufficient absorption of essential nutrients is chronic inflammation of the intestine in the form of Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, both of which are easily treatable.

Hormone deficiency

People seldomly associate chronic fatigue with a hormone imbalance. Humans have around 150 hormones of which only 20 have been explored. Our hormones function in a finely balanced relationship with each other which is easily upset by stress, the contraceptive pill, medication and many other factors. Lack of estriol, progesterone or testosterone can result in fatigue and many other symptoms.  Whenever fatigue is a symptom, a measurement of the hormones is urgently recommended (a saliva test is more accurate than a blood test).

 

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Losing weight - But how?

Losing weight - But how?

Losing weight - but how?

Overweight as a global problem

Globally, it is estimated that 2 billion people are overweight. That is about a quarter of the world's population. In Switzerland, in 2012, there were over 40 per cent of the inhabitants, who had a body mass index of more than 25 and were therefore considered to be overweight. Being overweight not only reduces the quality of life of those affected but also harms their health. Common consequences of being overweight are type II diabetes, high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure, which in turn can promote cardiovascular disease and strokes. The cost of all these subsequent illnesses of being overweight are estimated to be around CHF 6 billion a year in Switzerland.

Eat less carbohydrates - especially in the evening

How to lose weight? My basic recommendation is to halve the portion size of the side dishes (pasta, potatoes, bread and rice), double the vegetable portions and, if possible, forgo sweets and sugary drinks. The calorie intake is usually reduced by approx. 10%, and the carbohydrates should only be eaten in the morning and at noon. Consuming carbohydrates in the evening increase the insulin levels throughout the whole night and thus blocks the natural fat loss when your insulin levels are lower. Exercise and sport are important, but ultimately contribute little to weight reduction. Not recommended is a radical approach of completely fasting: the body then turns on an emergency program and prevents fat loss. Only water is excreted and muscles are broken down.

Are the hormones in order?

Anyone who does not lose a gram of weight despite adhering to these measures mentioned above, should have their progesterone level measured in their saliva. A lack of this hormone also prevents fat loss.

Food supplements

Finally, fat-burning food supplements, e.g. Coffea Vida, a preparation based on green coffee beans, can be taken. This extract of unroasted green coffee is rich in chlorogenic acid, a substance which, in threefold sense, acts on the blood-sugar level:

Chlorogenic acid inhibits the uptake of glucose (dextrose) in the intestine,
Chlorogenic acid inhibits the enzyme glucose-6-phosphatase, which leads to increased degradation of the glycogen stores in the liver and muscles,
Chlorogenic acid inhibits the enzyme amylase, so that the starch in the food cannot be split into glucose.
Overall, the blood glucose level increases less after eating, whereby less fat is formed and the desired weight can be reached and held. This anti-inflammatory effect of green coffee beans also makes it a promising candidate for the treatment of Type II diabetes - in addition to dried mulberry leaves, which also have a blood sugar suppression.

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Reduce body weight with green coffee and brown algae powder

Reduce body weight with green coffee and brown algae powder

 In a previous blog, I described how to reduce your body weight in a sustained way: you must halve the portion size of the side dishes (pasta, potatoes, bread and rice), double the vegetable portions and forgo sweets and sugary drinks. The calorie intake is usually reduced by approx. 10%. The carbohydrates should only be eaten in the morning and at noon. Consuming carbohydrates in the evening increase the insulin levels throughout the whole night and thus blocks the natural fat loss when your insulin levels are lower. Exercise and sport are important, but ultimately contribute little to weight reduction.

Green coffee and brown algae

You can support fat loss with food supplements such as extracts of green coffee. Green, non-roasted coffee is rich in chlorogenic acid, a substance which, in a threefold sense, acts on the blood glucose level. As a result, less fat is formed and the desired weight can be reached and held.

Brown algae powder can also support weight loss. These algae are rich in long-chain polyphenols, which reduce the activity of two important digestive enzymes (lipase and amylase) by about 50%. As lipases are necessary for the digestion of fats and amylases splits carbohydrate chains, brown algae powder reduces the digestion of fats and carbohydrates. In studies, volunteers lost on average 2.8 kg over an 8-week time frame. 

If you eat less carbohydrates and at the same time take products that contain both an extract of green coffee beans and brown algae powder, you have good chance to permanently reduce your body weight.

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