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Dr. Corinne: How to Keep the 'Not Good Enough' Lie from Derailing Your Quest for Better Health

Dr. Corinne Weaver : Feb 28, 2020  DrCorinneWeaver.com

As March approaches, are you still committed to your New Year's resolution? Many people desire to lose weight so that they are "good enough". Reflect on the Scriptures I share and in the process of getting healthier don't let the devil win.

I probably don't need to explain what the feeling of "not good enough" means. Because maybe we've all been there a few times. Last year I started a Podcast called "No More Meds". I was so excited to do it and was so overly prepared. I mean I bought all the equipment, went to a seminar, and hired the right people to help me get the Podcast launched. I did a few and stopped. I knew God wanted to use my voice to bring healing to others but why did I stop? (Screengrab image)

The enemy came into my mind to attack. The main voice I kept hearing was "You are not good enough". I am not a big fan of my voice and my punctuation. I have been made fun of my entire life of my inability to pronounce words correctly. I let the enemy win and stopped my Podcast, but all year God has been tugging at my heart to start again.

My patients keep reminding me how much they love how I take big fancy medical terms and turn them into stories they can relate to. I didn't realize it was a gift from God. He gives me pictures to help understand how our bodies function. See, I go to health seminars every month to learn from the best doctors around and when I come back, I take what I learned and do my best to educate others in a simpler method. I am obsessed with learning and have been since I was little.

I plan to relaunch my Podcast next month in March and remember "there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus." Romans 8:1

This is my 109th article for Breaking Christian News and I feel honored to write to you two times a month. If you want to listen as well, feel free to subscribe to my No More Meds Podcast. My main purpose is to fulfill His purpose for me. "The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands." Psalm 138:8

As March approaches, are you still committed to your New Year's resolution? Many people desire to lose weight so that they are "good enough". Reflect on the Scriptures I shared above and in the process of getting healthier don't let the devil win. Here are some tips on our metabolism.

What is metabolism?

Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy.  Metabolism occurs around the clock, even when you are sleeping.  In fact, the term used for what your body burns at rest is called resting metabolic rate and accounts for up to 50-75% of total calorie expenditure1.  The brain, liver, kidneys, and heart account for about half of the energy burned at rest, while fat, the digestive system, and especially the body's muscles account for the rest.2  Energy needs for your body's basic functions stay fairly consistent and aren't easily changed.  Many people may blame their metabolism for weight gain. This is rarely the case.  However, there are ways to improve your metabolism which will increase the number of calories you burn.  Let's take a closer look at a few. 

Exercise

If there is one thing that you have complete control over it is the amount of physical activity you get.  It is as simple as this: the more active you are, the more calories you burn.  Building more muscle with some strength training can be marginally helpful as well because muscle uses a lot more energy than fat while at rest.  In fact, 10 pounds of muscle would burn 50 calories in a day spent at rest, while 10 pounds of fat would burn 20 calories7.  Not only does exercise increase your metabolism, it is also beneficial for strengthening bones, improving coordination and balance.  If you don't have the time to do 30 minutes a day of exercising, then try to enhance your daily activity by taking the stairs, parking further away so you have to walk more, housework, even washing your car all can provide extra movement. 

How your diet affects your metabolism

It is true that if you consume less calories than you burn, you lose weight.  However, temporary diets won't work.  First of all, crash dieting and yoyo dieting will have negative effects on your metabolism.  Your metabolism will actually slow down if you deprive your body of fuel from calories.  You may lose weight at first, but most of the time these diets come to an end and when you go back to how you were eating before; the result usually ends up in weight gain because your overall metabolism has slowed.  Not only is weight gain the end result, by slowing down your metabolism during the dieting phase, you may deprive your body of critical nutrients which put stress on your immune system.  Experts say that long-term restrictive dieting can even be harmful to your heart, due to the loss of heart muscle from calorie-cutting.3

A more strategic plan to increase or maintain your metabolism is to focus on a diet high in nutrients with adequate amounts of protein and fat for fuel.  Protein has a higher thermic effect compared with fats and carbohydrates so it takes longer for your body to burn protein and absorb it.  Eggs, chicken, fish, nuts, even red meat are good sources of protein.  (Be sure to limit or avoid beef if your Ferritin levels in your blood are too high.  This can be tested by your doctor).  Get your nutrients from fresh vegetables with every meal.  Fruits are also good to include in the diet, just be sure to not over eat a lot of fruit if you are diabetic since many fruits can be high in sugar.  Fruits and vegetables are also high in water content.  If you are even mildly dehydrated, your metabolism may slow down.  So be sure you are drinking at least 64 ounces of water daily.  If you are exercising or sweating a lot, you may need to increase your water intake.

Gut health

Promising studies have shown that probiotics can change the way that bile acids are metabolized which means it could change how much fat the body is able to absorb.4   Probiotics also help create nutrients and vitamins for the body to use.  If your digestive system is not working properly, then absorption rates of fats, proteins, and other foods you consume may not be occurring.  This can lead to deficiencies, and a slower rate of healing and repairing in the body.

For many people, just changing the gut flora won't help them lose weight or increase their metabolism.  However, if the actual cause of a person's unhealthy gut flora is discovered, that is what can be addressed.  The factors that can change a person's gut flora and effect the way that their digestive system works can include but is not limited to: a pro-inflammatory diet, alcohol, stress, lack of exercise, chronic antibiotic use, medications, and more.

Sleep

Proper sleep accompanied with a healthy diet helps maintain balance between metabolism and circadian rhythm.  When your normal circadian rhythm is disrupted then normal cellular function can be disrupted, and this can lead to illness and disease.  This also helps explain why lack of rest or disruption of normal sleep patterns can increase hunger, leading to obesity-related illnesses and accelerated aging5.  Studies have shown that sleep deprivation can alter the glucose metabolism and hormones involved in regulating metabolism, that is, decreased leptin levels and increased ghrelin levels.6  With increased ghrelin levels, appetite can increase, therefore making you feel hungry. (Image: Pixabay)

Get tested

Is there a medical reason why your metabolism is slow?  Many people jump to conclusions that their thyroid is to blame, or that their hormones are imbalanced, or they think they have adrenal fatigue.  However, if you just address one factor, you may miss the underlying cause; which is the bigger picture. 

The best way to find out the actual cause of why your metabolism may have slowed down over the years is to get tested.  The wide range of symptoms associated with poor metabolism can include, but are not limited to: weight gain, fatigue, poor memory, hair loss, depression, etc.  A comprehensive blood test, urine test, and hair tissue mineral test will detect deficiencies and toxicities associated with the symptoms of poor metabolism along with other factors that can contribute.  You don't just want to chase the symptoms because you may miss the actual cause.  This is what proper advanced testing can do. My mission is to help you get healthier without needing more medications. If you or someone you know needs help make sure you reach out. God Bless!! Subscribe for free to Breaking Christian News here

Keep Breathing and Moving,
Dr. Corinne Weaver 

Email: Dr@DrCorinneWeaver.com
Website: 
www.DrCorinneWeaver.com

References

  1. Weigle, D S. "Appetite and the Regulation of Body Composition." FASEB Journal : Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 1 Mar. 1994
  2. Belluz, Julia. "Most of Us Misunderstand Metabolism. Here Are 9 Facts to Clear That up." Vox, Vox, 4 Sept. 2018
  3. Harvard Men's Health Watch. "The Truth about Metabolism." Harvard Health, Harvard Health Publishing , Apr. 2018
  4. Imperial College London. "Probiotics Affect Metabolism, Says New Study." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 16 January 2008
  5. Mercola, Joseph. "Your Body Clock Regulates Your Metabolism." com, Apr. 2009
  6. Sharma, Sunil, and Mani Kavuru. "Sleep and Metabolism: An Overview." International Journal of Endocrinology, Hindawi Publishing Corporation, Aug. 2010
  7. Magee, Elaine. "8 Ways to Burn Calories and Fight Fat." WebMD, WebMD, 11 May 2007

Dr. Corinne Weaver is a compassionate upper cervical chiropractor, educator, motivational speaker, mother of three, and internationally bestselling author. In 2004, she founded the Upper Cervical Wellness Center in Indian Trail, North Carolina. Over the last 13 years, she has helped thousands of clients restore their brain to-body function. When she was 10 years old, she lost her own health as the result of a bike accident that led to having asthma and allergy issues that she thought she would always have to endure. Then, after her first upper cervical adjustment at age 21, her health began to improve thanks to upper cervical care and natural herbal remedies. This enabled her to create a drug-free wellness lifestyle for herself and her family, and she also enthusiastically discovered her calling to help children heal naturally.

Dr. Weaver was named one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and is now a number-one internationally bestselling author to two books: Learning How to Breathe and No More Meds. 

Upper Cervical Wellness Center is known for finding the root cause of health concerns through lifestyle changes, diagnostic testing, nutraceutical supplementation, and correction of subluxation (as opposed to just medicating the symptoms). The practice offers cutting-edge technological care at its state-of-the-art facility, including laser-aligned upper cervical X-rays, bioimpedance analysis (measures body composition), digital thermography (locates thermal abnormalities characterized by skin inflammation), and complete nutritional blood analysis, which is focused on disease prevention.







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