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Weight Loss

We put our answers to common questions on weight loss we've had over the years into this easy to follow series of posts.

What is Oil of Oregano?

When most people talk about oregano, they’re usually referring to the herb used in cooking. You’ll find dried oregano in the spice aisle of your local grocery store while fresh oregano is sold in the fruit and vegetable section. You can usually find fresh oregano at your local farmer’s market, too, and some people grow fresh oregano in their gardens.

The plant oregano is a member of the mint family and has multiple anti-microbial and healing properties. It’s also an ancient remedy for narcotic poisoning and seizures. However, there are actually two kinds of oregano. The cooking herb is typically oregano marjoram. There’s another, though: true Oregano (Oregano vulgare).

The Gluten Free Diet

The best course of action to take once becoming aware that you have gluten sensitivity or Celiac Disease is to begin a gluten-free diet.  For your convenience, we have provided a list of foods to avoid (containing gluten), foods to be cautious about (mimicking gluten), and foods to enjoy (containing no gluten) below.

A gluten-free diet alone can go a long way towards making you feel better and reducing your risk of complications.  adhere strictly to a gluten-free diet for life and you could avoid ever experiencing those discomforting symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac Disease ever again.

In fact, the best news of all for people who take control of their gluten sensitivity by gluten elimination is that, with strict adherence the damage gluten has caused could be completely healed, the small intestine can regenerate completely anew --- within 2 years for adults and 3-6 months in children.

Could You Control Your Asthma by Avoiding Food Allergens?

When we have an allergic reaction to foods that we eat, it's due to our antibodies' response to the food as a perceived threat to our body.  These allergic reactions can vary from simply annoying to potentially deadly.  Beyond what food allergens can do on their own, they can also exacerbate symptoms of other ailments, such as asthma.  Asthma is a frightening disease that causes wheezing, breathlessness, and coughing.  These symptoms are scary enough on their own, but imagine having those symptoms seemingly worsen over time.  If you or someone you know has asthma read on about Asthma and Allergy reactions and how it might be a good idea to examine your diet for food allergens.  Specifically, immunoglobulin E (IgE) food allergies that are known to make asthma symptoms worse.

However, could other food allergies involving immunoglobulin G (IgG) reactions also trigger asthma-related complications?  One study has looked at exactly that.  A study published in January 2015 in the journal Global Advances in Health and Medicine looked at two patients with Asthma and Allergies.  The patients both saw a reduction in asthma-related symptoms and a need for medicine just by eliminating the food allergens from their diet.

We typically try to avoid plastics and chemicals in any products that we buy.  For the most part this is pretty straightforward.  This year, we have decided to try to eliminate a class of chemicals called phthalates from anything we consume.  Phthalates are believed to be linked to cancer as well as endocrine system problems.  So it makes sense to avoid these compounds whenever possible.  But eliminating all phthalate-containing products from our home seems to be more of a challenge than we anticipated.

Do I Need To Lose Weight? Dec 02

Let's start off by understanding a little bit about "weight" ...

Healthy Weight

There is no single, definitive "ideal" weight that is appropriate for everyone; Our bodies come in all different sizes, body types, and with different genetic predispositions.  what is an appropriate weight for you is not necessarily the appropriate weight for another person.  That is why at Essential Health Solutions we approach weight loss from a perspective that takes a person's total health and wellness into account: we look for your "healthy weight".

A tall, big-boned person with a slow metabolism, for example, will have a much higher healthy weight than a short, wiry person with a fast metabolism.  And if the first individual successfully slimmed themselves down to the weight of the second individual, they might be thinner, but they would by no means be healthier.

Because of this, comparing just your weight itself to another person's, pound for pound gives us no clear indication of where you fall in relation to your optimal healthy weight.

Instead when assessing your current weight in relation to your optimal healthy weight, there are three predominant factors that we take into account:

  • Percentage Body Fat
  • Waist-To-Hip Ratio
  • Body Mass Index

These tools allow for a far healthier and useful evaluation.

An honest and realistic approach to losing weight must be in line with identifying and achieving one's healthy weight, not with trying to look like a movie star.

At each progress visit you have at Essential Health Solutions, we will calculate your body fat percentage and BMI to keep track of the progress you make in your weight loss efforts.  We will also calculate your waist-to-hip ratio in order to regularly assess your risk (and the potential diagnoses) of any weight-related health concerns.

Let's take a closer look at the factors we take into account while making an assessment of your weight ...

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