The Key to Weight Loss and Vitality that all the Hottest Celebrities Already Know


If you struggle with weight problems, you have probably tried a lot of different fad diets in the hope of shedding excess weight and feeling better about yourself. There’s a good chance that you’ve heard about the hCG diet, and wondered whether it might help you with your weight loss goals. Celebrities have been using it for years, and for good reason-it works! But like many people, you may have been frightened off by the thought of taking weekly hCG diet injections and the thought of trying to get through the day on a very low calorie diet. There’s no reason to be afraid, though. These facts about the hCG diet and hCG diet injections should help set your mind at ease.

What is hCG?

Human chorionic gonadotropin, more commonly known as hCG, is a hormone that is produced by the placenta during pregnancy. It is almost identical in form and function to luteinizing hormone, which is also produced in men and serves the purposes of stimulating testosterone production. Among other things, it is believed that hCG functions as an appetite suppressant and energy booster, but only when it is combined with a very low calorie diet.

How Much Weight Can You Lose with hCG Diet Injections?

You can expect between a half pound and up to two pounds of weight loss per day while you are on the hCG diet*.

Why So Few Calories?

A very low calorie diet – between 500 and 800 calories daily – is an integral part weight loss with the hCG injection diet. When your body takes in so few calories, the hCG kicks your system into releasing the energy stored in your fat cells. In fact, if you were to eat that few calories without hCG diet injections, your body would go into “starvation mode” and reduce metabolism. In addition, the hCG may actually reset your hypothalamus, reducing your feelings of hunger.

Won’t I Be Tired?

Surprisingly, most people who use the hCG diet effectively actually report more energy during their diet. Many doctors combine hCG diet injections with vitamin B injections to increase vitality and energy while you are dieting.

Who Should Use hCG Diet Injections?

The hCG diet is recommended for anyone who struggles with weight loss and wants an effective way to target fat cells with their weight loss efforts. People who have gout or gallstones, however, should discuss the diet with a health professional before attempting it. If you’re looking for an effective tool for weight loss, hCG diet injections and vitamin B injections could be the diet you’ve been seeking.

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Health-Bitz: Online Medical Advice can be Dangerous to your Health!

Its 3:00 a.m., your infant has been crying for 3 hours straight and you’ve tried everything that you can think of to soothe your child to no avail. Now you’re starting to worry. Or… your husband wakes up with abdominal cramps that has him doubled over in pain. “Honey, take me to the hospital right now, I have a stomach ache!”…says no husband…ever. What’s your next option at 3 a.m.?…search the internet for answers, of course.

The sometimes dangerous and possible even fatal problem with this common path of action is that for all of its virtues, the Internet has a serious problem when it comes to authenticity. While it does give the whole world a voice that can be heard from every corner of the globe, oftentimes this liberty creates legitimacy out of false information.

Do you believe everything you read on the Internet? Unfortunately, many people do, and this could produce seriously negative consequences—especially regarding health concerns.

For most, doing an Internet search for “diaper rash” is more expedient than packing the baby in the SUV and heading to the Pediatrician. But what happens when you research on a website that your baby’s bright red behind might be caused by a yeast infection, and as such, would require a topical antifungal cream? As a new mom (or dad), do you stress? Do you then search for pictures of infant yeast rashes and spend the next two hours comparing them to Jr’s bottom?

In the past, a mother may have referenced one of many baby books or official medical pamphlets for advice. Now the Internet provides access to scholarly journals, an online Wikipedia, videos of surgeries, patient testimonials, and a myriad of other online health communities and forums. All offering medical information (both true and false) in the hands of us all. This power both enables and endangers today’s connected patient.

In the hands of the general public with no medical training whatsoever, this surplus of medical information can prove hazardous. Add to that the fact that with online communities or forums, anyone can position themselves as an ‘expert.’ Heck, people can even say they’re a doctor and no one would be the wiser! No one checks credentials, degrees, or backgrounds. This explains how easily falsehoods propagate on the Internet: Inaccurate sites often link to other information that reinforces those misconceptions and rumors.

According to a 2011 Pew study, 80% of Internet users look for health information online, making medical inquiries the third most popular web-based pursuit, following only email and search engine use.

Furthermore, the web cannot personalize health consultations on a patient-by-patient basis. Many people still prefer speaking with their doctors, who are theoretically more familiar with each patient’s history. But what happens to the masses who are still without health insurance that can’t afford to see a doctor for every ‘minor’ ailment?

A close friend of mine was feeling run down and had a chronic sinus infection for weeks. Her husband and three kids developed the same symptoms. “You need to see a doctor” I told her, “you’ve been sick for way to long, something’s not right.” She told me that her husband is self-employed and they didn’t have health insurance because it was too expensive. A trip to the doctor without insurance would cost $150 each—for a family of five that’s a whopping $750 doctor visit!

Even with health insurance, how many of us have experienced the issue of “after hours” health care? (I’m not bashing the medical community here, Doctors need sleep and weekend vacations just like we all do), but as a new, nervous parent with a baby that just won’t settle at 3 a.m. we are instructed by the Pediatrician’s answering service to “go straight to the Emergency Room” …had I just known to run my pinky along her gums and find that tiny tooth poking through it would have saved me a very long sleepless night.

And what if there is a serious health problem with your baby that requires medical attention, but your online research from the “expert” says that you should go back to bed and let your baby “cry it out”? Wouldn’t you have more peace of mind knowing that you’re getting medical advice from a real doctor with a face to face in a video conference?

So where do you go at 3:00 a.m. when unexpected health issues arise and you are, literally, left in the dark? Where can you find a 24 hour, trustworthy source of live support from real medical doctors’ right from your living room? The answer is HealthTap.

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HealthTap is an online telemedicine service that lets users post medical questions to doctors who will answer them within 24 hours. The platform also allows for video conferencing to access a doctor virtually; and even have a prescription written and sent to your local pharmacy after the consultation, all from the privacy and comfort of your home or office.

The interactive health company was founded by Stanford Graduate School of Business alum Ron Gutman in 2010 to “reinvent worldwide the way people take care of their health and well-being.” The HealthTap app, both for patients and for doctors, is available across a range of platforms and devices. There are versions for the web and applications for iPhone, iPad, and Android, including wearable smartwatches.

HealthTap is reinventing how the world experiences health and well-being and they’re “on a mission to help people smile and feel good every day by providing immediate access to top medical experts and their trusted health advice anytime, anywhere.”

HealthTap was selected last year as a 2015 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum for its significant global potential to make virtual healthcare accessible to everyone. To be selected as a Technology Pioneer, a company must demonstrate the ability to design and deliver transformative, cutting-edge innovations. Prior WEF Technology Pioneers include Google, Twitter, Airbnb, Dropbox, and Nest Labs.

Now you can join millions of other people who are taking advantage of HealthTap’s convenient, virtual access to the best doctors and their medical wisdom.

HealthTap has different levels of service, here’s how the plans work:

HealthTap starts with a free non-member plan that allows you to look at material that has already been collected and see how doctors answered questions from others. That’s not entirely different from finding information on the web, however the information from HealthTap is validated. This basic plan gives you the validated material, a personalized news feed, healthy living tips, the ability to securely store health tests results, and share them with your doctor. Members can download the app from their iOS play store and join FREE right now to tap into:

  • Expert advice from top doctors
  • 24/7 access from any device
  • Helpful and personalized answers, tips, news, and app recommendations from top doctors!
  • Doctor-prescribed checklists and reminders to help you live well
  • Free access to an ever-growing knowledge base of doctor-created, peer-reviewed health content
  • Private questions answered within 24 hrs.
  • The highest standards of safety, privacy and security

HealthTap Concierge, is the company’s next level pay-as-you-go medical consulting service. This is an addition to the current HealthTap services that can be delivered over the web to a computer or your iOS device. HealthTap Concierge is meant to address the three biggest problems you face when trying to get fast reliable medical advice from your doctor:

  • It takes too long to get an appointment.
  • It’s inconvenient to travel to the doctor’s physical office and waste time in the waiting room (while getting exposed to health risks spread by other patients).
  • Doctor visits and even insurance co-pays often cost too much.

The top level of service, HealthTap Prime, is a subscription-based service that includes live, unlimited Virtual Consultations with top doctors via HD video, audio, and chat, anytime 24/7. The service is available on all devices including iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and on the web.

HealthTap Prime is much more than telemedicine. It’s an end-to-end mobile healthcare experience that is:

  • Immediately accessible: Subscribers can get unlimited 24/7 access to caring doctors via HD video, voice or text chat on their iOS and Android devices for immediate answers, advice and prescriptions to get you feeling better, faster. You can securely store your Personal Health Information and track your health activity in one place for future reference by you or your care provider.
  • Completely personalized: The new interface is personalized to each member based on his or her health profile and preferences. With HealthTap Prime, doctors have the ability to create customized checklists for their patients to ensure they stay engaged and continue to manage their health after a visit.
  • Utterly reliable: HealthTap provides the largest resource of doctor-curated Q&A—over 3.7 billion answers—and consumer health news in the world. Get information, advice and peer-reviewed articles straight from 85,000+ of the world’s top doctors. HealthTap vets doctors on criteria more strict than U.S. state medical boards, and every doctor in the network is a licensed physician in good standing.

HealthTap Prime comes at a cost of $99 a month, plus $10 for every additional family member. There is no limit on how many times you can contact a doctor with the service. If you live in the U.S., you can also use HealthTap to find the right doctor your specific medical concerns and personality preferences.


HealthTap will connect you directly with your doctor and other top specialists and generalists of your choice-virtually by HD video, text chat or voice with its iOS app or PC or Mac. You can also get advice and even medication refills with no wait time. Your instantaneous virtual consultation is as easy as clicking a button in a mobile app, privately and securely.

The company has more than 75,000 doctors in the U.S. to help. In addition to the live chats and interaction, the app offers more generic health tips from trusted sources, and some checklists to get you into a healthier mode of life. The program is actively recruiting additional doctors, and people who have doctors can try to get their own physicians engaged in the service. This kind of virtual health service is unique in the industry, and is in my opinion, a no brainer.

You can get more details on the HealthTap website.

Best Regards on Your Journey to Health & Fitness!

Patty B

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Part 8: …Exercise Could be Making You Fat!

“Another common saboteur of successful weight loss is not just if you are exercising but how you are exercising. Ironically over exercising can be equally as detrimental as under exercising. Yes, I know it sounds hard to believe but over exercising can actually be making you fatter.”


Crash diets, fad diets, exercise addiction, lose some weight, gain it all back; self-deprivation, starvation, frustration, self-loathing,  and finally surrender…Do any of these sound familiar to you as you struggle with your own personal ‘roller coaster’ ride of weight loss?

Have you spent a good part of your life—and an even greater part of your wallet—trying to lose weight? Achieved limited success from your heroic efforts here and there, but ultimately gained the weight back and then some? Believe me you’re not alone, and there are dozens of statistics to prove it.

Would you like to identify at long last what has been sabotaging your weight loss efforts all those years? Need some great advice on how to overcome these obstacles to put them behind you forever, making your dieting finally while never again having to worry about gaining the weight back?

Does this sound too good to be true? Well, if I promised that it would happen overnight perhaps it would be too good to be true. But the information I’m sharing will take effort, commitment, time, and perhaps cost you something extra. Understand that there is often no single solution for losing weight, or for breaking through a diet plateau.

Our bodies are very complex, and there are many aspects of our health which may need to be brought into balance before we can lose weight. I guarantee that if you have struggled in the past, once you rule out and work through the hidden culprits that can sabotage your weight loss efforts you will get off the roller coaster forever.

Hidden Culprits that Sabotage Weight Loss – Part 8: The Exercise Factor

Another common saboteur of successful weight loss is not just if you are exercising but how you are exercising. Ironically over exercising can be equally as detrimental as under exercising. Yes, I know it sounds hard to believe but over exercising can actually be making you fatter. Let’s examine both sides of this quagmire…

Not enough exercise?

The math is very simple – if you burn more calories than you consume, you are going to lose weight. But the math begins to get complicated when you factor in that no two bodies’ burn calories at the same rate. That’s why most diets ‘out of the box’ simply don’t work. Some people may lose weight on 1200 calories a day and some may need to consume a lot less.

If you’re asking yourself why? the answers could be in the report right here. Do you have physiological issues that are slowing down your metabolism such as hormonal imbalance, yeast overgrowth, nutritional deficiencies etc.? As you start to identify and correct your physiological issues your metabolism will increase and you’ll probably be able to eat more calories and still lose weight.

In the meantime, if you classify yourself as a “couch potato,” adding a little physical activity to your daily routine will help you start losing weight quicker than you can imagine. Don’t worry, getting more active doesn’t mean you have to sign up at a gym and take kickboxing or start participating in triathlons. A simple 10 minute walk up and down the block is a great start!

Starting some type of physical activity that you enjoy for 20 minutes a day is all you need to start moving the scales. Let me stress the word “enjoy.”  In Deepak Chopra’s book “Perfect Weight,” he discusses how our bodies are intended for activity and movement, yet many of us associate exercise with agony, tedium, or labor rather than with freedom and feelings of happiness. We may completely evade exercise or, if we do manage to “force” ourselves to exercise, we may remain disconnected from our body and our feelings as we move.

Look around any gym and observe the number of people staring at the TV monitors, reading magazines, or even talking on a cell phone as they pound out miles on the treadmill or hunch over a Stairmaster set to a level that is too high to allow for the most beneficial posture and body alignment.

Chopra says, “The secret is finding some physical activities that you like and that are suited to your mind-body type. No matter what your current fitness level is, you can begin to move your body and breathe on a consistent basis, even if the most you can do right now is walk around the block. In addition, keep in mind that a complete exercise program includes attention to developing flexibility, strength, and cardiovascular conditioning.”

If you’re too tired or depleted to even think about exercising Energy Supplementation could be a powerful tool to help motivate you to exercise, keep you exercising longer, and improve your performance and endurance so you can burn more calories and get the most from your workouts!

Too Much Exercise? Sounds crazy, but it’s not. Exercise is an essential part of losing weight and keeping it off. However, there is in fact such a thing as doing too much exercise, or exercising too intensely. Over exercising is not only stressful but it’s also it’s hormonally depleting, especially for women over 40.

If exercise is experienced as stressful on the body it can trigger the adrenal glands to produce too much cortisol in response. When there is too much cortisol release, the body goes into the “starvation” mode as I mentioned earlier in The Stress Factor, and will retain weight, especially around the midsection.

This is one of hardest ‘pills’ to swallow for most young athletic women who are healthy eaters, exercise intensely, and are frustrated by lack of weight loss or even gain weight despite all their efforts.

Physical stress is just as harmful to your body as the mental or emotional stress we talked about earlier, and overtraining certainly meets the requirements. The body cannot distinguish between real, imagined, environmental, or emotional stress. To get a full understanding of how the stress of over exercising can actually affect your ability to lose weight, reread The Stress Factor.

If you’ve been over exercising chances are you’ve taxed your adrenal system and have elevated cortisol. Our best advice is to reduce the intensity of your workouts consider a diet or supplements that can support with managing cortisol levels thus assist in achieving your weight loss goals.

The bad news is that sometimes the stressors in our lives may not be completely due to over exercising; the good news is that there are natural methods of stress management (such as Pilates, yoga, meditation, biofeedback) as well as very effective online stress management course that can support with managing cortisol levels thus assist in achieving your weight loss goals.

Harnessing the effects of stress with this simple and effective online course in stress management is highly recommended before embarking on a weight loss program, especially if you have been struggling with weight loss in spite of reducing calories and increasing activity.

Best Regards on Your Journey to Health & Fitness!

Patty B

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Dr. Oz Reports on Non-surgical Medical Weight Loss Program. Learn the Secret of how Thousands of People have Found Success Losing Weight!

Doctors are continuously preaching healthier lifestyles and lower body fat, and for good reason. This is because obese and overweight people are more susceptible to various ailments, some even fatal. However, it is not always easy to lose the necessary pounds to reduce the risk for these diseases. For some, it may seem almost impossible to achieve any significant weight loss.

Despite this, thousands of people still found hope in non-surgical medical weight loss treatments and programs aimed at helping them lose unwanted pounds. Non-surgical medical weight loss programs are for adults looking to get serious about losing weight and may be right for you if you have any of the following:

  • Serious health problems due to your weight
  • Need to lose 15 or more pounds
  • Lifestyle changes haven’t resulted in significant weight loss
  • You’ve tried other diets and/or supplements in the past and they have not resulted in significant or permanent weight loss

One such treatment is hCG hormone injections for weight loss. The hCG Diet Protocol is a non-surgical medical weight loss program prescribed by doctors either in person, through local weight loss clinics, or online through pharmacies certified by the Telemedicine Doctor’s Network.

Dr. Simeon, the medical doctor who discovered the amazing fat loss properties of hCG, has proved with numerous clinical trials that the key to losing weight and keeping it off does not rest exclusively with a fat-free diet and excessive exercise. It rests in a small gland in your brain called the hypothalamus gland.

The hypothalamus gland is a part of your brain that regulates all of the automatic functions of the body, functions like your heartbeat, breathing, sleep patterns and is also most importantly the key to metabolizing fat.

When the hypothalamus is operating normally, the burning of fat for energy occurs in a very orderly way. The HCG protocol ensures that the only fat that is maintained on the body is the good kind, the kind that is essential for perfect weight and optimal health, while the bad fat is disposed of.

HCG achieves this miraculous effect on fat loss and muscle retention by resetting the hypothalamus gland, much like rebooting a computer. This discovery could literally be the cure for obesity.

The problem with conventional methods of weight loss is that without adding hCG to strict caloric restrictions, all you are doing is addressing the appearance of fat. You are not addressing the root cause of why the body is storing abnormal amounts of fat in the first place—the dysfunctional hypothalamus—that’s why the moment you start eating normally again you gain all the weight back.

Trusted medical advisor Dr. Oz, has conducted his own research and has personally endorsed HCG Injections for fat loss. Dr. Oz interviewed Dr. Sheri Emma, a prominent weight loss expert in New Jersey, who discovered that in a study conducted using data from more than 500 patients on the HCG diet, that HCG injections can help people to lose weight. Dr. Emma goes on to say with HCG injections you lose the fat and save the muscle. It is the most effective method she has to help someone get the weight off and keep it off.

There are those who disagree with Sheri Emma and say that the weight loss is strictly due to the dramatic restricted diet of 500 calories a day. But Sheri Emma claims that with Simeon’s dosing plan of HCG and a very low calorie diet a person should expect to lose to a half a pound to a pound a day with HCG shots. Emma explains that it is the diet that drives weight loss; however the HCG injections affect how you lose the weight. With Emma’s HCG injection research, she has shown that HCG helps patients keep the weight off by sheading fat while retaining muscle mass.

Dr. Sheri Emma also claims that she has conducted additional studies regarding other forms of HCG and says she is convinced HCG injections are the way to go. She stresses that “HCG in sublingual drops are not absorbed by the body” because they are broken down by saliva and other digestive enzymes and should be strictly avoided as they are now banned by the FDA.

Human chorionic gonadotropin or HCG hormone is what makes up HCG injections primary ingredient. Only pregnant women can generate this hormone naturally. This hormone plays an extremely important role for the developing fetus. It converts body fat into energy so that it can be used by the fetus inside the womb. Synthesized or artificial versions of the hormone are used in HCG injections.

People who are administered HCG injections are also placed on a low calorie diet, generally 500 calories per day. While this sounds like starvation, the hCG hormone triggers the release of ‘stored fat for food’ without the dieter experiencing hunger. There are some cases when the low calorie diet can cause mild side effects such as light-headedness, nausea, and headaches in people. These commonly arise because of vitamin B12 deficiency. This is why vitamin B12 injections are also recommended for people who are taking HCG injections.

In addition to alleviating some side effects of restricting calories for weight loss, the regulation of metabolism at the cell level is aided by vitamin B12. This vitamin also supports in the breaking down of proteins and fats. The body’s energy level and general sense of well-being is thus boosted by vitamin B12. When you enhance your body’s metabolic process, it can quickly convert fat into energy by using vitamin B12 injections with HCG injections. This makes for a faster response to the weight loss program.

In spite of the promise held by HCG injections and vitamin B12 injections for weight loss, you should always consider your safety first. Be smart when losing weight by making sure that you are under competent professional care and instruction.


Vitamin B and HCG injections are the two most compelling injections for non-surgical medical weight loss. There are people who were successful in losing weight with these injections in spite of the skepticism of others about the injections’ effectiveness. You can choose to use only one of these injections for weight loss. Or, if you would like to quickly lose additional weight, both vitamin B12 injections and HCG injections can be used.

The hCG Diet Protocol is a research proven, successful non-medical weight loss program prescribed by doctors either in person, through local weight loss clinics, or online through pharmacies certified by the Telemedicine Doctors Network. For personal safety, we strongly recommend that dieters do not ever purchase this diet over the Internet from any source which is not a member of the VIPPS or Telemedicine Doctors Network.

Whether you are 10lbs or 100lbs overweight this revolutionary cure will transform your body and your life from overweight to overjoyed…the results are conclusive.

Best Regards on Your Journey to Health & Fitness!

Patty B

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Health-Bitz: What is Leaky Gut Syndrome?

“[Leaky Gut Syndrome] …can cause a hypersensitive immune system that in many cases, will actually begin to attack the body itself, creating an auto-immune disease such as alopecia, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, Graves’ disease, endometriosis, and many more.”

Leaky Gut Syndrome is the common vernacular for “increased intestinal permeability”. As its name suggests, this condition is characterizes by an intestinal tract (gut) that allows far too many undigested food particles into the bloodstream.

Normally, the intestinal walls form a semi-permeable barrier, only allowing completely digested nutrients into the bloodstream, while preventing toxins and undigested food particles from passing through. Such nutrients are able to permeate into the blood through pores located in the intestinal wall.

Under optimal circumstances, these pores are small enough to prevent larger undigested food particles and toxins from escaping the intestinal tract and wreaking havoc in the bloodstream.

In the case of leaky gut syndrome, the intestinal pores widen, allowing anything and everything to pass through the (now very porous) intestinal walls and into the blood.

This is a big problem and is one of the biggest factors behind food allergies and auto-immune diseases.

Why is having a Leaky Gut Dangerous?

Our intestinal tract is obviously semi-permeable for a reason. If is meant to keep out certain substances then there’s a reason for needing to do so. One of the problems with leaky gut is that it allows undigested food particles into the blood. When this happens, the immune system builds up antibodies against the protein in that food and mounts a full-out immune response. The immune system is simply doing its job. If it identifies a “foreign” substance in the bloodstream, then it will take the necessary action to neutralize it.

Unfortunately, since the body has now developed an antibody army against this food, with time as you ingest this food your body will become “hypersensitive” to it. This is how food allergies develop. And the more this occurs with the foods you eat, the more hypersensitive your immune system becomes.

As a result, you become much more susceptible to environmental allergens since your body’s immune system is now in overdrive and “paranoid” about everything little thing it is exposed to.

With time, a hypersensitive immune system can start reacting in a myriad of unpredictable ways. In many cases, it will actually begin to attack the body itself, creating an auto-immune disease such as alopecia, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, Graves’ disease, endometriosis, and many more.

A substantial proportion of the population suffers from immune diseases, which are often chronic, debilitating, and life-threatening. There are more than eighty illnesses caused by autoimmunity and about 75 percent of those affected are women. It has been estimated that autoimmune diseases are among the ten leading causes of death among women in all age groups up to 65 years.

However, go to your doctor, allergist, or immunologist and they will NEVER even mention the possibility of leaky gut syndrome.

According to medical experts at USA Today: “Scientists believe multiple factors such as environmental toxins, heredity, viruses, and certain drugs may play a role in causing an autoimmune disease. Stress, poor diet, lack of exercise, lack of sleep, abuse of alcohol and use of tobacco can also weaken the immune system and may play some role as well.”

That’s great thanks. And they can say that about pretty much every single disease as well. The fact remains that many of these “causes” are also at the root of leaky gut syndrome.

What Causes Leaky Gut Syndrome?

Well, as we mentioned above, the substances and choices that stress your body and digestive system will have a profound effect on the health of your colon and intestinal tract. Refined sugars, processed foods, alcohol, medications, and stress will negatively impact the colon.

All of these can worsen the balance between good and bad flora in your colon. If the bad are way out of control, then fungi, for instance, can latch onto the intestinal walls and create irritation, inflammation, and the eventually widening of the pores.

If food sits in your colon for too long, it too will irritate the intestinal walls and predispose them to becoming more permeable. That is one of the reasons why passing regular bowel movements is so important.

10 signs you have a leaky gut:

According to Dr. Leo Galland, director of the Foundation for Integrated Medicine, the following symptoms might be signs of leaky gut:

  1. Chronic diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating
  2. Nutritional deficiencies
  3. Poor immune system
  4. Headaches, brain fog, memory loss
  5. Excessive fatigue
  6. Skin rashes and problems such as acne, eczema or rosacea
  7. Cravings for sugar or carbs
  8. Arthritis or joint pain
  9. Depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD
  10. Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease or Crohn’s


Natural Leaky Gut Remedies

First, you need to cleanse your body of the foods and substances that irritate your digestive and intestinal tract. Second, you need to spend time healing your gut with nutrients such as L-glutamine, essential fatty acids, and vitamin C.

So if you suffer from allergies, have an autoimmune disorder, have digestive difficulties, or want to improve your overall health then you need to take action immediately. The longer you wait, the worse your condition will get.

But there’s good news!

Now you can get the support and the time-proven system that will help heal your gut and cleanse your body of its toxins, it’s called the Total Wellness Cleanse developed by my good friend Yuri Elkaim.

Yuri is a renowned fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is a registered holistic nutritionist and the co-creator of the Total Wellness Cleanse—a 30-day food-based cleansing program that has helped thousands of people lose weight, cleanse their bodies of toxic overload, and restore incredible health.

Best Regards on Your Journey to Health & Fitness!

Patty B

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Part 7…Hidden Calories

Hidden Culprits that Sabotage Weight Loss Part 7 – Hidden Calories

It’s a lot easier to consume excess calories than you think and it may be the reason why you are not achieving the weight loss success you desire regardless of how good you think your diet is.”

One of the major saboteurs of successful weight loss is the unconscious consumption of “hidden” calories. Calories which we don’t take into account, but are still a part of our everyday diet. It’s a lot easier to consume excess calories than you think and it may be the reason why you are not achieving the weight loss success you desire regardless of how noble you think your diet is.

In addition to making smart food choices and watching your portion sizes it’s extremely important to closely monitor everything you put in your mouth. You’d be surprised to find how many unconscious calories you may be consuming every day, and all it takes is an extra 500 calories to sabotage your weight loss efforts.

Take a few minutes to read about some of the common sources of hidden calories and realistically assess your eating habits. Start keeping a food journal to help track what you eat for several days and you may be surprised at how many hidden calories you are actually consuming.

Unconscious eating occurs when we eat without paying attention or when we disregard “licking the spoon” or “tasting the sauce” (get this…an unconscious lick of a spoon of peanut butter after making your toddlers sandwich can cost you 50 calories! I know that seems trivial, but if you’re on a VLCD medical diet like the hCG Diet Plan, that unconscious lick of the spoon was 1/10 of your calories for the day!)

The bottom line is that you are 50% more likely to avoid eating for unconscious reasons if you are writing down everything you consume. In the process, you may also be surprised at how many extra calories you’re eating without even realizing it. Just that awareness can save you at least a few thousand hidden calories a week!

So here’s the top hidden calorie sources:

Nibbling Calories

A lot of people don’t count the tiny bites they take here and there throughout the day. Sampling the sauce you’re making for dinner, nibbling on a cookie from a plate left by a thoughtful co-worker in the lunch room, grabbing a piece of candy or handful of mints from a bowl by the cash register, sampling a slice of cheese or meat at the deli counter etc.

Unplanned food consumption can result in hundreds of hidden calories a day unless you are careful about keeping a food diary. Get diligent about tracking everything you eat and subtract the calorie value from your next meal. This is where a good calorie counting diary can play a valuable role in your diet efforts. When you’re more aware of the calories of ‘that one mint’ combined with the slice of turkey you tested at the deli counter, you’ll be less likely to subconsciously graze on extra calories when you’re dieting.

Often times these hidden calories are snacks that you pick up and eat without even realizing what you’re doing. You may work out for twenty minutes and then grab a handful of almonds because you’ve read that they’re a great post-workout snack not realizing that you just consumed about 200 calories (about ¼ of your daily allowance for weight loss.) Don’t get me wrong, a handful of almonds are a great snack when thoughtfully planned, but when done unconsciously they can undo all your diet efforts.

Packaged Foods

Hidden calories are contained in foods, usually manufactured foods, with poor or misleading labeling. Substantial amounts of fats and/or carbohydrates can be “hidden” in diet foods that you wouldn’t even realize unless you read the label. A large size “low fat” Frappuccino or latte, for example, can pack up to 500 calories from sugar and conversely “sugar free” foods can be loaded with fat calories.

You have to be a very savvy label reader and educate yourself on how manufacturers cleverly disguise food additives you are trying to avoid with alternate names (i.e. Sugar can be disguised as: dehydrated cane juice, corn syrup solids, Dextrin, Dextrose, fructose, fruit juice, agave nectar etc.)

It’s always best to avoid packaged foods whenever possible. Try to get into the habit of preparing small Ziploc sandwich bags with healthy snacks and keeping them within easy reach in the fridge or a small cooler that you can take to work. I like to slice grilled chicken breast into finger size pieces and bag them with celery or carrot sticks. Or keep an open bowl of grapes at eye level in the fridge. When you open up the door to unconsciously graze they’ll be right there to remind you to eat something healthy.

Calories from Your Kids

This is a monster saboteur for new moms & dads alike. Let’s face it no one wants to waste food (i.e. money). So you taste a few forkfuls of mac and cheese when preparing it for your kids (54 calories) then instead of throwing away the half cup or so that’s left over you unconsciously scrape it in your mouth instead of the garbage and viola there goes another additional 200 calories.

Next you go to the movies and order popcorn (who can resist a few kernels of that buttery goodness right?) afterwards a restaurant for lunch and your child leaves a pile of chips or French fries on their plate for you to munch on. Then you pick on a leftover chicken nugget from your kid’s dinner plate and you polish off another 50 calories. Next you finish off the grape juice from your kid’s juice box and there goes another 30 calories up the straw. If you’ve been doing the math, you’ve consumed 500-750 “hidden” calories from your kids in just one day!


Portion Sizes

This is hard one for a lot of people, especially in the U.S., where we’re used to being served giant plates of food in restaurants. I have some friends that actually rate restaurants not by the quality of the food, but by how much you get on the plate! Start reading labels and pay attention to portion size, you’ll be surprised at how little 500 calories looks on a plate but you’ll get used to it over time.

Most of us eat far more than what’s recommended as a true serving size. A serving of protein is about 4 ounces or the size of a deck of cards, not a dinner plate. Serve yourself ahead of time to control your portions. When you go out to eat, ask for a to-go box at the start of your meal and pack up half of it to take home with you before you even start eating.

Again, this is where a good calorie counting diary can play a valuable role in your diet efforts, when you know exactly how many calories you’re consuming you’ll be less likely to overeat and consume extra calories.


It is easy to over eat with some foods more than others, because they contain a lot of calories, even in small portions. The worse culprits are the calories we don’t even consciously count as part of our meals like butter and spreads, salad dressings, mayonnaise, cheese, chips, biscuits and crisps.  Use condiments sparingly and avoid the chips, biscuits and crisps altogether.


Everyone who’s ever dieted knows to avoid soda…even diet soda. Carbonated beverages are just plain bad for you. The carbonation in all soft drinks causes calcium loss in the bones and aspartame may be equally as bad for your body as high fructose corn syrup.

Although switching from regular soda to diet soda may save you calories, some studies suggest that drinking more than one soda a day—regular or diet—increases your risk of obesity and related health problems such as type-2 diabetes.

Also be aware that “designer” coffees with cream, milk, syrups or sugar can be high in calories. If you must partake, avoid the “venti” sizes and cut back or cut out the sugar.  A Starbucks venti Eggnog Latte is 630 calories and a White Chocolate Mocha is 550 calories! That’s half of the amount of calories you should be eating a day just to maintain your current weight!

As you can see, you could easily drink your entire days’ worth of calories away. Drinks don’t fill you the same way as food, so it’s unlikely that drinking high calorie drinks will affect the amount you eat for the rest of the day. Alcoholic drinks are also calorific, so if you want to lose weight you should consider reducing the amount you drink. A pint of beer is equivalent to about 182 calories, a small glass of wine about 85, and a gin and tonic about 85. Two or three drinks of an evening add considerably to your daily calorie input.

Shopping and Snacking

Ever walk through a Costco or gourmet marketplace with sample stations all over the place? Cheesy quiche or fattening pastries, I guarantee they’re not passing out samples of diet food!  A day of shopping can make you work up an appetite. The times when you are tired and hungry make you the most susceptible to unconscious snacking.

Steer clear of the sample tables and make sure you always have a healthy snack with you so you never have to eat in the food courts of malls where the only foods available are loaded with fat and excess calories. Before you order a slice of supreme pizza with extra cheese or a plate of stir-fry wok chicken with a side of MSG, consider that you are most likely getting your entire days’ worth of calories saturated fat in one sitting, and in some cases, even more.

Watch Out for Restaurants

A typical meal at a restaurant is going to be loaded hidden calories. Everything from the bread slathered with butter that you nibble on before the meal, to the high fat cooking methods in which your meal is prepared can load you up with unnecessary calories. If you must eat out, skip the sauces & butter, request that your veggies be steamed and use balsamic vinegar or lemon juice as your salad dressing.

Here’s a personal experience I’d like to share about restaurants and calorie counting: I was on the hCG Diet and had to eat at a restaurant for a business dinner. When I ordered my food I asked for a broiled chicken breast and steamed broccoli. I specifically emphasized NO oils, fats, or butter whatsoever and even told my server that I was on a very strict diet. When my food arrived I could actually see traces of butter in my plate. When I called over my server and pointed it out she said “The Chef thought the food would be tasteless without any fat so he added a little butter. It’s only a small amount for taste.” …I rest my case.

Summary: By taking into account the hidden sources of calories and eliminating them where possible, you can help yourself achieve the overall calorie reduction that you must in order to lose weight. It may not be easy but it’s worth it!

Best Regards on Your Journey to Health & Fitness!

Patty B

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Part 6… Check your Hormones

Hidden Culprits that Sabotage Weight Loss – The Hormone Factor

Maintaining proper weight is a challenge for people of all ages. However, the older you get, the more difficult it can be. It has been found that 90% of women experience weight gain between the ages of 35 and 55, not coincidentally, during perimenopause and menopause. Men are not excluded although the onset of their hormonal imbalance, known as andropause and starts somewhat later in their late 40s – 50’s.

While nutrition, exercise and lifestyle are critical elements to weight loss, balancing your hormones after the imbalances that perimenopause, menopause and andropause cause, is vital to your success in maintaining a healthier weight.

Hormones and weight gain are closely related, if your hormones are not balanced, you can gain weight, especially with too much cortisol or too little progesterone, testosterone or estrogen. Hormone imbalances will slow down your metabolism and put the pounds on, while also causing bloating and a myriad of other symptoms too numerous to list.

It may be that changing your diet and adding some exercise and supplements will do the trick. But if you’re a woman over 35 (45 for men), I strongly recommend that you read a book written by Suzanne Somers titled “Ageless: The Naked Truth about Bioidentical Hormones.”  [Side note: This book changed my life and I cannot recommend it enough. I went through menopause with nary a symptom, and from her Anti-Ageing doctor recommendations (which are categorized by states) I found the BEST medical doctor I have ever known—Dr. Vladimir Berkovitz, Atlantic Medicine & Wellness, Wall NJ—I have referred this doctor to countless friends, relatives and clients and he has literally saved lives.]

Also, have your hormone levels checked—especially if you know you have a thyroid condition.  If you find you have an imbalance, Bioidentical Hormone Replacement therapy may tip the scales in your favor and could take you from fat to fabulous – in spite of the inevitable effects of aging.

If you’re not ready (or wanting) to go the route of Bioidentical hormone replacement, there are many natural thyroid and hormone support supplements and diets that have been clinically proven to give relief from hormonal symptoms and tip the scale back in your favor.

Undeniably as we age and our hormones change, our bodies begin to change as well. Even people blessed with “great genes” who have been genetically thin with flat tummies all of their lives will eventually see the effects of hormonal changes. Fat will start to accumulate on thighs, tummies, hips and arms.

Maybe you’ve felt this before too? You go on a “diet” and lose a bunch of weight, yet when you look in the mirror your “trouble spots” actually look WORSE…and there’s no way you’re fitting back into the “skinny jeans” waiting for you in the closet.

Truth is, you may have actually stored MORE fat on your troublesome fat zones, even as you lost weight from other parts of your body! Sounds crazy right?

There’s even a name for it… Female-Pattern Fat Storage.

And it’s caused by something called “adrenorecptors” on your fat cells. You’ve got two kinds:

  • Your Beta receptors are the good guys — they trigger fat burning
  • Your Alpha receptors are naughty — they trigger fat storage!


Now the bad news…

It’s now clear that women have 9X more Alpha receptors on their stubborn fat!


Common nutrition advice and excessive exercise can actually trigger your Alpha receptors and suppress your Beta receptors — causing you to strip fat from your easy-to-lose areas and re-store it on your trouble spots!

My good friend and Australian body transformation specialist Sue Heintze battled with this for years. In fact, when she was in her teens, her mom and sister used to tease her: “Sue, you’re bum is getting big!”

That led to decades of battling body image issues, and lead her to become a fitness competitor and one of the most sought after female fat loss experts in the world!

Yet she still battled with stubborn bum and thigh fat until she stumbled on some hidden research that revealed the connection between your Beta receptors and the solution to trouble spot fat

Since then, she has tested and perfected it on herself and thousands of women via her books and programs. Now, she is finally ready to release the full system! It’s called The Beta Switch.

The Beta Switch is the only complete weight loss lifestyle for women that specifically targets your female-pattern fat by switching on the fat-burning power of your Beta receptors, without restricting your favorite foods or doing excessive exercise.

Best Regards on Your Journey to Health & Fitness!

Patty B

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight? Part 5… Stress is Making You Fat!

Hidden Culprits that Sabotage Weight Loss – Part 5: The Stress Factor

If I had to choose, I believe that stress is one of the biggest causes of unexplained weight gain (UWG). Let’s define UWG as gaining weight in the absence of any obvious causes such as eating more calories or changing your activity level causing you to burn less calories.

This past year has been particularly stressful for me. My father passed away, I moved my business, my Mother fell ill, all of which cause stress. Three of the top most common traumatic life events that can cause weight gain according to Psychology, Health & Medicine Vol. 14, No. 2, March 2009, 239–249, “Understanding the role of life events in weight loss and weight gain”.

There are several ways in which stress can contribute to weight gain. The first and most obvious is that stress can be a major factor in both insomnia and compulsive eating. We’ve already examined the medical evidence that suggests the link between sleep and weight gain in Part 4 of this series. Another less obvious cause has to do with cortisol, a stress hormone.

Whether we’re stressed because of emotional, environmental factors, teenage kids, the constant, crazy demands at work, or being chased by a saber tooth tiger, our bodies respond the same way—like we’re about to be harmed. To answer this need, the “fight or flight” response is triggered in our bodies, leading to the release of various hormones, specifically the stress hormone—cortisol.

Cortisol signals the body to do two things—increase appetite and store fat. Too much cortisol can slow your metabolism, causing more weight gain than you would normally experience. This also makes dieting more difficult.

If you remain in this state of chronic stress for an extended amount of time, your health becomes at risk. Aside from a host of other dangers, chronic stress can also cause weight gain—which is why cortisol products are marketed as diet aids.


Chronic stress and cortisol can contribute to weight gain in the following ways:

Too much cortisol can slow down your metabolic rate, thus causing you to processes foods slower and store more fat faster. This also makes dieting more difficult.

Additionally, the same stress that causes elevated cortisol can cause emotional swings, compulsive eating adding to weight gain. When stress induced cortisol spikes it also causes you to crave sugar, salt, and fat thus making us gravitate towards the fattening foods with those ingredients in them.

Continued stress on the body’s system can alter blood sugar levels leading to conditions similar to hyperglycemia. Higher cortisol levels can also lower immunity and allow you to get sick more often. When you are not feeling well again you will crave sugar, salt, and fat thus leading to weight gain. It also increases bad cholesterol levels (LDL) adding to more stress on the body and more weight gain.

The bad news is that sometimes the stressors in our lives cannot be controlled; the good news is that there are natural methods of stress management (such as Pilates, yoga, meditation, biofeedback) as well as very effective online stress management course that can support with managing cortisol levels thus assist in achieving your weight loss goals.

Harnessing the effects of stress with this simple and effective online course in stress management is highly recommended before embarking on a weight loss program, especially if you have been struggling with weight loss in spite of reducing calories and increasing activity.

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Best Regards on Your Journey to Health & Fitness!

Patty B

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Health-Bitz: 3 Ways Coffee Can Heal Your Thyroid and Save Your Life

Written by Tom Brimeyer

In the not so distant past, coffee has been put through its share of trials and tribulations. It’s been labeled every bad name in the book. Many so-called “health experts” have even gone as far as to brand coffee as a highly addictive drug that is equivalent to a number of illegal opiates.

But now, the “coffee tables” have turned because more and more scientific research is being published supporting the vast protective benefits that coffee has to offer. The truth is that coffee is a nutrient, not a drug like many would have you believe.

To be completely honest, I was never a fan of coffee. I couldn’t stand the taste of it. But when I started to learn the science behind coffee and how it can be used to correct hypothyroidism and restore healthy metabolism, my taste buds quickly changed.

Now, thanks to more recent research, it’s becoming easier to understand the connections between coffee and how it can help heal your thyroid and protect you from a number of thyroid related health problems.

Coffee, Longevity, and Thyroid Function

The proper function of your thyroid is one of the most important factors when it comes to overall health and longevity.

In simplistic terms, your thyroid controls your cells’ ability to produce energy. When you become hypothyroid, your metabolism slows and your ability to produce energy decreases. When your cells cannot produce enough energy to stay happy, healthy, and sustain life… You develop disease and eventually die.

It’s as simple as that.

This is why anti-aging scientists are discovering that the key to extending life and living longer is to improve thyroid function so that your body can continue to produce the energy it needs to sustain life.

So, what does this have to do with coffee?


The results of the largest coffee study to date were recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine involving more than 400,000 U.S. men and women ages 50 to 71, over a 14 year span of time.

The Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in a large prospective study concluded that coffee consumption was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality.1

Not only does this study show that those who drank coffee lived longer, it also shows that the more coffee they drank, the longer they lived.

  • Men’s Results: two to three cups of coffee per day decreased risk of death by 10% in men. And each addition cup provided an additional 6% decreased risk.
  • Women’s Results: two to three cups of coffee per day decreased risk of death by 13% in women. And each additional cup provided an additional 5% decreased risk.

Based on our understanding of human physiology and longevity, coffee reduces your risk of death by helping your cells produce energy, increasing your metabolism, and therefore improving thyroid function.

However, because of the nature of this study, they were not able to identify the exact mechanisms through which coffee reduces the risk of death and extends life.

Below, we’re going to explore just a few of these exact mechanisms through which coffee can provide amazing benefits for overcoming hypothyroidism, and many of its associated health problems.

  1. Coffee Protects You from Thyroid Disease

When it comes to coffee and the health of your thyroid, it doesn’t get any more obvious than this. Coffee has been shown to have a direct effect on the health of your thyroid gland.

Study: Research has shown that coffee drinkers have a significantly lower incidence of both benign and malignant thyroid disease, including thyroid cancer. “Statistical analysis revealed a strikingly negative (p less than 0.05) association between benign and malignant thyroid disease and consumption of coffee. After adjustment for possible confounding variables, the association remained statistically significant.” 2

It is well known that various thyroid diseases including Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and thyroid cancer are common causes of hypothyroidism today. Using coffee properly to help prevent these diseases is a big step in the right direction.

  1. Coffee Protects You from Cancer and Estrogen

Coffee doesn’t only protect you from thyroid cancer. It also protects against a number of other cancers, including breast cancer, which is especially a concern for menopausal women.

Research has shown that coffee consumption modifies risk of estrogen-receptor negative breast cancer. A high daily intake of coffee was found to be associated with a statistically significant decrease in ER-negative breast cancer among postmenopausal women.3

Many people don’t know this, but there is a link between hypothyroidism and breast cancer. This is because of the role that estrogen plays in suppressing the thyroid gland, disrupting healthy metabolism, and promoting cancer metabolism and growth.

Study: Coffee has been shown to help support your body’s ability to produce progesterone, the hormone that plays the important role of offsetting the negative effects of estrogen and is essential in signaling your thyroid gland to release healthy amounts of thyroid hormone when needed.

So, it should be no surprise that coffee not only helps to protect you from breast cancer but that it also helps to promote healthy function of the thyroid gland.

  1. Coffee Protects You from Liver Dysfunction

Coffee has also been shown to be highly protective of your liver. Below is just one of many studies that show the positive effects that coffee can have on the health of your liver.

Study: Effects of coffee consumption against the development of liver dysfunction. Results suggest that coffee may be protectively against the liver dysfunction in middle-aged Japanese men.4

The health of your liver is very well understood when it comes to proper thyroid function. Your liver plays a major role in regulating your thyroid and converting your inactive T4 thyroid hormone to the active T3 thyroid hormone that your cells need to thrive. Liver dysfunction is a major cause of hypothyroidism today that deserves a lot more attention than it currently gets.

Because coffee can help improve liver function, it can also play an important role in improving your liver’s ability to properly regulate thyroid hormone and improve your overall thyroid function.

When it comes to your thyroid, the health benefits of coffee go much further than what I’ve described above. This is really just scratching the surface of the health benefits associated with coffee.

In a world where stress and disease are lurking around every corner, it’s important to take advantage of every thyroid protective nutrient that you have at your disposal, and coffee is one of the most important ones.

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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?… Part 4

Hidden Culprits that Sabotage Weight Loss – The Sleep Factor

Some dieters who are cutting calories and increasing physical activity continue to experience a resistance to dropping the extra pounds. One explanation may lie in their sleep habits. As wild as the idea sounds, substantial medical evidence suggests some intriguing links between lack of sleep and weight gain.

According to a study reported by USA Today, Scientists have found that sleep deprivation increases levels of a hunger hormone (ghrelin) and decreases levels of a hormone that makes you feel full (leptin). The effects may lead to overeating and weight gain.

ScienceDaily (May 23, 2009), also reports that there appears to be a link between sleep and weight control, with some studies indicating that sleep disruption can increase weight gain and others that diet affects sleep. Victor Uebele and colleagues, at Merck Research Laboratories, West Point, have now provided further evidence to support this association by showing that T-type calcium channels regulate body weight maintenance and sleep in mice.

The regulation of leptin, a hormone released by the fat cells that signals satiety to the brain and as a result suppresses appetite, is significantly dependent on sleep duration. After 6 days of sleep restriction to 4 hours per night, leptin levels in a study group were markedly decreased, particularly during the nighttime1.

In a later study, the levels of ghrelin, a peptide that is secreted by the stomach and stimulates appetite, were measured with the levels of leptin after 2 days of sleep limitation to 4 hours per night2. The subjects measured their levels of hunger and appetite at regular intervals. Sleep restriction was linked with reductions in leptin (the appetite suppressant) and elevations in ghrelin (the appetite stimulant) and increased hunger and appetite, especially an appetite for foods with high-carbohydrate contents.

This data suggest that sleep may be beneficial in the fight against obesity. These findings, presented at the 2006 American Thoracic Society International Conference, showed that women who slept 5 hours per night were 32% more likely to experience major weight gain (an increase of 33 pounds or more) and 15% more likely to become obese over the course of the 16-year study, compared to those who slept 7 hours a night.

Stress, hormones, bad sleep habits and a long list of other factors may attribute to sleep deprivation. Therefore, if you have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep try the following tips:

  1. Go to bed and get up at the same time every day
  2. Create a sleep routine to help signal your body and mind that it’s time to shut down.
  3. Get regular exercise but do not exercise too near to bedtime as it can keep you awake.
  4. Avoid or limit caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime. An alcoholic drink might help you wind down, but it can disrupt your sleep later in the night.
  5. Eat your evening meal at least two hours before you go to bed.
  6. Avoid over-stimulating television, radio, movies, or online information just before bed.
  7. Keep your bedroom to your personal comfort level.
  8. Reserve your bed for sleeping. Avoid watching TV, reading the newspaper, or work reports to bed.
  9. Deal with stressful chores earlier in the day or evening. It may be harder to relax and go to sleep if you handle disturbing tasks just before bedtime.
  10. If you can’t get to sleep within 20 minutes after you go to bed, or if you wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep, try reading, drinking a cup of warm milk, or listening to calming music.

Sometimes getting more sleep is not as easy as it sounds. There are many additional causes for insomnia (hormones, work schedules, travel etc.) that could make getting a full night sleep next to impossible for some people.

If all else fails, Leptin sensitivity and may addressed with the assistance of the only known clinically tested supplement that assists with your body’s production of, and sensitivity to, this single most important hormone in the fat-loss equation.

Additionally, in the August 2007 issue of The Journal of Endocrinology, a research paper was published which states: “the hCG hormone significantly stimulates the secretion of the pro-adipogenic factor, leptin, from human adipose tissue.” No one deduced exactly how these two protein hormones interact however, it looks likely that leptin and hCG – together with insulin – work to determine the way the body both stores and burns fat. So if you have an immediate need to lose 15 pounds or more the hCG Diet may help you lose the weight read more here.

Insomnia sucks. My thyroid condition had me battling this beast for years. I could be so exhausted during the day that I could easily fall asleep at a red light yet the minute I lay down to bed I would be wide awake for most of the night. While hormone imbalances need to be regulated for permanent relief. The tricks above helped me to regulate my sleep habits enough to get some zzz’s and hopefully you will benefit from them as well. If you have your story that you would like to share, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Best Regards on Your Journey to Health & Fitness!

Patty B

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1 Spiegel K, Leproult R, L’Hermite-Baleriaux M, et al. Leptin levels are dependent on sleep duration: relationships with sympatho-vagal balance, carbohydrate regulation, cortisol and TSH. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004;89:5762-5771. Abstract

2 Spiegel K, Tasali E, Penev P, et al. Sleep curtailment in healthy young men is associated with decreased leptin levels: elevated ghrelin levels and increased hunger and appetite. Ann Intern Med. 2004;141:846-850. Abstract