The Link Between Weight Loss and White Kidney Bean Extract

Starch is a carbohydrate that is made up of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen atoms and is naturally found in lots of grains and vegetables–wheat, rice, potatoes, cassava–you name it. Many people depend on carbohydrates and starch to function because it can be a primary source of our energy. (You’ve likely seen other articles I’ve written on how the body can use ketones from fat as the main energy source as well, in the absence of starch, and depending on the person, either can be a healthy approach).

But since I get a lot of questions about starch and weight loss, I thought it’d be helpful to dedicate today’s newsletter to looking at starch and a growing area of study in the field of weight loss involving blocking starch absorption.

Our body uses starch by digesting it and converting it into sugar or glucose which our cells use to produce energy. Others are stored as fats. So it seems reasonable that the quickest way to gain weight–and perhaps be overweight–is to consistently have an oversupply of carbohydrates (aka consistently eating too much of it) without burning them or converting them into energy.

This is why many people try to go on a low-carb diet. For some, this is a great approach–they feel wonderful when they eat this way! Others, for various reasons, either struggle to make this way of eating a habit or actually notice health declines when they go too low-carb. The research on starch blockers has evolved to support weight loss in people who struggle to reduce dietary carb/starch intake. 

Let me give you an example: 
Phase 2 Carb Controller, a supplemental extract of white kidney beans that has been well studied, has been found to reduce the absorption of carbohydrates. It does so by acting on amylase, the enzyme found in the digestive tract that converts starch and glycogen into sugars. According to clinical studies, Phase 2 reduces the digestion and absorption of starches up to 66% (does not appear to effect fiber absorption). 

A review of 10 clinical studies concluded that taking the supplement resulted in more weight loss than the placebo group when taken concurrently with meals containing carbohydrates. Weight loss over 3 months was an average of 6.5 lbs. vs. 2 lbs., respectively.

Some people do experience digestive symptoms such as increased gas and bloating when taking these supplements.

Now, eating some starch is part of a balanced diet. Starch and fiber both contribute to the food supply of your healthy gut bugs. I don’t think it is healthy to eat tons of starch and miss out on protein or healthy fats and I also don’t think it’s healthy to eat no carbs (think veggies, fruits). It’s really important to listen to your body and eat in alignment with how you feel best!  

I find the research on blocking starch absorption and weight loss to be most helpful to those of you who really struggle to sustain a healthy weight while maintaining consistent diet and lifestyle practices rather than to be thought of as a quick fix or magic pill.  

It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!
Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!
~Rebecca

Are you really vitamin D deficient?

Did you know that when you get a blood test for Vitamin D and it comes back as low, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re Vitamin D deficient? 


 
Most of us are aware that healthy Vitamin D levels are super important. The current approach is to test and if a person has low D status, they should take a supplement. HOWEVER,  supplementation with Vitamin D is not necessarily the best solution for everyone whose test results come back low. There are other factors that cause vitamin D in your blood to drop! Rather than just “treating the symptom”, resolving the underlying problems can produce a better outcome (including returning your Vitamin D status to the normal range). 
 
In this week’s newsletter, you will find out about these factors and save yourself from unnecessary vitamin D supplementation.

8 reasons your Vit D might be low:

 Having low Vitamin D levels at the time of your blood test might mean any of the following:

  1. You have low calcium intake. You need sufficient calcium AND Vitamin D from your diet to sustain healthy blood levels of Vitamin D.
  2. Your Magnesium level is low. In people with both low magnesium and Vitamin D levels, correcting the low magnesium through supplementation is enough to correct both magnesium and Vitamin D. AND, taking large doses of Vitamin D can cause severe depletion of Magnesium.
  3. Your glutathione level is low (glutathione is a powerful antioxidant=protects your cells from damage). Having low serum Vitamin D can also mean your glutathione level is low. When glutathione or l-cysteine is corrected, serum vitamin D also goes back to normal levels.
  4. You’ve been exposed to polluted air. Several studies were conducted and support the hypothesis that exposure to air pollution lowers serum Vitamin D. So when you have low serum Vitamin D, you might not need Vitamin D supplements right away–you might need to improve your air quality and then re-test.
  5. You’ve been exposed to environmental pollutants. Examples of these environmental pollutants are phthalates and BPA. You may want to avoid these pollutants if you want the Vitamin D in your blood to remain at normal levels.
  6. You have favorable gut bacteria. What?! People with great gut health, particularly those containing butyrate-producing bacteria, generally have lower serum Vitamin D, but high levels of vitamin D in its active form. This makes Vitamin D supplementation totally unnecessary or even harmful.
  7. You have an inflammation. Since serum Vitamin D acts as a negative serum phase reactant, it decreases when there’s some sort of inflammation in the body. So when you have low serum Vitamin D, it is really worth checking out if you have some inflammation that needs to be addressed instead of going the supplementation route right away.
  8. You have imbalanced mineral levels. Vitamin D enhances the absorption of both nutritional minerals and toxic metals, and they affect Vitamin D levels in a way. Some decrease while others decrease the Vitamin D levels. Again are you really Vitamin D deficient? Or is it just that you are high in some minerals or toxic metals?

The next time you have low serum Vitamin D, it’s worth discussing with your health care provider about the other factors that might be causing it. Do you really need a supplement? As you can see here, the answer isn’t a clear yes.
 
It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully.

If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!
Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!
~Rebecca

What peeing during the night says about your health

Do you think that waking up to pee at night is just a normal part of aging? It may be common, but it may not be normal. Our bodies operate on circadian rhythms, an internal clock that determines when bodily processes, like sleep, like going to the bathroom, like when to wake up are supposed to happen.  In the morning, the sun […]