Weight Loss: Hormonal Balancing And the 4 Body Types
One filter with which we treat portion control is via the hormonal system, using body type to assist in diagnosis and treatment . There are four such types and they are Adrenal, Thyroid, Liver and Ovarian/Teste. Once we identify the prevalent one we treat accordingly using supplements, herbs, acupuncture and, when appropriate, hypnosis. These, briefly are the types, and some things you can do for yourself to ‘right the ship’:
THYROID BODY TYPE: Weight equally distributed over the entire body, tiredness, craves breads, loose skin under arms, vertical nail ridges, hair loss or thinning, scalloped tongue, outer third of eyebrow thinning, fibroids, constipation, big tongue, poor libido, depression. ADD foods rich in iodine; seafood, alfalfa, raw cow milk, eggs, seaweed-kelp, dulce, nori, yogurt, fish. LIMIT Almonds, corn, millet, peanuts, canola oil, pine nuts, pears, turnips, cabbage, kale, mustard, peaches, soy (isoflavones block iodine), spinach, and my brussels sprouts. These foods are goitrogens-they lower thyroid function by interfering with iodine uptake, which increases the potential for goiters.
ADRENAL BODY TYPE: Lower belly fat that sags over, neck will develop a buffalo hump in severe cases, very tired, craves salt/sugar, dizziness, nighttime energy surge, red tip on tongue, facial hair (female), high blood pressure, osteoporosis, needs coffee to wake up, brain fog, fluid retention, chest tightness, difficulty walking up stairs, asthma, viral infections, auto immune, fibromyalgia, feeling of defeat and grief. Diet: Lots of Fats from butter, coconut oil, avocado, flaxseed oil, nuts and seeds Grass fed animals, wild caught fish. More protein (50-75 grams per day Eggs including the yolks. Continue eating vegetables. No sweets.
LIVER BODY TYPE: Potbelly, upper belly fat. Often wakes up grumpy, right shoulder/neck pain, prone to headaches, craves fried food; sore joints, aging spots, low back pain, easily frustrated, impatient. Weak liver means poor protein digestion leading to gut inflammation. Liver Enhancement Cranberry Drink: In 6-8 oz. of spring water add 2 oz. of unsweetened cranberry juice, 1/3 of lemon juice, and 1 tsp. of Braggs apple cider vinegar.
OVARY/TESTE BODY TYPE: Weight is in legs and lower hips, bloating, heavy limbs, decrease in testosterone, hot flashes, painful menstrual cramps, PMS, constipation, infertility, anxiety and fearfulness. Hormonal imbalances with estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Avoid estrogenic foods such as: soy, barley, cherries, dates, flaxseed, hops, licorice, oats, olive oil, yams, wheat, potatoes, rice and sesame seeds. Add these estrogen inhibiting foods: Broccoli, melons, pears, grapes, green beans, squash, kefir, sauerkraut, turmeric and leafy greens.
We typically do hormone testing to see which supplements are best for you; we also prescribe Chinese herbs and do weight loss acupuncture.