Why am I always tired?

“I would love to have more energy, I am always tired!” Helen, my client exclaims. “And I can’t seem to think properly these days. My brain is too foggy”, she says with a sigh. “Plus, I am trying really hard to lose weight. I just can’t shift those kilos, no matter how hard I work at it!”

Helen is here for a complete health analysis, which is an excellent choice. Today I will look at all the fundamental areas of her metabolic health which will show me where things are going wrong. I will be able to come up with a plan specifically suited to Helen and nobody else. After all, each of us is a completely unique individual, not just in the way we look, but also on a cellular level and the way we make energy (or not).

I look through the questionnaire, which Helen filled in prior to her appointment. It gives me some clues to the answers we are looking for. I will be doing 27 tests within the next hour or so, which includes resting and standing blood pressures, saliva tests (a reflection of our lymphatic system) and urine tests (which reflect the state of our heart and kidneys). By the end of all these tests I have a list of numbers to analyse, and I will know exactly where the wheels are falling off the cart. Numbers don’t lie. They give us a concrete picture of our health, or lack of it. I don’t like guess work when it comes to my clients’ health.

After glancing over her dietary intake, I begin with some background information: “In my opinion, our genetic makeup has remained much the same since the days of the hunter/gatherer. Think of a society without electricity or transport. What would we be eating?”

“What we would grow in our vicinity” Helen answers.

“That’s right, and mainly when it is in season. People often preserved things using salt or by a fermentation process. That is what our genetics are made for, so we are programmed to store in times of plenty. When winter comes, and food is scarce, we can rely on our fat stores to take us to spring. Usually we would go into a sort of hibernation period in the colder climates. And today we are eating as if it’s the peak of summer every day of the year. Every day our body is storing like crazy, expecting the coming winter and food scarcity to descend on us any time soon.

I notice you take Vitamin D3” I say to Helen.

Yes, when I was tested I was very low”.

Now I have to go on a completely different tangent. I glance at the clock to see if I have enough time to explain about the futility of Vitamin D testing and subsequent harmful supplementing.

“You realize that when the sun hits our skin it produces about 20 hormone like substances, called “Vitamin D” by the medical community. But Vit D3 is a synthetic mimic of one of these substances. So what is another word for synthetic mimic? A drug! And don’t you think your body may need all 20 different so called Vit Ds? If we get too much of one kind, we may stop producing all the rest, given that our bodies work on a biofeedback mechanism.

And perhaps, when it is summertime and our bodies make a lot of Vitamin D, it helps in that storage process. When the sun heads North in the winter, the drop in Vitamin D helps us to use up what we have stored? Perhaps Vitamin D supplementation stimulates fat storage and prevents the body from shedding those unwanted kilos. There are no hard and fast answers here.

I suggest that you have 10 minutes of early morning sun, or late afternoon sun, on your upper body skin and this will give you adequate levels of all the hormone like substances in a form your body will be able to assimilate easily.”

“Don’t wear sunglasses all the time outdoors”, I add. “Light needs to hit the retinas of our eyes to help with production of Vit D’s also. I know a young bloke who works outdoors on a farm, tanned, strong and healthy, and his blood tests showed low Vit D levels. He wore sunnies all the time. Were his Vit D levels low because sunlight wasn’t absorbed through his retinas, or are we overlooking the simplest reason of all: Vit D tests always show low levels in everyone, so we are all forced to take Vit D?

Synthetic Vit D’s trigger the fight and flight reaction in our body, creating anxiety is some people and weight gain in others due to the constant release of cortisol, the stress hormone that creates premature ageing and disease.”

I decide to change the subject and told Helen that this week we welcomed our 14th grandchild into the world, little Nova. She is a perfect little miracle and lucky enough to start her life being breastfed. Breastmilk is the most perfect food of all, forming the ideal combination of food groups, being well over 50% saturated and unsaturated fats plus some proteins and carbohydrates.

I believe this same combination would be ideal for adults too”

Yes, but babies are growing all the time, producing lots of new cells” Helen says.

“I agree. I just want to say that we are producing cells at a far greater rate than babies, because we are lots bigger and have almost a complete new body every 11 to 12 months. 60% of our cells are red blood cells and these are totally replaced in 110 to 120 days. All our cell membranes are made up of fats, so that is a lot of fat we need. What do we do when we stop breastfeeding our babies? We start them off on carbohydrates and ignore their bodies screams for fats!

Professor Tim Noakes (a sport scientist in South Africa) recently went through a lengthy court case for recommending a mother to feed her baby bone broth upon weaning. The Dietetics Association (which happens to be sponsored by the sugar as well as pharmaceutical companies) took him to court, saying that this was wrong advice.

To cut a long story short, the case was thrown out of court when Prof Tim Noakes presented all his scientific evidence proving that every single nutritional need was met. Bone broths also go a long way in creating a healthy gut in adults who have sick or leaky gut. (that would be most of us!). Bone broths and a helping of fermented or cultured foods every single day will give you the guts to be healthy! 80% of our immune system relies on our beneficial healthy gut bacteria. At the clinic we stock both Bone broths, ‘Love your Guts’ kimchi and sauerkraut, as well as Kefir on tap. There is ready made bone broth in the fridge, if are not interested in making them yourself.

If you are a foodie and love cooking, I highly recommend that you attend one of Caleb’s safe and easy food fermentation classes, which are run every first Saturday of the month in Forth. Once you learn how easy it is to make them yourself, you don’t need to rely on probiotic capsules.” (http://bit.ly/fermentingclass)

Now I must address the issue of Helen’s chronic lack of energy. Did you know that our human body can generate so much energy that it would light up the city of Hobart for 3 days? That is in our blueprint. What’s causing Helen’s energy drain? Sugars! After scrutinizing her dietary habits, we conclude that she consumes close to 30 teaspoons of sugar per day. This is the one and only source of fuel she has been giving to her cells.

“Our body is wired to convert sugar into fats. Every time you eat more than one teaspoon, the rest is stored as fat”. I tell Helen.

Helen shakes her head in disbelief. “I don’t eat that much sugar!”

“That’s correct, but did you know that one slice of bread converts into 6 teaspoons of sugar. If you add to that cereals, pizza, toast, sandwiches, pasta and rice, it is easy to see that your cells are being flooded with sugar. Then there are the high starch vegetables like potatoes, peas and beans that our body easily turns to sugars. Our body in all its wisdom stores this excess sugar in layers of fat, to help us survive the oncoming chilly winter when food will be scarce. Except that in today’s world, we never run out of food!”

“Storage of fat is not the worst thing though. Our fat cells are a safe storage place for toxins which could otherwise be harmful to our vital organs. Toxins are un avoidable. They are everywhere. Every single day we are exposed to as many toxins as my grandparents were during their whole lifetime.

(If you are keen to discover how to get rid of chemicals and toxins from your home, come along to one of our free essential oil Monday night sessions at 47 Wilmot Rd, Forth from 7-9 pm http://bit.ly/essentialoilsnights.)

The most worrying aspect of Helen’s presenting issues are her high blood sugar levels. They are 2 points above normal. This puts her into a pre-diabetic category. Blood sugar levels greater than 6 mmol/l start causing inflammation. To stop this process immediately Helen has to start relying on healthy fats for fuel, instead of carbohydrates and sugars.

I tell Helen a little metaphor to help her understand. “When you stoke a fire, you start with kindling (sugars)which causes fast, high heat. Then secondly you add slightly larger wood (proteins) and after they catch alight and begin burning well, we put big slow burning logs onto the fire. They keep going all day long (fats).

Did you know that your brain requires 25% of your energy input to function properly? It makes sense to give it a nice steady source of energy rather than the crazy ups and downs caused by kindling/carbohydrates.

A young couple brought their son to me. He had been labelled with ADHD and the teachers and social workers were putting a lot of pressure on the parents to start their young son on Ritalin. They wanted to avoid that at all cost, so they came to the Purple House. I recommended a low carbohydrate, high healthy fat diet, including some cultured food every day. I also recommended a couple of supplements to aid his digestion. They returned 3 weeks later, with the unopened bottles of supplements. He didn’t need them. Just removing sugars, fruits and high starch carbs from his diet and adding in lots of butter and other good fats like coconut oil did the trick. His behaviour changed dramatically for the better, now that his brain was receiving the fuel it needed.

Several years ago, we discovered that our young grandson Elijah was going blind from inflammation in his eyes. We changed his diet to meats, fats and bone broths as well as low starch vegetables. Nothing else. It only took 3 months for his eyes to clear up. Because he was only 5 at the time Grada and I went on a similar meal plan to make it easier for Elijah. When I started to eat more fats and less carbs, I dropped 8 kilos and pulled my belt in 2 notches. I didn’t really need to lose weight, it just happened. Good fats create good energy levels, great brain function and aid in weight loss.”

We finished talking and I asked Helen to have a drink in Alchemy while I did further tests. I found some major imbalances, which I will share with you another time. I recommended for Helen to take Beetflow with every meal, to restore the bile flow in the liver. Her liver was congested with stored cholesterol, due to her high starch/carbohydrate diet. This, combined with a good enzyme mix called Omnizyme, would get her well on her way to feeling heaps healthier and happier, with lots more energy. Daily iodine drops would help to clear any residual brain fog.

BeetFlow – 180 caps

Omnizyme – 180 caps

We finished the session going over Helen’s individual recommendations and we were both relieved that her problems would be nipped in the bud before she developed serious health problems.

Are you worried about your heart? Or the state of your liver? Do your kidneys hurt sometimes? Do you have mysterious aches and pains? Do all your tests come back negative, yet you don’t enjoy good energy levels? Do you suffer from mental health problems? Whether you have small or big niggles, or whether you are seemingly healthy, a Full Health Analysis once a year is the best investment you will ever make. There will be nothing left to guess work! The tests we do show up your individual weaknesses and strengths. No two persons are the same.

Call our receptionists on 64283007 to book in for a Full Health Analysis (also called a Biomedx session). It will cost you less than a car service! You can trade in your car, but you only have one body!

Until next time, Peter.

PS: If you are curious to find out more, click this link: http://bit.ly/Biomedx