For the last three decades I have found myself rewriting the rules of nutrition – and now, with Radical Metabolism, I’m at it again. Why? Because the latest science paints a new picture, and it’s not a pretty one. I am well past fifty, and in moving through that transition I was personally challenged by a metabolic slowdown. The plan in this book has evolved from my discovery of what worked for me and others. I happily report that your metabolism can be reignited regardless of your age and exposure to environmental pollutants.
After working with literally thousands of “fat, forty, and fatigued” females, the pieces of the puzzle began to fall into place for me.Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS
We are living a new toxic nightmare and the old remedies don’t work. Every day we face an invisible war deep within our body as hormone-disrupting environmental pollutants contaminate, and progressively erode, our cellular defenses. Petrochemicals, plastics, heavy metals, fake hormones, radiation, microbes, and other toxic agents all wreak hormone havoc on our biology. Most of these toxins are hidden, lurking in our food, air, and water, as well as body care, household, and cleaning products, and even technology, which makes them even more insidious. This is not your parents’ or grandparents’ world anymore. Our planet – and our bodies – are crying out for help.
We have more than 70 trillion cells in the body, and every one of them is at risk. Once enough of your cells become compromised, then your tissue and organ function will soon follow. Healthy cells begin with healthy cell membranes. Without them, your body essentially stands naked and defenseless against those toxic assaults, which results in hormone disruption and inflammation. Inflammation is the number one factor driving nearly every chronic disease today.
And so it is with metabolism. It became clear that no diet in the world will work if your metabolism has turned toxic. One reason many diets fail is they don’t correct the shutdown of key fat-burning tissues in the body. You have three important metabolically active tissues: brown fat, muscle, and your microbiome – that vast community of microorganisms inhabiting your gut. Each of these prefers a specific type of food for its optimal function. If you don’t properly fuel these fat-burning tissues, they aren’t going to return the favor by giving you a radical metabolism and a healthy weight.
Another critical missing link concerns the role of the much-maligned omega-6 fats – the pariah of both conventional and alternative health experts. We hear so much these days about ditching omega-6s for omega-3 fats, but as it turns out, high-quality omega-6 fats are the most critical fuel for reigniting sluggish mitochondria – the energy engines in your cells. Essential fats and certain essential amino acids fast-track your metabolism for lasting weight loss, as well as being vital to the nourishment of your cell membranes that surround and protect the mitochondria.
Radical Metabolism is all about what to eat to rebuild and fortify those lipid (fat)-based cell membranes, so that toxins are prevented from moving up the chain and gunking up the function of every cell, tissue, and organ in your body, from your brain to your thyroid, gallbladder, liver, kidneys, and skin. This is also where omega-6 fats really shine. True healing requires that we protect ourselves at the source—at the cellular level. Finally, breakthrough research reveals how putting back the missing omega-6s can boost cellular energy, to gain vitality and accelerate fat burn.
But reinstating omega-6s is just one unique aspect of Radical Metabolism. Eating “good fats” does you no good if you can’t properly digest them. I’ve created a 2-week QuickStart Plan to kickoff your Radical Metabolism. This program also introduces the forgotten but powerful role bile plays in the body’s slimming systems. Bile is stored in the gallbladder to break down dietary fat and remove toxins from the body. Harvard Medical School research has revealed that subjects with improved bile health showed a remarkable spike in metabolism.
Even more fascinating is a study out of Finland finding that people with decreased bile production are nearly ten times more apt to experience hypothyroidism. With low thyroid on the rise, this provides great hope to the millions of hypothyroid sufferers who experience metabolic slowdown as well as fatigue, dry skin, and constipation. Besides hypothyroidism, studies have also connected poor quality bile with chronic fatigue, migraines, depression, and autoimmune disorders.
No gallbladder? No problem!
Unlike other diets, the Radical Metabolism plan helps you compensate for this to ensure you can fully utilize and digest all those good and essential fats that are your body’s preferred fuel. This is a key difference between Radical Metabolism and Paleo, Paleo Plus, and/or Ketogenic diets.
I don’t want you overloading on fats if you don’t have a gallbladder or suffer from poor bile quality (as most weight-loss resistant individuals do) without nutritional backup, as this can result in weight gain instead of weight loss – as well as decreased energy, gastrointestinal problems, stress on the kidneys, and other issues.
Radical Metabolism: What You Should Know
As you follow this series of articles about Radical Metabolism, it may shake up your long-held beliefs and assumptions about what is healthy, especially when it comes to diet.
I sure hope so!
I’m not just talking about weight loss – I’m talking about staying energized for life.
Let’s put the brakes on aging. I’m talking about gaining the tools necessary for dodging age-related illnesses so you won’t spend years stuck in the hospital revolving door. If you find the word radical a bit intimidating, rest assured that the strategies herein are actually really quite simple and straightforward, designed for easy integration into today’s busy lifestyle. However, these simple strategies produce radical results!
I will begin to lay out my five Radical Rules to rescue a stalled metabolism. Each of the five must be addressed if you want to reignite your internal cellular energy and fat-burning tissues to fix your broken metabolism. More than 80% of my existing readers feel better after just four days of implementing the basic Radical Rules.
As I explain Radical Metabolism, I will also share the importance of the two-part “cellular makeover” diet that is designed to help detox you and feel the positive effects of metabolic healing. I’ll share some of my tried and true recipes and hope to provide support and guidance so you can stay on track.
Here is what you’ll learn through this series:
• Harness the power of omega-6 oils to stoke your fat-burning fires, fortify your cell membranes and rid your body of toxins
• Understand how bitter foods are a key to metabolic healing and digestion; supporting your gallbladder health, bile flow, fat breakdown, and better absorption of fat-soluble vitamins for immunity and skin health
• Discover fabulous foods like herbs, fresh veggies, berries, and supplements that will kick your metabolism into overdrive and heal your gut by feeding you “from cell to soul”
• Optimize your protein and amino acid intake to prevent muscle loss, boost your mitochondria, and reset your “metabolic thermostat”
• Reduce your exposure to unsuspected toxins that may contaminate some of the foods you love such as bone broth, chocolate, and green tea
• Modify your kitchen to steer clear of common food contaminants, such as aluminum and Teflon
• Delicious soups and juices that can be combined into a powerful cleanse that rejuvenates and resets your system
• How cleansing beverages, such as refreshing hibiscus and dandelion teas, help clear toxins
• The benefits of prebiotic and probiotic foods to optimize immunity
I’ve mentioned “brown fat” earlier. The mitochondria are linked to the metabolically active “brown fat” that eats up heavy-duty amounts of glucose and fat for dramatic weight loss and fat loss, and decreased risk of insulin resistance.
It stands to reason that your cell membranes cannot be healed if they are weak and unstable. Nutrients in – Poisons out.
Metabolically active fat is necessary for health and healing. Radical Metabolism is all about what to eat to rebuild and fortify those lipid (fat)-based cell membranes but reinstating omega-6s is just one unique aspect of Radical Metabolism. It doesn’t do any good to eat “good fats” if you are not properly digesting them.
That’s where bile plays a vital role in the body’s slimming systems.
Bile is stored in the gallbladder to break down dietary fat and remove toxins from the body. Harvard Medical School research has revealed that subjects with improved bile health showed a remarkable spike in metabolism.
Even more fascinating is a study out of Finland finding that people with decreased bile production are nearly ten times more apt to experience hypothyroidism. With low thyroid on the rise, this provides great hope to the millions of hypothyroid sufferers who experience metabolic slowdown as well as fatigue, dry skin, and constipation.
Besides hypothyroidism, studies have also connected poor quality bile with chronic fatigue, migraines, depression, and autoimmune disorders.
And for those who no longer have a gallbladder?
Well, unlike other diets, the Radical Metabolism plan helps you compensate for this to ensure you can fully utilize and digest all those good and essential fats that are your body’s preferred fuel.
For effective and healthy weight loss, you need nutritional backup, especially if you don’t have a gallbladder or suffer from poor bile quality. Loading up on “good fat” can result in weight gain, decreased energy, gastrointestinal problems, stress on the kidneys, and other issues. I want to see each and every one of you striving toward a health. You can do it.
WildOne Forever proudly presents excerpts from Radical Metabolism by Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS (Copyright © 2018) in a Wednesday Wellness series of articles.