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New Video: How to Lose Weight with Natural Medicine and Natural Living
In a video produced by Larry Cook, author of The Beginner’s Guide to Natural Living, Dr. Angela Agrios, ND explains how natural medicine can help people lose weight and keep it off.
By: Larry Cook
People who are overweight often struggle with a variety of issues, especially as they get older. In the younger years, poor dietary choices and lack of exercise are predominant factors at the core of unwanted weight gain. But as people get older, issues such as hormonal imbalances and nutritional deficiencies can play a significant role. Fortunately, adopting natural living principles and working with a Naturopathic Doctor can help people successfully lose weight.
Naturopathic Medicine is a natural medicine model that emphasizes the identification and treatment of the root cause of health problem in order to restore health. Conventional and alternative diagnostic testing is used to evaluate the root cause of health problems and then diet and lifestyle modifications are prescribed in adjunct with appropriate nutrients, botanicals, homeopathics and natural hormones to enable healing of the affected areas of the body.
Dr. Agrios shares, “When individuals come to see me who are seeking assistance with managing weight, in adjunct to a thorough diet and exercise history, it is essential to evaluate endocrine (hormone) balance. I order complete thyroid panels as well as sex and stress hormone testing. Blood levels are ordered for sex hormone and stress hormone levels of progesterone, testosterone, estrogen, DHEAS and pregnenolone. In addition, I also find it important to order saliva testing to evaluate cortisol and DHEA levels, which provide information about the diurnal rhythm and function of the adrenal gland. My treatment plans call for the removal of synthetic or processed foods as well as sugars and refined carbohydrates from the diet. Non-nutritious foods are replaced with whole organic foods, concentrating a high percentage of caloric intake on plant-based foods. Regular cardio exercise is important to keep up the metabolic rate and help with daily detoxification. I use supplements such as L-carnitine, vitamin B-5, alpha-lipoic acid and Co-Q10 because they facilitate improved lipid (fat) utilization and produce increased cellular energy which allows for improved stamina – useful when trying to support an individual’s efforts to maintain an exercise program.”
Natural living is a lifestyle that minimizes the intake of processed and chemical based foods while maximizing the intake of whole, organic foods. Other aspects of natural living include detoxification, regular exercise, shopping at a health food store, using effective supplements, and working with holistically oriented doctors. Cook states, “Virtually every disease and health condition can be prevented or reversed when someone adopts a natural lifestyle. This is essentially a conscious effort to eat the best food possible every day while avoiding processed and chemical foods in order to attain maximum nutrition, which then promotes a state of health and healing. For specialized assistance with diseases and health problems, I recommend visiting a Naturopathic Doctor.”
“I’ve had great success treating weight disorders. I have found that when patients follow the recommended guidelines that their weight comes off and stays off,” says Agrios. “Natural living and natural medicine work because the body has the capacity to heal itself when given the right conditions. When people take responsibility for food choices and lifestyle choices, which affect overall health, and decide to work with a qualified natural medicine professional such as a Naturopathic Doctor, losing weight and keeping it off becomes possible,” says Cook. To watch Dr. Agrios, ND explain in detail how she evaluates and treats weight gain, visit http://www.thenaturalguide.com/
Larry Cook, Author
Dr. Angela Agrios, ND
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Author and Video Producer living in Los Angeles. I share what I've learned about organic food, supplements, shopping at health food stores, detoxification, exercise, natural medicine, holistic dentistry and more. http://www.TheNauralGuide.com