Book Review by Dr Susan Steeves: Master Your Metabolism from Jillian Michaels

Jillian Michaels, from The Biggest Loser and The Doctors, recently published an easy-to-read paperback focusing on the influence of our hormones on our metabolism. Many of us think of our metabolism as our ability to burn calories but there is much more to the picture.

Our metabolism is controlled via our hormonal or endocrine system. This incredibly complex system is under the influence of many hormones that guide our body to experience hunger, sleep soundly, burn calories, feel energetic, keep lean body mass and avoid chronic disease. Jillian gives a brief overview of our digestive hormones, including but not limited to insulin, glucagon, ghrelin (makes us hungry), leptin (tells us we are full) and CCK. Over or under production of these hormones, alongside high cortisol and low thyroid function, play havoc with our ability to feel our best. Jillian explains how toxins in both the environment and our food supply work as “endocrine disruptors”; turning off and on our hormone receptors. To limit these “endocrine disruptors”, the author recommends removing trans fats, refined grains, high-fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners/colors/preservatives, glutamates,  and poor quality foods from our diet. Ten power foods are to be added in – berries, legumes, alliums, meat and eggs, colorful fruits and vegetables, cruciferous vegetables, dark-green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds, organic dairy and whole grains. With these recommendations in mind, Jillian provides a two week diet to follow with the following caveat: underlying complex hormonal conditions such as hypothyroidism, PCOS and metabolic syndrome which may already be established within the individual need to be addressed by a licensed health care provider. In summary, while Jillian introduces the role of hormones, diet and health, her rigid two week program falls short of one’s individual needs. Pearls within the book make the ten dollar price tag and a quick read worthwhile!

Our experienced Naturopathic physicians have the knowledge and the testing available to identify why our metabolism is “not like it use to be”. Saliva Hormone tests are used to identify hormonal imbalances that affect not only our digestion, but our moods. E95 Food Sensitivity blood testing can be done to identify any food sensitivities contributing to a sluggish metabolism. Individualized nutritional and lifestyle counseling complete the process.

If you are interested in mastering your metabolism, please contact the clinic to meet with one of doctors to determine your unique needs!

In health,

Dr Susan Steeves, BSc Dietetics, ND.

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