October 16, 2017

Has Your Barrel Runneth Over?

Are you in the midst of seasonal allergies? Do you react to many foods? Do you feel like you’re allergic to your environment?

droplets in water in a bucketThe barrel effect explains why it can seem that a person suddenly becomes allergic to one or many things, and just as suddenly, no longer is/as reactive.  Picture a barrel. That’s your capacity to handle stressors—be it nutritional, chemical, physical, emotional or otherwise.   If the barrel is only partially filled, there are no allergic symptoms.  For example, if you have seasonal allergies then you know that if the pollen count is low, you may not even sneeze that day.  However, when the pollen count rises above the level that you can tolerate it, your hayfever symptoms will start.  Your barrel has overflowed.

Most people’s barrels are filled with a large combination of substances, such as chemicals, foods, dust, pollen, viruses, yeasts, and parasites.   If the person becomes over-exposed to one or more of these substances at a time,  the contents of the barrel overflow. Often, the last thing that went into the barrel is what is blamed as the culprit, but that is an over-simplified way of looking at it. It is the sum of all irritants that decides whether you will react strongly or not at all.  For instance, you may be able to keep your pet cat if you adhere to a hypo-allergenic diet, have the mould in your basement taken care of, dust the house more often, get enough sleep and/or get an air purifier.

The best relief from this cycle is obtained by:

  1. Draining the barrel: supporting the body’s natural processes of elimination.
  2. Reduce the inflow into the barrel: limiting exposure to high-risk allergens and toxins
  3. Making the barrel larger: improve tolerance for high-risk allergens by fortifying the diet, and getting adequate rest.

White paint flows into the manhole. Pollution metaphorYour barrel gets smaller, i.e. has reduced capacity when you develop an infection, eat junk food, or you get overwhelmed with stressors in your life. A divorce, death or illness of a loved one, moving house or job loss are just some of the most stressful circumstances that can reduce the size of your barrel.

A nutritionist can help you ensure that your diet is nutrient-dense so that your tolerance for common allergens and contaminants can improve.  Many holistic nutritionists will also provide lifestyle advice to reduce stressors that add to your barrel.  It’s up to you and and how well you are coping with your allergies. How big is YOUR barrel? A nutrition and lifestyle analysis can help you arrive at an answer, and a solution.

Don’t Blame the Cat for Your Allergies

When I was younger I dated a vegetarian who was allergic to cats. M. and I spent our dates away from my family home because we had a long-haired cat in permanent residence—Sparky. Eventually, the time came that my parents wanted to meet M., so they invited him for supper. “I’ll have to take my anti-histamine,” M. said.

Young ginger cat, isolated on a white background
The day came, the evening arrived and M. showed up on time. Warmth and harmony ensued in our living room as my parents and boyfriend got to know each other.

And then trouble started.

As M. started to answer one of my mother’s umpteen questions, he sneezed loudly, paused and reattempted speech. But he sneezed again. And again. And again! I passed him a box of tissues. M’s eyes were red and watering, and he was mouth-breathing loudly as he faught to clear his sinuses. It was obvious he had not taken his anti-histamine!! Then he spotted poor Sparky–who had slunk into the room cautiously, taking cover under the coffee table to check M. out. “I’M GONNA SHOOT THAT CAT!” boomed M. as he pointed accusingly at our favourite feline.

Thankfully, to the relief of my parents no weapons were produced and the cat remained unharmed—but Sparky took the hint she was not appreciated and disappeared from the social scene.

My mother, being the thoughtful person that she is, offered M. some anti-histamines from the medicine cabinet so that the evening could continue. He took them, and the rest of the evening was uneventful in comparison.

Of course, M. thought his lesson here was always take allergy medication before being exposed to cats. Knowing M. well enough to realize he meant no harm, I appreciated his frustration with the cat who he blamed for ‘ruining’ his attempt at making a good first impression on my folks. But was it the cat’s fault? Was it M.’s fault?

Don’t blame the allergen. Blame your immune system! The symptoms that lead to us feeling poorly during an allergic reaction are produced by our body’s defense system. When the allergen comes into contact with certain cells of the immune system in our digestive system, respiratory tract and blood, inflammatory chemicals are released. What follows is swelling, heat, redness, pain, and/or itching. This is our body’s way in protecting us from threats it perceives.

The problem is, an allergy is a case of mistaken identity—a malfunctioning immune system. After all, the majority of people do not have an inflammatory response when they come into contact with cats. For complex reasons, the allergic person’s immune system seems to think of the cat’s hair, dander or saliva as a dangerous substance that must be expelled from the human body.

Diet Influences Allergic Response
What we eat can influence the strength of the inflammatory response. Feed the body too much of the wrong foods and it will become inflamed more easily. Some foods contain histamine; others stimulate our body’s production of it, and others still feed the machine that makes other inflammatory products like PG-2, leukotrienes, kinins, and thromboxin.

Even environmental allergies to dust, pollen, moulds and animals can improve when we clean up the diet. A registered nutritionist can help you plan meals and snacks that both avoid your allergens and reduce the production of symptom-inducing inflammatory chemicals.

Important note: anaphylaxis is a life-threatening, extreme form of allergic reaction. Do not attempt to eat or expose yourself to your known allergens under any circumstances if you have an anaphylactic allergy.

The White Carb You SHOULD eat

White rice, white sugar and white flour products…you’ve heard white carbs are ‘bad’ because:

  1. They lack fibre.
  2. Their naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals have been stripped during processing.
  3.  They contain rapidly-absorbed carbohydrates–which can lead to fat storage and consequent weight gain.

True, true and true.  But are all white foods ‘white death”?

Here’s a nutritious exception to the rule: CAULIFLOWER!cauliflower florets colours

This white cruciferous vegetable is rich in most of the same nutrients that broccoli and kale are famous for:

Folate: a B vitamin used for healthy cell division (it’s not just for making healthy babies!)

Vitamin C: vital for healthy blood vessels (so they don’t tear), and immunity (to fight infectious agents)

Vitamin K: to support blood coagulation (so we don’t hemorrhage when we injure ourselves)

Indoles: sulfur-containing compounds used by the liver to purify our blood by transforming toxins into less harmful, easily excretable compounds

Soluble fiber: This is the gentle, invisible fiber that improves our solid waste elimination experience.  There’s over 9 grams of fibre in just 100 calories-worth of cauliflower!

Low-calorie: Only 29 calories per cup!

Now that you’ve seen how nutritious cauliflower is, here’s a great low-carb recipe I created to use in place of mashed potatoes:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Essential Fatty Acid” vs. “Essential Oil”: What’s the Difference?

mixed nutsAn essential fatty acid (EFA) is an oil required for human health. This means the body needs it but cannot manufacture it, so they must be obtained from the diet. The two types of EFAs needed by humans are omega-3 (linolenic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid). They are found in both plant and animal-sourced foods, the highest quantities being found in nuts, seeds, and coldwater fish. Unlike essential oils (EO), EFAs contain no significant aromatic compounds (i.e. they do not have a strong odour, unless they become rancid).
perfume bottlesIn contrast, essential oils are aromatic (i.e. odourous) compounds derived from plant substances only.  These oils serve primarily as part of the plant’s defense system against attack by fungus, bacteria, and pests. When the oils are extracted in quantity from the roots, leaves, bark, seeds and flowers of specific plants and trees they form a highly concentrated, therapeutic substance for humans to enjoy. Examples of these are the essential oils of peppermint, oregano, lemongrass, eucalyptus and wild orange, to name a few.

Some of the general properties of essential oils are listed here:
-Anti-oxidant (cellular protection)
-Anti-microbial (kills infectious agents)
Some essential oils have more specific properties:
-Anti-spasmodic (muscle relaxant)
-Sedative (nervous system tonic)
-Anti-inflammatory (reducing pain, heat, redness and swelling)
Essential oils have many applications and can be used toAssorted basil herbspically (on the skin), aromatically (inhaled) or ingested. They are very powerful! Only very small amounts (less than 1 millilitre) are used at a time (compare this to the hundreds of milligrams of EFAs found in a serving of nuts).

Caution: not every plant’s essential oils are safe to ingest (for example, wintergreen and eucalyptus oils should not be taken internally).  Follow the manufacturer’s warnings. If the product says ‘not for internal use’, do not use it this way. Remember: Essential oils are ultra-concentrated, with only one drop often sufficient to do the job!

VegetablesIn my work as a Registered Nutritional Therapist, I analyze my clients’ health needs and recommend a combination of nutrients (such as EFAs), herbal extracts and oils to support their digestive systems and immune systems.  Together with providing specific dietary modifications, I find this approach highly useful in my practice.

5 Things to Do if You’re Always Tired

Are you falling asleep at your desk? Can’t get through the afternoon without the boost caffeine and carbohydrates can temporarily give you? Is getting out of bed in the morning your biggest challenge of the day? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, you would benefit from a thorough dietary and lifestyle evaluation.

The first step in doing this is to keep a diet journal. Don’t delay! Take a moment to get a free one right here:  7-day Diet Journal

juggle junk food1. Begin recording everything you eat and drink through the day, being sure to write down how much you’re eating. For example, did you have two plates of pasta or just one? Did you go for the largest size coffee or the small? Approximately how many almonds did you eat?  This exercise will bring a consciousness to your eating patterns, and can be very informative. It will reveal tendencies and patterns, which can serve as excellent motivation to change bad dietary habits.  Do this for at least a week.

2. Are you getting any fresh air?  (Walking to your car in the parking lot does not count, but standing at the bus stop does! ) .  Many buildings have poorly-maintained ventilation systems. Outdoor air is usually cleaner and more oxygen-rich than indoor air. Aim to spend at least 20 minutes outdoors daily! If it’s sunny, this is also a  good opportunity for vitamin D production.

3.  How often do you exercise? The brain and muscles depend on oxygen for their function, and physical exercise is the best way to improve circulation.    Do you exercise outdoors or indoors (see #2)?     Be sure to get some of your exercise outdoors. Consider cycling, skiing, swimming, skating, or hiking.

4.  Do a cStudio Portrait Of Depressed Womanommitment review.  What have you said ‘yes’ to that you wish you’d said ‘no’ to?  Is it because you are overwhelmed with responsibilities, and do you enjoy these responsibilities? Just being conscious of the fact that you have a long list of to-dos, projects and social commitments can take up a lot of energy!   Make a list of everything and start rating them according to their importance to YOU. Then, make a commitment to be more selective.

5. Weed out the energy-drainers. These consist of negative  people, places, TV programs, etc. that drag you down instead of make you feel good.  If you are feeling guilty about saying goodbye to the Sad Sallys in your life, set boundaries instead.  There is no law that says you have to answer the phone when it rings, or the front door, for that matter (unless it’s the police!).  Put yourself first more often.

There are a multitude of life coaches out there to help you organize and improve your life, and they can be very beneficial.   However, improving nutritional intake is critical for supporting yourself under stress in order to reduce fatigue so that you will have the energy to make the changes such a coach is recommending.  After all, the body and its chemistry is built and maintained by nutrients!

Once you’ve started keeping a diet journal I believe you will see how food and hydration affect your energy. Of course the next step is to CHANGE what you’re eating and drinking.    A holistic nutritionist can offer superior support in this regard, giving you personalized, practical and fun recommendations that makes your goal of increased energy more attainable!

The Yeast Beast and its Toxins: Are They Affecting Your Health?

All living things produce wastes, be it solids, liquids or gases as a by-product of life processes.  Did you know that common, undesirable intestinal micro-organisms such as yeast (candida albicans, for one) produce an array of toxins that are poisonous the nervous system?

Here are a few :

1. Carbon monoxide.  We all know that inhalation of this gas, in concentration, is fatal. Why? Because it binds to hemoglobin and prevents oxygen uptake. While extremely unlikely that common strains of yeast found in the bowel can produce this concentration of CO , a yeast overgrowth has been associated with ‘brain fog’, confusion, slow mental processes, anxiety, depression and 3d man with a gas maskother cognitive problems.

2. Acetaldehyde: This is a metabolic by-product of yeast that acts like alcohol. That is, it can result in impaired cognition.  Interesting, its cousin, formaldehyde is a biological poison, used as a preservative (to prevent undesirable bacterial growth in laboratory tissue samples, for instance).    If you react negatively to the fumes from a new carpet, new furniture or clothing, your tolerance for aldehydes is low and your liver could use some help.

3. Gliotoxin: This yeast and fungal by-product is especially toxic to the liver, your body’s central processing centre for metabolic wastes. Gliotoxins also damage immune cells needed to combat yeast so it doesn’t become a warlord and hijack the immune system.

spray bottles 34. Ammonia: This toxic ingredient is found in window-cleaner. It is very poisonous to the kidneys.  It’s also a product of the damage yeast cause when they grow on your intestinal lining. The ammonia that results from the protein breakdown is used in the yeast’s favour, as they use it to communicate (remember, these are one-celled organisms but they are very, very ‘smart’).

Who knew that there could be toxic chemical factory in your gut that could be affecting your health ?  If you’re wondering if candida overgrowth is part of your health problems, check out the Dysbiosis questionnaire. If your score is elevated, you may benefit from my Digestive Rejuvenation Program.

What does all this have to do with nutrition? The answer is, what we eat determines what microbes take up residence in our guts, and what kind of neighbourhood it is.  Junk food breeds yeasts and disease-causing bacteria, while real food promotes health-giving microbes.  So start taking a look at your diet and ask yourself if it could use a tune-up.

What I Found in the Table Salt

Being the nutritionist I am, I read all food labels.  Once in a while there is one that really stumps me.  This time, it was my recent single-serving salad purchase from the grocery store to-go department came with a pre-wrapped package that included a fork, salt packknife, napkin, a packet of pepper and a packet of iodized salt.  Here’s what the salt packet contained on its list of ingredients:

First, the good stuff (sort of):

salt This surprisingly un-specific word should be listed as the first and only ingredient in table salt.  What kind of salt?  Am I to assume it’s sodium chloride? I can only hope it is,  as this is the safest, tastiest sodium compound. I’d rather it not be calcium chloride (road salt, which is not f0od-grade), but we don’ t know here because the salt packaging company has not told us! In chemistry, “salt” does not automatically imply “sodium”.  For example, potassium chloride is technically a salt that happens to taste like sodium chloride, but has a much lower margin of safety. And, things get dangerous when the wrong sodium is used. (For instance, sodium hydroxide is a highly caustic and poisonous compound used to clear clogged drains. ) Eek! I am actually surprised this lack of specificity has flown under the radar of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, who will not, understandably, allow the word  “carbohydrate” to be used to hide the type of sugar or starch used in a food product.

potassium iodide:  Don’t panic about this one. This compound is one of the safest ways to provide two essential minerals:  potassium and iodine. You will find it in most multi-vitamin-mineral products, too.  Since its inception as an additive to table salt in the mid-twentieth century, iodized table salt means goitre (a disease of the thyroid gland) and cretinism (mental retardation in children) has nearly eradicated these diseases from western countries.  Verdict: I approve.

Now, the bad news.  If any of the following additives are in your table salt, relegate it to the laundry room and use it as an abrasive sink scrub instead.

yellow prussiate of soda:  It’s also known  as E 535 and by its chemical name: sodium ferrocyanide. You don’t have to be a chemist to see that this compound contains cyanide—the poison used by many fictitious murders!  So why it it in my table salt? As it turns out yellow prussiate of soda kills two birds with one stone. Despite its name, it isn’t there to turn grey salt into yellow salt.  Instead, it acts as a bleaching agent, turning grey salt into the white salt that westerners have come to associate with purity. Secondly, this additive also doubles as a flow agent.  Without it, presumably your salt shaker would get clogged up. Recommendation: Avoid this unnecessary ingredient.

sodium silico-aluminate:  Also known as E554, this additive  is used to prevent caking and clumping. Remember, aluminum is NOT an essential mineral and in fact, the vast majority of chemists will agree it is a toxic metal for the human body. Less of a health concern is silica, a major element in sand and glass and possibly an essential mineral (silicon). Verdict? I’d avoid E554.

And that is what my packet of salt contained. The best way to avoid unnecessary and potentially harmful food additives in your salt is to buy sea salt Although there are many varieties of sea salt—pink Himalayan sea salt being one of my favourites—the common thread is that they contain NO additives—not even iodine.  But if you eat any processed foods–that is, canned, frozen, boxed or otherwise pre-packaged edibles—have no fear.  They will give you more iodized table salt than you bargained for.

 

Why I’m Mad About Marketplace: “The Detox Challenge”

On Friday, January 17th 2014, CBC’s Marketplace aired an episode called “The Detox Challenge”.  Before you rush off to check it out, allow me to convince you first that watching it will be an exercise in confusion and frustration.  Marketplace attempted to show consumers why detoxification programs are a hoax, an ineffective and painful exercise in willpower that is a waste of the consumer’s money and time.  From a scientific standpoint, here’s what they did wrong:woman with an apple

First off, the experiment proved NOTHING because it didn’t follow the Scientific Method! For those of you who are a bit rusty on this procedure, it’s the only academically and professionally accepted way of doing research. Here’s where Marketplace really failed:

1.  The sample size of the experiment was absurd.  Eight subjects? Four of them followed the ‘detox’ and four of them ate whatever they wanted. That’s hardly a scientifically valid sample size. Compare this to the Nurses’ Health Study, which used a sample of over 238,000 participants!

2. The “detox challenge” participants consisted of eight healthy-looking university sorority sisters.  That’s hardly a random sample.  Once again, the scientific method has been violated.

3.  Another major design flaw of the “detox challenge” in my eyes was that it was only 2 days long.  The toxicologist (an M.D.) who took blood samples before and after the girls began the challenge said he could detect no differences between the blood samples between the two groups of girls. Well, it is no wonder because two days is not sufficiently long enough to show significant metabolic changes from 48 hours of dietary modification.

4.  What were they looking for in the blood samples?  We don’t know because Marketplace never told us!  If they were testing for heavy metals like mercury, they were looking in the wrong place (these are not found in the blood as they get stored quickly in the tissues).  Not only that, but the testing required to properly assess toxicity is not covered by OHIP (Ontario’s provincially funded health care plan). In fact, it’s darn expensive.  A few years back when Wendy Mesley was diagnosed with breast cancer, they aired a program that included her participation in a comprehensive set of non-OHIP covered blood tests that measured her blood for over 300 toxins. It makes me wonder who paid for that test (which found hundreds of known toxins).  Perhaps Wendy?

Glass of Tomato Juice Garnished with a Celery Stick5. The detoxification support products that were purchased for the girls to take during their 48 hour detox challenge were designed to be taken over a period of 7 to 10 days. How can we expect any positive results in just 2 days?  Although Marketplace was not specifically testing out the different brands used, once again, they are unfairly inferring that the products simply don’t work.  In fact the viewer never hears anything about the products again after they are shown having been purchased.  We only get to see the girls making smoothies, and listen to them emote about how tired, hungry and lazy they feel while eating the restricted diet.

I could go on and on about the lack of science, and bash Marketplace further, but I like the CBC. I really do.  As I think about it, perhaps I should shift the blame to Dr. Mehmet Oz, whose “48-Hour Weekend Cleanse” inspired the theme of the Marketplace episode.  I like Dr. Oz. I really do. However, he tends to over-simplify what shouldn’t be over-simplified in attempt to educate an under-educated audience.  For example, his “48-Hour Weekend Cleanse” is not really a “detox”; rather, it’s a rest for the digestive organs.  Looking at the shopping list suggested on his page it’s easy to see why someone couldn’t sustain it for more than a couple days.  It’s just a few hundred calories a day—and therefore not sustainable for health reasons. However, it is true that resting the stomach, intestines, pancreas and liver by eating less should naturally feel better than eating 3000 calories per day!

As a practicing holistic nutritionist and nutrition program instructor  I feel that airing this Marketplace episode does a real disservice to the public;  because the whole concept of what a ‘detox’ is and does has been incorrectly conveyed through the media. By de-activating the individuals who are considering taking charge of their own health we regress as a society.   Now to get a taste for what a good ‘detox’ program should do, follow me here.

 

Bounce Your Way to Better Health

Do you own a rebounder? A rebounder is a trampoline for one. It’s a fun way to exercise, or take a break from desk work.

Why bounce?

Bouncing on a low-impact, flexible surface is good for you for several reasons:

1. It provides cardiovascular exercise.

2. It’s easy on the joints.trampoline

3. It reduces water retention.

4. It supports the immune system.

5. It stimulates lymphatic drainage.

What is the lymphatic system? The lymphatic system is a complex network of vessels (“highways”) and nodes ( “stations”) that pick up wastes from the tissues and the bloodstream and sends them to the waste disposal department. It’s actually part of your immune system.

How is it different from the circulatory system?  It’s a unique system because muscular movement is essential to get lymph fluid to move effectively. There is no pump!

Without physical movement, the lymph fluid stagnates. This means bacteria  can invade and multiply in a stagnant area of the body. This is also part of the reason why patients who are immobilized for weeks at a time during convalescence are vulnerable to infection: stagnant lymph.

Without lymph nodes and vessels, you would accumulate a LOT of fluid between your cells, resulting in edema (swelling). Any woman who has undergone a mastectomy with axillary lymph node removal will be vulnerable to lymphedema and requires special ongoing therapy to remove the accumulated fluid.

What a Difference!

I found a huge difference in ease of bounce when I upgraded from a $40 rebounder from a local big-box store to a higher-quality one sold by a specialty manufacturer.

Burger, Soda Can  and FriesNutrition Influences The Lymph

Exercise is vital for a healthy lymphatic system, but equally important is nutrition and avoidance of toxins. The lymphatic system works best when the fluid is thinner as opposed to thicker. What you eat can determine the viscosity (thickness) of your lymph fluid. If you have water retention or swollen glands it’s a sign your lymphatic system could use some support. A detoxification program can be a great place to start. It’s something to think about while you’re bouncing on your rebounder!

 

Are Heavy Metals Weighing you Down?

Heavy metals—such as mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead—are making the population fat from the hormonal imbalances they cause.  Don’t believe it?  Expensive blood tests reveal that the average Canadian has over 700 industrial chemicals in her bloodstream, and that isn’t even measuring the deposits stored in flesh.

How do we acquire heavy metals?industrial pollution

Heavy metals are pervasive toxins that are hard to avoid coming into contact with.

1. We inhale them. Motor vehicle exhaust is a considerable source of pollutants, as are construction sites. Whatever molecules we breathe in end up in the bloodstream within seconds!

2. We ingestapple toxic them. Water and food are considerable sources and are not routinely tested for these contaminants. Arsenic has been found in frozen meals, rice and more. Mercury is in our seafood, and lead is in a myriad of processed food ingredients  that we import.  Arsenic is a component of several pesticides.  The soils foods are grown in are sometimes contaminated by industrial sites within the area, or when food is grown in an area geographically close to a chemical factory.

Heavy Metals Act Like Estrogens

Metallo-estrogens  are metals that are capable of acting like estrogens in the human body.  As if they weren’t toxic enough, these anti-nutrients are tricking the body into behaving in ways that estrogen would.  How do they do it?

1. Heavwoman fat absy metals increase fat storage. By acting like estrogen, they increase the number of estrogen receptors.  These are like keyholes on the cell membranes into which estrogen fits, The more fat we have, the more estrogen receptors we have. The more estrogen receptors we have, the higher potential for estrogen excess or toxicity. Heavy metals tend to be fat-soluble, meaning they get stored in fat.  What’s your capacity to store these toxins? A body composition assessment will reveal your total body fat and thus, how much ‘room’ you have for chemical storage.

2. Heavy metals disrupt healthy cellular processes. When essential minerals like zinc, calcium or magnesium is deficient in the body, heavy metals appear to take their places.  For example, zinc is required for proper conversion of inactive thyroid hormone into active thyroid hormone, but in its absence, it appears that mercury can take its place in the thyroid hormone receptors. Even though it physically seems to fit, the mercury cannot do the job of zinc (indeed, no mineral can do the job of another).  Instead it poisons the cells, preventing them from producing energy.  This gets in the way of healthy metabolism, as the thyroid control the speed at which we convert food into energy and body maintenance materials.

How to Get the Lead (and other Heavy Metals) Out

“Traditional” heavy metal removal protocols involve the use of chelating agents, such as EDTA.  The patient takes an oral or intravenous dose of EDTA at regular intervals over many weeks or months. But the problem with EDTA is it does not bind exclusively to the ‘bad stuff’; it can bind to nutritionally important minerals and result in mineral deficiencies.  The chelator DMSA is certainly a better option than EDTA as it selectively binds only to heavy metals. However, DMSA is classified as a drug, therefore requiring a doctor’s prescription—and a doctor willing to prescribe it. Unfortunately finding one who is knowledgeable enough on this subject is challenging!fork foods

The good news is that heavy metals can be mobilized from the fat stores by adopting a healthier diet and a more active lifestyle (increased body temperature will help them come out of the skin).  However, if they are displaced too rapidly and without buffering, they can make you feel quite ill and simply deposit in other tissues.  A holistic nutritionist trained in proper detoxification support during a  heavy metal cleanse can help. It just might be the missing piece in your weight loss struggle!