According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of adults in the United States are considered obese. In addition, they state that obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. Our society is calorie-rich and nutrient-poor, causing us to eat and eat and never receive the nutrients we need to feel satisfied. Poor dietary habits and sedentary lifestyles are the two main culprits for weight gain.However, there may be other underlying reasons why losing weight may be a struggle. At Dragonfly 360 Yoga & Wellness, Dr. Melanie MacLaren can help you manage and achieve your weight loss goals. Contact us at (317) 344-9840 to schedule an appointment in Indianapolis with Dr. Melanie.
Biochemical Inhibitors to Weight Loss
- Insulin resistance or blood sugar imbalance
- Adrenal fatigue
- Hormone imbalances
- Thyroid issues
Holistic Offerings for Digestive Issues Affecting Weight Loss
Personalized Balanced Diet
A balanced diet provides the body with the necessary vitamins, proteins, and fats that are key to successful weight loss, as well as overall health. Since we are all individuals, Dr. Melanie uses a series of surveys to determine your metabolic type to find the right diet for you. Ensuring you get the nutrients you need sometimes means supplementing with some core nutrients. Using Quantum Reflex Analysis (QRA), Dr. Melanie can determine the appropriate supplements you need to achieve your weight-loss goals.
In order to lose weight, your digestive system must be functioning optimally. When intestinal membranes are overloaded with mucous and toxic material, they are no longer able to process and absorb nutrients correctly. To ensure healthy bowels:
- Have more than two bowel movements per day without straining
- Eat 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies daily
- Consume at least 25 g of fiber daily
- Exercise 3-5 times a week
Once the digestive system is fully functioning — through a proper diet or supplements such as herbal remedies or fiber — the next step may be to detoxify your system.
A personalized plan for jump-starting your improved diet may include beginning with a detoxification, also known as a cleanse. Detoxifying rejuvenates us by cleansing our digestive system and liver.
Following the detoxification, a food reintroduction plan should be followed. This will illustrate if the individual has any food sensitivities or allergies. Eliminating or limiting problematic foods from our diet can help our bodies work more efficiently.
Allergy testing can also be ordered via a blood test or using NAET. The results can be used to help with the food sensitivities.
Stress stimulates the release of cortisol from our adrenal glands which then promotes the conversion of stored sugars (glucose) and fat into energy. Unfortunately, our modern-day habits rarely require the physical reaction needed to burn off the glucose. As a result, the glucose triggers the release of insulin which converts the glucose into fat.
Using relaxation techniques, aromatherapy, and calming herbs can help balance these reactions. Dr. Melanie teaches techniques that can be used anywhere to help manage stress.
A study at the Chiba University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan found, “Lavender aromatherapy reduced serum cortisol.” Inhaling a few drops of lavender can soothe your mind and relax your body. Rubbing several drops of lavender on your feet can also promote relaxation.
Learn More About Losing Weight
Whether you have a biochemical imbalance or a poor diet, Dr. Melanie can help you with your weight loss goals. Using naturopathic methods — and other additional aids such as supplements, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and yoga — Dr. Melanie can help you take control of your weight-loss issues.
Contact Dragonfly 360 at (317) 344-9840 to learn more about our weight-loss options or to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve Indianapolis, Carmel, and nearby areas.