(310) 979-3434
Dr. Rashel, Integrative Medicine

Address :

11633 San Vincente Blvd.
Suite #107
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Tel : (310) 979-3434
Fax : (310) 907-5193
email : info@drrashel.com

Effective Weight Management

In recent decades there has been an explosion in artificial foods and preservatives. The average American diet is also extremely high in sugar, refined grains, bad fat and processed food, and artificial sweeteners. Our growing and harvesting methods strip our food of its nutrients, and pollutants, pesticides, and dangerous chemicals are all around us. We drive instead of walk, sit at desks instead of working outdoors, and the average food serving size has doubled. In short, we have lost a good quotient of our nutrition while dramatically increasing our toxic load and reducing our activity levels.

The job of a healthy metabolism is to keep the body at a set point, which is a body-to-fat ratio within a 10- to 15-pound weight range that optimizes the chances of survival. Set points are individualized and stubborn — your body likes stability — and your metabolism defends your set point by slowing down or speeding up when your weight approaches the outer limits of your set point’s range.

The modern American diet and lifestyle have sent the average set point soaring. We all hear it and see it on a daily basis: obesity is an epidemic. And not just in this country — over 300 million people worldwide were deemed “grossly overweight” in the year 2000, leading the World Health Organization to coin a new term: globesity. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

There is no magic pill for weight loss that will give lasting results and no ill effects. Fad diets don’t work or result in temporary weight loss and weight gain right around the corner. To have lasting results and improvements in overall health, you need to address core imbalances which are the root cause of the weight problem.  This should be part of every weight management program for lasting results and improvements in overall health.   Core Imbalances lie at the heart of the problem of weight gain.  Until these imbalances are addressed it will not be physically possible to maintain optimum weight permanently.   In reality the core imbalances are the real problem, obesity is the symptom, which in and of itself also leads to numerous health problems.  Core imbalances may involve the nervous system and brain chemistry, with imbalances in neurotransmitters that control satiety and hunger, such as serotonin. They may involve the endocrine system, which secretes our hormones such as insulin, thyroid, and sex hormones, or involve emotional stress that can affect the nervous system and the endocrine system.  Lifestyle choices, diet, and activity level also lead to core imbalances.  Many times all of the above imbalances are found in obese patients and need to be addressed to have effective long-term weight management.

How do we do it?

Our program involves the 6 Essentials for effective weight loss

Replace and balance hormones to youthful levels

Hormones are key factors in maintaining an optimum weight.  Some may find that they are eating a healthy diet and exercising but still are not able to see results.   You may wonder why some people are lean and trim, but others can’t seem to lose excess fat despite a restrictive diet.  Hormones are the answer.  Our hormones decline with age, and are also affected by emotional or physical toxicity.  Examples include estrogen dominance in women, testosterone deficiency in men and women, adrenal imbalance and elevated cortisol levels and decreased DHEA, decreased thyroid hormones which all have very important roles in weight control.  We do a thorough hormonal panel to check your levels, address underlying factors that may affect the levels found, and restore hormones to youthful ranges with natural bio-identical hormones.

Correct Insulin Resistance

Elevated insulin levels found in insulin resistance cause fat to accumulate in the body.  Insulin resistance can result from lifestyle choices and wrong food intake.  Insulin levels also go up with aging.  The mechanism in either case is insulin receptors in the body become less sensitive to insulin and need higher and higher insulin levels.   It is important to understand insulin’s role in the body. Insulin allows glucose to travel from the bloodstream into the cells, where it is used for cell functioning and energy.  When you eat foods high in refined carbohydrates, insulin levels surge to remove sugar from the blood and get it into your cells. But if insulin spikes high too often from a diet rich in high carbohydrate foods that trigger insulin secretion, your cells respond by decreasing both their sensitivity to insulin and their the number of insulin receptors on their surface.  Eventually this prevents glucose from getting into your cells, leading to high blood sugar and depriving your cells of the energy they need to function, leading to diabetes.

This is why many people with insulin resistance experience carbohydrate cravings, fatigue and weight gain; their cells are starving for energy even when plenty of glucose is available in the blood!  We use targeted micronutrient therapy combined with hormone restoration, and dietary plans to restore insulin sensitivity, and if and when necessary pharmaceuticals are considered.

Balance Brain Chemistry

Neurotransmitters which are our brains signaling mechanism control our body’s.  They define our mood, actions, and health.  Serotonin one of the brains inhibitory neurotransmitters plays a pivotal role in balancing our brain chemistry.  Low serotonin levels are associated with a number of symptoms including low mood, increased appetite, uncontrolled appetite, carbohydrate binging, hypoglycemia, and insulin resistance.

Neurotransmitter Imbalance occurs as a result of chronic stress, poor diet, neurotoxins, inflammation, and genetics.   Overweight people are found to have low levels of Tryptophan which is the amino acid that serotonin is made from.  Research shows that Tryptophan is broken down by chronic inflammation and immune system hyperactivity which both have roles in obesity.  We offer neurotransmitter testing and balance neurotransmitters with targeted amino acid therapy.  Many find that when they supplement with L-Tryptophan and other targeted micronutrients they crave less carbohydrates, eat better, and can control their appetite.

Gastrointestinal Detoxification

Colonies of excessive Candida (yeast), bacteria, or parasites, in the digestive tract can make it very difficult to lose weight.  These organisms feed on carbohydrates and sugar and increase your cravings for such foods.  We use advanced stool testing with DNA typing of found yeast and bacteria to assess their sensitivity to different pharmaceuticals and botanicals to eliminate overgrowth from the gastrointestinal tract.   We use our customized gastrointestinal (GI) detoxification and restoration protocols to restore balance to the GI tract which facilitates maintaining a healthy diet and weight loss.

Dietary plans with attention to Glycemic Index

In order to reach and maintain optimum weight or be successful at losing excess weight you must be on a diet that can be maintained for life.  But the word diet here does not mean depriving yourself of food but means eating the right foods.  A simple way to do this is to take a look at our ancestors whose diets consisted mostly of raw foods, nuts, and seeds known as the Paleolithic diet.  To lose unwanted weight and maintain it and to live a longer, healthier life,  you must move away from eating refined carbohydrates, processed foods and overcooked foods which cause damage to proteins and accelerate the aging process.

It is also important to avoid eating high glycemic foods.   Glycemic index is a nutritional tool that can help you keep your blood sugar balanced.  Glycemic Index ranks foods numerically according to their potential to raise or spike blood sugar and insulin levels.  Foods that raise blood sugar too quickly, spike insulin levels, and overload cells with glucose lead to insulin resistance and diabetes.  Following a Paleolithic diet, eating low glycemic index foods, complex carbohydrates, and foods and proteins cooked at low temperature facilitate weight loss and help you maintain optimum weight.

Physical Activity

There are so many benefits to moderate exercise and physical activity and as you know weight loss is one of them.  Exercise releases endorphins, which are feel good hormones produced by our bodies.  Exercise also increases neurotransmitters including brain serotonin levels.  It can improve brain functioning and protect against dementia. It can prevent and reverse bone loss and prevent cardiovascular disease. Exercise helps raise testosterone levels and improves cell insulin sensitivity.  Exercise causes many beneficial cellular changes that help you to lose unwanted weight, maintain optimum weight and results in desirable body contouring, such as a healthy waist to hip ratio.

We will help you increase your exercise capacity by identifying and replacing deficient nutrient, amino acid, and hormone levels in your body that can contribute to low energy or low exercise tolerance, increasing your energy level, exercise capacity and endurance.

To learn more about becoming a patient and starting your Integrative Weight Management Program today contact us at (310)979-3434 or fill out our New Patient Form.