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Poor Sleep Will Make it Difficult to Lose Weight

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It’s an interesting fact how the various functions of the body are so closely related to one another. For example, it isn’t uncommon for someone suffering from a slow metabolism to also suffer from insomnia (difficulty sleeping).

The fact of the matter isthis: Getting enough quality sleep is VITAL for your metabolism and health.

The human body is constantly repairing and producing new cells. In fact, it is this action that keeps the body alive. When we sleep, the body will repair any cells that have been damaged. In a way, you could say that the body never really “sleeps”, as it always working on something, whether it is creating new cells or repairing them. It is also constantly on watch for any possible threat, such as harmful bacteria, parasites, viruses, etc.

For those that suffer from insomnia, weight loss is almost impossible, as this alone puts stress on the body. When the body experiences any form of stress, insomnia included, it will produce cortisol (aka – the “stress hormone”), which will not only cause the body to store fat, but will destroy muscle structure, eventually creating wrinkles and saggy skin.

Cortisol is practically the same as the artificial hormone cortisone, which is used in a variety of drugs to help with swelling, arthritis, asthma, etc. Many people who have taken cortisone have noticed that they begin to gain weight after taking it.

Insomnia is often caused by a thyroid condition called hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, hypothyroidism is not always detected in traditional laboratory tests. An existing hypothyroid condition that is not detected using these tests is referred to as “subclinical hypothyroidism”. Despite the fact that an individual may be experiencing an array of hypothyroid symptoms, insomnia included, the condition will sometimes continue to go by undetected, thus never opening the door to a solution.

One way to know whether or not your sleeping difficulties are related to hypothyroidism is to take your body’s temperature. Dr. Broda Barnes, an endocrinologist (hormone specialist) discovered that the body’s temperature directly reflected problems with they thyroid, even when laboratory tests did not. This test is referred to as the “Barnes Thyroid Temperature Test” and was once included in the Physician’s Desk Reference book, or “PDR” (a reference book used by doctors).

This temperature test can be taken at home using a glass thermometer. Aside from the cost of the thermometer itself, this test can be taken for free, which is likely why most doctors do notpromote it as an acceptable method of detecting hypothyroidism. Unfortunately, many people do not promote things that have no financial advantage.

Occasionally I find myself feeling like healthy people really are not good business for the medical and health industry, despite what these industries might promote. There are plenty of great doctors and health professionals that truly do want to help, but frequently I suspect that some prefer ignorance for their own interests. So, being unaware, we continue to purchase their drugs and services.

Really, our only true weapon of defense is KNOWLEDGE. If we understand the basic principles that are involved with improving our health and metabolism, we will never become victims of ignorance. It is for this reason exactly that I wrote my book, “The Power of Your Metabolism” where I explain, in simple words, which factors can help one sleep better, lose weight and improve one’s health.

Knowledge is power. Use it.

Frank Suárez

Obesity and Metabolism Specialist

 

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