Acupuncture is an excellent tool to address the root cause of weight gain, regardless of what it might be. The most seen root causes of weight gain are stress and/or emotional eating, habitual eating, hormone imbalance and thyroid disorders.
By correcting the root cause, it will become much easier to lose weight and keep it off. Acupuncture is highly effective in reducing stress, cravings, and helping to improve digestive and bowel function. When your digestive and waste management systems are working better, you will naturally have more energy and a better sense of well-being.
According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), in order for the body’s systems to be working optimally, the functional energy, or qi, needs to flow smoothly and the brain (mind), heart (emotion), and body need to be in harmony. There are many factors that affect the flow of qi, but when it comes to weight the two main factors are stress and poor-quality diet. Studies have shown that acupuncture reduces most every physiological indicator of stress, including slowing the heart rate, reducing blood pressure, reducing galvanic skin response, lowering cortisol levels in the blood and increasing endorphin levels.
The unfortunate fact is that most people in this country have both a terrible diet and poor eating habits. Real, natural, nutritious foods have been largely replaced with highly processed foods loaded with artificial and unnatural chemicals and ingredients. Even many natural ingredients are no longer healthy due to a variety of factors, including genetic engineering, changing soil conditions where nutrients are poorer, and manufacturing processes that dramatically alter the natural state of the product.
Ironically, instead of gaining nourishment from these so-called foods, our bodies waste energy trying to get rid of them. Our digestive tract evolved for hundreds of thousands of years on natural foods. Only within the last century or so have chemicals and artificial ingredients been put into foods. As a result, we lack the ability to properly metabolize or even recognize these substances. Many artificial ingredients are effectively tagged as toxins by the body and sent to the liver to break down. This results in the liver being overwhelmed, which in turn reduces the capacity of the liver to metabolize fat. Chronic high stress also directly impairs the function of the liver. The combination of high stress and poor diet, which is quite common, is like a one-two knockout punch to the body’s ability to lose weight.
Think of our digestive system as a very highly tuned race car engine. It requires high-grade fuel to run correctly. The modern diet, consisting of highly processed foods and many chemical and artificial ingredients, is like using the worst quality fuel in that engine. Sure, the engine might still run but you’re not going to win any races with it, and it will require more frequent maintenance to keep running. Acupuncture is akin to tuning and doing maintenance on the engine. If you don’t change the quality of the fuel, all the acupuncture in the world isn’t going to make that engine perform at peak performance.
For more information about acupuncture, diet, and weight loss, a 15 minute health advisor call is highly recommended.
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