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Are you damaging your body trying to lose weight?
When I was studying herbology, I learned that overuse of herbs that drive the kidneys like diuretics and stimulants can be detrimental.
After long use of diuretics and stimulants, the kidneys can become exhausted and become damaged from the constant kick.
As I learned more in studying Traditional Chinese medicine, I realized that it’s much deeper than I had previously learned.
In TCM, the kidneys refer not just to the two organs in the body but to a whole system and are associated with the “gate of vitality” or “ming men”.
“A famous Chinese doctor named Zhang Jie Bin (approximately 1563-1640) wrote ‘there are two kidneys, (kidney yin and yang), with the Gate of Vitality between them. The kidney is the organ of water and fire, the abode of yin and yang, the sea of essence, and it determines life and death.’” (Wikipedia)
The kidneys control “Jing” or “essence” and there are two counterparts, the yin and the yang.
The balance of the Jing is extremely important.
This is why I have been a proponent of avoidance regular use of stimulants that drive the kidney like caffeine and other drugs.
Almost ALL of what they call “natural” weight loss supplements contain amounts small and large of caffeine and other stimulant drugs.
While these supplements can hasten weight loss, perhaps they may not be good in the long run.
Studies have shown that most of these programs tend to promote yoyo dieting.
The person will at first lose weight but as soon as the supplements are discontinued, they gain the weight back and sometimes more.
The same thing happens with extreme low calorie diets.
There’s a thing called “body set point”. Your body gets accustomed to a particular weight and fat content. In order to lose weight permanently, you need to create a new set point.
So slow weight loss works better.
It also is less damaging to your kidney Jing.
Many people already have Jing imbalance and using stimulants to hasten weight loss only intensifies that imbalance putting stress on the kidneys.
Working WITH the body to reset the body’s set point allows your body to also balance the jing as you lose weight.
There is a place for caffeine containing herbs but they should be used in balance with other herbs. TCM seldom uses single herbs.
Most of the so-called “natural” weight loss supplements contain synthetic caffeine and taurine. Guarana is often added to these to increase the caffeine content and make them “look” like an herbal supplement.
I get annoyed with misuse of herbs like guarana and ephedra. Both herbs have important healing properties but have been overused and misused in the weight loss industry.
Misuse of ephedra caused it to be banned because it actually killed people. Just because something is herbal does not mean it’s safe to use without knowing what you’re doing.
Foxglove can save lives and it can also kill you if used wrong. The same is true of many herbs.
Patches that deliver a steady stream of stimulants to burn fat keep your body in a constant stress mode and prevent the balance of the Jing.
A person may become addicted to them not only because caffeine is addictive but because their bodies are trying to reset themselves to the higher stimulant content.
A better approach to weight loss is to lose weight slowly.
Increase your activity levels. You don’t need to become a mad jogger or fitness freak. Just move more. Set a time so you don’t sit for more than 20 minutes at a time. Then get up and walk around and do some type of physical activity for 5-10 minutes.
See my article on Pomodoro Time Management: http://www.bloggingsuccessstories.com/easy-time-management-tool/
Learn better eating habits. With all the information available, nobody has an excuse to be unaware of how to eat healthy.
It’s actually pretty simple. Eat fresh food from the produce aisle. Eat fresh organic meat and dairy if you choose to eat those.
Use organic products that are free from toxic substances like hormone disruptors and toxic chemicals.
Adding some concentrated nutrients is good to restore health as long as you’re sure they are 100% certified organic.
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