Hacking your endocannabinoid system for weight loss

What drives us to eat? We spend a lot of time working to make money to buy food, prepare food, and consume food. It is a basic need of all animals, and without an innate drive to seek out food, we would perish. This…

Turning up the internal heat for weight loss- UCP1 genetic variants

The dream for overweight people: just turn up the internal heat and naturally burn off the extra fat.It turns out that genetically some people do have more active ‘internal heat’ and they actually are burning off more energy all the time.

BPA: How Your Genes Influence BPA Detoxification

BPA, a chemical found in some plastics, has been linked to a variety of effects on people including obesity, insulin resistance, and epigenetic effects on the fetus.  It is everywhere in our food supply. In fact, a CDC report showed that 92% of people…

Early to bed, early to rise – helps with weight loss and diabetes

Meal timing and light at night are modern issues that impact diabetes and obesity risk.

Circadian Rhythm: Weight Loss and Meal Timing

There are five key elements to weight loss from a circadian point of view: Timing of Meals; Light Exposure; Sleep; What to Eat and When; and Genetic Variants.  All of these can come together in our modern world to give you a propensity to…

Hacking BDNF for weight loss

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is a fascinating growth hormone that performs many functions in our brain. Its involvement helps to support neurons and neuronal growth. In addition, it plays a role in long-term memory — and it also is important in obesity. Researchers refer…

Weight Loss: Optimizing your diet based on your genes

Diet gurus, talking heads on TV, government food pyramids, and your friend who lost 20 pounds… What do they all have in common?  They all know the perfect diet that will whip you into shape and make you feel good. If that diet doesn’t…

Circadian Rhythms: Genes at the Core of Our Internal Clocks

Circadian rhythms are the natural biological rhythms that shape our biology.  Most people know about the master clock in our brain that keeps us on a wake-sleep cycle over 24 hours.  This is driven by our master ‘clock’ genes. Circadian rhythms It turns out…

Digesting Carbohydrates: Amylase variants

Carbohydrate digestion begins in the mouth with an enzyme called amylase.  Saliva mixes with your food as you chew it, and the amylase in saliva begins breaking down carbohydrates into simple sugars.  Amylase is also produced by the pancreas and used for further breaking…

Detoxifying Phthalates:  Genes and Diet

There have been several recent studies about phthalates that have piqued my interest. I decided it was time to look into the science behind the stories and see if there really is anything to the scare-tactic type headlines about phthalates. Below are my notes…