Water retention, bloating and stress

Water retention, that bloated feeling where nothing fits right and add a bit of stress and you wont look or feel your best.Who among us has not known this frustration and it seems to get worse as we get older.  You may see many of my videos taken in my car.  We have a place in Malibu and when I am there I spend a lot of time in my car traveling

Who among us has not known this frustration and it seems to get worse as we get older.  You may see many of my videos taken in my car.  We have a place in Malibu and when I am there I spend a lot of time in my car traveling

up and down the gridlocked PCH.  So this is just me making the most of my time 🙂

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Water retention and bloating can increase your body weight by 5 to 7%.  For me that that is 7 to 9 lb and water weights more than fat (a bucket of water weighs more than a bucket of fat) so you just feel totally weighted down.

When we gain fat it tends to surprise us, one day our jeans don’t fit but with water weight you feel it straight away and you feel it all over.  Fat tends to sit in popular points, depending on your body type but water is like a layer covering all of you.  Rings are tight, makeup does not sit right – thankfully you can usually get rid of excess water weight within a day or so.

As we get older this water retention and bloating gets worse because of our changing hormones.  Limiting carbohydrates (which trigger insulin which causes the kidneys to reabsorb water) is the number one way to get rid of the excess water


Bacteria is your best friend (so put down the Purel)

We share our bodies with over 100 trillion organisms, in their entirety, they are referred to as our “Microbiome”    These organisms are different types of bacteria that help us perform different functions in the body, functions that we could not live without.

Most people are aware that we as humans are made up of cells and keeping our cells healthy is important so that we age well as stay free of disease.  However, only 10% of our cells are actually human cells (ones we are born with)  90% of our cells are these organisms/bacteria and we were not born with them.

Our first exposure to these organisms is in the birth canal when the baby, right before birth is exposed to the bacteria that digests breast milk.  Babies born of C Section often suffer skin issues and allergies and it is now thought that it is because they were not exposed to the bacteria in the birth canal.  Family, dietary, and environmental exposure cultivate our microbiome which will play a fundamental role in determining our health during our lifetime.

In fact, every time you kiss someone, every time you pet an animal, each time you eat a meal or apply a cosmetic, you are affecting the composition of your microbiome.  Basically, we collect bacteria as we go through life and that bacteria comprises of 90% of our cells.  Our acts and interactions in life directly affect the balance of the bacteria in our bodies.

These clusters of bacteria live all over our body (not just the gut) They live in the skin, mouth, eyes, genitals and of course the gut/intestines.

Some of these bacteria are simply along for a free ride, while others are beneficial and do great things.  Always lurking are the pathogens, the disease-causing bacteria.  Much smaller in number they are thought of as the bad bacteria but they so have a good side and what is important is keeping the correct balance.

H Pyloric was thought of as a bad bacteria and antibiotics tend to kill it cold.  However, this bacteria that was linked to ulcers also governs metabolism, hunger, and appetite.  Many people exposed to antibiotics go on to suffer weight gain and out of control eating behaviors.

We are truly dependent on the Microbiome, the non-human cells that exist within us.  We have entered a new era of health awareness as it has only been in the last decade that the microbiome has been more aggressively studied.


The bacteria inside you govern your immune system, your energy, metabolism, and mood.  The bacteria is responsible for how many nutrients you absorb from your food, how hungry you are, how big your appetite is and how much fat you store (did that get your attention?!)

If you do not have the bacteria to digest your food, nutrients are not absorbed and you are exhausted, cells are not fed so you are hungry and nutrients not used are stored as fat.

95% of serotonin is in the gut so if your gut bacteria is out of whack you may suffer from anxiety, moodiness or even severe depression


Antibiotics and our obsession with sterilizing everything have led to a rise in gut-related illnesses.  Antibiotics given to children can cause problems later in their lives.  People given intense courses of antibiotics because of sickness can end up with a different host of problems that they are left to deal with alone.  Depression, weight gain, and rapid aging may seem somewhat expected after a severe illness, only now are we realizing that the destroyed environment of the gut and the imbalance caused to the intestinal bacteria is more likely the cause.

Research has uncovered an intricate web connecting our gut flora to virtually every process in our body. As such, imbalances in our microbial communities have been implicated in countless health issues, including immune health, psychological well-being, and some of the deepest chronic health issues of our times.

In fact, research surrounding one such connection, coined the gut-brain axis, has the potential to revolutionize the way psychologists worldwide support the mental and emotional well-being.  Trading gut bacteria may become the new technique to treat infection and even obesity.

What you eat, where you are, what you touch and what you are exposed to (think environmental hazards) are dictating your health, mood, and longevity.  We spend endless hours worrying about the genes we were born with and the demise of our relatives.  Now is the time to consider the other 90% of who we are and thankfully that part we have control over.  On a positive note, the life of a microbe is only 20 minutes, this short lifespan gives us the ability to heal ourselves within weeks it also highlights how quickly the balance can be shifted from good to bad.

Symptoms of imbalance within your microbiome

  • abdominal pain
  • aging too rapidly
  • anal itching
  • allergies
  • anxiety
  • arthritis
  • bloating and gas
  • brain fog
  • constipation
  • depressed mood
  • diarrhea
  • difficulty focusing
  • fatigue
  • feeling too full, like food is not leaving your stomach
  • hair loss or lifeless hair
  • headaches
  • Infections
  • joint pain
  • lightheadedness
  • low energy
  • memory problems
  • muscle pain and tingling of hands and feet
  • nausea
  • poor skin color

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Know your Metabolic Rate (BMR)

A recent report just came out on the winners of the very popular TV show “The Biggest Loser”.
It’s that train wreck show we cannot help but watch. Vastly overweight people are put through grueling workouts, separated from their families and underfed for months on end until the last one standing (literally and figuratively) that has lost the most weight claims their prize and is thrown back into normal life.

A study followed 14 contestants and reports that over 6 years 13 of them regained all the weight back.
Can you even imagine what this must do mentally to a person? It must have taken a huge leap to even enter the show, then to be filmed looking their worst whilst exercising off some 14000 calories a day and eating very little. The glory of returning the normal life a semi-celebrity only to be right back where you started.

One of the main reasons that nearly every contestant put the weight back on is due to the body’s ability to adapt to an extreme environment and it is the same reason most people that do their own or a commercial diet can pretty much expect the same result.

BMR or RMR stands for Basal Metabolic Rate or Resting Metabolic Rate. Used interchangeably BMR/RMR represent how much energy your body needs just to exist at rest. Just lying in your bed exerting no energy there is an absolute amount of energy that needs to exist. Your organs and systems all have an energy requirement that tick away even when you are at rest.

If for example, your RMR is 2000 calories per day, that means you need 2000 calories just to exist. Your activity, lifestyle, and exercise are then additional energy requirements.

If you go onto a VLCD (very low-calorie diet) that were very popular in the 70’s and 80’s and eat 1000 calories per day you will most certainly lose weight …. At first.
For 4-6 weeks your body might indulge you and burn off stored energy (not always body fat) to make up for the lack of food intake. After a point your metabolism will simply adjust to less food and your RMR will reduce so that now what you used to need 2000 calories to do you now need only 1400 calories a day to do.

The diet ends (as all VLCD do) and now you burn few calories. You go back to eating normal way (because the diet didn’t teach you how to maintain your weight loss) and now the weight comes back plus a few extra pounds to boot.

What to do ?? Go back on the diet of course (urghhh) now you RMR is 1400 calories per day drops to 1000 calories per day. You have also at this point lost muscle which itself is metabolically active and burns calories even at rest.

You can see the issue. A study followed women who had been on at least 10 low-calorie diets and on average they were all 20 lb heavier.

It does not have to be this way and at The Shrink Shop, one of the very first things we do is test your Resting Metabolic Rate. It only takes 10 minutes to know how many calories you use at rest. Your nutrition program and exercise routine is based around protecting and even promoting your RMR so that the weight loss you achieve can be maintained long-term.

There was a landmark study done after World War 2 called The Minnesota Starvation Study which proved this very thing. We have known that the body can and will adapt to severe deprivation in as little as just a few weeks and we have known this information since the 1940’s !!

The Biggest Loser is indeed a testament to the contestant’s determination and willpower but they did indeed lose but not in the way the name suggests

Just sad and unnecessary.

We have the Metabolic machine in Eagle, Idaho and in Santa Monica, CA.  Let me know where you live and I will try to locate a similar device in your area.

Ladies over 35 hormones running wild

Ladies, it can all start in your mid 30’s, your hormones start to run wild, creating chaos with your mind, mood and body

Women deal with periods, PMS, pregnancy, post-pregnancy, PCOS, perimenopause until finally menopause. Men just get old!

Ladies we deal with so much, for decades no two weeks are the same with constant body fluctuations. In our 30’s and 40’s what looms on the horizon is the dreaded “Change”. Menopause the official step into maturity. The reality is, however, is that the tricky time is actually before we enter menopause and can last several years. So here is a little overview on what to expect and how to maybe make things a little better.


As women, we have 2 hormones dancing around each month, Estrogen and Progesterone. As we age both start to decline but it is progesterone that declines most rapidly. Although both hormones are dropping it is the greater decline of progesterone that increases the ratio between the 2 hormones and leaves us with estrogen dominance.

The reason we call it Estrogen dominance is because although estrogen is declining the gap between estrogen and progesterone is even greater because of the progesterone drop.
Estrogen dominance can be absolutely miserable because of mood changes (the glass becomes half empty and anxiety can set in), PMS that seems to last weeks with greater water retention and bloating and noticeable weight gain around the middle


Bloodwork may show the decline in both hormones and I have seen some clients treated with estrogen therapy, this, however, can make the situation worse, making a lady, even more, estrogen dominant.
The answer depends on you. Many ladies are against any type of hormone therapy. For those ladies, it is best to keep a low carbohydrate diet as estrogen and insulin are the devil’s playmates and will add to your waistline. For the other ladies, it is well worth exploring the use of a bioidentical progesterone.
I will speak only of my experience as I started using progesterone when I was 47. The water retention that was driving me crazy subsided in just a few days and my mood lifted almost immediately.
I am a pretty cheerful lady and that was the worst. My thoughts we a little depressed and my drive and motivation was stuck in park.

Knowledge is key ladies and I am not trying to sway you in either direction but if you have started to notice some changes but know that you are not menopausal due to a regular cycle it may be a good idea to get a hormonal blood panel from your doctor and have “that: conversation.

If you want a little help finding the right doctor let us know and we can maybe help you with that and if you would like a nutrition plan based on these hormonal years then please get in touch as this subject is one close to my heart.

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Ladies over 35 I know its all getting a little cra cra but I hoped this explained why your hormones are running wild and how to help