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How to Get Rid of Loose, Flabby Skin
Dr. Eric Berg DC
Today, we’re going to talk about flabby skin, whether it’s on the back of your arms, underneath your chin, on your legs, or on the belly.
Let’s discuss what’s behind this flabby skin. By understanding the root cause of your problems, you can cure the problem and get rid of the symptom, not vice versa—which is where most conventional medicine fails.
In past blogs and videos, I’ve pointed to cortisol (an adrenal hormone) as one of the root causes of loose skin under the arm.
But there’s another hormone that can cause flabby skin. It’s insulin. Insulin and insulin resistance are really the root causes of flabby skin.
The Science: What Is Insulin Resistance?
Many people don’t understand what insulin resistance (IR) is, so I’m going to explain it in the easiest ways possible.
Insulin resistance occurs when you have a ton of insulin, but it’s not working. This is because your body is resisting insulin at the cellular level.
Now, insulin is not bad. You need insulin. In fact, you cannot live without insulin.
But the problem is, we have too much insulin. Our diet is too full of sugars and starches. So we’re spiking insulin all day instead of allowing our body to rest and recover from it.
But here’s what’s fascinating. Your cells have a little window that allows insulin to drive fuel into them to give you energy. Insulin is also the main hormones that drives amino acids and nutrients into the cells. And these are important for muscles, too. And that’s where the relationship between insulin and loose skin becomes important.
The Importance of Branched Amino Acids
See, insulin is the hormone that allows the absorption of proteins, specifically proteins called branched amino acids.
What are branched amino acids?
Well, let me explain it this way.
Weight lifters are typically obsessed with branched amino acids because they are important for the repair and replenishment of lost muscle. For anyone trying to build muscle, recovery is just as important as lifting is. So, in short, branched amino acids help build muscle.
If you’re losing muscle and atrophying, you’ll want plenty of branched amino acids.
They are relatively easy to get into the diet. You can get enough branched amino acids in a half glass of milk, some lean turkey, chicken, or eggs. Vegetarians can get branched amino acids in virtually all the beans and lentils. Almonds and walnuts are also rich in them. Very few of us are probably low in branched amino acids.
But for insulin resistant individuals, the insulin is not working to pull those branched amino acids into that little window in the cell. The window is blocked, not letting any more insulin in.
Now, what caused this problem in the first place is that you had too much insulin and now your body is rejecting it. You have a lose-lose situation where you cannot absorb insulin, yet you have too much of it at the same time.
In an insulin resistant cell, your cells are starving for proteins, amino acids, and fuel –but the body will not allow them into the cell.
So, here’s some symptoms of insulin resistance
â–ºInability to lose weight
â–ºIf you skip meals, you get irritable.
â–ºYou cannot go long without eating.
â–ºYou don’t feel fully satisfied when eating.
â–ºYou’re tired right after you eat.
These are common symptoms and are actually signs that you are in a pre-diabetic state.
Insulin Resistance, Loose Skin, and Belly Fat: The Explanation
So your cells are starved for energy via lack of insulin, and what happens is you get a signal sent back to the pancreas that makes insulin telling the pancreas, “Hey, we don’t have enough insulin, so pump out some more.” This is because something is blocking that insulin from being absorbed.
Since it is blocked, now, the pancreas thinks, “Hey, I better send out some more insulin to those needy cells” and drives more and more insulin toward them– literally trying to force nutrition into the cell.
All that excess insulin creates a host of issues throughout the body, one of which is affecting the collagen, skin, and muscles, creating loose, flabby skin. It’s because we’re not getting those branched amino acids we need to tone the skin. This is why insulin resistance leads to flabby skin, aging, and all kinds of issues with diabetes.
On the other side, all this excessive insulin is creating belly fat and cognitive problems. If you’ve been noticing a severe, sudden problem with brain fog and forgetfulness, there’s a strong chance, with today’s modern diet and processed, starchy foods, that you’re becoming insulin resistant.
This brain fog problem and the other cognitive issues IR causes are because of what is called amyloid fibrillations. Amyloids are sticky protein structures in the brain that are nearly always found in patients who have Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, strokes, and dementia. It’s really like Diabetes Type III .
Here’s my thought:
Obviously, you want to increase your longevity. You want to enhance cognitive function. You don’t want to get Alzheimer’s.
You want to fix this insulin resistance problem, because amyloid problems come from a high level of insulin, and you don’t want a stroke, or any other severe diseases like Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
And all of this has to do with too many starches, sugars, and other things in the diet that wreck our ability to absorb and use insulin properly.
But that’s a whole other lecture.
Brain Fog—A Pre-Alzheimer’s Situation?
But the point is that you may find that you’re getting brain fog and memory problems, and feel you are in a kind of pre-Alzheimer’s state. I’ve had patients thinking they were having severe cognitive issues and it was really an insulin resistance problem.
So, realize that you need to fix this situation, and that yes, it is serious.
You need to fix this insulin resistance, so that way, the brain can start absorbing the fuel it needs and the protein it needs, your muscles can come back, and the skin can get toned again.
Get Your Mind and Skin Tone Back: Fix Your Insulin Resistance
So, let’s talk about what you need to do with your diet to fix insulin resistance.
1. Get the sugars out!
2. Get all refined carbs out-- sugars, bread, pasta, crackers, etcetera.
3. Get any alcohol out of your diet because that will create lots of problems.
4. Next, never, ever combine protein with sugar/simple starches—no hamburger with ketchup, buns with hot dogs, and pastries with nuts.
When you add sugar to protein, you dramatically exaggerate your insulin. I mean, it goes WAY up.
You’d be better off eating sugar alone than combining it with protein.
Even if you add sugar with fat, you accentuate insulin.
Just remember, folks, sugar is sheer bad, bad, bad for the system. I cannot say one good thing about it, especially when the sugars are coming from everything but fruits. And it’s not just that kind of sugar—when I say refined sugars, I mean refined starches too—of all kinds, from bread, to crackers, to bagels, wheat, all of it. Get your carbs from veggies!
Snacking will also create insulin resistance, so you may not want to snack.
Eating fat with the meal is not going to be a problem as long as sugar is not present. Fat is not the cause of IR – in fact, it allows you to go longer between meals and longer between times that you are spiking insulin.
In fact, we want that fat with the meal, so you can go longer without eating.
What insulin resistant individuals should do is to try to avoid spiking insulin whenever possible. Just having water between two meals would be really ideal.
I’ve found out you can easily make fats. If you’re concerned of making healthy fat, use coconut oil and nut oils, just no hydrogenated fat.
So we want to
â–ºEat only 2-3 times a day (2 ideally).
â–ºGet lots of healthy greens there.
â–ºAvoid foods and behaviors that trigger insulin including excessive protein, proteins with sugar, sugar itself, and snacking.
Those are the major culprits right there.
Unfortunately, folks, coffee does spike insulin. Ke ep coffee to a small amount, only in the morning, and that’s it for the day.
Getting your skin back is not about eating more protein. It’s about finding out what’s underneath the insulin resistance problem.
â–º Is it a stress thing?
â–ºIs it cortisol?
â–ºIs it that you have no activity – that you’re not exercising?
â–º Or is it this insulin resistance thing, which is actually very common?
I just wanted to enlighten you on this and please submit your comments below.
I have a link below to a quiz you can take.
When you take this quiz, you can find out the real source behind your health problems today and fix them. I’ve had patients recover from many debilitating diseases by simply finding out that a minor culprit in the diet was to blame!
Dr. Eric Berg
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