When the rate of ANY health condition doubles in three decades, alarm bells should be clanging.
Although many factors have been identified as playing a role in our obesity crisis—including fast/junk food, soda, sedentary lifestyles and lack of exercise, and even more recently gut bacterial imbalances, food sensitivities, and chronic inflammation—there’s still more to it than that.
And one of the big players that is largely being ignored is medications.
A good number of commonly prescribed medications interfere with your body’s use and absorption of nutrients that are critical to proper metabolism—so the end result is weight gain!
Considering that seven out of 10 of us take at least one prescription medication each day, that’s a good number of people for whom the pharmacy is helping to widen their backsides.
Here are some of the guilty parties:
Common medications that interfere with nutrients and cause weight gain
Medication Nutrient(s) it interferes with
Antibiotics Vitamins K and B
Corticosteroids Calcium; vitamin D; chromium
Orlistat Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K
Diuretics Magnesium; zinc
Digoxin Calcium; magnesium
Beta blockers Coenzyme Q10
Biguanides (like Metformin) Vitamin B12
H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors Vitamin B12; calcium, protein
Anticonvulsants Vitamin D; folate; L-carnitine
If you are on any of these medications and are struggling with excess weight or obesity, talk to your doctor about alternatives. It’s pretty tough to justify the benefit of exchanging one health condition for another, especially one as devastating and far-reaching as obesity.
The other side—nutrients that fight obesity
Here are some nutrients that help in the fight against obesity and are good contenders for which to consider supplementation:
Chromium: Chromium helps encourage glucose uptake by your muscles, helping to encourage healthier blood sugar levels, plus it also curbs food cravings.
Magnesium: Magnesium lowers blood glucose levels.
Biotin: Biotin is key to a strong metabolism, helping with the proper breakdown of carbohydrates into glucose, fats into fatty acids and protein into amino acids.
Vanadium: Vanadium also pitches in with biotin and chromium to help get proper amounts of glucose into your body’s cells.
Alpha-lipoic acid: Alpha-lipoic acid is an antioxidant that assists your body in using glucose.
Iodine: Iodine helps support healthy thyroid function, which is vital for your metabolism.
A high-quality multi-vitamin and mineral formula can help provide health supporting doses of ALL of these metabolism-crucial nutrients.
Also important in the fight against obesity are Omega-3 essential fatty acids, especially Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These help to increase the flexibility of your cell membranes (so nutrients can get in and wastes can get out) and fight inflammation. Fish oil supplementation can help ensure that your body has enough of these crucial fats.
Obesity is a complex issue for which there is no one easy answer.
But you can help stack the deck in your favor by engaging the power of nutrition and ensuring your body has what it needs to support a healthy metabolism!