Iodine increases metabolic rate. Its richest source in our foods is kelp, other seaweeds, and seafoods. Iodine can also be supplemented. Caution: Supplementation with iodine requires supervision, because too much iodine can be toxic. Supervised iodine supplementation should be undertaken when iodine levels, body temperature, and metabolic rate are lower than normal.
Potassium helps increase energy level and muscle strength. It is often replaced by sodium in processed foods. Sodium weakens muscles and leads to water retention, increasing body weight.
A full spectrum of minerals and vitamins can help normalize the presence in our tissues of these essential nutrients required for optimum metabolism. Fiber provides bulk that prevents the over-assimilation of calories from our intestines. The stimulant herb ephedra is often used to increase metabolic rate for burn-off.
Avoid sugars! Sweet fruits contain a lot of sugar and should be eaten only in moderation. Concentrated foods – meats, cheese, eggs – must be decreased because they contain too many calories and not enough fiber. Fiber-rich vegetables should be emphasized.
Some people also require counseling, because their eating habits are based on belief systems out of line with the biological function of eating – to replenish the essential nutrients and energy required by our tissues. Eating can become a substitute for friendship, a way of passing time, a way to distance oneself from other people (in our society, most people don’t like fat people) or serve other social functions out of line with nature’s reasons for having us eat. There are other ways of fulfilling these functions, ways that are less damaging to health than obesity.