I am pleased to say that I am now a qualified Biosignature Practitioner. This week in Sweden has been absolutely great. The wealth of knowledge that I have gained, first hand, from one of the greatest strength and conditioning coaches in the world, has been invaluable.
So what is this Biosignautre Modulation all about. Biosignature modulation means what it says. It is reading someone’s biological signature and knowing how to modify it through nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle recommendations.
This biological signature is found through taking accurate body fat measurements from 12 areas of the body, each of which is related to a specific hormone level. For example if you have a high amount of body fat on your midsection this suggests you have cortisol levels, if you have high body fat on your mid-axillary (ribs) then this suggests you may have some thyroid problems etc etc.
This courses highlighted to me how seriously what we eat, how we live and the environment that surrounds us can affect our bodies balance and hormone levels, and how this can wreak havoc on the health of our bodies, and the progress we make, or lack of, in the gym. Here is a simple example.
Did you know that, depending on where you live, 40 – 96% of people do not produce enough hydrochloric stomach acid to properly digest food? This is mainly, but not solely, due to cortisol, caused by stress, stopping the production of this essential acid. Living in the high stress, toxic dense country that is Britain, it is going to be closer to the 96% of people. Without enough HCL (hydrochloric acid) you are almost certainly going to fail in losing weight, improving fitness or improving health, because a large % of what you are consuming is not even getting digested as there simply isn’t enough acid to do so. This seems pretty fundamental and basic, and it is. But it is so so overlooked. This is just an example of the kind of things I have been taught this week. There are many many more very important things that so many people fall short on with the health of their bodies, myself included! These things are usually surprisingly easy to resolve, through very specific and tailored nutritional and supplementational programmes and that is where the biosignature comes in! It has been an eye opener and is not just going to improve my clients results and health, but also my own.
I will use myself as an example:
I have been dieting for my contest for 10 weeks now, so I am very lean at this stage. Charles Poliquin actually measured my bodyfat and told me I had the leanest triceps he had seen for a while. Coming from the most respected strength and conditioning coach in the world and someone who travels the world delivering courses on bodyfat testing, that was quite a huge compliment!
All of my readings were good, however I have a disproportionate amount of fat in the posterior part of my upper leg, the hamstrings and glutes. What this tells me is that the environment that surrounds me is causing my body to be exposed to excessive toxin levels and this is raising my estrogen (female hormone) levels. My body should be more efficient at eliminating these toxins to help protect me form their estrogen raising effects, but it just cant keep up with the amount of toxins I am exposed to on a daily basis. This makes perfect sense as I live in a big city, drive a car most days, have a mobile phone and even worse keep it in my pocket all day (this has been proven to lower testosterone levels, the opposite hormone of estrogen, up to 30% in a day), use fluoride toothpaste, eat out of plastic tubs, use a microwave etc etc etc, all of these things are highly toxic.
Getting all this information presented to you can be quite overwhelming and it can seem like the only way to be healthy is to go and live in an isolated cave and spend the rest of your days meditating and drinking rain water. That is not what this course is about, not at all. This course is about teaching people how to make simple changes to their lifestyle, and provide them with essential nutrients to help battle whatever it is that their bodies are struggling with, be it high cortisol, underactive thyroid, excessive estrogen, low tetestrone, low growth hormone etc etc. The list is endless.
So what can I do about my high toxin and estrogen levels.
Firstly I can make simple choices that will help drastically reduce my expose to toxins.
A few examples are:
-Stop carrying my phone in my pocket when I cant answer it any way, which is about 8 hours a day at work.
– stop using a microwave
– get a battery powered alarm clock rather than using my phone (much less radiation)
– buy a water filter for drinking water
– make sure that the plastic tubs and water bottles I use are BPA free, this is a highly toxic chemical found in most plastic tubs. When you microwave these tubs, literally cancer in a tub. And most mothers do this with their babies bottles ………………..
– Reduce use of car
– delete apps on phone that I don’t use. The more apps your phone has, the more radiation it emits, this is scientifically researched
-stop using non stick pans, George foreman grill etc. These leak titanium onto your food . . . . yummy! Use ceramic pans instead
– Use organic coffee. Coffee will extend life, if it is the right type. Non organic coffee is heavily sprayed with pesticides etc some of which are very toxic
These are just a few examples of the very manageable and realistic things that I can start doing which will reduce my toxic exposure.
SUPPLIMENT DETOX PROTOCALL:
I will be starting a supplement protocol to lower estrogen levels and help my body detoxify the toxins it is exposed to. It will be a good quality fish oil, multi vitamin / mineral, magnesium, Vitamin D3, green antioxidant powder, two products called Estro Detox and DIM Avail which are for estrogen detox, calcium D-Glucarate and some fibre. At the end of this programme my body will have greatly reduced in toxicity and my estrogen levels will have lowered, and yes, this will mean less fat on my hamstrings.
This can be done for all areas of the body, depending on YOUR individual biological signature.
I will be updating my website very soon, detailing the biosignature packages I will be offering. I am really looking forward to bringing this to Aberdeen and helping my cleints, past, present and future, get results and most importantly, improve their health and quality of life.