You can trace the link between fat, fatigue, and difficult menopause to two places: western medicine and our toxic society. Dr. Kyrin Dunston joins me to talk about how she healed herself from chronic disease, during menopause, naturally.
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How to Detox from Toxins
- Balance hormones
- Remove toxins and inflammation
- Improve your nutritional inputs
About Dr. Kyrin Dunston
Dr. Kyrin Dunston leads by example. She lost a life-changing 100 pounds and healed herself from chronic disease using natural treatments.
She’s fellowship-trained in Anti-Aging, Metabolic, and Functional Medicine like myself, and specializes in helping women jumpstart their weight and energy goals at midlife by addressing the root causes.
Dr. Kyrin hosts Her Brilliant Health Revolution podcast, Her Brilliant Health Secrets YouTube channel, and the Stop the Menopause Madness Summit where 53 experts share their top strategies to lose weight, regain energy, balance hormones, and moods, feel sexy and confident, look great, and master midlife.
Fat, Fatigue, and Menopause
Dr. Kyrin Dunston shares her health journey from being completely unable to find the cause of her health issues and weight gain to losing 100 pounds and now helping her patients heal, too. She explains how fat and fatigue are intimately related and why people with excess fat tend to be more exhausted all the time.
It might sound surprising, but some women don’t experience symptoms during menopause. Their menstrual cycle simply stops. Kyrin talks about why this is and the difference between cultures that means so many women in our society suffer.
A big factor for ill-health during menopause partly stems from western medicine’s treatment of a pill for every ill. Another reason is due to the toxins we consume in our everyday life.
Why Detox is Essential
Kyrin explains why it’s essential that we balance our nervous system. Most of us live too much in our sympathetic nervous system which keeps us on high alert all the time, stuck in that “go-go-go” energy. She says that activating the parasympathetic nervous system is the key to longevity: it’s the only way we can heal.
There is a link between our toxic load and our hormones. Kyrin shares how toxins negatively impact our hormones and how this can show up in fat cells. Fat, she says, is not just something on our body; fat is full of inflammatory chemicals and it stores all the toxins we come across.
Kyrin says it’s absolutely essential that everyone practices regular detoxes. By balancing your hormones, removing toxins from your environment and your body, and improving your nutrition, including the air you breathe, you can make positive improvements to your health and longevity.
Do you regularly detox your body? How do you activate your parasympathetic nervous system? Call the Integrative Health and Hormone Clinic today and schedule your first appointment at 319-363-0033.
“Fat and fatigue are intimately related. I call them the two sides of a bow tie. When you have excess fat in your body, it means that you’re not properly breaking it down and converting it into fuel or energy. This means you have low energy, which means you have fatigue. The two go hand-in-hand. I find it very rare for someone to be overweight and not have some degree of fatigue, and vice versa. One’s fuel and energy is the result of fuel.” [7:21]
“We are always in a state of ‘go-go-go, do-do-do,’ which is sympathetic nervous system dominance. I call it The Hulk because blood rushes to your peripheries, you are strong and can run fast. But that’s the breakdown form of energy. We have to restore it with the complementary part of the nervous system, which is the parasympathetic nervous system. I call it The Buddha because it’s the rest, digest, and heal part of the nervous system. That’s the only state in which we can heal. When we ignore that imbalance, and we’re so depleted in our parasympathetic and so jacked up in our sympathetic, our body is in breakdown.” [12:38]
“Fat is not just decoration. It’s biochemically active, it produces hormones, most of which are toxic. It produces inflammatory chemicals. And it stores toxins. Everyone needs to understand this: You have to be actively detoxifying on a pretty consistent basis.” [24:38]
In This Episode
- The relationship between fat and fatigue [7:15]
- Why we feel so unwell during perimenopause and menopause [12:15]
- Why we have to balance our nervous system [13:45]
- The connection between toxins and hormones [21:30]
- Why you have to detox regularly [25:00]
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Dr. Kyrin Dunston 0:04
I think the proof is in the pudding when you help someone really to start detoxing and they start seeing the weight come off. Well, you got a believer. I agree with you though the hormones for me that's the foundation. They are the biggest needle movers and if we can balance those people are like wow, I'm sleeping. Wow, I have energy. Wow, I am losing weight. It's possible.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 0:27
Welcome to the longevity blueprint podcast. I'm your host Dr. Stephanie gray. My number one goal with the show is to help you discover your personalized plan to build your dream health and live a longer happier, truly healthier life.
Today you get to hear from Dr. cairene Dunston she's going to share how your neuro endocrine and bio energetic balance contribute to overall health status and longevity and talk about how to address toxicity as a contributor to decrease longevity and weight gain. Let's get started. Thanks for joining me for another episode of The your longevity blueprint podcast today I have on Dr. Kiran Dunston. leading by example, she's lost a life changing 100 pounds and healed herself from chronic disease using natural treatments.
She is fellowship trained in anti aging, metabolic and functional medicine like myself and specializes in helping women jumpstart their weight and energy goals at midlife by addressing the root causes. Dr. Karen Dunston hosts her brilliant health revolution podcast her brilliant health secrets YouTube channel and the stop the menopause madness summit where 53 experts share their top strategies to lose weight regain energy balance hormones and moods. feel sexy and confident. Look right and master life which is preaching to our audience. So that's great. So welcome to the show. Dr. Dunston
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 1:44
Thank you so much. So glad to be here with you.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 1:46
Well tell us your story. I want to know how you got into anti aging medicine and how you lost 100 pounds.
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 1:51
Sure. So I was an OB GYN delivered. 1000s of babies did pap smears. hysterectomy is everything that we do for women's health. And my own health really suffered. I got to a point where weighed 243 pounds. I had chronic fatigue. So I was tired all the time I was either working or sleeping. And even though I was a wife and a mom, I didn't have energy for anything else. I suffered with all kinds of health problems. I had pain in my body. Every day I had fibromyalgia. I had depression and anxiety. My gut was in an uproar. No matter what I ate, it didn't matter. It was just the irritable bowel. I had guests traders. I mean, the list just goes on and on hair loss. And I looked and fell 20 years older than I was. And here I am board certified ob gyn I'm supposed to know more about women's health than anyone else.
And I can't figure out what's wrong with me. I would run I say something's got to be wrong with my thyroid, I would do the thyroid test, I'd say Oh, something's gonna I'm gonna find something I can fix. And that would come back quote unquote, normal. I probably checked my thyroid at least 10 times all the labs that I would check would come back normal. I would go to my internist. I say something's got to be wrong, she would run tests, they would come back normal. And I really got to this place. Stephanie where I I was so hopeless. I thought I know all there is to know about women's health. There's nothing wrong with me. So I just must be crazy and doomed to a life of obesity and chronic fatigue and poor health and just going to deteriorate from there. So I was actually in a very hopeless place. I kept living my life because I was the breadwinner of my family. So I had to keep doing what I was doing. And then one day a woman who I've been working with who was at midlife like me, same problems crazy period, quake gain, can't sleep well.
She couldn't sleep, I was sleeping all the time. And we did the usual treatments that were taught to do as ob gyn is right birth control pills, antidepressants, sleeping pills. It's basically a pill for every ill a pill for every symptom to suppress the symptom. I had given her a fistful of prescriptions, and it just didn't work for her. And she went away and came back a year later. And I saw her at the end of the hall, and she was completely different. Her eyes were shiny, Her skin was brighter, hair was full, and she had this pep in her stuff. And she was slimmer. I couldn't wait to get her into a room and ask her what she had been doing. So I did just that. And she said, Oh, I learned about this thing called functional medicine. And I went saw this doctor in another city and we checked my hormone levels, and we balanced them and I'm on bioidentical hormones and told me all the things she had done. And she was living proof that this worked. I'll tell you a little side story. So she had learned about it from one of Suzanne Somers book And she bought it for me. She said, I want you to read it. And I was clearly impressed with what the transformation she had had. But I took the book home and I put it on my nightstand and I was married at the time I said to my husband, I'm not reading this book. It's by Chrissy on Three's Company. What is she gonna teach me about? And so, and he said, Yeah, and she used to be a Playboy Bunny, too.
I really wasn't gonna read it. So it sat there for months. And then one Saturday, my kids came in to say they were going to the movies with their dad, which they didn't even bother asking me if I wanted to do anything anymore, because the answer was always No mom, when she's not working, she's home in bed in pajamas. So I said, let me just pick the book up and look at it. So I can check it off my to do list and give it back to her and say thank you very much. And I picked it up and started reading it. And it was the most amazing book because it wasn't anything about Suzanne, it was just using her celebrity as a vehicle to interview these doctors and scientists in this field that looked at the function of the body and optimizing function, talked about how disease is not the issue. It's the function. And it had me hooked within a few pages.
Before long I was turning the pages like I was reading The Da Vinci Code, and I finished that whole book in one day. I remember when the sun went down, I had something that I hadn't had in a long time. And that was hope, hope that if this is true, my health could change, my life could be different. And so I made a promise that day that I was going to learn everything I could about it, do it on myself, see if it worked. And if it did, I made a promise that I was going to tell as many women as possible about this. And that started my journey. And yes, my health and life transformed my actually my profession, because then I knew that regular ob gyn wasn't the answer. So my patients were doing the same thing to me. They saw me losing weight, they're like girl, what do you do? We want that.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 7:03
So it just transformed everything. And you're suddenly very thankful for that book, right? That book you maybe didn't want to read it first, now became such a blessing. So let's talk about the issues that you struggled with kind of being overweight, and that connection to fatigue. So how are those related?
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 7:21
Oh, yeah, so they're intimately related, I call them the two sides of a bow tie. So they're related because when you have excess fat in your body, it means that you're not properly breaking it down and converting it into fuel or energy. So if you have excess fat that's not being converted to energy, then you have low energy, then you have fatigue. And so the two go hand in hand, I find it very rare for someone to be overweight and not also have some degree of fatigue, and vice versa. So they're intimately related. They're connected once fuel and energy is the result of fuel. Right?
Dr. Stephanie Gray 8:04
That's the same in men too. Right? So obviously, we're talking about women today. But the same is true. In men. Same in men,
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 8:09
Dr. Stephanie Gray 8:11
Yep, I see a lot of very overweight men with extremely low testosterone levels. I mean, just very low hormone. Do you feel like there's a relationship in women as well with being overweight and then having low sex hormone levels in general as they age?
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 8:25
Well, yeah, so we have that program sentence of our ovaries, we only have so many eggs when we're born. And as we age, they age and they deteriorate each cycle. And even though we have millions at birth, by the time we're 35, we have a reduced number and that's when we're considered advanced maternal age. So any offspring that we have will be at increased risk for chromosomal anomalies, but also the hormone production starts deteriorating from the ovaries. Typically, estrogen actually starts going up and progesterone starts going down. And this crescendo goes all the way through the 40s. And then there's menopause, average age is 51. And then ovarian production of estrogen and progesterone completely cease. There are some other tissues in the body that can make those hormones and testosterone is 50%, named in the in the ovaries of 50% of the adrenals. So not all women have testosterone deficiency as they go through the perimenopause and menopause. But it's pretty universal that women in the perimenopause have progesterone deficiency. And by the time menopause, it's about 85% of women have a progesterone deficiency.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 9:41
I see that all the time. I tell my patients progesterone is usually the first hormone to go I've seen it in the 20s and 30s, and 40s and 50s. But that's what can lead to these have these heavy irregular cycles. Women waking up in the middle the night feeling like they're having panic attacks can't sleep, they feel anxious. progestins that soothing, calming hormone, we need lots of In our life, and when you have I like who said that crescendo that crescendo of the the higher estrogen lower progesterone that can certainly create for more problems. Let's talk more about this neuro endocrine balance and why it's important to just health and overall longevity. You've kind of already alluded to some of that. So let's talk more
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 10:19
sure. Women always think that we blame everything on our sex hormones, right here comes perimenopause and menopause, and it's all it's all menopause is fault. But the truth is, I call that those sex hormone imbalances, the straw that broke the camel's back, because usually there are these other imbalances in the body that are accruing year by year, decade by decade. And it becomes our new normal because it happens. So gradually, we don't really notice it. So how do you boil a frog in water, you put it in cold water and slowly turn the heat up, and it doesn't realize what's happening till it's too late. Whereas if you put it right in boiling water, it would immediately jumped out well, the same happens for us.
So we go through these changes. And we're having neuro endocrine disruption with our autonomic nervous system, and with our progesterone often and our cortisol, most importantly, our stress hormone. And slowly but surely, this becomes our new norm. So maybe we gain a few extra pounds, maybe we're just not don't have the pep we used to or the mental clarity, we start having these health problems that we go to the doctor and they give us a pill to get rid of the symptom, which shuts down the communication from our body that it's trying to tell us, hey, something's wrong, something's wrong. Pay attention. It's not that we have a deficiency of birth control pills or Prozac or Ambien, right. That's not what your body's asking for. It's asking to have its Nervous System rebalanced, and for you to stop doing so much because you're trusting your your hormones out and your nervous system.
And this happens slowly, slowly, slowly. And then here comes the perimenopause or menopause and we go, oh my gosh, this perimenopause and menopause are killing me. They're horrible. But the truth is, they would actually be horrible. There's some countries don't even have a word for menopause. Because it's not, it's not a thing, because women just stopped menstruating. And they life goes on. And they don't feel as sick as we do in our country. And the reason we feel sick, is because of all these unaddressed imbalances in the nervous system. So the parasympathetic nervous system that runs everything, you know, think about all your internal organs, your heart, your breathing, your digestion, your immune system. And we're always in gogogo doo doo doo, which is sympathetic dominance. And sympathetic nervous system is I call the Hulk in that blood rushes to your periphery to your hands on arms and legs, and you're strong, and you can run fast, and you can make that meeting and make dinner and do all the things that you do every day. But that is the breakdown form of energy. And we have to restore it with the complimentary part of the nervous system, which is the parasympathetic nervous system, which I call the Buddha, which is the rest and digest and heal part of the nervous system.
And that's calming down, it's meditation, it's breathing practices, it's mindfulness, it's yoga, it's being present for your life, and not just screeching through it at a mad pace. And that's the only state in which we can heal. So when we ignore that, that imbalance, and we're so depleted in our parasympathetic and so jacked up in our sympathetic with our bodies in breakdown, and this starts causing breakdown in all of our cells, all of our tissues, premature aging, that was part of my problem. So we've got to recognize this and balance that part of the nervous system, which is intimately connected with our endocrine system, both of which originate in the brain, because otherwise, we are headed for decreased longevity. And there's actually I saw a study recently, they're saying now that if you live a stressful life, which I think right about now, about 100% of us qualify, your life expectancy is decreased about 2.8 years,
Dr. Stephanie Gray 14:22
surprises, not more. I mean, that's, that's still depressing. But I'm surprised it's not like 510 years, right? And
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 14:29
smoking I think was 6.5 years. But so it's still pretty significant. If just how you're living your life is cutting your longevity by 2.6 years. Yeah, totally.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 14:39
I was gonna ask what are strategies for improving this balance, but you kind of already listed off many of those. So maybe I'll change that question. I'll modify it to what strategies Did you implement in your life to help?
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 14:50
Yeah, so one thing is I love HRV, monitoring, heart rate variability monitoring. It's a very sensitive indicator actually. It can be of whether you're sick or not, or pending mortality and D certain decreases in certain parameters can Herald impending death. So it's it's a very sensitive tool, you now can get an app on your phone and there my ring, my aura ring will measure the aura ring, right and then you can do breathing practices and see how it improves that. So part of my regimen is monitoring it and doing breathing practices like resonance breathing to improve it.
Now the other thing I would say is that nutrition is huge with heart rate variability, because what runned are transmitters, what are they made out of amino acids and minerals and other nutrients. So if your digestion isn't optimized, and you're not properly breaking down your food, which a large majority of us aren't, because we eat standing up and on the go, and we're in a rush, and we don't chew 30 times till we have liquid, and we don't have proper digestive enzymes, and we all start losing stomach acid at 30. By the time we're 70, we have none. So right there, you got the first stop and digestion second step. And actually I call this the second step, the first step is the foreplay to eating. Where you have to be in the right mindset. You can't be rushed. You have to sit down and be mindful and breathe and get that parasympathetic onboard before you even start to chew.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 16:28
smell your food. Yes, save your sleep.
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 16:32
Yeah, and so if we don't do all these things, well, by definition, you have poor digestion, even if you don't have symptoms, like irritable bowel or gassiness, or bloating, anything like that. So you're not breaking your food down, and your proteins down, which means you're not getting the amino acids and the fuel, or I call it the juice for that part of your nervous system. So supplementing with amino acids, vitamins, minerals, nutrients that are readily absorbable while you fix your digestion is invaluable. I've seen people really improve their heart rate variability just by supplementing these free nutrients. So I think it's lifestyle, decreasing your stress, mindful practices I love I'm a lover of yin yoga and restorative yoga, for restoring the parasympathetic nervous system, and also the nutritional supplements.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 17:26
Awesome, excellent strategies. I get asked all the time, what's one product that I just can't live without when it comes to maintaining my own health and longevity? And my answer is something you've actually heard me mention on several episodes. It's called mitochondrial complex and it's pretty much the Cadillac of multivitamins, and it's packed with antioxidants, including three key players acetyl, l carnitine, alpha lipoic acid and an acetal cysteine. Think of a steam engine that requires coal to be continually shoveled into the furnace to power the train forward. acetyl l carnitine. Does that for your body by shuffling short chain fatty acids into your cells to provide your body with energy. This is an absolutely essential task to keeping you running. However, what's a byproduct of fire? You guessed it smoke. Unfortunately, in this analogy, smoke from fire equals free radicals. To combat those free radicals. Other antioxidants are needed and that's where alpha lipoic acid and acetylcysteine come in. Together they scavenge free radicals and help boost and recharge gluta phi on the most potent antioxidant in the body.
To top it off mitochondrial complex also contains a little bit of green tea extract, broccoli seed extract with sulforaphane and even resveratrol. Research has shown that when athletes and individuals that are under stress began taking this product they are less likely to get sick as they're giving their body what it needs to conquer those stressors who doesn't need protection from stress and cellular damage at this time? I certainly do. I take this product every day. If you're interested in learning more about how mitochondrial complex can help support you living a longer healthier life check out my blog post on why antioxidants are important found at your longevity blueprint.com forward slash why dash antioxidants dash r dash important for in chapter four of my book your longevity blueprint to get 10% off our mitochondrial complex just use code energy when checking out at your longevity blueprint.com. Now let's get back to the show. So let's transition into bio energetics. So what are bio energetics and how important are they to longevity?
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 19:25
So bio energetics bio is your biology. energetics is energy. So it's how energy flows through your body. And there are actually several systems that monitor this and create this is also how you make energy. So we talked earlier about how weight and energy problems are coupled with they're coupled in your mitochondria, which are the powerhouses or energy plants in your cells. They're what actually take calories whether they come from glucose, sugar or fat and transform them These cascades into ATP, which is our currency of energy in the cell. So bioenergetics looks at that transformation. And when you have toxicities, for instance, which I think we're going to talk about, too, it can interfere with the cascade that creates energy in the Krebs cycle and various processes in the mitochondria. And then you have worded that Process of Conversion. And your body needs energy to run every day to bat an eyelash to think of thought to digest food. And it also needs energy to repair cells and DNA. And so when you don't have the proper energy, then you get these kind of stochastic problems, where DNA is not being repaired, cellular repair is not happening. And that definitely does decrease your longevity.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 20:59
Totally agreed. So let's talk about toxicity. So we've had I've had several episodes where we we've talked about, we've talked about this, but this very much applies to hormones and menopause. Specifically, I think, I want to go back to one thing that you said about other cultures just kind of soaring through menopause and not not feeling like it's a disease or a diagnosis or something, right? It's just a natural progression and many other cultures. In many other cultures, some women have no symptoms. So my patients always asked me, Well, why am I Why do I have so many symptoms? or Why did past generations even not have symptoms? But now we do. And my answer to that, oh, part of my answer to that is our toxicities, the toxins that were exposed to and I don't know if you agree with that, but whether or not you do maybe tell me what your definition of toxicity is and why that is a health issue and why toxins do have impact our hormones?
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 21:49
Yeah, so I would say two reasons cortisol imbalance and toxicity, toxicity being a huge part of cortisol imbalance. So toxicities oh my gosh, where do we start at 5000 new chemicals introduced into the environment since the 1950s. The average person has traces a 400 toxic chemicals in his or her body. We are swimming in a sea of toxins we breathe them in every day. They come in through our skin in our cosmetics and toiletries that we use the laundry detergent and dryer sheet that we use. So they're coming through our skin and we are ingesting them with the pesticides and herbicides and hormones in the food that we eat. The additives artificial colorings and flavor flavorings preserve, it is the plastics that we eat everything out of oh my gosh, Stephanie, I bought some chicken at the whole foods the other day. And it came sealed in two layers of plastic with this big plastic tray just like when you buy an electronic at Best Buy and it comes you know how it comes in that sandwich plastic with a big rim around. And I had to cut the thing and I'm like, since when do we package our chicken?
Like we package our electronics like who decided this was okay and healthy. So the plastics are leaking into that chicken, right? And then I'm eating the chicken. So the plastics in the plastic bottles. So many things come in plastics. So we're just swimming in a sea of chemicals. And we're taught as mainstream medical doctors that detoxification is not a thing. You don't need to do something to aid it. Your body takes care of everything. You don't need a multivitamin. You don't need supplements, right? Ask any mainstream doctor. They'll say that's a bunch of nonsense. You're just paying for expensive pee. But the truth is so much. The reality is completely the opposite. If you're not doing something to actively prevent these things from getting in your body and ushering them out through your liver, which is your main sanitation department, which dumps it into your po which has to go out in the toilet. Right?
If you're not doing something to actively promote that with various botanicals and nutrients. You're just storing this stuff up and you know back to the weight issues. The problem is your body can't allow these toxins to just float freestyle throughout your system because they damage your cells. They damage your mitochondria, they damage everything. So your body says oh my gosh, we can't get rid of this. What are we going to do? Or what it does is it takes it and puts it in storage or where's the storage in. Fat is not just decoration. It's not just unwanted decoration. It's biochemically active, it produces hormones, most of which are toxic, it produces inflammatory chemicals, and it stores toxins. So we have got to everybody needs to understand this. You have got to be actively detoxifying. On a pretty consistent basis. And if you have some of these genetic, what we call snips
Dr. Stephanie Gray 25:05
that are genetic anomalies, where you don't detoxify properly, I happen to be one of those people, then you need to be doing even more. And it behooves you to have some genetic testing to find out what your particular snips are, so you can learn how to work with them, so that you can remove that effect on your longevity. Totally agree. And for the listeners, looking at genetics is topic of chapter three of my book, Your longevity blueprint, where I'm comparing the electrical work in the home to genetics in the body, because there are bad genes you want to turn off and good genes you want turned on. And the good news is, there are things we can do to to turn genes on and off. So I want to go back and emphasize the point you just made that there is a huge relationship between weight gain and toxicity.
So many of my patients come to me wanting to lose weight, and they want their hormones optimized, and sort of why that's one of the first things I work with them on, because that gets them feeling better more quickly, right, then they're more likely to buy into some of the diet changes and other things I'm going to be recommending. But they don't always look at that relationship. Many times in patients when everything else is in check. It's the toxicities that really aren't. Or I'll say maybe everything isn't in check. But it's superficially appearing like everything else is in check, the patient may just be very toxic, and that's why they need to lose weight. Or if that's where they need to I'm sorry, patient is toxic, and that's why they're gaining weight. So I tell patients that your bodies don't make mistakes, like you were saying your body's strategically going to store the toxins. And in fact, rather than letting those toxins get to you and your brain or you know other other aspects of your body. So if you're overweight, and you're tired, Dr. Dunston is saying you may be toxic. So that's something you need to be actively working towards. You need to be detoxing. So tell us some of your strategies for for detoxing, like do you like infrared saunas? Like what are your favorites?
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 26:57
So I would say that we're all toxic. It's not if it's just matter of degree. So one of the things I like to start with, is I like people to do something called an MS q toxicity questionnaire. Because you're right, a lot of people don't get it because you can't see these things. So it's like the dust under the couch down on any dust in my house. What are you talking about? Right? well pull the couch out. So how you pull the couch out is you do a questionnaire? And most people if they answer it, honestly, they're going to get a score from zero to 100. And the higher your overhead. The higher you are, the more toxic you are. So that's the first wake up call. And then I find when I educate people about where toxins are coming from in their life, and they start checking off in their mind. Hmm, yes, I have Glade plugins in my rooms in my home. And I wear perfume every day.
And oh, these are made from gasoline, and they're highly toxic. And oh, when I was a kid, I grew up on a farm and we used to sit in the silo where my dad kept the pesticide say, so I really like bring this to their attention. They can start really seeing where they've been picking this up. And then I think the proof is in the pudding when you help someone really to start detoxing, and they start seeing the weight come off. Well, you got a believer. I agree with you though. The hormones for me. That's the foundation. They are the biggest needle Movers. And if we can balance those people are like, wow, I'm sleeping. Wow, I have energy. Wow, I am losing weight. It's possible. And then for me, the next level is moving into that toxicity, which to me equals inflammation. So I have some inflammatory markers. I like to do on bloodwork. I like to do a homocysteine, a CRP, erythrocyte sedimentation rate ferritin. And these are like general markers. Yeah, they have some specific intent, like CRP for heart related inflammation. But if it's elevated, yeah, it puts you at increased risk for heart disease.
But the question I love to ask as a functional practitioner is, why is it elevated, and it's elevated because of inflammation and toxicity. So when I do those, and I don't read them based on what the labs says is, quote, unquote, normal reference range, because that's 95% of the population. 60% of whom are overweight or obese are not optimally healthy. So we don't want to compare you to those. We want to compare you to optimally healthy people. So like homocysteine, the range goes up into the teens, I think for quote unquote, normal in most labs. We know for optimal health, it should be less than eight. So this is something in black and white, I can show someone, you should be less than eight and you're 14, you have toxicity and they see it and they go, Wow, I have toxicity. So I think that the more data we can bring the better.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 29:52
Totally agreed I think that's a strength in functional medicine is there are there are additional labs even that conventional medicine, at least I wasn't taught through school. To look at so functional medicine helps us identify at least some of those biomarkers that we can then target and optimize and help patients feel better. So let's go back you've unpacked a lot today. But let's maybe go back to what your top essential steps are, in general to improve longevity. Okay, so
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 30:16
hands down, it starts with hormones, it just starts with hormones, not because I'm an OB GYN, but hormones are the communicators in your body, we've got two communication systems that both originate in the brain. And that's our hormonal system and our nervous system, central nervous system that starts with our brain. And the nerves are hardwired. So it's kind of like the internet in your house. When you plug into the wall, plug your computer into the wall, it's a pretty stable connection. It takes a lot to disrupt that. But the hormonal system is like the wire less internet in your house. I don't know about your house, but at my house frequently I have problems where is it my route? Or is my computer not getting the signal? Am I on the right channel is somebody else's Wi Fi interfering? So your hormones are the same, you can have a lot of disruption. So it's, it's very frequent, and a large majority of us have it.
And hands down. This is the biggest needle mover, you got to get the communication right to the cells, otherwise, they don't know what to do. And it's like kids having a substitute teacher with no lesson plan. They just throw paper airplanes and spit balls because they don't know what there's supposed to be doing. So you've got to get the communication to the cells by balancing the hormones. That is number one. So you can tell them make energy, use it to heal yourself, right? Help me sleep and do all the things that we need to do to would be absolutely the toxicity and inflammation, you've got to detoxify. And that includes healing the gut, because the gut is the biggest source of toxicity in the body. And so that's the internal toxicity and then deal with the toxins that came from outside whether they're chronic viral infections, or molds, or heavy metals, plastics, all of that, gotta fix that. And then three for me is tuning up the nutritional inputs. And that's not just food, it's the oxygen that you're breathing. Are you extracting what you need from it and delivering it to the cells? Are you getting enough sunlight? Are you getting enough love? So it's all of that and then for me, part of that is the mental emotional spiritual balance. So those are my three take action tips to improve longevity.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 32:33
Excellent. Okay, now on to the free gifts. Tell us about your free gift. Sure. So
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 32:39
I have a jumpstart your midlife metabolism challenge that I invite all of you to join. And I think we're gonna have a link in the show notes. But I take you through 28 days to double your energy, lose 10 pounds, and start mastering midlife and teach you in more detail about all the things that we've been talking about today.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 33:04
Love it, love it. Love it. Yes, we will post the link in the show notes. So tell us where else listeners can find you like social media website, all that jazz?
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 33:13
Sure, they can find me all my handles are Kiran Dunston and d.com is my website. And then I'm at Kiran Dunstan MD. Make sure you spell it right. It's KYRIND you sto n MD calm on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 33:31
And you have your podcast. Yeah. Lots to follow. Yes, the
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 33:34
podcast on Apple podcasts is her brilliant health revolution and on YouTube. It's under my name, but it's her brilliant health secrets.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 33:45
Lots of lots of ways to follow you. Well, thank you so much for coming on the show today and then preaching again to to my audience. So this is exactly what we needed to hear. Thank you for your brilliance Today on our show.
Dr. Kyrin Dunston 33:56
Thank you so much for having me.
Dr. Stephanie Gray 34:01
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