Nutritionist Reveals The 5 Things She Would Never Do

Nutritionists are the gurus on what to eat and drink to keep you on track for a healthy diet and lifestyle. But what about what not to do?

Certified nutritionist Claire Sorlie, the owner/founder of the Resilient Health and Wellness company, recently posted a viral video, which has not been independently verified by Newsweek, outlining things she would "never do as a certified nutritionist."

Sorlie revealed some of the more unusual things not to do in the latest video, which was a follow-up to her previous video on the same topic.

Here we take a closer look at the nutritionist's top tips on what not to do.

Sleep With Wi-Fi Router in Room

Sorlie said Wi-fi routers are known to emit a lot of EMF (electromagnetic frequencies), which can cause "mild to severe health issues," especially headaches and being unable to sleep at night.

A study published in July 2018 in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research showed there are seven "established Wi-Fi effects."

The study said that "repeated Wi-Fi studies show" Wi-Fi causes the following:

  • Oxidative stress, which is an imbalance between the formation of free radicals (unstable atoms) that can damage cells, and the capability of cells to clear them.
  • Sperm/testicular damage.
  • Neuropsychiatric effects, including, EEG (electroencephalogram) changes, meaning differences in brain activity.
  • Apoptosis, which is the death of cells.
  • Cellular DNA damage.
  • Endocrine changes, a change in the body's hormone system.
  • Calcium overload.

For those who can't avoid keeping the Wi-Fi router in their room, Sorlie recommends just shutting it off at night.

Do a Juice Cleanse

Many health addicts regularly opt for a juice cleanse, where your diet is limited to certain juices in a bid to give your body a detox.

Sorlie would never do a juice cleanse as it lacks protein, which is essential for detoxing your body as it is "what carries the toxins through the body for elimination."

Christine Maren, a D.O. (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine, agreed, advising that a "high-quality, lean protein is a must" in our diets.

In a May 2018 article for the MindBodyGreen health website, Maren said a diet lacking protein impairs detox pathways in the liver (known as phase II conjugation) and "it's the reason a juice fast might actually leave you worse off."

She said: "Many cleansing diets (like juice fasts) are deficient in protein, which inhibits the body's ability to get rid of toxins via phase II conjugation.

"You can't effectively conjugate toxins without amino acids [which are the building blocks of protein] that bind the transformed toxins in the liver so they can be carried out of the body," Maren explained.

Drink Caffeine Before Breakfast

Getting a hit of caffeine first thing in the morning on an empty stomach puts unneeded stress on the body. "It fires up our adrenal glands to send out a spike of cortisol, which is our stress hormone," Sorlie said.

It may be best to have your coffee later in the day because the body's cortisol levels are typically highest in the morning, peaking around 30 to 45 minutes after you wake up. It drops rapidly for the next several hours before "declining slowly throughout the rest of the day, until a low point of around midnight," explains a February 2011 study in the peer-reviewed journal Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Caffeine increases cortisol secretion in those undergoing mental stress, as noted in a September 2005 study in the peer-reviewed journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

It also impacts your metabolism, increasing the release of acid in your stomach, which can sometimes cause an upset stomach or heartburn, explains MedlinePlus, a website of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).

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Travel Without an HCl Supplement

Sorlie said it's "especially important" to take a hydrochloric acid (HCl) supplement when you're traveling outside of the country or in any place where you may be "nervous about drinking the water or catching a bug."

HCl "assists our stomach acid with killing off any pathogen that may have gotten into our meal while we're eating," she said.

The stomach produces around three to four liters of gastric juice (which kills off bacteria) per day, according to the NLM website. Gastric juice is made up of hydrochloric acid (which breaks down the food), digestive enzymes and other substances that are essential for the absorption of nutrients.

Discard the White Part of Bell Peppers

Sorlie said the white part of a bell pepper may be bitter, but "bitter foods help to strengthen and stimulate digestion."

A February 2021 study in the peer-reviewed journal Nutrients noted the recognition "that bitter substances may have potent effects to stimulate the secretion of gastrointestinal (GI) hormones and modulate gut motility, via activation of bitter taste receptors located in the GI tract, reduce food intake and lower postprandial blood glucose, has sparked considerable interest in their potential use in the management or prevention of obesity and/or type 2 diabetes."

Back in December 2017, Dr. Taz Bhatia, an integrative health expert and author of Super Woman RX: Discover the Secrets to Lasting Health, Your Perfect Weight, Energy, and Passion with Dr. Taz's Power Type Plans, told NBC News: "Bitter foods are called bitters simply because of their taste and [they're] action: increasing saliva and stomach acids."

Bitter foods "may help to stimulate the digestive system and improve the absorption of food," Bhatia said, because they trigger stomach acid production, which aids various digestive processes.

Newsweek has contacted Sorlie for further comment.

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