SHAPE ReClaimed is unique among wellness programs. We are focused on helping patients decrease inflammation, enhance immune function and release toxic weight as part of their journey to ReClaiming their health.
Because everyone comes to us with their own unique health profile, our practitioner-supervised program is designed to be customized for each patient. SHAPE practitioners are carefully trained on how to administer the program based on each patient’s individual needs, how they are responding to the program (dietary requirements and lifestyle challenges) and what their urine tests reveal.
As part of our clinically monitored program, we require patients to have regular urinalysis through their practitioner. This is truly our secret weapon. It’s what sets us apart from other programs.
Here’s why: Most dietary programs fail because the brain (specifically the hypothalamus) receives a message that the body is starving. Yes, you’ll drop weight, but as soon as you reintroduce excess calories, your body will regain the weight you lost, and it will raise its “set point” to protect against further starvation.
Your set point is the weight range in which your particular body is programmed to function at its best. Your body and brain work together to set the amount of body fat they believe is necessary to sustain and maintain your overall health through energy usage, metabolism and hunger. Based on the metabolic set point theory of homeostasis, the body tends to maintain a particular weight range. However, your body’s set point can be reprogrammed through embracing sound dietary habits.
We use the urinalysis to look for markers that indicate starvation so that we can adjust your food intake and prevent your body from getting the wrong message. Regular practitioner-monitored urinalysis is essential to our patients’ long-term success with this program. Without it, SHAPE would be just another program that fails.
What Does the Urinalysis Show?
Urinalysis is an appropriate and inexpensive way to measure and monitor the effectiveness of the SHAPE program. Our practitioners use Siemens Diascreen 10 SG urinalysis strips to look at the following health markers:
- – Color
- – Transparency
- – Odor
- – Leukocytes
- – Nitrites
- – Urobilinogen
- – Protein
- – pH
- – Blood
- – Specific Gravity
- – Ketones
- – Bilirubin
- – Glucose
All of these markers are important indicators of patient health and their success with our program. We are most concerned with protein, bilirubin, urobilinogen, specific gravity and ketones, as these are the best way to gauge how our patients are responding to SHAPE. Your practitioner will adjust your program to your unique metabolic needs based on this information. SHAPE is not a one-size-fits-all program; rather, it is customized to the specific needs of each individual.
If a patient shows a high amount of protein in their urine, it may mean they are dehydrated, have a pH imbalance, are exercising intensely, lack a specific enzyme or acid in their digestive system, have an infection or have diabetic tendencies, among other things.
Bilirubin normally circulates in the blood attached to protein. Patients with high levels of bilirubin may experience liver or gallbladder challenges.
This compound is formed in the intestines by the degradation of bilirubin. While it’s rare for SHAPE patients to show high levels of urobilinogen in their urine, it can happen and usually indicates gallbladder dysfunction.
This marker is an indicator of how ‘thick’ the urine is compared to water. High specific gravity can indicate dehydration, blood sugar imbalances or adrenal insufficiencies. Low specific gravity can indicate hypothermia, dehydration, diuretic usage or excess water intake. Your practitioner may recommend pH ReClaimed to help rehydrate your body. He or she also may recommend adding Celtic Sea Salt to your diet. Both products will improve mineral balance, something most of our patients desperately need.
The presence of ketones in the urine is an indication that the body is burning fat instead of sugar. Trace, small and moderate amounts of ketones are acceptable. However, large amounts of ketones (large ketosis) indicate starvation. Please note that not every patient goes into ketosis while on SHAPE. Ketosis is not a requirement; patients can still experience tremendous success without it.
How Often Should I Have Urinalysis?
We require that all patients do a baseline urinalysis before starting the program. We also require consistent urinalysis throughout Phase 1. The frequency with which you should be monitored will be determined by your practitioner, who will consider:
- – Your overall health history — If you have a chronic illness like diabetes, you will need to be monitored carefully throughout SHAPE.
- – Your use of prescription medication — As your health improves, your medication needs will change, and you may be able to talk with your prescribing physician about decreasing or eliminating some medications.
Based on the results of your urinalysis, your health history and how you are responding to the program, your practitioner will customize the SHAPE program to meet your specific metabolic needs. For example, you may be asked to eat more protein and/or fruit, you may be asked to increase your water intake or you may be encouraged to add supplements to your SHAPE regimen.
Again, SHAPE is not and never has been a one-size-fits-all program. If 10 patients start SHAPE together, we know that within a month or two all of them will be at different places in their journey. Our practitioners are trained to monitor and respond to each patient’s unique needs.
That’s why regular urinalysis is so important. You’ll have a greater chance at long-term success if you work closely with your SHAPE practitioner and follow the program through Phase III and beyond. Trust the program, trust the process and trust your practitioner.