Posts Tagged ‘Nutrition’

Everything in Moderation? A New Look

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 27, 2009

If caffeine is toxic - whats moderation?

If caffeine is toxic - whats moderation?

A common phrase I often hear from my clients when asked about their health is ‘everything in moderation.’ But what exactly defines moderation? How do we know that our moderation is really balanced? Are there hidden factors we are unaware of that skew our idea of moderation? Is moderate exposure to toxins a safe and healthy choice?

In this era of increasing health risks such as cancer, infertility, emotional issues like depression and anxiety, and the epidemic of childhood issues like ADD/ADHD and autism – can we afford to wait until after the fact to realize we did not do our best to prepare ourselves and our family?

Dr. Eunice Stagliola, MyHealthExperts resident toxicologist, is going to speak on such issues in the first of her lecture series on ‘Living Toxic’. This lecture is going to be this Wednesday, January 28 at 7 pm at Tommy K’s in Stamford. Seating is limited so RSVP ASAP!

Tommy K’s is at 54 Research Drive, Stamford. Call (203) 325-9544 for directions. Please feel free to share this invitation with others you think may be interested.

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Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants

Posted by myhealthexperts on November 4, 2008

Here is a question one of my readers recently asked me:
Q: I’m a 37 year old male. I suffer from erectile dysfunction, memory loss and depression. I’m looking for supplements to address my deficiencies. I think I have a manganese deficiency. What do you recommend?

A: I’m all for your desire to treat yourself. But thinking that a specific nutrient is the key is the wrong approach. Thats taking the conventional medicine way but instead of treating symptoms with drugs youre using nutritients. If you do want to ascertain what if any deficiencies you have, you must seek a qualified health professional (not your typical doctor) who can assess your nutrient status via blood, hair and other testing procedures.

For yours, and anyone else’s issues that are not life threatening or signs of more serious disease, you can always start some lifestyle changes yourself in addition to seeking professional care. If going solo, its best to start with the basics. A healthy diet, exercise and some form of mindfulness training are the foundation of your health and life.

Mindfulness training goes by many names; call it what you want, spirituality, religion, meditation, cognitive therapy, personal growth etc. Its a process by which the undisciplined, emotional, ego-centered voice in our head we commonly think of as ‘self’ starts to lose control to a more disciplined, balanced, rational, awakened self free of the dark energy and negative thoughts our common self lives on.

You diet must be more aligned with your evolutionary design. The recent advent of processed food, genetically modified foods, and even cooking have all ravaged the nutrient profile in modern human diets, leaving us vulnerable to a plethora of dysfunction. Combined with the modern environment full of increased toxins, increased information overload and chronic stressors from many sources and you have a recipe for disaster. So its probable that most of us will develop some type of disease and/or health concerns.

How did our ancestors eat? Usually whatever they could pick or kill from their local environment. They picked fruit, nuts, greens, and roots, and killed local game like rabbits, seals, deer, and bison. This ‘pick/kill’ diet varied all over the globe. As omnivores, humans are remarkably capable of adapting to all sorts of diets. People have thrived on high fat, low carb diets to low fat, high carbs. The macronutrients are not the key – its the fact that all these foods were raw and fresh. From whale blubber to Yucca these foods were eaten with their nutrient contents intact.

I’m not saying any cooked food is bad. Certain nutrients are made available from heating. But in general nutrients are sensitive to degradation from 4 sources: heat, light, oxygen and time. It’s not easy making the shift to more raw foods, unless you have your mind on your side. Thats another reason to make regular practice of awakening a daily ritual. If you do need to cook, use lower temperatures as this is less destructive than high temperatures.

In general – a diet rich in greens, moderate in everything else is best. Moderate grains, fruits, raw nuts and seeds, and meats. Reduce dairy, and whatever dairy you consume should be raw – not pasteurized or homogenized. Eat organic where possible, especially animal products where toxins accumulate in higher amounts. Grass fed beef, wild salmon, organic eggs are great sources of protein. I eat my eggs raw, and my beef and salmon pan seared on the outside and raw inside. Avoid wheat, eat brown rice, millet, spelt, or sprouted grain products instead.

When I first started eating raw eggs and beef, I gagged several times. It was simply a mind game I realized and quickly eliminated that silly fear. The key is to take small steps, make changes in comfortable ways that do not stress you out. For example, getting off milk – do it in stages. Go from whole milk to 2%, then 1% then mix almond milk with 1% milk at 50-50 ratio, then shift to pure almond milk. Its easy that way.

To offset modernity and its associated toxins – the use of broad spectrum nutritional products is warranted. Think of nutrition as music – the more varied the instruments are the better. Together the symphony sounds more complete. This variety of instruments is identical to nutrition – take in a variety and in general never go for one single instrument (nutrient), unless directed by as health professional. With that said let me contradict myself and give you the other side: there is good science to support the use of certain nutrients that most people are short on.

Magnesium for example is one. Most people get far too much calcium and too little magnesium. And multi-vitamins are short on it as well, so some extra magnesium is a good idea. And of course a high quality multi-vitamin.

One more thing – try to decrease caffeine, sugar and bad fats found in processed/fried foods. These items are toxic to varying degrees. Drink green tea instead of coffee.

Start with these basics and give it three to six months. See if your conditions improve. In the short term, you can take a natural PDE-5 inhibitor like the herbs cnidium and a nitric oxide agent like L-Arginine for the impotence. St. Johns Wort or L-Theanine could work for the depression, and the memory loss may be more complex than this article can go into.

How does one make these changes? Mindset – you need to have a warrior mind. Call it what you want, only a focused, clear and disciplined mind will rise above the odds. Work on your mind and the rest will follow.

Erectile Dysfunction, Depression are Testosterone Issues:
I encourage all my male clients over 30 to get their testosterone levels checked. There is a silent epidemic of male hypogonadism (low testosterone) in men now for a variety of reasons. If you test low, contact me and I will share my natural, safe testosterone program for men.

PS: the title of this article is a reference to the subtitle of “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollen

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Slow Down Aging with Magnesium

Posted by myhealthexperts on September 28, 2008

Thats right, Magnesium Deficiency Leads to Accelerated Aging. A recent study showed that human cells grown in a magnesium deficient environment had accelerated aging. One of the mechanisms of this aging was an increased loss of telomere length. Telomeres are the protective regions on the end of chromosomes that keep all your cells dividing properly. Each time they divide, you age, in essence because the length of telomere shortens. This is why you only have so many cell divisions before you age and die.

Now we realize that our environment, not just nutrients like magnesium but stressors like toxic thoughts, toxic chemicals etc can also affect telomere length. Magnesium is especially crucial because Americans are notoriously deficient in magnesium – our soils are depleted of it from the ravages of industrial farming that literally causes fertile top-soil to wash away every year.

Foods high in magnesium include greens like Kale and Spinach, nuts like almonds and cashews – and if you can afford, organic as you typically will find more nutrients like magnesium in organic produce.

Supplemental magnesium is also a good idea for most as few eat healthy enough to get adequate amounts of magnesium. Look for a magnesium in a ‘Chelate’ form such as magnesium aspartate, or magnesium carbonate.

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Nutrition Program Basics

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 15, 2008

I do not recommend supplements as a way to avoid eating a healthy diet. First and most important is to get as much of your nutrition from generous amounts of raw fruits and vegetables. My guess is most people do not consume enough raw, organic fruits and vegetables, and have increased exposures to environmental toxins in food, air, house, plastics, cell phones, etc. In these cases an aggressive nutrition program can afford some increased measure of compensation.

Basic Program: This is a general basic program I would recommend*:
#1. Good Multi-Vitamin: Not Centrum or One-A-Day, but I prefer highest quality multis that are ‘food based’. Companies like New Chapter, and Rainbow Light are more expensive but far better quality than most others.
#2. Fish and/or Flax Seeds (Extra Omega 3) (also – Extra Anti-Oxidants Vitamin C and E) Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish and flax oil are so critical to health – in a nutshell – if you want to look and feel good – you need these. They make skin look healthy, help form healthy brain chemistry so you feel happy and psyched to be alive, help form hormones that give us our sex drive, and they help us burn fat and add muscle. Is that enough reason?

My first choice is to rotate your source of EFA’s, for example using a bottle of high quality fish oil and then after that turn to flax seed. I prefer whole organic flax seed that you put in a coffee grinder just before you eat it. There is some controversy about flax being inferior to fish oil, but most healthy people are able to convert flax oil into the EFAs DHA and EPA.  If you are diabetic or have insulin issues, you should lean more towards fish oil as your body might not be able to convert enough plant based EFA’s into the critically needed DHA and EPA.  Try to get a balance of Omega 3 to Omega 6 of around 1:3. You will need to increase your intake of anti-oxidants to keep the Omega 3 in your body working properly.

Anti-Oxidants (Vit C, E, A): 2,000 to 5,000 mg Vitamin C spaced out during the day, along with Mixed Tocopherols (Not just Vitamin E, but Alpha, beta and delta and gamma Tocopherols too.) Don’t get DL-Alpha Tocopherol, it’s the synthetic version and is molecularly different than natural vitamin E (D-Alpha Tocopherol). Go for 400-1200 iu Mixed Tocopherols per day. This extra anti-oxidant protection is crucial to good health. Same for Vitamin A – get mixed carotenes and not just the popular beta-carotene.

3) Magnesium: Studies show most people are deficient in magnesium. Its critical for so many bodily functions, to help us relax, muscle contraction, blood flow, the list goes on and on. Do not take magnesium oxide, this is a rip-off. Try for amino-acid chelates instead. (400-800 mg daily)
#4. Whey Protein (and Lecithin) – If you exercise or want to reduce carb and fat calories, extra protein is beneficial. Protein actually can help us lose fat, as does healthy omega 3 fats! Whey protein is one of the best types, and is also shown to boost the immune system. Lecithin has a role in most all bodily processes including nerve transmission, energy production and breathing. Our brains are about 30% Lecithin. Nerves are insulated by lecithin, and the heart has high amounts as well. 

#5. MSM (or a Green Juice Powder): MSN (methyl sulfonal methane) is a great all-round supplement or if you feel the need for Greens – a powdered concentrate is great.  Greens have chlorophyll, that is high in magnesium and also helps pull out toxic heavy metals like aluminum and mercury! For joints and arthritis – I prefer MSM over Glucosamine sulfate as the life extensionists have reported glucosamine sulfate can accelerate advanced glycation end-products (AGE’s). These make you age faster! Not good. Stick with MSM in 1,500-3,000 mg/day and chondroitan sulfate if you want at 300 mg and up per day. These are good for joints, and can assist in growing new cartilage. That’s right- your doctor is wrong – you can grow new cartilage. Agents like SAMe are especially good for this, but at higher doses are quite expensive.

Other items: (Depends on your goals)

#6. ALA, ALCAR : Great for energy and anti-aging and brain function. In whatever dose you can afford, but at least 100 mg. ALA, 500 -1,500 mg. ALCAR. The R-ALA form is reputed to be the best form. These work on anti-aging, insulin function, brain function and fat burning – important for everyone. You can also use CoQ10 and/or Idebenone instead of ALA.

#7. Resveratrol, Carnosine, NAC, Green Tea, and depending on what your goals are: certain amino-acids and herbs in high quantities can facilitate your success. Carnosine is anti-aging, NAC is great for the liver (if you drink alcohol!),  I recommend the cycling of nutrients according to needs – for example, for weight loss – a top goal for many – items like Green Tea, ALA, CLA and Omega 3 fats. After that then I can shift to other agents – like anti-oxidants for example. More on this in the next article.

#8. Pro-biotics: Healthy gut flora is critical.

#9. Iodine: Lugols solution for many reasons (see my iodine post)

#10. Digestive Enzymes: helps assimilate food and lessen work of GI tract in digestion.

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New Years Resolutions: Top 10

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 13, 2008

The New Years is typically when people once again try to be healthy and lose weight, join the gym etc.

So in that regard here are my Top 10 things I would try for myself and recommend to anyone for 2008:

10) Eat more organic raw foods – nuts, seeds, low Glycemic Index (GI) fruits & veggies
9) Eat more Organic Greens: See my YouTube video on Green Smoothies!
8) Take Dietary Supplements – generous quantities of the right ones will change
your life in many positive ways!
7) Sleep more – try to get to bed before 11 pm! Take naps if possible.
6) Visit a good holistic doctor and get the lab tests I recommend to determine
your current health status.  This is part of being more aware of the inside instead of focusing our attention always on the outside.
5) Exercise regularly (weights and cardio)- try to do more cardio in nature (the
woods etc).
4) Drink pure water on a regular basis with an alkaline pH (add lemon to it for
example) – do NOT reuse PETE water bottles!
3) Install the right shower filter to decrease risk on inhaling toxins in the
vapor of your shower water.
2) Take a Deep Breath (before you do anything)
1) “SEE”: see the connections that knowledge and insight can have on
understanding & improving your life.

I hope to devote time to each of these Top 10 in the coming weeks.

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