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Jan 05


By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Diabetes can be complicated, but in simple terms, diabetes is basically a problem with too much sugar in the blood caused by the failure of one’s pancreas to release enough insulin for sugar metabolism.  There is insulin resistance, insulin sensitivity, and insulin deficiency.  There is Type I (Juvenile) diabetes and Type II  (Adult-Onset) diabetes.

Some naturopaths have theorized that the excess sugar in the blood is acidic and scars the arterial walls which, in turn, causes the body’s immune system to produce cholesterol.  The cholesterol hardens and clogs the arteries, leading to heart disease.  Type II diabetes can be caused by excessive weight, poor diet, lack of exercise, and possibly food allergies.  People with diabetes have a 5-7 times greater chance of having a heart attack or stroke.  Seventy-five percent of all diabetic deaths is due to heart disease from cardiovascular disease.  Diabetes also affects microvascular vessels, particularly the vessels of your eyes, kidneys, and peripheral nerves.

Diabetes may be reversible with a healthy diet, supplements, and exercise.  Your diet is very important when dealing with diabetes.  Complex carbohydrates are beneficial, since they go through a long digestive process and release sugar into the bloodstream slowly.  Sometimes, diabetics are told to eat a high-protein diet, but too much protein can lead to kidney issues, so be cautious about a high-protein diet.  An organic vegetarian diet with high-fiber vegetables is good, as well as bran and other forms of fiber.

Since insulin response is related to carbs, a diabetic may want to reduce consumption of food such as:  pasta, bread, potatoes, rice, corn, bananas, raisins, and sweet fruit.  Protein is beneficial, but a lot of protein from beef comes with a lot of bad fat, you may want to get your protein from turkey, chicken, egg whites, and tofu.    People will differ on the carb:protein:fat ratio, but some naturopaths will suggest a 40:30:30 ratio.  Of course, that only applies to good carbs and good fats.

Exercise helps with diabetes by heightening your body’s sensitivity to insulin.  Exercise helps to lower your triglycerides and cholesterol.  Your insulin requirements will probably be lower while you are exercising.  A 10-20 minute walk after a meal may also keep your insulin under control.  (If you have heart disease, be cautious.  You may not want to walk after a meal.)

You may also want to get checked for food allergies.  A doctor can monitor your blood sugar levels after eating various foods.  If you’re allergic, remove those foods from your diet.

Some supplements that are beneficial for diabetics are:  niacin, calcium, inositol, chromium, vanadium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl-L-carnitine, CoQ10, conjugated linoleic acid, N-acetyl-cysteine, DHEA, sylimarin (from milk thistle), vitamin C, essential fatty acids (GLA from borage oil, evening primrose oil), EPA, DHA (from herring, mackerel, tuna, walnuts), vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin B6, Vitamin D, biotin, fiber (cantaloupe, grapefruit, papaya, sweet potato, oat bran, oatmeal).

Herbs that may be beneficial include:  huckleberry (blueberry), ginkgo biloba, pau d’arco, cedar berries, aloe, ginger, burdock, evening primrose, onion, juniper berries, cranberry, fenugreek, goldenseal, alfalfa, ginseng, and kelp.


More recently, gut bacteria has been linked to the development of Type II Diabetes.  In one study, “The scientists concluded that one possible cause and effect between intestinal bacteria and diabetes is that certain bacteria incite an immune response. Within the intestinal bacteria population, there are microbes that form toxins that enter the gut and then cause inflammation throughout the body, including liver and fat cells that can affect overall metabolism and insulin sensitivity.”  Another study showed that people with Type II Diabetes have different gut bacteria than people without diabetes.

Read the full story here.

Jan 05

Juicing (Part II)

By Bill Shuttic | Blog


As you probably know, I’m a big fan of juicing.  You may not know this, but the Gerson Institute in San Diego uses juicing in their anti-cancer protocol.  The amount of fresh vitamins and minerals you get when you juice is incredible.  And in today’s world, most of the food we eat is de-natured and has very little nutritional value for a number of reasons.
1.  Much of the food we eat is not grown locally.  Since it may take a few days or so to transport, it has to be picked before it is ripe in order to be fresh when it hits the store.  If the food is not fully ripe, it has not finished the process and will be lacking in nutrients.
2.  Much of the farmland today has very poor topsoil which is lacking in the necessary minerals.  Without those minerals, the crops are weak and cannot fight off pests, disease, etc.  Therefore, farmers have to use chemical sprays and pesticides to protect their crops.  The amount of vitamins and minerals in food today is less than it used to be.
3.  Chemical sprays get into the food we eat.  Ingesting insecticides is toxic to our system.  (Always wash your food before eating.)
4.  Processing typically destroys most of the nutrients in food, which is why you’ll see “fortified” with vitamins and minerals.   This is why eating locally and organically-grown fresh fruits and vegetables is so important.  If we eat processed food all day and there is little nutritional value, then our bodies are still craving the vitamins and minerals it needs, therefore we’re still hungry and continue eating.  A naturopath might say that although we’re eating a lot of food, we’re actually starving.

Here are some of the fruits and veggies I juice and why.
Apples – good for skin, hair, fingernails, liver, and digestion.  This means its good for detox because your skin, liver, and intestines is where you get rid of toxins in your body.  It also means apples are good for weight loss.   Apples contain Vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, biotin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, and the minerals chlorine, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium, and sulfur.  In combination with carrots and beets, it’s a good blood builder.

Carrots – good for skin, hair, fingernails, intestines, liver, bones, and teeth.  Carrot juice causes the liver to release bile into the gall bladder which helps get rid of fat (which lowers cholesterol.)  Some have used carrot juice for acne, arthritis, cancer, diabetes, and weight loss.  It contains beta-carotene, B, C, D, E, and K and the minerals calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.  Carrot juice is sometimes called the King of Vegetable Juices.

Celery – good for the nervous system and curbs the desire for sweets (therefore good for weight-loss.)  Celery juice contains sodium, but don’t confuse organic sodium with sodium chloride (salt) because organic sodium will balance your blood’s pH.  Some people use celery juice for lung, kidney, liver, and nervous disorders, as well as fluid retention.

Cucumbers – It’s a natural diuretic and helps dissolve kidney stones.  It is good for skin and facial rejuvination.  Cucumber juice contains potassium, silicon, and sulfur, which is good for your hair and nails.  I typically don’t peel my cucumbers, but if they are waxed, you should peel them.  Cucumber juice is used for skin and kidney disorders, high blood pressure, and weight loss.

Beets – good for liver and gall bladder problems, menstrual and menopausal issues, and builds red blood cells.  Beet juice is a powerful kidney and blood cleanser.  Beets contain Vitamins A, B6, and C as well as chlorophyll, calcium, potassium, choline, iron, and sodium. Beet juice is helpful for multiple issues including anemia, bladder, kidney, skin, and liver disorders, fatigue, heart disease, circulation, cancer, low blood pressure, and lymph.

This juice combo is naturally sweet, so no need for sugar or fake sugar.  If you want to add a little cayenne pepper or ginger to it, it will add a little spice and boost your metabolism a bit.  When I drink this combo, my body temperature increases.

You may have also noticed that all these juices help with the main detox organs of your body – intestines, kidneys, liver, lungs, and skin.    So, if you don’t have a juicer yet, or if it’s sitting in your closet somewhere, go get it and try it out.

You joined the gym, you’re working out, now you need to pump your body full of fresh, healthy nutrients.  Try it for a week and let me know how you feel.  And it’s so much better than drinking sodas or store-bought drinks.

Jan 04

3-Day Juice Fast

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

I’m starting this year off with a 3-Day Juice Fast.  There’s no better time than the first week of the new year to start getting healthy.  I love the juice fast because it does a great job of putting a ton of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes into your system very quickly while at the same time removing all the bad carbs (sugar, wheat, flour, pasta, cakes, cookies, and other junk food.)

The results are usually nothing short of amazing.  I’ll bet I’ll lose 10 pounds over the next three days.  Some nay-sayers will claim that I’m only losing water weight.  They couldn’t be more wrong.  Many fruits and vegetables are as much as 95% water!  So, you’re getting all your water, but its full of nutrients.

Here’s what I typically juice:

2-3 apples

2-3 celery stalks

1-2 beet

2-3 carrots

1 cucumber

a handful of kale

a handful of spinach

a handful of parsely

a thumb-size piece of ginger (gives it some zing!)

(some people add a little lemon or some other veggies.  That’s ok, too)

That should make enough to last you through the day.  Make sure you drink everything the same day.  If you let it sit overnight, it will lose a lot of its potency.

Some people like to mix it with water, but I don’t.  I like it straight.  If you’d like to join me in juicing this week, feel free to contact me and let me know how you’re feeling.  The first day of a juice fast may be a little difficult.  If you’re not getting your normal dose of sugar and caffeine, you may feel a little nauseous, light-headed, or you may get a headache.  But its just like driving through a tunnel.  There is light at the end of the tunnel.  By the 3rd day, you should be feeling more energized.  You shouldn’t be craving junk food.  You should have a sharper mind.  At least that’s how most people feel after a 3-day juice fast.

So give it a try and let me know how it goes.  Throughout the year, I’ll be trying different things, and I invite you to join me, so we can get healthy together!



Dec 31

Happy New Year! Now Let’s Get Healthy!

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Let’s start off 2016 on the right foot together. Now that we’re all done with the Christmas parties and New Year’s parties, it’s time to re-focus on your health. The party is over. So I’d like you to get healthy with me – together.  

Like many people, I usually eat way too much junk food over the holidays. I like to be healthy, but who wants to be miserable while everyone else is having fun. So, if you’re like me, you may have put on a couple extra pounds over the past month or so. And here’s what I realize (every year) – when you’re eating junk food, it doesn’t just make you gain weight. It also reduces your overall health. I’m still exercising, but I find that when I’m not eating the right foods, my workouts aren’t as good. I can’t lift as much and I don’t have as much stamina. My stomach bloats and I have indigestion. I don’t sleep as well. I get headaches. And I absolutely know it’s because of my diet.

So, if you have health issues, or if you just feel unhealthy, if you have acid reflux, gas, stiff joints, poor sleep, allergies, etc. on a regular basis, I can tell you that by changing your eating habits and doing a little exercise, you can probably fix a lot of those issues.

Some people are self-motivated. Others need a little help. As a Health Coach and a Life Coach, I’m here to help you succeed with both your health goals and your life goals. (And between you and me, I can tell you that they are both inter-related.)

If you’re interested in getting healthy this year, I’d like to help you. You have two choices. Working in conjunction with the Palisades Chamber of Commerce, we have partnered with The Biggest Loser to get the community involved with their Weight Loss Challenge. We’re going to put people in teams of 4 and everyone will compete. It looks like a fun program. If you’re not into that, you can just work with me. I will give you some guidance on food, supplements, herbs, exercises, etc. You can buy supplements from me, or you can use your own. You can workout with me, or you workout on your own.  If you want to workout with me, keep in mind, I never work with more than 10 full-time clients at one time. If you want to workout from home, you can join my website and workout with me via video.

However you want to do it…just do it! It takes 21 days to create a new habit, so if you start today, in three weeks, you’ll be off to a great start on a new and healthy lifestyle. At that point, working out won’t be a drag, it will be something you can look forward to, because you know that it will make you feel better and look better.

So, get rid of the junk food, get rid of the aches and pains, and start living life!

If you want to be a part of The Biggest Loser Community Challenge, use the button below.

Please note: There is a $25 fee (part goes to them and part goes to the Chamber)

Here's another idea to get your started.

Use the button below to  download a list of some useful information you’ll need to get started on your health journey!

Don't delay.  The first 25 people who respond, I will give them a Free Health Assessment.