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May 31

7 Easy Ways to Lose Weight

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

7 Easy Ways to Lose Weight

  1.  Don’t count calories.  The problem with counting calories is that most people will reduce their calorie intake without any thought to nutrients.  If you cut your calories too much, you may also be cutting your nutrients, which is bad for your health.  If your body is not getting enough nutrients, your body will go into starvation mode and will hang on to fat for your own survival.  And, it may slow down your metabolism.  If you cut calories, make sure that you are eating nutrient-dense foods and/or supplementing with a high-quality vitamin/mineral supplement.
  2.  Portion Control.  Most people simply eat too much, especially when going out to eat.  Restaurants will load up your plate, and you’ll eat it!  Simply reducing your portions can help lose weight.  As a general rule of thumb, your protein should be the size of your open hand.  Your carbs should be the size of your closed fist.  Think of a piece of fish the size of your hand and a pile of rice the size of your fist.
  3.  Drink more water.  Sometimes when you’re hungry, you’re actually just dehydrated.  If you start to feel hungry, have a glass of water.  Also, if you drink a glass of water 30 minutes before your meal, you may not be able to eat as much.
  4.  Try some high-intensity, interval workouts.  Studies have shown that people who do intervals burn more fat than people who do long, steady cardio workouts.
  5.  Build more muscle.  Muscle burns more energy.  The more muscle you have, the more energy you’ll need to sustain it.
  6.  Avoid simple carbs, sugar, and gluten.  Many people shed pounds quite easily by simply switching from soda to water, removing things like high fructose corn syrup, and ditching the bread.
  7. Eat more slowly.  If you eat quickly, you will overeat.  Your body doesn’t have enough time to tell your brain that your stomach is full.  If you slow down, your brain will have time to recognize that you’re full.  And that, my friends, will keep you from having to unbutton your pants to breathe.  🙂

Bill

Ultimate Health

www.ulti-health.com

May 22

Sugar!

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Sugar!

Ok, I first have to make a disclosure – I love sugar!  Arghhhhh.  I know.  Pastries, bagels, beer, etc.  We all have our vices.  That being said, let’s discuss why sugar is bad and what we can do about it.

Remember back in the day when fat was the culprit for people getting fat?  Surprise!  That was all wrong.  (Of course, Natural Health people already knew that.)  The main culprit turns out to be sugar.  Sugar not only causes us to get fat, but it also creates an acidic environment in your system which could lead to heart disease.   It also creates an insulin response which could ultimately lead to diabetes.

According to Dr. Robert Lustig from UC San Francisco, sugar is toxic.   He has been studying sugar and its effects on people and weight.  He thinks they’ve produced the “hard and fast data that sugar is toxic irrespective of its calories and irrespective of weight.”  A problem always arises when studying sugar and weight loss, because it’s difficult to pinpoint the cause of the weight loss – is it the sugar or the calories?  In Dr. Lustig’s study, he took a group of people and reduced their sugar by 10%.  Just that amount caused their fasting blood sugar levels to drop by 53% along with the amount of insulin their bodies produced.  Their triglycerides declined, their LDL levels declined, and they had less fat in their livers.

Obese people and people with diabetes often suffer from fatty liver.  This is normally associated with alcohol abuse, but more and more, fatty liver is being found in people who gain excessive amount of weight.  Dr. Lustig hopes that this new information will change the advice that doctors and government health officials give about eating sweets.  That’s right – doctors and the government have it wrong (does that surprise anyone…?)
(https://time.com/4087775/sugar-is-definitely-toxic-a-new-study-says/)

Sugar can cause Metabolic Syndrome.  It contains no essential nutrients.  This includes “added sugars” like sucrose and high fructose corn syrup.  This is why we say sugar is considered “empty calories.”  For a long time, high fructose corn syrup was used as a sweetener in many foods and drinks.  As more people started shining a light on the detriments of this sugar, the immediate response was to attack and demonize the messenger.  This is the way it usually goes.  But, as the facts became clear, high fructose corn syrup has been quietly removed.  As I’m sure you know, sugar is bad for the teeth.  Not just from the outside, but from the inside, as well.  Sugar creates bacteria in the mouth.

Sugars breaks down into glucose and fructose in your system.  Our bodies can create glucose but not fructose.  The liver metabolizes fructose (your liver is your body’s main detoxifier.)  Fructose is stored in the liver as glycogen, but when the liver is “full”, the excess fructose turns to fat.  This is why eating too much sugar can lead to fatty liver.  Studies have shown that people with fatty liver eat up to 2-3 times as much fructose as the average person.  Fruit contains fructose, but fructose from fruit is ok.  There is a difference between “added sugar” fructose and fructose from fruit.  I would say it’s almost impossible to eat too much fruit.  Too much added fructose can become VLDL cholesterol.

I’m sure you all know that sugar causes insulin resistance.  Insulin is a hormone that allows sugar (glucose) to enter the cells from the bloodstream.   It also tells the cells to burn glucose rather than fat.  Of course, sugar causes an insulin response, and too much sugar can either cause insulin resistance or create problems with your pancreas.  Either of these can lead to diabetes which can lead to diabetic neuropathy and/or blindness.  Studies have shown that people who drink sugar-sweetened (including packaged “fruit” drinks) have up to an 83% higher risk of Type 2 diabetes.

What you may not know is that sugar can give you cancer.  The problem with cancer is that it multiplies so quickly.  Insulin is one of the hormones that regulates cell growth.  So, the more insulin you have, the more your cancer can multiply.  Cancer feeds on sugar.  This is why I tell people who have cancer to stop eating sugar.  Sugar is also acidic and causes inflammation which can also lead to cancer (as well as such things as high cholesterol and atherosclerosis.)

You may have heard that sugar is more addicting than cocaine.  Sugar is most definitely addicting.  Sugar causes a release of dopamine in the reward center of the brain.  We typically don’t get that much dopamine from our normal food.  Therefore, sugar becomes addicting for certain people, no matter how much they eat.  I’m a good example.  When I am eating too much sugar, I tend to put on about ten pounds.  I start to feel lethargic.  I don’t think as clearly.  I can feel that I’m on toxic overload.  So, I’ll do a 3-day juice fast or a water fast to clear all the sugar (and caffeine and other toxins) out of my system.  After a few days of withdrawals (usually headaches), I feel wonderful.  And I’m good for about a month until I have something really sweet.  Then, slowly but surely, I begin eating more and more bread and pastries and cookies, etc. until it’s time to repeat the procedure.  Some people like salty foods and have no problem with sweets.  Some people like sweets.  You guys know what I’m talking about.

Sugar also leads to obesity.  One of the reasons is that fructose, in particular, does not decrease satiety, so people tend to overeat when eating sweets.  Of course, many studies have shown a link between sugar consumption and obesity.  Children drinking sugary drinks increase their risk of obesity by 60%!

Here’s one that might shock you.  It’s not the fat in your diet that raises your bad cholesterol.  It’s the sugar!  For years, heart disease has been blamed on fat.  New studies are showing that dietary fat is not the problem.  (That low-fat diet we’ve been told to eat by the medical community and government has been doing us more harm than good.)  Studies show that large amounts of fructose can raise triglycerides, VLDL, and LDL, raise blood glucose, raise insulin levels, and increase abdominal obesity in as little as 10 weeks!  All of these, of course, can lead to heart disease.
(https://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad/)

One good thing is that the Food and Drug Administration will be coming out with a new label that will show how much sugar has been added to each food.  The amount of “added sugar” will be expressed in grams and as a percentage of Daily Value.  This will be very helpful.  I think you’ll be surprised how much sugar you’re eating (and drinking.)  For example, how many of you have ever had one of those 20 ounce Cokes?  Each bottle contains 65 grams of added sugar.  That equals 130% of the Recommended Daily Intake!  Look for the new labels in mid-2018.
(https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2016/05/20/478837157/the-added-sugar-label-is-coming-to-a-packaged-food-near-you)

That’s pretty crazy, right?  So what can we do?  Well, unfortunately, fake sugar isn’t really a good choice either.  Aspartame turns to formaldehyde in your system.  All of those fake sugars can give you cancer.  If you need sweetness in your coffee, etc. you may want to try using stevia.  A lot of health foods are now using sugar alcohols like xylitol and sorbitol.  They have no calories.  Another option would be to switch from coffee with cream and sugar to tea.  Also, rather than drinking store-bought fruit juice, buy a juicer and make your own.  It’s much healthier.  Ditch the sodas – even the zero-calorie and sugar-free and diet sodas.  They actually can make your craving for sugar worse, but that’s a whole separate discussion.

 

Read one person’s story about how sugar almost destroyed his life until he realized that sugar was the main culprit with his health issues.

 

https://fitnessfornonathletes.com/harmful-effects-of-sugar/

 

I hope that helps.  It turns out sugar plays a huge role not only in weight gain and obesity but also acidity and inflammation which can lead to cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease.  So, you can see how important it is to reduce the amount of sugar you consume.  If you would like to get together and work on increasing your health, please give me a call, email, or text, and we’ll set up a program for you using various things like exercise, massage, diet, detox, and nutritional supplementation.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
CNHP, CCN, CCH, CMT, CPT
310.413.0514
Ultimate Health & Wellness
https://ulti-health.com

 

May 19

Fasting – Good or Bad?

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Fasting – Good or Bad

For years, there has always been differing opinions as to whether fasting is good for you or not.  Is it healthy or unhealthy?  Typically, from what I’ve seen, doctors who practice western allopathic medicine tend to believe that fasting is harmful.  Eastern and natural medicine practitioners tend to lean toward using fasting to improve health.  Fifteen years ago, I learned that fasting is good for you because it clears the toxins from your body and boosts your immune system.  Unfortunately, every time I tried to explain that position to people, I would get hammered by doctors and people who were told by their doctors that fasting was harmful.

People have been fasting for thousands of years both for health and for religious purposes.  Others have fasted for political reasons.  Moses fasted forty days.  Jesus fasted forty days.  Gandhi twice fasted for three weeks.

Recently, I read an article about how a 3-day fast can regenerate your entire immune system.

“Although fasting diets have been criticized for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.

It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.

The researchers say fasting “flips a regenerative switch” which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.

And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting.

Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or ageing, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.”

This is great news.  I always enjoy when science catches up with things we promote in natural health.  Some of you may have heard of Paul Bragg.  He’s famous for his apple cider vinegar.  He also wrote a book called The Miracle of Fasting.  He was one of the original health gurus in the early to mid 20th century.  Let me tell you what Paul was saying about fasting over 50 years ago: (from The Miracle of Fasting)

“Fasting is the best detoxifying method.  It’s also the most effective and safest way to increase elimination of waste buildups and enhance the body’s miraculous self-healing and self-repairing process that keeps you healthy and youthful.  A moderate, well-planned distilled water fast is our favorite.  It can cleanse your body of excess mucus, old fecal matter, trapped cellular, non-food wastes and help remove inorganic mineral deposits and sludge from your pipes and joints.

Fasting works by self-digestion.  During a fast your body intuitively will decompose and burn only the substances and tissues that are damaged, diseased or unneeded, such as abscesses, tumors, excess fat deposits, excess water, and congestive wastes.  Even a short fast (1-3 days) will accelerate elimination from your liver, kidneys, lungs, bloodstream, and skin.  Sometimes you will experience dramatic changes (cleansing and healing crisis) as accumulated wastes are expelled.  With your first fast, you may temporarily have cleansing headaches, fatigue, body odor, bad breath, coated tongue, mouth sores, and even diarrhea as your body is cleaning house.  Please be patient with your body!”

Isn’t it amazing that today’s science and medicine is saying the same thing that Paul Bragg and others have been saying for almost a hundred years.

That being said, I don’t typically tell my clients to jump into a water fast without their doctor’s supervision.  In today’s world, so many people have health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. so a fast may be too much for your system.  I normally have people try a juice fast first, and see how that goes.  You also have to make sure that you start your fast correctly and finish your fast correctly.  After fasting for a few days, you don’t want to break your fast with a pizza and soda!  Avoid animal products when breaking a fast.  It is better to break a fast with soup, broth, lightly cooked vegetables, and a little fruit.

I also want to say that fasting is not a diet plan.  You will lose weight if you fast, but that is not really the purpose of a fast.  We want to cleanse our system which will help boost our immune system.
There are still different ideas on how to do a fast.  Some people will fast three days per month.  Something I’ve seen picking up in popularity is the 5-2 plan, where you eat five days then fast for two.  For some people, a juice fast is a good way to start.  Since everyone is different, my suggestion is to see what works for you.  What I will say is that doing a fast is like driving through a tunnel.  During the fast, you may feel ill, but when you finish, you should feel healthier, more energetic, and clearer thinking.

Here are some interesting quotes about fasting over thousands of years:

“Fasting is the greatest remedy– the physician within.”

Philippus Paracelsus, one of the three fathers of Western medicine


 

“Instead of using medicine, better fast today.”

Plutarch, a Greek biographer and moralist


 

“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”

Benjamin Franklin


 

“Everyone has a doctor in him; we just have to help him in his work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. …to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.”

Hippocrates, one of the three fathers of Western medicine


 

“A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors.”

Mark Twain, in My Debut As a Literary Person


 

“Nature heals, the doctor helps!”

Paracelsus, writing about activating
the “doctor inside”, or our own healing nature


 

“Every fool can fast, but only the wise man knows how to break a fast.”

G.B. Shaw, writer


 

“Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor.”

Egyptian pyramid inscription, 3800 B.C.

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If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to starting getting healthy, please give me a call, text or email.  We can work on detox, exercise, massage, and supplementation.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
310.413.0514
Ultimate Health & Wellness
https://ulti-health.com

May 18

Natural Antibiotics

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Natural Antibiotics

I’m sure you’ve gone to the doctor and gotten antibiotics for some health issue.  The problem is that we’ve reached a point where antibiotics are so over-prescribed that it may be causing the emergence of super bugs that are immune to antibiotics.   What happens when antibiotics don’t work anymore?

Antibiotics only work against infections caused by bacteria, fungi and certain parasites. They don’t work against any infections caused by viruses. Viruses cause colds, the flu and most coughs and sore throats.

Also, antibiotics kill ALL bacteria – both good and bad.  Therefore, when we take antibiotics to kill the bad bacteria, we’re also killing the good bacteria.  We need good bacteria to be healthy.  This is probably one reason why probiotics have become so popular over the past few years.  Probiotics help rebuild the good bacteria in your gut.  https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/list-good-bacteria-7771.html

Of course, nature has provided natural antibiotics for us to use.  Unfortunately, most people don’t know much about natural remedies.  Most people just go to their doctor to get a pill.  If you begin to include natural antibiotics into your daily life, you can boost your health and avoid bacterial infections that require antibiotics.  Below is an article that lists 10 natural antibiotics.  Pick a few that you like and put them in your kitchen.  You’ll be healthier.

(from realfarmacy.com)
“Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure out how to fight them. A future where bacteria are at the top of the food chain is not unheard of.

Long before there were pharmaceutical antibiotics – developed in the 1940s, there were foods and herbs that helped guard against infection and disease on a daily basis. Many of these natural defenders are still in use today with holistic healers around the globe.

Our ancestors also had a solution for healing, using antibiotics from nature and it would be good to remind ourselves who these antibiotics are and possibly think about using them in case of an illness.

Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills

Oregano and the oil of oregano
You’ve probably used oregano as a flavoring in your favorite Italian dishes without even realizing the health benefits that it contains. Beyond its antibacterial properties, oregano can help with digestion and aid in weight loss. An oil that is found in oregano, Carvacrol, has been found to fight the bacteria that can lead to infections. The oil of oregano has been found to treat digestive infections, and even one particular yeast infection. It is more than just a food flavoring.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
The far-reaching benefits of daily doses of apple cider vinegar (ACV) include antibiotic and antiseptic properties, naturally alkalizing your system, and can aid you in everything from managing your weight to lowering cholesterol and your risk of cancer.

A chemical-free astringent, ACV can be used topically to disinfect and sterilize.

Honey
Ancient Romans used honey on the battlefield to treat wounds and prevent infection.

Civilizations all over the world continue to consider honey one of the best natural antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man after thousands of years.

New Zealand’s Manuka honey has been proven to have the highest levels of antioxidants and curative powers.

An enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide. This process helps your body fight infection and prevents the growth of bacteria. Soothing to the digestive system, honey removes toxins from the blood and helps your liver operate more efficiently.

A great boost to the immune system, consider combining honey with cinnamon to strengthen your white blood cells! Raw, organic honey is the best option since most pasteurization methods kills the antioxidant effects.

Turmeric
This spice isn’t just rich in color and flavor, but it also products your body against harm. Turmeric and be both consumed and applied externally, making it a great choice for fighting against bacteria. For extra benefit, from combining two bacteria fighting substances, you can mix turmeric with honey and create a paste to apply to infected areas on your skin.

You can protect your body against infections and bacteria based sicknesses by taking advantage of these safe and natural remedies that are available in the average kitchen. Protect your body without the use of prescription drugs by using honey, oregano, garlic, echinacea, and turmeric.

Garlic
Flavorful and wonderful on a piece of butter toast, this plant also has very powerful qualities to it. Garlic can fight such simple infections as the common cold, pushing the germs away before they have a change to disrupt your life. Using the allicin that it contains, garlic protects against yeast, parasites, bacteria, and more. If you are looking for a simple way to live healthier, add more garlic to your diet.

 

Grapefruit Seed Extract
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites.

High in many antioxidants, GSE boosts immunity, alkalizes the body naturally, and aids in digestion by improving your beneficial gut flora.

Echinacea
So, you might not have as much experience with this product, but it is a safe herb that is found in many kitchens. The consumption of this herb has been proven to reduce the amount of colds that a person deals with in their life, and shorten the colds that the person does have to face. This herb is a great choice when taken as a preventative measure.

Cabbage
There are sulfur compounds found in cabbage – a member of the cruciferous family that includes broccoli and kale – that have been shown effective as cancer fighters.

What many people don’t realize is how much vitamin C is found in cabbage. One cup provides 75% of what you need every day.

Naturally antibacterial, eating shredded raw cabbage in your salad, as a side dish in the form of slaw, or drinking fresh cabbage juice (with honey added to sweeten) is an excellent way to improve digestion, prevent disease, and even manage your weight!

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
There is not enough that can be said for the benefits of coconut oil. It has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants you can’t find anywhere else in nature.

Use it to boost your immune system, balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, and even improve brain function. Safe to use internally and externally, coconut oil is one of the most versatile and unique gifts from Mother Nature.

Stir a spoonful into your morning coffee for added energy and a clearer head all day.

Fermented food
Unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir and probiotic yogurts, all of these renew our intestinal flora, protects us from cancer and keeps our body fit to fight off infections.

Colloidal Silver
A natural antibiotic, colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid that have been used for centuries.

This treatment is temporary since too much silver – a heavy metal – can be toxic. However, it disables the enzyme that single-cell bacteria require to multiply. Deprived of their oxygen supply, the bacteria and viruses are destroyed without damage to you.”

 

Sources and References:
https://naturalnews.com
https://www.healthy-holistic-living.com
https://www.myhealthwire.com
https://higherperspective.coml
https://www.coolhealthyrecipes.com

I like all of the above.  I take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every morning.  I often cook with garlic and turmeric.  I put honey (real honey) in my tea, and sometimes I just take a teaspoonful.  So tasty.

If you’re ready to get healthy, give me a call, text, or email.  We’ll put together a program using multiple health modalities including massage therapy, personal training, detox, nutritional supplementation, and clean eating.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
310.413.0514
Ultimate Health
https://ulti-health.com

May 18

Gut Health

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

How to Heal Your Gut

Most Natural Health Practitioners will tell you that all disease begins in the gut.  Think about that.  It’s a pretty important statement.  With all the diseases (dis-ease) we have in our society today, wouldn’t it be nice if we could trace everything back to a common source?

The way I see it, our health, or lack of health, comes primarily from the food we eat.  We eat food.  The nutrients get absorbed (if our gut is working correctly.)  The nutrients get transported to all parts of our bodies, allowing those body parts and systems to work correctly and do the job of keeping us healthy.

So, dis-ease happens when our body parts and body systems aren’t working correctly.  This happens, I believe, when we eat unhealthy food or when the nutrients we eat are not being correctly absorbed which leads to a host of health issues.  These health issues can present themselves in any number of ways including joint issues (arthritis), blood sugar and pancreas issues (diabetes), heart issues, cholesterol issues, blood pressure issues, cancer, nervous system disorders, brain disorders, intestinal issues, etc.

Rather than treating the disease with drugs (which are inherently toxic to your system), I usually first look at the gut.  If we can heal the gut and get it working correctly, that could clear up a lot of our health issues.  Then, we can go back and look at your symptoms and see which are still present.

How do we heal the gut?  Today, I want to talk about three things:  probiotics, herbs and spices, and essential oils.

Probiotics
Probiotics are live, good bacteria needed to keep your gut healthy.  Probiotics have become quite popular over the past few years, and I am a proponent.  Many people have taken antibiotics for an illness.  In doing so, they are killing both the bad bacteria and the good.  Hence the need for probiotics.  Common probiotics include:  Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium.

Some health issues that probiotics help include:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites)
  • Antibiotic-related diarrhea
  • Skin conditions, like eczema
  • Urinary and vaginal health
  • Preventing allergies and colds
  • Oral health

Probiotics can be taken in liquid or pill form or can also be found in foods such as:

  • Yogurt. dairy product made from fermented milk.
  • Kefir. ferTmented milk drink.
  • Sauerkraut. finely shredded cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria.
  • Tempeh.
  • Kimchi.
  • Miso.
  • Kombucha.
  • Pickles.


Herbs and Spices

The following comes from GutHealthProject.com

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Just as you are what you eat, your gut health can control more in your body than you can possibly imagine. By becoming mindful of the foods that you put into your body, you can do wonders to heal yourself from the inside out. Promoting a healthy gastrointestinal tract can directly resolve a number of troubling issues in your body, such as: bloating, gas, constipation and inflammation.

From the food that you eat to the life that you live, there are a number of factors that can take a toll on your overall gut health. Simply consuming these 7 essential herbs and spices can have you feeling happy and healthy in no time all while healing your body. Here is the list of spices and herbs that can change your life:

1. Turmeric

This commonly used Indian spice works to aid digestion while soothing your digestive tract as an added bonus. Turmeric has long since been used to settle the stomach for the reason being that its astringency works to maintain the balance of stomach acid. An anti-inflammatory spice like this is great for healing, but it’s important to note that too much of a good thing can also affect the body. Practice its use in moderation so that you can receive all the many benefits of this wonderful spice.

2. Cumin

This is a common spice in many Hispanic dishes that is excellent for eliminating bloating and gas after a meal. Cumin works to stimulate your digestion, and serves as a natural laxative to prevent constipation. Which if not relieved can lead to painful hemorrhoids.

3. Fennel

Originally found in Mediterranean cultures, fennel is used for a number of culinary and medicinal purposes. Fennel can be found as an ingredient in many popular antacids, prized for its ability in calming indigestion, along with relief of constipation and flatulence.

4. Ginger

Regarded by many for its abilities to relieve gastrointestinal distress, this healing spice is also trusted by many to cure nausea—especially in pregnant woman. For centuries people have relied on ginger to quiet their queasiness, but this amazing spice also works as an antispasmodic agent to calm your intestinal system and prevent diarrhea.

5. Coriander

Although many may confuse this seed with the leafy plant (cilantro) that grows from it, coriander contains powerful gut health benefits. In a recent study, after 8 weeks of use among subjects suffering from irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), coriander helped to ease the pain and discomfort of IBS sufferers three times as much compared to placebo users.

6. Cayenne

Contrary to the popular misconception that intensely spiced flavor can lead to indigestion, a spice like cayenne actually works to ease digestion. This digestive stimulant encourages healthy food flow, while activating the proper production of digestive acids, and can even help to repair a damaged gut.

7. Peppermint

This potent plant is known by many for its breath-freshening purposes, but it can also be used like an internal workout for your body. Peppermint works to tone and strengthen your liver, stomach and intestinal tract all while relieving the symptoms associated with indigestion.


Essential Oils

According to Dr. Eric L. Zielinski, the following essential oils can help heal the gut:

  • Anise
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Peppermint
  • Tarragon
  • Thyme
  • Lavender
  • Cumin
  • Clove
  • Tea Tree
  • Oregano
  • Bitter Orange

The types of gut issues that essential oils can help include:

  • SIBO & Dysbiosis – an overgrowth of bad bacteria
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • GERD – acid reflux
  • Nausea
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome
  • Yeast Infections
  • Candida
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Stomachaches
  • Diarrhea

Essential oils can be taken internally in capsule form or topically.  They can also be put in a diffuser and used as an inhaler in aromatherapy.
Essential oils are quite potent, so you need to take care in using them.  They should not be used in the eyes, ears, or in open wounds.  If used topically, essential oils should be mixed with a carrier oil.  If taken internally, they should be mixed with an oil (ie. coconut oil) or something like honey, etc.

Many essential oils have the following healing properties:

  • antimicrobial
  • antibiotic
  • carminitive
  • aromatic
  • disinfectant
  • anti-inflammatory
  • muscle relaxant
  • antifungal
  • gastroprotective
  • chemopreventive
  • antispasmodic

As you can see, there are many natural ways for you to help with gut issues.  By healing your gut, you may also allow your body to heal other dis-eases in your body.

Natural products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  That being said, I don’t focus on treating any dis-ease.  I look at how natural products can help promote the health of certain body parts or body systems that can lead to health issues.

I suggest adding probiotic foods to your diet.  I suggest using more herbs and spices in your cooking.  Try that first.  Buy a diffuser and some essential oils, and try some aromatherapy.  A diffuser is a much better choice than using a chemical air freshener.

If you’d like to talk to me about getting healthy, please call, text, or email me.  We can put together a holistic wellness program that combines massage, exercise, detox, nutritional supplementation, aromatherapy, etc.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
310.413.0514
Ultimate Health
www.ulti-health.com

May 18

Natural Antibiotics

By Bill Shuttic | Uncategorized

Natural Antibiotics

I’m sure you’ve gone to the doctor and gotten antibiotics for some health issue.  The problem is that we’ve reached a point where antibiotics are so over-prescribed that it may be causing the emergence of super bugs that are immune to antibiotics.   What happens when antibiotics don’t work anymore?

Antibiotics only work against infections caused by bacteria, fungi and certain parasites. They don’t work against any infections caused by viruses. Viruses cause colds, the flu and most coughs and sore throats.

Also, antibiotics kill ALL bacteria – both good and bad.  Therefore, when we take antibiotics to kill the bad bacteria, we’re also killing the good bacteria.  We need good bacteria to be healthy.  This is probably one reason why probiotics have become so popular over the past few years.  Probiotics help rebuild the good bacteria in your gut.  https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/list-good-bacteria-7771.html

Of course, nature has provided natural antibiotics for us to use.  Unfortunately, most people don’t know much about natural remedies.  Most people just go to their doctor to get a pill.  If you begin to include natural antibiotics into your daily life, you can boost your health and avoid bacterial infections that require antibiotics.  Below is an article that lists 10 natural antibiotics.  Pick a few that you like and put them in your kitchen.  You’ll be healthier.

(from realfarmacy.com)
“Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure out how to fight them. A future where bacteria are at the top of the food chain is not unheard of.

Long before there were pharmaceutical antibiotics – developed in the 1940s, there were foods and herbs that helped guard against infection and disease on a daily basis. Many of these natural defenders are still in use today with holistic healers around the globe.

Our ancestors also had a solution for healing, using antibiotics from nature and it would be good to remind ourselves who these antibiotics are and possibly think about using them in case of an illness.

Natural Antibiotics That Our Ancestors Used Instead of Pills

Oregano and the oil of oregano
You’ve probably used oregano as a flavoring in your favorite Italian dishes without even realizing the health benefits that it contains. Beyond its antibacterial properties, oregano can help with digestion and aid in weight loss. An oil that is found in oregano, Carvacrol, has been found to fight the bacteria that can lead to infections. The oil of oregano has been found to treat digestive infections, and even one particular yeast infection. It is more than just a food flavoring.

Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
The far-reaching benefits of daily doses of apple cider vinegar (ACV) include antibiotic and antiseptic properties, naturally alkalizing your system, and can aid you in everything from managing your weight to lowering cholesterol and your risk of cancer.

A chemical-free astringent, ACV can be used topically to disinfect and sterilize.

Honey
Ancient Romans used honey on the battlefield to treat wounds and prevent infection.

Civilizations all over the world continue to consider honey one of the best natural antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man after thousands of years.

New Zealand’s Manuka honey has been proven to have the highest levels of antioxidants and curative powers.

An enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide. This process helps your body fight infection and prevents the growth of bacteria. Soothing to the digestive system, honey removes toxins from the blood and helps your liver operate more efficiently.

A great boost to the immune system, consider combining honey with cinnamon to strengthen your white blood cells! Raw, organic honey is the best option since most pasteurization methods kills the antioxidant effects.

Turmeric
This spice isn’t just rich in color and flavor, but it also products your body against harm. Turmeric and be both consumed and applied externally, making it a great choice for fighting against bacteria. For extra benefit, from combining two bacteria fighting substances, you can mix turmeric with honey and create a paste to apply to infected areas on your skin.

You can protect your body against infections and bacteria based sicknesses by taking advantage of these safe and natural remedies that are available in the average kitchen. Protect your body without the use of prescription drugs by using honey, oregano, garlic, echinacea, and turmeric.

Garlic
Flavorful and wonderful on a piece of butter toast, this plant also has very powerful qualities to it. Garlic can fight such simple infections as the common cold, pushing the germs away before they have a change to disrupt your life. Using the allicin that it contains, garlic protects against yeast, parasites, bacteria, and more. If you are looking for a simple way to live healthier, add more garlic to your diet.

 

Grapefruit Seed Extract
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites.

High in many antioxidants, GSE boosts immunity, alkalizes the body naturally, and aids in digestion by improving your beneficial gut flora.

Echinacea
So, you might not have as much experience with this product, but it is a safe herb that is found in many kitchens. The consumption of this herb has been proven to reduce the amount of colds that a person deals with in their life, and shorten the colds that the person does have to face. This herb is a great choice when taken as a preventative measure.

Cabbage
There are sulfur compounds found in cabbage – a member of the cruciferous family that includes broccoli and kale – that have been shown effective as cancer fighters.

What many people don’t realize is how much vitamin C is found in cabbage. One cup provides 75% of what you need every day.

Naturally antibacterial, eating shredded raw cabbage in your salad, as a side dish in the form of slaw, or drinking fresh cabbage juice (with honey added to sweeten) is an excellent way to improve digestion, prevent disease, and even manage your weight!

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
There is not enough that can be said for the benefits of coconut oil. It has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants you can’t find anywhere else in nature.

Use it to boost your immune system, balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, and even improve brain function. Safe to use internally and externally, coconut oil is one of the most versatile and unique gifts from Mother Nature.

Stir a spoonful into your morning coffee for added energy and a clearer head all day.

Fermented food
Unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir and probiotic yogurts, all of these renew our intestinal flora, protects us from cancer and keeps our body fit to fight off infections.

Colloidal Silver
A natural antibiotic, colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid that have been used for centuries.

This treatment is temporary since too much silver – a heavy metal – can be toxic. However, it disables the enzyme that single-cell bacteria require to multiply. Deprived of their oxygen supply, the bacteria and viruses are destroyed without damage to you.”

 

Sources and References:
https://naturalnews.com
https://www.healthy-holistic-living.com
https://www.myhealthwire.com
https://higherperspective.coml
https://www.coolhealthyrecipes.com

I like all of the above.  I take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every morning.  I often cook with garlic and turmeric.  I put honey (real honey) in my tea, and sometimes I just take a teaspoonful.  So tasty.

If you’re ready to get healthy, give me a call, text, or email.  We’ll put together a program using multiple health modalities including massage therapy, personal training, detox, nutritional supplementation, and clean eating.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
310.413.0514
Ultimate Health
https://ulti-health.com

May 17

Fasting – Good or Bad

By Bill Shuttic | Uncategorized

For years, there has always been differing opinions as to whether fasting is good for you or not.  Is it healthy or unhealthy?  Typically, from what I’ve seen, doctors who practice western allopathic medicine tend to believe that fasting is harmful.  Eastern and natural medicine practitioners tend to lean toward using fasting to improve health.  Fifteen years ago, I learned that fasting is good for you because it clears the toxins from your body and boosts your immune system.  Unfortunately, every time I tried to explain that position to people, I would get hammered by doctors and people who were told by their doctors that fasting was harmful.

People have been fasting for thousands of years both for health and for religious purposes.  Others have fasted for political reasons.  Moses fasted forty days.  Jesus fasted forty days.  Gandhi twice fasted for three weeks.

Recently, I read an article about how a 3-day fast can regenerate your entire immune system.

“Although fasting diets have been criticized for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.

Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.

It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.

The researchers say fasting “flips a regenerative switch” which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.

And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting.

Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or ageing, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.”

This is great news.  I always enjoy when science catches up with things we promote in natural health.  Some of you may have heard of Paul Bragg.  He’s famous for his apple cider vinegar.  He also wrote a book called The Miracle of Fasting.  He was one of the original health gurus in the early to mid 20th century.  Let me tell you what Paul was saying about fasting over 50 years ago: (from The Miracle of Fasting)

“Fasting is the best detoxifying method.  It’s also the most effective and safest way to increase elimination of waste buildups and enhance the body’s miraculous self-healing and self-repairing process that keeps you healthy and youthful.  A moderate, well-planned distilled water fast is our favorite.  It can cleanse your body of excess mucus, old fecal matter, trapped cellular, non-food wastes and help remove inorganic mineral deposits and sludge from your pipes and joints.

Fasting works by self-digestion.  During a fast your body intuitively will decompose and burn only the substances and tissues that are damaged, diseased or unneeded, such as abscesses, tumors, excess fat deposits, excess water, and congestive wastes.  Even a short fast (1-3 days) will accelerate elimination from your liver, kidneys, lungs, bloodstream, and skin.  Sometimes you will experience dramatic changes (cleansing and healing crisis) as accumulated wastes are expelled.  With your first fast, you may temporarily have cleansing headaches, fatigue, body odor, bad breath, coated tongue, mouth sores, and even diarrhea as your body is cleaning house.  Please be patient with your body!”

Isn’t it amazing that today’s science and medicine is saying the same thing that Paul Bragg and others have been saying for almost a hundred years.

That being said, I don’t typically tell my clients to jump into a water fast without their doctor’s supervision.  In today’s world, so many people have health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. so a fast may be too much for your system.  I normally have people try a juice fast first, and see how that goes.  You also have to make sure that you start your fast correctly and finish your fast correctly.  After fasting for a few days, you don’t want to break your fast with a pizza and soda!  Avoid animal products when breaking a fast.  It is better to break a fast with soup, broth, lightly cooked vegetables, and a little fruit.

I also want to say that fasting is not a diet plan.  You will lose weight if you fast, but that is not really the purpose of a fast.  We want to cleanse our system which will help boost our immune system.
There are still different ideas on how to do a fast.  Some people will fast three days per month.  Something I’ve seen picking up in popularity is the 5-2 plan, where you eat five days then fast for two.  For some people, a juice fast is a good way to start.  Since everyone is different, my suggestion is to see what works for you.  What I will say is that doing a fast is like driving through a tunnel.  During the fast, you may feel ill, but when you finish, you should feel healthier, more energetic, and clearer thinking.

Here are some interesting quotes about fasting over thousands of years:

“Fasting is the greatest remedy– the physician within.”

Philippus Paracelsus, one of the three fathers of Western medicine


 

“Instead of using medicine, better fast today.”

Plutarch, a Greek biographer and moralist


 

“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”

Benjamin Franklin


 

“Everyone has a doctor in him; we just have to help him in his work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. …to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.”

Hippocrates, one of the three fathers of Western medicine


 

“A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors.”

Mark Twain, in My Debut As a Literary Person


 

“Nature heals, the doctor helps!”

Paracelsus, writing about activating
the “doctor inside”, or our own healing nature


 

“Every fool can fast, but only the wise man knows how to break a fast.”

G.B. Shaw, writer


 

“Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor.”

Egyptian pyramid inscription, 3800 B.C.

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If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to starting getting healthy, please give me a call, text or email.  We can work on detox, exercise, massage, and supplementation.

Be Healthy!

Bill Shuttic
310.413.0514
Ultimate Health & Wellness
https://ulti-health.com

May 12

Weight Loss – You May Be Doing It All Wrong

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

Weight Loss (and Metabolism)

We just recently finished an 8-week weight-loss community challenge with the Biggest Loser.  The goal was to get people to lose weight, not by focusing on weight-loss, per se, but by focusing on being healthy.  Because, if you work on being healthy and you are overweight, then you will begin to lose weight.

When I introduce people to my Complete Wellness System, I don’t necessarily focus on their particular health issue.  I focus on making the body healthy.  So, if you’re trying to lose weight, the last thing you want to do is go on a weight-loss diet fad.  It’s been proven time and again that they don’t work.  The idea is not to kill yourself for three months to lose weight and then go back to your old unhealthy habits.  Guess what?  You’ll gain the weight back.  The idea is to change the way you think about health and weight-loss, make permanent healthy changes to your life, and the rest will fall into place.

 

There was an article out recently in the NY Times where they went back and checked on all the people who had won the Biggest Loser tv show.  It turns out that most of them gained a lot of the weight back.  Some are even heavier now than they were before the show!  The article talked about how the people had lowered their metabolism and because of that, so many of their calories were turning to fat.  Without getting too deep into the weeds, the article focused on the old theory of calories in vs. calories out.  Let me tell you why I think this is wrong.

 

First of all, all calories are not the same.  Compare a 2,000 calorie diet of fresh fruits and vegetables versus a 2,000 calorie diet of cake and ice cream.  Huge difference.  One diet is full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc.  The other is full of empty calories.  It’s kind of a silly comparison, but I think you get my point.  Dr. Katz puts it this way:

“…you’ll look at the literature at large that a diet made up mostly of, and folks, here’s the epiphany, shocker, diet made up mostly of vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds with or without fish and seafood, with or without dairy, with or without some lean meat and poultry, with or without eggs, but mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds, and when you’re thirsty, drink water, that’s it.  That’s the formula.  We don’t need to bog down into cutting saturated fat or not.  The answer is if you eat those foods mostly, your diet is low in saturated fat.”

The same goes with sodium and sugar.  The point is that if you eat healthy, you don’t have to worry about fat, salt, sugar, etc.  Therefore, I try not to count calories.  It puts your mind in the wrong place and gets your focus off the important stuff.  Typically, when people try to lose weight, they try to cut calories.  Here’s the problem.  If you’re eating a diet high in calories with no nutritional value, and you reduce those calories, are you getting any more nutritional value?  No.  You’re just eating less junk food.  And if you reduce your calories too much, your body will go into starvation mode and hang on to your fat storage in order to keep you from dying.  It will reduce your metabolism to save energy.  By cutting your calories too much, you’re resetting your metabolism at a lower rate, so when you start eating again, you’ll get fatter faster!

 

So what do we do to lose weight and keep it off?  I look at the type of food you’re eating and the nutrients you’re putting into your body.  Here are some of the nutrients needed for weight management:

Asparagine:  an amino acid that increases insulin sensitivity which helps your body store energy in muscle rather than fat.

Biotin:  improves glycemic control (stabilizes blood sugar) and lowers insulin.  It boosts metabolism

Carnitine:  Helps to reduce belly fat (visceral adiposity).  Carries fatty acids into the cell where they are burned for fuel.

Calcium:  inhibits the formation of fat cells and helps burn fat cells.

Lipoic Acid:  helps burn carbs more efficiently and improves glucose uptake into cells.

Chromium:  makes body more sensitive to insulin which helps reduce body fat and increase muscle.

Vitamin B5:  activates the enzyme lipase which burns fat.

Magnesium:  increases insulin sensitivity by stimulating metabolism.  Low magnesium impairs your ability to use glucose for fuel, instead storing it as fat.

Glutamine:  Reduces fat mass by improving glucose uptake into the muscle.

Cysteine:  reduces body fat in obese people

Inositol:  may increase adiponectin levels.  Adiponectin is a weight-loss hormone secreted by fat cells.

Vitamin B3 (niacin):  increases adiponectin.  Niacin bound with chromium can reduce body weight.

Vitamin A:  reduces size of fat cells, and reduces a person’s tendency to store food as fat.

Vitamin E:  inhibits pre-fat cells from changing into mature fat cells, reducing body fat.

Vitamin D:  deficiency in D linked to poor metabolism of carbs.

Vitamin K:  helps metabolize sugars.  Deficiency linked to excess fat tissue.

Zinc:  deficiency reduces leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite.

(list provided by Spectracell Labs)

 

You may notice that a lot of these nutrients affect insulin.  Insulin plays a key role in fat metabolism (and diabetes.)  So, my question to you is this, are you getting the nutrients you need (whether in food or supplements) that help you lose weight?  My guess is no.

Another factor in weight-loss is boosting your metabolism.  Some of the nutrients that help boost metabolism include:

Capsicum: a fruit extract from hot peppers.  Helps manage appetite and increases thermogenesis.

Garcinia Cambogia: from a tropical fruit.  The main ingredient is hydroxycitric acid (you may have heard of Hydroxy-cut.)

Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA):  found in meat and dairy and some vegetable oils.  Helps maintain normal fat metabolism and muscle.

 

What is the answer to losing weight?  First, stop counting calories.  You’re looking in the wrong place.  Focus on the calorie to nutrient ratio.

Next, do a detox to get rid of all the toxins in your body that are slowing down your system.  By the way, toxins are stored in fat cells, so getting rid of toxins and fat cells go hand-in-hand.  By removing toxins from your system, it allows your internal organs to operate more efficiently.

Next, get rid of all the junk food in your house.  If it’s in your cupboard, it’s more likely than not that you’re going to eat it in your hour of weakness.

Next, go to your farmers market and buy locally grown fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

Next, get a high-quality vitamin/mineral supplement that has all (or most) of the items listed above.  (I have a special Weight Management formula that I sell that expressly focuses on nutrients needed for weight loss.)

Next, exercise a little.  Anything is better than nothing.  Walk around the block a few times.  Go to the gym.  Bike, jog, rollerblade, dance.  Whatever you can do, move your body!

Next, when eating, think about portion control and glycemic index.  Don’t over-eat.  Eat slowly to give your brain time to realize that you’ve had enough.  If you eat too quickly, you’ll over-eat.  Eat foods lower on the glycemic index.  The glycemic index ranks the amount of carbs in food.  The lower the number, the better.  Under 55 is considered good.  The foods with a low glycemic index are more slowly digested, absorbed, and metabolized, and cause a lower rise in blood sugar.

 

There you have it.  This is a brief and simple way for you to begin losing weight.  Give it a try and let me know how it goes.  I have workouts online if you want to workout at home.  I have pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements if you need some.  If you need a diet plan specifically for you, we can do that.  If you want more information, I wrote a book on how to lose weight naturally.  You can download it from my website.  www.ulti-health.com.

 

Feb 12

The Truth About Cholesterol

By Bill Shuttic | Uncategorized

Do you have high cholesterol?  Are you worried that your high cholesterol could lead to heart disease, stroke, or high blood pressure?  What would you say if I told you that cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease?!

For the past half-century, most doctors and researchers have focused on the idea that cardiovascular disease was linked to fat in the diet, and a high-fat diet causes high blood cholesterol.  High blood cholesterol then causes a buildup of plaque in the arteries which lead to atherosclerosis.  And atherosclerosis results in a heart attack, stroke, or high blood pressure.  I’m guessing this is what your doctors have told you.

Let me throw some facts at you…
Every year, conventional doctors write more than 50 million prescriptions for cholesterol-lowering drugs (which are inherently toxic to your system with harmful side effects.)

Nearly 75% of people who have heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels.

The University Hospital in Switzerland claimed they did not find any statistically significant link between cholesterol levels and coronary heart disease.

In February 2003, a study compared the Atkin’s Low-Carb diet and the American Heart Association’s Low-Fat diet.  The Atkins’ diet lead not only to greater weight loss but also lowered cholesterol.  *(There are some drawbacks to the Atkins’ diet, and the carbs referred to are simple carbs, not complex carbs.)

In May 2003, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study that found the Atkins’ diet was better than the American Heart Association’s Low-Fat diet with regard to both weight loss and blood fat improvement.

The Heritage Medical Center did a study on patients with Metabolic Syndrome and found that a Low-Carb diet reduced LDL by an average of 82% and increased HDL by an average of 30%.

In one study of 22 countries, Japan was found to have the lowest fat intake but had a 600% higher risk of heart disease than Mexico whose fat intake is 2750% higher than Japan.

Let’s look at history.  From World War 1 through the 1980’s, the death rate from heart attacks increased while fat intake decreased.  Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. increased about tenfold between 1930 and 1960, while consumption of animal fat decreased during the same period.

From the 1980’s until just recently, the medical community has been telling us to be on a Low-Fat diet in order to have better heart health.  During that time, heart disease and strokes have skyrocketed as have such things like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ADHD, obesity, etc.

So what’s the deal?  Research is now showing that plaque buildup is dangerous and can cause heart disease but not the presence of cholesterol itself.  It turns out that fat and cholesterol play an essential role in health.  (This is something Natural Health Practitioners have been taught for years.)

Cholesterol is manufactured in the body in the liver.  It provides energy to cells.  It helps make cell membranes.  It assists in the formation of sheaths around nerves.  And cholesterol plays a vital role in the production of estrogen, progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, and cortisol.  Think about that for a minute.  Cholesterol (and fat) affect nerves.  Nerve issues could lead to things like tingling in the hands and feet, restless leg syndrome, neuropathy, Parkinson’s, etc.  Cholesterol affects hormones.  What’s been popular the last couple years?  Hormone replacement therapy, testosterone shots for men, adrenal fatigue, estrogen and progesterone treatment, etc.  Low cholesterol has been linked to reduced levels of serotonin and an increase in depression.  How many people are taking antidepressants these days?

I want to speak briefly on cholesterol-lowering drugs and blood pressure pills.  The US FDA reports that 20 million Americans are taking statins.  The side effects of statins include liver toxicity, digestive issues, rashes, blurred vision, muscle weakness, high blood pressure, and kidney failure.  Hundreds of people have died from taking statin drugs such as Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, and Zocor.  Keep in mind, statins are by nature toxic to your liver.  Your liver is your body’s main detoxifier and the liver makes cholesterol.  Statin drugs also reduce your body’s amount of CoQ10 (by as much as 40%) which is an antioxidant that is essential for heart health.  One study showed that statins reduced antioxidant levels by 22%.  Antioxidants are needed to fight free radical damage.

Another study showed Zocor increased insulin levels by 13%.  Increasing insulin levels increases your risk of heart disease, hypertension, obesity, insulin resistance, and Type 2 diabetes.

If you have high blood pressure, you may have been prescribed calcium channel blockers, ACE inhibitors, Beta blockers, or diuretics.  Side effects of calcium channel blockers include headache, flushing, constipation, nausea, elevated cholesterol, edema, and low blood pressure.  It could also increase your risk of a heart attack by 60%!

Side effects from ACE inhibitors include dry cough, reduced appetite, mineral deficiencies, kidney damage, and reduced white blood cell count.

Side effects from Beta blockers include fatigue, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, depression, impotence, cold extremities, an increase in triglycerides, and a decrease in HDL (good cholesterol).

Diuretics can have side effects such as weakness, dehydration, gouty arthritis, muscle cramps, diarrhea, joint pain, and vomiting.

So the question is – what is the answer?  First, a blood test can give you a good view of your cardiovascular health.  You’ll want to check your levels of Homocysteine, C-reactive protein, CoQ10, Insulin, and VAP cholesterol.  Homocysteine is an excellent measure of antioxidant health as well as an actual indicator of cardiovascular inflammation.  High levels of Homocysteine can damage your arteries and can increase formation of arterial plaque.  It also makes your blood platelets sticky which increases the risk of blood clots, leading to heart attacks, stroke, and pulmonary embolism.

C-reactive protein levels rise when your body is experiencing inflammation.  It is released by the liver.  The higher the level of CRP, the higher your risk of a heart attack.  In today’s world, our bodies’ are often in a constant state of inflammation.  Do you have any health issues that end in “-itis”?  Arthritis, gastritis, colitis, diverticulitis, etc.  These are all inflammatory issues.

What else can you do?  Eat healthy food and exercise.  I don’t want to get too much into the food aspect of health here.  In brief, eat more fruits and vegetables, more raw food, less processed food, less sugar and simple carbs.  That’s a good start.

With regard to exercise, interval training is more effective in protecting your heart than either long-term cardio workouts or no workouts at all.  Interval training not only lowers cholesterol levels but it improves cholesterol ratios.  Studies have shown that interval training resulted in a drop in total cholesterol and a rise in the good HDL.

Interval training also helps maintain healthy testosterone levels.  A study in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that testosterone levels increase more in men who do interval training than in those doing cardio/endurance training.  Furthermore, the older the men, the more dramatic the results.

A Harvard study found that men who did interval training reduced their heart disease risk by 20%.

With regard to weight loss, interval training is more effective than endurance exercises.  How does that work, exactly?  Researchers at Colorado State University measured how long we burn fat after working out.  After doing interval training, they found that participants were still burning fat sixteen hours after the exercise.  Their fat oxidation was up by 62%, and their resting metabolic rate rose 4 percent.

Another study by Laval University in Quebec took two groups – one group cycled for 45 minutes straight without stopping.  The other cycled in short bursts of 15-90 seconds with a rest in between.  The results?  The long-duration group burned twice as many calories as the interval group, BUT the short-interval group lost more fat!  In fact, for every calorie burned, the interval group lost nine times more fat!

So, to strengthen your heart, lose more weight, and reduce your cholesterol levels, the best method of working out is interval training.  This is why I use what is commonly known as HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training.

I hope this makes you stop and think about how to stay healthy, lose weight, and lower your cholesterol.  I’m not a big fan of pharmaceuticals, because there are so many side effects, and there are so many other natural means of being healthy.  If you’d like to talk to me about your health, please give me a call or send me an email.

To Your Health,
Bill
310-413-0514
bill@ulti-health.com
www.ulti-health.com

(*much of the information in this post comes from Dr. Al Sears)

Feb 04

Essential Oils

By Bill Shuttic | Blog

essential oil

Essential Oil

Essential oils are one of many modalities I use to promote health.  Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in places like Cyprus, Pompeii, and ancient Egypt.  They were also used in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine.  Where do essential oils come from?  They are extracted from plants, trees, roots, nuts, leaves, bark, etc.  Oils can be used internally or externally.  They can be used in extracts, poultices, salves, and massage oil.  They can be mixed with things like honey, flax oil, or coconut oil to be eaten or put in tea.

I put Essential Oils in the same category as herbal therapy and aromatherapy.  For example, oregano can be a spice or an essential oil.  Oregano is also used in nutraceuticals.  Eucalyptus is used topically in massage oil and also used in diffusers for aromatherapy.    Lavender is used in aromatherapy to enhance sleep, improve mood, and decrease moodiness.  It is also used topically for cuts, burns, and various skin conditions.  Many of you know the story of Jesus where the Magi brought gifts including frankincense.  But did you know that recent research has suggested that frankincense can kill cancer cells and promote health in non-cancerous cells.

Some of the top essential oils include:

Clove

Eucalyptus

Frankincense

Lavender

Lemon

Oregano

Peppermint

Rosemary

Sandalwood

Tea Tree

According to BoiSource Naturals, compared to food and vitamins, essential oils have much more antioxidant capacity (antioxidants are needed to combat free radical damage.)  For example:

Food and Vitamins:

Vitamin E – 3,309

Pomogranates – 3,037

Blueberries – 2,400

Kale – 1,770

Essential Oils:

Clove – 1,078,700

Myrrh – 379,800

Coriander – 298,300

So, you can see the incredible amount of antioxidants contained in essential oils.

Let’s take a couple of samples.  The essential oil of Cloves is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, and antiseptic.  Many of today’s current diseases are inflammatory diseases.  (Anything that ends in “-itis” is inflammatory}.  As an anti-fungal, Clove oil is effective against such things as candida.  In dentistry, Clove oil was used for numbing and pain relief as well as slowing decay and de-mineralization.

Eucalyptus is one of my favorite essential oils.  It is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.  It is very effective in respiratory support because of its anti-inflammatory properties.  A recent study showed that inhaled eucalyptus oil was effective in treating COPD.  Eucalyptus is also an expectorant which comes in handy when you have a head cold or the flu.  You can also use eucalyptus as a scalp tonic by mixing it with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil.  It will help moisturize your scalp.  Personally, I put eucalyptus in my massage oil (along with some other essential oils), so that when you receive one of my massages, you are getting both the positive effects of aromatherapy and the external effects of the oil on your skin.

Frankincense has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for such things as wound healing, arthritis, and hormonal issues.  It has enormous anti-cancer potential, can boost immunity, and is anti-inflammatory and a pain-reliever.    Lab tests have shown that one of the main ingredients in Frankincense, boswellic acids, are cytotoxic to ovarian cancer.  Other studies have demonstrated similar effects on bladder, breast, colon, skin, stomach, and pancreatic cancers.  Hopefully, as science progresses, we will find more ways to utilize Frankincense in cancer treatment and other health treatments.

As you can see, essential oils offer a lot of health benefits for a myriad of health issues.  The quality of oils you use is very important.  Essential oils are highly concentrated, therefore there are right ways and wrong ways to use essential oils, so please consult a professional before using them (especially if you plan to take them internally.)