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Nutritional Sabotage? Our Own Worst Enemy

Nutritional Sabotage?

Nutritional sabotage is an excellent example of  the road to hell is paved with good intentions. 

We go on these fad diets, “healthy clean eating” programs, where we eliminate entire food groups. Are  we better off?

Let’s talk about a few examples.

No carb: the Go To diet for a very long time.

A few points.

The Moderation study: Dr Sara Seidelmann, clinical and research fellow in cardiovascular medicine from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston,  led the research. The study of more than 15,400 people in the US found that diets both low and high in carbohydrates were linked with an increase in mortality, while moderate consumers had the lowest risk of mortality.

These findings were confirmed in a meta-analysis of studies  ( study of hundreds of other studies combined ) including over 432,000 people from more than 20 countries. Bottom line results:

Average life expectancies for 50-year-olds:

Moderate carbohydrate intake – additional 33 years

Very low carbohydrate intake- 29 years

High carbohydrate intake – 32 years

Nutritional sabotage? an excellent example here. The millions of people who do not eat carbs for instant gratification of weight loss – these studies seem to confirm nutritional sabotage, albeit the very best intentions. 

Again – we have to define a carb – of course we are not referring to and excuse for pizza & pasta parties, chips, junk food. That’s another form of nutritional sabotage. When we say carbs – we are referring to fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes & beans……

nutritional sabotage inflammation oxidative stressBrain food: Our brains consume up to 20% of the energy used by the entire human body, more than any other organ. The brain is about  2% of body weight, but receives 15% of the cardiac output and uses 20% of the total body oxygen consumption. Rather needy organ! The brain uses about 25% of the total body glucose (from carbs) utilization. Junk carbs are terrible for the brain in a number of ways (oxidative stress and inflammation), yet those good carbs we are talking about are vital. The body can use ketones (from a deprivation of good carbs) as an energy source….let’s just say not a preferred source, we can talk about this in another blog. 

Dairy: Another popular belief is to eliminate dairy. Truthfully, I was devastated when Canada removed dairy from the food guide. I am all for getting people to eat more legumes, plant based foods. Fact is like other foods, moderation is key. Dairy is still an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D, protein, micronutrients….supports bone growth, hormone production, a very long list. I do not think it is realistic for children to eat enough legumes, oily fish to compensate. Dairy is also, according to numerous studies, to have a role in diabetes prevention. Once again – we are saying moderation – and we are not talking bowls and bowls of sugary fatty ice cream, 18% cream in our coffee…..But a bowl of greek yogurt has endless nutritional benefits – including a natural food source of probiotics (mix in some oatmeal for the prebiotics), protein and precious enzymes, coenzymes and micronutrients. And please, don’t fool yourself about giving your kids calcium from those chocolate spreads…… 

There are benefits to being a vegetarian – if people are doing it properly – and not living on a diet of pasta and potatoes. Are they eating fish, nuts, seeds, legumes, fruits & vegetables? With many people – being vegetarian is nutritional sabotage, they frequently are low in B12, calcium and the iron in vegan foods is not as easily absorbed by the body as the iron from animal sources – there is a real skill necessary for a healthy vegan or vegetarian diet. However, eliminating all animal products from the diet increases the risk of certain nutritional deficiencies.  From the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Micronutrients of special concern for the vegan include vitamins B-12 and D, calcium, and long-chain n-3 (omega-3) fatty acids. Unless vegans regularly consume foods that are fortified with these nutrients, appropriate supplements should be consumed. In some cases, iron and zinc status of vegans may also be of concern because of the limited bioavailability of these minerals.”

I recently did an interview with Dr. Ross Grant, on the importance of NAD to lower oxidative stress, which can lead to chronic inflammation, in our diets, NAD is a coenzyme our bodies can assemble. However, we need to assure our body is getting the precursors it needs to manufacture the NAD: Yeast, niacin, Nicotinamide Riboside (NR) from cow’s milk, fish, chicken……..what happens if we eliminate entire food groups? 

Points to ponder…..its not just about popping a multivitamin for vitamins and minerals that might be missing in our diets. There are hundreds of more examples here. Our bodies are a symphony of chemical reactions, fuelled by enzymes and coenzymes we need to assemble. Food and exercise are  our very best medicines. Exercise needs to be efficiently fueled too. Don’t just look at the immediate results  – look at the longer picture of health. Make sure your best intentions are not nutritional sabotage. 

 

The supplement like a flu shot against oxidative stress…..

Why are we not controlling chronic illness? We must control the wildfire of inflammation and lower oxidative stress. We know oxidative stress is at the root of chronic illness such as cancer, heart disease, depression….We take a flu shot to prevent the flu – one simple supplement to lower your oxidative stress by as much as 40%.    7 patents, 24 peer reviewed studies on pubmed, accolades from American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, National Institute on Aging….Washington State: “may well become the most extraordinary therapeutic and most extraordinary preventative breakthrough in the history of medicine.”

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Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care recovery, medical exercise, holistic nutrition, addiction recovery

Shira Litwack:  Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care prevention & management program design, health technologies, population health management on 3 continents.

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Reducing Oxidative Stress with NAD+

Reducing Oxidative Stress with NAD+ – Dr. Ross Grant

Reducing oxidative stress should be at the very top of our To Do list – which is why I dedicate so many shows & articles to the topic.

Recently we had an interview with Paula Norris Mestayer – talking about NAD+ and addiction recovery. Today, we are speaking with Dr. Ross Grant – from the land down under, about NAD+, and its role in the reduction of oxidative stress. 

I encourage everyone to go to the show page – look at the many interviews we have had with researchers from around the world on OS, because reducing OS in our bodies should be at  the top of our to do list. 

Reducing Oxidative Stress with NAD+ Dr. Ross GrantDr Grant is a Biochemical Pharmacologist in the School of Medical Sciences University of New South Wales, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Medical School and Head of the Australasian Research Institute at Sydney Adventist Hospital. Dr Grant’s research focusses on characterizing, at the molecular level, how lifestyle and environment (e.g. emotional stress, diet and exercise), produce changes in the body’s biochemistry that lead toward either health or disease; including oxidative stress, inflammation and changes in NAD(H) metabolism.

We discuss with Dr. Grant:

  • Feeding our bodies to assemble the precursors of NAD+
  • The roles of coenzyme NAD in the body – cognitive & physical
  • feeding the brain with nutrition, exercise & cognitive stimulation
  • Nutrition: what happens when we eliminate entire food groups because we think it is “healthy”?
  • NAD and Aging
  • drinking alcohol and inflammation in the brain – from the first glass
  • preventing DNA damage which passes on to new cells
  • The role of exercise
  • oxidative stress induced NAD+ depletion on health and brain cell survival
  • production of free radicals causing oxidative stress and free radicals

 

 

The supplement like a flu shot against oxidative stress…..

Why are we not controlling chronic illness? We must control the wildfire of inflammation and lower oxidative stress. We know oxidative stress is at the root of chronic illness such as cancer, heart disease, depression….We take a flu shot to prevent the flu – one simple supplement to lower your oxidative stress by as much as 40%.    7 patents, 24 peer reviewed studies on pubmed, accolades from American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, National Institute on Aging….Washington State: “may well become the most extraordinary therapeutic and most extraordinary preventative breakthrough in the history of medicine.”

calendly.com/Shira-Litwack

 

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care recovery, medical exercise, holistic nutrition, addiction recovery

Shira Litwack:  Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care prevention & management program design, health technologies, population health management on 3 continents.

There is an estimated 750 Billion dollars in U.S. health care waste every year. Our many technologies assure you are not contributing to that $750 billion. Health technology serving the continuum from prevention through chronic illness management. 

Lifestyle Management        Medical Cost Transparency     Best Specialists     Choosing benefits  Chronic Care Management

Articles featured in:  Corporate Wellness Association, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio

Surviving Kidney Disease

Surviving Kidney Disease – Dr. Michael Fisher

Surviving kidney disease: True stories of love, courage, hope,and heroism…And a roadmap for prevention

Battling a silent killer

Did you know that Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD):

  •  Affects 31 million Americans?
  •  Kills more of them each year than breast or prostate cancer?
  • Is linked to obesity and diabetes, both of which are skyrocketing?
  •  Is called “a silent killer” because most people are unaware of the threat—even a large percentage of those who have CKD!?

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What do our kidneys do?

The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs, each about the size of a computer mouse, located on the back side of the torso just inside the lower ribs. They are just as important to human survival as the heart or lungs. Without at least one functioning kidney, you’re dead. That’s because the kidneys:

 

  • Filter toxins and excess water from the blood for excretion as urine
  •  Maintain overall fluid and mineral balance in the body
  •  Regulate the body’s salt, potassium, and acid content- balancing electrolytes
  •  Help regulate blood pressure
  •  Create a hormone that helps to produce red blood cells
  •  Produce a form of Vitamin D that promotes bone health
  • Maintain a normal gastrointestinal biome, a balance of the trillions of bacteria living in our colon that are responsible for a strong immune system
Surviving Kidney Disease with Dr. Michael Fisher

Dr. Michael Fisher, co-founder of Santa Barbara Artificial Kidney Center and co- medical director of Acute Dialysis at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, has been treating patients with kidney disease since 1973. Alarmed by the increase in CKD, he has written a book to explain the causes, consequences, treatment options, and prevention strategies for surviving kidney disease. He also shares inspiring stories of patients who have successfully battled it. Dr. Fisher prioritizes yoga as well as other forms of physical activity in his own life.

I give Dr. Fisher’s book a 10 for informative information on treatment and prevention of chronic kidney disease and a 10+ as a chicken soup book on over – powering disease with heart, gumption and determination.

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We discuss with Dr. Fisher:

  • The many functions of the kidneys
  • obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes
  • diagnosing kidney disease
  • dialysis
  • why transplantation is an excellent option to treat CKD – and the many advancements in kidney transplants
  • a heartfelt discussion on Dr. Fisher’s own journey with cancer
  • lifestyle choices: smoking, alcohol, high protein diets, medications, exercise, nutrition
  • oxidative stress in kidney disease
  • Breathe! Proper nasal breathing and its role in our health
  • Creating our roadmap to prevention

Connect with Dr. Fisher:   mifisher39@gmail.com

Shira Litwack, Corporate Program Designer
Shira Litwack, BSc, Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care recovery, medical exercise, holistic nutrition, addiction recovery

The supplement like a flu shot against oxidative stress…..

Why are we not controlling chronic illness? We must control the wildfire of inflammation and lower oxidative stress. We know oxidative stress is at the root of chronic illness such as cancer, heart disease, depression….We take a flu shot to prevent the flu – one simple supplement to lower your oxidative stress by as much as 40%.    7 patents, 24 peer reviewed studies on pubmed, accolades from American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic, National Institute on Aging….Washington State: “may well become the most extraordinary therapeutic and most extraordinary preventative breakthrough in the history of medicine.”

calendly.com/Shira-Litwack

 

Shira Litwack:  Corporate Wellness Specialist, Chronic Care prevention & management program design, health technologies, population health management on 3 continents.

There is an estimated 750 Billion dollars in U.S. health care waste every year. Our many technologies assure you are not contributing to that $750 billion. Health technology serving the continuum from prevention through chronic illness management. 

Lifestyle Management        Medical Cost Transparency     Best Specialists     Choosing benefits  Chronic Care Management

Articles featured in:  Corporate Wellness Association, European Registry of Exercise Professionals, The National Post, Investment Executive Magazine, Directory of Greater Toronto, Canadian Leukemia & Lymphoma Association, Prostate Cancer Canada, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, Anytime Fitness, Today’s Black Woman, Today’s Seniors, Medical Fitness Network, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered), Willow (Breast & Hereditary Cancer Support),Myeloma Canada, Cancer Exercise Training Institute, Urban Poling for Breast Cancer, ROW – Recovery on Water for Breast Cancer, Sirius XM Doctor Radio