Brendan Gaughran, Molecular Biologist, M.B.A.

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Brendan Gaughran received his degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Connecticut and his MBA from Bentley University. Brendan Gaughran conducts health lectures to both physicians and the general public. His research focuses primarily on gut health, liver health, endocrine system, adrenal fatigue and optimum diets. He conducts 10-15 radio appearances per month discussing various health trends in the US.

Candida: All There Is To Know & Candida Diet

Candida: All There Is To Know & Candida Diet


What is Candida & A Candida Diet?

There are a number of common misconceptions about candida as well as the candida diet; candida is actually part of a healthy natural intestinal flora. But when conditions are right (or wrong in this case), candida can transform into a very harmful destructive fungus. Candida overgrowth can lead to leaky gut, depression, joint pain, mood swings, acne and a host of other symptoms. One must remember that candida release over 180 chemicals into the body and more than 75 in the fungal form are toxic. See Signs of Candida Overgrowth below…

Even Dr. Oz admits that candida is an under-diagnosed problem that negatively affects millions in the US.

How did I get this?

Often, the causes are rather simple and take place over time. Anything taken that disrupts the natural intestinal flora can be the first step in allowing candida to reproduce in unhealthy numbers.

For instance, taking antibiotics either for an infection or through the animals we eat, will remove much of the intestinal bacteria clearing an area for the fungus to breed. Some patients aren’t aware that even prescriptions such as birth control pills can promote the overgrowth of candida.

The source of fuel for candida is sugar and complex carbohydrates. In the US, we consume 156 pounds of sugar annually. That’s ten times the amount we were ingesting just 100 years ago. This prime source of energy is fueling our candida growth problems.

A weakened immune system, poor diet leading to poor nutrition, stress and hormone irregularities are also contributing factors. The medical community has recognized this as Candida Overgrowth Syndrome (COS).

Leaky Gut Candida Connection

For those suffering from leaky gut (where fissures or weakness in the gut allows particles to flow into the body) candida overgrowth is often the cause. This occurs when candida transitions to the fungal form and grow ‘hyphae.’ These long branches grow into and degrade the gut wall leading to leaky gut and in many cases the invading toxins overwhelm the body and causing health problems within the liver..

Signs of Candida Overgrowth

Because candida displaces the natural flora and negatively effects nutrition, it is the cause of many common disorders seen today. Surprising to some are all the neurological implications. Below we have named a few:

Digestive trouble – IBS, Constipation, Heartburn, Food sensitivities, ulcers, indigestion, food cravings

Swelling nasal passages – Sinusitis, secondary infection, Thrush

Female problems – Yeast infection, iron deficiency, reduces sex drive, Bladder infections, Infertility

Behavioral – Antisocial, Suicidal, Depression, anxiety, Irritability, Hyperactivity, Lack of impulse control

Mental – Brain fog, Dizziness, Poor memory, Headaches, adrenal fatigue

Immune problems – Too many to list

Skin & joint problems – Acne, rashes or hives, Joint pain

 Also a good link for top 10 signs of Candida Overgrowth

Testing

Most practitioners may say there is no test for Candida Overgrowth Syndrome (COS). While there are some rather involved tests gathering data on the immune system, there is one fairly common test that doesn’t cost a penny. It’s called the spit test. While not scientific, it does have a fairly high accuracy rate.

Spit Test

First thing in the morning, spit into a glass of water and wait two to three minutes. Healthy saliva will sit on the surface. But if there is an overgrowth, strings will appear to come down and the glass will have cloudy look. Spit test overview

We suggest this website if you are interested in taking a candida questionnaire to find out if you are suffering from overgrowth after performing the spit test.

Treatment

Starve & Kill

The candida diet is a rather easy diet to outline, but can be difficult to follow. Believe it or not, candida has a direct line of communication through the vagus nerve to the brain. This accounts for much of the sugar and carb cravings we often get. Some consider this rather unnerving that some of our urges are being influenced by fungus.

The first step in the candida diet is eliminating all sugar and carbs. The idea is to starve the candida and reduce its ability to reproduce. There is a list of foods to avoid and eat as well as a link to a recipe book below. But to really solve this overgrowth problem, you must research the following:

  • Candida-killing supplements
  • List of food for anti-candida diet 
  • Foods to avoid, foods to eat
  • Candida Diet Recipes

Reduce Candida

As I mentioned before, during the ‘die off,’ candida will release over 75 toxins into the body. A person will often feel much worse before feeling better. This process is hazardous and really should be done along with a liver detox supplement like Hepatiben to reduce the toxic effects.

The best solution for ridding oneself of the harmful fungus is not a prescription. Nature provides the best solution for breaking up the cell wall and killing off candida.

Larch Arabinogalactan is often an overlooked ingredient, as it feeds the beneficial form of candida and they will outcompete the fungal form. These recommendations are from Dr. John Reed and are supported by numerous other physicians in this field of study.

Many of these ingredients are found in Liver Medic’s candida supplement. It’s important to keep in mind that our formulation has key ingredients that are anti-fungal. For successful removal of harmful candida, a variety of ingredients are necessary. While many practitioners will suggest multiple supplements for this purpose, we want to remind everyone that Liver Medic’s formulation is complete and developed with this in mind.

It’s also important that once someone is ridding one’s body of candida, it’s wise to also take probiotics. Remember, one of the main reasons why overgrowth occurs in the first place is because antibiotics were left unoccupied in the gut lining causing the fungal form to flourish. We recommend taking a liver supplement to reduce the toxic effects and our candida supplement that also contains probiotics.

Are you ready to rid your body of harmful candida overgrowth, and get back to feeling healthy and vibrant again? Order your first shipment of Candida Complex from our website to get started!

GMO Dangers

What’s the Connection:
GMO, Fatty Liver Disease, Leaky Gut?


While it’s true we live in a highly industrialized world where much of what we encounter is a product of chemical processing, there is something afoot that is much more troubling. Years ago alcohol, hepatitis and hepatitis b were the main drivers for fatty liver disease. When left untreated alcoholism led to liver cirrhosis and loss of liver function as the liver becomes overwhelmed. Today this same decline is initiated through non-alcoholic sources in the food supply call NAFLD or nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. detoks

We often hear the following questions:

What’s the connection between fatty liver disease & environment?
Has the food supply changed that much in the past 50 years?
Do we really need to eat organic foods?
 
Where do these toxins originate?

Why are so many toxins flowing into our system? Monsanto, the company that brought us Agent Orange has a lot to do with this recent problem. Monsanto’s scientists decided more than two decades ago to create Genetically Engineered crops (GE crops) also known as GMOs. These crops require the use of strong pesticides like Roundup™. Monsanto manufactured pesticide Roundup has been in the news as they continue to lose many court cases around the world because of irrefutable research that conclusively points to Roundup as a known carcinogen.

GE crops have far higher concentrations of pesticide use as they are engineered to withstand massive amounts of exposure. As insects become increasingly resistant to large amounts of Roundup used on GE crops, crops absorb higher concentrations of pesticide as they grow in the fields.

Associated Diseases with Glyphosate?

When good bacteria are come in contact with glyphosate it releases ammonia into the blood stream setting up the body’s system for the following diseases:

  • Cardio-Vascular Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Chronic Inflammation
  • Infertility
  • Depression
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes Type II
  • Autism
  • Dysbiosis
  • Encephalitis
  • Fatty Liver
  • IBS
  • Allergies
  • Cancer
  • Glyphosate: What it is and how it Damages the Body

    Glyphosate is classified as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). Glyphosate is non-discriminatory; it kills all crops and weeds it comes into contact with without human intervention.

    Monsanto claims glyphosate is safe for humans because it acts on a mechanism present only in plants but not in animals or humans. It turns out it’s the same mechanism that exists in the bacteria to aid the human body! Human bodies are outnumbered by a 10:1 ratio of bacteria to cells and rely on the health of these same bacteria. Glyphosate’s deadly impact on our natural gut bacteria has substantial negative consequences. To make matters worse, glyphosate does more damage to beneficial bacteria than pathogenic organisms—leaving behind extremely harmful colonies in their wake.

    Harmful bacteria overgrowth in an environment that promotes the growth of candida and chronic inflammation produces a leaky gut. This sequence of events are linked to increased gluten sensitivity and Irritated Bowel Syndrome (IBS) causing suffering experienced by many people in the United States.

    The second mechanism glyphosate will damage in the body is cytochrome, preventing liver detoxification by halting the work of liver enzymes [cytochrome P450]. Pesticides increase toxicity through gut leakage into the body and reduce the body’s ability to remove them at the same time. This fact was repeatedly omitted in Monsanto’s reports to the U.S. government’s regulatory agencies.

    Third, exposure to glyphosate stunts the body’s ability to produce vital digestive enzymes contributing to serious digestive dysfunction and compromise. Digestive enzymes are produced by breaking down important nutrients for absorption. Aside from malnutrition the absence of digestive enzymes provide a food source for pathogenic bacteria and yeast.

    According to Dr. Stephanie Senoff, premiere research scientist at MIT, glyphosate is, “the most important factor in the development of multiple chronic diseases and conditions that have become prevalent in Western societies.” This includes fatty liver and leaky gut caused by the breakdown of gut bacteria or dysbiosis.

    Where is Glyphosate?

    It is important that readers understand glyphosate is used on GE crops and conventional crops. Roundup carcinogens are much higher in GE crops or GMOs when compared to conventional crops. The exposed produce is systemically infused with poisons, and they cannot be washed off. Our only healthy choice in this case is to consume organic produce.

    At What Levels of Consumption is Glyphosate Dangerous?

    Let’s take a look at these findings from GE corn. GE corn contains 13 parts per million (ppm) of glyphosate in every kernel. Research has determined organ damage in animals takes place at levels of 0.01 ppm. A consumer will receive nearly a thousand times that dosage from eating GMO corn. This is why it is necessary to avoid all high fructose corn syrups as virtually all are GMO based.

    Not Dangerous Enough? Welcome Bt-toxin to the Mix!

    GE corn carries with it an additional hazard as it’s engineered to produce an additional insecticide: Bt-toxin. The mechanism by which Bt-toxin works on an insect is the exact same way it interacts with humans. The toxin literally punches holes in the stomach lining. The lining of the stomach is arguably the most important line of defense for the immune system and the Bt-toxin comprises stomach lining. Bt-toxin is so pervasive in the foods we eat that a recent study finds its presence in 83% of pregnant women and 80% of fetuses’ tested.

    Glyphosate & Bt-Toxin is Not the Full Extent of Carcinogens

    Monsanto has skirted scientific scrutiny for a litany of other chemicals in its Roundup cocktail by listing the ingredients as ‘inert’, or unreactive. One of these is polyethoxylated tallowamine, or POEA.

    In a 2009 study, researchers find POEA more deadly to human embryonic, placental and umbilical cord cells than the herbicide itself. A conclusion they called, “astonishing”. Today we are just beginning to understand the dangers that Roundup poses to our health. Not to be deterred Roundup has its defenders; all of which have financial ties to Monsanto or its subsidiaries.

    Do Your Own Research

    Anyone researching this topic must be wary of dissenting opinion on the dangers of GE crops. Most of these defenders have been employed in the past by big tobacco, the vaccine industry and industries involved in the pollution of the environment. Companies involved in GE technology have a lot to lose in this fight and have billions at stake. Don’t underestimate their ability to persuade some members of the scientific community to obfuscate the real science illuminating the dangers of GE technologies.

    Gut health issues need to be addressed for anyone suffering from elevated liver enzymes, obesity, diabetes and other related ailments. For further information please read our other articles discussing Leaky Gut, Type II diabetes and Obesity.

    The best way to avoid GMOs is to consult the www.NonGMOShoppingGuide.com or download the free iPhone app ShopNoGMO.

    Look for products with either the “Non-GMO Project Verified” or the “Certified Organic” seal. Avoid ingredients derived from the foods most likely to be genetically modified.


    References

    1. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/17/us-france-gmo-idUSKCN0RH1BV20150917
    2. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/06/09/monsanto-roundup-herbicide.aspx
    3. Journal of Entropy Mesnage R, Clair E, Gress S, Then C, Szekacs A, Seralini GE. Cytotoxicity on human cells of Cry1Ab and Cry1Ac Bt insecticidal toxins alone or with a glyphosate-based herbicide. J Appl Toxicol. 2013;33 (7):695-699.
    4. Shehata AA, Schrodl W, Aldin AA, Hafez HM, Kruger M. The effect of glyphosate on potential pathogens and beneficial members of poultry microbiota in vitro. Curr Microbiol. 2013;66 (4):350-358.
    5. Senapati T, Mukerjee A, Ghosh A et al. Observations on the effect of glyphosate based herbicide on ultra structure (SEM) and enzymatic activity in different regions of alimentary canal and gill of Channa punctatus. Journal of Crop and Weed. 2009;5 (1):236-245.
    6. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/weed-whacking-herbicide-p/
    7. Aris A, Leblanc S. Maternal and fetal exposure to pesticides associated to genetically modified foods in Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. Reprod Toxicol. 2011;31 (4):528-533. [12] Collado MC, Donat E, Ribes-Koninckx C, Calabuig M, Sanz Y. Specific duodenal and faecal bacterial groups associated with paediatric coeliac disease. J Clin Pathol. 2009;62 (3):264-269.

    10 Common Candida Symptoms

    10 Common Candida Symptoms


    Identifying candida overgrowth that cause yeast infections and other harmful side effects, is critically important for improving gut health. Candida overgrowth reduces nutritional absorption, cause IBS and leaky gut.

    These are the top 10 common symptoms that will help rule it in or out.


    1. Skin and nail fungal infections (athlete’s foot, ringworm, and toenail fungus)
    2. Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
    3. Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation, IBS or diarrhea
    4. Autoimmune disease (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis)
    5. Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
    6. Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives, and rashes
    7. Irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or depression
    8. Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
    9. Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
    10. Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

    Now that you have ruled candida in or out here are some other articles for further reading that will be helpful. Candida is not easy to remove once in the body and well-outlined regimens for complete removal to avoid a repeat flare up is required.

    Why Is Candida Harmful?

    Why Is Candida Harmful?


    Left untreated, severe candida yeast infections can be very debilitating often getting worse not better over time. The body usually battles candida overgrowth through the digestive system and frequently the battle deteriorates to impaired and ineffective levels. Over time, candida overgrowth can break down the health and wholeness of even the strongest person on many system levels of the body, but particularly the gut health system.

    The Downward Spiral Caused by Candida Infections

    Sadly, left undiagnosed and untreated severe candida overgrowth can cause the human body to reach a point of near digestive incapacity. At this point an individual’s gut health and overall health can deteriorate to where they are barely able to function in day to day life. These unfortunate individuals often become medical patients who bounce from one doctor to the next as the underlying root cause of their severe and worsening health issues, candida overgrowth, remains undiagnosed. Out of desperation many of these individuals end up searching the Internet and online forums vainly searching for solutions to their unsolved health problems that are slowly but surely ruining their physical, mental, and often their financial quality of life.

    Antibiotics and Anti-fungal Drugs As A Solution

    The mainstream medical and pharmaceutical fields have created several chemical solutions to attempt to correct candida overgrowth in an effort to help patients suffering from the various ailments related to candida overgrowth. Two of the chemical solutions are the antibiotic Rifaxamin and the antifungal treatment Fluconazole. These chemical solutions are effective to a degree in dealing with candida overgrowth, however, they are rarely used as part of an overall holistic plan to restore long term gut health. The downside to these two treatments is that they indiscriminately kill the good bacteria Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria and a holistic plan is usually requried for the body to reestablish these good bacteria back to optimum levels.

    People’s digestive systems work at optimal levels when the fungi and bacteria inside of the digestive system stay in a precisely controlled check and balance. Candida overgrowth can cause negative impacts on the immune system, which makes it much harder for the person to stay healthy and improve their gut health. An increasing number of individuals are now seeking out effective and affordable natural remedies to heal their digestive illnesses rather than the more traditional mainstream pharmaceutical methods.

    The Natural Supplement Solution

    Naturally, the very best source of required daily nutrients is a well thought out quality whole food diet, which the body can use to keep the microbial balance of the human digestive system. When an individual’s digestive system is already compromised by candida overgrowth, a healthy diet alone may be insufficient to bring the digestive system back to its optimal balance. Many individuals find that specifically targeted nutritional, immune support, and digestive supplements can assist them in restoring and maintaining their immune system, and gut health especially the digestive system. Targeted supplements can give the body the materials needed to correct candida overgrowth. Through the use of supplements many individuals have restored their health within relatively short time spans. Some of these supplements are comprised of herbs that combine antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic formulas to help in restoring the digestive system to its optimum microbial level.

    Toxic World: Endocrine Disruptors & Liver’s Role

    Toxic World:
    Endocrine Disruptors & Liver’s Role


    Why Should We Worry About Endocrine Disruptors?

    Wikipedia describes endocrine disruptors this way: “Chemicals that, at certain doses, can interfere with the endocrine (or hormone) system in mammals. These disruptions can cause cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders. Any system in the body controlled by hormones can be derailed by hormone disruptors.”

    This is certainly bad news for anyone planning to have a baby, but the rest of us are not in the clear. Virtually every reaction in the body has a master chemical signal controlling it. Hormones are those master signals telling the body which processes to start or stop. The body’s endocrine glands create these hormones and when they are damaged, things go very wrong, real fast. The most obvious of these outcomes is in the proliferation of cancer.

    By The Numbers:

    • 3 Million American women can’t carry a baby to full-term – a 49% increase from 1988
    • 80,000 Chemicals produced in US with 62,000 are grandfathered. [Won’t be evaluated]
    • 42 Billion/lbs of chemicals manufactured in US/day. [623,000 tanker trucks]
    • 2000% Increase in manufactured chemical in the last 50 years
    • 14 Billion lbs of PVC are manufactured annually [75% used in construction]
    • Chemical Industry Revenues: $720+ billion/yr

    Our justice system requires companies to prove their products don’t harm consumers, however chemical companies aren’t required to provide the burden of proof. Government must prove a chemical is unsafe in order to remove it from the marketplace. It doesn’t help that the industry spends $52M lobbying every year.

    What to Look For

    The World Health Organization recently wrote a report recommending an outright ban on all endocrine-disrupting chemicals because of the danger posed to human health. Common chemicals to avoid can be found here:

    The Dirty Dozen + 1

    Bisphenol-A (BPA) & Bisphenol-S (BPS) – plastic containers, lining of cans

    Dioxin – Sanitary pads

    Atrazine – GMO pesticides, ground water near farmland

    Phthalates – plastic bottles, deodorants, shampoos, fragrances

    Arsenic – leaching into drinking water

    Lead – make-up, fragrances, lipstick

    Mercury – mascara, vaccines

    Organophosphate Pesticides – insecticide

    Fire Retardants – mainly construction materials and furniture

    Glycol ethers – cleaning compounds, liquid soaps, and cosmetics

    Perchlorate – bleach, fertilizers, ground water

    Perfluorinated Chemicals (PFCs) – cleaners, toothpaste, shampoo

    Parabens – plastics, fragrances, cleaners

    How toxic are our bodies? 

    A large study was conducted and found 93% of Americans have Bisphenol-A in the body. Its safe to say that with toxins in our water, air, personal care products, plastic containers, cooking pans, furniture, electronics and lawns that everyone needs to be proactively removing toxins from their environments and body on a regular basis. This is the reason our mission is dedicated to education and developing effective natural alternatives.

    The Liver’s Role

    The liver is responsible for over 500 chemical reactions including those involved in the detoxification of the body. In 2015, when 1 in 3 Americans have fatty liver disease it’s no surprise to find cancer effecting 1 in 2 women and 1 in 3 men in American in their lifetime.

    Keep in mind our website offers articles on healthy diets and education for today’s common ailments to make certain you are informed and in good health.


    Metformin: Get the Whole Story

    Metformin: Get the Whole Story


    Many people look for alternatives to diabetic pharmaceutical drugs like Metformin™. At Liver Medic, we receive many inquiries regarding drug interaction of alternatives with Metformin as a common concern. 

     Americans filled 76.9 million 
    prescriptions for Metformin in 2016.

    By The Numbers

    In the United States, approximately 26 Million people are diabetic, and of that 95% are Type II diabetics, a condition influenced by lifestyle not genetics. This is actually good news. Before one starts blaming the diabetic victims, please review articles on GMOs and addictive processed foods. Many of the health hazards of these foods are deliberately hidden from consumers and short of having a degree in chemistry it’s difficult for the individual to determine danger levels..

    Metformin is the generic name, but is also found in brand names such as; Glucophage™, Glucophage XR™, Glumetza™, Fortamet™ and Riomet™. Metformin is an oral medication that lowers blood glucose (sugar) by influencing the body’s sensitivity to insulin and is used for treating Type II diabetes.

    Metformin and the Liver

    Metformin has even been used to treat liver disease. The problem with this application is that the liver is responsible for breaking down drugs. That Metformin is a drug that the body needs to detoxify makes us wonder about the effectiveness of this application as a drug versus a clearly more effective alternative.

    The connection physicians make with Metformin, diabetes and liver disease does have a common thread.. The liver is responsible for regulating the insulin cycles. The work of the liver is to signal the pancreas to secrete insulin, breaking down insulin and storing much of the glycogen in the body.

    The Root of the Problem

    Mainstream medicine and the drug industry have historically misinformed the public that diabetes is a blood sugar problem when it is actually an insulin resistant issue as in the case of Type II diabetes. Treating a misinformed public can make people treatable patients, but does nothing to solve the underlying condition.. Responsible medical advice is to reduce or eliminate sugar or foods that quickly turn into sugar. Care must be taken to avoid regulating an insulin cycle that is trying to strike a balance in an out of balance system. This includes avoiding the grains we are told are so healthy for us coming from the Midwest grain belt.

    This is typically made worse by a compromised gut lining, referred to as ‘leaky gut. Ingesting processed sugary foods boost candida populations. Along with food pesticides these compounds conspire to pit an intestinal lining that’s no longer sealing off partially digested foods and harmful organisms against the rest of the body. These sugars then travel to the liver for neutralizing. When the liver becomes overwhelmed, which is often the case, a fatty liver will result and liver function will suffer. This has serious consequences for regulatory responsibilities like insulin and blood regulation.

    Insulin resistance in the case of Type II diabetes is the body’s defense response to an overload of sugar. When the cells receive too much glucose from the blood cells respond by limiting the signal to store more. This leaves the blood with excess free-floating sugar and will show on a blood sugar test as Type II diabetes.

    Diabetic drugs will force sugar into the cells creating an imbalance in the body. The real solution is to reduce sugar and carbohydrate intake. The diabetic person must eat a diet high in protein, with clean healthy fats and vegetables.

    Most recent studies show an even higher correlation between diabetes and Leptin than with insulin. Leptin is intricately involved in the process between brain and liver to determine how much glucose is stored in the body’s organs as opposed to how much glucose is released. An article on the important role of Leptin is forthcoming..

    Dangers of Metformin

    A recent study out of Washington University finds the heart burns more fat and less sugar under PET scans than normal in men taking metformin. This puts tremendous strain on the heart, leading to heart failure. Metformin also contributes to the deficiency of B12. This vitamin is hugely important to making sure the nervous system and blood cells are healthy. B12 also helps to reduce anemia in women.

    Conclusion

    Lifestyle changes are the best and only way to treat Type II diabetes. Drugs will mask the problem and create diseases that will be seen down the road such as heart disease, high cholesterol and cancers. Keep in mind, the body can use multiple forms of inputs for energy from protein converting to fat or to sugar. Cancer cells have only one choice, sugar.


    Scientifically Acclaimed Diet: Stamford University [FODMAPS]

    Scientifically Acclaimed Diet:Stamford University [FODMAPS]

    There are countless diets out there and many of them are simply fads or worse, based on faulty scientific research that is later disputed.

    Fortunately, a group of leading physicians at Stamford has outlined a diet that won’t be considered a fad and should be the standard diet for the country. FODMAP is short for Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols.

    Not Like Other DietsUnlike other diets, FODMAPs gets into the details of which foods are truly healthy and which to avoid rather than make broad claims like “all carbohydrate is bad for you”. Some are and some aren’t. Basically, this diet is an anti-inflammatory, low sugar, low gluten, high nutrition diet that promotes health and reduces today’s most common diseases.

    Make You Own Sports Drinks & Make It Healthy

    Make You Own Sports Drinks & Make It Healthy


    Tired of Gatorade? Sick of reading ingredients you know are harmful, but you need to rehydrate during a sporting event? This recipe will replace lost calories and electrolytes! If you need to dial back the fruit juice, you can cut the fruit ingredients in half.

    Watermelon: Has a high water content for fast hydration and lycopene that helps with skin protection from too much sun exposure.

    Green Apple: Provides potassium and magnesium that helps with headaches associated with dehydration.

    Cucumber: One of the best vegetables for natural hydration.

    Celery: A natural source of sodium, potassium, magnesium, chloride, and phosphorus.

    Orange: A high dose of vitamin C that can aid the immune system.

    Romaine: Another nice dose of magnesium to aid in dehydration and calcium for bone health.


    Ingredients

    1 cup chopped seedless watermelon

    1 apple, cored

    ½ cucumber

    2 stalks celery

    1 orange peeled

    2 cups chopped romaine lettuce


    Instructions

    1. Wash all fruits and vegetables and place into a large bowl.
    2. Place all ingredients through your juicer.
    3. Clean juicer immediately.

    Sports Nutrition Dangers

    Sports Nutrition Dangers


    Sports nutrition supplements history has been plagued with episodes of steroid tainted products whose tragic consequences for customers diminished only with increased government regulations. What we need to know today is the dangers posed by other ingredients and the impact they have on the liver, kidneys, pancreas, brain and other critical organs and functions.

    At Liver Medic, we have been asked numerous times to analyze leading supplements in sports nutrition and report on their relative safety. We did and the findings are not good. The industry is using the most dangerous artificial sweeteners, flavorings, and colors. We learned that leading brands of sports nutrition supplements have contained trace amounts of heavy metals. Another concern is that GMOs find their way into these supplements. GMOs are present in protein shakes and those pre and post-workout drinks. Sorry bodybuilders!

    All that time spent sculpting those incredible bodies only to consume a drink destroying your body’s organs is not acceptable for good health. We are here to let you know what you are putting in your body.

    The Big 4:

    Artificial Sugars

    Artificial Colors

    Heavy Metals

    GMO Contaminants

    Artificial Sugars:

    Aspartame 
    Acesulfame Potassium 
    Acesulfame K

    Crystalline Fructose
    Sucralose
    Amino Sweet.

    All of these sugars are to be avoided! They have all been cleared by the FDA and added to food, but did you know they have not been proven healthy for human consumption?

    As obesity rates have increased so has consumption of artificial sweeteners. They promote weight gain and more specifically fat accumulation. Bodybuilders might be tempted to say, “but not on me.” Though an individual may not have visible body fat, the liver may be infiltrated with fat and other damaging toxins reducing liver functionality. The biggest offenders are pre-workout drinks, but protein shakes are a close second.

    Let’s take a look at sucralose for example. Approved in 1998, multiple studies were conducted by the maker of sucralose and none of them for longer than four days of human trials. Even more ominous, the study was limited to only reporting on safe levels of tooth decay.

    Sucralose

    Has been known to cause cancer in mice, is not accepted by the body and is treated as a toxin. It has been shown to promote fat accumulation and reduce good bacteria in the intestine by up to 50%. This often leads to leaky gut, IBS, discomfort and additional toxin flow into the body.

    Aspartame

    Is known by many names and you should become familiar with all of them especially if you frequent the GNCs of the world looking for supplements. It’s chemically made up of aspartic acid and phenylalanine. The latter contains a methyl group that gives it a sweet taste. Unfortunately, phenylalanine converts to methanol and then formaldehyde. Formaldehyde breaks down DNA and other critical proteins. There is a reason people don’t drink formaldehyde for recreation–it’s toxic and strains the liver. Bodybuilders are already consuming heavy doses of branched chains of amino acids (BCAA) so loading up on additional liver responsibilities is a really bad idea.

    Common Side Effects of Aspartame are; birth defects, cancer, diabetes, liver disease, emotional disorders and seizures.

    Crystalline fructose

    is a new one, but is much more dangerous than regular high fructose corn syrup (HFCS.) For the health devotees out there, you are not immune. It can be found in vitamin water and is more efficient in creating type II diabetes as it reduces insulin sensitivity more quickly.

    Artificial Colors

    In the research we conducted many of the leading brands in sports nutrition contain FD&C Red #40. Red #40 is the worst added color, but all artificial colors add an element of risk to our health. They have some of the same side effects as sugar because they are toxins and will migrate to the liver.

    Heavy Metals

    Consumer Reports was able to identify arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury in some of the most popular protein shakes. How that ignored by quality assurance inspection is beyond comprehension, but it speaks to the level of concern or lack of it in this category

    GMOs

    GMO contamination comes from whey, artificial colors and excipients. Any animal consuming GMO corn will produce glyphosate and other GMO contaminants in their milk. The same is true for most ingredients listed as carrageenan or lecithin typically found in GMO soy.

    These ingredients pit the lining of the GI tract, reduce good bacteria and allow toxins to stream into the liver. The fat accumulation is a defense mechanism to store the excess toxins rather than allow them to destructively roam the body. If you are a toned lifter this accumulation may be focused solely in the liver, compounding the liver’s duties and accelerating fatty liver. Our genes determine where the toxin filled fat cells are stored in the body.

    When bodybuilders battle resilient body fat, they will find it easier to reach their desired sculpted body by reducing the body’s toxin load.

    When we researched leading whey proteins we find few ingredients, but typically half of them are known toxins or GMO contaminated. Here is a typical example of commonly found ingredients in a leading brand:

    Protein Blends, Lecithin (soy GMO), natural & artificial flavors, citric acid, 
    Sucralose (carcinogen), FD&C Red #40 (carcinogen), Aminogen, Lactase. 

    Here is a sample of the many comments from customers who have experienced the effects of using sports nutritional supplements:

    “I run between 5-6 miles per day 6 days a week and I am looking for a way to easily increase my protein intake following my runs. I cannot tell if the product has an impact on muscle mass because I was only able to consume it 3 times. Besides the fact that it has a very metallic taste (and I mean really metallic like drinking liquid aluminum), I got physically ill all 3 times I consumed it, including bloating and nausea. I tried mixing it with water and gatorade and same result (I don’t drink any dairy, soy or almond milk products). So now I will cook a chicken breast each night and have it ready to eat after my run.”

    “Well we used to buy this product as a staple at our house. No they’ve “improved the taste” They added Sucralose, (artificial sweetener), and Cellulose gum, (makes it thick and foams up in the blender). Now it is way too sweet, and if you are sensitive to artificial sweeteners like me you will get that tell tale head ache right away. Sending this junk back for a refund.”

    “I was using the double dark chocolate for a while and it’s been OK. I recently bought the mocha cappuccino flavor and it’s been a bad experience every time. At first I thought it was the milk, so I tried it with water. It’s definitely the powder. Maybe it’s because they use Aminocore now, which improves protein absorption (there’s a peer-reviewed clinical study on it. Google it). I don’t know, but every time I drink this stuff I feel nauseated, I get cramps and bloating.”

    “Smells great when you open the bottle, very drinkable texture, will order this again! I switched from other brands that had either too much sugar, or were so natural (no fillers and BS) that they weren’t drinkable due to the taste/aftertaste.
    UPDATE: discovering that this may be where my heart palpitations and high blood pressure originate from, will be considering an undenatured product; exitotoxins….read up on them.”

    Conclusion

    The trouble with many of these toxins is that they promote slow, but significant declines in health. Sometimes these impacts are difficult to detect at first, but the feedback in just a few of these comments indicate a much more significant troublesome health problem beneath the symptoms.

    I have spoken with owners of these companies and brought up these very issues. They say they are responding to their customers. Many of them are former bodybuilders and may not believe the dangers themselves. The problems exist because many consumers either don’t know how dangerous it is or don’t demand change. Brands are simply giving you what you demand. So demand better.


    References

    1. http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/2012/04/protein-drinks/index.htm

    Inflammation Fighting Foods

    Inflammation Fighting Foods


    It is now common knowledge that the way to live a long and high-quality life is to reduce inflammation; it’s the root of most aging and diseases including: heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s. Inflammation in general is a positive as it wards off infection and helps repair damaged tissue. However, low-grade chronic inflammation was not how the body was designed and does long-term damage to the body.

    Foods To Avoid

    Fried foods, soda, HFCS, sugar, processed oils, vegetable oils, GMO foods.

    *Note: an important supplement that aids in reduction of inflammation is Serrapeptase, a naturally occurring proteolytic enzyme. Our enteric coated 80,000IU Serrapeptase is pharmaceutical grade

    Anti-Inflammatory Foods


    CELERY – We all know the body pH plays a role in inflammation. Celery is both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory; consuming it helps reduce body acidity.

    GARLIC & ONIONS – Onions contain quercetin, a flavonol known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Garlic has been used by cultures for centuries if not millennia and contain sulfur compounds that help the immune system.

    BERRIES – We list berries meaning all berries here, but the standout is blueberries. They contain high concentrations of anthocyanins, which are very powerful antioxidants and help reduce inflammation.

    TART CHERRIES – Some studies have shown the anthocyanins contained in tart cherries have as comparable a pain relieving affect as aspirin, along with its other powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

    GREENS – This includes spinach, kale and collards. All contain two very important anti-inflammatory phytonutrients: flavonoids and carotenoids. They also contain Vitamins A, C and K, which are very effective anti-inflammatory compounds in their own right.

    PINEAPPLE – This fruit is particularly good at reducing inflammation in the gut as it contains the digestive enzyme bromelain. This is a strong anti-inflammatory and additionally contains vitamins and minerals that boost immune effectiveness.

    TURMERIC – Contains curcumin, which is a very strong anti-inflammatory used in many cultures to increase overall health. It is very effective at inhibiting inflammatory enzymes and reducing inflammation especially in the liver.

    GINGER – Ginger works very similar to turmeric and is particularly good at reducing the pain associated in arthritis. The anti-inflammatory compounds such as gingerols, shogaol, and paradols have also been shown to be a cancer fighting food according to The International Journal of Preventative Medicine. 1

    TOMATOES – Most people are aware that tomatoes contain lycopene, which is beneficial for prostate health in men. But lycopene also decreases inflammation making it a good addition to this list and your diet.

    OLIVE OIL – Containing omega-3s and oleocanthal, it is an excellent source for anti-inflammatory compounds and is especially helpful for joints. It should be noted that extra virgin oil should never be heated as it turns into a pro-oxidant, a toxic compound.

    NUTS (almonds, cashews) – This relates to the increase in omega 3 in our diet. Both omega 3 and 6 are important but our diets typically have lots more omega 6 than 3 and when this is out of balance it creates inflammation. Bringing the proper balance back will reduce inflammation. We should also include chia seeds and flaxseeds for the same reason.

    AVOCADO – High in carotenoids and monounsaturated fats, this food packs in the anti-inflammatory benefits.

    FISH (salmon, mackerel, tuna, sardines) – We are again adding foods that have omega 3 to bring back into balance the omega 3 and 6 in the body to reduce inflammation.