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Metabolic Syndrome

METABOLIC SYNDROME


Having Metabolic Syndrome doubles the risk for heart disease and multiples the risk of diabetes by five.It is not a disease itself but describes a host of related risk factors (high blood pressure, high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol levels, obesity and insulin resistance) all with a common cause originally coined 20 years ago effecting 47 million Americans affected.

Notice that Metabolic Syndrome closely mirrors the symptoms found in those suffering from NAFLD . NAFLD can be thought of as the liver’s state of Metabolic Syndrome. Following the progression of Metabolic Syndrome and NAFLD, one has a hard time disputing the causal relationship.

Cause & Effect

We need to begin with the American diet, which has changed significantly over the past fifty plus years. Americans now consume far too much of the following:

“sugar, caffeine, harmful fats, antibiotics,
preservatives, pesticides, GMOs and hormones.”

These are all considered toxins to your body, especially sugar. In fact, the sugar is the major reason for the build-up of candida, which displaces the good bacteria. Why are we discussing the digestive tract? What does that have to do with obesity? Everything.

The digestive tract has a very complex function; it simultaneously does two operations.

  1. Create specific enzymes to breakdown digested food into smaller particles used in the body.
  2. Selectively allow nutrients through without passing the harmful invaders; virus, bacteria and toxins.

Our digestive tract is not alone in this work; it has between 3-5 lbs of bacteria in the gut to help. However, our new American diet promotes rapid growth of harmful bacteria.

Leaky Gut

When an increase in harmful bacteria and yeast (candida) within the intestine reaches a tipping point, the intestinal wall is breached. This breach allows food particles to pass through the intestine wall and the immune system becomes overwhelmed. The liver, which receives 70% of its blood flow from the intestine, is charged with detoxify the blood. If the necessary chemicals (i.e. Glutathione, NAC, Tocotrienols) are in short supply the liver simply shuttles the toxins into fat cells to keep them from invading the rest of the body.These fat cells are stored in the liver and elsewhere throughout the body. 2

“The liver receives 70% of its
blood flow from the intestine”

This fat cell build-up stored in the liver and elsewhere around the body, is producing an obesity epidemic.

Excess accumulation of fat cells in the liver begins a destructive cycle where the liver becomes less efficient, leading to a build-up of toxins including fatty acids and insulin. This spike in oxidative stress and unprocessed insulin leads to insulin resistance in type II diabetes. Tests confirm the overload of fatty acids called lipotoxicity. This cascade explains the risk factors relating to Metabolic Syndrome.

What Works

Fortunately nature provides us with the solution. Studies have shown Silybin (an active compound in milk thistle), SAMe, Vitamin E (specifically highly concentrated tocotrienols), NAC, Phosphatidylcholine and Glutathione to work best with repeatable results. The success of these natural ingredients relies on rapid replenishment of Glutathione, a critically important liver antioxidant.

Extracts from milk thistle have a long history of being used for liver protection. We are just now starting to rediscover this through scientific discovery. One very effective combination including; Silymarin, Vitamin E and Phosphatidylcholine improves insulin sensitivity, while reversing liver cell damage. This is accomplished by reducing oxidative stress and improving Glutathione levels in the liver.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a sulfur-rich compound used primarily to neutralize the damaging effects of aspirin on the liver. It rapidly restores Glutathione. A recent animal study showed it to prevent NAFLD in a liver disease diet. Similarly, SAMe had been found to increase Glutathione levels in humans with Non-Alcohol Fatty Liver Disease.

Very few if any products on the market today contain all these ingredients and they are very expensive when purchased individually. To address this Liver Medic formulated a more complete liver detox supplement to make fighting this battle easier, more effective and less expensive than the alternatives.

While we have discussed the mechanism and treatment for the liver, we can’t ignore the source of the problem. A healthy diet promotes a healthy gut, this is critically important to ensuring that fatty liver disease does not return.

Often missed in attempts to return to a healthy gut balance is the removal of candida and biofilm, a major obstacle in improving gut health. We have addressed this with other gut support products specifically formulated for candida removal and biofilm removal. Take these along with power liver supplements and the body will begin to regulate itself without the toxic interference.

The proper use of these products not only reverses liver damage but also protects against future damage.*


References

  1. http://www.webmd.com/heart/metabolic-syndrome/metabolic-syndrome-what-is-it
  2. http://obesity.bodyecology.com/leaky-gu
  3. Kwon do Y, Jung YS, Kim SJ, Park HK, Park JH, Kim YC. Impaired sulfur-amino acid metabolism and oxidative stress in nonalcoholic fatty liver are alleviated by betaine supplementation in rats. Journal of Nutrition. 2009 Jan;139(1):63-
  4. Caballero F, Fernandez A, Matias N, et al. Specific contribution of methionine and choline in nutritional nonalcoholic steatohepatitis: impact on mitochondrial S-adenosyl-L-methionine and glutathione. J Biological Chemistry. 2010 Jun 11;285(24):18528-
  5. Loguercio C, Federico A, Trappoliere M, et al. The effect of a silybin-vitamin E-phospholipid complex on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: a pilot study. Digestive Disease & Sciences. 2007 Sep;52(9):2387-95.
  6. Serviddio G, Bellanti F, Giudetti AM, et al. A silybin-phospholipid complex prevents mitochondrial dysfunction in a rodent model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 2010 Mar;332(3):922-32.
  7. Baumgardner JN, Shankar K, Hennings L, Albano E, Badger TM, Ronis MJ. N-acetylcysteine attenuates progression of liver pathology in a rat model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Journal of Nutrition. 2008 Oct;138(10):1872-9.
  8. Vendemiale G, Altomare E, Trizio T, et al. Effects of oral S-adenosyl-L-methionine on hepatic glutathione in patients with liver disease. Scand Journal of Gastroenterology. 1989 May;24(4):407-15.
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Why Did I Gain Back This Weight?

Obesity: Why Did I Gain Back This Weight?


Have you wondered why everyone that goes on a diet shortly thereafter gains the weight back—or why people have given up on weight loss pills? The underlining cause is the same, but the problem hasn’t been addressed.

It’s is no coincidence that states with higher poverty and diets rich in processed foods and harmful fats report the highest incidence in weight gains.


Obesity is an epidemic in the United States that affects more than 30% of Americans in Southern States while increasing to 25% in most other areas of the country, costing an estimated $147 Billion each year.

The Real Cause

Typical food consumption in America is high in the following combinations; sugar, caffeine, harmful fats, antibiotics, preservatives, pesticides, GMOs and hormones. These are all considered toxins in your body, especially the sugar.

In fact, sugar is the major reason for the build-up of candida, which displaces the good bacteria. Why are we discussing the digestive tract? What does that have to do with obesity? Everything!

The digestive tract has a very complex function for it must simultaneously do two operations:

  1. Create specific enzymes to breakdown directed food into smaller particles used in the body.
  2. Selectively allow nutrients through without passing the harmful invaders; virus, bacteria and toxins.

Our digestive tract is not alone in this work; it has between 3-5 pounds of bacteria in the gut to help. At present, however, our new American diet promotes rapid growth of harmful bacteria.

Leaky Gut

When the increase in harmful bacteria and yeast (candida) within the intestine reaches a tipping point, the intestinal wall is breached. This breach allows food particles to pass through the intestine wall and the immune system becomes overwhelmed. The liver, which receives 70% of its blood flow from the intestine, is charged with detoxifying the blood. If the necessary chemicals (i.e. Glutathione, NAC, Tocotrienols) are in short supply the liver simply shuttles the toxins into fat cells to keep them from invading the rest of the body. These fat cells are stored in the liver and elsewhere throughout the body.

Why Your Diet Doesn’t Work

Weight loss pills are mostly composed of diuretics. There will be terrific results in the short term because the body is composed mainly of water. Starving the body of water puts a terrible burden on the kidneys but doesn’t address the fat cell build-up. As soon as this diet ends water equilibrium produces weight gain and the kidneys have paid the price. Not al weight loss pills are diuretics however, and there are even a few that can be an important resource for weight loss.

Other more enlightened diets will solve most of the harmful eating habits especially raw food diets by reducing sugar, carbs, caffeine, and so on. While this reduces energy consumption in the immune system and toxins, it also initiates the engine to breakdown the old fat cells it stored. Without proper supplements that support the liver, liberated toxins circulate through the body and shuttle back into fat cells. Weight returns and these free-floating toxins have done damage to body tissues.

This is not to diminish the contribution family genetics has on this process or the emotional triggers people have regarding over-eating. Those factors have always existed, but what is significantly different is the massive increase in toxins released into the environment over the last fifty years that contributed to today’s declining health in the population.

What Works

  1. Following a raw diet will reduce the energy the body dedicates to breaking down food that’s then redirected to fat metabolism.
  2. Allowing the body’s system 12 hours per day of not eating to repair itself.
  3. Eliminating sugars, carbs, caffeine, and alcohol and adding organic foods.
  4. Drinking lots of water.
  5. Supplementing the diet with protective liver ingredients, probiotics and a biofilm dissolver like Monolaurin.

Liver Supplements

Nature provides us with the solution. Studies show that Silybin (an active compound in milk thistle) SAMe, Vitamin E (specifically highly concentrated tocotrienols,) NAC, Phosphatidylcholine and Glutathione work well when regularly applied. The success of these natural ingredients relies on rapid replenishment of Glutathione, a critically important liver antioxidant.

Extracts from milk thistle have a long history of protecting the liver. Modern scientific research has rediscovered the benefits of this herbal remedy. One very effective combination of silymarin, Vitamin E and Phosphatidylcholine improves insulin sensitivity, while reversing damaged liver cells, reducing oxidative stress, and improving Glutathione levels in the liver.

N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) is a sulfur-rich compound used primarily to neutralize the damaging effects of aspirin on the liver. It rapidly restores Glutathione. A recent animal study finds it prevents NAFLD in a liver disease diet.

Similarly, SAMe had been found to increase Glutathione levels in humans with Non-Alcohol Fatty Liver Disease.

Very few if any products on the market today contain all these ingredients and they are very expensive when purchased individually. To address this Liver Medic™ formulated Hepatiben™ to make fighting this battle easier, more effective and less expensive than the alternatives.

While we have discussed the mechanism and treatment for the liver, we can’t ignore the source of the problem. A healthy diet that promotes a healthy gut is critically important to ensuring that fatty liver disease does not return.

Often missed in efforts to restore healthy flora is the removal of biofilm, which is a frequent obstacle in improving gut health. Serrapeptase is nature’s most powerful weapon in this fight. Our enteric-coated Serrapeptase breaks apart biofilm to remove viruses, parasites and other harmful organisms. In combination with Candida Complex, is a great way to remove the bad actors and get healthy again.


References

  1. https://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/diabetes/DiabetesAtlas.html
  2. http://obesity.bodyecology.com/leaky-gut
  3. Kwon do Y, Jung YS, Kim SJ, Park HK, Park JH, Kim YC. Impaired sulfur-amino acid metabolism and oxidative stress in nonalcoholic fatty liver are alleviated by betaine supplementation in rats. Journal of Nutrition. 2009 Jan;139(1):63-8.
  4. Caballero F, Fernandez A, Matias N, et al. Specific contribution of methionine and choline in nutritional nonalcoholic steatohepatitis: impact on mitochondrial S-adenosyl-L-methionine and glutathione. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2010 Jun 11;285(24):18528
  5. Loguercio C, Federico A, Trappoliere M, et al. The effect of a silybin-vitamin E-phospholipid complex on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: a pilot study. Digestive Disease & Sciences. 2007 Sep;52(9):2387-95.
  6. Serviddio G, Bellanti F, Giudetti AM, et al. A silybin-phospholipid complex prevents mitochondrial dysfunction in a rodent model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 2010 Mar;332(3):922-32.
  7. Baumgardner JN, Shankar K, Hennings L, Albano E, Badger TM, Ronis MJ. N-acetylcysteine attenuates progression of liver pathology in a rat model of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. Journal of Nutrition. 2008 Oct;138(10):1872-9.
  8. Vendemiale G, Altomare E, Trizio T, et al. Effects of oral S-adenosyl-L-methionine on hepatic glutathione in patients with liver disease. Scandanavian Journal of Gastroenterology. 1989 May;24(4):407-15.

Fatty Liver Diet: “Live-able Diet”

Fatty Liver Diet: “Live-able Diet”


We are often asked in lectures, stores or at Expos, what is the optimal diet for someone either trying to lose weight and keeping it off or someone who has fatty liver and wants to recover. Therefore, we having included a diet guidelines below that should be followed in these cases. I have also included a website for additional information.

Dieting Guidelines:

  • Drink a lot of water and avoid any other liquids unless it is juice made fresh from a fruit or a vegetable. Take your weight in lbs, divide that by 2 and that is the number of ounces you should be drinking per day. (e.g. – 150 lbs = 75 oz of water/day)
  • Eat snacks that include nuts and seeds with cranberries. The nuts will provide protein, which makes one feel full faster and provides healthy fats. The cranberries provide a little sugar to take care of those cravings in a healthy way (don’t overdo them). Bring a container to work and leave it on you desk.
  • Incorporate cinnamon as much as you can. It is a natural blood glucose stabilizer. This also reduces sugar cravings.
  • Also drink a papaya shake; papaya, almond milk, cinnamon, cane sugar, vanilla extract. In the summer; berries with yogurt.
  • Avoid cereal at all cost…. there is no nutritional value at all!! There are hardly any exceptions to this rule. Making cereal is a very intense process and nutritional components don’t survive.
  • Look at this pH chart. Avoid acidic foods as much as possible and include Alkaline.
  • Avoid carbs; eat less breads, less pasta, less rice.
  • Reduce red meats as much as possible from your diet. Notice I said I still eat red meat. There is a lot of research behind vegetarians living longer then others. The main reason why I say to reduce meat consumption is because it is vastly adulterated with hormones, antibiotics and GMOs. Many unhealthy animals are now making it into our grocery stores.
  • However, don’t rule foods out. This sounds counter intuitive. With the exception of sugary foods you don’t want to make foods off limits (cut out sugar if you can, substitute honey, stevia and cane sugar where possible). There is a part of your physiology that yearns for what it can’t have. If you allow it but don’t eat it often, your body feels the freedom to have it without making it the forbidden fruit.
  • Buy smaller plates, choose smaller carts at the grocery store. Believe us, it works.
  • Spiritual & Psychological: like drugs and sex, food can be an addiction that is filler for something else that is missing. Life events that cause us to feel helpless like that experienced by children who must depend on adults as protectors can trigger needs that aren’t easily fulfilled. Our minds therefore, use addictions as a chemical escape. Recognize this and have some compassion for yourself as the first step. DO NOT JUDGE YOURSELF for It perpetuates this cycle. Realize you’re not perfect, no one is. Take one step at a time day by day. It is the journey not the end we are after. To change the present, … let go of the past. Your mind enjoys living in the past or the future. Once you become the observer of your mind, you break the cycle.

DIET DON'T LIST

  • Do not starve yourself, ever.
  • Do not to eat after 8:00 PM.
  • Don’t count calories. If you are following these rules its not necessary.
  • Avoid processed foods…… Shop along the outer refrigerated sections first. The middle isles are full of GARBAGE.
  • Never, never, never eat anything with high fructose corn fructose (HFCS) in it. Avoid products with a high glycemic index. This especially includes agave…. it actually has a higher index than HFCS.
  • The reason to avoid HFCS: it’s a major predictor of diabetes as well as weight gain. It reduces the body’s ability to regulate sugar. It actually reduces cell sensitivity to insulin. The pancreas then makes more insulin and the liver is charged with ridding the body of both sugar and insulin. All the while you gain weight. It all leads to a very unhealthy cycle, ending with Type II Diabetes.

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!

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.