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The Incredible Power of Berberine

by October 17, 2019

Berberine is a plant compound that can help with some very common health problems and diseases. It’s been used in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years – and there’s a growing body of research showing its huge potential to help with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, fatty liver, and even cancer. It’s found in the stem, bark, and root of plants like turmeric, goldenseal, barberry, and Oregon grape. 

Awesome AMPK Activation 

Berberine has properties that cut right to the root causes of most diseases and aging. It has strong anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant qualities.

Berberine’s most remarkable property is how it activates the enzyme adenosine monophosphate-activated protein kinase, usually abbreviated to AMPK. Only a few compounds have the ability to activate AMPK. Think of AMPK as the master switch in your body that regulates how and where energy is produced and used. When AMPK is activated, you can properly use glucose, burn fat for energy, and produce mitochondria. This is central to overall health. 

In other words, AMPK is crucial for metabolism and has enormous potential as a therapy for metabolic diseases like diabetes and cancer. In fact, a common drug prescribed for diabetes – Metformin – functions by activating AMPK. And so does berberine!

Almost 3,000 studies have been done on berberine and some very compelling research shows its role in controlling diabetes and how it’s as effective as Metformin for lowering fasting glucose, insulin levels, post-meal glucose levels, and markers for long-term blood sugar. That’s really a big deal and something that you should note, considering that blood sugar issues are a huge problem worldwide.

Berberine’s Brilliance

Research shows that berberine lowers triglycerides and insulin resistance, and fights polycystic ovary syndrome, a hormonal disorder that affects fertility. It’s likely that the positive effects on triglycerides and insulin resistance cross over to people who don’t have that syndrome also. This is great news because Metformin has side effects, including blocking vitamin b12 absorption, muscle weakness, abdominal pain, upper respiratory infections, and many more. 

Berberine reduces your risk for cardiovascular disease by improving your LDL and HDL cholesterol ratio, by supporting the integrity of blood vessel walls, and by suppressing inflammatory cytokines, which are the molecules that signal to increase inflammation.

Berberine has shown great potential at combating non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It does this by concentrating itself in the liver where it activates AMPK and directly affects the genes involved in energy metabolism. In addition to that, it can reduce harmful bacteria in your gut, specifically the ones that encourage fat storage.

So berberine targets key pathways that help control the epidemic of metabolic disorders that are so common today.

Taking Berberine in Dietary Supplement Form

Don’t take your daily dose all at once. It’s metabolized quickly. You want it to be in your system

throughout the day. So take two to three doses a day, for a total of between 1000 and 1500 milligrams.

Also, don’t forget to take your berberine with meals to optimize control over blood sugar spikes.

Have questions about berberine? Leave a comment below…

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Influenza: How To Beat The Bug This Flu Season

by October 9, 2019

‘Tis the Season

Even though the influenza virus circulates year-round, it really begins to take hold in late fall, marking the start of flu season. Since this time is approaching, let’s talk about it now and get you prepared.

Be Smart With The Flu Shot 

The pharmaceutical industry is already in full swing marketing the latest version of the flu vaccine.

It may surprise you to learn that research does not support everyone getting a flu shot. Indeed, there are many reasons why the flu vaccine should be considered carefully before simply accepting that you should get one. Just because the sign outside your local drugstore is basically commanding you to walk inside and get a shot, often for free, it’s not necessarily the reason you should do it.

Be sure you understand what the vaccine product is and what the research says before deciding if it’s the right thing for you.

Most of the research shows that flu vaccines have a low success rate. Those low rates tend to get even worse over time, meaning that each year you get a shot, it’s less likely to work for you, and your chances of getting a severe infection may go up.

Some types, like live virus vaccines, actually encourage the transmission of virus strains between people, so think very carefully if you spend time around young children, elderly folks, or people who are immune compromised.

Unfortunately, vaccines do contain some toxic ingredients that you would not otherwise ever inject into your body, or eat for that matter. These toxins are in relatively small amounts, there’s no doubt about that, but the cumulative effect of toxins you’re exposed to over your lifetime is what can create most toxin-related related health problems. So it’s not a good idea to expose yourself to these things unless there’s a benefit that outweighs the potential damage. Only you can make that decision, so be sure you understand what you’re dealing with.

Flu-Fighting Nutrition 

Another option that makes sense is to build up your body’s natural defenses. For most of us, that starts with the food we eat and the dietary supplements we take.

Here’s what you can consume (and avoid) now to start building a solid immune system:

  • Probiotics: Ensure your body has plenty of the good bacteria by consuming a variety of probiotic strains each day, both in your food and in supplement form.
  • Avoid sugar: Sugar upsets the balance between the good and the bad bacteria. 
  • Vitamin D: This is probably the most crucial nutrient you need to fight any infection. I’ve seen tens of thousands of patients in practice and almost all, believe it or not, need to take a vitamin D supplement because their levels are too low. This is particularly important in fall and winter since we tend to spend more time indoors and thus don’t get the sunlight that’s needed for our bodies to make enough vitamin D. BodyManual’s vitamin D with K2 ensures the right ratio of these key nutrients. Indeed, you should never take vitamin D without also taking vitamin K2. 
  • Healthy fats: Like Omega-3 fatty acids that come from fish. Omega-3s support your heart, your brain, and your immune system. The BodyManual Omega-3 Fish Oil formula contains the ideal ratio of the key fatty acids DHA and EPA. They’re in easy-to-swallow soft gels and the fish oil in the product is sourced from the cold waters off the coast of Norway, so you know you’re getting fresh and pure oil.

More Key Flu-Defending Nutrients – In One Place

These other key nutrients will support your immune system as you prep for flu season.

  • Antioxidants: Especially vitamins A, C, D, E, B6, and B12.
  • Key minerals: Especially zinc, iodine, and magnesium.
  • Herbs: Like Echinacea, holy basil, and olive leaf.

I’ve included all of the above and more immune boosting ingredients in the BodyManual product called Super Immune Boost. It also contains monolaurin to support overall immunity and, according to recent research, it destroy’s the membrane structure of viruses. The product is formulated so you can take it daily, when you’re a bit stressed or throughout flu season. It will support your body when you’re not feeling well or when you come down with something.

In Short…

In preparation for flu season, the best plan is to start building your body’s natural defenses right now by eating a healthy diet, limiting your intake of sugar and other toxic foods, and supplementing with high-quality nutritional supplements. If you get on that path, you can improve your immune function, which will not only pay dividends during flu season but will continue to pay you back for the rest of your life.

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The Surprising Health Benefits Of Beta Carotene

by October 4, 2019

Beta carotene is an amazing nutrient that protects your cells and lowers your risk for cancer. It’s part of a larger team of nutrients known as carotenoids, the yellow-orange pigments found in fruits and vegetables. Your body uses carotenoids to make the active form of vitamin A. 

Amazing Vitamin A 

Beta carotene is composed of two vitamin A molecules. Beta carotene is stored in your body, and when you need vitamin A, enzymes in your liver split apart the beta carotene, yielding those two vitamin A molecules. The great thing about this and the way it works is that you can consume lots of beta carotene without any sort of toxic effect. Your body will always make just the right amount of vitamin A at any given time.

But making vitamin A is not the whole story… 

A Super-Powerful Antioxidant 

Beta carotene serves as a powerful antioxidant and has the ability to prevent free radicals from forming and to neutralize existing free radicals. This makes beta carotene a critical anti-aging nutrient. Some antioxidants, like vitamin E, are used up quickly, but beta carotene stays in your system and continues performing its antioxidant magic over and over again.

Even better, research has shown that beta carotene can destroy carcinogens, the substances (chemicals or otherwise) that cause cancer.

Beta carotene helps to protect your skin from UV damage and inhibits the formation of tumors and cancerous cells. So, including vegetables and fruits in your diet is definitely important, because the carotenoids you get will help ward off cancer.

Your Eyes Have It …And Need It 

Beta carotene is vitally important for your eyes because it helps protect them from damage that could lead to cataracts and macular degeneration.

What If You Don’t Get Enough Beta-Carotene? 

It shows up in the same way as a vitamin A deficiency would. Symptoms may include poor night vision, dry skin, dry eyes, throat and chest infections, slow wound healing, and infertility. In children, it could show as delayed growth.

Lack of beta carotene can also result in the formation of precancerous cells, which are abnormal cells that may or may not turn into cancer. It’s like the middle ground where you have dysfunctional cell formation, but not a situation where devastating health effects are inevitable. But it’s a sign that something is not right and beta carotene deficiency can contribute to that.

How To Get More Beta Carotene Into You 

It’s important to know that beta carotene doesn’t work alone. It complements the activity of other carotenoids and antioxidants, like vitamin C and vitamin E.

It’s best to get beta carotene and lots of other carotenoids by eating plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits. Just consume the fruits in moderation since they contain fructose, and you should be limiting your sugar intake.

You can include eggs with your veggies, like on a salad, because eggs are a great source of two important carotenoids called lutein and zeaxanthin. Of course, be sure your eggs are organic and pasture-raised. You can read more about why that is so important here.

One of my favorite sources is a blue-green algae called spirulina, which is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. I included it in the formulation of my protein shake called Plant Protein Complete. Spirulina not only provides lutein and zeaxanthin, it’s also a great source of protein. 

So, start making yourself healthier and your life better today. Increase your beta carotene intake!

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Malnutrition Symptoms, Causes & Prevention

by October 3, 2019

When we hear the word “malnutrition”, we tend to think of lack of food in developing countries and communities suffering from extreme poverty. However, malnutrition can be caused by more than just a lack of food – and it could be happening right under your nose in your own home!

Malnutrition means having nutritional deficiencies, even when there’s tons of food available. These deficiencies occur all around us for various reasons.

Having proper and adequate nutrients will allow your body to work the way it’s designed to function. Those nutrients are your fuel. They support the processes that slow aging, they affect how your genes are expressed, and they lower your risk for disease.

Malnutrition and Obesity – Yes, They Can Be Linked

The number one cause of malnutrition is poor diet, whereby people don’t eat enough healthy nutrient-dense foods and instead consume too many empty calories. This situation is at the root of the massive obesity epidemic that exists today.

The US has the highest obesity rate in the world. Nearly 75% of men and 60% of women – and, unbelievably, 30% of children – struggle with their weight. Children who experience malnutrition in any form will have altered metabolisms, thus increasing their risk for adulthood obesity.

Meanwhile, nearly everyone is lacking at least a few key nutrients. The standard American diet is, at its best, nutrition “thin”, even though most Americans consume more than enough food. Almost everyone is deficient in at least one major vitamin or mineral. As a doctor, the most common that I see lacking in patients are vitamin D, vitamin k2, and Omega-3 fatty acids.

How Nutrient Deficiencies Can Increase Weight

The takeaway here is that if you’re overweight, it’s highly likely that you have nutrient deficiencies. That’s because foods that cause obesity (1) lack nutritional value, (2) steal vital nutrients from your body, and (3) interfere with your body’s normal function.

For instance, sugar steals nutrients and affects the absorption of calcium and magnesium. Excess fructose (a type of sugar) interrupts the enzymes that help to synthesize vitamin D in your body. This happens even if your overall diet is adequate. 

What this means is that your health to a large degree depends on staying away from processed and sugary foods, refined carbohydrates, and chemicals and artificial ingredients.

Digestive Problems

Poor diet also leads to malnutrition by creating digestive issues like gut bacterial overgrowth and blood sugar imbalances. These are often factors in common digestive conditions such as low stomach acid, colitis, leaky gut syndrome, and Crohn’s disease. All these issues hinder the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Other Common Factors That Cause Malnutrition Include…

    • aging
    • chronic stress
    • prescription drug use 
    • alcohol

Symptoms of Malnutrition

Regardless of the reason for a nutritional deficiency, if the problem is left unhandled, it will have devastating health consequences. Unfortunately, deficiencies can go undetected for years, so here are some common symptoms to watch out for:

    • fatigue and weakness
    • low bone density 
    • skin issues
    • brittle hair and nails
    • poor eyesight
    • declining oral health
    • memory problems
    • mental health issues
    • joint pain
    • weight problems

Now Is The Time To Act

Don’t wait for symptoms to appear. The key is to head off malnutrition before it starts. Do this by ensuring that you get all the nutrition you need – starting now. Working to maintain your overall health is important because a high functioning body will absorb and use nutrients properly.

Your Plan for Avoiding Malnutrition

    • Eat a nutrient-dense diet.
    • Use high quality dietary supplements to fill in the gaps.
    • Switch from conventionally farmed fruits, vegetables and meat to organic, non-GMO, pasture-raised and wild-caught foods. This change will provide you with more nutrition and fewer chemicals. Unfortunately, the nutrient value of food gets depleted by modern growing and harvesting practices, which is another reason why so many people aren’t getting enough nutrition and why supplementation is necessary.
    • Drastically limit or completely omit sugar and processed food.
    • Consume lots of vegetables, a moderate amount of protein, and lots of healthy fat.
    • Include foods rich in pre- and probiotics, like fibrous and fermented vegetables. This is where a lot of people can miss the boat, even if they do the other things listed above. 
    • Add a daily greens powder to your diet. It’s an easy and immediate way to improve your health. The product I recommend is called Super Green Foods by BodyManual. It includes chlorella, wheatgrass, and red marine algae, along with other super foods that might have a better chance of making it onto your dinner plate, like broccoli, spinach and asparagus.
    • Take a high quality multivitamin. BodyManual’s Multi Vitamin & Mineral provides the full spectrum of nutrients that you should look for. It’s formulated for both men and women and it can help bridge the gap between what you’re getting in your food and what your body ultimately needs.
    • Digestive enzymes. Your digestive system needs support and a key component to absorbing nutrients is having adequate amounts of digestive enzymes. This is important for most adults, especially those over age 40, and for people with digestive tract damage. After 40, enzymes and digestive system efficiency decrease. A good enzyme supplement will help break down three macronutrients: proteins, carbohydrates, and fats. Again, BodyManual has you covered with a product called Digestive Enzymes.

If you follow these simple steps, you’ll put yourself in a position to get what you need from your diet and avoid the devastating consequences of malnutrition. 

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Top 4 Anti-Aging Nutrients That Decline With Age

by September 13, 2019

How would you like to be younger today? Well, more like younger by tomorrow… when you get around to implementing what I’ll tell you here.

There are certain key nutrients that your body makes to support vital functions, fight stress, and combat aging. Unfortunately, as you get older, your body makes less of them. This means you need to get these nutrients through your diet, or else live and age without them.

Due to poor dietary choices and industrially damaged food, taking dietary supplements is important in all stages of life, but critical after the age of 35 and, particularly, in your forties and beyond.

So here are the top four anti-aging nutrients that decline in your body as you age.

1. Pyrroloquinoline Quinone

What?! That’s why we just call it PQQ in the industry.

PQQ is found naturally in soil and foods like parsley, kiwi, and green peppers. Your body also makes this compound from amino acids and it plays a huge role in your energy and it is a potent antioxidant.

PQQ is an extremely important compound. Maintaining high levels of it can give you more quality years by reducing inflammation, supporting your mitochondria, and boosting your brain function.

2. Coenzyme Q10

Usually referred to as CoQ10. All the hype about it is warranted. Sometimes a nutrient becomes popular all of a sudden, like a fad, and then fizzles out. Not CoQ10. If you’re making healthy choices, you’ll get it through your food. But CoQ10 is so important that your body makes it as well. Every cell in your body needs CoQ10 for daily functions.

One thing it does is help you produce energy. At about 40 years old, your body makes less and less CoQ10 each year. That’s a pity because it’s a time when you need it most. Meanwhile, if you’re on a statin drug to lower your cholesterol, that drug shuts off your CoQ10 production, because the same biochemical pathway that makes cholesterol in your liver is the same pathway that makes CoQ10. People on statin drugs who don’t take CoQ10 supplements tend to fatigue easier and appear to age more quickly.

If you’re over 40, on a statin drug or not, you need to be taking CoQ10. Check out my product called Natural CoQ10 because it’s amazing.

CoQ10 slows aging by helping other antioxidants like glutathione and catalase to function better, which lowers oxidative stress and protects your cells from free radical damage. This is not only important for your skin, it’s super-important for your cells. The health you experience comes down to the health of your cells to a large degree. So your cells need CoQ10.


3. L-carnitine

This amino acid is crucial for energy production. L-carnitine slows aging by reducing your risk for developing diseases related to free radical damage. Supplementing with L-carnitine can increase muscle mass and provide cognitive support, while decreasing fat and fatigue.

4. Collagen

Collagen is a protein found all throughout your body that gives your skin its elasticity and strength. It also works like a glue in your joints and tendons to help hold your body together. Unfortunately, collagen production slows as you age, leaving you with wrinkles, loose skin, and achy joints. You can offset this loss of collagen production in a few ways.

For your skin, you can use skin products that contain collagen and other ingredients that support collagen production. Of course, for the most part, they go only skin deep.

For the rest of your body, you need to consume collagen, or consume amino acids which are the building blocks of collagen and indeed all proteins. If you want a high-quality protein shake, which is amino acids, I’ve got the ideal solution: Plant Protein Complete. It will give you all the essential amino acids in every serving. It’s hypoallergenic, it’s not made from soy, rice or whey – those things give a lot of people problems – and it doesn’t contain any of the common allergens.

Don’t Forget The All-Important Omega-3 Fatty Acids

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention these. They’re not made by your body, so you must get them from your diet – regardless of your age. Remember, the other four I mentioned are made in your body, but decline with age. If I could only take one supplement, it might be this one. I formulated one myself called Omega-3 Fish Oil. Regardless of whether you use my product or another one, make sure it’s a quality fish oil. And remember to take it; it’s just too important.

Now start putting this information to use and get younger before the next time we meet.

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Here’s Why You Should Avoid Eating Gluten

by September 4, 2019

Gluten sensitivity is not one single problem, despite how simple its name seems. Gluten sensitivity consists of many different problems that tend to get (wrongly) lumped together.

Gluten is found in many commonly eaten grains. And grains tend to cause inflammation in the body, which is the underlying problem with most chronic diseases.

The common symptoms associated with gluten sensitivity are never pleasant. They could be caused by gluten itself or they could be caused by fructans, one of the sugars in wheat

Avoiding gluten is a good idea for most people, if not pretty much everybody these days.

Just What is Gluten, Anyway? 

We hear about gluten all the time. But most people can’t explain clearly what it actually is.

Gluten is a protein found in many grains, particularly wheat, rye, and barley. The gluten protein is what makes pizza dough elastic and bread chewy. This is why gluten is added to many foods, as well as to personal care products like makeup, soap, shampoo, hair styling goop, and toothpaste. Basically any product that needs to have an elastic, sticky quality might contain gluten.

Symptoms of Gluten Sensitivity

When you come into contact with gluten, most notably through food, it can cause significant symptoms. Some of the most common are bloating, gas, upset stomach, headache, brain fog, diarrhea, stomach cramping, fatigue, skin problems, joint pain, even neurological problems like ADHD and depression.

Gluten can cause a condition called leaky gut, where material can pass through the wall of your digestive tract. A leaky gut can cause an unhealthy immune response and even cause you to become sensitive to other foods that you eat routinely. This is one of the main liabilities of eating gluten, whether you get symptoms from eating it or not.

Why Can Gluten Cause So Many Symptoms?

People who have trouble with gluten may have it for several different reasons. The most well-known is called celiac disease, which is an inherited genetic disorder. About 1/100, maybe 1/200 people suffer from this. When people with celiac eat gluten, it does serious damage to the intestinal lining – and that damage is at the root of most of the symptoms. 

More common than celiac disease is non-celiac gluten sensitivity, which results in a leaky gut and an unhealthy immune response, or both. These reactions are caused by the presence of gluten in the gastrointestinal tract.

Then there are people who don’t seem to react to gluten, but instead can’t break down fructans (one of the sugars in wheat). These fructans can cause symptoms that can easily be associated with gluten sensitivity. About 95 percent of the fructans in the typical American diet come from wheat and onions.

Two Big Questions That Arise

  1. How would you know if your symptoms are from gluten, fructans, or something else?
  2. How do you determine which of the various problems you might have? Celiac? Leaky gut? Inability to break down fructans?

Here’s the Most Practical Answer and Solution

Stop eating grains.

It may be a good idea to ditch the onions, also, until you determine if the fructans in onions are part of the problem.

If your symptoms start to clear up, you know you’re onto something. But be aware that gluten can stay in your system for up to six months, so it can take a while to feel the full positive effect of eliminating it from your diet.

Furthermore, since gluten stays in your body for a long time, you can’t eat it occasionally and hope to reap the benefits of a gluten-free or grain-free diet. You need to drop it altogether.


So, where does that leave us? Well, it’s simple. You should definitely eliminate gluten from your diet. In fact, your best bet is to limit eliminate grains altogether. Try it and watch your health and wellbeing improve.


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