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Choosing the Right Probiotic for Your Body

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 @ 09:35 PM

How to Choose the Right Probiotic for Your Body (The Answer May Surprise You)

“You should take a daily probiotic…”

You’ve no doubt heard this advice if you suffer from any sort of intestinal issues or after taking antibiotics.

But in the last few years, probiotic therapy has taken a huge leap out of simple ‘gut care.’ It’s now well recognized that probiotics can help with a wide range of mental and physical conditions.

In 2013 the journal Beneficial Microbes published a review various studies related to obesity and the microbiome. The authors concluded that:

“[…]Lactobacillus gasseri SBT 2055, Lactobacillus rhamnosus ATCC 53103, and the combination of L. rhamnosus ATCC 53102 and Bifidobacterium lactis Bb12 may reduce adiposity, body weight, and weight gain. This suggests that these microbial strains can be applied in the treatment of obesity.”1

Another review, published in CNS & Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets, suggests that probiotic therapy may also be useful in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.2

And there is the cutting edge of microbial therapy, involving ‘poop pills’ and ‘fecal transplants’ – treatments that are showing great promise for intestinal disorders.3

It’s no wonder that probiotic sales have increased by 36% in the last five years4 with expected growth of 40 percent by 2020.5

This growth also means that there are an overwhelming number of choices for the average consumer. Case in point: A quick search for the term ‘probiotic supplement’ on Amazon yields more than 9,000 results!

So how do you just “take a probiotic” without knowing the right one to choose? And how do you know whether the one you’re taking will confer the health benefits you’re specifically looking for?

The answer is relatively simple once you understand your gut bugs more intimately.

Human…Meet Your Microbes!

Human beings have 10x more bacterial cells in our bodies than we do human cells. That’s 100 trillion bacteria, from head to toe, inside and out. You may even hear some scientists say that we’re only really 10% human!

Inside our gut live anywhere from 500 to 1000 different species of bacteria, alongside various fungi and yeasts.6  They all live in a symbiotic relationship with each other and with you, their human host.

To demonstrate the huge variety, here’s a little basic microbiology:

1. 98% of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) contains bacteria known as Firmicutes and Bacteroidetes. These are categorized on the microbial family tree as phyla.

2. Each of these two phyla has a large number of genera (or genus). Lactobacillus for example, is just one genus out of over 274.7

3. Those genera each contain a number of species. Lactobacillus has around 122 different species and L. acidophilus is just one of them.8

4. And finally, within each species, you can have various strains. For example L. acidophilus DDS-1.

Now, let’s put this into perspective with probiotics. Supplements do not contain entire phyla or even genera. Many will contain an entire species, but not all species. Some won’t even contain an entire species; they will just contain a few strains.

And unfortunately, when it comes to probiotics…

It’s not Just a Case of Good vs Bad

Our large population of microbes has a range of functions including digestion, immunity, producing vitamins and essential fatty acids. It is an entire ecosystem, living together as one. And it is the overall balance of the ecosystem which determines the health of the human host.

Science tells us we can change our microbial balance in as little as 24 hours just by simply changing their environment through diet.9,10

Paul O’Toole, a professor at the Biosciences Institute in Cork, states:

"Diversity is the key. What we see with people on narrow diversity diets is that the microbiota collapses.”11

Our gut bugs are highly influenced by the food we eat (or don’t eat) – not just by the probiotics we take … or don’t take.

You see, probiotic pills are only one fraction of the equation. The key to a healthy microbiome is to employ the multi-pronged strategy that encourages microbial diversity and nourishes our healthy gut bugs… the same way our ancestors did.

Boost Your Probiotics the Way Our Ancestors Did

  • Consume only grass fed beef, pastured poultry and eggs and wild caught fish. They are free of microbiome-altering antibiotics. Be diverse in your meat choices and allow all of your meat-loving microbes to get their nourishment. Add a little salt – you also have salt-loving bugs to keep happy!
  • Give your plant-loving gut bugs their food too! Fill your plate with lots of organic vegetables, especially powerful onions, garlic, jicama and daikon radish. These foods contain prebiotic fiber for Bifidus bacteria to feed on, and they’ll produce good healthy byproducts for your body.
  • Include lacto-fermented food daily like kefir, sauerkraut, kombucha and kimchi. Each of these foods contains different species of beneficial bacteria. Again, be diverse and use a range of different fermented foods to get a large variety of beneficial bacteria.
  • Include lacto-fermented meats like grass-fed corned beef. This one surprises many Americans, but fermented meats are rich in powerful probiotics and a healthy addition to a microbe-supporting diet.
  • Add coconut oil, garlic and ginger regularly to food. They’re naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial and help keep the microbiome in balance.
  • If you use probiotic supplements try a rotation strategy. Pick a trusted brand with good reviews, use it up and then switch to a totally different brand. This will enable you to get many strains and species instead of just a select few. Use a supplement that gives you as many CFU’s as possible – aim for tens of billions, the higher the better.
  • Beware of common chemicals that damage our microbes including bleach, hand sanitizer, chlorine and conventional personal care products. Opt for natural, “old-fashioned” methods and formulas to clean and care for your body.
  • Finally, keep stress well managed. This too can alter your microbial balance.

A balanced diet and lifestyle equals a healthy, balanced microbiome. End the probiotic supplement confusion with the simple diet tips noted above, and by making the choices our ancestors did to help preserve our ancient microbiome in a modern world.


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REFERENCES

1.  Mekkes, M.C, Weenen, T.C, Brummer, R.J, Claassen, E. The development of probiotic treatment in obesity: a review. Beneficial Microbes. 2014;5(1): 19-28.

2. Slyepchenko, A, Carvalho, A.F, Cha, D.S, Kasper, S, McIntyre, R.S. Gut emotions – mechanisms of action of probiotics as novel therapeutic targets for depression and anxiety disorders. CNS Neurology Disorders Drug Targets. 2014;13(10): 1770-1786.

3. Xu, MQ, Cao, HL, Wang, WQ, et al. Fecal microbiota transplantation broadening its application beyond intestinal disorders. World Journal of Gastroenterology. 2015;21(1): 102 – 111.  

4. Statistica. Sales of probiotic products worldwide from 2010 to 2015, by region.

5. Markets and Markets. Probiotic Ingredients Market by Function (Regular, Preventative, Therapy), Application (Food & Beverage, Dietary Supplements, & Animal Feed), End Use (Human & Animal Probiotics), Ingredient (Bacteria & Yeast), and by Region - Global Trends & Forecast to 2020

6. Xu J, Gordon JI. Inaugural article: honor thy symbionts. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 100: 10452–10459, 2003.

7. Wikipedia. Firmicutes Genera.

8. Wikipedia. Lactobacillus.

9. Lawrence, D.A, Corinne, F, Maurice, R.N. Diet rapidly and reproducibly alters the human gut microbiome. Nature. 2013; 505: 559-563.

10. Turnbaugh, P.J, Ridaura, V.K, Faith, J.J, Rey, F.E, Knight, R, Gordon, J.I. The Effect of Diet on the Human Gut Microbiome: A Metagenomic Analysis in Humanized Gnotobiotic Mice. Science Translational Medicine. 2009; 1(6): 6ra14

Andrew, A. “I had the bacteria in my gut analysed. And this may be the future of medicine.” The Guardian. February 11, 2014.

 

Topics: Misc Info, Exercise, US Wellness Meats

Strongwoman Maureen Quinn - Year 2 The Journey Continues

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Wed, Dec 16, 2015 @ 06:42 AM

Dear John,

The Paleo-Primal-Price Foundation conference, was a great experience.  We enjoy representing US Wellness and spreading the word about the impact your product has had on my nutrition and training.  Recently I participated in my 2nd Strongest Female National Championships and qualified for the World Strongman Championships.  Here is an update of my journey.  Thanks for your continued support. 

Throughout history athleticism has been tested by the heaviest object a man could lift.  For the past 40 years this test has been globally televised in the format of “World’s Strongest Man” contests.  More recently a rapidly growing interest has developed for it’s more wild yet delicate counterpart, The World’s Strongest Female.

I stumbled into GrassFed Crossfit 2 years ago looking to change up my workout routine. My coach was impressed with the determination I brought to each workout and suggested I take training to the next level.  I was instructed to reverse every health and nutrition habit I had previously been taught.

We started with my diet which was mostly vegetarian. I learned about the importance of
grass fed meats and necessity of high fat consumption.  John introduced me to the pemmican bars, from US Wellness which became a staple in adhering to my new 70% Saturated Fat diet.

In the beginning I was lifting small weights but we increased every week until the point I was
picking up cars and tree logs. I entered my first Strongman competition shortly after and took
first place.  My victory qualified me for the National Championships. Still relatively new to the sport, I placed 6th in the featherweight division and was dumbfounded by the strength of my competitors.

strong woman tire pic

After a year of relentless training and a flawless nutrition regimen, courtesy of US Wellness,
I returned to the National Championships to once again face the females who demolished me in the last competition. There was an air of surprise to say the least as my name continually appeared toward the top of leaderboard after each event. At the end of day two I was dressed with the silver medal making me the second strongest featherweight female in the nation.

strong woman contest pic

The placing qualified me for the World Strongman Championships held March 3rd where I will
compete against the likes of Russian and Icelandic powerhouses. I will compete on the same
stage as Brian Shaw, the World’s Strongest Man. More so than my own success I am invigorated by the now equal prevalence of female representation in the sport.

I need to thank everyone who has supported me on my journey and most importantly US Wellness who has made this all possible. Be sure to check in frequently for updates on my journey to the World Championships at https://www.instagram.com/maureenquinn1/

Sincerely,

Maureen Quinn

Topics: Exercise, US Wellness Meats

Strongwoman Maureen Quinn!

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Fri, Jun 19, 2015 @ 11:04 AM

They say that good things come in small packages...Maureen Quinn might say that about the US Wellness Meat shipments that she gets as she’s training. We definitely say that about her! Featherweight competitor, Maureen will be representing US Wellness Meats in the United States Strongman National Championships next weekend. We are very excited to have her on board with the US Wellness Meats team, and wish her the best of luck as she competes for a National Championship!

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Q: How did you get started in Strongman Competitions?

I’ve been a runner my whole life. I fell in love with the simplicity of it. Once I graduated, and began working full time as a microbiologist, it became harder to motivate myself to go out and run “an easy 12 miler.” I am big on health and staying in shape so I wanted to try something new.

I joined GrassFed CrossFit with a bunch of my running girlfriends. My coach insisted I had potential to be super strong, and I thought he was crazy. Eventually, I agreed to start his strength-biased weightlifting program. Within weeks my body underwent a transformation like I had never experienced before. The allusive lean “bikini figure” I had been chasing in my endless cross country running, was hiding in heavy weightlifting all along.

I was then introduced to the sport of Strongwoman, the female counterpart to the televised “World’s Strongest Man” on ESPN. I learned that it wasn’t only burly men who could pick up cars and press tree trunks above their heads. I entered my first competition in August of 2014, shocking everyone with a first place finish in the featherweight division. The win qualified me for the North American Strongwoman Championships held in Reno, Nevada.

Two months later, I’m on stage pitted against the world’s strongest females in contention for the Championship title. Although I didn’t leave with the gold medal I was ecstatic to be officially ranked as the 6th strongest female in the nation under 120 lbs, especially considering I didn’t know what Strongwoman was four months prior. This month, I’m headed to the 2015 United States Strongwoman National Championships stronger and more motivated than ever before.

Q: How did you learn about grass-fed beef?

I learned about grass-fed meats from my coach Chad, the owner of GrassFed CrossFit. Actually, I learned about MEAT from my coach Chad. Before I started lifting weights my diet was heavy in fruits and vegetables. Like most girls growing up, I was never satisfied with my body. Chad put me on a high-fat, paleo based, grass-fed diet. He made it seem necessary for my training, but it really had an impact on my overall health. This was scary (I had a slight meltdown the first time I ate real cheese again) because I was so sure that eating fat would make me fat.

Coupled with the weight training, my body changed instantly. I was a distance runner my whole life, yet somehow my body fat decreased. I had become the leanest I’d ever been after eating all the fat I wanted. I was also introduced to amazing meats that I never would have considered trying before, like beef cheeks and head cheese. I got to cook all my veggies in butter and cover my burgers with cheese. My workouts began improving and most importantly I learned what it was like to feel healthy. I now realize why I always felt tired and hungry when I was eating like a vegetarian.

Chad also introduced me to what he considered “the best offering of quality, variety, convenience, and pricing in the grass-fed world,” US Wellness Meats. And after my first experience with their products, I couldn’t agree more! The majority of people, both athletes and non-athletes, are lacking quality saturated fat in their diet. The problem is exacerbated by the lack of grass-fed fats being offered in local grocery stores. Fortunately I’m able to have grass-fed pemmican, tallow, marrow, cheese, and bacon delivered right to my door.

Q: What is your favorite meal to cook using grass-fed beef?

My new diet has turned me into a self-proclaimed chef! I usually find a cool recipe on a paleo blog and try to recreate it. I stick to the most wholesome and simple ingredients (meat!) and stay away from metabolically incongruent food sources our nomadic ancestors wouldn't eat (no matter how much we try to pretend they could have).

I fry a lot of the food I eat in beef tallow, anything from meat to fish to sweet potatoes. My carbohydrates for the day normally consist of plantain chips fried in beef tallow and dipped in grass-fed sour cream or butter. It never gets old, trust me. I like to try a lot of different cuts of meat, but the 75/25 ground beef is my favorite. It’s the simplest way to make a delicious dinner when I get home late from the gym. The high fat content gives it great flavor.

Currently, my favorite recipe is zoodles with avocados and liverwurst. I make “zoodles” by running a zucchini (or two) through a spiralizer. Next, I sauté the zoodles in a pan with grass-fed butter, avocado, onions, and various spices. After about 10 minutes, I add the liverwurst and let it cook another few minutes. It’s sort of a weird creation, but the liverwurst gives my zoodles immaculate flavor, and it is incredibly nutrient dense.

My ABSOLUTE favorite snack is sugar-free pemmican bars. I love telling people that it's just meat and fat. They think I'm strange until they try it. It's even good a little frozen; I discovered this because I was too impatient to let it to defrost.

Q: How do you prepare for a competition?

My training is relatively the same year round. There's nothing more important than building fundamental strength. Once you've built strength, accessory work is necessary, but in Strongwoman you should really focus on being strong. A week or two before competition I’ll work on technical components of the lifts for the specific event. I’ll only lift heavy once during the week of a competition so that I’m well rested beforehand. I always pack all of my food in a big cooler and get a hotel room with a kitchen so that I can cook my own meals. I don't eat out and I want to be able to fuel myself with the best food possible before a competition. Pre-cooked foods like summer sausage and pemmican come in handy when I don’t have the best accommodations for preparing foods.

Q: What's your favorite lift/event in competition?

My favorite lift is most certainly a deadlift. Mentally, it’s pretty simple. Either you can pick the weight up or you can't. Everyone that trains with me knows that my ideal workout is deadlifts and box jumps. Box jumps aren't exactly a Strongwoman event but I practice other movements to make sure I stay a well-rounded athlete. It's sort of funny; statistically the deadlift is probably my worst event in Strongwoman competitions, but I still love it.

My favorite event during my Strongman journey was without a doubt, the wheelbarrow carry at Nationals. My wheelbarrow weighed 1000 pounds…so naturally I didn't think I'd be able to pick it up. I almost started laughing during the event. Once I picked it up and started moving, all I was thinking was "Oh my gosh, how do I stop now?" It was a lot of fun. My favorite aspect about it is that I can now say I've lifted 1000 pounds.

Thanks for reading! To follow Maureen's progress, click here

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Misc Info, Exercise

Cholesterol: I Told You So!

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Fri, Mar 13, 2015 @ 02:29 PM
Big Brother has finally come around to what I’ve been telling my patients for almost 30 years – stop worrying about cholesterol in your diet!

The influential Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the nation’s top nutrition panel, has now admitted they were WRONG about cholesterol. And they have now proclaimed this former dietary evil as no longer a “nutrient of concern.”1

They were slow – and, of course, wrong for decades – but at least they got there in the end.

That means eggs are back on the menu for millions of Americans – yolk and all – although my patients have been enjoying their eggs fried, poached, scrambled, deviled and made into omelets, flans and quiches for years, without the slightest negative impact on their health.

Big Brother has also deemed other “high-cholesterol” foods, like duck, goose, liver, lobster and shrimp, to be no longer a public health issue – not that they ever really were, except in the bureaucrats’ junk science-fueled imaginations.

On one hand, it feels good to have the federal government’s highest panel of diet experts on my side for once. After nearly four decades, they’ve actually come out and said it … there’s no evidence that consuming cholesterol causes heart attacks.

But, on the other hand, I’m still frustrated at how much these nutrition gurus continue to get wrong.

And, in spite of the fact that they no longer claim dietary cholesterol causes heart attacks, the medical establishment is still on a pointless campaign to lower our cholesterol levels. They say it’s necessary because you only get about 20 percent of our cholesterol from food while the rest comes from your genetic makeup.2

At the same time, the nutrition panel still won’t call off its crusade against red meat and other sources of saturated fats. So it still wants you to give up butter, cream, whole milk, real cheese and ice cream.

Yet researchers have debunked many previous studies that linked those foods to coronary disease.

Four decades of Big Brother’s advice has been based on bad science.3,4,5,6,7

But they still don’t get it. They’re messing with nature. We descended from hunter-gatherers, whose bodies evolved to eat large helpings of meat and fat. Societies may have changed, but our bodies and dietary needs have not.

Modern life has fueled epidemics of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. But as I’ve said for years, the culprit hasn’t been cholesterol. The real villains are sugar syrups, chemical additives, and grains.

In the late ’50s, Big Pharma and Big Agra each launched their own propaganda machines to blame cholesterol for heart attacks.

Big Pharma wanted to sell cholesterol-lowering drugs, while Big Agra wanted to sell cheap, high-profit Frankenfoods, especially grains and soybeans. Both industries continue to make billions of dollars off unnecessary human health misery.

In 1961, the American Heart Association relied on flawed studies – I call it junk science – when it advised people to consume less than 300 milligrams of cholesterol a day. A whole egg has about 190 milligrams of cholesterol.

In the late ’70s, the federal government also relied on flawed studies when it went on the warpath against cholesterol. It told Americans to give up eggs, butter, cheese, and whole milk. And the same studies led the feds to warn Americans away from saturated fats, like those found in red meat.

Since I began practicing medicine nearly 30 years ago, I’ve made it my mission to expose medical myths like these.

My first piece of advice to patients who come to me with heart disease is always the same.

I tell them: “Your condition can be reversed. But, first, quit taking these cholesterol-lowering drugs. Throw them in the trash!

In my book The Ageless Heart: Advanced Strategies to Reverse Heart Disease and Restore Your Heart Pumping Power, I explain that your body actually needs cholesterol to perform many vital biochemical functions.

Thanks to the propaganda machine, almost everyone on the planet has heard how cholesterol patches the damaged walls of blood vessels. And they’ve heard how patches turn into plaque, growing thicker and thicker… until, the blockage causes a stroke or heart attack.

And most people have heard that they have two types of cholesterol, one called low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and the other is called high-density lipoprotein (HDL). According to the conventional wisdom, LDL is the “bad cholesterol,” because it causes plaque. And the HDL is the “good cholesterol,” because it helps clean away LDL.

That’s not the whole story. Despite what most doctors will tell you, cholesterol doesn’t cause heart attacks. Those LDL deposits are a symptom of coronary disease, not the cause.

Inflammation is the real villain. It’s what damages the blood-vessel walls in the first place. So when LDL patches the wall, it’s just doing its job. And the patch should only exist long enough for the inflammation to pass and for the wall to heal.

Then, HDL is supposed to come along and clear it away. But the system breaks down when there’s too much inflammation and not enough HDL to keep up with the cleanup. The best way to treat this is to reduce inflammation and boost your HDL levels.

But Big Pharma focuses on drugs to lower your LDL, because no one’s been able to come up with a patentable way to increase HDL. But at my South Florida wellness clinic, I concentrate on teaching my patients natural ways to increase their HDL, through diet, exercise and supplements.

I believe one of the best strategies for raising HDL is simply to lose weight or practice a regular exercise regimen, like my
PACE program.

Otherwise, try some of these no stress, no strain alternatives…

A daily snack of olives can boost your HDL. And add them to cold dishes for extra flavor. And eat salads dressed with olive oil. It’s best to eat olives and olive oil uncooked, because heat saps some of their antioxidant powers.

Daily doses of vitamin C, and niacin can also increase your HDL production. Vitamin C is vital for cholesterol metabolism. Both vitamins are necessary so the body can excrete excess cholesterol. I recommend taking 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C twice a day and 50 milligrams of niacin once a day.

Finally, take carnitine supplements. You usually get carnitine from red meat, but not enough to significantly enhance your HDL. Make sure you get supplements labeled L-carnitine, which is the natural form. You don’t want the synthetic D,L-carnitine, which will be no help at all. Take 500 milligrams a day.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

Al Sears, MD

P.S. By the way, if you’re confused by all changing dietary “advice” and half-truths about cholesterol and heart disease you hear in the media, you’re not alone. That’s one of the reasons I wrote my new book, The Ageless Heart: Advanced Strategies to Reverse Heart Disease and Restore Your Pumping Power, which is pretty much guaranteed to clear up any questions you have. It will also show you that in a very short period – by following advice directly opposite to standard recommendation – you can obtain real heart health. If you don’t have a copy yet, please click here .


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2.Szabo, L. “Panel could scrap advice on dietary cholesterol.” USA Today. February 12, 2013.
usatoday.com/story/news/2015/02/10/new-dietary-cholesterol-advice/23174871. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
3. C.E. Ramsden, et al. “Use of dietary lineolic acid for secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and death: Evaluation of recovered data from the Sydney Diet Heart Study and updated meta-analysis.” BMJ, 2013; 346 (Feb 04 3).
4. Calder, P.C. “Old study sheds new light on the fatty acids and cardiovascular health debate.” BMJ, 2013; 346 (Feb 04 3).
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6. Hope, J. “Butter isn’t bad for you after all: Major study says the advice on dairy fats was flawed.” The London Daily Mail.
February 9th, 2015.
7. Cohen, P. “Butter, red meat not so bad for you after all.” cbsnews.com/news/butter-red-meat-not-so-bad-for-you-after-all. February 10, 2015. Retreived February 13, 2015.

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Free-Range Poultry, Exercise

Moving Day is Every Day

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 10:39 AM

By: Dr. Al Sears, MDComputer

I know it’s kind of a necessity to sit at a computer these days.

But sitting for long periods of time, whether it’s in front of a screen or otherwise, can be deadly.

I’ve seen what a sedentary lifestyle does to people because I treat them every day. But what the Annals of Internal Medicine found shocked even me.

The journal did an analysis where they looked at the results of over 40 other studies. Each study looked at risk of disease and early death for people who sit for long periods of time compared with those who don’t, and the effects of exercise on both.

They found that if you sit for very long periods of time, even if you interrupt that with a vigorous workout, you’re still around 16% more likely to die of any cause than people who don’t sit for very long periods at a time.(1)

That agrees with some harsh numbers from a study out of the National Cancer Institute.

They looked at more than 240,000 people, ages 50-71 years old. None had cancer or heart disease when the study started. They followed the people for eight and a half years.

People who were sedentary for more than 7 hours a day – even if they exercised every day – had a 61% higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, and a 22% higher risk of dying from cancer compared to those who were sedentary for less than an hour.(2)

Sitting in general is associated with a higher risk of dying ALL causes.

And for people who don’t exercise at all, the risks skyrocket. A 47% greater risk of dying from all causes, and a 100% greater chance of dying from cardiovascular disease. 100 percent!

That backs up an earlier study done in Australia that looked at almost 9000 people. It found that even after they adjusted for exercise people who sat and watched TV for more than four hours a day had a 46% higher risk of dying from all causes. The risk of dying from cardiovascular disease went up 80%.(3)

Regular exertion does make up for some of this.

The AIN analysis did find what I’ve always suspected to be true. People who get regular physical activity but still spend a large proportion of their day sitting are much less likely to die of any cause compared to those who get little to no exercise. 30% less likely, according to the study.

That’s why I give everyone who works for me an opportunity to get up and walk around, and especially go outside for a bit every day.

Plus, we’ve built a small studio in my new center where we’ve begun holding yoga classes for the staff that begin directly after work.

I recommend you do the same… at the very least, get up and walk around for a few minutes at a time every hour or so, no matter where you are.

Or do like I do and spend 12 minutes doing P.A.C.E.

It can save your life.

To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD

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Resources:

1.Biswas A, et. al. “Sedentary Time and Its Association With Risk for Disease Incidence, Mortality, and Hospitalization in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.” Ann Intern Med. 2015;162(2):123-132.
2.Matthews C, George S, Moore S, Bowles H, Blair A, Park Y, Troiano R, Hollenbeck A, Schatzkin A. “Amount of time spent in sedentary behaviors and cause-specific mortality in US adults.” Am J Clin Nutr. 2012;95(2):437-45.
3.Dunstan D., et. al. “Television Viewing Time and Mortality.” Circulation. 2010; 121: 384-391.

Topics: Misc Info, Exercise

12 Make-Ahead & Take-Along Superfood Paleo Snacks

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 @ 02:55 PM

By: Kelley Herring, Healing GourmetDeviled Eggs

If you’ve recently transitioned to a Paleo diet, you may feel that finding suitable snack foods is one of the biggest challenges about this way of eating.

And while conventional snack like chips, crackers and trail mix are certainly “off the menu,” it would seem that many widely-available foods (like nut mixes or dried fruit) would fit the Paleo template. Unfortunately, many of these contain unwanted ingredients like added sugars, vegetable oil and soy.

But today I’m going to share with you a dozen healthy Paleo snacks that you can make ahead and take along. Not only will these great snacks satisfy cravings between meals – they’ll also provide your body with a powerful source of age-defying, muscle-building nutrients, and are kid-friendly to boot.

Power Up Your Nutrition with Superfood Paleo Snacks

1.    Meatballs & Sliders:  Packed with protein and freezer-friendly, meatballs and sliders made with ground grass-fed beef, bison or turkey are a great way to satisfy a craving fast and keep you full until meal time. You can make them plain, add your toppings of choice later, or even include some ethnic seasonings for more interest. For Thai-style, add coconut aminos, lemongrass and ginger. For Mediterranean, try thyme, oregano and basil.

2.    Paleo Muffins: Great for breakfast, after a workout or as an afternoon snack with a smear of Kerrygold butter, paleo muffins made with coconut flour and almond flour are a great way to scratch the itch for bread… without derailing your diet on grains. Add organic pumpkin, chia and blueberries for more nutrients and great flavor.

3.    Rumaki: Looking for a great way to sneak more superfood liver in your diet? The mock-Polynesian recipe of rumaki - chicken livers and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon is a great way. Opt for coconut aminos in place of the soy sauce.

4.    Boiled or Deviled Eggs:  Keeping your fridge stocked with soft or hard boiled eggs is a great way to have quick nutrient-rich Paleo snacks on hand. For a more culinary-inspired treat, mix the yolks with mashed avocado or Paleo mayo for tasty and satiating Paleo Deviled Eggs.

5.    Wild Shrimp Cocktail: Three ounces of shrimp provides 18 grams of thermogenic protein plus 48% of the daily value for the antioxidant micronutrient selenium. Dip in homemade cocktail sauce spiked with cayenne or smoked paprika for a light snack that will fill you up.

6.    Baked Egg Cups: Not just for breakfast, muffin-tin egg cups make a great protein-packed snack any time of day. Simply add 8 organic pastured eggs to a large bowl and whisk in your cooked meat and toppings of choice. Pour the mixture into a well-greased muffin tin (liners may work even better) and bake about 20 minutes at 350 F. Some of my favorite mix-ins include: spicy bison chorizo or pork sausage, salsa, grilled veggies and raw cheddar cheese.

7.    Pastured Chicken Drumsticks: Filling, portable and protein rich, marinate drumsticks in your favorite seasonings and grill or bake for a delicious between-meal snack.

8.    Multi-Mineral Snack Mix: Make your own shelf-stable Paleo trail mix in batches and keep on hand for quick grab and go snacks. Add selenium-rich Brazil nuts, zinc-rich pumpkin seeds, almonds, walnuts, cashews (all soaked and dehydrated, preferably), and some organic mulberries, goji berries or raisins.

9.    Jerky & Pemmican: Loved by athletes for a power-packed source of fuel, grass-fed beef and bison jerky and pemmican make great Paleo snacks that are mess-free and easy to take along.

10.    Pork Rinds: Pastured pork rinds are a great way to get a carb-free crunch fix while providing your body with zero glycemic impact cell-building protein. In fact, a 1-ounce serving of pork rinds contains zero carbohydrates, 17 grams of protein and 9 grams fat. That's nine times the protein and less fat than you'll find in a serving of carb-rich potato chips.

11.    Canned Sardines, Mackerel & Salmon:  Power-packed sources of essential omaga-3 fatty acids, enjoying a serving of canned wild fish as a snack is a great way to optimize your intake of these vital fats. Enjoy them straight out of the can or mix with Paleo mayo and spread on grain-free crackers for a tasty, healthy treat.

12.    Superfood Smoothies: Made with organic, non-denatured whey protein, organic berries and greens (try kale, spinach and parsley), a protein-packed smoothie is a great way to get more nutrition into your day and can be especially helpful for picky eaters.

Sticking With It: How Paleo Snacks Keep You on Track

Having plenty of healthy snacks on hand doesn’t just make for more convenience. It can also help you stay on track and avoid temptations that can derail your healthy progress while ensuring that you get the most nutrient bang per bite.

What are some of your favorite Paleo snacks? We want to hear from you!

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ED NOTE: Kelley Herring is the author of the brand new book Better Breads – which includes information you need to know about why it is so important to avoid wheat and grains in your diet, plus how to use healthy replacements for these foods to create all the breads you love… without the gluten, carbs and health-harming effects. Click here to learn more about Better Breads…Click here to learn more about Better Breads…

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REFERENCES
1.    USDA Nutrient Data Lab, National Nutrient Database
2.    EatWild: The Health Benefits of Grass-Fed Products

Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Paleo, Product Information, Exercise

“Sleep” Hormone Reawakens Your Youth Gene

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 @ 10:21 AM

By: Dr. Al Sears, MDsleep resized 600

You could be 80 years old and feel like a teenager.

Or you could be in your 30's and feel like you have one foot in the grave.

The secret to feeling young is how well your body “talks” to your telomeres.

In doing research for my upcoming book on how to benefit from telomere biology, I’ve discovered an interesting fact. Telomeres have receptors that communicate with your hormones. They talk to each other.

That’s important because your hormones and your telomeres affect aging more than anything else. If they have “good” conversations you feel (and stay) young. If they have “bad” conversations you can age more quickly than your chronological age.

Youthful hormone levels tell telomeres, “We’re still young and strong! Continue to rebuild and revitalize these cells.”

The opposite happens when you have too little of a specific hormone. That signals the telomere that you’re “old.” Repair and maintenance work slows down. The cell takes on older, slower and less active behavior.

One of the most remarkable examples of this is the way the “sleep” hormone melatonin affects aging and telomeres.

Many studies show that melatonin’s antioxidant power prevents telomeres from shortening.(1)

But one group of researchers was looking into using melatonin for eye health. They found that melatonin protected the eyes by increasing telomerase, the enzyme that rebuilds telomeres.(2)

Another study also looked at melatonin’s role in activating telomerase. They divided 37 rats (both young and old) into two groups. For 21 days, one group received melatonin and the control group got nothing.

They tested each group for telomerase activity. In both young and old rats, the ones given melatonin had significant increases in telomerase.(3)

It’s very simple: increasing melatonin helps signal telomeres, through their hormone receptors, to increase telomerase. This helps you build a younger body at any age.

1. To safely get more melatonin, the first thing you want to do is normalize your own melatonin production.

This has a lot to do with getting rid of artificial electromagnetic around you. It can stop your brain from producing enough melatonin. [Note: I’ll be talking to you more about this kind of radiation, how it can affect your body, and how to protect yourself from it in an upcoming issue of my Confidential Cures newsletter. Please click here and subscribe now so you can be the FIRST to get this vital information.]

You should try to make yourself aware of electronic signals in your bedroom.

    - Do you listen to the radio while you’re trying to sleep by sending music from your smartphone to a Bluetooth speaker?

    - Do you have your phone next to your bed at night?

    - Do you have your DVR, laptop, iPad, and phone all in your room at night?

Get rid of them. And unplug your TV at night. These disrupt nighttime melatonin production.

2. Once you’ve stabilized and enhanced your natural melatonin function, then you can look for ways to get more of it for the anti-aging effect.

I’ve called melatonin a “hormone,” and it is. And I know that for some people, that can seem frightening. People have experienced side effects from artificial hormones.

But natural hormones at proper levels are completely safe. Melatonin is amongst the safest. There is no evidence to date to tarnish its perfect safety record.(4)

Even though foods like pineapples, bananas, oranges, oats, sweet corn, rice, tomatoes and barley contain melatonin, getting enough from your diet is very difficult.

Instead, it’s best to find a completely natural and high-quality melatonin supplement.

Many doctors and health experts recommend about 3mg a day for treatment. Around 500 mcg is for prevention. That’s fine for eye health and as a sleep aid. But to increase telomerase expression and help lengthen your telomeres, you need a much larger dose.

At my Center for Health and Wellness, we now recommend patients take 10mg of melatonin daily to kick-start telomerase expression. It’s a much larger dosage than you’ll hear most doctors recommend. But that’s because they haven’t heard of its effect on your telomeres.

One tricky thing about melatonin is the form it comes in. It’s not as effective in a pill because it’ll take longer to enter your bloodstream. And pills that are not well made get destroyed in your gut, and you never get the full effect. Look for melatonin liquids, sprays or anti-aging creams. They’re fast-acting and affordable.

To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD

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Resources:
1. Rastmanesh R. “Potential of melatonin to treat or prevent age-related macular degeneration through stimulation of telomerase activity.” Med Hypotheses. 2011;76(1):79-85.
2. Rastmanesh R. “Potential of melatonin to treat or prevent age-related macular degeneration through stimulation of telomerase activity.” Med Hypotheses. 2011;76(1):79-85.
3. Akbulut K, et. al. “The role of melatonin on gastric mucosal cell proliferation and telomerase activity in ageing.” J Pineal Res. 2009; 308-12.
4. Dean, Ward M.D. “Melatonin: Unique, Potent Life-Extending Nutrient.” Vitamin Research News: Anti-Aging Supplement Review and Update Part 3, August 2004, p 14.

Topics: Misc Info, Exercise

Superhero Snack Company!

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 @ 11:33 AM

"Are you ready? Because there has never been a bar like this before. As an Olympic athlete I ate a lot of bars, I depended on them, they were literally a part of my daily life and job! As an athlete I thought of food as fuel or energy, boy was I wrong. Too focused on the numbers I wasn’t even paying attention to what I was eating. Piles of protein powders, concentrated sugars like brown rice syrup, chemically processed things like sugar alcohols and things like natural flavors...whatever those are! Sure they were calories, they gave me “energy”, they allowed me to run around for a bit longer...but where was the nutrition?"

- Kristen Buchanan, Founder & CEO GoodOnYA

GoodOnYa Bars    “Every question you will ever have, the answer you will find in nature.”
    - Bryce Courtney, The power of one

I love that quote, nature is an awesome example of balance. We can all get so out of whack in our lives. Friends, love, diet, exercise, you…. Life…. They all need balance. There is even a new disorder, Orthorexia, an obsession with eating healthy. I can fall into this at times because honestly, the more you know about our current food system the worse it is. Do I wish I could just take a pill like in the Matrix and go on eating GMO’s, pesticides and fluoride in my water? No, I don’t. But if you constantly worry about it to the point where it causes you stress then all the healthy food in the world won’t keep you healthy. Stress trumps it all.

I founded this company in 2001 after a playing field hockey for the US National Team for 11 years. As an Olympic athlete healthy food was obviously a big part of my life. But back then, as an athlete, I equated being skinny and fit with health. Sure exercise is a big part of it, but in my quest for gold (and coming in 5th) I trashed my adrenals, joints, muscles and ended up with a full blown auto immune disease of the thyroid. A low fat, high carb diet is what we thought was healthy.  And lots of energy drinks with food colorings, synthetic salts and sugar. (yeah, a LOT of sugar)  Boy what I would give now to go back and make sure I had pastured meats, raw dairy from grass fed animals, good fats from nuts and coconut and better water! Well, actually I wouldn’t go back, I much prefer yoga and surfing now. But I do hope to help educate athletes, moms, kids, everyone on the benefits of real food. I often say “it’s not just about selling bars for us”, and it isn’t. If it was we would have made a very different bar.  One that could retail for .99 and we’d source the cheapest ingredients, add a boat load of sugar to make it taste ok and market the heck out of it. That’s just not who we are.

 

GoodOnYa

Here at US Wellness Meats we are honored to carry all four varieties of the GoodOnYa Bars, packed with real, whole foods and rich flavors.  If you haven't tried one yet, you don't know what you're missing!  These are some of the very best health bars that we have found, and they are a personal favorite of the US Wellness Meats staff. 

The breakfast bars are delicious with your morning coffee, but are just as tasty any other time of day.  The rich flavors of both the peanut butter & honey and peanut butter & chocolate bars are second to none, a hands-down favorite to anybody who tries them.  The Superhero bar is their newest addition and as it's name indicates, is a true super-food.  All can be found on our website:

 

Breakfast Bar

Breakfast Bar:  Organic hemp seeds, organic brazil nuts, organic sprouted flax, organic pure maple syrup, organic raisins, organic sunflower seeds, organic cacao liquor, organic vanilla, organic coconut oil, & Celtic Sea Salt

 

 

PeanutButterHoneyPeanut Butter Honey: Organic peanut butter, organic raw honey, organic sprouted flax, organic sesame seeds, organic hemp seeds, Celtic Sea Salt, organic vanilla

 

 

 

PeanutButterChocolatePeanut Butter Chocolate: Organic peanut butter, organic raw honey, organic hemp seeds, organic sprouted flax, organic sesame seeds, organic cacao liquor, Celtic Sea Salt, organic vanilla

 

 

SuperheroSuperhero: Organic cashew butter, organic ground chia seeds, organic goji berries, organic cashews, organic raw cacao powder, organic raw honey,  organic lucuma, organic coconut oil, organic coconut butter, organic vanilla, Celtic Sea Salt and Sol Raiz organic maca

 

These powerful nutrition bars are all certified Organic, Gluten-Free, Kosher, and Non-GMO Project Verified.  They are all free from: Soy, Dairy, Grains, Sugar Alcohols, Natural Flavors (corn) or anything that does not grow on the earth.

Any variety pairs well with your morning coffee, is a great afternoon-snack, and kids love them as well - so throw a few in their lunchboxes!

 

KrisFillatMuch thanks to GoodOnYa Founder Kris Buchanan for her expertise and help with this blog post & for sharing her wonderful products with us.  With her long athletic history and first-hand knowledge of health and nutrition, she has built a successful company based on the idea that "Every Ingredient Matters".  You can find more information on her company on their website.  You may also want to check out their revolutionary new sports drink line: GoodOnYa Hydrate.


Topics: Paleo, Product Information, Exercise

5 Ways to Reverse Autoimmunity That Have Nothing To Do With Food

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 09:11 AM

By: Eileen Laird
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When we follow the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, food is foremost in our mind. We avoid the foods that exacerbate autoimmune disease. We look forward to the day when we can eat them again. And we go out of our way to eat healing foods, like bone broth and organ meats. The right food is essential, but healing is about more than just food. Lifestyle affects autoimmunity just as strongly. Healthy choices turn off inflammatory genes, while a stressed-out lifestyle turns them on. Here are five things you can do to help your body heal:

1.    Sleep: If you’re like most of us in the United States, you prioritize everything above sleep. You stay up late to “get important stuff done.” You rise early to squeeze more time into your day. Some people even pull all-nighters to meet a deadline. Here’s the thing: there is nothing more important than your sleep. That is when your body heals itself. The less you sleep, the less you will heal; this is a biological fact you cannot override. You also can’t “catch up” on sleep. Although you may feel less tired after 1 or 2 good night’s sleep, the inflammation you have ramped up in your body takes much longer to tone down. You need a minimum of 8 hours every night, and 10 is even better.

2.    Get Outside: In modern life, it’s easy to forget that human beings evolved to live outdoors. We are designed to make vitamin D from sunlight, and its deficiency is associated with many diseases, including autoimmunity. Our circadian rhythms are set by the natural cycle of day and night and affect our body on a genetic and cellular level. We are meant to move our bodies outside during the day, and sleep deeply in the dark of night. Modern life often has us doing the opposite, sitting inside all day and then finding it impossible to sleep at night. Our health suffers as a result. Do your best to get outside every day, even if just for a short while. Take a walk, lie in the sun, read in the shade, breathe in the fresh air, you can even work outside by answering phone calls and encouraging “walking meetings”. Remember there’s a world outside these walls.

3.    Learn to Say No: Let’s face it: healing takes time. Not just in terms of patience and reversing our symptoms over the long-term. It also takes an incredible amount of time every day: cooking our food, prioritizing sleep, and making time for other healthy activities like relaxation, exercise, detox baths, etc. It requires putting yourself first, which can feel very unnatural, especially if you have a family and you’re used to putting yourself last. It’s necessary, though. When you’re sick, your whole family suffers alongside you. Prioritizing your health helps everyone. So, where are you going to find the time? Answer: you need to say no to something else – several somethings, actually. Take a good look at your life and see what responsibilities you can let go and transfer to someone else. If you don’t think you can let anything go, consult an objective friend to help you prioritize.

4.    Learn to Love Your Body: With autoimmune disease, we’ve been told our bodies have betrayed us, are attacking us, and have become our enemies rather than friends. This simply isn’t true. The body’s whole purpose is to keep us healthy and alive, and they’ve done everything in their power to do so, until they could do no more. Symptoms are their way of telling us something is wrong, and autoimmunity is a miscommunication within the body, not an intentional war within. If we want to heal, it’s much more effective to realize that we are one with our bodies. We can’t live without them. When we get angry, blame and hate our bodies, we’re actually hating ourselves. That’s not a healing stance and often leads to bad choices. Practice loving your body (and yourself) instead. If your child is sick, do you get mad at them, or do you nurture them, and do everything in your power to help them be well? Don’t our bodies deserve that same unconditional love? Don’t we?
 
5.    Take a Computer-Free Day: I saved this one for last, because it gives you the chance to turn off your computer as soon as you finish this article. Have you noticed that your attention span is really short lately? That you can’t sit still, you lack focus, you bore easily, you feel anxious all the time, and are easily irritated? These are all direct effects of constant intermittent use of the computer throughout the day and night. This includes smartphones, tablets and desktops. Partly it’s how we use them – in small time fragments every few minutes throughout the day. Partly it’s the blue light they emit at night that’s over-stimulating to our brains and bodies. See if you can go 24 hours with no computer use whatsoever. It that feels overwhelming, start with 8. Here’s a tip: keep a notebook nearby and when you feel a compulsion to send an email, post to social media, or research something on the internet, write it down. You can do it tomorrow. As the hours pass, those compulsions pass too, and a deep relaxation sets in that you likely haven’t felt in a very long time. That deep sense of peace is incredibly healing, and it’s amazing to realize that just a few decades ago in our computer-free past, we felt that way most of the time.
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Eileen Laird

Eileen Laird is reversing rheumatoid arthritis with the paleo lifestyle and can be found on her blog Phoenix Helix: www.phoenixhelix.com.

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Topics: Grass-fed Beef, Exercise

Reset Your Hunger Hormone to Shed Fat Easily

Posted by US Wellness Meats on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

By: Dr. Al Sears, MDWaist

Have you ever shivered on a cold day? Do you ever feel a little light-headed when you stand up too fast? I’m sure you’ve broken a sweat while doing your PACE exercises, right?

What you’re feeling is your body trying to return itself to “normal.” In medicine we call that homeostasis. Your body is reacting to its environment and trying to get back within its natural chemical, hormonal and temperature ranges.

Hunger is a good example. When your energy levels are low, normally your hunger hormones (like leptin and insulin) signal your body to eat. When you’ve eaten enough, your hormones should tell you that you’ve had enough.

So eating enough should blunt your appetite. Your body should go back to a balanced state, and have homeostasis.

That also means that if you gain weight, homeostasis should send a signal to eat less, use more energy, and bring you back to “normal.”

But there’s a problem … in the real world, it doesn’t work that way.

We do eat too much. We have obesity.

You can get fat.

Shouldn’t this be impossible? How can every other system in your body be regulated by homeostasis except your weight?

The answer is in the food we eat.

The food choices you’re presented with as “healthy” are processed sugars and starches, and hormone- and pesticide-laden meats and dangerous preservatives. These foods lack the basic nutrition your body needs.

When you eat these foods, homeostasis tells your body it hasn’t gotten any nutrition, and to eat more. So you eat more of these processed carb-heavy foods that spike your blood sugar. This triggers the hormone insulin to bring your blood sugar down. But when insulin drops your blood sugar too low, you crave even more carbs.

This vicious cycle eventually leads to weight gain that overcomes nature, and homeostasis.

This is “hormonal hunger” and it’s what the modern world has done to you. The processed foods, grains and starches that you’ve been sold over the last 50 years have changed your body so that it overrides homeostasis and keeps on eating.

The good news is, you can reverse the effects of years of conventional food and nutrition. You can return your body, and your hormones, to a “normal” state and never have to worry about getting fat if you follow these simple steps:

Eat quality calories. Conventional doctors will tell you the key to fat loss is cutting back on calories. But it’s not about the quantity of calories. It’s all about the quality of calories. Eat meals based on protein … as many different kinds of protein as you can get. Because protein signals your body to stop eating. Getting enough protein tells your body that times are good, and flips your metabolic switch from “store fat” to “burn fat.” Then your body will use the calories as essential fuel to function at its best.

Eat the right fats.  Don’t cut back on fat, either … Instead, eat the right fats like omega-3s. Your body uses them to absorb vitamins and nutrients.

Practice short-duration, high-intensity, progressively challenging workouts.  Exercise is one of the best ways to shed fat and reset your hormones.(1) But the key to lasting fat loss is to teach your body to burn fat after you exercise – not while you exercise. My PACE program helps your body reset your hormone signals so you can burn off fat.

Take a multivitamin. Unless you’re the rare exception, you’re probably not getting the nutrition you need from food. Choose a brand you trust, with natural forms of the nutrients, so you can actually absorb them and they’re available for your body to use.

Eat low-glycemic-index foods.  High-glycemic-index foods, which are usually the processed ones, are loaded with sugars, starches and grains and cause hormonal hunger. But low-glycemic-index foods – foods that don’t raise your blood sugar – that are also the most nutrient-dense curb your appetite and you’ll shed fat in no time. These include seeds, nuts, wild-caught salmon, grass-fed beef, free-range poultry, eggs, berries and fruits, and vegetables.

Avoid high-fructose corn syrup.  It’s been found to cause hormonal hunger.(2) One more reason to stay away from processed foods or anything packed in a box, can or plastic container (even if it’s labeled organic).

Don’t skip meals.  It’ll only put your body in starvation mode and make you binge on carbs that mess with your blood sugar and hunger hormones. Eat three balanced meals a day, especially breakfast, and snack on those nutrient-dense foods in between.

To Your Good Health,

Al Sears, MD

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Editors Note:  Dr. Al Sears, M.D. is a board-certified clinical nutrition specialist. His practice, Dr. Sears' Health & Wellness Center in Royal Palm Beach, Fla., specializes in alternative medicine. He is the author of seven books in the fields of alternative medicine, anti-aging, and nutritional supplementation, including The Doctor's Heart Cure. To get his free special report on the proven anti-aging strategies for building a vibrant, disease-free life, go here now. You'll learn how to stop Father Time without giving up the foods you love.
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References:

1. Reseland, Janne E. “Effect of long-term changes in diet and exercise on plasma leptin concentrations,”American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2001;73(2): 240-245
2. Shapiro, A., Mu, W., Roncal, C., et al, “Fructose-induced leptin resistance exacerbates weight gain in response to subsequent high-fat feeding,” Am. J. Physiol. Regul. Integr. Comp. Physiol. 2008; 295 (5)

Topics: Weight Loss, Exercise