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Get Your Glutathione Guys ….and girls

I could listen to Dr. Hyman talk all day talk about the importance of nutrition… you may not realize yet what a nutrition geek I am. Listen, when you have as many food allergies as I do, connected to as many cross proteins in my environment you start to read about nutrition, a lot. My husband is amazing with all of the changes in diet and living. He has been a ROCKSTAR throughout the process and in fact makes a lot of foods like this weekend he is making the sauerkraut that we’ll be eating in about six weeks. Archaeologists have discovered that early hunter gatherers used the fermenting process, mainly as a means of preservation. The Chinese fermented foods and hailed the fermenting juice as a treatment for many ailments I happen to LOVE sauerkraut, and always have But there is nothing like homemade, and I recommend you try it out.
 

Nutrition, nutrition, nutrition. It’s the root of so much bad and so much good in our lives. The biggest a-ha moment I’ve had this year when I watched and old video of Dr. Hyman talking about glutathione. And that’s what made me do a happy dance when I learned about the Action Whey Shakes made with the glutathione rich undenatured whey. Now not only is it a great product for myself, but it’s also good for men!!

 

Now you don’t have to just get your glutathione from pastured cows like my husband. I am the creator of the Paleo Vegeo lifestyle so I love that you can also get this from holistically good fruits and vegetables.  Get your greens because spinach, broccoli, asparagus are all great sources. As well your potatoes, avocado, squash, okra, cauliflower, walnuts also have high glutathione per serving. My mother-in-law swears by milk thistle and it is an excellent source of the antioxidant compound silymarin, which may help to prevent glutathione depletion in the liver.  I love adding super organic green powder into my paleo vegan protein shake to get that extra oomph as well.

 

Glutathione, the “mother of all antioxidants” in the Organic Shake at Emerals Essentials and what it an do for Crossfit Training Men

Glutathione is the “mother of all antioxidants” and until as of recently the only for of whey out there in the body building / crossfit community was hydrolyzed, isolated and packed with nasty excitotoxins. YUCKERS!! Why do you think so many fit healthy guys are coming into the local clinics with very low testosterone in their systems. Hormone problems have become a huge problem with men, not just women. Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health studied the effects of glutathione depletion on testosterone-producing cells in both young and old rats. Changes in the oxidant/antioxidant environment of aging Leydig cells {testosterone-producing}have been shown to be correlated with the reduced ability of these cells to produce testosterone

The researchers found that indeed, depleting glutathione levels in these cells reduced the rats’ testosterone production by about 40%. When antioxidants were administered, testosterone production was maintained at normal levels, and when a compound was administered specifically to boost intracellular glutathione, testosterone levels actually increased in the test animals. What they found was that indeed, depleting glutathione levels in these cells reduced the rats’ testosterone production by about 40%. If antioxidants were administered, testosterone production was maintained at normal levels. When a compound was administered specifically to boost intracellular glutathione, testosterone levels actually increased in the test animals.

High temperature processed whey creates a high level of toxins that you aren’t getting in the cold processed whey, and you don’t get that glutathione boost with this high temp whey either. Like those in the paleo world have found, the more processed, the worse it is for your body. And if you are someone that really loves to workout, you aren’t realizing how important the whey you are taking is to your body. Physical exercise influences the GSH metabolism in skeletal muscles and your live, and exhaustive exercise decreases both liver and muscle glutathione consistently.

It also helps us deal with free radicals, glutathione recycles life back into our cell…  I love that idea that Dr. Hyman talks about. And with the levels of free radical in your daily life, you do not have enough of it, and that is why this is such an important amino acid. It’s going to detoxify as well. It’s not JUST for men. It works with your cells, and therefore ladies it’s not going to turn you into a dude. It’s not a steroid. In fact, one study involved women with ovarian cancer who were being treated with chemotherapy. Some of the women were also treated with intravenous glutathione. Those given the glutathione not only had fewer side effects from the chemotherapy but also had better overall survival rates. It works with your body, and your cells to make them work better!

Watch this video and learn more about the changes that happen when you add a glutathione rich whey and other organic supplementation into your diet, and head over to try out the Action Whey Protein today to boost your glutithione the natural undenatured way.

 

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Can You Get Fit Without Looking At Your Nutrition?

I hear it all of the time, “I’m just going to change my diet.” But I have to be the first to share that being skinny doesn’t always equate to being healthy. Health is a well rounded creature, and the cravings you will continue to have are directly related to that inner health issue.

When I work with a client I have them record their meals, even if they only do it via photo. I need to know what they are eating. They think I just want to make them stop eating all of the things they love, and I admit that sometimes I will do that. But what it all really is about is getting to the core of what is going on functionally inside of that body of yours. We all have more going on than we think when it comes to how we are eating, and how that relates to our hormones. I think that for women that means Estrogen often enough, and so that is going be the first focus as I go into talking about this more in depth over the next month.

Hormones, Nutrition and Fitness

Hormones – we all have them, we joke about them and women hate them. They are an ever present part of our lives and yet we don’t really as individuals know very much about them or how they relate to our overall health. When you exercise your body then has some increased energy needs.You need to be able to have the ability for the increase muscular, metabolic, respiratory and cardiovascular demands when you step up to the plate. When you finish you will still have needs for metabolic stimulation, repairing muscles, restoring cortisol levels. Without proper nutrition you body may see an increase in blood pressure, start eating away at the muscles instead of the fat, or even slow the metabolic rate. There are so many hormonal responses you could be having if you are not eating properly while trying to reach your fitness goals, and I want you to start thinking about this hormone connection.

For women there is more to it. Young women after they’ve had their cycle will be at the lowest level of estrogen in their month. Women closer to menopause may see a spike or bursts in their estrogen levels. Estrogen determines if those carbs you’ve had or the fats are going to be fuel your body during your HIIT or Turbo cardio session. There are over forty estrogen metabolites and they become good or bad estrogen. It is all depending on where you are at with your hormones really that will determine the type of fitness program you should be looking at, as well as the types of foods to use as part of your wellness lifestyle.

You can’t just expect a one solution all of the time to suit your health. That means having a variety of good, healthy meals and snacks around to support your system. There is more to it that I’ll go into tomorrow, but just know that working out will lower your estrogen, and for some of you low estrogen may be a problem.

What I eat for support

I have found personally that if you have a higher level of estrogen in your body then you need to eat your kale, your raw juices, apples, ginger, lemon. You want to boost your gluathione which is a requirement to break down the excess estrogen in your body. You also want prebiotics not just probiotics.

Also foods in the Brassica family like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, collard greens and cabbage should be considered for someone looking to break down extra estrogen, but I like to cook it to reduce the thyroid imbalance properites.  And who here doesn’t love some cauliflower rice or roasted brussel sprouts?? Or a yummy kale salad or kale chips in the afternoon? The reason why is that indole-3-carbinol is produced by these yummy foods through our bodies and this gets absorbed as DIM (diindolylmethane) in the small intestine. This has been shown to selectively bind to the estrogen receptors in your body. What that means is that these foods will help detoxify the excess estrogen, halt some of the conversions to estrogen into those dangerous metabolites and bring a more balanced hormonal system into play.

Root vegetables are great to help your liver naturally process estrogen. The more estrogen you are dealing with, the more root vegetables you may want to include. Stay away from the bag, sluggish fats that you may want to pile on those because that will slow down your liver and slow down the body natural processes.

Lignans can interfere with the natural production of estrogen, and if your body can’t handle the estrogen it’s already dealing with, this can be a problem. This is why soy is so bad for those women with metabolic issues as well. Women with estrogen dominance should stay away from over indulging in nuts. Those that are high in phytoestrogens are sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pistachio. Also almonds are a little higher, too. Women with major metabolic issues may even want to steer clear of walnuts, hazelnuts and dare I say cashews. Sorry, ladies. Flax seed and other seeds and nuts can also be added to your diet, but don’t over do it. You can also add in some soaked legumes, pea protein, cold washed soy protein, good fatty fish like wild caught salmon, and make sure if you are lower in estrogen you get plenty of fruits and vegetables, especially after a hard workout. Vitamin C and complex B vitamins are essential in raising your estrogen levels back up after a workout and keeping headaches, daytime fatigue, dry skin and an inability to focus in on tasks at work.

For women going into menopause with those major bursts of estrogen foods like bok choy, swiss chard and then those soaked and sprouted quinoa and buckwheat items are actually great here as well as the complete shake. This is where you are going to get the nutrients and the fiber your body needs to flush the estrogen out of your body quickly and efficiently. And when you are dealing with those mood swings you need to make sure you are getting enough of those essential fatty acids. You can eat avocados, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots, beets to help with some additional vitamin A to support your hormonal swings.

The gut to muscle connection, or what the body builder can learn from autism’s leaky gut

The gut to muscle connection

The autistic spectrum gut is inflamed they have found in the pathology studies and there appears that there is a mutually amplified feedback loop between gut inflammation and constipation or diarrhea, reflux, increased intestinal issues and nitric oxide (or we’ll call it NO) that are very similar to colitis. Plasma nitrite + nitrate levels correlate with leaky gut. More reasons why I recommend reducing this from you and your child’s diet. The young gut is so sensitive, and the spectrum gut is uniquely sensitive. Too much of this NO can deplete antioxidant defense, depress the levels of GSH (glutathione) which means that the increase in NO binds the GSH so that it cannot support the system.

Barbara Christensen I The Paleo Vegetarian I Gut To Muscle Connection

If you think about this more deeply like a trainer, NO increases exercise induced vasodilation (widening blood vessels) as well as cell volumization (fill the balloon with water and you increase its capacity) by routing water and nutrients preferentially to the muscle cell elsewhere. Cell volume is critical for getting amino acids inside the cell. Those amino acids are so important, along with essential fatty acids, phospholipids (such as lecithin), vitamins (especially certain B vitamins), antioxidants and micronutrients (especially zinc) in maintaining the integrity of the intestine’s leak-proof lining. And of course we now know that with NO synthesis blocked you have greatly reduced gains in muscle mass. I know a lot of people have heard in the spectrum circle of “low muscle tone”. And there was a great quote on a website I saw recently that said:

“Your kid seems perfectly good with their muscles – they are strong, they run round with boundless energy, but they have trouble doing things. You have likely been given the standard explanation about your kid’s muscles being floppy and you just cannot see it in your kid.”

That is because of this NO synthesis being blocked is giving you floppy muscles… yes that is right. It’s a true story.

There are a few very essential items that you can do to really support yourself if you have leaky gut, or to support your child. Or even to make sure that you are getting the best results for your daily workout.

First you want to make sure that you are detoxifying. Without the support of your glutathione you can’t support the rest of the system. The glutathione support gut immunity, and so I recommend two items. First off is a great undenatured protein shake daily that you can find listed on my post the other day.

Then make sure you are getting the prebiotic and probiotic support in your system every single evening even if your shake has them added in as well. The evening is the best time for this because that’s when the body repairs. I have a time released probiotic that I use as the probiotic formula I recommend for folks who are in need of an after-antibiotic treatment regimen, or who feel like a boost would be beneficial. Dairy-free and wheat free, PB Assist+ is a time-released double-encapsulated formula that delivers 5 billion CFUs (colony forming units) plus soluble fiber in the form of fructo-oligosaccharides that encourages culture adhesion and growth past the stomach acid stage of digestion.

You want to make sure if eating meat you are totally uncured, no nitrite or nitrates. Make sure you are careful about the dentists chair using the “laughing gas” as well. You do want to keep those levels down in your body if you struggle with decreasing them.

Avoid toxins, which means eating organically. Use healthy, non-toxic cleaning products. I mainly make my own with my essential oils, or I buy them from sustainable, non-toxic companies. Stay away from the drive through food stores, and then at home stay away from highly heated greasy items. I use coconut oil and rarely cook at a very high heat.

Detox and the role in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The information I learned that effects those wishing to detox, with CFS

My daughter had a lot of tummy issues when she was born. The more or less forced us into taking her off of goats milk, and into 9 months of horror. She wouldn’t nurse because afterwards she would just scream. They wanted me to give up dairy, and grains, and I was already not well myself most of the time. I didn’t see how I could possibly eliminate more food from my plate. Who know several years later I would just that, but I wasn’t in a place where I could do that at that moment. So they put her on expensive formula, and then acid reflux medication, and getting to a year was something I just couldn’t wait to hit.

We were doing all organics, and as she started eating we were doing all pastured meats too. The majority of her diet was dairy. As was mine. What I didn’t know was that there is something called a dysfunctional methylation cycle. My daughter lived on organic chocolate milk, cheese sticks and yogurt squeezers. Sound familiar to any one else out there?

So what effect does this have on the body? 

So dairy, as we know from me talking about the Ocean Avenue shake, or at least undenatured whey gives you this boost to glutathione. Some of what she was getting should have been giving her some of this natural glutathione support. The belief is that for those with CFS or those on the Autism spectrum, that there is digestive issues that surround both gluten and casein. Casein is in all of those yummy dairy products.

But WHAT if the real problem is with an inability to detox, and we’re filling our bodies with hormones and items that will ferment in the digestive tract. We have all of this sugar too. Then we have an overgrowth of candida, and our bodies still can’t detoxify. We start filling up with all sorts of other toxins from our environment and our foods. Our bodies cannot react in any other way beyond: Fatigue, Inflammation, Pain, Problems Regulating Our Emotions, Sleep Dysfunction and other symptoms encompassing the brain. All of these items can be found to be very similar to both CFS and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Many CFS patient have low glutathione levels. Many of those on the Autism Spectrum have low glutathione levels. If you struggle to use the glutathione that is entering your body – then all of these items would start being problems for you, because you need glutathione support in your system. But your system is struggling in the glutathione production department.

There is also the production of melatonin from serotonin as well as the metabolism of the catecholamines require methylation, without this we see sleep dysfunction. It’s all connected. Now when my daughter is tired, she gets irritable and is a totally different person. When I am feeling fatigued by my adrenal issues I am the same way, cranky, maybe hyperactive, and irritable. What if that is the problem for your autistic child when they creatively yell or throw a tantrum. Fatigue maybe?

At the International Conference of the AACFS they talked a lot about the methylation cycle, how it’s a major part of the biochemistry of sulfur and methyl groups in the body. How it’s tightly linked to folate metabolism (think about MTHFR) and B12 and enabling the use of these amino acids to provide energy to the cells. And with 40% of the population carriers of the MTHFR genetics, 10% where this has been activated through birth or epigenitics… and then approximately 1/3 of Americans who are missing an important gene needed to create and recycle glutathione and we have now created a mess that is going to be a breeding ground for more CFS kids, and yes there is guides for kids with CFS/ME now…which breaks your heart. And I know I’m seeing a greater number of children being determined to be on the spectrum, as well. So there has to be something more to this.

The Paleo Vegeo I Paleo Vegetarian I Barbara Christensen, HLWC, CPT, SN

I know that this is really just me talking out loud, and you may or may not understand what I am talking about, or you may think it’s all hooey. But I think it’s something important to think through. Dr. Wilson talked about sulfur, and I just didn’t get it … until now. If you can’t effectively detox, then you won’t ever heal. For every CFS patient out there, I think this one sentence is huge!! You know more than anyone how much you want to heal up and feel better.

I believe what happened to me when I went on the two week vacation was what they call Relapsing.

Relapsing (Crashing) (160): Many CFS patients have chronically low glutathione levels. According to this Hypothesis, when the level of stressors is temporarily increased, the levels of reduced glutathione become more severely depleted, and this produces the so-called crashing phenomenon. After a period of rest, reduced glutathione levels are increased to the chronically low levels that existed prior to the increased stressors.

So I am going to work on some of this information over the next few months and see if I can create a parent/child friendly detox program that we can both do together and see what we find. In the meantime, we’ll be getting our sulfur

Baby Medication Causes Greater Risks of Asthma

Baby Medication Causes Greater Risk Of Asthma Research in the UK says

I read a really interesting article about the UK based medication for children, called Calpol. Over the last 50 years the increase in asthma cases of children has continued to grow. In fact in the UK it has doubled! An I can tell you that despite everything I’ve done for my daughter, she also suffered with asthma – and it was very frustrating to me. So what is Calpol? Calpol is made by Johnson & Johnson, and is acetaminophen. Sound familiar? Here in the United States we give our children something similar called Tylenol. They found that if your child received this medication just once a month they would be 5 times more likely to have asthma. FIVE TIMES!!  

The children that has even one dose anytime before their first birthday were 60% more at risk of asthma, the European Journal of Public Health found. How many of you have given your baby Tylenol before receiving any of the four times they are given a vaccine during their first year?

Why does this baby medication cause this asthmatic risk?

I believe, like many experts this is due to the depletion of your glutathione by acetaminophen. If you keep your glutathione levels up, the damage from the Tylenol may be largely preventable.

“Glutathione detoxifies acetaminophen, but once glutathione is depleted there can be significant cell death in the liver [THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE; Flanagan,RJ; 91(Suppl C):131S-139S (1991)].

I took my daughter off of dairy (except undenatured whey) several years ago, and her asthmatic issues really improved. In fact, our commercially short pasteurized high temp processed milk has 30% less whey protein than raw milk, and the regular pasteurized and homogenized has 87% less…  which reduces the glutathione boosting benefits. Eating (drinking) dietary glutathione protects our lungs from oxidative assault. If you aren’t eating properly during breastfeeding, or giving your child formula they are missing out on this. My daughter struggled to nurse (did you see my article on healthy nursing supplementation), and at that time I was drinking a lot of regular milk. It caused her a lot of tummy issues, and at the time there were so few non-dairy options that were not allergens for me… so we wanted to do goat’s milk, and the doctor’s eventually talked us into expensive formula… so that is what my baby got. And that is what I believe played into her having severe asthma that required her to be on 6 puffs of inhaled steroids a day… until we got rid of the large amount of commercial dairy products she was drinking.

We now do some raw goat’s milk, undenatured whey and she has been fine with that. But I would have loved to have had all of that information all of those years ago when I was first pregnant.

How to get through a healthy pregnancy with proper supplementation I Glutahtione and Chorella and Flax

How to get through a healthy pregnancy with chlorella supplementation 

How to get through a healthy pregnancy with chlorella supplementation using Ocean Avenue WheySmart Shake
B12 is one of the vitamins a lot of vegans have to either supplement with or turn to vegetarianism by adding back in whey protein. You may not know that Chlorella contains the highest chlorophyll level per ounce of any plant, as well as protein (nearly 58 percent), carbohydrates, all of the B vitamins, vitamins C and E, amino acids (including all nine essential ones), enzymes and rare trace minerals.The research I’ve seen says that chlorella is something any pregnant or nursing mom should look into. Pregnant women have an increased risk of developing several health problems, including anemia, protein in the urine and the accumulation of fluid in the body, also known as edema. The nutrients present in these may be able to help prevent some of these problems. They have been shown to cleanse toxins from the milk, and then those toxins/heavy metals are excreted via bowels, not your baby’s breast milk. (Also for those nursing dandelion in a nice organic, herbal tea promotes lactation and can assist in breastfeeding as well). There is an amazing daily shake supplement that contains all of this and more, and it’s fully organic, called Organic Greens Complex. It’s gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, kosher, nongmo certified and preservative free!! 

Natural ingredients and how they support the pregnant and nursing mom

Having a green smoothie is a new daily shake that contains very few ingredients, but those ingredients are very good for you. Both spirulina, which is very nutrient dense, and  the cracked cell chlorella which has the benefit of cleansing breast milk so that after you’ve delivered your baby, you can give him or her breastmilk that is very clean and very nutritious, are options that every mom-to-be should consider. In fact a lot of raw vegan experts recommend them, like Dr Cousens and Dr Clement.

Next we have the glutathione that you get from the undenatured whey, the highlight of my green smoothie that I get from Organic Action Whey. Glutathione is always being required from our bodies and is consumed rapidly when we experience any sort of demand on the body, such as during pregnancy. Glutathione is the mother of all antioxidants, and will protect both mother and pre-born baby from the damages of oxidative stress and free radicals.Many of the birth defects and pregnancy complications have been linked to free radical damage, oxidative stress, and low glutathione levels in the mother and developing baby. Undenatured whey protein seems to be the best method for obtaining the building blocks of glutathione. Supplementing with glutathione doesn’t neccessarily help your body. But your cells make glutathione with the rich amino acids delivered from the Action Whey protein which has been tested for heavy metals which most whey shakes have not. 

Another factor that pregnant moms need to be aware of is fiber. Even before getting pregnant they recommend that you pump up that fiber. It will make you less likely to develop gestational diabetes, researchers report in the October edition of Diabetes Care. Flaxseed meal supplies not only the rich omega-3’s for your baby’s developing brain, but also the lignans, and soluble and insoluble fiber. This mediates the glycemic impact of your foods. I like to add flaxseed and fresh fruit to my smoothie to get all of that. 

During pregnancy, vitamin C is recommended for the mother’s bone and also to help in prevention of child deformities, and the acerola fruit is an amazing source of that necessary vitamin. The most common source of natural vitamin C for a pregnant mom would be citrus, rose hips or acerola berries. And you also know the importance of getting a proper supply of folate, a nutrient that aids in the development of the fetus and helps to prevent birth defects. The acerola berry (another great ingredient in the Organic Greens Complex) is a great natural source of folate and assists in healthy cell growth and works to prevent heart disease. Now, I am not a doctor, and so you should always run any nutritional supplementation past your own OBGYN before getting started with a new supplement during your pregnancy. 

Glutathione is an effective antioxidant that fights free radicals in your body

Glutathione is an effective antioxidant that fights free radicals in your body

Glutathione is such an amazing antioxidant, and the more I learn about it, the more excited I get. Ever wonder why some people get sick and others don’t? Higher glutathione levels means you have stronger defenses. Even germs you already have will clear up when your immune system starts kicking. This antioxidant action also detoxifies your liver, helping you be less sensitive to allergens {my favorite part!}, and removes the toxins that can lead to cancer and other diseases.I read recently about how the amino acid cysteine is often used in supplement form to treat respiratory conditions, as well as other conditions. I have a lot of friends that are either suffering from continued respiratory issues, or with Hurricane Sandy they’ve got some serious issues with mucus and breathing that have been brought up by the damage and the lingering mold issues. So cysteine most typically comes in its acetylcysteine form when used as a supplement, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. Once taken, your body converts the supplement into cysteine, then to glutathione. It’s the glutathione that is the key here… and you can get that from a great undenatured whey product

mother nature conveniently placed GSH (glutathione) in the lung lining fluid to offset the harm of pollutants, smoke, chemicals

When you are sick you probably use guaifenesin ( Mucinex) alone or a combined with cough syrup. They prescribed this to get through the worst part of your cold, but it is not recommended for chronic, ongoing problems because guaifenesin stimulates lubrication of the lungs. So doing more research I found that they have proven that, without exception, every lung patient has decreased, deficient levels of glutathione (GSH) in their lung lining fluid. WOW! Who knew. Your lungs are exposed to everything in the air and so mother nature conveniently placed GSH in the lung lining fluid to offset the harm of pollutants, smoke, chemicals…you know all of those toxins that you are breathing in on a daily basis. But after long-term respiratory issues and over-exposure to these elements your GSH supply becomes inadequate and that’s when the lungs start losing ground.

When you already have a problem with mucus and breathing, the last thing you need is a cold or bronchitis. It takes you longer to get over it the more times it happens. Each time our founder got bronchitis, it was worse and lasted longer. It left damage, and deepened the cycle of mucus and vulnerability. In fact in Europe they are already using glutathione rich products and glutathione creating medications for Cystic Fibrosis patients. In patients with cystic fibrosis the levels of glutathione in the lung drop. They are using glutathione products to increase the levels of glutathione, and they believe to reduce inflammation and
help maintain normal composition of mucus. This way it is expected to relieve the symptoms of the
patients.

I love this video where Dr. Oz talks about glutathione – and I hope that you will research how it can help you.