Interviewee #023 – Natalie Shaul on Stress, Mental Clarity & Physical Wellness

A super compelling podcast on how one’s mind can affect the body. On today’s show, Natalie Shaul joined me to talk about some great ways to deal with bloating, gut health in general, adding in different foods, and how she overcame a relentless amount of symptoms that were hovering over her for a decade and a half. 

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Things we discussed:

Her journey to where she is currently.

Good environment and a good childhood.

Believing she couldn’t complain because of how she was brought up. 

Health issues that lingered over time. 

What the causes are of  autoimmune and hyper-thyroid?

Causes of mercury poisoning.

What was the step-by-step recovery process to mitigate the symptoms?

Her meeting with Lewis.

More steps to combat her health issues.

 

Three things and actionable steps for the listeners.

Sleep deprivation.

Inflammatory foods.

Bloating and gut health.

Apple cider and how to make them. 

Sugary foods.

Probiotics.

Food and beverages that are good for your overall gut health. 

Her diet for breakfast.

Myths of overeating. 

Olive oil and omega fats.

Advantages of avocados.

Echinacea and its advantages

Turmeric and other spices that could be implemented in your diet. 

Physical fitness.

Yoga, detoxification and using a sauna. 

Three ultimate things for self-case.

Listen to “Interviewee #024 – Natalie Shaul on Stress, Mental Clarity & Physical Wellness” on Spreaker.

 

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5 Days In – Herbalife Probiotics Working Like A Charm!

With a video down below, I can’t be anymore happier to introduce you to the absolute wonder of probiotics and how it promotes a healthy gut.

12-19% Americans are constipated on a routine basis.  That’s literally between 50-60 million people, as Dr. Mark Hyman has said.  Some of my students say they go to the restroom twice a week, which is unbelievably alarming because if you have lifelong constipation, that could possibly increase the risks of intestinal cancer.

After eating almonds, avocados, raisins and so many other good fats and fiber, I still didn’t have the ultimate solution to relieving myself.

Well, five days in and this bad boy works like a CHARM!

YouTube Video

 

 

Herbalife Probiotics!

Finally!

It took YEARS for probiotics to make way to Herbalife, and I’m literally welcoming it with  open arms (Mariah Carey style).  Let me give anyone and everyone a rundown of what probiotics are.

First and foremost, both Dr. Axe and Dr. Mark Hyman have gone over the fact that between 50-80% of our entire immune system is located in the gut.  So, if you’ve ever seen yourself getting sick often, look at what you’re eating.  Just recently, my sister’s stomach became inflamed, but instead of looking at what caused it, the doctors looked at it from a financial standpoint.  Sure, let’s give her pills and she’ll be fine.

However, it’s what she’s putting into her stomach which is ultimately agitating her gut.

Just to emphasize what they have said, “many people with health issues, such as thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue, joint pain, psoriasis, autism and many other conditions don’t realize that these illnesses originate in the gut.”

On top of that, 60-70 million people in America alone are affected by digestive diseases.

That’s terrifying!

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. There are actually 10 times more probiotics in your gut than cells in your body.

Your skin and digestive system by themselves host about 2,000 different types of bacteria. Probiotics benefits have been proven effective in supporting immune function and healthy digestion, as well as beautiful skin.

Your good gut bacteria is also responsible for:

  • Producing vitamin B12, butyrate and vitamin K2
  • Crowding out bad bacteria, yeast and fungi

And I can go on to name so many other things, but I think you get the drift.

If you don’t have enough probiotics, the side effects can include digestive disorders, skin issues, frequent colds and flus.  Are you one of these sufferers?

Historically, we had plenty of probiotics in our diets from eating fresh foods from good soil and by fermenting our foods to keep them from spoiling.

Because of refrigeration and dangerous agricultural practices like soaking our foods with chlorine, our food contains little to no probiotics today, and most foods actually contain dangerous antibiotics that kill off the good bacteria in our bodies. – Dr. Axe

By adding more probiotic foods into your diet, you could see all of the following probiotics benefits:

  • Stronger immune system
  • Improved digestion
  • Increased energy from production of vitamin B12
  • Better breath because probiotics destroy candida
  • Healthier skin
  • Reduced cold and flu
  • Healing leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Weight loss

Inflammatory bowel disease.  That rings a bell in terms of what my sister is going through right now.

AND ALAS! Herbalife has their very own probiotics recipe! Here are the contents listed on the label.

Overview
Simply Probiotic is a daily, science-backed probiotic that provides 1 billion active probiotic organisms, which promote digestive health. It is formulated with a powerful CFU GanedenBC30®* probiotic, which is a bacillus coagulans GBI-30 6086, that aids in carbohydrate and protein digestion. This probiotic is tough enough to survive the gastric journey to get to where it counts, helping you feel your best every day.
Key Benefits
  • Delivers 1 billion active probiotic organisms per serving
  • Up to 70% of BC30 cells survive to colonize the gut
  • Helps provide balance to good and bad bacteria (improving the gut bacteria profile)
  • Aids in carbohydrate and protein digestion
  • Made with non-GM ingredients
  • Zero calories
  • No added flavours, colors, sugars or sweeteners
  • Portable, perfect for on-the-go use

So, for those who are constantly having stomach issues, such as myself (because apparently I don’t eat enough vegetables), probiotics are absolutely vital in maintaining a healthy gut.

 

 

Dark Chocolate: Probiotic, Heart Benefits, Antioxidants, Good Fat = Love

The first time I ate dark chocolate I spat it out and said, “THIS STUFF ISN’T REAL!”

My mom smacked me in the mouth a few times and said, “boy, if you do that again, I’ma whip you.”

I’ve always been a kit-kat, twix, and butterfingers kind of guy.  Milk chocolate, however, is not as good as a dark chocolate.  Actually, milk chocolate has nowhere near the unbelievable amount of benefits dark chocolate has (and I’m not talking about the processed junk that most American factories saturate stores with). I’m talking about the dark chocolate from Belgium and Switzerland.

Without further ado, let’s go over some of the unbelievable benefits it has.

Where Does Dark Chocolate Come From?

Cacao trees.  This tree produces a fruit about the size of a coconut and inside this fruit is the tree’s seed – the cacao bean. Once gathered, cacao beans are typically fermented for up to a week then thoroughly dried in the sun.

Packed With Antioxidants

Dark chocolate contains numerous natural antioxidants. Raw, dark chocolate not only tastes rich, it is rich in cell-protecting antioxidants containing eight times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries. Some people would claim that a diet with a lot of antioxidants can actually hurt you, which can possibly be true, but antioxidants inhibit oxidation and delay different types of cell damage.

Polyphenols are a particular type of antioxidant found in dark chocolate, [1]and are also abundant in berries and oranges.

Raw Organic Cacao and dark chocolate rank high in goodness because the antioxidants are incredibly concentrated.

Great Fat!

Oleic acid is a healthy monounsaturated fat that is also found in olive oil and coconut oil. Stearic acid is a saturated fat that has a neutral effect on cholesterol. I talked about good fats in my last couple of blogs, so be sure to check those out, too.

No matter which way you choose to look at it, chocolate is a high calorie food that contains a small amount of “bad” fat. Many studies state that no more than 100 grams of chocolate a day should be consumed and you’ll still get all the health benefits. Don’t get too carried away though because 100 grams of delicious dark chocolate contains about 400 calories. Yeah, that’s a heck of a lot of calories for those who are counting, but it all depends how many calories go in compared to going out.  If you’re in a mass surplus, that’s how you gain weight.  If you’re burning as much as you’re eating, you’re perfectly fine.

If you want the full health benefits of chocolate, I recommend eating only organic raw cacao dark chocolate. As delicious as they may be, milk or white chocolate cannot make the health claims that dark chocolate can because anything added into that chocolate is fat, sugar and additional calories.  So, the twix, butterfingers and other delicious bars of chocolate will have to be weeded out.

Heart Health

According to a study published on Science Daily, eating 6.7 grams of chocolate per day represents the protective effect for cardiovascular health. Flavonoids contained in dark chocolate help to promote normal blood pressure. What a surprise!

Depression

It’s unbelievable to know how something as pure as the cacao bean acts as an anti-depressant.  How is that?! The world of medicine puts people on anti-depressants when they can very well just point them in the direction of dark chocolate?  Cacao beans also contain the amino acid tryptophan and monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors. MAO inhibitors allow the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine to circulate in the bloodstream longer and it is this effect that may help alleviate depression and promote feelings of wellbeing.

One of my students recently had a lack of serotonin for whatever reason (as the doctor said) so she was given pills to help elevate the levels.  Hmmm….the world of medicine, ey? It’s astonishing how the most natural foods, fruits and vegetables that have been on this planet for hundreds of years can help us.

 

Top 10 Probiotic Foods & Why You Need Them

Good bugs and bad bugs for your stomach.

HUH?!

I know, right? Dr. Mark Hyman stymied me when I heard him say that 60% of the body’s immune system is in your gut.

So, lets put it this way, if you feed your body a bunch of garbage, your immune system can technically dropping – which ultimately leaves your body susceptible to any bacteria.

Have you ever seen (especially me being here in Thailand) those people who constantly get sick? On top of that, have you seen what those particular people eat?  My guess that it’s a processed diet.

Moreover, it could be said that between 30-40 million Americans are constipated.  It also amounted up toe 1.2 trillion dollars back in 2010 (http://www.forbes.com/sites/digitalrules/2010/06/21/americas-1-2-trillion-constipation-problem/#5950b62c3c83)

However, with all of that being said, it’s time to get the good bugs back into your stomach. In my last blog I talked about avocados, almonds, olive oil and other things to unclog your digestive system and get you going routinely. Today, lets talk about probiotic foods, which is what Dr. Mark Hyman talks about A LOT in terms of helping you with your digestive system.

1. Yogurt

One of the best probiotic foods is live-cultured yogurt, especially handmade. Look for brands made from goat’s milk that have been infused with extra forms of probiotics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Goat’s milk and cheese are particularly high in probiotics like thermophillus, bifudus, bulgaricus and acidophilus. Be sure to read the ingredients list, as not all yogurt is made equally. Many popular brands are filled with high fructose corn syrup, artificial flavours and artificial flavors and are way too close to being a nutritional equivalent of sugary, fatty ice cream.

2. Kefir

Similar to yogurt, this fermented dairy product is a unique combination of goat’s milk and fermented kefir grains. High in lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria, kefir is also rich in antioxidants. Look for a good, organic version at your local health food shop.

3. Sauerkraut

Made from fermented cabbage (and sometimes other vegetables), sauerkraut is not only extremely rich in healthy live cultures, but might also help with reducing allergy symptoms. Sauerkraut is also rich in vitamins B, A, E and C.

4. Dark Chocolate

Probiotics can be added to high-quality dark chocolate, up to four times the amount of probiotics as many forms of dairy.

5. Microalgae

This refers to super-food ocean-based plants such as spirulina, chorella, and blue-green algae. Remember I talked about a specific plant from the ocean that would help your digestive system?

6. Miso Soup

Probiotic Foods - Miso

Miso is one the main-stays of traditional Japanese medicine and is commonly used in macrobiotic cooking as a digestive regulator. Made from fermented rye, beans, rice or barley, adding a tablespoon of miso to some hot water makes an excellent, quick, probiotic-rich soup, full of lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria.

7. Pickles

Believe it or not, the common green pickle is an excellent food source of probiotics. Try making your own home-made pickles in the sun.  On the other hand, I would just steer clear of pickles – but it is an option.  The last option.

8. Tempeh

A great substitute for meat or tofu, tempeh is a fermented, probiotic-rich grain made from soy beans. A great source of vitamin B12, this vegetarian food can be sauteed, baked or eaten crumbled on salads. If prepared correctly, tempeh is also very low in salt, which makes it an ideal choice for those on a low-sodium diet.  Low-sodium diets are my absolute favorite, so please follow my instructions very carefully or do more research on how to make Tempeh.

9. Kimchi

An Asian form of pickled sauerkraut, kimchi is an extremely spicy and sour fermented cabbage, typically served alongside meals in Korea. Besides beneficial bacteria, Kimchi is also a great source of beta-carotene, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2. Kimchi is one of the best probiotic foods you can add to your diet, assuming you can handle the spice, of course.  However, check the sodium content.  Here in Thailand, kimchi is stacked with artificial trash and sodium.  There’s plenty of GOOD out there.

10. Kombucha Tea

Kombucha is a form of fermented tea. that contains a high amount of healthy gut bacteria. This probiotic drink has been used for centuries and is believed to help increase your energy, enhance your well being and maybe even help you lose weight.

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