Category Archives: Healthy Foods

July 2017 Newsletter: Some of the Latest “Nutrition” Claims in the Press

Summer is here and a Happy Fourth of July to everyone. I hope you enjoy your holiday weekend. This month has flown by as Susana and I have moved into our new residence. Nothing like a move to keep you busy! As such, I don’t have an original article this month, however, I have three interesting articles I want to share.

I’m sure many of you either saw or had a friend or relative question your devotion to coconut oil as a health food as the American Heart Association came out this past month with a hit piece. Or the British Medical Journal saying that unless you are celiac you shouldn’t avoid gluten or you won’t get enough whole grains in your diet. Or what will happen now that California has declared glyphosate is linked to cancer. See below for more details.

RXBARS are here! I am not carrying RXBARS in the office. I sell them by cases of 12. They are $24 plus tax. You can mix flavors to create your own case. If you are interested, please let me know.

Reminder – the next Open House is scheduled for July 20 at 7:00 PM. The topic is digestion: signs of poor digestion, how digestion is supposed to work, how digestion can be compromised, and what to do about it. It should be another interesting session.

Coconut Oil is Healthy
Coconut oil is not healthy and never has been healthy, or so says the USA Today as a mouthpiece for the American Heart Association. Of course we know better, but just for kicks, here’s what they said:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/06/16/coconut-oil-isnt-healthy-its-never-been-healthy/402719001/
And here’s our side of the story:
http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/defense-coconut-oil-rebuttal-usa-today

Gluten is Not Healthy
The prestigious British Medical Journal reports that only people with celiac need to worry about consuming gluten. For everyone else, it’s all in our imagination. Plus, if we don’t eat gluten, we won’t get all the whole grains that are supposedly so healthy for us. We know that to our body these whole grains are carbohydrate and that means they are sugar, and too much sugar leads to inflammation and subsequently heart disease, diabetes, and a host of other diseases. However, the authors of the study concluded, “The avoidance of gluten may result in reduced consumption of beneficial whole grains, which may affect cardiovascular risk. The promotion of gluten-free diets among people without celiac disease should not be encouraged.”

Here’s our side of the story:
http://blog.designsforhealth.com/blog/gluten-free-fearmongering

Glyphosate (RoundUp) Causes Cancer
This is also from the USA Today, but tells us that California has added glyphosate, the key ingredient in RoundUp to its list of cancer causing agents. But what will they do about it? Not much – perhaps require a label!!
Here’s the story: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/06/27/roundup-ingredient-cancerous-list-monsanto-california/103222928/

I hope you all enjoy these articles. As you can see we must always be aware of how things get reported in the mainstream media.

Again, have a great holiday weekend.
Bernie

November 2016 Newsletter: My Most Compliant Client – Likes His Supplements So Much He Even Begs for Them!

Yes, I’m talking about our dog Barry! Dogs are people too! And just like humans many of them suffer from nutritional deficiencies and ultimately disease. Just last year I read an article in Barron’s about the high profitability and growth of the drug manufacturer Pfizer’s veterinary product business stating approximately 70% of US pets are on at least one medication! Most of our pets are eating highly processed cereal based foods. In short they’re on the same bad diets as their owners, so wind up with the same diseases.

I’ve written in the past about Standard Process’ veterinary product line and even linked to a Veterinarian who advocates purification programs for animals. Well, recently I took it a step further and had Barry muscle tested by Sue Howell, a local Standard Process employee. Sue was trained in muscle testing by my mentor Dr. Joe Teff, so she used a similar technique.

Barry is a bit overweight, so she recommended a new diet and some supplements to address his nutritional deficiencies. We started with the supplements and he loves them! Now, every time I go into the kitchen where I keep his supplements he comes in looking for more. And as you can see by the video linked here he devours them quickly! To enjoy the video of Barry enjoying his supplements click here and just scroll down a bit on the page and you’ll see it: https://www.facebook.com/Rosen-Wellness-LLC-112725808745/.

We’ve started with the supplements and Barry’s diet is next to change in a few weeks. I’ll keep you updated on his progress!


Here’s a Happy Compliant Human!

Here’s an email I received a few weeks ago:
“Hi Bernie –
I just want to say – wow – whatever we switched to has me feeling great. I have energy, am sleeping well and am actually starting to drop a pound or two. Soy – no problem, peppers – fine, wheat – find. Dairy – that is a toughy. I am still nibbling on a bit of white cheese but will try and cut that out.
Yeah – another layer of the onion is peeling away.”


The Cold and Flu Season Awaits

While we’re having a record breaking warm day today here in Wisconsin we all know what is just around the corner. With the colder weather comes the cold and flu season. As I’ve mentioned previously I recommend that all clients have on hand Congaplex Chewable and Andrographis Complex by Standard Process – a great way to boost your immune system when you feel something coming on. Take 1-2 Congaplex every hour and 1 Andrographis Complex every 4 hours you’re awake and usually in a day or two you’re feeling fine.

What They Ate, What We Eat

“I eat very healthy.” “My doctor tells me I can get all the vitamins and minerals I need from food.”

I often hear one or both of these statements from my clients.

Here’s my response: It is great that you eat healthy because that is the foundation to build upon. However, it is very unlikely that you can get everything you need from your food. There are two main reasons for this. First, most people have not eaten “very healthy” most of their lives. Therefore they are likely to have nutritional deficiencies. Second, and most important – what we eat today is very different from what our ancestors ate, and by ancestors I mean our grandparents and great-grandparents (think the 1920s). In the rest of this article we will explore some of the key differences between “traditional diets” and “modern diets.”

To get right to the point according to Sally Fallon Morrell, President of the Weston Price Foundation, “traditional diets maximized nutrients while modern diets minimize nutrients!” Here’s why:

Traditional diets foods came from fertile soil. Modern diets foods come from depleted soil. Numerous studies support the reduction of vitamin content of food since the 1930’s. Modern mass farming techniques do not replenish nutrients into the soil.

Traditional diets favored organ meats over muscle meats. Modern diets are almost entirely muscle meats with very few organ meats. Organ meats are loaded with specific nutrients that are essential to that specific organ’s function. For example, liver is loaded with B vitamins and Vitamins A and D. Muscle meat is mostly protein. True protein is important, but so are other nutrients.

Traditional diets emphasized animal fats. Modern diets stress vegetable oils. Animal fats are high in fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K) and do not oxidize when cooked. Vegetable oils are highly processed such as corn oil, vegetable oil, soybean oil, cottonseed oil, or canola oil. These oils are inflammatory to the body. Of course even worse are the trans-fats in margarine.

Traditional diets had animals that were raised in pastures. Modern diets have animals raised in confinement. Animals raised in pastures are generally healthier and eat the foods they were designed to eat. Cows eat grass and their fat becomes Omega 3. When cows eat grains and corn they produce inflammatory Omega 6 fats. Chickens are not vegetarians! Animals raised in confinement are fed hormones to grow faster and given antibiotics to control bacterial infections. We are what we eat eats and these substances are being found in samples of our blood!

Traditional diets had dairy products that were raw or fermented. Modern diets have pasteurized dairy products. Raw or fermented dairy products contain their natural vitamins and healthy bacteria. Pasteurization kills the nutrients or makes them bio-unavailable while homogenizing makes the fats unusable to the body as well.

Traditional diets had grains and legumes that were soaked and/or fermented. Modern diets have refined and extruded grains. Soaked and fermented grains and legumes are easily digestible. Refined grains have the protein and fat removed so we are just left with the starch. Diets high in refined grains keep blood sugar levels high resulting in inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Extruded grains are damaged by the heating process, so even whole grain cereals are not healthy as the fats have been damaged during the processing.

Traditional diets had unrefined sweeteners such as honey and maple syrup. Modern diets have refined sugars and artificial sweeteners. Refined sugars are linked to all modern diseases and artificial sweeteners are no better!

Traditional diets had lacto-fermented vegetables. Modern diets have canned vegetables. Lacto-fermented vegetables are more easily digested, contain healthy bacteria, and have all their nutrients. The canning process reduces the nutrient content of the vegetables.

Traditional diets had lacto-fermented beverages. Modern diets have soft drinks. Lacto-fermented beverages contain healthy bacteria and vital nutrients. Soft drinks are loaded with sugar, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors, and artificial flavors.

Traditional diets had unrefined salt. Modern diets have refined salt. Unrefined salts contain high volumes of trace minerals. Refined salt is just sodium.

Traditional diets had natural vitamins in foods. Modern diets have synthetic vitamins added. Real food has real vitamins and minerals. Processed foods lose the real vitamins and minerals during processing so synthetic vitamins are added back to make the food appear nutritious, but these synthetic vitamins are often rejected by the body.

Traditional diets had natural seeds. Modern diets have hybrid and GMO seeds. Natural seeds are as nature designed. Hybrid and GMO seeds are designed by man to produce greater yield. At the same time they allow for a large amount of pesticides and herbicides which are getting into the food and stay in our bodies wrecking much havoc, similar to the antibiotics and hormones being fed to confined animals.

So, as you can see Sally Fallon Morrell is right. By their very nature traditional diets maximized nutrient content while the modern diets minimize nutrients. This is why it is unlikely that you can get sufficient vitamins and minerals from your food unless you are very strict. I have been brief with all the points due to space limitations here, but elsewhere on my blog you can see many articles providing more details.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

June 2016 Newsletter – Best Nutrition Websites and Recent Success Stories

“The stuff (actually I use a slightly different word, but I’m keeping this G-rated) really works.” That’s what I tell my clients when they marvel at how much better they feel when they change their diet and take a few supplements. But, it really should not be a surprise. All biological organisms are designed to thrive. Provide the correct nutrition and you’ll feel good. Getting out of balance allows dis-ease and illness to creep in.

The definition of a healthy diet has been debated for a long time; probably since the dawn of man. The burning question is who is right? We all have our opinions. I have my favorite sources and I share them below.

And yes, nutrition works! The caveat being – when you are compliant! In today’s world many people have symptoms that their doctors cannot explain and they receive no satisfaction through the mainstream medical system. Eventually they realize that it might be a nutritional issue and then they come to practitioners like me. The majority of the time I’m able to help them and I’ve highlighted some recent examples below.

On a personal note, I’ll be getting married this month to the lovely Susana Trias. I am truly blessed to have met such a wonderful woman and look forward to a long and healthy life together.

Please note I will have limited hours on June 17 and the office will be closed from June 18 to June 27. Please plan ahead if you need supplements! I will also be in contact in the next couple of weeks to remind you!

My Favorite Go-To Nutrition Websites

Everyone has an opinion and now most everyone has a blog to share their opinion. But as I like to say, “Just because it is on the Internet doesn’t mean it is true. It just means it is on the Internet.” If you are looking for sound nutritional information I suggest the following sites:

The Weston Price Foundation: Raw milk, no soy, eat meat – nutrient dense foods – the wisdom of Weston Price. http://www.westonaprice.org/

The International Foundation for Nutrition and Health: Collection of works from the pioneers of nutrition – Price, Pottenger, Lee, Page, and many more. http://ifnh.org/

The Price Pottenger Nutrition Foundation: Works of Weston Price and Frances Pottenger. http://ppnf.org/

Selene River Press: Royal Lee and whole food philosophy. https://www.seleneriverpress.com/

Green Med Info: A variety of news stories. Most focus on vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and other environmental poisons. http://www.greenmedinfo.com/

Natural News: A variety of news stories. Sometimes on the edge of conspiracy theorists! http://www.naturalnews.com/

Recent Success Stories
One of the great rewards each day is seeing my clients healing themselves from a variety of both short term and long term standing health issues. I’m sharing these with the intention for all to see the healing potential within. How bringing the body back into balance with the proper nutritional support facilitates the healing. Here are a few examples of some success stories from the year so far. All these clients came to me after getting no resolution from other health practitioners.

An 18 year old female with diarrhea for 3 years: Turned out it was a parasite from a trip to Mexico. She’s now feeling better. I remember her mother specifically saying, “No one ever asked us that question before.”

An 18 year old female with migraine headaches for 2 years: Turned out to be multiple food sensitivities. Remove the offending foods, repair the gut and no more migraines.

A 20 year old female and a 60 year old female both had unexplained body rashes: Turned out to be chemical and metal toxicity. The rashes are now gone.

A 45 year old female with joint pain all over body: Not arthritis, but an active virus. She’s now improving.

A 27 year old female with joint pain and fatigue: Turned out to be a lingering bacterial infection with complications from vaccine toxicity. She’s also now improving.

A 30 year old female with major digestive discomfort: Turned out to be a food sensitivity and fungal overgrowth. She reports she now feels the best in 8 years!

A 35 year old female with bad breath and strange odor from belly button: The cause unknown, but now it is gone!

April 2016 Newsletter – Introducing A New Soy Based Diet That Gets Your Cholesterol to 150!

Hopefully all of you recognize that headline as an April Fool’s!

Unfortunately there are still many nutrition “experts” and mainstream medical personnel who believe soy is a health food and your cholesterol should be 150! In fact, these are just two of my favorite nutrition myths that I am compelled to debunk each and every day with my clients.

In the spirit of April Fool’s I’d like to review these top nutrition myths and provide you with the relevant information so you too can debunk them. Please see the featured article below for the details.

I’d also like to thank all my clients and mentors for their ongoing support. This past month of March 2016 was the best ever for my business. My business is primarily based on referrals and word of mouth. Satisfied clients refer their friends and relatives and it all goes from there. There is nothing more satisfying then when a client has normal bowel movements after three years of diarrhea or when migraine headaches no longer occur after years of suffering. It is an honor to work with each and every client as they become healthier and their health issues are resolved.

Don’t Be Fooled: Nutrition Myths Busted – Part 1

Following are seven nutrition myths that I come across on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most of them are still widely accepted in the mainstream medical and media worlds (and some even in the “alternative” medical world). Most of these topics I’ve written about in prior newsletters and articles. Since this is a newsletter and not a book I will cover each one briefly and then provide links for your further reading. Also, not to over burden you, I will split this article up between this newsletter and next month.

1. All calories are created equal.
Do you believe eating a hard-boiled egg or a half slice of piece of white bread can have the same effect in your body? They have a similar caloric count. If you cut back your calories each week to lose weight and you keep doing that will you eventually disappear from weight loss? Not likely. For the full story click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=92

2. Cholesterol causes heart disease.
We all have heard of people with “normal” cholesterol dropping dead from a heart attack. Even the cholesterol medications do not state they reduce the risk of heart disease, they only reduce cholesterol. Yet, we need cholesterol. It is the base ingredient for our steroid hormones. Perhaps that’s why there are so many side effects associated with statin medications. The real question is why is your body making cholesterol and what does it mean? Here’s one of my articles on cholesterol: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=279. And here’s a great website: http://www.ravnskov.nu/cholesterol/

3. Artificial sweeteners are safe.
Sorry, they’re not. They contain many harmful (potentially cancer causing) chemicals and while they don’t raise your blood sugar levels (they can’t because they’re not food) they still can cause an insulin response. For all the details click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=251.
If you want even more detail, here’s an excellent web site: http://www.janethull.com/

4. Soy is a health food.
Not really. You can’t digest it, it inhibits thyroid hormone production, and can cause hormone disruptions, plus it is mostly GMO. Other than that – it’s great! Here’s my article: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=243. For more information I encourage you to go to the Weston Price Foundation web site and read their vast collection of soy articles: http://www.westonaprice.org/soy-alert/

5. Eating animal protein causes cancer (The China Study). – sorry, you’ll have to wait for next month’s newsletter.

6. Antioxidants are essential nutrients. – sorry, you’ll have to wait for next month’s newsletter.

7. There is no way to reverse Type II diabetes. – sorry, you’ll have to wait for next month’s newsletter.

Don’t be fooled!!

February 2016 Newsletter – Happy Valentine’s Day and Heart Health

The beginning of February means Valentine’s Day is approaching and with it our attention turns to matters of the heart. Last year I attended two excellent seminars on the heart. The last one I attended was presented by Dr. Michael Gaeta in December 2015 which was his synopsis of Mark Anderson’s Back to School for Doctors 2015 presentation along with his own special insights from his over 25 years of practice. Some interesting tidbits of information and my summary articles are in the first feature article below.

In a related story just this last week, the Express from the United Kingdom featured an article illustrating how the conventional medicine solution of taking a statin for heart health has been linked to an increased risk for diabetes. You can read that article by clicking here: http://www.express.co.uk/life-style/health/639586/Statins-doubles-diabetes-study-drug.

Last month’s newsletter featured several articles about what to eat and how to exercise. I noticed that I have changed a few ideas about the top foods to eat, so I have written a new article to summarize which I call “The Road to Better Health Starts with Food.” You can link to it here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=661.

Many of you have asked about my trip to Argentina. It was fantastic, once we got there! It was great to meet and be with Susana’s family and to meet some of her closest lifelong friends, to spend time on the beach, relax, and to see the city of Buenos Aires. Some of you were following the adventure on Facebook. There was a bit of drama with American Airlines. If you want some entertainment you can read the details below!

Dr. Michael Gaeta and Heart Health

Here’s a few of the tidbits Dr.Gaeta shared that I thought were of interest to pass along.

One half of all deaths in the United States are caused by clots. This includes heart attacks and strokes. Thus preventing clots can go a long way in life extension. The solution to preventing clots is a natural substance called rutin. Rutin is part of Vitamin P, which is part of the Vitamin C complex. Vitamin P stands for permeability. It is the collagen formation factor. We need collagen for tissue and vascular integrity. Collagen keeps the body tissues strong. It is the “glue” that holds them together. Plaquing occurs when there is low collagen. Plaque is made from calcium and cholesterol. It is placed where there is inflammation in the body. Damage to the vasculature has caused inflammation. There is not sufficient collagen to repair, thus in comes the plaque.

For more detailed information regarding heart disease and stroke and rutin I encourage you to see my heart health series of blogs.

Part 1 – Introduction and Heart Rate: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=390
Part 2 – Rhythm of the Heart: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=449
Part 3 – Toning the Heart: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=529

More tidbits:

One third of the United States population is diabetic or pre-diabetic. 90% of those who are pre-diabetic are unaware. Two-thirds of US adults are overweight and one-third of US children are overweight.

Synthetic vitamins have been shown to increase the risk of death by 8-16%. This is why I use food based vitamins in my practice.

Since statins have been in use the studies show that cardiovascular disease risk has gone down (as the drug companies will point out), but..all death mortality has increased. There is a 43% increase in the cases of diabetes if they are taking statins. The bottom line – the statin is causing something else to kill you before heart disease!

The ideal spread for blood pressure is 40 points. That is where the traditional 120/80 comes from. The bigger the difference between the two numbers, the greater the stress is on the arteries. Interestingly enough, one-half of strokes take place in people with normal blood pressure. Since that is the case it puts into question the concept that high blood pressure causes strokes.

For the full blog article on tidbits from Dr. Gaeta click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=658.

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Gaeta, here’s a link to his website: https://michaelgaeta.com/

The Road to Better Health Starts with Food
With the New Year upon us many of us make the resolution to be healthier. In most cases that is interpreted as losing weight. Many of us will join the gym and begin to exercise. For some that will be sufficient as the last few holiday pounds come off. However, to ensure better health in the long term that is not the solution. The road to better health starts with food and drink – what we are putting into our body.

My purpose in this article is to be straight forward and make it simple. Here are the foods I recommend you eat on a regular basis, unless of course you are allergic. These foods emphasize what lacks in many American diets – vegetables and fruit for vitamins and minerals to fuel our metabolism, healthy sources of protein to build our bodies, and healthy fats that are sources of Omega 3’s and vitamins A, D, E, and K. If you want more details about these foods see my blog and other nutrition resources.

For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=661.

American Airlines – Not A Healthy Company
While Argentina was great I have nothing good to say about American Airlines. In summary we missed connections, were delayed over 12 hours, and after all that our bags did not arrive with us. And the worst part of all is they really did not seem to care. For my mental health and for your amusement you can read all the details and the back and forth communication.

While I know it has nothing to do with my health. The stress of the whole ordeal with American also was not healthy. My experience and the customer rankings that were in a recent Wall Street Journal article I reference suggest you can make a better choice of who to fly with and I would encourage you to do so.

Here’s a link to information from that article: http://www.chron.com/business/article/Wall-Street-Journal-names-the-best-and-worst-6759326.php

My complaint letter, truly one for the ages!! http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=663

Their non-customer oriented response, basically a form letter filling in my name and dates: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=665

My response back, telling them I was not satisfied with their offer: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=667

And their final short and sweet back to me telling me to get lost: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=669

I have since filed a complaint with the FAA and they have forwarded that to American. Hopefully I’ll get a more customer focused person.

The Road to Better Health Starts with Food!

With the New Year upon us many of us make the resolution to be healthier. In most cases that is interpreted as losing weight. Many of us will join the gym and begin to exercise. For some that will be sufficient as the last few holiday pounds come off. However, to ensure better health in the long term that is not the solution. The road to better health starts with food and drink – what we are putting into our body.

My purpose in this article is to be straight forward and make it simple. Here are the foods I recommend you eat on a regular basis, unless of course you are allergic. These foods emphasize what lacks in many American diets – vegetables and fruit for vitamins and minerals to fuel our metabolism, healthy sources of protein to build our bodies, and healthy fats that are sources of Omega 3’s and vitamins A, D, E, and K. If you want more details about these foods see my blog and other nutrition resources.

Before we explore what to eat, it is equally and perhaps more important to avoid certain foods. These foods are the main cause of poor health and disease. They are: excess sugar (that means anything that isn’t naturally in the food), high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, highly processed vegetable oils, and trans-fats.

Now, on to the good stuff! Here’s what to eat and you’ll notice there is plenty of choice! Eating healthy is easy and fun. But it does require a little effort as well.

First and foremost is water! While we don’t necessarily think of water as food, it is one of the most important nutrients for your body. Most of us simply do not drink enough water. And remember – coffee is not water, juice is not water, milk is not water, beer is not water – water is water! What kind should you drink? Due to space constraints I’ll keep it simple – some type of filtered water without chlorine and fluoride is best. How much to drink? The rule of thumb is one half your body weight in ounces. That is not universal so you need to see what works for you. If you introduce more vegetables into your diet they are loaded with water.

Eat more vegetables. The best are the leafy greens and the cruciferous family. To ease digestion both leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables are best steamed or lightly stir fried. They should both be staples in your diet. Leafy greens include kale, Swiss chard, beet greens, mustard greens, collard greens, and spinach. The cruciferous family includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, bok choy, and Swiss chard.

Eat more fruit, but don’t overdo it. Vegetables are way more important than fruit and fruit should be limited to 25 grams of fructose per day. The best fruits are berries because they are low in fructose. Include blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cherries in your diet. Berries freeze well so you can stock up while they are fresh during the summer and use them year round.

Eat healthy sources of protein. This means grass fed meats, pastured chickens, wild fish, and eggs from pastured chickens. Except for the fish, these are all available from local farmers.

I encourage you to avoid high carbohydrate foods such as cereals, grains, and rice. But, if you must have something then Quinoa (keen-wah) is your best bet. It is gluten free and is loaded with minerals and fiber.

Eat healthy sources of fat. This includes avocado, organic butter, extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, and nuts and seeds. For those with an allergy to the dairy protein casein, ghee (clarified butter) is an equally healthy option.

Nuts and seeds are a good source of fat, protein, and fiber. They are best digested and utilized by the body when raw and then soaked and dehydrated. Consider almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. They make an excellent snack (please, just a handful).

Find a fermented food that you like. This can be raw sauerkraut, Kim-chi, or kefir. Kefir is a lacto-fermented dairy product. Your best bet is to buy plain versions and add your own fruit. If you have a dairy allergy you can use coconut milk or coconut water kefir.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

January 2016 Newsletter – Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year!! Wow – 2016!

Through the magic of the Internet I can send out this newsletter while still out of the country! I will be back in the office on Friday January 8 just for product pickup with appointments resuming on Monday January 11.

This is the time of New Year’s Resolutions – to eat better and to exercise regularly. So, I’m here to help and make it simple. This month’s newsletter looks at some gems from the past – the best foods to eat and the best way to exercise and the best book on nutrition!

The Best Book on Nutrition

She’s been telling us to eat fat for over 20 years. Always ahead of her times, Ann Louise Gittleman has revised and updated her book Eat Fat, Lose Weight. This was the first book of its kind when it came out. I encourage you to read it. For a nice overview of the book, click here: http://annlouise.com/2015/11/20/debunking-those-big-fat-lies/

What to Eat – 20 Foods You Should Have in Your Diet
I have run these articles several times in the past, but the truth is, that there’s nothing really new in what is healthy to eat! While the articles each highlight ten foods as you read them you’ll see there are actually quite a few more listed that relate to the one identified.

The first ten foods are: Blueberries, Apples, Kale, Almonds, Quinoa, Wild Salmon, Avocado, Kefir, Coconut Oil, and Butter. To read why click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=78

The second ten foods are: Broccoli, Garlic, Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, Whey Protein, Water, Cranberry Juice, Olive Oil, Grass Fed Beef, and Brown Rice. To read why click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=77

The Most Efficient Exercise
In the past I’ve written a few articles about exercise. I’ve told you about PACE and PACE Express from Dr. Sears, BurstFit by Dr. Axe, and the Xiser stepper to name a few. All of these techniques are similar in they promote what is called “burst training” or “sprint training” and now “HIT” (high intensity training). All work off a similar premise – the human body was not designed to run a marathon and the average person does not have to spend hours upon hours exercising to get in shape.

In fact, they even boldly state that being fit is not necessarily the same as being healthy and that many people over-exercise which has negative impacts on their health. This has been my experience with many of my clients. They come to me and say, “I don’t get it. I work out every day with my trainer and I keep gaining weight.”

Body by Science explains all the whys behind this. It provides the research and the science behind how exercise impacts the body. I wrote a series of four articles which are listed below.

1. Introduction to Body by Science
2. The Cardio Myth
3. Fat Metabolism
4. Genetic Expression

So, without further ado, let’s get to Body by Science.

Getting Started With Body by Science

“I don’t understand. I work out every day and I’m still gaining weight.” Believe it or not I hear this question quite frequently. On the surface it seems to be quite the paradox. All the conventional wisdom tells us to lose weight all we need to do is watch what we eat (meaning to eat less) and exercise more. Follow this simple formula: use more calories than you take in.

In the past I’ve explained part of this myth – how all calories are not created equal. Based on what the calorie is from (protein, fat, or carbohydrate) it will have a different effect in your body. If you need a refresher you can find that article on my blog at http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=135.

Now let’s explore the other half of the equation: exercise more. This of course leads to a series of questions. What type of exercise is best? How many times a week should I exercise? How long should I exercise?

For the rest of the article click here: http://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=27

The Cardio Myth
This article addresses the cardio myth. The recommended method of exercise is what he terms high intensity training (or HIT). It benefits both the aerobic and anaerobic energy pathways. Most “cardio” only works the aerobic pathway.

High intensity training is in many ways the complete opposite of what is now known as “cardio.” HIT is designed to be short and sweet. The techniques work the major muscle groups to exhaustion and then you must stop, rest, and then begin the next exercise. Cardio is designed to be lower intensity so that you can perform the exercise without stopping, usually anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour.

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Exercise and Hormones: Fat Burning (Yes) and Fat Storing (oh no!)

This article offers a clear explanation of the actual science of exercise, how activity relates to hormones, and how this determines what happens in your body. In short, it answers the question I am frequently asked. “Why am I gaining weight when I am working out every day?”
The effectiveness of exercise is all about hormones, fat metabolism and blood glucose levels. Hormones signal the body to burn fat and to store fat. High intensity training works the major muscle groups to exhaustion, uses up glucose, and encourages the body to burn fat and build muscle.

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It’s In Your Genes: Ten Factors That Influence Exercise Outcomes
One of my favorite parts in Body by Science is the discussion of genetic expression. It plays a major role in our physical appearance. People can do similar types of exercise but in the end their genes determine how their physical activity is expressed in their body.
Quite simply there are certain things that are meant to be and they aren’t going to change. They show a picture of a forest of the same type of tree, yet one is significantly taller than the others. If you only saw it, you’d assume it was the norm, but in fact it is the exception.

These same basic principles apply to the human body. Some people are the way they are simply because of genetics. Two people could do the exact same workout but based on their genes one can emerge as a championship body builder and the other will not.

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Here’s a link to the web site: http://www.bodybyscience.net/home.html/. There are videos, blogs, and other helpful information. I highly recommend it.

The Road to Better Health Starts with Food!

With the New Year upon us many of us make the resolution to be healthier. In most cases that is interpreted as losing weight. Many of us will join the gym and begin to exercise. For some that will be sufficient as the last few holiday pounds come off. However, to ensure better health in the long term that is not the solution. The road to better health starts with food and drink – what we are putting into our body.

My purpose in this article is to be straight forward and make it simple. Here are the foods I recommend you eat on a regular basis, unless of course you are allergic. These foods emphasize what lacks in many American diets – vegetables and fruit for vitamins and minerals to fuel our metabolism, healthy sources of protein to build our bodies, and healthy fats that are sources of Omega 3’s and vitamins A, D, E, and K. If you want more details about these foods see my blog and other nutrition resources.

Before we explore what to eat, it is equally and perhaps more important to avoid certain foods. These foods are the main cause of poor health and disease. They are: excess sugar (that means anything that isn’t naturally in the food), high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, highly processed vegetable oils, and trans-fats.

Now, on to the good stuff! Here’s what to eat and you’ll notice there is plenty of choice! Eating healthy is easy and fun. But it does require a little effort as well.

First and foremost is water! While we don’t necessarily think of water as food, it is one of the most important nutrients for your body. Most of us simply do not drink enough water. And remember – coffee is not water, juice is not water, milk is not water, beer is not water – water is water! What kind should you drink? Due to space constraints I’ll keep it simple – some type of filtered water without chlorine and fluoride is best. How much to drink? The rule of thumb is one half your body weight in ounces. That is not universal so you need to see what works for you. If you introduce more vegetables into your diet they are loaded with water.

Eat more vegetables. The best are the leafy greens and the cruciferous family. To ease digestion both leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables are best steamed or lightly stir fried. They should both be staples in your diet. Leafy greens include kale, Swiss chard, beet greens, mustard greens, collard greens, and spinach. The cruciferous family includes broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale, bok choy, and Swiss chard.

Eat more fruit, but don’t overdo it. Vegetables are way more important than fruit and fruit should be limited to 25 grams of fructose per day. The best fruits are berries because they are low in fructose. Include blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and cherries in your diet. Berries freeze well so you can stock up while they are fresh during the summer and use them year round.

Eat healthy sources of protein. This means grass fed meats, pastured chickens, wild fish, and eggs from pastured chickens. Except for the fish, these are all available from local farmers.

I encourage you to avoid high carbohydrate foods such as cereals, grains, and rice. But, if you must have something then Quinoa (keen-wah) is your best bet. It is gluten free and is loaded with minerals and fiber.

Eat healthy sources of fat. This includes avocado, organic butter, extra virgin olive oil, organic coconut oil, and nuts and seeds. For those with an allergy to the dairy protein casein, ghee (clarified butter) is an equally healthy option.

Nuts and seeds are a good source of fat, protein, and fiber. They are best digested and utilized by the body when raw and then soaked and dehydrated. Consider almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia, pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds. They make an excellent snack (please, just a handful).

Find a fermented food that you like. This can be raw sauerkraut, Kim-chi, or kefir. Kefir is a lacto-fermented dairy product. Your best bet is to buy plain versions and add your own fruit. If you have a dairy allergy you can use coconut milk or coconut water kefir.

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.

Now’s the Time to Take Advantage of Fresh Vegetables and Their Nutritional Benefits – Part 2

In my previous article I mentioned how this is my favorite time of the year – and one of the reasons being the arrival of fresh vegetables. As I discussed vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The most nutritious vegetables are the dark leafy greens (kale, spinach, collard greens, mustard greens, chard) and the Cruciferous family (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, cabbage). These are loaded with Beta-Carotene, Vitamin C, Folate, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Zinc.

In Part 1 I discussed the vitamins. In this article we’ll learn about the minerals – Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, and Zinc.

Calcium is one of the most important minerals to the body. While we often think of calcium and milk, it is actually highly available in many vegetables. One of the best sources is the leafy green vegetables including collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, beet greens, and turnip greens. Calcium is also found in broccoli and asparagus as well as many nuts and seeds. Calcium is best known for supporting strong bones and teeth, but it is also crucial for muscle tissue, blood clotting, supporting cardiovascular and nerve functions, supporting the immune system and helping in normal functioning of many enzymes. In short, it supports the whole body!

Right up there in importance with Calcium is Magnesium. In fact, they often work together in the body. Magnesium is found in artichokes, beans and seeds (black, green, navy, pinto, pumpkin, sesame, and sunflower), cashews, broccoli, spinach, Swiss chard, and tomatoes. Magnesium supports normal acid/alkaline and blood pH balance; aids in enzyme activation (remember enzymes make everything happen in the body!); helps metabolize blood sugar and produce cortisone; supports healthy nerve and muscle function (it works with calcium to keep the nerves firing and the muscles moving and is involved in nerve signal transmission, muscle contraction, and heart rhythm); assists in forming bones and teeth; and plays a role in nucleic acid, protein, carbohydrate, and fat synthesis.

And, right up there with Calcium and Magnesium, is Potassium! Potassium is found in artichokes, beet greens, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, lentils, lima beans, pinto beans, spinach, Swiss chard, and yams. Potassium is also found in fruits such as avocado (yes it is technically a fruit) bananas, grapes, oranges, papaya, raisins, and tomatoes (a fruit too!). Nuts and seeds such as almonds and sunflower seeds are also good sources.

Potassium is critical for the ongoing health of every cell in our body. That’s a pretty important job! Along with its partner sodium, the two minerals balance the nutrient and waste exchange of each cell. Potassium is involved in nerve and muscle functioning where it again teams with sodium. It also maintains our body’s fluid balance, electrolyte balance, and pH balance. Additional functions of potassium include aiding in sugar metabolism, activating enzymes, supporting healthy heart function, and calming the nervous system.

Zinc is found in beets, carrots, green peas, mushrooms, and spinach. It is also prevalent in nuts and seeds such as almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds. Zinc is known for its support of the immune system but it also is critical in the formation of many enzymes and insulin. It also assists with wound healing, reproductive organ growth and development, and metabolism of phosphorus, carbohydrates, and proteins. Putting it simply – zinc helps many body processes work.

Zinc is especially important for men. Zinc is one of the key nutrients for the prostate gland. Men will want to make sure they are getting sufficient zinc. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.

Please note that these minerals are found in other food sources as well. For the purposes of this article I wanted to illustrate their availability in all the wonderful fresh vegetables (and a few fruits) that are being grown locally and are now or will soon be available to you. Enjoy!

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.