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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: https://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: https://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 https://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: https://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.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=26

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.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=21

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.

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=17
Here’s a link to the web site: http://www.drmcguff.com/. 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.

August 2015 Newsletter – Yours Truly Attacked by GMO Seed Rep

As some of you may be aware, I write a monthly nutrition article in our local paper, the Ozaukee News Graphic. Several weeks ago I experienced a first. My article about the dangers of pesticides, particularly glyphosate as found in RoundUp was attacked in a letter to the editor. The headline read, “Rosen column based on faulty science.” Once I read the letter I of course had to see who this guy was, and sure enough he was a local seed distributor of Monsanto products! Of course he failed to mention that little point in his attack on me and the scientist whose work I shared.

As I wrote in my original article, now several months ago, the more I read about it, the more I am convinced that it is the pesticides, perhaps even more so than gluten, is behind so much of the increase in chronic health problems we see today. This issue of the newsletter contains my original article, Mr. Monsanto’s letter to the editor, my reply to him, and some additional reference articles on the dangers of pesticides.

On another note, it’s almost been one year since the most impactful training of my nutrition career – studying advanced muscle testing with Dr. Joe Teff. What I learned from him has not only transformed my practice but has helped an ever growing client population achieve greater health. Thanks again to Dr. Teff. Muscle testing has helped many people and below is the story of the recent Men’s Wimbledon Champion and his personal experience!

Enjoy the rest of the summer!

My Glyphosate Article Attacked by Local Monsanto Seed Dealer and My Response

As I mentioned above my recent article in the News Graphic was attacked by a local Monsanto seed dealer. This link contains a link to my original article, the attack, and my response to the attack. It is a bit long, but worth the read. For those who want the quick version I’ll provide that below. Again, for all the details and the full drama click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=10.

To the Editor: Glyphosate: Just the Facts

I’d like the opportunity to respond to Mr. Rick Lemke’s criticism of my column which he states is “filled with inaccuracies and bad science.” Here are the facts.

Fact: Glyphosate is patented as an antibiotic.

Fact: Glyphosate was first patented as a mineral chelator in 1964.

Fact: Several studies including those done by Monsanto link glyphosate to cancer.

Fact: Dr. Seneff has numerous sources supporting her work, and has published over 170 referenced articles.

Fact: Mr. Lemke’s business sells genetically modified and Roundup ready seeds.

Fact: Monsanto seed products have been removed and/or banned by: Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, South Australia, Russia, France, and Switzerland.


More Scary Stuff About Pesticides and Glyphosate

Here’s two additional solid articles about the dangers of pesticides and glyphosate.

The first one is from GreenMedInfo.com. This is a great website. Did you know that there are bacteria in the sky? This article explores the possibilities that the same bacteria killing properties of the pesticides on earth (remember glyphosate is also an antibiotic) are impacting the bacteria in the clouds and possibly contributing to the draught conditions being experienced in California. To read this article click here: http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/california-drought-surprising-cause.

The second article is from Natural News. This article explains how glyphosate is used as a wheat crop drying chemical to speed up harvesting. So, in addition to being soaked up by the plant in the ground, there is extra being applied directly to the wheat prior to harvest. I guess that’s our bonus dose! To read this article click here: http://www.naturalnews.com/050583_glyphosate_wheat_bread_crop_contamination.html.

The Power of Muscle Testing

Novak Djokovic is one of the biggest stars in Men’s tennis. After recently winning Wimbledon he is ranked number one. How did he go from good to great? In a recent book he explains it was a result of a dietary change discovered through muscle testing! To read the article click here: http://edgytruth.com/2015/07/13/holistic-dr-has-diet-secret-for-wimbledon-tennis-star-it-worked/#.

July 2015 Newsletter – Summer Means Nice Weather and Fresh Vegetables

Summer has arrived with all its glory – long days, beautiful weather, and from a nutritional perspective – the beginning of lots of fresh vegetables and fruits! While there are a wide variety of nutrition experts offering their opinions –one that most agree on is to eat vegetables! Vegetables are loaded with important nutrients – vitamins, minerals, and fiber. This month’s feature article reviews the vitamins most abundant in vegetables; next month’s focuses on the minerals. With the supply of fresh vegetables it is also a great time to consider a cleanse. Even if you are not up for the full 21 days I have several 10 day versions available as well.

This past month I’ve continued my blood chemistry training and have a new software program that analyzes your results and produces supplement recommendations. More on that below.

Now’s the Time to Take Advantage of Fresh Vegetables and Their Nutritional Benefits – Part 1

I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year. Not only is the weather beautiful and the days long, but it means our fresh local vegetables are here! They are at the road side stands, the Farmer’s Markets, and the CSAs begin delivering. For those of you unfamiliar with the term CSA it means Consumer Supported Agriculture. You (the consumer) buy direct from local farmers who offer these programs. There are many CSAs in our area with deliveries likely into your neighborhood and I encourage you to find one. It is not only good for you, but supports your local farmer as well. The CSA I belong to had its first delivery of the year including basil, lettuce, spinach, arugula, green onions, pole beans, and even some maple syrup!

For the rest of the article click here: https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=12

Blood Chemistry Special Offer

As I mentioned above last month I attended another workshop on interpreting blood chemistry. I find this work fascinating since we all are familiar with the story – someone doesn’t feel well, they go to their doctor and have a blood test, and are told everything is “normal.” As I’ve said before “normal” does not mean “healthy.” Normal means you are under the bell curve and within 95% of the population taking the test at that lab. In today’s world that certainly doesn’t pass for healthy.

Part of this workshop included a software package. This program looks at all the information together, rather than in isolation. It finds the patterns and makes recommendations to bring the body into more healthy balance.

This month I have a special offer – I’ll do the analysis for $50 – one half the normal cost. You can bring in a recent blood test either from your doctor or go to http://www.directlabs.com/ to get a fresh blood draw at a local lab. For more information give me a call or send an email.

Speaking of Direct Labs – this month’s special is awesome – Male and Female Health Check – includes the Comprehensive Wellness Panel plus urinalysis, hormones, and C-Reactive protein (inflammation marker).

Try a 10 Day Cleanse

Summer is a great time to take advantage of the fresh vegetables that are abundant and to a cleanse. Perhaps the 21 day program is too much commitment with all the summer parties? Well, I have the solution – a 10 day program! I have several options for you: – a 10-day detox, blood sugar balance, female vitality, male vitality, or anti-inflammation. For more information give me a call or send an email.

Now’s the Time to Take Advantage of Fresh Vegetables and Their Nutritional Benefits – Part 1

I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year. Not only is the weather beautiful and the days long, but it means our fresh local vegetables are here! They are at the road side stands, the Farmer’s Markets, and the CSAs begin delivering. For those of you unfamiliar with the term CSA it means Consumer Supported Agriculture. You (the consumer) buy direct from local farmers who offer these programs. There are many CSAs in our area with deliveries likely into your neighborhood and I encourage you to find one. It is not only good for you, but supports your local farmer as well. The CSA I belong to had its first delivery of the year including basil, lettuce, spinach, arugula, green onions, pole beans, and even some maple syrup!

Among the few concepts that virtually everyone providing nutritional advice will tell you is “eat more vegetables!” Why? 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 this article I’ll provide a brief summary of these vitamins and how they support the body. Part 2 will summarize the minerals.

Beta-carotene is found in plant food, such as carrots, red bell peppers, sweet potatoes, winter squash, and leafy greens (collard greens, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, turnip greens). Beta-carotene is the plant form of Vitamin A which our body will convert. Vitamin A supports the endocrine, immune, integumentary (that’s skin), and reproductive systems along with our eyes. It is required for growth and natural repair of many body tissues, and maintains integrity of blood cells and epithelial tissue lining the gut, lungs, and reproductive tract.

Vitamin C is found in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, and red bell peppers. And of course during the summer we can get plenty of blueberries, strawberries, and cantaloupe melon – also a great source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C supports all our cells and tissues and in doing so aids the blood, cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems. It helps to form collagen which is in our connective tissue – it keeps us together! It also facilitates iron absorption and assists in cholesterol metabolism.

Folate is found in leafy greens (collard greens, spinach), legumes (black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, navy beans, pinto beans), and asparagus. Folate is the natural form of folic acid used by your body to facilitate life! It is critical to the metabolism of nucleic acids and amino acids. This metabolism is what makes everything happen in your body which is why I say it facilitates life. Folate is at the heart of methylation – perhaps the most critical function of the body. It is beyond the scope of this article but I encourage you to consult Dr. Google to learn more. In short, folate supports overall growth and development and blood cell formation and supports normal growth of the fetus.

Vitamin E is found in leafy greens (collard greens, mustard greens, spinach, Swiss chard, and turnip greens), and olives. We can also get Vitamin E from almonds and sunflower seeds. Vitamin E supports a healthy immune system and proper nerve and muscle function. It is also important to the heart and supports circulation through healthy blood clotting. It keeps the skin and hair shiny and healthy.

Vitamin K is found primarily in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, and cabbage. There are two forms of Vitamin K – K1 and K2 – one from plant and one from animal – and yes we need both! While it is best known for clotting, it is also involved in bone mineralization, a critical part of making bone and promotes healthy liver function.

Please note that these vitamins 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.

February 2015 Newsletter: New Products, New Cleanse, and New Exercise Routine

My 2015 is off to a great start! I hope yours is too! In the spirit of the New Year I have new and exciting information to share!

I have introduced two new supplement product lines this past month. Both of these lines come recommended from highly respected fellow practitioners. What’s great about them is they complement the products I currently carry, enabling me to offer even better support options.

Physica Energetics includes nutritionals and homeopathics; Doctors Research are whole foods products that are Kosher certified. You can read more about these product lines below. As my practice continues to grow it is only natural to need a greater variety of product offerings. Last year I introduced Biotics and Apex Energetics to my mix of Standard Process, Designs for Health, Systemic Formulas, and UniKey. All top quality product lines.

Along with Physica Energetics comes a new cleanse offering – the Restoring Cellular Communications Pathways program. I plan to start it Monday after the Super Bowl, so I’ll have more to report next month. See below for more information on Physica Energetics.

Last month I mentioned the book Body by Science. I hope some of you had the opportunity to buy the book or at least check out the web site. I found a local trainer and began to work with him a few weeks ago. So far so good and I’ll keep you posted on that as well.

And this being February, we will be bombarded by the main stream media with their advice for heart health. Unfortunately most of it is wrong and misguided! To help you through the misinformation about heart health I’m repeating two articles on how to keep your heart healthy naturally: The Truth About Cholesterol and Vitamin B4 – The Vitamin You Never Heard Of.

Cleanse Offer Extended!!

And, since I am a strong believer in the cleanse, particularly this time of year, I am extending last month’s offer through the end of February. As a refresher here it is: It’s a group incentive. For anyone who purchases the 21 Day Purification Program in January, I will put $1 into the pot. At the end of the month everyone who does the cleanse will get a future product discount based on how many people participate. For example, if 15 people do the cleanse, everyone will get $15 off their next supplement purchase. I have ten clients doing it in January, so if you join the promotion you already know there is $10 in the pot.

Nutrition for a Healthy Heart

Among all the nutrition myths still out there perhaps the cholesterol myth is the most dangerous. The bottom line is that there is no proof that high cholesterol causes heart disease. None!

Yet, this myth continues. In fact, your body needs cholesterol. Click here to read why your body needs cholesterol https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=279.

If you want to watch a great one hour video with my colleague Dr. Jonny Bowden click here: http://jonnybowden.com/american-nutrition-association/

A second major factor impacting heart health is the disappearance of Vitamin B4 from most modern diets. B4? Never heard of that vitamin have you? Well, it is a part of the B Complex as it appears in nature – in whole foods. To learn what B4 is and what happened to it click here https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=38.

Physica Energetics

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Doctors’ Research

Doctors’ Research dedicated to providing the highest quality nutritional supplements, in a form that is as close as possible to those naturally found in foods, to doctors and other health professionals. It is well understood by nutrition researchers that we, as humans, should derive nutrition from food. Doctors’ Research products are environmentally friendly. They are natural food complexes which have been shown to be better for the internal human environment.

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The Three Minerals You Need to Balance Your Nervous System – The Importance of Phosphorus, Potassium, and Calcium

The nervous system has two main components: the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is what connects the rest of the body to the central nervous system. There are three types of peripheral nerves: autonomic (involuntary nerves), somatic (voluntary nerves), and sensory nerves.

For our purposes here we will focus on the autonomic nervous system (ANS) – sometimes thought of as the “automatic nervous system.” That is because what it controls are for the most part involuntary activities. It will conduct nerve impulses from the central nervous system to cardiac muscle, smooth muscle, and glandular epithelial muscle. To put in plain English – it tells our heart to beat, our digestive system to move food along, the endocrine glands to produce hormones, and for us to breathe.

The autonomic nervous system has two components: the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). During our normal daily affairs we will switch back and forth between the two of them, but it is impossible for them both to be going at the same time.

The sympathetic nervous system serves as the emergency or stress system. Think of the “fight or flight” response. See a tiger, need to run. The parasympathetic nervous system controls our normal, everyday conditions. In an analogy to a car, the sympathetic nervous system is often described as the accelerator, while the parasympathetic system is the brakes. Sometimes after long periods of stress the autonomic nervous system is not performing correctly and we will accelerate when we should brake and brake when we should accelerate.

While our body was designed to handle stress, it was not designed to handle the constant stress that many people experience. Often people do not recognize their own stress level as they erroneously believe they are handling the stress, or it is how they always feel and do not notice a difference. Yet, their body is under constant stress from both conscious and unintended lifestyle and diet choices.

Both our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems require specific nutrients. The accelerator function of the sympathetic nervous system is controlled by Phosphorus. Phosphorus is energizing – like fire. In fact, it burns immediately when exposed to air! Fortunately our Phosphorus is inside our body!

We are bombarded with messages about the importance of calcium for our bones. Well, without phosphorus all the calcium in the world will not do you much good. In fact, it may cause harm if there is too much calcium and not sufficient phosphorus.

Phosphorus is the second key mineral by content in our bones. It supports healthy bone formation, energy production, cell growth and repair (remember blood cells are made in our bones), collagen synthesis (that’s what helps make the bone), cardiovascular function, and nerve and muscle activity. It is a key part of calcium and sugar metabolism.

Food sources of phosphorus include almonds, brewer’s yeast, eggs, fish (halibut, salmon), glandular meats, lean beef, lentils, liver, milk, peanuts, poultry, pumpkin seeds, wheat bran, and yogurt.

What about potassium? Potassium strengthens the parasympathetic nervous system. It acts like a governor and helps calm the nervous system. It 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.

Foods containing potassium include: almonds, artichokes, avocado, bananas, beet greens, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, lentils, lima beans, oranges, papaya, pinto beans, prunes, raisins, spinach, sunflower seeds, Swiss chard, tomatoes, wheat germ, winter squash, and yams.

Calcium is one of the most talked about minerals and for good reason. It supports strong bone structure, teeth, and muscle tissue, aids in blood clotting function, supports cardiovascular and nerve functions, and helps in normal functioning of many enzymes. Calcium works in conjunction with Phosphorus and Potassium to balance these important systems.

The best sources of calcium are of course from food. It is also a misconception that this has to come from milk. Leafy green vegetables are a great source of calcium. For calcium choose: bone meal, cheese (best are Cheddar, mozzarella, and Swiss), collard greens, flaxseed, liver, milk, molasses, mustard greens, sesame seeds, spinach, turnip greens, wheat germ and yogurt.

For a more complete look at Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, and all other minerals please reference my articles Key Minerals for Healthy Bones by clicking here https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=168 and Know Your Nutrients – A Few More by clicking here https://brwellness.com/nutrition-news/?p=154.

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.

Nutrition Made Simple – A New Blog Series

I’m pleased to announce a new weekly Blog series I’m calling “Nutrition Made Simple.” My tendency is to write longer articles with detailed explanations. It has come to my attention that some clients also like “short and sweet.” So, I will start offer these short blogs that get right to the point – Nutrition Made Simple – one blog per week on Thursdays. Topics will include:

1. Why sugar is bad for you

2. Why artificial sweeteners are bad for you

3. Why trans-fats are bad for you

4. Why saturated fat is good for you

5. Why you need cholesterol

6. Why protein is important

7. Why you need the right kind of stomach acid

8. Why you want to hang on to your gall bladder

9. How prolonged stress impacts the body

10. What specific vitamins do and where to get them