Ketogenic Lifestyle Tips for Success

Ketogenic Lifestyle Tips for Success

The Ketogenic Lifestyle

To be successful with the ketogenic lifestyle one needs to remember that it is a low carb, moderate protein and high-fat diet that you cycle in and out of.

It can seem complicated, and you hear positive and negative feedback from different doctors and healthcare professionals. It is not complex and here are a few tips to help you with your ketogenic lifestyle.

When looking at the macronutrients, it’s important to look at all 3. The body’s macronutrients are fat, protein, and carbs.

Eat Moderate Amounts of Protein

Protein burns like sugar clinically, not physiologically. What this means is too much protein prevents ketone formation and elevates sugar in your blood just like carbs.

All 3 Macronutrients are Related to Each Other

You may hear doctors on social media saying they can clinically prove high-fat eating or low carb diets are bad for you. What they are missing is the other macronutrients. If you are to talk about carbs, you must also relate the protein and fats, too in the same conversation. This is key.

For example, If you eat high carbs with fat it is very unhealthy. Eating high protein with high fat is also dangerous. Eating an equal balance of fat, protein, and carbs is also not healthy! What is healthy is high fat, moderate protein, and low carbs.

ketogenic lifestyleCycle In and Out of Ketosis

Getting into ketosis for the first time may take a few weeks. Once you are in it, you then have to come out by raising the carbs and/or protein. Then you go back into ketosis. Cycling in and out is where you get the greatest benefit.

When you go into ketosis your lower your insulin, sugar and mtor (insulin for protein) and other things which helps decrease inflammation and reverse disease. Then you come out of ketosis to raise sugar, insulin, etc. You raise and lower these hormones and other factors on a regular basis.

This is BALANCE. It’s like setting your thermostat to 70 in your house. The heat goes up and down from 71 to 69. Up and down is balance. If you stay in ketosis for too long, or out for too long, you drive these hormones and other factors in one direction for too long. This is unbalanced.

Another value to cycling in and out of ketosis is your cells adapt to using one fuel, sugar, then the other, ketones. It’s like a hybrid car that seamlessly goes from gas to electric then back to gas. Healthy cells get stronger when you cycle from sugar to ketones whereas unhealthy, sick cells cannot so they die.

Depending on your health goals you may want to get into ketosis a few times a year or 28 days each month.

Look at Your Macronutrients – Fat, Carbohydrates and Protein

This is a simple approach to help remove confusion and overwhelm which often lead to frustration and abandonment of a great lifestyle. For example, if you want to be in ketosis eat a 2:1 ratio of grams of good fat versus carbohydrate grams and protein grams combined. A 1:1 ratio for most people will keep you just outside of ketosis.

When coming out of ketosis you could shift to a 1:2 ratio and then shift back to the 2:1 ratio when you are ready to cycle back into ketosis.

Use an app on your smartphone called Cronometer to track your macronutrients.

Be Cautious with Exogenous Ketones

Exogenous ketones are a powder ketone supplement. Going into ketosis naturally with your diet is optimal. Your ketones naturally go up and your glucose and insulin naturally decrease. If you consume powdered ketones, your glucose and insulin remain high and that is a potentially dangerous state for your body to be in. This is especially harmful to people trying to heal from chronic illnesses.

Measure

Measuring your glucose and ketones takes all the mystery out of whether you are in ketosis or not. I’ve had many people they were in ketosis or they ate ketogenically but when we test their blood, it’s as though they had done nothing at all even though they had lost weight!

The diet recommendations measure ketosis in your food. You also want to measure it in your body. The best, most accurate way is through blood testing. There is a device called Keto-mojo that we recommend. You can also test your urine or breath for ketones. These are cheaper and less accurate but still valuable.

Yours in health,
Dr. Darren Schmidt

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Resolving Chronic Illness

Resolving Chronic Illness

Resolving chronic illness doesn’t need to be complicated.

The single most common mechanism of chronic illness was widely known from the 1920’s through the 1950’s. It was forgotten or squashed around 1961.

That mechanism is a nutritional deficiency or toxicity of the liver causing “lactic acidosis.” The main cause is eating excessive amounts of carbohydrate foods, including sugar, that is deficient in all 50 to 100 B vitamins.

Lactic Acidosis is an increase of the waste products of sugar digestion relative to oxygen in the blood.

These waste products make arteries and capillaries dilate. Now the capillaries have an excess amount of waste, a deficiency of oxygen, and a slowness of circulation. This capillary engorgement of toxic, hypoxic blood causes the cells in that area to die. Cell death leads to organ death which creates a classic pattern of symptoms depending on which organ. Don’t be fooled into treating these symptoms; you must treat the cause and the mechanism

LA-image-blogAll chronic disease is, is a gradient level of lactic acidosis.

You can have a small amount in a localized area. In the end, an extreme amount puts you in the hospital. Disease names and drugs are given to treat the symptoms, as the progression of this mechanism continues.

Other wastes that crowd out oxygen in the blood are mold, chemicals, and metal toxins. The mechanism described above remains the same. Conventional medicine ignores these and all of their natural solutions.

I discovered this mechanism from old medical books and nutrition articles to resolve my toxic black mold exposure. Contact us to see if we can help you. You can fill out a New Patient Form or commit to our Long Distance Patient Program.

Yours in health,
Dr. Darren Schmidt

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What You Need to Know About Ketosis for Weight Loss

What You Need to Know About Ketosis for Weight Loss

Our body burns fuel from only three sources to produce energy: sugar, fat, and ketones.

Your body will use the fuel that is most plentiful.

Sugar burns inefficiently and leaves four waste products that cause disease and inflammation. It also burns quickly causing you to be hungry more often, eat more, gain weight, and cause inflammation and disease. Americans tend to have a diet that is high in sugar and thus their blood is high in sugar.

Burning fat is great and stops the spread of chronic disease throughout your body. It burns efficiently with no waste products and maintains energy for a long time but isn’t as awesome as burning ketones.

Ketones are water-soluble chemicals in the body made from fat. To convert your body to using ketones, called ketosis, you must increase your healthy fat intake and reduce your carbohydrate and protein intake. There are several ways to do this.

Ketosis turns off your bad DNA, reduces inflammation, lengthens telomeres, reduces insulin, reduces MTOR, reduces blood sugar, reduces inflammation, turns on the brain, provides incredible endurance, and detoxifies the body. It MUST be cycled until determined otherwise, you do in and out of ketosis.

ketosis vs lactic acidosis ImageGetting into ketosis is an ancient therapy that is best done with professional help. The practitioners at The Nutritional Healing Center have researched many methods of getting someone into Ketosis and when it should be done. Our practitioners can guide you on your journey to better health with an individualized eating plan to get your body into Ketosis and testing to see when you are in Ketosis. We are here to help you achieve optimal health and feel your best! Call now to speak to our Patient Coordinator at 734-302-7575.

What kind of stress do you have?

What kind of stress do you have?

What kind of stress and fatigue do you have?

There are four types—

These are all poorly diagnosed and treated in conventional medicine. Holistic doctors and practitioners like us have a greater handle on these problems.

1.  Cerebellum Stress and Fatigue

Symplady stressedtoms:

  • You don’t want to look at a computer screen despite the work you still have to do.
  • Eyes feel fatigued even with the right corrective lenses.
  • The brain fatigue is worse on Friday than it is on Monday. Some recovery occurs over the weekend.
  • It’s harder to concentrate to figure out problems.
  • You rub temples or forehead for relief.
  • Thinking is slower.
  • Words, numbers, and letters get scrambled in the brain and when speaking.
  • Difficulty to put attention on subjects other than what you’re well trained to do at work.
  • You’re grumpy, and you don’t know why.
  • Cloudy thinking.
  • It takes longer to gather your thoughts or find words.
  • One-track-thinking dominates over thinking multiply.
  • You care less.
  • Not taking on bigger tasks due to inability to stretch mental function.
  • Naps don’t bring refreshment.
  • Memory is not as powerful.

The three biggest causes are: 1) looking at a computer screen 2) thinking/problem solving 3) stressful situations. Doing all of these at the same time takes quite a toll on the brain. Doing them for a week or a whole career builds up.

2.  Full Nervous System Stress

man exhaustedSymptoms:

  • Body won’t wake up in the morning.
  • Loss of coordination.
  • Shaking in the hands when doing fine movements.
  • Both brain and body are exhausted.

Adrenal Stress

Symptoms:

  • Hitting the snooze button in the morning.
  • Needing to take a nap then waking feeling refreshed.
  • Fatigue an hour after eating.
  • Brain works well and fast, but the body needs to be pushed or pulled along.
  • Pain in the mid back.
  • No desire to get off the couch, exercise, clean.

3.  Thyroid Stress

mother stressedSymptoms:

  • Shoulder and neck pain.
  • Gaining weight.
  • Muscular weakness.
  • Hair loss.
  • Fatigue that does not go away after a nap.
  • Short temper.
  • Loss of physical endurance.

When you have fatigue here are a few things you can do to help it. All four of these are equally important:

  1. Reboot your nervous system by looking at things outside while you go for a walk. As you walk, keep looking at objects and call them out to yourself verbally or in your head. “Tree, sidewalk, car, cloud, leaf, window.” Keep doing this for about 10 to 20 minutes then suddenly your body will take in a deep breath and reset like when you reboot your computer. When this happens, your nervous system, including your eyes and brain, is reset. Try it, it works. You’re not walking for exercise or cardio when doing this.
  2. Eat natural saturated fat and cholesterol. These fats have never caused heart disease so don’t be afraid of them. You’re eating these because that is what your brain is made of. Your brain is not made of bread, vegetables, fruit, coffee, antioxidants, protein, soy, water, granola, etc. Get the fat from fatty beef, pork, sausages, bacon, cheese, eggs, fatty fish, and butter. Low-fat dairy, lean meats, chicken sausage, and sushi are not fat enough if your brain is tired. When you eat the fatty foods, you will eat less food overall through the day, and you’ll get leaner and stronger, too. Only the man-made saturated fats like margarine and Crisco shortening cause heart disease.
  3. Stop looking at screens or reduce your screen time considerably. When you go home at night, don’t watch tv if you just spent 8 hours looking at a computer screen. That is the time to look at things outside or at a distance.
  4. Take supplements to fix the problem. You can guess or see us for professional expertise, so you’re not wasting time or money.

Yours in health,
Dr. Darren Schmidt

Is Your Brain Fried?

Is Your Brain Fried?

Executives, salespeople, administrators, and the modern office worker you may feel like your brain is fried!

When Your Brain Gets Overworked (is fried), You May Feel These Symptoms:

  • Heavy head
  • You don’t want to look at the computer screen despite the work you still have to do
  • Eyes feel fatigued even with the right corrective lenses
  • The brain fatigue is worse on Friday than it is on Monday. Some recovery occurs over the weekend
  • It’s harder to concentrate on figuring out problems
  • You rub your temples or forehead for relief
  • Slower thinking
  • Words, numbers, and letters get scrambled in your brain and when you speak
  • Difficulty to put attention on subjects other than what you’re well trained to do at work
  • You’re grumpy, and you don’t know why
  • Cloudy thinking
  • It takes longer to gather your thoughts or find words
  • One-track-thinking dominates over thinking multiplies
  • You care less
  • Not taking on bigger tasks due to inability to stretch mental function
  • Naps don’t bring refreshment
  • Memory is not as powerful

Most regular doctors would call this “depression” BUT IT’S NOT! There are no drugs for this; only supplements and healthy food choices will fix this.

brain friedThe Three Biggest Causes:

  1. Looking at a computer screen
  2. Thinking/problem-solving
  3. Stressful situations

Doing all of these at the same time takes quite a toll on the brain. Doing them for a week or a whole career builds up.

For comparison, body fatigue looks like these symptoms (just to name a few):

  • Hitting the snooze button in the morning.
  • Needing to take a nap then waking feeling refreshed.
  • Fatigue an hour after eating.
  • The brain works well and fast, but the body needs to be pushed or pulled along.

Body fatigue is also not “depression”. Too many people are on antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs for these two conditions when they just need specific nutrition.

When you have brain fatigue here are a few things you can do to help it.
All four of these are equally important:

  1. Reboot your nervous system by looking at things outside while you go for a walk. As you walk, keep looking at objects and call them out to yourself verbally or in your head. “Tree, sidewalk, car, cloud, leaf, window.” Keep doing this for about 10 to 20 minutes then suddenly your body will take in a deep breath and reset like when you reboot your computer. When this happens, your nervous system, including your eyes and brain, is reset. Try it, it works. You’re not walking for exercise or cardio when doing this.
  2. Eat saturated fat and cholesterol. These fats have never caused heart disease so don’t be afraid of them. You’re eating these because that is what your brain is made of. Your brain is not made of bread, vegetables, fruit, coffee, antioxidants, protein, soy, water, granola, etc. It is made of saturated fat and cholesterol. Get the fat from fatty beef, pork, sausages, bacon, cheese, eggs, fatty fish, and butter. Low-fat dairy, lean meats, chicken sausage, and sushi are not fatty enough if your brain is tired. When you eat the fatty foods, you will eat less food overall through the day, and you’ll get leaner and stronger, too. If you’re eating a vegetarian diet because you read an article saying it’s healthy, then find an article saying it’s unhealthy and follow that advice. See how your body responds to find out which is true for you.
  3. Stop looking at screens or reduce your screen time considerably. When you go home at night, don’t watch TV if you just spent 8 hours looking at a computer screen. That is the time to look at things outside or at a distance.
  4. Take supplements that repair a tired brain like RNA, ginkgo, bacopa, iodine, certain minerals, fish oils, and dare I say….brain. Yes, you read that right. Some supplements actually contain brain in them from lamb or pig. These are fantastic for neurologic repair. You won’t turn into a zombie. Pig brain was a standard food a few decades ago in the product “head cheese” but that’s been slowly taken out of our food supply.

If you are independently wealthy, you can just buy all these supplements and take them. That’s called guessing. Hopefully, it’s what your body needs and it doesn’t reject them.

However, if you don’t know what you need to take, and you are smart with your money, then come in and see us for help. We have helped thousands of people with tired brains and got them back to better functioning levels. I’ve even reversed Alzheimer’s before – twice. Your brain fry may be dreadful but I’ve seen worse, and it isn’t so difficult for me to handle.

Dr. Darren Schmidt

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When Self Attacks Self

When Self Attacks Self

Autoimmunity is easy to understand.

When your immune system attacks your own tissues, that is called autoimmunity or an autoimmune condition.

It could be that just one type of tissue is attacked. For example, when the immune system attacks skin, you get a rash. When it attacks joints, you get arthritis. When it attacks the brain, you get Alzheimer’s. Etc.

Where is the immune system? It’s important to know. Eighty percent of the immune system is in the abdomen. If you want to correct a defunct or confused immune system, you have to correct the organs and systems in the abdomen.  They are the intestines, the Lymphatics (sewer system) and the friendly bacteria.

The cause of Autoimmunity is a dysfunction of the organs in the abdomen resulting in the immune system attacking the body or parts of the body.

What bad things can happen to the intestines that need to be corrected? It can become leaky, letting large, undigested food pass into the body. This is called Leaky Gut. The immune system will attack these large proteins because they look like foreign invaders. These foreign invaders also look like your body’s own tissues thus the immune system attacks your body. Hence: Autoimmunity. The intestines can also become poor at eliminating waste which leads to a toxic body.

Digestive_SystemWhat bad things happen to the lymphatic system that needs to be corrected? It can become sluggish. The movement of lymphatic fluid can slow and stagnate. The white blood cells of the immune system are in the lymph nodes and if fluid transfer is compromised, new lymph fluid doesn’t get cleaned and old lymph fluid stays around.

What bad things happen to the friendly bacteria that needs to be corrected? You can have an overgrowth of bad bacteria or yeast. This is called “dysbiosis” and it causes symptoms like bloating and it sucks.

If you have any of these problems going on, the immune system can get confused and start attacking your own tissues.

Specifically, the mechanism is this: consume bad food- damage the intestines- intestines leak large proteins- immune system attacks large proteins- immune system attacks similar large proteins that are your tissues- inflammation of the tissues caused by the attack- inflammation causes pain and decrease of function of the organs- symptoms appear- doctors give you a disease name based on your symptoms. At this point, you have two routes to follow

1)    Take immune-suppressing medications. “Immunosuppressants” can save your life but they don’t repair your body. Steroids are an example.
2)    Fix your immune system.

How do you fix your immune system? You have to fix the different parts of the abdomen.autoimmune

You fix the intestines by not eating bad food (especially gluten which acts like glue), only eating good food and taking supplements that have intestine IN THEM. Yes, you need to eat intestine. Yummy!

You fix the lymphatic system by only eating good food. Then you take supplements that increase the motion of fluid in the body. There are many on the market for the lymphatic system. You can go to your favorite health food store and ask or go online. It’s always best to see a well-qualified health improvement specialist.

You fix the good bacteria by eating fermented vegetables and avoiding bad foods. Then take a good probiotic. I have experience with over 100 different brands of probiotics. My experience is 90% of them don’t work. Even if there is a good one, does it work for your body? It may or may not.

Is it possible to repair autoimmunity with no nutritional supplements and herbs? YES. The supplements are supplemental to an already good diet. If the diet is not good, then supplements and herbs are a waste of money. That’s why we always work on food choices with every patient for weeks or months – however long it takes to match your diet to your DNA.

Results. When you successfully correct autoimmunity, many problems go away. Arthritis responds very well. Rashes, frequent colds, digestive problems, and connective tissue problems respond too. These are just a few examples.

Come into our office for intelligent care of your health.

Yours in health,
Dr. Schmidt

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