Thank you! Please check your inbox shortly for a welcome message from Dr. Ryan and your 5 Pillars of Anti-Aging Masterclass! If you don't receive the email in a few minutes please check your spam folder.

Your FREE Gift Is Waiting...

Sign up below to get:

  • check

    The “5 Pillars of Anti-Aging Masterclass” Video Series ($47 value)

  • check

    Valuable tips on nutrition, exercise & supplementation

  • check

    Insights to keep you happy and healthy at any age

Posts Tagged ‘gut health’

gut health

Full Day Of Eating For Reversing Type 2

Full Day Of Eating For Reversing Type 2 Diabetes (Doctor Recommended!)

If you have diabetes, you know how important lifestyle nutritional dietary choices are for controlling your blood sugar levels. If you struggle with what to eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks, read on! We’ll reveal a 24-hour meal plan for individuals with diabetes.

24-hour diabetic meal plan

clipboard with prescription pad and red letters spelling out diabetes meal planEven though the term “high protein diet” varies in definition from one study to the next, evidence supports the idea that eating 0.8 grams per kilogram body weight results in less hunger, reduced appetite, increased energy levels, and preservation or increased blood sugar levels. A recent meta-analysis study of 74 randomized controlled trials showed that eating higher protein diets significantly reduced cardiometabolic risk factors and risk factors for diabetes, body weight, BMI, weight circumference, blood pressure, triglycerides, fasting insulin. Both vegetarian and animal proteins should offer the same benefits. One study showed no significant difference between protein from animal sources and protein from vegetarian sources.

woman chopping fresh vegetables in the kitchenWhat cannot be ignored, however, is the way in which the protein food sources are prepared. The cost of high-heat cooking in a randomized controlled study showed that high-heat cooking had negative effects on diabetes. This applies to methods of cooking including boiling, poaching, stewing, steaming, rather than frying, baking, or grilling. The premise of the study was that harsher cooking methods increased the formation of advanced glycation end-products (or AGEs) that exacerbate insulin resistance. The study showed that consuming high heat cooking foods showed more signs of inflammation and more signs of glycolysis and poor glucose control.

man with a pricked finger using a blood glucose meterIn fact, the order in which we eat our meals can also influence insulin sensitivity, even though most people don’t consider this in their dietary routines. A study showed that both blood sugar and insulin levels were lower after meals that started with protein and veggies before carbohydrates, compared to eating carbohydrates first. So even the order in which you eat foods is important.

Finally, vinegar shots or apple cider vinegar before meals has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity.

Breakfast: poached eggs with spinach, cottage cheese and avocado, flaxseed slider, green tea

poached eggs sliced open on top of a bed of spinachWhen it comes to breakfast, we want high protein and lots of colors. The adage goes, “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper”. We want a lot of calories for breakfast so it sustains your energy and blood sugar levels throughout the day.

A great breakfast recipe is poached eggs over a bed of spinach. Eggs are rich in protein and the yolk of eggs are high in carotenoids like lutein and zeaxanthin. Poached eggs are great because we can avoid high-temperature cooking that can cause problems for diabetic patients. Plus, poaching an egg does not break the yolk, therefore, the cholesterol within the yolk does not become oxidized so it’s much safer for your overall health.

How do you best poach an egg? Take a medium size saucepan and fill it up halfway with water. Put it on medium heat. Put about a tablespoon of white vinegar to help congeal the egg whites. Crack two eggs into a small bowl while the water is heating up. Take a wooden spoon and start swirling the water. Then, take the small bowl and pour the eggs into the swirling water. When done, use a slotted spoon to take out the eggs and place on a bed of cooked spinach and/or lettuce.

To add more colors to this plate (remember, the more colourful, the better), you can also add bit of bell peppers, green onions, shredded cheese, and even some salsa for an extra kick!

cottage cheese and avocado on a brown earthenware plateAs a side to your high-protein breakfast, have some cottage cheese with sliced avocados. You’ll get healthy fatty acids from the avocado, and more proteins from the cottage cheese. You can add some berries, raspberries, blueberries, nuts, almond or pumpkin seeds, for some powerful antioxidants.

Have a cup of green tea to get some antioxidants. You can also make a flaxseed slider as a source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids. All you need is about a tablespoon of flaxseed in a shot glass, fill it half-full with water, and let it soak overnight so the flaxseed soaks up the water. In the morning, down it like a shot!

This is going to be high protein, high antioxidant to help support your blood sugar levels.

Lunch: Green salad and coconut bean soup

close up of a healthy hearty cobb salad with eggs, cheese, greens, tomatoes, onions, and chickenIf you have diabetes, try this salad and soup for lunch. It’s high in protein and packed full of anti-inflammatory agents. This green salad is a version of the Cobb salad or Chef’s salad. It contains a mixture of spinach, mixed greens, butter bibb lettuce, hard-boiled egg, turkey bacon, sliced avocados, sliced or diced tomatoes, chicken, cheese (blue cheese is traditional in a Cobb salad but you can use any shredded or sliced cheese you wish), topped off with cranberries, green onions, and roasted beets.

It is recommended to slow cook the chicken with olive oil and lots of herbs and spices over the stove. It typically takes about half an hour, but those slow cooking methods or sure worth it versus high-temperature cooking methods. For the roasted beets, slice them and put them on a baking sheet. Drizzle a little bit of olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary over the top, and stick it in the oven. For the dressing, use 1/3 cup of red wine vinegar, one tablespoon of Dijon mustard, 2/3 cup of olive oil, salt, pepper, and infuse with herbs.

bowl of black bean soupA great soup for a diabetic is a coconut bean soup because beans really help to control blood sugar levels. You get the benefits of the MCT that’s contained in coconut and all of the benefits of coconut milk.

You’ll need one can of rinsed and drained black beans, a can of diced tomatoes, a can of coconut milk, one cup of vegetable broth, two chopped green onions, a tablespoon each of ginger, cumin, turmeric, two cloves of garlic chopped, salt, pepper, and fresh chopped parsley for the topping.

Combine the black beans, tomatoes, coconut milk, vegetable broth, green onions, ginger, cumin, turmeric, and garlic in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until it achieves the consistency that you’re like (usually half an hour should do it). Season with salt and pepper, and top with parsley. It’s simple and delicious!

Dinner: Basil pesto salmon with broccoli and whipped cauliflower

salmon steak topped with fresh basil pesto on an oven traySalmon is a great option for dinner. You can get a wild salmon fillet and marinate it for a bit with honey, herbs, and spices for a delicious meal. Choose wild salmon typically from the Pacific Northwest or Alaska because it contains significantly less heavy metals and pesticides and other toxins that are found in farm-raised salmon. You can also top the salmon with basil pesto and receive the antioxidant effects of basil along with the essential fatty acids in the salmon.

mashed cauliflower on a dark blue plate topped with parsleyFor some greens on the dinner table, make some steamed broccoli. It’s super easy, all you have to do is steam broccoli for about 10-15 minutes and then put herbs and spices on top.

As a great alternative to mashed potatoes, make yourself some whipped cauliflower. Place the cauliflower in a steamer for about 10-15 minutes just to break it down a little, then saute in olive oil for about five minutes or so before adding some herbs and spices to it. Then, put it in a blender and whip into a smooth consistency.

Snacks: Hummus with vegetables/apples, avocado, hard-boiled egg

hummus in a dip bowl with carrot and celery sticks neatly arranged on the plate below itIf you have diabetes you know how important it is to keep your blood sugar levels stable and level throughout the day. In addition to breakfast, lunch, and dinner, incorporating at least a few healthy high protein snacks is very important. What are the options?

  • Hummus with vegetables or apples
  • An avocado
  • A hard-boiled egg
  • Celery or apple with almond butter or peanut butter
  • Nuts and seeds. A great snack high in fatty acids that are good for diabetes.
  • Yogurt with fresh berries
  • Tuna salad. Drain the tuna, put it in a bowl, add some olive oil, chopped celery, some relish, and some herbs and spices.
  • Popcorn
  • Edamame. Boil for five minutes and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

So that wraps up the 24-hour meal plan for diabetes that helps to level blood sugars, control blood sugars, and potentially reverse the effects of high blood sugars and diabetes.

Blood Sugar Premier by zenith labsNow, obviously these are just a few recipes, breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. You should explore with high protein meals and meal colors. It’s recommended to include nine meal colors every single day and have a high protein diet of at least 0.8 milligrams per kilogram body weight of protein. If you have recipes and dietary regimens and plans, post them in the comments so that others can learn from you.

We’ve actually created a supplement called Blood Sugar Premiere which helps to control blood sugar levels. Check it out and let us know what you think!


Dr. Ryan Shelton of zenith labsIf you liked this video/article and found it useful, do share it with your friends and loved ones. Subscribe to the Youtube channel for weekly tips on new tools and techniques to improve your health and well-being.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere’, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

 

 

 

The Truth On What Kombucha Does To Your Body (DOCTOR RESPONDS!)

The Truth On What Kombucha Does To Your Body (DOCTOR RESPONDS!)

Want a better, clearer understanding of what the probiotic drink, kombucha? We’ll delve into how it can benefit your body and if it’s more fiction and fantasy than “superfood”.

Kombucha and Its Benefits

jar of kombucha with scoby inside next to a glass filled with kombucha

Kombucha (also known as “mushroom tea”) is ultimately a fermented drink made from typically green or black tea; although other herbs are used as well. It’s fermented with bacteria and a fungus.

There are two potential benefits of kombucha. Firstly, just the aspect of it being brewed and fermented from green and black tea means you have the benefits of the polyphenols of green and black tea. These have been associated with weight loss, blood sugar control, and cholesterol control. It helps to reduce risks for certain types of cancer, and also promotes immune heath.

The catechins and epicatechins in green and black tea are helpful for the liver detoxification processes, and of course we know it’s high in antioxidants.

kombucha in jars with a plate of scoby next to it

Secondly, the fermentation process of kombucha means that it’s high in probiotics, organic acids, and glucosamine. It helps with digestive health, immune health, and helps with mood and brain health. The organic acids found in kombucha can help the liver to detoxify, and glucosamine can help with joint and skin health. In addition to all the benefits of probiotics, they are also antibacterial to enteropathogenic bacteria.

One study has shown that it may be helpful for fighting against E. coli, shigella, salmonella, and the yeast, candida. Obviously, don’t rely on drinking on kombucha if you have an active, aggressive infection of E. coli, shigella, salmonella, or candida, but it can mitigate and help reduce infection against those enteropathic bacteria.

person lifting a scoby out of a jar of kombucha

Another study also showed that kombucha fermented and derived from oak leaves decreases oxidative stress by improving the parameters of highly pro-inflammatory cytokines, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor alpha. If we can decrease those pro-inflammatory cytokines, we’re doing the body a great benefit.

Now, this is the caveat with kombucha. Some people just simply love it so much that they drink too much — and that can be dangerous. It is recommended to limit your intake of kombucha to about 12 ounces per day, and the reason is that it is high in organic acids. In people predisposed with pre-existing conditions to lactic acidosis or liver toxicity, you can cause problems if you drink too much.

homemade fermented raw kombucha tea with lemons and ginger presented around it on a wooden table

If you are home-brewing the kombucha, you need to take extra care. Unless you’re creating a kombucha with the scoby from and within really highly, strictly sterile environments, you can start to grow certain types of fungus and bacteria that are not beneficial and are in fact, harmful for your body. For this reason, it is recommended to buy commercial kombucha because they the products are carefully tested to make sure that the probiotics contained in the kombucha are helpful rather than harmful ones.

Probiotic T-50 supplement by zenith labs

Now, if you’ve tried kombucha and you’re not a fan, or you’re intimidated by even trying kombucha, you can get the same benefits by drink a cup or two of green or black tea every day to get the beneficial aspects of polyphenols. We’ve actually created a really high potent probiotic supplement called Probiotic T-50. It contains 50 billion organisms, with eight different strains of probiotics. Give it a try and let us know what you think!


dr ryan shelton by zenith labs

If you liked this video/article and found it useful, do share it with your friends and loved ones. Subscribe to the Youtube channel for weekly tips on new tools and techniques to improve your health and well-being.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere’, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

dr sheltons signature
The #1 Master Tip to Help Restoring a Normal Gut Flora

The #1 Master Tip to Help Restoring a Normal Gut Flora

If you feel inundated with information and advertisements about which probiotic is the best for you, you’re not alone. If you struggle with keeping up with that information or if you’re still confused about how to best improve the normal, healthy gut bacteria, then read on!

The Master Tip to Restoring Normal Gut Flora

fermented foods like gherkins, kimchi, sauerkraut, and yoghurt on a table

Apart from simply avoiding things that kill the healthy bacteria in our bodies (like antibiotics), we can also promote healthy gut flora by eating fermented foods. Fermented foods are evident in many different cultures over the world, and they come in all different forms. We’ll be highlighting nine of the most important fermented foods that will give you more strains of probiotics than taking a supplement. They’re also more likely to stay in your gut and help with digestion, mood disorders, and your immune system.

9 Most Important Fermented Foods

1. Kefir

wooden spoon scooping kefir out from a glass

Kefir is a fermented dairy product made from cow, goat or sheep milk. It’s basically a drinkable yogurt! It’s much higher in probiotics than yogurt, and it also contains high levels of Vitamin B12, calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, Biotin, folate, enzymes, and of course hundreds of strains of probiotics.

2. Kombucha

large jar of kombucha with a glass of kombucha garnished with lemon slice

Kombucha is a fermented beverage made from tea, and it contains a colony of bacteria and yeast that’s responsible for initiating the fermentation process. Due to the fermentation process, you receive hundreds of strains of healthy probiotics. Kombucha also has trace amounts of alcohol, but not enough to get you intoxicated or feel any difference.

 

3. Sauerkraut

top down view of a jar of sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is one of the oldest traditional foods. It has very long roots stemming from German, Russian and Chines cuisines. Sauerkraut, which means “sour cabbage”, is made from fermented greens, red cabbage, or green cabbage. It is high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, B vitamins, as well as manganese and magnesium. Store-bought sauerkraut is decent, but making your homemade sauerkraut is more powerful than store-bought sauerkraut.

4. Pickles

jar of pickles next to a small wooden bowl with pickles and a pickle on a fork

Like sauerkraut, store-bought pickles are not nearly as effective as pickles that you make yourself. Fermented pickles contain a ton of vitamins and minerals, plus antioxidants and gut-friendly probiotic bacteria. There are tons of homemade pickle recipes online that you can try for yourself.

5. Miso

top down view of a bowl of miso soup with seaweed, tofu, and spring onions, on a wooden table mat and chopsticks

Miso is created by fermenting soy beans, barley or brown rice with Koji, a type of fungus. It’s a traditional Japanese ingredient recipe in Miso soup. It tastes great and it’s high in healthy probiotic bacteria.

6. Tempeh

pieces of tempeh on a white plate

Tempeh is another beneficial fermented food made with soy beans. When it sets for a day or two, soy bean becomes dense and cake-like, and it contains both probiotics and a healthy hefty dose of protein too. Tempeh is similar to Tofu, but fermented and not as spongy or grainy tasting. It’s quite tasty actually, try it and let us know what you think!

7. Nato

nato in a wooden dish with soybeans in a wooden square dish in the background

Nato is a popular food in Japan containing fermented soy beans. It’s sometimes eaten for breakfast in Japan, and commonly combined with soy sauce. It contains high amounts of healthy probiotics.

8. Kimchi

a plate of kimchi

Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean dish that’s made from vegetables including cabbage, plus some healthy spices for your gut like, ginger, and garlic, pepper, and other seasonings. It’s often added to Korean recipes like rice bowls, ramen, or Bibimbap.

9. Yogurt

two jars of yoghurt on a white wooden table with two spoons next to them

This is probably one of the most easily accessible probiotic foods you can find! Yogurt is a fermented dairy product made mostly from cows’ milk, although it can also be made from sheep and goats’ milk. It’s recommended when buying yogurt to look for three things. First, that it comes from goat or sheep milk if you have trouble digesting cow milk. Second, it’s made from the milk of animals that have been grass-fed. Third, make sure that it’s organic.

How to boost your healthy gut bacteria

Probiotic T50 supplement by Zenith Labs

Eating fermented foods can boost your healthy gut bacteria in ways that taking a probiotic supplement simply cannot. However, if you’re looking for a more convenient way of getting your probiotic dose, we’ve created a probiotic supplement called Probiotic T50, which is one of the most powerful probiotic supplements out there. It contains 50 billion organisms, which is almost 10 times as much as most grocery store probiotics. On top of that, it contains 11 strains, whilst most probiotic supplements that you take only contain one, two, maybe three or four strains.

If you incorporated fermented foods into your diet, and take the Probiotic T50 supplement, you can change the dynamic of these important organisms that live in your gut and improve your overall wellbeing.

If you’ve tried probiotic supplements and/or fermented foods, let us know which you prefer and how it’s worked out for you. We would love to hear what’s worked/not worked for you, or just to hear about your favourite fermented food! Let us know in the comments below.

Ever heard about prebiotics? Learn about the difference between prebiotics and probiotics here.


Dr. Ryan Shelton of Zenith Labs

If you liked this video/article, do share it with your friends and loved ones. Subscribe to the Youtube channel for weekly tips on new tools and techniques to improve your health and well-being.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere’, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

Is Eating Dark Chocolate Actually Healthy

Is Eating Dark Chocolate Actually Healthy (DOCTOR THOUGHTS!)

Consumption of dark chocolate makes you feel good. One of the reasons is because of a compound contained in dark chocolate called phenylethylamine. It’s sometimes also called the “love drug”, because it arouses in our brains similar feelings to those that occur when one’s in love. If you’ve been told that consumption or ingestion of dark chocolate is one of your vices, it’s time we set the record straight to reveal to you what modern scientific research has shown about the potential benefits of consuming dark chocolate.

The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

1. Helps improve blood flow

graphic of red blood cells flowing through a veinThe reasons dark chocolate may be beneficial are because of phenylethylamine but also because of the high amounts of polyphenols and antioxidants contained in dark chocolate. One study showed that patients suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD) which causes difficulties in walking acutely improved their walking autonomy by eating dark chocolate (not milk chocolate). Eating dark chocolate every day helped patients walk pain-free. Apart from the polyphenols and antioxidant effects, it may have also been due to increasing nitric oxide levels, which helps to dilate blood vessels and improve blood flow.

Another study showed that dark chocolate was successful in reducing oxidative stress in athletes, as well as reducing muscle and joint pain.

2. Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes

graphic of a clogged arteryCacao bean, where dark chocolate is ultimately derived, is a rich source of bioactive compounds. One of which is a flavin thrill. Its consumption has been associated with several beneficial effects such as the positive modulation of the homeostasis targeted by platelet aggregation. If you can reduce platelet aggregation, you’re decreasing one of the important risk factors for cardiovascular disease. It has also been shown that the consumption of dark chocolate-covered almonds can help control conditions like lipid profiles, so cholesterol and triglycerides reducing risk factors for cardiovascular disease, blood sugar control thereby reducing risk factors for diabetes.

3. Prevents DNA damage

graphic of DNA damageAnother study showed that the polyphenols and flavonoids from cacao and dark chocolate significantly prevents DNA damage and improves the nucleus integrity of the cell.

4. Improves tissue oxygenation

graphic of a red blood cellAnother study showed that a single ingestion of dark chocolate improves erythrocyte deformation. Erythrocytes are red blood cells and red blood cells are responsible for transferring the oxygen that we breathe to every cell in the body. When those erythrocytes or red blood cells are deformed, they have less oxygen donating capacity. The consumption acutely of dark chocolate may considerably improve blood flow throughout the body resulting in better tissue oxygenation.

pieces of dark chocolate on a wooden table with mint leaves aroundWe’ve actually developed a supplement of cacao melody which contains unrefined extracts from cacao or the bean that is ultimately made into chocolate. Being unprocessed means that it contains even higher amounts of the polyphenols and antioxidants that are responsible for chocolate’s beneficial effects. We’ve also included some botanical agents to improve cheerful health, energy levels to promote an overall improvement in your mood and physical health. Check it out and let us know what you think!dr ryan shelton


If you liked this video/article and found it useful, do share it with your friends and loved ones. Subscribe to the Youtube channel for weekly tips on new tools and techniques to improve your health and well-being. I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere’, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

What Positive Benefit Could Drinking Lemon Water Daily Have

What Positive Benefit Could Drinking Lemon Water Daily Have (DOCTOR RESPONDS!)

Fads come and go — that is the definition of a fad. In medieval times, it was about putting leeches on your body to suck out bad blood and poisons. Recent health fads include taking placenta pills, doing oxygen injections, hot pants that women and men wear to reduce fat in certain areas, daily juicing, apple cider vinegar, e-cigarettes, and of course fad diet, upon fat diet, upon fad diet.

With so many health fads inundating the internet nowadays, it’s hard to know which to follow and which to ignore. One that has its merits according to science, is drinking lemon juice daily.

Benefits of drinking lemon water

two glasses of water with lemon slices in it

There’s no science supporting the claim that e-cigarettes are better than regular cigarettes. Nor that oxygen injections work, that placenta pills boost your immune system, or that hot pants can systematically target certain areas to help you lose weight. There’s no science showing colonics, juicing, or apple cider vinegar are helpful. However, in our research, drinking lemon water every day may have some benefit. Here are some benefits of drinking lemon water:

  1. High in vitamin C. We know that lemons are high in vitamin C, which is a boost for immune health.
  2. Detox and helps digestion. We know that taking lemon water can help with detoxification of the liver and digestive health.
  3. Anti-inflammatory. We also know that it can be anti-inflammatory, and help with inflammatory issues like joint pain. Lemons are also high in antioxidants and may in fact help with kidney stones.
  4. Hydration. Drinking water improves hydration, but some people simply don’t like the taste of water. So adding lemon into your water can help with the flavour and hydration.

There are a couple of myths about lemon water alkalizing the body — that’s just not true.

glass of water with lemon inside on a wooden board with other lemons around and a grater

Keeping homeostasis in the body means needing keep a very narrow PH in the blood and cells. So taking in lemon water does basically nothing to alkalize the body. It has no effect in treating cancer and no effect in increasing IQ levels. No study has shown that drinking lemon water improves the outcomes of a weight loss regimen either. Now, drinking water can attribute to these effects, but the addition of lemon to the water has no proportional positive effect.

Tips for drinking lemon water

Now, a couple of keys about drinking lemon water:

teacup with water inside and a wedge of lemon
  • Drink your lemon water warm.
  • It’s best to do it on an empty stomach, say first thing in the morning or before meals. It’s not as effective if you take it with a meal, or after a meal.
  • Make sure that you rinse your mouth with pure water after consuming the lemon water. Lemons are acidic and over time with chronic use they can start to break down the enamel of the teeth. So doing a simple rinse with pure water after consuming lemon water is an important step to maintaining dental health.

Do you practice drinking lemon water daily? Has it worked for you? I would love to hear your feedback and how lemon water has or has not helped you. Leave your comments below!


Dr. Ryan Shelton of zenith labs

If you liked this video/article and found it useful, do share it with your friends and loved ones. Subscribe to the Youtube channel for weekly tips on new tools and techniques to improve your health and well-being.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere’, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

The Complete Guide To Probiotics and Gut Health

The Complete Guide To Probiotics and Gut Health

Did you know that nearly 90% of your immune system resides in the gut? We believe that all health begins in the gut. What you put in your gut and how your gut receives it influences the rest of the body. Probiotics are powerful organisms that can help you build better gut health. Let’s explore the relationship between probiotics, gut health, and the rest of your health.

What are probiotics and what do they do?

fit man in black underwear with the digestive system drawn on his bare skinProbiotics are fascinating organisms. They are all over us on our skin and our hair, but they mostly reside in the gut. They release substances and chemicals that help to inform your intestinal cells to better absorb food and to inform your immune system to better protect yourself against the bad guys.

The gut is also known as “the second brain”. There are so many nerve connections between the gut and the brain, and more serotonin is actually produced in the gut compared to the brain! Probiotics help to influence nerve tissue to feedback to the brain and help with things like depression and anxiety. They also inform the intestinal cells’ information to then release hormones, telling both the brain and adipose (or fat tissue) to help you lose weight. Probiotics can be effective for obesity, diabetes, gut health, brain health, regulating moods, and immune health.

Did you know that probiotic bacteria outnumber human cells by 10 to one in the human body?

Eat probiotics for better health

different fermented foods such as sauerkraut, yogurt, and kimchi in small glass bowls on a wooden tableWhen healthy types of bacteria are growing in and on you, you have healthy skin, better moods, and improved digestion. Unhealthy bacteria growing in and on you causes a number of problems and health conditions. After you’re born, the only way you can really get in probiotics is either through eating fermented food or taking a probiotic supplement. Taking antibiotics not only kills off the bad bacteria, it also kills off the good bacteria, and that’s a problem. Once the good guys are killed, it opens up the door for the bad guys to grow and flourish, which can cause problems for you.

Probiotics can take years to replenish in your system if you’ve had health conditions, or if you’ve taken antibiotics in the past. Fermented foods like kefir, yogurt, probiotic capsules, sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, tempeh, ceviche, and saltwater pickles are a great source of probiotics. If you don’t like those foods, then you can take a probiotic supplement. At least every culture in the world has their most preferred type of fermented food, and they typically take it every day.

woman holding up a picture of a smiling happy cartoon stomachMost bacteria in the soil is healthy and good, or else the plants that we depend upon so much wouldn’t grow. However, our modern world of sterility and pesticides causes the soil to have a weird composition, and we don’t get the healthy bacteria that we need from the earth. Studies have also shown that rural kids who live on farms and have their hands in untainted soil have totally different types of immune systems than kids that live in cities. Hence, we need to supplement our daily diet with probiotics.

Probiotic T-50 supplement by zenith labsThere are thousands of different types of species of probiotics. We’ve worked with researchers to help develop a probiotic supplement, called “Probiotic T50”. It contains a whopping 50 billion organisms of 11 different strains of probiotics. If you take a look at the supplements in your local pharmacy or local health food store, you’ll find that most products contain far fewer organisms — maybe 5 to 10 billion. It’s important to read your labels. Most of the time, it’s usually just a single strain of lactobacillus coupled in with bifidobacterium. Probiotic T50 contains several strains of Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Streptococcus Thermophilus.

Dr Ryan SheltonMake sure that you like this page. Make sure that you share it with your friends and your loved ones. Hit the bell for notifications. We post each and every week.

Again, my purpose is to help educate you on how to take good care of yourself to achieve optimal health and wellness.

Thanks so much. I’m Dr. Ryan Shelton.

dr sheltons signature

 

 

 

 

What Happens To Your Body If You Take Apple Cider Vinegar

What Happens To Your Body If You Take Apple Cider Vinegar Daily For 30 Days?

If you think that apple cider vinegar is a new health fad, it’s not. The consumption of small amounts of vinegar has actually been in practice for hundreds of years. Perhaps you’ve been told by a self-proclaimed health guru that apple cider vinegar is a magical panacea to cure all health ailments, that is simply not true. But there are some specific health conditions for which apple cider vinegar may be beneficial. We’ll review some additional myths and we’ll review some tips and how to optimize the effects of taking apple cider vinegar.

What can apple cider vinegar help you with?

1. Metabolic syndrome

overweight woman with a tape measure around her neck grabbing her love handles

Metabolic syndrome is a serious consequence of obesity. It’s characterized by increased cardiovascular risk factors such as high blood pressure, dyslipidemia or negative changes in triglycerides and cholesterol, and glucose intolerance. There have been some studies in rats that show that consumption of apple cider vinegar may reduce risk factors for metabolic syndrome.

Another study showed that intake of a high-fat diet alters the oxidant-antioxidant balance in the body, and apple cider vinegar can be beneficial for the obesity-induced oxidative stress as a result of consuming a high-fat diet. And so, if you’re struggling with metabolic syndrome or obesity, there is research that shows that consuming apple cider vinegar may be beneficial.

2. Reduce risk of diabetes and helps weight control

person holding up a blood sugar monitor with fresh vegetables and a bowl of salad in the background

There are other studies on healthy humans that show that the consumption of vinegar, particularly on an empty stomach, may delay gastric or stomach emptying and lowers post-meal blood glucose and insulin levels. Not only does that lower your risk factors for diabetes, but the delayed gastric-emptying also helps you to feel full longer. So, you’re less likely to consume higher amounts of calories which can help you keep your weight under control.

3. Detox

close up of a woman's face with a piece of fruit in her mouth with the words detox on it

Apple cider vinegar works to detoxify your liver for better overall health and bodily function. Also, it helps to build a healthy lymphatic system that nurtures proper circulation of your lymph, and lymph is truly your body’s way of getting rid of garbage.

4. Lowers blood sugar levels

computer screen with words blood sugar levels

Drinking unfiltered apple cider vinegar can help to lower blood sugar levels by as much as 4%. By its very nature, apple cider vinegar can regulate healthy blood sugar levels in the body, which is great for individuals with type-two diabetes. Apple cider vinegar can decrease triglycerides so you reduce your risk factors of cardiovascular disease.

5. Promotes bone health

xray image of an arm doing a thumbs up

Did you know that 25% of females are diagnosed with osteoporosis every year? Apple cider vinegar can help to prevent your bones from becoming more brittle. It achieves this because it is an acid, and it is required to help breakdown minerals in the foods that you eat such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. If you’re better able to extract those minerals, you’re going to set yourself up for better bone health.

Tips for taking apple cider vinegar

jar of apple cider vinegar with fresh red apples around it on a wooden table
  1. Dilute it. Use one to two tablespoons per cup or pint of water. If you take it straight up, it’s too acidic and it can cause problems.
  2. Make sure to swish or spit with water after consumption. As apple cider vinegar is acidic, it can erode your dental health over time. So, make sure you either swish or spit with water after you consume it or drink it through a straw.
  3. Take on an empty stomach in the morning.
  4. Add it to foods. If you’re just simply not a fan of the taste of apple cider vinegar in water, it makes a tremendously delicious salad dressing. If you add it to olive oil in roughly equal amounts, you get the power of the acid in apple cider vinegar plus the benefits of the monosaturated fats in olive oil.

Busting myths on apple cider vinegar

small bowl of unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the mother in a yellow spoon and some fresh red apples on the side of the bowl
  • It does not alkalize the body. Your body has to maintain a very narrow pH in the blood and in every cell in the body. So, even though it’s an acid, it doesn’t necessarily alkalize the body.
  • It’s not a cure for any ailment, certainly not a cure for cancer, but there have been some studies that show that it may reduce your risk factors for both colon cancer and esophageal cancer.
  • It’s not safe for everyone. If you’re on medications, make sure you speak to your physician to make sure that you’re clear to consume apple cider vinegar. It can worsen certain health conditions such as bad acid reflux or stomach ulcers.

Dr. Ryan Shelton

If you liked this video/article and found it useful, do share it with your friends and loved ones. Subscribe to the Youtube channel for weekly tips on new tools and techniques to improve your health and well-being.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere’, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

 

 

 

How To Reduce Chronic Inflammation (MASTER-TIP!)

If you’ve watched any network news channel over the past few years, you know that scientists and researchers have attributed chronic disease with chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation contributes to most of the modern day maladies or ailments, including Alzheimer’s, mood disorders, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, hair loss, the list goes on and on. You need to control chronic inflammation if you want to prevent, if not reverse, some of these chronic ailments.

What Contributes to Chronic Inflammation?

greyscale image of a woman's back, with her neck, shoulder and spine highlight in red to show chronic inflammation

Simply put, one of the most contributing factors to chronic inflammation is a simple three-letter word: fat. Controlling the amount of fat in your body is a way to reduce chronic inflammation in your body. There are a few different types of fats in your body to look out for.

graphic of fat cells

Firstly, the visible fats you can see in the mirror. We used to think that fat cells were just an inner, benign reservoir to store extra calories. They looked a bit unseemly and gross in a mirror, but they were generally there to store energy. Research has actually shown that this is not true, and that these fat cells are actually active organs. Fat cells produce over 80 different types of proteins and other highly active chemicals that promote inflammation in your body. The good news is, when you lose weight and the visible fat you see in the mirror disappears, you can curb the inflammation happening in your body.

graphic of fat cells and its membranes

Secondly, you also need to be aware of the fats that you can’t actually see. Every cell in your body has a membrane, and within that membrane is a type of fatty acid called “arachidonic acid”. Arachidonic acid is meant to protect us, but it can go overboard and promote inflammation. Arachidonic acid produces a series of chemicals in the body called “prostaglandins” and “leukotrienes”. Some of these chemicals are anti-inflammatory, but there are pro-inflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes too.

Here’s the secret: If you are consuming adequate healthy amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, then the type of prostaglandins and leukotrienes produced in your body are anti-inflammatory rather than pro-inflammatory. As long as you eat these healthy fats, you can lower the level of pro-inflammatory chemicals in your body.

How to Reduce Chronic Inflammation

shot of healthy foods like omega-3 supplement pills, avocado and brown grains on a wooden board

One of the best ways to reduce chronic inflammation is to eat foods high in essential fatty acids. These include:

  • Avocados
  • Nuts like walnuts, almonds, pistachios
  • Chia seeds and flax seeds
  • Olives
  • Fatty fish like salmon, tuna, mackerel, anchovies
trim-14-lysine supplement by zenith labs

By including these healthy fatty foods in your daily diet, you’ll change the pathway of how arachidonic acid is broken down, and can change the parameters of inflammation in your body.

omega 3-7-9+krill supplement by zenith labs

We’ve actually created a program to help with weight loss, and a supplement to help with weight loss, called Trim-14. You can check them out to use as a weight loss option. We’ve also developed an essential fatty acid, Omega-3, 7, 9 + krill oil supplement, that contains high amounts of the essential fatty acids plus krill oil which helps with more effective absorption.

As always, we would love to hear from you! Let us know what your favorite type of healthy fatty food is, and how you manage chronic inflammation. Let us know what works for you or what doesn’t in the comments below so that together, we can win the battle with chronic inflammation.


Dr. Ryan Shelton of zenith labs

If you liked this video/article, do share it with your friends and loved ones. Subscribe to the Youtube channel for weekly tips on new tools and techniques to improve your health and well-being.

I believe in the original meaning of the word doctor, ‘docere‘, which means teacher. I’m here to help educate you on how to take care of yourself in ways that you may not have heard of before, but that are effective. I always want to hear your ideas and feedback so be sure to leave me comments below!

Do This Everyday To Improve Digestion

Do This Everyday To Improve Digestion

 

Many of us have problems with digestion, but we don’t talk about it. Health starts in the gut for so many reasons so digestion is key. Improving digestion is important not only to extract and absorb the healthy foods that you eat, but to improve your immune system. We’re about to reveal the key to improving your digestion.

Reasons for poor digestion

fit young woman's belly with her hands framing her abdominal areaNow there are a lot of reasons for digestive complaints — stress, nutrient deficiencies, food allergies, or H pylori bacteria. Sometimes, it’s as simple as timing and chewing your food. One of the major culprits of poor digestion includes low hydrochloric acid in your stomach and low enzymes that are released from your pancreas and your liver. If you can do this one thing before every meal, you can improve your digestion dramatically. Get rid of the embarrassing gas and bloating, pain, constipation, diarrhea, and improve your immune system.

The key to improving digestion

blue word cloud with the largest text being digestive enzymesSo, the key to improving digestion is taking digestive enzymes. There are a number of reasons why the standard American diet causes poor digestion. Sometimes it’s an underlying condition, like diabetes or obesity, which will need to be addressed. But oftentimes, you can do something as simple as taking a digestive enzyme before each meal to help break down the food. You can eat the healthiest diet in the world, but if you’re not breaking down those nutrients and your body is not able to absorb them appropriately, then a healthy diet is not as helpful as you think.

Digestive enzymes include things like amylase, protease, lipase, phytase, cellulase, invertase, and maltase, which help to break down nutrients into the smallest pieces so that your intestines can absorb them.

woman in pink shorts and sports bra with the label "digestion" across her abdominal areaIf you have underlying conditions obviously they need to be addressed. We’ve actually developed a supplement containing these digestive enzymes combined with other ingredients like zinc, sodium alginate, slippery elm, marshmallow root, DGL, and berberine to help coat the stomach and help with issues like acid reflux. It also helps coat the intestines to improve absorption. It’s a combination of digestive enzymes and healing agents. Berberine is an herb that can help combat the negative effects of H pylori bacteria such as acid reflux, gastritis, gas, pain, bloating, constipation, and diarrhea, if you are able to absorb these nutrients, many of these digestive issues will go away.

The name of the supplement is True Digestion, and you should check it out. Taking these digestive enzymes before each and every meal can make a huge difference, and help relieve all kinds of GI complaints and improve the function of your immune system.

Dr Ryan SheltonSo I’m happy that you checked me out. Make sure you share this, you like this, you share it with your friends and loved ones who may also have problems with digestive complaints. Hit the bell, sign up for notifications. We post several times every week. And again, this is your channel to improve your health and wellness, and to achieve optimal health.

Thanks so much, I’m Dr. Ryan Shelton.

dr sheltons signature

 

 

 

 

Zenith Labs

4610 Prime Parkway
McHenry, IL, 60050, USA

Email Us
+1 (800) 928-1184

Pay Securely with:

Zenith Labs Payment Methods
null
Copyright © ZenithLabs.com