Last time I wrote you a sorta scientific article about Keto Diets and introduced our brand-New Product Keto Gen.

I had no idea and I’m super gratified to see a lot of people immediately scarfed it up!

Today I want to give you a bit more scientific detail on why Keto is a longevity diet

Especially when coupled with calorie restriction and intermittent fasting.

Recall that tends to happen naturally because of the appetite suppressive effects of a high fat diet.  Its pretty easy to restrict yourself to 2 meals occurring within an 8 hour window. Its also easy to eat one bigger and one smaller meal within these parameters.  Eventually it gets easy to get down to one meal with or without a snack and find a really nice low body fat and lower body weight without getting to catabolic (eating muscle!)

I have a few extra tips for you today in terms of supplements that really help crank ketosis but Keto Gen is the central one.

OK now onto the science.

The real gem of Keto is called autophagy or self-eating of sick dead and dying cells to recycle and rebuild healthy ones.

This is facilitated by the fasting and calorie restriction above that naturally happen when you suppress insulin secretion (sugar storage fat storage and inhibition of autophagy).

Read that part about inhibition of autophagy again.  Yes, insulin suppresses autophagy so keto and avoiding carbs helps foster it.  When you look at longevity and health span strategies this is a big one but no one has ever tied it to Keto until me now as far as I know.

There is another thing that autophagy is responsible for: amino acid homeostasis.  That means the provision of essential and non essential protein building blocks (amino acids) during the fasting state.  Are you beginning to get the picture?

Keto suppresses insulin and fosters autophagy which should help life span and health span and to maintain amino acids.

Wanna guess which amino acid is most important?

Cysteine, the sulfur containing amino acid that is used to make the most important anti-oxidant in the body next to Omega 3.

You’ve heard of it – it’s called glutathione

And without it or with lower levels your body starts to accumulate oxidative damage from free radicals.  This should all sound familiar if you’ve been reading my stuff for a while. It’s just that no one linked it to Keto.

As you age autophagy goes down and so does glutathione levels.  Both of these lead to decreased Repair Ability and increased free radical damage via inflammation a central cause of aging and disease! There is even a term that is getting used more and more for this- Inflammaging coined by one Dr Franceshi in his seminal work Handbook of Immunosenescense back in 2012.

Yeah, I read all 2000+ pages. Twice!

Ok now you know the role of intermittent fasting and Keto in this here are a couple of things you should consider.

Obviously keep your Omega 3 levels up.

But most of you will not link the wonderful supplement I make called Sugar Balance Support Formula (I know I need a better name) to suppression of insulin and facilitation of Ketogenic Diets!!!

When you suppress insulin you suppress fat storage, facilitate fat usage as in Keto Diets and improve both amino acid homeostasis (glutathione production) and autophagy (cell recycling equated with longer life spans and health spans.)

Now I have given you just the facts in a very direct non embellished form but I hope you can see the neat and simple picture this presents for some of the almost never mentioned effects of Keto Diets.

You can bet you’ll start seeing these facts on other web sites and by other Keto “thought leaders and experts” very soon as they realize they missed the boat on the real benefits of Keto.

I have to count on you to remind people where you heard it first LOL!

More importantly I hope I have given you some additional reasons to consider the “Keto Fad” since it is not a fad at all but a very viable way to improve your health!!!

And you’ll look great with low body fat too!!!!

Don’t forget to try Keto Gen while its still on sale and for added Keto punch take 2 SBSF one to two times a day with your fish oil.

Dr Dave

It was predictable a few years ago.  The current “Keto Craze” was bound to happen.

Back in 2012 the phrase I heard most often was, “Oh it’s like Atkins!”

In point of fact while the oft maligned and dearly departed Dr Atkins did pretty much repackage the Keto Diet under his name, he eventually reduced his moniker to “low carb lifestyle” which continues today under the Atkins name.

Also predictably there are a lot of people who are no longer afraid to go hard core keto, embracing a higher fat lower carb diet.

Rather than recount the numerous blogs I have written that explain the particulars of the Keto Diet, let me just say that I am a big fan because of its potential anti- cancer effects, especially when combined with a lower calorie intake.

If you “can’t” do Keto then I would certainly advocate reducing your carb intake to a much lower level.

For Keto you need to stay under 50 grams of carbs a day (one and half pieces of bread if you even eat that!).  For low carb I would say anything under 100 grams is acceptable.

Focus on reducing anything with sugar in it, breads and pastas, etc.

Now I do want to mention we are “soft launching” our newest product which is indeed a Keto Drink designed to help you get into ketosis, suppress your appetite and carb cravings and destroy your body fat in the process. If you are reading this closely enough and carefully enough to see this sneaky announcement then you deserve the best intro pricing!

Believe it or not that is all I am going to say about it for the moment

I do want to tell you a super important dieting strategy that I use with my Keto routine and recommend for anyone who is adjusting their nutrition in any way: Intermitant Fasting!

It turns out that Keto naturally fosters this kind of “eating window” which is- a 16 hour fast followed by an 8 hour window for one or two meals.  If you are doing 2 meals in this time frame than one (usually the later one) needs to be considerably smaller.  Remmeber that just because you “got to be hungry” does not mean you wake up hungry. Usually its remarkably the opposite!

Allowing a more prolonged fast between meals stimulates something called “autophagy” which literally means self eating!. This is a critical process of cellular recycling especially for the mitochondria- the power houses of the cell.

This process has been linked to a bunch of interventions that have been shown to prolong life and health span. Contrary to what some “thought leaders” are saying, you do not need mTor inhibitors like Rapamycin or autophagy stimulants like the chem drug dasatanib, you just need to eat less and less frequently on a long term basis!

Our society loves drugs but this simple dietary intervention is far safer and just as effective if it is followed!

Now again the appetite suppressive effects of a high fat Keto Diet make this all that much easier.

And if you want some help with this while avoiding expensive and toxic drugs try my new Keto Inducing product!

A lot of people are interested in Keto for the weight loss aspect.

A noble desire to be sure but there are so many wonderful metabolic, brain and hormonal effects as well a a real potential to control if not prevent neurological disease and cancer.

But for most people there is still a gap between trusting the process of Keto as healthy and truly effective.

As a matter of fact the number one case of failure on any diet is NOT lack of will power, its lack of Faith that the diet will actually work for them. Strange as it may sound most people who have tried and failed to lose weight feel there is some magical inhibition that pertains only to them… it works for everyone else just no for them.

If you do Keto it will work for you.

Here are Seven Steps to make it easy.

  1. I would strongly suggest you do not do Keto by just avoiding carbs and eating a lot of fat to start with. Here is how I induce ketosis: Get some low sugar vegetable juice and drink one large glass 3-4X a day for 1 to 2 days. That is your sole food source and drink nothing else other than water.
  2. For the next 2 days dilute the juice with 30-50% water. Again this is your sole source of calories. You can and should drink a fair amount of water (1 liter minimum) and add one teaspoon of salt to each liter. Your body will get rid of water and salt on its on so if you need more salt use it as long as you are not on a salt restriction from your doctor.
  3. Count your carbs! Do not exceed 50 grams a day
  4. Hit the fish oil hard– minimum 6 grams but you can even shoot for 10 grams for a few days in a row.
  5. Reduce your strength training and endurance training by 50% during this induction phase
  6. After 5 days or so of the above, start to add in fatty meats or cheeses unless you are dairy or lactose limited. If you want to accelorate your trip into keto and stave off the “keto flu” you definately want to use KetoGen, especially in the first month or two. Ultimately depending on your current body weight and mass you should ultimately shoot for 1000 to 1500 calories with a proportion of minimum 60% fat 25 % protein and 15% carbs. You can go higher on the fat and lower on the rest of the proportions as needed. You need to get to at least 60% fat to really see the fat loss kick in. Remember carbs make this diet super unhealthy so be committed not to cheat.
  7. Remember to get adequate sleep- 7 hours minimum. If you need help with that I have an incredible supplement for sleep

 

It’s more than just a fad. Use it to lose weight and look great, or do what I do…. make it a lifestyle!

Dr Dave

Today’s Super Holiday Sale Item Pro Life PB is on sale with free shipping TODAY!

You may be wondering the role the microbiome plays in your health.  The obvious role is in your gut health but the effects of the microbiome reach far and wide in your body.

Let’s start with absorption of all those Great Longevity Edge supplements you are taking!

The microbiome is responsible for maintaining the acid/alkaline content of the gut, the way things are absorbed and even metabolized (metabolism starts in the gut with the initial processing of what you take in happening BEFORE you absorb anything!).

Then there is its’ role in obesity.  The microbiome processes food and makes short chain fatty acids which then are taken in by the intestines and feed YOU. Specifically, you are at least 20% fed by bacterial metabolites that are affected by the specifics of what you take in! Certain foods including the artificial sweetener saccharin produce MORE fat even though they have zero calories.  In other words, you bacteria can make calories by processing foods you cannot! This is the reason why some people eating diet foods/sodas etc get fatter on their diets!

Another huge huge role is immunity.  The bacteria help with what is known as antigen processing to the gut immune system which is in direct contact with your over all immunity. Poor gut bacteria health, poor immune health or even possible an auto-immune disease.

I could go on and on with the science but hey, it’s the Holidays and you get the picture!  In this picture should be a super well-designed pro/pre-biotic like Pro Life Pb on sale with free shipping in CONUS so Act Right Now because it’s going fast and we pull the sale tonight!

Here’s to your (Gut) health!

 

Dr Dave

Ok so we are back in action with all the great stuff that we didn’t get to before the Holiday!

Today’s featured Item will help you “wash” down some of the Holiday excesses you may find are all too tempting.

Pro Life is the Probiotic that keeps on giving.  Packed with all the right cultures, enterically coated to get past the stomach without upsetting it, and with pre-biotics to feed those good gut Bacteria it stands alone in quality.

And you can get it now dirt cheap with fee shipping.

Rebalance that belly and feel better about the Holidays!

 

Dr Dave

OK if you want the benefits without the science click here.

If you want to learn a bit more here goes:

Humans did not consume nearly the amount of carbs and sugar they do now until around 10,000 years ago.

Three Big Things have led us down the path to where our Carb intake is causing problems with our health.

  • Agriculture featuring mostly grains (carbs)
  • The introduction of refined sugar in the west (carbs)
  • The excessive focus on cheap fast hitting carbs in the post WW2 era by Big Food.

There is no time in the year where refined simple carb consumption does more damage to you health than now in the Holiday Season.

Let’s face it we may all want to cheat a little…or a lot.

You can however cover yourself and support a healthy blood sugar with Sugar Balance Support Formula using Mother Nature to combat the ravages of Big Food.

It wouldn’t hurt to avoid cookies, cakes, pies, sugary drinks and of course alcohol.

But if that sounds like wishful thinking get some help with SBSF which is on Sale Right Now at super low super easy pricing!

Break the cycle!!!!

Doc

 

In case you missed it (judging by the emails we’ve been getting there are quite a few of you!) for the next few hours I’m going to put The Immortality Edge Packs & Energy X Maxx back on sale. Once it’s over, it’s over so take advantage now!

The microbiome-also known as the bacteria that live in your gut- is a big part of how things happen in your body.

While not directly related to aging YET, it is directly affected by age and is huge in terms of your overall health.

You’ve heard me say a thousand times, “Take Care of Your Telomeres”, well now, today I am going to tell you how to take care of your microbiome so you can reap the maximum benefits from these hopefully symbiotic bacteria, and not have to deal with an unhealthy microbiome.

But first a few facts you should know about the microbiome:

  1. An unhealthy microbiome is an unhealthy person! The microbiome can actually become pathologic and cause disease. The best studied one is anti-biotic induced colitis caused by C. Difficile and other species.
  2. The microbiome is the reason “calories are not calories” and why some non-nutritive and non-caloric sweeteners can potential cause hunger and weight gain. The microbiome processes and ferments many of the things that we put into our bodies even those that are “non-digestible” and makes things from them that can be used for calories or to feed both good and bad bacteria in the gut.
  3. Because of #2 the microbiome is critical for absorption and transport of certain vitamins and minerals.

OK now here are some tips on getting it healthy.

  1. First identify whether or not you have big food type sensitivities. I am not talking about the so-called avoidance diets but BIG things like gluten and dairy (usual lactose). For most people these are sensitivities rather than true allergies. The tip is if you feel bad, get bloated, gassy and experience a change in bowel habits. These are usually not subtle, you know if you pay attention that what you ate got you feeling this way. Similarly, if you feel really really tired after you eat but you did not overeat, changes are your body is reacting negatively to a food group like dairy or gluten. Try eliminating one of them at a time.
  2. Maintain some vegetable mater in your diet including cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower. For me I have to buy them and keep them visible in the fridge because my high fat diet is otherwise very filling and I don’t feel like eating more. So, I eat them first. This is a great way to do calorie restriction and intermittent fasting routines as well because the non-digestible fiber fills you.
  3. This may sound strange but don’t get too dehydrated. Hydration status affects the gut in a big way so don’t neglect water consumption especially if you are in a warm climate or working out hard.
  4. If your diet is suspect or you are dealing with a less than optimal microbiome don’t forget to supplement with a multi-vite!!!!  Consider it an insurance policy to keep your entire body in optimum support.
  5. Consider fermented foods. Things like Sauerkraut and Kimchee or Kefir are great sources of healthy bacteria. The problem with the later is they always always always add sugar in store bought so see if there are any raw dairy farms around, or get some Kefir grains by mail! Its hard to make your own Kefir unless you have the true non pasteurized culture in what you buy and some good raw milk but you might want to try it. It can be an eye opener! At least 50% of the time you wind up with spoiled milk and no Kefir. If you use raw derived Kefir and raw milk you get something you can propagate for weeks that never spoils. By the way the milk microbiome is the reason raw milk keeps in your fridge 2-3 times longer than store bought. Store bought has no defense against bad bacteria and goes rotten in 5-7 days even when kept cold. Once you open it you start the process!
  6. Take a Probiotic.  Mine is enteric coated to make it past the stomach and contains pre-biotics to foster healthy growth of the cultures.
  7. Avoid alcohol tobacco and cannabis products! It’s a shame I have to say it but if your gut is healing don’t beat it up!!! You need 6 weeks of abstinence before you indulge if you do those kinds of things.
    If you don’t do any of the things 1-6 above then you really really really need my probiotic!!!!

Personally, I follow my own guidelines 90+% of the time but I still take Pro Life PB daily.

Take Care Of Your Gut!!!!

Doc

How do you combat the Pied Piper of Aging?

Showing Up and having good habits Really Is Half the Battle!
Now I will expand on this a bit but first I want to share with you  a few quotes I really enjoy.

Among them is the anonymous, “Do nothing You’ll be just as productive!” and “Everything is a Science Project”.

I think that applies to certain situations nicely but not to the ones we actually exert control over. In our age of more decisions/choices than time available to sensibly make them or situations where other people create the infrastructure that we have to comply with those quotes work.

But in your life, and my life, where there ARE things that are very important and worth trying to exert our influence on, I have a better quote- this one from Aristotle.

We are the sum total of our habits!

If we take that on faith from one of our wisest elders you can see how showing up becomes a hugely important aspect of achievement and satisfaction… and health.

I used to own a different company that bore my name. And I had small stickers made up with my smiling face on it asking, “Did you take your Fish Oil today?”

It’s a great question and while it may not apply to everything I make, things like Fish Oil and Young Life Daily  are dishes best served daily, especially in today’s surrounding toxic environment and poor soil quality.

So, Did You?!

Aging is actually a kind of habit your body gets used to. Something is missing, overdone, or damaging and your body makes a short-term decision to use resources to fix it. Staying alive and reasonably healthy for the next minute is more important than staying alive and healthy for the next year or decade.

Some things get fixed, others don’t and in what scientists have called “antagonistic pleiotropy” * some decisions have negative long-term consequences with short term gain.

Much of the negative is due to molecules absent from our diets and our nutrition. Along with fish oil, the Young Life Daily you covers the common and not so common things missing that your body is probably craving for if: you are over 38, you don’t sleep enough, you work out hard, or you are under a lot of stress.

You may have to pay the pied piper of aging, but maybe you don’t have to pay as high a price as you think.

So, Did You?!

Doc

*Antagonistic pleiotropy has been championed by some heavy hitting scientists but no me. There is no gene for aging ever found in scientific study, nor is there any real youth gene other than perhaps telomerase. Clever scientists have recently adapted this theory to now include epigenetics which threw a monkey wrench into many a scientist’s career. Aging is epigenetic and, in most cases, falls within the “you can control” it maybe even eventually reverse it. Buy yourself some runway!

Sadly, we just got a notice that several of our Raw Material costs are going to go up significantly in the extreme near future.

If you want to lock into the current pricing you can do so by ordering on subscription/continuity now as I have made a promise to all my friends and customers out there that once they are on, the price stays the same as long as they are on no matter what the raw costs increase too.

At least Two products are currently affected BIG TIME and one moderately so for the moment.

Sweet Sleep Z is going to undergo a significant price increase because of the Theanine supply.

Apparently, someone has invented a drug based on this raw material and the company would rather sell to the Pharmaceutical Industry than us. Go Figure!!!

So, if you need an all-natural sleep aid that is non-habit forming and contains no drugs this is it and now is the time to get it.

Next is Sugar Balance Formula. You may already know my penchant for the ketogenic diet and the many blogs I have written for years now about my experiences with it.

I have also said that I don’t care what diet you are on- I am done preaching diet to people because its like religion to too many- just reduce your calories and manage your insulin secretion. This is especially true if you are on hormonal therapy.

Simply put insulin/sugar management is one of the most critical things you can do to prevent pre-mature aging and death. And we are doing such a good job of it we are now in the middle of an incipient diabetes epidemic where people are taking drugs for “pre-diabetes” or to prevent pre and post diabetes.

If this sounds nonsensical to you it is. I don’t know what is driving up people’s blood sugars (other than the massive amounts of carbs in our diets) but I think there are toxins and environmental exposures that make watching, controlling and reducing insulin secretion and sugar in the diet a 100% absolute must

Right Now.

Big Pharma agrees with me and has begun producing their new darling (which is a very old old darling) metformin and hinting that it might even help prevent cancer. Can you imagine what would happen to me if I so much as vaguely mentioned the words “supplements” and “cancer” in the same sentence!

Anyway, Goat’s Rue is one of the raws in Sugar Balance  and as demand goes so does price so that product is going to incur a price increase any day now!

If you believe like I do- that sugar is a major cause of illness and aging, and you need some support with yours, get on subscription now and take advantage of locking into the current pricing while it’s still available.

Sleep and sugar management are 2 of the most potent anti-aging tools in my book!

 

Dr Dave

PS remember we have hugely discounted case prices on all of our products including these.  Case prices will also go up to reflect the increase in raw materials very soon. So consider your needs for the rest of the year!

Over the past several weeks I have attempted to decipher some of the research behind probiotics and several things that may affect the health of your gut’s bacteria known as the microbiome.

As a reminder this is still, contrary to what some people would have you believe, a new field with much to discover especially in real live people. Much of what we know comes from animal models and we know far more about the mouse microbiome than we do the human one.

This has not stopped people from making broad sweeping generalizations and exceeding the data sets by far in an effort to be what I call “the firstest with the mostest”.

This seems to be a prerequisite in the field of supplement marketing

And it leads to all kinds of wild but generally harmless (and often worthless) creations that allow companies to say they were first with a new radical discovery. There is also a disturbing trend among anti-aging and regenerative medicine followers to try seriously unproven approaches suggested by non-medical personal.

Today we need to take a quick look at how the gut bugs may be affected by diet choices.

A recent comparison between the Mediterranean Diet and a “typical Western diet” is instructive.

The pre-clinical study was designed as follows

It is described in the quote below from Wake Forrest Medical Center:
“The Western diet consisted of lard, beef tallow, butter, eggs, cholesterol, high-fructose corn syrup and sucrose, while the Mediterranean diet consisted of fish oil, olive oil, fish meal, butter, eggs, black and garbanzo bean flour, wheat flour, vegetable juice, fruit puree and sucrose. The diets had the same number of calories.”

The outcomes suggested a 7% increase in “good bacteria” versus only a 0.5% increase by the typical Western Diet.

The inclusion of what sounds like a ton of sugar and HFCS is probably the tipping point, but notice the “bad” diet still had a small increase in “good” bacteria.

I mention this because the tendency of internet headlines is to use verbiage that implies that something “bad” happened which is a far cry from the reality of the above. A similar situation occurred in the JAMA article on fish oil published last month. Headlines stated “Throw Out Your Fish Oil” completely ignoring ridiculous study design and even the 7% improvement in the rate of heart disease compared to similar studies on statins that showed a slightly higher 12% and required other medications to achieve that as well.

I believe a good Probiotic to be the fastest most reliable way to improve the quantity and quantity of your gut bacteria.

A good diet can make it even better! I am not sure we have a clear understanding of what that is just yet.*

 

Doc

 

*No, no one has compared it to a Vegetarian, Paleo, or Keto diet but if I had to guess I would say the same thing I always do: reduce your total calories by 30% and avoid sugar and excess carbs to manage your insulin. I do not advocate metformin for this unless you are already diabetic or pre-diabetic.

Instead you might try this!