Okay, well this is Dr. Sangeeta Pati and we’re starting with the top five tips to correct nutritional deficiencies and how it relates to hormones, and toxicities, and the mind and the body. So, we’re getting started here. Welcome to the webinar and we’re just about full here. So, the first thing to think about is that obviously when we’re looking at optimizing our health.
Many of you may be familiar with the fact that there are many areas that you optimize in order to have full restoration of your health. Whether we’re talking somebody who’s in overall general good health and looking just to improve their health. Or a seven-year old with say ADD or a person who has a serious illness like cancer or Alzheimer’s.
It’s always the same five basic areas that one needs to optimize and it turns out that out of these areas, nutrition is a key player in the ability to restore the body back to its optimal state. So obviously, we know that when nutrients are missing – things don’t look right. It’s very easy to see in these plants that something’s missing from some of these plants.
If you look at more detail what the studies are showing and what plants look like when they’re deficient. Here are some plants: Phosphate-deficient leaf, a Potassium-deficient leaf, a Nitrogen-deficient leaf. Here are some plants were grown on the left with excellent nutrition and grown on the right with not excellent nutrition. Same genetics, same lighting, same everything.
So, nutrition plays a significant role in living plants. It also plays a very significant role in us. You can see from this very basic chart that there’s specific nutrients that are responsible say for eye health, or heart health, or mental and physical energy, or optimal digestion. So, we know that we need nutrients. We know that each nutrient is important for different function and there’s other things we know.
Nutritional deficiencies cause insomnia, weight gain, headache, fatigue, anxiety. If we look at specific nutritional deficiencies that are associated with each of these, you could be very simple and say magnesium deficiency is related to headache, or that a zinc deficiency could be related to fatigue, or that a chromium deficiency could lead to weight gain, or an Omega3 deficiency leading to anxiety.
It isn’t as simple as that because, of course, we know that all nutrients are important for all function. That’s a very basic comparison. We also know at this point that nutritional deficiencies cause disease. They cause disease of the musculoskeletal system of the bones. They cause disease of the nervous system, the vascular system, and the intestinal system, the brain and the organs.
So, nutritional deficiencies lie at the base of many different diseases because they cause DNA damage. That’s the prime start of where nutrient deficiencies start to cause DNA damage. What research has shown is that if you have a nutrient deficiency like zinc or like selenium, you start to have DNA damage almost immediately but that DNA damage is reversible when one corrects the nutrient deficiency.
So, that’s the good news. Not only can you find out what the nutrient deficiency is but you can also reverse it with the proper supplementation and food program. Nutrient deficiencies also cause organ damage and they cause initiation of cancer and ultimately, cancer. There’s entire books of literature on nutrients and the gene interactions that ultimately lead to cancer.
So, I’m saying that obviously nutrient deficiencies cause DNA damage, and nutrient supplementation and proper food actually corrects this kind of DNA damage. So, how does one do this? A nutritional program should have three components. One major component should be the food that you eat.
The food that you eat is going to end up being 85% of your nutritional status that food should be plant-based and superfood dense. We’ll be talking about how to make that happen. There are always some basic supplements that may be involved. A multivitamin with minerals because as a country we’re mineral-deficient which means using mineral salt and as many greens as possible, because those are the richest source of minerals; and, safe and pure sources of omega3.
Last, but not least would be measurement. Obviously, how much magnesium one person needs and how much another one needs will depend upon what they’re absorbing and what they’re utilizing. So measurement ends up being a key to a nutritional program because it’s the only way to assess whether the food and the supplements that you’re taking are being absorbed and utilized appropriately. That way you can individualize your program to you.
The philosophy in any program for your health should be that you gain as much knowledge as you can and choose what’s right for you, because knowledge is your power to choose what’s right for you. And, you congratulate yourself for the things that you do. Do not put too much energy into things you don’t do because this is the way that we end up having a program that we feel good about.
There are five basic recommendations and tips that can help you get there and these include: One, measuring your nutritional status. Eating more plant protein and less animal protein. Eating eight different colors of vegetables. Eating organic and/or local. Adding Superfoods. But why? Why are these the basic principles? Let’s go into that.
Measurement. There are multiple different tests that one can do to measure your nutritional status. The one I’m showing you here is Spectracell and this is Spectrox Total Antioxidant Function. It’s a blood test. They grow your cells for weeks and then measure the intracellular level of your antioxidant function.
The before here is at 40th percentile which means out of a hundred molecules that are damaging your DNA, this person is able to take care of 40 of them. After the treatment and after proper nutritional program, they’re at 65%. So, they’re able to take care of 65 out of a hundred damaging molecules.
Other pieces of this type of measurement include an Omega3 index. We know we’re looking for a number above 8% which reduces the risk of cardiac mortality and we’re looking at B vitamins and other minerals. You’re looking to be in the 75th percentile in all of these. Luckily, this kind of testing although $1300 is what the cost is, is at the moment covered with a copay for most insurances which is under the $200 range.
So, this is one simple way of measuring your nutritional status. There are others. You should ask your health provider how they want to measure your nutritional status. The measurement reflects three things. It reflects the adequacy of the food and the supplements that you’re taking. It reflects the absorption in your intestinal tract, and utilization. If you’re under a lot of stress and your nervous system is hyperactive, you’ll be using magnesium more than anyone else.
If you’re an athlete, you’ll be using more COQ10. The most common deficiencies that we find when we start to measure are ones that you’ll be familiar with. B-12 and folate is one of them. Vitamin D is the other one, iodine, Ferritin (in women), magnesium, and zinc. These are the top deficiencies that one finds.
There are food supplements that one can take for this and also nutritional supplements that one can take to correct these. For example, magnesium can be acquired from chocolate. Dark chocolate especially. Zinc can be acquired from raw sunflower seeds. Iodine can be acquired from kelp and dulse, and other forms of seaweed. Vitamin D can be acquired by eating enough plants and exposing yourself to the sun preferably, without clothes on.
So, there’s many ways to correct these and let’s see what some of those are. The second principle out of the five is to eat more plants. This is something which has come to our attention over the last 10 years simply because of one of the largest nutritional studies that came into play, which is called The China Study.
Then if any of you have NetFlix or any kind of cable TV, it turns out that this DVD Forks Over Knives is on there and you can take a look at it. They basically studied the effects of animal proteins on human health. These recommendations are made from doctors in the Cleveland Clinic and have been adapted at Cornell University as a cheap methodology of reversing vascular disease because we know that plant-based diets do reverse vascular disease.
One of the things that they found was the data that is related to milk and we’ve always been taught that milk is something that we have to pay a lot of attention to and that it does a body good, but this study through a very strong right on the suspicion that milk actually was detrimental to the human body.
What they found is that more milk which is 87% casein equals more cancer cells. Twenty percent casein; 80% proliferation of cancer cells. Five percent casein, much lower. Twenty percent gluten, not carcinogenic. The next thing they found is that casein in milk looks like pancreatic cells and the body cannot tell the difference and starts to attack the pancreas, which means the more milk you drink as a child – the more chance of having diabetes Type 1.
Not a good thing. The next thing we found is that more milk equals more fractures and this is extremely counter to what we’ve been taught but this data is clear. The thought is that this is related to the fact that the more milk we drink, the more acidic the body becomes. As it becomes more acidic, the bone actually ends up dispersing calcium from the bone to neutralize that acidity.
So when we hear these things, obviously the first question you’re going to ask is what do I do to substitute milk or make a change? And obviously, when I said that knowledge is your power to choose what you want to do. What it means is that maybe you’ll become more aware and become more sensitive to how much milk intake you have.
There are some very good substitutes and most of them are coming from nuts and seeds. There are of course, people who will make it themselves but at the moment the grocery store is full of them. I would say that the soy-derived milks should be avoided because they’re genetically modified. I’ll be telling you a little a bit about genetically modified pluses and minuses. There are really no pluses, in a little bit.
The other thing is that plant-based diets at this time have been shown to be associated with pretty much less: diabetes, stroke, auto-immune disease, arthritis, heart attacks, cancer, and neurological disease, and also bone loss. We have successfully seen plant-based programs treat: allergies and gastric conditions, fibromyalgia, psoriasis, eczema, arthritis, high blood pressure, cholesterol, high inflammation, and low antioxidant levels.
So obviously, plant-based programs are very powerful in the reversal of disease and of course, cancer is one of them. The key question that one always gets is, do plants actually have the nutrients that are required to be able to supply the body with what’s required? For example, how do you get your protein?
If you look at the comparison from the China’s study of health and you look at 500 calories of plant-based foods and 500 calories of animal-based foods, you’re going to find 33 grams of protein and 34 grams of protein. Not really that much different but the plant-based food have less cholesterol, less fat, much more vitamin A in the form of Beta-carotene, and much more dietary fiber.
There’s zero dietary fiber in the animal-based foods. They also have much more magnesium and calcium as you can see at the bottom of this slide, and iron. We always thought that if you’re iron-deficient, you better start eating some meat but it turns out that the available iron is 20 mg in the same amount as it is 2 mg in animal-based foods.
So obviously tells us that plants actually have more bioavailable nutrients. When we’re eating, the idea isn’t necessarily go completely plant-based but one easy step into this is to try to have your breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack at least be 50% vegetables. That’s a very good step in the right direction.
Another one would be to just start to add one new vegetable a month to your palate because many of us have never really explored different vegetables. The reason for this particular plate is because it balances the sugar highs and the sugar lows that are present that create the conversion of muscle to fat.
So as we grow older, we start having sugar highs and sugar lows and conversion of muscle to fat and that can be controlled by a plate ratio that looks like this for breakfast, for lunch, for dinner, and for snack. A breakfast here could be a cup of oatmeal or steel-cut oats, an egg, and either a smoothie with vegetables in it or some kind of roasted vegetables.
There are many high-protein sources that are available that are plant-based. The first picture I showed you of those athletes was simply because these athletes are all completely plant-based. So obviously, we know that plants do have enough nutrients to support excellent muscle structure.
These are some of the high-protein sources for plants which include fermented soy and beans and lentils. If soy is organic and fermented, it actually is extremely beneficial for you. These are adzuki bean salad at the bottom. It’s delicious. Excellent protein sources include some of the ones listed here: bee pollen, blue green algae, hemp seeds… That’s a picture of hemp seeds over there, and all kinds of beans and grains and nuts and seeds.
So, these are things to add to your palate. So, the second principle after measurement I mentioned is, eat more plants. The third principle is to eat eight colors of fruits and vegetables per day, and why would we want to do that? If you look at for example, phytonutrients of different colors. Each color supports a different organ.
For example, the carotenoids which are orange are supporting, which come from all of these plants, support the eye. So, the reds support the vascular system along with the blues. So there are specific colors that have specific phytonutrients that happen to gravitate to a different organ. The fourth principle here is to eat organic, eat local, or wild harvested.
So, let’s talk a little bit about that and why that is so important because as you know this is now a subject of lots of discussion all over. The first principle to realize is that when you eat organic, you’ll avoid pesticides and we’re going to go into that a little bit. You’ll avoid genetically modified organisms (GMO). You’ll get 40% more nutrients and 30% more antioxidants.
This is counter to the recent media study that showed, which was a small study, that there was no difference between organically grown foods and non-organically grown foods, but the largest study which I’ll show you actually does show a difference. The first thing of course when we avoid pesticides is that not only are we avoiding the exposure of our body to these toxic pesticide, but we’re also avoiding the runoff that’s poisoning our waters, our land, our fish, our birds, and everything else.
So basically, when we use pesticide we’re not just poisoning ourselves through the vegetables that we eat but also through the pollution that’s created on the earth because they poison life at every level. It’s very well known that pesticides are neurological toxins and cause cancer and cause all kinds of neurodegenerative and vascular diseases.
Pesticides are associated with birth defects through study, cancers, Parkinson’s, heart disease, neurological disease and MS, thyroid diseases. This question of genetically modified organisms is now actually become quite a political discussion but let’s look at a little bit of what’s happened around the world.
So, the majority of countries that have had the opportunity have actually banned genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified crop just simply means that it’s a crop that’s been altered to allow it to either resist a certain temperature or grow a different way, or resist a certain pest or bug. If you look around most of the world, the amount of GMO crops is less than .1%. In the United States, it’s 66% compared to our neighbor in Canada which is 8.8%.
This was on the ballot in Africa. They are in a state of starvation and still have eliminated genetically modified organisms. This is a sample of different kinds of genetically modified potatoes. But the main reason for this is because there have been over 20 studies at this point and every single study that has been done in an animal model has shown that the result was liver damage, kidney damage, intestinal alteration, cancers, and all of these kinds of findings in animals and a hundred percent of studies.
Obviously, it’s been impossible to study the effect of genetically modified organisms in human but if animal studies are showing a hundred percent rate of modification of the intestinal tract, there’s no reason why humans should think that that would be any different. We have one of the worst health statistics in the world.
Look at the map and see where the highest amounts of genetically modified organisms are crop. The main crop in the United States you can almost not get except for genetically modified are: corn, soy, cotton, and alfalfa. Alfalfa is new. They just passed recently the ability to start to grow that genetically modified. So, read your labels. These are things you do not want in your food.
As far as organically versus conventional, this was the largest study that has been published in 2001 showing that the organic crop had 86% more chromium, 49% more iodine, 152% more molybdenum, selenium is 72% more. Almost every nutrient across the board is increased. This is relevant because the USDA has published their studies showing that the 34 top crops in the United States currently over the last fifty years has diminished by 60% in nutrient and vitamin content.
So obviously, we have to do something to make up for that kind of a decrease. If you cannot get organic food, eat local. Why? Simply because first of all, many times organic food has actually, for example, an organic apple at a grocery store might have sat in a Seattle warehouse for over a year before it actually was shipped across the country and purchased in our grocery store.
What that creates is a situation where the nutritional content is slowly decreasing because it’s sitting there. This is well-known that the time that a vegetable or a fruit is picked is when it’s the highest in terms of energy from the sun and nutrient content. So sometimes when you go to your local farmer’s market, you’re able to talk to the farmers and realize that they’re actually growing things organically and without pesticides but they haven’t taken the trouble to get it stamped.
So, local farmers’ of good reputation is a very good place to get your food. Wild harvested is another format and wild harvested is perfectly fine. It’s simply just means that the land is not in any kind of agricultural management and it’s growing naturally. So, the basic principle, the fourth principle was to eat organic, local, or wild harvested.
It turns out that organic food is never genetically modified. So, genetically modified food can be avoided completely by making sure that you’re eating organic and mostly locally harvested, but there’s certain ones to always avoid which are the corn, the soy, the alfalfa, and anything with cottonseed oil in it.
The fifth principle here is to add superfoods to your plan and superfoods, there’s many books on them but they basically are a number of different things like hemp seed and aloe and coconut, and all kinds of things that are super dense in nutrients. Why would we want to look at superfoods? It’s simply because of what I mentioned before which is the reduced nutrients in our soil.
The USDA study that was published in 2002 showed a 50-60% reduction of all crop nutrients. The top crops had reduced nutrient value so obviously, this is something which might be because of multiple reasons but is relevant to our eating. That’s why fifty years ago, those of us who are eating were eating much more nutritious food than now.
A lot more attention has to be paid now to what you’re eating. As you’ve noticed of course, this nutritional issue is affecting our children. The generation behind us seems to be sicker than our generation. So, it’s clear that we have to pay a lot of attention to this. This is a list of superfoods: raw cacao which comes from chocolate, hemp seed, Gogi berry.
The more things you eat raw, the better because raw means the enzymes are active. Raw simply means it hasn’t been heated to above 118 degrees and this allows the enzymes to stay active. So, when you’re looking at organic or you’re looking at things that may be in bottles – make sure you’re looking for both raw and organic.
Hence the Gogi berry, aloe vera, bee pollen/propolis, Spirulina, Maca, coconut… Coconut is a great one. There’s coconut ice cream. There’s coconut milk as an alternative to dairy. There’s all kinds of coconut products. Coconut yogurt now on the market. Chlorella, Incan berries, dulse, kelp, turmeric. The nutritional program as I mentioned does have three components; measurement, food and supplements.
I haven’t mentioned anything about supplements. I’ve given you the top five tips but let me tell you a little bit about supplements at this time. So there are two basic supplements that you pretty much should consider utilizing especially if the food program is not strong. At the end of the day, the bioavailability from food is higher than supplements.
But because of the way we eat and the status of our soil, supplements always have some kind of role but they should be minimal. For example, a multivitamin/mineral and a fish oil. There’s also some selection criteria for supplements. They should have vegetable capsules. You don’t want dyes or preservatives. You don’t want fillers.
If you look at what Dateline or New York Times, and even Consumer Reports has now published. It’s very clear that the majority of the supplements over 95% of them in the United States are contaminated with heavy metals. So, you need to have Spectrophotometric testing which is a light form of testing in order to clear the raw materials and make sure that they’re free of these kind of things. You always want glass bottles.
Or if it’s plastic, you want Bisphenol A free (BPA) and Phalate free bottles. You do not want heat seal on your bottles because heat alters the temperature of the capsules and leaches the plastic into your product. The best way to pick your supplements is to ask your health care provider to measure your nutrition level and recommend a nutritional program which has the food component, the supplement component, and the measurement component in it so that it will be individualized for your individual needs.
So, to go over the five basic principles again. Measuring your nutritional status is one. Eating more plants and less protein is the other. Eating eight different colors of vegetables. Organic or local. I would tell you that the future holds in it that we grow our own so becoming familiar with how to grow things is important.
I started this process about five years ago and ended up failing three years in a row. Until next year where I finally ended up with the secret formula for my very pot based garden which ended up being in little containers. I got more vegetables than I could have even sold in a farmer’s market on a daily basis, in a very small area.
So it turns out that with careful planning you can actually end up growing a lot of your own stuff and controlling a lot of the factors that I talked about. When you pick it from your garden and eat it, you’re obviously at a whole different level of the kind of energy you’re getting. And of course, the fifth principle is to add the superfoods.
These are things that are the basic principles but how does one actually make it happen? So, one principle is that whatever you do, the whole family should start to become nutritionally savvy. The importance of what people eat and what you’re eating at the home should be part of something that everybody is involved in. Food preparation and eating together.
The second part is a little bit of preparation. Clearly when we eat at the last minute, it’s extremely difficult to think about what it is that would be the best thing to eat. So, preparation in terms of thinking about what kind of recipes you want and picking things that are delicious because eating should be pleasurable.
Any changes you make, you make them one step at a time. You pick a few recipes that look like they’re going to suit what you like and you shop in the grocery store, the farmer’s market. I like to suggest to people that they add one new vegetable per month. You can see that this particular selection is a lot of peppers of different colors.
So this is one form of vegetable that people could add per month. It turns out that in this culture, we eat a lot fewer varieties of vegetables than most cultures. So when once starts to do this, you’ll find that your palate will increase and the family’s palate will increase. You’ll figure out what you like and what you don’t like.
You are always aiming for about 50% vegetables in the plate and of course, this knowledge gives you the power to make informed decisions about what you’re doing and to congratulate yourself for everything you do. I think that most people who start on this journey – continue it. It’s not something that you expect to do overnight.
It’s something you expect to do over a 6-12 month period of time to get to the point that you want to be at. I’ve included a few different books that could help and these will be on the website of MD Prescriptives and of your doctor’s offices. This is now the end of our slideshow. I can see that there are some questions and I’d like to go ahead and take some questions right now.
Okay, so one of the things that I had mentioned about the magnesium coming from dark chocolate. It turns out that magnesium and zinc and many other minerals are extremely high in dark chocolate. So it is true that it’s not just a square of dark chocolate. I actually would recommend almost a half a bar of organic dark chocolate a day.
If you can get it raw, then you definitely have something that’s better than a cooked chocolate because you live enzymes in it. It turns out that raw chocolate is actually extremely good-tasting. So I think that it is very under-utilized and you can either get a raw cacao in a powdered form but I always tell people that chocolate actually increases the metabolic burning. So it’s one very good way to get your allotted minerals.
Another way to get minerals in your food is to add salts that are of different colors. Pink is the one I like because pink salt has 92 minerals but you can also use anything but white salt with sodium and chlorine. Black salt, a brown salt, dirty-looking salt – those are the natural salts. The other best source for minerals is green.
So if you find yourself in a point where the plants that you’re eating might not be adding up, sometimes what I’ll do is just take a green’s powder and put it in a glass of water. It turns out that they really just don’t taste very bad. Or you can put it with a little bit of natural juice and do that to at least get the minerals in because that’s how you raise the pH and that’s how you reduce the toxic load in the body.
It turns out that plants and greens bind heavy metals. So it’s the major method of detoxifying the body. So, another question that we have is, are there other methods of measuring your nutritional status? One of the methods is just by measuring your blood Serum levels which are measurable by Quest or LabCorp, any of the popular labs you would go to.
These will give you Serum levels as opposed to functional intracellular levels but they’re still going to give you some indication. You can’t measure all nutrients this way but vitamin D, magnesium, iron. You can measure iodine in the urine which is covered by insurances. There’s many nutrients and minerals that you can measure in regular blood tests. The more accurate way to measure them though is intracellularly or through urine testing.
So there’s many different ways of testing. The basic principle is that one should test. So, that’s going to be the questions that we’re going to take for this evening. We very much are happy that you have joined us for this webinar and look forward to your attendance in our next webinar, which will be related to how you remove the toxic load, the top five tips to reducing the toxic load in your body. You have a wonderful, nutritious evening!