Iowa and Louisiana

This past week had packed rooms in Cedar Rapids Iowa (hosted by Tammy Dougherty and Dr. Terri Cooper), Osage Iowa (hosted by Angie Huffman and Susan & Scott Kuhlman), and Houma Louisiana (hosted by Laura Watson).

Here are the slides that I used in both Iowa presentations = Talbott Iowa Slides Dec2014

Here is the audio from Cedar Rapids =

Here is the audio from Osage =

In Louisiana, I switched the slides up slightly – they are here = Talbott Houma Dec2014

Here is the audio from Houma =

I have to say that I was stunned by the huge turnouts – especially given that this is smack in the middle of the Holidays!

Judging by the huge crowds and the enthusiastic response, there are clearly plenty of people interested in what LifeVantage has to offer.

Please let me know what you think about the presentations – and Happy Holidays!

Shawn

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Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACN, FACSM, FAIS

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

smtalbott@mac.com

http://ShawnTalbott.com

 

UPCOMING BOOK:  Deadly Antioxidants – Why Your Daily Vitamins May Be Causing Cancer and Shortening Your Life (and How You Can Turn on Your Body’s Own Antioxidants for Optimal Health)

 

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-The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy (http://amzn.to/ovkwJf)

-Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic  (http://www.KilleratLarge.com)

-The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House) – http://CortisolConnection.com/

-The Cortisol Connection Diet - The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House) – http://CortisolConnectionDiet.com/

-Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House) – http://CortisolControl.com/

-Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books) – http://PainFreeLivingBook.com/

-The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012) – http://amzn.to/SPLV4W

-The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens) – http://SupplementWatch.com/

-A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press) – http://SupplementWatch.com/

 

American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) – Las Vegas – Dec 11-12, 2014

These last couple of days in Las Vegas have been terrific – and I’d rather have these presentations that “happened in Vegas” NOT “stay in Vegas” – but get shared around the world!

I prepared for the first presentation as I do for most of my recent presentations – with an Axio:

A4M prep with Axio

The first presentation was about how maintaining cellular balance can lead to good health and improvement mental/physical wellness (referred to as “Vigor” – a unique combination of physical energy, mental acuity, and emotional well-being).

A4M lecture image

Here are the Slides = Talbott A4M Dec 2014

Here is the Audio file from my presentation =

The second presentation was about protecting the body by reducing cellular stress through activation of the body’s own internal antioxidant enzyme systems. I was privileged to share the stage for this presentation with my colleague and good friend, Dr. Mark Gordon, a well-respected cardiologist from Sioux Falls, SD.

Here are the slides that we used = Talbott Gordon A4M Dec2014

Here is the Audio file from our presentation =

I hope that you enjoy these presentations and that you’ll decide to share them with others.

Thanks for listening…

Shawn

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Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACN, FACSM, FAIS

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

smtalbott@mac.com

http://ShawnTalbott.com

UPCOMING BOOK:  Deadly Antioxidants – Why Your Daily Vitamins May Be Causing Cancer and Shortening Your Life (and How You Can Turn on Your Body’s Own Antioxidants for Optimal Health)

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-The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy (http://amzn.to/ovkwJf)

-Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic  (http://www.KilleratLarge.com)

-The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House) – http://CortisolConnection.com/

-The Cortisol Connection Diet - The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House) – http://CortisolConnectionDiet.com/

-Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House) – http://CortisolControl.com/

-Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books) – http://PainFreeLivingBook.com/

-The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012) – http://amzn.to/SPLV4W

-The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens) – http://SupplementWatch.com/

-A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press) – http://SupplementWatch.com/

Las Vegas – December 10, 2014

On the evening of December 10, I had the pleasure of speaking to a packed room in Las Vegas (Henderson Convention Center, organized by BernaLyn and Stephen Guiterrez).

I’m in Las Vegas to speak at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M) and for an interview on the Ed Bernstein Show on KSNV NBC Ch3.

Here are the slides that I used for my presentation:

Talbott Las Vegas Dec2014

Here is the Audio file from the presentation (about an hour) – for your listening pleasure!

Thanks for listening!

Shawn

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Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACN, FACSM, FAIS

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

smtalbott@mac.com

http://ShawnTalbott.com

UPCOMING BOOK:  Deadly Antioxidants – Why Your Daily Vitamins May Be Causing Cancer and Shortening Your Life (and How You Can Turn on Your Body’s Own Antioxidants for Optimal Health)

Follow me on YouTube http://youtube.com/user/smtalbott

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-The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy (http://amzn.to/ovkwJf)

-Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic  (http://www.KilleratLarge.com)

-The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House) – http://CortisolConnection.com/

-The Cortisol Connection Diet - The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House) – http://CortisolConnectionDiet.com/

-Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House) – http://CortisolControl.com/

-Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books) – http://PainFreeLivingBook.com/

-The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012) – http://amzn.to/SPLV4W

-The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens) – http://SupplementWatch.com/

-A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press) – http://SupplementWatch.com/

Park City – Cleveland – Missoula

Last week, I had the great pleasure of being invited to speak in Park City Utah (hosted by Karen Walterson on Dec 2), then in Cleveland (hosted by Hikia Dixon) on Dec 4, and finally in Missoula MT (an all-day event hosted by a number of great folks from all over the greater NorthWest region, including Gene Tynes).

I recorded each of my presentations in each city and I’ve posted them below for your listening pleasure – about an hour each.

I also have a PDF version of my slides – so you can follow along as I talk about the concepts of biochemical balance, cellular stress, and Feeling, Looking, and Performing Your Best with Protandim, TrueScience, and Axio.

Enjoy!

Shawn

Park City Audio 1 (local radio interview to “preview” the evening talk) =

Park City Audio 2 =

Park City Slides (Dec 2) = Talbott Slides Park City Dec2014

Cleveland Audio =

Cleveland Slides (Dec 4) = Talbott Slides Cleveland Dec2014

Missoula Audio =

Missoula Slides (Dec 6) = Talbott Slides Missoula Dec2014

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Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACN, FACSM, FAIS

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

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UPCOMING BOOK:  Deadly Antioxidants – Why Your Daily Vitamins May Be Causing Cancer and Shortening Your Life (and How You Can Turn on Your Body’s Own Antioxidants for Optimal Health)

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-The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy (http://amzn.to/ovkwJf)

-Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic  (http://www.KilleratLarge.com)

-The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolconnection.com/

-The Cortisol Connection Diet - The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolconnectiondiet.com/

-Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolcontrol.com/

-Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books) – http://painfreelivingbook.com/

-The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012) – http://amzn.to/SPLV4W

-The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens) – http://www.supplementwatch.com/

-A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press) – http://www.supplementwatch.com/

Fall Midwest Speaking Tour

Just wrapping up a phenomenal tour through the Mid-West with speaking stops on Chicago, Lansing, Sioux Falls, and Minneapolis. Record attendance in all cities tells me that people are excited and interested in hearing about a NEW approach to health & wellness, as well as the opportunity to take charge of their financial future.

I just finished a sold-out event (300+) at the magnificent Minneapolis Institute of Art (Saturday, November 1) – hosted by Susan Kuhlman and Scott Kuhlman. In Minneapolis, I was fortunate to share the speaking duties with Dr. Tracy Bargman, Paleo Nutrition Coach Terry Shanahan, and Dr. Mark Gordon – it was really a special event!

On Thursday (October 30), we had a standing-room-only (300+) crowd in Sioux Falls – hosted by Shawn & Michelle Poe and Kerry Williams.

On Wednesday (October 29), I had the great pleasure of speaking to a group of over 250 people at the University Club at Michigan State University in Lansing Michigan about nutrition, biochemical balance, vigor, and how they can help themselves (and others) to Feel, Look, and Perform at their Best. The Lansing event was hosted by Marcia & Dave Livingston, and Fred & Janet Tinning

The night before (Tuesday, October 28), I spoke to another group of over 200 folks in Chicago at the Quinlan Life Sciences Auditorium at Loyola University. Anna Tavarozzi-Ringo hosted my visit and I was thrilled to be able to share the stage with my good New England buddy, Premier Pro 6 Dan Moellering, who delivered a masterful outline of the LifeVantage Business Opportunity. Dan was joined for business training after the event by Elite Pro9 Scott Satterfield – and TONS of people stayed late into the night to hear about this amazing business opportunity with cutting-edge LifeVantage products.

While I was in Minneapolis, I was invited to visit two of the local television stations on Friday afternoon (KARE-11) and Saturday morning (KMSP-FOX 9 Weekend News) – you can view the TV segments at the links below:

KARE-11 (Super Foods That Boost Energy and Reduce Stress)

KMSP-FOX-9 = (Good Mood Foods) – I’ll link to this as soon as the station posts the video online…

You can also Download a PDF version of my slides and the audio files from each talk at the links below:

Talbott MidWest Oct 2014

Chicago =

 

Lansing =

 

Sioux Falls =

 

Minneapolis =

 

What am I talking about in these meetings?

Short version = how to maintain proper balance in our bodies so that we can have ultimate health and help ourselves to feel our best – look our best – and perform at our best.

Longer version:

Millions of people consume antioxidant supplements to protect their health (A, C, E, beta-carotene, selenium, etc) – but it’s actually killing them. The latest scientific evidence shows that traditional antioxidant supplements are destroying health, increasing cancer risk, and accelerating mortality rates. The safest and most effective way to protect the body and improve well-being is to activate the body’s own internal protective pathways - a coordinated stress-response system found inside every cell in the body – all we have to do is trigger it.

Every cell in our body contains an exquisitely designed system of protective enzymes and repair proteins. This built-in surveillance system, called the Nrf2-pathway, is very much like an internal cellular thermostat for stressors that can damage our cells and ruin our health. The Nrf2-pathway senses – and responds to – a variety of damaging cellular stressors such as reactive oxygen molecules from sunlight or air pollution. Left unchecked, these cellular stressors cause damage to delicate cell membranes, genetic material (DNA), and mitochondria (our cellular energy factories) – leading to disease, dysfunction, and what we observe as the “aging” process. As cellular damage accumulates, each of the trillion cells in our body works less and less efficiently – and we’re less likely to feel energetic, or focused, or even as happy as we could be. However, by naturally triggering Nrf2, and protecting our cells right down to the genetic level, we have a built-in “switch” that can help us to feel fantastic, look lovely, and achieve peak performance. This scenario of being able to feel our best, look our best, and perform our best, is what I refer to as our “best future self” – and it’s achievable by triggering Nrf2.

Hundreds of natural bioactive plant compounds are known to trigger the Nrf2 pathway – and dozens more are being discovered every year. In many cases, the main reason that a particular fruit, vegetable, spice, or herb is “good for us” is because of its ability to trigger Nrf2 and set in motion the production of the cell’s own protective proteins. We’ve known for decades that foods like tea, berries, and citrus fruits contain antioxidants (flavonoids) that reduce risk of diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. Just in the last few years, we’ve learned that these flavonoid-rich foods are “good for us” because they naturally trigger Nrf2 – thus setting in motion our internal protective mechanisms. Recent scientific evidence is uncovering that the anti-inflammatory effect of healthy spices such as turmeric (curcumin) and ginger (gingerols) is due to Nrf2 triggering; that the mental-focus benefits of herbs such as ashwagandha (withaferin) and bacopa (bacopasides) are due to Nrf2 triggering; that the anti-cancer effects of green tea (catechin), pine bark (proanthocyanidins), garlic (allicin), and broccoli (sulforaphane), are due to Nrf2 triggering. Unfortunately, even as modern scientific evidence is rapidly accumulating about the health benefits of triggering Nrf2, we’re eating fewer fruits and vegetables than ever, using lower amounts of spices, and almost completely ignoring the natural herbal medicine chest that is right at our fingertips.

If you think about the modern world in which we live, you’ll realize that we’re surrounded by myriad sources of stress. Emotional stress from work deadlines, bills, traffic, relationships; Physical stress from normal aging, sleep deprivation, lack of exercise (or too much); Environmental stress from air/water pollution, sunlight, secondhand smoke; and Non-Optimal Diet such as too many processed foods and inadequate nutrients/phytonutrients from fresh fruits and vegetables. If that news weren’t bad enough already, we also have to consider that our bodies naturally produce damaging free radicals as a normal part of metabolism (converting food into cellular energy) and our ability to trigger Nrf2 to protect us decreases as we age. In many ways, we need to accept the fact that our sources of stress exposure are both external and internal – and that they’re all around us and unavoidable. Since this is the world we live in, we need to use as many tools as we can to protect us – and Nrf2 triggers appear to be the perfect tool to both protect and repair your “aging” cells and realize your Best Future You.

Thanks for reading,

Shawn

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Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACN, FACSM, FAIS

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

smtalbott@mac.com

http://ShawnTalbott.com

UPCOMING BOOK:  Deadly Antioxidants – Why Your Daily Vitamins May Be Causing Cancer and Shortening Your Life (and How You Can Turn on Your Body’s Own Antioxidants for Optimal Health)

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-The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy (http://amzn.to/ovkwJf)

-Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic  (http://www.KilleratLarge.com)

-The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House) – http://CortisolConnection.com/

-The Cortisol Connection Diet - The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House) – http://CortisolConnectionDiet.com/

-Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House) – http://CortisolControl.com/

-Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books) – http://PainFreeLivingBook.com/

-The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012) – http://amzn.to/SPLV4W

-The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens) – http://SupplementWatch.com/

-A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press) – http://SupplementWatch.com/

A New Type of Energy at ACLM

This week I am attending the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) conference on San Diego.

Last night (Monday, Oct 19), my research on Psychological Vigor (mental/physical energy) was one of only 12 research abstracts (out of more than 40 submitted) selected for presentation on the opening night of the ACLM conference. You can see the list of presenters, as well as my abstract and slides (see links below).

*NOTE = this presentation was selected this morning (Tuesday, Oct 21) as the “Outstanding Professional Scientific Abstract Poster” of the 2014 ACLM conference – very cool!

Talbott ACLM Vigor 2014 Abstract

Talbott ACLM Slides 2014

This morning (Monday, Oct 20), I was fortunate to be invited to Channel 6 to talk about “Foods To Uplift Your Mood” on the San Diego Living morning show.

In the segment, I talk about different foods and supplements for improving physical energy, mental acuity, and overall well-being (what I refer to as “vigor”) – and exactly what I presented about at the ACLM conference last night. In particular, I talk about a new “energy” drink called AXIO that improves mental and physical energy levels and results in a new type of energy that is missing among typical energy drinks.

If you even occasionally feel “tired, stressed, or depressed” (as millions of people do), then it’s worth a few minutes of your time to check out the links above to learn how easy it can be to finally feel good again by restoring your natural levels of energy, focus, mood, stress-resilience, and overall well-being.

Thanks for reading,

Shawn

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Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACN, FACSM, FAIS

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

www.shawntalbott.com

UPCOMING BOOK:  Deadly Antioxidants – Why Your Daily Vitamins May Be Causing Cancer and Shortening Your Life (and How You Can Turn on Your Body’s Own Antioxidants for Optimal Health)

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-The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy (http://amzn.to/ovkwJf)

-Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic  (http://www.KilleratLarge.com)

-The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolconnection.com/

-The Cortisol Connection Diet - The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolconnectiondiet.com/

-Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolcontrol.com/

-Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books) – http://painfreelivingbook.com/

-The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012) – http://amzn.to/SPLV4W

-The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens) – http://www.supplementwatch.com/

-A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press) – http://www.supplementwatch.com/

Fittest CEO and 431 Project

It was a very productive trip to Vermont last week!

On September 19-21, I was fortunate to compete in the 2014 Fittest CEO competition. These events are open to C-level executives from around the world – but you have to “qualify” in terms of both annual revenue and athletic targets. I feel lucky that I was able to compete in the 2013 version held at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee – coming in 2nd place (when it was called World’s Fittest CEO).

This year, a lot was changed, including the name of the event (Fittest CEO), the venue (Riverside Farm), and format of the race were changed.

The 2014 version included 8 events spanning 3 days – with Day 1 involving a road bike TT, physical fitness test, and mountain stair climb; Day 2 including a mountain bike ride, lake kayak, lake swim, and cross-country run; Day 3 involved a Spartan Sprint in the Elite Division. Total points for the 3 days were divided 30% for Day 1, 30% for Day 2, and 40% for Day 3 – so a lot was riding on the Spartan Race (my first one).

Out of 100 possible points over 3 days, I’m thrilled to be able to say that I finished with 94.5 points to be crowned the 2014 Fittest CEO!

This event was really my “A” race that I’ve been targeting for the last year – even more so than my ridiculous Tour of Colorado that I attempted in August.

Following the Fittest CEO events, I was equally fortunate to be asked to attend and speak at The 431 Project – described as “an exclusive group of industry leaders, executives and visionaries that convenes annually to develop actionable plans to increase the physical activity, nutrition and the overall well-being of Americans.”

At The 431 Project, I spoke about a “New Way To Think About Energy” – which is really a very old energy described by ancient traditional medicine systems – and more analogous to what we might describe as “motivation” or what I write about as “vigor.” I’ve also blogged about this different way of thinking about energy at Dr. Oz’s ShareCare site, where I have an occasional blog.

The 431 Project lecture video should be posted in a couple of weeks, so I’ll post a link to that when it’s up. Until then, I’ll post my slides from the event, as well as an artist’s concept of what I was talking about (drawn simultaneously to my talk, which was pretty cool).

Talbott 431 Project

431 Project Artist Image

One of the recurring themes that lots of us talked about at The 431 Project, was the need to “walk the walk” – and SHOW people the possible outcomes from eating right, being physically active, and supplementing appropriately – so I feel like the combination of speaking at 431 and taking the top spot at Fittest CEO was a great way to demonstrate that I try my best to do that.

Thanks for reading – until next time…

Shawn

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Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACN, FACSM, FAIS

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

smtalbott@mac.com

www.shawntalbott.com

UPCOMING BOOK:  Deadly Antioxidants – Why Your Daily Vitamins May Be Causing Cancer and Shortening Your Life (and How You Can Turn on Your Body’s Own Antioxidants for Optimal Health)

Follow me on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/smtalbott?feature=mhee

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-The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy (http://amzn.to/ovkwJf)

-Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic  (http://www.KilleratLarge.com)

-The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolconnection.com/

-The Cortisol Connection Diet - The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolconnectiondiet.com/

-Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolcontrol.com/

-Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books) – http://painfreelivingbook.com/

-The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012) – http://amzn.to/SPLV4W

-The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens) – http://www.supplementwatch.com/

-A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press) – http://www.supplementwatch.com/

Talbott Tour of Colorado

It’s my birthday today – 47 years old and ready to embark on a very cool 2-week adventure here in Colorado!

 

Tomorrow (August 3) is Ironman Boulder – 140.6 miles of fun – swimming (2.4 miles), biking (112 miles), and running (26.2 miles) through the Flatirons and surrounding plains. It looks to be warm and wonderful – and I’m looking forward to putting my new “low-volume” training plan to the test (less than 12-hours per week of training – a plan that I call “Weekend Ironman” for people who have very limited time to train between the demands of work and family obligations – I’ll write more about it in future articles).

 

After Ironman Boulder, it’s off to Breckenridge (9,600 ft elevation) to stay for a couple weeks in preparation for the Leadville 100 Mountain Bike race on Aug 9 and then the Leadville 100 Trail Run on Aug 16 – both top out above 12,000 ft elevation.

 

In between all this great mountain fun, I’ll also be doing my best to educate people about the health benefits of managing oxidative stress so they can Feel, Look, and Perform at their Best.

 

I’ll be in Colorado Springs on Aug 5; Denver on Aug 6 (with Good Day Colorado on the morning of Aug 7 to talk about Deadly Antioxidants); and Grand Junction on Aug 12.

 

Check HERE for the times and location for any of these events – and please come on out – and bring your friends.

 

As always, I’ll be practicing what I preach by using Protandim to help manage oxidative stress and help my body to respond to the demands of altitude, and using the Wicked Fast performance products to help my stamina for each event and my recovery between them (not as easy as it used to be for an old guy like me).

 

Please keep your fingers crossed for me – and send good vibes to help keep me going strong while traversing the Rocky Mountain highs (and inevitable lows).

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Shawn

 

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Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACN, FACSM, FAIS

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

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UPCOMING BOOK:  Deadly Antioxidants – Why Your Daily Vitamins May Be Causing Cancer and Shortening Your Life (and How You Can Turn on Your Body’s Own Antioxidants for Optimal Health)

 

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-The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy (http://amzn.to/ovkwJf)

-Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic  (http://www.KilleratLarge.com)

-The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolconnection.com/

-The Cortisol Connection Diet - The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolconnectiondiet.com/

-Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolcontrol.com/

-Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books) – http://painfreelivingbook.com/

-The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012) – http://amzn.to/SPLV4W

-The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens) – http://www.supplementwatch.com/

-A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press) – http://www.supplementwatch.com/

 

 

Supplements for Balancing Stress Hormones

Want to feel better than you’ve ever felt?

Here’s another excerpt from my 10th book, The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance and Reclaim Your Natural Energy

I started posting these excerpts at the very start of this year – because some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions every year are:
*Lose Weight
*Get in Shape
*Reduce Stress
*Get Healthier
*Win the Lottery

Even though it’s the heart of summer now, the Secret of Vigor can help you with 4 out of 5 of the most popular resolution goals (which tend to be “year-round” goals for many of us as well).

I’m almost done with the posts – into the last chapter now and hard at work on my next book, Deadly Antioxidants, which will be released in March 2015.

Please stay tuned for each of the last few installments – or if you simply can’t wait, then you can certainly get a copy at http://amzn.to/1eju3wu or at your favorite library or bookstore.

Supplements for Balancing Stress Hormones
Even though I have saved the “stress” supplements for last, in some ways this aspect can be considered of primary importance to control because of its intimate interactions with the remaining three of the Four Pillars of Health (managing oxidation, controlling inflammation, and stabilizing glucose). Of particular note is to keep in mind that many of the supplements that are effective primarily for balancing stress hormones are also effective as secondary controllers of blood sugar (and thus glycation), free radicals (and thus oxidation), and cytokines (and thus inflammation).

Branched-Chain Amino Acids
The group of amino acids referred to as the “branched-chain amino acids” (BCAAs) comprises three essential amino acids: valine, leucine, and isoleucine. Supplemental levels have been shown to increase endurance, reduce fatigue, improve mental performance, increase energy levels, prevent immune-system suppression, and counteract muscle catabolism following intense exercise.
In numerous studies of athletes, BCAAs have been shown to maintain blood levels of glutamine, an amino acid used as fuel by immune-system cells. During intense exercise and stress, glutamine levels typically fall dramatically, removing the primary fuel source for immune cells and leading to a general suppression of immune-system activity (and an increased risk of infections) following the exercise. By supplementing with glutamine, BCAAs, or both, a person can maintain blood levels of glutamine and thereby avoid suppression of immune-cell activity due to a lack of fuel.
In related studies, BCAA supplements have been shown to help counteract the rise in cortisol and the drop in testosterone that is often seen in endurance athletes undergoing stressful training. In these studies, intense exercise was used as a model for high stress, so the increased cortisol levels and the reduced testosterone levels represented exactly what happens in the average person when they experience a stressful situation at work, at home, or while standing in line at the grocery store.

Ashwagandha
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an herb from India that is sometimes called “Indian ginseng”—not because it is part of the ginseng family but to suggest energy-promoting and antistress benefits that are similar to the ones attributed to the more well-known Asian and Siberian ginsengs. Traditional use of ashwagandha in Indian (Ayurvedic) medicine is to “balance life forces” during stress and aging, similar to the use of cordyceps in restoring “Qi” (pronounced “chee” and equivalent to the modern description of “vigor”) in traditional Chinese medicine and the modern use of many of these “adaptogenic” supplements for restoring vigor. Withanolides are thought to contribute to the calming effects of ashwagandha during periods of stress and may account for the use of ashwagandha as a general tonic during stressful situations (where it is calming and fatigue fighting) and as a treatment for insomnia (where it promotes relaxation).

Beta-sitosterol
Beta-sitosterol is one of hundreds of plant-derived “sterol” compounds that are known to influence cortisol exposure, immune function, and inflammation in the body. Plant oils contain the highest concentration of phytosterols, so nuts and seeds contain fairly high levels, and all fruits and vegetables generally contain some amount of phytosterols. Perhaps the best way to obtain beta-sitosterol is to eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds (which obviously brings numerous other benefits as well), but beta-sitosterol is available in supplement form as well.

Beta-sitosterol is known to modulate immune function, inflammation, and pain levels through its effects on controlling the production of inflammatory cytokines, and much of this immune/inflammation control appears to be related to an improved interaction of immune cells (which produce inflammatory cytokines) with the adrenal glands (where cortisol is produced). In terms of immune function, beta-sitosterol has been shown to normalize the function of T-helper lymphocytes and natural killer cells following stressful events (such as marathon running), which normally suppress immune-system function. In addition to alleviating much of the postexercise immune suppression that occurs following endurance competitions, beta-sitosterol has also been shown to normalize the ratio of catabolic stress hormones (cortisol) to anabolic (rebuilding) hormones, such as testosterone and DHEA.

Citrus Peel
Citrus peel (Citrus sinensis) contains a unique class of flavonoids, known as polymethoxylated flavones (PMFs)—specifically, tangeritin, sinensetin, and nobilitin. The PMFs represent a class of “superflavonoids,” extracted from citrus peels, that exhibit approximately threefold potency compared to other flavonoids. PMFs are just what they sound like—flavonoid compounds with extra “methoxy” groups compared to “regular” flavones. Like all flavonoids, the PMFs deliver potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity, but the PMF version is about three times more potent in its ability to restore biochemical balance (and it reduces cortisol levels by about 20 to 30 percent).

Our research group was the first in the world to use PMFs from citrus-peel extract for restoring biochemical balance while also promoting blood-sugar control and weight loss. As part of several research trials, we provided supplements of PMFs (with eurycoma root extract, green-tea catechins, and theanine) to a group of moderately overweight subjects. The PMFs reduced cortisol levels by 20 percent, body weight by 5 percent, body fat by 6 percent, and waist circumference by 8 percent over a period of six weeks. A longer, twelve-week study showed even better results, with additional beneficial effects on reducing cholesterol (by 20 percent), boosting vigor (by 25 percent), reducing fatigue (by 48 percent), and maintaining normal testosterone levels and resting metabolic rate.

Cordyceps
Cordyceps (Cordyceps sinensis) is a Chinese mushroom that has been used for centuries to reduce fatigue, increase stamina, improve lung function, and restore “Qi.” Traditionally, it was harvested in the spring at elevations above fourteen thousand feet, restricting its availability to the privileged (the emperor and his court). Several studies of cordyceps have shown improvements in lung function, suggesting that athletes may benefit from an increased ability to take up and use oxygen. A handful of studies conducted in Chinese subjects have shown increases in libido (sex drive) and restoration of testosterone levels (from low to normal) following cordyceps supplementation. During stressful events, cortisol levels rise while testosterone levels drop (leading to problems with biochemical balance). Using cordyceps as a way to normalize these suppressed testosterone levels can help modulate the cortisol-to-testosterone ratio within a lower (and healthier) range. At least two chemical constituents—cordycepin (deoxyadenosine) and cordycepic acid (mannitol)—have been identified as the active compounds in improving energy and stamina. Animal studies have shown that feeding with cordyceps increases the level of adenosine triphosphate (ATP) in the liver by 45 to 55 percent, a beneficial effect for boosting energy state and potential for physical and mental performance. Furthermore, mice fed cordyceps and subjected to an extreme low-oxygen environment were able to utilize oxygen more efficiently (30 to 50 percent increase), better tolerate acidosis and hypoxia (lack of oxygen), and live two to three times longer than a control group. In a number of Chinese clinical studies, primarily in elderly patients with fatigue, cordyceps-treated patients reported significant improvements in their levels of fatigue, ability to tolerate cold temperatures, memory and cognitive capacity, and sex drive. Patients with respiratory diseases also reported feeling physically stronger. Recently, a small study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting showed that cordyceps significantly increased maximal oxygen uptake and anaerobic threshold, which may lead to improved exercise capacity and resistance to fatigue.

Eurycoma
Eurycoma longifolia, a Malaysian root often called “Malaysian ginseng” for its energy-boosting effects, affords a natural way to bring suboptimal testosterone levels back to within normal ranges. It is also probably the best first-line therapy (before trying synthetic options, such as DHEA supplements or topical/injected testosterone) for anybody suffering from chronic stress. In traditional Malaysian medicine, eurycoma is used as an anti-aging remedy because of its positive effects on energy levels and mental outlook (which are most likely the result of improved biochemical balance and vigor).

Eurycoma contains a group of small peptides (short protein chains), referred to as “eurypeptides,” that are known to have effects in improving energy status and sex drive. The “testosterone-boosting” effects of eurycoma appear not to have anything to do with stimulating testosterone synthesis, but rather appear to increase the release rate of “free” testosterone from sex hormone–binding globulin (SHBG). In this way, eurycoma is not so much a testosterone “booster” as a “maintainer” of normal testosterone levels (testosterone that your body has already produced and needs to release to become active). This means that eurycoma is particularly beneficial for individuals with suboptimal testosterone levels, disrupted biochemical balance, and low vigor, including those who are dieting for weight loss, middle-aged individuals (because testosterone drops after age thirty), stressed-out folks, sleep-deprived people, and serious athletes who may be at risk for overtraining.

The vast majority of what we know about eurycoma comes from rodent studies, test-tube binding evaluations, and a handful of open-label human-feeding trials. The test-tube binding studies have shown that eurycoma peptides and related compounds do help release more of the “free” form of testosterone from its binding proteins. The rodent studies have yielded more than a dozen reports of increased energy levels, improved hormonal profiles, and enhanced sex drive. The limited number of human-feeding trials have demonstrated a clear subjective indication of reduced fatigue and heightened energy and mood, as well as a greater sense of well-being in the subjects consuming eurycoma.

Fortunately, a range of specific feeding studies in athletes, dieters, and in stressed and sleep-deprived subjects—who are all under chronic stress and are perhaps the key customers for eurycoma-based products—have been conducted. These studies in “overstressed” subjects used a specific eurycoma root extract prepared with a patented water-extraction and freeze-drying process (developed in collaboration between the government of Malaysia and MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). In some studies, the patented eurycoma root extract is used alone, and in others, it is blended and balanced with other supplements, such as theanine, citrus PMFs, and green-tea catechins. Overall, these studies found a maintenance of normal testosterone and biochemical balance in supplemented subjects, including dieters (compared to a typical drop in testosterone among nonsupplemented dieters) and cyclists (compared to a typical drop in testosterone in nonsupplemented riders).

For a dieter, it would be expected for cortisol (a catabolic hormone) to rise and testosterone (an anabolic hormone) to drop following several weeks of dieting stress. This change in biochemical balance (cortisol up and testosterone down) is an important cause of the familiar “plateau” that many dieters hit (when weight loss stops) after six to eight weeks on a weight-loss regimen. By maintaining normal testosterone levels, a dieter could expect to also maintain their muscle mass and metabolic rate (versus a drop in both subsequent to lower testosterone levels) and thus continue to lose weight without hitting the dreaded weight-loss plateau.

For an athlete, the same rise in cortisol and drop in testosterone is an early signal of overtraining, a syndrome characterized by reduced performance, increased injury rates, suppressed immune-system activity, increased appetite, moodiness, and weight gain. Obviously, maintenance of normal testosterone levels could prevent some of these overtraining symptoms, as well as help the athlete recover faster and more effectively from daily training bouts.

Ginseng
Ginseng is perhaps the best known of the “adaptogens” (herbs to help the body “adapt” to the biochemical imbalances caused by chronic stress). Several strains of ginseng are available—including Panax (“true”) ginseng (also called Korean, or Asian, ginseng), American ginseng, and Siberian ginseng (not a true ginseng; see the next paragraph for more information)—and each type contains some of the same compounds but in slightly different proportions, thus providing slightly different effects in terms of antistress benefits. Numerous animal and human studies have shown that different types of ginseng can increase energy and endurance, improve mental function (learning and maze tests), and improve overall resistance to various stressors, including viruses and bacteria, extreme exercise, and sleep deprivation. Human studies have shown improved immune function and reduced incidence of colds and flu following a month of supplementation with Panax ginseng. In a handful of studies, ginseng supplementation has also provided benefits in mental functioning in volunteers exposed to stress, such as improvements in ability to form abstract thoughts, in reaction times, and in scores on tests of memory and concentration.

Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus, or “Eleuthero” for short) is not truly ginseng, but it is a close-enough cousin to deliver some of the same energetic benefits. The Siberian form of ginseng is generally a less-expensive alternative to Panax, or Asian/Korean, ginseng, although it may have more of a stimulatory effect rather than an adaptogenic effect—not necessarily a bad thing if you just need a boost. Often promoted as an athletic performance enhancer, eleuthero may also possess mild to moderate benefits in promoting recovery following intense exercise, perhaps due in part to an enhanced delivery of oxygen to recovering muscles.

The active compounds in ginseng are known as ginsenosides, and most of the top-quality ginseng supplements will be standardized for ginsenoside content. It is thought that the ginsenosides interact within the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis to balance the body’s secretion of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol. ACTH has the ability to bind directly to brain cells and can affect a variety of stress-related processes in the body.

Magnolia Bark
Magnolia bark (Magnolia officinalis) is a traditional Chinese medicine used since ad 100 for treating “stagnation of Qi” (what we view in Western medicine as low vigor or burnout). Magnolia bark extracts are rich in two biphenol compounds, magnolol and honokiol, both of which are thought to contribute to the primary antistress and cortisol-lowering effects of the plant.

Japanese researchers have determined that the magnolol and honokiol components of magnolia bark extracts are one thousand times more potent than alpha-tocopherol (vitamin E) in their antioxidant activity, thereby helping to balance the “oxidation” Pillar of Health. Other research groups have shown both magnolol and honokiol to possess powerful “mental acuity” benefits via their actions in modulating the activity of various neurotransmitters and related enzymes in the brain (increased choline acetyltransferase activity, inhibition of acetylcholinesterase, and increased acetylcholine release).

Numerous animal studies have demonstrated that honokiol acts as a central-nervous-system depressant at high doses but as an anxiolytic (antianxiety and antistress) agent at lower doses. This means that a small dose of a magnolia bark extract standardized for honokiol content can help to “de-stress” a person, while a larger dose might have the effect of putting you to sleep. When compared to pharmaceutical agents such as Valium (diazepam), honokiol appears to be as effective in its antianxiety activity yet not nearly as powerful in its sedative ability. These results have been demonstrated in at least a half dozen animal studies and suggest that magnolia bark extracts standardized for honokiol content would be an appropriate approach for controlling the detrimental effects of everyday stressors, without the tranquilizing side effects of pharmaceutical agents.

Rhodiola
Rhodiola (Rhodiola rosea) is a species of plants from the Arctic mountain regions of Siberia. The root of the plant is used medicinally and is also known as “Arctic root” or “golden root.” Rhodiola has been used for centuries to treat cold and flulike symptoms, promote longevity, and increase the body’s resistance to physical and mental stresses. It is typically considered to be an adaptogen (like ginseng) and is believed to invigorate the body and mind to increase resistance to a multitude of stresses. The key active constituents in rhodiola are believed to be rosavin, rosarin, rosin, and salidroside.

In one clinical trial, Rhodiola rosea extract was effective in reducing or removing symptoms of depression in 65 percent of the patients studied. In another study, twenty-six out of thirty-five men suffering from weak erections or premature ejaculation reported improvements in sexual function following treatment with Rhodiola rosea extract for three months. In another study of physicians on nighttime hospital duty, rhodiola supplementation for two weeks resulted in a significant improvement in associative thinking, short-term memory, concentration, and speed of audiovisual perception. An additional study of students undergoing a stressful twenty-day period of exams showed daily rhodiola supplementation alleviated mental fatigue and improved well-being.

Overall, Rhodiola rosea extract appears to be valuable as an adaptogen, specifically in increasing the body’s ability to deal with a number of psychological and physiological stresses. Of particular value is the theoretical role for rhodiola in increasing the body’s ability to take up and utilize oxygen—an effect similar to that of cordyceps (see above)—which may explain some of the nonstimulant “energizing” effects attributed to the plant. Rhodiola is often called the “poor-man’s cordyceps” because of ancient stories in which Chinese commoners and Tibetan Sherpas used rhodiola for energy because the plants grew wild throughout the countryside, while only the emperor, his immediate family, and his concubines were allowed access to the rare cordyceps mushroom.

Theanine
Theanine is an amino acid found in the leaves of green tea (Camellia sinensis). Theanine offers quite different benefits from those imparted by the polyphenol and catechin antioxidants for which green tea is typically consumed. In fact, through the natural production of polyphenols, the tea plant converts theanine into catechins. This means tea leaves harvested during one part of the growing season may be high in catechins (good for antioxidant and anticancer benefits), while leaves harvested during another time of year may be higher in theanine (good for antistress and biochemical-balance effects). Theanine is unique in that it acts as a nonsedating relaxant to help increase the brain’s production of alpha waves. This makes theanine extremely effective for combating tension, stress, and anxiety, without inducing drowsiness. Clinical studies show that theanine is effective in dosages ranging from 50 to 200 mg per day. A typical cup of green tea is expected to contain approximately 50 mg of theanine.

In addition to being considered a relaxing substance (in adults), theanine has also been shown to provide benefits for improving learning performance (in mice) and promoting concentration (in students). No adverse side effects are associated with theanine consumption, making it one of the leading natural choices for promoting relaxation without the sedating effects of depressant drugs and herbs. When considering the potential benefits of theanine as an antistress or biochemical-balance supplement, it is important to distinguish its nonsedating relaxation benefits from the tranquilizing effects of other relaxing supplements, such as valerian and kava, which are actually mild central-nervous-system depressants.

One of the most distinctive aspects of theanine activity is its ability to increase the brain’s output of alpha waves. Alpha waves are one of the four basic brain-wave patterns (delta, theta, alpha, and beta) that can be monitored using an electroencephalogram (EEG). Each wave pattern is associated with a particular oscillating electrical voltage in the brain, and the different brain-wave patterns are associated with different mental states and states of consciousness. Alpha waves, which indicate what we call “relaxed alertness,” are nonexistent during deep sleep as well as during states of very high arousal, such as fear or anger. In other words, alpha waves are associated with your highest levels of physical and mental performance; therefore, you want to maximize the amount of time during your waking hours that your brain spends in an alpha state. By increasing the brain’s output of alpha waves, theanine can help you “rebalance” your metabolism and your brain-wave patterns as well as help you control anxiety, increase focus and concentration, promote creativity, and improve overall mental and physical performance. Research studies have clearly shown that people who produce more alpha brain waves also have less anxiety, that highly creative people generate more alpha waves when faced with a problem to solve, and that elite athletes tend to produce a burst of alpha waves on the left sides of their brains during their best performances.

Antioxidant Peril in NEJM

I’ve been writing, and speaking, and educating about the dangers of too many (and the wrong type and improper balance) of antioxidants for quite a long time – at least 20 years at this point. My newest book, Deadly Antioxidants, will be coming out in March 2015, so I’m hard at work putting the finishing touches on that in the new few weeks.

 

If you’re interested to read a sample chapter – or listen to any of the recent radio programs on this topic – you can do so HERE.

 

I will also introduce a “summary booklet” version of a portion the Deadly Antioxidants book at the LifeVantage Elite Academy in Orlando in a few days – so please stay tuned for more information about how to get your copy.

 

Just a few days ago, on July 10, the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published a commentary on “The Promise and Perils of Antioxidants for Cancer Patients” which stated (in part):

 

“It has been proposed that reactive oxygen species (ROS) cause mutations, and thus cancer, and that antioxidants counter this effect, but studies suggest that antioxidants do not prevent cancer and may accelerate it. These findings may be due to the cellular location of ROS targeted by antioxidants.”

 

The article raises several excellent points that I’ve been educating about for many years, and I agree with most of the major points made by the authors (Navdeep S. Chandel, Ph.D., and David A. Tuveson, M.D., Ph.D., from the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago; and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, NY.

 

For example, a growing number of research studies are showing that isolated, synthetic, high-dose antioxidant supplements (including vitamin E, selenium, and beta-carotene, among others) may have a dark side, upsetting our body’s natural protective defenses.

 

If this is true, why are we constantly told we should take antioxidant pills to supplement our diets? Certainly, antioxidants protect every cell in our body from damage by reactive oxygen molecules called free radicals. Free radicals come from cigarette smoke, car exhaust, and air pollution, but also from exposure to the sun and are even created by normal metabolism every time we breathe.

 

Too many damaging free radicals — or too few protective antioxidants — can wreak havoc on cell membranes, mitochondria, and DNA, leading to tissue damage and a wide range of chronic diseases, including cancer, chronic fatigue, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease.

 

Consuming antioxidant nutrients in the form of brightly colored fruits and vegetables has clearly been shown in hundreds of research studies to be associated with reduced free radical damage and improved health. This research has led to many in the nutrition and health arenas to push the idea that if antioxidants in natural foods are beneficial, then we should take even more of them in pill form. Unfortunately, the practice of “taking antioxidants” in the form of high-dose vitamin supplements is being linked to more harm than good.

 

However, exciting new research, including some work cited in the NEJM article is also demonstrating how we can encourage the human body to protect itself by turning on its own built-in and ultra-powerful antioxidant defense systems. This internal network of antioxidant enzymes—which is regulated by the unique and potent Nrf2 pathway—is already inside every one of our 100 trillion cells—and its protective properties are more than one million times more powerful than typical antioxidant supplements.

 

Don’t Take Antioxidants—Make Antioxidants!

This idea of “making antioxidants” (naturally within our cells) compared to the standard approach of “taking antioxidants” (in the form of high-dose vitamin supplements) is a fundamentally different approach to protecting the body from oxidative stress—and might just be the future of how we protect ourselves to enhance our overall well-being and improve how we feel, look, and perform at all levels.

 

As I mentioned earlier, my new book will be published in March 2015, with a shorter “booklet” summary available later this week – so please stay tuned for news about how to get your copy.

 

Thanks for reading,

 

Shawn

 

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Shawn M. Talbott, Ph.D., CNS, LDN, FACN, FACSM, FAIS

Nutritional Biochemist and Author

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-The Secret of Vigor – How to Overcome Burnout, Restore Biochemical Balance, and Reclaim Your Natural Energy (http://amzn.to/ovkwJf)

-Killer at Large – Why Obesity is America’s Greatest Threat – an award-winning documentary film exploring the causes and solutions underlying the American obesity epidemic  (http://www.KilleratLarge.com)

-The Cortisol Connection – Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolconnection.com/

-The Cortisol Connection Diet - The Breakthrough Program to Control Stress and Lose Weight (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolconnectiondiet.com/

-Cortisol Control and the Beauty Connection – The All-Natural Inside-Out Approach to Reversing Wrinkles, Preventing Acne, And Improving Skin Tone (Hunter House) – http://www.cortisolcontrol.com/

-Natural Solutions for Pain-Free Living – Lasting Relief for Flexible Joints, Strong Bones and Ache-Free Muscles (Chronicle Publishers – Currant Books) – http://painfreelivingbook.com/

-The Immune Miracle – The All-Natural Approach for Better Health, Increased Energy and Improved Mood (GLH Nutrition, 2012) – http://amzn.to/SPLV4W

-The Health Professionals Guide to Dietary Supplements (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkens) – http://www.supplementwatch.com/

-A Guide to Understanding Dietary Supplements – an Outstanding Academic Text of 2004 (Haworth Press) – http://www.supplementwatch.com/

 

 

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