Green Wisdom Health Podcast by Dr. Stephen and Janet Lewis
Acid Indigestion and Bloating

Acid Indigestion and Bloating

July 29, 2020

Gut issues are more common than ever, and acid reflux, indigestion, and bloating are a few of the most common complaints. Although you may have suffered with these issues for years, there are several dietary and lifestyle changes you can implement that may help reduce how often you experience them. In this week’s episode we’ll go over some dietary factors that could contribute to digestive issues, as well as discuss the benefits of digestive enzymes and other supplements designed to support gut health.

Products Mentioned in Today’s Show

Chewable Digestive Essentials V – This product can assist in the breakdown of a wide range of proteins, peptides, fats, complex carbohydrates, sugars, and fibers. Serratia peptidase, a unique endopeptidase enzyme, helps protect sensitive GI tissue from irritation that can affect tissue health and intestinal comfort. Enzymes with DPP-IV activity and a full range of disaccharidases are included.

Digest Ease – Mastic Gum/DGL – Cinnamon flavored chewable tablet containing DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice root and rhizome extract) and mastic gum to support healthy digestion and gastrointestinal function. This product may help alleviate gastrointestinal discomfort associated with occasional indigestion.

GI Support – Provides extensive support for the entire GI tract by addressing energy requirements of intestinal mucosa, structural composition of intestinal and colonic cells, microorganism balance, and production of protective intestinal mucus secretions.

You can also listen to Acid, Indigestion, and Bloating on our YouTube channel here.

 

Is Cholesterol Your Friend of Enemy

Is Cholesterol Your Friend of Enemy

January 28, 2020

Cholesterol has been demonized for many years, but with the rise of high-fat diets like keto, many people have begun wondering if cholesterol is really as bad as it was portrayed. The topic of cholesterol is a relatively complex one because there are so many things that can affect cholesterol or be affected by it including hormones, thyroid function, liver function, and diet and lifestyle choices. There are also many different opinions on what is a healthy cholesterol level, the rise in statin prescriptions, and much more. In this week’s episode we’ll cover some of the more common questions about cholesterol and learn if cholesterol is your friend or enemy. We’ll also go over some lifestyle changes you can make and supplements that may help promote healthy cholesterol levels.

Products Mentioned In Today’s Show

Meta Balance – Meta Balance contains the soluble fiber, alpha-cyclodextrin, a prebiotic patented as FBCx®. FBCx has been researched for over a decade. Clinical studies show that Meta Balance assists in supporting healthy cholesterol and triglycerides and helps to maintain triglycerides after meals.

Omega Supreme Liquid – Omega Supreme Liquid provides concentrated triglyceride-form omega-3 EPA, and DHA derived from fish oil. Omega-3 fatty acids are often called “good fats” due to the numerous roles they play in supporting health, including supporting a balanced inflammatory response, assisting triglyceride metabolism, and supporting heart, joint, skin, brain, and nerve function.

Bergamot – Emerging clinical research has demonstrated that Bergamot may help maintain healthy total cholesterol (TC), high density lipoprotein (HDL), low density lipoprotein (LDL), very low density lipoprotein (VLDL) and triglyceride (TRI) levels. Research has also demonstrated that it may provide antioxidant-balancing properties and help maintain normal inflammatory balance to help preserve coronary arteries.

You can also listen to our Is Cholesterol Your Friend or Enemy? on our YouTube channel here.

Exercising Consistent Health Habits

Exercising Consistent Health Habits

January 7, 2020

With the year just beginning, many people are looking at their daily habits and seeing what they can improve, and many New Year’s resolutions have been made. Some of these resolutions may be unrealistic and difficult to stick to, so forming one or two healthy habits at a time can add up to a big change without making you feel like giving up. In this week’s episode, we discuss exercising consistent health habits, and offer suggestions of how to be healthier this year.

Some good goals to set include:

  • Exercising 3-4 times a week, even if it’s just taking a walk
  • Drinking roughly eight glasses of water per day
  • Reducing alcohol consumption
  • Practice stress-reducing techniques such as taking a warm bath or meditating
  • Reducing sugar consumption, and/or trying a Keto or Paleo diet
  • Spend more time outdoors

Products Mentioned in Today’s Show

Don’t give up if you make a mistake, just get back up and keep trying. It’s the many small decisions you make each day that arguably play the biggest role in your health, so make those choices as healthy as possible.

You can also to Exercising Consistent Health Habits on our YouTube channel here.

Better Health Thru Digestion

Better Health Thru Digestion

November 19, 2019

As leaky gut, food allergies, and gastrointestinal disorders become more common, it is more important than ever to be mindful of your gut health. Having a healthy gut is more difficult than it used to be due to the large number of environmental toxins, food additives, and stress we face every day. Much of your overall health is dependent on the health of your gut, and having good digestion is a key part of a healthy gut. Good digestion is crucial for nutrient absorption, bowel regularity, immune system function, and much more. In this week’s episode we discuss some common digestive issues, their causes, and what you can do to help improve your digestion.

Possible Signs of Poor Digestion:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling Tired After Eating
  • Heartburn
  • Indigestion
  • Nutritional Deficiencies

Products Mentioned in Today’s Show

Probio Ease – This shelf-stable, 50 billion CFU formulation contains a blend of 7 select probiotic species with Sunfiber®, a low-FODMAP certified prebiotic. This formulation provides comprehensive microbiome, immune, and healthy inflammation support in one convenient capsule.

Betaine & Pepsin – Betaine & Pepsin provides hydrochloric acid to help maintain gastric pH and supports overall nutrient absorption. Symptoms of indigestion are often mistaken for excessive gastric acid. This leads many to take acid blockers in attempt to lower stomach acid, when the true culprit is likely to be insufficient levels of HCl.

You can also listen to our Better Health Through Digestion episode on our YouTube channel here.

Candida - Getting to the Gut of the Matter

Candida - Getting to the Gut of the Matter

October 9, 2019

Candida overgrowth is a frequently discussed topic, and we get many questions about it from our patients. It is often blamed for many different health issues like autoimmune diseases, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, chronic fatigue, and many others. However, candida overgrowth is not solely responsible for all of these, and there is a lot of misinformation surrounding its causes and effects. Join us in getting to the gut of the matter of candida.

 

Possible Symptoms of Candida May Include:

  • Chronic Sinus Issues
  • Allergies
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Fatigue
  • Bloating and Other Digestive Issues
  • Decreased Sex Drive
  • Bad Breath
  • Urinary Tract Infections
  • Joint Pain
  • Uncontrolled Food Cravings (Especially for Bread, Pasta, and Sweets)
  • Brain Fog and Difficulty Focusing

If an overgrowth of candida is suspected, dietary and lifestyle changes are often necessary to help heal it and prevent it from recurring. Greatly reducing or eliminating consumption of processed foods and high-carb, sugary foods is one of the best things to help "starve out" candida. Candida is often said to feed on sugar, so reducing its food supply may help reduce the problem. Having regular bowel movements may also help with candida overgrowth. So eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables to get the fiber you need to stay regular, and drink plenty of water to flush that fiber out.

Product Mentioned in Today's Show

Candida Support - This powerful phytonutrient complex was designed for restoring and maintaining a healthy, balanced gastrointestinal microbiota. Along with undecylenic acid, this formula also provides berberine and other synergistic factors.

 

The Delicate Dance of Balancing Hormones

The Delicate Dance of Balancing Hormones

October 2, 2019

There are things you can do to help balance your hormones naturally. They include:

  • Eat real food
  • Eat whole food diet rich in fresh organic vegetables and fermented foods
  • Avoid sugar and fructose, including fresh fruit juice
  • Assess your adrenal health and HPA Axis function
  • Balance your thyroid function with Thyroid Essentials
  • Balance Estrogen with Progesterone – Progest-Avail
  • PMS and other menstruation issues can also be addressed with a number of different plant remedies including a product called Flash Ease.
  • Boost testosterone naturally with a product like Testo Essentials

Men aged 65 and older who took testosterone doubled their risk of heart attack within the first three months of use, even if they did not have heart disease prior to starting the therapy.

How do you naturally raise your testosterone? Doing these things will help increase it:

  • Weight loss
  • Limit or eliminate sugar from your diet
  • High-intensity exercise and strength training
  • Optimize your vitamin D level
  • Reduce stress
  • Increase zinc and magnesium intake
  • Eat healthy fats
  • Boost intake of branch chain amino acids
  • Avoid endocrine disrupting chemicals known to affect testosterone production
  • Use herbal supplements
Stress Free Eating

Stress Free Eating

September 25, 2019

What does it mean to eat stress free? Basically, eating clean is the best way to eat and creates the less stress. Clean eating will produce the following when you eat foods as close to their natural state as possible:

 

  • Decreases inflammation
  • Lowers Acidity
  • Alkalizes the body
  • Controls blood sugar levels
  • Removes toxins and artificial ingredients
  • Provides optimum nutrients

Clean eating is great for these types of people:

  • Dealing with food allergies
  • Heart disease or cardiovascular issues
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive Dysfunction
  • Insomnia
  • Depression or Anxiety
  • Leaky Gut Syndrome

All forms of chronic disease

 

Products mentioned in today’s Show:

Deeper Greens - Deeper Greens helps patients overcome diets lacking in the recommended fruits and vegetables a day, as stated by the National Cancer Institute. Deeper Greens is a convenient drink mix providing beneficial nutrients from berries, fruits, vegetables and greens to support a healthy diet. This complete formula combines concentrated fruits and berries along with a unique vegetable antioxidant blend to help build antioxidant reserves and protect the body from free radical

Is it SIBO or IBS?

Is it SIBO or IBS?

July 2, 2019

Symptoms of SIBO and IBS include:

  • Nausea
  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Malnutrition
  • Weight Loss
  • Joint Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Rashes
  • Acne
  • Eczema
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Rosacea

Lab Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Comprehensive Panel - The GWH - 3. Comprehensive Panel w Consult panel contains 13 tests with 102 biomarkers.

 

Product Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Lauricidin - Monolaurin is a natural, plant-based medium chain saturated fatty acid extracted from coconut oil that offers unique health-promoting properties.* When taken on an ongoing basis, Lauricidin® may help support a strong immune defense*, support a natural balance of healthy bacteria*, and promote a healthy balance of yeast*.

 

 

The Fix For Obesity and ADHD in Children

The Fix For Obesity and ADHD in Children

April 16, 2019

Some of the causes of childhood obesity:

  • Portion sizes
  • School lunch
  • Absence of healthy fats
  • Consumption of sugary and ultra-processed foods
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Stress on parents and kids

Solutions for childhood obesity

  • Start with a healthy breakfast
  • Pack school lunches
  • Get involved at school
  • Cook meals at home
  • Limit TV time
  • Make time for physical activity
  • Be supportive and show by example

Products mentioned in today’s show:

GlycemaCORE - GlycemaCORE is a drink mix formula that supports blood sugar balance already within normal levels. GlycemaCORE provides fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, lipoic acid, chromium and vanadyl sulfate, with no added sugar. GlycemaCORE is available in delicious chocolate and vanilla flavors.

 

5-HTP 100mg. - (5-hydroxytryptophan) is an amino acid that plays an important role in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter known to be associated with the feeling of well-being. In addition to supporting a healthy mental outlook and mood,

Stomach Issues And Their Link to Osteoporosis

Stomach Issues And Their Link to Osteoporosis

February 20, 2019

Stomach Issues And Their Link to Osteoporosis 

Did you know that chronically low stomach acid has a major role in setting you up to develop osteoporosis symptoms down the road?

Osteoporosis Causes:

  • Inactivity, or too little exercise 
  • Hormone Changes or Imbalance
  • Low Vitamin D Levels
  • High Amounts of Stress and Depression
  • History of Medical Conditions Such as Autoimmune Disorders
  • Weight loss, dieting that results in severe calorie restriction
  • Long-term use of certain medications, including proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), fertility drugs/hormonal medications.
  • Nutritional deficiencies, especially in vitamins and minerals that help to build bone such as calcium, phosphorus and vitamin K

Products Mentioned in Today’s Show:

K-Force - Vitamin K helps maintain bone mineral density by decreasing the activity of osteoclasts, cells which break down bone

OsteoBase -  OsteoBase provides 300 mg of calcium (150 mg in the form of hydroxyapatite) and 300 mg of magnesium per serving, in a 1:1 ratio.

Lab Panel Mentioned in Today’s Show:

Comprehensive Panel with Consult - The GWH - 3. Comprehensive Panel w Consult panel contains 13 tests with 102 biomarkers.

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