Are you AGING fasting then you would like?

Are you dealing with HEALTH ISSUES?

Due to biochemical reactions in your body that occur with every type of food you at on a daily basis, some foods age you FASTER than your real age, while other foods help to FIGHT aging.

Eat the wrong foods regularly, and you can look and feel 10 or more years OLDER than your real age (not good!) … but eat the right foods, and over time, you can start to look 5-10 years YOUNGER than your real age.Toxic Cheeseburger

Three of the processes that go on inside your body that have a MAJOR impact on your rate of aging are called “glycation”, “inflammation”, and “oxidation”.  When we talk about aging, we’re not just talking about wrinkles on your skin or how thick your hair is … we’re also talking about factors that you can’t see, such as how well your organs function, and whether your joints are degrading.

Yes, I’m sure you’ll agree this is much more important than just know how you look on the surface.  Of course there are many, many more than the 4 foods I will share with you today, however, these in my book are the first that must go.  As an ex-311 pounder, I sure wish someone would have told me about these foods – but I can only go forward, and help those who are serious about staying well, and living as long as possible – What a concept!

Food #1:

            Wheat (yes, even “whole wheat”)

Before I tell you why wheat can actually speed up the aging process in your body, let’s clarify some simple biochemistry in your body.

This deals with “glycation”, and substances called Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs).  These nasty little compounds called AGEs speed up the aging process in your body including damage over time to your organs, your joints, and of course, wrinkled skin.

So with that said what is one of the biggest factors that increase production of AGEs inside your body?  This may surprise you, but high blood sugar levels over time dramatically increase age-accelerating AGEs in your body.  This is why type 2 diabetics many times appear that they have not aged well and look older than their real age.  But this age-increasing effect is not just limited to diabetics.

breadSo, let’s get back to how “whole wheat” relates to this…

Here is a little-known fact that’s often covered up by the massive marketing campaigns by giant food companies that want you to believe that “whole wheat” is healthy for you – but the fact is that wheat contains a very unusual type of carbohydrate (not found in other foods) called Amylopectin-A, which has been found in some tests to spike your blood sugar HIGHER than even pure table sugar.

In fact, amylopectin-A (from wheat) raises your blood sugar MORE than almost any other carbohydrate source on earth based on blood sugar response testing that’s documented in studies.

This means that wheat-based foods such as breads, bagels, cereals, muffins and other baked goods often cause MUCH higher blood sugar levels than most other carbohydrate sources.  If you don’t believe me, here’s something you should know … I ran personal blood sugar tests on myself using a blood glucometer about 45 minutes after eating 2 slices of wheat bread vs eating a bowl of oatmeal, with equivalent grams of carbs.

The blood sugar test results:

2 slices of whole wheat toast:

45 minutes after consumption.  Blood sugar spiked from 86 fasting level to 155.

1 Bowl of Oatmeal: (equivalent grams of carbs to 2 slices wheat toast)

45 minutes after consumption.  Blood sugar raised from 86 fasting level to 112. 

As you now know, the higher your average blood sugar levels are over time the more AGEs are forming inside your body, which makes you age FASTER. Clearly, the whole wheat spiked blood sugar MUCH higher than the oatmeal and if you don‘t know, 155 is a massive blood sugar reading that will certainly contribute to faster aging if you eat wheat frequently.

You’ve probably also heard about the potential health-damaging effects of gluten (another problematic compound found in wheat that can cause inflammation in our digestive system) in the news recently, but this blood sugar aspect that was just covered is not talked about that often, and is yet another reason to reduce or eliminate wheat-based foods in your diet.  Your body will thank you by aging slower and looking YOUNGER and be SLIMMER!

And losing body fat is typically another fun side effect of eliminating or reducing wheat in your diet.

In fact, I had a patient in his mid 60’s just removed 95% of the wheat from his diet about 3 months ago (aside from a little bit on 1 cheat day per week), and he’s noticed that his chronic joint pain has completely disappeared!  Not only that, he also commented that he’s finally lost those “love handles” on his sides that have been plaguing him his entire adult life.  All by simply reducing his wheat intake!

Yet another problem with wheat-based foods and aging.

As it turns out, baked wheat products contains carcinogenic chemicals called acrylamides that form in the browned portion of breads, cereals, muffins, etc.  These carcinogenic acrylamides have been linked in studies to possible increased risk of cancer and accelerated aging.  Note that acrylamides are also found in high levels in other browned carbohydrate sources such as french fries or any other browned starchy foods.

 Food #2:

Corn-based foods – corm syrup, corn cereal, corn chips, corn oil

This is quite a variety of stuff that you might eat every day – we’re talking corn chips, corn cereals, corn oil, and also the biggest health-damaging villain that gets most of the media attention, high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS).

We already talked in detail in the last section about wheat regarding the blood sugar process and it’s relation to age-accelerating formation of nasty “AGEs” in your body

CornBut here’s another nail in the coffin for corn – it turns out that scientists have found out that the fructose in HFCS causes 10x more formation of AGEs in your body than glucosel.  Yes, that’s right – that means the HFCS you consume daily in sweetened drinks, and most other processed foods (yes even salad dressings and ketchup) contribute to faster aging in your body – as if you needed yet another reason to avoid or minimize HFCS!

We’re not done yet with corn … it gets even worse –

Another major issue with corn-based foods and corn oils is that these foods contribute excessive amounts of omega-6 fatty acids to your diet, which causes an imbalance in your omega-3 to omega-6 ratio and leads to inflammation and oxidation within your body.

Once again – another example of corn-based foods aging you FASTER.

My advice.  Avoid or reduce corn-based foods like corn chips and corn cereal as much as possible.  These aren’t as bad as wheat in relation two blood sugar, and they don’t contain gut-damaging gluten like wheat does, but they’re still bad for you.  When it comes to corn syrup or corn oil, avoid as much asa you can if you want to stay lean, healthy and young looking.

Food #3:

Sugar, sugary foods, certain starchy foods

Again, we get back tow the relationship between your average blood sugar levels and blood sugar spikes over time, and how that can increase those age-accelerating compounds called AGEs in your body.

Sugar is an obvious one to avoid.  You’ve heard how bad it is for you 1000 times before for many other reasons, including your waistline and developing type 2 diabetes.  But now you also understand the aging effect on sugar.

Instead of sugar, consider using a natural non-caloric sweetener like Stevia in your daily coffee, tea, in baking or other sweetening needs.  This dramatically helps you control your blood sugar response and thereby help slow aging.

So this also means to think twice about sugary desserts, sugary cereals, candy, and other sweets that are contributing to aging you faster.soda sugar cubes in glass

My personal trick to satisfy my sweet tooth is to only have 1-2 squares of dark chocolate after dinner instead of a normal full dessert that most people choose, and I did for half of my life.  You only get about 2 grams of sugar in 1-2 squares of dark chocolate as opposed to 40-80 grams of age-accelerating sugar in a typical cake, ice cream, or brownie type of dessert.  Come on folks – this is a “no-brainer”, and you can do it too!

Keep in mind that some starchy foods like white rice, oatmeal, and white potatoes can also have significant impacts on your blood sugar and thereby can increase formation of AGEs in your body.  These foods are best kept in smaller portions if you decide to eat them, and balanced with healthy fats and protein to slow the blood sugar response.

Food #4:

Soybean oil, canola oil, or other “vegetable oils”

I know these have been marketed to you over the years by giant food companies as “healthy”, but if you understand a little biochemistry about how these highly-processed oils react inside your body, you would quickly see what a lie we’ve been sold.

First, anything labeled soybean oil, canola oil, corn oil, vegetable oil, or cottonseed oil (these are in a LOT of processed foods you probably eat) most times have undergone a refining process under extremely high heat and use of chemical solvents such as hexane.

Olive OilThis leaves you with an oil where the polyunsaturated fats have undergone a lot of oxidation and are therefore VERY inflammatory inside your body, producing free radicals, damaging your cell membranes, contributing to faster aging, heart disease, and other possible health problems.

If you want to avoid the health-damaging effects of soybean, canola, corn and other “vegetable oils”, make sure to avoid then as much as you can, and instead opt for truly healthy oils and fats such as organic extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, organic virgin coconut oil (a healthy source of MCT fats), and grass-fed butter (a great source of healthy CLA fats).

To Conclude: 

With the epidemic of overweight people, obesity, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, cancer, arthritis, etc., it’s time we all took personal responsibility for ourselves, and be an example to our children who will not live as long as us if we don’t make some serious changes, starting TODAY!

Drugs can only cover up symptoms – by feeding our bodies what it really needs we can avoid your becoming one of the millions of “Prescription Drug Addicts” who, in my opinion, for most are going down the wrong road, folks often get worse from the drug effects. It has been said, “you can’t keep doing the same things and expect a different result”.

Come on – let’s fight the big pharma and food manufacturers who are putting poison on the shelves in such a slick way – they don’t care about your health – it’s all about MONEY!  But I care, and that’s why I tell it like it is – maybe not how you want to hear it, but, the truth always wins out!

I’m all about helping YOU to –

Plan for Tomorrow’s Good Health – TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda



gutsGet rid of fructose to lose your gut and your colitis!

Arguably, the chief villain that keeps your gut big, also packs your liver with fat, and keeps your bowels inflamed, is the simple sugar fructose.  It is found in nature in small amounts in fruits and vegetables.  In this form, and in small amount, it is actually beneficial.  It also occurs naturally, but in large amount, in honey.  If you have a big gut, fatty liver, colitis, or Crohn’s disease, you will have to avoid the fructose in honey altogether.

A couple centuries ago, we learned how to use sugarcane, which is half glucose and have fructose, as a sweetening agent.  But more recently, commercial food interests and food processors have developed a way to produce sweet syrups from corn, as in corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).  The fructose content of the HFCS used to sweeten soft drinks, sodas, and commercially sweetened products, such as puddings, can be as high as 90%!

colitisHFCS is used in most processed and fast foods.  It is primarily HFCS that has caused a skyrocketing increase in the amount of sweeteners Americans consume, and thus a huge increase in the intake of fructose in the last 20-30 years.  In fact, Americans now consume, on average, close to 75 pounds of fructose annually, or more than 90 grams a day!  That is the equivalent of 15 cups of sliced carrots, or 24 peaches!  A healthy diet consists of 5-15 grams of fructose daily.

Fructose is so deadly because it bypasses the normal digestive processes and is quickly turned to fat and stored in your liver and gut.  And as stated, Americans now consume huge amounts of fructose daily in the form of sodas, soft drinks, ice cream, cakes, pies, pastries, cookies, candies, puddings, store-bought salad dressings, and even ketchup.  And it’s this deadly increase in fructose that is a main cause of abdominal obesity (a fat gut), diabetes, and a fatty liver.

Aside from causing these problems, we have recently discovered that fructose is also a major colon (gut) irritant.  In fact, many (or even most) colitis and Crohn’s sufferers can achieve long-term relief from their inflamed guts simply by eliminating fructose in the form of HFCS and honey from their diet.Ulcerative-Colitis

So if you suffer with abdominal obesity, a fatty liver, diabetes or insulin resistance, or any form of colitis, eliminate HFCS from your life.  And keep the natural fructose intake down also.  Eliminate honey.  And avoid high fructose fruits like tropical fruits and bananas.  That leaves you with plenty of fruits, including all the berries, melons, citrus, peaches, pears, apples, plums, nectarines, cherries, apricots, and more.  Even large servings of these will only amount to 5-7 grams per day, and the fructose in fruits is absorbed slowly as nature intended.

colorectal-cancer-smHFCS is a boon to the processed and fast food industries.  It has lined our shelves with dead, disease-causing non-foods, many of which would not spoil or rot for months or years!  However, it’s not something that the human body is designed to eat, digest, or metabolize.  It’s a struggle to digest HFCS and it’s a major cause of the fat gut, fatty liver, diabetes, colitis, and endless suffering from chronic inflammation.  Just avoid it altogether!

You should check out my HealthTest© – it can be a great tool to let you know where you’re nutrient deficient, and to make your life real easy, I design a personalized food program from the answers you leave with me.   Easy!  No counting calories, fats, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, etc., I’ll do it all for you.  Whether you want to lose weight, maintain your weight or just want to know how to eat for your specific needs – this copy written, scientifically proven, individually designed test will be the best investment you can make for yourself.

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Corn-Sweetened Sodas:

high-fructose-corn-syrupCan we at least save our kids? Cane sugar doesn’t produce the harmful carbonyl compounds; the antioxidant from green tea (EGCG) reduces levels of reactive carbonyls

 Many public health advocates and researchers believe that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) – a synthetically produced sweetener – promotes diabetes and obesity, because of differences in the way it’s metabolized compared with the sucrose in cane sugar.Corn

However, Spanish researchers found that liquid fructose affects a genetic switch called PPAR-alpha in ways that impair the ability of rodents’ livers to break down the sweetener.

As the Spaniards reported, “Because PPAR-alpha activity is lower in humans than in rodent livers, fructose ingestion in humans should cause even worse effects, which would partly explain the link between increased consumption of fructose and widening epidemics of obesity and metabolic syndrome.” (Rogans N et al 2007).

Pro-aging compounds abound in corn syrup-sweetened sodas

 cornsyrupResearchers at Rutgers University add fuel to the fire with a report that carbonated soft drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) contain very high levels of a chemical that may contribute to the development of diabetes, particularly in children.

 The scientists found that carbonated drinks containing HFCS had uniquely high levels of reactive “carbonyl” compounds.

Beverages sweetened with cane sugar (sucrose) are free of reactive carbonyls, because its fructose and glucose components are “bound” into chemically stable sucrose molecules.12-10-24banksysoda2

And carbonation seems to fuel formation of reactive-carbonyls in beverages containing HFCS.  The Rutgers group found only one-third the amount of reactive carbonyl species in non-carbonated drinks containing comparable concentrations of HFCS.

These pro-aging chemicals occur at very high levels in the blood of diabetics, and are linked to complications of the disease.

Rutgers researcher Chi-Tang Ho, Ph.D. tested 11 popular sodas containing HFCS and found “astonishingly high” levels of reactive carbonyls: a single can contained about 5 times more carbonyls than the blood of an adult with diabetes.

High reactive carbonyl compounds are associated with the “unbound” fructose and glucose molecules in HFCS, and bear a relationship to the advanced glycation end product (AGEs) found in many breads baked goods, and browned meats.sweetsoda
This is how the author of a recent scientific review expressed the state of the evidence, and I so agree.

“Considerable evidence is now accumulating that… reactive carbonyl products are… involved in the progression of diseases, including neurodegenerative disorders, diabetes, atherosclerosis, diabetic complications, reperfusion after ischemic surgery, hypertension, and inflammation” ((Ellis EM 2007).

AGES and carbonyls both induce “Glycation” reactions, which form compounds containing chemical bonds that generate cell-damaging free radicals.

diet-soda-2All this to say and perhaps at this point in our society ‘beg’ you to not purchase regular or even worse diet sodas, in particular if you have children that you love.  Poison is poison, is poison!

Let’s save our kids – even if the parents are addicted.  Help me help them……….

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Planning for Tomorrow’s Good Health –   TODAY!

Dr. Rhonda




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