Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. He is a practicing family physician, a nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and has been a regular medical contributor on many television shows including CBS This Morning, the Today Show, CNN, The View, the Katie Couric show and The Dr. Oz Show. Today we discuss the latest research in nutritional medicine and talk about why Mark feels better than ever without cravings or other side effects commonly experienced by a poor diet!
New York Times bestselling author Ann Louise Gittleman is highly respected as a health pioneer, weight-loss expert, and award-winning author of thirty books, including The Fat Flush Plan and her latest book Eat Fat, Lose Weight: How Smart Fats reset metabolism, stress, hunger and sex hormones for lasting weight loss and radiant health.
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Today we discuss
- Lead poisoning and the fall of the Romans
- How healthy fats actually help you detox
- The truth about bile and toxicity
- How to support liver health
- Losing weight is effortless with good fats
- My new ADAPT product
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Evan Brand: Hello, welcome back! We’re with Ann Louise Gittleman. We’re gonna jump right
into her new book which is amazing in the sense that there’s no B.S. It gets straight to the point.
It’s like: `Look, here’s what you need to do, do it. Here’s even some recipes to help you do it. So,
you have no excuses not to do it’. [It’s] called “Eat Fat, Lose Weight: How Smart Fats Reset
Metabolism, Stress, Hunger and Sex Hormones for Lasting Weight Lost and Radiant Health”.
Hello, Ann! Welcome back!
Ann Louise Gittleman: Hi, Evan! Good to be with you.
Evan Brand: Yes, Ma’am! So, last time, we talked about copper toxicity and it was an awesome
Ann Louise Gittleman: (laughs)
Evan Brand: [It’s] sort of the modern-day fall of the Romans [and] how they, basically,
destroyed their population with lead and how we are, sort of, doing the same with copper. But,
now, we are tuning our dials a little bit back into this diet picture because people still don’t
have it dialed in and they need to get it dialed in.
Ann Louise Gittleman: Yes, indeed. I agree with you. There’s a little bit of a similarity, if I can
draw that little bridge, in terms of the “Eat Fat, Lose Weight” and that is without the right fat
we’re going to go to [the] route of the Romans because fat is so integral to weight loss, to heart
disease, to the immune system, to diabetes, to cancer, to the skin, the nails, and allergies, and
so forth. So, if you’re not eating the right kind of fat then it will be a downward health cycle for
almost all your bodily systems because fat is truly the macronutrient that is essential. There is
no other nutrients that you can say that about, Evan.
Evan Brand: So, what year did you figure that out?
Ann Louise Gittleman: Before you were born, my friend. (laughs)
Evan Brand: (laughs)
Ann Louise Gittleman: I figured it out when I was the Director of Nutrition at the Pritikin
Longevity Center which was way back – and I’m only kidding, maybe not in 1980 – and I wrote
a book “Beyond Pritikin” which was called “A Total Nutrition Program for Weight Lost Longevity
and Good Health”. I took the old Pritikin program, which was based on `no fat-low fat, high
complex carbohydrate’, and I turned it around using helpful essential fats and lower
carbohydrate intake to make a guide to the essential fats. I talked about how carbohydrates,
when they were imbalanced, stimulated insulin production which promoted the storage of
body fats – that sounds familiar, doesn’t it? – and how you need certain fat burning nutrients to
boost the body’s ability to burn fat. That was also the place that I introduced a new program
called the “Two-Week Fat Flush” which became a book in it of itself, my best-selling book,
which helped detoxify the body and jumpstart weight lost. So, fats were back way back in the
1980’s and whatever I wrote about back then was very *untypical(5:22) to the ‘no fat- low fat,
high complex carbohydrate’ diet model but I was finding that people that did without fat only
got sicker in terms of immunity, but, they also begun to develop obvious auto immune
situations like fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, as well as allergies. So, as far as I was
concerned, fat was the nutrient that shouldn’t have been demonized, we just didn’t understand
it. And, we had to get rid of the carbohydrate including a lot of the grains that stimulated insulin
and, therefore, fat promotion. So, I turned all that on its head and it was a very unpopular
stance at that point. But, I think I’ve been vindicated because the latest study suggests that fat
is back. Number one, that’s it is not the maligned nutrient, or the demonized nutrients, that we
thought in terms of heart disease as well as cholesterol. So, all of that has been revived. You
can eat fat, you can lose weight but you have to be able to digest it and utilize it and that’s
really the key to what I bring to the table in “Eat Fat, Lose Weight”.
Evan Brand: That’s a good point. So, let’s break that down a little bit. So many people – I’ve
never tested anyone that does not have some level of adrenal dysfunction or full blown adrenal
fatigue. So, can we talk about that [and] how that can inhibit your future thyroid and mess up
this whole process of optimal digestion?
Ann Louise Gittleman: Yeah. We know that the thyroid is internally connected with the
adrenal. The two are, kind of, a tag team. And, sometimes it’s adrenal exhaustion which is the
precipitating factor when people have thyroid issues. But, what we have found – I don’t know
the exact connection [but] there is a very interesting mechanism at work here – is that when
people develop hypothyroidism or issues connected with their thyroid, very frequently, they’ll
have their gall bladder out. And so, there is a connection with the way in which your body
metabolizes fats, which is the actual purpose of the bile that your gall bladder stores and then
secretes when your body needs to breakdowns fat or any other kind of food, but mostly fat. For
some reason or another, when you’re not breaking down those fats properly then perhaps you
start to exhibit fatty acid deficiency or even saturated fatty acid deficiency whereby vitamin A,
D, E and K are not broken down sufficiently and you are not getting all the nutrients that you
need. So, there is that connection number one. And, fats also are [a] very important area
because they stabilize blood sugar. Unlike carbohydrates or even proteins, fats are the most
important blood sugar stabilizing agent. So , if you don’t have enough in your diet, or the right
kind that your body can break down because you don’t have enough bile, then you’re not
gonna be having all of the wonderful qualities that fat can provide. And, in terms of digestion,
everybody needs bile to breakdown fat. So, if you don’t have a gall bladder, you need to be
taking some of the bile nutrients that I suggest to break down fat and also to detoxify because
without sufficient bile, your body does not have a mechanism. It’s almost like a transport
system that the liver uses to dump all of its toxins. So, bile is important because it breaks down
fats and it also removes toxins from the body. I think we’ve forgotten that it’s something that
Evan may have talked about many, many years ago at the turn of the century when all of the
original healthy pioneers were talking about health. They talked about promoting better bile
production and you and I know that nobody is talking about bile. As far as I’m concerned, bile is
your best friend when it comes to weight lost and overall health.
Evan Brand: That’s amazing! So, does that even trump optimal hydrochloric (HCL) acid
production if we go upstream into the stomach a little bit?
Ann Louise Gittleman: Well, here’s the deal. If you don’t have enough HCL, you’re not gonna
be triggering the gall bladder to release bile. So, they go hand in hand. It’s another tag team.
You’re very bright, you’re very intuitive, here because the two go hand in hand. So, you need
the right amount of HCL to trigger that release of the bile – you need the two. A lot of people,
when they get to a certain age, they don’t produce enough hydrochloric acid, therefore, they’re
not producing enough bile and then that fat can actually – it, kind of, putrefies in the system.
So, you need both of them, quite frankly, and it’s very easy to get your HCL up to snuff if you
take a little bit of beets which have betaine – some HCL in it of itself - and a little bit of vinegar
and water or even some were using bile salt in terms of helping the bile production. If you don’t
have enough salt or you don’t have enough zinc, or enough B1, or even iodine, you don’t make
enough HCL. So, there are a lot of other nutrients that are needed in this whole connection.
Evan Brand: Right, yeah. Not to mention the previous history of acid blockers and other
prescription that people may have had. So, for me, I always start with 1, 2 punch of the
supporting gall bladder and supporting HCL production for all my clients. I find that it’s most
impactful thing to really get things moving, figuratively and literally, here.
Ann Louise Gittleman: Well, that’s brilliant because most practitioners don’t do that. You
actually need the 2, but nobody talks about the gall bladder. We even take it out. They are
about half a million gall bladder surgeries a year. When you take out your gall bladder you have
a very even digestion of fat going on. The amount of bile that your body is, therefore, producing
doesn’t always match the amount of fat that you’re taking in so that fat just goes un-
metabolized. You can develop a little fatty ring around your liver, that love handles that people
develop and so forth, and you’re not detoxified. So, all of that is so important and that’s why I
like the bile salt. I talk about some of the nutrients that people need in “Eat Fat, Lose Weight”:
the betaine, as I mentioned, which is so very high in beets. Lecithin, which is an unknown
quantity these days – we used to put lecithin all the time in our smoothies because * ….(11:25)
the bile, as well as lemon juice, taurine, and choline, which is very important to de-fat the liver.
All of that I promote in “Eat Fat, Lose Weight” as well as some of the supplements and the
foods that you can take that get some of these very important fat promoting [and] fat burning
and bile-making nutrients in your diet.
Evan Brand: Good stuff. So, a lot of people that are listening, they’re tuned in to this 1% of
optimal health already. So, I think sometimes we forget what is existing in our country and on
the planet – outside of our little healthy bubble. We assume – because all of our friends and
colleagues and all of the podcasts and authors we listen to are getting these health stuff dialed
in that the rest of the world is not. And, you put a lot of good five key points that we need to hit
on that talks about how sick we are. So I’m gonna read through those real quick: One, being
65% of the population is now obese. Adult-onset diabetes has more than tripled in the last 30
years. The incidents of certain kinds of heart disease is increased. Depression is widespread
epidemic. And, even now, I saw recently, Ann, the CDC – they’re saying that depression is, now,
the number 1 leading cause of disability in the United States.
Ann Louise Gittleman: Oh, my goodness! And that’s because we’ve been fat-free and loading
up on sugar and grain. That’s awful. We can certainly turn that around with your help, Evan.
Evan Brand: So, then, lastly, you write here that new health problems appeared out of
nowhere. So, chronic fatigue, food and environmental sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome, yeast,
mold infections, autoimmune issues. You’ve seen a huge change. And, I’m assuming, an
exponential increase in this stuff even since you started talking about health some time ago.
Ann Louise Gittleman: Yes, because you never saw the kind of diseases that people are coming
down with. From rheumatoid arthritis to MS to the autoimmune problem [and] all the kinds of
– I [even] see some Hashimoto’s. We just never saw that back then. So, I think that eating fat
[and] losing weight being able to digest it absorbs it, dissimilate it, is really key with this whole
message. And, let’s not forget, that the right kind and the right amount of fat really allows every
one of us to lose weight effortlessly and painlessly without being preoccupied with dieting. Fat
truly provides, I would say, the long-term satiety we all crave. I’ve seen how low-fat diets really
leads to persistent food craving and continuous hunger and even over eating which, of course,
turns to fat. So, adding, not subtracting, enough of the smart fast to the diet is one of the key
ways in combination with a little exercise to attain and maintain normal weight. So, it goes far
beyond obesity in terms of what does ‘no fat, low-fat’ diet craze has precipitated. And, of
course, that diabetes level that has just skyrocketed since we’ve been ‘no fat, low-fat’ is huge
and even ADD and ADHD and all of these brain situations that we’re speaking about – the
depression, the anxiety, and the nervous system, the sleeplessness – all of that is unnecessary if
we’re taking the right kind of fat. So, it is a key nutrient [and] it shouldn’t be demonized, it
shouldn’t be maligned, it should be elevated. Time magazine, a little while back, had a big, big
picture of butter on their cover, I’ll never forget it, and I was so elated because it was like butter
is finally back. Well, yeah, but it’s not just butter, it’s also these other smart fats that our body
needs in terms of the mucous membrane, in terms of your ability to ward off allergies, in terms
of beautiful skin, hair, and nails. There’s so much that we can do just by taking a little bit of the
right fat daily, whether you pop it into a smoothie, whether you put it on your grain-free bread,
whether you put a little butter or ghee or even coconut oil or the newest kid in town *will make
a 7 oils (15:25) [and] you put that in your baked potatoes or your baked sweet potato. There’s
so much you can do. There’s just no reason that we should have any of these disorders in our
Evan Brand: I totally agree. So, let’s talk about CLA a little bit. This is a fun one, conjugated
linoleic acid. Now, this is in butter [and] so people are already getting it. But, I’ve used it and
several women [say] `I want health to be the main priority and weight loss be a side effect’ but,
truth is, supplementing CLA is incredible for body fat. So, can you talk about that a little bit?
Ann Louise Gittleman: Yeah! I’m happy to. CLA is this magical bullet. It’s almost like a – how do
we say this? – It’s like a magic diet bullet that interferes with the way in which your body is able
to breakdown fats by, somehow, interfering with the lipase mechanism, which is the fat
digestive enzyme. And, we found years and years ago when people were eating – and this was
back until the late 1970’s – we were all eating grass-fed beef. So, that meant butter was very
high in CLA, it meant our cream was high in CLA, and even our meat was high in CLA. And, after
that, we started feeding all of our cattle grains rather than grass, and so, the CLA content in the
diet went downwards. Ever since then, we’ve been gaining weight steadily. So, you need your
CLA because it seems to be very important at targeting critical fatty acid in the omega 6 family
that targets belly fat, abdominal fat, and I have seen near miracles with that. Of all the ones
that I write about, it’s the one I’ve had a lot of experience with because I used to go on the road
with my “Eat Fat, Lose Weight” message and people would start taking a 1000mg – It’s 1 gram
three times a day with meals – and within a very short time they will lose weight effortlessly. I
had a wonderful gal that was disabled, she was in a wheelchair, and she just had a wonderful,
wonderful spirit. She said to me, “You know, I can’t exercise but do you think this would help
me lose weight?” and I said, “Let’s try it out and see!” And, within six days, that’s less than a
week, she said she had lost about 3 inches around her waist and the only things she did was to
take CLA. So, whether that works with everybody as quickly, I can’t say. But, I do know that it
has a wonderful track record of really targeting that belly fat.
Evan Brand: That’s amazing! So, how much butter do you go through at your house?
Ann Louise Gittleman: Too much! (laughs)
Evan Brand: (laughs)
Ann Louise Gittleman: We go through quite a bit of butter. We have the [pasteurized] butter
and I put it just about on everything and it’s very, very, satisfying. When I’m hungry, there’s
nothing like a little butter and I’ll put it on a wheat-free cracker that I get – the Mary’s Gone
Crackers - [and] I’ll put a little bit on there and I just crave it. Sometimes I mix it with some
flaxseed oil, high lignan flaxseed oil. So, I get the best of both worlds, so to speak. We go
through an awful lot and I go through a lot of high lignan flaxseed oil. I go through a lot of
macadamia nut oil which is what I use for high-heating. My latest craze is one here, Evan, that I
wrote about was the pine nut oil because it’s good for healing the digestive tract. For people
that have esophageal problems or that have been diagnosed with GERD (Gastroesophageal
reflux disease), this is one of the best things you can do to really heal your esophagus and
Evan Brand: Wow! How do you use that?
Ann Louise Gittleman: It’s easy! You do 1 teaspoon before meals and it’s very, very delicious. I
use – I think I gave the name brand in the book – Siberian Tiger Naturals, as I recall. It is
magnificent! It’s very pine-nutty, they get their pine nuts from Siberia so I know that they are
not toxic as some of them can be if we get them from China. It’s delightful, it’s delicious, and so
healthy. It was amazing! I did research and I talked about some of these elements that are in
the pine nut oil that are very healing for the digestive tract. And, it really heals better than
anything that I’ve ever used with my clients, whether that’s been aloe or DGL
Evan Brand: Even better than those two?
Ann Louise Gittleman: Yeah! Quicker!
Evan Brand: Wow, that’s awesome!
Ann Louise Gittleman: Yeah, it’s amazing!
Evan Brand: Okay, I do want to talk about fluoride and bromide and chlorine a little bit. You put
here your number 9 tip to really get this thing going here – to boost your metabolism and heal
your thyroid – is to avoid these things like the plague. Now, I went on a tour here of my local
water company in Louisville, Kentucky. They rated it as one of the most, number 1, best tasting
tap waters in the country. The taste is incredible but I went through this entire tour and they
never talked about fluoridation and I knew that they fluoridated it. So, she said “Do you have
any questions?” and I said “Well, how does the fluoride process work?” Long story short,
basically, she was hesitant and reluctant to answer the question, but she did. [She said that] at
the end of the treatment process, right before it gets sent out into everyone’s tap, they bring in
a dump truck or two full of sodium fluoride and then they dump it in and stir it into the water
and then ‘Okay, two thumbs up, now, it’s ready to go out’. It blew my mind. Maybe we can talk
a little bit about fluoride. I’ve covered it before. You and I probably talked about it last time but
it never gets old.
Ann Louise Gittleman: I know, it never gets old. Unfortunately, it should get the heck out of
our water, in our toothpaste, and everything else that we’re putting in these days. It can
displace iodine in your thyroid. So, between the fluoride, the chlorides as well as the bromines,
we’ve got a problem because if you’re gonna be kicking out iodine from your thyroid, then
you’re gonna have a problem in terms of metabolism and your antibacterial effects of the
thyroid, which can really detoxify all incoming bacteria. So, what we need to do is to get a really
comprehensive water filtration system because you just never know what’s in your water. A lot
of these toxic elements, between you and me, Evan, go far beyond the fluorides, the chlorines,
and the bromides. You gotta get rid of the parasites and some of the radioactive waste that are
spilling into the water as well. So, I use the particular system from – shall I mention the name?
Evan Brand: Sure!
Ann Louise Gittleman: CWR. We get our system from CWR. I think if people call Uni-Key at 1-
800-888-4353. You can be in touch with somebody from Uni-Key, that’s my distribution center
that works directly with these people [that are] the water experts, and get a system that’s
customized for your own use – to get rid of the fluorides, bromides, and the chlorines. That’s
what I have been using to bathe in, to washing my hair in, and to drink in.
Evan Brand: So, this is a whole house filter. Is it reverse osmosis? Is this carbonation?
Ann Louise Gittleman: It’s everything! It’s reverse osmosis, it is ultraviolet. We’ve got UV and
then there is a special filtration system that’s made from ceramic with a very fine pore mesh
filter that can block the parasitic cyst. So, it’s everything that’s in your water – we’re gonna get
out of it. The other element that I just read about which I have known about in my water here
in Northern Idaho, is that a lot of water is loaded with uranium. And so, we just don’t want to
take the chance that, perhaps, radon could be getting into your system through the water
supply. So, you’ve got to do something to get rid of that little element as well, which is very,
Evan Brand: So, CWR – what does that stand for? So we can find it…
Ann Louise Gittleman: Clean Water Revival
Evan Brand: Okay, great!
Ann Louise Gittleman: Yeah. I think it’s a very cute title – Clean Water Revival. And, the head
of Clean Water Revival is a microbiologist. So, he has a PhD in microbiology and he has been on
top of all this for years. My home has a huge tank that, now, gets rid of the uranium because
we tested my water a little while ago [and they said] “Hey, I hate to tell you but you’ve got
uranium” and [I said] “Wow. We got out the fluoride, we got out the bromide, we got out the
chlorine and, now, you’re telling I’ve got uranium. What are we going to do?” And if I we have, I
know everybody else does too. Lo and behold! Right before our interview today, I read
somewhere in AOL that uranium is now found in the water supply in many, many locales in the
United States. So, it’s just one more thing to be aware of.
Evan Brand: Right. Dr. Roy – he seems like a good guest as well to talk about water…
Ann Louise Gittleman: Oh, he’ll be your best guest. He’s brilliant. Totally brilliant.
Evan Brand: So, something cool that you wrote on here is that 2-3mg of the trace mineral
boron can help neutralize fluoride. So, would you be just using some trace mineral drops and
adding that back to your water? How would you apply it?
Ann Louise Gittleman: I get, at least, 3 mg of boron on a daily basis. I developed a multiple that
I take. But, I am on the road so much [that] I need something in pill form. As far as I’m
concerned, that will kick out the fluoride. But, boron actually displaces fluoride so that’s a
pretty good little secret to know.
Evan Brand: Interesting! So, is it in the halide family? How does it do that?
Ann Louise Gittleman: It’s not a particular halide or halogen but it does have the ability in
terms of its chelating factor. And, there’s some interesting studies which I can forward to you –
I can’t put my hands on it right now – that discuss how important this is. Many medical doctors
that focus on integrated and functional medicine are actually using that amount of boron to get
rid of all kinds of fluoride. Some people use trace mineral test, they use *SpectraCell (25:13)
analysis, to figure out if your boron is low. We have used – what do we use? – Trace mineral
analysis, I believe. We use the hair because it’s non-invasive for people. We constantly find
boron is a low, low mineral. It’s one of the most sufficient in the body, isn’t that interesting?
And, if it can chelate fluoride then maybe that’s the reason it’s so low. It’s constantly trying to
do its job.
Evan Brand: Right! That’s incredible. So, you have a lot of stuff in your brain. You have so much
knowledge that we can easily just geek out on any subject.
Ann Louise Gittleman: (laughs) That’s a good one!
Evan Brand: But, if you were to dial yourself in and slow your brain down a little bit and you
were able to spit out three of the biggest pieces of the puzzle that people should be working on
or us as a civilization should be working on. What would those three be?
Ann Louise Gittleman: The three would be, number 1 – bile – you need to build better bile. It
is the key to breaking down all kinds of fats and it is the key to detoxification because bile is a
very potent antioxidant. In order to do that, you need to read “Eat Fat, Lose Weight” [and] get
those nutrients in your diet and make sure your liver is de-clogged of fats, which is why you
need 500mg of choline three times a day. So, that’s number one. And then, number two, I
would suggest that everybody starts to balance their adrenals and their thyroid and you can do
that with the right amount of fat and getting rid of gluten in the diet, which is very detrimental
to the thyroid hormone. And, to get certain types of probiotics which will actually make
glutathione, which will detoxify all the heavy metals that could be disrupting the thyroid
hormone as well, including mercury and copper. And, there’s a new one on the market that
essential formulas has just can’t come out with, which is the liver and detox, it’s a particular
glutathione-making probiotic which they have the exclusive rights to in this country; so you’ve
gotta take a look at that. And then, probably, number three would be that I think everybody
needs some CLA and some GLA (Gamma-linolenic acid) because those are the two most
efficient essential fatty acid when I do my fatty acid testing. So, that might mean 1g CLA three
times a day and maybe 360mg of GLA for beautiful skin, hair, and nails. No more diabetic
neuropathy, no more morning stiffness. And, it’s very, very helpful in terms of PMS,
perimenopause, and menopause. And, if you’re a female, you know what I mean.
Evan Brand: Yeah, that’s great! How do you stay inspired? This is the last question of the day.
How do you stay inspired? There’s so much stuff that we can focus on. You’ve seen the
degradation of the food supply in your lifetime. You’ve seen so many different things go wrong.
Is it just trying to pump out this information that keeps you up or do you have some type of
meditation practice? What’s your secret to not burning yourself out when you’re shouting this
stuff out at the rooftops?
Ann Louise Gittleman: (laughs) Well, that’s a good question. Let’s see, what keeps me
inspired? When I learn something or go through things myself – because it’s always enlightened
self-interest, Evan. That’s why we do what we do very often times – when I learn something
that I know is helpful for me, I just feel compelled. It’s almost like – I can’t quite explain it. I feel
motivated, compelled, I feel energized to have to share this with everybody else. And, I think
that the fat piece is so important. But, just as important is our lack of ability to digest and
metabolize that fat, which is also important as a detox tool. So, I wrote this book in about 1
month. I got up at 6 in the morning, went to bed at maybe 11 o’clock at night, and took very
few breaks and, in my age, that wasn’t an easy task. But, it was like ‘Well, if this can help one
person, if this can save somebody’s life, this can make a difference in their thyroid, and their
adrenals, and their ability to lose weight and get rid of some autoimmune diseases, then we’re
on the right track.’
Evan Brand: That’s beautiful. So, it came to you as a spark of lightning and then you just had to
throw it out on paper.
Ann Louise Gittleman: Yeah, yeah! And that’s how it comes.
Evan Brand: Wow.
Ann Louise Gittleman: And, now, I’m trying to regenerate after that 1 month of sleep and, as I
say, in my age – I’m 66 – I’m sitting at the computer and I’m not the most technologically
advanced person there is. But, it’s like – I can’t quite explain it. I think it’s like the hand of God.
Evan Brand: So, how many books have you written in total?
Ann Louise Gittleman: 30.
Evan Brand: Oh my god! So, do they all come like that? Because I’ve written 3.
Ann Louise Gittleman: No, no, they don’t. The only ones that come are the ones where I know
that there’s a message that I have to get out there. And, the ones that have come like this are
the first one, “Beyond Pritikin” – my million copies best-selling book – [and] “Fat Flush Plan”
which has been a huge hit for us and really talked about detox and what you need to do to
detoxify with the right fat, which is a similar message but not as updated as the “Eat Fat, Lose
Weight”. Those three, the same feeling.
Evan Brand: Oh my gosh. That’s amazing! Okay, I’m so glad to get that insider secret because I
have those moments and I need to look forward to those moments and when that happens,
that’s when you know. Because you’ve written some where it’s not as – you just can’t get it out
that quickly then, maybe …
Ann Louise Gittleman: No, no, no! But this comes from another place, it just…
Evan Brand: I totally understand.
Ann Louise Gittleman: It’s kind of – It’s very hard to put my finger on it. I call it the
*Shafina(31:08) [and] in Hebrew it means – it’s kind of like the Holy Spirit. It’s the only way I can
describe it because I can go without sleep. I wake up with ideas and I say `I have to do this’ and
it’s this divine destiny or something like that. So, I’m hopeful that this book will affect people
the way that it was intended to.
Evan Brand: That’s incredible! Definitely, we’ll put the link for people to go purchase that “Eat
Fat, Lose Weight”. You’re listening to Ann Louise Gittleman and this is for sale, currently?
Ann Louise Gittleman: Yes. In order to get it out as quickly as I need it to, we decided to
release in a Kindle format. But, if all goes well, there should be a ‘book’ book, a real book – a
hard cover – in February of 2016.
Evan Brand: Okay, so the nerds can download it now and the old school people can get in
February. That’s perfect!
Ann Louise Gittleman: (laughs) Well, I’m an old school person and actually you could download
even if you don’t have Kindle. You can download this on any device that you have, even your
PC, your laptop, or any other smartphone device or – what are they telling me – an android, an
iPad, a tablet, a nook, this and that. But, you can use that format for any device so don’t be
afraid of the Kindle. I don’t have a Kindle and neither do a lot of my followers but they’re still
Evan Brand: Perfect! Well, Ann, thank you so much for coming on. And, I look forward to talk
with you soon.
Ann Louise Gittleman: Yes, thank you, thank you so much for a wonderful interview.
Life in the 21st Century is speeding up. People are hyper-connected, over-scheduled and under-relaxed. It's quite the conundrum we're in. How can you lose weight, become healthier, develop a new eating routine, find time to exercise and have enough time to give love to your spouse and family? Oh, and don't forget about the work week.
It's no surprise that many of my clients are facing the same issues:
I don't have enough time to relax, I'm just too busy right now.
I want to eat healthier but I just can't stop my addiction to sugar, it's really worrying me.
I can't sleep at night, the stress is killing me.
These are just a few of the recent TOCs (Topics of Concern) that have surfaced. If you resonate with any of these, realize you're not alone.
You can assume that if you're struggling, so are thousands and thousands of other people.
So what do you do?
First, I want you to take an average size breath, inhaling through the nose, hold it, now exhale out of your mouth while parsing your lips like you are exhaling through a martini straw.
Repeat this a couple times.
You should feel a profound sense of awareness and relaxation beginning to take over. This is the parasympathetic state. Your nervous system enjoys being in this state.
This is the default state of our nervous system if we are living according to the laws of nature. Unfortunately our modern way of life and the natural laws set by our ancestors are very far apart. Don't give up hope yet, we have great potential.
Take a warm bath twice per week
How does taking a warm bath help you lose weight? By inducing relaxation. I encourage you to add 1 cup of epsom salt and bubble bath. It can be the extra detail that makes your bath THAT much more rejuvenating. It would also benefit you to use a bath water filter and/or Vitamin C dechlorination tablets. It takes a few investments, but your skin will feel much better. Clients with eczema and other skin related issues have seen a noticeable reduction in symptoms after filtering the toxins out of the contaminated tap water. Dr. Ford and I cover eczema in detail here if you need help.
Take a warm bath with epsom salts and bubble bath for 15-20 minutes twice per week.
This simple action will be a catalyst for reducing your stress hormone levels and enhancing detoxification. Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) has the ability to pull out toxins from the body while leaving you relaxed and ready to cuddle with your loved one.
For the client who can't sleep at night, a prescription of warm baths was enough to shift her mindset towards relaxation at night. Instead of becoming depressed and stressed thinking about tomorrow's tasks, she was able to calm her mind and body down enough to settle into a slumber. This is the beauty of the natural world. Water has healing qualities both inside and out. Which leads us to the next key point..
Drink more spring water
While some may begin to reduce stress with baths, therefore inducing a lower stress response and giving the body the ability to burn fat, some people are just plain dehydrated. Drinking more spring water is an essential part of any weight loss and detoxification program.
Water makes up 55-60% of our total body mass. The body can produce 8% of its daily water needs through metabolic processes but the remaining 92% of our water intake must come from beverages we drink and foods we eat. Water is found in all tissues of the body. Water improves oxygen delivery to our cells and acts as a transporter vehicle for nutrients. Waste removal and digestive processes are a water-intensive process. To flush out toxins that may be stored in our fat cells, we need water.
As you've just learned, many bodily processes require water just as a car requires fuel for it's operation. You can think of adequate hydration as lubing up your engine and cleaning out the gunk that is preventing your engine from operating at full efficiency. After all, water improves cellular communication. If your body's cells can talk to each other, they can begin to increase their detoxification capability, leading to toxin (weight) loss.
Most people in the alternative health community are fans of herbal teas, coffee and other assortment of naturally-caffeinated beverages. I am much happier to see tea on someone's food journal than a soda, but they both act as diuretics. Consuming any of these beverages adds to daily requirement for water consumption. Add in the amount of sweating and natural water loss that occurs throughout the day from respiration and exercise and it's easy to see how dehydrated we can become.
Dr. Batmanghelidj, or Dr. Batman if you can't pronounce his full last name, wrote a book called Your Body's Many Cries For Water that should be on your bookshelf.
In this book, there are incredible stories from his patients and their incredible weight loss progress and health improvements achieved simply by drinking more water.
He even goes as far as to claim that many diseases and hospital visits are actually just the result of chronic dehydration. After reading this book, you won't want to leave the house without your sacred thermos full of spring water.
Nutritional Therapists can make general recommendations about water consumption:
Take your body weight divided by 2. This is the minimum number of ounces you should drink each day.
A 160 pound person should drink at least 80 ounces a day. That's a little over 3 of your 24 ounce sport bottles. Sip throughout the day, don't chug. Make sure the water is spring water. It not, make sure it's at least carbon filtered.
Eat more fat
If you find someone making blanket recommendations for the specific macronutrient percentage you should be eating, run away. People have widely different metabolic rates and should not follow the same protocol most of the time.
An 85% fat diet may work for some people, while switching to that same diet quickly may put a heavy burden on someone's gallbladder and liver and make them feel nauseous. If you experience this, lemon water before a meal may help.
Generally speaking, if you'll allow me to bend my own rule a little bit, we all could use more fat. After seeing a "healthy food journal" that contained nothing but chicken breasts and spinach, I was not surprised that this client couldn't lose a pound!
If you don't consume dietary fat, your body thinks you're in a famine, so it holds onto fat to keep you alive.
If you want to get up right now and go enjoy a tablespoon of almond butter, I'll be right here when you get back.
To start the weight loss process, increasing your fat intake will do it. Your body will think, "The famine is over! Let's dump some of this belly fat!" So enjoy some grass-fed butter, coconut oil, MCT oil and grass-fed beef on your dinner plate each night.
If you really need help figuring out how diet relates to your mood, fat loss progress and sleep quality, my sleep program REM Rehab contains extensive coverage on it.
Don't be afraid of adding another tablespoon of grass-fed butter or coconut oil to your veggies. Avoid hydrogenated fats and oils at all costs. Coconut oil is your best friend for topical and internal use.
This is just part one
I wanted to really zoom in on some recurring issues from the newsletter community and there will be more zooming in to come.
Although I've covered dietary aspects of weight loss and health here and here, we can delve into these topics in the following weeks.
If you have specific concerns or topics you'd like covered here, please submit them here.
Use these simple but effective tips in your routine, along with anyone who will listen to you. They will be begging for your "secrets" when they see your results. These are habits of our ancestors that came with ease. Now we've got the chance to instill them once again.
Change creates new ideas
Since moving to Austin Texas last summer, I've had a hell of a time.
I've realized that when we actually get up and go for something. The previous fears and ideas that we had in our head melt away. It's important to remember that facing your fears and moving onward with your goals and passions is a necessary step to success.
Do we have enough recipe books?
While the rest of the health community was focused on who could make the prettiest plate of greens and meat, I was talking with some of the world's most leading experts on topics like the sustainability of the US food supply, how Mark Sisson feels about depression and anxiety meds and Dr. Ford's research on gluten's effects on the brain and body.
But, I'm not saying we don't need to make the ultimate food list as fun and exciting as possible so that we don't end up binging on sugar!
Although I've covered how to deal with these deeper emotional eating issues and the 3 step process to beating sugar cravings.
Now, all of the complexities of how our body responds to stress, how the thyroid and adrenals are affected by stress and how to cope with all of this information is a really good topic.
One really important aspect of this whole picture is to prioritize sleep.
If you don't focus on sleep, regardless of how great your diet is or how intense your exercise routine is, you will not get overwhelmingly positive results.
When we don't get good sleep
When we don't sleep deep or long enough, our hormones get thrown off.
Hormones such as cortisol and melatonin operate on a 24 hour circadian cycle.
When we confuse them by using too much artificial light at night, don't get enough bright light exposure in the morning, or we add excess stress to our lives throughout the day, we can throw these off.
Without proper hormone regulation achieved by a consistent sleep routine, environmental and lifestyle habits and a focus on key foods, you will be tired, grumpy and maybe even depressed.
Not to mention, with higher levels of certain hormones and chemicals caused from not enough quality sleep, the ability to burn fat can be almost impossible.
Your body is like a garden
There might be a pretty flower or two that pops up without much work (good days and bad days), but the garden has to have the right conditions to flourish and support a beautiful array of multiple different plants and creatures(positive outlook, healthy skin, happiness, great sex drive).
If we learn to look at our bodies like a temple, we will respect them and cherish them more.
It's when we beat ourselves up, over-stress, forget to spend time in nature, stay up way too late, drink too much alcohol, eat too much sugar and forget to find something to love that we lose touch with our inner spirit.
If you aren't connected with the person inside of you, what is the person you are portraying on the outside of you?
Are you truly yourself if you don't know yourself?
Spending time with a loved one or alone with a full immersion of birds, trees, water and the sound of wind can be enough to recharge a lost spirit. I've experienced it many, many times. The secret is to just get "lost" in the spirit of nature.
Nature is where everything comes from.
The highest quality supplement recommendations that are found in my health store are there to support your health and happiness goals. These ingredients are derived from nature. Even though they end up in a capsule, they had to originate in the soil and grew with sunshine, water and passion.
This whole section is just a reminder to enhance your awareness about your direction and connection with nature and life itself.
While others may go down the strangest of paths, if you stay grounded yourself, you'll be fine.
What can good sleep do for you?
In short, a lot. When you sleep good enough to help regulate your hormone levels, your body gets the "go ahead" message and allows the metabolization of fat stores.
When your diet has the right nutrients to allow for serotonin production, melatonin is then able to be synthesized allowing you to have deep and restful sleep.
It doesn't matter if you're in the bed for 8 hours if the quality of those hours are poor.
Start taking action on your sleep environment, lifestyle habits, nutritional requirements and supplement protocols to align sleep. When you fix sleep, you may fix mood issues like depression, irritability and start the fat-burning ignition process. Of course, a good walking routine will just amplify your results here.
However, good sleep can be just as effective for fat-burning as exercise. Diet is also a huge key point.
Where to go from here?
My podcast has been downloaded in over 100 countries across the world, so I figured I HAD to do an audio version as well. That's exactly what I did.
I spent the last couple weeks with a good friend in the recording studio to make sure you were getting the proper amount of value out of my action guide.
How to get your copy of REM Rehab
There are 2 versions of this project. If you want to get just the eBook and access to the private support group where Kevin and I will be helping you personally, you can get that version for $27.
If you want to get the 2 hour audiobook as well as the eBook and access to the private support group for $37, you can do that as well.
We'd like to think of this project as more of a course as opposed to an eBook and Audiobook. It literally takes you through your entire environment and lifestyle including an entire chapter called eating for sleep.
Get a free chapter
If you'd like to purchase either of these versions OR just check out some screen shots, sample pages and a free chapter of the book, you can do all of that here at our site REMrehab.com
Note: The cost of this program is about the same price as a co-pay at the doctors office where people who have absolutely no clue how artificial at light plays a role in melatonin production and hormone disruption will tell you that your problems can be fixed by a simple prescription.
I made sure that you get your money's worth. As someone who's provided over 75 hours of free content across the world, the last thing I want is for people to feel ripped off. We are that confident this will help your sleep, health and mood issues.
We can fix these issues naturally how we have for the last million or so years of human life.
Check out the free chapter, or pick up the whole program and audiobook here at REM Rehab.
Thanks for your overwhelming support in our webinar we hosted last week and the massive amount of pre-orders that we received. We're already getting great feedback on the program and how it's working for people.
Those reviews are back at the same website as well. Take charge of your health, happiness and sleep and reap the benefits in your waking life.
Cheers to better health, deeper sleep and less fat accumulation!
Kris Gunnars from Authority Nutrition joins us today to discuss 13 lies that made the world fat and sick.
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- Fat loss myths
- Supplements for daily health
- The biggest problem with the food system
- Processed foods and how to avoid them
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