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Nitric Oxide, Part 2 – InVite Health Podcast, Episode 550
Hosted by Amanda Williams, MD, MPH.
InViteⓇ Health Podcast Intro: Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our degreed healthcare professionals are excited to offer you the most important health and wellness information you need to make informed choices about your health. You can learn more about the products discussed in each of these episodes and all that InViteⓇ Health has to offer at www.invitehealth.com/podcast. First time customers can use promo code PODCAST at checkout for an additional 15% off your first purchase. Let’s get started!†
Amanda Williams, MD, MPH. : [00:00:40] Welcome back for part two on Nitric Oxide. I am super excited to talk about this topic because I feel it’s so relevant to the way that we age, the way that we feel. And it’s certainly overlooked. As I talked about in. Part one, the true impact that nitric oxide has on our body. Is absolutely critical and essential and understanding that every single cell in the body in some way shape or form impacted by our nitric oxide status and understanding that in the United States the average American is completely devoid or deficient of adequate exposure of nitric oxide coming from their diet. And when you recognize how much nitric oxide you’re actually supposed to get every single day, we know that the intake of nitric oxide certainly falls well short of that. You’re supposed to get about 300 or 400 milligrams daily. The average Americans lucky to get about 100, 150. So even if we just think of nitric oxide in its role for cardiovascular health. Well, hey, there’s a sign right there that should also correlate why we have such a high rate of things like hypertension in this country. So today I’m going to be talking about what we should be avoiding and what we should be doing when it comes to trying to create this re-igniting of nitric oxide flow in our system. † [00:02:07]
[00:02:08] So I’m Amanda Williams, MD, MPH, Scientific Director here at InViteⓇ Health and what should we not do? I touched on this a little bit in part one, but we certainly know that there are many things that can majorly disrupt our natural nitric oxide pathways, one of which is using antacids. Now, if you use a mouthwash that contains alcohol or has chlorhexidine, definitely we are going to be wiping out the healthy bacteria that actually promote the production of nitric oxide. This happens through a couple of different phases. So if we wipe those out, we no longer have that ability to activate the enzymatic pathway to produce nitric oxide. Issue: Yes, because now we’re looking at problems with blood pressure, problems with cholesterol. We can look at inflammation in the body. We can look at the impact that can have on your bone health. There’s so much focus often when it comes to oral care and making sure that we have a clean fresh mouth. But we also have to recognize that our mouth has its own microbial environment that is meant to keep us healthy. So while we can have of course too many bad bacteria that reside in our mouth. We also have to be very cognizant of the fact that there are good bacteria that are there for a reason.† [00:03:33]
[00:03:34] So what else do we know can have an impact on nitric oxide? We know that things like antacids. So if you are taking a Tums or something along that line. Proton pump inhibitor. To try to lower your reaction. To foods? Well, first and. Foremost, change your foods. But secondly, think about how that acid reducing medication is actually disrupting once again, that normal production of nitric oxide. Big problem. So understanding that there are many different things that can create these significant imbalances in the system. If you have, you know, standard American diet, you’re taking Tums or you’re taking any type of a acid blocking medication, whether that be prescribed or over-the-counter. We know that these are going to create a clear problem of having nitric oxide deficiency. We have to have that nitric oxide. † [00:04:46]
[00:04:46] How do we reestablish that? This is oftentimes the the million dollar question because nitric oxide has an incredibly short half life to it. So it’s viability in the body. It’s really quick. So how do we get that nitric oxide back in? Well, one option is to use L-arginine. But however, L-Arginine does not work for everyone. If there is the enzymatic pathway issue where your nitric oxide synthase is not properly working. You can take a lot of arginine does not mean you are actually going to generate nitric oxide. So in a sense that can be a big issue. We know that there are many different nutrients that we can be taking in. In terms of our diet that can be very helpful so if we look at foods that are high in nitric oxide producing capabilities we want to be thinking about things like beets, looking at green leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, celery. Watermelon actually has a good amount of nutrients that will help the body create nitric oxide. So if we’re adhering more to that Mediterranean diet, we should be getting adequate exposure to these foods that will help to promote the natural production. So keep that in mind. If we are taking in foods that are loaded with preservatives this is going to deplete nitric oxide. So we want. To trend away from a standard American diet we want to have a Whole Food diet. Now, remember, don’t cook those vegetables down. So if you’re having cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, which is a source of nitric oxide components, you don’t want to boil them down to to having no nutrients left. So either eating them raw or steaming them is going to be your your best option. We know that vitamin C and vitamin C containing foods also can help to support nitric oxide production. So any of your peppers, citrus fruits, we know that different cruciferous vegetables certainly have a high amount of vitamin C and that we also know that certain berries and even very dark chocolate can help to promote the release of nitric oxide in the body.† [00:07:18]
[00:07:18] Remember you have the two different pathways to which nitric oxide. So the action of eating and having those good, healthy bacteria in the mouth that can enhance that initial pathway can help with the release of nitric oxide to support the entire system. So we know that. There are many. Different things that we can and that we should be doing we have to be aware of the fact that the diet is really the most detrimental thing to the diminishment of nitric oxide production in the body. So if we have a lot of red meat, we have a lot of saturated fats. These are all ways to which nitric oxide levels are going to go down.† [00:08:04]
[00:08:05] Now, when you look at the foods that are highest in terms of their nitric oxide producing capabilities, this is when we’re really into that green leafy vegetable component looking at the kale, arugula, spinach, chard, these are all very high in that aspect of being able to drive that up. Now, keep in mind, too, not all vegetables are created the same either. So this is why we want to consume a high amount. So if we are incorporating these foods into our diet on a regular basis, then this of course is going to to help to support the natural production of nitric oxide.† [00:08:48]
[00:08:49] So things that we know that we need to be avoiding, we know that we need to avoid saturated fats, the high processed foods. We know that we need to avoid the alcohol based and chlorhexidine, mouthwash and fluoride in the toothpaste. That’s another area, fluoride will screw up that microbial environment. We also know that fluoride can, you know, create disruption when it comes to thyroid function as well. So the foods definitely is the number one place. So hence when you look at. Americans. This is why we know that pretty much the majority of Americans are nitric oxide deficient. We can look at supplementation of nutrients such as the Beets HxⓇ. The beet formulation is a powerful way for your body to be able to enhance the pathway for nitric oxide production. Not only is it the beetroot itself, but we can also look at the impact that that tart cherry can also have when it comes to enhancing. Remember, we’re thinking about that vitamin C component. So the combination that you find in the Beets Hx formulation is a really wonderful way to stimulate up the pathway to which nitric oxide is working. This is why many times when we talk about Beets Hx, it’s in that setting of support for healthy cardiovascular function, for example, for healthy blood pressure. We’re looking at it for maintaining joint health. So and we understand now that nitric oxide is functioning in all different cells throughout the body. So your foods matter. You’re doing high processed foods, a lot of sugary foods, high sodium, you know, brought in by preservatives and things along that line.† [00:10:40]
[00:10:40] Every time you do that, you’re depleting your nitric oxide stores in the body. And if you’re not eating, your green leafy vegetables are having beets or having watermelon having these things, how are you replenishing that? And then you go and you add insult to injury because now you just had all of your, you know, fried foods and these bad foods, you have heartburn. Then you’re taking an acid reflux medication, which is also lowering your nitric oxide. So we can start to see this trickling effect of how our poor dietary choices lead to this significant depletion of nitric oxide. So we definitely don’t want to to do that to ourselves. We want to stop using those antacids. We want to stop using the mouthwash and fluoride toothpaste. We definitely want. To start to increase our vegetables. We don’t want to boil them till they’re nutrient deficient. We want to make sure that they’re steamed or raw. And we want to supplement with a good multivitamin that contains trace minerals that help to enhance intestinal absorption of nitric oxide. So even like core multivitamin would be a good option. We can look at the Beets Hx, certainly L-Arginine is an option, but not for everyone. When it comes to the nitric oxide deficiency issue. So there are many different things. That we know that we can be doing to help to replenish and create that balance.† [00:12:01]
[00:12:02] Once again, when it comes to our nitric oxide stores, there are so many research studies out there now. There was one that was published in 2015 in the Nutrients Journal looking at how diets that are high in nitric oxide rich foods. Are directly correlated to healthier lifestyles and understanding that that decrease in nitric oxide availability due to endothelial dysfunction and diabetes and obesity, that and you’re not changing the diet, you’re just adding insult to injury. So they have looked and they have found that when people have high nitric oxide, rich foods in their diet, that this really helps to generate up the two different pathways for nitric oxide production. And they see this significant decrease in things like insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis.† [00:12:53]
[00:12:55] So at the end of the day, if we want to age gracefully, we have to take care of all of our cells. And one of the most important components to that is nitric oxide status in the body. So now you know what to do and what not to do. And if you have questions, you know, you can always reach out to us. We are here to help you help yourself. I want to thank you so much for tuning in to the Invite Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting invitehealth.com/podcast make sure that you subscribe and you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at InViteⓇ Health and we will see you next time for another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast.† [00:12:55]
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The Nutrients You Need To Start Your Day Off Right – InViteⓇ Health Podcast, Episode 477
Hosted by Amanda Williams, MPH
InVite Health Podcast Intro: Welcome to the InViteⓇ Health Podcast, where our degreed healthcare professionals are excited to offer you the most important health and wellness information you need to make informed choices about your health. You can learn more about the products discussed in each of these episodes and all that InVite Health has to offer at www.invitehealth.com/podcast. First time customers can use promo code PODCAST at checkout for an additional 15% off your first purchase. Let’s get started!
Amanda Williams, MPH: If you want to get your day started off right, I suggest you set down that sugary beverage that maybe you turn to each and every single morning that you think, “Huh, yeah, this gives me energy.” I want to tell you about our Multi Energy Powder because this actually packs a punch when it comes to cellular energy production and really giving your body the nutrients that it needs to get the day started.†
I’m Amanda Williams, MD, MPH and I want to talk about the importance of taking in the right nutrients when it comes to the things that you’re drinking. We know that Americans just do horrible when it comes to fluid intake, first and foremost, so most people walk around in a state of dehydration. Now we do know that bottled water is probably the most common thing that people purchase in this country. However, when it comes to what follows that, then we’re looking at the sodas, we’re looking at the sugary drinks and juices and those certainly do not do anything when it comes to nourishing our body. Water, yes, we definitely want to be consuming our water, but we want to be substituting out the sodas and the juice drinks for something that’s actually going to do something beneficial for our body.†
Let me run through the Multi Energy formulation because not only is the Multi Energy formulation designed to help to generate up that adenosine triphosphate, or that energy within the cellular mitochondria, this also is a complete multivitamin, multi-mineral formulation, so I guarantee you that your soda and your juice is not giving you any of those things. This is a full spectrum multivitamin, multi-mineral formula, so you’re getting all of those B-vitamins, you’re getting your Vitamin D, you’re getting Vitamin C and you’re also getting those key critical minerals. Now we know that all of these are so important, even when it comes to just our immune system. So obviously, just having the multi-mineral, multivitamin complex as part of the Multi Energy is really a super thing.†
But now let’s look at what really helps to set this formulation apart and if you want to have a good kick start to your morning, then I definitely encourage you to take a scoop of this. Add it in with some water and this is all natural, so there’s no sugars added into this. This is all natural. It has power nutrients to help to power up and recharge those cells of yours.†
It has things like choline and choline is essential when it comes to brain function. Now, think about that for a moment. If I drink a sugary drink in the morning, is that going to do anything for my brain? Certainly not. It feeds the addiction, but it’s not doing anything for actual brain support. Remember, choline is this amino acid that helps in the support of acetylcholine synthesis and acetylcholine is our primary memory neurotransmitter in the body. So just, say, if we had the Multi Energy Powder and you just knew it had choline, that should be enough to say, “Yeah, that’s brain healthy for me.”†
But let’s look at other nutrients that are contained within this that help to enhance that cell energy production. It has L-carnitine in it. This is another key amino acid. The carnitine helps with transporting fatty acids from the outside of your cell to the inside of the cell to generate energy. So bam, right there there’s an energy pusher.†
And then we have dimethylglycine. We know that dimethylglycine not only helps for the facilitation of energy production, but it’s also a very powerful booster for glutathione, which is our body’s most important endogenous antioxidant. When we think about how our body is trying to fend off oxidative stress each and every single day, from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to bed, we’re constantly trying to fend off oxidative stress. Having the dimethylglycine on board is an excellent way for you to enhance that cellular function. Remember, dimethylglycine also plays a critical role when it comes to over 40 different biochemical pathways in the body, so if you think DMG isn’t important, think again.†
This contains RNA, which is ribonucleic acid. We know the importance of RNA when you think about your genetic makeup, for example. Ribonucleic acid is a nucleic acid that’s found inside of the cell, where it plays this really fundamental role in protein synthesis, as well as cellular function. When we think about our immune system and we think about generating energy, having RNA as part of this formulation really makes this quite unique.†
We also have some coenzyme Q10 in this. There’s a wonderful enzyme blend that aids in the digestion of food. It has an amylase-protease-lipase blend, along with hemicellulase, which aids in the breakdown of different vegetables that you may be intaking throughout the day. I shouldn’t say may be, you should be intaking throughout the day. It has alpha-lipoic acid. I was mentioning glutathione being the most important, well, that’s, I suppose, debatable. We know that alpha-lipoic acid also is a power antioxidant in the human body. It is so critical for so many different functions, as well as for the stabilization of other amino acids.†
You start to look and you see all of what’s contained in the Multi Energy Powder. In just one scoop, you’re getting all of these different nutrients to help to support digestion, to help to support the immune system, to help to target inflammation and, most importantly to help generate cell energy. It is certainly a wonderful alternative to the typical way that you may start your day. Even if you’re having coffee, hey, that’s fine, but try to do organic coffee and don’t make your coffee a dessert. That’s the problem. It always baffles me when I see people go into a Starbucks or something like that and they’re ordering a coffee, but the next thing you know, there’s a ton of whipped cream on it and it’s more like a dessert than it is actually a coffee. If we want to get the benefits of the chlorogenic acid coming from coffee, we don’t want to adulterate that. We don’t want to be adding in sugars and all those heavy creams into that. We want to have things as they should be. If you’re going to have coffee, try not to sugar that up because that certainly is going to alter the actual health benefits that go along with the coffee.†
Same thing with tea. If you’re going to be doing a tea, it shouldn’t be a processed tea that’s been sweetened and then you try to pass it off as being healthy. If you’re going to be doing a tea, it needs to be an organic tea or, if you’re using the Green Tea or the White Tea TxⓇ, also very good options because we know we’re getting a high amount of that powerful catechin, that EGCG, when we use the Green Tea and the White Tea TxⓇ. At the end of the day, we want to make sure that you start your day with the ability to feel good, to nourish ourselves with the key vitamins, minerals and powerful antioxidants and all of these key amino acids that help to really facilitate the brain functions throughout the day for us. When we think of paying attention and staying focused, it’s really important to make sure that we are getting exposure to these key nutrients on a regular basis so that we can maintain our health even in high-stress environments or if you are not having adequate intake of key vitamins and minerals just from your diet alone.†
That is all that I have for you for today. I want to thank you so much for tuning into the InViteⓇ Health Podcast. Remember, you can find all of our episodes for free wherever you listen to podcasts or by visiting invitehealth.com/podcast. Now, do make sure that you subscribe and you leave us a review. You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @invitehealth and we will see you next time for another episode of the InViteⓇ Health Podcast.†