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Even as trained nutritional therapists, we still find so many things about the body – two and four-legged ones – quite surprising and often completely contradicting what we may have learned before making it so tricky to know what’s right and wrong. For us, that means always reconciling what new things we come across with what we know through science. Here’s a sample of some science-based nutrition and health findings for both people and pets that you’ll probably find surprising if not downright shocking but be sure to check back often as we’re always adding more surprising health facts to help both you and your pet!

Heart disease is a processed food disease

Going against what modern medicine has incorrectly told us for decades, heart disease is actually NOT a disease of fat, cholesterol, or salt. Instead, it stems from the over-consumption of processed foods & the chronic inflammation that it leads to throughout the body, including in our arteries (and other "weak links" we may have).

Extra fat creates new "harmful" blood vessels

For every extra pound of fat on your body, 400 miles of new blood vessels develop lengthening the route your blood must travel. This extra distance causes more resistance within the vessels themselves leading to high blood pressure.

A role of fat at your waistline can mean "fatty liver"

Everybody's familiar with that unwanted roll of fat that can spill over the top of your pants but did you know it may mean your liver has actually stopped processing fat properly and instead, has begun storing it instead? This is caused "non-alcoholic fatty liver disease". Fix your liver and lose the role.

Enzymes are critical to life but we run out of them

We are each born with a limited supply of enzymes - digestive and metabolic - and get the rest from our food. These enzymes are critical to life but the faster you use up your enzyme supply, the shorter your life. That means it's critical to get additional enzymes from your diet, namely raw and cultured foods like salads and unsweetened yogurt.

Your diet could be weakening your bones

Excess soda, coffee, alcohol, and sugar causes your blood pH level to become too acidic triggering your body to automatically pull alkaline calcium from your bones to get back to the optimal pH range your body requires to function well. Diuretics like coffee also double the rate calcium gets excreted in your urine.

Your liver & lymphatic system affect weight & cellulite

To effectively lose weight and control cellulite, you must cleanse your liver and ensure your lymphatic system is not "stuck". Your liver is actually a major fat-burning organ producing fat-digesting bile and metabolizing the fats you eat while your lymphatic system, a pre-filter to the liver, is a fat processing system that must flow freely.

A low-fat diet can lead to osteoporosis

Calcium absorption (and all nutrient absorption) requires healthy cell membranes (or walls) which are mostly made up of different types of fats. Too little healthy fat in your diet and these pathways into your cells will stop both nutrients - like calcium - from going in and waste from coming out.

Taking calcium doesn't mean your body's using it

Calcium is a "game of cofactors" meaning if different conditions aren't present (e.g. adequate hydration, proper stomach acid level), all of those calcium supplements may be doing more harm than good. For example, unabsorbed calcium may instead end up in places it shouldn't like cataracts and heal spurs.

1am to 3am each night is "Liver Time"

If you wake with hot flashes or night sweats between approximately 1am and 3am, it's a good indication your liver is having detoxification issues. When sleeping, the body is rejuvenating and detoxing (vs. digesting) which means your Phase 1 and Phase II liver detox pathways need to be open and functioning well. 

American male fertility may end by 2050

According to recent studies, American male sperm count has declined over 60% in the last 20 years (especially in younger men) due to a low-fat diet with excessive processed foods and sugar, mineral deficiencies, toxin and chemical stressors, etc. At this rate, it's estimated that American males will be infertile by 2050.

Low on minerals can mean low on motivation

Often times a mineral deficiency can make you lose motivation and vitality in life. Re-mineralizing can rejuvenate you and ensure your enzymes - the cornerstones of life and body function - are at full working order.

Breast tenderness can lead to breast cancer

Breast tenderness in women is not "normal". It indicates excess estrogen and may lead to breast cancer. Often addressing your digestive health, re-balancing your hormones, and supporting your liver (especially to fully flush through estrogen) will reduce all tenderness. Additionally, dry brushing the sides of your breasts (low to high) will help loosen any stuck lympth where toxins gather.

Never getting sick can be a bad thing

Never getting sick (common with Type A personalities in a hyper-cortisol state) can actualy be a sign that your immune system is low and not functioning properly. Ideally we want to have a big, all-out response to an invader to show our immune system is reacting to the world. That means "sick" people may actually be healthier. 

Chronic dehydration can lead to chronic pain

Almost all signs of long-term dehydration in the body are pain-related since there is a direct relationship between dehydration and inflammation. For example, back pain, joint pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, constipation, colitis, etc. Even cramps and PMS in women are early signs of dehydration. 

2 years or more of breast feeding is best

It takes at least 2 years of breast feeding for an infant's intestinal walls to fully form and "close up", to develop all five antibody classes within the immune system, and to fully form all of the key digestive enzymes. Without this, an nfant can grow up to have chronic intestinal issues, food allergies/sensitivities, and a weakened immune system.

Biology is not your biography

Too often you'll hear people say, "Oh, that's genetic. Nothing I can do about that." NOT TRUE! Up to 98% of disease is not from genetics. DNA can be controlled most effectively by diet, exercise, lifestyle, and mind. You may have certain "bad" genes but the key is to NOT provide an environment in which they can express themselves and thrive within. 

Excess inflammation & insulin are the enemy

Chronic inflammation and high insulin levels in the body are the underlying factors of weight gain, loss of muscle mass, chronic pain, aging, heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disease. High insulin actually promotes fat storage which in turn increases the production of pro-inflammatory molecules creating a viscious, unhealthy cycle. Excess fat around the mid-section also produces 15 different hormones that promote inflammation.

Menopause symptoms are not "normal"

Menopause symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats are not "normal" and are often preventable through a healthy diet and healthy adrenal glands. As menopause approaches, the ovaries pass the estrogen and progesterone-producing responsibility back to the adrenals but often, they are exhausted and unable to do the job leading to a range of unpleasant symptoms.

Menopause doesn't end hormone production

We're often taught that menopause means the end of sex hormone production leading to hormone replacement therapy. However, if the adrenals stay healthy, they can continue to produce estrogen and progesterone. Additionally, female sex hormones are also produced by fat cells, the skin, and the brain. Just watch out for too much estrogen production from excess fat. 

Hormone levels alter the way we see the world

Hormones are small but powerful and affect the way we see the world. For example, if you have too much cortisol (e.g. from a high-sugar or stimulant-filled diet), you will see the world as stressful. If too low in serotonin (e.g. from little daylight or a poor diet), the world will appear depressing. Hormonal balance is key for a balanced perspective.

Females with male traits require adrenal support

Females with male characteristics like excess facial hair and a deep voice often require adrenal support and rebalancing since these indicate an over-production of the male sex hormone, testosterone. In women, testosterone is produced by the adrenal glands along with the other sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone.

Smoking cigarettes stops fluid from moving

Smoking temporarily paralyzes the cilia lining your lungs responsible for moving and clearing mucous and dirt. This results in mucous build-up and coughing in the mornings. This also depletes your body's immune system since it requires good movement of fluids in general (e.g. to mobilize white blood cells to deal with an invader) for optimal function.

Bad bile means a bad fat processing body

If the bile your liver produces to help break down and digest the fats you eat doesn't contain the right level of salts and is congested (vs. flowing freely from your gallbladder), the less fat your body can break down, the less nutrients your body can benefit from, and the more fat your body will store.

Allergies & sensitivities grow fat on your body

Any environmental or food allergy/sensitivity causes an inflammatory response resulting in fluid retention as long as the offending molecule(s) remains in your body. Further fluid build-up occurs from triggered hormones and your fat cells becoming enlarged creating another level of inflammation that intensifies the allergic reaction creating a viscious cycle. 

Euthanized pets make up "meat meal" in pet food

Thousands of euthanized dogs and cats - pet collars, ID tags, and all - are delivered to rendering plants daily and added into rendering vats to become part of a pet food ingredient labeled "meat meal". There's evidence that some of those rendered pets even end up in the human food chain via fish farms in Asia.

Cats & carbohydrates don't mix

Unlike humans and dogs, cats cannot utilize carbs which is why in the wild, 98-99% of their diet comes from high-protein, high-moisture meat, organs, and moderate fat. The average dry cat food contains 35-50% carb calories - even higher with cheaper brands - leading to obesity, Diabetes, digestive and urinary issues, and kidney disease.

Large dog breeds do well on more smaller meals

When it comes to large/giant dog breeds who have a tendency to develop "bloat" (i.e. when the accumulation of gas causes the stomach to rotate and twist), it's often better to feed them three or four smaller meals a day rather than one or two larger ones.

"Meat by-product" is not meat for your pet

"Meat by-product" often found on pet food labels is non-rendered parts of slaughtered animals other than meat and can include animal lungs, kidneys, brains, stomaches, and even diseased livers and those infested with worms. Even the lungs can be filled with pneumonia. Pet food labels are deceiving in that they only tell half the story.

Cats require animal-based proteins to thrive

When it comes to cats, not all proteins are created equal. Cats actually lack a specific metabolic enzyme pathway preventing them from being able to utilize plant-based proteins like grains and vegetables. Their nutritional needs must come from large amounts of animal-based proteins including meat and organs. 

Questionable protein sources are in pet food

You might be shocked to know that these are just some of the unlikely but fully legal sources of protein in pet food: hydrolyzed hair, spray-dried animal blood, dehydrated garbage from hospitals and restaurants, and dried or undried poultry, swine, and processed animal waste.

Fat in pet food often stems from restaurant grease

Fat is sprayed directly onto pet food or mixed with other ingredients in pet food to entice your pet to eat. Most often these fats are sourced from restaurant grease that is likely rancid and unfit for human consumption. It also comes from rendering plants where everything from euthanized dogs and cats to roadkill are processed.

Cats are not meant to eat fish

Although cats love fish - from salmon to tuna - it can actually be dangerous and life-threatening for them causing everything from lethargy and mercury build-up to hemorrhaging and death in some cases. A fish diet can also lead to bladder infections, hyperthyroidism, and kidney problems with the potential to become addicting causing a cat to refuse to eat other more suitable foods. Even worse is that most fish added to off-the-shelf pet food comes from decaying leftovers within the seafood industry. 

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