January 24, 2017

Metformin and Diabetes: Trouble in Paradise

Popular Drug Damages Your Cells But Fasting Delivers Energy

by Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

Jessica came to see me because she had been diagnosed with a condition that is becoming more and more common – PCOS. Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a problem of the adrenal glands that causes:

  • Irregular menstrual cycles
  • Obesity
  • Easy fatiguing
  • And even diabetes

Jessica was prescribed a diabetes medication called metformin (tradename Glucophage) that seems to help metabolic problems. It also allows people to burn fat so they stop gaining weight.

This drug is a first-line therapy for Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) and has been used for many years. It has the effect of making the body more sensitive to insulin and blocking the liver from putting out more sugar. The net effect of this is to lower blood sugar levels.

However, metformin’s specific action reaches deeper into your cells. It blocks the mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cells of your body, from using sugar efficiently. When cells are unable to use sugar, they must switch to fat-burning mode. With the ability to burn fat, the body has lower sugar levels and can actually lose weight!

The effect of metformin has been trumpeted for many years. Metformin:

  • Decreases blood glucose
  • Increases fat use
  • Prevents kidney problems
  • Improves PCOS in women
  • Prevents diabetes
  • Lowers cancer rates [1]

Because of these effects metformin is now being considered and used for many conditions including:

  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Cancers of all types
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome X

Indeed, as one of my professors stated, it seems that metformin should be “included in the drinking water.”  Everyone would supposedly benefit.  Many without diabetes, PCOS, or even pre-diabetes are taking it to prevent diabetes and cancer.

Beware of Treating Disease with Metformin

All of the symptoms and diseases treated by metformin have one thing in common: they are all diseases of metabolism, or energy production.  These conditions actually result when energy is not properly made in the body.  Adding metformin to those cells that need sugar makes them less efficient. They can’t make energy!

This is why people with diabetes develop Alzheimer’s disease, kidney failure, amputations, and nerve damage.  In spite of having lots of sugar, they are unable to metabolize it.

The problem with taking metformin is that it blocks the proper use of sugar.  Some tissues need sugar to function. So when your body is already impaired, withholding cell energy can cause further damage to the liver, kidneys, brain, vision, and muscles.

The list of “side-effects,” or better said, toxic effects, of metformin include:[2]

  • the problem with taking metformin Stomach cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, or constipation
  • Headaches
  • Vitamin B12 deficiency
  • Taste problems
  • Trouble breathing
  • Chills
  • Dizziness
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fingernail and/or toenail disease
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Heart throbbing or pounding
  • Muscle pain
  • Redness of face and neck
  • Increased blood acidity due to high levels of lactic acid
  • Low blood sugar
  • Megaloblastic anemia

These are just the symptoms of the toxic effects of metformin; the underlying cause is the lack of energy production. Basically, cells treated with metformin become energetically inefficient. As a result, your mitochondria, which manage your cell’s energy, become poisoned. Lead, mercury, arsenic, and cyanide, are known to have similar disturbing side effects on your cells.

Not all who take metformin have this unique set of horrible toxic side effects. But it is important to know that there is a risk to taking it. Much of the time, patients with diabetes or other conditions are given the medication without being told about its toxicity.

Metformin and Type 2 Diabetes

The hallmark of T2D is an overload of sugar, which makes it toxic.  Anything we get too much of can poison the systems of our body. Yes, we can get too much of a good thing.  When we eat more than we need for the day, we store the extra as fat and glycogen. Eventually the energy production of the body gets sluggish. The systems designed to regulate and manage your body become inefficient. We feel weak, fatigued, tired and listless. Even though every cell stores millions of calories and many pounds of fat are reserved under the skin, metabolic energy is inaccessible due to overload of sugar.

Many blame their thyroid because low thyroid can cause similar symptoms.  However, these symptoms almost always point to an overload of a sluggish energy system.  This happens because the sugar system is inefficient, and extra insulin blocks the fat system.  We call this “insulin resistance.”

When given metformin, it blocks the cells’ ability to use sugar and stimulates the use of fat.  This allows more sugar into the already bloated cells.  It also prevents the muscles from getting energy from their stored glycogen, which can cause them to die of starvation.  It might seem to make sense to treat the overload of energy by starving the cells. It may work temporarily, but ultimately these cells die of starvation while swimming in energy.  It would be like a person dying of thirst in a swimming pool because he was afraid of drowning.

Metformin and Type 1 Diabetes

A deficiency of insulin does not allow sugar into the cells and they starve of energy.  Before the discovery of insulin, people died of starvation from T1D (type 1 diabetes).  They couldn’t use the sugar so they would switch to fat-burning.  When they ran out of fat, they started burning protein, and when there was no more protein, they died.

Long ago, people with “honey urine” (type 1 diabetes) ate high fat diets to keep them alive. Now we can give them insulin and they can live an almost normal life.  However, some are saying type 1 diabetics should take metformin to block the liver from making sugar and help keep their sugar down.  While this sounds good, it would be a disaster on the cellular level!  With the imminent threat of starving cells, it is unwise to use a chemical that can further disturb energy production.

Studies indicate that metformin side-effects, especially hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), are more likely in T1D, with hardly any blood sugar benefit.[3]

Metformin and PCOS

Polycystic ovary syndrome is primarily a hormone abnormality that is commonly inherited.  The adrenal and other glands have abnormal responses to stimuli that cause either too much or too little of certain hormones.  Cortisol tends to be excessive, as is testosterone. High cortisol and testosterone hormones prohibit other hormones from being produced or used. The net effect on the metabolism is insulin resistance (because of excess cortisol) and even diabetes.

Metformin has been a first-line medication for this problem because it effectively blocks excess cortisol.  However, it is important to note that it works only on the symptoms of cortisol excess, while allowing the disease to progress.

In women with PCOS, high insulin levels can cause the ovaries to make more androgen hormones such as testosterone. Metformin affects the way insulin controls blood glucose and lowers testosterone production. As a result, ovulation can return.

On a side note, the goal to reverse PCOS is to use nutrients to:

  • Decrease sugar cravings
  • Improve insulin sensitivity
  • Improve carbohydrate metabolism
  • Balance blood sugar levels
  • And balance hormones

Meditation, mindfulness, gratefulness, journaling, and any other mind-body techniques can be used to lower cortisol levels.

Metformin Worsens Alzheimer’s Disease

While laboratory studies indicate that making the brain more sensitive to insulin should help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, clinical studies show the cognitive problems actually get worse.[4] It turns out that the ability to use fat actually helps the brain to function better and to repair. However, the toxic effects of metformin on the body’s ability to use sugar lessen this benefit. The brain needs a constant supply of energy from sugar even when the body is burning fat.

The Optimal Alternative to Metformin

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How to Turn Off Weight Gain Hormones

Turning on Metabolic Hormones to Fight Fat 

By Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

 

The human body secretes thousands of hormones, many of which have multiple functions.  Hormones are signaling molecules found everywhere inside of us.  They affect how the cells and organs function by communicating what is going on in the body. In this article, I’m going to focus on the hormones that affect metabolism, or energy production.  You have surely heard about some of these hormones:

Adrenal hormones

  • how to turn on metabolic hormones to fight fatCortisol
  • Adrenaline
  • DHEA

Pancreatic hormones

  • Insulin
  • Glucagon

Other hormones

  • Thyroid
  • HGH

Adrenal Hormones

Cortisol Hormone

Adrenal hormones come from two little glands situated on top of each kidney, the adrenal glands. Although small, these glands are very important. They give us our sleep-wake cycles, and keep everything in line with the metabolism. They get you started in the morning, and put you down at night. They also have a lot to do with fat storage.

Cortisol is the major metabolic hormone from the adrenal glands. Cortisol affects fat in the following ways:

  • Long-term elevations of cortisol raises insulin and increases fat
  • Rapid, or short spurts of cortisol pair with adrenaline or HGH (Human Growth Hormone) and decreases fat

Stress causes us to make more cortisol. Positive stress can help build muscle and decrease fat by being coupled with HGH (human growth hormone). But negative stress, or long-term stress, coupled with insulin causes a loss of muscle and increase in fat.  If you think about it, the very things people do when they are stressed may worsen their situation.  Cortisol causes us to crave sugar and starch, which increase insulin, causing more fat gain.  So, eating chocolate when stressed is exactly the wrong thing to do – if you don’t want to gain weight.

You can maximize the good effects of cortisol on fat with positive stress through:

  • Exercise
  • Learning
  • Helping others
  • Growing
  • Writing a book
  • Starting a business
  • Raising a family

Whenever we are improving, we are stressed. That’s why life is hard.  However, when we choose our stress, accept it, and love it, we are in positive stress mode. This increases our growth hormones and we actually build our bodies and reduce fat storage.

Negative stress, on the other hand, occurs when we don’t choose. When a choice is forced on us from the outside, we feel loss, depressed, or trapped. This increases the negative effects of cortisol.

Fear and distress are negative stressors that result from:

  • Trauma or injury
  • Car accident
  • Death of a loved-one
  • Divorce
  • Toxins
  • Illness, infections
  • Dead-end job
  • Lack of money

You can make simple lifestyle choices that will reduce stress and lower your cortisol levels. Meditation, prayer, sleep, enjoying a hobby, and maintaining a regular routine all help to manage cortisol and improve the ratios of adrenal hormones.

how interval training turns adrenaline into fat lossAdrenaline Hormone

The hormone that causes your heart to race and your blood pressure to go up when you have a scare is also one that can help you burn fat.

In a dangerous situation, adrenaline mobilizes fat in order to increase the energy supply for the muscles and brain.  You can use this to your advantage to stimulate adrenaline and burn more fat without having to jump out of a perfectly good airplane, ride 3.7 seconds on a bull named Fumanchu, or go spelunking with a torch.  You can do this in the safety of your own home!

Interval training is a good way to release adrenaline. Engage in interval training in a controlled way to gain all the benefits and avoid any negative stress effects.  An interval training routine looks like this: 

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4 Naturally Cleansing Drinks You Have to Try

Make Your Own Drinks For a Nutrient Boost

By Jessica Sanders

Whether you need to drop that last five pounds or want to cleanse the toxins from your body, there’s a drink for you. Many whole foods, such as lemon, apple cider vinegar and romaine lettuce are rich in antioxidants, potassium and other vitamins, all of which work to reduce inflammation, water weight and more.

Drinks are easy to make and help the digestive system absorb nutrients easily. These four drinks will keep you hydrated, give your body a needed nutrient boost and keep your vital organs in their best possible health. As a bonus, you’ll feel and look great!

Green Tea

Green tea is a perfect addition to your naturally cleansing drink list because it can be found at nearly every grocery store. Its benefits are simple: green tea is rich in antioxidants. These work to reduce the oxidative stress and free radicals in our body and help reduce inflammation.

One of the most potent antioxidants in green tea is epigallocatechin gallate (ECGC). This abundant antioxidant in green tea (and white tea) may boost your metabolism and allow you to burn more fat. Note: studies have been done that both support and negate this claim.

How to Benefit from Drinking Green Tea

Both “detox” branded green teas and traditional green teas are great options. If you’re choosing a special detox tea, however, check the ingredients. Natural additions like lemon grass and ginger in detox green teas help cleanse your body and liver (blocking the amount of fat stored), making them a great choice. However, some brands may sneak in “natural” sugar that you might want to avoid. Brewing hot tea has been found to preserve tea’s high level of antioxidants.

how to benefit from drinking green teaTry It: Ginger Green Tea

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag green tea
  • 1-2 cups water
  • 1/2 inch piece fresh ginger, sliced thin (Lowers fasting blood sugar)

Directions:

  1. Boil water and add tea bag and ginger.
  2. Let steep for 3-5 minutes and drink any time of day.

Sip your way to optimal health and reap the benefits of this hot, green liquid. Go green and let it be your cup of tea! 

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar, a household staple, may be just what you need to cleanse your body and curb your appetite. This vinegar is high in pectin, which expands the stomach, helping you feel full faster. It’s also high in potassium, which flushes excess sodium from the body, reducing water weight and bloating.

How to Benefit from Drinking Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Properly dilute the organic apple cider vinegar with water—1-2 tablespoons with a 16-ounce glass (or bottle) of water. You can add a small amount of honey (1-2 teaspoons) for flavor and sip throughout the day.

Bragg, one of the largest manufacturers of organic apple cider vinegar, recommends having this drink three times a day to realize its benefits. Take careful note of whether you experience any bodily changes in your stool or urine, or feel any discomfort. Remember that too much of anything can be harmful, so reserve this high dosage for short periods of intensive detoxing.

Vegetable Juice 

Vegetables should be a staple of your diet, but sometimes it may seem impossible to get the recommended 2-3 servings a day. Luckily, putting your veggies through a juicer, rather than eating them whole, will not only ensure you get all the vegetables you need for the day, but will also help you cleanse your body and store less fat.

A daily green smoothie can kick off a chain-reaction of lifestyle changes that reduce or eliminate the factors that exacerbate disease, and may even reverse some conditions in certain individuals.

The key is to focus on green vegetables, such as spinach, cucumber, celery and green apple. These won’t spike your blood sugar and insulin levels like sweet vegetables (beets or carrots) do. When your blood sugar spikes, and you don’t have a way to burn the sugar—which turns to carbohydrates when digested and not used immediately—that sugar eventually stores as fat. Green vegetables help you avoid this dilemma.

How to Benefit from Drinking Vegetable Juice

Make sure that your juice is at least 1/3 green vegetables—you can add some sweeter vegetables or a small amount (1/2 cup) of fruit for sweetness.

If you’re not sure which greens to go with, romaine lettuce is always a good option, says Dr. Ben Kim, but don’t hesitate to change it up with kale, spinach, collard greens, etc. for variety.

green detoxing machineTry It: Green Detoxing Machine

Ingredients:

  • 2 celery stalks (celery is a diuretic)
  • 1 cup romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 small cucumber
  • 1/4 green apple, sliced

Directions:

  1. Add each item to your juicer for a delicious, detoxing beverage that ill help you reduce fat storage. Feel free to switch out the romaine lettuce for another leafy green vegetable if you prefer.

Lemon Water 

Water is a natural detoxifier, helping to flush sodium and toxins out of your body on a regular basis. Add lemon and you have a fat-burning, detoxing beverage that you can sip on every single day.

Lemons are high in potassium, the mineral that helps flush excess sodium out of your body, reducing bloat and water weight. Lemons are also high in vitamin C. While this doesn’t directly correlate to fat loss, it indirectly helps you achieve your weight loss goals: vitamin C supports your adrenal glands, helping you to better handle stress. Stress often causes weight gain, so improving your reaction to stress can also curb potential weight gain.

How to Benefit from Drinking Lemon Water 

You can drink lemon water once or twice a day, with 1/4-1/2 of a lemon, freshly squeezed. To get more from your drink, add a small amount of 100 percent cranberry juice or 100 percent grapefruit juice, both of which provide similar benefits—detoxification.

Whether you want to get rid of a few last pounds or simply cleanse your body, these drinks will help revive you from the inside. Sip on green tea, lemon water, vegetable juice and organic apple cider vinegar to reduce inflammation, detox your body, speed up your metabolism and help you feel great at the same time.

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Maximize Fat Burning with High-Intensity Interval Training 

by Rob Fischer

How can a shorter workout yield more impressive results? By making it more intense!

High-intensity interval training (HIIT) can burn more fat and provide a better workout in less time than a conventional aerobic training. Let’s say that you’re running, biking, or walking briskly five days per week. By just replacing two of those workouts per week with HIIT, you’ll experience some amazing results!

The concept behind HIIT is that you engage in an exercise or series of exercises alternating between short burst intervals at maximum output with longer intervals of moderate exercise. Those short bursts are anaerobic, while the longer recovery intervals are aerobic.

Benefits of HIITJust a 10 minute HIIT routine will out-do 30 minutes of traditional aerobic exercise in a fat-burning contest. And high-intensity interval training can boost your aerobic capacity three to four times faster than conventional endurance training.[1]

Why HIIT works

Exercise in general is one of the keys to optimizing health of the mind and body. Physical activity helps burn fat, regulates the production of insulin, helps maintain proper blood glucose levels, boosts the immune system, promotes brain health, improves balance and coordination, increases bone strength, and a host of other benefits.

The key to why HIIT works is that it deprives your muscles of oxygen for short periods of time (anaerobic). Doing so triggers metabolic changes in your body that continue to operate up to an hour after stopping the exercise. So your body continues to burn fat well past the end of your workout.[2] In fact, your body develops greater efficiency in burning fat under other conditions as well.[3][4][5]

Benefits of HIIT

  1. Achieve greater results in less time. In about one-fourth the time you’d spend in a traditional aerobic workout, you can achieve greater results in terms of both fat-burning and cardiovascular endurance.
  2. Burn more fat. Due to its high intensity and anaerobic properties, HIIT not only burns more calories during your workout, but following it as well.
  3. Increase aerobic fitness and muscle strength. High-intensity interval training has been shown to build muscle and maximize aerobic fitness more effectively and efficiently than conventional routines.
  4. Retain muscle while losing fat. A traditional aerobic workout regimen not only burns fat, but often results in muscle loss along with it. The anaerobic nature of the HIIT workout helps you keep and build your muscle.
  5. Stimulate the production of human growth hormone (HGH). Human growth hormone gives us vibrant health and strength and is important in the production of estrogen and testosterone. Once again, it’s the anaerobic element of HIIT that fuels the production of HGH. You’ll find that HIIT workouts will boost your energy and increase your sexual drive.

How do I begin high-intensity interval training?

  • If you are not currently in a regular exercise program, you should check with your doctor and start out very slowly. You can adjust high-intensity interval training to meet your current fitness level.
  • You can choose nearly any exercise or combination of exercises for HIIT. For example, if you are currently a runner or bicyclist, you could transform a couple of your workouts each week to HIIT. The intent is not to do away with your aerobic endurance training, but to enhance it with HIIT.
  • Another option is to create an HIIT workout with a set of new exercises involving a variety of muscle groups.
  • You do not need any special exercise equipment, although comfortable and appropriate shoes and clothes are a must. Also, depending on the type of exercises you choose, a workout mat may be helpful. If you already go to the gym, or have exercise equipment at home, you can easily adapt the available equipment to high-intensity interval training.
  • Choose a workout duration and interval times that best meet your current fitness ability and the type of exercise that you choose. The short, high-intensity bursts could last anywhere from 30 seconds to three minutes; and the longer, moderate exercise recovery intervals may last from two minutes to six minutes respectively. Experiment and find what works best for you.
  • Be sure to conduct five-minute warm-ups and cool-downs and stretch before and after workouts to avoid injury and increase flexibility.
  • Keep score on yourself and track your progress!

An example of 20 minutes of HIIT on a treadmill might look like this:

  1. HIIT training scheduleFive 5 minutes of stretching and warm-up.
  2. Two minutes of running at a moderate pace.
  3. 30 seconds of sprinting as fast as you can.
  4. Two minutes of running at a moderate pace.
  5. 30 seconds of sprinting as fast as you can.
  6. Two minutes of running at a moderate pace.
  7. 30 seconds of sprinting as fast as you can.
  8. Two minutes of running at a moderate pace.
  9. 30 seconds of sprinting as fast as you can.
  10. Five minutes of cool-down and stretching.

I’ve employed HIIT in one of my favorite sports—hiking. The trails I hike are hilly, allowing me to use the up-hills for my short bursts while using the down-hills and straightaways for my long intervals. This routine provides a great HIIT workout!

How will you integrate HIIT into your routine? What exercise(s) will you use? What intervals will you start out with? Have fun with it and watch your health and vitality improve!

 

Rob_FischerRob Fischer has been writing professionally for over 35 years. His experience includes writing curricula, study guides, articles, blogs, newsletters, manuals, workbooks, training courses, workshops, and books. Rob has written for numerous churches, for Burlington Northern Railroad, Kaiser Aluminum, and Barton Publishing. He has also trained managers in effective business writing. Rob holds two Master’s degrees, both focused heavily on writing. Rob has published eleven books and serves as an editor and ghostwriter for other authors.

 

Sources:
[1] Charlotte Hilton Andersen, “8 Benefits of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT),” Shape, August 29, 2013, http://www.shape.com/fitness/workouts/8-benefits-high-intensity-interval-training-hiit.
[2] Dr. Mercola, “The Major Exercise Mistake I Made for Over 30 Years,” June 26, 2010, http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2010/06/26/10-minutes-of-exercise-yields-hourlong-effects.aspx.
[3] Dean Anderson, “High Intensity Interval Training,” Spark People, nd, http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_articles.asp?id=621.
[4] Charlotte Hilton Andersen.
[5] Dr. Mercola.

Overcoming Obesity Step by Step

By Amanda Box

I am sure that it comes as no surprise to you that obesity is a HUGE health epidemic.

Some are saying it is the #1 preventable killer. This means that it tops even smoking!

Whether you watch the Biggest Loser or Dr. Oz, the media trumpets about America’s obesity problem.  The sad part is that even though our obesity epidemic is “old news,” the problem continues to grow!  Currently, one third of America is obese.  Some are predicting that by 2030 obesity will consume half of the American population!

Obesity is defined as an accumulation of body fat that is 20% or more than someone’s ideal body weight. Most doctors use something called the BMI (Body Mass Index) to calculate obesity.

Your BMI = your weight in kilograms divided by your height in square meters.

  • Under 18.5 BMI = Underweight
  • 18.5-24.9 BMI = Healthy Weight
  • 25-29.9 BMI = Overweight
  • 30+ BMI = Obesity

Here is a quick and easy way to calculate your BMI without having to do the math yourself. http://nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

3 Steps to Overcoming Obesity

Many obese individuals don’t even realize the way they are eating is contributing to their weight problem.  Unfortunately, most obese adults were also obese as children.  Hundreds of thousands of kids are raised on fast food and junk food; some have never even touched a green vegetable or piece of fresh fruit!  This has become the reality of America – and an extremely sad reality it is.

  • The average American typically gains approximately one pound a year.
  • Those over 50 years old gain around 2 pounds a year.
  • Those with diabetes gain more than 4 pounds a year!

Some may scoff and say that really doesn’t add up to that much but, when you gain year after year, the pounds tip the scale into obesity.

The irony in all of this is that obesity is one of the simplest health problems to treat!  Reversing obesity doesn’t require surgery or multiple hospital visits.  Yes, there are a small number of genetic predispositions to being overweight, but most of the time a person struggles with obesity because of their choices.

Tackling obesity involves a strong will and an intense desire to change. But, when you do overcome obesity, it is well worth the benefits:

  • Greatly reducing your risk of heart disease
  • Lowering your chances of becoming diabetic
  • Increased energy and stamina
  • Greater self confidence

When someone approaches me trying to solve their obesity problem, I ask them a lot of questions to find out how serious and committed that person is.  Many times I find that they just want a quick fix or a magic pill to solve their weight problems.  I, however, don’t offer those magical promises.  What I do offer is a step-by-step plan to overcome obesity that results in:

  1. Identification of possible weight-loss inhibiting health factors
  2. Cleansing of accumulated toxins in the body to increase weight loss capacity
  3. A well rounded plan for lifelong health and nutrition 

#1 Correcting Obesity’s Roadblocks

Before beginning your journey towards losing weight and improving your health, you should eliminate any possible underlying health factors. Many times obesity itself causes health issues.  But, sometimes, there are imbalances in the body that contribute to weight gain.  Those imbalances can inhibit one’s ability to lose the substantial amount of weight they need to lose to overcome their obesity.

Here are the 3 most common body imbalances that become roadblocks to losing weight:

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The Natural Way to Melt Belly Fat

It seems like everywhere you look there are people making outrageous claims about some new miracle pill or dangerous diet that can help you fight the battle of the bulge.

If you are tired of all the gimmicks and are looking for an “all natural” way to burn fat; then please read this whole message.

Most don’t work, and the ones that do get you results are usually dangerous.

Who wants to ingest a bunch of synthetic chemicals made in a lab anyway?

But, it sure would nice if there was something safe, natural and effective for melting off stubborn belly fat.

Well, recently, a quote from a very well-known celebrity doctor caught my eye:

“…You’d lose up to 10 pounds in 4-6 weeks doing nothing but taking green tea. Green tea increases your daily fat burning rate by 43%.” ~ Dr. Nicholas Perricone, MD, FACN

Now, that sounds like something I could get behind: Replace my morning coffee with green tea and watch the pounds fall off and burn fat!

But, before you load up on green tea, there are a couple of things you should know.

First, there is actually another kind of tea that works better than green tea. In fact, it burns 220% more calories than green tea.* Not bad!

The name of this type of tea is called Oolong, and it had been used in China as a natural weight loss and health remedy for hundreds of years.

Now, before you go out and buy Oolong tea, you must know that all Oolong is not created equal.  In fact, far from it.

It turns out that there is a very special strand of Oolong called Wu-Long that is grown in the WuYi mountains at a very high altitude. Because of the high altitude, the yield is lower on the actual plants. But, what this does is concentrate the polyphenol content of the tea (the part that burns fat), so that…

Each cup of this special Oolong tea burns over 2.5 times more fat than any other strand of Oolong.

This means it would take 5 cups of any other type of Oolong to equal two cups of Wu-Long!!

This is why this is the only strand of Oolong considered “medical grade” in China.

There is only one way to get this tea outside of going to China yourself, and that is through a company called Okuma. They have exclusive marketing rights to sell this tea outside of China. So, anyone else claiming that they supply this tea is simply not being accurate with the truth.

They have been in business for a long time, and were actually mentioned by name by Bill Phillips of Body For Life Fame and on the Rachael Ray show.

Here’s how you can get some for yourself.

Recently, I made contact with Okuma because I wanted some of this stuff and I knew my readers would be as excited as I am.

They are pretty good folks. (They actually sent our office about 3 months worth and we are all pretty much off coffee now, except for on the days when it is absolutely necessary.)

Anyway, they have a bunch of different packages. It is up to you if you want to give it a try.

I think it is a no brainer.

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The other health benefits of this tea are too numerous to list. But, a big one is that it can dramatically increase the quality of your skin tone. Check out what this person had to say:

“I was really concerned that Wu-Long would not work for me because I was already a healthy weight. I have used Wu-Long for just 3 weeks now and have lost 10.5 lbs, 2 inches in my waist and 2 inches in my thighs and hips. Also, my skin has a nice glow that I haven’t seen in a while. I am completely satisfied with my results and would recommend the tea to anyone.” ~ Patricia Barnes

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*Komatsu T, Nakamori M, Komatsu K, Hosoda K, Okamura M, Toyama K, Ishikura Y, Sakai T,
 Kunii D, Yamamoto S (2003). Oolong tea increases energy metabolism in Japanese females.
The journal of medical investigation : JMI. 2003 Aug;50(3-4):170-5.

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