Dr.Karol, MD

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Digestive Health and Overeating

The Gastro Intestinal or GI tract performs the following functions:

  1. Breakdown of large food particles in the stomach (mainly by mechanical movement and acid)
  2. Digestion and absorption of food in the small intestine
  3. Absorption of fluids and vitamins in the large intestine
  4. Expulsion of waste material and toxins
  5. Immunological surveillance by the large number of lymph nodes surrounding the GI tract

The GI tract also includes the following:

Liver (mainly involved in metabolizing food and neutralizing toxins)

Pancreas (release of digestive enzymes and hormones that control sugar metabolism)

Gall bladder (involved in the production of bile for digestion of fats)

Starting with the stomach, the most common problems are:

  • Irritability
  • Pain
  • Ulcers
  • Heartburn (regurgitation of food and acid back into the esophagus)
  • Irritability, pain and ulcers are usually due to too much acid and too little protective mucous in the stomach

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My Recipe for a Nutritious and Healthy Breakfast

This picture you see is the usual breakfast that I have about 30 minutes after I wake up. It is what I usually eat early in the morning to start the day, but sometimes I replace it with other recipes to keep it interesting and still healthy (I will add these in my future recipes).

My breakfast is preceded by one freshly squeezed pink grapefruit mixed with one freshly squeezed lemon and some water to fill the glass. The grapefruit stimulates liver enzymes for liver regeneration and detox, and it stimulates lipolysis (the breakdown of fat in my body into single units to be utilized for energy). The lemon juice alkalinizes my body (i.e. prevents acidosis) and provides vitamin C as an anti-oxidant. I usually drink the juice right when I wake up and then do my 20 minute morning work out. After this I cook my breakfast which is the main topic of today’s recipe.

So what you see at the top of the picture is one small fresh cucumber sliced in half, three pieces of fresh red pepper and a whole bunch of miniature red and yellow tomatoes.

To the left I add one piece of Wasa multigrain dry flat bread with a thin layer of cream cheese and two slices of smoked Norwegian salmon. The multigrain bread provides me with some complex carbs for energy and the salmon with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. The Omega fatty acids protect arteries (especially in the heart and brain) and act as potent anti-inflammatory agents. They also improve brain function in a general sense. I also add the salmon because it is one of my favorite treats.

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Holiday Digestive Health: The Natural Way

Thanksgiving is not only a time to celebrate with family and friends. It’s also a time when overeating abounds. Here are some tips for managing your digestive system in the face of all that food and drink:

  • Make a smooth and slippery coating in your GI track with psyliium husks so that food can pass easily without irritating the inner lining of our gut. This will prevent constipation as well as diarrhea.
  • Help the gall bladder and the pancreas with plant digestive enzymes like those found in the DigestMore
  • Probiotics (in capsule form or via kefir) ensure proper digestion in our large intestines and the prevention of the buildup of toxins. They also help treat Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis as well as irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Some great remedies for heartburn are licorice (a component of DigestMore listed above), aloe vera (it has that nice mucous texture that protects the stomach), as well as calcium and even baking soda. This last one is also very beneficial to our kidneys, something I have written about before.
  • The more we eat, the more the liver is taxed. Milk Thistle protects the liver from the effects of alcohol, something that can also come in handy around Thanksgiving.

That may be a lot to swallow, but it comes down to this: Take 2 DigestMore capsules per day with food, some probiotics, milk thistle and something for heartburn like calcium, which also benefits our bone health. Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Karol


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Sports and Greens

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In my blog article on baking soda for kidney health, I expressed how the kidneys are constantly neutralizing acid produced during metabolism. The kidneys do this by producing about a pound of bicarbonate each day to keep the pH of blood and other body fluids at or near the pH of 7.4, which is a slightly alkaline fluid environment. The reason for this is simple. Our cells, through metabolic reactions, produce hydrogen ions as well as lactic acid. It is the lactic acid that actually produces muscle pains when exercising for a prolonged period of time. Normally, bicarbonate binds these acids, transports them to the lungs where they are eliminated as carbon dioxide. Some acid is also excreted by the kidneys.

However, as efficient as this system is, it can be easily overwhelmed. Primary examples are extensive, prolonged exercise, kidney insufficiency and lung insufficiency of any kind.

HOW ACIDITY AFFECTS US

Too much acidity slows down all metabolic reactions. All metabolic reactions are enhanced (sped up) by enzymes, and enzymes are proteins made of amino acids. Acidity basically denatures proteins (i.e. starts changing their shape) and thus makes them less capable of performing their job. Continue reading


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Radical Remedies: Natural Testosterone Boosters

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There is renewed hype about testosterone replacement therapy. At first, a lot of middle-aged men jumped on the bandwagon because testosterone replacement offered a quick fix to improve vitality, energy, stamina, strength and sexual performance.

Now, lawyers and critics are not far behind as more and more TV ads about testosterone replacement causing increased risk of strokes and heart attacks appear. Other potential side effects are increased risk or exacerbation of prostate cancer, decreased sperm count, acne and hair loss.

The story of testosterone replacement is probably just too good to be true.

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Organic Vs. Non-Organic Juicing

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In the context of cancer prevention and also for the general health, there are few things as good as juicing or blending green leafy vegetables.

Parsley, kale, and spinach are the best. Other nutrient and antioxidant packed veggies and fruits are celery, carrots, cabbage, cilantro and Granny Smith apples. When juicing parsley and kale you don’t get much juice, but the juice that you do get is so concentrated that it forms jelly like globules that are very deep green in color. Such juices are packed with antioxidants, detoxifying compounds, and compounds that help protect DNA and cells as a whole from any damage that may result in the initiation of cancer formation.

Blending such vegetables with, for example, a frozen berry mix or frozen organic blue berries, is another great way to form a cocktail with anti-cancer properties. The added benefit of blending is that you still keep the fibre which benefits the inner lining of the gastrointestinal tract as well as providing a softer consistency to stool. However, it will not concentrate all the great nutrients as well as juicing…..Read more….


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Detox With Cabbage

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It’s not a joke. Perhaps one of the most overlooked and ignored vegetables is cabbage. We only use it as sauerkraut, maybe a couple of time a year, or perhaps in some Eastern European dishes like cabbage rolls, again probably not too often.  But the truth is that this vegetable and especially its raw juice is one of the most potent detoxifying and cancer inhibiting cocktails found in nature.

We are nearing the end of March (thank God that spring is around the corner and you can feel it in the air) and thus the end of the detox/cleanse month theme. Therefore I could not resist including cabbage in my last blog of this theme.

First of all cabbage juice is packed with nutrients. It has a very high level of manganese, vitamin B6, folate, thiamin, vitamin A, potassium, tryptophan, magnesium, riboflavin, and calcium….Read more…..