Category Archives: Live Longer Lose Weight

Can Winter Weather Help Burn More Fat?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 12, 2021

If you’re eager to boost your body’s ability to burn fat, getting outdoors in the colder weather this winter can help.

When our bodies are exposed to colder temperatures, it activates a certain type of fatty tissue that has special properties.

It’s known as brown adipose tissue, or BAT. We’ll just call it brown fat. Continue reading

Part 3: What’s Really Causing the Fattening of America?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 5, 2021

In recent weeks you’ve learned a lot about how important physical activity and eating a healthy diet are when it comes to beating weight gain and obesity. These two premises are absolutely vital when it comes to losing stubborn weight.

But there’s one more thing that needs to be addressed. Our toxic environment.

Certain chemicals called obesogens – or endocrine disrupters – interfere with your hormones and bind to fat cells. They cause three things to happen. Continue reading

Part 2: What’s Really Causing the Fattening of America?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

November 1, 2021

In the October 27th issue of Advanced Natural Wellness, you learned what physical inactivity does to your body. Today, I want to share some major misconceptions about food and your body weight.

We spend a lot of time talking about portion size. Calories in, calories out. But if you’re experiencing weight issues, it might be more about what you’re eating than how much of it you’re eating.

There are certain carbohydrate foods that may be leading the obesity crisis. They disrupt your metabolic balance and mess with the way your body stores fat. Continue reading

What’s Really Causing the Fattening of America?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

October 27, 2021

Over the next couple of Advanced Natural Wellness issues, I’d like to share the three primary reasons 75% of Americans are struggling with weight gain and obesity, and what it takes to get past these hurdles.

It’s not just one thing. It never is.

Part of the problem lies with conventional medicine. You go to the doctor. You’re overweight and diabetic. Does he sit down with you or refer you to a nutritionist to plan a personal diet or plan an exercise program? Probably not. It’s more likely you’ll be sent on your way with a prescription or two…and told to lose weight, or watch what you’re eating or some such vague advice. Continue reading

Yes, You CAN Slow Down Aging

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

September 20, 2021

There was recently a CBS news report that I found fascinating. They identified a dozen doctors still practicing medicine here in the U.S. who are at least 100 years old!

One of the physicians, a World War II Navy veteran said, “Well, I never wanted to quit, that’s my problem.”

It probably wasn’t even a week later when I heard about a 101-year-old Maine lobster woman. She still gets up at 4:45 in the morning three times each week. The she heads out in the boat to work with the lobsters collected from her 200 lobster pots. Continue reading

What Color of Food Do You Eat?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

April 9, 2021

It’s an odd thing.

Humans have been eating fruits and vegetables for thousands of years. All kinds and colors of them, and in great quantity.

Today we don’t eat fruits and veggies that way.

First off, we don’t eat nearly as much colorful plant-based foods as we used to, even from a few generations ago. Continue reading

What do Hydroxychloroquine and Green Tea have in Common?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

March 19, 2021

I drink two to three cups of green tea each day.

I like to mix and match them. I have matcha green tea in the morning, a jasmine green tea mid to late morning and then in the afternoon I’ll go with one that’s decaffeinated. (That way I won’t have the caffeine in my system at bedtime.)

It’s not just the flavor I’m looking for, it’s all of the health benefits that green tea offers.

It helps wake you up. It gives you focus and energy. Green tea is great for your memory, cardiovascular system and helps keep your blood sugar steady. It can even support weight loss.

But these days, there’s another reason why I’m drinking several cups green tea each day, and you should be drinking it to.

That’s because there’s something you probably don’t know about green tea. Most people don’t.

Green Tea in the Battle against Viral Infections

Do you remember when everyone was talking about hydroxychloroquine last year?

The reason it got so much attention is because hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) acts as something called an ionophore. What an ionophore does is facilitate the transport of things through the cell membrane into the cell.

Specifically, the researchers wanted HCQ to bring zinc into the cells. That’s because you need zinc in your white blood cells to help fight off viruses like Covid-19.

It was a good idea, but the drug had a lot of side effects. Some of them were life threatening, and not really something you would want to deal with.

Well guess what else is an ionophore?

Green tea!

It’s true. Green tea is a natural ionophore.

When you take your zinc with green tea, you’ll get more zinc into your white blood cells where it can help protect you from any potential viral infections.

You can thank epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) for this. Green tea is abundant in this catechin, which acts as an ionophore and has extremely positive effects on your health. EGCG is such a potent healer that it even works at a genetic level to turn on genes that protect you from cancer.

So everything about green tea is great. I highly recommend two or three cups a day.

When you make it, I suggest using loose, organic tea leaves. These often contain higher levels EGCG. You might also try something like The Republic of Tea’s organic choices. Be sure to go for the unbleached tea bags.

And, in case you’re wondering about green tea supplements… I recommend you stay away. There have been some reports of liver problems when people overdo it with these supplements.

Are there any other natural Ionophores?

While I prefer the power of the EGCG in green tea, there is another flavonoid that can act as a natural ionophore and give your immune system an additional boost.

It’s quercetin. I’m sure you’ve heard of it. It’s the potent antioxidant associated with onions and garlic.  You can also find it in other foods that you eat every day.

Chili peppers, kale, spinach, asparagus and broccoli are some of the vegetables that contain quercetin. Fruits include cranberries, cherries and blueberries.

While you can certainly add more of these foods to your diet, it might not be enough to truly support ionophoric activity. But it’s easy enough to supplement with 200 to 500 mg of quercetin twice a day with meals. Look for a supplement that also contain bromelain to improve absorption.


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Carlucci PM, et al. Zinc sulfate in combination with a zinc ionophore may improve outcomes in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. J Med Microbiol. 2020 Oct;69(10):1228-1234.

Nandakumar V, et al. (-)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate reactivates silenced tumor suppressor genes, Cip1/p21 and p16INK4a, by reducing DNA methylation and increasing histones acetylation in human skin cancer cells. Carcinogenesis. 2011 Apr;32(4):537-44.

Fasting or Calorie Restriction? Which Works Better?

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

March 8, 2021

How do I lose weight? 

It’s one of the most common questions I’m asked as a doctor.  Really, there’s no cut and dry answer.

And when you consider than 72% of U.S. adults are overweight or obese, you know it’s a very important question to ask.[1] Continue reading

You’ll want more of this fat in your body

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

February 26, 2021

Ever seen those crazy people who do polar bear plunges?

They’re not hard to find.  In fact, if you head to Canada on New Year’s Day, you’ll find them leaping into the icy waters near their homes.

But this practice isn’t just for our neighbors up North. Continue reading

A Good Reason to Just Stop… and Breathe

By David Blyweiss, M.D., Advanced Natural Wellness

January 20, 2021

There’s no doubt the human brain is pretty fantastic. Add in elements of spirituality… and things become even more astounding.

Just look at the monks of Tibet.

When they are ready to test out of apprenticeship, they sit completely naked with their bodies wrapped in cold, wet sheets.  Then, they are left in freezing temperatures to sit. Continue reading