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  • Diet and Exercise: If they can do it on Catalyst why can’t I?

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    So as we talked last time there was a very interesting but somewhat unhelpful catalyst program in which Dr Joanna McMillan helped a few individuals with their Type 2 Diabetes using weight and exercise. Over the next few posts we are going to break things down to  try and make this a bit more universally helpful.

    But first let’s go through some basics because one of the things we most often hear is “but why is it so hard for me, what’s wrong with me?”. We have covered some of this before, but it is worth mentioning again.

    Firstly remember that biochemistry is complicated and by their nature most news articles, shows and blog posts (including this one) are too simple to get the whole message across. One of my favourite quotes is “Biochemistry isn’t rocket science – it’s much, much more complicated”. this means that nothing works for everybody and things that involve very small groups or animals are unlikely to turn out to be helpful for most people.

    Secondly with very few exceptions these things are not written by people who are knowledgeable in the field, or even interested in providing information. The goal of a newspaper is to sell newspapers and the goal of TV is to get you to watch the ads – unfortunately simple yet incorrect messages are the easiest way for them to do that. Both positive and negative stories should be taken with a grain of salt. Always look to original science and always remember that the context of the studies is very important.

    The upshot of this is that people tend to get an unrealistic view of what is going on and then get unnecessarily down when things don’t turn out as amazing as on TV. Don’t give up, try something new, maybe that story doesn’t apply to your situation.

    OK so what do we know then?

    There are some things that we have a pretty good handle on through large scale and repeated trials. These are a good place to start:

    1. If you can do this then it really does help. It has been consistently shown that when people do change their diet and exercise to lose weight (even if it is done through bariatric surgery) then blood glucose control returns.
    2. It doesn’t seem to matter how. Whether you lose weight through calorie restriction, exercise or a sensible diet the benefits seem to be the same. So, if one thing doesn’t work for you try something else.
    3. Whatever diet works for you is the way to go. To be clear here I’m not advocating the stupid and dangerous diets that seem to be appealing to celebrities. Get diet advice from a professional but don’t believe anyone who says “this is the one thing that matters”
    4. Genetics play a role, but it isn’t a very big one. In a future article I’ll be covering this in detail but for now just know that a “balanced diet” is different for people based on their genetics and that no you are not fat because you have no control over your genes.
    5. If there is one thing that is (almost) universal it is the need for fibre. In almost all cases getting more fibre into your diet is a good thing. Ideally the fibre should come from high fibre foods (such as woody vegetables or NutriKane) but even simple supplements are helpful.
    6. Variety is a big part of being healthy. As a general rule eat more of lots of different fruits and vegetables and a little bit of high quality meat. The same thing every day (be it the same meat with not enough vegetables, or even just the same vegetables every day) limits your nutrient intake and can make life more difficult.
    7. Calories in calories out is not true: while it is broadly true that you need to eat less energy than you consume to lose weight – it isn’t just a straight numbers game. We know that hunger is not based around calories but rather nutrient profile so where you are getting your calories from is as important as how many there are.

    We will delve more deeply into these points over the next few blog posts but for now, remember that you can take control and make a real difference if you take the time to sort through the complexity of it all.

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  • Concentrated food vs. foods

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    In this blog, we will be talking about NutriKane D as a concentrated food, what that means, and how it differs from herbal supplements that tend to be extracts.

    Directed nutrition (or food as medicine) takes a very different approach to the same basic premise as vitamins and supplements. That premise is that when the body is deficient in the nutrients it needs, it can’t function well and that can either a) result in metabolic problems such as blood glucose management; and b) mean the body cannot deal with diseases as well as it should. It has been well established that dietary management of conditions such as diabetes is effective, and that supplementation of vitamins in some cases effectively prevents disease (folate for pregnancy, calcium for bones etc.). However, by and large taking supplements has failed to be effective in the long run. We now have a pretty good idea why that is.

    Supplements are either chemically synthesised versions of something found in nature, a natural product that is treated with solvents and chemicals to concentrate a small fraction of what is in it, or both. What this means is that a very concentrated version of a small group of molecules is taken. Historically, this comes from the pharmaceutical industry that is used to make pure defined products, however, in the nutrition space we know that it just doesn’t work and can even be dangerous. When we talk about concentrated food, what we mean is that we take a food that is known to be rich in nutrients that have a scientific backing for health and then that the food is condensed as much as possible in its entirety. In the case of NutriKane all the micronutrients and antioxidants are still there, but the sugar is removed. The amount of these foods needed to get a benefit is then calculated and an appropriate eating schedule made. Rather than just saying “eat better food”, we have developed these highly concentrated foods are to be beneficial for your overall gut health. They have also been shown to trigger a fat burning effect, due to the richness of trace elements, and other nutrients.

    Before we continue, we need to discuss what makes you full. A common mistake people make is that they believe that calories make you feel full. This however has been shown to not be the case; rather it is the protein, bacterial interaction with fibres, and micronutrients that trigger the “full” feeling after we eat . It’s all to do with hormones. When your body becomes hungry, signals are sent to the brain letting you know that it’s time to eat. As you begin to eat, the food is digested and the absorption of micronutrients, digested protein, and “secondary metabolytes” (the things fibre digesting bacteria release when they eat dietary fibre) then trigger the hormones in our bodies that say we have eaten enough. The body takes time to send the signals to the brain, telling it that it is full and the fewer micronutrients the longer it takes. This is where the (inaccurate) term “empty calories” comes from. What this actually means is that you will keep consuming food no matter how many calories it has until you reach your nutrient quota. Due to this, overeating normally occurs when eating highly processed foods.

    As NutriKane D is a concentrated food, overeating normally doesn’t occur. NutriKane D is best taken before a meal in the morning and at night. As a concentrated food, it contains a large dose of the micronutrients that you need, such us the same amount of chromium as 1 ½ cups of broccoli and an equivalent antioxidant load as a glass of cranberry juice, all in sachet form. As a concentrated food, it can even work with processed foods, because the total micronutrients is much higher, meaning you eat less to be satisfied. NutriKane D doesn’t physically fill your stomach like some fibre supplements do, rather it tells your body that it is full, by supplying it with an appropriate amount of micronutrients.

     

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  • The Myth of Disinfectants

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    If this was a comedy website or perhaps a “life Hack” blog, then this article would be about how your sponge is dirtier than your toilet seat, or that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s, or some other rubbish that shows a dramatic lack of scientific knowledge. The real myth of disinfectants however is that in everyday life they are a good idea.

    So, what does that even mean? Everyone knows that germs are bad for you right? Well actually no; the truth is that germs (bad or pathogenic bacteria) make up only a tiny percentage (less than 1% of the species of bacteria around us, and that even then the majority of bacterial badness only occurs when the normal order of things is thrown out of whack. Don’t get me wrong, there are some situations where disinfectants are a great idea – cleaning wounds, or in situations where someone is already compromised (sick in a hospital for example). However, in everyday life it is far more important to leave the bacteria to look after themselves. Most people have heard of the gut microbiome by now, but the truth is that microbiomes are everywhere, on our skin, in the soil, even on our bench tops. For the most part the good bacteria keep the bad in check but sometimes the bad bacteria get a foothold and that’s when things start to go wrong for us. Often that foot hold happens because, just like antibiotics, we use disinfectants too much. Just like antibiotics, pathogenic bacteria can become disinfectant resistant. So, when you wipe down the bench 20 times a day what you are doing is making it harder and harder for the good bacteria to keep it all under control. No matter how hard the bad bacteria try they can’t develop a resistance to being eaten by good bacteria, but if the good bacteria aren’t there because of disinfectants then they can thrive.

    This has become such a big problem that the FDA recently banned the marketing of antibacterial soaps for domestic use as they provided no benefit and have been linked to negative health outcomes.

    So, here’s a tip – if you are having constant stomach issues you might want to ditch the antibacterial soaps and toothpastes. Those antibacterial agents are almost certainly getting into your diet screwing with your guts.

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  • The NEW NutriKane D and how it works

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    Proven Prebiotic

    Just like us the good bacteria living in our digestive tract need good nutrition to thrive. Unlike a vitamin tablet, the micronutrients in NutriKane D are bound in a bioactive fibre matrix. This means that the nutrients in NutriKane D are slowly released along the entire digestive tract feeding all the different bacteria that we need to thrive while starving the bacteria that do us harm. Scientifically it is very hard to identify a single bacteria that s good for us, rather it is well understood that having a healthy, and diverse, population is the most important thing.

    NutriKane D is a broad spectrum prebiotic. It feeds all the good bacteria in the gut, which then reduces the inflammatory “bad” bacteria and provides essential “secondary metabolites” that have been proven to reduce inflammation and high blood sugar levels. Simple prebiotics, such as fibre supplements and oligosaccharides, only feed one or two types of good bacteria. This could lead to an overpopulation of these types of bacteria. Even if it is considered a “positive” bacteria, an overpopulation in one type of bacteria reduces diversity, which is essential for overall health. NutriKane D is a true broad spectrum prebiotic that all of the good bacteria in the gut.

    Complex Micronutrients

    Most foods focus on Macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrate, dietary fibre) and while these are important to survival, it is the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, anti-inflammatories) that are essential to optimal health. Our bodies absorb nutrients as a whole and not as discreet molecules. supplements that have a large amount of a single micronutrient have been shown to actually result in negative effects. NutriKane D as a medical food contains different micronutrients at very high amounts compared to processed foods. However these micronutrients are still present at physiological levels. By having micronutrients present at the correct amounts in a natural form, the body is absorbing what it needs to repair damage and maintain homeostasis (the correct levels of biological functions). Because the nutrients are from natural foods, they are also bound to the fibre, so they slowly release over time, as the bacteria break the fibre down. It is well understood that a slow release of nutrients over the whole gut is far better than a quick release of single vitamins.

    Soluble & Insoluble Fibre

    The product contains a mixture of soluble and insoluble fibre, as well as resistant starch in the ratios that are found in vegetables. Insoluble fibre is fibre not used by us or the microbes in our gut, so there is something to physically pass through the whole length of the gut. It has been conclusively shown that this physical interaction with the intestinal lining is essential for good gut health, as well as preventing serious disease such as colon cancer.

    Lowers BSLs

    Blood sugar management is an incredibly complex issue because it is so important to human health. We now understand that there are several ways that diabetes can occur (virus infection, lifestyle choices, liver or pancreas damage etc.). By providing the body with the nutrition it needs NutriKane D can help the body adjust to many of these negative pressures. Additionally, one simple way to manage blood glucose levels is to lower the Glycaemic Index of foods.

    Meals with high GI are foods that are digested, absorbed and metabolised at a faster pace, resulting in blood glucose highs and lows. High G.I. High GI foods make us hungry faster and contribute to obesity and weight gain. These foods are particularly a problem for people with diabetes as they cause large uctuations in their blood sugar levels after eating. Foods with low GI are foods that result in smaller uctuations in blood sugar levels.

    Having a diet containing generally low GI foods is one key for your long-term health, partially by reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Foods with a GI of 55 and below are considered low GI foods. Being a diabetic with a diet predominantly consisting of low GI foods is beneficial, as your blood sugar levels are more easily controlled. It is important to have a diet consisting of moderate amounts of low GI carbohydrate foods regularly over the day to keep blood sugar levels consistent.

    NutriKane has been proven to lower the glycaemic index of foods, as well as improving nutritional outcomes. During our 7 years of research on NutriKane D, we conducted experiments on most types of foods and showed that the GI of every food we tested is lowered when eaten with a glass of NutriKane D.

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  • Media Release- 26/01/2018

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    OFFICIAL LAUNCH ON AUSTRALIA DAY OF A BREAKTHROUGH PRODUCT THAT WILL IMPROVE THE LIVES OF AUSTRALIANS WHO SUFFER FROM ELEVATED BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS

     

    After 7 years of research and test marketing, natural medical product company MediKane is launching NutriKane D a proven health product that will improve the lives of Australians and people around the world who suffer from elevated blood sugar levels, which is a major problem for people living with diabetes.

    This all-new product, that is supported with high quality scientific and clinical evidence is a breakthrough in the food as medicine space and will be launched on Australia Day Friday 26 January 2018.

    NutriKane D is a safe, natural, concentrated medical food that comes in an easy to use sachet dose. NutriKane D contains all of the types of dietary fibres and a wide range of essential micronutrients that have been shown to not only aid the maintenance of the microbiome but also reduce inflammation and ultimately help control blood sugar levels. Research has shown that up to 90% of all diseases can be traced in some way back to the gut and health of the microbiome.

    In other good news, recent changes to investment laws mean that each and every one us now has the opportunity to invest in this groundbreaking Australian product.

    MediKane Holdings Ltd is currently preparing a crowd-sourced funding (CSF) offer document and undergoing checks with Enable Funding (AFSL: 502802) before undertaking a CSF capital raise. Potential investors in MediKane Holdings Ltd should consider the CSF offer document and the general risk warning (when both are available) at www.enablefunding.com before deciding to invest.

    For product information and sales visit: www.nutrikane.com.au For Media enquiries Amanda Buckworth, AB Publicity
    E:
    amanda@abpublicity.com.au M: 0413 949 140 

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