CBN MEDICAL CORRESPONDENT LORIE JOHNSON INTERVIEWS DR. JOSH AXE, ABOUT NATURAL HEALING INCLUDING ESSENTIAL OILS AND THE PALEO DIET.
- Welcome to Healthy Living.
We're so glad you joined us.
I'm Lorie Johnson.
Today's guest is Dr. Josh Axewho is an internet sensation.
You have millions of peoplewatching your videos online
and they're fantastic.
I'm one of your biggest fans,
so thanks so much for being here.
- Awesome, Lorie, thanks for having me.
- And now you're a doctorof natural medicine,
which I really appreciate
because a lot of timesI have health issues
or health issues of people I love,
and I go straight to seewhat you say about it
because really the first thing you do
is recommend a more natural cure
rather than a pharmaceutical.
For example, recently someoneI love was dealing with acne.
And rather than going on some of those
really serious acne medications,
you recommended tea tree oilwhich worked like a charm.
- Yeah, one of the thingsthat I always try and do
is look for what's theroot cause of disease?
And also, hey, what'sthe natural way to go?
Because, yeah, no onelikes those side effects,
and the truth is there reallyisn't a synthetic medication
or drug that doesn't havesome type of a side effect.
If we're using things that God created,
things that are in naturelike essential oils,
they can be just as powerful,if not more powerful,
then a lot of the medications today
without all of the side effects.
- And when you talk about essential oils,
so many of our pharmaceuticalscame from essential oils.
Like, for example, I believeaspirin came from willow bark.
- Yeah, willow bark absolutelyis where that came from.
And birch is another exampleof where it came from.
So, yeah, a lot of the medications today,
they got the idea from a natural remedy.
- So, when you talk about essential oils,
this subject, theseessential oils have exploded
in popularity in the last few years.
And I think a lot of peopleare confused about it.
One of the main concerns, I'm sure,
from a health standpoint,are all the fakes out there.
Because people thinkthat these air fresheners
that you plug in or spray in the air,
if the word essential oils is on the label
then it's gotta be good,
which couldn't be further from the truth.
- Yeah, you're absolutely right.
When you're buying essential oils
you wanna buy something that is organic.
You wanna make sure thatit is from a healthy farm.
You wanna make sure thatit's actually labeled
as a dietary supplement onthe back so it's even safe.
Not all oils are safefor internal consumption.
Some are, some aren't,
but you wanna make sure it isa high quality essential oil
when you're buying it.
The thing that I do loveabout essential oils though
is they're so provedby both today's science
and throughout history.
Essential oils are referencedmore than 300 times
in the Bible.
- I'm really glad you brought that up,
because a lot of people are like, come on,
that's just a bunch of hooey.
But they really do work.
I actually use lavender at night.
I defuse it and it doeshelp me sleep better.
So, lavender is probablythe biggest seller,
but what are some other essential oils
that have really a lotof medicinal purposes?
- Yeah, there are several I love.
One of them, and this is a newer oil,
it's called turmeric oil.
Yeah, turmeric essentialoil or turmeric CO2 extract.
It's great for internal use,
has really powerfulanti-inflammatory properties,
and can support your body'sstem cell production,
which is great for regeneratingand healing new tissue.
Turmeric has curcuminwhich reduces inflammation,
and turmerone which actuallysupports stem cells,
so turmeric oil's a big one.
Another one is holy basil essential oil.
A few other popularones, frankincense oil.
Now, when I was a kid I remember
at first hearing the storiesof the three wise men
bring the infant Jesus gold,frankincense, and myrrh.
And I never knew up until years ago
when I really started doingresearch on essential oils,
realizing frankincense and myrrh
were forms of natural medicineused during biblical times.
Frankincense reduces inflammation,supports brain health.
Myrrh oil is actually another amazing one
that really helps withbalancing the body hormonally
in that way.
And so those are two really powerful ones.
In fact, I'll give you an example.
Frankincense was usedfor the immune system.
So, after Jesus was born,or as a child growing up,
they might've put frankincense on him
to support his immunity.
Sometimes after birthwomen would use myrrh
as a natural antiseptic
and also to support theirhormones in recovery.
And then other essentialoils like lemon is cleansing.
Tea tree oil is great forkilling off bad bacteria.
Oil of oregano is nature's antibiotic.
So, a lot of powerful ones.
- People are like, okay, we get it,
but how do we use these things?
It's really tricky when youtalk about ingesting them.
So, should people go to your website?
- Yeah, I would say I've got a great book
on exactly how to use essential oils.
It's called EssentialOils Ancient Medicine.
You can find that onAmazon.com or on my website.
Or also my website.
I've written extensively on essential oils
and how to use them.
But typically most oilsyou can use topically
or with a carrier oil and diffusing them.
And there are some select essential oils
like turmeric oil, lemonoil, peppermint oil,
if it's from a high-quality brand,
and labeled as a dietary supplement,
those are safe for internal consumption.
But typically you justneed one or two drops
of most of those oils.
- All right, Dr. Axe,this is great information.
We could talk for hoursabout essential oils,
but we have to get to some other topics.
When we come back we'regonna talk about diets,
specifically the popular onetoday, the ketogenic diet.
We're gonna talk aboutwhat it's all about,
and is it something that you should try,
so stick with us.
We'll be right back.
Welcome back to Healthy Living.
We're continuing ourconversation with Dr. Josh Axe.
And now I wanna talk to you
about something everybody's interested in,
and I'm guessing that youprobably get more comments
and questions about weight lossand diet than anything else.
As a health reporter, I know I do.
And the ketogenic diet seems to be the one
that everyone's interested in these days.
What is the keto diet?
- Yeah, so the keto diet
is a diet that puts yourbody in what it thinks
is more of a fasting state.
Now, this diet was firstdeveloped by a actual doctor
at Johns Hopkins Universityback in the 1920s.
Now, it's making a comeback.
There is so much clinical research showing
that when you remove thecarbohydrates and add in fat,
so typically the ketogenic diet
is consuming 70% fat, 25%protein, about 5% carbs.
And what happens then
is your body goes from being asugar burner to a fat burner.
Your body starts using fat for energy
and it creates somethingcalled ketone bodies.
Now, ketone bodies is yourbrain's favorite fuel source.
And so it really helps nourish the brain.
Also helps rest your pancreas
and part of your digestivetract so it can heal.
So the big benefits of the ketogenic diet
is, number one, it is, by far,
the greatest diet for weight loss.
If somebody wants to lose weight fast,
the keto diet is the most powerful,
because your body actuallystarts burning its own body fat
as its source of fuel,
rather than the carbs you're consuming.
Number two, it's incrediblefor brain health.
Everything from Alzheimer'sto some children
with ADHD or autism, or anytype of neurological condition.
It is amazing for the brain health.
It's also amazing for insulin levels.
If we have people that are diabetic
or struggle with blood sugar levels,
this diet can help balance that out.
Now, what happens sometimeswhen people do diets
is they go to foods thatare allowed on the diet
but aren't the healthiestand I'll give you an example.
I had a patient come in years ago,
and he said, Dr. Axe,I'm on the keto diet.
And I said, great, Jim,what are you eating?
Well, for breakfast I'm havingbutter, bacon, and eggs.
For lunch I'm having butterand bacon and a burger.
And for dinner it's like butter, bacon,
you get it.
Lots of butter and bacon.
That's fine to do a little butter.
Now, I'm not a fan of pork bacon.
I do turkey bacon, butall that being said,
you're missing nutrientsand your not alkaline.
So the key in doing a ketogenic diet is
getting your fats fromhealthy sources of fat,
avocados, coconuts, olive oil, flax,
nuts like almonds, wild-caughtsalmon, grass-fed beef,
getting those healthy fats,
and then doing loads andloads and loads of vegetables.
- So, when you're doinglots of vegetables,
that actually puts your body into position
where you're not gonna have the gout,
you're not gonna have ketoflu symptoms typically.
Your body is gonna be healthy.
But, again, I think itreally comes down to,
almost any diet, there's aright and wrong way to do it,
but when you're doing the keto diet
you wanna do it the right way
with loads of alkaline vegetables.
- And a lot of peoplethink the ketogenic diet
is tons and tons of meat.
And, really, you're saying it isn't.
- Yeah, typically with a keto diet,
I'll give you an example ofwhat a keto plate looks like.
It's one serving of organic meat,
loads of vegetablescooked in a healthy fat
like ghee or coconut, andthen also maybe an avocado,
so it's a real balance.
And I wanna say this too,
you wanna get a lot of keto foods.
You can also take somegood keto supplements.
If people are looking forgood keto supplements,
look for a keto protein powder.
Look for a keto collagen,a keto multi-vitamin,
a keto digestive enzyme.
There are supplements now labeled keto,
which are good for anybodywho's looking to lose weight,
improve their health, whetheryou're going full keto or not.
- So, last question.
A lot of people, especiallysome in the medical field,
say no, not that much fat,that's so bad for your heart.
Especially coconut oil.
Please address the coconut oil issue,
because some peoplesay it's a miracle food
and some people sayavoid it like the plague.
- Yeah, so here's what you needto know about the keto diet
and fat consumption.
One, the keto diet isn't a lifetime diet.
It's to be consumedtypically 30 to 90 days
and then people can move back
into just a really healthier diet.
But if somebody wants toradically change their body
for one month to threemonth, the keto diet is best.
We know coconut oil, it's a real food.
God created it.
When you look at the medical studies,
it's been shown to reverse heart disease.
It's been shown to fight cancer, candida,
a number of conditions.
So, when people say no coconut
they're just throwing thebaby out with the bath water.
The truth is coconut oilis an amazing super food.
- One more comment about oils.
Talk about the vegetable oils,the omega six oils as we say,
the type of oils that alot of people cook in,
that you see in the plasticbottles in the grocery store.
- Here's the oils peopleneed to stay away from,
the three Cs and threeSs for the most part.
Canola, cotton seed, and
- Corn, that's it.
And then it's soybean,safflower, sunflower.
But those are the biggest oils
people need to stay away from.
The best oils for cooking in a keto diet
are avocado oil, coconutoil, olive oil, and ghee,
or grass-fed butter.
- All right, great information.
All right, Dr. Axe, stay with us.
When we come back we're gonnacontinue our conversation
with Dr. Axe, and we're goingto talk about anti-aging,
our favorite subject,specifically collagen,
so stay with us.
Welcome back to Healthy Living.
We're continuing ourdiscussion with Dr. Josh Axe,
doctor of natural medicine.
Love having you here, doctor.
And another huge issue,
sort of exploded on thescene recently, is collagens,
specifically bone broth.
We're starting to seeit in the stores now.
Is this something thatpeople should be consuming?
- Yeah, I absolutelybelieve they should be.
Actually, even back in the Bible
when you hear about Esaumakin' some soup and Jacob.
We know that bone broth has been consumed
since the beginning of time.
Here's the thing that people need to know.
Number one, we're allmissing collagen in our diet
for the most part if we'reliving in America or Europe.
Our ancestors consumed a lot of collagen.
30% of the protein in ourbody is collagen protein,
yet we're not nourishing those areas.
So if somebody isn't consuming collagen,
or if they are consuming it,
here's the areas that it affects,
your skin, number one,your hair, your nails,
your bones, your discs,your joints, your ligaments,
your tendons, yourfascia, your gut lining,
your arterial walls.
All of those areas are affected negatively
if you're not getting collagen,but positively if you are.
So we want to make sure weare getting collagen everyday.
The number one food source of collagen
is gonna be bone broth.
Now, you can make bone broth at home
by taking animal parts,submerging them in water
and cooking them in aCrock-Pot or slow cooker,
and 24 hours later you've got broth.
You can buy it frozenand consume it at home,
or you can buy it as abone broth protein powder,
and there's flavors of that,
like vanilla, chocolate,
you don't even really taste like broth,
do that in a smoothie,that's another great option.
But the big thing is
we want to be getting bone broth every day
or getting collagen everysingle day both in food
and in a lot of casessupplement form as well.
- A lot of people, especially we women,
have only heard of collagenas it relates to anti-aging,
because we know that whenyour skin starts to sag
that's because your losing collagen,
and so you wanna put thatcollagen back in there
to prevent further sagging, deterioration.
But a lot of people are surprised to know
that it's beneficial for people
who aren't reallyconcerned about anti-aging,
young people, or, Idon't know, men, I guess.
- Really, everybody needs collagen.
I look at the number of peoplewith joint issues today.
I think a big reason for that is,
think about your joints aremade of connective tissue,
When you're not nourishingthat area of your body
there's gonna be problems there.
There's really two types of proteins,
there's muscle-building proteins we eat
like chicken breast andgrass-fed beef and eggs.
That's muscle-building proteins.
Those are full of branchchain amino acids.
Collagen proteins contain,
it's proline, hydroxy proline, glycine.
Those amino acids build our own collagen.
And you're right, after theage of 25, anyone older,
once you hit the age of 25,
your collagen productiongoes down like this,
which collagen production
is what keeps your skin tight and firm.
I'll tell you this,
just a story with my sister and my mom.
My sister has always had reallythin hair and brittle nails.
She called me after,
I have a supplement called Multi Collagen
and Bone Broth Protein,
and she started usingit and after two weeks
she called me.
She said, Josh, what's in here?
And I said, Rachel, it's just collagen.
And she said, I cannot believe
how much thicker my hair is now,
how much stronger my nails are.
I also worked with another family member
and she called me up and said,
I can't believe whatthis has done to my skin.
My skin feels tighter, it's firmer,
these creases have started going away.
And it's all from getting more,
and I think everybody needs to be getting
at least one to two servingsof collagen in their diet.
And when they're buying collagen,
when you're buying a collagen supplement,
you wanna make sure it say multi collagen,
but again collagen isso big for our beauty,
for our joints, and our gut health.
Your gut lining is madeup of collagen too.
If you're having any of thoseissues I've talked about
a lot of times
it's because you're notgetting enough collagen.
- That's right.
And you talk about leaky gut.
We hear about that a lot,
where people have abused their intestines
and stuff is actually getting out.
We need to repair those leaks,
and bone broth is a great way to do it.
- To me bone broth, andagain, whether you're doing it
in a liquid or bone broth as aprotein powder in a smoothie,
either way it is the numberone thing someone can take,
in my opinion, to helprepair, or help transform
that gut lining in thedigestive health of somebody.
If somebody's havingdigestive or gut issues,
top two supplements in my mind,
a bone broth protein powder andthen a probiotic supplement.
Probiotics are key as well for gut health.
- Now, with the probiotics,
there are so many out on the market.
What should people look forand what should people avoid?
- I look for a couple of things.
Number one, I look for an SBO probiotic,
a soil based organism.
These are the probiotics
that we should be getting in our soil
but we're not because most ofthe produce we're consuming
has been sprayed with chlorine
and kills off the goodbacteria, those SBOs.
So look for soil-based probiotics,
and then also probioticsthat are shelf stable
that last a long time.
So, saccharomyces boulardiiis the name of one.
My favorite SBO probioticis bacillus subtilis,
But just look for an SBO probiotic
is one of my favorite things to look for.
- What about the probiotic foods?
Should people be eatingthe yogurt and the kefir
if they're taking a probiotic supplement?
- I still think it's goodto get probiotic foods,
especially fermentedvegetables like sauerkraut,
getting some kefir, some kombucha,
I think they're all fantastic.
And I think most people shouldbe getting both the food
and the supplement.
- So if people want tofind out more information
about bone broth and also gut health,
where can they get this information?
On your website?
- Yeah, check out my website.
It's just draxe.com,
so that's D-R-A-X-E dot com,
and I've written extensively
about all of those things there.
- All right, well, when wecome back our final thoughts
with Dr. Axe.
And we're gonna be talking about something
that's near and dear to my heart
and I'm sure yours as well,
hormones and how to balance them,
so stick with us.
Welcome back to Healthy Living,
and we'll continue ourdiscussion with Dr. Josh Axe,
doctor of natural medicine.
Great stuff today and wantedto finally talk about hormones.
We know that hormones impactalmost every aspect of our life
and when they're out of wackeverything goes downhill.
- Yeah, so I would say this with hormones
is that I don't wannasay it's an easy fix,
but for a lot of women, if they make some,
what I think are simple changes,
they can see a radical difference
in there hormones pretty quickly.
The first thing I want to mention
that can really help hormones
is gonna be balancingout the amount of carbs
and fat they're consuming.
A lot of women today
are consuming far too many carbohydrates,
and men for that matter,and not enough healthy fats.
So I would lower the chips,bread especially, bagels,
like bread, all of thosethings, lower that intake,
up the healthy fats.
More coconut, more avocado,more eating wild-caught fish
like salmon if you can.
More using flax seeds and healthy nuts,
just getting more healthyfat in the diet is key.
That's step number one.
I would say step number two is de-stress.
I think there's a lotof stress in our lives,
and the biggest way tounstress is to unplug,
and do things you love to do.
Scheduling lunch with a best friend.
And the third thing we love to talk about
is herb supplements andessential oils can go a long way
in helping hormonal health as well.
- A lot of times we women and men know
that we should cut back on thesugar and the starchy carbs,
but we crave them so muchit's like a vicious cycle,
and the more we eat, the moreout of wack our hormones go,
which makes us want them even more.
- Yeah, I think, in general,
one of the things that we can do though
is it's not about having no carbs.
It's about balancingout those carbohydrates
and finding healthier alternatives.
If you're craving something sweet,
do 70-plus percent dark chocolate.
Don't go for the tub of icecream, a tub of rocky road.
Instead, do a few ouncesof a dark chocolate bar
is gonna be a much betterreplacement to consume instead.
And also look for keto friendly products,
keto proteins, things that are flavored.
If you do a smoothie too, thistastes almost like dessert,
some coconut or almond milk
with a scoop of a chocolateketo friendly protein powder.
That's gonna satisfy your sweet tooth.
It's gonna taste good.
I think that's a good option.
But you're right.
One other thing, if you'recraving carbohydrates,
having those cravings, a few things help.
Eating sour foods reduce sweet cravings.
Sour food like?
You can buy certain types of berries
that are a little bit sour too.
Blueberries actuallytend to have a little bit
of sourness to them.
But that helps, along with probiotics,
so both of those things
help reduce some of those sweet cravings
that a lot of people have a lot of times.
And then a few hormone conditions
that I know you and I answerquestions about frequently,
one is thyroid health.
If you've got a thyroidissue there's an herb
that is so beneficial for thethyroid called ashwagandha.
This was used extensively in India,
known in Ayurvedic medicine.
But ashwagandha is know toreally boost your energy
and really support overall thyroid health.
It's the most powerfulherb for the thyroid.
That is really fantastic.
And then also a fewother herbs, holy basil,
that's also great for the thyroid.
Bacopa is great for the thyroid,
and then, in general,getting more healthy fats.
So, evening primrose oil isvery very good for the thyroid.
Omega three fats.
Holy basil essentialoils, and then clary sage,
so sage and holy basil,just using those topically,
diffusing those, breathing in those good,
healing compounds is greatfor hormones as well.
- A lot of people are wondering,
I wonder if I have a hormone issue.
I wonder if I have a thyroid issue.
How do people know?
- So, thyroid issues are
if you're noticing yourhair is getting thin,
if you're noticing brittle nails,
if you're noticing any darkcircles under your eyes,
that's typically related tothyroid and adrenal glands.
And again, ashwagandha,getting better sleep,
changing your food is really big there,
and the other thing would be,
if you're just, in general,noticing, of course, hot flashes
or just moodiness being up anddown in terms of your mood,
that's another big warning sign.
But I think the dietary thing,
increasing those healthyfats, lowering the carbs,
going keto, those types ofthings can really be big
- Dr. Josh Axe, you arejust such an amazing doctor,
and you are helping so many people.
Your videos online, millionsof people watch them,
and they're so helpful.
So tell people where theycan get more information
about all the things thatwe talked about today.
- Yeah, you can check it out on draxe.com.
It's D-R-A-X-E dot com.
Also, I've got a new bookcoming out called Keto Diet
which has a whole hormone-specificsection in it as well.
So you can check that out onAmazon.com, The Keto Diet.
But, Lorie, thanks so much for having me.
I love your show, love700 Club, so thank you.
- Thank you as well.
And we thank you, viewers for tuning in,
and we'll see you nexttime on Healthy Living.