A complete philosophy called AWESOME Health has been developed based on the 7 pillars of health.
We hope you enjoyed yesterday’s interview with biohacking expert Matt Gallant. We certainly did. And we learned a TON about the importance of enzymes.
Here’s the link, if you haven’t had a chance to listen to that yet: –>> yesterday’s interview with Matt
TODAY we have another big treat for you. And that’s our chat with Matt’s good friend and business partner Wade Lightheart.
As you’re about to discover, Wade’s a pretty fascinating guy.
He’s been a 3-time Canadian natural bodybuilding champion without eating meat. And he now coaches athletes around the world on healthy high performance.
He is also an advisor to the American Anti-Cancer Institute, a Certified Sports Nutrition Advisor, and author of two best-selling books in health and fitness.
In fact, he’s developed a complete 7-step health philosophy called AWESOME Health.
Bottom line, if you want to expand your knowledge on how your body works, and some of the very BEST things you can do to live a long and healthy life – pay close attention to what Wade Lightheart shares.
Wade also shares some resources he recommends in this interview too — primarily enzymes and probiotics — and if you’d like to find out more about these, then click the button below
Best of all, most of the action steps Wade shares won’t cost you anything to apply.
So what are you waiting for? Go upgrade your health and knowledge 🙂
Below is a transcript of Wade’s interview as well.
Larry: Hi everyone. It’s Larry and Oksana with another Be Well Buzz Podcast. Today we’re excited to have our good friend Wade Lightheart here. He’s an author whose books have appeared in over 80 countries. He’s also a speaker and a three-time Canadian Natural Bodybuilding champion. He’s also one of the world’s premier authorities on natural nutrition and training methods. Wade is sought out by athletes and high -performance oriented individuals worldwide for his advice on how to optimize their and health and fitness levels.
Oksana: He has dedicated his life to helping others achieve physical, mental and spiritual balance through nutrition, health and fitness coaching thousands of individuals from all walks of life on how to transform their health and improve their lives by adopting his easy to follow awesome health philosophy which I really want to know more about. Welcome Wade.
Wade: Hey, great to be here guys.
Larry: Yeah, we’re going to dive into some amazing stuff. But before we do, I’d love to hear your story.
Wade: Well, it started out rather plain and boring. Most people know I was just a kid growing up in Canada in a very rural area. Three things happened to me at the age of 15 that really set the course of my life. That was, one, my family moved to a very remote area. It was five miles to my nearest neighbor. I lived in a pristine setting at this private resort. My parents were the caretaker so I spend a lot of time in reflection and a lot of time in nature.
Second, my sister, at that time, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a form of lymphatic cancer. Then I watched her go through the whole medical model of treatment with radiation, chemotherapy, catheters, bone marrow, all that stuff before she died. That made a big, big impression on me psychologically and that our health isn’t guaranteed. I just thought of ways to improve mine or to find out how to optimize might prevent that… Then the good thing that happened, I was given bodybuilding magazine by my sister. I thought that being healthy was about building up these muscles and not wanting to go the route that she was in.
I decided that if I could build up my muscle I thought that would be healthy. The reality was that, that wasn’t necessarily true but it set me in the right direction through studying exercise physiology at the university. I found that the university education provided a wonderful base but it really was a lot of information. There was not really any set philosophy. What I did is I started seeking out people who are performing outstanding levels of health or performance and then I would mentor under them. It’s the tried and true methodology throughout history.
If this person can produce a great result, well then obviously, let me learn everything that they learned and then go to the next one and the next one. One thing that was maybe unique, that was, in my education system, we were taught to find the flaw in everything. Like you try and reduce it down to what’s the flaw, what’s the flaw or find out what’s not true or not accurate. But what I looked at is when I started looking in all these different mentors and people that were authorities at producing great results, I started to look for what was the common threads that each one of these people had arrived to the conclusions because the likelihood of that being successful was significantly higher.
That’s how eventually I went up and did all my body building clients and eventually ended up being at the Mr. Universe contest. But despite learning all that information, I still haven’t figured it out because after the Mr. Universe contest in 2003, I gained 42 pounds of fat and water in 11 weeks.
Wade: Yeah. Always figured, and I thought, “Geez! How is it possible. Then somehow, I go from what’s the pinnacle of physical development to Mr. Universe to Mr. Marshmallow in just 11 weeks. Fortunately, I met a wonderful doctor who started teaching me and said, “Wade, you know how to build the outside of the body but you need to learn how to build a body from the inside out.” He started teaching me about the principles of digestive health and elimination health and that it’s not what you eat, it’s what you assimilate, and it’s not toxins, it’s what you can get out of the system.
I started learning into that and applying it and then four year later, came back to another bodybuilding contest. I went to the World Championships again, was successfully competed, did better and felt better which was the most important part. I felt great. At that point, I was comfortable that I have developed a philosophy that was applicable to just about anyone who was looking for that high-end, healthy, high-performance model without using chemicals, drugs and all those sorts of things, whether they were prescribed or outside of that range.
Then I started teaching en masse and developed the awesome health system as a way to people to integrate it and it’s been going ever since.
Larry: That’s an amazing story. I always find it interesting how these painful scenarios put us on a path to discovery. It’s awesome that you’ve actually, you’re walking the talk. It’s not just that you jumped into some books but you have experiential philosophies that you’ve come up with based on trial and error. Obviously, you’ve hit certain benchmarks that are amazing and then had some setbacks that actually calibrated the things even more. Kudos to you for doing that. How’s you sister these days?
Wade: She died, 4 years now. I watched her go through that, she was 18 when she diagnosed, died when she was 22. Being so close to that at such a young age, you start to realize that, for me, it was like, “Well, no disrespect to the medical model, but I couldn’t understand, and this seems almost naive but almost, I think, on my level, I really objected and I thought, “How is that she’s getting sick, more sick from the treatment. Then, if I want to be healthy, I want to morph [inaudible 00:06:46] would make me healthy. I don’t want to put things that is going to make me sick.” That’s what I notice with a lot of the treatments that her conditions seem to get worse instead of better.
I don’t fully understand that model or I don’t claim to be a doctor or a medical advisor but just from a pure, realistic, I thought, “Well, you can’t have enough sickness to be healthy. You can’t have enough poverty to be wealthy. You can have no love to feel more love. You keep expanding about which what you want.” From there, that led me to–
Larry: Yeah. I’m pretty clear on what’s going on. We live in a business world. There’s no money in the cure and we need to perpetuate illness so you can continue taking different drugs and going through different treatment. There is ways to help things outside of our traditional system but it requires a certain level of strength to go beyond it because of so much noise and confusion and people don’t realize that the system is built around profit and the [inaudible 00:07:59] is danger.
Oksana: Exactly. I can totally relate. I saw my mom also passed away from cancer last year. The more you go the traditional route, literally, the sicker they become. It’s so hard to watch that especially when you’re surrounded and you are in a field of health and helping people and watching the closest people to you pass just because of the way the medical system is set up. It’s crazy, it’s sad and it’s frustrating. That’s why we always love, this is why we are on this path, also to find the better solutions, find, empower people, take health into their own hands and do what’s right for them.
Larry: It’s important to use discernment because, we’re not saying all allopathic medicine is bad. We’re saying–
Oksana: No, of course not.
Larry: We’re saying that there are certain motivational factors that lead to profit, that made certain practices lean toward the dollar rather than the cure.
Oksana: The solution.
Wade: That comes back, so people taking personal responsibility for their health. One of the things and I consult with a lot of people who have severe illness. I always share with them, “Well, the surgeon general says that most of the illnesses that kill people are lifestyle related.” Even if you do go through the allopathic model of treatment, you still have to address the lifestyle issues that got you to that place in the first place. At the end of the day, everybody needs the kind of embrace, what you guys embrace, and that is how do you have the healthiest lifestyle possible? What are the things that you need to do? How do you integrate those in your life in a simple and eloquent manner on a daily basis.
Wade: Whether you’ve been sick or whether you don’t want to be sick, or just want to live life at the highest level, eventually you come to that conclusion with a little bit of rational thought.
Oksana: Yeah and it’s much better to come to that conclusion earlier in life than deal with a bunch of other stuff later.
Larry: I want to hear about this formula that you put together. It’s, literally, an awesome formula which–
Oksana: I love the name.
Larry: Yeah, I’d love for you to go through that acronym of AWESOME and what that formula is.
Wade: Yeah, thank you so much. How I came to it? Because of all the confusion out there with what diet to follow and this and that and the other thing and I was like, “Okay.” Based on everything that we know about how the cell functions, what are the most essential components that the cell, the individual cell are made up of 100 trillion cells or whatever, no one knows the exact number, but let’s just say 100 trillion, how do we discern what is the most important thing?
If I’m a person that wants to get healthy, where do I put my time, energy and resources for best effect? In what order and what sequence. That’s where I cam up with this blue print to… because I found so many people, by the time they got to me, were so filled up with conflicting ideas or they tried this and they tried that and the other thing. Really, they just had a mixed bag of maybes. What I wanted to do is go back to, what is the cell made to function?
First and foremost, before I started diet, I said, “Well, where does the cell get its energy?” Its energy, originally from oxygen. We consume about 40 kilos or 88 lbs of oxygen a day or air, because its component [inaudible 00:11:38]. I said [inaudible 00:11:40] with air because you could go a month without eating food. It wouldn’t feel good and you’ll be probably very hungry, but you can survive. You can go weeks without water but you can’t go very long without air. That’s obviously the number one component. There’s not a lot of money in air technology but I do believe that everybody can [inaudible 00:12:02] some deep breathing practice.
Larry: Yes, absolutely.
Wade: We advocate that. Also, a lot of people like to use air purifiers especially if you’re in cities that have a high pollution rate or toxic chemicals because the reality is we’re being exposed to more toxins than ever in the history of mankind. We really can’t control all those environmental factors. We’ve got to increase our ability to manage the toxins that we’re ingesting by just being on the planet at this time.
That’s where all the technology comes in or the things that will enhance our ability to process these things. Deep breathing is a big thing. Whether a person is doing Tai-Chi or whether they’re doing meditation or yoga or martial arts or even a respiratory therapists, if you’re in the allopathic model, there’s lots of information and scientific studies showing the effects on deep proper breathing. Of course, we sit down so often that we compress our ability to actually deeply inhale. We, learning how to breathe, I think is [inaudible 00:13:08]health. It’s very cost effective.
Larry: Yeah, that is huge.
Oksana: Yeah, doing the deep belly breathing which I was told that sometimes I’m not doing a really good job at it. It seems like we’re all breathing all the time but breathing properly and re-learning, as you said it, it’s number one.
Larry: Consciousness follows breath. If you notice if you’re in a fight or flight, your breath is shallow and most of us are walking through the day in this state of stress and beta waves instead of that relaxed in the zone alpha wave state and those beta waves are expressed by shallow breath and very important.
Wade: Absolutely. That’s where the A comes from in AWESOME. The next part would be W, which is water. Of course, water is such just a vast, vast topic. I refer, oftentimes, to this great documentary called, “Water: The Great Mystery”. It’s like a collection of the top [inaudible 00:14:11]
Larry: Amazing, yeah, amazing documentary.
Wade: The guy’s been studying, a head research has been studying water for 30-40 years and he comes up and says, “Well, we don’t know that much about water.” It’s kind of a [inaudible 00:14:25] thing but what they can’t say is you believe it’s [inaudible 00:14:27] to add the cleanest possible water that can consume. You need to consume enough of it every single day. There’s a variety of, there’s literally, hundreds of technologies out there that people are utilizing, not only just to clean the water.
Cleaning the water is only one step in, obviously, having clean drinking water. There are so many other things that you can do to water to utilize it and use it for various, various things. Whether it’s from disinfecting things to optimizing oxygen consumption at a cellular level, you can do this with various types of water and release–
Wade: I would say I’ve done just about everything you could possibly imagine in the water world. I think I’ve investigated 150 different technologies. I try and drink filtered water, spring water. Then I use ionized water as well. Those are the ones that I use most often.
Larry: Awesome. Yeah. I spend an incredible amount of money on water perspective month. We get it delivered in glass bottles.
Oksana: Yeah, glass spring water.
Wade: [crosstalk 00:15:37]. I avoid plastic bottled water. That’s the one thing, there’s a great documentary, CBC documentary, called the Disappearing Male. It was a first government-approved documentary or whatever, by a government agency, which demonstrates the devastating effects that plastics are having on male populations from tadpoles to humans. Estrogen, phytoestrogens and things like that. Great documentary. Stay away from plastics.
Then that leads us on to Exercise. When I look at exercise, I look at, if you take a person and you strap him to the bed, you’ve witnessed anybody that goes into a hospital situation or they’re immobilized for any reason, you see a rapid decline in their physicality, in the function or their organs, the function of their brain, the function of elimination, everything.
People lose incredible amounts of muscle mass very, very shortly with being bed-ridden even for a few weeks. I realize that on some level, the cells of the body require physical movement. There’s a lot of different theories out there and there’s a lot of different types of exercise. What I look at is, is the cell performing the functions you [inaudible 00:17:00]? For exercise, the best exercise is to do what you love, number one. But it needs to be vigorous and it needs to be frequent. That’s what I know. Whether you’re following with the camp of aerobic, you have a marathon-oriented or hiker, that type of thing, or you’re a muscle guy like me that likes to get in the gym and throw weights around and unleash my inner animal. It’s safe to do that.
Or, for a lot of people, I just put them on a mini-trampoline everyday because it’s probably the most efficient way to exercise every single cell in the body, ultimately, quickly. That produces extraordinary results, just 10 or 15 minutes a day.
Oksana: Yeah, consistency is the key for sure here.
Wade: [crosstalk 00:17:45]
Larry: I find that no matter what state I’m in, if i’m in a state of stress, I have a nice one hour intense workout. I leave that gym and I’m feeling no more stress. It’s like, “Oh, that’s what I needed.”
Wade: Yeah, absolutely. I think a lot of people actually… They say, “Well I don’t have time to exercise or whatever”, but, again, once you go into that beta state, which so many people are locked into from the evolution of electronics and digital information and stuff, when you go to that at the gym and you just work yourself up physically and you’re fatigued, you just get into that relaxed alpha state. It’s amazing how it is a solution to challenge that seemed overwhelming an hour before, just result in [inaudible 00:18:30] relatively easily.
Larry: Yeah, it seems to trigger that part of the mind that was like dormant and inaccessible and all of a sudden, you have a good workout and it just turns on.
Oksana: It’s good to always move that the body move the energy around.
Wade: Absolutely. The next level I guess… The first three in my opinion or my observation over the years and years of coaching, those three are just non-negotiable. Whatever your diet philosophy, whatever your age group, whatever those, you need to do those three things or you’re headed for a disaster. It’s just a matter of time. Those are the three things that are non-negotiable.
The next level we go is the bridge between the two [points 00:19:15], which is SUNLIGHT. I look at nutrition a little bit differently than some people because I have a passion for Physics. All the great physicists says that everything that you see is actually just some form of condensed light, you get into a frequency in vibration. For me, I look at, number one, how much like can I get in my life. Of course, part of the year I live in nice, warm, tropical climates like Panama, Bali and [inaudible 00:19:49], places that have a lot of sun which I really enjoy. I noticed various differences in my bio-chemistry when I take in a lot of light.
Number two, is I try to consume most of the foods that I eat as close to light as possible. Plants convert light through a chemical process, photosynthesis, into energy that we can utilize. I like to consume lots of fresh fruits, vegetables, things like that in a light form.
I also look at what I ingest both mentally and spiritually. For example, we used this in our languaging, so for example, if someone has a lot of energy or is a positive person, they tend to be light and buoyant. If they’re sad or depressed or angry, they’re dark and we use these in describing people. I pay attention to what people say and I try and ingest as much light, happiness and joy into my life. If I get something that’s making me feel off, then I pay attention to it and try and eliminate it from my life.
Oksana: There is so much stress in our life and there’s always that needs to be done, handled, taken care off, Family friend, work, whatever. But, just taking, we try always to do at least once a week go out to a comedy show or something, just doing something purely joy purposes. Laugh it out, walk it out, talk it out, whatever gives you, brings you that internal mental and spiritual peace.
Larry: Yeah. But going back to sunshine, there’s a big vitamin D deficiency that’s happening because there’s so many people that are indoors, that aren’t getting. Because of that vitamin D deficiency, they were finding out that there’s so many illnesses that are coming in into play because of that. Getting out in the sun, even if it’s like a half hour walk, getting some fresh air and walking around and getting that sunlight, it’s so critical.
Wade: Absolutely. People have to look at, humanity has spent most of its time outdoors just until the last 100 years. Outdoors, on an average day, it’s 100,000 candlelight of power. In your house, it might be a 100 watt bulbs. There’s a significant difference in the amount of light reaching you. Of course, a light bulb doesn’t have the full spectrum of and variety of rays that the body needs to function. Yeah, getting out in the sunshine is essential. I really notice that switching from a place like being in a warm climate, like say Arizona, it’s how much light you get there versus how I come to Vancouver which tends to be cloudy a lot. You start to see a bio-chemical change.
For example, for me, changes as much in 20% in testosterone levels. There’s nothing I’ve seen that can alter testosterone that much in natural world but sunshine really does make a big difference.
Moving on from there, we get into, this is where the world that we both live in, I think in, that is what I call optimizers. With optimizers, what I look at is the things that maybe people can live without or function on marginal levels. But for myself, I was looking at living at life at the highest level, how could I be as healthy as possible? How could I perform at the highest levels? Because that’s what I remember and that’s what my athletes and people, executives who are attracted to me, that’s what they want to live, they want to get as much at life as possible.
Again, I looked at, what are the most essential components based on what the body does need to assimilate and what are the factors that are involved in that. That goes down to, and they have a quick sequence, it’s enzymes, probiotics, the only things that do work in the body, and then it goes to minerals because you need enzymes to get your minerals, you get minerals, you get your vitamins, essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, then herbs, go into a specialized category because most herbs can be used or utilized for a variety of different mechanisms in the body. That’s a whole science of its own.
Those are the things that I have found that can enhance almost anybody’s nutritional profile or their diet or their health and vitality and of course, it can be as specific as you want based on testing that’s now available, accelerates the targeting if you will.
Larry: Would those things be in supplement form or can we get them from food?
Wade: You certainly can get, particularly with minerals and vitamins, you can certainly get those inside your food. Although I have never found anybody that was perfect on all their minerals and vitamins regardless of the diet that they took. Essential amino acids and essential fatty acids, I think, people need to pay more attention to those, particularly the essential fatty acids. I know that scenario that you guys are really into. It’s something that based on the toxicity levels of the world, that’s a big factor.
But enzymes and probiotics, that’s a huge one. Herbs, of course, now I think it’s easier to get gray herbs than ever before. You get a high quality company now because of distribution. You can access a lot of things and there’s a lot of information, some wonderful products out there. But when it comes to enzymes and probiotics, these are the two things that I think people have failed to grasp or understand. When I took nutrition in university and exercise physiology, and even as a high performance guy, before I had my blow up, I didn’t understand the enzyme and probiotic equation. That’s what really spelled disaster for me and set me up for that failure.
I see it happening over and over, with people with digestive health, gas, bloating, eliminative problems, or inability to assimilate essential nutrients, whether it be vitamins, minerals, amino acids, or fatty acids, or not able to process carbohydrates in a way where it becomes so carbohydrate sensitive or develop diabetes and these type of things, it all comes down to digestive health. Now, I think, you’re starting to see the trend before people realizing, “Hey, we need enzymes and probiotics”, because up until 40-50 years ago, we started using mass amounts herbicides, pesticides and fungicides on food.” Those things interrupt enzymatic activity in living organisms, that’s how they kill the bugs. The questions is, “Well how much of that do I need to ingest before it’s doing damage to me?”
Secondary is we developed antibiotics. Antibiotics have saved millions and millions of lives and many [inaudible 00:26:49]here because of it. However, the overprescription of it has created superbacterias that are now resistant to antibiotics. Because of this sterilization of society, I believe that a lot of people’s immune system, because probiotics are good bacteria, are paramount in good immune system and digestive function, and if you’re living in this ultra-antiseptic world, if you will, or anti-bacterial world, most of these mechanisms are drugs or chemicals, they made no distinction between good bacteria or bad bacteria.
Over time, this compromises digestives health and that leads to a variety of conditions. Everything from physiological, basic absorption and elimination, to all the way up to psychological conditions or the inability to control cravings or psychological challenges. We’re seeing that en masse and enzymes and probiotics are a real answer. They did a lot for me and they did a lot for my clients.
Oksana: Totally agree with you. The number one, it should be on everyone’s priority list. This is where everything begins. That’s why I call it the second brain. This is where the immune system is. This is where a feel good hormones are communicating with your brain to be released. There’s just so much riding on taking care of your gut that you just cannot ignore it.
Larry: I think we should dive a little bit deeper on the enzymes and probiotics because our body naturally creates enzymes and we have natural probiotics within our gut. Let’s dive into enzymes a little bit. I want to get a better understanding of what they do. For people that don’t understand why do we need to take an enzyme, or what is the function an enzyme?
Oksana: That’s great. An enzyme is a [inaudible 00:28:45] that’s involved in virtually every single biochemical function in your body. Everything from thinking to blinking requires an enzyme. An enzyme is a catalyst. Basically, it’ll take one thing that’s doing one function and turn them into another. It’ll take one chemical and break it into something else or it will add something to a nutrient or a product in your body, and convert it into something else.
If you’re doing, whether it’s converting amino acids, our protein into amino acids requires an enzyme. To create polypeptide chain in you brain that keeps your mood happy requires an enzyme. To process a chemical inside your liver requires an enzyme. Enzymes are markers in a variety of conditions. Virtually, every big biochemical company in the world uses forms of enzymes where [inaudible 00:29:41] to the forestry industry or into biochemistry or chemicalization.
But what’s interesting is the human body is the ultimate lab of enzymes. The interesting thing is this, if you trace back, probably one of the greatest pioneers in enzyme understanding was a guy by the name Dr. Edward Howell. I’ll refer to his book, Enzyme Nutrition and Food Enzymes for Health and Longevity are two of the books that he wrote. What he discovered, first there is some research. I don’t know if you guys have heard it as, you must have heard of the Pottenger’s cats.
Larry: What is that?
Wade: Pottenger’s cats
Larry: Actually, no. What is that?
Wade: There is this famous doctor by the name Pottenger, and he started studying cats. He started to realize that food chemistry, this is back in the 30s I believe, was starting to go into more processed cooked foods or foods that didn’t have enzymes present in it. An enzyme gets destroyed at approximately 114 degrees. You go beyond that, so any cooked food is enzymeless. If it’s been sprayed or chemicalized or radiated, the enzymes are also gone. A lot of transportation.
What you notice is that if he took all the enzymes out of the diet of the cat, a cat normally eats raw food. It catches a mice and eats it or whatever, it consumes the enzyme. That’s universal throughout all of the animal kingdom. Whether it’s a snake eating a chicken, whether it’s a cow eating grass, whether it’s a shark eating a seal, when you consume another organism, you absorb all of the enzymes. Same thing as if you eat an orange or an apple, you get all the enzymes present in your body.
But [inaudible 00:31:31] your food and a lot of our food became processed, it required more enzymes. I said, “Well, what would happen to people if they didn’t eat any enzyme?” He did an experiment on these cats. He kept them on a completely enzyme-deficient diet. What was interesting is the cats died sooner. They also started to exhibit by 3rd generation, the inability to pro-create, strange sociological behavior, and genetic mutations.
Enzymes seemed to be the key component to the life force in the body and longevity of the body. That research was then taken by Dr. Howell and he started doing experiments on a variety of different animal species. He replicated virtually the same thing in every single species, dogs, cats, rabbits, you name it. It goes into details in the book. They all ended up in the same situation that Pottinger’s cats at.
He determined, Dr. Howell determined, this is around in the late 1940s, that the enzymatic capacity of an individual at 40 years old, was somewhere around 30% of what you had when you were born. He called this enzyme, bank account or the [inaudible 00:32:54], which was its [inaudible 00:32:57] inside. That became his standard. He started developing a variety of enzymes to be utilized in order to preserve this enzyme pool, if you will, or even perhaps add to it. There is some controversy about that in some circles but the reality is this, his information started to funnel into, I think it was one of the precursors to the raw food movement. A lot of people got into raw food because the enzymes are present in the food.
That may or may not be true, depending on where it was grown how it was transported. By the end of the day, if you only consume raw foods, you still aren’t able to increase your enzyme bank account. If you have had less than a perfect diet, by the age of 30-40-50, guess what? Whatever your enzyme pool is, that’s all you’ve got to play with. It’s a diminishing return.
Larry: Isn’t it true that there are certain enzymes that break down if you’re ingesting meat, it breaks down meat and it also breaks down certain bacteria. If you’re eating only raw food, then your body stops producing that particular enzyme because it doesn’t see meat inside your body, so it doesn’t see the need to produce that enzyme to break it down and that goes away. But that enzyme also–
Oksana: It’s like a guard door–
Larry: Yeah, it also breaks down certain bacteria. If you’re not getting certain enzymes in, you could potentially get into trouble.
Oksana: I’ve noticed an interest in phenomenon inside that … Of course I was a 100% raw foodie for several years and competed on it because I want to find a way to be able to compete athletically on a raw food diet. One of the ways I did that was supplementing my diet with enzymes. Some people in the raw food community poo-pooed it but it was very effective for me because I recognized what you just said. Is that, well, I want to make sure that I have enough enzymes present from an external source so that I’m not tapping into my own ability to manufacture my own enzymes because I always say there’s the Turkey dinner syndrome.
We’ve all had that going back in time, to go to the Thanksgiving dinner that everybody has the big meal and they have two or three plates and then, everybody makes a dive for the living room couch and some people are lying on the floor and your drool is coming out of your mouth and everybody pass out, why is that?
All the blood goes to your digestive system and all the enzymes that you’re using to run your brain and run other functions are now going to deal with this massive meal that you’ve had. That’s a good example of that people don’t have enough enzymes to manage their diet. People that are having fatigue and tiredness and things like that, are usually not getting enough enzymes in their food or their bank account is in a deficit but they’re not abl and I believe that that’s what contributes to or in degeneration as well.
What looks like, this is a lot of research that how well talk about is that, what shows up as a liver dysfunction in someone else or lung function in someone else, can be traced to or a skin disorder can be traced to a specific enzymatic pathway. I’ve seem evidence of this in my own work.
For example, people that suffer from depression, tend not to do very well proteolytic enzymes. They’re not able to absorb key amino acids like you were saying to digest certain proteins inside the body, and I believe that the body will take that catalyst enzyme and convert it into a protease-based enzymatic activity. Same thing I would notice people with skin conditions, like eczema or that sort of thing. They didn’t have an ability to utilize or they didn’t have enough lipase present which digests fats. Other people that they have sensitivity to sugar and carbohydrates usually have a low amount of amylase. We all know about people that can’t handle milk because of lactase deficiency. I just took the lactase deficiency, applied it to other things, and then started giving my clients these various enzymes and they would notice improvements in the condition that they have.
A lot of people would say, “Well that’s quackery”, or that’s it, but the reality is you tell the person with eczema that he goes away after three months of doing enzymes and they’ve had all their life or the person that’s been depressed all the time finally they don’t feel they’re depressed anymore or that person that was, their blood sugar was sky high, and it start to get in under normal when they started using enzymes. The evidence becomes overwhelmingly just certain. Okay, these things actually do work even if we don’t understand all of the potential applications of enzymes, because there’s over 3,000 enzymes inside the body.
Larry: That is fascinating. Would you recommend that someone do a particular test to see if they’re deficient? Or, would you recommend that everyone take an enzyme no matter what?
Oksana: I’m in big favor of that everyone can benefit from enzymes. I will say this, there are certain enzymatic formulations that are going to be more effective for given individuals than others. There’s also the quality of the enzyme supplementation, as well as what’s the PH range, that it has the dosage, that it has, etc. it can go deeper into all those things. The biggest thing I notice for most people because in North America we have a high consumption of protein and amino acids, or not really protein but we got to convert to amino acids, I find the biggest factor is proteolytic enzymes.
I find those are the ones that people get the most benefit from. Interesting enough they’re the most expensive enzymes to create. The formulations tend to be on the higher prize side, usually are focusing on protease and the ones that are on the cheaper side are focusing on amylase, which is the most inexpensive to produce. It’s kind of an interesting factor, just from the construction of these factors.
Larry: Yup. We’ll talk about different supplements and what you recommend later on. Let’s talk about probiotics. Do enzymes influence probiotics or is that a separate–?
Oksana: They work in tandem especially when you’re looking in the digestive health. First and foremost, the only thing that actually does work in the body is enzymes and probiotics. Enzymes and probiotics are the workforce of the body. As a nutritionist, we were taught [inaudible 00:39:45] to focus on proteins, carbohydrates, fats, amino acids, essential fatty acids and vitamins and minerals and these type of things. Eventually, a variety of nutritional supplements whether it be herbs or other things.
But all those things are well and fine but in order to get them into the body, they’re going to require #1, an enzyme and #2, a probiotic to convert that into something utilizable by the cells of our body. Inside our digestive tract, we have approximately 500 different species of bacteria, 10% are good, 10% are bad, 80% are opportunists. When you look at that, that’s some heavy numbers and there’s more bacteria in our bodies than we do have cells in the body. It becomes a very interesting esoteric idea, are we really just mushrooms for the bacteria or what is that relationship?
Oksana: Exactly. Again, it depends what you eat or what you put in your body. Those opportunists, the guys, they can go either way.
Wade: Exactly. I think, most people have experienced that. For example, if you go on a trip to a foreign country where there may be different types of bacteria present or a different type of diet that you’re not used to consuming. Now, that allows a change in that 10-80-10. There could be the proliferation of a bacteria present or there could be the ingestion of a bacteria that you don’t have a management system for and that causes changes in you health whether it’s diarrhea or sickness or bloating or swelling or people gaining a lot of weight suddenly or lose a lot of weight suddenly. Oftentimes, it has to do with a change in these bacterial cultures.
We got this whole evil idea that all bacteria was evil with the concept of Pasteurization and antibiotics and that sort of thing. But if you go back to the historical aspects of Pasteur and [Boshamp 00:41:47], Boshamp was another scientist that existed in the the lab of Pasteur and he said, “Well it’s not the enemy, it’s the terrain.”
What he was trying to illustrate is that if you can get control of your biological terrain, particularly inside your digestive system, that it didn’t matter what the foreign invader was, it was you would be able manage that with your own immune system and you would be able assimilate the nutrients that you did consume in a way till your body could utilize them.
Now, many, many years since those two fellows debated it out in the world, we’re now starting to see in the holistic health movement where people are getting back into supporting themselves with lots of good probiotics strings to get this balance back in order because of antibiotics and bacteriology that’s really hammered us.
Oksana: Exactly. I find it very interesting. I grew up in Ukraine and just playing in the dirt and scraping and falling like different, just ingesting dirty whatever, not dirty but let’s say not washed fruits and veggies, it was not a big deal. But this is what develops your immune system. You’re putting all these different foreign substances so your body knows how to battle it. When some other foreign folks come in, they’d know how to handle it. In [inaudible 00:43:16], I find that crazy, overwhelming was all the antibacterial stuff.
Larry: What was it?
Oksana: I don’t know.
Larry: There’s a little dance party real quick.
Wade: There’s a dance party at [inaudible 00:43:32]
Oksana: Nice. Taking a break?
Wade: The bacteria was dancing to–.
Larry: But it’s true. We also just had an experience and I recommend that everyone do that biome test to see whether their status is within their gut because we were completely asymptomatic. We did a gut bio test and we found the pretty gnarly bacteria–
Oksana: Which we think actually came from our trip to Asia as Larry [inaudible 00:44:06] also had it. It’s just exactly what you were talking before. You go travel and your body doesn’t what to do with it and all these opportunity guys are just, jump on it, create havoc.
Wade: Yeah. Bacteria, they’re extraordinary species. If you study them, they’re so adaptive to conditions that they really just do amazing things. They’re so adaptive. When you get to a different environment, some of these are going to be supportive and proactive and take control of your body.
Oksana: Yup. Should we, I believe we haven’t touched M and E, as part of the AWESOME formula. Let’s just continue on that.
Wade: Okay, we’ll get those out of the way and then we’ll come back to this topic because I could go on forever about that. M & E, M stands for mental beliefs and attitudes. It’s like your MBA. What I found is, if you have the best diet possible but allows the attitude or belief, chances are you’re going to end up sick a lot. Ultimately, if you have a great attitude and some strong beliefs about your life, I’d find that people tend to have a more robust health.
I think incorporating and taking a diet of information that supports positive and life-enhancing beliefs and attitudes, really, really help people in their quest for health and wellness. I have noticed that as people get healthier, their beliefs and attitude shifts. Also, for people that struggle, they have to recognize that a lot of their beliefs and attitudes about what’s possible for them are influencing where they spend their money and where they spend their time, if they believe that health is possible for them.
Oftentimes, they need to go and address those issues first before they even get to their nutrition program. Ultimately, to express health at the highest levels, you do need to adjust one’s beliefs and attitudes, and I always found that mine in a constant state of evolution. I’m always looking to improve or expand my beliefs and attitudes in a way that supports my life and those people around me.
Oksana: Exactly. Live, learn and evolve.
Larry: Yeah, it’s important to stay open. On the topic of mental health, I think a lot of disease actually follows our thought patterns and the blocks that come with those thought patterns. You’re either living abundance and joy or you’re living in a state of fight or flight. If you’re in a state of fight or flight, there’s no repair going on. A lot of those thoughts affect the cells directly as the genetics has shown. A lot of the diseases and things that are coming in, especially a lot of cancers are coming from emotional imbalances that come from mindset.
Wade: Absolutely. I constantly work on this one because being vigilant about what’s coming into your life on your beliefs and attitudes is important in life. It’s staying open and flexible. When I first started in nutrition and exercises, I thought I knew everything, after a little while. Then a little while, I started to realize, there’s a lot I didn’t know. Pretty soon as I, actually there’s a whole lot I don’t know and now it’s going to like, “Well, I don’t know that much.” We just apply what we think is our best thing and based on experience, cross section of data but staying open to the next thing, because technology is accelerating, I think it’s the best time to be on the planet. It’s the greatest time to experience health and vitality.
Our accessibility to all these things has never been so great. I think it’s a great time to be on the planet doing things like this podcast. The fact that we can access world class information tat you guys have dedicated your life to, with a touch of a button, it’s rpetty extraordinary.
Oksana: Yeah. It is definitely one awesome and exciting time to be alive.
Wade: Yeah. That leaves us to the last one, the E part, which I call the etc. Etc means education, testing and coaching. Education, from my standpoint, is to learn from within. Take the information that life is presented to you and to internalize it, recognize what is the universe trying to teach me, what am I learning, education course comes in the root word, educed to learn from within.
I believe in trusting one’s own intuitive guidance and really going with that when you get expose to information is great but also to correlate that with some testing. Get real live testing. Testing can be as simple as testing yourself if I can walk up the stairs or not or if I can walk a mile or not or it could be, like you said, doing a biome test. It could be doing a live blood cell analysis. It could be doing a hair analysis or neuro-feedback. There’s all these different variety of tests that you can use to measure where you’re at and where you want to go. Because without measurement, it’s hard to tell if you’re really producing your results or not.
Then finally, is the coaching aspect. Ultimately, where I was able to accelerate my own health vitality in life enhancing abilities was when I got a coach. I found someone who was producing the result that I wanted. Then I hired them to teach me what they were learning or to teach me how to overcome my limitations. Whether it be belief-wise, whether it be nutrition-wise, whether it be just in my lifestyle choices or how effective I was actually. Do something, was there something I could be doing better or improve in? That coaching relationship is a really beautiful because what I found, it is such pure, the coach’s job is simply to get the best out of you possible and to see your potential clearly and help you remove the obstacles to you expressing that. To me, that’s a wonderful experience and I’m happy to be a coach, and I’m happy to be coached.
Oksana: Exactly. I love that. That is one AWESOME formula to live by. One thing, what I would add, sleep. I guess we can squeeze in where the situation is.
Wade: Yeah we could put AWESOMES.
Oksana: AWESOMES, there you have it.
Wade: Some people would say to me this sunlight, sleep, surf and spirituality could go under S. It could a variety of categories.
Oksana: Yeah. It’s up to your own interpretation. I love it.
Larry: Let’s comeback to enzymes and probiotics. I know your work focuses a lot around the supplements because of the importance and weight that you put on them. You developed an enzyme and the probiotic, I’m just curious as to what led you to do that?
Wade: Interesting enough, going back to my physical meltdown and then I started utilizing an enzyme and probiotic formulation that was built for people who were sick. I started doing that I produced great results. I switched to a raw food diet. But what I found was, is that I was a very athletic person. Although my health improved, although my profile has improved, i found it was very difficult for me to maintain my metabolism, muscle mass, these type of things, lean body mass.
I started looking at the various enzyme formulations and developing one that was based on the high performer. Coming from the physique world, if you will, we’re so cosmetically oriented nowadays to look a certain way. Of course, I was motivated especially at that time, I was like, what’s going to give me the best profiles so that I can look, not just feel my best but look my best. That’s when I got looking at developing a formulation that handled all of the major enzymatic functions being amylase, lipase, protease, those are the big ones. Amylase digests carbohydrates. Lipase digest fats. Protease, digest protein.
Developing a formulation that really broke that down and my research led me to believe that protease was the big one. The one that was the missing ingredient in a lot of, even the high quality products. I went out and got a team of research to help me formulate a product that would allow us to have a highly effective protease formulation that was utilizable at all levels of PH in the digestive system that was combined in a way that was utilizable and maintainable inside the body. That also, I was able to cleave the key amino acids in the body at the various PH levels of digestion. In order to do that it required a protease 3.0, a protease 4.5 and a protease 6.0. Then combine them in a way that work synergistically together along with the other essential enzymes or digestion and assimilation. That’s where we came up with that product.
At first it started, it became a real rage in the strength and the fitness communities. That’s what it was originally designed for. But the next thing you know, it became the rage among women who had gone through pregnancy. Either second or third time, especially when they notice that they weren’t able to get back to their fitness levels or their pre-baby weights. What I found is I felt that there’s a depletion of their proteolytic enzymes inside the body. When they went on our enzyme blend, they started to notice that their bodies were rebounding much faster. They didn’t suffer from that postpartum depression, these type of things. That was a really interesting sidenote that I didn’t anticipate.
Then also for people that are suffering from depression and emotionality, a lot of those are related to digestion and assimilation of amino acids, or undigestive proteins in the blood. Then our formulation worked really well for that.
Oksana: Although it’s like our body has such an amazing and healing system, but taking into consideration all the stress and all the environmental factors that we have to deal with, we have to support the body and give it whatever the tools that requires to keep doing what it does best.
Oksana: To heal itself and work better as it has our best interest in mind.
Larry: What are some of the symptoms of enzyme deficiency?
Wade: First and foremost, most people will start to notice trouble digesting. Mayb that bloated feeling or that feeling of that food sitting in the stomach. Usually, they’ll also experience that challenges with elimination. Constipation, I know it’s really prevalent with a lot of women. That’s the first clue. Other thing will be cause of wrinkles and degeneration of skin tissue. That usually means that you’re converting muscle mass into enzymes.
The body produces its own enzymes. However, where is it producing from? Enzymes are protein, there are amino acid formations that create that. If you look at all the scientific data, we lose approximately 1% of our muscle mass perspective year as adults unless you’re offsetting that with training.
What I recognize is, I bet you that’s where the protein from the smooth muscle and [inaudible 00:55:55] muscle is being consumed or cannibalized by the body to produce all these enzymes. If I starting supporting the body with enzymes, I would notice that my lean body tissue would stay at a high level. Also, I notice that, the ageing process seemed to slow down because you didn’t have this degeneration of the skin in the body.
That was a factor. The other thing is that depression and skin conditions are also ones I found very correlated to enzymes. Now there’s a lot of research and orthomolecular psychiatry, which is the treatment of psychological conditions with nutrition, that I think it’s a third of the kids out there today don’t have the right enzymes or amino acid access to make a third of the happy hormones, if you will, for your brain and neurochemicals.
We put people on enzyme and they come back and say, “Wait I don’t know what ‘s going on but I just feel good.”
Oksana: You want to always have the right ype and right form and right source. There are so many different enzyme supplements out there as well as probiotics. Knowing, stop wasting your money basically and make sure you know what you’re getting and you know that this is what’s going to be utilized by your body. Can you talk a little bit about your probiotics as well? What’s the difference between your probiotics and other ones that are on the market?
Wade: That’s a great question. Thank you for asking. First and foremost, most of the probiotic formulations that you’ll see on the market today are versions of implant strains. I categories probiotics into two strains. There’s implant strains, strains that will take hold and colonize inside the digestive system and be part of that 10-80-10 group. Then, there’s what’s called the transient strains, that strains that will actually funnel through variety parts of the body. It can go through the blood system or into all the other tissues that interact with your variety of conditions in the body.
I thought that there is relatively a lot of fairly good probiotic, multi-strain probiotic. But I wanted something that was able to radically alter the terrain in the body in a very fast way. We were able to get a patented probiotic strain. What it does is everybody has heard of superbacteria inside of hospitals that have become resistant to drugs and that sort of thing, MERSA and that sort of stuff.
I wanted a super probiotic. A probiotic that was enhanced. There’s a team of researchers that was able to take a particular probiotic and enhance it in a way that turned it into a super bacteria that doubled every 20 minutes in the body. It was a proteolytic probiotic. That means it digested protein inside the body. Undigested proteins is the biggest source of toxicity in the body. Crystallization into the blood, all that sort of stuff. Undigestive protein feeds the bad bacteria in your body. They use that and produce like [endol 00:59:01], [scadol 00:59:02], all kind of neurotoxins.
If we beget a probiotic that would #1, eat up all the protein and #1, beat up all the other bad guys, that would great. We were able to develop it. We call it P3OM. It’s a powerful proteolytic probiotic. It’s a transient strain that goes through the entire system. If you look at at the patent details, I’m not going to state the patent details on your podcast. I don’t want to get myself in some kind of medical trouble or whatever. But, it’s pretty extraordinary what they were able to do with animals.
It’s a fact that digestive protein, of course, a virus for example, uses a protein coating to interact with the cell and create RNA and DNA. A tumor has a protein coating that protects so that the immune system can’t see it. It disguises itself in a protein coating. If you have a proteolytic, probiotic that goes through the body and is able to eat up these things, you can imagine what your body is able to do to enhance its immune system and function and to really clean up your blood. Again, I refer to the US patent on it and what we’re able to demonstrate in the studies upon it was pretty extraordinary. I’d utilize that every night.
Unlike an implant strain, we find for best effects, that we take it before bed. You take it before bed. In that way, while you’re sleeping, it’s literally like the clean up crew that goes through the entire system, mops out any toxins, chemicals, undigestive proteins inside of the body. We also advocate going through a 90-day period of really getting this inside your system so you build up enough volume that you’re able to build up what I call super immunity and super digestive function and it’s been very effective.
Oksana: Do you recommend taking sometime off it after those 90 days?
Wade: One of the things that we do is, we suggest that after 90 days that the person adjust the dosage, basically by their intuitive response. A lot of people that have ended in 90 days will go back to say an implant strain and alternate an implant strain with a transient strain one month on one, one month on the another. Some people stay on our strain. Some people go back and just stay on an implant strain after and then periodically will just do a massive dosage of the P3OM.
It comes down to individual preference. Also, your diet and lifestyle, stress levels. If a person gets wiped out on a stress like you were almost in a car accident or a family member got in a serious situation, probiotic support probably needs to be amped up because that alters the bacteria in your body significantly. Or travel, travelling is another one. I always double down on my probiotic usage when I travel.
Oksana: That’s for sure. What about, you said probiotic, the best is to take at night. What about enzymes? You take it almost every meal?
Wade: Yeah. I take the enzymes with every meal, just before. Either, if I’m making a smoothie, I’ll mix the enzymes into the smoothie because it will actually predigest the food. That’s been wonderful. #1, it makes the food taste better. It also change the consistency significantly. We actually some videos out there digesting oatmeal in a couple of minutes or digesting steak.
Wade: We can use our enzyme and probiotic combo. What we’ve done here is we created something that’s very aggressive and very powerful. What identity does, if you can predigest your food, that means your body is not going to use its own enzymatic resources. The other thing that we do, is we do take them on an empty stomach. Before I workout, I take a bunch of the enzymes before a workout. Also, if I want to increase fat synthesis inside the body or metabolism, take them on an empty stomach as well, maybe a couple of time a day. That seems to produces an energetic effect inside the the body where your metabolism speeds up.
Larry: What’s the name of the brand?
Wade: The brand of our company is called the Bioptimizers. BIO, or optimizer. You get a BIOPTIMIZERS.
Larry: Okay. What we’ll do is we’ll set up a link that go to bewellbuzz.com/bioptimizers. Below this podcast audio, you’ll see links to the products as well, for those of you that are interested in supercharging your health if you go there.
Oksana: Having an awesome, awesome life.
Wade: You got it.
Larry: That’s right.
Oksana: Thank you so much for sharing such an amazing amount of information that not only expand our knowledge on how our body works and what it is the best for us to do to live a healthy long life but also giving us action or steps and as well as amazing supplements that people can utilize.
Larry: Guys, most of the action steps are free. Air, Water, Mindset. Right?
Wade: Absolutely. It’s been really a delight to be here on a show with you guys. Thank you so much contributing to the knowledge factor. Your site is incredible and the information you provide is really great. If people even apply a tenth of it, they would have extraordinary health.
Larry: Yeah. Thank you Wade. Appreciate that.
Oksana: Thank you. Make sure everyone to like, share this information far and wide so we can up the health levels of all the people around us that we love and care for. Share, like, email it to your friends and family and let’s make this world a much healthier place.
Larry: Be AWESOME. Thank you Wade.
Oksana: Thank you.