Chinese Medicine, Adaptogens 101, Why You Need More Bone Broth and Collagen, and More – Dr. Josh Axe on The Genius Life

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Key Takeaways

  • “With Chinese medicine, ultimately, if you follow the protocols, they’re the most effective protocols out there. Today’s Western medicine is based on less than 200 years of research. Ancient Chinese medicine is 4,000-years-old and based off of millions of individual case studies.”Dr. Josh Axe
  • If you have a cold, consume chicken broth and ginger herbal tea
  • Foods that look like a specific organ support that organ
  • Adaptogens boost the body’s internal battery and calm unnecessary energy
  • Without bone broth or a collagen supplement, you’re probably not hitting your body’s essential amino acid needs

Products & Supplements Mentioned

  • Specific brands not mentioned
  • Adaptogens:
  • In addition to the above, Dr. Axe’s staples include:
    • Turmeric, a potent anti-inflammatory agent
    • Bone broth and collagen, both of which provide the body with essential amino acids
    • CBD, due to it’s effectiveness at balancing the parasympathetic/sympathetic response
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  • “Medical studies now show that drinking beetroot juice increases performance better than any other food on the planet for triathletes, runners, and endurance athletes” – Dr. Josh Axe

Intro

Food is Medicine, But Every Ailment Requires a Different Diet

  • If someone has liver toxicity, they should be consuming vegetable juice and greens/salads
  • If someone has irritable bowel syndrome, they should be consuming more warming foods – soups, astragalus, ginger herbal teas, etc.

Comparing Ancient (Chinese), Natural, and Allopathic (Western) Medicine

  • Allopathic (Western) medicine is based on germ theory
    • It has separate views of mind and body, as well as how our organs function (everything is individual)
  • Natural medicine looks more at how the body is functioning as a whole (it looks at the body more holistically)
    • For example, your gut can affect your brain health, your adrenals can affect your thyroid, high cholesterol is the result of inflammation, etc.
  • Ancient (Chinese) medicine overlaps with natural medicine, but ties in an emotional component
    • As negative emotions are thought to contribute to disease and organ dysfunction, Chinese medicine might seek to diagnose the root cause of those emotions

The Chinese Medicine Approach to Treating Candida

  • Chinese medicine dictates that a damaged internal environment is what causes sickness
    • For example, your body, internally, can be too hot/cold, damp/dry, etc.
  • Take someone with candida (bacterial overgrowth) – it’s very similar to how mold grows in a damp environment
    • Instead of giving them an antibiotic (Western medicine protocol), Chinese medicine attacks the root cause – the damp environment
      • And what dries up dampness? – Bitter herbs, arugula, dandelion greens, radishes, etc.
      • What causes dampness? – Sweet foods, or those that are more sticky/moist (dairy, egg whites, bananas, etc.)

Chinese Medicine> Western Medicine?

  • “I can tell you from working with thousands of patients over the years that Chinese medicine is 10 times more effective than most of these other forms of medicine because they’re actually getting to the root cause.” – Dr. Josh Axe
  • 🎧 “With Chinese medicine, ultimately, if you follow the protocols, they’re the most effective protocols out there. Today’s Western medicine is based on less than 200 years of research. Ancient Chinese medicine is 4,000-years-old and based off of millions of individual case studies.” Dr. Josh Axe

The Chinese Medicine Approach to Treating a Cold

  • Think about why we call it a cold – it’s because your body’s cold internally
  • So, the cure?
    • Warming herbs and spices (oil of oregano, garlic, cinnamon, and ginger)
    • Hot toddies (a mix of whiskey and cinnamon)
      • Drinking whiskey (and bourbon) warms you internally
    • 🎧 Chicken broth and ginger herbal tea
      • Light yellow foods, like chicken broth and ginger, are immune-supporting (garlic too!)

Negative Emotions Cause Disease and Organ Dysfunction

  • “50% of somebody getting sick is not diet, it’s emotions”Dr. Josh Axe
  • Fear causes:
    • Disease of your reproductive organs (low testosterone in men and infertility in women), kidneys, and bladder
    • Issues with the adrenal glands
  • Worry causes digestive issues
  • Anger causes liver toxicity
  • Grief/depression cause disease of the immune system, lungs, and colon
  • Anxiety causes issues with your heart and central nervous system 

Foods That Look Like a Certain Organ Support That Organ

  • “This is a Chinese principle: when you eat a food that looks like an organ, it supports that organ.” – Dr. Josh Axe
  • Carrots, when cut in half, look like an eye (it’s been confirmed that the beta-carotene and vitamin A in carrots support eye health)
  • Walnuts, which are packed with omega-3s and vitamin E, look like half of a human brain – thus, they support brain/neurological health
  • Reishi mushrooms, which look identical to the kidneys and adrenal glands, are beneficial for both
  • Eating liver is good for your liver

Adaptogens Boost the Body’s Battery and Calm Unnecessary Energy

  • “Adaptogens are known for boosting qi in the body. Qi, what is it? It’s your adrenal glands; it’s essentially like your internal battery.” Dr. Josh Axe
    • Qi is a Chinese medicine term – it’s essentially how full your internal battery is
    • When you have a higher battery percentage, you have more energy to send out to the rest of your organs
  • “Adaptogens are known for calming the unnecessary energy your body is sending out to deal with a sympathetic response.” – Dr. Josh Axe
    • 🎧 “Your body can only do so much at one time. Your body acts as a spectrum; it’s either protecting itself or it’s healing itself. Protection or regeneration. Most of us live in this protected state where our blood is in our brain and our extremities, so our internal systems and organs aren’t functioning properly. They’re weakened, they’re not digesting nutrients… What adaptogens do is say, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa. Let’s balance things back out. Let’s lower this stress that’s in the brain, and get more of the blood and nutrients to specific organs.'”

Different Adaptogens Do Different Things

  • Ginseng boosts testosterone and libido in men 
    • How? – It re-directs more energy to the reproductive organs
  • Astragalus improves digestive health; it can be used to heal loose stool or leaky gut
  • Adaptogens like cordyceps and rhodiola rosea are good for endurance
  • Ashwagandha improves thyroid health
  • Reishi mushrooms supports the immune system, your overall internal battery (your energy levels), and has anti-aging effects
    • Also: “There’s some evidence that reishi can reduce 5-alpha reductase, which converts testosterone into DHT, which means that it can potentially help prevent male pattern baldness.” – Max Lugavere
  • He shou wu (AKA Foti) also has potent anti-aging effects
    • Many claim it makes the hair regain color if it’s turned gray

Dr. Axe’s Go-To Supplements

Consume More Collagen and Bone Broth

  • Without bone broth or a collagen supplement, you’re probably not hitting your body’s essential amino acid needs
    • ~30% of your entire body’s protein makeup is from collagen: skin, hair, nails, bones, gut lining, arterial walls, and the placenta if a woman is creating a new baby
    • What specific amino acids? – Proline, hydroxyproline, and glycine
      • Glycine is critical for many internal processes, including liver detoxification and mitigating inflammation
  • “Once you reach the age of 25, your body produces less collagen every single year. By the time you’re in your 50s, your body’s producing 75% less collagen, which is why your skin sags, because now your body has less collagen and it’s producing less collagen.” – Dr. Josh Axe
  • “I do think collagen is one of those things – foods, supplements, whatever you want to call it – that people should be taking every day. In terms of what people have seen the biggest results from of all the supplements I’ve recommended over the years, I would put collagen number one.” Dr. Josh Axe

The Different Types of Collagen

  • Beef and fish contain mostly type 1 and 2 collagen
    • Type 1 and 2 collagen make up your bones, skin, hair, nails, and part of your gut lining
  • Chicken contains mostly type 2 collagen
    • Type 2 collagen is what makes up your ligaments, tendons, fascia, and connective tissue
  • Type 5 and 10 collagen make up your arterial walls and the sockets of your eyes
  • In summary, it’s best to consume all types (1, 2, 3, 5 and 10)

Foods and Supplements That Support Collagen Production

Additional Notes

  • “Medical studies now show that drinking beetroot juice increases performance better than any other food on the planet for triathletes, runners, and endurance athletes” – Dr. Josh Axe
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