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Cornerman’s Tip: The Fats to Avoid this Summer

June 8, 2019

Thanks to everyone that came out to celebrate Peaches ‘n Cream! We hear Leeuwe Leeuwe was one another level! 

Summer solstice is in 2 weeks! 

We can’t miss this opportunity to celebrate again with you and Leeuwe Leeuwe!! 

Keep your eyes peeled!

Have you noticed that your coconut oil has changed from solid to liquid in the last week? 

When coconut oil changes from solid to a liquid that’s my hint to buckle down and avoid unsaturated fats. It’s also my sign that my cells can handle a little more carbs.

Here’s why I recommend limiting unsaturated fats and upping your saturated fats in the summer. 

How unsaturated fats are different than saturated

Saturated fats are like going to your 7th grade dance and everyone has a dance partner, and unsaturated fats are like the awkward time at the dance when there are 1 or maybe a couple of people without a dance partner.

!!Nerdy friends only!!
 Saturated fats have hydrogen atoms occupying all carbon atoms. Unsaturated fats, on the other hand, are not fully occupied by hydrogen atoms leaving the fat susceptible to attack by free radicals. 

What’s the big deal on free radicals?

We all produce free radicals, just like all of us have some varying degree of inflammation. Free radical formation is a normal part of your cells function. Free radicals become problematic when they are increased and out of control very similar to your immune system if you have autoimmune dis or dat.

3 things that cause increased oxidation (free radicals)

1. Heat
2. Light (UV, blue, green)
3. Oxygen

Unsaturated fats are more likely to create more free radicals especially in the presence of increased heat and light (think UV, blue, and green), and this means it may be best to avoid most unsaturated fats during the summer when with the higher amounts of UV and heat. Avoiding unsaturated fats and limiting your free radical production may help prevent cell damage and aging. 

Oxygen’s role in free radicals

When free radicals are formed, oxygen is used up creating an oxygen defict in the cell. When your oxygen levels decrease in your cells all kinds of ish starts breaking down from decreased ATP (energy production from the food you eat) and cellular dehydration. Reduced ATP production in the cells of the adrenal glands shows up as adrenal fatigue. In the thyroid, it shows up as hypothyroid with TSH as high as a kite on a windy day. And autoimmune dis and dat.

Fat and your gut health

The main sources of polyunsaturated fats are plants, next is fish. Since plants don’t have arms or claws to fight off the predator (deer, bear, or human), they produce oils, in addition to functioning as energy for germination of the seed, that causes digestive distress. When Bambi, Smokey, or Cornerman eat plants, the plant oils block digestive enzymes in their GI. The blocked digestive enzymes result in less breakdown of proteins, fats, and carbs before entering the blood. This is the start of your immune system getting pissed and eventually autoimmune dis or dat. 

Have you noticed after eating a salad you have GI issues? If not, pay attention to your next two bowel movements. 

A deuce that’s loose will steal your juice!

The enzymes that are inhibited by unsaturated fats are also used in the production of your thyroid hormones and immune cell function resulting in an increased risk of:

1. inflammation
2. decreased thyroid function
3. decreased progesterone
4. cancer
5. obesity
6. jacked up immune function
7. abnormal blood clotting

Fats and your hormones

Along with jacking up your GI, too many unsaturated fats (relative to saturated fats) may jack up your hormones. One of the most well-understood glands to be affected by unsaturated fats is your thyroid. Unsaturated fats jack up your thyroid hormones in 3 different areas of your body:

1. thyroid hormone secretion at the gland
2. thyroid hormone movement in your blood
3. thyroid hormone’s effect on your cells (where the hormone works) 

The decreased level action of thyroid on your cells results in increased estrogen and cholesterol. 

In addition to jacking up your estrogen and cholesterol, lower thyroid hormones mean lower progesterone and pregnenolone. Progesterone and pregnenolone are hormones that protect and help repair your nerves. This is likely one of the reasons for associated brain fog with hypothyroid. 

Save your salmon for the winter?

Plants and COLD water fish have higher amounts of polyunsaturated fats. When you eat more polyunsaturated fats, they are stored in your tissues where they are exposed to your body heat as well as oxygen. This leads to oxidation of the fat which can damage your cells. This ultimately causes energy production to head south. 

The fats I’ll be strictly limiting this summer

Polyunsaturated vegetable oils Soybean oilCorn oil Safflower oilCanola oilSesame oil Sunflower seed oil

The birds and pork have more unsaturated fat to saturated fat, unlike beef. 

The word on chicken

Chicken has a higher ratio of polyunsaturated to saturated fat (see below). This jacks up your energy production, hormones, immune system, and nervous system. 

The word on pork

Unless you’re getting primo pork, the pigs are likely fed corn and soybeans to fatten them up. This causes the animals fat to be similar chemically to vegetable oil. Pass on pork during the summer. s

!!WARNING!! Cosmetics and body care products !!WARNING!!

   ***Another source of polyunsaturated fats***

Lots of seed and plant fats = increased oxidation on your skin = skin damage.

Most cosmetic products are loaded with polyunsaturated fats because they are less expensive. Along with the above oils, almond oil–commonly used in health and beauty products, is an unsaturated fat that is highly oxidative on your skin. When you apply these products to your skin and you are exposed to sunlight and warm temperatures it’s the perfect recipe for skin damage. 

“Yo, Cornerman! I eat out all the time for my job, and I hear that restaurants use vegetable oils because they’re cheap.
What’s a better option for me?”

1. Ask your server to hold all oils.
2. Avoid fatty fish in the summer. This includes salmon. 
3. Eat more saturated fats from coconut oil, grass-fed beef and lamb, and lower fat seafood like shellfish.

I hope you get a chance to get your creative juices flowing this weekend!

Your Cornerman with love,

Dr. Thoma


How to Clean the Air in Your Home for $.25 per Day

Do your allergies have you feeling like Rocky on the ropes?

Bring all your friends!

Infinity Spine Center’s Peaches ‘n Cream party! 

May 31, 2019

11 AM – 4 PM

We’re giving away a BUM SPRITZER!

Swing by to enter to WIN!

A field trip with your Cornerman

Allergies and other respiratory challenges aren’t always due to airborne toxins. They can be caused by an overactive immune system. However, cutting the load of airborne particles in your home by using a legit air filter in your HVAC system can help reduce toxins from entering your lungs and body.

Before you go out and get your next air filter, here are some tips that’ll have your house as fresh as a little spritz spritz.

The basics you should know about air filters:

There are three main rating systems:

  1. MERV
  2. FPR
  3. MPR

MERV   What it means: Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value The higher the MERV rating equates to finer filtration, meaning fewer dust particles and other airborne contaminants can pass through the filter. A higher MERV rating does tell you that a filter removes a higher percentage of a specific particle as well as removing a larger variety of particles from the air.

FPR

What it stands for: Filter Performance Rating

Home Depot was on a power trip so they came up with their own rating for air filtration. If you shop at Home Depot for your filters you use FPR.

Here’s what you need to know:

MERV 13 equivalent: FPR 10

MPR

What it stands for: Microparticle Performance Rating

If you get your filters from Lowe’s this is probably the rating system you see. The MPR system is used for 3M/ Filtrete filters.

MERV 13 equivalent: 1500-1900 MPR

Home air filters are JV when compared to high-end home air purifiers. Austin Air Purifiers are the Johnny Manziel of the air purifiers–they are great, but not at the elite level. IQAir purifiers are the Tom Brady of air purifiers.

What kinda blower ya got matters   There are two different types of blowers in your HVAC: PSC and ECM. This is important to consider when selecting your filter.

PSC 

It doesn’t matter what it stands for. But if you want to know, you can read–> here.

Old school blower. Not as sensitive to changes in pressure.

PSC is like the low maintenance boyfriend/girlfriend they’re always there for you. Not so sensitive.

ECM

Newer energy efficient blower but sensitive to drops in pressure. If you’re in a newer home you’re probably rolling with ECM.

ECM is like the high maintenance boyfriend/girlfriend…when things are good there are no issues, but when things are bad it’s costly and you’re gonna pay the price. ECM are highly sensitive to the slightest bit of changes. They are like the high maintenance friend that won’t take one for the team and eat Taco Bell on the way to the Diamondbacks game that started 45 minutes ago, and you’re still a half hour away from the stadium.

Bottom line about blowers

If you have an ECM blower be careful not to blow up your rig with a high rating filter. If you do have an ECM you may want to consider getting an air purifier like IQAir especially if you have a respiratory, allergy, or chronic health challenge.

Most important variable to be able to use a high MERV filter    Normal human words: a large filter area relative to the air flow rate.

In the article below, they state that a 20″ x 20″ filter area is the magic filter area. The filter I currently use is 20″ x 25″ and I haven’t blown up my old school blower with an FPR 10 filter. I’ve been rollin’ with an FPR 10 filter for over 2 years now.

Math nerds, read here.

If you’re rollin’ with a Little Tikes filter, you may blow up your rig. Or if you’re rollin’ with one of those new age energy efficient ECM blowers that’s a little sensitive consider talking to your HVAC dude.

Cornerman does not take responsibility for busted blowers.

“Good” air quality for Scottsdale is not too common. When there’s “good” air quality open your windows. Otherwise, beef up your air filter and even better get an air purifier

7 things you can do to freshen and clean the air in your home

1. If air pollution (check your iPhone weather app, pic above) is low, crack your windows.

2. Clean your kitchen. After every meal, wash your dishes and clean your counters and table. At least 1x/week clean your floors. Oatmeal chocolate chip crumbs and drops of Van Leeuwen ice cream feed bacteria that can become airborne and reproduce–decreasing your home’s air quality.

3. Take your trash out frequently especially if you have fruit, vegetable, meat scraps. These invite microorganisms as well.

4. Wash your bedding at least weekly.

5. Get an air purifier. Check out IQAir

6. Get rid of carpet. This stuff is a trap for all kinds of respiratory insults. If you have carpet, vacuum every .4756 days with a shop vac with at least 7.5 horsepower and that should help your situation.

7. Get some house plants. I like Boston ferns, rubber plants, and snake plants.

Pints on pints!

Have an awesome Memorial Day weekend!

We’ll see you at Peaches n’ Cream May 31st!

Your Cornerman with love,

Dr. Thoma


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