Stress and the 4 Pillars

06:06-06:50John’s Story
08:08-12:12What is Stress?
12:10-17:45Four Pillars
17:54-20:41Balancing Blood Sugar
21:10-24:36Mental/Emotional Stress
24:57-29:02Managing Sleep
29:14-35:27Managing Inflammation
43:27-44:30Apple Cider Vinegar

Bedford Chiropractors Discuss Stress and the 4 Pillars

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:00:06] And here we are on our 18th episode with this gentleman that I consider one of the smartest minds in our profession. I kind of, you know, I consider him a grandfathered chiropractor because he thinks like us. And so thanks a lot for doing this, John. We’re going to get going right now. We’re five minutes in, John. Actually, I didn’t know you had a website where you tell a little bit about your story. So I know you Ben has read up on it. Why don’t we just start where you tell us a little bit about who you are and how you became the John Constas. That is today.

John’s Constas Story

John Constas: [00:00:49] Where do I start? I mean, for as long as I can remember, I’ve been passionate about health. I’ve had family members, a lot of clinicians in my family, MDs, pharmacists, you name it. We had we it was I was surrounded by medicine all my life. So just like the mere concept of helping others improve their health was kind of ingrained within me since a young age. I’ve always been fascinated by by by science. I’ve always been fascinated by health. So I kind of took a pathway in school to to to enhance that knowledge. And from you know, I went through CEGEP, I did my health sciences and then in university actually ended up with two bachelors.

So one in kinesiology and one in biology. So why kinesiologist? Because I’ve you know, since the year the age of 16, I’ve been exercising. I’ve been going to the gym and just being an active person and investing in my body and investing in my health has been something that I’ve been doing for almost sixteen, 16 years now. So I live and breathe this stuff. And as I got older, life became a little bit more challenging. You know, I finished school and was trying to kind of find my way and ended up in the pharmaceutical industry because, you know, that was all I kind of knew.

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John Constas: I wanted to be in the medical field and took my chance and into medicine didn’t accept it. So I said, you know what, like I’ve gained six years or five years of university.

John Constas: [00:02:26] I have a lot of knowledge, like, let me go and apply this in the real world and let’s see where it’s going to take me. And so, yeah, I started working in pharma, just I always felt inside me that it wasn’t enough. It was you know, I knew that I understood what was going on with these meds, why they were important. But for me, it was always it always felt like it was one piece of the puzzle I never really heard when I was working with as a rep in pharma, I was visiting pharmacists. And, you know, it was much more just wheeling and dealing and less about the patient. Right. It was about cycling and selling products.

And I wonder, I’m like, why isn’t it like why is there such a big disconnect between, you know, the people that are exercising and eating and the clinicians that are seeing patients on a day-to-day basis? Like, why aren’t they having those conversations? And at one point, I kind of went through a very stressful moment in my life personally and in my career. And I kind of had like a brick wall.

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John Constas: So I’ve always kind of had tendencies to be an anxious person, very stressed out. I worry I used to worry a lot. And eventually, at one point it got to me and I was an empty shell of who I used to be. I couldn’t find, you know, I would say I was pretty much depressed and with a mix of anxiety and the pain that I felt was was was so much that I decided I had two options.

John Constas: [00:04:00] It was either I was going to go see it and get prescribed the pill, take it for the rest of my life, and that would be it. Or I could find something natural like the natural holistic was just calling to me. It was almost always I had never really delved into it, but it was calling to me. So I said, you know what, like I’m going to go check it out. I’m going to go see what happens and we’ll see what happens. I was that at that point, you know, so I went to see a naturopath. He gave me two herbs, Ashwell, Gandara, Creola, those two herbs within a couple of days changed my life. And then I was like, OK, now I know where I need to be.

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John Constas: You know, there’s so much therapeutic potential to nature, to the supplements that are out there. They could do some good if they could do some good to me, I’m sure they can help others. And lo and behold, just how special the universe is. I was kind of looking for jobs and I saw orthomolecular products there and went on their website. Then I heard the president heard the owner of the company talking about, you know, looking at the ecosystem of the body, looking at all nutrition, fitness, all these things are all combined. And you have to synergize them and use them to your advantage.

John Constas: [00:05:12] And, you know, there was more than just the standard of care that most people are getting now. So I was like that, like, they’re talking exactly like me. This is what I believe. This is where I need to be. And the rest is history. I’ve been working with them for five years now. You know, they provide excellent, excellent products. Really. What makes orthomolecular products a company on its own is the number of resources they put into giving. Clinicians are all kinds of clinicians information on how to use. The power of functional medicine and solve health issues, so we are. I’ve been for the past five years, I’ve been teaching doctors how to do functional medicine in their practice to get their patients better, faster.

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John Constas: And, you know, I’m very blessed to work for a company that makes phenomenal products. They invest a lot of resources into research and development, choosing the right raw material in the supplement and getting the best results. There’s a lot of noise in the supplement industry now. There are so many companies out there. It’s a trillion-dollar industry, pardon me, multi, multibillion-dollar industry. It’s huge and it’s only going to get bigger. So now trying to find which companies are good versus which are a little bit not potent enough, not effective enough. That’s where the difficulty comes for most people. So I’m here to try and bring that expertise and that knowledge to the clinicians I work with so they can really get back to their patients.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:06:50] Great story, John, and for all the listeners, if you stay till the end, we’re going to be talking about the pillars and what’s needed in order to manage stress. So we’re going to talk about that. I always say drugs. They work, but they never fix anything. So, I mean, we have to fix the underlying issue in terms of what they’re and I think the conversation around stress is a very pertinent one to have right now with everything else going around the world. I think it’s it’s definitely the I don’t know, the gray area and we don’t know to the amount what how much stress affects people’s lives and health because it’s hard to measure in a way.

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Dr. Clayton Roach: But we’re going to begin this conversation tonight. I think everybody is going to appreciate your guys show us a little bit of the thumbs up and the hearts and start sharing this episode because I guarantee you 99 percent of people who are going to see this episode in their feed is going to want to listen to this is going to be able to benefit from this. So share this now into the groups that you guys have, exercise groups, nutrition groups, community groups. Let people know that this information is being shared and you’re opening your minds up to some of the most researched

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:08:04] Nutrition options out there right now.

Chiropractors Define Stress

John Constas: [00:08:08] I want to get started with, you know, what is stress? People imagine they all have their versions of what stresses, but what is it exactly? And what oftentimes when I talk about stress with people and often surprised them when I tell them that stress is essential for is essential, it’s an essential thing. You need to have this stress response. The problem is, is that we back the way this response developed in our ancestors based on how we’re living today, it doesn’t work anymore. So back in the day, you had your stress response.

Your brain essentially surveys the environment and it would notice, for example, a bear that would release a whole bunch of chemicals in your body to either fight or run away. So that that basically right now is being repeated on a day to day by day basis. But there’s no longer a bear anymore. Now it’s financed. Now it’s the uncertainty of your future. There’s, you know, family, family responsibilities, work responsibilities. So we have this bear constantly around us on a 24/7 basis. And the brain just thinks you’re in constant danger that you’re going to die essentially.

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John Constas: So it’s work and it works and it works. And for a certain period of time, it’s all fine and dandy. But at one point, your brain just gets exhausted from trying to stop this and it just gives up. It’s called off. And we call this burnout. People that get into a burnout then long term, you know, they end up with more serious mental health problems like depression, severe anxiety, just problems that require medication to solve.

John Constas: [00:10:02] But, you know, if you look back in the history of this person having this continuous stress for years and years, if not decades, just eventually destroys their entire biology and destroys the brain. And they have all the other problems that come with that. So, you know, at the end of the day, what I’m trying to get to is that your stress is important. What’s important in this day and age is learning how to manage it. Management, stress management is what’s vital to increasing your lifespan, getting, you know, fulfilling any kind of dreams you may want to have in your life.

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You know, if your body’s stressed out and burnt out, you can’t get anything done. So, you know, if I want to also very briefly and simply explain how the stress is working. So like I mentioned before, your brain is perceiving the environment. There’s another part of your brain called the hypothalamus. The part of it is the part of the brain that analyzes the environment. And that’s whenever there’s a stressor, there’s a sign, a signal that goes to another part of the brain called the pituitary gland, which releases hormones that go into another part of your body called the adrenal glands. That right on top of your kidneys in the back here.

John Constas: [00:11:16] And these adrenal glands are there to essentially create something called cortisol, which is your stress hormone. If you want to make this very simple to understand, imagine stress as the fire and your cortisol is your body’s natural water reserves to extinguish that fire. The problem, as I mentioned before, is that you know, you only have so much water reserves, your cortisol, your stress hormone, until eventually, those reserves burn out and then so do you. So really, the goal is and stress is to provide the body with as much nutrition and nutrients necessary to increase that those water reserves, I call those water reserves to stress resiliency.

Definition of the Four Pillars

John Constas: And the more you are resilient to stress, the better you’re going to handle it, the fewer health problems you’re going to have. It’s just for me, it’s vital to everything and the way I kind of talk and teach my doctors about stress so they can teach to their patients. We work with a four-pillar system. So stress depends on something called blood sugar and balances. So we have something called blood sugar that is essentially the sugar that’s being transported through your blood to nourish different organs that your brain, your heart. All these things.

So the foods that you’re eating are breaking down into these glucose chains with sugar chains and that makes your blood sugar. The problem is and these days is that one, either people eating too much salt by eating too much, you are removing that balance.

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John Constas: [00:13:00] The blood sugar has to be balanced. So once you remove the balance, that’s a stressor on the body. Your body doesn’t know how to deal with it. So it’s it’s a stressor. The other stress or the other side of that same coin is not eating enough. People tend to kind of skip meals when they’re stressed. They’ve got a lot of things going on in the morning. They forget to eat. That’s basically creating a whole domino effect of making your stress worse later on in the day. Why? Because that blood sugar drops too much. So that sends a signal to your brain telling you, hey, I’m starving, why aren`t I eating? Am I going to die soon?

So imagine having that cycled through your you know, it’s natural wisdom that is constantly happening. And this is to keep you alive. So understanding blood sugar and balances and eating the right foods at the right time to keep things in harmony, it’s vital. The other part of stress is what I call mental-emotional stress. So mental-emotional stress is essentially what’s going on in the brain. We all have a very specific cocktail of different brain chemicals. Some of us are Type A personalities where we push you to know, we work very hard. We’ve got a lot of energy. We can focus, but then we burn out pretty fast. Then we have other people who are, you know, a little bit more relaxed, a little bit calmer.

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John Constas: [00:14:29] So everybody’s that all have to do with the cocktail of different brain chemicals in your body that make up your personality. And when you’re how does that connect to stress is that there are two very important brain chemicals that help your brain relax. So put it, put it, put the brakes. Essentially, I call they’re called serotonin and GABA. So these two brain chemicals are actually produced in your gut and then are used by your brain to communicate with different parts of it.

So imagine these brain chemicals as chemical messengers, chemical communicators, that different parts, different cells in your brain used to communicate. And so people that are chronically stressed just completely burnt out their serotonin in their GABA. And why does that what ends up happening is when you don’t have serotonin, you have depression that ends up happening. Depression is essentially a very low level of serotonin, which is like a chemical. It’s a good mood, happy mood that has to do with serotonin.

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John Constas: So burning those things out by not eating well, not giving your body the right nutrition or the right nutrients to keep those levels high over time, your body kind of gives out on you, as I mentioned before. And then you fall into serious problems like depression or severe anxiety, etc. The third part, the third pillar of stress is sleep disturbances.

John Constas: [00:15:57] Sleep is vital if you’re a stressed-out person and you’re not sleeping like a champ, well, you have pretty much what are your main answers? Sleep is when your brain is cleaning out the junk from the day. Sleep is when your DNA starts repairing itself so your entire genetic code is being repaired. Your body’s healing. If you’re not sleeping well, you’re going to have stressed is just going to be uncontrollable. So what I always tell my doctors to relate to their patients is just teach them how to master their sleep. If they can master their sleep, everything else is going to kind of especially under the stress fear, going to put itself into place.

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John Constas: And last but not least, there is inflammation. So this is something that’s very important in your practices, Doctor Boudreau and Doctor Roach`s, any sort of inflammation? Talking about chronic inflammation diseases, maybe from IBS, IBD, Crohn’s people that I have, that I have rheumatoid arthritis, just general inflammation affects your stress levels. Why? Because your body uses cortisol, that stress hormone that I mentioned before, to produce your own body’s natural anti-inflammatory cortisone. If you’re constantly inflamed, your body’s using up that resilience to counter the effects of stress. Over time, it’s just going to get worse and understanding these four pillars in your life and figuring out where you need to work on them immediately is vital to improving stress levels and feeling your best.

Balancing Blood Sugar

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:17:47] Very good, John. John, it’s possible we still have a little bit of time, would it be possible for you to give maybe one golden nugget for each of those categories,? Well, in terms of the first one you talked about was the sugar, correct? Yeah, exactly. So I’ll get that you could share regarding sugar and how and what would be one tool that they could take in.

John Constas: [00:18:13] Perfect. So when it comes to blood sugar and balances, what I want is shown in the research to be highly effective is to not have carbs for breakfast and have them later on the day. Why? It’s because when you have a lot of carbs for breakfast, you spike something. A hormone called insulin and insulin are released by your body in order for it to use the sugars that you’re giving it. When you spike that insulin very hard, you put your whole body out of whack and doing that first thing in the morning just puts you on a rollercoaster ride for the rest of the day. What I found, you know, what I’ve seen to work very, very well is you have proteins and fats for breakfast because that offers your brain something called phenylalanine and tyrosine.

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John Constas: This is very important for the production of dopamine, which is what that energy to get things done in your day. Having something with carbs and fats in the morning increases those levels, those neural neurotransmitters, those brain chemicals in your brain so you can perform better. Now, when it comes to supplementation, I know people love to help their bodies. You know, let’s say if you want supplementation, you want natural support to keep your blood sugar balanced so you don’t have those rollercoaster rides. Well, my favourite is Berberian. You know, they’ve done studies with Berberian comparing it to metformin, which is a very popular drug for blood sugar and balances

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:19:50] It over the amount of people on metformin.

John Constas: [00:19:53] Unreal. It’s yeah, it’s you know, I used to work at a pharmacy when I was a student and it was like every four to five people had had that drug every month. So it’s, you know, blood sugar imbalances. Birdbrain is very effective, has been shown to be very effective at leveling out those those blood sugars. Also teaching your body how to use it, pushes your body to use fat as an energy source, which is a lot better for for your for your performance. So birdbrains great chromium is great. Cinnamon are great.

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John Constas: You know, if you can get those things in there, you know, Dr. Roach has some great options for you guys, but I think they all have their benefit. You know, supplements are strongly recommended. The other thing I want to say for mental emotional. All right. So many important

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:20:46] Supplements. I always when we we have this moment

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:20:49] Where I feel like I’ve learned something, I know everybody make sure we get a few thumbs up and heard something that was really cool. That’s great. So make sure you guys are sending in your hearts, in your legs and your shares. At this point, we are getting gold and nuggets right now from John Constas of orthomolecular products. Yeah, that was good. All right. So next one was mental stress.

Mental & Emotional Stress

John Constas: [00:21:12] Yeah. So mental emotional. You know, like I mentioned before, serotonin and GABA. What can you do to to to to manage that and and at least not burn through too much of it. Well, it’s very important to be getting your vitamins. B vitamins are found in meats, for example. Meat is the highest source of evidence you can find in nature based on your nutrition. So I’m talking about B5 five, B6, B12, folate. You know, those things are vital for making sure that your mental your brain cocktail is balanced out. Your body uses those B vitamins to to balance out the right chemical cocktail, boosts serotonin and boost GABA.

So at least you can have your brain can you, can you have some fuel for the brakes. Essentially one of my favourite things and it’s one of those things that when people start taking it, they notice a difference right away is magnesium. Magnesium is a very important mineral. If you want to manage your stress and if you want to feel your best mentally.

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Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:22:23] I always say magnesium is a supplement that has made me look the best.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:22:29] So many times because, like, I feel I don’t want you did, I was like, well, you know, that’s probably the magnesium. I can’t take credit for that one. It’s just people come back and I’ve got John. I’ve got this lady that I see. She buys it every month, the powder. She says clean. I’ve never taken anything that makes me feel so much better. And she says every time she says this is such a great product. So, yeah, that’s that’s a great one

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:22:58] We’ve had on that show as well. And it’s great. Yeah. So good.

John Constas: [00:23:04] It’s becoming a hot topic. It’s been slept on for many, many years now. And now it’s I’m starting to see it float to the surface. And it makes me feel amazing because I know for myself personally what wonders magnesium has done for my sleep, for my stress, tolerate my stress, resilience. You know, you just start sleeping like a baby. But really what’s important and what I try to mention with magnesium is to make sure you’re getting a good enough dose.

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John Constas: So I recommend my clinicians do between six hundred to eight hundred milligrams of magnesium. So that’s elemental magnesium. And, you know, you’re not going to find what’s important for people to notice when they’re looking for quality magnesium is to look for a bottle that either mention the elemental value. So you’ll see there are certain products that will just say magnesium, but they’re not saying the right. You know, they’re giving a number. But you’re only going to get like maybe 10 percent of that from a product like yours has something called tracks tr a. Yes, which is the real amino acid scheelite system. And this is by a company called Albian.

They are the best-chelated mineral producers on the planet. They’ve got all the research. And, you know, this is the best of the best stuff. So, you know, all of Dr. Roache, not just patients, they’re very lucky to have a very quality magnesium product in there. So, yeah, that’s super important for mental-emotional stress.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:24:37] Sure. Right on. Yeah, I was I was wondering at one point you going to talk about magnesium. So that’s I tell you, that’s one of the products that I can never stress enough about how important it is. And that’s that’s a great one. Next one up was sleep disturbances sleep. Yes.

Managing Sleep

John Constas: [00:24:56] So, you know, a few tips on how you can improve your sleep as soon as possible. Well, first things first are to remove technology from the bedroom. There’s a ton of research out there kind of on one side saying, oh, there’s no problem with electromagnetic frequencies, which are pretty much these frequencies emitted from your electronics, your phone, your TV, etc. and there’s another side where, you know, it’s causing a lot of harm. So for me, I like the way I looked at the research. I say it’s inconclusive.

John Constas: [00:31:12] The Omega three biggest six Omega nine combo is to me is marketing like a marketing ploy to be like, oh, I have three different kinds of Omega. It must be great. But, you know, we don’t really don’t need omega sixes in our diet. We’re getting you to know, they’ve seen they’ve done research looking at this ratio. And so many health problems are affected. There are correlations between those. So we need to make sure that people are eating as well as possible on a daily basis, removing these packaged foods from their homes, you know, as much as possible, getting the clean foods, the clean seafood that’s rich and omega-three for the people that aren’t big fans of seafood. There are natural options in supplement form.

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John Constas: And if there’s a light source from outside, from outside your bedroom in the hallway, that light hits your eyelid while you’re sleeping and screws up something called melatonin, which is your sleep hormone. So you don’t want any light sources at night. The darker it is, the better the sleep is. And one thing as supplements, there’s kind of a two-sided problem with sleep. One is, you know, they can’t a person can’t fall asleep and the other is they can’t stay asleep at night.

John Constas: [00:26:52] So falling asleep at night really is supported again with magnesium. That really helps induce sleep. People should definitely consider accountability. There’s been research that shows that that also helps induce sleep. So you want to be teaching your body in the evening to wind down. And little tweaks like that can help. If people are having problems with sleep and they’re waking up in the middle of night. That’s a that’s a stress issue. That’s, you know, like I mentioned before, the cortisol.

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John Constas: You have to imagine cortisol, this hormone is very high in. The morning when you wake up, as as the day goes by, it goes down, then at one point you go to bed right in the middle of the night as you’re sleeping throughout the night, it starts to go up again for the morning to wake you up. Cortazar also wakes you up in the morning. So people who are sleeping at night and waking up suddenly and not able to fall asleep is there’s a problem in that graph. What’s happening is that instead of the causal slowly going up, others sleep, it spikes up and it takes them up.

And then they probably usually end up waking up with their mind racing or they’re anxious or they’re stressed out and they can’t fall back asleep. So one amazing ingredient that can help with that is called phosphatidylserine. And that has been shown to blunt that those spikes of cortisol, those spikes to that stress hormone in the middle of the night. So you don’t wake up in the middle of the night. But, yeah, I mean, that magnesium and phosphatidylserine are two great tools to supplement wires to help enhance your sleep.

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Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:28:29] And then the night waking up and stuff, that was the Cerenity and the CerenityPM.

John Constas: [00:28:33] Exactly. So Cerenity would be more of like a day anxiety, distress. 3:00 PM has that phosphatidylserine in there, which helps you stay asleep at night. So, you know, I’ve had clinicians that use both. They both have they’re both two sides of the same coin. Kind of thing they’re doing is very similar effects of boosting serotonin and GABA. The only difference is with CerenityPM, it prevents that stress from waking the person up at night.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:29:02] So, yeah, well, we cover all four

John Constas: [00:29:07] Not one more and we’re done. It’s inflammation. I’ll keep that very quick. The best way, the best way to keep inflammation balanced out is to lower your consumption of omega-six. Omega six is everywhere. All the packaged foods, whenever you see things like soybean oil, palm oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, these things are full of Omega six. And here in North America, you know, we have something called an omega-three omega-six ratio and the ratio of Omega six, which is inflammatory to Omega three, which is anti-inflammatory here in North America. It’s twenty to one.

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So you’re twenty times you have twenty times more omega six than in Omega three. So inflammation, as I mentioned before, is terrible for your body. It’s a silent, silent flame that slowly kills you. And so your goal is to do your best to minimize those noxious effects and consume things like there’s salmon. Salmon is a great thing. Anchovies, mackerel, small fish, very, very high in omega 3s, which are the counterbalance essentially. Imagine Omega six as the fire. Omega three is the water that does is the same. So you want to find a balance and harmony between both.

Managing Inflammation

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:30:35] So you know what makes the same amount of noise as fingernails on a chalkboard?

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:30:42] Is me hearing that my patients are taking omega three, six, nine, I’m like, no, don’t do that

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:30:50] The fact that you can even pick up omega six vitamins blows my mind at the same time people come in. They said, I think I picked up the right thing. You’re know, you’re in the opposite direction. And so I’m gonna need some like today on something really important, that important difference between the two actual.

John Constas: [00:31:12] The Omega three biggest six Omega nine combo is to me is marketing like a marketing ploy to be like, oh, I have three different kinds of Omega. It must be great. But, you know, we don’t really don’t need omega sixes in our diet. We’re getting you to know, they’ve seen they’ve done research looking at this ratio. And so many health problems are affected. There are correlations between those. So we need to make sure that people are eating as well as possible on a daily basis, removing these packaged foods from their homes, you know, as much as possible, getting the clean foods, the clean seafood that’s rich and omega-three for the people that aren’t big fans of seafood. There are natural options in supplement form.

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So Omega 3s, for example, can come from fish oil. The best one and the only one people should be getting is a triglyceride form. This is the fat in these products. Basically mimic the fact that you would find in nature from the fish, there are tons of products on the market that are selling a synthetic form of these fish oils called ethyl ester. Those are made in the lab. Those don’t come. You cannot find that in nature. Your digestive system isn’t used to these kinds of fats. So a lot of these companies will put in an enzyme in there to digest official, which your body should be doing on its own. So Omega three fish oil triglycerides are super important for inflammation.

Then there’s the curcumin, which is very popular. There are things that are a little bit more aggressive, like B propolis or skullcap by Cleanthes, which have a lot of interesting research behind them. But really, the tops, the ones that I recommend to people most is an Omega-three or a curriculum in a quality human product.

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Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:33:04] Turmeric can you speak about turmeric. Just real quick, I’ve got a question about turmeric and how it helps inflammation.

John Constas: [00:33:10] So how can I make this simple turmeric is so curcumin is found in turmeric, turmeric is the actual spice that, you know, that yellow spice. But what they do is what they’ve done now is they’ve isolated the active component of that curcumin. If people want to try to understand what curcumin is doing in their body, it’s essentially turning off the key to the ignition of the inflammation that happens. Curcumin is like one of those nutrients that stops the ignition of inflammation from happening at its source. So that’s a bit different from a medication that is working a little bit lower down in that process. I’m really going to the root of of the inflammation with something like curcumin and what’s super important when it comes to come in.

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You know, it’s a fairly new thing. But that’s where the curcumin industry is going to go, is to make sure that you have a product that’s a complete turmeric matrix. In turmeric, there are there’s curcumin, but there are other components like they’re called volatile oils, and those have an effect on the gut. By working that effect in the gut, they lower inflammation. So people need to understand supplements. The way a lot of the work is by modulating the ecosystem of bacteria, a fungus that is found inside your gut. They modulate that and not modulate biological processes like inflammation, for example.

So a quality curcumin product is something that’s going to be able to work on the gut. You know, there’s a lot of misinformation when it comes to the curriculum on the industry now because there are people that are making something called liposomal curcumin. And it’s basically what they do is they put the curcumin in like little oil droplets and you put it under your tongue and essentially you avoid having to digest it and use it. But really, the important part of curcumin is getting a product that gets to that gut, changes that bacterial ecosystem and modulates the inflammation. So that’s important and it has a lot of clinical value infused. Right.

Chiropractors Discuss Supplements

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:35:27] So, John, an alien lands on planet Earth and you can give him one supplement. What do you get?

John Constas: [00:35:34] That’s an easy one. Magnesium, he’ll tell you. So you don’t he’ll really it’s a life-changer. It’s a game-changer. And anybody I’ve ever talked about magnesium with it got them on a quality magnesium product. It changes it changes lives. And it’s done the same for me. I’m sure it’s done a lot for your patients there. So, you know, I strongly recommend if people want to see the power of a quality supplement, get on magnesium.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:36:03] I don’t think there’s one

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:36:04] Supplement to that. You can’t cheaply because people say, I tried. Magnesium doesn’t work. You know, if you do a little bit more digging into where they bought it and the brain and it’s a hard sell at that point because they’ve already made a decision in your mind that magnesium doesn’t work. Right. Yeah, John, it’d be great if you could just touch.

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Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:36:23] On the aspect of absorption rates and the research that orthomolecular has put into the products that they’re releasing, just so people understand why this product is superior to something you might find at Costco.

John Constas: [00:36:38] Ok, so I’ll try to make it simple for everybody to understand. But so I’ll use an example of magnesium. So there are so many different types of magnesium on the market. One example is something called magnesium oxide. Magnesium oxide is something you’re going to find in all the most store brands that you find in pharmacies. Or, you know, for example, Jamieson is a great example. They’re going to use something like magnesium oxide. And so the problem with magnesium oxide is that it’s called magnesium salt. Salt has a charge technically that you have to imagine.

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People have to imagine as like magnesium is like a little molecule. And once it goes into your body, it has to get absorbed into your blood. And in order to do that, it’s got to be transported into your blood. So when somebody is taking something like magnesium oxide, this has a kind of electric charge and your gut lining also has an electric charge. So they kind of like repel each other. It’s like two magnets that are the same polarity. They kind of push because of the way. Well, it’s the same thing with magnesium oxide. It’s a lot we call it. It’s called passive diffusion. Instead of being absorbed proactively and in a rush kind of thing, it’s being absorbed very slowly, if anything at all. So you end up spending money on a product and you’re absorbing like nothing.

So you know what? What’s the point? I think the metaphor the analogy I like to use is like take you to know, if you’re going to spend ten dollars on a magnesium supplement, you might as well just take the ten dollars and burn it because you’re wasting money.

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John Constas: [00:38:18] So something like a chelated version, still a chelated is essentially the same principle. You take that magnesium molecule, but you wrap things called amino acids. Amino acids are like the small building blocks that build up proteins. So this magnesium molecule is now surrounded by these amino acids. Your body needs amino acids at all times. The immune system uses amino acids to produce immune cells, your skin, all these things, your entire almost like 90 percent, I’m pretty sure, like 90 percent of your body’s proteins. Your body is going to go above and beyond to get those proteins in your into your body as soon as possible.

So essentially a quality product like magnesium chelated glaciated, for example, like you guys have at the clinic, that form is essentially a ninja’s, the magnesium quicker into the body. So it uses something called active transport. Exactly. It ninja’s it camouflages with these amino acids and your body Proactiv like, hey, I want this, I want this. I’m going to take this in. A quality chelated like a magnesium glycinate, the clinic is your body’s going to use that much more effectively.

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So your dollar is going a lot further, investing in a product like that versus taking a product that you might absorb like five percent of it and heart, you know, the hard-earned money you’re spending on the product is just being wasted. So I always recommend that people invest in a chelated form, you know, like what Orthomolecular offers. And you’re going to pay for what you’re going to get, what you pay for it. So that’s pretty much what I got to say.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:40:06] Quality products get quality results. Not exactly someone like John here this evening to talk to us about such great products and why it’s worth going and pushing for quality products like that in something that world. Guys, just give us a few thumbs up and hearts here. For the information that John is shared tonight, we have a question. John, can you give a sample of a good breakfast?

John Constas: [00:40:30] Sample of a good breakfast.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:40:34] A bagel, I mean

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John Constas: [00:40:37] I mean, if you want to go to the standard, it’s just solid breakfast that you can get, you know, that most people are going to be used to. I would say something like, you know, quality bacon, not like the the the what’s the one that they have there at the popular one maple leaf stuff like, no, you get like good organic quality bacon with some quality eggs, organic as well. I mean, that’s that for me is like a very good standard breakfast to start your day. People end up eating like this. They just have that energy all morning. And it’s that, you know, you don’t get that crash. People get so many crashes in the afternoon.

What do they turn these off? Yeah, the carbs, you know, they get their whole blood sugar out of whack first thing in the morning. Their brain is flooded with serotonin. So they’re just like tired and groggy, you know, things like eggs. You know, what I personally love is a nice steak for breakfast. I know. It’s like people are going to like jaws are going to drop.

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Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:41:38] But I mean,

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:41:40] Eight ounce strip loin for breakfast. I’m all in buddy.

John Constas: [00:41:42] Steak and eggs is a game changer, but yeah.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:41:48] So is gentle exercise and movement good for relieving stress and reducing cortisol and I guess the time of day that you should be exercising.

John Constas: [00:42:03] I would say avoid exercising past 6:00 p.m. because then you start getting into the part where your body should be used for sleep. So past 6:00 p.m. There’s going be people are saying we’re going to say, oh, well, you know, I’m working. I have to go to the gym at like 7:00 and a workout is better than no workout. But if you have the choice, the best optimal time is like early afternoon, one to two p.m., like just your hormones. Your body’s at its most wakeful state and things are optimal for training.

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John Constas: But I also prefer I personally like morning and, you know, just a simple walk and didn’t have to be a go to the gym and lift weights. If people spend, you know, if they can get out to walk either early in the morning, get that sunlight, get that sunlight, that early morning sunshine. Amazing for stress as well. It helps and it also helps for sleep. It helps recalibrate your body clock so early in the morning, get those first rays of sunshine or in the evening when the sun’s going down. Those are two optimal times. If you want to take a nice walk and ease the stress and get your body moving. I love those times and there’s a lot of research that shows it’s just really good at those moments.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:43:26] Uh, Kathy’s taking apple cider vinegar a year and a half.

Apple Cider Vinegar

John Constas: [00:43:30] Yeah, of course, apple cider vinegar, if anybody has, like indigestion problems or they’re just, you know, they have bloating or they feel that they get heartburn. What a lot of research is showing now is that heartburn isn’t actually too much acid. It’s not enough. So then you’re bought one. When you go to eat something, your body overproduces acid and that causes Gerd. So Harpur and all sorts of things are a is a symptom of low stomach acid. And, you know, the apple cider vinegar is phenomenal.

It’s I have tons of people that had come to me with those questions indigestion problems, heartburn. I got them on one shot, 15 minutes of apple cider, apple cider vinegar, 50 minutes before you eat, get that, you know, stimulates those gastric juices, helps you digest your meal much nicer. So, I mean, that’s really how I would use it. I know there are other ways that people are using it, but I think it’s a great thing to incorporate clusters like prebiotics in there as well. So, yeah, excellent.

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Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:44:40] What about the top vegetable and the worst

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:44:42] Vegetable for inflammation top to reduce it and the worse to create it,

John Constas: [00:44:48] To reduce it. It would be citrus fruit stuff with vitamin C. That’s a super potent antioxidant. That is great to lower inflammation. What would what? Yeah. Ginger anything that’s going to work on the gut. So I like ginger. I like lemon. A lot of lemons, a lot of citruses. Any kinds of citrus fruit are great to lower inflammation. You don’t want to do too many fruits either. You want to find a balance like too much sugar, too much fructose from the fruits is also a kind of negative as well. So people have to find that balance fruits have an important role. If you’re going to get fruits, you know, get something with high vitamin C to lower your inflammation.

And I’m trying to think like what kid what food would cause inflammation. I mean, anything that’s cooked in oils. Potatoes like fries are probably the worst vegetable to eat if especially if it’s fried because it spikes your insulin and it also causes inflammation as well. So you don’t like a double whammy of inflammation overall. So. Yeah, yeah.

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Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:45:59] I think that was awesome if you guys really enjoyed that. Make sure you give a thumbs up to John because he’s sharing a lot of gold nuggets tonight. We asked for one for each category. This guy is nuts, bunch. I want you to read through this and divide it up. It’s going to be a lot easier for you guys to follow. But give alike now to John for him giving us his time and doing this for you guys and talking about something so important, which is to supplement the world. We don’t know much about it.

And so thank you guys so much. That was so great. John, thank you. Awesome. You know, I think anytime somebody can leave with golden nuggets, they can apply tomorrow morning. And, you know, we always overestimate what we can do in a short period of time, but we underestimate what we can do in a long period of time. So start tomorrow, start today by doing those little steps. And you’ll be amazed when you look back a year from now, you’ll say, man, I remember who I was and I know who I am now.

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Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:46:53] And I’m so glad I took those little steps because, you know, everybody wants that big Kinlaw and I’m going to go January 1st. And that always feels so do the little things to them. Right. Once you get something in your routine, then add another one. And that way you assure yourself little successes along the way. And I think that’s the key, is to get those little wins along the way. I can’t thank you enough from the bottom of my heart right now, John.

That’s awesome stuff. And if your heart so desires, you want to come back on. I wouldn’t mind people giving us some topics that you would love John to cover. And maybe if you guys are nice and share this episode, every single one of you shares this episode, we may be able to persuade John. And coming on again, make sure you subscribe to our channel. John, all the best to you. I wish you the very best. Keep doing what you’re doing and you’re changing lives. And great to have you in our corner. Thank you so much.


John Constas: [00:47:52] My pleasure. My pleasure. Thank you.

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