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  • Article from Newsweek: ‘HOSPITALS ARE USING VITAMIN C TO TREAT SOME CORONAVIRUS PATIENTS’

    March 30, 2020 By Billy

    Excerpt from Newsweek article BY ROSIE MCCALL

    Full article here: https://www.newsweek.com/new-york-hospitals-vitamin-c-coronavirus-patients-1494407

    Large doses of vitamin C are being administered to patients in intensive care at certain hospitals in New York, Newsweek has confirmed with a spokesperson for Northwell Health.

    They confirmed reports that patients testing positive with COVID-19 were in some cases being treated with large doses of vitamin C—among other drugs—at their clinics.

    The antioxidant is being administered intravenously in quantities far exceeding the daily recommended dose, which is 90 milligrams for men and 75 milligrams for women as recommended by the National Institutes of Health.

    Fat-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin A and D, can be quite toxic at high doses, but vitamin C is reasonably safe as it is easily excreted, Peter McCaffery, Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen in the U.K., told Newsweek. It is also known that intravenous vitamin C is relatively safe when applied under clinical supervision, McCaffery added.

    But perhaps most significantly in this case, the vitamin plays a role in the body’s healing process. It can protect cells against harmful free radicals, which are found in cigarette smoke, air pollution and fried foods among other things, and may cause a number of health problems, including cancer and heart disease.

    There have been studies looking at its effectiveness against the common cold, some cases of which are caused by another virus from the broader coronavirus family. Some of the more promising studies suggest it can lessen the severity of common cold symptoms and reduce the number of days it takes to recover.

    Researchers are looking at what benefit, if any, vitamin C might have on COVID-19 patients. Scientists at Zhongnan Hospital in Wuhan, China, have begun a clinical trial to determine just that, but no results have yet been published. The completion date is scheduled for the end of September, 2020, when they hope to have shown that vitamin C reduces the inflammatory effects of the disease in the lung.

    If successful, this action would be, in part, due to the antioxidant effect of vitamin C, said McCaffery.

    Full article here: https://www.newsweek.com/new-york-hospitals-vitamin-c-coronavirus-patients-1494407

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    ​​​​​​​Of course a natural question that comes to mind is, would these patients have coronavirus in the first place if they had already been taking large doses of vitamin C? There’s currently a lot of debate over whether or not vitamin C could potentially be a preventative for coronavirus, but the fact is, vitamin C is the most effective nutritive support for a strong immune system – the very thing that defends the body from invasive diseases.

    Here’s the other question and just why I will put the spotlight on Infinity-C: just what are the highest vitamin C foods? Camu berry, Acerola cherry, and Amla berry – the very ingredients of Infinity-C. The addition of astragalus root, shilajit, and ginger then further advances the immune boosting performance of Infinity-C. These are the reasons I am totally confident Infinity-C truly is the most immunity strengthening product in the world. On that note, did you know the Infinity-C Bars have a full serving of Infinity-C?

    Infinity-C delivers 1000mg of real vitamin C per serving purely from plant foods for a 100% absorption rate. Alternatively, ascorbic acid, lab-produced from genetically modified corn (10-15% absorption), is what comprises the other all-too-common products marketed as vitamin C. Amazingly, just one tablespoon of Infinity-C contains the vitamin C content of fourteen oranges, making Infinity-C an incomparable immune-boosting powerhouse.

    So another question is, what if these twenty three hospitals we’re using Infinity-C instead of ascorbic acid? Click below to learn more.

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  • Article from New York Post: ‘New York hospitals treating coronavirus patients with vitamin C’

    By Billy

    Excerpt from New York Post article by Lorena Mongelli and Bruce Golding March 24, 2020

    Full article here: https://nypost.com/2020/03/24/new-york-hospitals-treating-coronavirus-patients-with-vitamin-c/

    Seriously sick coronavirus patients in New York state’s largest hospital system are being given massive doses of vitamin C — based on promising reports that it’s helped people in hard-hit China, The Post has learned.

    Dr. Andrew G. Weber, a pulmonologist and critical-care specialist affiliated with two Northwell Health facilities on Long Island, said his intensive-care patients with the coronavirus immediately receive 1,500 milligrams of intravenous vitamin C.

    Identical amounts of the powerful antioxidant are then readministered three or four times a day, he said.

    Each dose is more than 16 times the National Institutes of Health’s daily recommended dietary allowance of vitamin C, which is just 90 milligrams for adult men and 75 milligrams for adult women.

    The regimen is based on experimental treatments administered to people with the coronavirus in Shanghai, China, Weber said.

    “The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C,” he said.

    “It helps a tremendous amount, but it is not highlighted because it’s not a sexy drug.”

    A spokesman for Northwell — which operates 23 hospitals, including Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — said vitamin C was being “widely used” as a coronavirus treatment throughout the system, but noted that medication protocols varied from patient to patient. “As the clinician decides,” spokesman Jason Molinet said.

    Full article here: https://nypost.com/2020/03/24/new-york-hospitals-treating-coronavirus-patients-with-vitamin-c/?fbclid=IwAR2v_CeqbgheX-oxzXMj7EoUbmVwvqHxeJjKo-GslzsJwuODYqIHZtISeqc

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    Of course a natural question that comes to mind is, would these patients have coronavirus in the first place if they had already been taking large doses of vitamin C? There’s currently a lot of debate over whether or not vitamin C could potentially be a preventative for coronavirus, but the fact is, vitamin C is the most effective nutritive support for a strong immune system – the very thing that defends the body from invasive diseases.

    Here’s the other question and just why I will put the spotlight on Infinity-C: just what are the highest vitamin C foods? Camu berry, Acerola cherry, and Amla berry – the very ingredients of Infinity-C. The addition of astragalus root, shilajit, and ginger then further advances the immune boosting performance of Infinity-C. These are the reasons I am totally confident Infinity-C truly is the most immunity strengthening product in the world. On that note, did you know the Infinity-C Bars have a full serving of Infinity-C?

    Infinity-C delivers 1000mg of real vitamin C per serving purely from plant foods for a 100% absorption rate. Alternatively, ascorbic acid, lab-produced from genetically modified corn (10-15% absorption), is what comprises the other all-too-common products marketed as vitamin C. Amazingly, just one tablespoon of Infinity-C contains the vitamin C content of fourteen oranges, making Infinity-C an incomparable immune-boosting powerhouse.

    So another question is, what if these twenty three hospitals we’re using Infinity-C instead of ascorbic acid? Click below to learn more.

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  • Mastering a quarantine workout

    March 20, 2020 By Billy

    …. All it takes is a little know-how and discipline to get started, and that’s where I’d love to help you. Some of what I’ll share with you is from my book, Infinity Health Manual.

    Now let’s talk about some of the factors for mastering a quarantine workout – a life essential, now more than ever.

    As you know, there are two general categories of exercise: aerobic, also known as “cardio,” and anaerobic which is generally load-bearing or the expenditure of energy in bursts, like sprints. You need to get the heart rate up with sustained aerobic activity, but you need to build muscle via anaerobic activity, too. By building muscle with load-bearing exercise, your body naturally burns more calories on a consistent basis. You’re building a bigger engine which requires more fuel! So the priority isn’t necessarily losing weight, it’s building strength which then produces a leaner body.

    There’s one particular exercise that, for the money, is the most efficient in combining both cardio and load-bearing activity: hiking – or power walking. Of course, generally speaking, we don’t have the time to hike for hours every day. But even going a few miles at a sturdy pace every other day can have a tremendous impact. You’re getting your heart rate up and sustaining your body weight as you trek up and down hills, making hiking the perfect cardio and load-bearing activity, all in one.

    Popular ways that people try to replicate this kind of physical activity are in the gym via stationary bikes or treadmills. These are obviously much better alternatives than not exercising at all. But when doing only the same repetitive motion that’s offered by stationary bikes or treadmills, you can’t really get the same kind of workout provided by hiking and fast paced walking. Essentially, all of those stabilizer muscles aren’t really working. And, you’re not getting outside which is always the place I prefer to do at least a portion of my exercise. (Hooray for more sunshine.) Do you live somewhere flat? No worries. A brisk walk, followed by doing a few sets of squats while holding a dumbbell to your chest, qualifies as an awesome workout.

    Too easy for you? Try carrying two, five, or ten pound dumbbells (or water bottles) during your walk and pump your arms like you mean it. Now we’re talking. Or maybe you’ve got other athletic pursuits like swimming and biking—they’re all good. Oh, and one more – dance! You might just want to check out that video 😉

    As for load-bearing exercise, remember that the gluteus muscles and quads should be your highest priority for enhancing your metabolism and building your overall strength. The seldom-done squats and deadlifts are hands down the best exercises you can do because of the emphasis on these bigger muscles as well as your core strength. Especially squats really do work every muscle in the body. Deadlifts have an undeserved negative reputation (the name doesn’t help—better would be “life-lifts”!) that comes from too many people doing them inappropriately, with too much weight and with the wrong form.

    Just like hiking, bending over or squatting to pick up heavy objects is something humans have been doing for hundreds of thousands of years; thus our bodies are well adapted to do these exercises. But don’t risk an injury. Do them right. Your best bet? Work with the theme “less weight, more reps.” Also these lifting exercises don’t necessarily need to be committed to with a bar. Using dumbbells or kettle-bells is a great, low-risk way to get started, like I show you in the video. Rubber exercise bands can be excellent tools as well. All manageable workout tools you can have at home.

    Men often tend to get preoccupied with upper body workouts, partly because they’re easier overall since the upper body muscles are smaller relative to the muscles in the legs. It’s a matter of balance between lower and upper-body exercises, but placing more of an emphasis on lower-body is the way to go. And of course we’re not talking body-building here. We’re talking about strength and life-force building.

    Remember to maintain stretching as a part of your physical activity. Maintaining elasticity of muscles is vital for a whole host of reasons, the most important of which is prevention of injury, inflammation, and those everyday aches and pains. It’s important for maintaining good posture, too. A full body stretch doesn’t need to take more than a few minutes. Actually, a common mistake can be over-stretching, which can make muscles weaker. Of course muscles can be re-strengthened, but why put your body through unnecessary stress? If you choose a yoga practice (I may just have something very interesting to show you next week), the idea is to hold the stretching poses for only seconds. It’s the strengthening poses that can be held for longer. There is some reasoning however for holding the stretching poses longer, and it’s for the releasing of deeper tension. So in a sense there can be a benefit to this. My suggestion if you do the longer stretching poses is to do them only on an occasional basis, especially if building strength is what you’re going for.

    While we’re on the subject of stretching, here’s an often overlooked part of the body you should definitely make it a point to stretch: your arches! In a way, the feet are a foundation. Taking care of them is reflected throughout the body. The key is to spend at least some time on your bare feet. Around the house, for instance. Arches are your body’s natural suspension, vastly better than the foam cushioning you find in shoes with arch support (the role these shoes can fulfill is running on pavement, but otherwise offer little benefit). Going barefoot stretches out the arches and stretching anything in the body means getting oxygen-rich blood to the areas that need it.

    Exercise is certainly neck and neck with diet, in terms of importance for your overall health. They’re both critical links in the chain of well-being. Remember that when we neglect our diets, we lose the energy and enthusiasm we need to be physically active. It becomes hard to exercise even if we want to. So create the life-force with your diet, and then pump the handle with exercise.

    And don’t forget that your physical well-being is connected directly to your psychological health. No question a strong body is one of the foundational elements for a strong mind, only to make us more fit to better navigate through the world of modern stressors – of course needed now more than ever. Priceless, wouldn’t you say?

    * Now I’m happy to share with you that for celebrating the first day of spring all Infinity products are available for 10% off. 

    Coupon code to use at checkout: HEALTHYSPRING (good until Monday 3/23)

    ​​​​​​​It’s an honor to serve you the most health enhancing products in the world. Thank you for your faith in Infinity Greens – we’ll always be here for you, giving it our best.

      

    Since 2006, the Infinity Superfoods have become a powerful force, greatly enhancing the health of many thousands of people, and now more than ever these superfoods are needed in the world. If you’ve had the opportunity to experience the guaranteed benefits of the Infinity superfoods and health information that I have to share in my book, Infinity Health Manual, then pass this message along to your friends and family; or even better, give them some to try since naturally they will receive the same awesome benefits that you have.

    Yours truly, and at your service always, 

    Billy Merritt 

    PS. My favorite smoothie that I absolutely must have every single day and can’t recommend highly enough: 

    Blend:
    1 banana, sliced and frozen (or a pear is a great alternative of you’re on a lower sugar diet). If not already frozen then add handful of ice.

    1 cup of purified or spring water

    1 Tablespoon Infinity-C

    1.5 Tablespoons Infinity Greens

    2 Tablespoons Infinity Protein

    1 round Tablespoon raw almond butter.

    The taste, of course, is outstanding, and the energy and health-enhancing value is incomparable.

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  • Carbs Demystified

    February 25, 2020 By Billy

    Dear Friend,

    There’s a lot of confusion about carbohydrates. We hear about simple and complex carbs, but what’s the difference? What do these terms even mean? In its most basic sense, a carbohydrate is a compound of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Carbohydrates are present in the foods we eat, and our body breaks them down into glucose that can then be used as energy.

    Simple Versus Complex

    Simple carbohydrates are, essentially, just sugar. Like we talked about, they’re found in the average diet, predominantly as processed sugar, such as cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Most of the simple carbohydrates in the modern diet are unhealthy, although there are exceptions, including honey and pure maple syrup (in moderation), as we mentioned in the last chapter. Fresh- pressed (unpasteurized) fruit juice is essentially fructose or fruit sugar, thus making it a simple carbohydrate too.

    Generally, complex carbohydrates are a combination of starch (chains of sugar) and fiber (non-caloric plant matter). This is why whole fruit, because of its fiber, is actually a complex carbohydrate, although it’s often thought of as a simple carbohydrate because of the sugar. Besides whole fruit, complex carbs include vegetables, beans, bread, pasta, and all grains such as oats, rye, quinoa, rice, millet, and wheat. Of course some complex carbohydrates are healthier than others. Essentially, the healthy complex carbo- hydrates are unprocessed plant foods and whole grains. As we’ll discuss in a bit, these unprocessed complex carbohydrates give you the fiber and nutrients.

    The Perils of Processed Foods

    Okay, so let’s talk first about the unhealthy complex carbs: processed complex carbohydrates. These are among the greatest culprits of weight gain (and many other health problems) today. Most of the processed complex carbohydrates are basically grains that have been robbed of their fiber and nutrients, becoming concentrates of starch. Examples of foods high in processed carbs include mostcereal, most bread, pasta, crackers, chips, most baked foods (among the worst are the “low-fat” snack foods), and basically anything with flour. When flour is made, the grain is stripped of the fiber husk and pulverized into a fine powder, leaving nothing but the caloric starch. These foods are quite abundant, even at your natural food store, and, I dare say, make up the majority of products sold.

    Here’s the problem: what happens with these “calorie concen- trates” is that they behave similarly to processed sugars. Because of their processed nature, they’re digested quickly, causing an over- dose of glucose that the body has no choice but to store as energy for later, which, you guessed it, is stored as fat. Yup, that’s how it works. This is why processed foods, even in smaller amounts, are such major weight-gain foods. And they’re extremely easy to overdo since, without the original fiber and nutrients, they don’t satisfy the appetite. Even worse, the missing nutrients are actually needed for the food to be properly metabolized which are then borrowed from the body’s reserves in order to do so. So, it’s a triple whammy. They’re fattening in and of themselves, depleting, and you eat more of them to boot. Doh! Even a small amount of processed food goes a long way—especially around the waist line. Distressingly, these foods can be hard to get away from. For most people, their intake begins first thing in the morning with a seemingly innocent bowl of cereal. Some of the cereals in your grocery store appear to be healthy, but do you always remember to read the ingredients? The front of the box may say “natural,” “organic,” and “whole grain,” but look at the side of the box. Most cereals, despite what they say on the front, have flour in them. Furthermore, they also have “evaporated cane juice” which, as you’ll recall from earlier, is just straight-up processed sugar disguised by a natural-sounding name. Not good.

    So, what can you use as a breakfast cereal instead? How about oatmeal? No, not instant oatmeal with sweeteners. Instead, use whole rolled oats! (The “how-to”? Simply cook in water. If you add oil, remember to use a healthy, heat-stable option such as ghee, butter, or coconut oil. Once cooled to an eating temperature add raw nuts, seeds, and unsweetened yogurt. You can even get some of your healthy sugar with sliced berries and a drizzle of honey. Now that’s a balanced breakfast!) If you want to stick with cereal, look for the brands that don’t contain sugar or flour. There are a few out there. The Ezekiel brand cereal has my approval, since it constitutes only the whole-wheat berry. For bread, same thing—simply stay away from flour. Unfortunately, that’s ninety-five percent of the breads on the market. Again, you can look for the Ezekiel brand since they produce better options for bread and tortillas too. Manna Bread is a decent brand as well. The main factor is these options are flourless. Lucky for you, there’s an entire section of recipes in the back of this very book that will make avoiding processed flour easy.

    Gluten

    While we’re talking about the perils of processed foods, let’s talk about something that seems to be attracting a lot of attention lately: gluten. We hear a lot about it, but few of us know what the issue really is. Is gluten bad for us? What does it do? And just what the heck is it anyway?

    To put it simply, gluten is the protein component in grains such as wheat, spelt, and barley. And it’s now in almost everything we eat. Think about the popular foods most Americans consume throughout any given day: cereal (cold or hot), toast, pastries, tortillas, pizza, crackers, cookies, energy bars, breaded meats, sandwiches, pastas, soy sauce, salad dressing, thick sauces, soupsand soup bases, beer, desserts…and more bread! This means we’re constantly eating gluten.

    The problem with gluten is that it’s hard to digest. Our bodies simply haven’t adapted to today’s prevalence of so much gluten in our foods. We can handle it in moderation, but we’ve gone way beyond that. With a high intake of gluten, the digestive system has to work harder and, over time, this means wear and tear. And this is why many of us are becoming gluten-sensitive.

    Some people are actually gluten-intolerant, so even a little is problematic. People living with celiac disease fall into this category. Celiac disease is a rare autoimmune disorder and we’ll look more closely at some autoimmune disorders later in the book. For now, we’ll focus on gluten sensitivity.

    Specifically, how do we reduce gluten? Mostly by being aware of its presence. The biggest culprit is wheat flour. Think of wheat flour as gluten concentrate. We just finished talking about why processed foods are unhealthy and gluten in wheat flour gives us just one more reason.

    I know it’s hard to keep away from wheat flour since it’s every- where, but there are alternatives. Unprocessed options can include rice, quinoa, and corn. For breads, don’t forget the sprouted grain breads we mentioned above. They’re flourless. One-hundred- percent rye breads are a good bet, too. But I mean one-hundred percent. All grocery stores sell “rye” bread, but most often it’s flavored with rye with wheat still as the main ingredient. Be careful not to rely on all the “gluten-free” (GF) foods that are out there nowadays. GF baked snacks have become very popular, but a lot of them just use other processed starchy grains instead of wheat. And so you’re just substituting one kind of processed food for another!

    Listen to your body. If you’re finding that you have some reactions to wheat products, try cutting out wheat flour or at least significantly reducing your intake. Instead of having those rolls with dinner, just steam up a bit of quinoa or rice.

    For any kind of food sensitivity, your goal should be to strengthen your digestive system, one of the major pillars of good health! You and your digestive system should be working together, not against each other.

    The Key

    The key is simply to remember this: more unprocessed foods. Simple? Yes, but not necessarily easy. However, as we discussed earlier, the processed grains without the original fiber and nutrients are merely unsatisfying, fast-digesting calories. Bottom line:enhance your diet to include more of the best unprocessed complex carbohydrates (vegetables, whole fruit, whole grains). This will be reflected in anyone’s health, especially long-term. An added bonus is that your days of calorie-counting will be pretty much over. This is because it’s near impossible to overeat low-calorie-density foods such as broccoli. Incorporating more of these foods into our diets enables us to much more easily reduce our calories, if need be (which applies to many of us).

    What’s more is that fibrous foods are good for the digestive tract and have countless other health benefits. It’s also worth men- tioning that green foods deserve a sturdy presence in our diet: broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, and green beans, to name a few. These have the most fiber and nutrients relative to the starch content. These are the foods that satiate the appetite the most per calorie.

    I should also note that among the complex carbs, white potatoes aren’t so great since they have loads of starch and very little fiber and nutrition (not to mention that they are often dressed up with loads of sour cream and bacon bits. Ha!). Sweet potatoes, at the other end of the spectrum, are awesome.

    As for grains, my first pick is rice. And white rice, specifically. It’s been in the human diet for thousands of years in many places around the world and is something our digestion is perfectly adapted to. Brown rice is good too, but really has only becomepopular in recent years here in the western world. Sure, brown rice has fiber but it’s also much harder to digest than white rice. The better philosophy is to get your fiber from the vegetables cooked with the rice. Quinoa is great too. However, it is a food that doesn’t always digest perfectly for everyone. You’ll have to try it to see for yourself. Millet and amaranth are cool, but are also not the easiest to digest either. Beans and lentils have complex carbohydrates and protein and are both excellent foods.

    You may be happy to know another food that gets my stamp of approval is popcorn. But only air-popped, or stovetop cooked with heat-stable coconut oil. Popcorn at the movie theater definitely does not fall into this category. Nor does the packaged popcorn that’s already popped, since the oils will be rancid. And need I say anything about microwave popcorn? Home-cooked unadulterated popcorn is great. Add a little Celtic sea salt if you wish. It’s high in insoluble fiber, and low in calories per volume, making it pretty hard to overdo.

    Coming full circle, I understand that a complete dietary overhaul for some of us may be a bit overwhelming. Cereals and breads and snacks have become dietary staples for many of us. But if you make a conscious effort to start substituting with healthier, unprocessed foods, you’ll notice a funny thing start to happen. The processed junk will actually begin to seem unappetizing to you.

    Very truthfully, processed foods like bread, crackers, chips, and other snack foods have become totally and completely repulsive to me. Why? Because of something we talked about earlier: the body recognizes nutrient-rich foods and, if given a steady supply, will naturally gravitate towards the good stuff and away from all the junk. It’s true. Believe me. I saw it countless times during my years at the Ashram. During the course of their time there, guests would develop an improved taste for good, healthy, nutritious, lower-calorie, natural, unprocessed food. They’d come back a year later looking and feeling like different people. The difference? They successfully incorporated the Ashram dietary principles into their lives. Furthermore, they reported that it was less than difficult for them to do so and that they had no interest in going back to their old dietary ways. Try it yourself and see if the same thing doesn’t happen to you. I have a hunch your body’s instinctual wisdom may just tip the scale in your favor.

    Yours Truly,

    Billy

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  • Your digestive health is vital.

    February 12, 2020 By Billy

    Dear Friend,

    Taking ten minutes to learn how to optimize your digestive health will be a brilliant investment for protecting yourself from parasites, boosting your immune system, and enhancing your life-force…not to mention longevity….

    …after all, your diet greatly affects your digestive health, a vital pillar of your well-being. Your digestive system plays two critical roles: it extracts nutrition from the foods you eat and it eliminates toxins from the body. When the digestive system is strong, it does an outstanding job in both roles. When it’s compromised by poor diet, it does a poor job. Your diet, indeed your lifestyle, amplifies, for good or for bad, your digestive system’s performance.

    In fact, because of the dual-role nature of the digestive system, a poor diet actually compounds the problem of poor nutrition. You’re not taking in quality nutritive foods in the first place, and the nutrients you are taking in aren’t being properly extracted for the body’s use because of the weakened digestive system. It’s an unhealthy spiral.

    The good news is digestive health isn’t very complicated. It all comes down to what we’ve learned thus far. For optimal health, your body needs more plant foods—fruits and vegetables, along with unprocessed whole grains and healthy fats. Additionally, it requires some elimination—like cutting out processed sugar, flour, and cheap animal protein. Without fiber from plant foods, everything slows down. We’ve talked about how weakening flour can be, a significant fiber-less ingredient in so many diets. Rumor has it that the average American gets half of his or her calories from flour and sugar! Scary, isn’t it? Animal protein, as mentioned above, another major ingredient in the typical diet, doesn’t do your digestive system any favors either. If meat and/or dairy are regular parts of your diet, take breaks from them every now and then. Give your digestive system a chance to recuperate and strengthen itself. That said, there are a few more details about diet and the digestive system that you should become familiar with.

    What and How You Eat

    It’s probably not surprising that some of the best foods for your gastrointestinal system are foods that are easy to digest. The hard- to-digest foods we’ve identified (especially animal protein and flour) can have a tendency to accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract, slowing things down, allowing toxins more opportunity to be absorbed through the intestines back into the body. This also interferes with the body’s ability to soak up beneficial nutrients.

    What may be surprising, however, is that some raw vegetables aren’t always easy to digest either. While raw veggies aren’t foods that accumulate in the gastrointestinal system, they can make it work hard. In the past, we’ve talked about the presence of cellulose in the coarser, more rigid vegetables (like kale, chard, collard greens, and broccoli), that makes them harder to digest when raw versus when cooked. Strike a balance by mixing it up. Also remember my philosophy about tossing these greens into the blender! Raw, easy to digest, and chlorophyll—score! Give my kale sauce a try! It’s a favorite of many.

    Cooked or not, it’s important to chew your food thoroughly. Ever notice how fast many people eat these days? Much of the world is in a hurry. But chewing is Phase One of digestion, and it’s super important. There are digestive enzymes in your saliva that begin breaking down food before it’s even swallowed. Take your time when you eat. You’ll get more taste out of your food and you’ll make things a lot easier on your digestive system.

    Your Internal Chemistry

    One especially unappealing consequence of a poor diet is internal parasites. These are more common than we like to believe. We all have them, to some degree. The most common is a yeast fungus called candida which thrives on processed sugar and flour. Alcohol, too. Candida weakens the walls of the intestines, often creating food sensitivities. Along with removing the foods that candida thrives on, I recommend doing battle against candida from time to time with foods and herbs that are known to kill it. Raw garlic is a classic one. To be effective however, it has to be truly raw, unheated garlic. Chewing raw garlic can be a painful for the tongue (not to mention can have socially unfashionable effects). Dicing it up very finely to be washed down with a glass of water will spare you from having to chew it. Parasites hate raw garlic. And there’s a whole host of similar parasite fighting superfoods and herbs that can be found in the supplement section of any store. Do your research to find what antiparasitics are best for you.

    The good news is, once strong and balanced, your digestive system can keep candida and other para- sites at bay. Remember that a digestive system in a weakened state leads to an unhealthy internal chemistry which, in turn, weakens the whole body. It weakens your very life force. And consider this – the digestive tract is where the majority of serotonin is created in the body. Serotonin is what has a direct impact on our mood. That alone is reason enough to maintain a healthy digestive system. It’s worth stating again: digestive health is a pillar of overall health.

    Poor diets cause poor internal chemistry because of the lack of nutrition (obviously), but also because of the typical components of the common diet; namely, sugar, flour, and lack of fiber. Fiber, of course, helps move things along in your system, thus making it more difficult for parasites, or any toxic material for that matter, to stick around. There are two kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble (typically from plant foods) breaks down, dissolving in your system. Insoluble (typically from grains), doesn’t digest. (One exception is oats, which are a great soluble fiber.) Insoluble fiber still plays an important role, though, because it adds bulk to your food, helping satisfy your appetite with fewer calories. But ironically, too much insoluble fiber can be constipating. Soluble fiber plays the more important role, keeping things moving through the gastrointestinal tract.

    Flax and chia seeds are an amazing source of soluble fiber, superior alternatives to other fiber supplements like psyllium husk. Both of these seeds lubricate the gastrointestinal system perfectly. Either grind them up in a blender or soak them in water for maximum effect. I often mix a round tablespoon of ground flax seeds into a salad. Sprouted, raw flaxseed crackers are a great product, but the less adulterated products are always better. Also, try soaking your other nuts and seeds in water overnight. When nuts, like almonds for example, are soaked they actually release natural preservatives. These preservatives are what protect nuts in nature, giving them a chance to sprout and grow before they are broken down by bacteria and insects. This is why soaking nuts and seeds will make a big difference in the digestibility. Or shop for nuts and seeds that have already been soaked and dehydrated, commonly referred to as “sprouted.” This adds a nice crispness that makes them a really delicious food.

    Cleaning Your System

    Speaking of taking breaks from poor nutritional habits, many people do cleanses from time to time. Some people will fast for days and even longer as a way to detox, although some do it for spiritual reasons, too. The idea is to cleanse the body of toxins that have built up, especially in the colon. I wouldn’t necessarily advocate a heroic detoxifying cleanse for everyone, but I wouldn’t stop you, either. It’s fascinating how the body will truly cleanse itself if it’s allowed the chance to do so.

    One way to do a cleanse is by utilizing a liquid diet exclusively. Juicing fresh fruit and veggies (not pre-bottled products) can be good for such a cleanse, but I’m a bigger fan of smoothies, the advantage being that you’re getting the whole food including thecleansing soluble fiber that comes with it. It’s true that juicing gives the digestive system a break while still providing the nutrients, but so does blended food, especially if you’re using a high-power blender which really breaks things down. A quality blender can be money well spent.

    Many people will undergo periodic colon irrigation, administered by colonic hygienists. An enema is a lighter-version colonic that can be self-administered. Another option for flushing the system out, top to bottom, is a non-invasive technique called Shatkarma that goes all the way back to the ancient health practices of Ayurveda. Essentially, this entails drinking a liter of salt water that you can mix yourself with non-iodized sea salt and purified water to make it comparable to ocean water. This is an extremely effective cleanse. The body can’t absorb salt water, so it travels through the intestines, top to bottom. Just make sure you have a bathroom handy for the next couple hours as you’ll have at least a few substantial bowel movements. This is something that I did for years, and I think it’s great. (Note: this is the only reason you would ever drink salt water since salt water is dehydrating, but there’s no harm in drinking a liter for the sake of bowel cleansing.) Search online for the how-to’s. It’s a well-known practice.

    For a digestive system that’s slow to the point of constipation, you might be thinking about laxatives. I don’t recommend using them except for rare occasions since, over time, your system can become dependent on them. If and when you really need it, I’d suggest senna, which is a natural (herbal) laxative. Aloe latex is a stronger natural option. Fasts, colonics, Shatkarma flushes—these can all be effective. But more to the point, I’d simply recommend a diet that is cleansing in general. Even just a few days after removing meat, too many dairy products, sugar, and foods with flour, you’ll likely be able to sense toxic funk leaving your body. Not to say that it’s necessarily going to feel good. For a few days you may feel a sensation of a hangover since an increased volume of toxins is moving through the bloodstream to be excreted through the gastro-system. Chlorophyll from green food, nature’s purifier of blood, is an important ally here. After a cleanse such as this, you might just decide to leave the less-than-healthy things out of your diet all the time, naturally gravitating towards the healthy—cleansing—foods.

    Strengthening Your System

    Besides a cleansing diet, a major way to strengthen your internal chemistry is with healthy bacteria. Unhealthy intestinal bacteria have become a common theme with the prevalence of modern junk foods. The right kind of bacteria supports digestion among other things in the body. When healthy bacteria settle in, they also become defenders, greatly enhancing your immune system. We can get healthy bacteria in raw, fermented foods like sauerkraut. A source becoming very popular these days is kombucha tea, a fizzy, fermented beverage. It’s a tasty drink that’s actually been around since ancient times. Probiotic supplements can play a major role, too. These include bacterial blends of acidophilus, bifidus, and lactobacillus. Before the days of probiotic supplements we got our healthy intestinal bacteria from the dirt caked on raw veggies coming from right out of the garden. This is still possible if you have your own garden but not from the produce at your local store since the probiotic-rich dirt has already been rinsed off.

    The microorganisms that inhabit your digestive tract—your intestinal flora—heavily influence your digestive health. How do you know if your intestinal flora is healthy? The most accurate gauge is your bowel movements. Fiber, coupled with a predominance of healthy bacteria, give bulk. A healthy bowel movement is sizable and, well, there’s just no other way to say it, satisfying.

    And while we’re on the subject of bowel movements, you should be having at least one a day. Regular bowel movements are important for making sure that toxins don’t linger in the intestines too long for the reasons I mentioned. A good diet aids this regularity. For enhanced gastro-mobility, keep in mind that effective and common intestinal lubricants include coconut oil, flaxseeds, chia seeds, papaya, and prunes. And here’s a little-known cause of constipation: our Western-designed toilets. They’re too tall! Sitting up high shortens the colon into a position that is less than ideal for things to move along. Bringing your feet up, even just a few inches, puts your body in more of a squat position which solves this problem. Get creative and put something under your feet, making way for things to more easily travel their course. It will make a difference.

    Other ways to strengthen your digestive system include enzymes, which are important for breaking foods down for proper digestion. Where do you find these? Raw fruits and veggies. Enzyme supplements can be useful but aren’t for everyone due to their blood thinning effect. Ginger is also helpful for digestion by ramping the up the spleen which strengthens your digestive fire.

    Other Factors

    Naturally, water also plays a role in digestive health. We’ll talk in the next chapter about hydration. For now, suffice it to say that many of us are walking around slightly dehydrated most of the time. It’s no coincidence that many of us are also walking around slightly constipated most of the time, too. Drink water! Ideally, do the majority of hydrating through the day and less with meals. Hydrating duringmeals does slightly dilute your digestive enzymes. At the very least, try to avoid cold drinks with food. While cold drinks during meal-time is a common theme, they do in fact dampen your digestion.

    Exercise is another factor. Regular exercise keeps thing moving, helping you stay regular. It also helps build your core strength which is important in maintaining your internal structure. One of the lesser-known consequences of obesity is that the internal organs have a tendency to not sit quite right, often getting squeezed and scrunched by the fat that’s built up around them. There’s simply less room in the gut resulting in a slowing-down of the food moving through the intestines.

    Oral Health

    Did you know your digestive health can be reflected in your breath? While the majority of toxins that enter our bodies are excreted by the digestive system, some are eliminated via exhalation. When you stop and think about it, the mouth is a part of the digestive system! Bad breath can be a symptom of poor digestive health, reflecting an unhealthy internal chemistry.

    You don’t need me to tell you to brush your teeth. But here’s something you might want to think about: toxins that are eliminated by exhalation have a tendency to congregate on your tongue, mostly on the back of the tongue where it goes unnoticed. That’s right. Metabolic waste and unhealthy bacteria get stuck there. This accumulation normally presents itself as a mild white film. In front of a mirror stick your tongue out as far as you can. Do you see it? Yup, it’s toxins accumulating on your tongue—yuck! This creates two problems. It causes bad breath, and it allows the toxins to re-circulate through the body as you end up swallowing them back down as the food you eat scrapes it off as you swallow.

    Though this may sound like a minor issue, it really is deserving of our attention. A small amount of toxins may not sound like a big deal, but a lifetime of small amounts of toxins being re-circulated through the body every day will definitely add up, potentially to be reflected somewhere down the road. Fortunately, there’s an easy fix. A simple tongue brush/scraper. I recommend the GUM brand. One side is a brush specially designed to brush the tongue and the other side is a scraper for scraping off the stuff you’ve brushed loose. A regular toothbrush won’t do it. The bristles of a tongue brush are much coarser. Thirty seconds a day is all it takes,preferably first thing in the morning since the toxins and bacteria build up mostly overnight. Do it, and it’ll help maintain a healthy internal chemistry, as well as clean breath.

    Bad breath is one of those taboo subjects. Nobody will tell you when you have it. After scraping your tongue, smell your tonguebrush and tell me you’re not surprised. Using a tongue brush might be new to you and so it might require some practice to get the hang of it. Like I mentioned, the majority of the toxic material is toward the back of the tongue where it’s hard to see, and reach. Getting back there with your brush may not be the most pleasant sensation at first, but it’s something you’ll quickly get used to. Take it slow. There’s no need to make yourself gag or brush so hard that your tongue bleeds.

    The tongue scraper on the other side of the brush is equally important to scrape off the funk that has been loosened by brushing. Tongue scrapers are available without the brush on the other side, but the brush and scraper together are far more effective. Do this daily, and soon enough you’ll get used to it to the point where your mouth won’t feel quite right if you skip it. The rare occasion I don’t brush my tongue I notice a slightly unpleasant taste all day. After you’ve experienced this contrast yourself, I promise you’ll wonder how we all didn’t catch on to this sooner! And, by the way, what it might just do for your love-life could be awesome. Please take my advice and brush your tongue.

    A note about mouthwash. The irony is hilarious. The alcohol in mouthwash actually wipes out the healthy bacteria in your mouth, essentially making way for the unhealthy bacteria to dominate the scene. At best, mouthwash temporarily covers up the smell, only so that it can come back later with a vengeance. Breath mints and gum are similar disasters. Unhealthy bacteria thrive on sugar, as well as the xylitol in sugar-free gum. It’s hard not to feel sorry for the many people walking around chewing gum cheerily thinking their breath smells better when in fact they’re making it worse.

    The importance of a healthy gastrointestinal system cannot be emphasized enough. It’s a pillar of your health and an accurate indicator of it, too. But proper digestive health doesn’t require rocket science. Eat the right foods at the right times. Cut out sugar,flour, cheap animal protein, low-grade oils, and slow-to-digest foods. Get plenty of soluble fiber. And that’s all there is to it. Simple. The best part? Within no time, you’ll find that your digestive system is getting stronger, and reflected by everything else in your body getting stronger, too. Give the protocols we’ve covered a “go” for one month and I can assure that you’ll find the impact anything but subtle.

    In the past, we’ve talked about how Infinity Greens, the flagship of the Infinity Superfoods, is an incomparable ally when it comes to your digestion thanks to the premium blend of chlorophyll, probiotics, fiber, nopal cactus, and aloe. For receiving optimal benefit from Infinity Greens, consistency is key, though. Need a recipe that tastes extraordinary to enjoy taking Infinity Greens daily? Well, here you go.  

    As you may know, over the last 18 years, the Infinity Superfoods have become a powerful force, enhancing the lives of many thousands of people, and my wish is for you to be included. If you’ve had the opportunity to experience the guaranteed benefits of the Infinity superfoods and health information that I have to share in my book, Infinity Health Manual, then pass this message along to your friends and family, or even better, give them some Infinity products so they can experience what they’re all about. Naturally they will receive the same awesome benefits.

    Yours truly, and at your service always, 

    Billy Merritt and the Infinity Team

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  • Meeting the 2020 Challenge

    January 7, 2020 By Billy

    Friend, let 2020 be the year of meeting the challenge of upgrading your way of life in order to achieve your goals of reaching new heights of health and wellbeing. Why not make this the healthiest year of your life? After all, is there really any gift that’s more important that your overall wellbeing? The simple reality is most of the world has no idea of what they’re missing out on, and don’t let that be you! Rather, become a shining example to show your friends and family just what’s possible so they’re inspired to upgrade their lives too. 

    I’ve talked about in my book, Infinity Health Manual, how there’s no silver bullet for superior health, but, you know, on second thought, actually there is. Superior diet, exercise, fresh air, sunshine—all of these things collectively are what create the silver bullet, also known as life-force. I say we rise up in bravery to squelch the feeble paradigm of the all-too-common unhealthy lifestyle in order to make way for our greatest selfhood, the potential excellence of which is simply too valuable to waste away in the name of unhealthy entertainment, like processed sugar. 

    For the masses it’s just been a case of not having the experience of living a truly healthy way of life. Again, nobody knows what they’re missing. They have nothing to compare to their current less-than-healthy lifestyle. Fortunately, once a healthier way of life is embraced it’s hard to go back. It’s not only because of feeling better and losing weight. It runs deeper than that. It’s because you’re tapping into your body’s wisdom that is dedicated to unveiling the greatness you were destined to express. Why not upgrade this journey into hyperdrive this year? Do it for longevity. Do it to reduce stress. Do it for joy. Do it to discover your greatest self and manifest your full potential. Do it to be in your power.

    Another marvelous aspect of your renewed health is it will be noticed by those around you. Life-force is something that others pick up on, and it’s very attractive. Naturally you will be a wonderful influence for those around you, making you a light unto a world that needs healing. We’re all into this together, and having more participation in a healthy way of life will very definitely tip the scales of making the world better too, largely because we will all be better thinkers and problem solvers. And kinder, too. Could we ask for better?

    Let the life-force we generate together be the wind in our sails. Excellence is written in our destiny, doorways to which can be found within a healthy mind, body, and spirit. It’s love for a truly healthy life (and each other’s) that expedites rising to the challenge of claiming our greatest selfhood, and there’s no better time to go for it than 2020.

    Are you in?

    Yours truly and at your service always,

    Billy

    www.infinitygreens.com

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  • It’s YOUR immune system.

    November 17, 2019 By Billy

    Dear Friend,

    Diet, exercise, hydration, even sunshine and sleep – it’s all connected. And one of the great results of living a healthy way of life? Taken care of properly, your body is less likely to suffer from illness of all kinds. By maximizing the things that strengthen the body and minimizing the things that weaken the body, naturally you’ll be able to enjoy your life at its greatest potential.

    While there’s no guarantees you’ll never feel under-the-weather, I can assure you that your body’s immune system can become much stronger by just a few simple adjustments in your diet and lifestyle. These days the body is commonly underestimated when it comes to both prevention of illness and healing. We live in a society where often the first recourse is to turn to modern science, to depend on pharmaceuticals to fix what’s ailing us. But a body well-taken care of has an extraordinary ability to take care of itself. A powerful immune system generated via a top-notch lifestyle is always the body’s preferred remedy.

    The basics

    As we all know, making the body resilient to disease is largely about incorporating foods with vital nutrients like vitamin C, vitamin D, and zinc that strengthen the immune system. Equally important is cutting the weakening junk foods out. By now, after years of reading my newsletters, you can guess what the culprits are: processed sugar, low-grade animal protein, cheap oils, flour, and similar heavily processed food. It’s helpful here to understand that rather than the immune system being an actual ‘thing’ in the body it’s really more of an intelligence in the body – the immune system works hand-in-hand with the neurological system. The intelligence of the immune system is truly awesome, and it does a lot more than just fighting colds.

    Cancer and the immune system

    I’d like to jump to the top of the totem pole and share with you an important note about cancer since recently we’ve been receiving more calls from customers about this rising health concern. Cancer prevention (and healing), believe it or not, is primarily about strengthening the immune system. Vitamin C (the strongest antioxidant) we know to be an incomparable immune-system booster and is lab-proven to be the most effective anti-cancer nutrient, too. This is reason for giving the high-vitamin C foods some real attention. I’d like to share with you here that vitamin D is also a huge part of your immune system. It’s quite ironic that the correct amount of sunshine for vitamin D has proven to help with cancer recovery. We know that of course too much sun should be avoided to prevent the opposite effect. Now here’s what’s interesting – vitamin C stimulates the production of melanin in the skin, the body’s natural defense against UVA radiation. Yet again another way vitamin C defends your health. (The relationship between sunshine, vitamin D, vitamin C, and cancer is a topic I cover extensively in my book, Infinity Health Manual.)

    All too-common 

    Another important topic to address here is that the most common disease of our modern world, is now autoimmune disease. (I cover this topic in Infinity Health Manual, too.) The fact is, autoimmune disease affects at least thirty million people in the United States. That’s over eight percent of our population. And it’s rapidly increasing. As you may know autoimmune disease is when the immune system turns and attacks the body itself. In addition to the common allergies, some of the well-known auto-immune diseases include type-1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, and celiac. The common denominator is the body’s self-attack by the immune system.

    Consider that just forty years ago, autoimmune disease was virtually non-existent. Interestingly, in third-world countries, it’s still virtually non-existent. It exists almost exclusively in developed countries. So what’s going on? The simple fact is, it’s greatly correlated with diet and lifestyle. Yes, in some cases it’s genetic, but still, various nutritive protocols can be implemented to repair even broken genes.

    How do we fix it?

    Believe it or not, adding a few things to your diet and removing a few others is what most often saves the day. Mostly it’s about adding foods with the right nutrients that recover the intelligence of the immune system (like I mentioned, it’s largely about the neurological system) while cutting junk out. Note – another factor is toxic household items like cleaners and air-fresheners that are proven to weaken the immune system significantly, especially with long-term exposure. Some might think ‘boosting’ the immune system would be the exact wrong thing to do in the case of autoimmune disease, given the fact that the immune system is already aggressively attacking itself. But what you’re really doing is restoring your body’s instinctive healing wisdom.

     A little-known culprit

    In December of 2013, the FDA questioned soap companies to address the potential risks of using antibacterial soap and hand sanitizers on a regular basis. These products work by essentially obliterating all bacteria on your hands. Whereas the tried and true method of soap and water simply works by washing the harmful bacterias off. The active antibacterial agents (which absorbs through the skin) have been proven to be toxic due to killing the good bacteria in the body, and ironically, when used on a long-term basis, weakens the immune system. On top of this, there’s no evidence that antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. Still, the FDA is working to ban these products.

    And Yet Another

    For the same reasons as hand sanitizers, antibiotics and some vaccines are now linked to reducing long-term immunity! What an irony! The data are real. These culprits kill the bad bacteria while also killing the good bacteria we need in order to maintain a healthy immune system. Yes, antibiotics may play a role when the situation could be dire and life threatening. Even still, after utilized, there needs to be some follow-up damage control with a healing diet and lifestyle. Most important is replacing the intestinal flora that gets wiped out with the use of antibiotics. This is the role of a probiotic supplement (which is why it’s an important part of the Infinity Greens formula).

    There’s some psychology to it, too

    There’s another very important topic we need to address when it comes to maintaining a healthy immune system: stress. Stress is essentially anything that puts strain on the mind or body. This includes many things such as lack of sleep, sedentary lifestyle, poor diet, and even anxiety and anger – essentially anything that makes us feel less at ease. The reality is that periods of these challenges are all naturally part of life. Stress hormones, like cortisol, aren’t always a big deal since the body knows how to remedy imbalances. But on a regular basis these hormones can have as much wear and tear as junk food.

    The idea here is how we handle stress, like taking action to remove the common stressful circumstances that come up in daily life. Another vitally important part of reducing the effects of stress is exercise. Here’s why: stress produces adrenaline. Adrenaline unused makes the body weaker and the mind irritable and more vulnerable to low moods, too. So the idea is to exorcise the adrenaline, booting it out of the body to leave everything stronger at the end, including your natural ability to cope with stress in the future. The big picture here is to live a life that reduces the stressors and incorporates restorative anti-stress elements such as a healthy diet, time in the outdoors, exercise, and spending more time with joyous companions.

    Here I’d like to zero in on the simplest and most effective way to supercharge your immune system – 

    The highest vitamin C foods are by far the most effective nutritive support for a strong immune system, fit to defend against invasive diseases. And what are these highest vitamin C foods? Camu berry, Acerola cherry, and Amla berry – the very ingredients of Infinity-C. The addition of astragalus root, shilajit, and ginger then further advances the performance of Infinity-C. These are the reasons I am totally confident Infinity-C truly is the most immunity supercharging product in the world. Did you know the Infinity-C Bars have a full serving of Infinity-C, too? 

    Infinity-C delivers 1000mg of real vitamin C per serving exclusively from plant foods for a 100% absorption rate. Alternatively, ascorbic acid, lab-produced from genetically modified corn (10-15% absorption), is what comprises the other all-too-common products marketed as vitamin C. Amazingly, just one tablespoon of Infinity-C contains the vitamin C content of fourteen oranges, making Infinity-C an incomparable immune-boosting powerhouse. And simply mixed in water the taste is great. As an alternative to the drink mix option of Infinity-C, we also provide Infinity-C in capsule form which is perfect for getting the supercharge even when traveling. 

    The power of a healthy immune system is awesome and massively underestimated – now needed more needed than ever. My hope is this is where Infinity-C comes to the rescue.

    Since 2006, the Infinity Superfoods have become a powerful force, enhancing the lives of many thousands of people, and my wish is for you to be included. If you’ve had the opportunity to experience the guaranteed benefits of the Infinity superfoods and health information that I have to share in my book, Infinity Health Manual, then pass this message along to your friends and family, or even better, give them some Infinity products so they can experience what they’re all about. Naturally they will receive the same awesome benefits.

    Yours truly, and at your service always,

    Billy Merritt

     

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  • Upgrading digestive health for a healthier YOU.

    August 28, 2019 By Billy

    Hey Friend,

    The importance of a healthy gastrointestinal system cannot be emphasized enough. It’s a pillar of your health and an accurate indicator of it, too. But proper digestive health doesn’t require rocket science. The best part? Within no time, you’ll find that your digestive system is getting stronger when implementing the principles below; then to be reflected by everything else in your body getting stronger, too. Give the protocols we cover below a “go” for one month and I can assure that you’ll find the impact anything but subtle. (We talk about this topic in even more detail in Infinity Health Manual, but this will get you started!)
    In essence, your digestive system plays two primary roles: it extracts nutrition from the foods you eat and it eliminates toxins from the body. When the digestive system is strong, it does an outstanding job in both roles. When it’s compromised by poor diet, it does a poor job. Your diet, indeed your lifestyle, amplifies, for good or for bad, your digestive system’s performance.

    In fact, because of the dual-role nature of the digestive system, a poor diet actually compounds the problem of poor nutrition. You’re not taking in quality nutritive foods in the first place, and the nutrients you are taking in aren’t being properly extracted for the body’s use because of the weakened digestive system. It’s an unhealthy spiral.

    The good news is digestive health isn’t very complicated. Like we’ve talked about in the past, for optimal health, your body needs more plant foods—fruits and vegetables, along with unprocessed whole grains and healthy fats like from raw nuts and seeds. Additionally, it requires some elimination—like cutting out processed sugar, flour, and cheap animal protein. Without fiber from plant foods, everything slows down. We’ve talked about how weakening flour can be, a significant fiber-less ingredient in so many diets. Most animal protein doesn’t do your digestive system any favors either, unfortunately. If meat and/or dairy are regular parts of your diet, take breaks from them every now and then to give your digestive system a chance to recuperate.

    What and How You Eat

    It’s probably not surprising that some of the best foods for your gastrointestinal system are foods that are easy to digest. The hard-to-digest foods we’ve identified (especially animal protein and flour) over time have a tendency to accumulate in the gastrointestinal tract, slowing things down, allowing toxins more opportunity to be absorbed through the intestines back into the body. This also interferes with the body’s ability to soak up beneficial nutrients.

    What may be surprising, however, is that some raw vegetables aren’t always easy to digest either. While raw veggies aren’t foods that accumulate in the gastrointestinal system, they can make it work harder which is often reflected by indigestion. The coarser, more rigid vegetables (like kale, chard, collard greens, and broccoli) can, in fact, be harder to digest when raw versus when cooked. Strike a balance by mixing it up. Also remember my philosophy about tossing these greens into the blender! Raw, easy to digest, and chlorophyll—score! Give my kale pesto a try! It’s a favorite of many.

    Cooked or not, it’s important to chew your food thoroughly. Ever notice how fast many people eat these days? Much of the world is in a hurry. But chewing is Phase One of digestion, and it’s super important. There are digestive enzymes in your saliva that begin breaking down food before it’s even swallowed. Take your time when you eat. You’ll get more taste out of your food and you’ll make things a lot easier on your digestive system.

    Your Internal Chemistry

    One especially unappealing consequence of a poor diet is internal parasites. These are more common than we like to believe. We all have them, to some degree. The most common is a yeast fungus called candida which thrives on processed sugar and flour. Alcohol, too. Candida weakens the walls of the intestines, often creating food sensitivities. Along with removing the foods that candida thrives on, I recommend doing battle against candida from time to time with foods and herbs that are known to kill it. Raw garlic is a classic one. To be effective however, it has to be truly raw, unheated garlic. Chewing raw garlic can be a painful for the tongue (not to mention can have socially unfashionable effects). Dicing it up very finely to be washed down with a glass of water will spare you from having to chew it. Parasites hate raw garlic. And there’s a whole host of similar parasite fighting superfoods that can be found in the flagship formula, Infinity Greens, too.

    The good news is, once strong and balanced, your digestive system can keep candida and other parasites at bay. Remember that a digestive system in a weakened state leads to an unhealthy internal chemistry which, in turn, weakens the whole body. It weakens your very life force. And consider this– the digestive tract is where the majority of serotonin is created in the body. Serotonin is what has a direct impact on our mood. That alone is reason enough to maintain a healthy digestive system!

    Poor diets cause poor internal chemistry because of the lack of nutrition (obviously), but also because of the typical components of the common diet; namely, sugar, flour, and lack of fiber. Fiber, of course, helps move things along in your system, thus making it more difficult for parasites, or any toxic material for that matter, to stick around. There are two kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble (typically from plant foods) breaks down, dissolving in your system. Insoluble (typically from grains), doesn’t digest. (One exception is oats, which are a great soluble fiber.) Insoluble fiber still plays an important role, though, because it adds bulk to your food, helping satisfy your appetite with fewer calories. But ironically, too much insoluble fiber can be constipating. Soluble fiber plays the more important role, keeping things moving through the gastrointestinal tract.

    Flax and chia seeds are an amazing source of soluble fiber, superior alternatives to other fiber supplements like psyllium husk (which is why they’re part of Infinity Greens). Both of these seeds lubricate the gastrointestinal system perfectly. Sprouted, raw flax-seed crackers can be good, but the less adulterated products are always better.

    Cleaning the System

    Speaking of taking breaks from poor nutritional habits, many people do cleanses from time to time. Some people will fast for days and even longer as a way to detox, although some do it for spiritual reasons, too. The idea is to cleanse the body of toxins that have built up, especially in the colon. I wouldn’t necessarily advocate a heroic detoxifying cleanse for everyone, but I wouldn’t stop you, either. It’s fascinating how the body will truly cleanse itself if it’s allowed the chance to do so.

    One way to do a cleanse is by utilizing a liquid diet exclusively. Juicing fresh fruit and veggies (not pre-bottled products) can be good for such a cleanse, but I’m a bigger fan of smoothies with superfoods, the advantage being that you’re getting the whole food including the cleansing soluble fiber that comes with it. It’s true that juicing gives the digestive system a break while still providing the nutrients, but so does blended food, especially if you’re using a high-power blender which really breaks things down. A quality blender can be money well spent.

    For a digestive system that’s slow to the point of constipation, you might be thinking about laxatives. I don’t recommend using them except for rare occasions since, over time, your system can become dependent on them. If and when you really need it, I’d suggest senna, which is a natural (herbal) laxative. Aloe latex is a stronger natural option.

    Colonics, administered by ‘colonic hygienists’ have become popular. An enema is a lighter-version colonic that can be self-administered. Another option for flushing the system out, top to bottom, is a non-invasive technique called Shatkarma that goes all the way back to the ancient health practices of Ayurveda. Essentially, this entails drinking a liter of salt water that you can mix yourself with non-iodized sea salt and purified water to make it comparable to ocean water. This is an extremely effective cleanse. The body can’t absorb salt water, so it travels through the intestines, top to bottom. Just make sure you have a bathroom handy for the next couple hours as you’ll have at least a half dozen substantial bowel movements. This is something that I did for years, and I think it’s great. Search online for the how-to’s. It’s a well-known practice.

    Fasts, colonics, Shatkarma flushes—these can all be effective cleanses. But more to the point, I’d simply recommend a diet that is ‘cleansing’ in general. Even just a few days after removing meat, too many dairy products, sugar, and foods with flour, you’ll likely be able to sense toxic funk leaving your body. Not to say that it’s necessarily going to feel good. For a few days you may feel a sensation of a hangover since an increased volume of toxins is moving through the bloodstream to be excreted through the gastro-system. Chlorophyll from green food (blue-green algae, the number one ingredient in Infinity Greens, is the highest source of chlorophyll of any food), nature’s purifier of blood, is an especially important ally here for the purpose of soaking up these toxins. After a cleanse such as this, you might just decide to leave the less-than-healthy things out of your diet all the time, naturally gravitating towards the healthy—cleansing—foods, instead.

    Strengthening Your System

    Besides a cleansing diet, a major way to strengthen your internal chemistry is with healthy bacteria. Unhealthy intestinal bacteria have become a common theme with the prevalence of modern junk foods. The right kind of bacteria supports digestion among other things in the body. When healthy bacteria settle in, they also become defenders, greatly enhancing your immune system. We can get healthy bacteria in raw, fermented foods like sauerkraut. Probiotic supplements can play a major role, too. These include bacterial blends of acidophilus, bifidus, and lactobacillus. Note – there are 20 Billion Live Probiotics per serving in Infinity Greens!

    The microorganisms that inhabit your digestive tract—your intestinal flora—greatly influence your digestive health. How do you know if your intestinal flora is healthy? The most accurate gauge is your bowel movements. Fiber, coupled with a predominance of healthy bacteria, give bulk. A healthy bowel movement is sizable and, well, there’s just no other way to say it, satisfying.

    And while we’re on the subject of bowel movements, you should be having at least one a day. Regular bowel movements are important for making sure that toxins don’t linger in the intestines too long for the reasons I mentioned. A good diet aids this regularity. For enhanced ‘gastro-mobility’, keep in mind that effective and common intestinal lubricants include coconut oil, flaxseeds, chia seeds, papaya, and prunes.

    Other ways to strengthen your digestive system include enzymes, which are important for breaking foods down for proper digestion. Where do you find these? Raw fruits and veggies. Enzyme supplements too. (Yes, Infinity Greens includes a blend of live enzymes for this very purpose.)

    Naturally, water also plays a role in digestive health. We’ve talked about this before. (See the Infinity Health Manual for the essentials of healthy hydration.) For now, suffice it to say that many of us are walking around slightly dehydrated most of the time. It’s no coincidence that many of us are also walking around slightly constipated most of the time, too. Drink water! Ideally, do the majority of hydrating through the day and less with meals. Hydrating during meals does slightly dilute your digestive enzymes. At the very least, try to avoid cold drinks with food. While cold drinks during meal-time is a common theme, they do in fact dampen your digestion.

    The importance of a healthy gastrointestinal system cannot be emphasized enough. It really is a foundation of your health, and like I mentioned, an accurate indicator of it, too. Give the protocols we’ve covered a “go” for one month and I can assure that you’ll find the impact anything but subtle.

    Yours truly, and at your service always,

    Billy

    www.infinitygreens.com

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  • Simple, yet POWERFUL!

    August 6, 2019 By Billy

    Here’s the crash course of the key health-empowering dietary adjustments that are of greatest gain and just how to make them easy. These I share with Dianne Porchia from ‘Heal’ documentary, and I can guarantee you this will be time very well spent. Enjoy!

    As always, I appreciate you reading my newsletters! As a ‘thank you’, here’s a one-time 10% off coupon you can use for any purchase within the next two days: readerscoupon10 (exp. 08/9)

    Call my team if you’d like help placing your order at  877-291-1990

    Over the last 18 years, Infinity Greens and the other Infinity Superfoods have become a powerful force, enhancing the lives of many thousands of people, and my wish is for you to be part of it. If you’ve had the opportunity to experience the guaranteed benefits of the Infinity superfoods and health information that I have to share in my book, Infinity Health Manual, then pass this link along to your friends and family (or even better, give them some Infinity products to try) since naturally they will receive the awesome benefits, too.

    Yours truly, and at your service always, 

    Billy Merritt

     

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  • How Infinity Greens tightens and tones the skin – and more.

    July 25, 2019 By Billy

    Hey Friend,

    Did you know the health of your skin is largely a reflection of the health of your body? The good news is the simplicity of it all; when it comes to healthy skin it primarily boils down to reducing inflammation. Yes, it’s that simple. But is it easy? Not so much in this day and age. The reason why is many of the most common foods in the modern diet set off an inflammatory response in the body when consumed on a regular basis. As organic as they may be, this can include foods that contain ingredients such as processed sugar, wheat flour, and cooked oil – to mention just a few. Large amounts of animal protein can be a factor, too. The solutions to this dilemma are what I talk about extensively in my book, Infinity Health Manual. Now this isn’t necessarily reason for panic. Instead, let this simple understanding be a compass to help guide you toward including more of the anti-inflammatory foods (replacing the inflammatory ones) in your everyday diet. We’ll identify what some of these are in a moment.
    Now let’s talk about how this is to be reflected by the appearance of our skin. This is also simple. The degree of inflammation throughout the body is largely what influences the rate at which the body ages. The biology of it, in a nutshell, is inflammation reduces blood flow. Conversely, strong circulation of oxygen and nutrient rich blood is number one for maintaining our youth and vitality because the body is diligently able to restore and repair itself; to then be reflected by the performance of every organ in the body, including the skin. This is why the skin can tell us so much about what’s going on on the inside.
    So the solution is pretty straight forward; add more anti-inflammatory foods to your diet. You probably guessed it; we’re talking fruits and vegetables rich in nutrients, nuts and seeds high in essential fatty acids, and the right superfoods, too. Then the big question, of course, is what foods are the most effective when it comes to removing inflammation from the body? Well, it’s in fact a few very specific superfoods. These are superfoods that are providing just the right antioxidants and nutrients. Upping the intake of these specific superfoods is one of the fundamental purposes of Infinity Greens.
    Virtually every superfood ingredient in Infinity Greens has an anti-inflammatory influence on the body, to some degree. Specific superfoods enhance the strength of specific organs and functions naturally to create a ripple effect eventually leading to healthier skin. There are, however, several key superfoods that together complete a spectrum of antioxidants that is by far the most effective when it comes to reducing inflammation. This high-antioxidant blend includes mangosteen, amla berry, acai berry, acerola cherry, lucuma, and goji berry. Each of these ingredients plays a vital role with fulfilling the antioxidant spectrum. Then there are the ‘energetic enhancement’ ingredients of Infinity Greens that further potentiate the influence of the antioxidant blend. This includes ginger, cayenne, Himalayan salt crystals, probiotics, and enzymes; each of which plays a vital role.
    Believe it or not, there’s actually even more to it, and since we’re on a roll, I’ll share one more large factor. In order for these antioxidants to enter the body’s cells to do their restorative work, first, metabolic waste in the cells must be removed. We’ve talked about this before. Let’s call it ‘cellular-detox’. The most important element for this process is chlorophyll which is noted for its ability to remove metabolic waste from cells and toxins from tissues throughout the body. And what are the highest chlorophyll foods? Blue-green algae, including spirulina, chlorella, and klamath algae. This is why these are the fundamental superfoods of Infinity Greens. (These blue-green algae actually have many other benefits as well.) The general idea is ‘pull the toxic funk out, and put the restorative nutrients in’. This is the very essence of Infinity Greens. By the way, as powerful as it already was, did you know the Infinity Greens formula has recently been even further improved?

    I share this humbly as possible, but people often ask me how I look so young relative to my age. I’m very diligent with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but I am confident that Infinity Greens is a vitally important part of this for all of the reasons above. The superfoods that comprise Infinity Greens have been used for millennia (except for in the western world), all of which are proven to have significant results when used on a daily basis. If you’ve been diligently incorporating Infinity Greens in your diet for at least a few months then you very likely know just what I’m talking about. Because I’m confident this would be the case for anyone using Infinity Greens is why the specified results are guaranteed.
    Over the last 18 years, Infinity Greens and the other Infinity Superfoods have become a powerful force, enhancing the lives of many thousands of people, and my wish is for you to be included. If you’ve had the opportunity to experience the tremendous benefits of the Infinity superfoods and health information that I have to share in my book, Infinity Health Manual, then pass this message along to your friends and family (or even better, give them some Infinity products to try!) since naturally they will receive the awesome benefits, too.

    Yours truly, and at your service always,

    Billy

    Call us if you’d like help placing your order at 877-291-1990

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  • The diet trick that backfired and what to do about it.

    July 1, 2019 By Billy

    Dear Friend,

    Did you know that dropping fat in your diet doesn’t necessarily make you lose weight? In fact, it can even have the opposite effect! Yikes! Since “fat” is too often regarded as a cause of the common over-weight problem (and no pun intended, but it’s big!) by many people who don’t know any better, fat in our food is inherently seen as bad. But fat is actually essential to our health for a number of reasons – including the maintenance of a healthy weight! So the answer is not to remove fat from your diet. The good news is it’s only a matter of understanding how to get it right.

    The first backfire

    Like carbohydrates, fat is actually fuel for the body. In fact, fats, per calorie satisfy the appetite more than carbohydrates. Ever sit down with a bag of low-fat chips, and, before you know it, you’ve polished off the whole bag? It just doesn’t satisfy the appetite, does it? It’s often the same with “low-fat” foods like crackers, bread, cereal, pasta. It’s easy to overeat them. And then what does your body do with the overflow of the starchy calories which turn to glucose in minutes? It stores them as…fat!…and generally in the less flattering areas of the body. This is how the ‘low-fat’ diet backfires. One-hundred calories of the healthy fats (what you might find in an avocado, for instance), will be more satisfying than one-hundred calories of carbohydrates. Same amount of calories, much different level of satisfaction = reduced chance of overeating.

    And the second…

    High fat, low carb diets – like paleo and ketogenic diets. The idea is to satisfy the appetite with fewer overall calories and achieve weight loss. Brilliant, right? Actually no, and here’s why…

    In the beginning there will be some weight loss – but not for long. Why? A weakened thyroid. This is because in most cases high fat diets include a significant amount of cooked oils, like what’s in animal protein. Some animal protein in the diet is fine. (We talk all about this in my book, Infinity Health Manual.) But cooked oil (like the oils in cooked meat, fried foods, and baked foods) produces free radicals that can weaken the thyroid. (Refresher: What are free radicals? These are unstable molecules that roam around the body chipping particles from cell walls, which then create more free radicals.) Zapping the thyroid with these free radicals zaps the metabolism. Slow metabolism = weight gain. Eek!..who wants that? The reason this has not been more diligently considered is because this weakening process is gradual, like watching grass grow, only in reverse. So yes, you’ll likely lose weight at first, but it’s likely to come back in the long run, and maybe with a vengeance.

    The solution here is to eat more of the healthy fats, in moderate amounts, while avoiding the unhealthy ones (except for when you’re at someone’s birthday party – no need to be the wet blanket when someone’s cutting the cake). Now we know it’s largely the unhealthy fats that are the cause for unwanted weight gain.

    So what are healthy fats? It’s raw nuts and seeds! You can read more about it in the Infinity Health Manual. Have you read it yet? If yes, then you know all about these very important topics, putting you ahead of the game in terms of vibrant health! If you have yet to read it, then I say go for it – there’s no better time than now. In fact, I guarantee that you’ll be very glad you did.

    Raw nuts and seeds are superior foods and for even more reasons than the healthy fats. It’s the awesome nutritive value, too. We’re talking vital nutrients such as vitamin E, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium – all things that keep the body strong! And what else can nuts and seeds provide? Superior protein! Superior protein = superior muscle. Who doesn’t need that? I do!

    Now here’s the big question: what makes the Infinity Almonds, Pumpkin seeds, and Walnuts superior to all the others on the market? So superior, that I’ll put my name on it. The one-of-a-kind Infinity nuts and seeds are sprouted, which unlocks far greater nutrient absorption. They’re simply easier to digest. Plus the sprouting makes these nuts and seeds more delicious with a lighter, crispier texture. Check out the Infinity nuts and seeds pages, and I’ll explain just how the sprouting process works – and why it’s so important for making nuts and seeds a true superfood. I’ll also share with you the extraordinary health benefits that each of them provide.

    By the way, did you know the primary ingredient of all the Infinity Bars? Raw almond butter! The simple fact is a healthy foundation of an energy bar is big part of what makes the Infinity Bars so delicious and healthy, too. Need I say more? So you might want to take this opportunity to stock up on your Infinity Bars as well.

    Over these many years, the Infinity Superfoods and health protocols have become a powerful force, enhancing the lives of many thousands of people, and my wish is for you to be part of it! If you’ve had the opportunity to experience the great benefits of the Infinity Superfoods and health information that I have to share in my book, Infinity Health Manual, then please forward this email to your friends and family since naturally they will receive the awesome benefits, too.

    Have a wonderful day!!…

    Yours truly, and at your service always, 

    Billy Merritt

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  • Billy Merritt shares health essentials with Doctor Jody Stanislaw.

    May 31, 2019 By Billy

    Dear Friend,

    I’m excited to share with you

    Over the last 18 years, Infinity Greens and the other Infinity Superfoods have become a powerful force, enhancing the lives of many thousands of people, and my wish is for you to be included. If you’ve had the opportunity to experience the guaranteed benefits of the Infinity superfoods and health information that I have to share in my book, Infinity Health Manual, then pass this link along to your friends and family (or even better, give them some Infinity products to try!) since naturally they will receive the awesome benefits, too.

    Yours truly, and at your service always, 

    Billy Merritt

    Call my team if you’d like help placing your order at  877-291-1990

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  • Dr Jody Stanislaw, diabetes specialist, shares vital info about blood sugar

    By Billy

  • Video of how I start my day for utmost vitality.

    April 26, 2019 By Billy

    Thanks for watching! I can guarantee you that drinking this smoothie every morning will yield massive benefit within every channel of your health.

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  • The CRITICAL factors of protein.

    March 30, 2019 By Billy

    Dear Friend,

    Getting it just right with the protein in your everyday diet will be reflected by many aspects of your health including your energy, longevity, and even your attractiveness (I’ll explain why below). Unfortunately, in this modern day and age, for the most part, protein consumption is ranking at ‘disaster-status’. The simple fact is the toll it’s currently taking on the majority of our population’s health is huge. This is why the info I have to offer you is critical. (I’ve trimmed this down from my book, Infinity Health Manual, to the most important factors for you, to make your next five minutes very well spent.)

    Question – why exactly is protein worth our special attention in the first place? Because protein is the primary building block of muscle, ligaments, vital organs, skin, and essentially every cell in the body. You really are what you eat! That’s why. So I say let’s use the finest building blocks that we have available.

    Unfortunately, as a species, we’ve made things complicated for ourselves, and our intake of protein is now a matter that desperately needs a shift. First, consider that for thousands of years, since our days as hunter-gatherers, our major source of protein has been animals. Before the advent of today’s food distribution, people could only eat what they could find in their immediate surroundings. Especially in the winter months, that could mean just meat and potatoes. But from our ancestors’ simpler days of hunting wild animals for food, we’ve gone down a different path. Today, our Western diet is plagued by poor quality meat—and lots of it!

    Moreover, very definite data now exist that show a connection between the consumption of today’s animal protein and cancer and heart disease. Processed beef and pork have been newly classified by the World Health Organization as Level One carcinogens. That’s the same as cigarettes! Eek! Isn’t that nuts? And few people even know about this. Let’s consider this a red flag.

    The Flaws of Modern Day Protein

    The days of low-grade beef, pork, and chicken have caught up with us. This meat is definitely protein, but it’s the wear and tear on our overall health that comes with it that needs our attention.

    Part of the problem is the type of saturated fats that come with animal protein. These are the fats that very definitely can raise unhealthy cholesterol—a separate book entirely. Even with the low-fat meat products, a little lard can go a long way, and not in our favor! I feel that the fats in meat are actually a big part of why we crave them. Ah, the smell of bacon many of us mysteriously appreciate. Because cutting back on all fat in our overall diet is a dominant theme, we eventually cave in and get our fat fix from animal products. But satisfying our need for fats with animal lard is akin to satisfying the sweet tooth with processed sugar instead of fruit.

    Another consideration: meats are acid-forming. Quick lesson: our bodies seek to strike a healthy acid-alkaline chemistry that’s affected mostly by the foods we eat. All animal protein makes the body acidic (as does processed sugar, interestingly enough). An “acidic” internal environment ultimately translates into a decrease of calcium in bones and an increase of inflammation in tissues causing reduced blood-flow, which ultimately translates to a weaker body that simply ages faster than it regenerates. And in case you’re wondering, chicken is just as acid-forming as red meat, so you’re not really doing your body any favors by sticking with just “white” low-fat meat.

    Additionally, metabolic waste from regular animal protein can accumulate over time in the gastrointestinal system. An eight-ounce steak isn’t eight ounces of protein, after all. A lot of it is indigestible animal matter which can build up in your large intestine and colon, slowly but surely weakening your digestive system, a vital pillar of your health.

    Also, ever notice you’re tired after eating meat? Even just a chicken salad? This is because it actually takes a lot of work for your body to break it down to extract the protein. So if you do have any animal protein in your diet, you might want to consider limiting it as a dinner food.

    But what about Fish?

    I believe having a little fish in your diet can offer some overall benefits. Certain fish can be excellent food nutritionally and a far superior option to other meat products. One of the reasons is ease of digestibility. Another advantage of fish is the quality of fat. Remember fish oils contain omega-3 fatty acids which have the exact opposite effect of the fats in other meat products. These fats actually reduce unhealthy cholesterol.

    With all fish, be sure to go with wild-caught and avoid farm-raised fish. A lot of the fish today are farm-raised where the fish are crowded together, producing unclean conditions that require major amounts of antibiotics and pesticides. Even salmon labeled as “Atlantic salmon” is, more likely than not, farm-raised. If salmon or any fish are wild-caught it will clearly say “wild-caught” on the label.

    If fish is a regular part of your diet, it’s also important to be aware of fish that are known to be high in mercury as well as other harmful contaminants. Fish repeatedly testing high in mercury include tuna (especially albacore, ahi, and yellowfin tuna; skipjack tuna is okay), swordfish, shark, grouper, marlin, and mackerel. I suggest avoiding these entirely. Stick with the options tested to be low-mercury. These include salmon, trout, tilapia, sole, and most smaller fish. Other seafood like shrimp, oysters, and scallops tend to be okay too. In general, it’s the large predatory fish that have toxic levels of mercury, even with freshwater fish.

    As for the Vegetarian Lifestyle

    If you’ve been thinking of trying a vegetarian diet, I say why not? Today, with the large variety of foods we have available year round, we can in most cases get all the protein and nutrients the body needs without animal protein. Or getting your animal protein exclusively from fish can be an excellent option too.

    I feel it’s worth sharing that for two years I was on the “Paleo” diet, a popular diet that is quite high in animal protein. I kept to the better quality options like bison, elk, venison, and meats of similar nature. These meats are definitely better alternatives to the more common meats like beef and pork. Even still, at the end of the day, I found that the Paleo diet yielded much less energy and sense of life-force than a diet without these animal products.

    If you continue to have meat as a regular part of your diet, it’s still good to take breaks! Going a couple weeks without meat, adding more plant foods in place of it, allows your body to go through its important cleansing cycles.

    While we’re on the subject, I should say this. Many people take an ethical position on the eating of meat. In case you’re wondering, my role here is nutrition and so I’m going to keep within those bounds. I’ll leave the ethical question to each individual reader. Nevertheless, I do feel that a primarily plant-based diet with the right foods is the superior option for overall health.

    Where to Find the Right Plant Protein

    Okay, so where can you find the plant foods high in protein, the plant foods you’ll need in order to compensate for cutting back (or maybe even eliminating) meat? Easy. Vegetarian foods with a reasonable amount of protein include raw nuts and seeds, avocados, beans, edamame, eggs, and dairy (eggs and dairy we will talk about in my next newsletter). Protein supplements can also play an excellent role here. But beware of whey or soy based protein. They’re culprits of constipation, like eating glue. Hemp and rice protein have the potential to be awesome, depending on the quality of ingredients. And you may have guessed it; Infinity Protein is the elite and at the very top of the totem pole! Click here so I can explain why.

    Note: don’t make this mistake frequently made by people cutting back on meat: replacing meat with pasta, bread, processed grains, and other starchy foods. You’re looking for protein, not tons of starch! As for my recommendation of how many grams of protein to have per day, I’d put this in the same category as counting calories. Unnecessary. Follow the suggestions above and there’s really not a margin of error you need to be given since your body’s tastes and instincts will be allowed to do the job they were born to do.

    Okay, so here’s the big picture.

    The Western world eats way too much animal protein (especially the worst kind!). Kind of like unhealthy sugar. But in the end, it comes down to a lifestyle choice. And who wants a lifestyle that includes foods that slowly make you weaker, little by little chipping away at your body’s overall health and life force? Not you or I!

    It doesn’t help, of course, that beef, pork, and chicken are so prevalent. And few people know how high-impact this part of their diet can be. But now you do. If you’re starting to become more and more sold on the healthier proteins, then fantastic. If we’d collectively cut back on the common low-quality meats, we’d be doing something extraordinary for ourselves (not to mention the planet would have a sigh of relief too!). Yes, we have the hunter-gatherer in our genes, but we also have the option to live a lot healthier than our ancestors did— and longer too. And as we’ve seen, because of today’s availability of healthier plant protein, this can be easy to do.

    Over the last 17 years, the Infinity superfoods and health protocols have become a powerful force, enhancing the lives of many thousands of people, and my wish is for you to be part of it. Lastly, if you’ve experienced the benefits of what I have to share, then please forward this to your friends and family since naturally they will experience the benefits, too.
    Have a great day!!…

    Yours truly, and at your service always, 

    Billy Merritt

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  • The essentials for kicking out the winter blues.

    February 18, 2019 By Billy

    Dear Friend,

    Because we’ve hit the mid-winter benchmark the simple fact is that for a few months now, we have been getting less sunshine. The problem is when we get less sunshine, the body produces less serotonin which is a chemical messenger in the body responsible for keeping a positive mood.

    Reduction of serotonin over the last few months is why you may be feeling less positive than you normally would. This can be reflected by such states as irritability, impatience, lower self-esteem, and less-than-great stress management.

    With less sunshine, not only is the production of serotonin reduced, the body also produces more melatonin which is why you may also feel drowsy and less motivated.

    Feelings, including any of the above, when related to less sunshine, are diagnosed as ‘seasonal affective disorder (SAD)’, commonly referred to as the ‘winter blues’.

    The good news is this means that since there’s a sound reason why you may be feeling this way, it’s highly unlikely that there is something wrong with you. So don’t despair!

    Now, for the really good news: there are some simple yet incredibly powerful ways that will help boost your serotonin production! So don’t delay if you’re not feeling your greatest! Make today the day of giving yourself the healthy serotonin boost!

    Here are 5 highly effective ways to boost your serotonin levels:

    1) Digestive Health – did you know that the majority of the body’s serotonin is produced in the gastrointestinal system? Wow, that’s major! This is why Infinity Greens, the flagship of the Infinity Superfoods, is intended to support a healthy mind. The precision blend of probiotics, enzymes, soluble fiber, and algae has a profound influence. Essentially every food you put in your body influences your overall health. The big picture to consider is that the health of your body is a massive influence for the health of your brain; thus your mind, too.

    2) Superfoods!…and just the right ones! The mood-boosting power of superfoods is the very essence of Infinity Chai; joy in a teacup, made delicious, of course. It’s the trinity of Reishi, Cordycpes, and Lions Mane mushrooms which are precursors to serotonin production. Truthfully, when I go for even one day without my cup of Infinity Chai, something doesn’t feel quite right.

    3) Exercise – exercise boosts serotonin! This means get to the gym! Or go for a power-walk. Or take a yoga class. The discipline is so very worth the effort, and why not make it fun?

    4) Get outdoors for unadulterated sunshine whenever possible. If this most important option is limited then a light therapy lamp can be helpful since it is dedicated to serotonin production. This, of course, does not replace pure sunshine though.

    5) Reducing stress with a healthy personal life dedicated to the mind – Who are you spending time with? Do they lift you up or bring you down? Do you have a spiritual practice? Prayer? Meditation? What kind of material do you read or what do you watch on the television (if you do). Is it positive and uplifting or the opposite? Naturally these are all important parts of our lifestyle since they affect your joy. This we cover extensively in my book, The Infinity Health Manual (have you taken advantage of this vital resource yet?).

    Over the last 17 years, the Infinity Superfoods and health protocols have become a powerful force, enhancing the lives of many thousands of people, and my wish is for you to be part of it. Lastly, if you’ve experienced the benefits of the superfoods and knowledge that I have to share, then please forward this to your friends and family since naturally they will experience the benefits, too.

    Have a great day!!…
    Yours truly, and at your service always,

    Billy Merritt

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  • Video: Billy shares with Dianne the easiest of the longevity essentials.

    February 11, 2019 By Billy

    Hey Friend,

    Here’s the crash course of the little-known longevity essentials that I share with Dianne Porchia from ‘Heal’ documentary, and I can guarantee you this will be time very well spent.  Enjoy!

    Over the last 18 years, Infinity Greens and the other Infinity Superfoods have become a powerful force, enhancing the lives of many thousands of people, and my wish is for you to be included. If you’ve had the opportunity to experience the guaranteed benefits of the Infinity superfoods and health information that I have to share in my book, Infinity Health Manual, then pass this message along to your friends and family (or even better, give them some Infinity products to try!) since naturally they will receive the awesome benefits, too.

    Yours truly, and at your service always, 

    Billy Merritt

    Call my team if you’d like help placing your order at  877-291-1990

    www.infinitygreens.com

     

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  • Infinity Health Manual – the essentials for longevity, weight loss & the mind…simplified.

    By Billy

    Infinity Health Manual (free electronic version): 

    Click Here to Download PDF

    May the Infinity Health Manual be a profound resource for achieving your truest excellence!

     

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  • Wheat grass is an inflammatory and not a superfood.

    January 31, 2019 By Billy

    It should be noted that in the 1970s, grass supplements like wheat grass and barley grass came about as a low-budget green food. The theory was “greens for pennies.” But unfortunately the pretty price of grass supplements comes with drawbacks. Grasses do have some chlorophyll but nothing even close to that of the blue-green algae. (This is why algae is the foundation of Infinity Greens!) Algae and all of the other more commonly known green foods like kale, collard greens, spinach, and chard are nutritively superior to wheat grass.

    What many people are unaware of is that wheat grass (even juiced) is hard to digest and can be weakening and even damaging for the gastrointestinal system. Consider the fact that this is a food that has only been used for the last fifty years, making it something that we are completely unadapted to digest. Here’s why this is an especially big deal – naturally the digestive system is a pillar of our health. A weakened digestive system from routinely having irritant foods makes it harder for the body to eliminate toxins and absorb nutrients. The very opposite is what we need! Make a strong digestive system an utmost priority. It’s so very worth it. So pass on the grasses.

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  • The 30-Day Infinity Cleanse to kick off 2019 with a spark!

    January 9, 2019 By Billy

    Dear Friend,

    Below is the most simplified and ‘bang for your buck’ 30-day cleanse ever! We’re talking just a few easy adjustments to your diet that all add up to make the whole thing profoundly beneficial (and thankfully doesn’t involve starving yourself on veggie juice!). And there is no better time than NOW since the beginning of the new year is when our resolve to do something great for ourselves is often its strongest!

    Whether or not you want to go for it boils down to the following questions:

    – Would you like to shed some pounds?
    – Would you like more energy?
    – Would you like to improve your mood and self-image?
    – Would you like to live a longer and more satisfying life?
    – Or would you at least like to keep away the winter bug?

    If you feel a ‘yes’ to any of the above then let’s go for it! I’m so very confident that you’ll be glad you did since the benefits you’ll experience will be massive. I can guarantee it. Below are the simplified methods that will far-and-away have the greatest benefit for the effort it takes. You’ll see.

    Dietary adjustments for just 30 days:
    (If you would like to know why each of these adjustments have such a massive influence on your wellbeing, you can reference the Infinity Health Manual.)
    No processed sugar. This one is the most important and includes any foods with evaporated cane juice, brown sugar, corn syrup, and agave. Small amounts of honey, coconut sugar, and maple syrup are fine. Have all the fruit you want but no packaged fruit juices.
    No wheat flour. Screen those ingredient labels.
    No processed carbs including chips, pasta, bread, crackers, and cereal; gluten-free or not.
    No canola, safflower, or soybean oil (i.e. baked foods, packaged salad dressings, and sauces)
    No fried food.
    No roasted nuts or seeds. Raw nuts and seeds only! Sprouted Infinity Almonds are the elite!
    No pork or red meat.
    No high mercury fish. Reference the Infinity Health Manual for the safest options.
    No excessive snacking between meals.
    Steer clear of alcohol, or at least keep it to a minimum.
    Drink lots of pure water!
    Eat more vegetables! Especially those cleansing leafy-green foods! Need healthy recipes? Click here for my favorites that might just become your favorites, too.
    First thing every morning have your Infinity Greens smoothie – not to be skipped for vitally important reasons!

    Exercise for the next 30 days –

    Your exercise is as important as your diet! Doing a good job with one doesn’t forfeit the necessity of the other. If you have you read my exercise chapter in the Infinity Health Manual, then you’ll understand why. Even just a half hour every other day would have significant benefit versus doing nothing. Do you feel you don’t have enough time? If yes, well then, I dare say this will give you more time rather than take it.

    Hands down, the best exercise is hiking or fast-paced walking. Not only is it great doing the very activity that the body is most adapted to doing, you are also getting your fresh air and sunshine. Yes, days are short, and I understand if you’re unable to get outside before dark with your work schedule. So get to the gym, then! Or how about a yoga class?!

    Naturally, a few other parts of your lifestyle to keep healthy for the next 30 days include good sleep, positive social activity, and doing things that bring you joy. Let’s see this as a great opportunity to get things on a roll for making 2019 our best year yet. The bottom line is, you have it well-within your reach to do something truly great for your betterment of mind and body. So let’s go for it!

    Over the last 17 years, the Infinity Superfoods and healthy lifestyle protocols have become a powerful force, enhancing the lives of many thousands of people, and my wish is for you to be part of it.

    Yours truly, and at your service always,

    Billy Merritt

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  • The Fundamentals of a Powerful Immune System.

    October 22, 2018 By Billy

    Dear Friend,

    This topic is so very important for your overall health and longevity. Diet, exercise, hydration, even sunshine and sleep—it’s all connected. And one of the great results of living a healthy way of life? Taken care of properly, your body is less likely to experience illness. By maximizing those things that strengthen the body and minimizing the things that weaken the body, naturally you’ll be able to enjoy life at your greatest potential.

    I’m not claiming that you’ll never feel under the weather, but I can state with confidence that your odds will be lower as your body’s immune system becomes stronger. The body is commonly underestimated when it comes to both prevention of illness and healing. We live in a society where often the first recourse is to turn to modern science, to depend on pharmaceuticals to fix what’s ailing us. But a body well taken care of has an extraordinary ability to take care of itself. Life-force created via lifestyle heals and is the body’s preferred remedy.

    It’s important make a note here about cancer. Cancer prevention (and healing) is primarily about strengthening the immune system. Vitamin C (one of the essential antioxidants), as we know, is an amazing immune-system booster, reputed to be the most effective anti-cancer agent there is. Naturally this is what Infinity-C, a blend of superior high-vitamin C superfoods, is all about. Vitamin D is also a huge part of your immune system. It’s quite ironic that the correct amount of sunshine for vitamin D has proven to help with cancer recovery. (Of course too much sun should be avoided to prevent the opposite effect. This topic I cover extensively in Infinity Health Manual.) Note: part of why there is often compromise of the immune system during the winter is because we get less sunshine. This is why having additional vitamin C, beginning this time of year, is important.

    Another important topic to address here is that the most common disease (I don’t like to word ‘disease’. Anything is curable; even broken genes.) of our modern world, is autoimmune disease. (I talk about this topic quite a bit in Infinity Health Manual. Autoimmune disease affects at least twenty-five million people in the United States. That’s eight percent of our population. And it’s rapidly increasing. As you may know autoimmune disease is when the immune system turns on and attacks the body itself. Besides allergies (the most common case), some of the more well-known strains include type-1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, and celiac. The common denominator is attack on the body by the immune system. The most common effect on the attacked area of the body is inflammation, the swelling of tissues, making it unreachable for nutrient rich blood that is trying to come to the rescue.

    Just forty years ago, autoimmune disease was virtually non-existent. Interestingly, in third-world countries, it’s still virtually non-existent. It exists almost exclusively in developed countries. So what’s going on? The simple fact is, it’s greatly correlated with diet and lifestyle. Yes, in some cases it’s genetic, but still, various things can be implemented to fix even genes. That, we will talk about soon.

    Mostly it’s about adding vital nutrients that recover the intelligence of the immune system (the immune system works hand-in-hand with the neurological system) while cutting the toxic junk out. Believe it or not, adding a few things to your diet and removing a few others is what most often saves the day. Remember there are two powerhouse nutrients that are the most vital to the immune system: vitamin C and vitamin D. Some might think boosting the immune system would be the exact wrong thing to do in the case of autoimmune disease, given the fact that the immune system is already attacking itself. But what you’re really doing is restoring your body’s instinctive healing wisdom. The intelligence of the immune system is truly awesome, and it does a lot more than just fighting colds.

    Naturally, to boost the body’s immune powers, it’s vital to cut out the junk, and to let the body heal itself. By now, you can guess what the food culprits are: processed sugar, low-grade animal protein, cheap oils, flour, and similar heavily processed food. Another huge “junk” factor is toxic chemicals. Toxic household items like cleaners and air-fresheners are proven to weaken the immune system significantly. Unquestionably, these can be causatives, at least to some degree, and over time the wear and tear of these pollutants weakens the immune system.

    Another culprit: antibacterial soap and hand sanitizers were originally intended to take on the role of your immune system. In December of 2013, the FDA questioned soap companies to address the potential risks of using such products daily. The active antibacterial ingredient has been proven to be toxic, and ironically weakens the immune system. On top of this, there’s no evidence that antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. Finally, as of this writing, the FDA is working to ban these terrible soaps. Let’s allow the superior immune system to do its job!

    And another: antibiotics and some vaccines are now linked to reduced immunity! What an irony! The data are real. These culprits kill the bad bacteria while also killing the good bacteria we need in order to maintain a healthy immune system. Antibiotics may play a role when the situation is desperate and life threatening. Even still, after utilized, there needs to be some follow-up damage control with a healing diet and lifestyle. Most important is replacing the intestinal flora that gets killed with the use of antibiotics. This is the role of a probiotic supplement (which is why it’s an important part of the Infinity Greens formula).

    There’s another very important topic we need to address when it comes to maintaining a healthy immune system: stress. Stress is essentially anything that puts strain on the mind or body. This includes many things such as lack of sleep, anxiety, poor diet, anger, sadness, and guilt—essentially anything that makes us feel less at ease. The reality is that this is all naturally part of life to a degree.

    Stress releases hormones like cortisol that, short term, aren’t such a big deal, as the body knows how to remedy this. But on a regular basis they create as much wear and tear as junk food. And ultimately stress makes the mind and body weaker. Believe it or not, stress is actually proven to be the primary source of all illness. The first thing stress weakens is the immune system, the body’s capability of protecting and restoring itself.

    The idea here is how we handle stress, like taking action to remove the common stressful circumstances that come up in daily life. Another vitally important part of reducing the effects of stress is exercise, and more than most people realize. Here’s why: stress produces adrenaline. Adrenaline unused leaves the body weaker and the mind irritable and more vulnerable to low moods. So the idea is to “exorcise” the adrenaline, booting it out of the body to leave everything stronger at the end, including your natural ability to cope with stress in the future. The big picture here is to live a life that reduces the stressors and incorporates restorative anti-stress elements such as a healthy diet, time in the outdoors, exercise, esteem-building activities, and spending time with joyous companions.

    With regard to any malady, a truly healthy lifestyle cannot be emphasized enough. The potential healing powers of the body are awesome. Truly. All we need to do is nurture it with diet, exercise, pure water, fresh air, and sunshine. And positive thinking, too! (Shoot, what does that one have to be so hard sometimes! Remember you’re not alone. And it’s part of what friends are for.) The magnificent life-force this can yield is the body’s preferred preventative of illness and remedy too.

    Yours truly, and at your service always,

    Billy Merritt

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