1124. AFib Untangled: The Omega-3 Connection


Atrial fib can be a dangerous condition where the heart’s rhythm gets out of whack. It can lead to stroke and Dr. Martin says that should never be taken lightly. And now there’s a new study showing a direct link between atrial fib and low levels of omega-3! 

Dr. Martin says we see so many problems with atrial fib today because of weak heart muscles. We need way more omega-3, as our ratio to omega-6 is completely out of balance. Dr. Martin explains in today’s episode.


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Dr. Martin:  Well, good morning everyone. Once again, welcome to another live here this morning. Hope you're having a great start to your day. We appreciate everyone that comes on. We love you guys more than you know. I'm always boasting about our audience how wonderful you guys are. Guys, when they tell you about these observational studies and they ask you, okay, what did you have to eat last week? Hey, I got trouble remembering what I ate yesterday. But the reason I'm saying is because I'm trying to remember what day I talked about atrial fib. And there's a new study on atrial fib, okay, where the heart gets out of whack and it can be very dangerous. Atrial fib can be dangerous leading to stroke and never take that lightly. But I did talk about the importance of the heart muscle, and I think today one of the big reasons we see so much problems with atrial fib is because of heart muscle. And that's why I always talk about coQ10 and people's heart when they get congestive heart failure or atrial fib. I know they're not the same, but I'm just telling you the muscle of the heart has a lot to do with that rhythm of the heart.

And the new study says there's a direct link to atrial fib and low levels of omega-3. Now, in the last 40 years, the consumption of red meat has gone downward big time. And when it goes down this way in the consumption of red meat. Sun, steak, and steel, and I mean steak when it goes down. Ground beef, roast beef, even pork, I put in the category of red meat, but it's not steak, okay? It's not quite as good. But anyway, as the consumption of steak went down, people, what did they do? They replaced that with the consumption of crappy carbohydrates. It's not like we got people started living on fruits and vegetables, which I don't recommend, by the way. Not that I don't like fruits and vegetables, but you know how I talk all the time. I don't want you living on the plant kingdom because the plant kingdom will give you some omega-3s, but they're not the long chain fatty acid. And this study says on atrial fib, the heart needs that long chain fatty acids that are found in the animal kingdom.

And again, because people thought they were smarter, all red meat and cholesterol, red meat is acidic, red meat, that's no good for you. Red meat, this, that, and the other thing. That consumption went down and we've been sicker ever since. And there's other factors because of the introduction of high fructose corn syrup, which is well documented. But people got away from omega-3, especially the long chain fatty acids of D H A and E P A. EPA a little bit less D H A is the best. Okay, so this study says it's very important to get your omega levels up for your heart, and I always link the heart and brain together because whatever affects your heart in the right way will affect your brain in the right way. You need that omega-3.

And here's what the study says. Okay, I'm just reading what the study says here. Okay? Omega fatty acids, EPA and DHA provide building blocks for all your cells, including your muscle cells. They're building blocks. Secondly, the reason they, they figure it works for atrial fib or if you are not getting enough omega-3, you're much more susceptible to atrial fib and they say it's because that omega-3 reduces inflammation. They call it inflamma-aging. The muscle, your heart's a muscle, ages quicker without omega-3 and omega helps to balance your blood sugar. These are all the reasons that they're talking about with omega-3. If you help to lower your blood sugar with omega-3, you're helping with insulin resistance, okay? Always comes back to insulin, doesn't it? Friend, good oil. You need to lubricate. You need to lubricate. So this is really important.

That's why one of the reasons that steak is such a perfect food. Fish is good. I love fish. I have fish every day in a capsule. Fish is so good. I wish I liked it more in terms of eating it, but fish is fantastic, but steak is better when it comes to all the nutrients. It's better. And it actually has higher DHA if you get a grass fed beef. This why I talk about it all the time and I go over in great detail the importance, okay? Part of the study said this, okay, new study on atrial fib, but there was a little preamble to the study and it said this, on omega-3. 70% of all adults in North America are deficient in omega-3. 70%. And listen to this, 95% of kids because the geniuses so-called have got us eating the wrong oil. We're eating so much omega-6 and you get some omega-6 in plants. And that doesn't make 'em bad for you.

The problem is that ratio is because we've introduced processed foods that are made with oils that were meant for your car. Seed oils, grape seed oil, Canada's gift to the world, canola. You can run the plane with canola, but it's not meant for your body. It's not. These oils, okay? They're so high in omega-6. And what happens when people, and this is a big factor that I always said, look, one of the reasons the reset can be so effective, yes, you are laying off sugar. And of course that's important, right? You're not eating sugar 30 days, no sugar. I mean that is so dramatic for most people. Okay? 30 days with no carbohydrates and there's some good carbs, guys. But when you go 30 days without them, again, it's dramatic in terms of what it does to insulin. But what people don't realize as much, you might be a good eater and you go, well, the reset people talk to me about that all the time. The reset. Well, Dr. Martin, I can have some fruits and vegetables. Yeah, you can, not on the reset. Well, why do you do that?

Well, look, I got a lot of reasons. I explain it in the book. I talk about the metabolic reset and whatever, but one of the biggest factors, and this has nothing to do with fruits and vegetables, one of the biggest reasons it's so successful with autoimmune because it lowers omega-6, it lowers that ratio between omega-6 and omega-3. Your body responds to that. omega-6 we're up to 22 to 1. I mean, you read different studies. I've seen it 30 to 1 ratio, omega-6. Most people when they're carboholics, let me tell you this. Yes, they're eating way too much sugar. Yes, they're eating way too many carbs. But the problem is that they're ratio between omega-6 and omega-3, and they don't get near enough omega-3. And what happens? That creates an inflammation response in the body and that inflammation goes on to destroy. Inflammation is like the fog of war. Cells can't communicate with each other properly.

So you go to a restaurant, I mean, you know hey doc it's protein, yeah, I know, but it's what they cook it in. Chicken nuggets wouldn't be that bad if they weren't cooked in the wrong oil. It's the oil they use. And again, the geniuses of this world, because they're always so worried about fat, that fat makes you fat and fat, cholesterol and fat is bad, that they invented a manmade oil. It's manmade. These seed oils that are meant for your car and not for you. And that creates such a cascade of problems in the body. So at the end of the day, okay, why is omega-3 one of my favorite supplements? Because here's what the study said. I didn't say it. 70% of adults are deficient in omega-3. You can have omega-3 tested. Good luck trying to get that as a test, a routine test, it should be done. And 95% of children, no wonder we see so much autism. No wonder we see so many kids with their brains malfunctioning, they got the wrong oil, they got it upside down, and they don't have enough omega-3. They don't have those long chain fatty acids. I don't want my brain to shrink. You ever seen a brain, an Alzheimer's patient brain? It's like a prune, man. They shrink. You want your brain full of fat, good fat. Oil man oil's good. Make sure you're getting the right oil, okay?

Okay, now, the other day I was telling you about this study and I want to just bring it up again. New study on sleep and napping. Okay? Sun, Steak & Steel (and Sleep). Oh wow, sleep is important. Listen to this new regular daytime napping. Okay, regular daytime napping. So I'm a big guy on that. Get 10 to 15 minute siesta, okay? You don't need to go a long time is linked to bigger, healthier brains according to a new study. So omega-3, better heart, better brain. Sleep if you don't sleep at night, but this is a daytime sleep, a nap. I used to call it a power nap. 15, 10, 20 minutes, okay? Increases the size of your brain. Isn't that good? Okay, you study on sleep and napping. Not a bad idea. Your brain will grow and not shrink.

And for those of you who have trouble sleeping at night, I talked about this. Make sure you get some during the day, you got to sleep. Okay, now, new study on insulin resistance. Okay? So I'm giving you a little bit of a hodgepodge here today. One on omega-3 and atrial fib, one on sleep, and having that little nap, which is good, just doubling down on the importance of sleep. Listen to this. Insulin resistance. Five major causes. Of course, the number one thing for sure, when you talk about insulin, insulin's a food hormone. And you know what insulin resistance is? Your cells at the cellular level, they don't completely stop responding to insulin because they can't, but they don't like insulin. And because people are carboholics your cells at the cellular level, it's the number one problem in the world today because it's at the root of metabolic syndrome. And when cells get tired of insulin, but there's other factors.

So food, food is the key. It's the thing you can turn around in 30 days. This is why the metabolic reset. But listen to other factors that make your cells even more resistant to insulin. Okay? Food, numero uno, okay, food. Obviously because insulin is a food hormone, but here's what will make your cells even more resistant. Okay? This is a new study out. Dehydration. Did you know that? Look, okay, let's just say you're dehydrated. Does that make your cells insulin resistant? No, not in the absence of being a bad eater, but what they're saying is, okay, this new study on insulin resistance, very interesting. You know what aggravates insulin resistance when you're dehydrated? My friend, vitamin W.

Okay, now in the book, if you got it, Sun, Steak & Steel, I have a whole chapter on dehydration. You know how much I love vitamin W, water? I have a chapter on salt because I'm big on salt. They blame salt for what sugar does, but dehydration seems to have an aggravating factor on insulin resistance. Who knew? There isn't anyone on the planet that doesn't need water? And I don't want you to eat your water. I know there's watermelon, Dr. Martin. How many times I heard that over the years? Oh, yeah, well, I have watery fruits. The berries are water. And you know what? Coffee is water. 95% of coffee is water. Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know. I know, I know. But water is water and nothing else is water. Okay? Drink your water and then you can have some watery fruits if you want. I don't care. Good for you. But never let that be a substitute for drinking water.

Other factors in insulin resistance, dehydration, poor sleep. Do you know that they have taken, I comment on this in the book. They've taken people, okay, and measured insulin resistance, and they were perfectly, no insulin resistance at all, but then they were put in a very stressful situation for a prolonged period of time, and their sleep was affected, and then they developed insulin resistance even without the bad food. Wow, but it shows you guys the importance again, of getting cortisol down. Some people, they live in a state of fear, a state of high cortisol. Your body was made for that. Cortisol is a protective mechanism. It's good for you, but it's a double-edged sword, not prolonged. It's just not good for you prolonged.

And we live in a world today, and I've been saying this for 30 years at least, but seriously, guys, cortisol messes up just about everything. The reason is because it pours gasoline on the fire of inflammation. But it also can be a factor in insulin resistance. At the end of the day, that's a huge factor in metabolic syndrome. 93% of the population have high circulating insulin and your body over a period of time when your cortisol is high. That guys, I used to measure it. It was unreal. It was almost like, hey, what planet am I on? Everybody's got high cortisol, and it was unreal. The amount of people. So the importance of sleep, of course, because you got high cortisol, you don't sleep, you don't sleep, you get high cortisol. It's a vicious cycle, and it's no fun under the sun.

Hey, speaking of the sun, listen, Linda, listen. This is another factor in this study on insulin resistance. Again, not the major cause because bad eating, crappy carbs, sugars is what causes insulin resistance. But here's an aggravating factor. They say not enough sun. Oh, boy. Is there anything that the sun isn't good for? For imagine making the sun, the boogeyman, and the war on vitamin D. Oh, thank God for you guys. Otherwise, I'd be discouraged. I know you get it. But even at imagine at your cells, okay? Think of your cells for a minute. Just think of that. Those little wee cells in your body, muscle cells, heart cells, brain cells, you name the cell bone cells, cells, they have an outer lining. They have receptors for insulin. But when insulin wants to come and open up the cell wall, the cells can develop a resistance to it. And one of the aggravating factors to that is the lack of sun. Boy, the sun does a lot of things for your immune system. But here we are talking about insulin resistance, and it can be an aggravating factor. Not enough sun. Sun, Steak & Steel.

And the other one is inflammation. Again, remember what I was saying about inflammation and insulin resistance? Why is that? Think about that for a minute. I want you to think about it. Omega-3 lowers inflammation and it actually lowers insulin resistance. Why? Inflammation. Remember what it says inflammation is, it's the fog of war. Your cells can't communicate with each other. And insulin resistance is your coating on the cells. You get away from me insulin. Now, insulin's going to combat those cells no matter what. It'll just use more and more and more and more of it. But the fog of war, inflammation. If you don't get enough omega-3 and you're eating too much omega-6. So it does come back to food in a lot of ways. But a good oil helps your cells become more sensitive to insulin. You want insulin sensitivity, not resistance. You get the drift. Okay?

So it's really, really important. Okay? How do you help with insulin resistance? First thing, do the reset. The reset is for everyone, no exceptions. It's for everyone. That's the world we live in today. It's for everyone. Not everyone's going to do it, but it doesn't mean it's not for everyone. It's for everyone. You do not need for 30 days any carbohydrates. You just don't. Well, you never need it. Carbohydrates, look, I'm not saying you'll never going to eat them, okay? Please don't misquote me. I'm just telling you it's not essential. Protein is essential. Fat is essential, and carbs are optional. And we put them at the bottom of the pyramid, meaning that the foundation, they put all the carbs there, very little protein, and almost no fat except bad fat. We got that pyramid upside down because you talked to any dietician. I had a dietician tell one of you guys last week, well, your brain needs so many carbs to operate in a day. I think it was 150 grams of carbs. I said, what planet is that person living on? You don't need that. What do you need that for? Your brain don't need carbohydrates. Your brain needs fat. Your brain needs protein.

If you never had another carb in your lifetime, you'd be all right. That's a fact, guys. That's just a fact. I'm not saying to do it. I'm just telling you. If your body needs any sugar, it will take a steak and make some sugar. Okay, now, little announcement. I'm off tomorrow, traveling tomorrow, okay, off tomorrow, back Friday. So tell everyone, we'll put some notices out too. Okay? So off tomorrow, back Friday. Okay? And if you haven't got your copy of the book, Sun, Steak & Steel available and well on its way to be number one in Canada, well, on its way. We appreciate that. Guys, the, it's a week today that the book has been available. Thank you guys for making it so successful. We appreciate it. Okay? We love you guys, and we'll talk to you soon.

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