Glutathione: Your Body’s Most Powerful Antioxidant (and How to Boost It)

Antioxidants are compounds in foods that protect the body from free radicals, which interfere with the function of cells and accelerate aging. Free radicals are introduced into the body through environmental toxins, such as pollution, cigarette smoke, and pesticides. They also generate as a result of some of the body’s metabolic processes, including digestion and processing medications.

Free radicals are associated with a number of serious health problems:

  1. Free radicals cause cellular damage, which accelerates cellular aging and outward signs of age
  2. Free radicals have been associated with the development of illnesses like heart disease and cancer
  3. Free radicals put additional stress on the body’s systems, causing them to be less efficient

Antioxidants neutralize the free radicals they come in contact with and prevent oxidation. However, it can be difficult to get enough antioxidants in the average diet compared to the high amount of toxins we now face on a daily basis.

The Absolutely Amazing Benefits of Glutathione

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When it comes to the best antioxidants, glutathione benefits are second to none. Every cell in your body generates glutathione, and it is key to most of the body’s functions. It takes the form of a peptide, consisting of three powerful amino acids–the basic building blocks of all the body’s major processes. When present in high enough concentrations, Glutathione quickly and effectively protects against free radicals and prevents the damage they can cause.

In addition to neutralizing free radicals, glutathione has many other revitalizing benefits:

  • It strengthens your immune response and defends you against disease
  • It reduces the inflammation associated with many health problem
  • It enhances your body’s ability to break down and detoxify fats
  • It prevents the body from developing drug resistance

Optimize Your Glutathione Level With Nutrient Therapy

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Although the body generates its own glutathione, it generally doesn’t produce enough to cope with all the free radicals we deal with every day. In addition to environmental toxins, stress can cause more free radicals to develop – and amplify their negative effects on the body. A clean, healthy, organic diet and supplementation is key to get the amount of glutathione necessary to get your body operating at its peak performance.

Glutathione-rich foods include avocados, broccoli, kale, onions, garlic and cauliflower. However, any foods you eat have to first be processed in the gut, and proper nutrient absorption can be affected by many factors including the number and type of enzymes you currently have in your stomach, leaky gut and other intestinal issues. To bypass the gut and therefore guarantee 100% absorption, I recommend nutrient IV therapy.

IV therapy and nutrient IV pushes (faster, more concentrated versions of our IV’s) can give you an instant boost in hydration, energy and mental clarity. In addition to the cell-energizing benefits you are experiencing internally without even knowing it, patients also report better sleep and improved overall well-being.

To learn more about Nutrient IV therapy and our doctor-designed Glutathione pushes, contact 262-754-4910.

IV Therapy near Brookfield, New Berlin, Waukesha, and Milwaukee

Getting all the nutrients you need is half the battle when fighting an illness. Absorbing nutrients orally might not provide your body with the appropriate vitamins and minerals, especially for the standard American diet. Intravenous (IV) nutrition therapy offers the ability to absorb ample nutrients.

By administering fluid directly into the bloodstream, IV nutrition therapy bypasses the digestive tract and liver, allowing the body to absorb more nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. One session of IV nutrition therapy allows the body to absorb 10–20 times more nutrients than it would normally.

Vitamin Drips for Chronic Migraines and Other Conditions

IV nutrition therapy is often conducted when patients require additional nutrients as a result of illnesses or other conditions. Treatment is tailored to each patient’s unique needs, since different conditions often require different nutrients.

Our holistic doctors offer a number of IV nutrition therapy options depending on your unique conditions. Contact us to find out if one of our unique IV treatments is right for you:

Myer’s Cocktail

The Myer’s Cocktail might sound like your bartender’s signature drink but is actually a powerful mixture of vitamins and minerals. The Myer’s Cocktail is useful for improving a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Chronic migraines
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Asthma
  • Angina

Immune System IV Drips

Immune drips include high doses of vitamin C, vitamin E, B-complex vitamins, zinc, selenium, and beta-carotene. This mixture of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants is useful for:

  • Chronic infections
  • Fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme disease
  • Cancer

Glutathione IV Therapy

Intravenous glutathione treatments improve brain and liver function, making them an effective therapy for:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Liver disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS, or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)
  • Autism

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Most of you are familiar with the Wheat Belly books and philosophies. I called it Wheat Belly because abdominal fat is the signature pattern of weight gain from a diet based on wheat and grains. It is the outward expression of the deep visceral fat encircling the intestines and other abdominal organs that is inflammatory, disrupts hormones, keeps you from wearing a size 4 bikini, and yields the unsettling sight of middle-aged men with protuberant bellies spilling over Speedos. Wheat Belly conveyed the same lessons that I’d originally learned in the world of heart health, now repackaged to appeal to mainstream interests.

And it worked. Millions of Wheat Belly books and cookbooks have been sold in 44 countries; the Wheat Belly message has been featured on popular TV shows, from The Colbert Report to The 700 Club; and it now has its own public television special. It infuriated the grain industry, which then budgeted large sums of money to attack the message and its messenger. It spawned pushback from people who misperceived the Wheat Belly message as just another plug for a gluten-free diet. Obviously Wheat Belly involves so much more than simply going gluten-free!

Not only did the Wheat Belly message meet expectations in food, weight loss, and sex, it helped thousands of people recover from common health conditions, such as acid reflux and fibromyalgia, within days of starting; relieved lifelong sufferers of migraine headaches and binge eating disorder; and allowed people to get off prescription medications. People experienced reductions in appetite and increased energy and deeper sleep, and they felt and even looked different. (Take a look at the Wheat Belly Blog, for instance, or the Official Wheat Belly Facebook page, and you will see the “before” and “after” facial photos: facial edema gone, cheek/chin redness gone, around-the-eye puffiness gone revealing larger eyes, all developing within a few days to weeks. Some of the transformations are striking.) In short, Wheat Belly works. This wacky-named collection of ideas that originated with efforts at heart health, subsequently embraced by millions while driving the grain industry crazy, simply works. It worked in showing that food choices entirely contrary to conventional wisdom yielded impressive weight loss, made you feel and look sexier while restoring a healthy hormonal status, and reversed a long list of health conditions.

And with more people reading the books and following their advice, newer lessons emerged as larger numbers of people provided feedback. It became clear that efforts at health could not end with a shift in food choices, as crucial as they were. There were nutritional deficiencies remaining, for instance, some caused by wheat and grains, others not, that needed correction, such as magnesium and iodine deficiencies. People needed guidance on how to get off medications, as many doctors proved unhelpful or incapable of dealing with people who no longer had diabetes, for example, but were still taking insulin and diabetes drugs. As many of you have experienced first hand, Doctors struggle to deal with healthy people who no longer need drugs.

This is why I felt compelled to create the next step. The Wheat Belly experience provided a starting point for the concepts that are further advanced in my newest labor of love,  Undoctored: Why Health Care Has Failed You And How You Can Become Smarter Than Your Doctor.

In  Undoctored, I will be discussing food, achieving weight loss, and talking about all aspects of this lifestyle, all while reversing or preventing hundreds of health conditions with little or no doctoring involved. What are you waiting for? Join me in the next step of the journey so becoming truly healthy.  It’s time for you to become Undoctored!

Yours in grainless health,

Dr. William Davis

2017 Veteran Humanitarian Health Sponsorship Program

Veterans healthcare is in crisis around the country. Veterans must contend with ever-tightening resources in their struggle to maintain health and combat illness. Alternative treatments to veteran health care issues need to be explored. Effective healthcare demands wise leadership; leaders who understand the root causes of ill health, recognize effective interventions, and possess the diplomatic skills necessary to implement progress.  The practitioners at Integrative Family Wellness Center provide effective healthcare and are considered experts in the field of integrative medicine.  As we have been serving patients for many years, we want to give back to those who made that possible by ensuring our freedom.  IFWC wants to increase access to integrative medical healthcare for veterans facing economic challenges, so we are launching our 2017 Veteran Humanitarian Health Scholarship Program.  This program provides financial assistance for services provided at IFWC to scholarship recipients.

Ideal candidates for the scholarship program will be veterans with service connected disabilities.  They should be individuals committed to their health; who want to get better.

Interested people will be required to submit a scholarship application essay describing why they should be chosen.  An advisory committee will review applications.  Scholarship recipients will be chosen on a case-to-case basis.


– Families who may not be able to afford Naturopathic medicine with discernible health conditions that can be addressed through integrative medicine.

– Although this is a scholarship program, the applicant(s) are required to invest in care after their scholarship funds have been used up. Long term wellness is the goal.

– Applicants must be open to setting wellness goals and tracking progress to gauge program success (Weight loss, blood pressure, BMI, etc).

– Applicants selected will be asked to provide applicable VA records to help chart a course to wellness.

– Can apply for the scholarship only ONE TIME during a 12 month period.

– Recipients will be awarded a determined financial credit for no less than $1000.00 to be used for healthcare services at IFWC.

– Services will be determined by their health care coordinator-Dr. Nickels.  Recipients will also get 25% off their supplements purchased from IFWC.

-Transportation to IFW Center is the responsibility of scholarship recipient.

– Consult for services offered.

– Deadline for applications is April 30th, 2017


Scholarship Essay Criteria:

All Applications will be in essay format not to exceed 500 words.

A follow up interview will be conducted via phone or in person to select the final winner or winners.

There may be more than one winner solely at the discretion of the selection committee.

Applications will be mailed to:

Integrative Family Wellness Center

Attn: 2017 Veteran Health Sponsorship

16535 W Bluemound Rd Suite 222

Brookfield Wi 53005

The Differences among Conventional, Holistic, Complementary, Alternative, Integrative, Homeopathic, and Naturopathic Medicine

When talking about non-conventional medicine, several terms are often used interchangeably or with vague definitions, leading to confusion about what they actually mean.

Conventional Medicine

Conventional medicine (also called biomedicine or Western, mainstream, orthodox, or allopathic medicine) is what most people think of. Medical doctors, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, and other healthcare professionals fall under the system of conventional medicine.

Holistic Medicine

Holism looks at the whole person rather than just their disease or symptoms. Holistic medicine is a broad philosophy and encompasses homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, chiropractic, and other therapies and treatments.

Complementary vs Alternative Medicine

Complementary medicine is any non-mainstream medicine (such as homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, or chiropractic) used together with conventional medicine.

Alternative medicine is any non-mainstream medicine (such as homeopathy, naturopathy, acupuncture, or chiropractic) used instead of conventional medicine.

The terms alternative medicine and complementary medicine are often used interchangeably in spite of this difference. True alternative medical care is extremely rare. Most people who use non-conventional medicine do so in conjunction with Western medicine.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine generally means a clinic or health center offers both conventional and complementary medicine services.

Homeopathic Medicine

Homeopathy falls under holistic medicine and uses natural remedies, such as supplements made from plants, minerals, or animals. The main principles of homeopathic medicine are:

  1. Like cures like (a condition can be cured by a substance that causes similar symptoms in a healthy person)
  2. Minimum dose (the lower the dose, the more effective it is)

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a holistic method of primary health care using the healing power of nature to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses.

Integrative Family Wellness Center Offers Holistic and Conventional Treatments

As an integrative clinic, IFWC provides conventional primary care as well as a variety of complementary therapies, including:

Eating Your Way to Good Health, Longer Life, and Fewer Aches and Pains

Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States and doubles the risk of heart attack and stroke for those affected. There are two types of diabetes: Type 1 is often diagnosed in early age when it becomes apparent that the body is not properly producing insulin. Type 2 is often diagnosed as a lifestyle disease, and the proper food choices can prevent, control, or even reverse insulin resistance and diabetes.

There is a lot of misinformation out there concerning Type 2 diabetes. Often people think that it is solely genetic, but often this disease can be avoided or managed with proper diet. Eating a well-balanced, healthy diet can be difficult in a country where convenient, affordable food is laden with sugar, fat, and salt. More often than not, both heads of the household are employed full-time, and preparing wholesome, nutritious food can be time-consuming. But don’t abandon hope, even if you feel you have minimal skills in the kitchen. A commitment to good health starts with delicious, nutritious meals. Foods that fall low on the glycemic index and are high in nutrients are optimal for those suffering from diabetes, and for humans in general.

The Five Best Foods for Preventing and Reversing Diabetes

  1. Green vegetables: The most important food for any human being. Regular intake of dark green vegetables like kale, broccoli, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, celery, spinach, green beans, and peas are all prime candidates. Increased consumption of green vegetables have been associated with a 14% decrease in Type 2 patients. Green vegetables have also shown to produce a 9% decrease in the risk of disease.
  2. Non-starchy vegetables: Mushrooms, onions, garlic, eggplant, peppers, and the like have almost non-existent effects on blood glucose and are packed with fiber and phytonutrients.
  3. Beans, lentils & legumes: These foods are an ideal source for carbohydrates as they register low on the glycemic index due to moderate protein and abundant fiber.
  4. Nuts and seeds: Another low-glycemic source of food, nuts and seeds promote weight loss and have anti-inflammatory effects that may prevent the development of insulin resistance. A recent Nurse’s Health Study showed a 27% reduced risk of diabetes with five servings a week.
  5. Fresh fruit: Rich in fiber and antioxidants, three servings a day are associated with 18% decrease in the risk of diabetes.

The Proposed 2015 United States Dietary Guidelines

Every five years, the government releases the dietary guidelines for Americans. The largest change for 2015 places leafy greens and non-starchy vegetables firmly as the foundation for a healthy diet.

The other important emphasis is on the idea that “one diet does not fit all.” Restricting yourself to a bland, boring routine of food you don’t like is not the way to enjoy your life and is sure to lose momentum fast. If you like bacon double cheeseburgers, you can enjoy one on occasion, but that sort of food is better enjoyed on Independence Day, rather than for lunch twice a week. Shift your thinking to enjoying special treats as an experience rather than a reward for deprivation. Have faith, you will eventually be satisfied with less.

On the same note, once you wean yourself from sugar, you will not miss it either. Sugar used to be expensive and difficult to come by, so eating a sweet was reserved for celebration or a Sunday morning treat. Now sugary treats are much cheaper, more readily available, and harder to resist. Fruit satisfies a sweet tooth and has vitamins and fiber that your body needs. That is not to say you will never enjoy a chocolate bar or an apple pie again; as with those bacon double cheeseburgers, enjoy your favorites once in a while.

Start visualizing how processed food is made. If it came from a factory, it most likely is not good for you. Stick with the outside perimeter of the grocery store for everyday shopping.

Benefits of the DASH Diet for Overall Health

DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. Hypertension is also known as high-blood pressure. The DASH diet can help you lower your blood pressure, lose weight, and control diabetes. Here are the basic guidelines:

  1. Eat plenty of fruits and veggies.
  2. Eat whole grains rather than refined, like quinoa, brown rice and whole wheat couscous.
  3. Aim for a few servings of dairy daily. There are debates over whether low-fat or full-fat dairy is best, but the consistent advice is to avoid milk and yogurt with excessive amounts of sugar or cheeses and butter with high-sodium levels.
  4. Eat modest amounts of lean protein, especially poultry and fish.
  5. Source healthy fats from nuts, seeds, avocado, and olive oil.
  6. Limit your sodium intake from 1,500 to 2300 milligrams a day, roughly a teaspoon at most.
  7. Limit your intake of sugar. Britain’s National Health Service recommends no more than 30 grams a day, about 6 teaspoons. This sounds manageable, but consider that there are 33 grams of sugar in one twelve ounce can of Coca-Cola.

Brookfield Holistic Health Practitioners Offer Nutrition Counseling for Healthier Living

While reading diet tips online may give you a basic idea of how to change your eating habits, our holistic nutritionists will evaluate your unique situation and health to create a personalized plan. Talk to our nutritional coaches if you have or are at risk for diabetes, heart disease, obesity, or any other nutritional problems.

Contact the holistic nutritionists Brookfield trusts for the most effective diet and nutrition plans.