Pee, Poop, Perspire, Pranayama : Three Takeaways from The Blood Sugar Solution

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It’s better that this picture has nothing to do with the title of this post…

I know, with this headline, I better be ready to explain myself…

This is not something I’m expecting you to say out loud 5 times to see if your tongue ties up in a knot — though you could. (And if you do, be sure not do to so in public — unless you’re in Berkeley, then you’d fit right in.)

It’s also not me just saying crazy words to get you to read this post — though sometimes I do like to push the envelope.

It’s actually the quadruple “P” treatment to keep your body detoxifying from Dr. Mark Hyman’s new book “The Blood Sugar Solution.” (You can get this new book here)

Today, I wanted to share a few takeaways from the book and why I think it’s a great gift to give to a family member who never seems to listen to what you have to say about health.

(Yeah, that sounds familiar, doesn’t it?)

Let’s get started…

1. Detoxification, blood sugar regulation, getting blood tests… where have I heard this before?

For years, we’ve been trying to tell our family members how to live healthier lives.

Some listen, some don’t.

When they don’t, usually the best way to go about it is not argue about it at the dinner table, but to give them a book by a doctor that says exactly (or close to) the same thing that you’re saying.

Make sure the doctor is well-respected and on the New York Times bestseller list also — this will add to his or her credibility. This may be enough to persuade your friend or family member to at least consider the subject matter.

Dr. Mark Hyman always seems to come up with this prefect type of book.

I received a review copy of the book a few weeks ago and have been reading through it in my leisure time (which is not so much.) I’ve loved his work since I first read Ultraprevention back in 2005. This, back then, became the book I operated out of if my training clients needed nutritional advice. In most cases what I shared worked wonders. When it didn’t work it usually was an issue of compliance, not of incorrect information.

Anyway, this most recent book “The Blood Sugar Solution” identifies some of the common issues that are causing our poor health and solutions on how to change them. He, of course, advocates many of the same things that we’ve been discussing here at Renegade Health for years (he obviously came first… LOL!)

I like this new book.

It’s not something that is going to blow your mind or present a new, unique way of thinking about your health. The reason why is because you, as a Renegade Health reader, already know a good deal what is presented in the book.


What it will do is blow the mind of that friend or family member who needs to get healthy and hasn’t listened to all of the things that you’ve suggested.

For some reason or another, they’ll always listen to that other person — and the truth is, it doesn’t matter who the messenger is, as long as they get healthy.

Dr. Hyman’s principles hit all the important processes and systems. He looks at blood, insulin regulation, hormones, and detoxification… this makes it one of those books that I’d buy multiple copies and pass them out at the next holiday party. (Or maybe somewhere more discreet.)

For me, the book was a great refresher — it may be for you as well. I’m around this information all the time, so I sometimes forget what people know and what they don’t. So maybe I’m not the best judge of what level of health knowledge you have. I just know from the comments on the blog that a lot of you are deeply immersed in the study of health.

If you want to check out the new book, you can click here to read more and order.

Now, on to that crazy headline…

2. “Pee, Poop, Perspire, Pranayama”

When I first read this sub-headline from the book, I spit out my cinnamon infused water.

It made me laugh to think that they had the stones to publish this in the book. I’m glad they did. It makes detoxification easy to understand. (This is coming from someone who lists “What is Your Poo Telling You” as one of his favorite books, so beware.)

Dr. Hyman identifies these four channels of detoxification as essential and gives tips on how to make sure they’re functioning properly.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably pretty interested in detoxification.

But here’s where we usually slip up…

Most of us are more likely to take a detoxifying herb, than drink enough water daily. The water will detoxify you much more than the herb in most cases.

Most of us are more likely to take some sort of herbal laxative if we’re constipated, than to look at the dietary choices we’re making that could be causing constipation.

Most of us are more likely to again take herbs, than exercise (and perspire) regularly to detoxify.

And, finally, most of us are more likely to stress out, than even take a moment to practice some deep breathing (that’s pranayama, if you didn’t Google it already!)

Basically, what I’m attempting to show you is that making sure these four avenues of detoxification are more effective than any herb or product you can take.

Your detox program, if you want it to be as effective as possible, should start with a focus on these larger, more system-wide issues (constipation, poor hydration, shortened breathing, and lack of exercise) — then it can move on to the smaller more subtle herbal cleanses.

I know it’s not popular, but I cannot stomach another person who hasn’t exercised in years asking me if using a foot bath will help them detoxify. I just care too much.

Also, just to be clear, some herbal cleanses are strong, but many of these are not recommended for long term use — because of their potency. Peeing, pooping, sweating and breathing are things you can do for a much longer time with very few side effects.

3. “Tell the server you will die if you have any gluten or dairy…”

This was a bold tip from the book that caught my eye — something I totally could relate to.

Of course, before I go any further with this, I want you to remove “gluten” and “dairy” from this sentence and replace them with “X” or “Y.”

So now it reads…

“Tell the server you will die if you have any X or Y…”

The reason I want to do this is because I want you to get the concept, not the content. I don’t want to argue whether eating wheat or dairy will kill you, I want to talk about how often I’ve wanted to say this so that a server really makes the extra effort to cater to my needs.

We were recently in Mexico for a friend’s wedding. We stayed at an all-inclusive type place that actually had a fresh juice bar about 30 steps from our room. So it wasn’t your normal feeding trough type place.

But even at a place like this, I have to stay on my toes. The reason why is because butter and I don’t get along.

After being vegan for years, I made some changes in my diet. One of them was to include fermented dairy. This addition seemed to work to help me get my health and blood tests back on track, so I decided to experiment a little more.

I started to eat butter.

Not sticks of it or anything, but I simply stopped asking for meals without it when we went out.

Big mistake.

Butter and I, raw or not, organic and fresh do not like each other.

The two biggest symptoms I get are stomach pains and back acne. They’re both gross, so I won’t expand.

Anyway, at the resort, I asked over and over again that I didn’t want butter. I asked the same server the next day, even though I’d asked the night before. I asked in Spanish, Spanglish and English.

But no matter how hard I tried, about 50% of the time I ordered something cooked, I got some sort of butter. I swear there was even melted butter drizzled over my fruit salad one morning.

I sent a few back, but I didn’t catch all of them.

My stomach started hurting while we were there and when I got home my back broke out as expected.

It would have been a perfect time to have been armed with a statement as powerful as this:

“Hi Mr. Waiter, I will die if I eat butter. Please make sure it’s not used in any sauces, hidden inside a perfectly craved hole in my broccoli, floating on top of my water, or drizzled over fruit cup. Thanks!”

People take you more seriously when you tell them that you could die.

Maybe I could use this technique when it comes to other things… like getting to the front of the line, or making my way through traffic.

Enough of the jokes (I’m a little punchy today)…

The moral of this story is that you have to be even more diligent than I was a few weeks ago. I let things slide a little because I wanted to test to see if I got the acne again, since it had been a year or more since I tried last — this type of experimentation is the way that I fully understand what is causing me an issue or not.

To eat healthy and the way you want, it takes effort every day.

If you want eat out and be with friends, you have to be that person who takes 3 minutes to order. The one who combines three meals from the menu so that they fit into your dietary guidelines — which I’m sure you’re used to being.

It’s not comfortable at first, but you just have to stick with it until you are. I’ve been at it for years and I’m pretty good at it, but even a pro has some off days. LOL!

What do you say at restaurants when you don’t want a certain ingredient? Have you ever told the waiter you’ll die if you eat something?


No more about me, this post is about Dr. Hyman’s new book “The Blood Sugar Solution” and how it might help you, so I’ll bring it back to that.

I never waste real estate on Renegade Health, so if I write about it, that means I like it.

In this case, I think Dr. Hyman’s book is a great, quick read for you — but even better, a fantastic book for your friends and family who are still struggling to get the results they want in their own personal health.

And, also, don’t let the title of the book fool you.

“The Blood Sugar Solution” is not only for diabetics. It just so happens that — something you may already know — natural treatments are so deeply connected that if you address the entire body many things snap right back into place.

To read more about Dr. Hyman’s book, be sure to click here!

Your Question of the Day: What do you think of Dr. Mark Hyman’s work?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.


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  1. Moira says:

    Thank you for the information. While this book may have good information for many people, I wonder about people who are diabetic and now have kidney disease to the point they are on dialysis and now are told to follow an extremely strict kidney/diabetic diet. I wonder if they could even follow a plan such as what Dr. Hyman outlines without creating complications with their phosphorus levels among other things. Does anyone have any experience with this? I would love to pass this information onto my friend, but wonder if in her condition it is doable. Thank you!

  2. Brent says:

    Im on day 2 of a 3 day fast and all I could do was drool over that picture at the top!

  3. IH says:

    I like Dr Hyman’s work very much and I’m curious about this book as well as you are. I think it is important that we realize that detoxing is an ongoing process and doing “the detox out of the box” is totally useless if we after that “retox” again or do not make permanent life style changes.

  4. SarahB says:

    I love Dr. Hyman’s books. He knows how to translate difficult physiological concepts in a way that everyone can understand. I don’t always agree with everything he says nutritionally nor even everything he says vis a vis what to do about certain issues but that’s O.K. For example, he is one of the many docs who says if you have small intestinal bowel overgrowth (SIBO) the only thing that will wipe it out is antibiotics. I doubt Donna Gates would like that and I don’t think it is true, necessarily. But all in all, I love his work.

  5. SarahB says:

    By the way, I think he also wrote “The Detox Box” which would make a nice gift for a family member!

  6. Betoman says:

    Thanks, Kev! Your tactics for ordering will help me when I am ordering. You’re right about persistence.

  7. Velda says:

    Thank you, Kevin. I love Dr. Hyman’s work. I first heard of him 2 or 3 years ago, and liked his approach and knowledge right away. And yes, I had to look up Pranayama 🙂

  8. MartyM says:

    I love Dr Hyman. He gave me the idea to look into taking magnesium for my menstrual cramps (from his videos on his website) and with the help from my Dr. they are pretty much gone and they were bad my whole life. I did test low for mag so I take a supplement If they come back it seems if I have any dairy which I don’t think I eat often but then if get them I think oh yeah this time, that time etc. I’m growing more and more leary of eating dairy as I approach fifty. I like Kevins idea of fermented dairy if any. I try not to stress about about food since I eat pretty healthy, work out, and am in great health. I like Kevins line “it should take you 3 mins to order”. Thank you and I’m not going to feel guilty or embarrassed although I do like to call the waiter over so I don’t have to declare the order across the table!! It’s all good.

  9. Kat says:

    Sounds like another great book! As for ordering, I’ve been doing that for years and it works like a charm, every time!

  10. Denise B says:

    I have gluten sensitivity and I am a vegetarian. I am the one that makes up a different plate at the restaurant. It’s aggravating being different but well worth the effort.

    I have heard Dr. Hyman speak and have read his books. I hadn’t thought about giving the book as a gift – this is an idea for my next Christmas goody bag to my family! My family has diabetes in the disease line so it will be relevant for us. Thanks for the idea!!!

  11. Danny says:

    I learned the idea about claiming some food will make me die or seriously ill from a friend a few years back, and use it whenever I am in a situation where it saves having to go through lengthy explanations.
    I am not quite happy with this lie, even if it is a “white lie”, but in all, it makes life easier, and I try not to use it too much.

  12. Scott says:

    Dr. Hyman has a very informative website with lots of useful articles broken down by category:

    His latest article on Gluten is a must-read –even if you do not have celiac disease:

  13. Karen says:

    I love all of his work. Since so many people haven’t been able to let go of the idea that doctors know best, it is good to have a doctor to refer to who really understands what it takes to get and stay healthy.

    Kevin, I made that chocolate dessert last night with some fresh blueberries and all I can say is, “WOW!”

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