Sunday, 30 June 2013
As we begin a new and exciting year in the history of humanity 2012, after gratefully receiving answers to my brief survey last month, I am inspired to answer your questions about the most effective, and nutritious way to positively affect your health and ensure that you understand what to put into your body to provide you with the best support for well being and prevention of disease.
How does one achieve optimum health?
An enormous part of achieving optimal health is dependent on the quality and choices we make in the food we consume. The body responds best to varied whole foods.
The best approach is to include a wide variety of;
•Raw nuts & seeds
Lean hormone and antibiotic free;
•Fresh caught fish
•Water- Optimal consumption of one quart per 50 lbs of weight daily.
Considering someone’s health issues & dietary restrictions, which is the best way to eat?
It does not matter what health issues you may have, general rules apply to all conditions. Consumption of fresh, clean, varied, whole foods will guarantee to improve and support every system in your body and allow for better function.
Most restrictive diets all include a variety of whole foods. No matter what the restriction there are always fruit, vegetable and protein choices.
Consuming a balance of protein, carbohydrate, and healthy fat (Approximately 40%, 30%. 30%) every 2-4 hours a day delivers the necessary fuel and nutrition for the mind & body to function optimally.
What is the best formula for prevention?
The best formula for prevention of disease starts first and foremost with conscious healthy choices when it comes to the food you choose to ingest.
The simpler, cleaner, and closer to nature the food is, the more likely the chances are that it will be highly nutritious and provide your body with the necessary ingredients for optimal health and wellness.
Food in its natural unadulterated form is one of the most powerful things you can use to achieve optimal health.
So many options: what is the best diet for health?
The best dietary approach to take when deciding what will yield optimal health, is to evaluate whether it includes:
•A wide variety of fresh whole foods
•Frequent healthy meal options that preserve your blood sugar stability (Following the 40/30/30 plan)
•Physical activity along with a diet plan
•Avoidance of inflammatory foods; gluten, dairy, sugar, coffee, & alcohol.
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Saturday, 29 June 2013
I recently attended a lecture that opened my eyes to the fact that thyroid dysfunction is the #3 health challenge in the country, only after heart disease and cancer. It is now known that 90% of women that are plagued with hypothyroid have autoimmune disease, and particularly Hashimoto’s disease. This is a condition in which your body attacks your own thyroid. The symptoms of Hashimoto’s disease include: foggy brain, fatigue, weight gain, depression, and chronic inflammation.
One of the main ways to treat and control this condition is the elimination of gluten from the diet, since 100% of women suffering from Hashimoto’s are also gluten-intolerant. Also, the ingestion of high doses of Vitamin D3 and omega 3’s are helpful. These two nutrients aid in assisting your immune system in self-regulating. Vitamin D3 and omega 3’s also allow your immune system to stay more balanced, and neither attack your body, or become weak when it needs to fight infections.
Surprisingly, prescribing and consuming thyroid medications is often ineffective, and sometimes detrimental to this condition. The effect of autoimmune thyroid disease also degenerates and reduces the brain’s ability to produce neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and serotonin. This must also be addressed through the consumption of the precursor nutrients that help the brain make the neurotransmitters.
I now carry specialized neurotransmitter precursor nutrients called Serotone and Dopatone to restore the production of neurotransmitters. I am also able to offer a combination formula that provides the necessary amount of Vitamin D3 and Omega 3’s called Bio D mulsion.
Of course, the rest of the endocrine system must be supported, in order to aid in restoring proper function to the thyroid. Both blood sugar regulation and adrenal health are vital for this situation to become balanced. When properly functioning, this restores energy, brain functioning, normal weight, mood, and eliminates inflammation from the body.
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Friday, 28 June 2013
People tend to think that the less they eat the more success they will have in achieving weight reduction. This is not the case at all; there are multiple reasons for avoiding this strategy and way of thinking.
In order to increase the metabolism of the body, there must be a constant supply of fuel. When a person does not ingest food every three to four hours in a day, the brain and adrenal glands perceive this as starvation, and send the body into a “fight or flight” state producing adrenalin and cortisol. These hormones cause the body to convert food into fat storage. This causes you to place calories in reserve, in case you continue this trend of extended periods of food deprivation.
The other system that becomes deregulated is blood sugar control; the pancreas’ insulin production process becomes overly stressed. When you starve the body, the insulin that your pancreas produces will drive what little sugar is available in the blood stream, and cause states of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). This can lead to feelings of irritability, faintness, nervousness, and fatigue that are relieved by eating.
After repeated long- term bouts of this pattern, your cells become resistant to so many insulin surges, and subsequently this leads to insulin resistance or pre-diabetes. Then, you develop sugar cravings after meals; eating no longer relieves fatigue; and the cells of the pancreas become damaged, and unable to produce enough insulin. This leads to diabetes.
Because you are stressing the pancreas, the adrenals, and your brain, which must have glucose to function, this pattern subsequently stresses and deregulates the thyroid gland, which is responsible for the metabolism of the body, leading to fatigue and weight gain.
In order to successfully achieve weight reduction, one must eat healthy fat and protein every 3-4 hours, and especially one hour after waking, in order to neutralize the fasting that has occurred during the 7-8 hours of sleep the night before.
Exercise is also crucial, and must be done at least 4-6 times a week. This should include at least 30-45 minutes of aerobic activity to burn unwanted fat, as well as anaerobic muscle building exercises for 45-60 minutes. at least three times a week. The more muscle mass your body has, the easier it is to continue burning fat, even while at rest.
Proper sleep cycles are also necessary for a stable and functional metabolism. Seven to eight hours of normal sleep cycles ensures repair and regeneration that leads to healthy functioning for all tissues and organs of the body that regulate metabolism, and increase muscle mass.
Drinking at least 8-10 8 oz glasses of water per day is also necessary to keep the body hydrated, and be able to aid in eliminating toxins that are stored in the fat you are releasing, as you drop in weight.
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