Why is an Orange, Orange? Part 1

Delicious Orange

Have you ever wondered why foods are different colors? I think most of us have at some point.

The colors of natural foods actually play an important role in our health. Each color offers unique ingredients that can give healing and support to our bodies. So, lets take a look at these colors and see what they do.

When you see these colors, I want you to think; anti-aging, a reduced risk of heart and cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers, arthritis, high blood pressure, dementia, they reduce inflammation and provide a big boost to your immune system etc…. and the list of health benefits just keeps going.

 

The Benefits of the Five Colors of the Vegetative World

The five color categories are blue/purple, green, white, yellow/orange, and red. These colors identify unique antioxidants and chemicals that have powerful health promoting properties. Each color makes a unique contribution to our health and provides a lower risk of developing chronic diseases. Many vegetables come in multiple colors such as carrots, cauliflower, Swiss chard and asparagus.  This means multiple benefits!

Blueberries

 

BLUE/PURPLEfoods contain anthocyanin’s.

These foods are rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins. They are anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and lower the risk of some cancers. They also promote urinary tract health, help with memory function, and support healthy aging. Studies show eating blueberries may help slow or prevent dementia.

Some food sources:   

  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Eggplant
  • Figs
  • Juneberries
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Purple grapes
  • Raisins

 

 GREEN foods contain chlorophyll, lutein, zeaxanthin and  sulforaphanes.

Rainbow Chard

 

These foods improve immune function, lower the risk of some cancers, protect against aging, promote vision health, and support strong bones and healthy teeth. Some members of the green group, including spinach and other dark leafy greens, green peppers, peas, cucumber and celery, contain lutein. Lutein works with another antioxidant, zeaxanthin to keep eyes healthy.  As you can see nutrients from natural foods work together to build healthy bodies!

Broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables contain “indoles” which may help protect against some types of cancer.

Some of the foods sources are 

  • Green apples
  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Green cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Green grapes
  • Honeydew melon
  • Kiwi
  • Lettuce
  • Limes
  • Green onions
  • Peas
  • Green pepper
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini

WHITE foods contain anthoxanthins and allicin.

Jicama

 

White foods contain the antioxidant anthoxanthins. Onions, garlic and shallots also may contain health-promoting compounds such as allicin, which may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure and may help reduce risk of stomach cancer and heart disease. Bananas and potatoes, are also rich sources of the mineral potassium. Potassium is an electrolyte that is critical for nerve and heart health.

Some food sources are:

  • Bananas
  • Cauliflower
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Jicama
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Turnips

Make it a habit to eat from natures rainbow everyday. It will do your body good!

Part II tomorrow!

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

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Weight Loss, Why Is It So Difficult?

Lose Weight and Build Health at the Same Time!!

This question has been asked and will continue to be asked for ever, I think.  So, how do we honestly answer such a broad question. Let’s face the facts, not many people lose a significant amount of weight and keep it off.

The weight loss market is a multi-billion dollar industry and although there are many people and companies developing great products and methods that really care about helping us get the weight off and keep it off many more just want your hard-earned money. But, this is a much more complex situation than the products and systems available to us and if we use them or not.

Everyone wants the magic pill or solution so they do not have to change their diet or lifestyle. Sorry, it just isn’t going to happen. Even people who undergo gastric bypass will sometimes gain it back because they have not fixed the problem causing the weight gain.  Change is a result from an action you do. You must make changes.

The Truth

Losing weight is the easy part, yes it is. Your weight is controlled by the number of calories you consume over time. You can lose weight eating cheese burgers as long as you do not over consume calories. However cheese burgers will not be a healthy way to lose weight. If you eat more than you body burns (needs) then the excess calories will turn to fat. However there are many parts of the equation that can throw the wrench in the mix. The realty is much different!

Energy Balance

Most people do not know how many calories their body requires.  There is formula, however, I highly suggest your read my earlier blog about calories and energy balance. Click here.  How can you manage your calories if you do not know how many you need?

Behavior

Here is where part of the complexity comes in, your body’s calorie needs can be very low if you are eating a nutrient poor diet, not moving (exercising) enough, have been yo-yo dieting and have been under consuming calories.  Also, certain medications and illnesses can cause a drop in your metabolism that will make it more difficult to lose weight.  These illness and need for medications are most often caused by poor diet and a lack of exercise and sometimes genetics. However genetics can be overcome most of the time. By having a low-calorie need for your metabolism the foods you eat turn to fat stores when you eat more than you need.

Stress

Stress is a big hormonal disruptor and increases the bodies output of cortisol and ghrelin. These build waist and hip fat and drive your appetite to eat more. You must find ways to lower your stress. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress. Other examples are Ti Chi, Yoga, walking, bicycling and swimming. Get outside and get some fresh air.

Sabotage by Food Manufacturers and regulatory agencies

Hopefully you know that when I say food manufacturing, the FOOD I am discussing is processed or refined. That is what food manufacturing does. You end up with a food like product that may have only a little real food and little if any nutritional and health benefit and foods that may be in their natural form like white rice but has lost most of its nutritional content.  Most food manufacturers are more concerned with profits than your health. It’s obvious, they will use any FDA approved ingredient in the food manufacturing process regardless of what non-biased health experts say about the health impact of the ingredient.  Refined and processed foods are a major cause of illness in our country. Just remember the longer a foods shelf life, the shorter it can make your life.

Sugar

Sugar is the evil food. It is addicting, seductive, taste great and causes complete havoc to your hormonal, neurological and immune systems. If you don’t avoid and limit simple and refined sugar out of your diet it will slowly bring about disease and ultimately death.  Sugar comes in many forms and names, beware the food manufacturers like to hide it.

All of the conditions or situations I just mentioned cause things to happen in your body that make it more difficult to lose weight. They are all stressors on the body creating chronic inflammation which causes hormonal imbalances.   These specific  hormonal imbalances cause cravings, a drop in metabolism and a build up of fat around the middle of our body. This situation becomes a self-perpetuating condition. The fat build up of fat around the midsection disrupts hunger regulation by interfering with three primary hormones that help us regulate the need to eat. These hormones are ghrelin (increases appetite), leptin (signals the brain the body does not need food, its satisfied) and insulin which controls blood sugar levels. To much insulin circulating and your hunger increases.  If you do not burn sugar (glucose) for energy the body has to store it as fat.

If we add these together we get a formula that keeps people from keeping weight off forever.  People do not balance calories, they eat unhealthy foods, the do not manage their stress, they eat way too much sugar, they do not move or exercise enough.

What is the solution?

If you will integrate as many of these keys of health into your life, you will not only lose weight, you will gain in health. And you can keep both forever because this isn’t a diet, it’s a lifestyle.

Of utmost importance is developing a passion for a better and healthier life. The passion will get you through the difficult times.

10 Keys to Wellness

  1. Eat from Mother Nature as often as possible, avoiding refined and processed foods and simple sugars. Your diet should be primarily vegetables then fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds and sprouted grains. Raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds are even healthier.  Beans must be cooked.
  2. Reduce and learn to manage stress. Stress is the biggest influence to our health.
  3. Eliminate or limit the intake of animal foods (they are very acidic to the body).
  4. Avoid stimulants such as caffeine as much as possible. They are body stressors.
  5. Avoid or limit your alcohol intake.
  6. Avoid cigarettes and second hand smoke.
  7. Stay hydrated; drink plenty of fresh pure water daily.
  8. Get adequate time outside. Sunshine provides the best source of Vitamin D. Even when under cloud cover the ultraviolet rays penetrate and nourish our bodies. Always remember more is not always better. Just 15 to 20 minutes under the daylight sky 3 times per week will provide a lot of Vitamin D.
  9. Our body requires activity to be healthy. Exercise is vitally important.
  10.  Balance your life with spiritual and societal involvement.

Four Principles of Wellness

  1. 1.     Nutrition is king, king, king! Nutrition is 300 to 400% more important than exercise is to your state of wellness.  You can’t handle stress or get the benefits of exercise without great nutrition.
  2. 2.     Stress is a killer and will undermine all attempts to reach a state of MAXIMUM LIFE.
  3. 3.     Physical activity is critical to reach a place of wellness. You cannot have a MAXIMUM LIFE without exercise in some form.
  4. 4.     Spiritual and social fulfillment is critical for a state of wellness, happiness and having a MAXIMUM LIFE.

Be passionate about your health and do not let anyone undermine your success.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Intermittent Fasting, What Is It and Are There Benefits?

Results of a LeanGains protocol Intermittent Fasting Practitioner.

Have you heard of Intermittent Fasting?

Well, Intermittent Fasting (IF) is becoming increasingly popular.  It is a method for loosing fat and building muscle. Most people practicing IF are really into fitness and a very lean look, however you can also use If to accelerate fat loss and start faster muscle growth for the average person.

I see IF mentioned often in other health blogs.  Popular health professionals like Dr. Mercola are praising the practice for its health benefits. People have been fasting for religious and medical reasons and for natural health benefits. It is not my goal to give you a dissertation on everything about IF, there are plenty of sources providing that info. I want to bring it to your attention, give you the expert sources and give you enough information to see if it something that you feel may help you.

I do not think IF is for everyone. If you are obese I do not recommend starting with IF. I recommend a different protocol until you have learned how to eat a healthy diet, manage calories and are able to exercise self-control, then it might be for you. There are medical conditions in which care must be given to food and nutrient intake. If you have existing health issues, consult with your Doctor to make sure it is OK for your health to practice IF .

There are several different versions of IF. IF is going without food for an extended period beyond the normal time between meals. IF does not include going without water or electrolytes. Water and electrolytes are very important to stay properly hydrated. IF is typically abstaining from food for 12 to 36 hours.  Optimally, the fast is 16 hours. It just depends on the program you decide to use and the health gains you are looking for.

One practitioners description that I think is very easy to understand

“Remember the goal with IF is not about eating nothing (or as people would say “starving yourself” ) to lose weight. It is about just taking a short break in eating to elicit natural hormonal and evolutionary genetic responses at the cellular level for better health (and weight loss does happen in the process). You will still eat that day and you are not doing this every day.”

Potential Benefits of IF

  • Weight loss
  • Accelerated fat loss
  • Muscle growth
  • HGH stimulation
  • Reduced cravings and hunger
  • Improved hormonal balance
  • Improved blood sugar balance
  • Improved cholesterol balance
  • Increased energy
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Reduced free radical damage (oxidation damage)
  • Reduction in risk of inflammatory and age related disease and illness.

Calorie Restriction vs IF

Studies with animals have shown that calories restriction of 25% or more can extend life by a decade or more. However there are negative side effects that can come from this much of a restriction everyday.  Calories contain nutrients which are important for health.  Consistent calorie restriction can result in muscle loss, fatigue, poor mental focus, hormone imbalances and lots of hunger.

IF is not about calories restriction as much as it is about the avoidance of food intake over longer periods of a 24 hour cycle. Eat in an 8 hour window and fast for 16 hours. The IF periods cause the body to make metabolic changes that bring positive benefits.

Nutrition

Nutrition intake is very important for any dietary routine. With IF it is even more important for positive results. You should really limit the intake of empty calories during the practice of IF. Empty calories mean the food is calorie rich but offers very little nutritional value. All refined and processed foods are considered empty calorie foods. Your diet should consist of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans and limited whole grains. For meat eaters you should have lean free range meats such as turkey breast and chicken breast and wild caught fish.

Exercise

Exercise is very important for weight loss, fat loss and overall health. You can exercise during IF. In fact the leading experts have specific exercise protocols for maximizing the benefits of IF.

Expert Resources

There are several experts on the subject with supporting websites and even books.  So if you decide to give IF a try there is a lot of support available from many sources.

The best resources for IF

LeanGains– Martin Berkhan it seems is the developer of IF. Many people have used his system and tweaked it to make their own system.

Brad Pilon – author of Eat Stop Eat

Andy Morgan

The IF Life

In Summary

IF can benefit anyone from a fitness freak that is into body building or a mom just wanting to get her bathing suit body back. It takes discipline, but not as much as you think. Once you do it for a few days the body adjust and IF naturally helps control hunger. My experience with IF although short has been positive. I feel energetic, lighter and muscle is building quicker.

Happy Health Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

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Aging Faster Than You Wish, Slow it Down

Be Youthful Later in Life!

I don’t want to age any faster than necessary and I am sure you don’t want to either. There is where the NutriBullet can make your health really benefit!

 

Did you know you have a profound affect on how quickly your body ages?  Every morning looking in the mirror can tell us how we are aging externally. The real issue is how you are aging internally. How well are your cells and ultimately your organs and glands holding up against the daily assault of free radicals, toxins, stress and nutritional deficiencies?  The idea is to slow down the aging process if we can.  There are things you can do to not only reduce the aging process but maybe even reverse it in some cases.

Can We Slow Down Aging, YES! The sooner in life you begin to live a life of wellness the younger your body can be as you get older.

So what does aging really mean? Technically, aging is a combination of all metabolic life activities, effects of exposure to toxins, microbial agents, nutrient deficiencies and their total combined effect over time on the body’s cells.

As part of life, we are exposed to micro-organisms, environmental toxins, drugs, emotional toxicities, unhealthy foods, nutrient deficiencies and stress, let’s call these “negative health catalyst”, or NHC. These NHCs have a direct impact on our cells ability to continue to replicate in a healthy state. NHCs can cause damage to the cell and even DNA in our cells. They do this in different ways. In one case they cause free radicals to form that can damage the cells and even the DNA in the cell to the point that the cell will begin to replicate itself in an unhealthy state.  In another way they lower our immune function to the point that the immune system is not healthy enough to stop the growth of bacteria, viruses, micro organisms and even mutated cells and the mutated cells can multiply to the point of disease. In another way they turn on the adverse health potential of certain genes to express themselves as disease and illness, but potentially the most damaging effect of these NHCs is their ability to shorten our telomeres and cause damage to our DNA through free radical damage to our cells.

What Causes Aging?

In my opiniot biggest causes of aging are:

What Are Telomeres?

Our genes are located on twisted, double-stranded molecules of DNA called chromosomes. At the ends of the chromosomes are stretches of DNA called telomeres, Telomeres are protective DNA-protein complexes, which protect our genetic data, make it possible for cells to divide and hold some secrets to how we age and get cancer. Think of the plastic caps on the end of your shoe laces. This is sort of what the telomeres look like. They keep the strands of chromosomes from unraveling. As the effects of NHCs advance our cellular aging the telomeres get shorter and shorter.   Once the telomeres get so short, the cell can no longer replicate and over time aging accelerates.

In 2009 three American scientists who discovered telomeres were awarded The 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine. Their work began a couple of decades earlier. What they discovered only enhances our belief that the way we live has an undeniable impact on the status of our health. Although this research certainly identifies the damage caused by the shortening of our telomeres , further research is underway to fully understand its role in life longevity and the advancement of disease and illness.

To strengthen our telomere’s we must increase the presence of the enzyme telomerase in our cells. Telomerase is an enzyme that is responsible for keeping telomeres healthy. As we age our bodies produce less and less telomerase thus we begin to age faster and faster. In addition the NHC’s also slow down the cellular production of telomerase.

How do we slow down the aging Process?

By living a lifestyle of wellness we greatly enhance our potential for slowing the aging process and having a life of vibrant health.  Recent studies even show that a lifestyle of wellness actually can increase the cellular production of telomerase and improve overall health. If we remove NHC’s and include nutrient dense foods (lots and veggies and fruits), pure water, relaxation, adequate sleep, health building exercise, fresh air, sunshine and emotional and spiritual balance, we can improve every facet of our health potential. You can in many cases trump genetic tendencies.  The way you live has such a powerful effect on your health that it literally can mean the difference between sudden death and a life of longevity with vibrant health.

At this point I would not recommend taking supplements or products specifically designed to increase telomerase or telomere length, its too earlier in their use to really know if they are safe and effective. Some studies show some of the products may increase other illnesses. Just stick with a health diet and lifestyle and let Mother Nature do her thing!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Have a Healthy Happy Valentine Heart!

Make Your Heart Healthy!

It’s Valentines Day so lets talk about heart health! The heart is an amazing organ that works non-stop every second of your life.  Without its complete function you will not live. Disease and illness of the heart and other related illnesses can cause compromised heart function allowing you to live however not the kind of lifestyle you may enjoy.

Many factors can affect our heart health. Our diet, stress, other lifestyle factors like smoking and the amount of physical activity we get play a huge role in heart health.

In less than a minute, your heart can pump blood to every cell in your body. In about a day your heart beats 100,000 times pumping around 2000 gallons of blood containing oxygen and nutrients to 100 trillion cells through 60 thousand miles of blood vessels.  That is a huge job that requires a special muscle.

The heart is an organ and also a muscle.  The heart requires a lot of energy and quality nutrition to keep it healthy.  The muscles in the heart are unique and do not fatigue. It only stops when oxygen is no longer available.  The demands put on the heart are so great; each cell in the heart muscle has many more mitochondria than other muscle cells have.  Mitochondria are the parts of the cell that make energy.

Exercise increases the hearts fitness so it can deliver more oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Develop a good exercise program!

Because of the great energy requirements put on the heart, nutrition is very important.  Vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, enzymes and antioxidants are super important for heart health.

  • Studies show that a plant-based diet can even reverse heart and cardiovascular disease.  Vegetative foods provide a bounty of nutrients the body needs for great heart health.
  • Studies show Nuts and seeds daily reduce the risk for heart disease. They are anti-inflammatory and a good source of Vitamin E, which, is very important for cell membrane health and is also an antioxidant.
  • Omega 3’s from Salmon, sardines, ground flax seed and walnuts reduce inflammation and keep blood platelets from sticking reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease
  • Antioxidants in fruits and vegetables reduce inflammation and protect the heart from free radical damage.  The greater the volume of oxygen is needed in a cell to make energy, the higher the potential for free radical damage.  The heart is a big air and fluid pump.  So antioxidants are even more important for the heart muscle.
  • Magnesium is very important for heart health because it helps blood vessels relax potentially reducing blood pressure which, if high can damage the heart.
  • B Vitamins are critical for preparing foods into energy.
  • B12, Folate and B6 are critical to reduce the protein homocysteine from our tissues. Homocysteine causes cellular damage to the heart and blood vessels and heavily related to heart disease.
  • Iron, B12, Vitamin C and Folate are important to make healthy red blood cells and blood vessels.

Some of the best foods for heart health are:

  • Nuts and seeds (walnuts, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, pecans)
  • Avocado
  • Dark chocolate
  • Leafy greens (spinach, kale, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens)
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Carrots
  • Bananas
  • Tomatoes
  • Beans (pinto, garbanzo, black)
  • Pomegranate
  • Blueberries
  • Goji Berries
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Salmon
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Oats
  • Quinoa
  • Wild rice

The better question might be what foods are bad for heart health. That is a simple answer.  Any foods that are not good providers of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, enzymes and antioxidants should be avoided.  This would mean any refined and processed foods.

Sugar is a poison that is the biggest cause of heart and cardiovascular disease.

The average American now consumes over 170 lbs. of sugar per year.  At the beginning of the 20th century, the average American consumed less than 10 pounds per year.  The rise in the intake of sugar over the past 20 years has created almost epidemic levels of diabetes, obesity and heart disease.  Unless we get the intake of sugar under control, the percentage of Americans suffering from lifestyle related disease and illness will continue to climb. Sugar is not the only food ingredient that is causing us problems; it is however close to being the worse, if not the worse.

A new study recently published in Journal of the American Medical Association concludes that sugar intake significantly contributes to illness and specifically increases cholesterol levels.

Researchers at Emory University and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta examined the added sugar intake and blood fat levels in more than 6,100 adults.

  • Study participants consumed an average of 21.4 teaspoons of added sugars a day, or more than 320 calories a day from these sources.
  • The study also revealed, that people with the higher intakes of added sugars were more likely to have lower levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and higher levels of triglycerides, which studies have shown to raise LDL (bad) cholesterol levels.

The American Heart Association is recommending that women get no more than 6.5 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day and men get no more than 9.5 teaspoons (38 grams) per day.

  • A Dairy Queen Blizzard has 26 teaspoons (124 grams) of sugar
  • A 20 oz. Pepsi has 17.5 teaspoons (70 grams) of sugar
  • A 1.7 ounce bag of M%M Peanuts has 8 teaspoons (32 grams) of sugar

How do we cut out the excess sugar?

The first step is to read the food labels on the foods we eat. Look at the Nutritional Label. Check the area under carbohydrates; you will see fiber then sugar. If the amount of sugar is more than 7 grams per serving I would read the ingredient section to see where the sugar was coming from.  If they were from added sugars I would seriously consider looking for a healthier choice with less sugar.

Some people may be addicted to sugar. Most doctors do know believe that sugar is addictive and it may not be, however the physiological response from a quick rise in blood sugar is a corresponding quick drop in blood sugar that creates a craving for sugars to get the blood sugar back to a healthy level again.  This is a vicious cycle that some people may find hard to break. It takes about a week of eliminating added sugars from the daily diet to break it. If you do try it cold turkey, expect a headache and fatigue for a couple of days. Now you are free of the sugar cycle!

Partial list of added sugars

  • Beet Sugar, Brown Sugar, Cane Sugar, Confectioner’s Sugar, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Demerera, Dextrose, Granulated Sugar, Grape Sugar, Molasses, Muscavado Sugar, Raw Sugar, Refined Sugar, Sucrose, Table Sugar, Turbinado Sugar, White Sugar, Maple Syrup

Honey and molasses are natural and a better choice however they still cause a quick rise in blood sugar.

In my opinion the best choices for home use are stevia, xylitol and d-ribose (a sugar that produces more energy with very little blood sugar impact)

When shopping for foods, absolutely avoid high fructose corn syrups and limit the amount of added sugars to no more than 7 grams per serving.

Summary

  • Avoid added sugars, the healthiest sweeteners are  Truvia and raw honey.
  • Make your diet mostly vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts and seeds.
  • Exercise daily
  • Reading food labels are an important habit you should develop. It is the first step in your road to wellness. If you do not know what you are eating how can you control it?
  • Reduce your salt intake to 1300 mgs per day to reduce blood pressure.
  • Drink plenty of clean water

Happy healthy eating!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Nutritionist

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The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

15 Rules of Healthy Living for Optimal Health

Exercise Is Vital To Health

Following these suggestions will optimize your health potential! Healthy living should be a family goal.

  1. Remove all unnatural sources of sugar from your life.  (Table sugar, brown sugar, HFCS, corn syrup, confectioners’ sugar, maple syrup, etc…) Sugar acts as a poison that causes inflammation to our arteries and veins leading to heart disease, atherosclerosis and of course diabetes. Sugar in natural live foods does not have this effect.
  2. Remove all refined and processed foods from your life.  (most boxed or canned flour based products)  Breads, pastas and cereals should be organic whole grain selections. Refined flours (those that say enriched, bleached, flour, wheat flour, bromated, multigrain and unbleached are refined) have the same effect on the body that added sugars do because they are simple carbohydrates and are absorbed into the body as blood sugar very quickly leading to the same disease potential and weight gain. These types of grains can get you into a vicious cycle of wanting to eat more and more of them.  It becomes a carbohydrate addiction that can be hard to break!
  3. Replace frying with sauteing, baking, grilling or broiling.  Use olive oil or coconut oil.
  4. Replace flour based foods with “Whole Grain” choices.  (first ingredient in the list should say whole grain)
  5. Eat foods as close to nature in their raw state as possible (fresh or frozen).  If you must eat canned vegetables please rinse well.

    Veggies Are a Part of Healthy Living
  6. Eat a diet rich in variety. Include as many colors of vegetables (70% of your diet should be vegetables and fruits) fruits and grains, nuts and seeds every day. Limit nuts and seeds to 1 to 2 oz. per day.   Aim for 6 to 9 servings of vegetables per day and 3 servings of fruits per day.
  7. Limit saturated fats and totally eliminate trans fats from your diet. Include polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats which are very healthy for you in moderation.  Olive oil is a monounsaturated oil and most nuts contain a good source of monounsaturated oils. The Omega 3 Polyunsaturated oils come from walnuts, chia seed, flax seed and cold water fish such as salmon, sardines, trout, halibut and cod.  Chia seed and ground flax seed is the best sources of vegetative Omega 3 Fatty Acids however you also get them from other vegetables and fruits like winter squash, broccoli and strawberries.  Flax seed also provides lignans which may help prevent certain types of cancers.
  8. Eliminate or reduce the intake of animal proteins. According to the China Study (the longest running nutritional health study every conducted) the intake of animal protein that exceeds more than 10% of our daily protein intake leads to the potential activation of cancer causing genes. In addition the over consumption of animal foods can cause obesity, heart disease and diabetes in some individuals.  Interestingly the consumption of plant proteins had no negative effect on genetic expression.
  9. Eliminate dairy products (cheese, milk and creams) from your daily diet. Replace with Almond milk or Rice milk.   I do not consume dairy products and do not recommend them. There are healthy dairy alternatives to choose from.
  10. Get plenty of water every day, 80 ounces over 24 hours. Hydration is very important to health and assist in the removal of toxins and from the body. It is required in every metabolic activity. If you are ill, exercise intensely or sweat profusely you will need additional water.  A good rule of thumb is 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight.
  11. Supplement your diet with a good whole food supplement that addresses the key areas of nutrition required for vibrant health. (ask for our suggestions)
  12. Move more every day. Exercise is very important in delivering the nutrients we consume to every cell  in our body and primes the lymph system pumping toxins out of our bodies. In addition exercise increases our metabolic rate helping to burn more calories (weight-loss) and will increase our bodies’ efficiency in using utilizing oxygen, increasing our overall fitness level.  To lose weight and build health we need to have a minimum of 60 minutes of moderate exercise 5 days per week.
  13. Get a minimum of 20 minutes of fresh air and sunshine daily.
  14. If you smoke, quit.
  15. Limit or eliminate caffeinated and alcoholic beverages from your diet. If you must drink limit them to no more than one alcoholic beverage per day for females and 2 for males.  Other than red wine there is not enough nutritional value in alcoholic beverages to include them in your diet. They actually rob your body of nutrients.  I do not recommend alcoholic beverages.

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Cancer Prevention, Your Diet and Lifestyle

In memory of those that have fought and passed and celebration for those that have fought and conquered.

If you do not believe that your food and lifestyle choices promote cancer and other adverse health conditions and diseases, you could not be more wrong.

If you are eating the typical American ( now called western ) diet which includes fried foods or foods cooked at high temperatures (meats or foods that have charring on them), pastries (doughnuts, cakes, etc…), candies, animal foods ( meats and dairy) once a day or more, red meat more than once a week, refined foods such as sugar laden cereals, enriched flour products (breads, cookies etc…), prepared foods (marinated meats, white rice, macaroni and cheese, rice-a-roni, vegetables in sauces or fruits in syrups, etc…) you are slowly setting yourself up for adverse health conditions even cancers.  These types of foods contain ingredients that actually rob your body of healthy nutrients and set up a path way in which cellular DNA can be damaged leading to disease and even cancer.

If you have immediate family members that have developed cancer there is reason for you to be concerned particularly if more than one person has had cancer.  This may show that you could have a genetic potential to develop cancer in your life time. Sure, this can be a terrifying thought but it is not the end of the world and it doesn’t mean that you are going to develop cancer.  Eating the western diet is not the way to maximize your potential to avoid the menace of cancer.  You need to be proactive and remove potential cancer causing foods and agents from your life where possible.

Your diet and lifestyle are by far the most powerful influence to prevent cancers. I challenge you today to make your diet and lifestyle one of health promotion.  Even if genetics play a role, your lifestyle can trump those genetics many times.  Living a life of health promotion does not guarantee an illness free life. It does push the odds greater in your favor of having less illness promotes a quicker recover in the event you do become ill. In addition, living a life of health promotion provides numerous improvements to your quality of life, living longer, younger and happier.

Cancer Prevention

You should make sure you are including cancer fighting foods in your diet daily to maximize cancer prevention.

Every vegetative food has health promoting properties, some more than others. If you try to include as many colors as possible from the vegetable world every day you will promote optimal health.  Buy organic when possible. If eating meats, buy wild caught fish (cold water fish is preferred; salmon, trout, steelhead, sardines, cod, and halibut) and organic free range chicken and turkey.

  • at least 5 servings of vegetables, 2 fruits, 3 whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds and heart healthy oils ( olive oil and coconut oil to cook with, sesame, flax and sunflower should never be used to cook with )
  • make 50 to 70% of your vegetables raw and 50 to 30% lightly cooked (beans must be cooked)
  • include more omega 3 rich foods,
  • include some super foods ( see list below) every day,
  • Vitamin D3 get at least 2000 IU’s  daily,
  • Detox your body twice a year
  • Get a minimum of 45 minutes of exercise at least 4 days a week, hard enough to sweat (your work or job does not count)
  • Use a sauna periodically to help remove toxins
  • Drink at least 1/2 your weight in ounces of water daily (natural spring water or purified water, Pur, Brita etc are fine)
  • Get 15 to 20 minutes of sunshine at least 3 times per week
  • Use very good micron filters in your home air system
  • Use green, non toxic home cleaning products
  • Minimize your exposure to environmental toxins
  • Laugh and smile in abundance
  • Fill you life with love
  • Do for others when possible

Cancer Promotion (those you can influence the easiest)

  • Process and refined foods (most food products in a package or box)
  • Cola’s, soft drinks
  • High fructose corn syrup, agave nectar, corn syrup, excessive amounts of any added sugars
  • Trans fats, hydrogenated fats
  • Excessive intake of stimulant foods (high energy drinks)
  • Alcohol
  • Red meat, charred meats, excessive intake of animal foods
  • Foods cooked at high temperatures
  • Fried foods
  • Heavy metal toxcity
  • Excessive salt intake
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Stress

Below is a list of cancer fighting foods:

If you are diagnosed with cancer

If you are diagnosed with cancer, after the first shock, you need to assess your options. There are some very important questions you need to ask your doctors. Certainly you need to change your diet and lifestyle to one of health promotion.

Questions to ask your doctor

  • What traditional treatments are recommended?
  • What is your prognosis with treatment and without?
  • What effect on your quality of life do the recommended treatments have?
  • What other illnesses or diseases can the recommended treatments cause in the future, short-term and long-term?
  • If I decide to do alternative treatments will you continue to monitor me during the treatments?
  • Are there any alternative treatments that you may recommend? Don’t be surprised when the doctor say’s no alternative treatments have been shown to be effective. Traditional doctors are powerfully discouraged from recommending alternative or natural treatments. However a few doctors will go against the traditional establishment and recommend alternative treatments.  A new branch of medicine is growing in which traditional medicine and alternative medicine is both used. This new branch is labeled “Integrative Medicine”; I would urge you to consider them as well.

There are many effective non-toxic alternative cancer protocols available.  Tens of thousands of people have had great success with them. This becomes a very personal decision for you and your family to make.  The most important part of your life with cancer is education and researching for yourself your options.  Don’t be pushed and don’t let people scare you so bad you make rash decisions. Pray for wisdom and guidance, research different options, ask questions, talk to others that have had or are doing the treatments or alternative protocols and then make a decision.

If you decide to use alternative cancer protocols understand your current doctors may drop you, some are very understanding and will continue to support your efforts.  Look for a doctor that will support you regardless of your decision.

There can be a lot of confusion in the alternative market. I only recommend two sources because I know the sources and know the info to be true and accurate.  I know many people who have had great success with alternative cancer protocols.

The best sources for alternative cancer protocols

Conclusion If you don’t have cancer, celebrate your life and begin to live a life of health and happiness.  If you or a loved one has cancer don’t retreat;  pray, educate yourself, counsel with those that have gone before you and go on the attack.  It may seem difficult at the time, however your belief that your body will heal and you will recover is as important as any treatment you decide to do. I urge you to believe and embrace your healing process. Pick a treatment plan and stick with it. Optimize your opportunity for recovery by living a life of health promotion. When you are ill, your body needs an abundance of high quality nutrition, eat and supplement wisely, rest and live in peace and harmony.

Healthy Wishes for  Cancer Free Life

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Nutritionist

WebND

The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

Why Are Foods Different Colors, Is There a Benefit?

Every Food Color Has Different Antioxidants, Eat All the Colors!!

Why did God create our foods to have different colors?  Do you ever think, why are tomatoes red or yellow? Is there something about the color that makes the food special? Yes, the colors do mean something.

The different colors identify certain phytonutrients the vegetable or fruit may contain. Their role in plants is to protect plants from disease, injuries, insects, drought, excessive heat, ultraviolet rays, and poisons or pollutants in the air or soil. They form part of the plants immune system. When we eat the plant we get the protective benefits of the plant immune system, also. Scientists do not consider phytonutrients as essential for health although they do provide health building properties. Phytonutrients are essential for optimal health. This means you can live without them, however, your level of health and ability to resist illness or diseases is not at its highest.

Phyonutrients are a different class of nutrient. They are not vitamins, minerals, fats, proteins or carbohydrates. Although some Vitamins and Minerals do act as powerful antioxidants, phytonutrients are different and act as antioxidants, providing protection for our bodies in many ways. Antioxidants help prevent aging by protecting our bodies from free radicals. Free radicals damage cell structure and can even damage cellular DNA leading to mutations which may cause cancers and other diseases. If you are an athlete, sick or have a lot of stress in your life, you need greater quantities of antioxidants.

These colorful foods also provide a wide assortment of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fiber, protein, complex carbohydrates, antioxidants and fatty acids. Although low in calories they pack a real nutritional punch feeding your body healing and renewing nutrients. A carpenter can’t build a house without lumber and nails. You can’t build and support a healthy body without the bodies building materials, nutrients.  You can build a body out of junk food, however its going to be a junk body that most likely will suffer from many nagging ailments such as; chronic pains, aches, digestive problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, blood sugar imbalances, infections, hormonal imbalances, anxiety, depression, mental fog, low energy, fatigue, poor mood, poor memory and eventually disease.

What Antioxidants Are Which Color?

Red Fruits and Vegetables

Contain nutrients such as lycopene, ellagic acid, Quercetin, and Hesperidin, to name a few. These nutrients reduce the risk of prostate cancer, lower blood pressure, reduce tumor growth and LDL cholesterol levels, scavenge harmful free-radicals, and support joint tissue in arthritis cases.  I love tomatoes but I also love apples, cherries, strawberries, raspberries, red grapes, cranberries, pomegranates, red currents, red bell pepper and cayenne peppers.

Blue and purple fruits and vegetables

Contain nutrients which include lutein, zeaxanthin, resveratrol, vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids, ellagic acid, and quercetin. Similar to the previous nutrients, these nutrients support retinal health, lower LDL cholesterol, boost immune system activity, support healthy digestion, improve calcium and other mineral absorption, fight inflammation, reduce tumor growth, act as an anticarcinogens in the digestive tract, and limit the activity of cancer cells. Certainly blueberries are a favorite of many but also try, purple or black grapes, black berries, black currants, eggplant, purple cabbage, purple onions, purple carrots and purple asparagus.

Orange and Yellow fruits and vegetables

Contain beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, flavonoids, lycopene, potassium, and vitamin C. These nutrients reduce age-related macula degeneration and the risk of prostate cancer, lower LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, promote collagen formation and healthy joints, fight harmful free radicals, encourage alkaline balance, and work with magnesium and calcium to build healthy bones. Common orange and yellow foods are pumpkin, butternut squash, sweet potato, spaghetti squash, oranges, papaya, carrots (carrots can also be found in yellow, and purple) and salmon. Yes, wild caught salmon is rich in beta carotene, that’s why it is bright orange. Farm raised salmon is not nearly as rich in beta carotene and is not as healthy of a choice as wild caught.

Green vegetables and Fruit

Green vegetables contain chlorophyll, fiber, lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, folate, vitamin C, calcium, and Beta-carotene. The nutrients found in these vegetables reduce cancer risks, lower blood pressure and LDL cholesterol levels, normalize digestion time, support retinal health and vision, fight harmful free-radicals, and boost immune system activity.  A few green foods you may recognize are avocado, broccoli, spinach, kale, chard, asparagas, cabbage, zucchini, cucumbers, kiwi, limes, romaine, endive, celery, collard greens and brussel sprouts.

White fruits and vegetables

Contain nutrients such as beta-glucans, EGCG, SDG, and lignans that provide powerful immune boosting activity. These nutrients also activate natural killer B and T cells, reduce the risk of colon, breast, and prostate cancers, and balance hormone levels, reducing the risk of hormone-related cancers. Think bananas, mushrooms, radishes, turnips, potatoes, onions, garlic, shallots, leeks  and cauliflower.

Brown foods such as chocolate (dark only is best), beans, nuts and seeds provide many different types of phytonutrients such as epicatechin, ellagic acid, isoflavones, resveratrol and many more. Pecans have the highest antioxidant rating of the nut and seed family. Raw cocao (chocolate) has the highest antioxidant rating of any food. Try dark chocolate that is 85% dark or higher, black beans, red beans, pinto beans, lentils, almonds, flax seed (must be ground), walnuts, pecans, peanuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds.

Eat the rainbow everyday if possible. It’s easy if you make a salad. I have a salad almost every day and it is loaded with every color. Making the food rainbow a part of your daily life is going make you and your body happy and healthy!!

Children need 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, women need 7 and men need 9. Please eat your daily requirement of vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

Building Healthy Bodies!

The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.

What Are You Eating? Better Find Out!!

Refined and Processed Foods Damage the Body!

Did you ever think that there might be harmful chemicals in your food? I am not talking about contaminants like pesticides. I am talking about natural compounds made harmful by the food processing or cooking methods we use?

There are harmful compounds in raw foods as well as cooked foods. For example; many foods (mostly dairy, beans and grains) contain lectins and cruciferous vegetables contain goitrogens and oxalic acid (cooking will neutralize most of the oxalic acid) and there are others as well.  However, most people never have a problem from consuming these compounds in moderation. Cooked foods, as long as they are healthy foods also give us detoxing nutrients. However, unhealthy foods like those that are refined and processed give us different challenges and little nutrition to help remove the unhealthy compounds.

What I want to discuss today is cooking or processing methods that create unhealthy and damaging compounds in our foods.

I do not want to make you paranoid about eating the foods you like. That’s not my intent. If you practice the 80/20 rule, eat and live healthy 80% of the time, you can have an occasional indulgence. When you eat healthy,  your body will have the nutrition to detox and function optimally.

Because of the rapid advancement in technology in the last century, we are faced with new discoveries alerting us to the hidden dangers in our foods.   We commonly hear about mercury, aluminum, fluoride, BPA’s and PCB’s. Now we need to pay attention to acrylamides and glycation.  You may have never heard of them, however, it is important you know about them.  Acrylamides and glycation have been around since man started cooking foods.

I am sure you are wondering acrylamides and AGE’s are now an issue. The Standard American Diet (SAD) is why!!  The SAD is nutrient bankrupt. If you eat healthy, the body can detox the acrylamide and AGE’s made from glycation.  When your total body stores of nutrition are high, your immune system and detoxing ability can function at a high level. This ability reduces your risk of adverse effects from the harmful compounds caused from different methods of food preparation.  When most of your diet is from a box, bag or plastic container you will end up with a fast food body.

Refined and processed foods didn’t exist until the late 1800’s. The decline in our health as Americans has a lot to do with the absence of nutrients in the diet. The body cannot detox naturally occurring or man-made substances without adequate nutrition. Refined and processed foods give very little nutritional value. They are in fact junk foods.

Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE’s) are harmful by-products of cooking with sugar, proteins and fat.  The body also makes some AGE’s as part of normal metabolic function however the amount of damage from this is small. Most of the harm to our bodies comes from the AGE’s in the foods we eat and these add to our aging process and disease formation. Because of chronically elevated blood sugar levels, diabetics have consistently faced the challenge of AGEs.  Unfortunately, this problem has now become an issue for the American public.  Over the past 30 years sugar consumption has increased dramatically.

The Standard American Diet is full of simple sugars like sucrose, fructose and galactose (milk sugar). Many of the natural sweeteners available today are at least 50% fructose or a fructose derivative, think high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, agave nectar and agave syrup. These simple sugars undergo glycation at about 10 times a higher rate than glucose (blood sugar).  Fructose (list of fructose content in foods)seems to have the highest negative health impact because it tends to make many more AGE’s in the diet. This means we are accelerating disease and illness due to our nutrient poor diet of convenience.

When cooking foods, the higher the temperature, the longer the time and the type of heat determine the amount of AGE’s produced.  Dry heat produces substantially more AGE’s than wet heat.  Boiling, poaching, steaming and stewing are the cooking methods that produce the least amount of AGE’s and cooking, grilling, frying, baking, and broiling produces the most AGE’s.

AGE’s accelerate our aging at the cellular level.  Research performed over the past several years has shown that about 30% of the AGEs in food are absorbed into the body and remain in various tissues for considerable periods of time. In animal studies, restriction of dietary AGEs slowed the progression of atherosclerosis and diabetes. A study in humans found that a low-AGE diet reduced blood levels of C-reactive protein, which is a measure of inflammation and a known risk factor for heart disease.

AGEs form as food browns during cooking, primarily when foods high in protein or fat are subjected to high temperatures. Cooking at a higher temperature for a shorter period of time creates more AGEs than cooking at lower temperatures for longer periods of time. Also, exposure to dry heat produces more AGEs than cooking in liquid. Thus, broiling, frying, or grilling of meats creates more AGEs than boiling, poaching, or stewing. For example, a chicken breast broiled for 15 minutes contains more than five times as many AGEs as the same food boiled for one hour.  If you barbecue or allow meats to char ,not only do you have AGE’s you also have other cancer causing compounds. .

Research over the last 20 years has implicated AGEs in most of the diseases associated with aging like:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Type II diabetes
  • Kidney disorders
  • Atherosclerosis
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Visual impairment
  • Skin disorders

The amount of AGE’s in food varies. In the list provided in this link you can see the foods with the highest AGE content are animal foods and a few roasted nuts.  Eat the nuts raw for the best health. There are very few AGE’s in plant based foods like vegetables and fruits, You can see the complete article and AGE content list at this link.

Summary

If you eat nutritious foods and prepare your foods in different ways, you will reduce the risk of health issues from harmful chemicals and compound present in everyday foods.

Enjoy your food but eat healthy to minimize your risk of disease and illness promoted through refined and processed foods.  Avoid as much sugar as possible particularly those foods high in fructose sugars. This does not mean avoid fruits. It means all things in moderation. You should consume three (3) times more vegetables than fruits. You should reduce your intake of all sugars and avoid any foods with high fructose corn syrup, agave nectar and agave syrup.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

The contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered medical advice. This blog is for informational purposes only. Always consult with your doctor before making any dietary or lifestyle changes. Never quit taking prescription medications unless advised to do so by your doctor.