What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You?

If You Knew the Diet You Are Eating Was a Major Contributor to Alzheimer’s, Heart Disease and Cancer?

I am not an alarmist. However the facts on this subject are very compelling and you have a right to know the facts about what you put in your body. What you do after reading the message is up to you. My hope is that it will resonate with you enough to bring healthy change in your diet and lifestyle.

The Ostrich Syndrome

You can’t ignore this and it will not go away. I hear and read reasons to justify food choices all the time. Such as; “Well I am going to die anyway so I should at least enjoy my food”, It’s genetics and its going to happen anyway so I am going to eat what I want”, My granddad lived to 99 and he smoked and ate fried foods and drank a lot so why should I do any different? Sound familiar?

Regardless, this isn’t something you can hide from or run from. As far as genetics go, studies have told us for years that most disease causing genes are dormant until we fertilize them with a poor diet, exposure to toxic chemicals or unmanaged stress. And some genes are going to express and cause disease regardless what we do, however, that is  a very small percentage of illness and disease. We create the perfect conditions for genes to spring to life to bring us disease. In contrast, a mostly plant-based diet may suppress these rogue genes. Sure, an occasional hot dog, fries or BBQ isn’t going to cause these conditions but consuming then week after week for years can and does.

The hardcore truth is; American’s are getting sicker and our crap foods and stressed lifestyle have a lot to do with it. Regarding Alzheimer’s, America has the 2nd highest rate and Finland has the highest.  America also has some of the highest rates of Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. The countries with the lowest rates are Asia, Eurasia the Middle East and African Nations.  The countries with the lowest rates of Westernization have the lowest rates of these diseases. Interestingly, 30% of people with Alzheimer’s also have heart disease, and 29% also have diabetes. (Alzheimer’s Association)  Alzheimer’s rates are climbing drastically. Maybe the American diet rich in AGE’s are a big part of the cause. Should we take a closer look at diet more and less towards drugs to find the cure. Hippocrates nailed it when he said “Let Food be Thy Medicine”.

Numerous, peer-reviewed studies show the majority of today’s rapidly growing diseases are diet influenced.

Could This be a Major Player in Disease and Illness?  There are many suspected contributors to disease and illness and the one I am presenting is not the only cause but I believe it is a big one. Read this thoroughly, do your own research and then make your own conclusions.

AGE’s

Advanced Glycation End Products (AGE’s) accelerate our aging at the cellular level. Studies link AGE’s to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, vascular disease, nerve damage, kidney disease, vision problems and cancers, even Alzheimer’s, due to the production of amyloid proteins and free radical damage to brain cells.

“We found that mice kept on a diet high in AGEs, similar to Western diet, had high levels of AGEs in their brains together with deposits of amyloid-β, a component of the plaques characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease, while at the same time developed declines in cognitive and motor abilities. The mice fed a low AGE diet remained free of these conditions. In addition, clinical studies have shown that subjects with higher blood AGE levels, in turn resulting from high AGE diets, are more likely to develop cognitive decline on follow up.” https://www.j-alz.com/content/new-study-postulates-role-dietary-advanced-glycation-end-products-risk-alzheimers-disease

AGEs are harmful compounds that are formed from dry, high heat cooking that combine sugars, proteins and fats. Even cooking certain foods at lower temperatures for longer periods still increases the production of AGE’s. Other cancer causing chemicals are produced as well, such as acrylamides.

AGE’s are another reason to avoid as much sugar as possible. Sugar is very harmful. Fructose (agave nectar or syrup and HFCS) forms AGE’s 10 times faster that glucose (blood sugar). Fried starchy foods (French fries, fried pies) are also rich in AGE’s and acrylamides.

Let’s get real for a moment and look at a few typical foods Americans eat every day high in AGE’s. Grilled meats, hot dogs, donuts, pastries, French fries, BBQ, breaded meats, potato chips, corn chips, crackers and even a baked potato with butter and cream are big providers of AGE’s. If you are eating these you are greatly increasing your risk for future disease and illness. 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 greatly reduces the AGE content.  There are very few AGE’s in plant-based foods like vegetables, legumes, raw nuts and seeds and fruits.

Research performed in animal studies show a restriction of dietary AGEs slowed the progression of atherosclerosis (causes heart disease) 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.

The Standard American Diet is full of simple sugars like sucrose, fructose and galactose (milk sugar). Many of the sweeteners available today are at least 50% fructose or a fructose derivative such as high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, agave nectar and agave syrup. These added sugars are a major cause of AGE’s when added with fats and proteins in the right environment.

What foods have the most and least AGE’s?

  • Fats, dairy and meat products contain the most AGEs
  • Carbohydrates are relatively low in AGEs
  • Higher cooking temperatures increase AGEs
  • Longer cooking times increase AGEs
  • The presence of liquids in cooking (such as boiling ro steaming) reduces AGEs
  • Processed foods have more AGEs than natural or homemade foods

Looking at this list, we can say for sure a diet rich in vegetables, legumes, fruits, and raw nuts and seeds provides the least damage from AGE’s.   The real problem is with meats, dairy and processed foods.

How cooking influence’s AGE’s

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.

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. .

Balance in life

A life of wellness is about balance not perfection. Because certain foods have high amounts of AGE’s it doesn’t mean never consume them. It means be smart about it. Limit the intake and eat as nutritious as you can as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. If you eat nutritious foods and prepare your foods in different ways, you will cut the risk of health issues from harmful chemicals and compounds present in everyday foods.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop I.N.H.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

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Sources

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3704564/  (Alzheimer’s)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18473848 (Alzheimer’s)

https://www.j-alz.com/content/new-study-postulates-role-dietary-advanced-glycation-end-products-risk-alzheimers-disease

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/omcl/2017/7039816/  (Alzheimer’s)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9777946 (Alzheimer’s)

http://www.neurodegenerationresearch.eu/2016/08/study-shows-that-exercise-and-diet-can-reduce-build-up-of-protein-linked-to-alzheimers/

https://www.cnn.com/2014/12/08/health/alzheimers-reversal/index.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583887/ (skin)

http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/114/6/597 (Diabetes and vascular damage)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18473849 (Vascular disease and diabetes)

http://clinical.diabetesjournals.org/content/21/4/186 (Diabetes)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16037299  (Cancer)

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28811077 (Cancer)

http://familywellnesshq.com/fructose-in-fruits-veggies-nuts-seeds-legumes-grains/  (Fructose content in foods)

http://inhumanexperiment.blogspot.com/2009/09/age-content-of-foods.html

https://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/topics/agents/acrylamide/index.cfm  (Cancer)

http://www.worldlifeexpectancy.com/cause-of-death/alzheimers-dementia/by-country/

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Are You Searching for Health?

The majority of illness in America is self-induced by the choices we make.

Let me guess, for some of you year after year you make health goals and maybe fitness goals. You get part of the way to them or reach them only to see them vanish within a year or so. What’s missing from your ability to meet and maintain your health goals? Obviously this doesn’t apply to everyone but a huge percentage of you should relate to my point.

Do you get sick often (colds, allergies, infections), get more fatigued, have headaches and body pains, develop an illness or disease and blame it on genetics because mom or dad had it.  To be bluntly honest, most genetic conditions are preventable with a lifestyle change and some are not, but those genetic conditions that are not preventable, are very rare.  Don’t blame your osteoarthritis, heart disease or type 2 diabetes on genetics.  And don’t get mad at me I am just giving you the straight truth.

Medications instead of lifestyle

I meet people and have friends and family that are suffering with major illness (a large majority of American’s are sick). Most of them will not listen to anything but popping a pill from the pharmacy. Is it because their doctor didn’t say change your lifestyle behavior and stop eating the crap? They opt for the simple and convenient way of popping a pill or 2 or 10. Pills do not fix the problem, they manage symptoms.  At the time of my sister’s death 5 years ago she was on 32 medications. Many were needed from the side effects of the previous drugs. I am not against medication when it’s needed. Medication is necessary sometimes for acute care, disease and even life support. I once needed medication in my life but thankfully I am now medication free. It should be our goal to become medication free if possible. At least that’s my view on this. I believe many of my friends that are MD’s would also agree with this.

Fad’s

American’s love to jump on the next great diet and health fad. In the past it was fat free, then Atkins’ low carb diet, then sugar free (the heavy use of artificial sugars came out at this time).  The new fads are sugared up smoothies from these commercial drive through smoothie places (not the kind you make at home), gluten free, grain free, high protein, low carb, all fruit diet, Paleo, Intermittent Fasting  and Ketogenic.  With exercise it’s Cross Fit, HIIT (high intensity interval training), LISS (low intensity stead state), tough mudders, triathlons, duathlons, cycling, Spartacus events and color runs are just a few.

Most fad diets focus on eliminating areas of vital nutrition (like leaving healthy carbohydrates out), which may eventually cause other health issues.  Theses fad diets work for a while but most eventually fail. Great health requires balance in all areas of your life. Not surprisingly, 95% of American’s that set weight loss, health and fitness goals never maintain them once they are met. That’s a 95% failure rate. However, most never even meet their goals. I have absolutely no problem with any of these approaches if they work for you and put you in a state of better health permanently.

I will also tell you Google University is not the answer. There is too much confusing and conflicting information for you to trust about health on the Internet. How do you know who has the correct info? I recently found peer-reviewed studies saying sugar in any amount is okay and although it doesn’t add any additional health benefit added sugar does not promote illness or disease. Really? I found studies saying red meat does not cause heart disease or cancer and many that said it does. Which is right?

Who are some of the sponsors of these sugar studies?  Let’s just say they are big producers of sugar filled products. I think they have a definite interest in what the studies say.

In the past few years smoothie joints have opened that are providing liquid sugar in a cup.  This is seriously bad for you. Some of their drinks have 100 grams of sugar. That’s 25 teaspoons of sugar! Gluten free products have also become popular. No one looks at the ingredients in them. Many of them are junk!! Corn chips, potato chips, rice cakes, corn muffins, ice cream and snickers bars are gluten-free. Being gluten-free does not mean its healthy, in fact they can be very unhealthy.

Have you been chasing good health for a long time, grab it for a while, only to see it slip out of your grasp again? Have you made health goals, get close to them to only see them fade away? Then you do it all over again and again and again……?

I have had very poor health and currently have great health. I can tell you with all sincerity having great health is fantastic. Today, the world is my playground and it can be yours too.

Warning!

Please, get your health information and guidance from a qualified health professional, check their references and background. There are too many people claiming to be something they are not qualified to be.  If they claim to be a Health Coach check their credentials to be sure. Your health and safety is in their hands.

In the next blog we discuss how to find the missing pieces of your health puzzle.

Healthy wishes,

Wally Bishop  I.N.H.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

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Do Not Eat These

Unless you want to reduce inflammation, reduce pain, reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes and many more health benefits!!! Red and black raspberries

We have heard for so long about the anti-inflammatory and pain reducing effects of cherries, blackberries and blueberries but maybe we haven’t discussed Raspberries as a powerful anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and healing food. It’s time we do.

Raspberries come in different colors. Red is certainly the most popular but the black raspberry is more potent when it comes to anti-cancer health benefits. Eating either will give you a bounty of nutrition and anti-inflammatory benefits. Raspberries have been shown to inhibit the production of COX-I and COX-II enzymes resulting in the reduction of pain associated with arthritis, gout and other inflammatory conditions.

Raspberries are high in antioxidants, high in fiber, high in vitamins and minerals, boost immune function, build stronger bones, are great for the skin and brain function. Additionally raspberries are low in sugar and help support good blood sugar levels so like most berries are great for diabetics. Raspberries also have special compounds that help your body burn fat better aiding in weight loss.

Black raspberries are smaller than blackberries and are hollow in the middle where blackberries get large and are not hollow in the center.

Today, new research suggests that eating red raspberries may prevent cancer by inhibiting the abnormal division of cells and promoting the normal death of healthy cells. Tests conducted at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina have revealed that the human body readily absorbs the ellagic acid from red raspberries. This ellagic acid has been clinically shown to cause apoptosis (cell death) in certain cancer cells. http://berryhealth.fst.oregonstate.edu/…/red_raspberry_fact…

The message here is that raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, cherries, cranberries and strawberries should all be a part of your diet.

Just don’t forget the raspberries!!

Live healthy, be healthy!

Wally

Are You Shackled to the System?

Medical $We have just celebrated the Forth of July remembering and honoring our forefathers and the courage and sacrifices they gave to make America a free nation. Today, I hopefully will entice YOU AND ALL AMERICANS to fight for your independence from the bondage of disease and illness that is at an all time high in our country.

Most of you are shackled to a system that is designed to make your sick. I know it’s very hard to believe, but you are.  If you want your Health Independence keep reading. The richest man in the world cannot buy this freedom for himself or anyone else. You must choose it and earn it.

This article may stir the pot a little but the truth is, well, the truth. I simply tell it like it is.

If you are eating the Standard American Diet, the odds are great your health is going to suffer. At some point you will become enslaved to the system — yes the processed food, medical and drug system. It is designed to take your money and keep you dependent on the system.

Without wellness (a state of optimal health) what freedom does your body give you to enjoy the privilege of being an American? Can you hike for 4 miles? Could you walk to the top of the Empire State building? Could you play and walk 18 holes of golf? How about ride a bicycle for 20 miles? Or the most joyous of all, play baseball, soccer or basketball with your children or grandchildren without feeling like you are going to die? To me this is freedom. If you can’t, you are a spectator sitting on the sidelines watching because most likely you are shackled to the couch or chair by your diet and lifestyle. You are in the system!

I am not writing this article to take a shot at those who work in the medical field. I have many friends who are nurses, doctors, dietitians, physical therapists and other clinicians who really care about your health.  I respect their field of work and respect them. This is totally about America’s system. Many have left their fields to pursue their crafts in the traditional way, which is the natural way, and I applaud them for the courage to take a stand on their beliefs.

In 2006 I began a quest for independence from morbid obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, arthritis, sleep apnea, urticaria, rosacea, fatigue and lymphedema. I was like most Americans — addicted to America’s engineered foods, which enslaved me to the system. I was given prescriptions and told to come back in the next three months for more tests and prescriptions. This had been going on for years and it wasn’t anything new because all of my friends and family were in the same system. It’s what every American expects, right, as we get older we expect our quality of life to suffer and we will need medications for almost everything. At some point we will become invalids and need to occupy a nursing home or an assisted living facility. If we are very fortunate we will have the luxury of casting the burden on our children to take care of us. It’s the American way and that’s exactly what the system wants you to believe. They are banking on it! America’s system is the only one I know of that makes more money as you get sicker. There is no financial incentive for the system to make you healthier. I was never told I could opt out the system and how.

How did it get this way?

Designed Addiction
Designed Addiction

Our government subsidizes processed and refined (engineered foods) unhealthy foods making them very cheap for Americans to buy. Our government provides little to no subsidies for healthy foods. These engineered foods are designed to be addicting and unhealthy. Shocking isn’t it? Food companies actually hire neuroscientists who use test subjects to see which blend of food chemicals will cause an addictive like response in your brain. It’s called the bliss point. If you check the ingredient list for some of these foods and compare them to the same foods by the same manufacturers in other countries like the UK, the ingredient list is much different. How is it different? The UK ingredient list doesn’t have 99% of the toxic and unhealthy ingredients in the food you buy in America.  Which means, if they can make the same food in the UK without the toxic ingredients, then they could, if they chose to, make it much healthier for Americans. The questions is, why are they doing that to us? It’s the system my American friends.

These engineered foods are nutrient bankrupt contain toxic, illness promoting ingredients. Since our bodies need nutrition to function and heal, over time, we begin to feel the effects of slowly loosing our health. You visit your doctor and he say’s “great news we have a medication that will help you manage that condition.” Pay attention – the doctor isn’t referring to reversing the condition or eliminating the problem – he is focusing on diminishing the SYMPTOMS. As time goes by you develop more conditions and need more medications. In a few years, you develop more serious health conditions. Now you need even more medications, periodic scans and tests. The really sad shocker is that some of the bad side effects of the earlier medications may have caused the new illnesses to develop.

Healthy food may have been cheap but now you are stuck in the system paying for medical bills, medications and health insurance.  In reality, the cheap food is super expensive. It just doesn’t have a warning posted saying “eat now and pay the real cost later.”

OPT OUT of the System

You have the opportunity to opt out of this system. Yes, you can really! The great news is you don’t need to be shackled by the system any longer.

How do you opt out? It’s a very complicated situation but the solution is very simple! . Stop buying the engineered foods full of chemicals and start buying the natural foods made by Mother Nature and get physically active. The more nutrition you feed your body and the fewer toxic chemicals you eat, the healthier your body will become.  I am living proof, as are millions of other Americans who have earned and won their health independence back.

America’s Standard Diet is the unhealthiest diet on our planet and is a major cause of disease and illness in our great nation. It has enslaved more than 70% of America’s population through illness and disease forcing you to spend your hard earned money on unnecessary drugs and medical visits. It also takes a large portion of your tax dollars to pay for the medical care of the underprivileged because they are also poor nutritionally.

Please start planning on your exit from the system. Sadly, the system won’t miss you because new babies are being born everyday that are already in the system.

I am very happy to see some media outlets also telling the real story about your food choices and your health. Read this article from CNN. http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/07/health/western-diet-health/index.html

Please join me in this wellness revolution and have real food for your next meal and move more. If you do, and continue choosing real foods, you will be free of the system in no time!

I wish you the very best in health and wellness,

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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The contents of this blog are 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.

 

Bliss point

 

Seeds of Health for Us Nuts!

nuts and seedsI really do like nuts and seeds. I eat a variety of them every day. They are satisfying, taste great, provide texture to other foods, are a great source of heart healthy fats, protein, fiber, B Vitamins, Vitamin E, many minerals and many antioxidants. What is there to not like about nuts and seeds? I often add them to my smoothies at the end and just blend them a little. I like having the crunchy texture this adds.

A study of more than 34,000 Seventh-Day Adventists, showed that those who consumed nuts at least five times a week had half the rate of heart attack as those who had seldom ate nuts, and those who ate nuts only once a week still had a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease than those that ate few nuts and seeds.  Similarly, the Nurses’ Health Study, involving over 86,000 women, reported a lower rate of heart disease among frequent nut eaters.

Most nuts and seeds contain more than 60% monounsaturated fats which are they same fats found in olive oil. Monounsaturated fats are heart healthy. Some nuts and seeds are also great providers of Omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3’s from nuts and seeds are our focus today.

Omega 3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and are protective of our joints, blood vessels and brain. However the American diet is full of unhealthy inflammatory fats.  Most of these come from processed foods that are rich in omega 6 fatty acids and hydrogenated fats (also know as trans fats). One of natures answer to this problem are nuts and seeds. We need to include in our daily diet the nuts and seeds providing the highest levels of omega 3 fatty acids.  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18751910

This link provides a list of 61 health benefits from omega 3 fatty acids!

Lets get one nut out of the way that really is not a nut at all; and that is the most famous peanut. Peanuts along with other nuts and seeds were included in the studies mention above. The peanut is actually a legume which includes, beans, peas and lintels. Like nuts and seeds peanuts have many health benefits and are rich in heart healthy monounsaturated oils, B Vitamins, Vitamin E, resveratrol, and many minerals. However, be careful when buying peanut butter or peanuts.  The commercial processing of peanut butter can taint them with molds and other unhealthy ingredients. Many peanut butters have added sugars and other ingredients that make it less healthy. Most peanuts are roasted and salted and may also contain MSG. Just be careful when buying any nut, seed or peanuts. Choose organic if possible.

I suggest you consume all nuts and seeds raw. Some people are sensitive to the phytic acid and enzyme coating that protects raw nuts and seeds from being digested. If you have problems digesting raw nuts (you get bloating, cramping, gas) then you should soak them overnight and then rinse them well. This will remove the phytic acid coating.  Instructions for soaking are at the end of this article. The one downside to soaking is that they will not retain as much of their natural crunchiness. They are going to be a little softer than they would raw but still very healthy!

Seeds tend to have less calories per ounce than nuts because of less fat content but they can contain more protein than found in some nuts.

This is my go to list of nuts and seeds for highest health and Omega 3 intake.

  • Ground flax seeds (very high in omega 3’s and rich in many nutrients and soluble fiber)
  • Sacha Inchi seeds (very high in omega 3’s and protein)
  • Chia seeds (very high in omega 3’s loaded with many nutrients)
  • Black seeds  (has over 1600 healing compounds, may help with many adverse health conditions)
  • Pumpkin seeds (great source of zinc and magnesium which helps us relax and many other nutrients, is great for men’s health)
  • Walnuts (good source of omega 3’s, has the ability to reduce c-reactive protein making it very heart protective) http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/news/20101006/walnuts-reduce-stress
  • Pecans (pecans have the highest antioxidant power of all nuts and rich in many nutrients)
  • Cashews  (helps improve our mood from its magnesium and tryptophan content)
  • Almonds   (protects our brain from dementia and help with neuron activity)

Nuts and seeds may potentially improve;

  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Arthritis
  • Digestive disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Alzheimer’s and dementia
  • Osteoporosis

This is a great chart you can refer to comparing nutrition facts with foods traditionally known for their Omega 3 content including seeds, nuts and fish. As you can see these seeds tend to be higher in Omega 3’s than nuts.

Seeds Nuts Fish
1 ounce of… Sacha Inchi Chia Flax Hemp Almonds Walnuts Pecans Salmon Herring Mackerel
Calories 190 137 150 160 161 173 193 40 45 57
Fat (g) 15 9 12 13 14 17 20 2 3 4
Protein (g) 8 4 5 10 6 7 3 6 5 5
Omega 3 (mg) 7000 4915 6388 2400 2 2542 276 565 488 748

 

Nuts are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals and fat; while seeds are rich in protein, vitamin B, minerals, fat and dietary fibers.

If you want to maximize the nutrients you get from nuts, soak them in distilled or purified water overnight. This helps neutralize enzyme inhibitors and phytic acid both of which may affect digestion and absorption of the nutrients in seeds and nuts. It can also help reduce the amount of pesticides on them if they are not organically grown.

Simple Soaking Directions: Place 4 cups of nuts in a bowl with enough distilled water to cover the nuts completely.  Add a tablespoon of Himalayan sea salt.  The salt helps neutralize enzyme inhibitors. Soaking times can vary so the easiest rule of thumb to remember is to let them soak 7 hours (overnight).  You many or may not like the taste of soggy nuts, so you’ll need to let them dry naturally or dehydrate them in a dehydrator.  And because this is essentially a 24 hour process it makes sense to do several big batches at a time. Afterward compare the flavor of the soaked and dried nuts versus the non-soaked nuts. You might be surprised to find you like them better, depending on the nut and your taste.

One exception: Cashews should soak 6 hours or less and need to dry out quickly at 200-250 degrees or they can get funky.

Go Nuts for health!

Healthy Wishes!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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The contents of this blog are 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.

Breaking the Diet Syndrome!

Stop Dieting
Stop Dieting 

It’s amazing how fast the New Year approaches each year and each year a little faster as we age. With the coming of the New Year, at least 70% of Americans are thinking about their New Years Resolutions, one of which will be to lose weight or get in better shape. This is the typical mindset that the diet industry depends on for its yearly financial windfall!

Nothing about obesity has improved in the past 3 decades. America is still the fattest and sickest of all modern industrialized nations. It’s getting worse. According to the CDC, obesity has increased by 13% since 2010.

Even with all of the awareness and education being provided. Stop! Oops, my mistake, very little education about the cause of obesity and how to reverse it is happening from the mainstream medical community! There are plenty of people talking about the epidemic of obesity and it’s related diseases and illness such as heart disease and diabetes. However, few are providing education that will make a long-term difference.

Please don’t misunderstand; there are a number of great Doctors dedicating their time to educating the public. Most of them do not get the support of the traditional medical community in their efforts.  They put themselves at risk to teach you how to be healthy without the need for drugs! Thank you Dr. Hyman, Dr. Fuhrman, Dr. Mercola, Dr. Greger and Dr. Katz and many others for your dedication to educating the public about living healthy lifestyles.

According to the CDC an Increase of 13% in Obesity since 2010.
According to the CDC an Increase of 13% in Obesity since 2010.

There are a gazillion diets and diet programs on the Internet hoping to snare you for hundreds and maybe even thousands of dollars. Some of these programs are very expensive. Sadly, most of them teach you little about keeping the weight off or how to prevent weight gain in the first place. They count on you becoming a repeat customer.

To prevent and reverse obesity takes knowledge not a diet.

It’s seems around the beginning of March something happens. The wellness warrior becomes the wellness whiner.  I notice that the gym has fewer people, my classes get thinner and clients and friends begin to avoid me because they don’t want me to know they are off of the new plan.  I am glad they feel a sense of accountability to someone.

This year make part of your New Years Resolution resolve “ I am sticking to the goals I have set”.  Really, doesn’t this make sense? Why put all of this effort into your goals for two or three months and then give up.

I am going to tell you how to keep your weight loss goal going forever. I want you to have what I have. I want you to lose all the extra weight you have gained and keep it off forever.

Most goals are never reached because the goal is not important enough, the goal is unrealistic and there was not enough planning.

1)  Set your date to begin your change. Get rid of bad foods in your house. Buy healthy foods for meals and snacks.

2)  Tell your friends and family what you are doing. This sets up a level of accountability for you. Ask your friends to urge you or even join you in this new lifestyle.

3)  Be realistic about your diet and weight loss goals. Set goals for weight loss in 10 pound increments. The first goals is 10 pounds, the second is 10 pounds. Do you get it? This makes the goal very achievable and builds confidence.

4) Lean to read food labels and the ingredient list on foods you buy. Be very particular about what you put in your body.  Healthy foods have very few ingredients. Avoid foods with added sugars, hydrogenated oils, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, artificial sweeteners and food colorings.

5) You must understand your energy requirements. If you eat to many calories or under consume your calories you will not lose weight.  Try to eat 500 to 1000 calories less than you actually need. However never eat less than 1200 calories per day. Eating less than 1200 calories per day on a consistent basis will lower your metabolic engine greatly resulting in weight gain. I highly recommend using an online food journal system. They help you monitor your calorie, sugar, carbohydrate, fat and protein intake every day. People that keep food journals keep the weight off. I recommend these online food journal systems, www.myfitnesspal.com  Error! Hyperlink reference not valid. www.nutritiondata.com.  There are many others that are also very easy to use.

6)  Understand that to lose weight you must exercise.  If you have not exercised in a long time start slowly and consult with your doctor. If you can only walk for 10 minutes, then walk for 10 minutes and work your way up to at least 1 hour.  You can even break up the walking and exercising into 20 or 30-minute sections and do them multiple times per day. This actually keeps your metabolism burning fat at a higher rate for more hours in the day.  This translates to faster weight loss.

7)  Never deprive yourself of any food. If you must have that brownie eat just 1 and be happy. The next time you eat, it should be healthy. If you eat healthy 80% of the time it will allow you to indulge or splurge 20% of the time. This will keep you happy and help you lose weight by not binging.

8)  Never beat yourself up for having an unscheduled indulgence. Look at it as a treat because you have done so well. The next time you eat make healthy choices. Turn a cheat into a treat!

8)  Eat a lot of plant foods like vegetables, fruits, beans and nuts and seeds. Make your plate at least 80% plant based! Most plant foods are very low in calories and very high in nutrient content. They also have a lot of fiber, which is satiating and filling. However limit your fruits to 2 servings per day. They have a lot of sugar in the form of fructose that can interfere with your weight loss. Avoid refined and processed foods. They are full of unhealthy ingredients, low in nutrition and very high in calories.

9)  Avoid grains or Limit your grains to whole grains and then even limit those to no more than 2 to 4 servings per day. Grains cause cravings and can raise blood sugar levels. The best are wild rice, amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa, and oats. The grains you see today are not like the grains from 100 or more years ago. They have been hybridized to a highly inflammatory species of plants. Check out Dr. David Perlmutter’s book “Brain Grain”.

10) Make sure you drink plenty of water. Water is necessary to breakdown fat and create cellular energy. The general rule is to consume ½ your weight in fluid ounces of water per day.  If you weigh 150 pounds you would need 75 ounces of fluid per day. If you exercise, are ill or sweat a lot you may need more fluid.

There are two items I use everyday that make this easy for me. First is a product called Vive (rhymes with liv) it is a whole food drink mix that I use twice per day. It is the best tasting shake mix out there and is highly nutritious. The next is my NutriBullet blender. It is engineered to make the nutrients easier to absorb from the blended foods. It makes great smoothies when using the Vive shake mix.

If you want to have great success and do not want weight loss to be on next years list, start planning now. Get excited about the new body you are going to have, the new health you are going to enjoy, the new clothes you get to buy!

It’s simple; plan, execute, do it, lose it, and keep it off by continuing to live a lifestyle of wellness and health.

Healthy Wishes for a new year!

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Viveshake

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.

 

 

 

Blasting Your Way to Optimal Health!

Liquid Health Bomb!!
Liquid Health Bomb!!

A Blast is just another way of saying smoothies!

Smoothie makers like the NutriBullet, Vita Mix and Ninja are one of our best weapons against disease and illness.  If you don’t have one, you need one, they are the ultimate smoothie makers! Not trying to start a smoothie brand war, this is just my opinion. I actually have other brands that very good smoothie blenders as well. The point is to use one of these great appliances to improve your health. It can’t help your health sitting idle on your counter.

How can smoothies or blasts improve your health you ask?

Typically we use lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds and herbs and spices in smoothies. These foods contain an abundance of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and other phytonutrients like plant sterols. These nutrients are the building blocks of a healthy body.   Also, health is a mindset. When you buy an appliance like these smoothie makers you have health in mind. You want better health. You visualize overcoming your health issues by blasting with these great appliances. They increases nutrient absorption. More nutrient absorption equals better health potential. However, smoothie makers can’t help you if you do not use them.

When you use your smoothie maker, use wholesome, nutrient abundant foods from the Farmacey (garden) that provide live giving sustenance! As you blast everyday with real foods using every color under the rainbow you are feeding every cell in your body exactly what it needs to detox, repair, replenish, build and reverse any adverse condition inside that cell.  Studies show that certain compounds in plant foods can actually stimulate our DNA to repair itself!! Wow! how awesome is that? Additionally, antioxidants and other phytonutrients help prevent illnesses and disease by protecting our cells and ultimately our bodies greatly reducing our risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, stroke and many other adverse health conditions. Your health begins and ends at the cellular level.

So how do we know what foods are the healthiest for us?

Fortunately for us, there are two major food nutrient rating systems, developed by leading experts in the Nutrition field; the NuVal Nutritional Scoring System and the Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI).  Both provide a good look at what foods are the best and worst for us using a numerical matrix. Which one is the best? That’s for you to decide. However, the NuVal system seems to give scores that seem too high for some not so healthy foods. For example, the NuVal system gives iceberg lettuce a score of 94 out off a top score off 100 where the ANDI system gives iceberg lettuce a score of 127 out of 1000. This seems to be more realistic. Neither system is perfect however.

Both the ANDI and NuVal systems rate both whole and processed foods, but NuVal rates many more processed options and was developed by a team led by David Katz, MD, MPH. The ANDI system provides scores from 1 to 1000 and the NuVal system gives score of 1 to 100.

Dr. Joel Furman developed the ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) food rating system. It looks at the complete spectrum of nutrients, antioxidants and phytonutrients in a specific food and rates it on a scale of 1 to 1000. The broader the spectrum of nutrients and the higher the content the higher the ANDI score. Some foods may seem low on the list to you like some fruits, nuts and seeds or beans because they may be rich in a few nutrients but not a broad range.  It doesn’t mean don’t eat the. It just means foods with higher score have a broader range of health providing nutrients, antioxidants and additional phytonutrients.

The ANDI System

Sample Nutrient/Calorie Density Scores
Kale 1000 Sunflower Seeds 64
Collard Greens 1000 Kidney Beans 64
Mustard Greens 1000 Green Peas 63
Watercress 1000 Cherries 55
Swiss Chard 895 Pineapple 54
Bok Choy 865 Apple 53
Spinach 707 Mango 53
Arugula 604 Peanut Butter 51
Romaine 510 Corn 45
Brussels Sprouts 490 Pistachio Nuts 37
Carrots 458 Oatmeal 36
Broccoli Rabe 455 Shrimp 36
Cabbage 434 Salmon 34
Broccoli 340 Eggs 31
Cauliflower 315 Milk, 1% 31
Bell Peppers 265 Walnuts 30
Asparagus 205 Bananas 30
Mushrooms 238 Whole Wheat Bread 30
Tomato 186 Almonds 28
Strawberries 182 Avocado 28
Sweet Potato 181 Brown Rice 28
Zucchini 164 White Potato 28
Artichoke 145 Low Fat Plain Yogurt 28
Blueberries 132 Cashews 27
Iceburg Lettuce 127 Chicken Breast 24
Grapes 119 Ground Beef, 85% lean 21
Pomegranates 119 Feta Cheese 20
Cantaloupe 118 White Bread 17
Onions 109 White Pasta 16
Flax Seeds 103 French Fries 12
Orange 98 Cheddar Cheese 11
Edamame 98 Apple Juice 11
Cucumber 87 Olive Oil 10
Tofu 82 Vanilla Ice Cream 9
Sesame Seeds 74 Corn Chips 7
Lentils 72 Cola 1
Peaches 65

You can find more information about this food rating system at http://www.drfuhrman.com/library/andi-food-scores.aspx

 

Below is a sampling of NuVal Scores.

Fresh Bread and Rolls                                Score
Alvarado Sprouted Whole Wheat Bread               29
Arnold Natural Flax and Fiber Bread                    48
Arnold Italian Crustini Rolls                                13
Healthy Choice Hearty 7-Grain Bread                  34
Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain Bread                   36
Sara Lee Honey Wheat Bread                             27
Wonder Cinnamon Raisin Bread                          11
Wonder Classic White Sandwich Bread                28

 

Cold Cereal                                                                          Score
Cap’n Crunch Sweetened Corn & Oat Cereal                                   4
General Mills Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal                  37
Hodgson Mill Unprocessed Wheat Bran (Millers Bran)                   100
Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flakes Cereal                                               29
Kashi Strawberry Fields Cereal                                                      6
Post Spoon Size Shredded Wheat Cereal                                      91
Post Honey Bunches of Oats Cereal with Almonds                         29
Post Frosted Shredded Wheat                                                     32
Quaker Life Cereal                                                                     25

 

Fresh Vegetables         Score
Avocados                              88
Broccoli                              100
Lettuce – Iceberg                   94
Sweet Potato                       100
Tomatoes                            100

 

Frozen Vegetables                                                   Score
Birds Eye Cooked Winter Squash                                    100
Birds Eye Deluxe Frozen Artichoke Hearts                       100
Green Giant Cut Green Beans Steamable                         100
Green Giant Chopped Spinach                                          88
Birds Eye Sweet Corn & Butter Sauce                               23
Green Giant Cauliflower & Cheese Sauce                           25
Green Giant Creamed Spinach with Artificial Cream Flavor  24
Green Giant Green Bean Casserole                                   15

 

Canned Vegetables                                                Score
Allens Popeye Regular Spinach                                        87
Aunt Nellie’s Ruby Red Sweet & Sour Harvard Beets           8
Del Monte Fresh Cut Regular Spinach                              87
Del Monte Fresh Cut Whole Green Beans (with salt)          84
Del Monte Fresh French Green Beans No Salt Added        100
Libby’s Sauerkraut with Caraway Seeds                           13
Ready to Serve Artichoke Hearts                                     26
Vlasic Old Fashioned Sauerkraut                                       4

 

Fruits           Score
Bananas           100
Blueberries       100
Coconuts            24
Grapefruit         100
Mango              100
Passion Fruit       88
Pineapple          100

 

Cookies                                                                            Score
Famous Amos Chocolate Chip Cookies                                       11
Kashi TLC Oatmeal Raisin Flax Cookies                                      33
Nabisco Chips Ahoy Chewy Real Chocolate Chip Cookies              2
Nabisco Mini Teddy Graham Snacks                                          28
Nabisco Nilla Wafers                                                                  6
Salerno Butter Flavored Cookies                                                 2
Nabisco Honey Maid Low Fat Grahams                                       24

 

Crackers                                                                                                       Score
Annies Home Grown Bite Size Whole Wheat Bunnies Baked Snack Crackers              24
Austin Toasty Cheese Crackers with Peanut Butter                                                  24
Kashi TLC Mediterranean Bruschetta Snack Cracker                                                30
Keebler Townhouse Bistro Multi Grain Crackers                                                        3
Kellogg’s All-Bran Garlic Herb Crackers                                                                   35
Nabisco Ritz Bitz Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches                                                 9
Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Flavor Goldfish                                                              20
Ryvita Sesame Rye Crispbread                                                                              40
Sunshine Cheez-it Reduced Fat Baked Snack Crackers                                             23

 

Salty Snacks                                                                              Score
Baked Lays Original Potato Crisps                                                        25
Chex Mix Brand Snack Traditional                                                          7
Crunchy Cheetos                                                                                  4
Fritos Brand Corn Chips                                                                        6
Garden of Eatin’ Blue Chips All Natural Tortilla Chips                              34
Doritos Nacho Flavored Tortilla Chips                                                     2
Lays Stax Original Potato Crisps                                                            3
Old Fashioned Kettle-Cooked Reduced Fat Cape Cod Potato Chips           25
Pringles Reduced Fat Sour Cream & Onion                                              3
Snyders of Hanover Honey Wheat Pretzel Sticks                                    25
Snyders of Hanover Original Tortilla Chip                                              34
Utz Barbecue Potato Chip                                                                      4
Sunshine Cheez It Assorted Party Mix                                                   20

 

Fresh Meats                              Score
Chicken Breast (skinless)                      57
Ground Sirloin (Beef 90/10)                  46
Ham (whole leg)                                   39
Pork Baby Back Ribs                             36
Pork Tenderloin                                    65
Turkey Breast                                      56
Turkey Breast (skinless)                       73

 

Seafood                                  Score
Atlantic Salmon Fillet                       96
Bay Scallops (treated)                     43
Clams (raw, treated)                       44
Crab, Alaskan King                          62
Haddock (treated)                           74
Lobster                                          60
Sardines (fresh)                             94
Shrimp (treated)                            40

 

Milk                                    Score
Chug Milk Shake Vanilla              21
Nonfat Skim Milk                       100
2% Milk                                      84
1% Milk                                      89
Silk Chocolate Light Soymilk         46
Silk Soymilk                                88

 

Juice                                                                       Score
Lakewood Fresh Pressed Pure Pomegranate Juice              38
Odwalla Pomegranate Limeade (20% Juice)                       1

 

Oil/Shortening                     Score                
Canola Oil                                                 24
All Vegetable Shortening                              1

 

For more info about the NuVal system please visit http://www.nuval.com/scores

Health happens when we balance our lives by eating the healthiest foods and drinking the purist water as often as possible, getting outside, moving more, de-stressing and removing as much toxicity (environmental and emotional) from our lives as we can.

Healthy wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Vive Shake

@WallyBishopCNC

The contents of this blog are 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.

Sugar! the Poison We Can’t Resist!

Sweet Poison

I am not sure why we Americans don’t see it. Sugar is the biggest threat to our health but we keep consuming it is excessive amounts. Plus, food manufacturers love it because it makes you eat more and more and more of their sugary foods.  We American’s simply can’t resist it! Doctors love it because it’s a guarantee most of you will be seeing them in the near future .

It’s Poison, also, Sugar makes us fatter.  When you eat refined sugar, if you don’t quickly use it as energy, insulin turns it into fat! It’s addictive,  accelerates aging, reduces immune function, impairs mental and neurological function, can destroy your brain, heart and organs, creates systemic inflammation, gives some people a buzz and destroys bodies. Does this sound healthy??

Not all sugar is bad. Sugar from plants foods like carrots, beets, strawberries and bananas can be good for us if they are eaten in their whole form. Healthy sugars are important because our brain and central nervous system rely totally on sugar or glycogen (stored sugar in the body) for their energy. Our muscles love sugar or glycogen to produce energy for high energy needs.  Fruit juice is very high in sugar so even though nutritious it is too high in sugar, eat the whole fruit.

People get addicted to sugar. They love the taste and the quick energy it releases. However they can’t see the pervasive damage being done to their blood vessels, brain, heart and other organs.

This may shock you, but I believe sugar and sugar like foods (processed flour products) are probably the biggest cause of all illness and disease. It creates so much stress on the body, lowers the immune system, wrecks havoc on the hormonal system and creates systemic inflammation. The harm being caused is wide-spread and long-lasting.

Sugar has made its way into almost every food stuff man is processing and refining. Sugar is added to bacon. luncheon meats, mayonnaise, peanut butter, dried fruit, fruit juices, tomato sauce, spaghetti sauce, prepared foods, cereal, granola, cookies, flavored milk, soft drinks, coffee drinks and hundreds if not thousands of other foods. Milk has about 3 teaspoons of sugar per 8 ounce glass.

The purpose of the added sugar is to make you eat more of the food it is in. It’s all about money. If you keep buying it, the food manufacturers will keep selling it. Stop buying it and they will begin to make healthier foods.

Your best defense is learning to read food labels and being able to find all the different names of sugar. When reading the food label pay special attention to the serving size and the grams of sugar per serving. Try to limit the amount of sugar you consume to 6 grams or less per serving. Look for foods that have 3 or more grams of fiber per serving.

Sugars Many Names

When reading the food ingredient list on the food label look out for these names. I would also include agave nectar as a sugar to avoid. It is higher in fructose that HFCS and is a processed sugar.

  1. Barley malt
  2. Beet sugar
  3. Brown sugar
  4. Buttered syrup
  5. Cane juice crystals
  6. Cane sugar
  7. Caramel
  8. Corn syrup
  9. Corn syrup solids
  10. Confectioner’s sugar
  11. Carob syrup
  12. Castor sugar
  13. Date sugar
  14. Demerara sugar
  15. Dextran
  16. Dextrose
  17. Diastatic malt
  18. Diatase
  19. Ethyl maltol
  20. Fructose
  21. Fruit juice
  22. Fruit juice concentrate
  23. Galactose
  24. Glucose
  25. Glucose solids
  26. Golden sugar
  27. Golden syrup
  28. Grape sugar
  29. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  30. Honey
  31. Icing sugar
  32. Invert sugar
  33. Lactose
  34. Maltodextrin
  35. Maltose
  36. Malt syrup
  37. Maple syrup
  38. Molasses
  39. Muscovado sugar
  40. Panocha
  41. Raw sugar
  42. Refiner’s syrup
  43. Rice syrup
  44. Sorbitol
  45. Sorghum syrup
  46. Sucrose
  47. Sugar
  48. Treacle
  49. Turbinado sugar
  50. Yellow sugar

Flour Based Products

Flour (ground up grains) turns to blood sugar as rapidly as does white table sugar! Most breads, cereals, cookies, crackers and pastries have a high glycemic value. They raise blood sugar rapidly. Not all grain based products have higher glycemic load values. Whole Grains when eaten in their natural form release sugars slowly.  Steel cut oats have a lower glycemic load value that rolled oats.  Enriched and refined flours have little fiber allowing the starch to turn to blood sugar rapidly. Even whole grain breads can cause a quick release of blood sugar because part of the bodies digestive process has already been performed.  To my knowledge the lowest glycemic bread is Ezekiel Bread.

Use Natural Sweeteners like stevia and raw honey. They offer health benefits and do not impact blood sugar levels as severely as refined sugars do.

In summary, to reduce your risk of developing a sugar related disease or adverse health condition avoid or limit simple carbohydrates by eating more vegetables, fruits, beans and whole grains (limit to 4 servings per day). Stay away from non natural sweeteners like Splenda and aspartame. Use natural sweeteners, however, learn to enjoy foods that are less sweet. Break that sugar addiction, kick it to the curb and enjoy life. I recommend stevia or raw honey as the healthiest sweeteners.

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.

Magnesium the Wonder Mineral!

Cocao (dark chocolate) is one of the richest sources of magnesium!
Cocao (dark chocolate) is one of the richest sources of magnesium!

I commonly hear fellow athletes or my clients complain of muscle cramping, muscle fatigue and a lack of good sleep. They seldom think they could be deficient in magnesium. However, odds say it may be!  They up their magnesium and issues are solved in many cases.

Magnesium is a macro-nutrient, which means we need more of it than some of the other minerals and we need magnesium daily. Minerals are critical for our health, however magnesium is required in over three hundred (300) different body functions making it a mineral you need readily available in your body. 

Of all the minerals, it is my opinion that for Americans, magnesium seems to be one of the most important because it is required in so many body functions. You can go several days or even weeks before needing certain vitamins, however you must have some intake of most minerals at least every couple of days. If you are really active, ill or sweating a lot you will need them everyday.  Minerals are used by the body and excreted easily.  If you are using diuretics, exercising intensely or sweating profusely, a diet deficient in the electrolytes, magnesium, potassium, sodium and chloride can cause severe health problems requiring a sudden need for emergency medical treatment.

How Does a Magnesium Deficiency Affect the Body?

Do you get adequate magnesium in your diet? More than half of Americans are deficient in magnesium and some sources say nearly 80% of Americans are deficient.

Most troubling is the result of a study of 7,764 people over 10.5 years.  It found those with the lowest magnesium levels have a much greater risk of dying from ischemic heart diseaseMen and women whose urinary magnesium was among the lowest 20% of subjects had an increase in the risk of ischemic heart disease that was 60% higher than the remainder of the participants, and a risk of fatal ischemic heart disease that was 70% higher.  Additionally, magnesium helps inhibit platelet aggregation and enhance the synthesis of nitric oxide, which helps relax the blood vessels. Furthermore, increased magnesium intake has been associated with a lower risk of diabetes—a disease that significantly elevates the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Magnesium is a nutrient that is essential to more than 300 activities in our bodies. Magnesium provides your muscles the ability to relax, it moves calcium out of your blood and into bones, it is required to keep blood circulating and the heart beating and it is essential to keep your nervous system and brain healthy. It also helps reduce anxiety.

If you have muscle cramps, particularly at night, the odds are great that you may be lacking magnesium; if you have trouble sleeping you may be low in magnesium, if you are fatigued it could be a lack of magnesium. If you have high blood pressure it may be due to insufficient magnesium, if you are diabetic, low levels of magnesium may be involved, magnesium is critical for carbohydrate fat and protein metabolism to create energy. Magnesium helps keep the heart in a healthy rhythm and is necessary for cellular reproduction.

Magnesium is required for good bone health. Magnesium moves calcium out of the blood and into bones making them stronger. In fact, a large percentage of the magnesium in your body is in your bones. Magnesium is critical for heart health. It helps blood vessels relax reducing blood pressure and is also required to make certain detoxing compounds and for a strong immune system.

The role magnesium plays in the body is so diverse that it is difficult to find a body system that is not affected by magnesium deficiency. Our immune system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, nervous system, muscles, kidneys, liver, hormone-secreting glands, and brain all rely on magnesium for healthy metabolic function.

What Affects Magnesium Absorption?

Magnesium absorption is reduced by many factors including colas, coffee, salt and caffeine. Also certain medications like diuretics will deplete magnesium from our bodies. Refined and processed foods also deplete our bodies of magnesium.

Good Food Sources of Magnesium

  • Spinach
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Swiss Chard
  • Oat Bran
  • Rice Bran
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Halibut
  • Soybeans
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Almonds
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Black Beans
  • Cashews
  • Cantaloupe
  • Black strap molasses
  • Mustard Greens
  • Turnip Greens
  • Collard Greens
  • Green Beans
  • Salmon
  • Flax Seeds
  • Sea Vegetables
  • Kale
  • Celery
  • Bell Peppers

 

To ensure you get adequate magnesium daily, a diet rich in a variety of foods is key.  The NutriBullet unlocks nutrients in a way other blenders or juicers cant can’t so load it up with magnesium rich foods every day.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

The contents of this blog are not and should not be considered as medical advice. 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.

Chocolate and It’s Healthy Delecious Goodness!

 

The beginning of Chocolate!
The beginning of Chocolate!

Chocolate comes in many forms and truthfully I am a chocoholic. I eat dark chocolate and raw cocoa powder several times per day. The taste is awesome and the benefits are huge.

Raw cocoa added to your NutriBullet can supercharge your body in many ways. Be creative with it.

Warning- not all chocolates are healthy! Milk chocolate or other candies in which chocolate is added does not have the health benefits of dark or raw chocolate. They most likely have milk and lots of sugar in them. Even healthy dark and raw chocolate is high in calories so limit your amount so you do not gain weight. It only takes 1 to 2 ounces of dark chocolate or raw powder once a day to get the health benefits of chocolate.

To make sure I eat the healthiest chocolate I use only 85% dark or higher and when I make hot chocolate I use the healthiest, which is raw (uncooked or unprocessed) cocoa powder.  Chocolate is one of the highest antioxidant rated foods. Chocolate is rich in powerful antioxidants like resveratrol and epicatechin, is rich in minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron, copper, zinc, potassium, phosphorus and Vitamins like Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Folate, B2, B5, B6, and Vitamin K. Chocolate also contains brain and heart healthy fats and other healthy phytonutrients.

Health Benefits

  • Helps reduce blood pressure
  • Provides great energy
  • Boost metabolism
  • Improves bone health
  • Protects cells from free radical attacks
  • Reduces premature aging
  • Helps reduce stress
  • Improves vascular wall health
  • May reduce blood clots
  • Can improve both LDL and HDL cholesterol levels.
  • Improve insulin function
  • Reduces platelet stickiness
  • Improves immune response
  • Improves our mood
  • Improves our sleep
  • Can improve heart health

How Chocolate Improves Our Mood!

Studies show that eating a small amount of dark chocolate a few times a week can help lower your blood pressure and improve blood flow and may even help prevent the formation of blood clots. It helps increase our uptake of serotonin, which improves our mood. Chocolate also has Phenylethylamine (or PEA), which is a natural chemical produced by our brains to produce endorphins (mood elevating hormones that are attributed to the feeling of love). And you guessed it right! Dark chocolate is full of it! This creates a euphoric feeling in our brains and can help with depression, irritability, grief, and much more!

Another substance found in chocolate is anandamide. A fatty substance that is naturally produced in the brain, anandamides makes us feel relaxed and improve our mood.

Immune Function

It’s also good when your sick, if you can’t get the rest you need or your dieing of the flu just try a bit of dark chocolate. The Xantheose, an ingredient in dark chocolate, has been proven to suppress a cough and help with symptoms and inflammation. This effect is attributed to the antioxidants present and likens this food to blueberries, acai berries and many more super foods.

Enjoy dark and raw chocolate; it doesn’t take much, just an ounce or two every day to get the desired health benefits and pleasurable relaxation it provides.

While writing this for you I am enjoying a delicious cup of velvety rich dark cocoa. I add a little Ceylon cinnamon, almond milk and stevia, the aroma and taste is bliss!

Enjoy your chocolate!

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

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The contents of this blog are 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.

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