Getiing Your Body Back to Normal After the Thanksgiving Day Indulgence!

Oh I ate too much!
Oh I ate too much!

I still smell the pumpkin pie and turkey! I love this time of year. It rings of comforting nostalgia, the crisp air, Pumpkin pie, apple cider and cinnamon, can you smell it? I can close my eyes and think back to being 8 years old in moms kitchen and the aroma of pumpkin pie and sweet potato souffle make me smile, it just makes me feel good regardless what kind of life I am having. I also think the act of kindness and charity at this time of year seems to give a greater meaning to life. It’s not all about me, it’s about us.  There is much to be grateful for.

Some people don’t over do it and find way to have  a healthier Thanksgiving Day meal. This is just one day or at most one weekend of a change to your normal healthy (hope you are eating healthy) dietary routine. Don’t get all worried about it. Enjoy it, try not to over do too much and get back to normal as soon as you are able.

However, if you feel like your body is sluggish and you over did the food this is a great way to get  your body back to form and feeling better.

For many of us, the Thanksgiving week-end is a detour to our bodies normally dietary intake. We end up eating a lot of foods that pollute our bodies. Regardless how hard you try you must give in a little to those sumptuous tasting yet not very healthy foods,  it’s Thanksgiving after all. After three or four days of eating a few of the normally avoided foods my body is rebelling and I feel bloated and heavy and I can’t wait to get back to a clean body.  Frankly, by the time Sunday arrives I have had enough and my body is in shock from all the calories, simple carbohydrates and excessive protein. For those of you that eat fairly healthy and would like to get your body back to normal as quick as possible try this short and simple approach.  If you don’t eat healthy this would be a good way to start.

This is not intended to be a total body cleanse. If you have been eating a poor diet for a long time you will need to do a different and more intense cleanse,  however that type of cleanse should only be done under the supervision of a qualified health professional.

The question is, how do we get our bodies back to normal as quick as possible after the holiday? It’s fairly simple. We need to aid our body in cleansing out the junk through a light diet and exercise. The diet will help in the cleanse and exercise will get our lymphatic system moving the junk out. The lymphatic system is part of our cellular waste and toxic material removal system. It relies totally of the movement of our muscles to pump our lymphatic fluid throughout our body. Unlike our circulatory system that depends on our heart, our skeletal  muscles do the job for the lymphatic system. For example; when your arms and leg muscles contract, they squeeze the lymphatic fluid through the lymphatic system. The body is so amazing.

An infrared  sauna can also help remove toxins through your sweat.

Suggested Dietary Changes for 3 days

Day 1 Healthy Liquids Only  (Vive!™ ,cleansing lemonade, warm green tea)

Day 2 Healthy Liquids and select vegetables and fruits only

Day 3 Healthy Liquids, select vegetables, fruits and a few cooked vegetables.

Day 4  Slowly add other healthy whole grains, beans and nuts and seeds back to your diet.

Recipe; Cleaning Lemonade  ( taste very good, you can drink this everyday if you wanted to)

  • 110 ounces of purified water or spring water
  • 1 to 1.5 cups fresh squeezed lemon juice  ( I use the juice and pulp from 7 lemons )
  • 6 ounces of Bragg’s apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup raw honey
  • optional- 4 ounces of blackstrap molasses (this is optional) add to mix if exercising or sweating from working out or exercising
  • Stevia and/or xylitol as sweetener, sweeten to your taste preference

Warm Green Tea (if you can get Matcha tea it is even better!)

My Cleansing Routine

Day 1

On Monday I will start a liquid only diet for 24 hours. The contents for my day are; Vive!™ , the cleansing lemonade and warm green tea. My diet will consist of 2 scoops of my Vive!™ with 12 ounces of water 3 times that day, 40 ounces of cleansing lemonade, consumed throughout the day and 24 ounces of warm green tea.  It does not matter when you drink the lemonade or green tea. The Vive!™ is taken at breakfast, lunch, late afternoon and early evening, no later than 7:00PM.

Exercise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, work up a good sweat. If you can only walk for 5 minutes, walk for five minutes 2 or 3 times every day and slowly build up your time till you can walk comfortably for 30 minutes at a time. Only exercise if you have your doctors OK.

Day 2

On Tuesday I will cut the Vive!™ intake to 2 times that day, will continue the cleansing lemonade and will add raw vegetables and fruit to my diet.  Continue to exercise and sweat.  If you have a NutriBullet put it to use making smoothies with veggies and low sugar fruits.

Breakfast is 1 Vive!™ shake

Mid morning snack will be a small to medium apple with almond butter.

Lunch, I will have a salad with spinach, romaine lettuce, orange bell pepper, carrots, zucchini squash, onion, radishes, broccoli, cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, and portabello or crimini mushrooms. Dressing will be balsamic vinegar and olive oil. You can add spices of your choice. If you prefer put it in the NutriBullet for a smoothie!

I eat a salad at least 5 days per week and some days I will have one at lunch and dinner! A salad is hard to beat for building health as long as you do not use unhealthy dressings.  A dressing high in sugar content or those that contain high fructose corn syrup can neutralize some of the health benefits that a salad provides. Using too much salad dressing, even a healthy one can sabotage the benefits from lower calories a salad naturally offers. Also look for salad dressings using olive oil in place of soy or other vegetable oils. They are healthier.

Mid afternoon I will have another Vive!™ drink.

Dinner, I will have another salad.

Mid evening  snack; a smoothie with 1/2 cup frozen strawberries, 1/2 cup frozen blueberries with 1 to 2 cups cup almond milk and stevia for extra sweetness. Blend and enjoy

Day 3

Vive!™ is consumed twice per day on going. I will continue drinking the cleansing lemonade ongoing, I like it.

I will add back a little cooked food to my diet. Cooked food is optional. There are many days I do not eat any cooked food. The schedule is the same as day 2 except for dinner. You can switch lunch and dinner at any time. Many people say it is best to eat your heaviest meals at mid day. I grew up eating my largest meal at dinner and most of the time I have continued that tradition.  It is best not to eat at least 2 hours before bed time.

Dinner;  steam 1 large head of broccoli, 1 cup asparagus spears,  then saute in olive oil 3/4 cup onions,  3 cloves of garlic, 1 cup of diced mushrooms, 1 whole red yellow pepper, 1 whole tomato (optional) and 2 cups diced purple cabbage.

Evening snack; mixed fruit

Ongoing days

Slowly add your normal foods back to your diet, hopefully healthy foods! Continue to drink at least 1/2  of your body weight in ounces of water per day.  Be sure to include beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds with your daily dietary routine, they provide great health benefits.  Exercise must be a regular part of your daily routine.

This is a great time to keep the healthy eating going. variety is the key to being happy when eating very healthy. Use a variety of Beans, lentils, nuts and seeds and a few whole grains along with your vegetables to keep meals interesting. If eating meats keep them free range and organic lean cuts. Fish should always be wild caught and eggs should be free range organic eggs.

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Vive!™

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.

 

Your Attitude Can Make or Break Your Health

Laughter is great for the body and spirit. It lifts our attitude and has powerful healing potential. It releases healthy hormones and chemicals that make us feel good.  It lifts our attitude!

Laughing creates a great attitude

I want you to seriously consider this question.  Is your current level of  health as good as you desire and what influence does your attitude (joy, sadness, happiness, love, anger, envy) and your thoughts have on your health?  Does your health give you the ability to do anything you would want, within reason? If not, then maybe you need to do a self-evaluation to see if your thoughts and attitude may be keeping you from having the health and life you wish.

Ponder this statement; “your thoughts are the architecture of your reality.” We have all read and heard various comments about the power of positive thinking and having a positive attitude. So to what level does this play in your health? We know for a fact that a smile and laughter cause positive physiological reactions that promote a healthier mind and body.

Thoughts are the ingredients that make our attitude. Physiologically our bodies respond to negative thoughts differently than pleasant thoughts.  For example, our body responds to our negative attitude by releasing stress hormones which cause many adverse effects, such as lowering immune function, building abdominal fat, increase insulin resistance and increasing blood pressure. It also increases cellular damage through an increase in free radical attacks. In other words it will increase your risk for developing cardiovascular and heart disease and premature aging.

When the alarm clock rudely awakes you in the morning what is your second thought. I know what the first one is, destroy the alarm clock! (That thought is involuntary and doesn’t count.)  I quickly recover and thank God for another day to do something good.  What are your next preceding thoughts? Are you grateful God has granted you favor with another day to enrich your life or someone else? Do you smile and think “today is going to be great, I am not going to let anything or anyone rob me from joy today, I am going to do something nice for someone else today!”  If you begin the day with positive thoughts you will have a positive day. Our attitude is our choice. Another person cannot cause you to have a bad day unless you let them.

You are the master of your thoughts, which are the master of your attitude which ultimately help you master your health, happiness and all areas of your life.

If you need to lose weight, attitude is very important. Negative thoughts are defeatist and set you up for failure. If you are an emotional eater (eat when you are sad or angry) you will use the fact that you ALLOWED someone to get you upset or make you sad as an excuse for your damaging behavior.  If you want to lose weight you must be positive, motivated and resilient. You must not let anything or anyone get in your head. There can be no excuses. No one can make you do anything unless you allow them that power.  Your health should be so important to you that it is the 1st priority. Without your health you will not be around as long as you would like to enjoy and help those you love, it’s a fact.

If you have a family history of cancer, diabetes or heart disease, there are NO EXCUSES. You should be seeking out the best preventive lifestyle available and putting it into place. If your job is causing you undue stress you can’t handle, change jobs or careers, it’s never too late.  If you have relationship problems fix it or change it.  Your health and theirs is worth it.

I challenge you to make it a priority to put positive thoughts in your mind and heart.  Your thoughts lead to positive actions and positive actions lead to positive results.

Your thoughts are literally the architecture for your health and happiness!

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

www.webnd.com

Preventing and Reversing Chronic Inflammation

As a part of our daily American lifestyle, we are exposed to situations, events and chemicals in our lives that cause chronic inflammation in our bodies. This type of inflammation can be very harmful and its important to eliminate or reduce it.

In Part I we discussed what inflammation is and how it harms our body. Now lets look at the symptoms of inflammation and how to reduce it.

Symptoms of inflammation include:

  • Premature aging such as wrinkles, arthritis and other degenerative conditions.
  • Susceptibility to infections.
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Acid reflux (GERD)
  • Cancers
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Fungal infections like Candida
  • Urinary tract infections

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to manage the stress in your life.  I know people who live a very healthy lifestyle, they eat very healthy, exercise, reduce their exposure to toxins and they still get cancer, may have chronic infections or any of the other adverse health conditions caused by stress. The common thread is the amount of stress they are carrying in their daily lives.  This must be managed if you wish to reduce your risk for illness and serious health conditions.

Activities to reduce stress

  • Massage (gentle)
  • Yoga
  • Qi Gong
  • Tai Chi
  • Swimming
  • Aqua exercise
  • Infra-red sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Epsom salt soak
  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation
  • Aromatherapy

Reduce or eliminate the Standard American Diet (SAD),

The standard American diet and lifestyle leads the way as the primary instigator of chronic inflammation. The consumption of refined sugar, refined flours, dairy, artificial sweeteners, refined and processed foods, trans fats, saturated fats and preservatives create inflammation throughout the body.  This may eventually cause cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, allergies, reduced immune system function, high cholesterol, chronic infections, auto immune diseases, heart disease, digestive disorders and other adverse conditions.

Prevention

  • Eat a diet rich in organic (organic foods reduce our exposure to inflammatory causing chemicals) vegetables, beans, low sugar fruits, low glycemic grains, nuts and seeds. Occasionally add wild caught salmon, cod, halibut or sardines and free range organic turkey, chicken and eggs.  Avoid red meat and pork or certainly restrict the intake of red meat and pork.
  • Add Omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. (salmon, cod, sardines, ground flax seed, chia seeds, walnuts, broccoli, strawberries)
  • Leave junk food alone!
  • Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. Adequate sleep is critical for our health.
  • Exercise daily; exercise boost the body’s ability to detoxify and at the same time improves the function of all body systems.
  • Drink adequate amounts of pure water daily.
  • Get some sunshine everyday.
  • Laugh often and enjoy your friends and family
  • Reduce the intake of caffeine and alcohol in your life
  • If you smoke, quit!

Nutrients that help reduce or cut stress and inflammation

  • 5-HTP: 50 to 150 mg’s per day, stress control and mood enhancer, helps balance serotonin and dopamine levels improving mood, mental and emotional outlook, helps reduce pain and improve sleep
  • Vive: 2 servings per day, a whole food blend designed as a broad spectrum nutrition source. improves energy, mental function, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, builds muscle, improves immune function
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine  1000 mg’s twice per day, improves energy and mental health
  • Adrenal Cortex Extract: increases energy, aids with weight loss and mood, improves the health of the adrenal glands and helps balance adrenal hormones particularly cortisol
  • Vitamin C: 1000 mg’s twice per day; boost immune function, intestinal cellular membrane health. I would encourage you to eat foods rich in Vitamin C first.
  • Vitamin E: (mixed tocopherols) 400 IU’s per day, improves cellular membrane function, a powerful antioxidant that works with vitamin c
  • Krill oil:  reduces inflammation in the digestive system as well as the body and improves nerve function, mental and cognitive health
  • D-Ribose: 5000 mg’s twice per day, improves cellular energy for muscles.
  • CoQ10: 200 mg’s twice per day, improves energy and is powerful antioxidant and is important for heart health
  • Magnesium: 750 mg’s per day mostly from diet, limit supplement intake to 500 mg’s per day, improves muscle energy, relaxation, stress reduction, sleep, bone strength, blood pressure, and much more
  • Vitamin D3: 5000 IU’s once or twice per day
  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticoses) help the adrenal glands function better relieving stress.
  • Zinc: 25 mg’s 3 times per week, if a bigger dose is taken or if taken every day, 2 to 3 mg’s of copper must be added to the intake.
  • Lecithin:  2000 mg’s per day, improves brain and nerve function
  • Biosuperfood F2: 6 capsules per day, brings about endocrine balance by awakening the hypothalamus-thalamus-pituatary-thyroid relationship. It is also rich in astaxanthin which is natures most powerful antioxidant. 
  • Probiotics; important for rebuilding and maintaining the digestive tract and boost immune function
  • L-Glutamine: 5000 mg’s daily, very important for healing and improving the function of the digestive tract, we carry a product that provides the L-Glutamine plus other nutrients in one product for healing the digestive tract.

Summary

Leave junk food alone. It builds a junk body. Eat a diet rich in natures best foods. These foods are anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense and promote body balance and overall health!

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.

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Do You Have Chronic Inflammation? Prevent It!

As a part of our daily American lifestyle, we are exposed to situations, events and chemicals in our lives that cause chronic inflammation in our bodies. This type of inflammation can be very harmful and its important to eliminate or reduce it.

In Part I we discussed what inflammation is and how it harms our body. Now lets look at the symptoms of inflammation and how to reduce it.

Symptoms of inflammation include:

  • Premature aging such as wrinkles, arthritis and other degenerative conditions.
  • Susceptibility to infections.
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Acid reflux (GERD)
  • Cancers
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Fungal infections like Candida
  • Urinary tract infections

I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to manage the stress in your life.  I know people who live a very healthy lifestyle, they eat very healthy, exercise, reduce their exposure to toxins and they still get cancer, may have chronic infections or any of the other adverse health conditions caused by stress. The common thread is the amount of stress they are carrying in their daily lives.  This must be managed if you wish to reduce your risk for illness and serious health conditions.

Activities to reduce stress

  • Massage (gentle)
  • Yoga
  • Qi Gong
  • Tai Chi
  • Swimming
  • Aqua exercise
  • Infra-red sauna
  • Hot tub
  • Epsom salt soak
  • Deep breathing
  • Meditation
  • Aromatherapy

Reduce or eliminate the Standard American Diet (SAD),

The standard American diet and lifestyle leads the way as the primary instigator of chronic inflammation. The consumption of refined sugar, refined flours, dairy, artificial sweeteners, refined and processed foods, trans fats, saturated fats and preservatives create inflammation throughout the body.  This may eventually cause cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, allergies, reduced immune system function, high cholesterol, chronic infections, auto immune diseases, heart disease, digestive disorders and other adverse conditions.

Prevention

  • Eat a diet rich in organic (organic foods reduce our exposure to inflammatory causing chemicals) vegetables, beans, low sugar fruits, low glycemic grains, nuts and seeds. Occasionally add wild caught salmon, cod, halibut or sardines and free range organic turkey, chicken and eggs.  Avoid red meat and pork or certainly restrict the intake of red meat and pork.
  • Add Omega 3 fatty acids to your diet. (salmon, cod, sardines, ground flax seed, chia seeds, walnuts, broccoli, strawberries)
  • Leave junk food alone!
  • Get a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night. Adequate sleep is critical for our health.
  • Exercise daily; exercise boost the body’s ability to detoxify and at the same time improves the function of all body systems.
  • Drink adequate amounts of pure water daily.
  • Get some sunshine everyday.
  • Laugh often and enjoy your friends and family
  • Reduce the intake of caffeine and alcohol in your life
  • If you smoke, quit!

Nutrients that help reduce or cut stress and inflammation

  • 5-HTP: 200 to 400 mg’s per day, stress control and mood enhancer, helps balance serotonin and dopamine levels improving mood, mental and emotional outlook, helps reduce pain and improve sleep
  • Renew: 2 servings per day, a whole food blend designed as a broad spectrum nutrition source. improves energy, mental function, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, builds muscle, improves immune function
  • Acetyl L-Carnitine  1000 mg’s twice per day, improves energy and mental health
  • Adrenal Cortex Extract: increases energy, aids with weight loss and mood, improves the health of the adrenal glands and helps balance adrenal hormones particularly cortisol
  • Vitamin C: 1000 mg’s twice per day; boost immune function, intestinal cellular membrane health
  • Vitamin E: (mixed tocopherols) 400 IU’s per day, improves cellular membrane function, a powerful antioxidant that works with vitamin c
  • Krill oil:  reduces inflammation in the digestive system as well as the body and improves nerve function, mental and cognitive health
  • D-Ribose: 5000 mg’s twice per day, improves cellular energy for muscles
  • CoQ10: 200 mg’s twice per day, improves energy and is powerful antioxidant and is important for heart health
  • Magnesium: 750 mg’s per day mostly from diet, limit supplement intake to 500 mg’s per day, improves muscle energy, relaxation, stress reduction, sleep, bone strength, blood pressure, and much more
  • Vitamin D3: 5000 IU’s once or twice per day
  • Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticoses) help the adrenal glands function better relieving stress.
  • Zinc: 25 mg’s 3 times per week, if a bigger dose is taken or if taken every day, 2 to 3 mg’s of copper must be added to the intake.
  • Lecithin:  2000 mg’s per day, improves brain and nerve function
  • Biosuperfood F2: 6 capsules per day, brings about endocrine balance by awakening the hypothalamus-thalamus-pituatary-thyroid relationship. It is also rich in astaxanthin which is natures most powerful antioxidant. 
  • Probiotics; important for rebuilding and maintaining the digestive tract and boost immune function
  • L-Glutamine: 5000 mg’s daily, very important for healing and improving the function of the digestive tract, we carry a product that provides the L-Glutamine plus other nutrients in one product for healing the digestive tract.

Summary

Leave junk food alone. It builds a junk body. Eat a diet rich in natures best foods. These foods are anti-inflammatory, nutrient dense and promote body balance and overall health!

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.

Do You Have Chronic Inflammation? It Can Be a Silent Killer.

Chrronic inflammation imagesWhen you hear the word inflammation, I am sure you think about muscle and joint pain. Body Inflammation is caused by many things.  Chronic inflammation may lead to many adverse health conditions more severe than joint and muscle pain.

As a part of our normal healing response the body creates inflammation for different reasons.

If we over exercise our muscles, inflammation causes pain. If you sprain an ankle the body induces swelling for multiple reasons, the swelling is an inflammatory response. This keeps the ankle immobile and speeds healing. If you eat a food that has spoiled, the body is going to kill the invader or remove it. This causes diarrhea, cramping and possibly vomiting, all a form of inflammation cause by our immune system. When you pickup a splinter in your finger the presence of a foreign object or foreign matter trigger an immune response. The immune response actions cause redness, tenderness and swelling. This is caused from the immune response sending its army (white blood cells) to attack the invader and any friends it may have brought with it, such as bacteria. It also sends a cleanup crew (a different type of immune cell) to dispose of the bad guys that the army killed. If you get the flu, the immune system raises the bodies temperature to kill the invader, you have chills, headaches, body pain, all due to the immune response to heal you. These responses are protective inflammation and is much different than the inflammation I am concerned with in this blog.

The inflammation that causes disease and other adverse health conditions comes from our diet and lifestyle. The inflammation caused by these foods and behaviors last in our bodies for a long time causing damage to tissues and organs. In fact chronic inflammation is believed to be a major contributor to most illness and disease.   Chronic inflammation is a silent killer. It’s happening in your body and you can’t see it or feel it until damage is being done.

SAD, the standard American diet and lifestyle leads the way as the primary instigator of chronic inflammation. The consumption of refined sugar, artificial sweeteners, refined and processed foods, trans fats, saturated fats and preservatives create inflammation throughout the body.  This may eventually cause cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, allergies, reduced immune system function, high cholesterol, chronic infections, auto immune diseases, heart disease, digestive disorders and other adverse conditions.

Diet contributors to chronic inflammation include:

Like wise certain lifestyle activities such as a sedentary lifestyle, lack of sunshine, recreational drugs and pharmaceutical drugs cause chronic inflammation. Excessive stress in your life can contribute to chronic inflammation.

Another good article about inflammation can be found here.

Next, Part II  the symptoms of chronic inflammation and how to reverse it!

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.

Boost Your Immune System, Naturally

Your immune system is your defense against toxins such as drugs and environmental chemicals, rogue cells that cause cancer, fungi, parasites , viruses and bacteria that cause infections like the flu’s, colds and respiratory and sinus infections.

Can you boost your immune system naturally? Science has mixed reviews on how to improve our immune system.  However, many studies do show that certain nutrients are critical for healthy immune function.

Our immune system is highly complex and is influenced in many ways. A healthy immune system should protect us from almost any type of virus, bacteria, fungus, parasite or toxin. If  healthy, it should be able to stop almost any foreign invader or rogue cell trying to harm our body.

Our immune function is controlled through a highly complex system of organs and processes called the immune system. The immune system has many ways of protecting us.  For example; your skin has antimicrobial properties and special sensory cells that act as part of your immune defense system.  Your tears, mucus and saliva have special enzymes that breakdown the cell wall of invading bacteria.  Since the nasal passage and lungs are coated in mucus, many germs not killed  are immediately trapped in the mucus and soon swallowed. Mast cells also line the nasal passages, throat, lungs and skin and alert other parts of the immune system to respond.  Inside each cell another type of immune system functions. Several enzymes act as defenders to protect the inner health of the cell. Two of these; Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) and Glutathione peroxidase protect the cell against free radical attacks. In the liver and other cells, another class of enzymes collectively called xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes work to detoxify toxins in our bodies. These xenobiotic removing enzymes are a part of another system, Cytochrome P-450 & P448. Cytochrome P450 & 448 are so powerful, drug manufacturers must figure out ways to defeat them so their drugs will work in the body. Hummm, I guess that’s why drugs have so many negative side effects.  They alter the body’s ability to protect itself ! The health of our immune system and it’s ability to protect our body from harm is dependent on many factors.  Researchers still don’t fully understand exactly how the immune system operates. They do concede, that how we live and eat may play a large role on our immune system’s health status.

Our diet and lifestyle play a large role in determining how effective our immune system is at protecting us.  Those enzymes we just read about need many nutrients in the body for them to work effectively. It’s not just what we eat and don’t eat, it is also how we live.

Let’s look at the most powerful influences on your immune systems health status.

Negatives

  • Stress
  • Lack of sleep
  • Emotional toxicity  hatred, anger, jealousy, resentment, self-defeating thoughts
  • Isolation
  • Cigarettes
  • Caffeine (in excess)
  • Alcohol (in excess)
  • Refined and Processed foods
  • Simple Sugars
  • Lack of exercise

Positives for our Immune System

Lifestyle

  • Relaxation
  • Pure water- spring water or purified water
  • Adequate sleep- 7 to 8 hours
  • Love, family, community involvement, self-appreciation
  • Positive attitude
  • Laughter
  • Being physical activity gardening, hiking etc… , exercise daily (movement is important for our lymphatic system)
  • A spiritual connection
  • A diet rich in diversity, including vegetables, fruits, beans, whole grains (however limit), nuts and seeds and to a lesser degree wild caught cold water fish and organic turkey or chicken breast.

Diet

It’s common knowledge that certain foods and nutrients boost our immune function. You can find thousands of sites publishing these list.  What most don’t tell you, is,  what you do and how you eat consistently, has the biggest impact on your health.  For example; if you regularly eat refined ( foods that have been altered, removing most of the nutritional integrity of the original food) and processed foods ( foods such as luncheon meats, processed cheese, prepared dinners in a package) drink soft drinks or smoke,  taking a multivitamin or occasionally eating a few healthy foods isn’t going to have much of a positive impact on your health.  Refined and processed foods not only give little nutrition, they also pollute our bodies with harmful preservatives and additives that can diminish our health.

Foods that Promote Immune Function ( all plant-based foods have immune boosting potential)

Nutrients Important for Immune Function

All nutrients are important for our health, however a few are vitally important for our immune system to function optimally. If you have a diet rich in a variety of healthy foods, you will give yourself the best chance to build a healthy body.  Remember, it is the consistency of what we do.   If you live a healthy lifestyle 80% of the time you should build health. An occasional indulgence isn’t going to effect your health in a negative way. Obviously the reverse is true; live unhealthy 80% of the time and have a healthy treat occasionally and you will still build poor health.

Eat a proper balance of carbohydrates, fats and proteins to insure your ability to build a healthy body.  Your daily calories should contain 50 to 60% carbohydrates, 25 to 35% healthy fats and 10 to 20% protein.

Nutrients Vital for Immune System Health

Vitamin A

Vitamin B6 & B12

Vitamin C

Vitamin D

Vitamin E

Bioflavenoids

Carotenoids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Probiotics

Selenium

 Zinc

 

Supplements for immune function

Oregano oil (make sure its therapeutic grade and take with water, it is very strong and hot)

Nutritional Yeast (boost our ability to kill bacteria and viruses) (do not confuse with brewers yeast or bakers yeast)

Zinc L-monomethionine

Raw Honey

Summary

Stop eating body polluters and nutrient robber like fast foods, processed foods and refined foods. They overload your immune system and provide very little nutrition needed to keep your immune system healthy. Eat a mostly plant based diet with lots of differently colored veggies and fruits. Keep the sugar in your diet to a minimum. This also means staying away from grain flours because they turn to blood sugar quickly. Exercise often and stay hydrated!!

If you really want to maximize your opportunity for optimal health, adopt a life style that includes a healthy diet, rest, relaxation, love, laughter and a strong spiritual foundation.  In addition, avoid exposure to those who are sick when possible.  Practice good sanitation at all times.

 

Healthy Wishes,

Wally Bishop C.N.C. I.N.H.C.

Integrative Nutrition Health Coach

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Make Sure Your Children Have the Best Chance to be Healthy

Healthy Kids Make Happy Kids

Are you planning to have a family with children? Are you currently raising one child or even more?  As parents we encounter family problems on a weekly and even daily basis.  Now parents face a more serious problem (a must read) American children are facing unprecedented health challenges due to the consumption of refined and processed foods.  In fact you may be the first generation of parents that will raise children that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents.

Children while young may not look like they have health challenges. Not all children that eat refined or processed foods are overweight.  However, you may see other health problems develop.  Your child may be suffering from frequent ear infections, a cold or sore throat that seems to never quit go away or they may have persistent  sinus or upper respiratory allergies and infections or digestive issues such as stomach cramping, constipation or diarrhea.  This can happen when the body is nutrient deficient and can’t build a strong body or build a strong immune system. One fact you can bank on, a diet consistent in refined and processed foods will put your children at a very high risk for a future filled with adverse health problems and diseases.

The Influence of a Mothers Health

The health of a child actually begins before conception!. If the mother has been getting good nutrition and was taking care of herself,  her baby has the best chance of being born healthy and has less risk of birth defects and future childhood and adult illness. If you are in child-bearing years your health is very important for both you and your baby. Research has actually shown us that the health of the mother influences her child all through their life even through their adult years. If you are in child bearing years your health is very important for both you and your baby. Make sure you are getting great nutrition and exercising to build a healthy body for you and your child.

The Nutritional Do’s and Don’t

The nutritional needs for children are different from those for adults. As they mature and pass into adolescence there nutritional needs change again.  It’s important to make sure children are getting great nutrition to build a healthy brain, strong muscles and bones. In addition, exercise and physical activity are very important for the health of your children. They need to be involved in physical activities like soccer, baseball, gymnastics, volleyball, after school programs at your local health club or YMCA.

Make family activities a priority each week. Take walks, go on picnics, explore trails with them, and go to your nearest play ground and play,

The best way to make sure they are getting adequate nutrition is to feed them wholesome foods that build health. Vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds are loaded with health building carbohydrates, fats, protein and powerful antioxidants and other phytonutrients.. If selecting meats use free range turkey and chicken and wild caught cold water fish like salmon, halibut, cod, Alaskan whiting,  and tuna.

Brain, skeletal and muscle-building nutrients are vital for a young body.  Healthy fats including some saturated fats are critical for brain development. The Omega family of fats are considered essential fatty acids because they are important for health and we only get them from our diet.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Most Americans are deficient in Omega 3 fatty acids. Salmon, flax seeds and walnuts are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids. Very good sources of these healthy fats include scallops, cauliflower, cabbage, cloves and mustard seeds. Good sources of these fats include halibut, cod, tuna, soybeans, tofu, kale, collard greens, and Brussels sprouts.

Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega 6 fatty acids are very common in our diet and is not an issue for the average person.

What foods should be avoided or limited?

How does this affect your children?

  • “Because of the increasing rates of obesity, unhealthy eating habits and physical inactivity, we may see the first generation that will be less healthy and have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. “American Heart Association”
  • Childhood obesity will lead to early heart disease, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and cancers.

Source: http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/DietNutrition/22525

  • Two years ago the American Pediatric Association recommended that children between the ages of 2 and 10 get screened for heart and cholesterol problems if they are overweight or their parents are overweight, have high cholesterol or smoke.
  • We are now seeing children under the age of 12 developing heart disease, high cholesterol and adult onset diabetes (type II )

Scientific Proof, we and our children are getting fatter!

·         Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. The prevalence of obesity among children aged 6 to 11 years increased from 6.5% in 1980 to 19.6% in 2008. The prevalence of obesity among adolescents aged 12 to 19 years increased from 5.0% to 18.1%.1,2

·         Obese youth are more likely to have risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high cholesterol or high blood pressure. In a population-based sample of 5- to 17-year-olds, 70% of obese youth had at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease.5

·         Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem.3,6

·         Obese youth are more likely than youth of normal weight to become overweight or obese adults, and therefore more at risk for associated adult health problems, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, several types of cancer, and osteoarthritis.6

Source: http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/obesity/

Why are we having this problem?

  • Convenience has robbed us of our health. McDonald’s or Burger King on the way home is the norm. Quick foods at home are poisoning our bodies.  For example, pizza, pop tarts, sugar-coated cereals, instant flavored oatmeal, instant grits, doughnuts, pastries, white bread, chicken nuggets, French fries, tater tots, hash browns, macaroni and cheese, meals in a bag, biscuits and jelly, drive through meals, candies, etc…. are full of fat, sugar, calories and very little nutrition to build a healthy  brain or body.
  • Lack of physical activity. Our body adapts to the demands put on it, if we do not move it has no reason to give us more energy to move more or to build stronger bones and muscles. Exercise is required for a healthy body.

The Nutritional Basics for a Healthy Child A healthy diet helps children grow and learn. It also helps prevent obesity and weight-related diseases, such as diabetes. The following guidelines will help you give your child a nutritious diet:

  • Offer a minimum of 2 servings of fruits and 3 servings of vegetables a day
  • Everyone should start the day with a nutritious breakfast.
  • Choose healthy sources of protein, such as lean meat, nut, beans, lintels and eggs
  • Serve whole-grain breads and cereals because they are high in fiber
  • Broil, grill or steam foods instead of frying them
  • Avoid fast food and junk food
  • Offer water and milk or mild substitutes (almond milk) instead of sugary fruit drinks and sodas
  • Do not give in to your child demands for unhealthy foods, eventually their whining will stop and they will eat when they get hungry, as long as YOU DO NOT GIVE INTO THEIR DEMANDS. You are the parent and must take control.

Learn about your child’s nutrient requirements. Some of them, such as the requirements for iron and calcium, change as your child ages.

Source: http://www.medpagetoday.com/PrimaryCare/DietNutrition/22525

Children Resource Links

Remember you are the parent. Do not let convenience rob your children of their health. If you put healthy food in front of them eventually when they get hungry enough they will eat. They need to know you are serious and will not give in to their demands. Be STRONG!  All it takes is planning and organizing. Talk to other parents and start a local support group to share ideas on planning and organizing to make it easier to eat healthy.

I know you love your children, now you know how serious this health issue is and you can take proper action. Most parents just don’t know what to do. Use these resources to help make your children as healthy as possible so they can look forward to a healthy and happy future.  I know you can do it.

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.

Cancer and You, Part II Prevention and Treatments

Beat Cancer!!

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.

In Part I we looked at the factors that have the biggest influence on cancer promotion, the majority of which we have some control over.  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.

How Does Your Attitude Affect Your Health?

 

Natures Best Attitude Adjuster-Laughter!

 

I want you to seriously consider this question.  Is your current level of  health as good as you desire and what influence does your attitude (joy, sadness, happiness, love, anger, envy) and your thoughts have on your health?  Does your health give you the ability to do anything you would want, within reason? If not, then maybe you need to do a self-evaluation to see if your thoughts and attitude may be keeping you from having the health and life you wish.

Ponder this statement; “your thoughts are the architecture of your reality.” We have all read and heard various comments about the power of positive thinking and having a positive attitude. So to what level does this play in your health? We know for a fact that a smile and laughter cause positive physiological reactions that promote a healthier mind and body.

Thoughts are the ingredients that make our attitude. Physiologically our bodies respond to negative thoughts differently than pleasant thoughts.  For example, our body responds to our negative attitude by releasing stress hormones which cause many adverse effects, such as lowering immune function, building abdominal fat, increase insulin resistance and increasing blood pressure. It also increases cellular damage through an increase in free radical attacks. In other words it will increase your risk for developing cardiovascular and heart disease and premature aging.

When the alarm clock rudely awakes you in the morning what is your second thought. I know what the first one is, destroy the alarm clock! (That thought is involuntary and doesn’t count.)  I quickly recover and thank God for another day to do something good.  What are your next preceding thoughts? Are you grateful God has granted you favor with another day to enrich your life or someone else? Do you smile and think “today is going to be great, I am not going to let anything or anyone rob me from joy today, I am going to do something nice for someone else today!”  If you begin the day with positive thoughts you will have a positive day. Our attitude is our choice. Another person cannot cause you to have a bad day unless you let them.

You are the master of your thoughts, which are the master of your attitude which ultimately help you master your health, happiness and all areas of your life.

If you need to lose weight, attitude is very important. Negative thoughts are defeatist and set you up for failure. If you are an emotional eater (eat when you are sad or angry) you will use the fact that you ALLOWED someone to get you upset or make you sad as an excuse for your damaging behavior.  If you want to lose weight you must be positive, motivated and resilient. You must not let anything or anyone get in your head. There can be no excuses. No one can make you do anything unless you allow them that power.  Your health should be so important to you that it is the 1st priority. Without your health you will not be around as long as you would like to enjoy and help those you love, it’s a fact.

If you have a family history of cancer, diabetes or heart disease, there are NO EXCUSES. You should be seeking out the best preventive lifestyle available and putting it into place. If your job is causing you undue stress you can’t handle, change jobs or careers, it’s never too late.  If you have relationship problems fix it or change it.  Your health and theirs is worth it.

I challenge you to make it a priority to put positive thoughts in your mind and heart.  Your thoughts lead to positive actions and positive actions lead to positive results.

Your thoughts are literally the architecture for your health and happiness!

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

Nutritionist

www.webnd.com



Which Nutrients are You Lacking and Which May Be The Most Important?

Pumpkin Seeds Are a Great Soure of Magnesium

There are many nutrients most Americans are deficient in.  Studies show that the standard American diet is deficient in at least 9 essential nutrients; Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, Fiber, Calcium (debatable), Magnesium, Potassium and Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Of these do you know which ones you need every day or maybe a better question is which ones could cause you health problems the quickest if you do not get them daily?

Our body needs literally thousand of nutrients to promote vibrant health, however other than water, certain minerals are needed every day, particularly if you are very active.  Trace minerals are just as essential as major minerals; they are just required in smaller quantities. Without minerals, vitamins are useless in the body. Vitamins need enzymes for many of their functions. Enzymes require minerals to do their work, in this sense they are  co-factors. Enzymes cannot work without minerals (co-factors), and each enzyme is designed to work with a particular co-factor. If the particular co-factor is not present the enzyme will simply sit around watching You Tube, sorry, my weak attempt at humor.  OK, how about the enzyme can do nothing, it is useless.

Of 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. A large percentage of Americans are lacking adequate magnesium.  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, potassium, sodium and chloride can cause severe health problems requiring a  sudden need for emergency medical treatment.

Caution: Do not drink extremely large quantities of water in a short period of time without replacing your electrolytes. A radio station sponsored a water drinking contest a few years ago. One participant drank almost 2 gallons of water over a period of approximately an hour and a half, she died from an extreme loss of electrolytes.   Get those minerals every day.

How Does a Magnesium Deficiency Effect the Body?

Do you get adequate magnesium in your diet? Almost two thirds  of Americans are deficient in magnesium, 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.

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 metabolism. Magnesium helps keep the heart in a healthy rhythm,  is necessary for protein synthesis and cellular reproduction.

Magnesium is required for good bone health. Magnesium moves calcium out of the blood and  towards bone. 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 it helps lower triglyceride levels in your blood. Magnesium is also required to make certain detoxing compounds and for a strong immune system.

What Affects Magnesium Absorption?

Magnesium absorption is affected by many factors. Cooking by submersion in water will leach magnesium and other minerals from the food source. Eating a combination of cooked and raw vegetables will maximize your magnesium intake. Steaming or raw is better (legumes must be cooked).  Excessive calcium and zinc intake can cause a magnesium deficiency.  Magnesium absorption may be reduced by gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, the use of laxatives, chronic diarrhea, oral contraceptives, high caffeine intake, over exercising, diabetes, advanced age and alcoholism.”

In addition, taking certain diuretics specifically Lasix, Bumex, Edecrin, and hydrochlorothiazide, certain cancer medications like Cisplatin and certain antibiotics such as Gentamicin, and Amphotericin also interferes with magnesium absorption.

Magnesium may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions and symptoms:

  • Alcoholism
  • Angina pectoris
  • Arrhythmia
  • Asthma
  • Autism
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Diabetes
  • Eclampsia
  • Epilepsy
  • Glaucoma
  • Heart attack
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Hypertension
  • Hypertriglyceridemia (high triglyceride levels)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Migraine
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Peptic ulcers
  • PMS
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Reynaud’s syndrome
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Sensitiveness to noise
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Mental depression
  • Confusion
  • Twitching
  • Trembling
  • Apprehension
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle weakness
  • Cramps in the toes, feet, legs or fingers

How Much You Should be Getting Daily:

If you get too much the body will excrete it through your waste. This is why magnesium is used as a very safe laxative such as milk of magnesia. The Recommended Dietary Allowances for magnesium, set in 1997 by the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Sciences, are as follows:

  • males and females, 1-3 years: 80 milligrams
  • males and females, 4-8 years: 130 milligrams
  • males and females, 9-13 years: 240 milligrams
  • males, 14-18 years: 410 milligrams
  • males, 19-30 years: 400 milligrams
  • males, 31 years and older: 420 milligrams
  • females, 14-18 years: 360 milligrams
  • females, 19-30 years: 310 milligrams
  • females, 31 years and older: 320 milligrams
  • pregnant women, 18 years or younger: 400 milligrams
  • pregnant women, 19-30 years: 350 milligrams
  • pregnant women, 31-50 years: 360 milligrams

Excellent Food Sources include:

Swiss chard, kelp, millet, salmon, halibut, rice bran, oat bran, buckwheat, bulghur wheat, quinoa,  brown rice, spinach, squash, soybeans, turnip greens, green peas, pumpkin seeds, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, cashews, dark chocolate, almonds, black beans, pinto beans and navy beans. For more foods and their magnesium content check out this USDA list.

Make sure get your daily magnesium, you might be amazed at the health benefits it will  provide for you.

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

www.webnd.com

This contents of this blog is not and should not be  considered as medical advise. 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.