What Are You Doing About Your Health?

You Are What You Eat!
You Are What You Eat!

Some days I get really frustrated with my work. I am trying so hard to give knowledge away to those that seek it.  They ask, they seek and they complain about their health condition but many, many, many, never put the knowledge to use. If I could just get them to try for 30 days. Isn’t your health worth at least a 30 day investment?

You see, I have been give something very special. I was blessed with another opportunity to get my health back and I took that opportunity and ran (walked actually because I couldn’t run at the time) with it. And I got it back!! I want to give to everyone that wants good health the same opportunity that was given to me. It’s knowledge that will change you from your head to your toes.

If you knew the foods you were eating were eventually going to cause a disease or make you even sicker wouldn’t you want to make a change in your diet? I would hope so, but most people do not believe it when I tell them that their food is poisoning them slowly. We accept disease and illness as a normal part of life when it doesn’t always have to be. Scientific studies tell us the American diet is slowly killing us, it is responsible for most of our disease and illness. 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. The healthiest cultures and countries eat very little refined and processed foods.

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.

http://wallysdailybites.com/2013/04/24/sugar-the-poison-we-cant-resist/

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I think there lies part of the problem. If my doctor isn’t warning me to stop eating hormone and pesticide meats coming from GMO fed animals and to eat more vegetables and fruits why should I change. He should know this right? Wrong, most doctors have very little education on nutrition and foods.  It’s not the doctors and nurses, it’s the system. Many caring people work in the medical field.

It’s your responsibility to care of your health. No one, including your doctor can make you healthier. It’s the choices you make!

  • We now have children less than 10 years of age diagnosed with high cholesterol, type II diabetes, hypertension and heart disease.
  • More than 75% of Americans are suffering from preventable illness and disease.
  • Over 65% of America is overweight.
  • America is the fattest and sickest of all industrialized nations. Yet America spends more than twice what other healthier nations spend on health care.
  • The American Diet is the major cause of illness in our country.

Health Organizations such as the CDC, The Center for Science in the Public Interest, National Institutes of Health, World Health Organization, Physicians Council for Responsible Medicine, Institute for Functional Medicine and many others state that nutrition and lifestyle choices account for a large majority of our illness and disease

Your health comes down to what you eat, how much exercise you get, the amount of toxins you are exposed to and your genetics. I will state emphatically that a healthy diet can often mitigate unhealthy genetic tendency’s. What you eat and how much you move have a huge impact on how your body handles toxic exposure and genetics.

Being healthy is really about making healthy choices, that’s it. So what are you doing about your 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? 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.

What Are You Eating? Better Find Out!!

Refined and Processed Foods Damage the Body!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summary

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

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

Healthy Wishes

Wally Bishop C.N.C.

WebND

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