What sugar substitutes are the healthiest?

When wanting something sweet, here are some substitutes that will satisfy your palate and help you stay healthy:
1. Raw Honey

First we want to make sure it says raw on the label or we get it from a local organic source.

Honey is a natural food and it has amino acids, electrolytes, antioxidants and antimicrobial compounds that help and support the bodies systems. Now just because it is healthy doesn’t mean you go crazy and eat everything with honey on it. One tablespoon daily should be all you need.

It has been shown to decrease allergy symptoms for people who get the honey locally. This is because the pollen is local and the body can adapt to it.

In fact, research in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology tested this theory and discovered that pre-seasonal use of birch pollen honey helped people with birch pollen allergies by lowering total symptoms by 60 percent.
2. Stevia

You may want to use this on a regular basis. If you have blood sugar issues, over weight or have diabetes this is a good substitute for you. It has zero calories and comes from a plant so it is natural. Green leaf stevia is the best. Make sure any stevia you get is not a GMO product. There are some out there.

In fact, a study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements performed on diabetic rats found stevia improved diabetic symptoms and insulin reactions after 30 days of stevia consumption. (4)

Again, don’t go crazy with this stuff. Moderation is always the key to health. Just a few drops in tea or morning drink should be fine.

3. Dates

Just like raisins, apricots, other dried fruit and pineapple juices these are sweet but a healthy alternative to some of the foods out there. They are high in fiber, potassium and other vitamins and minerals.

Now in terms of phytochemicals that heal the body, honey is the highest, but in terms of actually vitamins and minerals and fiber content dates are the highest. That fiber actually slows down sugar absorption.

Dates are good to use in baking and there are plenty of ice cream recipes out there too. The potassium in dates is great for flushing out toxins and balancing electrolytes in the body. It is a great source for athletes to take for keeping the electrolytes even. Dates have also been shown to decrease cholesterol, decrease constipation and boost energy.
4. Coconut Sugar

It is full of potassium, electrolytes and nutrients. So if you’re looking for equal comparison to sugar that’s nontoxic, non-GMO, that your body’s going to be able to digest better, organic coconut sugar is the way to go.

All of these substitutes are lower on the glycemic index than sugar. Regular table sugar scores 100 and many of these sweeteners score closer to a 50. This means your pancreas will thank you for not having to work double time. It puts you at a lower risk for diabetes.

5. Maple Syrup

100 percent pure organic maple syrup is what to look for. Get grade B or even grade C that is USDA-certified organic.

It is high on anti-oxidants and according Pharmaceutical Biology, pure maple syrup contains up to 24 different antioxidants. These antioxidants, in the form of phenolic compounds, are beneficial for reducing free radical damage that can cause inflammation and contribute to the formation of various chronic diseases like auto immune issues.

So, before reaching for that table sugar, experiment with some of these…your body will thank you for it!

Does Chiropractic Treatment affect my gallbladder, liver, heart and other organs?

Yes it can.  According to every medical journal and textbook, the spine and nerves coming off of the spine transmit signals to every muscle, organ, tissue and gland in the body.

Your spinal vertebrae house your spinal cord and nerves. Each time you are adjusted by a chiropractor it influences the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS). This system regulates everything in the body. It tells your heart when to beat, lungs when to breathe and automatically digests all of the food you eat. It also connects to the immune system. This happens without you thinking about it. The body works and regulates all on its own and heals on its own as well.

In most cases when a patient first visits a chiropractor, they are coming in for some type of discomfort. Pain, discomfort and malfunction of the body is all a sign that something is wrong. Pain is the way the body is protecting the area from further damage and saying “take care of me or you won’t be able to use me.” When a chiropractor treats you, they are not only helping the symptom in which you came in with, but also affecting the nerves that are also connected to the painful area including the organs.

According to the Merck Manual which is used by everyone in the medical community and all physicians:
“Disorders of the autonomic nervous system can affect any body part or process. Autonomic disorders may result from other disorders that damage autonomic nerves (such as diabetes), or they may occur on their own. Autonomic disorders may be reversible or progressive”.

Many times patients are really surprised when they find out that their digestion and elimination has improved with mid back and low back treatment. How does this happen? Well, the nerves that are attached to the mid back and low back are connected to the digestive area, intestines and rectum leading to better processing of food. Make sense?

The ANS also has 2 main divisions:

1. Sympathetic
2. Parasympathetic

Each and every second our brain has to process what is happening in our environment and decide how it is going to react and adapt to what is being presented to us.

If we are frightened, stressed or exercising, our Sympathetic (fight or flight) system is at work. If we want to sleep or digest our food, our parasympathetic system has to increase and sympathetic system decreases to allow our body to slow down and process food or fall asleep. We can’t sleep if we are walking or scared right? How we adapt and react to our environment and any stress presented to us is vital to our health.

What else is the ANS responsible for?

1. Regulation of blood pressure

2. The rate of our heartbeat

3. Our breathing

4. Our body temperature

5. Processing and digestion of food

6. Our metabolism (rate at how our body breaks down our foods)

7. Balance of Electrolytes (magnesium, potassium, sodium etc.)

8. Urinary tract (kidney/bladder)

9. Elimination (Intestines/bowel)

10. Reproductive organs

Many organs are regulated by both the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous system. Depending on the situation, the organ may act completely different.

For example, you eyes react differently when one system overrides the other. Sympathetic: Pupils dilate to see as much as they can to look for predators or stressors in the environment. Parasympathetic: Pupils constrict because the body is relaxed and not having to see as far because it is not stressed.

In general, our sympathetic system is our “primal” body instinct that protects us from harm.

The parasympathetic system is slower paced and takes care of daily rejuvenation or resetting type situations like sleeping for healing and digestion for cleansing and elimination.

Again, since the ANS is the brain and spinal cord, when we put an impulse to your bones which house these areas, it transmits a signal to the nerves that run to the organ, tissue or gland in that area. The brain interprets the information and decides which system will be used after the body receives this impulse. We do more than just help relieve pain, we help the body function at its highest capacity!

7 body areas affected by alcohol

How is your body impaired by alcohol?

Alcohol is not a natural nutrient for the body. Even in small amounts alcohol can have an affect on the body. Alcohol when ingested goes into your bloodstream and is sent through your whole body Even a small amount of alcohol has an affect on your body. When you drink, alcohol is absorbed into your bloodstream and distributed throughout your body.

How quickly alcohol is metabolized is different for each individual. Height, weight and gender are all factors on how your body deals with alcohol.

If you have ever been to a bar, gone to a college party or holiday party you may have noticed that when someone partakes in alcohol consumption there is a change in physical and emotional state. Long-term alcohol consumption can lead to serious health problems like cirrhosis, memory issues, malnutrition, chronic pancreatitis, alcoholic liver disease, and cancer. This puts your health in serious jeopardy and can be fatal.

Here are some of the systems highly affected by alcohol:

1. Excretory System:
The Pancreas:
This system is responsible for getting rid of waste in the body. Part of this process includes the pancreas. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes which work with the gallbladder bile to help in digestion. The pancreas also regulates the release of insulin.

Excessive use of alcohol use can cause inflammation (pancreatitis). This is a serious problem that can destroy the pancreas.

The liver:
The liver breaks down harmful substances and tries to filter these out of your body. Alcohol is considered a toxic substance. Excessive drinking can cause alcoholic hepatitis which can lead to jaundice. This results in the yellowing of the skin and eyes.

Long term liver inflammation can lead to severe scarring on the liver known as cirrhosis. This scar tissue disrupts the livers ability to work properly. When the liver fails to perform, toxins will accumulate in your body and it can become life threatening.

Women are at higher risk for alcoholic liver disease than men. This is because women tend to absorb more alcohol and take longer to process it.

The result of the liver and pancreas not functioning properly can lead to hypoglycemia or what is known as “low blood sugar”. A damaged pancreas can cause the body to be unable to handle sugar due to a lack of amounts of insulin secretion. This can lead to hyperglycemia or “high blood sugar”. This can become highly impactfull on the body and cause diabetes which can also lead to death.

Alcohol abuse also raises your risk of liver cancer because of the stress added to the organ.

2. Central Nervous System:
As stated above, alcohol goes into your bloodstream and travels through the body easily including your brain and spinal cord. Speech can be altered and slurred. Coordination is impaired making it hard to balance and walk.

Thinking clearly is impaired and impulse control is hampered. This is why your ex may “drunk dial” you on nights they are out on the town. Chronic drinking can actually shrink the frontal lobes of your brain.

Acute alcoholic withdrawal can lead to seizures and delirium. Chronic alcoholism can progress to permanent brain damage, causing dementia which is highly debilitating.

Damage to your nervous system can result in pain, numbness, or abnormal sensations in your feet and hands. Thiamine (vitamin B1) levels can become deficient, which can result in involuntary rapid eye movements, weakness, or paralysis of the eye muscles.

Men and women metabolize alcohol differently. It generally takes less alcohol to affect women based on size, height.

Alcohol is addictive and if an alcoholic stops drinking abruptly, they’re likely to experience symptoms of withdrawal, such as:

Nausea
Anxiety
Nervousness
Tremors

In severe cases, confusion, hallucinations and seizures may occur. Detoxification can take between two and seven days and is very painful to endure.

3. Digestive System:
It doesn’t have to be someone who is drinking for a long period of time to impact the digestive system. One incidence of heavy drinking can injure parts of your digestive tract.

Alcohol abuse can damage the salivary glands and irritate the mouth and tongue. Gum disease, tooth decay and even loss of teeth can occur. Heavy drinking can cause ulcers esophageal ulcers, acid reflux, and heartburn. Gastritis (inflammation of the stomach) and stomach ulcers can also be present.

Pancreatitis interferes with the pancreas in its ability to help with digestion and regulate metabolism. Digestive damage can cause gassiness, fullness of the abdomin and diarrhea. Internal bleeding can occur as well which can lead to ulcers, hemorrhoids, or esophageal dilated veins caused by cirrhosis.

Alcohol makes it harder for you to absorb B vitamins or control bacteria in the gut. Malnutrion is not rare for alcoholics. Risk of mouth, throat and esophagus cancer risk is higher for Alcoholics.

4. Circulatory System:
Even a single episode of heavy drinking can cause enormous stress on your heart. Chronic drinkers are more likely to have heart issues. Women are at a higher risk of heart damage than men.

Some of the problems with the system may be:
Cardiomyopathy (disease of the heart)
Irregular heartbeat
High blood pressure
Stroke
Heart attack
Heart failure

Deficiencies in vitamin B6, vitamin B12, Thiamine (B1), and folic acid (B9) are all affected by alcohol use. Anemia may occur.

5. Sexual and Reproductive Health:
For men, erectile dysfunction is common with chronic alcohol use. Hormones, testicular function can occur and cause infertility.

Women may stop menstruating and also become infertile. Risk of miscarriage, premature births and still born babies increase.

If drinking while pregnant, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), can happen to the fetus. This includes physical abnormalities, learning difficulties, and emotional problems. These can last a lifetime. Risk of breast cancer rises with alcohol use.

6. Skeletal and Muscle System:
Long-term alcohol use makes it harder for your body to generate new bones and increases the risk of Osteoporosis (thinning bones) and risk of fractures. Muscles become weaker, cramping occurs more frequently and muscles may become atrophic.

7. Immune System:
This system is responsible for fighting off illnesses. When weak viruses, germs, and all types of illness may occur more frequently. Heavy drinkers are more likely to get pneumonia or tuberculosis than the general population.

Do you drink hot or cold drinks when you want to cool off?

On hot summer days, most people grab a cold beverage like lemonade or ice tea to cool off.

In a study in a Thermal Ergonomics Lab, Ollie Jay from University of Ottawa’s School of Human Kinetics wanted to test to see if drinking a hot beverage is just as quenching or will it feel warmer. It was discovered that a hot drink can actually cool you down!

This study was performed on cyclists in a lab. Each cyclist wore skin temperature sensors and was given a mouthpiece to measure the amount of oxygen consumed and carbon dioxide produced. This shows how much heat is being given off and measures metabolism. Air temperature and humidity were also monitored. The researchers then came to the conclusion that “It’s commonly thought that the hot drinks raise your core temperature, but we found that that isn’t the case,” Jay says. “What we think is that it’s the thermo-sensors that line the throat and mouth that elicit the additional sweating response.”

So, when you ingest a beverage that is hotter than your actual body temperature, heat increases and makes your body increase sweat and evaporate the fluid afterward.

So basically you perspirate more. I know we all see commercials about sweating and how unattractive it is but it is essential for getting heat and toxins out of the body. If you are worried about the smell of sweating, use deodorant which will allow you to sweat but keep the odor to a minimum. When you sweat, that energy goes into the air and is absorbed, cooling the body. More sweat means more cooling which is what you want.

One thing you don’t want to do is drink a hot drink and have clothes on that will not allow the body to evaporate the heat. In those cases, drink a cold beverage.
It really makes a difference of where you are and what the humidity is as to whether or not you drink a hot or cold beverage. The heat must evaporate from the body. If you are somewhere with high humidity do not drink a hot beverage. If you are somewhere with a dry or desert heat, then something hot may do the trick!

Here in the Bay Area, it is not very humid so on most occasions drinking hot tea may just be the trick to staying cool..

17 Tips For Losing Weight: Follow These Rules And See Results!

Weight loss is hard but knowing some easy steps can make it easier for you to lose weight and keep it off!
Here are some tips:

1. Protein: We need protein for digestion and metabolism. There are a lot of nutrients in protein that your body needs and if the body is depleted of them it will start to store fat. Also, eating protein will make you feel satisfied and reduce your appetite. Eggs are great if you do not have an allergy to them.

2. Eat organic, real whole foods: Eating something that has been processed takes out the necessary nutrients from the food and of course this has an effect on the body being able to process the natural ingredients needed to run efficiently.

3. Avoid Process foods: Processed foods were mentioned above but should be mentioned again because it is so important. They are full of sugar, added fats and calories. Processed foods have been tested in labs and have additives to make you crave the food more and eat more of it.

4. Your body doesn’t know how to process most of the added preservatives and it is not satiated leading to cravings because the body is craving the nutrients it is deficient in. Keep healthy foods and snacks around the house. This makes it easy to grab something healthy and go instead of something processed and unhealthy.

5. Keep processed sugar out of the diet: Processed sugar has been shown to increase blood pressure, cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, digestive issues.

Studies have shown that an average U.S. person will ingest 15 teaspoons of added sugar a day. Sugar is added to foods you don’t even think about. When purchasing your food, look at the ingredients, sugar will probably be one of them.

According to SugarScience.com, sugar is added to 74% of all processed foods. There are 61 different names that are actually sugar that are used to trick us when we buy our food (I will send a separate blog on that later).

6. Drink lots of water: Drinking water before meals will lead to reduced calorie intake and drinking at least 17oz of water per day will burn 24% to 30% more calories per hour. Add a lemon and it will keep your PH levels more alkaline which is good for preventing disease.

7. Avoid drinking processed drinks: soda, fruit juices, chocolate milk and most energy drinks have a lot of sugar added. Obesity rates have risen based on people drinking these processed liquids. One study has shown a 60% increase in the risk of obesity with kids when they drink at least one serving of a processed beverage.

8. Decrease your “bad Carbs”: Carbs are basically anything that is not a protein. Good carbs are fruits and veggies while “bad carbs” are flour, rice, pastries, sweets, pasta, cereals or anything with added sugar.

9. Drink unsweetened decaffeinated green tea. Green tea helps burn fat and have been shown to have health benefits.

10. Keep a food diary: There are several food diaries online and there are paper diaries as well. Keeping track of what you eat really makes you aware of what you are putting in your mouth. It will motivate you to stay on track with eating properly as well as let you know what foods you may be eating frequently that you should cut back on.

11. Use smaller plates: Using a smaller plate will keep your portions down. People like to fill their plates. Using a smaller one will help keep your calories down.

12. Eat slowly: Eating fast prevents your body from realizing you are full as quickly as it should. Eating and chewing more slowly helps you intake less food and has been shown to increase the hormones that are responsible for losing weight. It allows you to realize that your body is full and gives you the signal to stop eating.

13.Use Coconut Oil: Cooking with coconut oil has been shown to boost your metabolism and can reduce belly fat.

14. Probiotics: These have bacteria that improve digestive health, help the heart and may even help with losing some extra pounds.

15.Get proper Sleep: You digest food and heal when you sleep. Studies have shown the people who do not get a proper nights sleep are up to 55% more likely to gain weight. Obesity rates are increased. This is hard to believe but kids have an even higher percentage than adults for obesity.

Not getting proper sleep can effect your hormones which leads to loss of appetite and slows down body metabolism.

16. Exercise:

A. Cardio is key for weight loss. Jogging, running, cycling, brisk walking or hiking all burn calories and improve mental and physical health.

B. Resistance training helps when muscle mass may be decreased while dieting. Weights will help gain more muscle mass.

17. Change your lifestyle don’t just diet: People who just “diet” don’t keep up healthy habits and go back to doing what made them gain weight in the first place. You made such progress, why throw it all away and have to go back to a strict diet again when all you have to do is maintain a healthy lifestyle. Eat foods because they make you feel better, exercise because that also makes you feel better!

Don’t just lose weight, change your lifestyle and gain a a happy, healthy life!

9 Foods That Can Help You Replenish After A Workout

After a workout, these foods will help you recover quicker and regain your energy.

1. Greek Yogurt: Greek yogurt opposed to just regular yogurt packs two times as much protein and has less sugar it also has 1/2 the amount of salt that normal yogurts have.  Yogurt is a great source for calcium which helps keep the structure of your bones strong.

2. Eggs: One egg contains around 7 grams of protein.  This is used highly by body builders.  Eggs also have vitamin E and A making it a staple food for bodybuilders. Eggs also contain several nutrients such as vitamins E which is a great antioxidant and helps your nervous system and vitamin A which helps with vision, immune function and skin health.

3. Bananas:  Bananas are rich in potassium and magnesium, which helps reduce cramping after your workout. Bananas also are wonderful for your digestive system and are a great fiber source. Banana is a sugar but it is realatively low on the glycemic index.

4. Fruit salad: Combinations of fruits provide the vitamins and fibers necessary for the growth and repair of muscles after a workout.

5. Avacodo smoothie (add whey): Avocado is a good source of good fat.  One cup of avocados contains about 22 grams of fat, which makes up 82% of the calories contained in the fruit. Fats can be bad for you but WHFoods.com notes that the intake of fat with carotenoids helps in the overall absorption of the plant pigment.  This is actually healthy!  It also has high dietary fiber content, and when paired with whey in a smoothie, helps you gain energy after a hard workout.

6. Blueberries: This amazing fruit provides you with loads of antioxidants needed to combat the free radicals that can cause so much harm including cancer.

7. Kiwi:  Kiwi has an enzyme called “actinidin” to help in fast digestion.  Potassium is in kiwi along with vitamin C which helps boost your immunity.  It is also rich in vitamin E, but has a low glycemic index.

8. Hummus:  Hummus is a great source of protein and you can eat it with carrots or celery giving you back your energy and getting the fiber you need for digestion.

9. Coconut water: This can increase your electrolyte intake along with necessary minerals you may have sweat out.  It also contains bioactive enzymes which help with digestion and B-complex vitamins that help replenish the body.

Did You Know Lemons And Apple Cider Vinegar Make A Great Detox And Even Help Boost Your Immune System

Lemons and Apple Cider Vinegar along with a few other ingredients can detox chemicals and pesticides out of your system and relax the body.  It is great for Acid Reflux, heartburn and general digestion. There are plenty of uses for ACV and here is one of them:

Detox drink for the digestive system:
Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV): It provides enzymes and gives you good bacteria. It lowers your blood pressure and helps you digest grains more efficiently.

2. Lemons:Lemons help keep your sugar and PH levels balanced. It also keeps your alkaline levels even. It is also wonderful to take during cold and flu season since it contains vitamin C.

3. Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a great anti-oxidant and also keeps your blood sugar levels on track.

4. Cayenne Pepper: Drops blood pressure and increases your metabolism which can help with maintaining a healthy weight.

5.Stevia: Instead of sugar this replacement is from the stevia plant and will be a bit sweeter than sugar but better for you.

Try this 3x a day 20 minutes before eating for two weeks straight to cleanse and detox and then after two weeks, have this concoction one time each day before a meal.

Drink ingredients:

  • 1 glass of warm or hot water (12-16 oz.)
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 dash of Cayeene Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon raw, local honey (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Warm the water.
  • mix all ingredients together.
  • Best served warm but drink at desired temperature.

Sugar is the Culprit for Illness and Cancer

I know we all love things that are sweet but the wrong kind of sweet can be deadly!

According to the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s 2013 study, “Sugar: Consumption at a Crossroads,” as much as 40 percent of US healthcare expenditures are for diseases directly related to the overconsumption of sugar.

The United States spends more than $1 trillion each year fighting the damaging health effects of sugar.  This can be anything from obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

The fact that sugar and obesity are linked to an increased risk of cancer is now becoming recognized in the health community. According to a report on the global cancer burden, published in 2014, they state that obesity is responsible for an estimated 500,000 cancer cases worldwide each year.  Pretty Scary.

Nearly 33% of obesity-related cancers (colon, rectum, ovary and womb) occur in North America and Europe.

How Excess Sugar and Obesity Promotes Cancer

One of the key mechanisms by which sugar promotes cancer and other chronic disease is through mitochondrial dysfunction.

Mitochondrial dysfunction may be a critical part of the underlying pathophysiology in the following health conditions:

  • Autism
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Some gastronintestinal disorders, among others

 

Research has also shown that chronic overeating in general has a similar effect. Most people who overeat also tend to eat a lot of sugar-laden foods.  This increases cancer risk even further.

Chronic overeating places stress on the endoplasmic reticulum (ER), the membranous network found inside the mitochondria of your cells. When the ER receives more nutrients than it can process, it signals the cell to dampen the sensitivity of the insulin receptors on the surface of the cell.

Continuously over eating in turn starts insulin resistance by stressing out your cells because of too many nutrients in the body at one particular time.  Insulin resistance usually promotes ill health and most chronic disease, including cancer.

High-Fructose Corn Syrup Primary Culprit in Cancer

This also helps explain why fasting at times and reducing the amount of calorie intake can reverse insulin resistance, thereby reducing your risk of cancer and improving your quality of life.

Obesity, caused by a combination of eating too much refined  fructose sugar causes inflammation in the body which in turn elevates hormones such as estrogen which is linked to an increase risk of breast cancer.

According to recent research, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, refined sugar not only significantly increases your risk of breast cancer, it also raises your risk of tumors spreading to other organs.

The study also found that it was primarily the refined fructose in high-fructose corn syrup, found in most processed foods and beverages (especially soda) that was responsible for the breast tumors and the metastasis.

Without Sugar, Cancer Cannot Thrive

One of the most powerful strategies I know of to avoid and/or treat cancer is to starve the cancer cells by depriving them of their food source, which is primarily sugar and excessive protein.

Unlike all the other cells in your body, which can burn carbs or fat for fuel, cancer cells have lost that metabolic flexibility and can only thrive if there enough sugar present. This is why I always feel perplexed as to why when a person is in the hospital for cancer or another chronic illness, the food provided in the hospital is full of fats and sugar!  Makes no sense.

Make no mistake about it, the FIRST thing you want to do if you want to avoid or treat cancer is to cut out all forms of sugar/fructose and grain carbs from your diet.  If cancer cells can’t eat, they can’t survive.

References:

1. http://www.epidemicanswers.org/epidemic/root-causes/mitochondrial-dysfunction/

2. http://www.wakingtimes.com/2016/02/24/sugar-identified-as-a-top-cause-of-the-global-cancer-epidemic/

The Old Data is Wrong… Fat is Actually Good For You!

Most Americans worry about their fat intake.  When they see their MD and get blood tests they are given scores for their saturated fats and when high, they are afraid of having a heart attack.  When you look up articles online, their are constantly conflicting information and even deceptive information out there by corporations that have a vested interest in you purchasing pharmaceuticals.

So, lets talk about a lot of misconceptions about fat levels.

What are “smart” or good fats?

According to Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS who is best known for his book “The Nutrition Myth Buster,” over the years there have been changes in the mindset of how we think about fat in our diet.  It has now been shown that fat can be your best friend, not only when it comes to losing weight but also when it comes to brain health and heart health.”  We just have to eat the RIGHT fats.

In an article published in Psychology Today, A diet high in monounsaturated fats also lead to an increase in the production and release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine.  Monounsaturated fats come from sources of red meat, nuts, olives, avocados, olive oil, avocado oil, macadamia nuts, grape seed oil, popcorn, whole grain, oatmeal, safflower oil, almonds to name just a few foods.  The release of Acetylcholine with nerve function is critical for learning and memory.  Decreased levels lead to memory problems and can also lead to Alzheimer’s disease.

Jonny goes on to emphasize a crucial point: “we need fat in our diet and we need more fat in our diet than we thought we did and our old division of good and bad fat are obsolete!”

This goes against all of the older information out there.  In the past, people were told and taught that all fats would raise cholesterol and increase our risk of a heart attack. Now it has been shown in all medical fields that there are MANY different types of “good” (HDL) cholesterol and the same can be said about fat.

In other words, the notion that “all fats are bad” is outdated and misleading.  Fats are needed for the body, just not in the large amounts that people take in each day with fast food and the high amount of sugar digested by kids and adults.  Think of it this way, why would a anyone administering high cholesterol and heart medications want to find data to support the non-use of their product.

References:

1. http://www.naturalnews.com/

2. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/your-brain-food/201205/dietary-fats-improve-brain-function

The Great Effects of Frankincense Oil – Fight Cancer

Frankincense oil has been found to be helpful in treating rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and even different types of cancer.

 Frankincense For Cancer, how is it helpful?

It helps kill the cancer cells associated with ovarian cancer, as well as brain, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancers.  How it works is by regulating cells which promote healing of cells and fights off the effects of cell mutation leading to cancer on otherwise healthy cells.

According to a study by the University of Leicester in the UK, it found that AKBA (acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid), a chemical compound in the resin that actually targets and kills cancer cells without harming healthy cells. AKBA potently suppress human cancers including brain, breast, lung, colon, pancreatic, prostate and stomach. Frankincense is taken by many people with no known side effects.

Other Health Benefits Of Frankincense Oil

The health benefits of frankincense oil are mostly attributed to its anti-inflammatory, astringent, antiseptic, disinfectant, digestive, diuretic, and expectorant properties.

Anti-Anxiety

Frankincense Oil is also very sedative, because it induces a feeling of mental peace, relaxation, satisfaction and spirituality. It calms you naturally and can lower anxiety, anger and stress.

Anti-inflammatory

The resin from the trunk of Boswellia trees contains anti-inflammatory substances, it lowers symptoms of joint pain or muscle pain related to conditions like arthritis, digestive disorders, and asthma. Due to powerful anti-inflammatory properties, people frankincense oil for chronic inflammatory conditions such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and osteoarthritis.

Relieve arthritis pain and swelling

Mix with a carrier and rub into aching joints at night before bed and throughout the day.

Prevent insomnia

Diffuse frankincense at bedtime to help you slow down your breathing and relieve nervous tension and anxiety. You will sleep like a baby.

Strong immune system

The antiseptic properties of Frankincense make it ideal for supporting a strong immune system. Massage a few drops into the balls of your feet every day. In addition, try diffusing it throughout your home and especially in the bedroom at night. This is especially good during cold and flu season.

References: www.naturalnews.com