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How to Choose The Best Yogurt for Your Health

Yogurt is often marketed as a healthy food. However, the sugar and flavorings added to many yogurts can make them more like junk food. For this reason, navigating the yogurt aisle of your grocery store can be confusing. Follow this guide to find out what to look for and what to avoid when shopping for […]

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Protein is More Satisfying – The Proof

High Protein Foods are More Satisfying

High Protein Foods are More Satisfying

This is a simple truth that those in the Low-Carb world have known for many years – that a meal rich in protein will help you last between meals without getting an attack of the munchies.

Why have the scientists taken so long to catch up?

I’ve long maintained that higher protein foods are always going to be the most filling. Mainly because they take longer for the body to digest, therefore remain in the stomach and intestines that little bit longer, meaning our bodies aren’t signalling us saying “hey, we’re hungry – give us more food!”

And to a certain extent – now- science is starting to back that up.

Protein Rich Foods ARE More Filling

I’ve long maintained that higher protein foods are always going to be the most filling. Mainly because they [private_silver]take longer for the body to digest, therefore remain in the stomach and intestines that little bit longer, meaning our bodies aren’t signalling us saying “hey, we’re hungry – give us more food!”

And to a certain extent, science does back that up.

If you look over the research papers that have been carried out, certainly over the last ten years, they clearly show that 8 out of 10 people ate less after a protein-rich meal than they did after a meal that was low in protein.

The BBC recently carried out a test to prove whether this was so or not. What they did was to take 3 volunteers who worked long hours, and were used to snacking on the job.

The BBC Reveals the Truth

What they wanted to do was to see if they could give them a meal that would set them up for the long day ahead, so that they wouldn’t need to snack whilst working on their shifts. They fed each of the volunteers a meal that had the same calorific value but whose contents varied in the proportion of fat, protein and carbohydrates – one being high in fat, one high in protein and one high in carbohydrates.

After the meal, they were kept under close observation, to make sure that they couldn’t sneak any crafty snacks. After a four hour period, they were each given pizza slices to eat, and carefully observed as they tucked into the richly-deserved reward.

It Works…

The one who ate the most was the one who had the initial meal that was high in carbohydrates. The quantity he ate was closely matched by the one whose diet was high in fat. The person who ate the smallest amount during the lunch-break was the one who had had the protein rich meal.

It was a very simple test, but it did rather prove the fact that if you don’t want to get hunger pains between meals, then make sure your meals are high in protein.

It’s as simple as that.

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Bacteria May Help Battle Cancer, Study Suggests

3786631395_34214c8570_zBacteria may offer a new way to treat cancer, a small, preliminary study suggests.

Researchers injected a weakened strain ofClostridium novyi-NT bacteria spores into tumors in six patients. The bacteria grew in the tumors and killed cancer cells, the investigators reported.

C. novyi-NT, which lives in soil, is a close relative of the bacteria that causes botulism. Before injectingC. novyi-NT into the patients, the researchers weakened it by removing its dangerous toxin.

Five of the six patients are still alive, while one died from unrelated causes several months after receiving the bacteria injection, according to the study to be presented Saturday at the annual Symposium on Clinical Interventional Oncology in Hollywood, Fla.

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You Are What Your Bacteria Eat

9998-a-beautiful-woman-eating-an-apple-pvA breakthrough study from Harvard’s Peter J. Turnbaugh and Duke’s Lawrence David reveals some of the ways in which our diet shapes our microbiome — and thereby affects our ability to digest various types of food. In 2011, the researchers fed volunteers two very different diets. One group was given a high-protein diet consisting of bacon and eggs, spareribs, brisket, salami, cheese, and pork rinds. The other was fed a very high-fiber diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, and beans. Bacterial analysis of fecal samples collected before, during, and after the experiment showed that what each group ate had a huge — and almost immediate — effect on their gut bacteria.

Lo and behold, each group began to develop the very type of bacteria that would most help them digest the particular types of food they had just eaten. In just 24 hours, meat eaters saw an increase in bacteria that are resistant to bile acids (bile acids are a byproduct of the breakdown of meat). If you’re a meat-eater, you need those bacteria — so the microbiome responded. The vegetarian group had far fewer bile-resistant bacteria, because, given their diet, they didn’t need them. The microbiome was responding to them, too. Even the long-term vegetarian who agreed to eat meat for this study saw a rapid microbial shift.

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Diet and Health Secrets from the Far East

Chinese Medicine Photo by Dave O

What exactly does eastern medicine have to offer the western dieter?

Well, even a most cursory look at the traditional approach to Chinese medicine reveals that it derives much of it’s effectiveness by being integrated into many facets of everyday life.

The food, the family structure and customs, the recreational activities such as Tai Chi, and even the very therapeutic activities of drinking Green tea, all work together producing a strong base level of health.

Jenny Koh tells us all…

Health Benefits of Chinese Medicine

The Basis of Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been practised for over 3000 years. Now, over one quarter of the world’s population uses one or more of its component therapies.  And not just to help with an illness either as many people have discovered that the Chinese way of working with the body can aid them in getting fit and healthy too.
TCM combines the use of medicinal herbs and oils, acupuncture, therapeutic exercises like Qi Gong and Tai Chi together with a number of other disciplines we will be mentioning further on in the series. It has proven to be effective in the treatment of many chronic diseases including cancer, allergies, heart disease and AIDS.
Like Ayurvedic medicine, TCM also focuses on the individual and looks for and corrects the underlying causes of imbalance and patterns of disharmony, i.e. the yin and yang energy.

How is it different?

So what sets traditional eastern medicine apart from western allopathic medicine?

There are a good many differences between Traditional Chinese Medicine and western medicine. Many are listed on page 10. But the main four are:-

  1. Traditional Chinese Medicine is patient centred not illness centred
  2. Focuses on and gives treatment for the root cause rather than merely giving relief to symptoms
  3. Uses holistic approach to treatment
  4. Prefers the patient to take a highly active part in both prevention and treatment

Eastern medicine is not hardly ever intrusive or invasive to the body. We don’t use things like surgery or laser treatment as these traumatize the body system.

The basic concept of balancing and harmonizing the body energy or ‘chi’ with nature needs to be understood, i.e. the ‘yin’ (female) and ‘yang’ (male). It is the balancing of the opposites that is important to eastern medicine. Observe nature and its cyclic and constant change, and yet, there is nothing chaotic about the process.

Every cycle has a pattern – within this pattern are other patterns – all inter relating and affecting each other. If there is an extreme action within a cycle the response is usually an opposing extreme reaction. An example could be a drought followed by a flood. The interesting thought here is that the corresponding reaction is often enough to return the situation to a balance.

No Pills

The Chinese,  are not a nation of pill poppers, but the method of our cooking helps us reduce any unwanted fat. We tend to sauté or steam our vegetables or double boil our soups so that the nutrients or life force of the plants remain in the soup.

We use a lot of red/black dates and bitter gourd to purify our blood and proper Chinese cooking has got no MSG. Ginseng roots are often used to ‘warm’ and build immunity. We’ll be looking at this topic in more detail another time.

Holistic Harmony

A characteristic of the Chinese lifestyle is to help and support the immune system by harmonizing and balancing the subtle energies of the body e.g. lung, gall bladder, digestive, kidney, liver systems.

Continued fat storage and the resultant gain of excess weight is a sure sign that the system is out of balance. This can be due to a number of factors. This can include poor diet– imbalanced or deficient in all that the body requires; Stress– a particularly western phenomena; Illness– due to multiple factors as we shall see later

Compare Chinese with Western Medicine

Conventional Eastern medicine Western medicine or Allopathy
1. Excels in treatment of chronic diseases Good for Treatment for trauma and emergencies
2. Focus on treating the root cause rather than covering up the symptoms and prevention Focus on relief of symptoms
3. Is a generalist, considering the unique individual and uses holistic approach to treatment Its organ specific, therefore we have organ specialists, e.g. ophthalmologists, cardiologists, and neurologists
4. Believes in gentle, long-term support to allow self healing of the body. For asthma, TCM Doctor may prescribe diffusion of the eucalyptus, thyme or basilic essential oils to support the lungs, as essential oils through diffusion not only eliminates the bacteria in the air, allowing the body to build its immune system besides giving specific healing properties of the healingOR, using magnolia pure essential oils to massage the lung meridian system or to put it on a hankerchief and sniff it all day to clear the air passagesTCM Dr would also suggest that patient stays away from eating ‘cold’ food e.g. cucumber and stay away from drinking cold water. Believes in aggressive intervention to treat diseases. Prefers ‘quick fixes’. Eg asthma, doctors would prescribe nebulizers, to suppress the symptoms.
5. Tested, natural remedies, poultices, bathing in herbs and gentle hands on treatment, like massage, cupping, acupuncture, aromatherapy, colon hydrotherapy Techniques used consists of radiation, chemotherapy, surgery and pharmaceutical drugs.
6. Accept that the body is suffused by a network of channels (meridians) that carry a subtle form of life energy. Imbalances or blockages of this energy are what lead to disease and clearing of the blockages and strengthening of the energy is the ultimate goal of alternative medicine. Sees the body as a mechanical system (the heart is a pump and the kidneys are a filter) and believes most disorders can be traced to chemical imbalances and therefore are best treated with powerful chemicals (drugs).
7. Most alternative medicine practitioners have no herbal companies giving them free samples to try on their patients. There are no pharmaceutical company giving them constraints and pressures and can give the patient their undivided attention.Hence, TCM Dr would also guide the patient holistically. In healing the body, one needs a positive mental attitude and also be stable emotionally and spiritually.A TCM Dr when facing a hot tempered patient, he would check the condition of the patient’s liver! He would choose a suitable herb to ‘cool’ him down. Meaning, his liver needs to be detoxified. Conventional medicine practice is intimately tied in with the whole medico-pharmaceutical-industrial complex whose first priority is to make a profit.Although most physicians have “healing the patient” as their first priority, they find it increasingly difficult to do so while operating within the system with its pharmaceutical salesmen, its rule books, its fear of malpractice suits, its endless paperwork to satisfy bureaucrats and insurance companies, and its time pressures
8. Prefers the patient to take a highly active part in both prevention and treatment Conventional medicine prefers patients to be passive and accept their treatment without too many questions
9. Alternative medicine ascribe to the principle “Do no harm” and essentially, they do achieve their ultimate goal So does conventional medicine ascribe to the principle “Do no harm” but their track records proves otherwise.Blood infections acquired in American hospitals cause 62,000 fatalities every year and bypass surgery results in 25,000 strokes a year. Two million patients experience adverse drug reactions in hospitals in the United States every year; of these, over 100,000 die making hospital-induced adverse drug reactions the fourth leading cause of death after heart disease, cancer, and stroke
11. It is only in the recent years that acupuncture has been accepted by WHO as a medical treatment.Just as essential oils are gaining popularity with more clinical studies showing their anti viral and anti bacterial effect coupled with the individual healing properties. However, in Asia, aromatherapy needs no introduction as it’s a practice science for the last 5,000 years.Yoga, Chi Kong and Tai Chi have gained popularly rather than the high impact exercises of the western world.40% healing takes place through massages, with the right combination of pure essential oils (mixture of eastern and western) and with the knowledge of your meridian systems, the healing is as high as 80%!How does it work? There is healing in touch. The skin being the largest sensory organ of the body, massage stimulates and release ‘happy’ hormones (endorphins) which helps to block pain signals to the brain.

Massage increases intensity and frequency of alpha brain waves associated with deep relaxation, reduce blood lactates, blood substances associated with anxiety.

Self Meridian massage by using a quasa (scaping) board on one self, helps organ health maintenance is now gaining popularity, together with foot reflexology and aromatherapy massages.

As an e.g. if one had insomnia. The Chinese would put 1 or 2 drops of Bel Air ‘Nepenthe’ essential oil in the middle of the palm, at the base of the little finger (heart meridian) and one or two drops on the heart, anticlockwise. The chronic cases, they would add Bel Air “Vital Meridian” a blend of 23 chinese herbs and western essential oils and scape the neck, temple and shoulder and downwards strokes from neck to the base of the spine.

Within 20 minutes, the patient will fall asleep not U. Some have fallen asleep in 5 minutes!

 

The major source of funds for medical research is pharmaceutical companies who, not surprisingly, are very reluctant to support investigations into lifestyle modifications, vitamins, and other unpatentable products.Nevertheless, a growing number of medical researchers are focusing their attention on natural supplements and remedies and are publishing their work in mainstream journals.The benefits of antioxidants have now been thoroughly documented by researchers at the Harvard Medical School and similar prestigious institutions. Folic acid, a simple B vitamin, has also been extensively studied in university laboratories and has been found to be effective in preventing or ameliorating heart attacks, strokes, angina, atherosclerosis, kidney disease, colon cancer, hearing loss, and Alzheimer’s diseaseFor the west, they would be given sleeping tablets, melatonin or valium. In the long run, these drugs impact one’s kidney.
2. Fraction of the cost at the hospitals Specialist Hospitals are become a lucrative industry

Different Methods

Traditional Chinese medicine uses a number of different method to administer its remedies. It has been found scientifically that bio availability of medication taken in the following form has the following results

  • Pills and capsules, only 10-15%
  • Patches or massages-40%
  • Drinking-50%
  • Injection-80%
  • Inhaling – 100%

So it obviously makes sense to use the most effective of these methods as often as you can

Drink Yourself Fit

As I said earlier, our ‘medication’ is more an integrated part of our lifestyle than a separate entity. We need to drink fluids each day so why not use that to deliver nutrition? This is a very effective method because the body will easily metabolise half of nutrients in this form. So half of the nutrients and other good stuff will find its way very quickly in to our bloodstream. That way, merely drinking green tea will increase the effectiveness of your immune system two fold!.

One of the ways of losing weight is by eliminating toxics and fats from our body through just drinking hot green tea with no sugar or milk. It is a natural elixir. Green tea contains a high content of vitamins, minerals , particularly from the “cathechin” family, containing powerful antioxidants. Scientifically, its proven that it appears to be the panacea to many modern illnesses.

Purdue University suggested that drinking more than four cups of green tea a day could provide enough of the active compound EGC to slow and prevent the growth of cancer cells. Other research shows that green tea may be a promising weapon in the fight against cancers of the breast, stomach, colon, bladder, prostate, oesohagus and liver.

One study even pointed out that although Japan has one of the highest rate of smokers in the world, they have one of the lowest rates of lung cancer of any developed nation because the Japanese have long consumed green tea with their meals.

Green tea is drunk with neither milk nor sugar. While the western fashion is to take black tea with both. If Goat’s milk were used then is good, it is closest to mother’s milk but not cow’s milk. That’s best for cattle! Coca Cola and other canned or bottled drinks, has 10 teaspoons of sugar. Iced lemon tea, or coffee very much the same. Note, that one cup of coffee takes a further 5 litres of water to flush the caffeine out of the body system!

Can Green Tea Replace Exercise?

If you are trying to lose weight, sipping green tea may be the only workout you need according to some researches. In a study at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, green tea appeared to raise metabolic rates and speed up fat loss.

From the list earlier, we can see that body absorbs this most effectively by inhalation. Inhaling a weight reducing agent will be the most effective way to encourage weight lost. With this in mind, consider diffusing aromatherapy pure essential oils of green tea . They are 100% safe, with no side effects. It is also anti tumor, anti cancer and anti cellulite and by the way, it is also anti-aging.

An understanding of essential oils.

The ancient delicate art of extracting the subtle, yet volatile liquids that are distilled from plants, shrubs, flowers, trees, bushes and seeds produces what we have come to know as Essential Oils.

Science, through quantum physics are testifying to the incredible value of the healing power of essential oils, which are the life blood of the plant kingdom.

Documented scientific clinical studies show Essential Oils to be:

  • Immune-stimulating
  • Anti-viral Anti-infectious
  • Anti-bacterial Anti-microbial
  • Anti-septic Anti-tumor
  • Anti-fungal Anti-parasitic

Interestingly, all of these oils are available to everyone without the need of a prescription. This is not folklore, but reality! The efficacy of these oils is backed by scientific research and over 6,000 years of use.

One of the many incredible aspects of the oils is their amazing ability to penetrate and carry nutrients through the cell wall to the cell nucleus. They literally “fly” through the thickest cell walls. This is so due to the oxygenating molecules found in the oils which transport the nutrients, then delivers them through the cell for feeding the nucleus. The oils are nature’s most effective catalyst and delivery agent for feeding cells.

Our bodies are indeed marvelous. Incredibly complex but under normal circumstances each system, organ and cell moving in rhythm. As one speed up so do others as an example, when you exercise, your heart rate goes up to pump more blood around to the parts of the body that need it AND your breathing increases to get the oxygen into the blood in the first place. Now should the system get out of rhythm say by your breathing speeding up without your heart rate increasing. Then that would obviously cause a problem (Hyperventilation).

In the modern world, there are many things that could cause this to happen.

Every day the body is bombarded by many, many pollutants. Its amazing that it copes as well as it does. However, this relentless attack will eventually takes it toll and the bodies systems will get out of sync with each other.

Essential oils are probably one of the most effective ways to retune the bodies system – bringing the various organs, glands and even the nervous system back into unison. And the body as a whole back to a state of good health.

For health professionals – further information on how this works can be found here.

Using Essential Oils

Further research has shown that with their immune-stimulating properties, essential oils enhance and support the building of the immune system, whether they be inhaled or applied on the body topically. Even those who contract a cold or the flu recover 70 percent faster using essential oils.

Perhaps one of the greatest attributes of essential oils is their ability to purify the air we breathe. When diffused in the home they release oxygenating molecules into the atmosphere where they stay suspended for several hours to destroy and prevent bacteria, fungus, mold, and freshen the air with natural fragrances.

In addition to removing dust from the air, the diffused oils allow us to breathe in their wonderful antiviral, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. This is the most perfect way to improve our home environment, either to help us relax, relieve tension and headaches, dispel odors, or just create an atmosphere of peace and harmony. If you have children, or suffer from Emphysema, Sinusitis, Asthma, and allergies, diffusing essential oils into your home will make an essential difference for you and your family’s health.

Some Common Questions

What potions are there available that will really help me lose weight or control my hunger?

Green Tea is the fastest, as indicated above. Also, rubbing angelica ardent into the Cho San Li point, on the stomach meridian line will help. Massage anti clockwise with the oil will increase your metabolic rates and therefore burn your energy and fats, thus reducing one’s weight. (Angelica Ardent oil contains rose oil, primrose oil and tong kui herbs)

For some want who wants to gain weight, then the essential oils to use are apple and argumes. These essential oils are good for those who are recovering from illnesses as it whets their appetite.

 

Can essential oils be used for other purposes that would make weight control easier

If your elimination system is not function, you may want to use the Bel Air magnolia essential oil, (anti inflammation), Bel Air forsythia (support of the liver) together with the ‘vital meridian’ oils as base oil, a key signature Bel Air meridian massage oil (only kind in the world at the moment that combines 18 chinese herbs and the 5 western essential oils including frankinscene and myrrh) to support the proper functioning of your liver, stomach, digestive system and your spleen through meridian massage oils.

Massage is not something you would immediately associate with weight control – how can it help?

If you want to lose weight and get rid of stubborn fats, the meridian massage, particularly on the stomach, digestive and lymphatic systems will be massaged to speed up the detoxification and hence the loss of body weight.

It is noted US Health and Human Services, in admitted that “over 90% of Americans are walking around with clogged colons”. Dr Harvey Kellogg wrote that of the 22,000 operations I have personally performed, I have never found a single normal colon”. Most people do not know that on the average, person stores between 2-10kg of waste matter accumulated over the years in the colon! Clean the colon, you would have an instant weight reduction! Now, there are DIY colon hydrotherapy machines.

If you are constipated, what you can do to help yourself and not strain yourself in the bathroom is to stand up and massage your tummy, anti clockwise ten times and clockwise ten times and repeat it twice more. However, if you had bad constipation, magnolia pure essential oils will help with any stomach inflammation from within.

 

 

433px-Digestive_system_diagram_edit.svg_If your body is getting it’s energy from the food you eat – well thats OK. But if it is burning the excess fat for energy – well that’s even better especially if you want to lose weight.

Here a quick resume about the two most misunderstood hormones that every dieter should know about.

Glucose is a simple sugar that provides energy to all of the cells in your body. Your cells then take in glucose from your blood and break it down for energy.

For instance, brain cells and red blood cells rely solely on glucose for fuel. The glucose in your blood comes from the food you eat.

When you eat, food gets metabolised via your intestines and is distributed through the bloodstream to the cells in your body.  In all conditions your body tries to keep the supply of glucose constant, maintaining as consistent as possible glucose concentration in the blood.  If it did not do this (as in diabetes for example) your cells would have too much glucose right after a meal (particularly a high carb one) and starve in between meals and during sleep.

When you have an excess of glucose, your body stores this in your liver and muscles by making glycogen,  long chains of glucose. Conversely, when glucose is in short supply, your body mobilizes glucose from stored glycogen and/or stimulates you to eat food.

To maintain this constant blood-glucose level, your body uses two hormones, insulin and glucagon, that are produced in your pancreas and have opposite actions.

Your pancreas is formed from clusters (Islets) of alpha and beta endocrine cells. The beta cells secret insulin and the alpha cells secret glucagons. Both these secretions are protein hormones made up of amino acids.

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Sugar Causes Inflammation

Sugar Photo by Umberto Salvagnin

Scientists have long linked oedema, arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease with inflammation. Only recently the medical community has implicated the process to diabetes, certain cancers and other unsolvable degenerative conditions. The latest research links heart disease more to various inflammatory conditions than to high cholesterol. Researchers are doing their best to come up with anti-inflammatory drugs and other cures for this inflammation.

Rather than try to find a cure, it might be wise to find out what causes inflammation and stop the cause rather than look for a cure. There are many things that cause inflammation in the body: viral and bacterial infections, surgery, a bruise, a broken bone, allergies, vaccinations, high blood pressure, oestrogen therapy, smoking, obesity, chronic fatigue, and dental problems, among others.
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Biggest Offender

One of the biggest offenders of inflammation is ingestion of sugar. By sugar I mean table sugar, brown sugar, raw sugar, turbinado sugar, honey (even raw), maple sugar, corn sweetener, dextrose, glucose, fructose and any other word that ends in an “ose”, barley malt, rice syrup, liquid cane sugar, concentrated fruit juice and others. Don’t be fooled by the name organic when it applies to sugar. Sugar is sugar, organic or not, and the following will explain exactly what can happen in the body when you eat as little as two teaspoons.

Every time a person eats as little as two teaspoons we can upset our body chemistry and disrupt homeostasis, the wonderful balance in the body needed for maintenance, repair and life itself. One of the many changes this upset body chemistry causes is for our minerals to change relationship to each other.(1)(2)

No mineral is an island: minerals can only function in relation to each other. When one of the mineral levels drops in the blood stream, it’s a sure thing that other minerals cannot function as well and can become toxic or deficient.

Although calcium and phosphorus give structure to our bodies through the formation of bones and teeth, most minerals function primarily as catalysts in enzyme systems within the cells and body fluids. As enzyme catalysts, the minerals are able to help our bodies grow and maintain themselves, regulate our body processes and supply us with energy. When there are very slight changes from the normal mineral composition inside the cell, this alteration may result in profound physiological consequences, without making any appreciable difference on the total mineral makeup of the body as a whole.(3)

Enzymes

One of the body processes for which enzymes are important is digestion. Enzymes help us break our food down into simple product which can then move easily from the digestive tract to the bloodstream. Enzymes break down fat to fatty acids, carbohydrates to simple sugar and protein into first, polypeptides and then into amino acids. Unfortunately enzymes can not function without minerals. You can deplete the enzymes when you eat sugar. Therefore, when the enzymes cannot function well, all of the protein in the food does not digest. This protein gets into the blood stream as partially digested protein, or polypeptides.(4,5)

Dr William Philpott, in his book BRAIN ALLERGIES says, “One of the most important systemic functions of the pancreas is to supply proteolytic enzymes (enzymes from the pancreas that aid in the digestion of proteins into polypeptides and then amino acids) which act as regulatory mechanisms over inflammatory reactions in the body. Poor digestion of proteins to amino acids occurs as a consequence of insufficient pancreatic proteolytic enzymes. As a result, unusable inflammation evoking protein molecules are absorbed through the intestinal mucosa and circulate in the blood, reaching tissues in partially digested form.

The medical community rejected this concept for years. As the old saying goes, first they ignore it, then they ridicule it, then they call it their own. Well, that is just what they have done. They call it the leaky gut syndrome, gut permeability and/or food allergy. As partially digested protein molecules (peptides), the immune system, which protects us from foreign invaders, sees these protein molecules as foreign invaders and responds the only way it knows how with inflammation. Depending on where this partially digested protein goes in the body, inflammation can set in any organ or tissue.(6)

This foreign matter, or partially digested protein, is in particles too large to be utilized by the cells. They can not get into the cell and function. This form of food allergy can cause havoc in our blood stream.(7) One of the things these particles can do is cause the classic symptoms of allergy, the inflammatory response, the runny eyes, sinusitis, sneezing and scratchy throat.(8),(9) These particles can go to the joints, tissues or bones and cause arthritis.(lO),(ll). They can go to the nervous system and cause multiple sclerosis.(l2) Medical research shows that this foreign matter can go to the skin and cause psoriasis,(13) hives,(14), and eczema.(15) The inflammatory process takes place in all these diseases.

Acne and Water Retention

From my clinical experience, acne and water retention also are caused by food allergy. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are also caused by undigested protein.(16) The nonusable protein can go anywhere in the blood and cause problems. At this time our immune system looks at this undigested food as a foreign invader, and our immune system comes to our defence and removes this foreign protein from our blood.(l7),(l8)

When we consume sugar over and over, we weaken our body tissues, our white blood cells and our immune system.(l9),(20) Our white cells and other tissues need protein to function optimally. The cells can not get the correct protein when it is not digested and assimilated properly.

When our body tissues and immune system are weak, we can not fend off foreign invaders. Not only are we now susceptible to degenerative diseases but also infectious diseases. Whatever infectious disease we will get depends on what bacteria or virus is in the environment, and the weakness in our genetic blueprint determines what tissue will be affected and to which degenerative disease we are susceptible.

Too Much…

Sugar in the amount that we eat today (over 150 lbs, or over 1/2 cup a day,) continually upsets our body chemistry, causes the inflammatory process and leads to disease. The less sugar you eat, the less inflammation, and the stronger the immune system to defend us against infectious and degenerative diseases.

So what is there left to eat that is sweet? Lots. Whole fruits are healthy foods for healthy people. Melons and berries have the least amount of sugar. A glass of grape, orange or apple juice has the same amount of sugar as a soft drink of the same ounces and is just as detrimental. So eat your fruit whole. A mashed sweet potato is also a sweet food and is great mixed with carob or coconut milk and grated coconut. Eat just a small portion for a low carb diet. Some whipped cream with vanilla is a great topper for fruits or sweet potatoes.

 

For more information on sugar’s detrimental affects, a great sugarfree recipe and more on inflammation go to www.nancyappleton.com This information came from three of Dr. Appleton’s books: STOPPING INFLAMMATION, LICK THE SUGAR HABIT and LICK THE SUGAR HABIT SUGAR COUNTER.

Author:
Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.

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How Your Body Gets Energy

How Our Bodies Get Energy

How Our Bodies Get Energy

Do you know how your body gets the energy it needs and what it does with it?

Like many people, you will probably have an idea but no real details about how our bodies get and use the food we eat. So here’s a quick resume covering the two most misunderstood hormones our bodies use.

Knowing about these will give you an insight about how our bodies convert what we eat into energy and what happens to the excess ‘energy’ our bodies produce. More importantly, it will show you just how you can gain more control over what your bodies does with what you eat and how by having that knowledge, you can get the most from the Snack Box Diet through evening out your eating habits.

Where we get our Energy

Glucose is a simple sugar that provides energy to all of the cells in your body. Your cells then take in glucose from your blood and break it down for energy.

For instance, brain cells and red blood cells rely solely on glucose for fuel. The glucose in your blood comes from the food you eat.

When you eat, food gets metabolised via your intestines and is distributed through the bloodstream to the cells in your body. In all conditions your body tries to keep the supply of glucose constant, maintaining as consistent as possible glucose concentration in the blood. If it did not do this [private_silver](as in diabetes for example) your cells would have too much glucose right after a meal (particularly one that is high in carbohydrates) and starve in between meals and during sleep.

When you have an excess of glucose, your body stores this in your liver and muscles by making glycogen, long chains of glucose. Conversely, when glucose is in short supply, your body mobilizes glucose from stored glycogen and/or stimulates you to eat food.

To maintain this constant blood-glucose level, your body uses two hormones – insulin and glucagon. These are produced in your pancreas and have opposite actions.

The Pancreas

Your pancreas is formed from clusters (Islets) of alpha and beta endocrine cells. The beta cells secret insulin and the alpha cells secret glucagons. Both these secretions are protein hormones made up of amino acids.

What Insulin Does

Insulin is used by almost all of your body’s cells, but it’s most active in the liver, fat and muscle cells. Insulin has the following effect:-

  • Inhibits the liver and kidney cells from making glucose from intermediate compounds of metabolic pathways (gluconeogenesis)
  • Causes the liver and muscle cells to store glucose in glycogen
  • Stimulates fat cells to form fats from fatty acids and glycerol
  • Causes the liver and muscle cells to make proteins from amino acids

Insulin production is the signal for the body to store energy (as fat). It does so by reducing the concentrations of glucose, fatty acids and amino acids in the bloodstream.

What Glucagon Does

Now when you don’t eat or eat food that have a very low glycemic index  (Are low in carbs), your pancreas releases glucagons instead which causes your body to produce glucose… Glucagon acts on the same cells as insulin, but has the opposite effects in that it:

  • Stimulates the liver and muscles to break down stored glycogen (glycogenolysis) and release the glucose
  • Stimulates gluconeogenesis in the liver and kidneys

The action of glucagon is opposite to insulin in that glucagon mobilizes glucose stored inside your body and increases the level of glucose in your blood, thus stopping your blood glucose levels from falling dangerously low.

How Insulin and Glucagons Work as a Tag Team

Under normal circumstances, the levels of insulin and glucagon are effectively counter balanced.

When you eat, your body metabolises the food quite rapidly and registers the presence of glucose, fatty acids and amino acids absorbed from the food. This causes the pancreatic beta cells to release insulin into your blood and inhibit the pancreatic alpha cells from secreting glucagon.

As the levels of insulin in your blood begin to rise they act on the liver, fat and muscle cells in particular causing them to absorb the incoming molecules of glucose, fatty acids and amino acids. The insulin acts to prevent the concentration of glucose, fatty and amino acids from increasing too greatly in the bloodstream.

In this way, your body maintains a steady blood-glucose concentration. This action occurs when you eat a properly balanced diet as opposed to the high carb diet of today. Unfortunately, where the diet is high in carbs (or there is just too much food) it has to go somewhere and inevitably, it is deposited as fat in just where you don’t want it to go.

Between meals, or when you are sleeping, your body senses that it is effectively starving. However your cells still need a supply of glucose to keep going. So while in this condition, the slight drops in blood-sugar level stimulate glucagon secretion from the alpha cells in the pancreas and in turn inhibit the release of insulin.

This causes glucagon levels in the blood to rise and start acting on the liver, muscle and kidney cells to mobilize glucose from glycogen to make glucose that’s then released into your blood. Such action prevents the blood-glucose levels from falling too much.

This change occurs many times throughout the day with the secretion of either insulin or glucagons helping to keep your blood-glucose level relatively constant, typically in the range of 90 mg per 100 ml of blood.

However, seeing as the secretion of the pancreas lag behind the blood glucose levels, the action of eating large quantities of high carb food will drastically disturb this. Simply put, when the blood glucose level is overly high more quantities of insulin will be produced than are needed as the glucose will have been dealt with. So more glucose will have been absorbed than was necessary. This will cause a dip in the blood glucose level causing us to feel a lack of energy and trigger a production of glucagon.

Sunday Lunch Syndrome

This is something I call the “after Sunday lunch syndrome” as it is most often seen after a big meal. You will most likely have noticed that 30 – 60 minutes after eating far too much (as in a typical Sunday lunch) and then not moving a great deal either, you tend to feel really sleepy and quite soon many will also start to get the munchies and go looking for that last roast potato or piece of pie. In fact the body is wanting anything that will get the blood sugar up again – and so the cycle continues…

What Can You Do?

Well, the most obvious first step is to cut down on foods with a high level of carbohydrates in them.

The nest thing would be to even out the amount you eat by eating smaller quantities more regularly throughout the day.

Just by taking these two small steps in cahnging what and how you eat will make a masive difference to how your body reacts to what you eat. And that will be shown by improved or more even energy levels and slowing down or even reversing the process of fat gain.  I.E. You will start to lose fat instead of putting it on.[/private_silver]

 

Dealing with Constipation

Any change of diet – particularly one that involves as drastic move away from high levels of carbohydrates as The Snack Box Diet one does, are bound to cause some sort of resistance from the body as it gets used to it’s new regime.

For many people, the fact that they are no longer eating vast quantities of pap and mush means that their digestive system actually has less to do.  It’s no wonder then that it slows down and so going to the toilet becomes less frequent.
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In real terms, the slowing down happens a little behind the  reduction in food eaten, so for a time it can seem that you’re not going to the toilet as you think you should.  At the same time the digestive system – used to having to work overtime – can for the first few days ‘over process’ the food that you’ve eaten.

This means that not only is the quantity of poop reduced but that which eventually does come out the other end is drier and harder than what may be normal for you.

This is not true constipation – it’s more the body retuning to another way of working.

That said, whilst constipation is rare when following a diet like this properly, it’s not unknown, so worthy of further gentle help.

One of the first things to do is to make sure you are drinking enough fluids as dehydration and constipation are firm friends.

Also, make sure you are eating a reasonable amount of fibre. That’s obvious but sometime we forget.[/private_silver]

Does Fibre Make a Difference When Dieting

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It’s a fact that many folk on diets don’t take enough notice of how much fibre they eat. If this is left to the extreme it can cause many problems.

However, as we will see from this short article, the remedy is simple and effective.

Should you eat fibre?

According to dieticians in the UK, their recommendation is that people should be eating between 18-24 grams of fibre a day. However, a recent survey sponsored by one of the large supermarkets has shown that the average UK intake is just 12grams. So the question is: can changing your diet and increasing your fibre give your digestive system a new lease of life?

Studies have shown that one way of decreasing colon cancer is to ensure that the food travelling from the mouth through the digestive system to the anus, when kept on the move, will prevent potentially harmful waste products from being easily absorbed. In a recent test – Dr Mark McAlindon, who is a consultant gastro-entroologist at the Royal Halampshire Hospital in Sheffield, carried out a recent test showing that increasing fibre can indeed quite dramatically change the way our bodies handle food.

The Test

In his test, he took two lorry drivers, who both had a high-fat, low-fibre diet, and tracked their bowel movement as they took one of their international journeys from Southampton to Turin. They were given a special pill which was used to measure the transit time of the food as it passed through the digestive system.

Before the diet, it took Don 22 hours and 39 minutes to allow the pill to go through his digestive system. Wolfgang, however, took an amazing 42 hours and 25 minutes. For the next ten days the truckers were given a diet that ensured that 50grams of fibre was consumed each day. The test was carried out again with both drivers showing a significantly quicker transit time. After increasing their fibre intake, the time taken for the pill to pass through their digestive systems had been reduced to an average of nearly 21 hours.

One of the things to bear in mind here, though, is that the two guys who were chosen to do this test do have a job that involves them sitting down for most of their working day. There is a direct correlation with how active you are as to how quickly your digestive system works. It should also be borne in mind that they were given 50g of fibre a day whereas the recommended allowance is between 18-24g per day.

Please do see our article on Fibre, available from the website.

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