Monthly Archives: January 2012

THE BEST TIME TO CONSUME SIMPLE CARBOHYDRATES

As soon as exercise begins, the body down-regulates its need for insulin. The hormone used to carry blood sugar into the cells. Therefore, during exercise sugar intake produces smaller increases of this hormone because muscles become more sensitive to increased amounts of insulin and permeable to glucose, reducing the need for large amounts of insulin that normally are required to escort the sugar into the muscle. This is good news.

These same receptors are exponentially more sensitive for 30 minutes following, and up to 2 hours following exercise.  So the good news is that there is a “good time” to consume those yummy simple (sugary) carbohydrate foods. When not participating in exercise,  foods should be FAR more protein oriented. This will help to keep those nasty carbohydrate

Make good choices

cravings (and this one’s waistline) controlled.

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INHIBIT VIRAL REPLICATION BY…

Did you know that in order for a virus to replicate (reproduce),  it needs to get through the fatty cell wall? If the cell wall is healthy and intact, it is virtually impenetrable to viruses. One of the best ways to enhance and maintain the integrity of the cell wall is to consume appropriate amounts of omega 3 fatty acids. Most commonly consumed as fish or flax-seed oil capsules.

The American diet, by and large is very deficient in omega 3 fatty acids, yet higher in omega 6 fatty acids. Omega 6’s (nuts and seeds) are also good for us and anti-inflammatory in nature, but the omega 3’s tend to get processed out of foods because of their short shelf life. This short shelf life is also why I typically recommend they be consumed in capsule form, though tasting them is also highly beneficial to the digestion/absorption process. A common dosage would range from 2-6 capsules per day. Look for dry finger tips if your levels are getting very low. I find that adding 1-2 capsules in the morning, the dryness on my fingers will often resolve by lunch time. Enjoy some fish tonight!

a virus penetrating the cell

WHAT ARE THE EYE’S TELLING US?

“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light.” Matt 6:22

As the eye’s are a lamp of the body, we can learn about our health through visual shortcomings. Many examples of this come from the stress gland the adrenals. The same mechanism that should tonify the veins when you stand up so that blood does not pool in your feet, also should tonify the pupil in bright lights.  This is the mechanism that shrinks the pupil to block out light and focus on far away objects (far vision). Alternatively, the pupil needs to relax for reading (near vision).

When the adrenal glands are struggling to adapt to our stress, then it can manifest in the functioning of the eye’s. Ever get dizzy when you stood up to fast? Need your sunglasses in bright lights when you are tired? Trouble focusing when your are hungry? In these scenario’s one would want to identify the core stress, be it wrong foods, under rest, or need of  vitamins.

Blind spots? Structural misalignment in the spine, especially the neck can cause visual blind spots. Did your vision deteriorate after a whiplash or injury? Appropriately administered chiropractic works wonderfully and often instantly here.

Double vision (diplopia or strabismus) can occur from a parasitic infection. Parasites cause a reduction of the brain calming chemical GABA. When GABA is low the muscle on the outside of the eye can get weak. This causes the eye’s to track improperly. The eye in the bottom left of the diagram would quite likely have parasites based on the brown around the pupil and the spots in the iris. There are many highly effective herbs to treat parasitic infections.

There are also wonderful therapies for those who fall asleep in the car or have poor reading retention. Unfortunately, the therapies are widely varied and beyond the scope of this brief over view.

Cataracts are often due to free radical damage of processed diets and respond well to vegetables and antioxidant therapies. Even glaucoma can respond to herbs to help the liver and kidney work more efficiently.

May your eyes be a bright window telling a healthy story.

The Story Behind the Eye's

Purification/Weight Loss Idea’s

http://www.standardprocess.com/display/displayFile.aspx?docid=369&filename=/Public/Lit/Miscellaneous/purificationguideL2605.pdf

I use the Standard Process Purification Program occasionally. The first time I used it I found that I raced quite well, so I now eat basically this way for the two weeks before my bigger races of the year.

Some protein shake ideas are:

I add an additional 1-2 scoops of rice protein (27 grams of protein) to most of my shakes during the cleanse. Other protein sources I may add with the detox powder’s are Goat protein powder from Myenburg or Whey Pro Complete (for B or AB blood types). A’s may consider an organic/nonGMO source of soy protein.

To all of my shakes I will add a source of EFA’s. Usually it is one of the many fine omega 3 products we stock at the office with olive oil also rotated in to assist in balancing the omega 3:6:9 ratio’s. I typically add about 2 tablespoons. I will also use raw walnuts or almonds in a few of the shakes. 1/day I will 2 tbls of the “super food” chia seed to add some fiber and more EFA’s.

Further valuable addition’s to many of the shakes I blend are beet leaves and kale. It gives thee shakes a food like feel and helps to keep me satisfied longer. Most of the shakes I blend will include organic frozen “highly beneficial” berries or fruit. Most common are pineapple and/or blueberries.

During the cleanse period meal times I enjoy big, glorious salads. Usually, these will contain baby spring lettuce, beets, carrots, celery, beet leaves, mushrooms, ++++. For dressing I prefer to squeeze lemon, dab some olive oil and a pinch of Celtic sea salt. emmm. Occasionally, I will use a vinegar free dressing to “spice” thinks up a bit.

I have lost as much as 2% body fat in 2 weeks on this program and felt great all the way through, though I did have some minor hunger pangs occasionally. The Gastro Fiber really helps to minimize them though.

As you begin to reintroduce foods in weeks 3-4, pay close attention to how you feel upon the reintroduction. Bloated, fat, sluggish? I really learn a lot about which foods I need to minimize for optimal life performance during this time.

Most of all, ENJOY THE PROCESS AND THE GROWTH THAT TAKES PLACE!