Category Archives: Foods and Additives
The impact some foods additives can have on our health
While on a bus tour to the Grand Canyon, we were offered our boxed continental breakfast. It contained a large muffin, peanut butter crackers, chocolate chip cookies, an apple and OJ. Being “others centered” I was relegated to the 1/2 seat left next to a gentleman that took up 1.5 seats. Fortunately I long ago learned not to count on meals like this, so I had consumed a filling, balanced breakfast befor enjoying the tour. Therefore I was awake and intrigued by the stories and information our fine tour guide had to share.
Remember when you were a child playing the Jello game in the car? Whenever the car turned the objective is to lean and squish the person next to you as if you were a large, unsupported mass of Jello. This game provides hours of entertainment for children, unlike my two hour bus ride. My Jello game partner was a large lifeless, formless mass after consuming a large quantity of simple carbohydrates unbalanced by any sort of protein or good fats. He was in a deep “food coma!”
After the unbalanced, high carbohydrate meal my Jello game partner certainly experienced a large insulin dump which led to very low blood sugar in the brain (hypoglycemia). Unlike literally every other organ in the body, the brains only energy comes from blood glucose. The other organs can metabolize proteins or fats for energy when necessary. Since the brain does not, low blood sugar symptoms are primarily mental emotional. Symptoms like the inability to stay awake. poor focus, anger, frustration or even minor seizures can manifest when the brain becomes unfed in a hypoglycemic state. I’ve heard expert criminal witness’ testify that virtually every hate crime done occurs while the offender is in a hypoglycemic state.
Another intriguing concept that my Jello partner experienced is the accumulation of fat. Insulin is a self preservation hormone. When insulin is secreted it causes nearly 40% of that meal to be stored as fat, like triglycerides. The perceptive mind can then recognize that this is part of why the 1980’s low fat mentality led to the fattening of America. If my Jello Partner had simply consumed a good source of protein like eggs, or turkey with some good fats like olive oil, avocado, or almonds he may have also learned from our fine tour guide and if done consistently, would not likely require 1.5 seats.
The take away: When you get sleepy after a meal, something in that meal caused an insulin dump. That insulin dump starved your brain of energy and will likely be stored in large part as fat. The better you learn to manage this experience the better you can capitalize on this God given life and the better your long term health outlook will be.
There are three primary neurotransmitter’s (brain chemical’s) associated with learning. They are noreadrenalin (NA), Dopamine, and Acetylcholine (ACh). NA is responsible for learning the information. NA is typically reduced in blood sugar problems and is the main brain chemical associated in most ADD challenges. When blood sugar drops the brain is unfed and basically won’t retain the material. One becomes unfocused and unattentive. May even lead to petite mall seizures. Limiting sugar, treating yeast, and eating Blood Type beneficial foods are often helpful in this condition.
Dopamine is responsible for retaining the material. Dopamine is a precursor to estrogen and is typically reduced in hormonal imbalances. You have experienced the benefits of Dopamine if you have ever experienced the “runners high.” This is part of why cardiovascular exercise is beneficial to learning, happiness, and contentedness. Exercise also enhances the health (neuroplasticity) of the brain. With poor diet and lack of exercise the brain literally gets mushy.
Acetylcholine (ACh) is the brain chemical for um, um, um, um, ah … Oh yea, Recall. When ACh is low then the good news is the info is in there, one just can’t access it. ACh is the brain control for the liver and gallbladder. So often “recall” problems are actually a detox problem. You may have heard me say this before… I find tomatoes to disrupt ACh metabolism potentially causing memory problems, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Trans fatty acids and processed foods can disrupt this pathway, as can B6 or choline deficiencies.
Chronic stress is a huge contributor to dementia type brain deterioration. True dementia is quite often a literal atrophy of the brain due to the negative effects of the stress hormone cortisol. This is minimized by maintaining proper balance in life. Taking a Sabbath day, and vacation’s to allow the body (adrenal’s) to restore. Vitamin’s like B5, zinc, eleuthero, and adrenal glandular’s are a few consideration’s.
Excitotoxins like MSG and aspartate also can literally kill brain cells leading to memory loss. These fake foods excite nerve cells (open calcium channels causing the nerve to fire) to the point of death. The damage may be irreversible but minimized by nutrients like B6, folic acid, or B12.
Autoimmune problems of gluten sensitivity can also cause damage to the brain if untreated as the brain and the gut function are very closely related.
Take care of your brain. It is the only one you have. Fortunately, we have billions of brain cells since we are all losing them to some degree. The rate at which we loose them can be very determined by your lifestyle choices. Will you choose to flourish in those “golden years,” or flounder. The choice is now in your hands.
Little red dots on the skin are called Cherry Angiomas or Petichia. In and of themselves they are not harmful, but what they tell about your body is a very different story… There are two pathway’s in the liver associated with this problem. When one of them does not function properly, then a person ends up with high homocysteine. Homocysteine levels above 11.4 are dangerous. In fact the further above, not only does one’s cardiovascular risk increase, but the likelihood of a cardiovascular accident being fatal also increases. Yuck!
Typically, the larger and/or more numerous the dots, the higher the likelihood that there is strong cardiovascular accident family history. A seminar attendee, where I was once teaching this had a large, raised, red mole sized red dot. Both her parents had died of heart attacks in their fifties. I find them to often show first in the sternal (cleavage) area.
The chart to the left outlines the foods or nutrients that can make this pathway not function properly and the nutrients that can help it work right. When it works right, you live. Capish?
Take the time to keep an eye on your spouses skin, regularly checking for these danger signs. If present, determine which of the above nutrients is missing in their diet and which of the offenders are being consumed and make appropriate changes while you still can.
Fortunately, lipoma’s like this rarely represent a medical emergency as long as it is relatively soft and movable. They do often tend to return after being surgically removed unfortunately. The most common nutritional cause is an iodine deficiency, especially if there are multiple lipoma’s. Another commonality I see with these is significant emotional triggers stored directly in the mass. With much N.E.T. (Neuro Emotional Technique) and possibly iodine supplementation these can respond to care.
There are anti-nutrient nutrients in oats called phytates that can leach your body of vitamins. By soaking the oats with spelt which is high in phytic acid to neutralize these negative effects we get a glorious, guiltless granola. By soaking nuts with it we add valuable, blood sugar stabilizing good fats and protein.
Step one soaking:
4 cups steel cut oats
4 cups spelt flakes
2 cubes (1 cup) butter
14 ounces of unsweetened, vanilla almond milk
3 tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
8 ounces of raw walnut baking pieces or 1-8 ounce bag of raw sliced almonds
In a saucepan gently melt the butter, mix in the vinegar, almond milk and water. Poor these blended ingredients into a bowl with the oats, spelt flakes and nuts. Mix well with a wooden spoon or spatula. Cover and let them sit (soak) about 24 hours.
Step 2: Baking
3/4 cup organic honey
3/4 cup organic maple syrup
2 tsp Celtic sea salt
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
4-6 scoops of your favorite protein powder (rice or pea based protein for most blood types)
After soaking time is complete, preheat oven to 170. Place a glass measuring cup in a saucepan of warm water. Mix in the above ingredients (minus the protein powder) warming to soften and mix them. Once they are liquid, with an oven mitt or pot holder, poor the honey mixture over the soaked mixture. Mix in thoroughly and then add the protein powder.
Once the ingredients are fully combined, evenly spread them over 2 Pampered Chef bar pans or pizza stones. The Nourishing Home recommends parchment paper on baking sheets. Baking time varies widely. In my old oven at 140 it took at least 8 hours. In our new convection oven that’s lowest temperature is 170 it may take 4-6. After 2-3 hours in the oven, break it into small pieces using a fork. This will speed cooking and give it that yummy, bite size granola feel. Cook to your desired crispiness. Therefore checking occasionally after about 4 hours. After cooked and cooled I put the guilt-free grand granola in 2 one gallon seal-able bags and store in in the refrigerator to preserve freshness, though it is fine outside for long periods of time.
I enjoy this fine granola as a post work-out snack/meal, breakfast food, dessert, or even sometimes before big rides when I have sufficient time to digest pre-ride. Enjoy it with almond, or rice milk and your favorite, highly beneficial berries. The original recipe from which I plagiarized this, along with many other great recipes can be found at The Nourishing Home.
While a bran and wheat germ discarding milling process can help improve white flour’s shelf life, it does remove nutrients like some dietary fiber, iron, B vitamins, micronutrients and essential fatty acids. Since 1941, however, fortification of white flour-based foods with some of the nutrients lost in milling, like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and iron was mandated by the US government in response to the vast nutrient deficiencies seen in US military recruits at the start of World War II. This fortification led to nearly universal eradication of deficiency diseases in the US, such as pellagra and beriberi (deficiencies of niacin and thiamine, respectively) and white bread continues to contain these added vitamins to this day.
Folic acid is another nutrient that some governments have mandated is added to enriched grains like white bread. In the US and Canada, these grains have been fortified with mandatory levels of folic acid since 1998 because of its important role in preventing birth defects.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Another example of man and his “infinite wisdom.” Stripping nutrients from God made food for shelf life, realizing people got sick, then feebly attempting to replace what they stole in processing.
Much like the medications and vitamins described last week, bread is a similar example. In the pursuit of better shelf life and therefore improved profit margins, man stripped grains of their nutrients. Are bugs smarter then us? They wouldn’t eat it, but we would? After realizing that this process created significant neurological problems they added back synthetic vitamins to replace the good ones they stripped out. Whole wheat became the healthy solution. Now that is mostly genetically modified and creates gallbladder problems. Take heart, there is hope.
Some “healthier” bread options might include live sprouted grain breads like Ezekiel 4:9 or spelt. Mana is another one that works, it is more of a fruitcake loaf motif then sandwich bread though. With the gluten-free craze we are seeing some better options appearing on the seen like rice or nut breads. What is your favorite option?
ANYTHING GOD MADE IS BETTER THEN EVERYTHING MAN MADE!
The solutions to many of our health problems can be found in nature. Unfortunately, man feels compelled to process out the synergistic elements from wonderful God made remedies so that they have a synthetic product that can then be patented. Then when we the consumer take these drugs or even some supplements we create nutrient deficiencies which create other problems or “side effects.” Here is a list of some of the common nutrient deficiencies caused by a few medications. If you “need” one of these, you might be well served to find a good vitamin to compensate. http://www.spofscc.com/uploads/Drugs_that_Gobble_Vitamins_New.pdf
The amount of protein one should consume is somewhat determined by the amount of rigorous exercise. The following chart gives the amount of protein per pound of body weight one should consume:
TRAINING VOLUME (hours per week) PROTEIN 9grams/day)
<5 hours/week 0.6-0.7 G/day
5-10 hours/week 0.7-0.8 G/day
10-15 hours/week 0.8-0.9 G/day
15-20 hours/week 0.9-1 G/day
>20 hours/week 1 G/day
For example a 150 pound person who works out 6 hours per week would want to consume 150 X 0.7=105 grams of protein per day.
Some example of protein content are:
Protein shakes vary from 15 G/serving for detox oriented shakes to 24 G/ serving for straight rice protein.
Cod (3.4 oz) 22 G
Halibut (2.5 oz) 19 G
Chicken (2 oz) 18 G
Turkey breast (2 oz) 17 G
Tuna (1.9 oz) 16 G
Steak (1.75 oz) 14 G
Whole egg (1.25 oz) 7.7 G
So our 150 pound 6 hour per week athlete should eat 2 eggs, 3.8 oz tuna, a protein shake and 4 oz of turkey breast to obtain 104.5 grams of protein in a heavy training day. There would also be small amounts of protein in some of the veggies, etc. consumed during this fictitious day… Right?
This is partially adopted from Loren Cordain and Joe Friel’s The Paleo Diet For Athletes.