Blog posts tagged with 'nutrition'

by Karen A. Masterson Koch

People are not robots. The human body is made from natural elements and it runs on food. Foods found in nature, not a battery purchased from Amazon. And, the way many people disrespect the needs of the body by skipping meals and eating junk foods, it is no wonder that Cancer rates are on the rise.

1) The American Cancer Society estimates in 2017, 4,630 new cases of cancer every day with 1,650 deaths, daily. The top five; Skin, Lung, Prostate, Breast and Colon.

2) Cancer is becoming common with a 30% increase in the past 30 years and it’s estimated (1) in (3) people will have some form of Cancer in their lifetime.

3) Experts also agree that “Prevention” is the best action to take and that means choosing “Health.”

Health can complement any protocol, especially eating more healthy foods. It’s common sense to give the body the building blocks required for immunity daily. A spokesperson from the City of Hope when asked, “What is new in the treatment of Cancer?”  They replied, “Prevention and that is all about health!” The definition of health is the state of being free from illness or injury. And believe it or not, health can be fun — to actually grow younger in so many aspects including more energy, less disease and even looking younger.

Everyone knows someone with cancer or they themselves have had it or currently do. And leading experts agree on the cause of it. The American Cancer Association states, “Cancer generally takes 10 – 20 years of neglect to develop. And the heredity factor is only 6th on the list of why cancer develops. Smoking cigarettes, alcohol, obesity, poor diet and lifestyle choices are much more damaging to health.”

Today, Cancer has been politicized and is surrounded by confusion and misrepresentation. The truth is, cancer is caused by a number of factors including toxicity, malnutrition, genetic mutation and poor body metabolism. In fact good digestion is often lacking in cancer patients, contributing to malnutrition and disease.

Factors Influencing Cancer Development

1) Toxicity and Malnutrition (drugs, environmental pollution, junk foods, rancid oils, diet abuse lacking core nutrients).

2) Poor Body Metabolism (digestion, regularity/detox, balanced immunity and more).

3) Unhealthy Lifestyle Choices (addictions, lack of exercise, water, sunshine and fresh air).

...Genetics is 6th!

Poor digestion can prevent even good eaters, from experiencing health — due to poor absorption. It is linked to several factors including food allergies. Excess of gluten, dairy and refined sugar is most problematic. So, keep these foods lower in the diet. Excess of sugars along with toxic chemicals cause multiple bad effects. Sugars increase microbial growth of yeast, viruses and bacteria. It also depletes valuable vitamins and prevents healthy oxygenation while blocking the enzyme process that creates waste. The overuse of antibiotics and drugs further harm the body, increasing the need for more preventative health measures especially for balanced bowel regularity and detoxification.

Recent Research on Immunity & Health

Genetic scientists have confirmed that cells that do not absorb critical core nutrients from foods (and or supplements), cannot repair damaged chromosomes (DNA). The DNA determines just how healthy a replicating cell develops. When functioning properly, the body makes specialized cells that build, repair, protect and run all the systems of the body for wellness including immunity. Good digestion and detoxification are critical to health. Truly, improving one’s diet and taking key supplements supports the renewal process of reversing disease conditions. We are only as healthy as each cell.

Tuft’s University researchers have proven that by eating better and adding some nutritional supplements — disease in the body reverses. UCSD research studied Vitamin E and it showed significant support for immunity while also decreasing dementia in just months. Scientists have also researched many herbs found to be helpful to health, highlighting two in particular that support digestion and immunity, Aloe Vera and Medicinal Mushrooms.

Immunity Support Factors

1) Nutrition: Proteins (50 to 60 grams — variety of fish, lean meats, beans, nuts & seeds, avocado, broccoli); Vegetables (4 to 5 servings — rainbow of colors); and Fruits (1 to 2 servings — variety and seasonal).

2) Supplements: Probiotics, Essential Core Nutrients and Antioxidants (Vitamins A, C, D3, E, B-Complex, Omegas — EFAs, plus Minerals like Selenium and more).

3) Herbs: Quality Whole Leaf Aloe Vera (concentrate if possible) and Mushrooms (Maitake D-fraction extract).

4) Lifestyle: Exercise (30 to 45 minutes per day) and other Healthy Choices.

Agreed, daily schedules can make eating healthy a challenge, so prioritize and plan ahead. Protein foods actually build immunity. Vegetables and fruits contain the core nutrients and anti-oxidants. According to several cancer patients, existing tumors shrank from eating an abundance of berries and seasonal fruits like apples and vegetables — so, doesn’t it follow they will help to be “Preventatively Healthy,” too? Daily supplements including herbs may come in handy like a healthy short-cut along with a healthier diet and exercise.

Why Whole Leaf Aloe Vera (concentrate) is a first step for Digestion? The ancients living around the Mediterranean Sea used the entire Aloe Vera plant for everything from head to toe. They would eat the mature plant that developed the dark yellow bitter sap and apply it to the skin. Classed as an Herbal Bitter, one might say it is an herbal medicine chest that supports health foundationally, especially the digestive system and detoxification. Aloe Vera is best taken before meals and is more efficient than enzymes because it’s a catalyst for improving stomach flow of Hydrochloric Acid (HCL) supporting better digestion, constipation, gas, bloating and poor health.” Modern research shows improved absorption of nutrients including: Protein 50%, Vitamin C 200% and Vitamin E up to 300%. Also, if not diluted, over-filtered or overheated, quality products contain glyconutrients (polysaccharides). If over 80,000 – 400,000 Daltons, research supports improved immunity. Dose dependent, therefore concentrates may provide the most value in actives over 100 phytonutrients in the plant juice or powder.

Ancient civilizations from the cooler regions like China, Japan and Europe used medicinal mushrooms to support immunity health. In particular, the Maitake Mushroom species was a favorite and more recent research is confirming why its popularity is growing. Available in combination formulas or in a new spray, it is used in many research studies conducted for complimentary health.

Health may seem simplistic and easy to achieve for some. Yet, so many kids and adults do not have this accurate education to motivate their efforts. Recent studies have confirmed that early detection is saving lives, yet how about avoiding the diagnosis altogether by knowing the real answer to Cancer? Prevention — “Choose Health” today. Enjoy!

[article reposted with permission from developinghealthyhabits.com]

by Mark J. Kaylor

Let’s get right to it — heart disease is largely preventable and reversible. Heart disease is the number one killer in America, for both men and women, and has been for some time. While the stats have improved some recently, almost 400,000 people die every year from coronary heart disease (CHD). The creation of arterial lesions and plaque buildup occurs over decades* and is a fundamental contributor to an array of cardiovascular issues. The good news is that “heart disease is largely preventable and reversible.” Here are suggestions from four key categories that are likely to have the biggest, quickest and, hopefully, best impact.

In the Beginning — Diet

There are thousands of diets out there, but there is one that stands out in the research that is actually quite simple, a plant-based diet. It’s as simple as that; eat a whole food, plant-based diet. Numerous studies confirm that this simple yet effective approach can not only prevent cardiovascular disease (CVD), but reverse and repair the damage from it. A whole foods plant-based diet reduces our risk for CVD, reduces inflammatory markers and free radicals, improves endothelial (lining of the arteries) dysfunction and probably most importantly of all — reduces our risk of dying from CVD. One food group of special note is nuts (especially walnuts). Nuts are research supported to reduce risk for CVD, improve endothelial function and lower cholesterol.

One big step is to eliminate, as much as possible, all the refined carbohydrates and sugars that make their way into our diet. How impactful is eating refined sugars? Consuming 25% of your calories from sugar almost triples your chance of developing CVD. While we are cutting back on our sugar intake, we can use things like the Maitake SX-Fraction  (to lower blood sugar and insulin levels), chromium and PGX fiber.

All-Star Heart Health Tonics

There are two natural remedies that stand out for supporting overall cardiovascular health in what I consider a holistic manner, the traditional heart herbal Hawthorn and Reishi.

Hawthorn - long used in Europe for all things cardiovascular, it has been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, increase oxygen and blood supply to the heart, improve heart energy production and strengthen the contraction of the heart muscle.

Reishi - shown to lower blood pressure, triglycerides and cholesterol, while reducing systemic inflammation and free radical damage (preventing oxidation by macrophage — a key step in the build up of plaque), lessen myocardial collagen cross-linking and enhance heart mitochondrial activity. It has also demonstrated heart-protecting actions against several toxins including alcohol and Adriamycin. On the holistic side, it supports liver health and function. The liver is where cholesterol is synthesized and is responsible for filtering and replenishing the blood, all the while helping the body to respond to stress in a healthier manner.

Key Remedies for Heart Health

If there was a germ that was killing one American every 83 seconds, we would undoubtedly have declared war on the bug and eliminated it. However, this is precisely what is happening with the highly preventable coronary heart disease and yet the deaths continue to accrue. The difficulty is that the primary answer to this epidemic requires us to change our diet and we all know how resistant we can be to that. On top of this, you have huge financially-vested interests that want to keep you eating the S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) way. Let’s change this today and make this the beginning of the end for CHD by changing our eating habits.

Ensuring that our cardiovascular system is receiving all the nourishment it needs is obviously a starting point, but there are a few nutrients that are especially impactful.

Magnesium - diets deficient in Magnesium are associated with atherosclerosis, heart attacks and CVD. Unfortunately, it is a nutrient most of us are deficient in. Magnesium is useful for prevention and treating CVD and plays a key role in myocardial energy production. It also inhibits platelet aggregation and promotes vasodilation, while supporting endothelial function.

CoQ10 and Carnitine - These two synergistic nutrients are essential. CoQ10 deficiency is associated with CVD and plays a key role in the mitochondrial production of energy. Keep in mind the heart is a muscle and is absolutely dependent upon this process. It has shown promise for cardiomyopathy, congestive heart failure, angina, arrhythmias and hypertension. Carnitine also plays a key role in myocardial metabolism. It is important in energy production by transporting fatty acids into the mitochondria to be burned as fuel. Studies suggest potential use in benefiting lack of blood flow, decreasing mortal-ity for heart attack sufferers, heart failure and angina.

Let it Shine 

Traditional Chinese Medicine refers to our emotional/spiritual center of the body as Shen, located, of course, in the heart. Healthy Shen is related to not just emotional health, but radiant health. My top Shen tonic is the aforementioned Reishi mushroom. Not only does Reishi benefit your physical heart, it also benefits your emotional one as well, bringing balance to the mind-body-spirit.

Here is an effective, yet simple Shen breathing technique to support your heart and overall health. Begin by breathing from your diaphragm saying the word “peace” in your head, pausing for a moment to let your heart fill with the peace energy, then exhale slowly thinking “love” allowing this energy to radiate throughout your whole body. Shen health is not to be overlooked. It has become very clear in recent research that our emotions are intimately tied and connected to our health, especially our heart health.

Romantic Heart Help

One “heart” area we seem to need help with today is in the romance and ‘bedroom’ areas. Thankfully, there is a long-used ‘aphrodisiac’ tonic to help, Cordyceps. It is one of the few clinically-confirmed natural aids for libido and hypo-sexuality for both men and women. Cordyceps has been shown to improve sex drive, virility and sexual function. It also brings a myriad of heart benefits as well, including improving blood flow to the heart, preventing platelet aggregation, anti-atherosclerotic and vasodilation. Clinically, it has been used for maintaining oxygen levels in stroke victims and improving overall quality of life in patients suffering from chronic heart failure. Studies show promise for arrhythmias as well.

The Time is Now

It would be wise for us to continue to lay claim to the old adage that “love is the best medicine.” Not only is it healing in and of itself, we can take it a step further and expand it to caring and loving ourselves enough that we make the necessary changes to our diets and routines to prevent and reverse the scourge of cardiovascular disease. As I wrote in the opening paragraph, this is a condition that we can do much to prevent and reverse. All it takes is to start making the changes today, right now.

[article reposted with permission from developinghealthyhabits.com]