Our bodies are truly wonderfully made. Still to this day scientists are finding new facts about how our bodies work. And there is so much more to learn. One of the newer discoveries getting a lot of attention in traditional and alternative medicine circles has been the mutation of the MTHFR gene and its effects on our health. Read More
Soy has been touted as a health food for a long time now. A common argument you hear everywhere is that it must be healthy since Asians are slender and generally healthy, but is this true? How much soy and what preparation of soy do Asians consume most? Find out more in today’s article. Read More
In our previous post we talked about the many factors in our foods that help protect us against cancer and the importance of consuming food that is non-processed, farmed organically and, in the case of animals, from grass-fed animals. Let’s now look at the foods we should avoid as much as possible.
Refined carbohydrates: Let me spell it out: SUGAR FEEDS CANCER, end of story. This group includes sugar, high fructose corn syrup, agave syrup and white flour, just to name a few. The body uses up valuable nutrients to be able to process refined carbohydrates. If you have cancer you must stop eating these immediately. Read More
Once a rare disease, cancer is now widespread with statistics estimating that there will be 1,685,210 new cases of cancer in the US in 2016. The most common cancers are breast, lung, bronchial, prostate, colon, rectum, bladder, melanoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and thyroid cancer. Not wanting to go into the mortality rates in this post the fact remains that chances are high that we are, at some point, going to be effected by cancer, either ourselves or by someone we love. If you would like to know what you can do through nutrition to protect yourself against cancer, then read on. Read More
This ancient Chinese therapy has been around for over 3000 years and has made recent news, because swimmer Michael Phelps has been using it on his back (see those red, round welts on his body on photos all over the Internet). Although science is dismissing the effectiveness of the treatment, practitioners, as well as patients seem to agree that it works. Traditionally cupping was used 1) to speed recovery from knocks and falls in martial arts training, and 2) to treat early stages of an infection from an airborne pathogen, in other words, for respiratory ailments. Modern usage has expanded to speed and optimize recovery from hard training, heal or compensate for injuries, and improve performance. Here in the US it is most widely practiced among acupuncturists, doctors of oriental medicine and naturopathic doctors. Read More
What do carpets, apparel, upholstery, food wrappings and fire-fighting foam have in common? Answer: They all contain Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)! A new Harvard study confirms that unsafe levels of these chemicals are now present in the drinking water of at least 33 states. For decades, they have been used in hundreds of industrial applications and consumer products and are now showing up in both the environment and in the blood samples of the general U.S. population. Please read on to find out what dangers these chemicals pose to your and your family’s health. Read More
Morning is the most essential part of the day because it actively affects your entire routine. Having a good morning allows one to enjoy the whole day. Recent experiments have showed that the key to having a successful and healthy life is to start every day positively. Here are a few methods to make everyday a good one.
1.Take some alone time
Taking some time for thinking in the morning makes one more creative, and also increases the mental health, according to recent studies. One of the most effective ways to do that is through open-minded meditation. This is when you do not just think about a specific object, or a situation or anything specific at all, but let yourself open to anything that floats in your mind. Research has shown that people who practice open-minded meditation generate more creativity than most people. One should especially avoid thinking about any specific tasks, such as checking the mail, creating a memo, calling work, when he/she wakes up. This not only destroys creativity, but also makes one feel dull during the whole day. Read More
Fuel Your Body With Optimal Nutrition for Maximum Performance
Who doesn’t love a good dose of energy to keep themselves going throughout the day? Unfortunately, most of that comes from high cholesterol/sugary meals that are very unhealthy. Nature has provided us with an alternative solution which not only offers energy, but also great health benefits. Here are 7 superfoods that you can eat every day!
Berries are excellent source of fiber which helps in the overall digestive process. They also produce an acid that can be used to counter cancer. To top it up, they contain high amounts of vitamin C, an excellent choice for healthy skin.
Eggs are a huge source of protein, and can prevent untimely hunger pangs as well. They also offer antioxidants that keep the eyes sharp and healthy.
When it comes to supplying iron, beans are the number one choice. Iron helps the body transport oxygen into the cells. They also contain high amounts of fiber and minerals.
Nuts are pretty much the best source for healthy unsaturated fats. These specific fats are good for the cardiovascular system due to the presence of Alpha Linolenic Acid.
One large orange might contain enough vitamin C to last you for the whole day! Vitamin C is extremely important for the production of antibodies and white blood cells.
- Sweet potato
Sweet potatoes are an excellent indirect source of vitamin A in the form of alpha and beta carotene. Vitamin A keeps the eyes and bones in good shape. Sweet potatoes are also rich in good carbohydrates and can fuel your body for a longer time.
Probably the best natural multivitamin, broccoli contains high amounts of vitamin C, A, K and folate. It also contains a compound called sulforaphane, which helps prevent (and possibly cure, according to studies) cancer.
Can you lose weight with a good night’s sleep
Consider two people, having the same amount of work to do each day, doing the same amount of exercise, and having identical meal plans as well. However, one gets around 7-8 hours of good sleep each night, whereas the other does not.
Is there a difference between their lifestyle? The answer: A huge difference.
It may not seem like it, but sleep is one of the most important factors, if not the most important, that keeps people healthy and fit throughout their lives. This claim has been backed up by various researchers and health institutions. Recently, an article in the Washington Post also mentioned the side effects of sleep deprivation, which includes depression, decreased testosterone levels and more importantly, weight gain and decreased muscle strength.
Think about it: If you are sleepy at work, you may be tempted to get a cup of coffee to stay awake or get a doughnut. After work you may skip the gym and instead pick up takeout on your way home because you are too tired to cook.
Sleep helps our body in various ways, one of which includes the recovery of the muscle tissues. During workouts, our muscles tend to tear or become injured, and they need time to recover. A good amount of sleep can help you achieve that. If you do not get enough sleep, your muscle may never recover, and things only get worse from there, i.e. instead of building core muscles with your workouts, you tend to lose it all gradually.
“It’s not so much that if you sleep, you will lose weight, but if you are sleep-deprived, meaning that you are not getting enough minutes of sleep or good quality sleep, your metabolism will not function properly,” explains Michael Breus, PhD, author of Beauty Sleep and the clinical director of the sleep division for Arrowhead Health in Glendale, Ariz.”
On average we need about 7.5 hours of sleep. If you normally sleep 5 hours, those 2 extra hours can help you to lose weight. If you already sleep 7 hours than those .5 hours will not help you lose weight but your metabolism will be better.
Johanna Oosterwijk ND