By now nearly everyone has heard that sugar is something that should be limited as much as possible, but it bears repeating and more and more recent research is confirming that it has drug-like effects on the brain and sets us up for obesity, brain-related health issues, such as depression, learning disorders and memory problems. Read More
Got a chronic cough that will not go away or respond to any medications? Do you have unexplained fatigue? Or, recurring yeast infections? It could be fungus in your body! More and more holistic practitioners and Western medicine doctors are making the connection between chronic disease and fungal infections in our bodies.
So how does fungus enter our bodies? There are two ways: 1. We ingest it in our food or 2. We inhale it from our environment. Let’s talk about fungus in our food first. Read More
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
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
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
Say good-bye to seasonal allergies
Spring has arrived in North Texas and so has allergy season for many of us. It is estimated that, in the United States, over 50 million people suffer from seasonal allergies. Symptoms can range from mild to debilitating (for some) and they impact many areas of our daily lives from work to play. No wonder people are reaching for the quick fix of pharmaceutical drugs available by prescription or over the counter. Many of those, however, are accompanied by annoying side effects and recent studies have linked traditional allergy pharmaceuticals with higher incidents of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The good news is that there are natural remedies that help with allergy symptoms. The bad news is that it may take some trial and error to see what works best for each individual. Here are some herbs to try: Dong quai (anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory), eyebright (congestion, itchy eyes), gingko biloba (anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory), stinging nettles (anti-histamine, anti-inflammatory), yarrow (congestion, secretions), red clover (builds body’s resistance to allergens). Read More
New dietary guideline for using sugar
Finally after the wait of 5 years, the US government released its latest dietary guidelines, which are basic guidelines compiled using research on nutrition from some of the most prestigious labs in America under supervision of the U.S. departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services.
This year, the US government has advised all US citizens to consume a constant amount of sugar each day, Read More