Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 9 of 10: Kidney Disease – “A Silent Killer”

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GLOBAL FACTS: ABOUT KIDNEY DISEASE

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  • 73 million 1 in 3 American adults is currently at risk for developing kidney disease
  • 30 million 1 in 9 American adults of 15% is estimated to have chronic kidney disease (CKD), although most don’t know
  • 48% of those with severely reduced kidney function but not on dialysis are not aware of having CKD.


According the 2010 Global Burden of Disease study, chronic kidney disease was ranked 27th in the list of causes of total number of deaths worldwide in 1990, but rose to 18th in 2010. This degree of movement up the list was second only to that for HIV and AIDs.

Over 2 million people worldwide currently receive treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant to stay alive, yet this number may only represent 10% of people who actually need treatment to live.

In the US, treatment of chronic kidney disease is likely to exceed $48 billion per year. Treatment for kidney failure consumes 6.7% of the total Medicare budget to care for less than 1% of the covered population.

In people aged 65 through 74 worldwide, it is estimated that one in five men and one in four women have Chronic kidney disease (CKD).

Chronic kidney disease is a worldwide health crisis. For example, in the year 2005, there were approximately 58 million deaths worldwide, with 35 million attributed to chronic disease, according to the World Health Organization.

More than 661,000 Americans have kidney failure; of these, 468,000 individuals are on dialysis, and roughly 193,000 live with a functioning kidney transplant.  You are at greater risk for kidney disease if you have diabetes or high blood pressure. Diabetes injures the small blood vessels in the kidneys.

Kidney disease is sometimes called the silent epidemic because there are no symptoms until the later stages.

As a result of the fast paced city life and unhealthy eating habits, a greater number of  younger people are being diagnosed with diabetes and hypertension which in turn leads to irreversible kidney failure, in most cases.  Hypertension is a leading contributor of kidney disease and kidney failure.


Topic Line Up:

  • The Common Kidney Diseases
  • What puts you at risk for kidney disease?
  • How To Treat Kidney Failure Naturally
  • Natures Pharmacy – Kidney-friendly foods
  • Recipes

The Common Kidney Diseases: 

  • Chronic kidney disease (CKD) means that the kidneys have been damaged to such an extent that they tend to start malfunctioning. CKD is mainly a secondary disease developed due to an underlying primary condition, and according to statistics, chronic diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease are the main causes of CKD.
  • Gallstones are hard crystalline mass formed abnormally in the gallbladder or bile ducts from bile pigments, cholesterol, and calcium salts.  People over age 40, losing weight quickly may increase the chances of getting gallstones and a lack of melatonin that boosts the conversion of cholesterol to bile has been thought to contribute to gallbladder stones. Cholesterol gallstones — are the most common type consisting of more than 80% cholesterol by weight. Pigment gallstones — are made of bilirubin, a product of red blood cells destruction (haemolysis).
  • Kidney infection/Pyelonephritis ~ Inflammation of the substance of the kidney as a result of bacterial infection.  Kidneys commonly get infected and inflamed when the bacteria spread up the urinary tract or travel through the bloodstream to reach the kidneys. Acute pyelonephritis: It occurs rapidly and is a life-threatening infection of the kidneys that can lead to renal scarring.  Chronic pyelonephritis: It is a permanent damage and scarring of the kidney due to repeated episodes of acute pyelonephritis or even a single episode of severe acute pyelonephritis.
  • Kidney stones are solids formed in the kidneys when substances like calcium, oxalate and phosphorus that are excreted through the urine become concentrated. Kidney stones—known as renal calculi—are solid, often sharp substances made of mineral and acid salts.  The occurrence of kidney stones is due to excess buildup of mineral deposits that develop from this waste in our kidneys, most commonly oxalate, phosphorous, and magnesium. These mineral deposits crystallize and form the small stones famous for causing so much pain.  The main culprit for kidney stone formation in most cases, lack of adequate hydration.  During the summer months, we lose body fluid through perspiration and fail to replace it. Drinking enough water is really critical for preventing the development of stones. 

    There are four major types of kidney stones.

    • Calcium is the most common type of stone. Calcium can combine with other substances, such as oxalate (the most common substance), to form the stone.
    • A uric acid stone may form when your urine contains too much acid.
    • A struvite (magnesium ammonium phosphate) stone may form after an infection in your urinary system.
    • Cystine stones are rare. The disease that causes cystine stones runs in families.

    The leading cause of kidney stones is a lack of water in the body.  A major risk factor for kidney stones is constant low urine volume. Low urine volume may come from dehydration (loss of body fluids) from hard exercise, working or living in a hot place, or not drinking enough fluids.  Adults who form stones should drink enough fluid to make at least 2.5 liters (⅔ gallon) of urine every day.

  • Kidney failure An infection or inflammation of the organ, leading to kidney damage is known as acute kidney failure, and the damaged resulted due to an underlying health condition that slowly affects the failure.
  • Polycystic kidney disease ~ characterized by multiple cysts
  • Diabetic Nephropathy ~ Fluctuating or poorly controlled blood sugar levels can affect every system of the body, including the renal system. According to a hospital based study, about 46 % of diabetics are currently suffering from kidney disease.
  • Nephrotic syndrome Each kidney has about 1 million filtering units called nephrons. Each nephron is about the thickness of a human hair. A tiny tuft of blood vessels (glomerulus) in each nephron filters waste from the blood under pressure. High blood sugar levels due to diabetes can damage these blood vessels, leading to leakage of protein and eventually kidney failure.
  • Glomerulonephritis |ɡlôˌmeryəlōnəˈfrīdəs| An acute inflammation of the kidney, typically caused by an immune response.
  • Preventing kidney stones isn’t complicated, but it does take some determination.

What puts you at risk for kidney disease?

While CKD can affect anyone, people are at higher risk if they have any one or more of a number of risk factors:

  1. Having established cardiovascular disease,
  2. Having a family history of kidney failure
  3. Race, Ethnicity, & Kidney Disease


African Americans
are almost 4 times more likely to experience kidney failure?

Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure in African Americans. African Americans are twice as likely to be diagnosed with diabetes as Caucasians. Approximately 4.9 million African Americans over 20 years of age are living with either diagnosed or undiagnosed diabetes.

High blood pressure is the second leading cause of kidney failure among African Americans, and remains the leading cause of death due to its link with heart attacks and strokes.

Hispanics

  • Since 2000, the number of Hispanics with kidney failure has increased by more than 70 percent.

 American Indians and Alaska Natives

  • Compared to Whites, American Indians are about 1.2 times more likely to be diagnosed with kidney failure. Diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure among American Indians.
  • This risk is due in part to high rates of diabetes and high blood pressure in these communities.  People who live in poverty have less healthy dietary patterns and their dietary patterns could influence the rate of kidney disease.  High carb diets without the balance of other nutrients are the poor man’s diet.  They are usually high in transfats, processed sugars and/or salt, and alcohol.

Why Are the Kidneys So Important?

  • The kidneys are powerful chemical factories that perform the following functions:
  • remove waste products from the body – Our kidneys are incredible little organs – every day they process 200 quarts of blood, removing waste products and excess water in order to detoxify the body and keep things running smoothly. When the kidneys stop filtering waste and excess fluid from the blood. Dangerous levels of electrolytes and waste then build up in the body.
  • remove drugs from the body
  • balance the body’s fluids
  • release hormones that regulate blood pressure
  • produce an active form of vitamin D that promotes strong, healthy bones
  • stimulate red blood cell production
  • control calcium metabolism
  • control the production of red blood cells
  • regulates the body’s salt, potassium and acid content
  • When the kidneys stop filtering waste and excess fluid from the blood. Dangerous levels of electrolytes and waste then build up in the body.

Kidney disease often has no symptoms, and it can go undetected until very advanced. But a simple urine test called albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR) can tell you if you have kidney disease. Albumin is a type of protein in your body that should be in the blood, not the urine.  Remember, it’s important to get tested because early detection and treatment can slow or prevent the progression of kidney disease.

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

  • When kidneys work the way they should, they play an important role in keeping the whole body clean, strong, well-fueled and functioning properly. Waste products that the kidneys filter include extra fluids, particles left behind in the digestive system, sodium/salt or other electrolytes, and various other substances found in the blood. Not only do the kidneys pass waste out from the body in the form of urine, but they also help control blood pressure, remove drugs or toxins, regulate hormones, and maintain a strong skeletal system (strong bones).
  • If our kidneys aren’t working to the best of their abilities, we can experience exhaustion, headaches, water retention, stomach pain and more. Kidney failure, therefore, can be a very serious condition — requiring a high level of intervention, including dialysis treatments in order to do the filtering work the kidneys are no longer able to.
  • A list of studies about sodium intake:
    • A 2004 meta-analysis by the Cochrane Collaboration
    • “Intensive interventions, unsuited to primary care or population prevention programs, provide only minimal reductions in blood pressure during long-term trials.”
    • A 2006 study in the American Journal of Medicine “raised questions regarding the likelihood of a survival advantage accompanying a lower sodium diet.”
    • In 2011, the Cochrane Collaboration concluded that when you reduce your salt intake, you actually increase several other risk factors that could theoretically eliminate the reduced risk for cardiovascular disease predicted from lowering your blood pressure!

How To Treat Kidney Failure Naturally

The following nutrients are needing regulation:

  • Protein – Protein is essential for tissue maintenance and other bodily roles.  Protein is not a problem for healthy kidneys.  Normally, protein is ingested and waste products are created, which in turn are filtered by the nephrons of the kidney.  The waste then, with the help of additional renal proteins, turns into urine. Protein in the urine is the earliest sign of kidney disease.  When your kidneys are not working well, they can’t handle as much protein. It is very important you eat enough carbohydrates and fats to supply your body with all the energy you need.
  • Sodium – is one of the body’s three major electrolytes. Electrolytes control the fluids going in and out of the body’s tissues and cells. Some people are sensitive to salt.  And, here again, the effects of salt and sodium on blood pressure tend to be greater in blacks.  But don’t think you’re off the hook if your white! 

Did you know that on average, Americans eat more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day?  That is nearly seven times the minimum amount that your body needs.More than 75 percent of the sodium Americans eat comes from some processed, prepackaged and restaurant foods – not from the salt shaker. An ideal limit of no more than 1,500 mg per day for most adults. (See the top 10 food sources to the left.)  If the U.S. population moved to an average intake of 1,500 mg/day sodium from its current level, it could result in a 25.6% overall decrease in blood pressure and an estimated $26.2 billion in health care savings.

How sodium contributes to our health:

  • Regulating blood pressure and blood volume
  • Helps in regulating nerve function and muscle contraction
  • Regulating the acid-base balance of blood
  • Balances how much fluid the body keeps or eliminates

However, kidney patients must monitor sodium intake because damaged kidneys can’t filter out excess sodium. Sodium can raise your blood pressure and cause you to retain fluids. Sodium is found in salt and most processed foods.  It’s often recommended to limit total sodium content to 400 mg per meal and 150 mg per snack.

How can patients monitor their sodium intake?

  • Always read food labels, sodium is always listed.
  • Pay close attention to serving size.
  • Use fresh, rather than packaged meats.
  • Choose fresh fruits and vegetables, no salt added canned, and frozen produce.
  • Avoid processed foods.
  • Use spices that do not list “salt” in their title (choose garlic powder, instead of garlic salt).
  • Cook at home but try to cook without salt
  • Limit total sodium content to 400 mg per meal and 150 mg per snack

Potassium Role: Potassium is keeping a heartbeat regular and muscles working correctly. Potassium is also necessary for maintaining fluid and electrolyte balance in the bloodstream.  The kidneys help to keep the right amount of potassium in your body and eliminate excess amounts into the urine. Potassium must stay balanced in your body. If your kidneys are not working well, potassium levels in your blood can rise, and high potassium levels affect your heart rhythm.   Limit potassium to less than 2,000 mg per day.  To stay within your limit, it is best to limit your potassium intake found in many fruits and vegetables, beans, and nuts.  Most nuts are high in phosphorus and not recommended for those following a renal diet.

Tips to help keep potassium at safe levels:

  • Read labels on packaged foods & avoid potassium chloride.
  • Pay close attention to serving size. Stick to recommended serving sizes
  • Keep a food journal.

Phosphorus role: Phosphorus is a mineral critical in bone maintenance and development.  It also functions in developing connective tissue and organs and aids in muscle movement.  When food containing phosphorus is consumed and digested, the small intestines absorb it and it becomes stored in the bones.

Why monitor Phosphorus? Normal working kidneys can remove extra phosphorus in your blood. Damaged kidneys can’t remove excess phosphorus.  A high phosphorus level’s in your body decreases the availability of calcium for your bones. Poor kidney function can cause phosphorus levels to rise in your blood.  Restricted to less than 800–1,000 mg per day in most patients.

Tips to help keep phosphorus at safe levels:

  • Pay close attention to serving size
  • Eat fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Avoid packaged foods that contain added phosphorus. Look for phosphorus, or for words with PHOS, on ingredient labels.
  • Keep a food journal

Calcium. Common causes of calcium kidney stones is high levels of calcium in the urine. Control Dairy: Although most doctors ask for milk to have good calcium in bones and teeth, these are not very healthy for the kidneys. Lowering the amount of calcium in your diet rarely stops stones from forming. Dairy products are the main causes of “kidney lithiasis” which is stone formation.

  • First, ditch all processed foods:  They are very high in processed salt and low in potassium and other essential nutrients. Potato chips, crackers, cheese spreads, instant potato mix, and deli meats and cheese all are examples of processed foods that are high in phosphorus additives and sodium – both of which can have a damaging effect on the kidneys.
  • Limit red meat: Diets high in protein – especially those with animal protein – may harm the kidneys. Red meat is also high in the wrong kind of saturated fat.  A diet high in animal protein, such as beef, fish, chicken and pork, can raise the acid levels in the body and in the urine. High acid levels make it easier for calcium oxalate and uric acid stones to form.
  • Avoid soda: Sugar-sweetened drinks, like sodas, are high in calories and contain no nutritious value. Additionally, colas have phosphorus additives which can damage kidneys.
  • Reduce sugar intake: Consuming too much sugar can result in diabetes or obesity – both linked to kidney disease. A high level of blood glucose is a big threat to kidney health.  In fact, around half of those with diabetes go on to develop kidney damage.  A high sugar diet can affect the absorption of calcium and magnesium and contribute to kidney stones.
  • Avoid medications: If you are one of the people who take drugs for any discomfort or self-medicate for the least discomfort, The kidneys can be damaged by overuse of some over-the-counter pain killers.
    Kidney disease alters metabolism of protein, water, salt, potassium and phosphorous, and kidney failure makes all of this even more complicated.
  • A poor diet stresses weak or damaged kidneys and contributes to various complications like anemia, cholesterol changes, heart damage and bone metabolism dysfunction.

Drinking Enough Water

Water is a miracle potion. It has the power to bring you back to health. It’s also important to prevent dehydration, since not drinking enough fluids can put you at risk for kidney complications (especially if you exercise a lot, live in a hot climate, drink diuretic beverages and sweat a lot).   Drinking enough water and other hydrating fluids should become a regular habit, including herbal tea, sparkling water or fruit-infused water.  Drink just enough fluids to keep your urine either light yellow or colorless. Drinking enough water will be different and conditional for every one. A standard recommendation is 13 cups daily for men and 9 for women.  This includes both healthy fluids like filtered water, and the water found naturally in fruits and vegetables. Water dilutes the materials that lead to stones, and helps flush out existing stones and other toxins.

Water might not always work if a person is dehydrated, though it is the best place to start. For one, you should not gulp down glass after glass of water. If you drink water too fast, your body will not be able to absorb and use it effectively, causing your kidneys to expel most of it. And, this means you will have to make multiple trips to the restroom, even if you haven’t had much water to drink.

If you already have kidney disease, your doctor will advise you to drink much less so you don’t overwhelm your kidneys. People on dialysis often have decreased urine output, so increased fluid in the body can put unnecessary pressure on the person’s heart and lungs. Frequent urination inhibits the process of rehydration, compromising the purpose for which you were drinking water in the first place.  For starters, drink 1 or 2 glasses of water, taking small sips initially.

A fluid allowance for patients is calculated on an individual basis depending on urine output and dialysis settings. It is vital to follow your nephrologist/nutritionists fluid intake guidelines.

To control fluid intake, patients should:

  • Not drink more than what your doctor orders
  • Count all foods that will melt at room temperature (Jell-O® , popsicles, etc.)
  • Be cognizant of the amount of fluids used in cooking

Most Hydrating Kidney Foods:

Celery  > Watermelon  > Cucumber > Kiwi > Bell peppers > Citrus fruit > Carrots > Pineapple > Iceberg lettuce > Radishes > Tomatoes > Cauliflower > Spinach > Berries > Broccoli


Ditch the Salt!?  So much confusion about sodium!

All salts are not equal, in terms of their impact on your health. Processed (table) salt is health-harming, while natural unprocessed salt is not only healing, but in fact essential for many biological functions.  The vilification of salt is similar to that of fat. Just as there are healthy fats that are necessary for optimal health and unhealthy fats that cause health problems, there are healthy and unhealthy types of salt.  Recent research, which has been widely publicized, suggests that too little salt in your diet may be just as hazardous as too much.  Moreover, the balance between sodium and potassium may be a deciding factor in whether your salt consumption will ultimately be harmful or helpful.

Here are some helpful measurement guidelines:

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt = 575 mg sodium
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt = 1,150 mg sodium
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt = 1,725 mg sodium
  • 1 teaspoon salt = 2,300 mg sodium

How much sodium should you take?  Check the ingredient list for words like sodium, salt and soda. The total sodium shown on the Nutrition Facts label includes the sodium from salt, plus the sodium from any other sodium-containing ingredient in the product (for example, ingredients like sodium nitrate, sodium citrate, monosodium glutamate [MSG], or sodium benzoate).

Natural unprocessed salt, such as pink Himalayan salt (known as pink gold), contains about 84 percent sodium chloride (just under 37 percent of which is pure sodium). The remaining 16 percent are naturally-occurring trace minerals, including silicon, phosphorus, and vanadium. Since pink Himalayan salt contains so many minerals, it’s more beneficial to the body, but as a salt, it’s still naturally high in sodium. Sodium is also widely used throughout the food supply. It’s used to cure meats, boost flavor, and aid in the preservation of foods.  As with any salt, you don’t want to overdo it.

1. Rich in Trace Minerals  2. Helps Avoid Dehydration and Balance Fluids  3. Excellent Electrolyte Source (major electrolytes, like sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium) 4. Proper Brain, Muscle and Nervous System Function  5. Digestive Health Aid  6. Nutrient Enhancer

As much as you hear about making sure you don’t get too much salt in your diet, it’s also absolutely just as important to make sure we get enough.

Processed (table) salt contains 97.5 percent sodium chloride (just over 39 percent of which is sodium). The rest is man-made chemicals, such as moisture absorbents and flow agents, such as ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate. Many commercial table salts also undergo a bleaching process and contain aluminum derivatives and other terrible ingredients known to be highly toxic to human health.

Besides the basic differences in nutritional content, the processing also detrimentally alters the chemical structure of the salt.  it’s important to realize that most Americans and other Westerners get the majority of their sodium from commercially available table salt and processed foods—not from natural unprocessed salt.

You Need Salt, But Make Sure It’s the Right Kind

Avoid seasoning your food with processed salt and salt substitutes, use natural salt in moderation and opt instead for dried or fresh herbs, chopped garlic or onion and a splash of olive oil.

READING LABELS:  

Here are sodium-related terms you may see on food packages:

  • Sodium-free – Less than 5 milligrams of sodium per serving and contains no sodium chloride
  • Very low sodium – 35 milligrams or less per serving
  • Low sodium – 140 milligrams or less per serving
  • Reduced (or less) sodium – At least 25 percent less sodium per serving than the usual sodium level
  • Light (for sodium-reduced products – If the food is “low calorie” and “low fat” and sodium is reduced by at least 50 percent per serving
  • Light in sodium – If sodium is reduced by at least 50 percent per serving

How to Optimize Your Sodium-to-Potassium Ratio

It is important to get these two nutrients—sodium and potassium—in the appropriate ratios.  While there is a relationship between sodium and blood pressure, it’s not a direct relationship.  It is wiser to consume high-quality diets rich in potassium instead like potatoes, bananas, avocados, leafy greens, nuts, apricots, mushrooms all high in potassium. It’s easier for people to add things to their diet than to take away something like salt.”

To easily determine your sodium to potassium ratio every day, you can use a free app like Cronometer.com for your desktop, smart phone, or tablet that will easily allow you to enter the foods you eat and painlessly make this calculation for you.

Natures Pharmacy – Kidney-friendly foods

Healthy nutrition is essential for the functionality of the body when talking about kidney health. Try to eat healthy will make our kidneys work better.  Avoid excess fats, sugars and dyes because they are the ones that accumulate different toxins that force the kidneys to work extra for cleaning the body. Optimize on your electrolytes and your antioxidants.

Choose The Rainbow (Whole Foods)

Eating the rainbow also prevents against major disease in all forms.  Please visit the Color Me Beautiful Series. Also browse the drop-down menu for the series giving individual color benefits.

Crowd Out, Don’t Cut Out

The best way to keep your diet whole-food based without feeling deprived from sugary cookies and salty chips is to crowd them out, not focus on cutting them out. Instead of choosing a cookie, go for an apple.  Instead of salty chips, have some carrots or celery sticks dipped in hummus or salsa. You’d be surprised how these better choices actually taste great and won’t leave you feeling hungry just half an hour later.  The more you crowd out the bad stuff, the less room in your belly you’ll have for those cookies, chips, and vegan candy bars.

Yes, there IS help for reversing Chronic Kidney Disease

  1. Asparagus can act as a natural diuretic, according to a 2010 study published in the West Indian Medical Journal. This can help rid the body of excess salt and fluid, making it especially good for people suffering from edema and high blood pressure. It also helps flush out toxins in kidneys and prevent kidney stones. On the other hand, the National Institutes of Health recommends that people who are suffering from uric acid kidney stones should avoid asparagus.
  2. Cabbage for instance, contains a compound called sinigrin, which helps fight cancers of kidney.  Cabbage improves kidney functioning and is most commonly used as a natural medicine to repair and nourish the kidneys. It is an essential food for anyone suffering from kidney problems. It is high in vitamins B6, C and K, along with fiber and folic acid. Low in potassium, cabbage makes a great addition to a dialysis diet. You can enjoy this vegetable steamed or boiled.   Including cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. Eating a cup of these veggies at least 2- 3 times a week protects your kidney.  
  3. *Black Cherries – These tasty little fruits help reduce redness and swelling and contain a healthy amount of vitamin C as well as    vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, and citrate. The more tart the cherry, the higher the level of citrate. Citrate reduces uric acid in the bloodstream which can lead to gout and arthritis.
  4. Garlic has antioxidants that help in reducing inflammation and anti-clotting properties that can effectively reduce the chances of kidney disease as well as heart disease. It also protects the kidneys from the potentially harmful effects of heavy metals. It is also thought to play a role in reducing renal reperfusion injury which is linked to increased mortality due to acute kidney failure.
  5. Berries are an excellent sources of manganese, vitamin C, fiber and folate. Different types of berries like strawberries, cranberries, raspberries and blueberries are good for your kidneys.  These tasty little fruits help reduce redness and swelling and contain a healthy amount of vitamin C as well as vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, magnesium, and citrate. The more tart the cherry, the higher the level of citrate. Citrate reduces uric acid in the bloodstream which can lead to gout and arthritis.  3 factors in berries promote kidney health. They are: antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, phyto-nutrients.

*Blueberry (1/2 a cup/day) have been found to reduce stiffness of blood vessels because of their antioxidants. This helps lower high blood pressure which is critical for kidney health. They’re also low in sodium and contain minerals for healthy blood pressure. The antioxidant as well as anti-inflammatory properties in these berries help reduce inflammation and improve bladder functioning.

*Cranberries benefit CKD patients by protecting their Gastrointestinal (GI) tract and preventing ulcer-causing bacteria from attacking their stomach.  They also benefit both the urinary tract and kidneys. These tiny, tart fruits contain phytonutrients called A-type proanthocyanidins, which prevent bacteria from sticking to the lining of the urinary tract and bladder, thus preventing infection.  Cranberry juice has a decades-long association with kidney health, especially in preventing urinary tract infections.

     6.  Pomegranate JuiceThe seeds and the juice of pomegranate are important for removing kidney stones as they are a good source of potassium. Potassium prevents the formation of mineral crystals that can develop in to kidney stones. It also reduces the formation of stones due to its astringent properties, flushing out the toxins from the kidney and lowering the acidity levels in the urine.

7.  Red Grapes – (1/2 cup) Resveratrol is an antioxidant in grapes that reduces oxidative damage and prevents injuries to kidneys.

8.  The presence of citric acid in apple cider vinegar helps in dissolving kidney stones, further alkalizing blood and urine, and helping to remove the stones.

9. *Celery – promotes healthy and normal kidney function by aiding elimination of toxins from the body. While eliminating toxins, it also prevents formation of kidney stones. Celery has anti-inflammatory properties it is not safe for some kidney disease patients. Celery is an effective home remedy for bladder disorders, urinary tract infections, kidney problems and cysts on the reproductive organs.

10. Cucumber have the reputation as the best kidney cleanser known. This is because they help to wash the kidneys and bladder of debris and stones. Studies have shown that eating cucumbers regularly helps to regulate uric acid in the body, thereby preventing certain kidney and bladder stones.

11.  Lemons or oranges – Start Your Day With Lemon Water. A warming glass of lemon water every morning provides a variety of health benefits such as aid the kidneys to filter blood, flushes them out.  Lemon’s natural citrate content, may also prevent the calcium in the body from binding with other minerals that lead to stones.
Citrate in these foods prevents stones from forming.

12. Beets – They contain nitric oxide that cleanses the blood and kidney cleanser.

     13.  Spirulina and Chlorella

     14.  Red bell peppers help break down toxic waste in the blood, and therefore contribute to kidney health. They are low in potassium and rich in vitamins A, B6 and C, folic acid and fiber.  When suffering from kidney problems, it is often advised to keep your potassium intake low because damaged kidneys may not be able to effectively filter potassium from your blood.  You can include red bell peppers in your diet in raw, baked, roasted, cooked or stuffed form.

     15.  Basil is diuretic in nature and acts as a detoxifier that helps in removing kidney stones and further strengthens its functioning. It lowers uric acid levels in blood, cleansing the kidneys. It consists of acetic acid and other essential oils that help in breaking the stones down to pass through urine. It also acts as a pain killer.

     16.  Beans – Low sodium: Dry peas, lentils and beans.  Kidney beans that have a close resemblance to that of a kidney, is known to remove kidney stones effectively and cleanse the kidneys. Kidney beans are high on fiber and are a great source of minerals and B vitamins that help in cleaning your kidneys and help the urinary tract function better.

     17.  Olives improve the life of those suffering from chronic kidney disease and will certainly provide kidney support to those looking to maintain kidney health.

     18.  Onions are full of powerful antioxidants that help detoxify and cleanse the kidneys, thereby helping prevent many types of kidney-related health problems. The chemical properties found in onions work to reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients.

Onion is healthy food for people who have a high creatinine level along with reduced kidney function. They contain a substance called prostaglandin that naturally reduces blood viscosity and helps to lower high BP, thereby reducing the progression of kidney disease.

Onions are rich in an antioxidant called quercetin. Quercetin helps improve blood circulation to all organs. It helps relax the blood vessels, lower blood pressure, and supports kidney function. Low in potassium, onions also contain chromium, a mineral that helps the body metabolize fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. They also have anti-inflammatory properties. Onions can be enjoyed raw or cooked in a variety of dishes. Eating raw onions can help treat kidney stones naturally.

     19.  Spices and Condiments

Low sodium: Fresh garlic * basil * black pepper * cayenne pepper * chili powder * cinnamon * cumin * curry * dill *  thyme * red pepper * parsley * paprika * nutmeg * oregano * lemon juice * vinegar

Avoid seasoning your vegetable dishes with salt and salt substitutes, and opt instead for dried or fresh herbs, chopped garlic or onion and a splash of olive oil.

Extra virgin olive oil is good for your heart as well as your kidneys. This oil is a great source of oleic acid, anti-inflammatory fatty acids that lower oxidation and promote kidney health.

Olives improve the life of those suffering from chronic kidney disease and will certainly provide kidney support to those looking to maintain kidney health.


Get Rid of Kidney Stones with Kidney Beans

It is interesting that the kidney-shaped legumes are of immense value to treat various conditions of the kidneys including renal stones! The vital vitamins, minerals, and compounds that are there in the legumes will do the job for you very effectively!  Kidney beans are known as an effective home remedy for kidney stones. In ancient times, the pods served as a medicinal tonic.  To reduce kidney stone pain, remove the beans from the pods and in a slow cooker, boil the pods in purified water for 6 hours. Once finished, strain the liquid and let it cool before drinking. Drink throughout the day.

A Kidney Bean Salad

You are now going to read about an excellent recipe of kidney bean salad, which is not just delicious, but also keeps you overall healthy. Begin to have this recipe, which also includes many other healthy ingredients, regularly and there will be no need for you to visit your physician!

Ingredients:
  • Kidney beans- 1 cup
  • Green beans- 1 cup
  • Black beans- 1 cup
  • Chopped red onion- ½ cup
  • Chopped celery- ½ cup
  • 1 small bunch Parsley
  • Chopped 1/4 Red, 1/4 Orange, 1/4 Yellow Bell Pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp Olive oil
  • Vinegar- ½ cup
  • Himalayan Sea Salt- 1 tsp
  • Pepper- 1 tsp

Directions

  1. Combine all these ingredients together in a big bowl.
  2. Toss them so that they get mixed properly.
  3. Store in your fridge for minimum 8 hours.


Body Cleanse Juice

Cucumbers and celery are natural diuretics and help with cleaning out the kidneys. Beets are great for liver cleansing and strengthening the blood. Lemons, ginger and apples aid in protecting and healing the body. They help cleanse the entire body. Cranberries are good for cleansing the bladder and kidneys.

Natural Liver and kidney Cleanse (removes toxins not stones)

  • For seven (7) days.  Along with you must eat wholesome rainbow foods.
  • 2 large Apples (prevent gallstones)
  • 1 celery 1 (useful for UTI’s, gout, HBP)
  • medium Carrot

Note: While it’s true that celery contains more sodium than most vegetables, the sodium is offset by very high levels of potassium. Furthermore, the amount of sodium is not significant even for the most salt-sensitive individuals.

One celery stalk contains approximately 32 milligrams of sodium and 104 milligrams of potassium and only 20 calories as carbohydrate.


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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 8a of 10: Influenza – It’s Gone Viral (part one)

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease 1 in 10 (110,561)
  7. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10:  Diabetes 1 in 4 (79,535)

1 in 10 (57,062)

Topic Lineup:

  • What is influenza?
  • Types of influenza?
  • What are viruses?
  • What are the root causes of Influenza?
  • Flu prevention
  • Natures Pharmacy – Dietary flu treatment
  • Facts about hand hygiene
  • Why Put Down the Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?
  • Recipes intermingled

We have a tie for 8th place in the TOP Ten.  Flu season is leaving its mark as one of the deadliest flu seasons in 13 years. In the U.S., 36 states are reported high flu outbreak levels, according to the CDC. In Oregon, for example, 120 people were hospitalized for flu the week ending December 23 – a big rise over the 85 flu hospitalizations the week before. Experts say one big factor in this chaos has been the flu vaccine’s poor efficacy.  In January, 14,401 people were sick. Hospitalizations went up from 22.7 per 100,000 in the first month of January to 31.5, which is the highest rate since 2010.  21 children have died so far, and at least 43 people under the age of 65 have died in California alone.  There were 40,414 deaths in the U.S. during the third week of 2018.  Deaths from influenza and pneumonia, which are closely tied to each other in the winter months, were responsible for 1 of every 10 deaths, according to Fortune.com, posted February 10, 2018.  I will cover influenza first.

The flu is linked to between 3,000 and 49,000 deaths and 200,000 hospitalizations each year in the United States.

As for the stats, usually, in a normal year, some 12,000 people die from the flu each year in the US. The elderly, the very young, and those with other conditions are most at risk. But there is some risk to everyone. And that’s all in a “normal” year.

This year is not normal – it’s worse. They expect the death toll in 2018 to top 56,000 people. WOW, what are we doing wrong in the health care system?  We need to take our lifestyles seriously by learning what causes our ill-health and then doing what is necessary to prepare to avoid making it 56,001.  We need to change some lifestyle habits that are not benefiting our bodies.  We all know that habits are difficult to break, but a bad habit is possible to break if we have the knowledge and have some sort of support group.

There are different strains of the flu every year during flu season, and of course the CDC continues to encourage everyone to get their flu shots, which is like playing Russian Roulette. But what most people do not realize is that if you understand how you get the flu, there are other more natural and healthy means to consider being proactive in to avoid the flu and getting well without medication or flue shots. As you read further you will begin to understand the unhealthy state of life we live in and what we can do to resolve this condition.

WHAT IS INFLUENZA?

Influenza (flu) is a highly contagious viral infection that is one of the most severe illnesses of the winter season. Influenza is spread easily from person to person, usually when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

TYPES OF INFLUENZA

There are three types of flu viruses: A, B, and C. The past couple of years, Influenza C has been the most prominent strain of the flu causing illness throughout the United States, but this year, it’s strain Influenza A.  When a strain is prevalent in a population of people, the flu vaccine gets tweaked to accommodate how those specific strains attack the immune system.

1.  Type A [H1N1-swine, H3N2-swine,bird,etc) viruses are capable of infecting animals.  Wild birds commonly act as the hosts for this flu virus and transmitted from bird to human.  Type A flu virus is constantly changing and is generally responsible for the large flu epidemics.

The influenza A2 virus (and other variants of influenza) is spread by people who are already infected. The most common flu hot spots are those surfaces that an infected person has touched and rooms where he has been recently, especially areas where he has been sneezing.

Here is a new name that gives a new perspective on Type A.  Zoonoses [Zoh-on-uh-sis] from zoo-of animals + Greek nosos disease are infectious diseases of animals (usually vertebrates) that can naturally be transmitted to humans.  Now you know why pig, turkey, chicken, cow farmers are susceptible and sometimes required to exterminate their entire zoo-‘of animal’ populations.  What are the causes of Bovine disease?  There are a host of environmental factors to pay attention to. I imagine this goes for the other strains as well.

1. The likelihood of BRD problems increases the more calves co-mingle, such as in auction barns.

2. Weather is another factor, with temperature and wind chill during transport having the biggest impact.

3. Transport seems to be the biggest risk factor for BRD, also called shipping fever.

4. Overcrowded, damp, or dusty places can make animals susceptible, nutritional factors such as feedlot rations, dehydration, and bodyweight play a role.

                5.  What happens when these animal’s get sick, the same thing with humans.  They are given meds/vaccines.

It looks like it all boils down to animal stress (environment), diet (including the hormone driven market), and meds/vaccine.

Things have changed since Old McDonald Had A Farm

BUT…I digress!

2.  Type B [/Victoria, /Yamagata] flu is found only in humans. Influenza Type B viruses are not classified by subtype and do not cause pandemics.  It can last about 2 or 3 days is a type of flu that is similar to influenza A. However, while A usually afflicts people in the early winter, influenza B can infect any time of the year. Another difference between the two, according to Dr. Vincent Racaniello, a professor at Columbia University, and author of “The Virology Blog,” is that type B can only pass from human to human unlike type A bird flu or swine flu.

At times, type B influenza can affect the stomach also, which is why some people refer to it as the “stomach flu.”

Type A and B cause the annual influenza epidemics that have up to 20% of the population sniffling, aching, coughing, and running high fevers.

3.  Influenza C viruses are also found in people. They are, however, are much more milder than either type A or B. People generally do not become very ill from the influenza type C viruses. Type C flu viruses do not cause epidemics.

What are viruses?

They are aggressive parasites that need a host DNA or place to replicate.

I can already hear the panic.  To deal with this fear and anxiety and take the necessary precautionary measures, we must first educate ourselves on the differences between regular flu and Swine Flu.

When we are fit and healthy we can usually defend ourselves against germs and infections.  The good news is most people will recover from the flu on their own.

The flu is also very contagious and can be spread via coughing, sneezing, or even touching infected surfaces.

Prevention is the key! Instead of taking a pill or getting a vaccine, all you have to do to achieve health is by adopting a healthy lifestyle and diet.  We need to accept what we cannot change; but, there are things that we can do so that we CAN live that best life now.

What are the root causes of Influenza?

  • Overwork
  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Poor Hygiene
  • Run down immunity due to another illness
  • Lack of Sleep

If you experience any of the above, you are more susceptible to catching the flu so keep these in mind during the winter months and take care of yourself!  Some experts have identified probiotics, vitamin D, zinc, and vitamin C as particularly good nutrients to focus on when trying to boost your immunity to protect against cold and flu.  Forget the flu vaccine and all its dangerous side effects.  Nature’s Pharmacy gives us what we need to stay healthy and are safer and more effective than any vaccine.

Our immune system is a powerful mediator of our health. Through specialized cell-defined lymphocytes (white blood cells in the lymphatic system), it manages to neutralize and destroy viruses and bacteria. One of its key features is to be fine-tuned in perfect balance with the surrounding environment.  Where your immunity power is strongly unbalanced, your immunity is compromised.  The increased chances of getting infections, developing autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, thyroiditis, etc.), allergies and intolerances occurs.  People who are prone to diseases are recommended to wear masks on mouth and nose so that they do not intake the virus from the environment.  Another action plan would be for those who are sick to wear masks to let people know what’s up with them.  We live in a very stressful, fast paced world that doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon and generally, people don’t slow down and rest and want to keep going continuing to press forward pushing themselves.  To keep going, we are so used to quick and convenient lifestyles that we welcome pharmaceutical drugs and continue on with our social life as usual.  We need to listen to our bodies.  When we are sick our body is saying “I need rest”.  But, that’s not all.

Flu prevention

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!”

Prevention of flu takes place in the first instance while maintaining a healthy immune system through a healthy and balanced diet associated with an active lifestyle and optimum daily stress management.

You may be saying the bills won’t stop coming, there will never be more hours in the day, and your work and family responsibilities will always be demanding.

But you have a lot more control than you might think.  As you read on, discover how you can be proactive for yourself.

Stress – Identify It, Understand It, Shrink It

Stress wreaks havoc on our emotional and physical health.  Furthermore, stress management is not a one-size-fits-all.  Learning how to be proactive in a balanced life, with time for work, relationships, relaxation, and fun is important. That’s why it’s important to experiment and find out what works best for you.

Tip 1:  Identify the stress source:

  1. How are your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors contribute to your everyday stress levels.  Are deadlines worrying you, yet you may be procrastinating somewhere?
  2. Accept responsibility for the role you play in creating or maintaining it.
  3. Start a stress journal.
  4. Incorporate a positive attitude.  It’s hard work sometimes, but it is possible.  Dream, Pray for help, think of others in a worse situation than you. Practice thinking on those things that are true, honest, good, just, pure, good reports, lovely… (Philippians 4:8)

Tip 2: Practice the 4 A’s of stress management

The four A’s – Avoid, Alter, Adapt & Accept

  1. Avoid unnecessary ~ learn to say “no” and avoid stressful places.
  2. Alter the situation ~ learn how to express your feelings.
  3. Adapt to the stress ~ adjust standards.  Avoid perfectionism.  This is a big one for me.  Reflect on all the things you appreciate in your life.
  4. Except the things you can’t change ~ learn to forgive.  Holding on to resentments and anger is negative energy.  Forgive and move on.

Tip 3: Get moving

  1. Physical activity can help burn away tension and stress
  2. Good choices include walking, running, swimming, dancing, and cycling.  Whatever you choose, make sure it’s something you enjoy so you’re more likely to stick with it.

Tip 4: Connect to others and seek Godly counsel

  1. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:  Matthew 7:7
  2. His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6
  3. Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.  Proverbs 11:14
  4. Confide in a pastor, friend, or someone you trust and is a good listener and can provide encouragement, sound, and clear advice.

Tip 5: Make time for fun and relaxation

  1. Set aside leisure
  2. Do something you enjoy everyday

Tip 6: Manage your time better

  1. Prioritize tasks
  2. Break projects into small steps
  3. Delegate responsibility

Tip 7: Maintain balance with a healthy lifestyle

The basic principles of the diet for flu are varied and very important, but – depending on the specific case, stage of the disease and predominant symptoms – may be slightly different.

  1. Eat a healthy diet
  2. Reduce caffeine and sugar
  3. Avoid alcohol cigarettes and drugs
  4. Get enough sleep ~ when we get adequate amounts of sleep this inflammatory state supports the immune system by enhancing the body’s ability to form an initial immune response to invading ”bugs.”  For the brain to remove waste matter, you must be asleep.

a.  Chronic sleep deprivation can cause numerous mechanisms to go wonky inside the body (i.e. how readily your body’s cells can recognize glucose floating around in your blood and pull it into the cells of the body where it will fuel activity).

b.  When your body does not take glucose into the cell efficiently, you feel tired and hungry more often than you should, which makes you reach for more food.  Your body is already not using this energy input, calories, and glucose well.

c.  Sleep deprivation lowers leptin (an appetite-suppressing hormone produced by fat cells and increases ghrelin, (a hormone released by the stomach that stimulates hunger reaching for reach for carbohydrate-dense, sweet, and salty foods.

d.  Cortisol is a hormone your body releases when you’re under stress. It heightens alertness which helps our bodies respond to stress appropriately so that we don’t become ill, but high cortisol levels also breaks down collagen.  Stress can raise cortisol levels to unhealthy levels.

e.  Electricity suppresses melatonin (Electro Magnetic Fields (EMF’s).  Melatonin is produced in pure darkness.  So if you have any light in the room spilling in from anywhere (night lights, cell phones, television, electric clocks, window with street lights shining in, etc).  No electricity should around you, especially near your head.

f.  Don’t eat at least four hours before you go to sleep.  You are just fueling your body with energy and that energy has to be used somehow (weird dreams, restless leg syndrome,

g.  When you truly sleep, you look younger in the morning.  Hmmm, there must be some truth to the term “sleeping beauty”.

Natures Pharmacy – Dietary flu treatment:

  1. Eating Light ~ Drink soups by spoon.  Eat citrus for Vitamin C – will stimulate white blood cell production and offer good hydration.

     2.  Drink Plenty of Fluids

Every system in the human body needs water in order to function properly so it is said that drinking regular water is very beneficial.  Staying hydrated will help keep your respiratory tract from drying out and will also assist your body in detoxing during healing.

1) Allow your Body Work Effectively  2) Enhance the Metabolism 3) Helps Fighting Skin Disorder 4) Help you Stay Moisturized 5) Helps in Removing Toxin 6) Reduces Risk of Cancer (colon, bladder, even breast cancer prevention) 7) Helps you Elevate Mood (Dehydration can make you weak, fatigue, dizzy, but if you drink water you can build muscle tissue, prevent muscle cramps) 8) Lose weight 9) Flush Out Body Waste 10) Reduce Joint Pain [it keeps the cartilage soft] 11) Relief from a headache and even back pain 12) Maintain the neutral pH 7 in the body 13) Improve the digestive system 15) Increase blood flow & oxygen in the brain and can help in maintaining memory function

Hydration ~ In all types of flu, it is strongly advisable to ensure a high level of hydration needed to compensate for: sweating, increased renal function for endogenous (the internal cause of infection) and pharmacological catabolism’s (metabolic pathways that breaks down molecules into smaller units), vomiting and diarrhea. Body water can be maintained by drinking more and eating liquid or well-hydrated foods. However, if the flu is characterized by significant nausea and vomiting, this can become a serious problem. In that case, the increase in beverages and liquid foods becomes impractical, as the stimulus of vomiting would increase drastically.

Drink spring water, green tea, herbal teas, broth, and fresh juice.

3.  Fresh Ginger

Making a strong tea with fresh ginger is an excellent natural remedy for reducing chills, sore throat, and body aches.

Ginger and cinnamon. To counteract the flu it is useful to consume hot and liquid foods and herbal teas.

Ingredients

    • 1 bag good quality organic Echinacea tea (optional)
    • 3 or 4 thin slices of fresh organic ginger root
    • 3 tablespoons organic lemon juice, fresh squeezed
    • 2 tablespoons raw organic honey
    • ½ teaspoon organic ground cinnamon
    • ¼ teaspoon organic ground clove
    • Cayenne pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large cup of hot filtered water, steep the tea bag and the sliced ginger (you may omit the tea bag if you’d like).
  2. Add the lemon juice, honey and spices and stir well. The tea will be cloudy.
  3. Let it infuse for 4-5 minutes and filter the drink.

4.  Cinnamon – Cinnamon has anti-fungal and analgesic properties. Make some cinnamon tea by adding boiling water over the herb into a cup. Drink at least one cup twice or thrice a day.

5.  Garlic is a very important nutrient reservoir for the body’s immunity, such as allicin, sulfur and vitamin B vitamins.  Do not use it if you have stomach or gastritis.

6.  Supplements

Vitamin B Complex ~ involved in the good functioning of the immune system.

Vitamin C ~ It is a well-known antioxidant well-known for its production of interferon, natural antiviral properties.  Taking  1,000-2,000mg of Vitamin C 3-4 times a day for adults. If diarrhea occurs, lower the dose.

Homemade Elderberry Gummies: Vitamin C Treats

Ingredients

•  1/3 cup unsweetened elderberry juice (see recipe elderberry syrup below)

•  2 tbs orange juice

•  3 tbs raw honey

•  2-3 tbs grass-fed gelatin (Vegans can use sea moss gelatin.)

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients into a small sauce pan, with a whisk combine them until no lumps are visible and mixture seems even.
  2. Turn stove to the lowest setting and keep whisking until mixture is completely melted and warm to the touch.
  3. Do not let mixture get too hot to conserve all the properties in the honey.
  4. Transfer to a pan or candy mold such as this or this one.
  5. Pop in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Gummies will remain solid even at room temperature.

Ingredients for Elderberry Juice

  • 1/2 cup of dry elderberries
  • 2 cups of filtered water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 cloves
  • 1/2 cup of raw honey

Instruction

  1. In a small sauce pan combine all ingredients and bring to a boil over medium heat for about 20 minutes or until it is reduced to about half.
  2. Set aside and let it cool off and add the honey while it still warm enough to dissolve the honey but not too hot that it will damage its properties.
  3. Store in a glass jar in the fridge, it will keep for a few week.

7.  Vitamin D ~ Research has confirmed that catching a cold or the flu is often a direct result of Vitamin D deficiency.  Of course, the best source of Vitamin D is from the sun, but when that isn’t doable, I recommend taking 1,000-2,000 IU daily during flu  season.

8.  Take activated charcoal to avoid vomiting.

Activated charcoal owes its usefulness to its high porosity. Through activation the charcoal is riddled with microscopic pores that increase its surface area exponentially, allowing the charcoal to bind toxins, gases, and other impurities to itself through the process of “adsorption.”  Charcoal binds with chemicals such as harmful toxins (poison, tannins that yellow teeth, etc.)

9.  Selenium at a dose of 200 micrograms per day is capable of counteracting viral    infections, stimulating the Th1 system and powerful natural killer cells of viruses and bacteria.

10.  Zinc has the same potential as selenium but has a different effect depending on the dose administered. If you want to counteract winter sickness, your daily dose should not exceed 25-35 milligrams for a period not longer than 2-3 weeks.

11.  The use of probiotics strengthens the immune system of the intestine against all those viruses and bacteria that prefer the gastrointestinal system.  If you are interested in a top of the line Probiotic please contact me faagric@yahoo.com.

Facts about hand hygiene

Good hand hygiene is one of the most effective ways to stop infections spreading.

Many of us get so busy and are in such a hurry, and most of us don’t pay attention to how we wash our hands, but it’s important to do it the right way.  Further more, with all the traveling I do, it amazes me how many people do not wash their hands after using the bathroom or barely rinse their hands off and go.  It is always refreshing for me to see those that do the proper washing routine.

So, do not under-estimate the role of good hand hygiene.  It is good to remind ourselves frequently to wash their hands, several times a day, and keep the rooms aerated because the virus spreads by air, and avoid crowded places as much as possible.  This makes it very important to keep your hands germ-free with frequent and thorough hand washing. Encourage family members to do the same to stay well and prevent flu.

Hand Washing Works to Keep The Bad Guys Away  

I’m sure most of you already know about the importance of hand-washing especially during the cold/flu season when bacteria and viruses like to hang out the most.  Some viruses — tiny living things that cause colds — can live on surfaces for hours. Many infections, such as the common cold and the flu, are caused by spreading germs from person to person.  Regular hand washing is your best strategy to keep them from getting inside your body. And of course, if you’re the one who’s sick, washing up will keep you from spreading your germs.

When to wash your hands

You should wash your hands properly and often, especially:

  1. Before, during and after preparing food
  2. After going to the toilet or changing a nappy
  3. *After you blow your nose, sneeze or cough.
  4. When your hands are visibly dirty
  5. After smoking (smoking is not healthy lifestyle habit – take steps to be proactive and quit)
  6. After handling or patting animals
  7. Before and after taking care of someone who is sick
  8. When you enter and leave a healthcare facility.

*Here is the proper way to sneeze and cough and lessen the spreading the germs:  Watch a live sneeze test.

 

 

 

 

Here’s the drill to wash your hands:

  1. First, wet your hands with water. Then add soap.
  2. Rub them together vigorously for 20 seconds. Make sure to rub the wrists,between the fingers, and under the fingernails.
  3. When you have time, do a more thorough job using a nailbrush, as germs often hide under nails.
  4. Rinse your hands thoroughly and dry with a clean paper towel or air dryer.
  5. If you are in a public restroom, shut the faucet off with a paper towel.
  6. Try to push the door open with your shoulder, or use another paper towel to turn the knob.
  7. Watch this video: Proper Hand Washing Technique.
  8. In case there is no running water and soap, use can but Eo Hand Sanitizer Spray or make your own.
  9. Here are a couple of recipes of good hand sanitizers:

 Gentle Hand Sanitizer Recipe (Safe for Kids)

This herbal hand sanitizer gel doesn’t dry the skin and is actually nourishing because of the aloe vera. It’s also so simple that your children can help you make it. It can even be made in the container you plan to use so you don’t have to get a bowl dirty.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup aloe vera gel
  • 20 drops Germ Destroyer Essential Oil (Kid Safe by Plant Therapy)

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients and store in a reusable silicone tube (like this one).
  2. Use as needed to naturally remove germs from hands.

 Alcohol-free hand sanitize

  1.   A great aloe vera gel dries quickly, is moisturizing, and isn’t sticky. Aloe vera gel is available online and in health food stores.  The many benefits of aloe vera are attributed to its anti-fungal, antivirus and antibacterial properties. Aloe vera is also an antioxidant, cell growth stimulator, astringent, coagulant, and can be used as a general antibiotic. It also has anti-inflammatory and pain inhibiting abilities.
  2. add 3-4 drops of high quality tea tree oil (antibacterial, anti-fungal, antiviral)
  3. 4 drops of lavender oil. Lavender oil also has antiviral and antibacterial properties of its own. If you prefer a stronger scent, add in a few more drops of lavender.

Try these other great scents to add to your hand sanitizer…

  • Orange or citrus oil: uplifting
  • Peppermint oil: refreshing
  • Rosemary: relaxing

Why Put Down the Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers?

  1. They don’t work! Antibacterial soaps kill bacteria but not viruses.
  2. Even though there is an appeal of killing “99.9% of germs”, and it may be true that antibacterial products kill 99.9% of germs, there is that .1% that is the most potentially harmful (since it can resist antibacterial agents). This small percentage that survives then breeds and passes on its antibiotic resistance to its offspring, creating lines of “super bugs” that resist antibiotic use. This may be one factor in the dramatic increase in strains like MRSA.
  3. Triclosan, the chemical in most antibacterial soaps, has been shown to be a hormone disruptor and contribute to a rise in resistant strains of bacteria.
  4. Some evidence shows that kids who grow up in an overly sterile environment have higher rates of allergies and asthma.

If the bacterial exposure exceeds the body’s first immune response, this reaction begins to trigger further activation of leukocytes and Type 2 T helper cells (Th2). This is a stronger immune response the body mounts to things like parasites and physical invaders. This manifests in different ways depending on the person’s genetics and where the body perceives the invasion.

How to distinguish flu from cold, especially in children?

It is flu if a sudden high fever, chest tightness, chills, fatigue, and muscle aches occur (pain in the bones and joints).

Resting is a must! We know that everyday life is frantic and we believe it is indispensable (and in some cases, they are) but if we are sick we cannot help anyone. If we are sick it means that our body needs to regain breath.

Drink a lot and eat light and digestible things, rich in vitamins and minerals.

It is cold if the symptoms are located essentially above the neck. Nasal drip or congestion, coughing, eyes tearing, but throat, congestion and sneezing. You may also have some fever, but never high.

At the beginning you may have noticed that both Influenza and Pneumonia tied for 7th place in the TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions.  We will get a better understanding about Pneumonia as well as its Influenza connection.  Until next time…

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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 7 of 10: Diabetes – Finding Your Sweet Spot

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3 (633,842)
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3 (595,930)
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away (155,041)
  4. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen unintentional injuries; 5.2% (146,571)
  5. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases) 1 in 6 (140,323)
  6. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimer’s disease: 1 in 10 (110,561)

Diabetes: 1 in 4 (79,535)

Imagine a greedy telemarketer got a hold of your phone number. Every 15 minutes, they call you with a new sales pitch. Even if you hang up or get angry – they still call back later. It gets to the point where you dread picking up.

Eventually – you’d stop answering, right?
Well, something similar is happening in your body.
It’s a condition known as…
INSULIN RESISTANCE! 

 Diabetes is a life-threatening health condition that has reached epidemic levels.  Diabetes is a chronic disease caused by the body’s failure to produce enough insulin to regulate blood glucose — or blood sugar.  This results in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine.

Diabetes as been around for roughly 2000 years.  The term diabetes was coined by Aretaeus of Cappadocia in 150 AD.

In 1675, the word Meletus, which means “sweet like honey”, was added by Thomas Willis, after discovering the urine of his patients was sweet.  What could possibly cause urine to be sweet?  The Pancreas produces enzymes and hormones to help break down foods.  A healthy pancreas produces these enzymes and hormones at the right time, in the right quantities to die in order to properly digest the food we eat.

Topic Lineup:

  • THE COST OF DIABETES
  • KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
  • DIABETES TYPES
  • THE KILLER IN YOUR BLOOD
  • KICK THE CAN
  • WHEN & WHAT TO EAT
  • PORTION CONTROL MATTERS
  • THE “PRESCRIPTION” IS SIMPLE
  • 8 HEALTHY ACTION STEPS
  • QUICK FIX TIPS
  • PERMANENT SOLUTIONS
  • RECIPES

THE COST OF DIABETES:

Type-2 diabetes isn’t really a “disease” in the classic sense; it’s just physiological cause and effect. The symptoms of diabetes, in other words, have causes. And if you remove those causes, you halt the symptoms and no longer have the “disease” at all.  Yet the ongoing propaganda of the processed food industry and the anti-science lies of the medical establishment continue to deprive the masses of the simple knowledge they need to eliminate type-2 diabetes for life.  This is all by design, of course. The pharmaceutical companies don’t profit from people being well; and, the FDA is the marketing and public relations branch of the pharmaceutical industry.  It is not your friend.  It’s the same story with cancer, Alzheimer’s, and many other diseases and symptoms.

  • In April 2016 the cost of diabetes hit 825 billion dollars a year globally.
  • Diabetes is known as the black death of our times.
  • It’s just risen to become the third killer in America, and it is on its way to becoming the number one killer world-wide.
  • 1 in 5 dollars spent in healthcare is for diabetes.  The prices for medication, custom-made medical supplies, and physician office visits are astronomical and twice as much as a regular patient. The annual medical expenditures of a diabetes patient can come to about $13,700 on average; roughly $7,900 is attributed to the disease itself.
  • An adjunct professor of global health at Harvard Chan School says that this global data reveals the disease has reached levels that can bankrupt some countries’ health systems.  Professor Goodarz Danaei, co-lead author of the study and an assistant professor of global health at Harvard Chan School, said: “The most important risk factor for diabetes is obesity. Yet global obesity levels are soaring out of control.”  If current trends continue, over 700 million adults worldwide would be affected with diabetes by 2025.  Here is an article from Dr, Mercola on proper waist to hip ratio numbers.

The good news is that the condition of Diabetes has been solved.  We know what causes it, and we know how to reverse it.  No one needs to live with type-2 diabetes.  People are waking up they are thriving.  They understand that they don’t have to live with Diabetes.  Type-2 diabetes can be prevented, reversed, and CURED in most cases.

If you suffer from Diabetes, all you need is the proper knowledge from outside of the medical system, and the desire to do what it takes to live your best life now.


KNOWLEDGE IS POWER:  Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge

What causes Diabetes?  It really is a loaded question.  There are a number of factors, multiple root causes.  

Here is a summary:  it depends on the individual’s chemistry, biological processes such as chronic inflammation, oxidation, glycation (the bonding of a sugar molecule to a protein or lipid molecule without enzymatic regulation), and toxicity.

Let’s take a look at what the average American consumes.

We have gone from 20 teaspoons of sugar a year to eating over 150 pounds.  The average American consumes at least 64 pounds of sugar per year, and the average teenager consumes at least 109 pounds.  How could this happen?

To make foods taste savory and preserve food for shelf-life,  manufacturers have become savvier. They add fats, sugars, and salts, and of course many times the wrong kinds.  And, if you want a low-fat food, they add more sugar or salt.  As a matter of fact, many supermarkets and even health food stores now carry many sneaky sources of sugar, disguised in unrecognizable ingredients and so-called healthy foods that contain as much if not more sugar than their regular versions.  Part of the problem is using these cheap ingredients just to make more money.

Sugar is added to over 70 percent of processed foods which makes it hard to avoid – unless you become more label-savvy.  Sugar leads to cravings and buying more processed foods which is great for the food manufacturing industry and its pocket but not very good for you, the consumer.  Sugar can dramatically alter your metabolism and your brain chemistry, causing you to suffer intense cravings while increasing your risk for disease.  Sugar is sticky and sticks to other molecules inside our cells and then they stick together.  Processed sugar is very pro-inflammatory as well and is linked to chronic illness.  Take a look at the list of sugars here of what you may find on processed foods label.

DIABETES TYPES:

In Type 1 Diabetes (T1D – 5%), known as Juvenile Diabetes also named autoimmune diabetes, afflicts 10 million people worldwide.  It is an autoimmune condition where the pancreas is being attacked by the body’s own cells and can no longer produce insulin to remove sugar from the bloodstream.  Although the disease usually starts in people under the age of 20, Type 1 diabetes may occur at any age.

While some people have a genetic predisposition to type 1 diabetes, some of the possible triggers that have been suggested include:

  • viral infection (B4 virus german measles, mumps)
  • Rotavirus (RNA), vaccines (childhood vaccinations such as smallpox, tuberculosis and Hib vaccines),
  • low levels of vitamin D (lower levels of vitamin D had a higher incidence rate of developing type 1 diabetes),
  • cow’s milk (contains proteins gluten and A1 casein),
  • increased insulin demand (a diet with high glycemic index foods).

Current strategies to cure type 1 diabetes include immunotherapy, replacement therapy, and combination therapy.  Eating a real food diet and proper nutrition can greatly influence a T1D’s daily life and reduce its symptoms and dangers.

Plenty of peer-reviewed and published research now indicates that plant compounds, including many found within commonly consumed foods, are capable of stimulating beta cell regeneration within the pancreas, and as a result may be potentially provide a cure – truly a four letter word, as far as the profit-based model of medicine goes, which thrives on the concept of the incurability of the disease-afflicted human body in favor of symptom management.

Note 1: Since most Type 1’s tend to be children, it is imperative that the parents educate themselves about the disease, the drugs, nutrition, blood glucose testing, the signs of high/low blood sugar, especially about proper nutrition.

Note 2: One of the biggest mistakes that hurt Type 1’s is the belief that they can eat whatever they want and compensate by injecting more insulin! This leads to unnecessary damage of the blood vessels and organs that could have been prevented or slowed down with a superior nutritional program.

Note 3: Type 1’s should avoid drinking raw juices, and, instead, consider drinking green smoothies with fiber and fat along with 4-6 macronutrient-balanced meals — to offset the sugar from the vegetables.

In Type II Diabetes (T2D – 95%), due to the volume and frequency of insulin being released, cells become less sensitive to the insulin.  This “insulin resistance” results in less sugar being removed from the blood into the cell.

It takes a period of years of biological damage.  The immune system responds to try to repair the damaged cells and tissues by triggering the inflammation process, which is the first stage in the healing process (where the body tries to repair the damaged cells and tissues).  As inflammation increases, it progresses towards long-term chronic inflammation, causing more damage to cells and tissues this may eventually lead to immune system dysfunction.  As you can see, blood glucose is only part of the problem.  Blood glucose is a symptom not a root cause of being diabetic.  These harmful biological processes feed on each other.    Biochemical/hormonal imbalances are associated with insulin, cortisol, glucagon (a hormone formed in the pancreas that promotes the breakdown of glycogen to glucose in the liver), leptin, and adrenaline, which can lead to adrenal fatigue.  The stress hormone, cortisol, is there to help you with a real crisis.  When you have too much sugar, your body is stressed and your body activates cortisol the physiological response to hold on the that sugar and turns it to fat just as though you just ate a candy bar.

Note:  Cortisol tends to break down protein.  So the release of cortisol would turn your thigh muscles to your belly.

It is very important to understand the harmful biological processes that fuels this process.  As you read further you will find other reasons.

Insulin Resistance > Cellular Inflammation > Oxidative Stress (Excess Oxidation) > Protein Glycation/AGEs > Toxicity (Excess Cellular Toxic Load) > Nutrient Deficiencies

Please Note: Not only do these biological processes fuel a disease like Type 2 diabetes; but, these processes fuel other diseases.  See THE KILLER IN YOUR BLOOD list below.

Any food with any caloric value going in is read by your body as chemical information and chemically turns into sugar in your body.  But, it is important to know the foods that provide the right and beneficial calories.  Any type of sugar needs insulin to escort it into the cell.  Insulin is a hormone produced in the pancreas, and its primary role is to get the sugar out of the blood stream into the cell.  If it cannot get the sugar/nutrient into the cell, you have nutrient deficiency because the insulin cannot do its job to get the food/sugar/nutrient into the cell for energy.   Insulin is what the brain uses to trigger all the firing up of the communication in the brain.  Without it your brain gets slow, old, inflamed, and angry.

Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

Sugars trigger the reward center in your brain.  From there it drives up serotonin and then depletes it.  From that point you keep feeling you need more and more sugar, which causes inflammation.  The cell then resists the insulin due to damage.

Why would our cells resist needed insulin?  When certain synthetic toxins keep elevating glucose to where the cells cannot use it, the cells resist opening the door to let it into the cell.

The access sugar creates a feeling of exhaustion because your body has been overworked trying keep up with the sugar invasion but without success.  Your body wants to get this sugar inside the cell to be used for energy, but it can’t keep up.  This sugar invasion can damage your nerves, blood vessels, and your eyes.  To protect you, your pancreas increases more and more insulin to get the glucose into the organs, muscles, and the brain.  *High levels of insulin in the blood can cause stiffening of blood vessels, high blood pressure, (HBP), and inflammation. When insulin is so high, it triggers the body’s extra sugar to be stored as fat.

Type III Diabetes (T3D) – is a brain-specific form of diabetes, a combination of 1&2, a brain condition Alzheimer’s Disease (AD)

Insulin actions are important for neuronal survival and brain function.  The brain is an insulin-sensitive organ.  For our entire lives, we’ve been told that the primary source of energy in the body is carbohydrates or glucose.  However, your brain operates on two fuels:  glucose and ketones.  Most of the time it is fueled by glucose, but too much toxic glucose overload can damage the system.  Your body needs insulin to transport glucose into your brain cells.  But if insulin refuses to escort glucose energy, there is a problem.  Due to our modern epidemic of insulin resistance, your brain may be starved of fuel because your insulin is not effective at getting glucose into your cells. When the machinery in the cell does not work well, you get general vague symptoms (not feeling well, being tired, Brain fog, etc. are communicating intracellular nutritional deficiencies.  The wrong kinds of sugar are potent brain neurotoxins.  The wrong kinds of sugar are addictive, possibly even more than cocaine.

  • Carb addiction is eight times more powerful than cocaine.
  • Carbs turn off fat burning gene and turn on the gene for fat production.
  • Omega 3 fats actively turn on fat burning and off fat production.
  • Keeping your carbs low while consuming the right fat, will burn fat.
  • If your carbs are as high as the fat, your body will choose the carbs to burn first.
  • Omaga 3’s assist in weight

The Brain has two metabolic functions:   It uses or burns glucose (sugars) and ketones (fats). During metabolic stress, ketones serve as an alternative energy source to maintain normal brain cell metabolism.   Ketones are a cleaner burning fuel than glucose and they produce much less inflammation because it is cleaner.  Our body can make new sugars out of protein and fat (gluconeogenesis=GNG).  The brain also secretes its own insulin and the brain uses 25% of the body’s glucose.  Hear an explanation from Dr. Eric Berg.

Ketones are not produced in large quantities unless you are following an extremely low carbohydrate, high-fat diet.  These ketones can fuel your brain even when it’s become resistant to insulin.  Evidence suggests coconut oil, in particular the medium-chain triglycerides, can be easily converted to ketones by your liver.

It is also important to understand that insulin resistance prevents the absorption of B1, potassium, and protein.  Potassium is an electrolyte that carries electrical impulses, such as nerve impulses, to other cells. Potassium’s job is to help nerve conduction, help regulate your heartbeat, and help your muscles contract. It also works to maintain proper fluid balance between your cells and body fluids. Protein builds cells.  B1 plays an important role in maintaining a healthy nervous system and improving the cardiovascular functioning of the body.

THE KILLER IN YOUR BLOOD:  The wrong sugars are sweet poison.

If you cut the wire to the oil light, the car will still continue to overheat. High blood sugar represents the oil light.  So, if you lower your blood sugar (with meds), the diabetes will continue to progress and cause damage throughout your body.

Raised blood glucose can eventually cause these risk factors:

  • 15% risk of Heart disease
  • Kidney failure
  • Liver Disease
  • Eye disease
  • Blindness
  • Nerve damage
  • Blood Vessels – Strokes
  • Oxidative stress increases Cancer
  • Lung inflammation
  • Foot Amputations
  • Doubles the risk of Dementia
  • Abnormally low blood glucose can cause seizures and loss of consciousness.
  • People with diabetes are 50% more likely to develop Alzheimers.  In Alzheimer’s disease, we learn that increasing fats, like medium chain fats coconut oil, you can feed the starving brain.

This does not sound like a promising future!

GET AGGRESSIVE  FOR HEALTH:

 

KICK THE CAN:

Liquid sugar is a unique driver of today’s skyrocketing type 2 diabetes and obesity epidemics. Diabetes rates have almost tripled over the past three decades, just as sugary beverage consumption has doubled.  Liquid sugar is uniquely harmful because we absorb it in as little was 30 minutes.  This sugar can transform into fat in the liver.

Ditch the diet soft drinks as well.  The impact of artificially sweetened beverage users is +121%.  In a 24 week study, which had no financial ties to the beverage industry and was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers from the University of Nottingham assigned 62 women instructing half of the women to replace zero-calorie diet beverages with water after their main meal (i.e., lunch), while the other half continued to drink only one diet soda per day after lunch.  The women who replaced diet beverages with water, on average, lost 16% more weight than the women who drank diet sodas and also experienced improvements in their insulin sensitivity and carbohydrate tolerance that were 70% and 42% greater, than the group who drank diet beverages.  If you drank the entire 20-ounce beverage you would have consumed 17 ½ teaspoons of sugar.  As the example above shows beverages can be a major source of added sugars; found in high quantities in soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, and sweetened coffee and tea.

What’s wrong with a little pizza, a donut, etc?  If you have a food intolerance, just a little causes big problems. When you eat foods that you are intolerant too, you can get insulin resistance, high cortisol, etc. and your body stores fat.  Your body responds to these inflammation toxins by storing fat and cooling it down.  Hormonal changes respond to your body’s inflammation and you start craving the foods that do not work well for you. If you know how your body uses these white foods, you would understand and that knowledge quite possibly would help you begin that better life now.  WHAT DOES FLOUR HAVE IN COMMON WITH SUGAR? it turns into sugar.

Our society pushes 152 pounds of sugar and 142 pounds of flour that acts like sugar in your body, and we have accepted it as the #1 recreational drug of choice.  When we are feeling down or tired or stressed we reward ourselves “stuff our feelings” and reach for the sugar.  Traditions play a role as well.  Some say you cannot have a well rounded meal without dessert at the end.  Their effect on the bloodstream and the brain are the same.  They are addictive because they cause a supernatural release of Dopamine in the brain.  Dopamine is the primary neurotransmitter involved in addiction.  The problem is that sugar works its enticement in the same area of the brain that cocaine and other addictive substances do triggering the release of dopamine, a neurotransmitter that gives the sensation of pleasure.  Dopamine is responsible for what neuroscientists call “reward-driven learning” that drives repeating what triggered it.

Break the sugar, drug habit:  have sugar without it having you.

This modern plague of imbalanced blood sugar and insulin resistance is reversible. When you eat and what do you eat makes a difference in your blood sugar levels.  Most people don’t know they are out of their “sweet spot” and engulfed in the modern plague.  The Sweet Spot Solution through Dr. Ritamarie’s program takes you through the process of balancing your blood sugar and banishing belly fat, brain fog, and burnout so you can regain the energy, focus, and self-confidence to live your life with passion and purpose.  You have 12 systems – including digestive, immune, and cardiovascular – with 78 individual organs. Each one has its own cycle, and a kind of “biological harmony” it’s trying to maintain.  There are five elements, five little lifestyle shifts for immediate and permanent relief that will help you find your “sweet spot”:  balanced nutrition, movement, restful sleep, low stress, optimal timing and rhythms.  These 5 lifestyle factors have an overwhelming impact on your Sweet Spot.

I feel it is important to include here that there is no “ONE SIZE FITS ALL” solution and even vegetarians and vegans struggle with finding their “sweet spot” of balance.  Further, although weight gain and obesity are co-factors for Type 2 diabetes, you do not have to be overweight to become a Type 2 diabetic. In fact about 5% to 10% of Type 2 diabetics are not overweight.

WHEN & WHAT TO EAT:

More people are concerned about what they eat then when they eat.  Here are some when to eat tips:

  • 12 hours between dinner and breakfast
  • 4 hours between meals ideally
  • 14 hours or more of Intermittent fasting – A cycle through periods of feast and famine.  Modern research shows this cycling produces a number of biochemical benefits, including improved insulin/leptin sensitivity.  When we are in the fasting state we are in the healing state.
  • Do not eat right after exercise.  When exercising, the growth hormone goes up.  Insulin and growth hormones fighting cousins.

Are you at risk?  Here are some tests to find out.

Tests:  Hemoglobin A1C (early marker, should be 5) … Fasting *insulin (should be 3-5) … Triglyceride/HDL (ratio should be 1:1)

If the doctor says everything looks okay, don’t take that for an answer.  Ask the doctor to explain it to you.  Better yet, get a copy of your blood test and learn how to read the results.

Here’s some motivation: As soon as you quit consuming processed sugar, your health will improve rapidly. In fact, it takes just 10 days without sugar to see substantial metabolic and neurological benefits.  Giving up sugar can be challenging because our brains are programmed to love it.  Sweet things in nature are different and are safe to eat. They provide a quick source of energy that helps us store fat for times of scarcity.  Focus on eating real, whole, unprocessed foods.

PORTION CONTROL MATTERS

Portion sizes have increased 69%.  Portion control is important for blood glucose control and weight control.

Food labels do tell you what a serving size is and how much that serving size gives you in calories (fats, sugars, and salts).  For someone with type 2 diabetes and who is also overweight, simply losing some pounds can lead to an easier time controlling blood sugars and possibly less need for medication.  Generally, aim for two portions of fruit a day in the beginning and at separate times of the day.

  • When going out to eat, avoid all-you-can-eat buffets or if you do go out, get a doggy bag.
  • Use smaller plates, like salad plates.
  • Right down what you are eating.
  • Stay away from super-sizing.
  • Avoid regular sodas and yes even juices.  Beverages, liquid sugars, don’t satisfy hunger and they raise blood glucose very rapidly.  Reach for that water instead.
  • Avoid the Wrong kind of sugar:  Processed Sugars, grains, syrups, artificial sweeteners.

You can optimize blood sugars with the glycemic index (GI & GL).

The Glycemic Index (GI) ranks carbohydrate foods according to their effect on the body’s blood glucose levels.  GI values less than 55 are considered low.

Glycemic Load (GL) measures both the type and quantity of carbohydrate consumed, which tell you how rapidly a particular carbohydrate turns into sugar

Many fruits have a low GI because of their fructose and fiber which means the sugar is released slower into the blood.  The 1:1 ratio in a whole food diet comes from about 50 grams of natural sugars per day and about 45 grams of natural fiber.  Sugar drives consumption and fiber drives satiety or the signal “I have had enough”.  When eating foods with a label, aim for at least 3 grams of fiber per serving and at least 10 to 15 grams of fiber per meal. Start slowly. Expect a change in bowel habits (usually for the better). A high sugar to fiber ratio, artificially manipulated, in food gets us to consume and therefore buy more processed food.

Carbohydrate servings                               Glycemic load

5 vegetables (GL of 1-3 each)                    5-15

3 fruits (GL of 3-10 each)                           9-30

2 grains or starches (GL of 10-30             20-60

Total GL         34-105

The typical western diet contains: 1.5 vegetable servings, 1 fruit, 6 grain and starch servings, and 2 to 4 “pure sugar” carbs such as ice cream, juice or soft drink.  This yields a much different glycemic load picture:

Carbohydrate servings                              Glycemic load

1.5 vegetables (GL of 1-3 each)                1-5

1 fruit (GL of 3-10 each)                            3-10

6 grains or starches (GL of 10-30)          60-180

3 “sugar” carbs                                           60-90

                                             Total GL         124-285

Looking at the above statistics, the average glycemic load is about 200-210, well within the highest coronary artery disease risk group found in a study.  Heart disease risk is just one of several increased by high glycemic load eating.

Perhaps to avoid the diabetes risk is to control dietary glycemic load and keep it simple.

The advantage of eating a low-carbohydrate fruit is that you can take a larger portion to make up the 15g carbohydrate serving size.  Fat alone or in combination with protein does not raise blood glucose.  When fat is combined with carbohydrate, it tends to lower the glycemic index value of the food, since fat slows digestion.  This means no fruit juice, liquid sugar.  Eating the whole fruit with the fiber to slow the assimilation of fruit sugars down.

THE “PRESCRIPTION” IS SIMPLE:

Remove the added processed sugars from the diet.

Carbohydrate sources should be  – vegetables>fruits>grains 

  • Blueberries (GI 6 – 1 cup)
  • Strawberries (GI 3 – 1 cup halves)
  • Raspberries (GI 3 – 1 cup)
  • Blackberries (GI 4) best for diabetics because of the sugar:fiber ratio 5:5
  • Apples with skin (GI 3 – 1 cup quartered or chopped)
  • Watermelon (GI 3 – 1 cup balls) has low-to-intermediate GLs.  It is a great source of lycopene which improves insulin sensitivity, lower blood sugar and lower risk of type 2 diabetes and reduces nerve damage.  Watermelon is high in FODMAPs (Fermentable, Oligosaccharides (sugar), Disaccharides (double sugar), Monosaccharides (single sugar), And Polyols (sugar alcohols-cause of *gasses, bloating) that can cause digestive stress (especially those with IBS).  Just be mindful of the amount you eat at each serving because it’s easy to over-indulge.
  • Avocado (GI 3 – 1 cup cubes) help control blood sugar spikes.
  • Plums (GI 5 – 1 cup sliced)
  • Papaya (GI 3 – 1 cup cubes) can obstruct future cell damage
  • Grapes (GI 9) They are higher in sugar but better than that candy bar.  The polyphenols in grapes, which have been shown to have positive effects on blood sugar levels.

The Best Fruits For Diabetics Are In Whole Form

You might thinking that the sugar content of fruit means that you can’t eat it.  Fruits are loaded with good-for-you vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber — a powerful nutrient that can help regulate blood sugar levels and decrease your risk of developing diabetes.  Eat your fruit first.  Fruit digests more quickly.  Eating fruit last causes the fruit to ferment and this leads to stomach *gasses, bloating, etc. Most people need to begin by removing foods with added sugars rather than fruit. Some people need to cut out all sugar, including fruit.

Pair grains with protein and fat to slow the metabolizing of sugars.

  1. Oatmeal (Oats) (Cooked)  1 cup (234g) Up to 10.3g Net-Carbs (1.7g fiber)
  2. Cornmeal (Grits) (Cooked)  1 cup (233g) Up to 13.2g Net-Carbs (0.7g fiber)
  3. Bulgur (Cracked Whole Wheat) (Cooked)  1 cup (182g) Up to 14.1g Net-Carbs (4.5g fiber)
  4. Amaranth Grain (Cooked)  1 cup (246g) Up to 16.6g Net-Carbs  (2.1g fiber)  This non-gluten grain is high in protein and contains more calcium than milk.
  5. Buckwheat (Roasted Groats) (Cooked)  1 cup – Up to 17.2g Net-Carbs (2.7g fiber)
  6. Quinoa (Cooked)  1 cup – Up to 18.5g Net-Carbs (2.8g fiber)
  7. Wild Rice (Cooked)  Up to 19.5g Net-Carbs (1.8g fiber)

8 HEALTHY ACTION STEPS:

1.  Knowledge is power.  Understand how the brain works.  Realize what’s going on.  Realize that eating both white processed sugar and floured foods are still causing the same problems.

2.  Understanding your level of addiction.  Your individual brain chemistry is different from someone else’s.  If you can’t possibly think about doing it without that morning donut, bagel, or any other white substance, you may be very addicted to sugar.  Just as any drug addict, you will need to spend a period of time  away from any sugar, usually 2-3 weeks. You can expect headaches, hormonal ups and downs, joint pains, gas & bloating, and feeling downright icky.  This detox can last anywhere from 3 to 21 days.  Some satisfying sweet replacements would be apples, berries, and oranges are not addicting because they contain fiber, water, vitamins, and minerals.  Avoid all other sweets even honey.

3.  Become a nutrition label ninja.  Sugar has many different names and is hiding all sorts of places you wouldn’t expect them to be.  Believe it or not energy bars and smoothies with fructose contain quite a bit of sugar.  Processed fructose is one of the worst sugars to consume which makes you more insulin resistant.  Identify the whole foods that serve you best.  Keep a log the foods you eat, measure your blood sugar before and after, you should find the foods that get you into your “sweet spot.”  Avoid foods that get your blood sugar above 110.

4.  Protein, fiber and healthy fats will keep you balanced, keep you full longer, help you overcome the sugar cravings, and keep you regular.  (Fats:  Chia seeds, avocado, almond/walnuts & seeds, ghee/real butter, coconut oil   Fiber: fruits & vegetables)

5.  Heal your gut.  It is the “second brain”.  2/3 of our immune system is in the gastrointestinal tract.  If your gut is inflamed, it communicates to the brain’s immune system that there is a big invasion. Your brain gets overactive reacting to this communication.  This interferes with your mood, cognition, and other things going on in the brain. Food allergies are one of the biggest causes of a compromised gut microbiome.  Acute allergies are immediate in reactions.  Delayed allergies are sneaky because you may eat something one day and react with a migraine the next day.

These immune systems perceive our world and remember those perceptions.  Our immune system senses through our five senses.  (Our memory cells, the neurons of the brain)  The immune system sees the microscopic world of little particles from food and microbes and pollens and dust and remembers their unique identity in the immune cells.

Take a good probiotic.  Probiotics help by getting rid of yeast and bad bacteria in your system which feed on sugars. Not all probiotics are the same.  If you want more information on we are to get a good probiotic please contact me.

6.  Take high quality supplements:  Some of the more common nutrient deficiencies seen in diabetics include Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, CoQ10 and magnesium, chromium, B-Complex vitamins, DHA.

Magnesium plays a key role in preventing insulin dysregulation and type 2 diabetes.

Chromium (steadies blood sugar)
– it is insulin’s companion to get the sugar into the cell.  Biochemistry shows that chromium is an insulin potentiator, meaning that it makes your insulin more effective.

B-Complex Vitamins – especially B1, B12 & B6

DHA supplementation helps stop the craving.  Once your sugar levels are stabilized you can eat the DHA foods.

Please contact me if you would like a high quality supplement.

7.  Exercise – Weight training or burst training.  Stop long distance cardio or triathlons because they actually increase sugar cravings.  Moving helps regenerate your cells.  It causes cells to become more insulin sensitive, and also oxygenate your cells which helps with healing.  Burst exercise in the morning on an empty stomach, will burn fat.

8.  Change The Food Conversations:  1) I will eat everything in moderation 2) I will watch my calories.

How many people actually do this, eat in moderation and stop when you have reached your calorie intake, your “sweet spot”?  It can be done.  The steps are simple but not easy.

  • You deal with cravings.
  • You have your social and family network pressure.
  • Most people do not have the will power to eat in moderation and are too busy and in a hurry to be bothered with watching calories.
  • Furthermore, people want to eat cheaply and they have gotten what they have paid for.

Our bodies are self-healing and self-regulating.  They will respond in a positive way but serious choices need to be made.

QUICK FIX TIPS:  Bandaid solutions to jump-start

1.  Consume 1-2 tbs of coconut oil to increase mental clarity and focus!  You can add this to smoothies, soups, salads, or low glycemic truffles.

2.  Good Sleep – when we sleep we are not eating.  You cannot burn fat with insulin in the system.

  • Within an hour of you falling asleep a growth hormone that starts to burn fat, clean house, it starts to repair muscles and lay down muscle.  So don’t eat within three hours before going to bed.
  • Have some lavender around.
  • Take a warm soothing bath or shower.

3.  Burst Training – start with one (1) 30 second burst of anything that gets your heart pumping.  Gradually increase to eight (8) times a day for a total of four (4) minutes a day.  Use the stairs for stair climbing or running any time you can and graduate to use a weight of some kind like a sack of potatoes.  Use a chair for squats.

PERMANENT SOLUTIONS that offer long-term protection:

1.  Consume adequate water throughout today.

  • Start with 16 to 20 ounces depending on your weight.
  • Drink 16 to 20 ounces about 30 minutes before each meal, before and after exercise.
  • Drink half your body weight each day.  Add eight ounces to every 15 minute of heavy sweat or exercise.
  • Dehydration has been linked to elevated blood sugar and insulin resistance.
  • Lowering your blood sugar by 20 points by just taking in 10 breathes in and out and think about something that makes you relaxed and happy.

2.  Balanced nutrition:

  • Stick to the produce aisle and the freezer section of your grocery store.  Variety is important. Go for whatever is in season to keep the cost down.
  • Choose food that keeps your blood sugar balanced, eating foods with antioxidants, avoiding food that damage your cells and cause inflammation.  Do not eat every two hours.

3.  Have a big WHY.  What is your dream?  Birthday’s, weddings, and other special events can derail your dream.

  • WHY do you want to get healthy?
  • WHY do you want to look better?
  • WHY do you want to sleep better?
  • WHY do you want to feel better?

4.  Knowledge, Support, and Accountability are so important for long-term success.

5.  Resources and Tools:  food guidelines, videos, shopping lists, recipe guides, strategies with dealing with emotional eating and snack attacks.  Emotional eating is something that most people have turned to at some point in their lives when emotions get strong.  Some people turn to eating when under stress, like a death in the family, an overbearing boss, tight deadlines, or challenges with children or families.  To truly break free from emotional eating is to address the underlying emotions, and healing them.

There is a high-cost to doing nothing.  If you know that you are genetically prone with insulin resistance and have diabetes in the family, you can rewrite how your genes influence and express themselves (Epigenesis).  You can help yourself and your family by reversing your condition.  By doing this your money stops managing your illness and you can spend it on things you enjoy and helping others.

More and more people are starting to realize that food is really our best medicine.  In 90% of all chronic and degenerative diseases, poor diet is either the direct cause or a significant factor. This is especially true for Type 2 diabetes.  I encourage you to put on your fork every day what influences your capacity to live a rich, energetic, connected, soulful life—a life in which you have the energy to care for yourself, to love your friends and family, to help your neighbors, to fully show up for your work in the world, and to live your dreams.

Here are a couple of recipes to try:

Yummy Anti-inflammatory Smoothie to the left.

FAT BOMBS

Ketogenic fat bombs are small snacks or treats that are high in fat and low in carbs (so, literally a fat bomb) that you can eat as a quick breakfast, as a quick mid-afternoon snack, as a pre- or after- workout snack, or as extra fuel during your day.

Healthy fats:  cacao butter, coconut butter, almond butter, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut cream, ghee, avocado oil,

Flavoring:  sugar-free vanilla extract, 100% dark chocolate, cacao powder, salt, peppermint extract, spices

Texturecacao nibs, almonds, pecans, walnuts, chia seeds, shredded coconut

Layered Peppermint Patties:

Melt dark chocolate.  Put 1 tsp. in c

upcake cup.  Put in refrigerator for 1 hour or until solid.

Soften the coconut butter and coconut oil and mix together with the unsweetened shredded coconut, stevia, and peppermint extract.  2 teaspoons into mini muffin cup for one hour or until solid.

Do as many layers as you want.

Ingredient break down

Cinnamon: a sugar-lowering substance. Cinnamon has been shown to improve the body’s ability to use insulin in multiple ways. It stimulates insulin receptors on the cells, as well as acting directly on our DNA to “turn off” genes that are responsible for deactivating insulin receptors on our cells.  They appear to prevent the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream.  Including cinnamon in a meal that is high in carbohydrates also reduces the rise of glucose in the blood after eating.  ADD 1 tsp.

Nuts:  These little diabetes-busters are bursting with healthy fats, vitamins, and lots of minerals. Nuts contain monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), which reverse insulin resistance. If you’re prediabetic, or want to avoid Type 2, eating nuts will cut down your risk.  Peanuts are not recommended.  Click here for reasons.

Almonds & Cashews contain magnesium an essential mineral involved in hundreds of bodily processes, including blood sugar regulation.  It improves insulin response and lowers blood sugar levels.  Low magnesium levels is strongly associated with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Turmeric: an anti-inflammatory, and due to the connection between inflammation and diabetes, is being studied in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. It is commonly prescribed diabetes medication, increasing insulin sensitivity and reducing blood sugar levels.

Flaxseed: A flaxseed compound normalized plasma insulin and C-peptide levels (C peptide is not C-reactive protein, rather it is a direct indicator of how much insulin is being produced by the beta cells in the body.

Avocado:  Helps control blood sugar spikes.  Its fat and fiber content takes longer to digest and slows the absorption of other carbohydrates in the process.  High in Magnesium 19.5mg prevents insulin dysregulation.

Chia:  Their rich alpha-linolenic and fiber makeup help prevent insulin resistance. Chia’s unique ability to lower blood pressure, reverse inflammation and oxidative stress.  They help promote gut health and ensure bowel regularity.  They contain Omega3 fatty acids.

Berries:  They lower blood sugars, and have anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins appear to improve blood sugar.  Berry flavonoids were also found to increase the body’s blood antioxidant capacity and in some cases even improved lipid levels, properly regulate blood pressure, and blood glucose levels.

Other helpful ingredients for blood glucose levels and reducing inflammation:

Onions:  Onions are one of the top food sources for the trace mineral chromium, which produces a powerful benefit on blood glucose levels. Research shows that chromium helps your body use insulin more efficiently, maintains steady blood sugar levels, and reduces the need for diabetes drugs.  Don’t like onions?  They may be worth your effort to enjoy.

One cup of raw onion (about ½ cup cooked onion) gives you 24mcg of the government’s “adequate intake” recommendation of 25 — 35mcg of chromium. So sauté up a big batch of onions, add some garlic and herbs, and throw them on salads, toss them in soups and fritattas.

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO):  EVOO also reduces inflammation, one of the root causes of diabetes. Getting inflammation under control is essential for healing — and reversing — Type 2 and prediabetes.  Unfortunately, the olive oil in your supermarket may not be strong enough.

Green Tea:  Helps with blood sugar control.  Green tea drinkers had an 18% lower risk of becoming diabetic.

Drinking hot ginger tea with meals helps stimulate slow digestion. Drink 2–3 cups of ginger tea daily.

Natural Sugar Substitute:  Markus Sweet Zero Calories, Zero Glycemic (does not raise blood sugar or insulin).  It is great for Diabetics.  The ingredients:  Lo Han Gut (Monkfruit) and Erythritol (from non-geo corn)   (I am not an affiliate.  I just appreciate the products.)  

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Sources:

  1. https://www.naturalnews.com/2017-11-17-health-ranger-how-i-beat-type-2-diabetes-using-food-nutrition-and-exercise-avoiding-a-lifetime-of-insulin-and-toxic-pharma-drugs.html
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  5. https://drritamarie.com for the Sweet Spot program.
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  14. https://ketosummit.com/what-are-ketogenic-fat-bombs-recipes-how-to-make

Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 6 of 10: Alzheimers – Memories Matter

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 1 in 3
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 1 in 3
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away 155,041
  4. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen (unintentional injuries; 5.2%)
  5. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 1 in 6

Alzheimer’s disease: 1 in 9 (110,561) over age 65   >  1 in 3 over 85

 

  • 1 in 10 people age 65 and older (10 percent) has Alzheimer’s dementia.
  • 1 in 3 dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia
  • Every sixty-six seconds someone in the US develops Alzheimer’s
  • It is estimated to triple by the year 2050
  • $259 billion was spent in 2017.  Medicare and Medicaid are expected to cover $175 billion, or 67 percent, of the total health care and long-term care payments for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias. Out-of-pocket spending is expected to be $56 billion.
  • 5.3 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s is a chronic neurodegenerative disease that usually starts slowly and worsens over time. It is the cause of 60% to 70% of cases of dementia.  Since it was first described over 100 years ago, Alzheimer’s disease has been without an effective treatment.

It is common knowledge that Alzheimer’s disease robs people of their ability to remember, but many people are unaware that Alzheimer’s disease is fatal, its symptoms extend further than memory loss and early detection does make a difference.

During the celebrated holidays, families suffer from the inability of their loved one(s) who don’t recall the fond memories of the past.

Alzheimer’s is currently the most common form of dementia as current statistics according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Another important factor to the Alzheimer’s epidemic is that it is incredibly expensive to Americans overall.  More money is spent on dementia than cancers.

Topic lineup:

  • Types of Dementia
  • Brain facts
  • What causes dementia?
  • What do medical research journals say?
  • The Healthy Brain: Is Multifaceted
  • Music for Memory
  • Recipes

Types of Dementia:

Brain facts:

  1. Your brain is made up of about 75 percent water.
  2. Your brain is the fattest organ in your body and may consist of at least 60 percent fat.  The fat in the brain is saturated. The Myelin Sheath that surrounds the nerves in the brain and ensures their proper function is also largely made of saturated fat and cholesterol.
  3. Your brain uses 20 percent of the total oxygen in your body.
  4. The old adage of humans only using 10% of their brain is not true. Every part of the brain has a known function.
  5. Every time you recall a memory or have a new thought, you are creating a new connection in your brain.
  6. Memories triggered by scent have a stronger emotional connection, and therefore appear more intense than other memory triggers.
  7. While awake, your brain generates between 10 and 23 watts of power — or enough energy to power a light bulb.
  8. Studies show that brain waves are more active while dreaming than when you are awake.
  9. While you sleep at night may be the best time for your brain to consolidate all your memories from the day. Lack of sleep may actually hurt your ability to create new memories.

Can we handle the truth?

See if you can find “the why” of each true or false statement as you continue reading.

TRUE & FALSE:

  • False – Alzheimer’s is a normal part of aging.
  • True – Alzheimer’s is a result of neurological damage.
  • False – Alzheimer’s runs in the families genes.
  • False – The Brain can’t regenerate its own brain cells and neurons.
  • True – Alzheimer’s is described as Type 3 diabetes.

 

If amyloid plaque doesn’t cause Alzheimer’s disease, what does?

“Other conditions can also cause dementia or dimension like symptoms:

  • including reactions to medications
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • infections
  • poisoning
  • brain tumors
  • hypoxia

In many cases, the condition is reversible with treatment there for alleviating the dimension or the dementia like-symptoms.”  (hypoxia is low oxygen of the brain)

What causes dementia?  (Journals of Medicine are included)

  1. Accumulation of proteins (beta-amyloid) in the brain.
  2. Damage to vessels that supply blood to the brain (Polyunsaturated fats, blood pressure drugs constrict vessels and slow down oxygen of the brain
  3. Abnormal clumps of protein in the brain (problems with body being able to brake down amino acids)
  4. Frontotemporal Lobar degeneration
    – atrophy of the front part of the brain.  Degeneration of nerve cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.  Vaccines, Antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS – inhibit the building block of cartilage) A major factor with leaky gut is caused by gluten and casein proteins that attack the frontal lobe an impulse control.
  5. Thyroid and hormonal imbalance – A lower thyroid condition is due to deficiencies or some type of adrenal stimulus.  Iodine is vital for brain development.
  6. Deficiencies  – Maine nutrients from omega-3, vitamin B 12, B 9 (folic acid), D, C, magnesium, selenium, probiotic, plus many other nutrients.  The Neuro Science Letters Journal.  Folic acid can reverse Alzheimer’s disease stimulating DNA Gene and protein expression.  B-complex vitamins can help preserve brain volume while preventing and even reversing mild cognitive decline – possibly slowing down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.  High doses of B vitamins for two years caused dramatic reductions in brain atrophy while experiencing improvements in higher cognitive function. Vitamin B3 also contributes protective effects.  The highest total intake of niacin (B3) were much less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease.  Good sources of vitamin B3 include 100 percent grass-fed organ meats, wild-caught fish, organic broccoli and shiitake mushrooms. (to name a few). Vitamin B6 – or pyridoxine – is vital for the production of neurotransmitters – including serotonin, norepinephrine and melatonin – and is also needed for the absorption of vitamin B12. Good sources of B6 include organically-grown brown rice, sunflower seeds, spinach and wheat germ.  Vitamin B9 – also known as folate and folic acid – is crucial for brain function. You can boost your dietary intake with organic dark leafy greens, legumes, and avocados. Vitamin B12 – or cobalamin – is essential for maintaining healthy nerve cells, and works hand in glove with vitamins B6 and B9 to control homocysteine.  Adequate stomach acid, enzymes, and gut health are all very important to consider for the absorption of these nutrients.  Keep in mind that as we age, stomach acid and enzymes often diminishes and supplementing is necessary.  (If you need supplementary guidance, please contact me.)
  7. Vascular – insufficient blood flow to portions of the brain.  The mental deterioration proceeds in the stair step pattern toward cognitive decline and stroke.
  8. Artificial food colorings, flavors, and sweeteners

    Aspartame, (phenylalanine – reduce levels of dopamine and serotonin, aspartic acid – hyper excited neurons leading to degeneration ‘burn out’ of neurons, methanol – closet CNS depression and vision disorders and metabolic acidosis and coma) Association of Polish Neuropathologists and medical research Center 

    Aspartame disturbs amino acid metabolism, protein structure and metabolism, integrity of nucleic acids, neuronal function and endocrine balances and changes the brain concentrations of catecholamines.  European Journal of Clinical Nutrition

  9. Neuro toxins, Mercury and Aluminum in vaccines, amalgam fillings – annual flu shots (given 5 times 1000% higher Alzheimer’s says world’s leading immuno-geneticist Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, MD).  This causes long-term brain inflammation associated with neurological complication. Mercury causes immune, sensory, neurological, motor, behavioral dysfunctions.
  10. Statin drugs – deplete your brain from coenzyme Q10 and neurotransmitter precursors.  This prevents adequate delivery by essential fatty acids and fat soluble antioxidants inhibiting the necessary LDL.  Journal of Pharmacology  See last months information on LDL.  No single drug has been found to stop or even slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, and drugs have only had modest effects on symptoms.  “In the past decade alone, hundreds of clinical trials have been conducted for Alzheimer’s, without success, at an aggregate cost of over $1 billion,” said Bredesen, who also is a professor at the Buck Institute.
  11. Sleep Medication – Ambien might be associated with increased risk in dementia an elderly population, including hypertension, diabetes, and stroke.  Journal of medicine – Baltimore
  12. Stagnation, stress, and inactivityYour brain gets charged with movement.
  13. Anti-cholinergic drugs – block neurotransmitters.
  14. Polypharmacy – multiple medication usage
  15. Over-the-Counter drugs – Tagamet, Pepcid, Zantac, hay fever meds, cold and flu meds, sleeping pills, anti-diarrhea Journal of The Royal Society of medicine   These are all epigenetic changers. Genes can be turned on (expressed) or turned off (silenced). Pharmaceuticals may be involved in the etiology of heart disease, cancer, nerve and mental disorders, obesity, diabetes, leukemia, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, infertility, sexual dysfunction.   [Metabolism Clinical and Experimental 57: 2008 S16-s23] 
  16. Legalized MSG

MSG (neuron death and Alzheimer’s)  canned soup, crackers, meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners, supermarkets, restaurants, schools cafeterias, infant formula, baby food.   U.S. Food and Drug Administration “FDA Monosodium glutamate MSG” August 31, 1995.  

 

AVOID THEM ALL!!!

Recent research indicates that eating low-fat foods could actually increase your risks of developing neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s disease is growing at epidemic proportions and our fascination with low-fat dieting over the past few decades may have something to do with it.  While saturated fat and cholesterol intake has dropped dramatically, heart disease is still our number one killer. Other diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s are on the rise. Low-fat diets are not working.  FAT IS AN ESSENTIAL ELEMENT of the human brain. Sixty percent of the brain consists of fat and almost 25 percent of the body’s cholesterol.

Each organ in our body is basically a collection of cells.  The cells of our body are encased in a lipid (fat and cholesterol) membrane.  Cholesterol is needed for structural support and to regulate the entry and exit of certain hormones, fats, and proteins. Fat and cholesterol are constantly being formed to maintain, replace, and repair the cells and tissues.  Cholesterol, for instance, is essential for the transmission of nerve impulses and for the storing and retrieving of memories. A number of studies have shown that the amount of cholesterol circulating in the blood influences brain function. Low blood cholesterol is associated with poor cognitive performance. Higher cholesterol levels appear to improve memory and cognitive skills and protect against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s.  Researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, in New York, Seoul National University in South Korea, Journal of Biological Chemistry all show “high cholesterol is associated with better memory function.”  From 70 years of age and over, a combined 683 participants, these studies suggest that the wrong type of diet (i.e., low-fat) can promote neurodegeneration.  Low-fat diets are dangerous.  They starve the body of the lipid building blocks needed to achieve and maintain healthy brain function, thus lowering cognitive performance and increasing the risk of Alzheimer’s. The catch is including GOOD sources of fat in the diet as a smart way to help protect yourself against Alzheimer’s.  But that’s not all.

In light of recognized evidence and scientific agreement, nutritional authorities consider all trans fats equally harmful for health and recommend that consumption of trans fats be reduced to trace amounts.  In 2003 the World Health Organization recommended that trans fats make up no more than 1% of a person’s diet.  What do you think the true consumption percentage is today?  Take a look at the FDA chart to the left.

In 2013, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (which contain

trans fats) are NOT “generally recognized as safe“, which was expected to lead to a ban on industrially produced trans fats in the American diet.  On 16 June 2015, the FDA finalized its determination that trans fats are not generally recognized as safe, and set a three-year time limit for their removal from all processed foods.  Why then do we still see so much junk food or as I also call it “phony food”?  Junk food shrinks the brain?

Vegetable oils are oxidative stress in a bottle.  The liquid molecules are bonded together tightly as an epoxy adhesive, a lacquer as they react to oxygen. To create these polyunsaturated oils, they break these bonding molecules up into liquid form, with solvents, chemicals (hexane), high heat, pressure, refined, and bleached.  All this processing creates mangled molecules, stripping away the antioxidants, vitamin E, and other nutritional benefits and leaving us with flavorless oils, and a mess for our bodies to deal with. These oils contain 5% of these mangled molecules and the average intake is 30%.  These mangled molecules are as toxic as PCB’s, mercury, and lead and kills mitochondria in the heart of the cell that creates energy.  Look at your ingredient list:  corn, canola, Cotton seed, soy, sunflower, safflower, even recently refined palm oil.  These are main ingredient in most of your processed snack foods, mayonnaise, store-bought dressings.  This profoundly alters the biochemistry of our body and fat.  The best thing to do to get a good quality olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and apple cider vinegar, toasted sesame oil, coconut oil.

What do medical research journals say?

Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

                    a.  Coconut oil protects the neuron’s from damage.  It’s brain food.  4 Tbsp./day is therapeutic dose.

                    b.  Coconut oil prevent mitochondrial alterations caused by amyloid-b peptide.

                    c.  Coconut Oil 2.7 Tblsp. show immediate cognitive performance

                            d.  “…the natural curcuminoid enhanced brain clearance of Abeta.”

Pharmacological Research Journal

Tumeric (curcumin) exhibit beneficial role in several neurogenerative disorders such as dementia of Alzheimer’s             type.  It brakes down the amyloid.

Aging Research Reviews

     Aging and dementia – a meta-Analysis suggests that physical activity interventions positively influence cognitive function” in patients with dementia.

Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

     “Increasing energy output from a variety of physical activities is related to larger gray matter volumes in the elderly, regardless of cognitive status.  Physical activity can be Nero protective and reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.”

European Journal of Epidemiology

     “Our findings suggest that physical activity reduces the long term risk of dementia, especially Alzheimer’s disease.”

Translational Psychiatry

     “Physical activity counteracts neuronal loss and behavioral deficits.  The present findings – the prevalence of increased physical activity as a potential strategy in the prevention of dementia.”

Journal of Sports Medicine

     “Regular physical exercise may increase angiogenesis (making more blood vessels), neuro genesis (make more nerve cells), synaptogenesis (neuron or nerve cell pass an electrical or chemical signal to another neuron), and the synthesis of neurotransmitters in different cerebral structures involved in cognition due to an increase in the liberation of neurotrophic factors and the production of enzymatic antioxidants.”

     “Is an inversely proportional relationship between the amount of physical activity undertaken and the risk of cognitive decline and/ or the development of neurodegenerative disease.”

MAYO CLINIC, CDC, WHO, AND OTHER SOURCES.

All forms of dementia have something in common:  Progressive loss of nerve cells  

UCLA’s Augustus Rose Professor of Neurology, Dr. Bredesen found in his  laboratory evidence that Alzheimer’s stems from an imbalance in nerve cell signaling. In the normal brain, specific signals foster nerve connections and memory making, while balancing signals support memory loss.  Dr. Bredesen suggested that a broader-based therapeutic approach may be feasible and potentially more effective for the treatment of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer’s.  Alzheimer’s disease is more complex. “Imagine having a roof with 36 holes in it, and your drug patched one hole very well,” he said.

The Protocol:

  • eliminating all simple carbohydrates
  • eliminate gluten and processed food from diet
  • eat more vegetables, fruits, and non-farmed fish
  • meditating (think deeply) twice a day (Mindfulness meditation involves becoming aware of what is true moment by moment; to be present and turn attention to what is happening at that moment in a nonjudgemental way.)
  • find way to begin reducing stress (mental activities)
  • increase sleep from  4-5 ours per night to 7-8 hours per night
  • take melatonin, Vitamin B12 , vitamin D3, fish oil or a vegan replacement like Mega X with no fishy taste, and coenzyme Q10 each day
  • optimizing oral hygiene using an electric flosser and electric toothbrush
  • reinstating hormone replacement therapy, which had previously been discontinued
  • fasting for a minimum of 12 hours between dinner and breakfast, and for a minimum of three hours between dinner and bedtime
  • exercising for a minimum of 30 minutes, four to six days per week
  • The missing links:  proper nerve supply, regular exercise, proper nutrition, sufficient rest, prayer and meditation
  • Build White matter with Juggling (involves spacial, awareness, to perceive or grasp, and processing the sense of touch), Exercise, Music

Side effects:  improved health

There is a very good news. Alzheimer’s is a man-made disease. This means it can be prevented, corrected, and reversed. All it takes is making better decisions and lifestyle choices.

Here are some direct quotes from direct journals of how to treat Alzheimer’s:

CDC – “There are a number of studies that suggest behaviors that might lessen the risks of developing the disease. Among these are increased activity, having a rich diet a fruits and vegetables, maintaining social engagement, participating in intellectually stimulating activities.”

PREVENTION, CORRECTING, & REVERSING

Neuro-plasticity is the brain’s ability to restructure itself through physical movement to generate new cells and nerve growth factor and enables people to recover from injuries, pathological diseases, and dysfunction.

 

  1. Heal the Gut (The Gut Brain/The Second Brain = Enteric Brain) – The enteric nervous system (ENS) consists of sheaths of neurons embedded in the walls of the long tube of our gut and contains some 100 million neurons, more than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system.  It enables us to “feel” the inner world of our gut and its contents. (Do you have butterflies in your stomach? Mood changes, fuzzy, tired, nausea, your ENS may be reacting to what you ate.)     DCL Licorice benefits leaky gut and is an anti-inflammatory, probiotic, adds fiber for regularity, enzymes for digestive benefit, Quercetin helps seal the gut lining.
  2. Healthy protein production
  3. Healthy blood supply
  4. Healthy neuro-transmiting – the brain functions like a battery.  It is charged by its normal position and motion of the vertebra.
  5. Healthy metabolic process
  6. ROAD MAP TO CLARITY:  https://www.sharpagain.org/roadmap-to-clarity/
  7. Lumosity – “using the science of neuroplasticity!”

The Healthy Brain: Is Multifaceted

Brain exercises help your mental health and fitness in the same way your body benefits from physical exercise.   Most of us live our lives as a series of fixed routines.  It simplifies life.  It limits brain-draining decision making.  Routines are run by our subconscious and require very little brain energy.  And consequently they provide the brain with very little stimulation.  Dr. Lawrence Katz is an internationally recognized neurobiologist who was a pioneer in neuron regeneration research.  He wrote Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises to Help Prevent Memory Loss and Increase Mental Fitness back in 1998.

Neurobics: Brain Exercises That Use All Your Senses

Dr. Katz coined the term “neurobics” to describe brain exercises that enhance brain performance by using all five senses in new and novel ways.  He explains that mental decline is not usually from loss of brain cells as much as it is from loss of communication between brain cells.  As mentioned above, this occurs due to the decreasing number and complexity of dendrites, the branches on nerve cells.  He believes that the key to fully exercising your brain is to engage all the senses — sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell — in non-routine ways.  Be brain fit by doing the following:

  1. Switch Hands – like brushing your teeth, eating, and using your computer mouse.  Using your non-dominant hand results in increased brain activity.
  2. Do Chores with Your Eyes Closed – When taking a shower, washing your hair, or sorting laundry, try doing it with your eyes closed. This will force your brain to use new neural pathways.
  3. Do Things Upside Down or Backwards – This forces your brain to really think every time you glance at your watch.
  4. Read Books Aloud – This engages the imagination in a different way.  One of the earliest demonstrations of brain imaging clearly showed three distinct brain regions lighting up when the same word was read, spoken, or heard
  5. Take New Routes – You can take new routes when walking, biking, or riding public transportation.
  6. Simultaneously Use All Your Senses – Travel, camping, and gardening are high on Dr. Katz’s list of activities that utilize all your senses in new ways.  One of his favorite examples is shopping at a farmer’s market where you can look, touch, sniff, and taste the produce.

Do you like playing games?

Try Lumosity.  This brain training was designed by scientists and game designers.  You can start with 50+ games today.

Music for Memory

Music is so much more than bringing cultures together, worshipping the creator, and enhancing studies.  It is also a healer.  Music has resonance osculating signals.

Beloved Music Can Renew Lives Lost to Dementia

MUSIC & MEMORY℠ approach is simple, elegant and effective.  They train care professionals how to set up personalized music playlists, delivered on iPods and other digital devices, for those in their care. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring participants back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize, and stay present.  Music & Memory’s work is rooted in extensive neuroscience research. The results can be nothing short of miraculous.

Watch this incredible response from this participant from Alive Inside clip.

Recipes

Avocado Smoothie

  • 1 cup frozen Blueberries  (1 cup of blueberries a day in any form — fresh, frozen, or freeze-dried)
  • 1/4 Avocado
  • 1/2 Banana or 2 pitted dates
  • Chia seeds
  • 1 cup Pomegranate juice
  • Ice

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients in blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.

Avocado

  1. Avocado monounsaturated fats, contain the phytonutrient beta-sitosterol, which was clinically proven to lower LDL and triglyceride blood levels while raising HDL – two factors that can reduce a person’s risk for cognitive decline.
  2. High in folate, avocados are thought to prevent the formation of brain tangles thought to cause Alzheimer’s.
  3. Avocados have a high amount of potassium, omega-3, and oleic acid, can reduce blood pressure and a lower blood pressure has been shown to be beneficial for brain health, which has been shown to prevent and slow Alzheimer’s.
  4. Phytonutrient polyphenols and flavonoids found in avocados are anti-inflammatories.  Inflammation is considered the basis of most non-contagious diseases, which can also fight Alzheimer’s.
  5. Vitamin K improves blood flow, decreases risk of stroke and may also help to prevent Alzheimer’s.
  6. Antioxidant glutathione supports the liver and the nervous system.

Blueberries have antioxidants that tend to accumulate in areas of the brain that are essential for intelligence.  They appear to directly interact with aging neurons, leading to improvements in cell signaling.

Bananas

  1. Contain high levels of tryptophan, which is converted into serotonin – the happy-mood brain neurotransmitter.
  2. Bananas are a rich source of both vitamin B-6 and carbohydrates, which also help your brain make these important neurochemicals.
  3. Magnesium is beneficial for improving your brain function because it is a mineral that helps facilitate the electrical activity between the nerve cells in your brain and needs to offset stress.  It also helps the brain dispose of the waste byproduct of protein metabolism, ammonia. By reducing the brain’s ammonia levels, magnesium improves your ability to focus, according to The Franklin Institute.  It converts dietary fatty acids into DHA, a substance found within brain cell membranes.
  4. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, which helps deliver oxygen to the brain to keep your mind sharp and helps the brain transmit messages..

2. Turmeric tea

This deep-yellow spice is a key ingredient in curry powder and has a number of benefits for the brain.

Turmeric is a spice which contains a compound called curcumin.  Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, has been shown to cross the blood-brain barrier, meaning it can directly enter the brain and helps new brain cells grow.  Curcumin as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and lipophilic action improves the cognitive functions in patients with AD. A growing body of evidence indicates that oxidative stress, free radicals, beta amyloid, cerebral deregulation caused by bio-metal toxicity and abnormal inflammatory reactions contribute to the key event in Alzheimer’s disease pathology. Its anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to break down the beta-amyloid plaques that are a hallmark of Alzheimer’s.  Due to various effects of curcumin, such as decreased Beta-amyloid plaques, delayed degradation of neurons, metal-chelation, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and decreased microglia formation, the overall memory in patients with AD has improved.  It eases depression by boosting serotonin and dopamine, which both improve mood.

Try this for your nightcap. This creamy drink, made of creamy almond milk, soothing cinnamon and turmeric.  It won’t just help you get a good night’s sleep.

3. Kale, blueberry and pomegranate salad (Recipe to Boost Brain Health by Dr. Marwan Sabbagh and Beau MacMillan, copyright © 2012.)

Kale is usually thought of as a green for cooking, but in this recipe, it’s used as a salad green, one with a lot more texture than lettuce. This salad is rich in brain-boosting foods:

Kale is an excellent source of flavonoids and vitamin C,

Blueberries are high in anthocyanins, a group of plant compounds with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.

Pomegranates provide a great source of resveratrol and reduces nerve inflammation that may delay the possibility of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Pumpkin seeds Pumpkin seeds are also high in omega-3 fatty acids slow age-related mental decline and help ward off Alzheimer’s disease, a major building block of the brain. omega-3 play a role in sharpening memory and improving mood, as well as protecting your brain against decline.  Omega 3s – shown to have 26% less risk of having brain lesions that cause dementia compared with those who do not.  It is also an excellent source of magnesium (learning and memory), iron (improves brain function and lifts brain fog), zinc (nerve signaling) and copper (helps control nerve signals) important for brain health.

Almonds also add a brain-boosting riboflavin and L-carnitine, two key nutrients capable of positively affecting neurological activity and preventing cognitive decline.

Carrots have high levels of a compound called luteolin which reduce age-related memory deficits and inflammation in the brain, according to a study published in 2010 in the journal Nutrition.

  • 3 bunches Kale
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries
  • 2 med. Carrots
  • 1/2 cup of Pomegranate seeds
  • 2 Carrots peeled and shredded
  • 1/3 cup Pumpkin seeds
  • 1/3 cup Almonds
  • Drizzle with the vinaigrette and toss

Here is a list of 10 other foods you should add into your diet that can help improve your mind:  

  • Leafy greens – Aim for six or more servings per week.  Kale, spinach, broccoli, collards and other greens are packed with vitamins A and C and other nutrients are high in folate and B9, which improve cognition and reduce depression. The MIND diet study found that including greens in addition to other veggies made a difference in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s.
  • cruciferous vegetables – contain folate and have cartenoids that lower homo-cysteine (an amino acid linked with cognitive impairment)
  • beans and legumes – Include beans in at least four meals every week.  These foods contain more folate, iron, magensium and potassium that can help with general body function and neuron firing. They also contain choline, a B vitamin that boosts acetylcholine (a neuro transmitter critical for brain function).
  • berries and cherries – Eat berries at least twice a week.  They have anti-inflammatory properties and contain antioxidants and lots of vitamin C and E. Blueberries are one of the more potent foods in terms of protecting the brain.  Strawberries have also shown benefits in past studies looking at the effect of food on cognitive function.
  • Grapes – Researchers at the University of Los Angeles, California, suggest eating grapes twice day could lead to improved attention span and working memory in people with signs of early memory decline.  The antioxidant has been acclaimed for its positive effects on the hippocampus, an area of the brain essential to memory, learning, and mood.
  • Pumpkin Omega 3s – shown to have 26% less risk of having brain lesions that cause dementia compared with those who do not.
  • Almonds, cashews, walnuts, hazelnuts, peanuts and pecans – Try to get five servings of nuts or more each week.  They contain omega-3 and omega-6, vitamin E, folate, vitamin B6 and magnesium.  They contain healthy fats, fiber and antioxidants, and other studies have found they can help lower bad cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease. The MIND diet recommends eating nuts at least five times a week.
  • Whole grains: Aim for at least three servings daily. Choose whole grains like oatmeal, quinoa, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta and 100% whole-wheat bread.
  • Sunflower seeds – contain zinc, choline and vitamin E.
  • Cinnamon, sage, tumeric and cumin – spices can all help to break up brain plaque and reduce inflammation of the brain which can cause memory issues.
  • Squash, asparagus, tomatoes, carrots and beets – These vegetables, if not overcooked, contain vitamin A, folate and iron that help with cognition.
  • Reishi Mushrooms – Supports neurological and adrenal functioning

MIND diet

MIND stands for the Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay  According to the MIND diet, olive oil leads in front of other forms of cooking oil and fats in the MIND diet.  The researchers found people who used olive oil as their primary oil at home saw greater protection against cognitive decline.  Cheese may be delicious but it doesn’t do your brain any favors, according to the MIND diet study. Eat cheese no more than once a week if you want to reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s.

Other things to avoid are the toxins in your food, water, soil, and environment, unnecessary stress, caffeine, drugs, alcohol, trans fats, and sugar.  Pastries and other sweets could have a negative effect on brain health as well.

Encourage healthy decisions, conscientiousness, positive peer groups, a clean environment, exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, 8 hours of sleep, stress management and gratitude.

I think we all can agree that Memory Matters!  It takes each one of us to make healthy decisions and encourage them.  Will you join me?  If you enjoyed what you read here, please help spread the word.

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 5 of 10: Stroke – A lot of pressure

  1. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 633,842
  2. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 595,930
  3. TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away 155,041
  4. Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents Happen (unintentional injuries; 5.2%)

Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 140,323  That’s a lot of pressure.  

  • About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke. That means, on average, a stroke occurs every 40 seconds.
  • Stroke kills more than 137,000 people a year. That’s about 1 of every 18 deaths.
  • On average, someone dies of stroke every four minutes.
  • About 40 percent of stroke deaths occur in males, and 60 percent in females.
  • Stroke costs the United States an estimated $34 billion each year.
  • Stroke is a leading cause of serious long-term disability
  • Risk of having a first stroke is nearly twice as high for blacks as for whites.
  • While some risk factors are outside your control – like race, age and gender – there are many of you who do have the power to control, such as diet, cigarette smoking, cholesterol, and blood pressure.
  • Age. Anyone could have a stroke, even babies in the womb.  Generally, your chances go up as you get older. They double every decade after age 55.
  • Race. Strokes affect African-Americans and nonwhite Hispanic Americans much more often than any other group in the U.S. Sickle cell disease, is a genetic condition that can narrow arteries and interrupt blood flow.

Because stroke is the No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, you probably have a friend or family member who has suffered from it.  We have a nation under pressure.  Are you under pressure?

 

Health Care Reform 

Our health care system is not caring for health.  It is makes sick people stay sick and is costing an “arm and a leg”.  Our health care system is a big money-making business.  Every drug used is doing more than keeping you sick.  Statins are one of the most highly prescribed drugs in the US and designed to prevent heart disease, the number one killer in the US.

Drug sales are lining the pockets of pharmaceutical companies.

High cholesterol definition from critically acclaimed experts with changed new markers are below:

Blood Pressure Standards with No Scientific Basis

  • The Eighth Joint National Committee (JNC 8) – (1994) 120/80 (2004) – 115/75 (2014) – 160/90
  • American Heart Association (AHA) – (2007) -130/80  (Advises the use of vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, sunflower, sleeping, and olive.)

These markers look like more money for statins drugs.

Take a look at the statin drug side effects:  Is it worth it to take it?  A recommended documentary called “The $tatin Nation” The Great Cholesterol Cover-up.  Here is the first 13 minutes of the documentary.  www.statinnation.net

  • Cataracts
  • Acute Kidney Failure
  • Liver Dysfunction
  • 10X Erectile Dysfunction
  • “Full blown type 2 diabetes in females”
  • Triple risk of coronary artery and aortic calcification
  • Statin’s also blocks cholesterol and induces COQ10 molecule deficiency.  The Heart Muscle contains the highest concentration of COQ10.
  • Most famous: Statin Induced Myopathy (disease of all muscle tissue)
  • Memory fog

Hmmm, what is the heart?  A very important muscle!

If you have knowledge in how the body functions, you are better off for it.  You can keep your money and use it on things that you enjoy and make you feel better.

Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

Prevention starts with knowing the facts.

Some Cholesterol Myths 

  1. Myth: Most heart attacks are caused by the blockage caused by plaque buildup in the four major coronary heart arteries.
  2. Myth: These plaques are composed of cholesterol built up in the artery that cause of heart disease.
  3. Myth: Lowering cholesterol with statin drugs will prolong your life.
  4. Myth: Saturated fat is dangerous.
  5. Myth: The higher your cholesterol, the shorter your lifespan.
  6. Myth: The healthiest diet is one that limits all fats or saturated fats.
  7. Myth: Stroke cannot be prevented
  8. Myth:  vegetable oils are good for you

Cholesterol Studies

There have been a number of studies conducted regarding cholesterol levels.  One such six-year, ULCA study was conducted with findings that 75% of 136,000 people, all heart attack patients, had normal to low cholesterol.  What?

The majority of cholesterol-lowering studies don’t show any difference in death rates between patients who take statins and patients who don’t.  One such study the PROSPER study.

In another study, the researchers wrote, “Intake of saturated fat was not associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease or stroke, nor was it associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.”

Strokes are linked to the medications for High Blood Pressure, Cholesterol Proton Pump inhibitors, and Aspirin.  According to University of Alabama at Birmingham.  “Blood pressure medications lead to increased risk of stroke.”  ScienceDaily, May 29, 2015.  Scientists found the risk of stroke went up by a third for each blood pressure medication taken.  People who needed three or more medications were at a 248 percent higher risk than those whose normal systolic blood pressure was less than 120mmHG.

The jargons and dogma we have been sold don’t add up.  Yet, Lipitor is at the top of the list for cholesterol drug sales in the U.S.

Cholesterol in your arteries is not the bad fat that we have been told it is.

  • Since the invention of the fat-free craze, we have become sicker.  The Annals of Internal Medicine revealed the results of a very large study announcing, “Saturated fat does not cause heart disease.”
  • A major cholesterol research project called the Framingham Study demonstrated the opposite! Those with the highest levels of cholesterol lived the longest.
  • The real culprit is not saturated fat but *sugar and man-made trans fats. *More on this later.
  • Hypercholesterolemia (above normal cholesterol in the blood) is an invented disease.  From who you may ask.  Pharmaceutical companies GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer asked Dr. Gregg C. Fonarow to conduct research on cholesterol levels and come up with guidelines.  Abbott, AstraZeneca, Merck, and Schering Plough companies helped fund the research.  Who funds the beautiful medical textbooks?  The pharmaceutical companies.

Fortunately, with the mountains of observable evidence we have available to us today, we can debunk the cholesterol myth.  Thankfully also, stroke victims can reverse this condition through Epigenetic’s.  We can change the way our genes express themselves, so we are not stuck with genetic aspect.  With some knowledge and action, the symptoms are reversible if we make the right choices.

What is a stroke

A stroke is sudden interruption in the flow of blood to the brain, especially through local coagulation or clotting of the blood in a part of the circulatory system.  When a blood vessel cannot carry oxygen and nutrients to part of the brain, cells begin to die, and quickly.

Stroke Types

Ischemic Stroke (accounts for 87% of strokes). Ischemic means lack of oxygen into tissue.  In 8 out of 10 strokes, a blood vessel that takes blood to your brain gets plugged.

Hemorrhagic stroke (accounts 13% of stroke cases). It’s less common than an ischemic stroke but can be more serious.  Taking too much blood thinner medicine can lead to this kind of stroke.

A retrospective study in a 1997 British Medical Journal (BMJ) shares about the influence of cholesterol on survival after stroke.  It states that low cholesterol levels are associated with decreased survival even from ischemic stroke.

Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA), is caused by a temporary clot. This type should more rightly be called a warning stroke.   50% of ischemic stroke cases and increases your risk of hemorrhagic stroke.

Function of Arteries

Arteries (from Greek ἀρτηρία (artēria), meaning ‘windpipe, artery’) are blood vessels that carry blood away from the heart.  They deliver oxygen and nutrients to all cells, as well as the removal of carbon dioxide and waste products, the maintenance of optimum pH, and the circulation of proteins and cells of the immune system.

They can constrict and dilate.  If your blood pressure is low they constrict and therefore increase the pressure. This keeps the brain alive.

What you need to know about LDL. You need it!

Most people think of cholesterol in a negative way. However, cholesterol actually plays a very important role in the functioning of the body. According to The Mayo Clinic, cholesterol is found in every cell in our body and without it our bodies would not function properly.

There are two types of LDL which are really made up of the same thing just in different percentages:  They are both GOOD.

HDL (LDLA) large and buoyant

LDLB – small and dense

LDLB is a protein carrier that carries this valuable fat molecule through the blood.  This gets trapped at the site of the arterial wall injury due to oxidative damage and inflammation increases, ultimately creating a kind of toxic brew that can turn into plaque. Only oxidized, small-particle LDL cholesterol is a problem, when toxic particles collect under it and cause it to stick to the endothelium layer of the artery which creates inflammation.  Inflammation is the mechanism of how the body heals itself.  What the body needs is antioxidants like cocoa (chocolate) and pomegranates.   If the injury doesn’t heal before the HDL sweeper can transport it away, another endothelium layer traps the LDL bandage inside the artery wall.  This is the cause of Atherosclerosis.  LDL is the precursor to cortisol a stress hormone.  More importantly, the thing to check for is the level of toxic waste that cling to the LDL.   If you cholesterol is high you have either stress or tissue damage due to inflammation.  Harmful oxidative stress, such as that which occurs in hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes, cigarette smoking, and the aging process itself inactivates nitric oxide, thereby contributing to endothelial dysfunction.  The release of nitric oxide signals the surrounding smooth muscles of the arteries to relax and dilate, which increases healthy blood flow throughout the body.

High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol decreases your risk of stroke because it helps remove Low Density Lipoproteins (LDL) from the blood stream and takes it back to the liver to be recycled.  If you have inflammation or some kind of damage in your body, your cholesterol is going to increase.

  • High Blood Pressure is a clue that you have damaged arteries.
  • High Blood Pressure does not cause stroke.
  • Toxic blood causes stroke.
  • A better indicator of your overall risk for heart disease is the triglycerides to HDL ratio. People with the highest ratio of triglycerides to HDL had 16 times the risk of heart attack.

Why We Need Fat and Cholesterol

Cholesterol plays vital roles in the body for our health and well-being.

  • Without cholesterol Vitamin D cannot be produced.
  • Every cell in the human body contains cholesterol as an essential component of proper cellular function.
  • Cholesterol serves as a “building block” a protective barrier for each cell.
  • Cholesterol and fat help repair cells and tissues.
  • When cholesterol levels fall, the cells are negatively affected.
  • Cholesterol aids in the production of hormones that regulate digestion, bone health, sexual function, weight, and emotional status.
  • Cholesterol also monitors the flow of those hormones, fats, and proteins in and out of the cells.
  • Cholesterol in the body creates bile to help digest fats.  When fats go undigested they can get into the bloodstream and cause additional problems such as blockages of the arteries and cause heart attacks and heart disease.
  • Sixty percent of the brain consists of fat and cholesterol.
  • Cholesterol is essential for proper brain function, especially in the transmission of nerve impulses and memory.
  • Insufficient cholesterol is associated with decline in memory, cognitive skills, and neurotransmission. In fact, one of the unfortunate side effects of statin drugs that lower cholesterol is loss of memory and cognitive function.
  • Cholesterol is a key cellular component for protecting the immune system, when our cells are healthy, our organs are healthy, and healthy organs translate to a healthy person.
  • Cholesterol strengthens our immune system.  Our immune cells rely on cholesterol to fight against infections.
  • It is also vital for inflammation.
  • Your brain is 70% cholesterol fat and is therefore important for memory.
  • Your nervous system carries messages to and from the brain and spinal cord.

It is the body’s intelligent natural response to repair tissue damage.  It treats this damage like a bandage, covering the arterial wound until it is healed then the HDL comes along and takes the LDL bandage away as waste material.

Why would we take away or reduce the body’s ability to repair itself?  Why would we want to reduce memory?  Why would we want to lower our immune system?

What causes strokes then?

If cholesterol is not the problem what is?

  • Low stomach acid which results in digestion problems
  • Sticky Blood – The Sticky Truth
  • Nutritional Deficiency

Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) are a group of drugs whose main action is a pronounced and long-lasting reduction of gastric acid production.  PPIs are among the most widely sold drugs in the world. By the low acid in the stomach they produce, this creates sticky blood cells. This happens because you cannot get the amino acids broken down for the proteins.  If you lower stomach acid, you’re lowering your body’s ability to brake down the nutrients for use like magnesium which results in:

  • muscle spasm
  • irregular heartbeat
  • convulsions
  • cognitive decline
  • decreased DNA production
  • type 2 diabetes
  • increased risk of fractures of hip, wrist, and spine.
  • Indigestion is not from high stomach acid it is from stomach acid being so low it cannot digest the food.

What causes sticky blood? 

At the turn of the last century (1900), the average American consumed around 20 to 30 pounds of sugar per year.  By the year 2008, the average American consumed 150 to 250 pounds of sugar annually.  Around 1990, sugar consumption skyrocketed; and so too did diabetes and heart disease.  Right now the average American eats 140 pounds of sugar per year. 

Sticky blood is caused by low stomach acid leading to poor digestion and polyunsaturated fats (vegetable oils – trans fats).

On polyunsaturated oils provide a source free radicals which can damage the arterial walls and start the plaque-building process.  In DART trial doubled stroke mortality.

Vegetable oils constricts blood vessels and increases platelet stickiness which raises blood pressure and causes further damage to arterial walls.

Omega-6 to Omega-3 ratio:

  • Healthy Diet 1:1 to 3:1
  • Disease start at 8:1
  • American Diet 20:1
  • Corn Oil 60:1
  • Safflower Oil 77:1
  • Profile for soybean, sunflower, corn, peanut, cottonseed, grape seed, and canola 200:1

Avoid Processed foods:  They doubled stroke mortality in the Diet and Reinfarction Trial (DART).

Avoid:  donuts, crackers and cookies.  They contain “partially hydrogenated.  Even if the label claims zero trans fats, the serving is still allowed to have 0.5 grams of trans fats.

Avoid “white” processed foods.  Biologically, they turn into sugar in your body.  Simple carbohydrates are associated with atherosclerosis of the large arteries within the brain.  Simple carbohydrates are sugars which digest quickly.  Choose complex carbohydrates, rather than simple carbohydrates.  Complex carbohydrates still have their fiber, like brown rice or brown bread, rather than white rice or white bread, from which the fiber has been stripped away.

The Coke Conspiracy:   

In 2015, for instance, Coca-Cola Co. was outed for secretly funding and supporting the Global Energy Balance Network, a nonprofit front group that promoted exercise as the solution to obesity while significantly downplaying the role of diet and sugary beverages in the weight loss equation.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), was funded by Coca-Cola until 2015.

The American College of Sports Medicine, also funded by Coca-Cola, suggests that while water should be your first choice of beverage, “there is no harm in drinking juice or even soda in moderation.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), receives funding from Coca-Cola via the CDC Foundation, also promotes “energy balance,” assuring that: “Healthy eating is all about balance.

But independent studies have suggested insulin resistance, caused by overconsumption of sugars, especially fructose, may, in fact, be a primary cause behind metabolic syndrome.  Research suggests sugary beverages are to blame for about 183,000 deaths worldwide each year, including 133,000 diabetes deaths, 44,000 heart disease deaths, and 6,000 cancer deaths.  Coca-Cola recently released its latest enhanced water product called “Fruitwater.” Despite its name, the product does NOT contain any juice. Rather it is sweetened with the artificial sweetener sucralose and synthetic chemical “natural fruit flavors”.  By focusing on obesity and physical activity, the soda industry very carefully avoids bringing attention to the role sugar and insulin resistance play in this increasingly common chronic condition.

Sugar historians consider the drug comparison to be fitting in part because sugar is one of a handful of ‘drug foods’ reported in Gary Taubes’ excellent book, “The Case Against Sugar,” expertly documents sugar’s link to chronic disease and much more, including whether sugar should more aptly be described as a drug instead of a food. Watch this video about The Case Against Sugar.

  • The contents of coke (caffeine, salt 55mg like drinking a pizza, sugar) create an atmosphere in the body to want more.
  • Coke contains caffeine a diuretic.
  • Salt is added to make you thirstier.
  • The added sugar is to hide the salt and creates a desire for more because of dopamine.  Dopamine is a neurotransmitter chemical in your brain that affects your emotions, movements and your sensations of pleasure and pain.  Consequently you need more to create and satisfy this pleasure.
  • Your stomach has a hormone called ghrelin to suppress your hunger for more food.  Fructose triggers the feel good hormone and suppresses ghrelin. Therefore gherlin does not suppress your hunger, it makes you think you are starving.

The Consequence Of Sweetness: There’s No Such Thing As ‘Just A Little Sugar’

With the cultural acceptance of “a little sugar” – a little in our coffee, a little on our cereal, a little here, a little there, and it all adds up.

Sugar is hidden all kinds of places that you least expect (sugar is hiding in 74% of packaged foods) –

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires food producers to list all ingredients in their foods. But added sugar comes in many forms – which is why it’s so hard to find on the ingredients label.5  There are at least 61 different names for sugar listed on food labels.  Sugar is commonly added to processed foods. Manufactures often use several different kinds of sugar so they can hide the real amount.

Not all sugar is inherently bad, but one should be aware that not all types of “sugar” are created equal. Yet, something important to point out here is that added sugar is the real problem, not sugar in the form of fructose found in things like fresh fruit.

Read Food Labels Without Being Tricked.    Don’t Be Duped By The Claims on The Front

Ingredients are listed by quantity, from highest to lowest. Try looking for products that list whole foods as the first three ingredients, and be skeptical of foods with long lists of ingredients.

Types of sugar: beet sugar, brown sugar, buttered sugar, cane sugar, caster sugar, coconut sugar, date sugar, golden sugar, invert sugar, Muscovado sugar, organic raw sugar, raspadura sugar, evaporated cane juice and confectioner’s sugar.

Types of syrup: carob syrup, golden syrup, high fructose corn syrup, honey, agave nectar, malt syrup, maple syrup, oat syrup, rice bran syrup and rice syrup.

Other added sugars: barley malt, molasses, cane juice crystals, lactose, corn sweetener, crystalline fructose, dextran, malt powder, ethyl maltol, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, glucose, disaccharides, maltodextrin and maltose.

Fructose, the type of natural sugar found in modest amounts in real foods like fruits and even vegetables, is generally not something to worry about when consumed as part of a balanced diet because it’s metabolized differently than when ingested in high amounts from processed foods.  Commercially, fructose is frequently derived from sugar cane, sugar beets, and maize and is crystalline fructose. Processed foods supply lots of sugar in the form of ingredients like high fructose corn syrup or maltodextrin, without also providing you with fiber, healthy fats or protein to slow down sugar absorption.

Condiments such as salad dressing and ketchup, peanut butter, and of course juice and soda. (Choosing whole fruit instead of juice) To be competitive and make things taste better, food companies have added more and more sugar. [S]ugar was, and still is, a critical ingredient in the American blended-tobacco cigarette, the first of which was Camel.

How is sugar damaging?

Sugar in your blood is like shards of glass scraping, cutting, nicking the inner lining of your arteries causing a wound which needs repair. Then before the cholesterol heals the wound, the scrapes are covered with scar tissue and cause blockages.  When the coronary arteries scar, this causes heart attacks and strokes. These sugar shards damage kidneys so severely they shrivel and die and patents often wind up on dialysis.

The symptoms are reversible if we make the right choices.

First Step:  Replace BAD FATS with GOOD FATS

Avocados – a good saturated fat, contains vitamin E that prevents cholesterol oxidation along with potassium that helps lower blood pressure.

Extra-Virgin Olive oil – It is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols, as well as monounsaturated fats. The unique combination of antioxidants and healthy fats help reduce LDL and improve your level of HDL. This in turn helps reduce plaque buildup in your arteries.

Nuts & Seeds – They provide good fats

Second Step:  Remove ALL Refined SUGARS and GRAINS from your DIET.

1/3 of sugar comes from soft drinks

        2/3 of sugar from hidden sources.

Unsuspected sources:  White rice, white pasta, white bread.  These turn into sugar in your body.

Sugar is an anti-nutrient that robs your body of its precious nutrient stores.  

Third Step:  Take 10 Deep Breaths. Start breathing intentionally.  This will add more oxygen to your blood and also lower your stress levels.  It changes the physical and emotional responses to stress (e.g., decreases in heart rate, blood pressure, rate of breathing, and muscle tension).  Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness. Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind.  Please visit TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away to refresh your memory on breathing properly.

Clean up your blood?  

Flavonoids from fruits and vegetables prevent cholesterol from sticking to the artery walls, and reduce the oxidation of LDL’s.

  • Water – The best blood thinner.
  • Walk fast every day – get your blood moving
  • Berries – Eating whole fruit with the fiber is different, but if you have high blood sugar, you are better to limit your whole fruit intake to low sugar fruits like berries.
  • Garlic – prevents hardening of the aorta
  • Pomegranate – stimulate the production of nitric oxide, which helps keep blood flowing and arteries open.  It also reduces existing plaque formations in the arteries.
  • Watermelon – the amino acid L-citrulline found in watermelon helps lower blood pressure. It helps widen the blood vessels by stimulating nitric oxide production.  Eat 1 cup
  • Chia seeds – they contain 8.6 grams fat, 10.6 grams fiber.  Chia seeds’ ability to reverse inflammation, regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure make it extremely beneficial to consume for heart health. (5) Also, by reversing oxidative stress, someone is less likely to develop atherosclerosis when he or she regularly consumes chia seeds.

Drink:  Mix about 1.5 tablespoons chia seeds in one cup of water.  Let sit for about 30 minutes to 2 hours.  Add cinnamon and drink.

Cracker Snack:  Mix 2 T. & 1/4 cup water with whatever spices you like.  Spread on parchment paper greased with olive oil and put mix in 350F oven for 15 mins. Prepare another parchment paper, greased, turn over cook for another 10 mins. You can use a dehydrator at 115 degrees also.

  • Almonds – the magnesium in almonds also prevents plaque formation and keeps blood pressure steady.  They also contain high vitamin E.  One serving is equal to a handful of soaked raw almonds or roasted.  3-5 servings per week.
  • Broccoli – eating at least 1 cup of broccoli daily can prevent clogging of arteries. its high vitamin K content, broccoli prevents calcium from damaging the arteries. Moreover, it is rich in fiber, and studies have shown that a high-fiber diet can help lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 2-3 serving a week. A 1/2 cup is a serving.
  • Asparagus – It helps boost your body’s production of glutathione, an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation and prevent damaging oxidation that can lead to clogged or blocked arteries.  it contains alpha-linoleic acid and folic acid, both of which prevent hardening of the arteries.
  • Turmeric – The spice turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that can help keep arteries free from any kind of blockage. It contains curcumin, which lowers inflammation, a major cause behind hardening of the arteries.
  • Tomatoes – High levels of lycopene, which is found in tomatoes, may be associated with a significantly reduced risk of stroke.
  • Coffee and green tea – one cup of coffee a day had a 20% reduced risk of stroke
  • Potassium-rich foods – greens, bans, and sweet potatoes
  • Magnesium-rich foods – Beans, leafy greens
  • Pink Himalayan Salt/Sea Salt:  Salts that have color contain minerals.
  • Honey – Honey is now reintroduced in modern medicine as part of wound and burn man-
    agement. Honey has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial activities. More studies are exploring other aspects
    of honey activity such as its effect on blood sugar, body weight, lipid profile, C-reactive protein, nitric oxide, proin-
    flammatory prostaglandins, and homocysteine. Growing evidence and scientific data support the use of honey in patients
    with diabetes, HTN, dyslipidemia, obesity, and CVD.  Honey and Cardiovascular Risk Factors, in Normal Individuals and in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus or Dyslipidemia (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/259313913_Honey_and_Cardiovascular_Risk_Factors_in_Normal_Individuals_and_in_Patients_with_Diabetes_Mellitus_or_Dyslipidemia [accessed Dec 14 2017].

You need salt to get fluid into the cells.  The American Journal of Hypertension found no strong evidence that cutting salt intake recedes the risk for heart attacks, strokes or death in people with normal or high blood pressures.  People in senior centers are dying from Hyponatremia a low sodium level in the blood.

See a larger list of foods at https://draxe.com/healing-diet/

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Top 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 4 of 10: Accidents – Accidents Happen

TOP 10 Diseases Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters. 633,842

TOP 10 Diseases Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars. 595,930

TOP 10 Diseases Part 3 of 10: You Take My Breath Away 155,041


Accidents (unintentional injuries): 146,571 By their very natures, accidents are unintentional, but there are many ways to reduce the risk of accidental death and injury.

There are a number of different causes of Unintentional Death in America, but I want to touch on just a couple:

  1. Motor Vehicle Incidents (42,000 annual deaths)
  2. Poisoning (39,000 annual deaths)

Unintentional poisoning deaths in the adult population have skyrocketed to 1st place since the early 1990s.

Motor vehicle accidents

Motor vehicle accidents, unintentional drug overdoses, and accidental falls and other injuries make up this category.  The largest proportions of motor vehicle accidents and drug overdoses.  This category does not include intentional overdoses that lead to suicide. The number of accidental drug-related deaths has been on the rise amid a growing epidemic of heroin and opioid painkiller addiction.

In the U.S. as a whole, there were nearly 193,000 deaths from injuries per year, and about 58 deaths per 100,000 people yearly, according to the report.  Cleaning products, personal care products, prescription drugs, and over-the-counter medications are all familiar substances found in most homes, yet can be a major risk for unintentional poisoning if they are not stored in safe places and handled with care while in use.  “Injuries are not just acts of fate. Research shows they are pretty predictable and preventable.”

OCTOBER 26, 2017, Trump to declare opioid crisis a public health emergency. 

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime released its World Drug Report 2016 today. The annual report examines the health impact of opiates, cocaine, cannabis, amphetamine and other substance abuse around the world.

A study researcher Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse states that, “As a nation, it is important that we all become better informed about effective pain management and the risks of abusing prescription painkillers.”

The number of yearly deaths from drug overdoses, an overdose of opioid pain relievers.  It is now the second leading cause of accidental death in the United States.  Marijuana’s popularity is a preferred prevalence is second only to marijuana,” in the United States.

  • In the US the overall national drug-overdose death rate increased from an average of 6.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 1999 to 13.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 2012.
  • The CDC reports that opioids killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015.  Opioid’s claimed more than 64,000 lives in 2016 alone and six states have declared an opioid emergency.
  • 5 percent of American adults, or 11.5 million people, were misusing opioids, whether it was by taking the drugs without a prescription, taking them to get high, or taking more than prescribed.
  • Around 1 percent of adults reported being addicted to the drugs. Every day, 60 people die from opioid pain medications. That’s 22,000 people every year.

Medical Health Services Administration says there are 4.3 million current nonmedical users of painkillers.  The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) publishes that between 26.4 million and 36 million people around the globe abuse opiate drugs, which includes prescription pain relievers and the illegal drug heroin.  Nearly 2 million people have painkiller substance use disorders.  Issuing even one opioid prescription can delay recovery, increase medical costs, and increase the risks of future disability and addiction.

There are a variety of reasons drug overdoses have increased over the past few years, said Rich Hamburg, deputy director of Trust for America’s Health, a nonprofit organization that advocates for public health policies.

One reason includes increased availability of prescription drugs and the tendency for physicians to overprescribe.

Prescription monitoring is not mandatory in all states.  However, doctors shouldn’t bear the sole responsibility for fighting the nation’s prescription drug problem.  It’s very easy to blame the physicians or the dentists…or whoever’s prescribing these medications.  Patients generally don’t think of these medications as dangerous and don’t always take the responsibility that is necessary for proper care and use.  “I think part of it is a misunderstanding of what prescription means; it doesn’t mean safe,”   Traditional care providers are often pressured by patients to provide this quick pain reducing fix. Change is difficult but you may find relief quicker than you realize with natural treatments like chiropractic, biofeedback, and other therapies without the nasty, deadly side effects.

Perhaps medical professionals may need to consider alternative medications and healthcare education experts say identifying the source of a person’s pain and treating it is a far better approach to masking the pain with opioid painkillers.  We must remember opioids provide the relief, but not by addressing the pain.  What steps are you willing to take to rise above the current health emergency whether or take opioids or not?

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in the United States. The body treats everything you ingest that is not created by nature as a toxin.  The result is inflammation and an increased sensitivity to pain.  Focusing in on reducing prescriptions for children and young adults may be one way to curb the problem.  On Saturday, October 28, 2017, Natural News, Mike Adams reported the tide is turning.

The tide is turning: Big Pharma billionaire arrested, charged with conspiracy and bribery of doctors

“Federal authorities arrested the billionaire founder and owner of Insys Therapeutics Thursday on charges of bribing doctors and pain clinics into prescribing the company’s fentanyl product to their patients.”

Motor Vehicle Crashes

In 2009, more than 9,000 children died of unintentional injuries, with motor vehicle crashes being the top cause of death from injury.

New preliminary 2016 data shared Wednesday from the National Safety Council estimates that as many as 40,000 people died in motor vehicles crashes last year, a 6% rise from 2015. If those numbers bear out, it would be a 14% increase in deaths since 2014, the biggest two-year jump in more than five decades.

DTD (Drinking, Texting, & Driving)

Though progress is being made, underage drinking remains a persistent problem. According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 7.7 million Americans between ages 12-20 report current alcohol consumption; this represents nearly 20% of this age group for whom alcohol consumption is illegal.

A study also showed that, overall, a person’s risk of being killed or involved in a fatal crash rose with drivers’ blood-alcohol levels, regardless of their age.

Sober male drivers between ages 16 and 20 doubled between 1996 and 2007 may have a lot to do with distraction such as texting.

ALCOHOL’S DAMAGING EFFECTS ON THE BRAIN

Difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, impaired memory: Clearly, alcohol affects the brain.  As we can see, moderate drinking leads to short–term impairment. Initially, it tickles and stimulates the pleasure center, But long-term, heavy drinking cuts new pathways to the area of the brain involving attention and judgment.

Substance dependence is characterized by intense cravings or desires for the drug, typically due to the physical and addictive nature of the chemicals themselves, as well as their psychological effects on the mind. This dual desire, which can easily lead to addiction, makes drugs extremely difficult to give up, but the long-term and potentially deadly consequences make the treatment of drug addiction so important.

Traditional solutions for drug addiction include going “cold turkey”, 12-step programs, cognitive behavioral therapy, antidepressants, and replacement substances (such as methadone instead of heroin).  The withdraw symptoms can be overwhelming and seem impossible to overcome.  But, there is hope.

Meditate (think deeply or carefully about) on the positive

Your thoughts are energy, use them in a positive way.  This also requires a deliberate choice to set our attention on positive things.  To think positive may seem trite, but if practiced has many proven benefits, physiologically, psychologically and spiritually.

“brain herb”

Ginkgo is claimed to be the oldest living tree species. This legendary cure-all substance is ideal for those trying to kick a drug habit. Ginkgo is often noted for its cerebral-enhancing effects and has been widely studied for its effective anti-inflammatory, antioxidants (*flavonoids and terpenoids), platelet-forming and circulation-boosting effects. According to current research, ginkgo biloba benefits include improved cognitive function, positive mood, increased energy, improved memory and reduced symptoms related to multiple chronic diseases.

  • *Flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants, and studies have revealed that flavonoids protect the nerves, heart muscle, blood vessels, and retina from damage.
  • *Terpenoids aid blood flow by dilating the blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets.

Drink These

It’s crucial that you drink moderate to large amounts of water. Do not consume more than 2 quarts in an hour.

It is fine to mix in flavor but try to stick primarily to water for fluid intake. Drinking enough water will ease the withdrawal symptoms and allow the body to flush the toxins out of your body more easily. Avoid caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee as much as possible. Your sleep patterns will already be very disturbed. These drinks only exacerbate that and will not help calm yourself.

Here are some natural flavored drinks:

1-American Cucumber Juice

Having a glass of American Cucumber (Kakri/Tarr) is another effective natural way help to quit drinking alcohol. Take this early in the morning on empty stomach for at least one month.

2-Boiled Apple Juice

Boil for 2-3 minutes 3 glasses of Apple juice and consume it many times a day. Craving for wines and any other form of liquor and intoxication can be reduced if apples are consumed on a regular basis along with each meal.

3-Apple Cider Vinegar, Cayenne Pepper

Taking 2 Tbs ACV with ¼ tsp Cayenne pepper in the morning and then 1 Tbs in the evening is a highly beneficial and trial treatment of Alcoholism.

Cayenne Pepper

Adding cayenne pepper to your foods will help reduce the cravings for alcohol and helps promote an increased appetite. Since one of the primary concerns related to alcohol withdrawal is the reduced appetite and nausea, the pepper can provide some relief that makes it possible to eat a balanced diet while the body is detoxifying.

Not only is cayenne pepper known to cure intense alcohol cravings, it also helps with anxiety and irritability that comes along with detox. It can be continued to be used after the detox period and after the cravings cease because it is a great remedy in curing stomach problems that occur due to excessive alcohol intake.  It also helps reduce feelings of nausea and helps prevent vomiting.

4-Plexus Slim®

is the delicious, clinical, and power-packed health drink that brings balance and promotes overall health to your body. If you would like to give this a try please click here.  (I use this product myself.  If you choose to make a purchase through my affiliate link I do benefit from it.  Use this ID # 288067, if you decide to purchased from my link, thank you so much! I greatly appreciate your support!)

Diet

It’s amazing how the food you do and do not eat can affect your health in so many different ways.  The fresh food will provide essential nutrients to your body and help in the internal healing process.

Changing your diet is a great home remedy to promote healing from a drug addiction.  Replacing the toxins that are leaving your body with good things with beautiful color and high antioxidants like:

Citrus fruits – For their Vitamin C content.  Vitamin C makes things work better.

Berries (Berries are an excellent snack that contains natural sugar, which is something that ex-drinkers tend to crave) Since many people suffer from insomnia and delirium after giving up alcohol, drinking passion flower tea can help them to alleviate these symptoms to a great extent.

Spinach and other leafy greens – good for healing and detox.

Oats are also good for controlling blood sugar and serve as a relaxant.

Bananas are great for lifting mood and a great source of energy, fiber, and potassium.

*Foods high in vitamin B6 are also beneficial, such as whole grains, beans, leafy greens, and nuts.

Motivated by the need to assist the medical staff in reducing doses of opiate medications, Dr. Ehrenpreis and other researchers found the usefulness in this amino acid for chronic pain management. This is readily available in health food stores and pharmacies. The recommended dose is 1000-2000mg., three times a day.

  • L-phenylalanine is an essential amino acid that the body uses to make L-tyrosine and other transmitters in the brain such as dopamine, epinephrine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. It is found in foods such as eggs, particularly the whites, fish, tempeh, nuts and seeds. Daily consumption should be at least 30 mg.
  • L-tryptophan is another essential amino acid good for sleep and depression can be found as a drug/supplement in health food stores. It is used as a precursor of serotonin, an important neurotransmitter in the brain.
  • GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) for anxiety/sleep/depression is also an essential amino acid. It is a natural calming and anti-epileptic agent. GABA helps our bodies make endorphins, the chemicals that make is feel happy. Having sufficient amounts of this in our bodies make us feel relaxed and happy. It increases the alpha waves in our brain that are linked to clear thinking and good focus. Having a deficiency of GABA is linked to feeling anxious, depressed, tense, and nervous.

Dandelion

Dandelion is a cleansing herb that helps with alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It may be consumed as tea by putting one ounce of dandelion herb in boiling water. For the best results, use up to three times a day steeping 3 to 5 mg of the dried roots.

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort is an herbal antidepressant. It contains a chemical called hyperforin which is directly responsible for reducing the intake of alcohol. St. John’s Wort is also used to overcome depression.

Supplementation:

This image looks like brain candy but is not your normal skittles or M&M’s.  They are vitamin and mineral supplements that help with natural pain relief. Patients, especially with arthritis and fibromyalgia, find natural pain relief through the following supplements that control or eliminate inflammation.

♦ Vitamin D – Part of this hormone’s job is controlling the inflammatory response. It is an essential nutrient and dangerously lacking in most humans.

♦ Omega-3s – Also an essential nutrient and deficient in most humans. Along with a lack of Omega-3 fats, the average American diet is full of Omega-6 fats, and this disruption in the Omega 3/6 balance results in inflammation.  Plexus MegaX is the complete omega product, delivering the full range of omegas without the unpleasant fishy taste.  If you would like to give them a try here.  (I use this product myself.  If you choose to make a purchase through my affiliate link I do benefit from it.  Use this ID # 288067, if you decide to purchased from my link, thank you so much! I greatly appreciate your support!)

♦ Exercise – As much as exercise can be uncomfortable for those suffering from chronic pain, it is a genetic necessity and something you simply cannot eliminate if you want to achieve wellness. There are many low-impact forms of exercise chronic pain sufferers can utilize like dancing, biking, walking, hiking, isometrics, stretching, swimming, etc. Moving the body properly lubricates joints, strengthens bones, and releases endorphins which are natural pain killers. Just use common sense and stop any exercise that causes or worsens discomfort.

Vitamins and minerals are great home remedies for drug addiction.  Beside antioxidants and vitamin B6, other beneficial supplements for drug additions include riboflavin (B2) , thiamin (B1), and niacin (B3).  If you are trying to overcome alcohol addiction, then it is likely that you already have lower than average levels of thiamine in your body.

Vitamin B’s

Vitamin B’s, along with many other vitamins and minerals are often stripped from the body from drug and/or alcohol abuse. The B vitamins are responsible for stabilizing the nervous system. Taking B1, B3, B6, and B12 at double or triple doses will aid in getting the nervous system back on track, therefore helping to reduce cravings. There is no worry about taking too much of vitamin B, as it is water soluble. Water soluble vitamins and minerals do not store in our body. If too much is ingested, it simply washes out in our urine.

The best supplement I know of that contains these B Vitamins including B12 is in XFactor’s Multivitamin.  It is extra special because it contains two forms of Aloe which gives the absorption power of up to 300% that your body needs in order to use them.  To top it off, it contains antioxidants from New Zealand Currents.  If you would like to give them a try click here.  (I use this product myself.  If you choose to make a purchase through my affiliate link I do benefit from it.  Use this ID # 288067, if you decide to purchased from my link, thank you so much! I greatly appreciate your support!)

Staying hydrated and eating a healthy, balanced diet is also very important because the body may crave alcohol when blood sugar dips low or when you are thirsty. Drug cravings may be intensified when the body is tired and in need of an “uplift.” Keeping your body properly fed and hydrated and using some of the supplements listed will go a long way in your new life in recovery!

Passionflower:

Drinking passion flower is another great aid in the withdrawal period as it helps in anxiety disorders due to drug and alcohol abuse is a sedative for those who need to calm their nerves.

Healthy Distractions can bring a welcome relief from the continued discomfort and frustration of the detox process. In addition, laughter and music can cause the body to release endorphins that help ease multiple withdrawal symptoms.

One final note on opioids.  There is timely documentary series being aired for free currently called The Sacred Plant.  I would highly encourage you to listen in and if possible, purchase the series.  (I do not benefit from this purchase, if you so choose to purchase it.)

 

 

 

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TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 3 of 10: COPD – You Take My Breath Away

TOP 10 Diseases Part 1 of 10: Heart Matters.

TOP 10 Diseases Part 2 of 10: Cancer Wars.

 

 


The third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the fifth leading cause of death worldwide is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  The condition is not itself a disease. It is the generic name for a cluster of lung diseases which together cause the symptoms listed below in The Top 8 Respiratory Illnesses and Diseases. The National Emphysema Foundation states that 3.1 million Americans have emphysema while 11.2 million have been officially diagnosed with COPD.  It costs the United States nearly $50 billion dollars every year and represents a full three percent of all healthcare costs incurred in Europe.

COPD, is a serious and progressive disease that makes it difficult to breathe.  COPD is a long-term (chronic) illness. This respiratory disease is characterized by an abnormal inflammatory response in the lungs and restricted airflow, which both result in difficulty doing the most vital thing in life — breathing.  More than 11 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with COPD, while an estimated 24 million may have the disease without even realizing it.  Most people with COPD aren’t diagnosed until at least 50 percent of their lung capacity is gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This degree of damage makes it an uphill battle for recovery.  Knowing the pathway or symptoms at an earlier stage can help prevent COPD.   Deficiency of trypsin enzyme, trypsin inhibitor that protects against protease remodelling in the airway, accounts for 2% of COPD in the population. Recently, gene receptors, interacting proteins, and iron regulatory proteins, have been shown to be potential susceptibile for some COPD genetic risk factors.  Conventional medicine considers COPD to be incurable, progressive, irreversible, and fatal, that there is no way to repair the airways and lungs damaged by the disease.  I agree that it is a disease  that does not have a permanent cure if one follows the western pharmaceutical paradigm and lifestyle.  However, there is another side to the story. There is hope to reverse and improve this condition and live your best life ever now, given the fact that our bodies were created to heal themselves if given the conditions to do so. New studies reveal lung tissue can be Regenerated.

There are actually two main forms of COPD:

1.  Chronic Bronchitis: According to the Mayo clinic, chronic bronchitis is characterized by chronic inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which are the primary vehicle for air transport in (oxygen) and out (CO2) of the lungs. Common symptoms include: shortness of breath (“dyspnea”), thickening and narrowing of the airway lining, constant coughing to remove copious amounts of difficult to expel phlegm, wheezing and fatigue. Chest infections are common.                                 Acute bronchitis is an infection caused by a virus.

2.  Emphysema: Emphysema involves the gradual destruction of the small, air sacs (alveoli) located at the tip of the smallest air passages (bronchioles). Overtime the walls of the air sacs are destroyed resulting in “holes” leaving fewer and larger air sacs which diminish the gas exchanged in the lungs leading to dyspnea, fatigue, and early death.

Most people with COPD have a combination of both conditions.

Asthma: Asthma (AZ-ma) is a chronic lung disease that causes inflamed narrowed airways.

Asthma symptoms include wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. More than 25 million people in the US have been diagnosed with asthma and approximately 7 million are children. Over time, chronic inflammation can destroy the surface layer of the airways.


The Top 8 Respiratory Illnesses and Diseases

  1. Asthma – Around 25 million people suffer from asthma, 7 million of which are children.
  2. COPD – It is estimated that over 24 million people currently have COPD but around half of them don’t know it.
  3. Bronchitis
  4. Emphysema – The most common cause is smoking.
  5. Lung Cancer – This cancer is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States.
  6. Cystic Fibrosis – This genetic respiratory disease is caused by a defective gene that creates thick and sticky mucus.  This disease affects 30,000 people in the United States, 75% of which were diagnosed by the age of two.
  7. Pneumonia – This lung disease is caused by an infection in the air sacs in the lungs caused by bacteria, a virus or a fungi.
  8. Allergies – This condition is one of the most common chronic problems world-wide. Allergies occur when the immune system mistakes a common substance as an invader. The most common culprits of allergic reactions are pollen, dust, food, insect stings, animal dander, mold, medications and latex.

Cigarette smoking is either a cause or an exacerbator of every respiratory disease on this list. It is the leading cause of a preventable illness and death and produces 443,000 deaths a year, around 49,000 of which are caused by secondhand smoke.

“Secondhand smoke can kill. Too many Americans, and especially too many American children, are still exposed to it,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden, M.D., M.P.H.

 

Common Culprit: Smoking

The No. 1 reason someone gets COPD in developed countries is smoking tobacco, so the best way to avoid COPD is not to smoke or stop smoking immediately. Sadly, close to half of U.S. adults over the age of 40 who have trouble breathing due to asthma or  COPD still continue to smoke.

According to the National Cancer Institute, 90% of the men and 80% of the women who died from lung cancer were smokers.

Another hidden danger is that of grilling meats. Barbecue smoke contains polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), toxic chemicals that can damage your lungs. Charred marks in grilled meat look appealing and give a tasty flavor, but is laden with cancer-causing compounds called heterocyclic amines (HCAs) that form when meat and high heat are combined to create a blackened crust. The more char that’s created, the more carcinogens result that coat your food. High levels of HCAs can cause cancer and epidemiological studies show that eating charred meats may be associated with an increased risk of colorectal, pancreatic, and prostate cancer.

Other Causes

  • Exposure to certain gases or fumes in the workplace
  • Exposure to heavy amounts of secondhand smoke and pollution
  • Frequent use of a cooking fire without proper ventilation

10 Natural Treatments for COPD Symptoms

  1. Quit smoking – this includes the electronic cigarette. Outsmart smoking triggers: clean, drink water, go for a walk, start a new hobby.

What type of smokers are there?  Cool Smokers. Pull the all-nighter Smokers. Fear of telling the truth. Midlife crisis. Skinny Smoker. Social Smoker. Stressful Smoker. Sneaky smoker. Rebel Smoker and more.

2.  Follow a Healthy Diet – Citrus fruits are especially helpful because they contain quercetin. Flaxseeds and chia seeds, along with other omega-3 foods, can provide anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.

A Nutrient-Dense Diet – As more people suffer from chronic lung disease and more studies are conducted to find ways to improve the quality of patients’ lives, the discovery is of a correlation between nutrition and the severity of COPD.

If you’re suffering with COPD symptoms, you definitely want to steer clear of conventional dairy since pasteurized dairy is mucus-producing and can plug the airways in the lungs.  You always want to stay away from processed, canned and some frozen foods and sugar as well. Additives, preservatives and food dyes are also known for contributing to breathing issues and even asthma attacks.

3.  Improve Your Breathing – physiologically, 96% of our nutritional need comes from oxygen.

“Take a deep breath in.” (Breath along with this GIF) Inhale specifically through your nostrils and not your mouth. Nasal breathing plays a pivotal role in coordinating electrical brain signals in the olfactory “smell” cortex, is closely linked to the limbic brain regions that affect emotion, memory, and behaviour, which is why sometimes a particular smell or fragrance can evoke very strong emotional memories.  Nasal Breathing Influences the Brain.  Our in-breath is like a remote control for our brains.

There are techniques for breathing that can help you breathe more efficiently with COPD.  Increase oxygen around you with good air, add plants and oils to purify the air.

We know that slow, deep breathing can calm the nervous system by reducing our heart rate and activating the parasympathetic (calming) nervous system.

4.  Exercise

a.  Exercise might seem like a terrible idea, but being sedentary won’t do anything to help your COPD symptoms. By  regularly getting exercise, especially cardio workouts, you can strengthen your respiratory muscles and improve your overall endurance.

b.  Exercise also increases endorphin levels, which improves mood, reduces depression and anxiety, and makes it easier to quit smoking.  The six-minute walk test (6MWT) was originally used for evaluating exercise tolerance in people with chronic lung disease and heart failure.  The 6MWT measures the distance you can walk over a total of six minutes on a hard, flat surface.

5.  Increase Water Intake Inside and Outside the Body 

a.  Internally improve the mucus problem is by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Drink at least eight glasses of water daily to thin mucus and to stay hydrated.

b.  Externally, you can increase the moisture content of the air in your home by using a humidifier.

6.  Avoid Cold Places and Crowds – cCold air can trigger bronchospasm, a sudden constriction in the muscles of airway walls that leads to shortness of breath.  The less you’re in big crowds the lower your risk of being exposed to infectious germs.

7.  Stay Away From Chemicals – Perfumes, scented candles or insect spray, hairspray.

8.  Natural Household Cleaners:  Homemade Melaleuca Lemon Household Cleaner (use glass containers when storing them)

9.  Use Eucalyptus Oil – Cineole, the main constituent of eucalyptus essential oil, actually reduced exacerbations in people with COPD. It also reduces dyspnea (shortness of breath), and improves lung function as well as health status overall. Cineole is an active controller and reducer of airway inflammation in COPD.

10.  Consume Ginseng – Ginseng is an herbal supplement that improves lung function and also decrease bacteria in the lungs. Panax ginseng and ginsenosides (active components of ginseng) appear to inhibit processes related to the development of COPD.

11.  Take N-Acetylcysteine (NAC) – increases glutathione levels and thinning bronchial mucus. Glutathione hands-down is front-line defender against oxidative stress in the respiratory tract.  Treating COPD With Glutathione orally via a nebulizer breaks liquids into tiny droplets that can be inhaled. It boosts antioxidant concentrations in the lungs, reduces free radical damage, increases oxygen saturation, and improves pulmonary function.

Key COPD Nutrients to Include in Your Diet:

  • Protein strengthen your respiratory muscles
  • Fluids thin mucus making it easier to break up and expel
  • Calcium strengthening your bones and immune system, but in addition to magnesium, the two regulate lung function, blood clotting and muscle contraction. Vitamin D is equally important, as it is necessary for the absorption of calcium.
  • Magnesium is the fuel that makes muscles work. When magnesium is combined with calcium, the two work together to deliver an antihistamine like-effect that reduces the severity of your shortness of breath. It is involved in protein production, muscle contractions, and blood clotting. minerals like magnesium, help reduce inflammation.  The recommended daily intake of magnesium for men over the age of 31 is 420 mg and 320 mg for women. Exceptional natural sources of magnesium are dark green vegetables, peas, whole grains, or beans.
  • Phosphorus is involved in building and repairing damaged tissues. consume at least 700mg of phosphorus per day through COPD friendly food options.
  • Potassium is involved in muscle contractions, healthy heart function, and it helps deliver nerve impulses throughout the body. Consuming potassium daily can lower blood pressure, anxiety, and stress levels.

Certain diuretics cause the kidneys to expel large amounts of potassium from your body. Increase your potassium packed  food sources from 1 medium banana (425), ½ cup of cooked pinto beans (400) or lentils (365), oranges (237 mg each),   avocados, dates, pears, raisins, prunes, carrots, spinach, or grapefruits to name a few.

  • Fiber prevents you from overeating. Fiber helps to move food along in the digestive tract, minimizing bloating and constipation that can further intensify your shortness of breath (breathlessness).

Let’s not forget that the health in your lungs begins in your gut. It might sound strange, but the respiratory system and the digestive system depend on one another for optimal function.  The respiratory and digestive systems work together to power the body. A properly functioning respiratory system delivers adequate oxygen to the blood. Because the digestive system breaks down food and uses muscular contractions to move food through the digestive tract, it needs oxygen to function properly.  So, Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are chronic inflammatory diseases of mucosal tissues that affect the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, respectively. In turn, the respiratory system depends on a properly functioning digestive system to provide the fuel it needs to work effectively. Each function of the body depends on other functions, and all parts of the body need fuel and oxygen. They share many similarities in inflammatory pathologies. To help repair the gut, try these supplements:   Bio Cleanse and ProBio5

Top inflammatory foods are: sugar, hydrogenated oils and fast foods, conventional grain products (wheat bread, wheat products, and white products), processed foods, GMO foods.

  • Vitamin A helps your body fight off possible infections
  • Vitamin C is an important vitamin required by your body in order to repair damaged lung tissue.
  • Vitamin D provides protection from symptom worsening flare ups (exacerbations), respiratory infections, helps to reduce lung inflammation.
  • Vitamin E reduce those free radicals, helping to minimize lung inflammation.  Leafy greens, almond butter.

Some of the best foods for natural stress relief include:

  • Foods high in B vitamins
  • Foods high in calcium and magnesium as relaxing minerals and electrolytes, calcium and magnesium are important for relaxing muscles.  500 mg of magnesium once or twice a day, 2,000–5,000 mg of high-quality fish oil daily.  Include 500–1,000 mg of vitamin C several times a day.
  • High protein foods foods with protein provide amino acids that are needed for proper neurotransmitter functions: Lentils: 1 cup: 18 grams, Black Beans (and other beans): 1 cup: 15 grams, Goat Cheese (and other raw cheeses): 1 ounce: 7 grams, Almonds (and other nuts): ¼ cup/23 almonds: 5 grams.
    • Eggs: 1 large free-range egg: 7 grams
    • If you are a meat eater, eat Grass-Fed Beef: 3 ounces: 22 grams,
    • Organic Chicken: 3 ounces: 21 grams,
    • Bone Broth: 1 serving (¼ cup): 20 grams,
    • Wild-Caught Salmon (and other wild fish): 3 ounces: 17 grams.
  • Healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation and help stabilize moods.  Avocado’s and Nuts create creamy dressings and sauces that are calorie-rich and healthy.  An Omega 3 supplement to consider is Plexus MegaX.  It combines balanced benefits of omega 3, 6, 9, 5 and 7 with no fishy taste.

Treating COPD With Diet

An increased intake of fruit by 100 grams is associated with a 24% lower COPD mortality risk of getting and then eventually dying from COPD.  Most importantly, high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory plant foods can help prevent and reverse this condition. Keep carbs to a minimum, but meet your nutrition needs with a wide variety of legumes includes kidney, lima, navy, black, white, pinto, and garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas); black-eyed peas; and split peas.  The more carbs you eat, the more stress is put on your lungs.

Serve wild rice instead of potatoes or macaroni

Mix up a cold salad of three or four types of beans with diced carrots in an oil-free dressing.


Cilantro Three-Bean Salad

Ingredients

1/2 cup(s) vinegar, cider

3 tablespoon oil, salad

2 teaspoon dark honey/maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper, black ground

1 can(s) beans, garbanzo (chickpeas) (15 ounces) drained and rinsed

1 can(s) beans, white (small) (15 ounces) drained and rinsed

1 package(s) beans, lima (10 ounces) thawed

3 medium carrot(s) coarsely chopped

.3333 cup(s) cilantro

cilantro

1 pepper(s), jalapeno seeded and finely chopped

Instructions

1. For dressing, in a large bowl, whisk together cider vinegar, oil, honey/maple syrup, salt, and pepper. Stir in garbanzo beans, white beans, lima beans, carrots, the 1/3 cup snipped cilantro, and the chile peppers. Cover and chill for 2 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally. Tote salad in an insulated container with ice packs.

2. Transfer bean mixture to a serving bowl. If desired, garnish with additional snipped cilantro.

Apple cider vinegar, draws moisture from harmful bacteria, helps body absorb protein minerals calcium Iron B vitamins and most nutrients.

Beans contain zinc, an essential mineral in a nutritious COPD diet. Research suggests that getting enough zinc might help improve COPD symptoms.


Stay Hydrated With Water and Other Liquids

What you drink is also important. When you drink caffeinated beverages, you’re actually increasing the amount of mucus produced by your membranes, which will only make your breathing problems worse.  Thick mucus hanging around is a breeding ground for bacteria.

If you don’t like the taste of plain water, jazz it up.

Cucumber – hydrating and cooling

Peppermint leaves – contain menthol that helps relax the smooth muscles of the respiratory tract. This promotes effortless breathing and helps clear symptoms of any upper respiratory congestion.

Lime is an excellent source of antioxidants, improves digestion, Vitamin C fights infections, reduces inflammation, helps respiratory disorders, and is anti-congestive.  Just scratching the peel of a lime and inhaling it gives immediate relief from congestion and nausea.  If you’ve ever felt bloated or constipated, suffered from excessive gas and intestinal distress, then paying closer attention to your digestive health is crucial.


Orange – provide IV vitamin C infusions that reduce muscle fatigue associated with COPD.

Basil (Holy Basil) helps in curing respiratory disorders, helps reduce stress, excellent antibiotic and disinfectant agent, Controls, headaches, coughs, and colds.


Strawberries w/leaves – powerful antioxidant, antibacterial and antifungal

Rosemary – loosens chest congestion, making phlegm easier to expel.  It is an anti-inflammatory.


Rethinking Your Eating Habits With Small Meals

When you have COPD, eating well occasionally won’t cut it — you must implement healthy eating habits into your daily routine to see the maximum benefits.  Dark-colored, leafy vegetables are packed with vitamins that help to lower blood pressure, fight inflammation, and boost cellular oxygen.  Heavy food in your stomach pushes up the diaphragm, making it harder for them to breathe taxing your lungs. Some people with COPD feel that when they eat a big meal, the food in their stomach pushes up the diaphragm, making it harder for them to breathe. Aim for five small meals to get the nutrition you need without taxing your lungs.  Portion sizing is important.

Your green leafy vegetables are known to be your body’s healers.

Bell peppers our anti-inflammatory.  They contain Vitamins B1,2,3,5,6 and are also high in vitamin C.


Brightly colored fruits, particularly those high in antioxidants like apples, berries, cherries and citrus fruits as they have been linked to a lowered risk of COPD. In fact, one study found that increasing your consumption of fruits by 100 grams (approximately one serving) a day lowered COPD risk by 24 percent.

All berries are loaded in vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and may reduce inflammation in the lungs which may relieve airway constriction, helping you breathe easier.

If you’re willing, there are many ways to treat and reduce your risk of COPD with your own efforts and natural treatment. But first, you must realize you have COPD symptoms to begin with — then you can pinpoint exactly how to treat them.  It is possible for everyone to include more fruits and vegetables in their diet.

What spurs you on to make any positive choice?

 

TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 2 of 10: Cancer – Cancer Wars

Please visit part 1 of this TOP 10 Diseases series called “Heart Matters”.


“Cancer Wars”

When you hear the words “You Have Cancer” from your doctor this can naturally be very distressing and fill you with fear, anxiety, and confusion. This news can be like a death sentence. The thoughts of panic set in creating more stress that our physical bodies have a hard time dealing with.

I have great news:  most cancers are reversible with holistic therapies that address imbalances of the body, mind, and spirit. This is not an opinion; it is a statement of fact that’s based on first-hand experience by so many cancer sufferers.

The sad thing is that more than 1 million people in the United States alone get cancer each year, and as of 2009, a total of 562,340 deaths from cancer were projected to occur in the United States yearly.  In fact the United States has the lowest healthy life expectancy rate of all modern industrialized countries.  The healthy life expectancy score is based on how long you live, the quality of your life in the last 15 years of your life, and is proportional to Doctor visits and access to medical care.  So we spend double on healthcare and yet have the worst healthy life expectancy rate.   Something doesn’t add up.  Further, sugary snacks and sweetened beverages are often served at Cancer Centers throughout the US while patients are receiving their chemotherapy treatments.  Cancer feeds on sugar.  Even diet plans cancer patients are encouraged to consume are Boost and Ensure, puddings, and jello’s ALL containing unhealthy sugars. What is wrong with this picture? We aren’t learning.

In addition, most cancer patients will opt in for chemotherapy out of the fear of diagnosis and generally suggested treatment.  But did you know that “97% of the time chemotherapy doesn’t work?  So why do we still do it?” asks  Dr. Peter Glidden.


According to the CDC, A new report says cancer has replaced heart disease as the leading cause of death in 22 states. In the United States map to the right, we can see which states cancer is more prevalent to the incidents of cancer. I have listed 6 of 17 top stats for types of cancer in 2017, from Cancer.Gov below:

  1. Breast Cancer (female-male) 252,710 – 2,470
  2. Lung Cаnсеr (222,500) – Cancer is quickly becoming one of the most dangerous threats to firefighters. Make smart choices and utilize best practices to reduce your risk.
  3. Prostate (161,360)
  4. Colon/Rectal Combined (135,430)
  5. Melanoma (tumor) (87,110)
  6. Bladder (79,030)

The above stats are frightening to say the least.  Thеrе аrе more thаn 200 kindѕ оf саnсеr and each hаѕ diffеrеnt signs аnd ѕуmрtоmѕ, but some gеnеrаl ѕignѕ аnd symptoms whiсh аrе associated with аll types оf саnсеr.  Don’t you think it’s time to rethink how we fight the cancer battle.  Again, the good news is there are many strategies and cures for cancer, but these cures do not come from the pharmaceutical industry, and you don’t have to be among the statistics.  You can be in full control of preventing and creating a healing atmosphere.  Let’s revive an old idea and starve cancer to death. In order to fight the cancer war, we need to know how cancer works.  According to Thomas A. Seyfried, professor of biology, from Boston College, defines cancer as a metabolic disease not a genetic disease. He has watched patients with advanced cancers who had tumors that melted away and go want to live a quality healthy life.

Cancer is a symptom of an already sick body; but it is not the main problem.  “Cancer is something that our body does in order for our cells to survive in an increasingly inhospitable nutrient deprived cellular environment.”  Dr. Otto Warburg, a German biochemist, states that the prime cause of cancer is a replacement of the respiration of oxygen in normal body cells by the fermentation of sugar. He discovered that cancer was caused by low oxygen and acidic pH.  The immune system becomes overwhelmed and fails to allow the cancerous cells to grow and spread.  Stress hormones can inhibit a process called anoikis, which kills diseased cells and prevents them from spreading.  In other words the lack of oxygen at cellular level kills cells.  A cell deprived of 35% oxygen for 48 hours turns cancerous.

So, you may have already guessed that Oxygen is critical for our cells to thrive.  Healthy cells are aerobic meaning that they burn oxygen and glucose (blood sugar) in order to produce the energy currency for the cells.  The process is referred to as aerobic respiration, and the cycle of creating energy is called the Krebs Cycle.  “If you don’t have enough cement, and you try to put a lot of bricks together, you’re going to collapse,” says Dr. Warburg.  But a lack of oxygen is only part of the cause.  Earlier we stated that cancer feeds on sugar.

CANCER GROWTH FACTS:

Cancer thrives on glucose and glutamine.  Sugar and carbohydrates such as refined grains, breads, potatoes, white rice, corn, highly glycemic fruits and all the hidden sugars that are in the processed foods that are being eaten.  They are fermentable fuels.

Cancer cells have 10 to 20 times more insulin receptors per cell than normal cells do with two receptors to enable them to suck up all the glucose much faster than normal cells do.  This is why they grow and spread quickly.  The body immediately increases the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) to stimulate cell growth and invade other surrounding tissues.

Did you know the average American drinks 45 gals of sugary beverages a year?  Refined Sugars and Grains elevate insulin which leads to premature aging and degenerative diseases.

  • Did you know hidden sugars are in lunch meats, pizza sauces, breads, soups, crackers, fruit drinks, canned foods, yogurt, ketchup, mayonnaise, etc.
  • Did you know:  White Rice, White Pasta, White Bread turn into sugar contributing to your sugar load
  • Did you know white sugar is an anti-nutrient.  It offers no vitamins and minerals and it robs your body of its precious nutrient stores.

It has been said that inflammation is at the root of most diseases.  So what causes inflammation?

Cancer cells release a lactic acid by-product that further increases the acidity of the body.  This then creates inflammation.  Inflammation is the underlying issue that behaves like fertilizer for the cell and dictates cancerous tumor initiation, progression, and growth.  Inflammatory responses are the body’s natural reaction to stress, but unfortunately inflammation is at the root of most diseases. Studies suggest that 30 percent to 40 percent of all kinds of cancer can be prevented with a healthy lifestyle and dietary measures!  There are other sources that claim that this number is much higher, with around 75 percent of cancer cases being lifestyle-related.

Cancer’s number one hidden cause is stress. We all deal with it.  The positive use of stress helps pressure us and motivates us to perform well at any given task. The body responds to physical, mental, or emotional pressure by releasing stress hormones that increase blood pressure, speed heart rate, and raise blood sugar levels. These changes help a person act with greater strength and speed to escape a perceived threat.  But more often we succumb to these stresses by making poor choices. Under stress one may develop certain behaviors, such as smoking, overeating, drinking alcohol, lack of sleep, or having little or no physical activity. all which increase a person’s risk for cancer.   Experimental studies suggest that psychological stress can affect a tumor’s ability to grow and spread.  We all know this can create physical and emotional problems.  Did you know that up to 90% of doctor visits are related to stress?  Our bodies were not created to deal with the uncontrolled, constant stresses that we experience today over a long period of time.  When people feel that they are unable to manage or control changes caused by cancer or normal life activities, they are in distress. Distress has become increasingly recognized as a factor that can reduce the quality of life of cancer patients. Take stress seriously and learn how to deal with it.

Are You Living an Inflammatory Lifestyle?

Here is what Ty Bollinger with The Truth About Cancer website has to say:

Did you know chronic stress literally alters your immune system in such a way that your immune cells think they’re fighting some kind of trauma or infection – even when they’re not?

  • 4 foods and food ingredients that cause inflammation are:Sugar, Grains, Gluten, GMOs
  • 3 lifestyle factors that contribute to inflammation in the body: Stress, Lack of Sleep, Anxiety & Depression
  • Nearly All foods that cause inflammation are: heavily processed or otherwise chemically modified.

Create a healing atmosphere needs a willingness to make choices that decrease inflammation, generate an alkalizing body, lower blood glucose, eliminate toxins, and consume optimum nutrients.  Here are some powerful breakthrough patterns to strengthen your health journey.

EXERCISE

  • Exercise brings more oxygen to those cells.
  • Improved circulation with a reduced risk of blood clots.
  • Improved muscle strength
  • A sense of empowerment
  • Improved mood and state of mind
  • Greater confidence in your ability to beat cancer
  • Greater independence
  • Reduced risk of depression or anxiety
  • Create your own routine:  Start stretching, make it fun by adding a little dancing jig while you do your chores or move about with exaggerated moves, little by little increasing your movement and getting into the habit of it is a great first step.Be sure to allow yourself periods of rest to help build your stamina for exercise and heal and never push yourself beyond your limits.

MEDITATE/RELAXATION

Spiritual health promotes bodily health.  The way we feel generates a huge impact on our hormones, neurotransmitters, digestion, gut health, and more.  Choose God’s Word which is an uplifter of the soul and mind and gives you peace and strength.  Listen to Worship music that brings joy and even healing.  Yoga has been widely accepted and has even been embraced in the church. Please listen to Caryl Matrisciana, an expert in the field of Yoga meditation to find out why this middle eastern practice is a spiritually detrimental hinderance to your health.  Yoga Expert

PRAYER

Prayer Is Good Medicine.  Prayer strengthens our defenses against stressors and the corresponding rise in hormones like cortisol.  Lower cortisol promotes better health by fighting numerous stress-related diseases, including heart disease, obesity, cancer, and cognitive or mental disorders.  1. Lowers Inflammation 2. Raises Immunity 3. Reinforces Good Habits 4. Puts Us in Touch with Our True Purpose, Which Fights Anxiety and Depression

HOBBIES

Find time for that hobby you enjoy that causes your body to move and get sun (hormone health) at the same time: hiking, bad mitten, tennis, walking, riding bike, mini golf, etc.

Here are some other steps to survive any cancer diagnosis:

  1. Address Nutritional deficiencies – Proper nutrition and clean water – One great way to seriously weaken a cancer cell is to cut off the supply of sugars and foods that promote its growth.
  2. Employing Detoxification Remedies – Toxicity has become epidemic in or society today and is a major cause of increased hormonal imbalance and autoimmune diseases. Clearing the cells and the body of its toxic overload is critical.  Believe it or not stress is the number one toxic load.
  3. Immune building
  4. Natural Chemotherapies – Amygdalin, vitamin B17, selectively targets and destroys cancer cells while healthy cells remain unharmed. The substance is naturally occurring in many plant foods, including apple seeds, bitter almonds and apricot pits, and may also be obtained through oral supplements or administered intravenously.
  5. Lifestyle changes: adequate sleep, sunlight & exercise.
  6. Oxygen therapies – An inexpensive way to get more oxygen is through exercise and proper breathing.  I am not referring to yoga here.  Exercise and proper breathing (deep breathing) brings on better levels of needed oxygen and gets rid of toxins through the lungs.  Take a full breath, in through the nose and then expand the stomach fully, like blowing air into a balloon, hold the air for a few seconds and then through pursed lips, expel the air out slowly.  Repeat 5 times.   You can find this breathing technique through a program called Oxycise.
  7. A positive attitude – putting positive thoughts with God’s Word, thinking lovely thoughts (Philippians 4:11), making positive confessions, being around healthy laughter.
  8. Spiritual cleansing – worship your creator, sing and dance, get a notebook and hand write the book of Psalms any part of the scripture that encourages you.

NUTRITION PHARMACY

1.  HEALTHY FATS

How much: 5 to 7 servings per day (one serving is equal to 1 teaspoon of oil, 2 walnuts, 1 tablespoon of flaxseed, 1 ounce of avocado)

Healthy choices: 

For cooking, use extra-virgin olive oil and expeller-pressed grape seed oil.

Other sources of healthy fats include nuts (especially walnuts), avocados, and seeds, including hemp seeds and freshly ground flaxseed.

Omega-3 fats are also found in cold-water fish, omega-3 enriched eggs, and whole-soy foods.

Organic, expeller-pressed, high-oleic sunflower or safflower oils may also be used, as well as walnut and hazelnut oils in salads and dark roasted sesame oil as a flavoring for soups and stir-fries.

Why: Healthy fats are those rich in either monounsaturated or omega-3 fats. Extra-virgin olive oil is rich in polyphenols with antioxidant activity.

2.  MEATS

Grain fed farm-raised animals change fatty acid ratios and denatures good fats.  Invest in your health with grass-fed and free range meats.  Also limit your portion to the size of your fist.

  • In a University of Minnesota study, women who ate overcooked hamburgers increased their breast cancer risk by more than 50 percent
  • An Iowa Women’s Health Study found that women who regularly ate well-done steak, hamburgers and bacon had a shocking 4.62-fold increase in their risk of developing breast cancer.

3.  NATURAL Sugars 

Berries, Cranberries vs. Cancer (suppress cancer cell growth), Strawberries vs. Esophageal Cancer (reverse the progression to esophageal cancer), Black Raspberries vs. Oral Cancer (may cause complete clinical regression of precancerous oral lesions)

  • Check out this Pink Juice recipe (this video offers other important information).
  • Oranges, tangerines, lemons, and grapefruit – Sprinkle grated citrus zest (from organic fruits) into salad dressings or breakfast cereals, or steep in tea or hot water. Eat whole fruits out of hand, toss with other fruits in a salad, or use in a salsa

Honey-improves immune status, has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties and promotes healing of chronic ulcers and wounds and scavenge toxic free radicals. Recently honey has been shown to have anti-cancer properties in cell cultures. *Turmeric Tea Below

4.  VEGETABLES

Dark leafy greens – they are packed with cancer fighting antioxidants.

How much: 4 to 5 servings per day minimum (one serving is equal to 2 cups salad greens or ½ cup vegetables cooked, raw, or juiced)

Healthy choices: Studies show spinach & radicchio protect from more cancers across the board. Lightly cooked dark leafy greens (*spinach, *radicchio, collard greens, kale, Swiss chard), cruciferous vegetables high in vitamin C (broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, kale, bok choy and cauliflower), carrots, beets, onions, peas, squashes, sea vegetables and washed raw salad greens.

In the book “The Mother of All Antioxidants” by Mark Hyman, MD, the body’s “master antioxidant” is glutathione.  Here are some foods that boost the glutathione antioxidant:  Arugula, broccoli (over 1,000 nutrients), Brussels sprouts cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, radish, turnip, watercress.

Why: Leafy Green Vegetables provide cornerstone healing through the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and Isothiocyanates (ITCs) found in leafy greens, help your cells detox.  They are rich in flavonoids and carotenoids with both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity.  Go for a wide range of colors, eat them both raw and cooked, and choose organic when possible.

4.  BEANS (click for soaking information) this is need to for nutrient assimilation that enzyme inhibitors, Polyphenols, Lectins and Saponins block.  

5.  DARK CHOCOLATE  the darker the better because of anti-inflammatory catechins

6.  GREEN TEA because of anti-inflammatory catechins (not the surgery kind)

7.  BERRIES  their ellagic acid and other polyphenol antioxidants hinder tumor growth.

8.  EAT RAW SOAKED NUTS. Almonds, walnuts, *pecans, brazil nuts, pine nuts, Brazil Nuts (convinces cancer cells to commit  suicide and helps cells repair their DNA.  Aim for two tablespoons daily. *GINGERBREAD ENERGY BITES

  • pecans contain oleic acid, a fatty acid with some promising reduced risk of breast cancer by induce migration and proliferation in breast cancer cells, and promote an increase in breast cancer cell invasiveness.

Did you know 1-2 handfuls a week during adolescence Breast Cancer for prevention.

Note: no peanuts.  They contain especially high lectin levels plus peanuts can contain a carcinogenic mold called aflatoxin.

9.  SEEDS Flax seeds, Chia seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds (tahini)

  • Pumpkin Seeds (Immune Building)
  • Chia (highest source of Omega 3) protein, fiber, antioxidants, magnesium, zinc, iron and calcium (2,3). To use, soak chia seeds in water overnight and add 1/4 tbsp per cup of smoothie.

10.  WATER

How much: Throughout the day

Healthy choices: Drink pure water, or drinks that are mostly water (tea, very diluted fruit juice, sparkling water with lemon) throughout the day.

Why: Water is vital for overall functioning of the body.

11. SPICES – Top 4 Cancer fighters Oregano, Garlic, Cayenne, Turmeric

  • *Ginger – is a spice that’s been used for centuries for inflammation and pain, to soothe sore muscles and throats, and combat general aches and fatigue. *Turmeric Tea Below *GINGERBREAD ENERGY BITES
  • Turmeric – is an anti-aging, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory super spice. Turmeric’s benefits is a potent antioxidant that dramatically  reduces inflammation (while also giving the spice its vibrant yellow color). Curcumin an active ingredient in Turmeric is difficult to absorb from the turmeric itself.  It does not interfere with your immune system. Mix it with black pepper, with fats like coconut oil, (Turmeric) inhibits the growth of tumor cells in a variety of cancers and improves insulin  resistance in subjects with altered Metabolic function.
  • *Cinnamon also blocks growth factors associated with abnormal cell growth, thus protecting against cancer. *Turmeric Tea Below *GINGERBREAD ENERGY BITES
  • Coconut contains medium chain fatty acids are metabolized differently than long-chain for a beneficial boost  in metabolism. Lauric acid, the colon cancer killing property is found in coconut oil.
  • Chia seeds high in omega-3 fatty acids, which are responsible for metabolic processes that help fight inflammation.
  • Nutmeg-significantly reduces new blood vessel growth that feeds tumors. Myristicin, a component of nutmeg essential oil, inhibits the growth of colon cancer cells. *Turmeric Tea Below

12.  TEA

How much: 2 to 4 cups per day

Healthy choices: White, green, oolong teas

Why: Tea is rich in catechins, antioxidant compounds that reduce inflammation. Purchase high-quality tea and learn how to brew it correctly for maximum taste and health benefits.

A steady supply of nutrients like essential vitamins, trace minerals, healthy fats, electrolytes, amino acids and antioxidants all help your brain handle stress better, therefore benefiting your entire body.

Nutrient dense smoothies:

Smoothies are a great way to get all of the fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and antioxidants that are found in a variety of fresh produce.

 

 

1 Rib Celery
1 Cup Kale
1/2 Cup Strawberries
1/2 Lime Wedge (peeled)
1 Cup Coconut Water
BLEND

 

 

Celery is Chemo-Protective, prevents a host of cancer formations, specifically breast cancer, lung cancer, intestinal cancer, colon cancer, pancreatic cancer and leukemia.

It also boosts the immune system, thereby mitigating mutated cells from proliferating and causing tumorous formations.

Celery’s bioactive flavonoids apigenin and luteolin combats free radicals in the body and kill cancer cells by depriving it of the food they need to grow and multiply.kills cancer cells by encouraging programmed cell death that causes malignant cells to self-destruct themselves.

Apigenin: An Antioxidant, anti-tumor and powerful anti-inflammatory compounds.

  • Lowers the risk of developing breast cancer by 19%, and ovarian cancer by 20%.
  • It works on even fatal and fast growing breast tumors by stopping cell multiplication and mitigating a gene that causes cancer growth.
  • Lower the risk of contracting lung cancer by a whopping 60%.
  • Blocks GLUT-1, which is elevated in head and neck cancers.
  • suppressed tumor growth in PLC cells
  • in combination with chrysin, causes cell death and prevents metastasis in human breast and liver cancer cells
  • prevents colorectal cancer cell growth, invasion, and migration
  • caused cell death and lowered viability in choriocarcinoma cells
  • suppressed melanoma metastasis in mice and prevent cancerous movement in humans
  • delayed breast cancer tumor growth by preventing cell cycle progression

Hinders the Replication Cycle of Cancer Cells-Luteolin present in celery hinders the replication cycle of cancer cells. It stops the signal pathways (IGF and PI3K) which encourage the growth of cancer cells, specifically colorectal cancers.

Kale

  • stimulates apoptosis (cellular death) in cancer cells and prevent cancer formation.
  • It is the hue of these nutrients that provides kale with a natural defense against solar radiation damage.
  • Provides chemo protection-chemopreventive effects of kale’s sulforaphane protects cells by binding to genes that induce antioxidant pathways in the body.
  • Colon Cancer-Inflammation in the intestines produces damaging reactive oxygen species (ROS) which initiate DNA damage, reduces oxygen flow to tissue
  • Liver Cancer-increases the cellular levels of the super antioxidant powerhouse glutathione. Restrain ROS from damaging liver cells and can combat the development of liver cancer.
  • Bladder Cancer-high in sulfur-containing veggies, like kale, can significantly reduce the risk of bladder cancer and suppress its recurrence or progression.
  • Inhibiting cancers pertaining to the respiratory system
  • Oral Cancer- halts the progression of cancer cells

Strawberries –

In a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry Quercetin inhibit growth, deactivated specific carcinogens and decreased the replication, destroy cancer cells

Quercetin, found abundantly strawberries, is a member of a large class of plant compounds called flavonoids, which have demonstrated anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antiviral activity in other studies. There have been previous reports of similar effects of quercetin in other human cancer cell cultures, including colon cancer, ovarian cancer, breast cancer, leukemia and lung cancer.

Lime

Studies have revealed that Limonins lemon extract can successfully destroy malignant cells in a wide range of cancers, including breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer. Helps fight cancers of the mouth, skin, lung, breast, stomach and colon.

 

GINGERBREAD ENERGY BITES

Author: Rachel Conners

Serves: 14 balls

1 cup pitted dates, about 12

1 cup toasted pecans (*info. above)

1 tablespoon molasses (info. below)

1 teaspoon cinnamon (*info. above)

1 teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon nutmeg

¼ teaspoon cloves

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

2 oz. dark chocolate, to drizzle (optional)

Directions

1  Roughly chop the pitted dates and add them to a high-powered blender or food processor. Blend until they’re broken down into small bits or a paste.

2  Add the toasted pecans, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves and pulse until combined. The pecans should be in small bits – be careful not to over-process or the oils will start to separate. If this happens, just dab off the excess oil with a paper towel.

3 Roll into 1-inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.

4 Finely chop the dark chocolate and melt in the microwave. Place the melted chocolate into a zip bag or piping bag, snip the corner and drizzle over the energy balls. Let chocolate harden in the refrigerator.

5 Keep stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer.

The basic idea is that you throw dates + nuts + extras in the food processor, and process until it’s all broken down into a cookie dough-like mixture. You then roll them into balls, pop them in the freezer, and eat them all day, every day.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites, Lemon Date Energy Bites, Almond Joy Energy Bites, Pumpkin Pie Spice Date Balls, Pina Colada Date Balls, Coconut Energy Bites, Dark Chocolate and Cherry Date Balls, and Peanut Butter and Jelly Date Balls.

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Molasses – Molasses should be used regularly to prevent cancer, especially cancer of the blood. Take 1 teaspoon of molasses before meals. Mix it with a little water and sip it. A stagnant cellular condition contributes in large measure to cancerous conditions, including breast cancer. Molasses can play an important role in preventing a stagnant cellular condition.  Blackstrap Molasses, maintains that an important constituent of molasses is phosphoric acid; a combined deficiency of this and potassium in the human body “causes a general breakdown of the cells, especially those of the brain and nerves.” To treat cancer and tumors, take 1 tablespoon of molasses, 2 times a day, along with vitamins A,C, and E. Molasses is good for the breast, uterus, intestines and tongue. This remedy is adapted from the book Healing Edibles & Other Home Remedies by Joe and Elsa Willis, with Maranatha Medical Ministries in Honderous.

Medhjool Dates – The iron content, a component of hemoglobin in red blood cells, determines the balance of oxygen in the blood. Cancer prevention minerals are calcium (protection from colon cancer), iodine (protects from breast cancer), magnesium (maintains pH balance), selenium (an antioxidant fights against cancer), zinc (prostate, formation of RNA DNA immune system).

All this might seem daunting, but if you have the time, and more importantly the discipline, it’s not as difficult as you might think to make better food choices for your best life now.

Here are some further steps you can do now to support the cancer cure alternative?

FREE Access to all 10 modules of  Square One: Healing Cancer Coaching Program:  

SQUARE ONE – It doesn’t matter how you’ve been affected by cancer – whether it’s impacted you directly, or you’ve seen it affect your friends or loved ones – the information in these videos is incredible.  Visit the web site Chris Beat Cancer. Chris has been Cancer-free for over 13 years.  Let him help you show you a radically new approach for prevention and healing.  

Own your own “The Truth About Cancer:  A Global Quest” a 9 part Docu-Series.  This one is also worth purchasing.

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  2. http://www.foodmatters.com/article/healing-cancer-naturally-a-holistic-approach
  3. http://cancercompassalternateroute.com/cancer/cancer-cannot-survive-in-an-oxygenated-alkaline-environment/
  4. http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/the-best-cancer-fighting-smoothies/
  5. https://www.drweil.com/diet-nutrition/anti-inflammatory-diet-pyramid/dr-weils-anti-inflammatory-food-pyramid/
  6. https://www.turmeric.com/can-turmeric-compounds-help-safely-treat-cancer/a-natural-cancer-remedy
  7. https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/foods-that-cause-inflammation/
  8. Pubmed
  9. Cancer Tutor
  10. Amazing Health

TOP 10 Diseases & Conditions Part 1 of 10: Heart Disease – Heart Matters

       

I am beginning a new series dealing with the Top10 leading causes of deaths in the US. Together, these 10 causes account for 74% of all deaths in the United States and 25.5% for children.In this series I hope to bring hope that there are simple preventative methods, reversal strategies, along with recipes with ingredient awareness to help motivate improvement for your best life ever now.  

We only have one life to live.  Your best life can be now.  Here’s how:  find recipes below, ingredients analyzed for nutrient quality – all specific to help the heart.


Heart Disease in the TOP10 worldwide:

  • Cardiovascular disease, listed as the underlying cause of death, accounts for nearly 801,000 deaths in the US. That’s about 1 of every 3 deaths in the US.
  • Coronary Heart Disease is the leading cause (45.1 percent) of deaths attributable to cardiovascular disease in the US, followed by stroke (16.5 percent), Heart Failure (8.5 percent), High Blood Pressure (9.1 percent), diseases of the arteries (3.2 percent), and other cardiovascular diseases
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading global cause of death, accounting for more than 17.3 million deaths per year in 2013, a number that is expected to grow to more than 23.6 million by 2030.
  • Coronary heart disease accounts for 1 in 7 deaths in the US, killing over 360,000 people a year.
  • About 790,000 people in the US have heart attacks each year. Of those, about 114,000 will die.

Heart disease is a term used to describe several conditions, many of which are related to plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries making it more difficult for blood to flow and creates a risk for heart attack or stroke.  Although the death rate from heart disease has dropped nearly 70% and stroke nearly 80% and we’re dying less often because of the technological and pharmacological advances in modern medicine, we’re still getting cardiovascular disease just as often.

Even though there has been a decline in heart attacks, it remains in the TOP10 of Diseases.

We only have one life to live, so we may as well treat our body as well as we can to live a strong and full life.  Shouldn’t we want to be living the best life ever for ourselves and our loved ones and do those things we were created for? Your best life can be now if you make a few changes.

If you want a better future than the current, being on the brink of bypass surgery, needing a personal secretary gadget to keep track of your medications, or a living better through angioplasty.  Don’t be a costly statistic.  I encourage you to try one or more of the following tasty recipes.

Can a Heart Attack Be Prevented?  Yes

Make Heart-Healthy Lifestyle Changes  

Food variety – Don’t stick to the same few foods. The secret is the right types of food and variety.  Add a bright colorful rainbow of foods.

Exercising – Your heart is a muscle, and it gets stronger and healthier if you lead an active life. It’s never too late to start exercising, and you don’t have to be an athlete.

Go hiking, bike riding, swimming, dance, laugh, take the stairs, park further away from your entrance

Taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day can make a big difference. You should still be able to talk to someone while you’re doing it. Otherwise, you are pushing too hard. You can divide your exercise routine into 10- or 15-minute segments.  For motivation think about what you’d like to do and how fit you are.

Reward your self – Eat a piece of dark chocolate several times a week

Can the contents of your kitchen seriously save your life?

Try the following delicious smoothies.  Also, discover the analyzed individualized nutrient quality of these recipes.  

  • Berry Smoothie
  • Peach Smoothie
  • Apple Pie Smoothie
  • Ginger Pear Smoothie
  • Coffee Cashew Smoothie

Here’s to your best life ever now!


Berry Smoothie   

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (8 ounces) frozen or fresh red berries, raspberries, strawberries, or a mix
  • 3 cups (3 ounces) spinach (packed)
  • 1 cup yogurt, kefir (extra probiotics), or a non-dairy alternative like almond milk
  • 1 large banana, fresh or frozen

Preparation

  • Put the berries and spinach in the blender first, and add the yogurt and banana. Process, scraping down as needed. Blend until smooth and serve.

Tips & Notes

If the smoothie is too thick to blend, add almond milk as needed to blend.

Ingredient Nutrients:

Berries – 

    • blueberries and strawberries are particularly rich in chemical compounds that lower blood pressure and make blood vessels more elastic.
    • Raspberries have been shown to hold beneficial effects for people with a narrowing of the peripheral arteries to the legs, stomach, arms, and head.

Spinach – 

    • contains fiber, vitamins and minerals which can lower blood pressure and may reduce a build-up of plaque in the arteries.
    • Potassium helps to ease tension in your blood vessel walls which lowers blood pressure.  50 to 80 percent of Americans are deficient in magnesium.
    • Magnesium – Your heart has the highest magnesium requirement of any organ. It relaxes the muscles and also functions as an electrolyte.  Without electrolytes such as magnesium, potassium and sodium, electrical signals cannot be sent or received, and without these signals, your heart cannot pump blood and your brain cannot function properly.

“[M]agnesium shines brightest in cardiovascular health. It alone can fulfill the role of many common cardiac medications: magnesium inhibits blood clots (like aspirin), thins the blood (like Coumadin), blocks calcium uptake (like calcium channel-blocking drugs such as Procardia) and relaxes blood vessels (like ACE inhibitors such as Vasotec)”  The Weston A. Price Foundation

Greek yogurt – Probiotic “friendly bacteria” helps boost the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract.

Almond Milk – 

    • It contains heart-healthy poly- and monounsaturated fats and is free from saturated fat, trans fats and dietary cholesterol.  They can help lower your blood cholesterol levels.

Banana – has one of the highest potassium contents available.

    • Potassium helps trigger the heart’s squeeze of blood throughout the body.
    • Fiber is linked to a decreased risk for coronary heart disease.  Fiber binds to cholesterol and bile acids in the intestine and promotes their excretion.
    • Potassium is a mineral electrolyte that keeps electricity flowing throughout your body, which is required to keep your heart beating.

Peach 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of peach
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt (optional)
  • 1 cup coconut milk, coconut water or water
  • 1 tbsp honey (optional.
  • (If peaches are very sweet there is no reason add honey)

Directions:

  • In a blender, combine all ingredients together and blend until smooth. Blend for about 30 seconds.
  • If you prefer you can strain the smoothie to make it even smoother.

Ingredient Nutrients:

Peaches – contain phenolic compounds that prevent the oxidation of low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, cholesterol.

Carrots – the orange hue comes from beta-carotene, a compound that serves as a source of heart-healthy vitamin A.

    • Getting enough vitamin A helps fight heart disease, according to a review published in “Heart and Circulatory Physiology” in 2008.
    • The Vitamin A in your system prevents hypertrophy, a harmful thickening of your ventricular walls.
    • It also suppresses remodeling of your heart tissue in response to stress, a process that contributes to heart failure.

Coconut Milk –

    • One of the best sources of lauric acid — 50 percent of the fat in coconuts is lauric acid, which has antibacterial and antiviral activities. According to many studies, lauric acid is a protective type of fatty acid linked with improved cholesterol levels and heart health.
    • Coconut fat in the form of coconut milk does not cause a detrimental effect on the lipid profile in the general population, and in fact is beneficial due to the decrease in LDL and rise in HDL cholesterol.
    • Contains minerals important for circulation and controlling blood flow.
    • Magnesium may help combat stress and muscle tension while aiding in circulation and keeping muscles relaxed, important for preventing heart attacks.
    • Following exercise, muscles also need plenty of nutrients — including electrolytes like magnesium and potassium that are found in coconut milk — to repair broken down tissue and grow back even stronger.

Apple Pie Smoothie 

This liquid comfort food is good for you. The fiber from the oats and apple will hold you over until your next meal, while the ice keeps it nice and satisfying thick without adding calories.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic rolled oats, soaked overnight in water and drained of excess liquid
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 apple, diced
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (such as So Delicious Dairy Free)
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup water

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Ingredient Nutrients:

Rolled Oats – 

    • Think of cardiovascular disease as a hardening of the circulatory system. Oats contain a specific type of fiber known as “beta-glucan”, a water-soluble fiber, partially dissolves in water and forms a thick, gel-like solution in the gut.  
    • It has been shown to reduce low density lipoproteins and raise the high density lipoproteins within the body.  
    • High fiber content in oats help remove cholesterol from the digestive system so that it does not end up in the blood stream. Soluble binds to cholesterol and bile acids in the intestine and promotes their excretion.
    • A unique group of antioxidants almost solely found in oats may help lower blood pressure levels by increasing the production of nitric oxide.  This gas molecule helps dilate blood vessels and leads to better blood flow. 
    • Naturally, a diet high in fiber and nutrients will help you avoid sticky, sluggish blood circulation.

Almond Butter –  roughly 3.3 grams of fiber

A high-fat food that’s good for your health? That’s not an oxymoron.  Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, health-promoting fats which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease.

    • The fats it contains improves your blood cholesterol levels to combat cardiovascular disease.
    • Fiber reduces your coronary heart disease risk by up to one-third.
    • Insoluble fiber doesn’t dissolve in water, but passes directly through the digestive system pretty much intact. Insoluble fiber increases stool bulk, keeping bowel movements regular and eliminating constipation.
    • Magnesium is Nature’s own calcium channel blocker. When there is enough magnesium around, veins and arteries breathe a sigh of relief and relax, which lessens resistance and improves the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body.
    • Potassium, an important electrolyte involved in nerve transmission and the contraction of all muscles including the heart, is another mineral that is essential for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function. Almonds promote your cardiovascular health by providing 162 mg of potassium and only 0.2 mg of sodium, making almonds an especially good choice to in protecting against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis.

Apple – 

    • Contain compounds which act as antioxidants against LDL (low-density lipoproteins).
    • Apples are also rich in pectines, which are soluble fibres which it has been demonstrated are effective in lowering cholesterol levels.
    • Every 10 grams of fiber you eat, your risk for coronary heart disease drops by 14 percent—and fruit fiber was found to be especially protective.
    • Vitamin C, bolsters the immune system, lowers BMIs, lower blood pressure, and lower levels of c-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation), all of which are linked to a lower risk for heart disease.

Cinnamon – In the TOP10 Herbs for heart help

    • It’s anti-clotting function helps to keep the blood the proper thickness and stops the platelets from thickening the blood too much.
    • It helps prevent oxidative stress of blood cells.
    • It aids the body in flushing toxins from the body.
    • It is also helpful in reducing high cholesterol levels in some people.  It is rich in calcium, manganese and fiber.  Calcium and fiber bind together bile salts and help with their excretion from the body. which prevents buildup of bile salts in the body. When bile is properly removed, the body makes fresh bile by breaking down cholesterol. This process reduces cholesterol levels and therefore prevents heart disease and atherosclerosis. Researchers have concluded that the health benefits of cinnamon’s compounds make cinnamon one of the most beneficial spices on earth.
    • It increases blood circulation and advances bodily tissue’s ability to repair itself after it’s been damaged. This includes heart tissue which is in need of regeneration in order to fight heart attacks, heart disease, and stroke.

Nutmeg – 

It helps to reduce high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides from the blood.  This helps to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.


Coffee Cashew Smoothie 

The creamy texture in this decadent drink comes courtesy of the cashews, which also add 5 grams of protein to help keep your blood sugar—and hunger—steady.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup cashews, soaked six hours or overnight
  • 1/2 banana, peeled and chopped (frozen optional)
  • 1 tablespoon cacao nibs
  • 1/2 cup Ice
  • 1/4 cup cooled coffee
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar (optional)

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Ingredient Nutrient:

Cashews – 

    • Helps lower LDL and increase the carrying capacity for HDL. HDL is responsible to absorb the cholesterol from the heart and take it to the liver where it can be broken down.
    • It has fiber that helps lower your cholesterol.
    • Helps improve the health of your artery walls by making them more flexible and less prone to blood clots that can block blood flow.
    • Bad cholesterol foods:  Dr. Axe.

Cacao nibs (chocolate) – means heart blood

    • Magnesium helps maintain muscle and nerve function
    • Antioxidants reduce risk of coronary disease and stroke
    • Lowers blood pressure, improving vascular function, and reducing clotting and sticky platelets.
    • Helps fight the free radicals that cause damage.

Coffee – “Is coffee good for you?” Yes and No

    • Genetically, some people are metabolically fast at breaking down caffeine, others metabolize it more slowly.  How quickly you metabolize coffee may affect your health risk.
    • Opens blood vessels and reduces harmful inflammation, caffeine may create favorable conditions for good heart health.
    • High in Antioxidants it can really help to slow the aging process.
    • It is being added to the ever-growing list that drinking coffee could reduce the risk of clogged arteries, which can lead to heart attacks.
    • Calcium deposits in their coronary arteries in the blood can keep moving along with modest coffee consumption.  (The coronary arteries are the vessels that bring oxygenated blood to the heart muscle itself.)
    • NOTE1:  for Every cup of coffee you should drink 3 cups of water due to its diabetic nature.
    • NOTE2:  Coffee contains a cholesterol-raising compound called diterpenes (potential therapy for cardiovascular diseases), but the concentration of this compound depends on how the coffee is prepared. Boiled coffee has a higher concentration of diterpenes, which can increase total cholesterol and “bad” cholesterol levels. Filtered coffee, however, has no effect on cholesterol levels.
    • NOTE3:  There are many variables like exercise, smoking, etc. that complicate how coffee affects a person.

Ginger Pear Smoothie 

“This shake is ideal for recovery from an injury or extended-duration workout,” Brazier says. In addition to anti-inflammatory ginger, the flax and hemp contain alpha linolenic acid, an omega 3 that also combats inflammation.

Inflammation is one of the primary predictors of coronary artery disease… not cholesterol.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/2 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 2 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 pear
  • 1 cup spinach

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Flaxseed – rich source of omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.

    • It can retard the progression of atherosclerotic plaques.
    • It binds to bile acids and pull them out of the body.

Hemp Seed – Hemp seeds contain over 30% of good fat.

    • They are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3) linked with reduced inflammation.

Almond milk –

    • Helps in reducing and maintaining blood pressure.
    • Guarantees the presence of potassium in the body which is a key element that acts as a vasodilator and reduces tension and strain on the heart.
    • High in omega-3 fatty acids to help lower your levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and protect your heart.
    • Contains riboflavin, a form of vitamin B that has been proven to work in conjunction with other nutrients like iron to regulate muscle strength.  Your heart is a muscle.

Ginger: The Spice of Life…In the TOP10 herbs for heart health

    • Ginger has been used medically for decades to treat a variety of cardiovascular conditions, including blood clots and high cholesterol.
    • It contains anti-inflammatory properties by inhibiting and reducing inflammation and in the first place.
    • It has the ability to neutralize free radicals

People with low blood pressure or who are already on blood pressure medications can experience an unsafe drop in blood pressure or heartbeat irregularities when taking ginger, which can also interact with other medications, including blood thinners.

Cholesterol is not the demon it is made out to be.  In fact, it is a necessary raw material made by your liver, brain, and virtually every cell in your body, and without it you’d die.  Outside cholesterol sources are what you want to watch out for.

Cholesterol:  A Building Block, Not Road Block.  Cholesterol needs a “shuttle”  a special protein to help it navigate through your bloodstream to where it’s needed called LDL (or low density lipoprotein).  Where is it needed?  Cholesterol is like the internal bandage for your arteries and veins covering those lesions and internal sores. HDL (or high density lipoprotein) then comes in like a garbage collector, scoops up the processed or unused cholesterol, coats it in another special protein to prepare it for transport, and zips it back to your liver where it’s either recycled into new cholesterol or excreted from your body.  When LDL that mutates, this is when you have problems.  Free radicals “steal” your body’s built-in coping mechanism that automatically rebalances these free radicals. Free radicals are toxic lifestyle choices of consuming foods high in sugar, trans fats, emotional stress, smoking, lack of exercise, and much more.

Remember that there are no magic bullets when it comes to health.  To change your health for good, including overcoming cardiovascular disease, you need to permanently change your lifestyle for the better, including eating nutrient-rich whole foods and getting moderate daily exercise.

Other heart healthy foods:

  • Eat 15 cherries a day – work to lower levels of uric acid in blood
  • Eat one cup of beans per day (always soak your beans) – 300 micrograms folate slashed their risk of stroke 20 percent and their risk of heart disease 13 percent more than those who got less than 136 mcg per day of the B vitamin.
  • Radish
  • Asparagus
  • Pear
  • Red Grapes – keep platelets in your blood from sticking together
  • Walnut – raises your “good” HDL cholesterol
  • Unsalted almond butter instead of using hydrogenated nut butter brands that filled with trans fats.
  • Walnuts Walnuts are also one of the healthiest foods for diabetics.

Other heart healthy spices:

  • Turmeric/Curcumin a Heart-Healing Spice
  • Garlic – slows the buildup of plaque in your arteries, lowering your risk of blood clots.
  • Cayenne’s Herbal Healing Benefits
  • Capsaicin Circulation Increasing Effects
  • Rosemary’s Cancer Preventive Potential
  • Cilantro Can Lower Cardiovascular Risks

Please do let me know if you try one or more and how you like them and what you favorite is.

 

  1. http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/best-foods-for-heart-health/slide/14
  2. http://www.webmd.boots.com/heart-disease/features/superfoods-for-your-heart?page=2
  3. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2016/07/25/magnesium-for-heart-health.aspx
  4. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/carrots-heart-7491.html
  5. https://draxe.com/health-benefits-cinnamon/
  6. https://www.drsinatra.com/dr-sinatras-top-healing-herbs-and-spices
  7. http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=nutrient&dbid=59
  8. http://strongertogether.coop/recipes/hidden-spinach-berry-smoothie
  9. http://www.primaverakitchen.com/peach-carrot-smoothie-recipe/
  10. http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/6-satisfying-vegan-smoothies
  11. http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/healthy-drinks/6-satisfying-vegan-smoothies