Posts Tagged 'consuming'

Are You Dehydrated?

Chances are that you are dehydrated and you probably don’t know it.   Studies show that 75% of Americans are dehydrated. Now we are not talking about desert island dehydration, but not consuming enough water for optimum function. When we think of “getting healthy” and cleaning up our diet most of us think of eating more fresh wholesome food, maybe cutting some calories or skipping the processed foods but rarely does anyone make mention of one of the simplest cheapest and most effective ways to improve our health… drinking more water.

The lack of proper hydration can be linked to fatigue, headaches, muscle cramps, allergies, joint pains, digestive problems and a multitude of other ailments. Hydration is rarely the cause or driving factor to any of these things but is almost always contributory and improvements in treatment can almost always be seen when a patient begins to properly hydrate themselves.

Aside from just simply not drinking enough water many of the things we do drink and eat actually aid in functionally dehydrating us. Carbonated soft drinks, sugary juice drinks, alcohol as well as the morning coffee all actually cost us more water than they contain leaving us in worse shape than before we picked up that beverage.  We drink when we are thirsty but often the signal that tells us we are thirsty can be misinterpreted as hunger and we eat instead; usually something cooked and processed which further dehydrates us. This is a very unhealthy cycle to be in and may be one of the reasons for the epidemic of overeating.

The standard recommendation of 8 glasses of water a day may not be enough for a lot of us; however, it would be a sizeable help in generating better health for most the population. Of course limiting the consumption of “other” beverages and striving to meet or exceed the minimum 8 glasses a day goal is a lifestyle change to many and as such will need reinforcement of outcomes, getting hydrated doesn’t happen in one day but noticeable changes can occur relatively fast. Many people notice thinking more clearly and breathing easier as well as better sleep almost immediately while reduction in joint pains and appetite changes often happen shortly after. Drinking more water is one of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your health and that always makes us happy to know we did something good for ourselves.

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Food Inc. to be shown PBS

The following link will take you to www.pbs.org to find out what time your local listing will show this awesome documentary.  If you haven’t seen Food Inc., you should.  Food should not be industrialized, it should be personalized.  This documentary walks you through the hazards of industrialized foods.  Watch it with your family and friends and spread the word.  We highly recommend it!

Core 6 Essentials Goes Worldwide

We are excited to announce that through a very generous donation from Whole-istic Solutions, families in Haiti, Zimbabwe and Kenya are being provided necessary nutrients via the Core 6 Essentials.  Through Global Aid Network, a charitable foundation, the Core 6 Essentials is being provided along with medical aid, food, water and other necessities to impoverished people around the world.   A total of 6,000 cases were donated to help the people of these countries with malnutrition.  Stay tuned to hear more about donations to people around the globe.

Food is not Medicine

Or is it?  The article does not address the benefits of whole foods.  However, it is good to see this subject matter becoming more mainstream.

Don’t be misled by these food label tricks.

CoQ What?

What is it, why the weird name and why do we need it?

First CoQ10 really means Coenzyme Q 10 and has other names like ubiquinone and ubidecarenone, these names refer to the substance’s ubiquitous appearance throughout the body. Coenzymes are a subgroup of what are generally known as cofactors. Cofactors are chemical compounds that bind to a protein and are integral to the proteins function.  Coenzymes are a type delineated by its loose fitting bond with their protein.  And what that jargon means is that proteins in our bodies have cofactors and actions that they carry out and by extension coenzymes activate those proteins so that their role is fulfilled.

CoQ10 plays a significant role in something called the electron transport chain or ETC.  This pathway is an important one in the production of cellular energy.  CoQ10 is also a potent antioxidant which is something we all could use a bit more of. The tissues with some of the highest metabolic rates and thus the highest requirements for energy like the heart and liver also have the highest concentration of CoQ10. As we age our natural production of CoQ10 declines and not surprisingly our metabolism and general energy level decline as well. That may be enough to warrant a small supplemental dose in order to help deal with our daily stresses.  However, the people with marked deficiency of this critical nutrient are those on statin drugs for lowering cholesterol.  Statin drugs stop a particular enzymatic pathway (HMG CoA Reductase) from producing cholesterol, unfortunately that same pathway is used to produce our endogenous CoQ10. Also the CoQ10 precursor “mevalonate” is inhibited by some beta blockers, so blood pressure and cholesterol meds have shown to drastically reduce the endogenous quantity of this vital metabolic nutrient with the intention of improving heart health.  But as we referenced earlier the heart requires more CoQ10 than almost any other tissue. This is obviously not the smartest way to improve heart health and protect sensitive tissue from damage. Simply lowering cholesterol has not been effective in protecting the heart and the vast majority of high blood pressure is idiopathic… meaning no identifiable cause (which really most often means lifestyle).

So is the answer these two drugs or developing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle based Continue reading ‘CoQ What?’

Dementia – I don’t understand…

The surge of dementia information in the news recently should come as little surprise, with the aging population and increased scrutiny the health of our seniors is placed under. Yes we know more people are developing brain dysfunctions like dementia and we still do not have much to do to effectively treat it, so prevention becomes the key factor. First it has to be said that many theories have been postulated and many ideas proven wrong as to the true cause of dementia. What we do know is that certain people with certain behaviors have a much lower incidence of developing dementia.

The most important thing to do is (and you’ve heard this before) to eat a nutritious diet containing primarily whole raw fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and healthy fats that are as free as possible of herbicides, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, etc.  And again, this diet cannot be provided by a fast food chain.  The healthy fats part probably will need to be supplemented with a clean source of omega 3 fatty acid as it is hard these days to consume enough of the right foods to create our ideal fatty acid balance. The whole, raw fruits and vegetables part is also very important because while we need these carbohydrates in our diets what is damaging to our brains (and the rest of our bodies) is the surge of insulin that accompanies the processed sugars and high levels of carbohydrates unbalanced with proteins and fats.

This eating plan has been discussed before; getting closer to nature in our diet will have far reaching benefits to every cell of our bodies and the earth around us. The next thing that we can do is to exercise regularly, both our bodies and our minds. The body exercise is simple, moving our bodies creates reactions that improve our body composition regulate our hormones including insulin and reduce our stress levels. Challenging our minds with reading, puzzles and thought provoking conversation helps to keep us sharp by constantly forming new neural connections and re-firing existing ones extending the plasticity of our brains.

Some of the other factors associated with dementia involve heavy metals in the body; specifically aluminum and mercury.  Admittedly the correlations between metals and dementia is controversial but if there is even a small chance of a link, maybe finding a safer deodorant than one containing aluminum, and would check out alternatives for amalgam dental fillings, as well as the flu shot.

So now when we read the headlines about the coming surge of dementia we can understand what we can do to give us the best possible chance of a clear minded life as we age.  We do not have to feel scared by the headlines implying that dementia is completely unavoidable.  Eat right, exercise your body and mind, and avoid toxins, especially metals, develop a supplement program that includes Omega 3 oils and antioxidants, and know that you are doing your best to protect yourself.

C’mon, fill your lungs with free radicals.

We have all been bombarded with advertisements and media reports about antioxidants in various forms being heralded as everything from the fountain of youth to protection from our own bad habits.  Along with the news on antioxidants comes the message that free radicals (what antioxidants neutralize) are evil and we should do everything we can to stop their production.  Stopping the production of free radicals in your body is easy.  So easy in fact, that all you have to do is stop breathing forever… it’s that easy.  Obviously we are not supposed to completely stop the production of free radicals, so this must be one of those situations where a delicate balance must be achieved.

So why all the hype?  First, free radicals are substances that have an unpaired leectron which enables them to be highly reactive and in some biological situations, highly damaging.  Antioxidants are substances that have reduction capability and thus end the free radical chain reactions and in effect neutralize the radical intermediates of oxidative reactions…blah blah blah.  All that big chemistry talk means is that if free radicals are a fire spreading out of control, then antioxidants are the water used to control and eventually put the fire out.  Free radicals happen every day during normal chemical reactions in our bodies; their production is accelerated during times of stress, illness, exercise or toxic exposure.  A healthy, varied diet of whole, raw, live foods, espeically with a rainbow of colors, should be all that is needed to provide an ample dose of antioxidants to combat a normal production of free radicals.  Few of us however, live a life devoid of stress, illness, and exercise or toxic exposures.  These necessitate a supplemental increase in our antioxidant intake.  Most of us also do not consume a rich and varied diet of brightly colored raw foods on a regular basis.  The market is saturated with the next big miracle antioxidant.  What we have to realize is that certain antioxidants work in certain circumstances and under certain conditions to neutralize certain free radicals.  We need a variety of antioxidant nutrients from a variety of sources to combat all the free radical variables (i.e., ones we ingest, breath, absorb, etc).  It’s not enough to take a big load of Resvertatrol and think that it is taking care of all your antioxidant needs.  As the saying goes “variety is the spice of life.”  An antioxidant supplement that is whole food based and provides many different types of antioxidants is the best bet to combat the free radical onslaught of daily life.