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What Is The Root Cause Of Disease?

If we were to put a bunch of doctors and scientists in a large conference room and asked this question, the room could turn into a chaotic debate. For years upon years, these high-minded individuals have been creating theories on the root causes of diseases.

Now, I am not a doctor or a scientist, but as a wellness coach and personal trainer, I do keep abreast of information and education regarding diseases and how to defend ourselves against them.

How do we determine the root cause of disease?

After all, there are a plethora of diseases. How can one single root be the cause of so many diseases?

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hepatitis
  • and many more

But there is a root cause that can lead to any of these diseases. The root cause is…

Lifestyle Choices

It does really come down to how each and every one of us live our lives. It started before you were even born with the lifestyle choices of your parents.

How your parents treated their bodies… how they ate, exercised, and the conditions they lived in can directly effect your abilities to defend against diseases.

Since we have no control over the lifestyle choices of our parents, it is important that once we reach an age of accountability, we take a close look at our lifestyle choices to determine if they could cause major medical issues in the future.

Intervention For Your Health

In my opinion, it is the responsibility of each of us who know the truth to gently and professionally intervene when we see our friends, family and even strangers living an unhealthy lifestyle.

Intervention can be in the form of:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Physical training
  • Stress management
  • Etc…

But, intervention must be form someone who consistently lives the lifestyle they are promoting.

After all, it would be like a person who smokes cigarettes telling a person that smokes cigars that it is bad for their health.

So, before intervening in another person’s lifestyle, you should first review your own.

Toxins

So essentially, diseases are formed from improper lifestyle choices. But some of those choices are impossible to completely change.

I speak of being in positions of toxic intake.

  • Pollution
  • Employment where others are sickly
  • Toxins in water and food
  • Etc…

Some experts believe the underlying root of disease are germs. While germs are a factor, we will always have them and our bodies were designed to fight off those germs.

But toxic substances like mentioned in the bullet points were not a part of the germ warfare battle. Our bodies were not prepared to fight the man-made toxins we find on Mother Earth.

So, you should try to take every precaution possible to help your body not ingest as many toxins. This can be accomplished by wearing masks, staying clear of highly toxic areas, etc…

It also means be completely aware of the foods and drinks you are ingesting. Read labels and learn what is good for you and what isn’t.

Inflammation

I have great respect for Dr. Axe and I consulted his website to see his thoughts on this important subject.

I found this article, and wanted to add my input. The first paragraph says a lot:

Dr. Tanya Edwards, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, writes that inflammation is now recognized as the “underlying basis of a significant number of diseases.”

Had you ever considered that inflammation is the cause of disease?

I was always of the opinion that inflammation was a symptom of the disease.

But that article points out some interesting information.

Our bodies were designed to fight off harmful bacteria and germs. This is done using inflammation. So, inflammation can be a good thing. It let’s our brain know that we must give certain areas of our bodies the attention it desperately needs.

So how does inflammation become a cause of disease?

The body and the inflammation feature of it were designed to withstand just a “certain” amount of toxins.

Humankind has overdone it!

The foods we eat, liquids we drink, air we breathe and company we keep are taking our toxin levels to astronomical levels.

Our immune systems go into overdrive and inflammation is released to defend against everything coming in. But, what happens is what they call in the military, “friendly fire.”

Inflammation takes over when the area is actually healthy. It causes cellular breakdown and the inflammation can actually allow entrance of a disease.

While there is no actual evidence yet, it is guaranteed that scientists are looking at the similarities to an overactive immune system and cancer.

The Positive Side

I did not start this post with the intent of it sounding like a lose/lose situation.

There is a way to win this battle!

It all comes back to lifestyle… Follow these tips, and you will win…

  • Eat anti-inflammatory foods like Acai, Nuts and Seeds, and green foods.
  • Stay clear of processed and fast foods.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get proper sleep.

And, I should add… You need support!

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Magnesium Deficiency And You

Do you sometimes feel sluggish?

Estimates say that upwards of 70-80% of the population is suffering from magnesium deficiency.

But I take multivitamins and minerals

That is the common answer and people need to realize the magnesium integrated into many of these is a magnesium that does not absorb very well into the person.

Let me explain further….

Magnesium Is A Workhorse

What was unknown just years ago has been discovered. A study was published in BMC Bioinformatics showing how each human has over 3,700 binding sites in their bodies for magnesium.

This means that magnesium holds more duties and benefits than previously known. It also means we use up that magnesium quicker.

We need to replenish it.

Some Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms

While there is one test that is used quite often to check for magnesium levels, it primarily checks serum magnesium, which is stored magnesium. If it shows low, it means you have a severe deficiency.

Some symptoms you should pay attention too are:

  • High anxiety – Magnesium binds to the calmness neurotransmitters.
  • Low or high blood sugar – Magnesium plays a huge role in insulin sensitivity.
  • Terrible sex life – Low magnesium acts like a castration device on men.
  • Lack of energy – This can be a sure sign.
  • Poor memory – Low magnesium can effect the mental ability to remember.

Finding The Magnesium Supplement That Is Right For You

You can find many various magnesium supplements on the market…

  • Magnesium Oxide
  • Magnesium Citrate
  • Magnesium Sulfate
  • Magnesium Chloride

But these are ones that do not absorb very well. They are primarily used as laxatives.

Dr Axe tells us that he suggests not using Magnesium Oxide at all because it can turn into Magnesium Hydoxide in your body and can do damage to the walls of your intestine.

Like they say, you get what you pay for.

High Quality Magnesium Supplements

Look for these supplements to get a better supply of magnesium in your body:

Magnesium Threonate

You will probably find this costly, but it is the most absorbable magnesium supplement on the market. It has shown great wonders on memory loss and erratic sleep patterns.

Magnesium Malate

This is the magnesium supplement that can help those who are suffering from chronic fatigue or low energy issues.

Since magnesium gets depleted during exercise, many have included this as a post work-out supplementation.

Magnesium Glycinate

This magnesium supplement supports good health of the liver.

Magnesium Orotate

This has shown a huge role in supporting the cardiovascular system.

Magnesium Taurate

This magnesium supplement also is beneficial for your heart.

Getting Yourself Back To Optimum Magnesium Levels

The thing that many people do not understand is, once you are low on magnesium, you will continue using any magnesium that you supplement your body with.

The way to get your system back to the optimum levels is to pump up the amount of magnesium until you are back to level. You should take full dosages daily

You should seek a Dr’s advice before supplementing your body.

6 Months

That’s right… It can take up to 6 months to bring magnesium levels back once you are low. This comes through supplementing and eating a diet rich in magnesium filled foods.

Foods High In Magnesium

I am going to provide you with a rundown of foods you want to integrate into your diet because they are high in magnesium.

Keep in mind that you will usually find that these foods are best purchased from all organic farms. There is a much better chance their farmland is not depleted of magnesium in the soil as is conventional farms.

Here are the foods…

  • Spinach
  • Chard
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Yogurt
  • Almonds
  • Avocado
  • Bananas

All green, leafy vegetables hold high concentrations of magnesium.

So don’t leave salads out of your diet.

Conclusion

We hear all about major Vitamins, but Minerals like Magnesium are often neglected. It just makes sense that you have every thing your body requires.

I know of a high quality magnesium supplement that will help you get back to proper levels.

Just click here and see more about this great magnesium supplement.

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Five Ways To Promote A Longer, Healthier Life

With Billions of people in the world, and many health and wellness conditions – that range from serious health issues such as Heart disease to Diabetes, to Obesity and Depression, and all in – between, (not that any of these conditions are in specifics of a particular order of greater importance to another), a number of questions come to mind…

  • Was the person born with this condition
  • What preventions could be taken
  • Can the person still participate in a happy, healthy lifestyle

#1.THE APPLE A DAY THEORY

An apple a day keeps the Doctor away, we have all heard the expression, but have we really “thought” about its true meaning? This (so-called) 150-year-old nursery rhyme is actually a benefit for the populous of tested 50-year old’s and older given in 2013, in the UK. The results concluded that “An apple a day” would retard or even add postponement to Vascular deaths, heart attacks, and strokes.

#2. THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE

If you are suffering from any of these conditions, you may want to consider the benefits that exercise can offer:

  • Loss of sexual drive
  • Depression and anxiety
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • Physical well being

The benefits are many, for such a small price as 20 minutes a day, even a 15-20-minute walk twice a day will make a great difference in your health.

Other benefits from exercise include:

  • Improving your balance
  • Can help in the manageability of Osteoporosis, Diabetes, as well as Heart disease
  • Physical strength
  • Over all being

When beginning a daily routine of exercise, it is highly recommended to consult with your physician if you have been diagnosed with a health condition prior, as to exactly what is safe to participate in.

Keep in mind that exercise does not have to consist of a gym membership, massive amounts of military push-up’s, or swimming laps in a pool. With agreement from your Dr. if needed, you can start slowly and build, using such exercises techniques as:

  • Sit -ups (10 to begin)
  • Push-ups (5 to begin)
  • Crunches (5 to begin)

These reps can be done as you awake in the morning, and prior to bedtime for results. As your strength builds, add a few more as you continue onward.

#3. Healthy Eating

Foods that are healthy for us play a large role in the significance of warding off sickness, health issues, as well as depression.

When we consider healthy habits of eating, we recognize, as well as remember, the pyramid food group we learned of as children:

  • Grains
  • Proteins/Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy

As we reach adulthood, some things may have changed, such as being lactose intolerant (dairy), or in some cases of diabetes, certain fruits may contain too much sugar (even though it is natural).

There is now a high percentage of vegetarians as well as veganism, which would make some of the pyramid useless as well.

The truth of the matter is this, one cannot live on potato chips alone! Your body craves good wholesome foods, treat it properly, it’s the only one you have.

#4. STRESS

There are a number of unhealthy dangers to that pertain to stress, and chronic stress can possibly bring one’s demise. Levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), that become heightened have proven to cause memory loss, lack of learning ability, interfere with the immune system, raise blood pressure and trigger heart disease.

The only way to ward stress off is learning to control it prior to its controlling of you. The first major questions to ask yourself are: what is the contributing factor to your stress, are there more than one, when did this stress begin, and what can I do to make my stress stop.

In acknowledging that there are stressful situations (small or large) is a huge step in your journey to become stress free.

Here are some more suggestions:

  • Meditation prior to the beginning of your day
  • Exercise
  • Learning breathing techniques to slow heart rate

#5. Find your happy place

Sounds simplistic, doesn’t it? But statistics prove that finding, or (creating) your happy place in life will promote a euphoria that assists in one’s overall well-being. Finding things that calm you after a hard day, or, in dealing with life’s expectations, can add years to your life. Something positive to think about, visiting a place or person who always brings out the best in you are a few examples to finding your happy place.

Conclusion

When taking care of ourselves, it consists of more then taking care of the body alone. We must take care of the mind and the over-all, well-being of ourselves as well. In doing this, we must learn to take control of our own livelihood, such as healthy food intake habits, learning to live in a productive, stress free environment that we create for ourselves, and, knowing of the importance of exercise and its benefits. Furthermore, knowing, as well as wanting, to find happiness in our life, is the beginning to living a healthy life.

References:

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Retrieved from http://sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217210549.htm

11 Tips To Overcome Unhealthy Food Cravings

You want to be consistent with your diet but those darn cravings…

Willpower is what many people say, but would it really be that bad if I just ate that small chocolate chip cookie, piece of cherry pie or sip on a glass of cola?

Stop already!

You are giving those unhealthy cravings power.

You can overcome! And I am going to give you 11 tips how to battle against those unhealthy food cravings.

Yes, willpower is important, but understanding why you are getting those cravings can also help you overcome them.

Use these tips and watch the unhealthy cravings die.

Overcome Tip #1: Don’t Skip Meals and Eat Real Food

At each and every meal, eat foods high in fat and protein. Make sure you are satisfied. And keep items such as nuts and seeds with you to eat if you feel any type of craving coming on.

What you will discover is that you will start craving what you eat. Studies have shown that as a person eats healthy items, their cravings change to healthy ones.

Overcome Tip #2: Destroy The Bad

Some people may tell you to go through your cupboards and throw away anything that could be considered unhealthy.

I want to take it one step further.

Destroy it!

Drench the cookies in water. Melt that sugar filled ice cream.

Do you understand why?

Yes, you could just throw it in the trash but by destroying it, you are building confidence in yourself. You are taking power from the unhealthy craving and putting the power into your well being.

Overcome Tip #3: Distract The Mindset

I will not tell you that unhealthy cravings will just magically go away. But when you recognize that craving is “peeking from the closet,” distract it. A great way to distract an unhealthy craving is by drinking a full glass of water.

It works!

Overcome Tip #4: Fight Stress

Stress is a leading factor for humans giving in to unhealthy cravings.

So you need to fight the stress.

What is stressing you? Find ways to fight that stress:

  • Meditate
  • Yoga
  • Connect with your supportive friends
  • Laugh more
  • Cut down on caffeine
  • Etc…

Overcome Tip #5: Sleep Properly

Improper sleep can lead to giving in to unhealthy cravings. You should try to go to bed and arise at the same time every day. Also, make sure you have a comfortable mattress and pillow. Make sure your bedroom is optimal for good sleep (low light and noise).

Overcome Tip #6: Eliminate All Sugars

This is the most difficult but also will be the most satisfying. Everything that has refined sugars, sodas, fruit juices, and artificial sweeteners must be eliminated.

You may ask why the artificial sweeteners…

Because they will just fuel an addiction to sweetened items.

Overcome Tip #7: Take A Nap

Fatigue can play a role in unhealthy cravings. If you feel that craving coming on while you also feel slightly tired, simply take a short nap. The odds are good that when you awaken you won’t have the craving and you will feel energized.

Overcome Tip #8: Don’t Go Shopping Hungry

You really should know by now how shopping hungry is bad, but I must state it again.

If you are trying to defeat unhealthy cravings, shopping hungry is like asking a newly recovering alcoholic to go into the bar with a $20 bill and telling them they should drink something good for them.

Good luck with that!

Make sure and eat a protein filled meal before you go shopping and you will be better prepared to skip the unhealthy food items.

Overcome Tip #9: Craving – Exercise

Whenever a craving comes upon you, make a choice to overcome it with exercise:

  • Walk
  • Jog
  • Crunches
  • Bicycle
  • Etc…

Just turn the craving into the time to exercise.

Overcome Tip #10: Brush Your Teeth

Both the fresh feeling and the fact you won’t want to damage your newly brushed teeth can be a huge way to overcome unhealthy cravings.

If you feel a craving coming on, brush it away.

Overcome Tip #11: Supplement The Cravings Away

Certain supplements can knock unhealthy cravings for a loop. Vitamin D and Omega 3s are great supplements to erase unhealthy cravings.

I highly recommend the Deep Ocean Krill Oil.

Conclusion

So what are you craving?

If it is a healthy craving, go for it!

If it is unhealthy, follow the tips and you will overcome.

I have faith in you.

Thank you for stopping by and please share this with your friends. Let’s help all overcome unhealthy cravings.

White Meat, Dark Meat Or No Meat?

When it comes to chicken and turkey, we have been led to believe that we should stick with white meat and no skin.dark meat

For years this has been the direction of weight loss advocates because they claim that white meat is lower in calories and fat. But as I often say, eating fat is not a terrible thing. It is those nasty carbohydrates and sugars that are making people fat and unhealthy.

White Meat Does Have Less Saturated Fat

And white meat does carry a lot of protein, but by skipping that dark meat, you are losing many nutrients that you should be getting in your diet.

Vegetarians can bypass this

I would never try to take you away from a vegetarian diet plan if that is your calling, but many of us love to have meat in our diet.

The thing is, we have to be so careful where our meat is coming from.

Too many chickens and turkeys are fed growth hormones and antibiotics that enter the meat and make there way into our system.

No matter what color of chicken or turkey meat you are eating, I suggest you purchase grass/pasture fed chickens or turkeys. You may even want to look for the USDA seal that it is organic meat.

That will ensure you are not getting the hormones and other ingredients that our bodies do not need and can damage not only our health but future generations.

Why You Should Indulge In Dark Meat

Maybe you were led to believe that you should only eat skinless breasts or white meat. I am here to tell you that you can take that chicken thigh or leg. Eat some of that dark meat.

Dark meat is dark because these are the muscles used most by the bird. This means that more oxygen needs to be sent to those areas and it becomes myoglobin which is high iron that our systems require. Other nutrients you get in dark meat that is not available in the white meat are:

  • More selenium
  • Taurine which is an anti-inflammatory
  • Zinc
  • Vitamins B6 and B12
  • Vitamins A and K
  • Riboflavin
  • and Thiamine

All of these are important for our systems but

Taurine is extra special

Taurine lowers the risks of heart disease by keeping blood pressure regulated.

The Saturated Fats Are Not Bad For You

For years, experts believed saturated fats were bad but studies have shown the opposite. It is the carbohydrates that are bad and saturated fats are, for the most part, healthy.

Start eating that dark meat because studies are showing that the Taurine alone could even have more benefits.

And back to you vegetarians, Taurine is a common deficiency in people who are on vegan diets.

Studies are showing that Taurine may be a great benefit to the human brain and memory loss in aging people. It has also been shown that people that suffer from diseases such as cancer, kidney and liver disease and diabetes have low levels of Taurine.

Maybe Taurine is that miracle nutrient our bodies require. Taurine content is high in dark meat, oysters and clams.

Leave The Skin On Too

Another myth that people have been told is that the skin on the chicken or turkey is bad. Organic chicken and turkey skin hold many nutrients too. The most healthy fat of all is found in the skin… monounsaturated fat is the same fat that is in olive oil.

The Harvard School of Public Health determined that the majority of fat in chicken and turkey skin is actually unsaturated fats that are great for our heart health.

And, that skin helps our hair and skin

Our bodies need collagen and the skin is full of collagen. The chicken and turkey bones are also heavy in collagen, so that is why I recommend bone broth.

The benefits of collagen are so numerous that I cannot count them all, but some are:

  • Battles diabetes
  • Strengthens our hair and nails
  • Improves joint health
  • Tightens your skin and prevents wrinkles
  • and even speeds the healing process from injuries

So What Is For Dinner?

If you have been thinking you are eating healthier by purchasing those no skin chicken breasts, I ask you to re-think that equation.

I believe that experts of old truly believed that it was healthier but new studies prove that theory wrong.

Buy that whole chicken or whole turkey, but just make sure it is a pasture fed bird or tagged organic.

And if I am invited, I would love that dark meat with skin and a glass of red wine.

Now that is a healthy meal.

Conclusion

What are your thoughts? Do you agree with the dark meat findings?

I am open to all comments and if you have any questions, just post them below.

Thank you.