Posts Tagged ‘Health’

“The Roof, The Roof, The Roof is on Fire!”

Posted by myhealthexperts on December 16, 2008

Yes, the roof is indeed on fire on all levels. The planets roof is heating up, the roof of Pax Americana is also burning, and the roof of your body – your immune system is also heating up! But we don’t need no water, let the cooling effects of living in harmony with our body and collective bodies (society) put out the flames!

There is an order to the world around us that is astounding – from the micro to the macro the same truths apply. Just as we run cooler (aka stay & look healthier) by getting clean energy from organic, natural foods the way nature intended, the planet runs cooler (& healthier) if we get clean energy from sources like solar, wind and geothermal. This short video shows part of the connectedness with you and your world!

If man lives, earth dies. If man dies, earth lives. This is one of the only planets in the universe where life can survive. We can’t afford to have this planet die...” Keanu Reeves as the Alien in “The Day The Earth Stood Still”

In the end of the movie, the god like aliens give mankind another chance. Lets hope the real gods give us another chance as well! In the meantime, think of creative ways to reduce your carbon footprint. If you can walk, walk. Its’ healthier for you. You’ll save energy and reduce emissions. In years to come our children’s children will wonder how we could use 4000 lb vehicles to move 150 lbs of human around. It takes a lot of energy to move 4000 lb of steel!

Buying more organic sends a message of support for sustainable agriculture and helps turn the tide toward ecologically sound practices on farms.

The bottom line is most people do not really care about the planet – its an abstract word, an ethereal concept that brings no immediate pleasure. So bring it back to yourself – after all it is all about you! Walking more, eating healthier – is good for you. You get to look and feel healthier! And you might decrease the chance of getting some painful disease like cancer or a paralyzing stroke. Simple enough!

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Drowning in Poisons

Posted by myhealthexperts on February 2, 2008

Another of countless studies showing just how SEVERELY polluted our planet, and our bodies are. The true depth and breath of this problem is being kept hidden from the public.  Children are our “Canary in a coal mine” in that they are much more sensitive to exposures than adults. And children are increasingly developing neurological, immunological andf behavioral problems due largely to the toxic loads their bodies are subjected to. We might literally poison ourselves into extinction if current trends persist.

WASHINGTON – A recent study by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that three quarters of 285 commonly consumed foods and beverages are contaminated with perchlorate, a toxic rocket fuel ingredient. According to the study, every day, the average two-year-old is exposed to more than half of the EPA “safe” dose (RfD) of perchlorate from food alone. This is bad news for children in communities in 28 states who also are exposed to perchlorate through contaminated tap water. Very low levels of perchlorate in tap water will cause the average two year old to exceed EPA’s safe exposure level.

Two-year-olds are particularly vulnerable because they eat and drink substantial amounts of food and water relative to their small size. An Environmental Working Group analysis of FDA data found that perchlorate levels as low as 4 parts per billion (ppb) in tap water could expose the average two-year-old to an unsafe dose of the rocket fuel contaminant every single day.

FDA’s finding of high food exposures for small children makes clean up of perchlorate-contaminated water imperative. Perchlorate in tap water can be controlled through filtration and clean up. Perchlorate in food is harder to manage because the source of contamination is not clear, although contaminated irrigation water is one known source where levels could be reduced.

read more here: http://www.ewg.org/node/25877

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A Day in the Life of Ginger

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 22, 2008

I was feeling a little under the weather one day. (I never get ‘sick’ but do
occasionally catch colds and flu’s – its just that since I took charge of my
health the impact these infections have on me is minimal! This is quite a change
from someone who used to be bedridden at least twice a year and had
allergies/bronchitis every spring as well!)

So when I feel I am catching a cold I load up on items that can help my immune
system work at its best. Normally I might take some colloidal silver,
Echinacea/goldenseal, and extra vitamin C. But all I had around was some organic
ginger. So all day I added ginger to whatever I ate and drank. And she was
keeping me out of bed and productive all day.

Ginger is caliente! (hot and spicy).  She is truly a miracle spice – acting as
an anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. In this regard she works to aid
digestion, relieve nausea, heal ulcers, support cardiovascular health, reduce
pain and inflammation, and speed recovery from colds and flu.

My ginger orgy started off when I had my morning green tea. I boiled grated
ginger in the water and filtered the shreds as i poured the water into the cup.
Again don’t boil the ginger too long nor pour boiling water on the tea as heat
destroys nutrients.

After 20 minutes or so I make my morning smoothie. I upgraded my blender to
industrial strength since I plan on using it more and making larger quantities
of smoothies (something you might want to consider as you ease into the smoothie
lifestyle!) You know the deal here, lots of raw goodies:

•   1 head of Kale (great for balancing estrogen levels in both men and women!)
•   1 cup blueberries
•   1 handful parsley
•   2 tablespoons flax seed ground up
•   2 tablespoons organic rice protein (I like to rotate my protein sources –
whey one day, rice, and hemp etc)
•   12 oz water
•   1 tablespoon raw honey (also good when you are immune compromised, but be
careful as sugars can suppress the immune system. So only use honey with a
meal/smoothie or for a post-workout shake)
•   1 tablespoon lecithin
•   Ginger (I added the shredded ginger to my smoothie.)

After I train my morning clients, I came back home and made some more green tea,
again boiling the water with ginger. This time I take the shreds and add them to
my egg white omelet:

•   5 egg whites (don’t cook the yolk as you destroy its benefits, I eat organic
yolks raw (in a cup with a little cinnamon –taste great!)
•   handful of basil leaves
•   handful of cilantro
•   ½ cup of frozen organic broccoli
•   Ginger!
•   ½ cup of organic salsa with a teaspoon of curry added in (curry everything-
remember!). Add the salsa at the end just before serving the omelet.

I cook the omelet in a low heat stainless steel pan (Teflon will kill you). All
my food now is cooked as low heat as I can tolerate to both prevent nutrient
loss but also to inhibit cross linking of proteins. When you cook protein it
forms ‘wrinkles’ in the food that lead those same proteins when eaten to form
‘wrinkles’ on your skin and in other tissue like your heart.  You can see these
altered proteins – the brown crispy parts of the egg are those glycated or
wrinkled proteins. Brown and tough sections of chicken or well done meat (dark,
crispy) are the same thing.

For dinner I had some brown rice and chicken. Again I added some fresh ginger to
the rice, cooked the chicken in garlic, ginger and coconut oil, and added frozen
broccoli to the rice at the end (just long enough for it to soften up but not
get soggy).

My dessert was green tea and ginger ice cream. What a treat: a true fat burning
ice cream! (Green tea is clinically proven to help burn fat). All I added to the
mix was:
2 cups green tea with ginger shreds (filtered out)
½ packet of Fat Free, Sugar Free Jell-O Pudding Mix
4 teaspoons almond butter
2 cups ice
2 tablespoons flax seed (ground)

Put it in the ice cream maker and wow! What a treat! And it has no sugar, is
extremely low fat and can help your body burn fat. Now we’re talking! Normally I
would not use items with artificial sweeteners, but I made this dessert for my
clients who are overweight and for whom losing weight is the first priority.

I woke up the next day and was feeling much better – thanks to ginger!

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Build Muscle, Burn Fat – Sleeping?

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 13, 2008

Build Muscle – Burn Fat: Sleeping!

That title is not in error, it is possible to use sleep to your advantage in building a great body. Besides being healthy for a variety of reasons, sleep offers us an opportunity to enhance recovery, stimulate anabolic hormones such as growth hormone (GH), and to increase fat loss.
Why Sleep?
First off, why do we need sleep? Current ideas focus on sleep being essential for neurons and the associated chemistry (neuronal biochemistry such as neurotransmitters) to regenerate. Most of this activity is going on in the brain. So we need sleep because our brains need to regenerate. Memory, learning and social processes are cycled and rejuvenated during sleep. Sleep enables the brain to encode new information and store it properly. REM sleep activates the parts of the brain that control learning.

In addition, the nervous system and immune system are being viewed as one system, so sleep is also essential for optimal immune function. In case you didn’t realize this – everything about you, from your ‘self’ and personality, to mood swings, hormone levels, sexual desire, intelligence, etc are all centered around your brain. You literally are your brain. So saying that its vital to take care of this organ is an understatement.

As a side note, in grad school at New York Medical College, I did my thesis on brain function and nutrition, and I can assure you, brain chemistry, and how it affects all aspects of ‘you’ are sensitive to changes in nutrient intake, and to items like sleep.

As a Health & Fitness Trainer for http://www.MyHealthExperts.com (and Equinox ) I consult with many bodybuilders and athletes, and a common statement is “I work hard and I play hard.” Yet when it comes to health, they often have a lackluster response such as, “everything in moderation.” Where is their logic? Living today requires that we compensate hard as well. Compensate for all the stress working and playing hard produce. And the only way to compensate is to focus on being healthy. Being healthy is the core of everything, the foundation upon which everything you value is built upon. And part of being healthy is getting adequate sleep. This usually is between 7-8 hours for most people.

Contrary to popular belief, you cannot catch up on sleep by sleeping extra on the weekends. You may be so fatigued that you need more sleep, but you are not making up for the lost sleep on other days. Studies also show that those going on 4-5 hrs of sleep a night can have as much cognitive impairment as someone who was awake for 3 days straight! What’s more interesting is that these people often do not even realize their loss of mental function. We all know how bad it feels to have residual fatigue from not sleeping enough the night before – it affects everything from your workouts, to your mood.

Hormonal Hazards:Good sleep enhances the release of growth hormone, a critical hormone for a number of physiologic processes, including building muscle and burning fat. Eating before bed may inhibit growth hormone release, so if you need to eat, be sure to have no carbs at the very least. Drinking a protein flax oil shake may be the best as it is easily assimilated. Even better might be to take 20 grams of BCAA’s along with 5 grams of taurine. This will help mitigate nighttime catabolism and still not effect GH release. Plus taurine is great as a mild sleep aid.Eating before bed also inhibits Phase II detoxification in the liver. Phase I liver detoxification includes filtering and the Cytochrome P450 enzymes.  Phase II involves conjugation. Conjugation is where various enzymes in the liver attach protective compounds to toxins.  This either neutralizes the toxin or makes the toxin more easily excreted. Phase I and II work together so that both need to be working properly. Proper liver detoxification is especially critical for the prevention of cancers.This is even more dangerous to bodybuilders as steroids and high-protein diets activate Phase I detox, and eating before bed inhibits Phase II thus leaving dangerous carcinogens (cancer causing agents) lingering in the body longer. Therefore consider cycling periods of eating before bed with periods of not allowing maximal liver activity.

Good sleep elevates Leptin and suppresses Ghrelin, two key hormones affecting appetite and hunger. Leptin is a hormone produced by fat cells that tells the brain energy levels are high, so appetite is suppressed. Ghrelin is a hormone made in the stomach that stimulates hunger and appetite. Eating a meal suppresses ghrelin and increases leptin, thereby suppressing hunger. Recent evidence suggests that losing sleep causes subjects to become more hungry and eat more by elevating ghrelin and decreasing leptin. Not the ideal situation for losing weight.

Other hormones are also affected by sleep. One hormone that is elevated when we don’t sleep well is cortisol. This catabolic hormone is a bodybuilders nemesis, so missing sleep may catabolize (cause a net loss of) prescious muscle tissue. Making matters worse, TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is a hormone released by the pituitary to control thyroid output and metabolism, is reduced during sleep deprivation.

Many men snore and think it’s normal. It may be an indication of low testosterone levels. Sleep apnea is a respiratory disorder that affects 4%-9% of adult males. Its most common manifestation is loud snoring and it may occur several hundred times throughout the night, resulting in sleep fragmentation and excessive daytime sleepiness. A recent study found that nearly half the subjects who suffered from severe sleep apnea also secreted abnormally low levels of testosterone throughout the night.

Do you need more Sleep?Consider the following questions:Do you sleep extra hours on the weekend?Do you need an alarm clock to wake up on time?

Do your eyelids feel heavy during afternoon classes or meetings?

Do you use caffeine as to stay awake or alert?

If you answer yes to any of the above, you’re probably not getting adequate amounts of sleep. Try to focus on getting 7-8 hours a night for 2 months and see if you notice any improvements.

Our bodies have a natural sleep cycle that is optimal when sleeping from 10 pm to about 6 am. Try to get to bed at least prior to midnight. Be sure to sleep in a dark environment with no noise. Any light hitting the retina will inhibit stimulation of the pineal gland and as such a critical hormone called melatonin is inhibited. Melatonin is important for many functions, for example, it turns on the gene known as p53 that stops cancer cells from growing.

If you have problems sleeping, consider taurine (1000-3000 mg), magnesium (400-800 mg), and even glycine (2000 mg). Recent evidence suggests an herbal ingredient known as THP is also clinically effective in treating insomnia. It’s so potent is was recently patented. Only one product has this; its called Eden PM and its available at Sleep.KiloHealth.com

Sleep, along with diet, exercise and nutritional supplementation, is a cornerstone of optimal health. Don’t neglect it!

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New Years Resolutions: Top 10

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 13, 2008

The New Years is typically when people once again try to be healthy and lose weight, join the gym etc.

So in that regard here are my Top 10 things I would try for myself and recommend to anyone for 2008:

10) Eat more organic raw foods – nuts, seeds, low Glycemic Index (GI) fruits & veggies
9) Eat more Organic Greens: See my YouTube video on Green Smoothies!
8) Take Dietary Supplements – generous quantities of the right ones will change
your life in many positive ways!
7) Sleep more – try to get to bed before 11 pm! Take naps if possible.
6) Visit a good holistic doctor and get the lab tests I recommend to determine
your current health status.  This is part of being more aware of the inside instead of focusing our attention always on the outside.
5) Exercise regularly (weights and cardio)- try to do more cardio in nature (the
woods etc).
4) Drink pure water on a regular basis with an alkaline pH (add lemon to it for
example) – do NOT reuse PETE water bottles!
3) Install the right shower filter to decrease risk on inhaling toxins in the
vapor of your shower water.
2) Take a Deep Breath (before you do anything)
1) “SEE”: see the connections that knowledge and insight can have on
understanding & improving your life.

I hope to devote time to each of these Top 10 in the coming weeks.

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Happy New Year?

Posted by myhealthexperts on January 13, 2008

Do you ever stop to wonder why people say “Happy New Year” or “Happy Birthday”?
It is a so called special time when you are wishing someone happiness, no harm
in that. But in that happiness that is predicated on a special time, the
opposite is ALWAYS there as well. For with Up comes Down, and with Happiness
comes Unhappiness.

What I wish for you is a ‘happiness’ to use the word, a Joy – that is beyond
words, an awareness not predicated on any special time or experience that
produces in you a transient feeling of happiness.

I wish for you “Happy Nothing” – the happiness that exists independent of any
external circumstances or events, a happiness in “No Thing (nothing)” that is
timeless and eternal. That is what I wish for you.

Recommended Books: Happy For No Reason, Stumbling on Happiness, The Secret of Letting Go

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