Turmeric!

Great article on Turmeric!

…I take it everyday

Written by: Kat Gal

Turmeric is literally one of the most powerful spices you can use when cooking and one of the top best supplements you can take for your health. It is a natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral superherb that can protect your body from all kinds of disease, including chronic pain, heart-disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and depression.

But are you taking turmeric the right way?

https://www.organifishop.com/blogs/news/how-to-make-sure-your-body-is-absorbing-turmeric-properly?utm_source=Facebook&utm_medium=Blog&utm_campaign=Organifi-shop&utm_term=article&utm_content=absorbing-turmeric

Fighting Cancer with Food & Diet & Vitamins

I collected some information on cancer. Some of it is common sense (like eating a well-balanced, whole-food diet), and some is unproven by science. Read, make up your own mind based on the sources, and use what you can to improve your own life. I collected the information from a few websites and Dr. Oz -Mike.

Here’s the list of topics:

  1. body pH might affect cancer
  2. antioxidants and cancer
  3. enzymes and cancer
  4. vitamins and cancer
  5. 10 persistent cancer myths de-bunked

1. pH and Cancer:  Acidic pH Levels Can Lead To Cancer

Source: Cancer Fighting Strategies

See more at: http://www.cancerfightingstrategies.com/ph-and-cancer.html

(Note: at the bottom of the page, I provide a link to a cancer site, that reveals some potential myths surrounding this topic. -Mike)

There is plenty of research showing the link between pH and cancer. Cancer thrives in an acidic environment, and doesn’t survive in an normal, more alkaline environment. Cancer cells make your body even more acidic as they produce lactic acid. So if you have cancer, your pH levels are low and your body is too acidic.

Taking action to make your body more alkaline is vital in the battle against cancer. Unfortunately…

The majority of the foods and drinks we consume are acidic, such as meat, grains and sugar, with colas and other soft drinks being highly acidic. So unless you have been eating a very healthy diet, full of fresh fruit and vegetables, your body is way too acidic. Creating a very good environment for cancer to grow in.

Actually, too much acidity is an underlying factor in many degenerative diseases — diabetes, arthritis, fibromyalgia and more. A basic maxim of natural physicians is: Balance the bio terrain. Do this first, then everything can come back to normal.

Taking medicines or supplements for cancer while your pH is highly acidic is a bit like washing dishes in a sink of dirty water, even when you put in plenty of soap, you can’t get the dishes clean.

According to Keiichi Morishita in his book, Hidden Truth of Cancer, when your blood starts to become acidic, your body deposits acidic substances (usually toxins) into cells to allow the blood to remain slightly alkaline. This causes your cells to become more acidic and toxic, which results in a decrease of their oxygen levels, and harms their DNA and respiratory enzymes.

Over time, he theorizes, these cells increase in acidity and some die. These dead cells themselves turn into acids. However, some of these acidified cells may adapt in that environment. In other words, instead of dying – as normal cells do in an acid environment – some cells survive by becoming abnormal cells.

These abnormal cells are called malignant cells. Malignant cells do not correspond with brain function nor with our own DNA memory code. Therefore, malignant cells grow indefinitely and without order. This is cancer.

As you can see, he is describing, from a different point of view, the link between pH and cancer, a process by which low oxygen levels turn some cells cancerous. Alkaline water (including the water in cells) holds a lot of oxygen. Acidic water holds very little oxygen. So the more acidic your cells are, the less oxygenated they will be. To make matters worse, the fermentation process cancer cells use to produce energy creates lactic acid, further increasing acidity and reducing oxygen levels.

Sang Whang, in his book Reverse Aging, points out that toxins are acidic. If your blood is too acidic, toxins will not be released from your cells into the blood. So your cells can’t be detoxified. This buildup of toxins in your cells results in acidic, poorly oxygenated cells, which can turn cancerous. He explains,

“In general, degenerative diseases are the result of acid waste buildups within us. When we are born, we have the highest alkaline mineral concentration and also the highest body pH. From that point on, the normal process of life is to gradually acidify. That is why these degenerative diseases do not occur when you are young. Reverse aging requires two separate steps: chemical and physical. The first step is to lower the acidity of the body so that it can dispose of acidic wastes in the blood and cellular fluids safely and easily. The second step is to physically pull out old stored wastes into the blood stream so that they can be discharged from the body.”

As you learn about pH and cancer, you find there is a long history of reversing cancer simply by alkalinizing the body. It is one of the basic strategies in the battle against cancer and for improving your health in general.

Virtually everyone with cancer has low pH levels. This is because cancer is created, and thrives, in a body that has low pH levels, a body that is acidic. Low pH causes your body to store more toxins in cells, and reduces oxygen levels, both of which are fundamental to the development of cancer. When cancer cells grow, they produce even more acid. Making it very difficult to raise pH levels, especially when cancer is present.

When you take something to increase pH levels, your cells notice the difference and start to dump some of the toxins they are holding back into the bloodstream now that they have a chance to get rid of them. (Toxins are acidic and the cells won’t release them if the blood is too acidic. The blood must be kept in a narrow range around neutral pH.)

Because the cells are releasing some of their stored toxins, your pH levels drop again. This detoxification process can take months to complete. In addition, because cancer cells pump out lactic acid as a byproduct of how they produce energy, they create even more acidity. You need to work a long time at normalizing pH because of these factors, but as you do, you will make your body, in a sense, cancer proof.

Now that you know about the like between pH and cancer, you can do something about it. Because of the fundamentalness of cancer thriving in too acidic conditions, there are many sites and books or ebooks promoting various ways to beat cancer by alkalizing the body with their particular product suggestions. Coral calcium and alkaline water machines are a couple that have been pretty popular. Also a combination of oxygen catalyst drops and a high quality green drink.

– See more at: http://www.cancerfightingstrategies.com/ph-and-cancer.html

2.  Antioxidants for Cancer:
Free Radicals Promote Cancer
By Damaging Cellular DNA

Antioxidants Protect Cells From this Damage

Source: Cancer Fighting Strategies

See more at: http://www.cancerfightingstrategies.com/antioxidants-for-cancer.html

When talking about using antioxidants for cancer, here are a few things you should know. One of the causes of cancer is excessive free radical damage in your cells that harms your DNA and results in some cells mutating into cancerous cells.

Antioxidants get rid of free radicals. Every chemical and toxin in you body causes free radical damage. The carcinogenic toxins cause even more damage. Combined with high acidity and low oxygenation, you’ve got a prescription for cancer.

Another cause of free radical damage and thus too much cancer, is that processed foods generate more free radicals than whole foods, and have fewer nutrients to act as free radical scavengers to help protect you from those free radicals.

On top of this, you are exposed to 70,000 chemicals in your food, water, air and in your home and place of work –– 20,000 of which are known cancer-causing agents. These all cause free radical damage too, and help to cause cancer in yet another way.

Free radical damage from toxins plays such a fundamental role in the development of cancer, it is no wonder some of the first supplements people think of taking for fighting cancer are free radical scavenging vitamins. Unfortunately, most of them are just okay at best.

[There is a rating system and score for cancer fighting agents…the Energetic test]

Energetic testing comes in at 43 for high dose Vitamin C as an antioxidant for cancer. Super high doses where you take as much as bowel tolerance allows come in a bit better at 64. A course of intravenous vitamin C sessions at much higher doses does better, 340. Good, but not near as good as many of the supplements covered in this report.

By the way, another popular vitamin treatment for cancer vitamin B17 or Laetrile energetically tests very close to this, at 247, when used in the correct dosages. Eating optimal amounts of apricot pits comes in at 127.

When used in therapeutic doses, Vitamin E energetically tests at 230 for its value as an antioxidant for cancer fighting. Vitamin A – 140. The commonly sold grape seed extract is around 130 also. Alpha Lipoic Acid – 160. Resveratrol – 140. Selenium, which acts both as a free radical scavenger, and as a mineral that helps prevent cells from turning cancerous is considerably stronger at 200. Many of these vitamins are in Ellagic Formula with Graviola covered in the immune supplements.

There is a well known cancer supplement whose claim to fame is its high value of antioxidants for cancer fighting. Again unfortunately, energetic testing puts Proto… or Can… at a good but not great level of 330. High quality pycnogenol energetically tests at, 340. These scores are high enough to knock out some cancers. A better supplement is the European sourced Health First Grape Seed Extract. It comes in at 380 when used in high therapeutic doses.

However, the top antioxidant supplements works in a different way and much more effectively than antioxidant vitamins do in the battle against cancer.

– See more at: http://www.cancerfightingstrategies.com/antioxidants-for-cancer.html

Now read this from Dr. Oz…

too much anti-oxidants can be a bad thing if you already have cancer (or undiagnosed cancer)

When Antioxidant Supplements Are Risky

https://www.sharecare.com/health/vitamins-supplements/article/when-antioxidant-supplements-are-risky

3. Enzymes for Cancer: Low Enzymes Are Always Found In Cancer…

Use The Right Enzymes To Kill Cancer Cells

Source: Cancer Fighting Strategies

See more at: http://www.cancerfightingstrategies.com/enzymes-for-cancer.html

Researchers have noted for years a correspondence between low levels of enzymes and cancer. In fact enzyme therapy has been used with good results against cancers in Europe, and by some doctors in the United States. To literally digest cancerous cells.

In the early 1900’s a doctor in Wales, John Beard discovered that pancreatic enzymes destroyed cancer cells. Making some brilliant observations, he deduced that cancer cells come from stem cells that become uncontrolled stem cells. He noticed that the fetal pancreas starts working and secreting enzymes at the 56th day of gestation. Fetuses don’t digest anything till they are born. Beard wondered why did the pancreas in the fetus start working so early? He noticed that the day the pancreas started producing enzymes was the day the placenta stopped growing. The enzymes stopped this rapid growth. 

His theory about enzymes and cancer was that many placental cells remain in our body. When these misplaced placental cells get lost and can start growing, turning cancerous if you don’t have enough pancreatic enzymes. (By the way the medical community thought Dr. Beard was crazy. Now a hundred years later, technology has confirmed there are these cells.)

In 1911 he tested pancreatic enzymes for stopping cancer in mice and it worked. Naturally and unfortunately, he was blackballed and died in obscurity. Decades later Dr. Kelly read about his work, and cured himself of cancer using pancreatic enzymes and started treating and curing many cancer patients using pancreatic enzymes. Dr. Gonzales, sent to investigate Dr. Kelly, liked what he saw so much that he also treats cancer using pancreatic enzymes.

The major reason enzymes levels become depleted is that we eat mostly processed, irradiated and cooked food.

The digestive system was designed to process raw food. Raw food, when it is picked ripe, has enzymes in it that help break down that food in the upper stomach where it sits for 30 to 45 minutes. The enzymes in the food predigest that food. Then in the lower stomach the pancreas excretes more enzymes.

When you eat cooked, irradiated and processed foods, the enzymes have been killed; the food does not predigest in the upper stomach. So when it reaches the lower stomach two things happen. The pancreas must make extra enzymes to try and break down the food.

And often the food is only partially digested.

The pancreas, after decades of overworking, eventually is no longer able to produce an adequate supply of enzymes. So you develop low enzyme levels of all types of enzymes, and your body cannot naturally kill cancerous cells using enzymes.

In addition, food that is not completely digested all too often makes its way into the bloodstream. Especially if you have leaky gut syndrome from candida overgrowth. This partially digest food is treated as a toxin, and the immune system has to get rid of it. This puts an additional strain on the already overworked immune system.

Studies have found that the immune system treats the ingestion of cooked food as a toxic poison, causing a jump in white blood cells in an attempt to get rid of it as fast as possible.

Taking a good quality enzyme supplement with meals, one that has high levels of protease to digest protein, lipase to digest fat, and amylase to digest carbohydrates helps break down food in the upper stomach. So that the pancreas doesn’t have to produce extra enzymes. Food is better digested.

– See more at: http://www.cancerfightingstrategies.com/enzymes-for-cancer.html

4. Vitamins that help fight Cancer

Dr. Oz articles related to fighting Cancer

Click this to get a list of all the great articles on the Dr. Oz site related to Cancer and Vitamins:

http://www.doctoroz.com/search?q1=cancer%2Fvitamins

Can vitamins help prevent certain cancers?

There’s some great information on how vitamins relate to cancer and cancer-fighting. Re-posted from the Dr. Oz blog.

Turmeric  (I just added this vitamin to my daily regimen because it’s so good -Mike)

Turmeric, an herbal supplement, is known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antioxidant properties. Health benefits of turmeric include treatment of indigestion, ulcers and osteoarthritis. Turmeric contains curcumin and is a yellow-orange powdery substance. As with any herbal supplements, please consult your health provider for information on treatment, correct dosage, benefits and risk factors.

Dr. Maoshing Ni, PhD, LAc Geriatric Medicine
Turmeric, the spice that gives curry its distinctive flavor and coloring, also has plenty of pain-relief benefits. New research suggests that turmeric possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and also helps to improve circulation and prevent blood clotting. Turmeric has been used in traditional medicines for easing the pain of sprains, strains, bruises and joint inflammation, as well as for treating skin and digestive issues. The healing power of turmeric comes from its active ingredient — curcumin, which lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation.
Dr. William B. Salt, MD Gastroenterology
Turmeric is the yellow spice in American mustard and Indian curries. Curcumin is one of turmeric’s components. It has powerful antioxidant properties and may protect against the development of Alzheimer’s   disease, which is associated with brain inflammation. It also has broad anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer effects. Turmeric is available as a tea
or supplement.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You usually see the yellow spice turmeric in Indian curries, giving them their characteristic color. Some studies have shown that turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that can help fight cancer; however, these are cell or animal studies, and the health benefits of turmeric are not yet proven for humans.
Dr. Robin Miller, MD Internal Medicine
Turmeric has been used as a spice, food coloring and treatment for digestive problems for thousands of years. Although it is known to have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, it is unknown exactly how beneficial it is to humans since to date most studies of turmeric have been done in animals.

In small human studies turmeric was noted to reduce gas and bloating. It was also found to prolong the remission of ulcerative colitis in those who were treated with conventional medications. Turmeric in combination with other anti-inflammatory herbs has been found to improve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

In animals, turmeric reduced the plaque build up in arteries and lowered cholesterol. Further animal studies have found that turmeric can help prevent and control several cancers including prostate, breast, skin and colon cancer. It does this by cutting off blood supply to the tumors.

One of the more exciting potential roles of turmeric is in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.  In India, where it is used in large quantities, the risk of Alzheimer’s disease is low. Studies are being conducted to see if the reason for this is due to the widespread use of turmeric.

For now, we need to wait for the research to validate the health claims surrounding turmeric, but there is a good reason to use it. When added to food it is a wonderful taste treat. Fortunately it may be good for our health as well.

Google ‘cancer’ and you’ll be faced with millions of web pages. And the number of YouTube videos you find if you look up ‘cancer cure’ is similarly vast.

The problem is that much of the information out there is at best inaccurate, or at worst dangerously misleading. There are plenty of evidence-based, easy to understand pages about cancer, but there are just as many, if not more, pages spreading myths.

And it can be hard to distinguish fact from fiction, as much of the inaccurate information looks and sounds perfectly plausible. But if you scratch the surface and look at the evidence, many continually perpetuated ‘truths’ become unstuck.

In this post, we want to set the record straight on 10 cancer myths we regularly encounter. Driven by the evidence, not by rhetoric or anecdote, we describe what the reality of research actually shows to be true.

Lots of great information and myths de-bunked! Check it out!

19 Foods To Get You Killer Abs

19 Shocking Foods To Get You Killer Abs – Saturday Strategy originally posted by Drew Canole, Fitlife.tv

For some people, the most frustrating part of their body is their BELLY. For some reason, they can pull hours each week at the gym and tone the rest of their body just fine, but the annoying tire around their middle just won’t deflate.

Here’s the big secret… the lean, toned midsection that looks amazing is not made in the gym, or the yoga studio, or on the track… it’s actually made in the kitchen!!!

Your body is pretty awesome… it can process about 1 million toxins each and every day. The problem is that a lot of us are getting closer to 2 million toxins (through the food we eat, pollution, EMFs, chemicals in the home, negative thought patterns) every day, leaving our liver with too much stuff in the ‘in’ box and not nearly enough going ‘out’.

What happens when we are overloaded with toxins?

A lot of things. We can’t cover everything today, but I will tell you that a lot of toxins are sent directly to the lymph nodes and there are actually lymph nodes in your midsection area. The body sends toxins to the lymph nodes where the toxins are surrounded with water (they are acidic and your body wants to protect itself) and stored until the body can deal with them.

lyphatic system

So YOU end up with a lot of extra weight around your midsection that can’t be dissolved by crunches or planks or time on the treadmill.

It must be taken care of in the kitchen!

Stop crunching yourself to death or planking yourself unconscious! It’s time to give your body the tools it needs to detoxify and cleanse your system of those nasty toxins so that your troublesome midsection can finally melt away and reveal those fantastic abs that I know you’ve been working on for so long.

What foods are best to eat when trying to get a set of washboard abs?

  • Foods that cleanse the body of toxins
  • Provide energy
  • Are full of nutrients, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals to help the body function
  • Provide enough protein and healthy fats for good digestion and appetite suppression

 

Here’s a good list to get you started!

(I eat most of these everyday -Mike)

 

#1 Black Pepper

According to WebMD, the same ingredient in black pepper that makes you sneeze may also help you get slim.

Black pepper contains piperine, which current research shows has been shown to fight the formation of new fat cells. It has been used for centuries in traditional Eastern Medicine to address different gastrointestinal issues including diarrhea and cholera.

#2 Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper has many phenomenal health benefits and considering that, is widely underused. It regulates blood flow, improves circulation, removes toxins and targets water weight.

One study done by the food scientist Stephen Whiting showed that the active ingredient in cayenne pepper, capsaicin, causes a sort of adrenaline rush in the body that then sends a message to the brain to burn fat cells.

Add a dash of this to your morning lemon water for a great detoxifying aid.

#3 Apples

Apples are low in fat, sodium and calories but are loaded with awesome vitamins and minerals. They also have a decent amount of fiber, which we all know is important for good digestion to keep things moving through the gut and not suck in it.

A 2014 study quoted in Women’s Health magazine showed apples have non-digestible compounds (fiber and polyphenols) that promote good bacteria growth in your gut. A healthy balance of bacteria improves metabolism, decreases inflammation, protects against chronic disease and helps one maintain a healthy weight.

#4 Avocado

Avocados are a nutritional goldmine! They are packed with healthy fats that provide fuel for the body, help you feel full and keep your various systems functioning properly.

Americans are scared of fat. This is due to a lot of misinformation about fats in general. But here’s the truth: You NEED healthy fats to function and you can eat a good amount of them (the right ones) without gaining weight.

Getting enough GOOD fats in your diet (coconut oil, olive oil, avocados, wild caught fish, omega-3s, raw nuts and seeds) will actually HELP you to maintain a great weight, not sabotage it.

#5 Almonds

Almonds are a perfect substitute for processed snacks. Keep a baggie in your purse or bag to munch on throughout the day. Almonds are also a good fat and energy source.

Studies have linked regular almond consumption to lowered cholesterol, lowered risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, and less inflammation. They help with good weight management and also help with oxidative stress (that leads to disease).

#6 Blueberries

Studies have found that blueberries may help breakdown abdominal fat. This is believed to be due to their high phytochemical (antioxidant) content.

More studies have shown that blueberries may be especially beneficial to those suffering from obesity or diabetes as they reduce insulin resistance.

#7 Cod Fish

These fish are full of healthy fats and protein which takes longer to digest than other foods, keeping you fuller for longer and decreasing your appetite. Protein is also vital to the formation of those sexy abs you are trying to uncover!

In one serving there are 29.5 grams of protein!!! That is more then you’ll get in most protein shakes or store-bought protein bars. Unlike other animal sources, fish only has about 145 calories per serving.

A study published in Nutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases found that people who added cod fish to their diet for at least eight weeks lost 4 more pounds than people who didn’t add any seafood to their diet.

#8 Salmon

Salmon is a lean protein and a perfect addition to most diet plans. It is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D (which is hard to find in food), 22 grams of protein per serving and only about 155 calories.

Salmon is also believed to help your metabolism burn fat more efficiently.

(Note from Michael: see my post by David Robinson Simonon regarding Salmon and why I’ve cut back on eating it. If you eat Salmon, stay away from “farmed” Salmon. https://24hrbootcampblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/5-reasons-you-should-stop-eating-salmon/)

#9 Eggs

Eggs have the perfect balance of protein and essential amino acids, which are important for burning fat, building muscle and staying full for longer periods of time. Some people shy away from eggs because they’ve heard they are not good for you, they have negative effects on cholesterol or make you gain weight. Quite the contrary, eggs are a rich source of over 13 different vitamins and minerals, several important trace nutrients, 6 grams of protein and contain only 77 calories.

They ARE high in cholesterol but EATING cholesterol doesn’t mean your cholesterol goes UP. In fact, when scientists studied this they found that 70% of people who eat eggs experience NO raise in cholesterol and the other 30% only experience MILD increases.

And please – EAT THE YOLK!!!! Much of the nutrients are actually in that beautiful golden center, while most of the protein comes from the whites. We need BOTH components for a truly balanced source of goodness.

Some people go as far to say that eggs are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. Makes sense because the contents of an egg are meant to grow a full, living chicken!

A study found people who eat eggs early in the day are less hungry later on.

#10 Leafy Greens

This one is a no brainer. VERY low calorie. Packed with an insane amount of vitamins, minerals, micronutrients and even some protein – you can eat leafy greens all day long and not gain a pound. The fiber will also help clean out your gut of toxins and fill you with raw living enzymes for good digestion and energy. Not to mention their positive affect on your skin!

#11 Yogurt

The truth is, I don’t necessarily advocate dairy. Mainly due to the inflammatory effects and the fact that most dairy on the market is loaded with hormones and questionable ingredients. And most people don’t digest dairy well!

However, there are always exceptions, which come in the form of WHOLE, ORGANIC options (raw if you can). And when you get the RIGHT form, there can be some great benefits (assuming you’re not someone who actually cannot tolerate it – in which case, steer clear altogether – there are plenty of other amazing options for you out there).

If you want your gut to look good on the outside, you MUST take care of it on the inside! Foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha are full of good probiotics for gut health. A healthy gut = less bloating, gas, constipation and better digestion.

Just make sure that if you opt for yogurt or kefir, it’s organic and free of added junk like sugar, hormones and fillers. You can even opt to make your own or purchase from a reputable source. Goat’s milk has been shown to be easier to digest so that may be worth a shot for you to try!

#12 Probiotic Supplements

For a lot of us, it is hard to get our daily need for probiotics. This is due in part to the amount of COOKED foods we eat and also that the American diet doesn’t contain a lot of fermented foods. I take probiotics on a daily basis as do many of our coaching clients as well as our Fitlife team! If you get the right kind (good quality, at least 10 strains) and take them daily, you will notice a difference fairly quickly.

Probiotics help to balance your belly, aid in digestion (you are what you absorb, not what you eat!), boost your immune system, enhance energy, decrease gas, constipation and bloating and along with good eating habits, have the potential to help  slim your waist!

Check out FitLife’s very own phenomenal probiotic supplement! We love it and I know you will too!

#13 Bone Broth

Bone broth (especially homemade) is an incredible tonic and nutrient-rich addition to your diet. It is full of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and many vitamins and minerals, which release into the water from bones. It also contains gelatin, which is a good supplementary protein, benefiting your joints as well as connective tissues (important for strong organs and muscles).

One study showed that people consuming broth-based soup twice daily had more successful weight loss than those eating the same calories in snack foods.

Keep in mind that many store-bought broths are loaded with sodium and other ingredients. To get the most out of your broth, opt to make your own. It’s super simple and tastes amazing!

#14 Quinoa

Quinoa is a nutrient-dense seed that makes a great substitute for traditional grains. It is gluten and cholesterol-free and thus easy on the digestive system. Because of its protein and fiber content, quinoa helps you feel full faster and for longer amounts of time. Quinoa is actually a complete protein, meaning it contains all of the essential amino acids.

Quinoa will provide those seeking to lose weight with incredible nutritional punch, a feeling of satiety as well as desired energy and stamina.

Some even call quinoa a superfood and due to its growing popularity, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 the ‘International Year Of Quinoa’.

For the best flavor I recommend making quinoa in organic bone broth instead of water. Delicious!

#15 Spirulina

Remember earlier when I talked about toxins being wrapped in water and stored near your lymph nodes, leaving you with water weight? I was in a lecture by a brilliant slovenian nutritionist a few months back and I remember him telling us that ALGAE, specifically green algaes like spirulina, were one of the most powerful detoxifiers on the planet. He was right!

Spirulina is particularly good at cleansing the body of heavy metal toxins. You see, even if you start eating all the right foods, your belly might still hang around for a while. That’s because it needs to be CLEANSED and DETOXIFIED so that it can actually ABSORB the nutrients you are putting into it once it has the clean space available!

I would highly recommend spirulina to anyone who is focusing on shrinking their gut. You can get it in powder form and add to smoothies. We also put it in our own Organifi green juice superfood powder, which I love to drink just mixed in water or added to my fresh green juices and smoothies. So good!

#16 Bok Choy

An extremely popular vegetable in countries like China and Japan, the wonders of bok choy are still not well understood (or used) in America. Bok choy is very low calorie and low carb but high in nutritional content. It has a lighter taste than regular cabbage and a great texture for cooking (think healthy stir-fries and soups).

Bok choy is full of phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It has a glycemic load of 1 (the lowest you can get) and ranks five stars for weight loss.

#17 Buckwheat

Another popular food in asian cooking, buckwheat is not actually a type of wheat or even a grain. It is the fruit of a plant similar to rhubarb and is gluten-free. It also happens to be full of disease fighting antioxidants and phytochemicals and has become an effective tool in weight loss plans.

Buckwheat is a good source of protein, which takes longer to digest than other nutrients and helps to keep your appetite in check. It’s also good for digestion!

Studies have shown that those who eat buckwheat have a decreased likelihood of developing high blood pressure.

#18 Lemon

If you’ve been hanging around FitLife for long you’ll have realized that we talk about lemons ALL THE TIME. They should be called a superfood and their numerous benefits are just beginning to gain recognition around the United States.

Lemons, although technically an acidic fruit, have an alkalizing effect within the body. An alkaline environment aids in the prevention of illnesses by decreasing inflammation and supporting a clean microbiome.

Lemons are also an amazing cleanser and detoxifier, which is an important step in uncovering your abs.  Start drinking a glass of water with fresh squeezed lemon juice right when you wake up. This one small habit can produce HUGE results!

#19 Green Juice

Ahhhh, a fresh glass of green, micro-nutrient rich juice. I don’t know if any habit will change your life more than picking up juicing! Green juice is a powerful source of micronutrients, vitamins, minerals and much more! These give you a quick source of energy (said to hit your bloodstream within minutes) and also help to rid your body of unhealthy cravings and appetite.

Green juice flushes toxins from the body and replenishes the cells with vital nutrients for survival.

Although you won’t develop killer abs and a flat belly overnight, you can get there faster than you think. Pick 3-5 things from this list – or even just 1 to start with – and get it into your daily and/or weekly diet. I promise your body will love you for it.

(Note from Michael: I also like red beet juice…drink daily around 10:00 am for best results)

Ab Carving Green Juice Recipe
Author: Drew Canole
Ingredients
  • 1 Bok Choy
  • 2-3 Stalks Celery
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 scoop Organifi (or 1 tsp Spirulina Powder)
  • ½ Apple
Instructions
  1. Chop up any veggies if necessary for your juicer
  2. Feed through juicer
  3. Drink within 15 minutes

– See more at: http://fitlife.tv/19-shocking-foods-to-get-you-killer-abs-saturday-strategy/#sthash.KFRA7vxr.266JaBBl.dpuf

 

Here’s an additional list with a few more great superfoods for fighting fat!

https://24hrbootcampblog.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/top-9-superfoods-for-looking-good-feeling-great-losing-weight/  (by Dr. Frank Lipman)

 

Enjoy!

Mike

Metobolic Training Triggers Youth-enhancing Hormones

Reposted from an article,

The 3 WORST Mistakes You Must AVOID
If You Want to Slow The Aging Process

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If you want to reverse the aging process, you need to skip (and/or avoid) the three things mentioned in the linked article, AND know HOW to trigger your youth-enhancing hormones to slough away old, dead cells while elevating your metabolic process so you can burn away stubborn, flabby fat and replace it with lean, toned muscle.   The answer is metabolic training.

Metabolic training involves doing certain types of exercises that involve your entire body, so you can activate as many muscles as you can in a short amount of time.  It’s completely different from doing traditional isolated body building exercises (like biceps curls or leg curls) where you’re only using one muscle at a time.  This form of exercise takes way too long and doesn’t stimulate enough muscle fibers to increase your fat-burning and youth-enhancing hormones.Here’s the key: the more muscles you’re able to activate at the same time, the more you’ll be able to trigger your youth-enhancing hormones.  This is why using exercises that involve your entire body (upper body and lower body) at the same time is crucial.That’s not all…there’s a particular way you want perform these exercises, because doing so will trigger your most effective fat burning hormones, so you can burn off your old excess fat that’s been hanging around way too long.

And here’s the best part… you can replace your flabby body parts with lean, toned muscle by simply following these exercise protocols, because not only do they trigger your youth-enhancing hormones and fat-burning hormones—they also boosts your testosterone.  Testosterone is your ultimate lean-muscle building—hormone for BOTH men and women.  And much like other hormones, your testosterone levels naturally start to decline after the age of 40, which is why it’s so difficult to gain lean muscle and maintain that youthful body tone as you get older.

Turning back the clock is easy when you know HOW to trigger the right hormones in your body.  The specifics behind this is an easy, effective method.  You’ll be able to trigger your youth enhancing hormones, along with your fat-burning and lean-muscle building hormones so you can defy the aging process and look and feel 10 years younger!

Bootcamp is my favorite form of metabolic training…45 minutes per day, at least 4x/week, and I’m good!

Enjoy!

The Paleo Diet By Ryan Mace

Here’s a great blog article I found by Ryan Mace, explaining the Paleo diet, something that I tend to believe in and follow. Enjoy! -Mike

Ryan Mace

Over recent years the Paleo Diet has gained significant momentum and interest in the health community. And like with most fad diets, there is always a great debate amongst experts as to their effectiveness and safety. To date, the Paleo Diet has not disappointed in this regards.

The philosophy of the Paleo Diet is based upon our ancestors’ dietary habits during Paleolithic times which date back approximately 750,000 to 15,000 years ago. Depending upon which variation of the Paleo Diet you study, you will be told that the dietary habits of our ancestors featured either:

  • Low to moderate amounts of animal protein combined with an abundance of plant-based foods.
  • Or, high amounts of animal based protein with low to moderate amounts of fresh plant-based foods.

The public’s curiosity surrounding the Paleo Diet has propelled it to one the most searched diets on the internet during 2013.   However, the attention it…

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Nutrition 101

I found a great nutrition site by Metagenics, a science-based nutrition and supplement company with a goal to improve lives. On their site, along with the nutrition products, they have provided a nice overview of nutrition basics, titled Nutrition 101.

Check it out: http://www.metagenics.com/knowledge-center/nutrition-101

Metagenics believes the right nutrition could help people realize their best health possible by positively influencing what makes them unique—their genes. They call it realizing “genetic potential” for good health. Today, it’s known as the science of nutrigenomics — the study of food as one of the most important environmental modifiers of gene expression in determining health and disease patterns.

Through their ongoing commitment to nutrigenomic research, they’ve been able to identify natural compounds with powerful therapeutic applications, to be used in our science-based TLC programs, medical foods , and nutraceuticals.

Uncommon Superfoods That Fight Disease

I found this tidbit in a newsletter…enjoy!

You may already know a few foods that are so packed with nutrients they’re sometimes calls “superfoods.” Acai and goji berries are good examples because they’re rich in cancer-fighting antioxidants. But do you know about any of the following foods that may help prevent cancer, heart disease, and aid in digestive health?

  • Maca – High in protein and fiber, it contains more than 20 amino acids and helps increase your strength, energy, and endurance. Maca is a root vegetable and part of the cruciferous family, like kale and cabbage. You can purchase it in the U.S. mainly in its powder or extract form and add it to fruit smoothies, yogurt, or cereals. Look in any health food or drug store or on Amazon.
  • Spirulina – This is a type of freshwater blue-green algae that is 65% complete protein, greater than both red meat and soy. As little as 3 grams per day can help you increase energy and fight sickness. Buy it in capsules, powders, and flakes in health food stores but make sure it is “certified organic.” It doesn’t have the best taste, so add it to a smoothie or take as a supplement per directions on the bottle.
  • Kohlrabi – You get plenty of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber out of this antiviral vegetable, which is a blend of cabbage, turnips, and radishes. Find them at your farmer’s market or grow them at home. To eat them, try pickling the bulbs or sauteing them.
  • Chia – Yes, the same Chia Pet commercial seeds are healthy and edible. You can get as much fiber out of chia as you can from your bowl of oatmeal. It also has plenty of iron, calcium, and omega 3s. Buy it in stores such as Walmart, the Vitamin Shoppe, and GNC. It blends well in soups, salads, stir-fries, and cereal.

Pamina Barkow – Chef/Nutritionist

If you like being in the kitchen and cooking healthy meals, visit Pamina’s blog site!

She provides lots of great recipes for healthy living, and points out some foods to avoid.

She’s posted lots of great videos on how to make dishes such as, Spinach Mint Quinoa and Roasted Vegetables and a video on Superfoods.

https://plus.google.com/u/0/107772076846088580134/posts?cfem=1

I follow her blog. Good stuff.

Why you can’t get lean with insulin in your blood stream

I’ve posted a lot of information and references regarding insulin and fat loss, and here’s another great contribution by
Steve at OC Fit Body Bootcamp
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I keep telling you that no matter how much you workout
or “diet” you will FAIL to get as LEAN as YOU really
want to be if you don’t control your insulin levels.

Well I though you should know how your body REALLY
works because no one else really seems to talk about
the REAL issue.

See full article here or read the summary below.

When you eat a candy bar or a high glycemic meal, the presence
of glucose, amino acids or fatty acids in the intestine stimulates
the pancreas to secrete a hormone called insulin.

Insulin acts on many cells in your body, especially those in the
liver, muscle and fat tissue. Insulin tells the cells to do the
following:

  • Absorb glucose, fatty acids and amino acids
  • Stop breaking down glucose, fatty acids and
    amino acids; glycogen into glucose; fats into
    fatty acids and glycerol; and proteins into amino acids
  • Start building glycogen from glucose; fats (triglycerides)
    from glycerol and fatty acids; and proteins from amino acids

The activity of lipoprotein lipases depends upon the levels of
insulin in the body. If insulin is high, then the lipases are highly
active; if insulin is low, the lipases are inactive.

The fatty acids are then absorbed from the blood into fat cells,
muscle cells and liver cells. In these cells, under stimulation by
insulin, fatty acids are made into fat molecules and stored
as fat droplets.

Read the full article here.

(How Stuff Works: Fat Cells)

Ketosis and the Ketogenic Diet: a low-carb solution to fat loss

My good friend Jon just suggested a great new diet plan called Ketosis. It’s a low-carb, moderate protein and high fat diet, similar to Paleo, but less protein intake. I didn’t know anything about it. He’s already lost 6 pounds,  so I checked it out, and it’s worthy of a mention on my blog. There are some important things to know about low-carb diets…read, learn and use what you can to achieve your goals. Follow the additional resources for more information – Mike

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Reposted from Muscle & Fitness article

http://www.muscleandfitness.com/nutrition/lose-fat/diet-911-ketosis-dummies

Ketosis Defined

When your diet is depleted of carbs, your glycogen levels drop and you enter ketosis—a process in which your brain burns ketone bodies to avoid draining the protein stores in your muscles and instead uses energy from your fat stores.

Ketogenic diets (around 50 grams of carbs per day) are extremely effective for getting lean because you reset the body’s enzymatic machinery to use fat as its primary fuel source in the absence of carbs.

If you are having problems getting lean, or you are hitting a plateau, there could be three problems with your diet —too much protein, not enough good fat, and residual carbohydrates.

To break your plateau, pump up the fat in your diet to about 50% of your total daily calories and reduce the protein to 30%–40%. The rest of your calories will come from vegetables.

Traditionally, bodybuilders opt to get their protein from tuna and lean meats such as chicken breast. However, on a diet like this, you should switch to darker meats and oily fish. Eating salmon, chicken thighs, lamb, and lean beef allows you to get your protein and fat in one source.

Also, watch your consumption of “residual” carbohydrates—the carbs you’re not even aware you’re eating, like those in nuts and meal-replacement shakes. It’s OK to have some nuts, but you should rely more on other fat sources that are carb-free like oils and cheeses. Remember that meal replacement shakes and protein shakes are not the same. The typical meal-replacement powder contains up to half your day’s intake of carbs. Instead, opt for a scoop of regular protein powder after your workout. Make these changes and you’ll see your six-pack soon enough.

Other Good Resources:

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketogenic_diet

Bodybuilding.com: http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/keto.htm

About.com: http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/KetogenicDiets/a/What-Is-A-Ketogenic-Diet.htm

Ketogenic Diet Resource: http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/

 

Diet/menu Suggestions:

(I already see a couple of necessary improvements in my diet – Mike)

ketosis diet

Solve Your Health Issues with a Ketogenic Diet

Reposted from the Ketogenic Diet Resource:

ketogenic diet

Ketogenic diets emphasize foods rich in natural fats and adequate in protein, and restrict foods high in carbohydrate (sugars and starches). While the standard American diet (SAD) contains 45-65% of calories from carbohydrate, ketogenic diets restrict carbohydrate intake to about 2-4% of calories.

And contrary to what many “experts” think, a ketogenic, low carb diet is NOT a high protein diet. It’s a high fat diet with a moderate protein intake and a very low carbohydrate allowance. A typical ketogenic meal includes a small amount of protein, a source of natural fats (for example, butter, beef tallow, lard, duck fat, cream, olive oil, or coconut oil) and some green leafy vegetables.

On this website, you’ll find information on how these diets work, the right way to “do” the diet, and the details on how you can increase your energy and improve your health simply by changing the way you eat.

How do ketogenic diets work?

When carbohydrate containing foods are digested, they are broken down into blood sugar (glucose) in the body. The more carbohydrates we eat, the more glucose is made. As diabetics know, high blood sugar is toxic to the body. Eating more fats and protein and less carb causes our internal biochemical pathways to switch to using our stored fat for fuel instead of burning sugar.  This switch produces ketone bodies while at the same time reducing blood sugar levels. As glucose drops and ketone body levels rise in the bloodstream, the heart, muscle and brain stop burning sugar and instead use the ketones as an alternative fuel.  This is called being “in nutritional ketosis.”

Once the body is using ketones as a main fuel source, all sorts of beneficial effects become apparent. A ketone producing, high fat, low carb diet is terrific for weight reduction, slowing the aging process and addressing health issues such as heartburn, fatty liver and achy joints.

However, these diets are much more powerful than those popular uses would suggest.  In fact, being in ketosis can alleviate many serious diseases. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect of nutritional ketosis is potent. In fact, nutritional ketosis and ketone bodies themselves are being studied extensively as a treatment for many metabolic diseases. For instance, there is strong research evidence that ketotic diets can:

  • Act as an extremely effective diabetes treatment plan; in some cases, just switching to a ketogenic diet can reverse prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.
  • Drive cancer into remission with new and effective cancer treatments. The keto diet for cancer patients is somewhat different than the treatment for other illnesses, and is discussed in detail in my e-Book “Fight Cancer with a Ketogenic Diet.”
  • Improve epilepsy treatment outcomes by reducing, and in some cases, eliminating seizures.
  • Help patients with Alzheimer’s disease regain memory and thought function.
  • Reverse heart disease and improve cardiovascular risk factors shown on blood tests.
  • Alleviate the symptoms of autism.
  • Reverse PCOS.
  • Treat severe outbreaks of acne.
  • Provide mitochondrial support for a wide variety of neurological disorders such as Parkinsons Disease and ALS.
  • Eliminate gluten allergy symptoms and relieve the symptoms of other allergic conditions associated with autoimmune reactions
  • Treat metabolic energy disorders such as glucose transporter type 1 (GLUT1) deficiency, pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency (PDHC), McArdle disease, and mitochondrial myopathies.

In other words, the ketogenic diet is not a “fad.” It is a potent regulator of metabolic derangement, and when formulated and implemented correctly, it can be extremely effective. (References here and here).