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!

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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

 http://www.maxworkouts.com/lp/3-worst-exercises-that-cause-aging-p1/

© 2008-2015 MAXWORKOUTS

 

 

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!

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
OC Fit Body Bootcamp logo

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)

Top 9 Superfoods For Looking Good, Feeling Great & Losing Weight

The Superfine 9! …nine of the most nutritionally valuable foods you can buy.

Reposted from MindBodyGreen: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-9172/my-top-9-superfoods-for-looking-good-feeling-great-losing-weight.html

Here’s a great list of superfoods for losing weight, boosting immunity and increased energy…make it an “eating strategy” for life.  What makes them super? Few calories, low in sugar and salt, plus lots of soluble fiber, nutrients, and health-boosting phytochemicals. I love #3!

1. Blueberries

Blueberries
Tasty, sweet and packed with disease-fighting phytochemicals, flavonoids and soluble fiber, blueberries have the power to help prevent serious diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stomach ulcers and high blood pressure. In sum, blueberries are miraculous! They also help tame inflammation throughout the body and can reduce “bad” cholesterol – so dig in for better health.

2. Leafy greens

Leafy Greens
What’s so amazing about the leafys is that calorie for calorie, they deliver more nutrients than just about any other food on the planet. Loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, leafy greens stock your body with the artillery needed to fight off potential killers like heart disease and cancer. Simply put: leafys benefit virtually every cell you’ve got!
My favorite leafy greens are kale, spinach, Swiss chard, mustard, and dandelion greens because they’re nutritious AND delicious. You can toss them into virtually anything to boost nutrition, but be sure to give them a good rinse first. Raw or cooked, on their own or added to smoothies, omelets and sauces, leafys add health-sustaining doses of vitamins A, C, K, folate, potassium and calcium to every meal. For an easy added boost, try greens powder in your smoothies.

3. Chocolate

Chocolate
Dairy-free chocolate, in moderation, is a delicious treat that actually does a body good. It can help elevate mood, improve blood flow and even lower blood pressure. It helps reduce inflammation and LDL “bad cholesterol,” and it’s loaded with antioxidants, which can help prevent cell damage, degenerative diseases and even cancer – all of which is good news for chocolate lovers.
Keep in mind though, chocolate’s numerous health benefits are not a license to set up camp in the candy aisle. You have to manage your “dose,” keeping yours to a modest 1 ounce serving a few times a week. To maximize chocolate’s benefits, look for high-quality, dairy-free dark chocolate that’s at least 70% cocoa – and enjoy!

4. Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables
Want to lower your cancer risk? Put the cruciferous on your list, namely broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, kale and bok choy. Research suggests cruciferous veggies have the ability to inhibit the growth of some types of cancer cells and even stop others by reducing the production of free radicals.
How to stuff more of cruciferous veggies into your diet? Don’t wait ‘til dinner, start your day with them – try cruciferous veggies at breakfast with a delicious Brussles sprouts hash – and put more healthy nutrients on your plate first thing, at the start of your day.

5. Beans

Beans
Dense and delicious, beans help raise levels of the hormone leptin, which curbs appetite. They also deliver a powerful combination of B vitamins, calcium, potassium and folate. All of this good stuff will help maintain healthy brain, cell and skin function, and even helps to reduce blood pressure and stroke risk. Pretty amazing, eh? To increase your intake, trying eating beans as a filling side-dish instead of bread or potatoes. They’ll help keep you feeling fuller longer and deliver an excellent source of sugar-free energy through much of your day. (Note: avoid beans if you are on a strict Paleo diet – Mike)

6. Walnuts

Walnuts
Walnuts — you don’t need to eat a lot of them to tap into their power. Just a small handful a day will deliver a healthy dose of omega-3s, alpha-linolenic acid, melatonin, copper, manganese and the hard-to-find gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E, which helps protect your heart. Walnuts on your plate may also protect your brain and help slow the onset of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Not a nut fan? Then try adding chopped walnuts to cereal or fruit, or blend in 2 tablespoons of organic walnut butter to fruit smoothies. Either way, you’ll still reap the benefits of the mighty walnut. For a delicious salad that double dips on the Superfine 9, try a strawberry spinach salad topped with walnuts!

7. Avocado

Avocado
Don’t be afraid of an avocado because you think it’s fattening! The often overlooked avocado is a delicious, creamy superfood that’s simply too health-boosting to skip. The myriad of healthy fats and nutrients found in avocados – oleic acid, lutein, folate, vitamin E, monounsaturated fats and glutathione among them – can help protect your body from heart disease, cancer, degenerative eye and brain diseases.
Avocados also taste great and are easily integrated into any meal – or even a fruit smoothie. Add a half an avocado to smoothies for a creamy texture and a powerful nutritional boost, or enjoy an avocado half as a nutritious “side” to your morning omelet instead of potatoes or toast.
(see my other great posts for other positive mentions about Avocados…they might be the perfect food – Mike)

8. Salmon

Wild Salmon

Wild salmon is a rich source of protein, vitamin D, selenium, B2, B3, B6, B12 and those all-important omega-3 fatty acids. So exactly what can wild salmon offer you? Quite a bit, including protection from cancer, cardiovascular problems, macular degeneration, depression and cognitive decline – that’s a lot of pluses in a pretty compact package. The best salmon to buy? Wild caught, Alaskan salmon, which routinely ranks low in contaminants and high in nutrients. Wild salmon’s benefits start to kick in at about two servings a week, so there’s no need to overdo it.  (Note: see my recent posting on Salmon for some additional tips, watch-outs and environmental concerns. I love Salmon, but I might be eating less of it in the future – Mike)

9. Chia Seeds

Chia seeds
Chia seeds are tiny, nutritional dynamos – in fact, they’re the single richest source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids you can buy. They’re also loaded with antioxidants, protein and minerals, plus soluble and insoluble fiber to help keep your digestion moving in the right direction. What’s more, chia seeds have an unusual property – they swell to more than 5 times their weight in liquid, so adding a spoonful or two to meals will help you feel fuller faster.
How to eat ’em?  They’re virtually tasteless, so you can drop a spoonful or two into just about anything, including smoothies, sauces, soups and salads. But my favorite way to take advantage of this unusual superfood is to combine it with another superfood, i.e. chocolate, to dig into a serving of Chocolate Chia Pudding.
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About the Author

Dr. Frank Lipman is an internationally recognized expert in the field of integrative medicine. He is the founder and director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, where for over 20 years his personal brand of healing has helped thousands of people reclaim their vitality and recover their zest for life. Focused on sustainable wellness — instead of quick fixes — he offers patients a customized blend of Western medicine with acupuncture, nutritional counseling, vitamins and herbs, relaxation techniques, physical therapy and bodywork. In 2010 he developed Be Well by Dr. Frank Lipman, a line of leading-edge supplements and health programs. He is the author of REVIVE: Stop Feeling Spent and Start Living Again; and TOTAL RENEWAL; 7 key steps to Resilience, Vitality and Long-Term Health. Visit his blog, follow him on or join his Facebook community today. Also check out Dr. Lipman’s MBG Video Course, 14-Day Detox.

8 Reasons Why You’re Not Losing Weight

I discovered this great article by DR. MARK SMITH
…and it reinforces everything the doctors, trainers and nutritionists have been saying all along, and the information I have been sharing on this blog! Enjoy!
Posted: JUNE 28, 2013 8:00 AM EDT
 
1. You’re doing too much cardio. 
 
You aren’t guaranteed a slim waistline just because you spend an hour on the treadmill every day. In fact, long cardio sessions can actually work against you. That’s because your body basically sees exercise as stress, and stress causes the release of a hormone called cortisol, which breaks down energy stores for immediate use. Over the short term, this reaction is healthy and natural, but prolonged increases in cortisol eventually lead to insulin resistance, a decrease in bone density, loss of lean muscle mass, and weight gain.
 
2. You’re eating too much fruit. 
Many dieters turn to fruit as a sweet, low-calorie snack, but the sugar in fruit (like all carbohydrates) gets broken down into glucose in the small intestine. The presence of glucose in the bloodstream causes the pancreas to release insulin, and insulin stores excess glucose as fat. If you’re trying to lose weight, fruit intake should be limited to those with a combination of low carbohydrate content and high amounts of antioxidants like berries and pitted fruits.
 
3. You’re skimping on calories. 
Some calorie counters assume that if restricting calories will help them lose weight, then restricting a lot of calories will help them lose more weight, more quickly. Unfortunately, the body views severe calorie restriction as starvation and will eventually turn against you, fighting to keep the calories you do eat for dear life.
 
4. You’re not getting enough fat. 
 
When it comes to nutrition, we have to distinguish between healthy and unhealthy fat. Unhealthy fats are the trans fats, omega 6 fats, and processed fats that are used to manufacture processed foods. Healthy fats, on the other hand (fats from fish, nuts, coconut, animal meats, eggs, avocados, olives, etc.), are a necessary part of healthy cellular function. Contrary to what you might think, healthy fats do not translate into added pounds. The consumption of healthy fats instead of sugar actually gives us energy, keeps us satiated longer, and prompts the body to burn stored fat for fuel.
 
5. You’re stressed out. 
 
Any type of stress (physical, emotional, chemical) causes the body to enter into a state of protection, also known as “fight or flight.” This results in altered hormone levels as the body shuts down all processes not immediately required for survival. Part of the stress response, as stated above, is the release of cortisol. Again, this is perfectly healthy unless stress is chronic, in which case the result is increased fat storage around the belly.
 
 6. You’re overloading on carbs. 
 
The typical American diet consists of large amounts of processed carbohydrates that wreak havoc on blood sugar and insulin levels. Over time, fat cells become insulin resistant which makes it nearly impossible for the body to burn fat no matter how much you exercise or how few calories you consume.
 
 7. You’re not getting enough sleep. 
Lack of sleep is an often overlooked source of health challenges. That’s because our sleep patterns have a big impact on our hormone levels. This study showed that poor sleeping habits cause us to gain weight, and this one showed that the biggest spike in fat burning hormones occurred during deep sleep.
 
 8. You’re eating too many diet foods. 
Most diet foods (and all processed foods for that matter), contain some form of MSG, which is also known as yeast extract, glutamic acid, and hydrolyzed protein, among others. This chemical has been used in obesity research to induce obesity in rats. It causes a spike in insulin levels, in both animals and humans, which causes the body to store fat. Other chemicals in diet foods can sabotage your weight loss efforts too, like artificial sugars, trans fats, and natural flavors.
In the end, the best way to lose weight is to get healthy. You cannot sidestep nature. This means eating real food, moving your body regularly, getting adequate amounts of sleep, and finding ways to manage stress.

Reposted from MindBodyGreen, http://www.mindbodygreen.com/
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Dr. Mark is a chiropractor, wellness expert, nutritional counselor, and co-owner of the Good Living Warehouse, dedicated to educating people about the most efficient ways to lose weight, get healthy, and raise healthy kids. He currently divides his time between his wellness practice and researching the most relevant scientific data regarding nutrition, fitness, and stress. You can read more of his articles here and join his growing Facebook community.

Stress and Weight Gain

Hi. There’s a great resource I follow by Dennis Heenan, called FatBurningNation.com

Recently, he posted some information regarding “stress and weight gain.”  I’m a firm believer that stress can lead to weight gain (and block weight loss), because it raises insulin levels in the body.  Steve Hochman at FitBody Boot Camp, constantly reminds us that insulin causes fat retention. So, in addition to eliminating bad carbs, high-glycemic foods, cut out the stress…if you can.

Read more from Dennis at: http://fatburningnation.com/stress-and-weight-gain/

And check out Dennis’ great workouts while you are there! He’s got lots of great information, links and workout advice that you can use. If you get on his mailing list, you’ll get even more information and inspiration. 

Natural Remedies

Natural remedies, from Dr. Oz.

“Five Fixes for Your Five Big Health Complaints”
Airdate January 20, 2014

I enjoyed today’s episode of Dr. Oz! He gives us a lot of great medical advice to cure ailments, and sometimes, the answer is so simple. For the five most common complaints he hears, he provides five natural solutions and remedies.

I had to relay this great information to you:

  1. PAIN: ARNICA – mountain flower that contains properties that fights inflammation. Works as good as ibuprofen. Applied as a gel on skin, massage in, 3x/day. $8 tube. Don’t put on a cut or break in skin.
  2. IMMUNITY: BLACK ELDERBERRY (sambuca eldess) Immunity booster. It’s an anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, flu-buster. “If you have mucus, take sambucas”. Syrup form. $12/bottle. Put in a hot drink. two teaspoons 3x/day.
  3. UPSET STOMACH: GINGER TEA- ginger root in tea, or tea bags. anti-inflammatory, speeds up digestion in stomach.
  4. SLEEP: PUMPKIN SEED- Powder form. Seed contains zinc and tryptophan. Slowly released, zinc converts tryptophan into serotonin which calms the brain. 1 pound bag $10. 1-2 teaspoons in warm milk (plus maybe a little sugar) before bed.
  5. STRESS: YOGA- calm down the nervous system. combine with deep breathing. once or twice per day. 5 minutes is good enough. See my Yoga page for more resources (my resources are local to Newport Beach California, but Yoga is everywhere…do it!)

Sodium : Watch-outs!

How much salt should you have each day? 1 teaspoon.

The Institute of Medicine recommends 1500 mg of sodium per day as the Adequate Intake level for most Americans and advises everyone to limit sodium intake to less than 2300 mg per day, the Tolerable Upper Limit. Current dietary guidelines for Americans recommend that adults in general should consume no more than 2,300 mg of sodium per day. At the same time, consume potassium-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables. However, if you are in the following population groups, you should consume no more than 1,500 mg of sodium per day and meet the potassium recommendation (4,700 mg/day) with food.

  • You are 51 years of age or older.
  • You are African American.
  • You have high blood pressure.
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have chronic kidney disease.

Too much sodium is bad for your health. It can increase your blood pressure and your risk for a heart attack and stroke. Heart disease and stroke are the leading causes of death in the United States.

References: http://www.cdc.gov/features/dssodium/

Dr Oz says watch out for hidden sources of salt in medicine!

  • Alka-Seltzer :  max is 8 tablets in one day, and that equals 4500 mg of sodium, more than twice the daily recommended amount.
  • Airborne: typical dose of Airborne contains half of the recommended daily allowance of sodium.

Medicines that “fiz” use sodium to dissolve the tablets. Look for Sodium content on product labels.

Also, hidden (and excessive) Sodium intake from processed and restaurant foods contributes to increased rates of high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.