Lifestyle

Understanding Detoxification

Detoxification involves harmful toxins being flushed from the body. Interestingly, historians possess documented proof that detox in one form or another was used dating back to ancient Egypt and Greece civilizations. Although many new ingredients and processes are currently used to achieve much the same results, there are some professionals that use older methods.

A natural detox provides an array of health benefits but only if done correctly. For this reason, it would be essential for a person to choose the right in-home product or visit a high-end spa or clinic. That way, there would be a level of confidence in the detox process cleaning out harmful gunk that builds within the body. The detox process might sound invasive or even embarrassing but in reality, it can be done comfortably and privately.

Recognizing the Need for Detoxification

Before choosing any type of cleansing, it would help to know the signs of an impending problem. With age, different systems in the body accumulate toxins that can have devastating effects on the body. These harmful toxins actually build up in tissue, blood, cells, and organs although the biggest problem area is the colon where a sludge type substance accumulates.

While living a clean and healthy lifestyle is certainly beneficial, unfortunately everyone faces a problem of toxin buildup because of food choices, air breathed, environmental conditions, drinking water, and various lifestyle choices such as drinking alcohol, smoking, prescription medications, and much more. Unless the body is thoroughly cleansed, these toxins will continue building, eventually leading to significant health problems.

Some of the symptoms commonly associated with toxins in the body have been provided below:

  • Weight Gain
  • Bloating
  • Extreme Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Diarrhea and/or Constipation
  • Skin Conditions
  • Poor Stamina
  • Lack of Concentration
  • Low Blood Sugar

If someone notices the development of one or more of these symptoms, appropriate action should be taken. The human body is amazing and capable of taking care of itself for the most part but as toxin levels build, it is no longer able to do all the work. At this point, the body gives off signs as a way of screaming out for help. In addition to living with unpleasant symptoms, these dangerous toxins could develop into bona fide illnesses unless eliminated.

As an example, the buildup of toxins has been shown to play a major role in the development of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, among others. In fact, experts have been able to prove that toxic waste can have such a horrific effect on the body that unless cleansed, a person would be at risk for developing several types of cancer. All of these reasons combined show the true value of detoxification.

Eating for Success

Regardless if choosing an in-home product or having the detox process performed by a professional, proper diet is critical to success. By choosing the right foods, an overload of toxins could be prevented and an existing problem of buildup eliminated. The goal is to choose foods that do not contain preservatives, flavorings, or artificial colors. Some of the best foods for overall health include:

  • Green and Herbal Teas
  • Mineral or Purified Water
  • Fresh Organic Fruits and Vegetables
  • Organic Meat, Poultry, and Dairy Products
  • Unrefined Oil
  • Whole Grains
  • Foods High in Fiber

Just as there are good foods for keeping the body clean there are also foods that should be avoided such as:

  • Refined Sugars
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol

Conclusion

At no time should a person feel nervous or self-conscious about having the body cleansed. The value of detoxification is so great that it is a real shame more people do not go through cleansing. There are many excellent detox products available on the market for someone who prefers the comfort and privacy of home but also spas and clinics where true professionals work with people on an individual basis in helping them achieve health and wellness. It may be necessary for you to start using a certain detox product, and with the aid of a trainer or nutritionist, they can help lead you in the right direction.

 


The Truth About Fat Cells

I hope you’re home for the day and seated comfortably, what I am about to share with you may shock you to learn. There is a reason that permanent weight loss is so difficult that is widely unknown. Basic physiology explains why diets don’t work and though a lot can be achieved in a short period of time unfortunately lifelong habits and attention are required to maintain weight loss results.

During our youth and adolescence our body continually grows and changes. All of our tissues, organs and bones grow until maturity at which point growth plates for bones close and most cells stop multiplying. It’s true over the weeks and months of every year our body replaces every cell in our body in a state of continual renewal; but it does so with rigid accounting practices.

From year to year we have the exact same number of cells to make up our organs, the exact same number for bones, and particularly for muscles but here’s the bad news; your fat cells can continually divide.

Fat cells are storage containers, ones that can continually increase in capacity and ones that our body can even manufacture more of. The more body fat we gain the bigger the containers and the more of them there are. It get’s worse, once we have them we can’t get rid of them. Good habits, exercise, proper nutritional intake can all lead to shrinking fat cells but there is nothing we can do short of surgical removal (aka liposuction) to actually get rid of the cells.

This is one of the challenges of effective permanent weight loss and one of the many reasons why there is such a great deal of rebound in traditional weight loss programs. The next unfortunate truth in this story is that once we have all these extra cells it’s also easier to refill them, meaning if we work hard to lose the weight but don’t continually maintain similar lifestyle habits it’s much easier to refill those containers than it was when more needed to be created.

Over the years I’ve even had a handful of clients who’ve tried liposuction and unfortunately for most of the people I’ve encountered, combined with the burden of the cost, the results just didn’t meet their expectations and it was still easier than they anticipated to gain the body fat again.

It just goes to show you there’s no easy way out when it comes to weight loss but it’s not all bad news. Traditional weight loss with all the tips, tricks and gimmicks for massive results in a short period of time leaves many people frustrated, frightened or feeling like there’s no way they can live like that. The truth is you don’t have to. Our need for instant gratification often has us willing and desiring to make rapid progress, forcing us into situations that can’t be maintained long term nor would anyone want to. Yet I’ve never met anyone that wasn’t satisfied with losing as much as 30-50lbs permanently in a year, which is entirely possible because the habits needed to lose only ½ lb to 1lb a week are much more comfortable, enjoyable and for most become a welcomed addition long term to lifestyle.


Diabetes and Exercise, More Than Just Weight Loss

When it comes to diabetes and exercise, there is no secret that exercise is a very important part of controlling type 2 diabetes. One of the major reasons that so many individuals are developing diabetes is due to a large increase in fat deposits stored on the body, and decreases in lean body mass to fat mass ratios. One of the major causes of becoming overweight is the poor diet and lack of exercise that majority of North Americans are falling victim too. Both of these things lead to a chemical imbalance in the bodily hormones which in turn can lead to poor digestion, weight gain, and eventually insulin resistance.

While maintaining a diabetic friendly diet you should also be engaging in a regular exercise regimen. Sometimes it may feel difficult to find time in daily life to exercise, but it is an essential part of in the treatment and prevention of type 2 diabetes. For someone already falling victim to diabetes, regular cardiovascular exercise can help to increase total caloric expenditure and aid in overall weight loss. Simple exercises to get started are fine such as walking, hiking and biking, but eventually it may take a more adventurous challenge to give your body the kick start it needs! Considering kickboxing, Zumba, or even personal training has proven effective in shedding weight and increasing lean body mass.

Exercise offers a variety of benefits for people with type 2 diabetes aside from its effects on weight loss. Most notably, exercise increases the body’s sensitivity to insulin which decreases the amount of insulin an individual would need to keep going on a daily basis. By lowering blood sugar levels, it can sometimes even eliminate the need for medication! Exercise also aids in lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Of course exercise is also critical in reducing the risk of heart disease and circulatory issues. Combined with a balanced and nutritious menu, rich in whole foods, exercise can drastically increase the effects of type 2 diabetes on the body as well as treat the overall symptoms and possibly stop the disease all together.

The aid of a nutritional expert is crucial and they can help you plan a nutritious and balanced menu that combines the proper types of carbohydrates, taking into account a glycemic index scale as well as staying away from artificial sugars and processed foods that can further hinder digestive and hormonal patterns. Using healthy fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains combined with essential fatty acids and proteins help to manage and reduce the prevalence of diabetes.


Have you or someone you know suffered the effects of Anaemia?

Anaemia can be classified as a blood disorder that is created when the blood in the body lacks sufficient red blood cell necessary to transport oxygen to body tissue. If there is a deficiency in such cells, it can be assumed that there is also a deficient amount of haemoglobin that in turn means the body does not receive an adequate amount of iron.

Anaemia is usually detected by a Complete Blood Cell Count (CBC). There are also different types of anaemia, while the causes for each one can be very different. It can be classified in an array of ways depending on the morphology of the red blood cells and is typically found in individuals whose RBC count is below normal. Symptoms of anaemia can be as follows:

  • Restlessness, fatigue and energy loss
  • Unusual fast heart rhythm
  • Shortness of breath
  • Headache during exercise
  • Lack of concentration

 

So What’s Going to Help?

Many individuals believe that anaemia is mainly caused due to a deficiency in iron in the blood; however, anaemia is shortage in the haemoglobin of the erythrocytes (red blood cells) deteriorating the capacity of the blood to transfer oxygen to the cells and remove carbon dioxide. The following are ways in which anaemia can be dealt with:

Eat More Raw Vegetables – cooked vegetables lack folic acid, and because most folic acid in the vegetables is lost while cooking at high heat it is important to leave them uncooked. Folic acid is also very essential for women who are pregnant, and can be taken in supplement form.

Moderate Exercise – exercise helps boost the blood circulation as well as oxygen levels in the blood, thus it is important for persons with nourishment deficiency as it helps to promote carbon dioxide recycling from the bloodstream and provide proper cell nutrition.

Vitamin C – Iron and various other metals like copper and zinc are required for the production of erythrocytes and increasing oxygen in the blood. They are important metals for people suffering from anaemia. Vitamin C can help with the absorption of these nutrients through the gastrointestinal tract.

Iron Rich Foods – eating iron rich foods will help to increase red blood cell production and replace old cells that have been broken down. As well as strengthening the bodies immunity systems.

Reducing Junk Food Intake – poor quality food choices contain high amounts of sugar and saturated fats that cause cholesterol to build up in the blood stream. This can cause interference of normal functioning of the entire circulatory system.


If Only My Doctor Asked These Three Questions…

Our doctors are overloaded, they have a more difficult job than I could possibly imagine. However I believe if they asked these three questions at the beginning of every appointment we might see the waiting rooms less crowded? This is not a criticism toward our doctors, I can’t think of anyone more passionate about helping people, I also can’t think of anyone more overworked. Can we help them, and each other by helping ourselves?

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Natural Sleep Aids

Natural Sleep Aids

Melatonin is a naturally occurring compound found in animals, plants and microbes. In animals, circulating levels of the hormone melatonin vary in a daily cycle thereby allowing the regulation of an individual’s circadian rhythms, which help to regulate many biological functions. Melatonin also acts as a powerful antioxidant, with a particular role in the protection of nuclear and mitochondrial DNA which is necessary for proper cell duplication and replication.

In animals and humans, the production and synthesis of melatonin is affected by the variability of sleeping habits and differing seasons. This can have an affect on the ability of an individual to reproduce as well as regulate sleeping patterns and the release of additional hormones necessary for adaptation and human growth.

In humans, melatonin production typically decreases with age, and thus it is believed that the nightly schedule of melatonin is delayed which can lead to later sleep and wake times as a person ages. Melatonin has been called the “hormone of darkness” due to the fact that the release of melatonin is directly correlated to the amount of light available to an organism or human.

A typical does of melatonin would be approximately 3 milligrams; however it should be noted that the tablets/capsules that are typically sold often contain higher melatonin levels than are truly necessary for a more rapid sleep onset. Larger doses of melatonin have been shown to have counterproductive results. Regardless, it is a matter of finding what amount works for a specific individual.

Valerian was initially used as a perfume; however in modern day pharmacology it is the name of an herb or dietary supplement prepared from roots of the plant, which after maceration and other processing, can be packaged and used to help with an individual’s sleep patterns due to its sedative patterns. Valerian has a history as a sedative, anticonvulsant, migraine treatment and pain reliever.

Valerian is used for insomnia and other disorders as an alternative to harsher drugs, and as a sedative for nervous tension, hysteria, excitability, muscle cramps, stress and intestinal colic/cramps. Dosage is difficult to determine due to the lack of standardization and variability in available forms (such as tea, pills, oil, etc.). Typical dosages of the crude herb vary from 2-10 grams per day. Valerian root is nontoxic, but may cause side effects, such as disorientation when taken in large excessive doses.