A few years ago now, William Duffy wrote a book called Sugar Blues. In it he writes about the addictive qualities of white sugar saying, “It is much like a drug and the difference between sugar addiction and narcotic addiction is largely one of degree,” What makes sugar qualify as an addictive substance? By eating one piece or one bite of something containing sugar, it creates a desire for more and more. Also when one decides to quit eating it ‘cold turkey’, withdrawal symptoms appear which encourage one to go back to eating sugar again. Symptoms like depression, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, headaches, blurred vision, strong cravings and mood swings are not pleasant and can be caused by withdrawing sugar from the diet.… Read the rest
Wouldn’t you like a giant eraser to rub out a lot of wrinkles, battle scars and achie, ouchie things in your life? You maybe unfortunate enough to have a serious or chronic illness along with everything else that is going on. I know, there is nothing you can do about it, right? Wrong. There is a ton of research that suggests there are some very reversible reasons why you age. After all, illness is just turbo-aging. The body is breaking down faster than it can fix itself. According to the experts 35 per cent of what goes on inside us is genetic. That means that 65 per cent we have control over. That’s empowering! In order to control that 65 per cent we need knowledge of how and why we age.… Read the rest
Imagine trillions of little engines, one or more in each of the cells in your body, each one alight with the fire of energy production and cell maintenance. As each little engine uses the fuel provided by our digestive and enzymatic process and combines with oxygen, it draws fuel into itself and gives off metabolic exhaust. This metabolic exhaust is the free radicals that run amuck in our body. They become a grave problem because unless they are neutralized by anti-oxidant activity or anti-oxidant enzymes, they ricochet around our body, burning holes in our tissues by snatching oxygen molecules and regenerating. The process cycles continuously unless the free radicals are neutralized. This tissue destruction is called oxidative stress. As we get older, the tissues become inflamed by this oxidative attack and the signs of aging begin to appear.… Read the rest
Osteoporosis is where the bones in your body become porous from mineral loss. The lack of bone density leads to bone weakness and a higher risk of fractures from fragile bones. There are a number of risk factors that are attributable to osteoporosis including, menopause, lack of Vitamin D, smoking, steroid use, chronic, excessive alcohol intake, lack of exercise, genetics and low intake of calcium-rich foods.
Recent scientific research is showing that although the risk factors can contribute to bone loss, there is one main root cause. It is an acidic body condition called acidosis. It is endemic in North America. It is caused by our poor diets and our dehydrated body condition.
Osteoporosis affects 1.5 million Canadians and 15 million Americans and those numbers are growing as our populations age.… Read the rest
Go to the fridge of any supermarket and you will find dozens and dozens of different brands of water and other beverages. There are even a dozen or so energy drinks which will shock your adrenals and give you a temporary boost of cortisol to rev you up. If all else fails get a shot of caffeine with a bunch of sugar added, can it and you’re good to go.
To understand why you are dehydrated, we need to look at the basics. It all comes down to acid/alkaline balance and of course why you are attracted to drinks in bottles in the first place. It is not attractive or enticing to drink something out of a tap that smells like a swimming pool.… Read the rest
It’s so nice that you and your honey have decided to have your own sweet bundle of joy. Just like you get ready by quitting smoking, letting go of those weekend cocktails and smartening up your diet, you need to prepare your body in one other important way.
Once you understand how your body works, you can avoid a lot of the “side effects” of being pregnant and even avoid a lot of the fussy baby problems after delivery.
When you eat food, your body burns it as fuel in the cells which give off little puffs of metabolic exhaust. This metabolic exhaust is chemically acidic and the osmotic pumps in your cells and your lymph must have enough water available to push the acidic waste into your elimination system.… Read the rest
A lot of people ask me where to start to get healthy. The logical place to start is at the beginning. By keeping things simple and looking at the single cell and its function, it won’t matter if you are talking about high blood pressure, arthritis, diabetes or even cancer, you have to find out why the cells aren’t working the way they are supposed to. By getting to the root of the problem, you don’t treat symptoms, you get to the root cause of what is going on.
Each organ system in the body has groups of cells that like specific environments to thrive in. The cells in these environments have very specific requirements. The cells need adequate water to fuel, metabolize and clean house.… Read the rest
Tryptophan is an amino acid the body cannot produce that metabolizes into Serotonin, which is one of the body’s most important neurotransmitters. Serotonin gives you a very nice feeling of well-being and mellowness that smooths everything out, taking the jagged edges away. If you have depression or anxiety and you need some help, there are a number of foods that are high in tryptophan that will do the same thing as Prozac, Paxil and similar anti-depressants. Even tryptophan supplements taken at the evening meal in 500mg to 2000 mg doses helps people to relax.
Let’s get to the nuts and bolts of the tryptophan rich foods that help you stay relaxed and calm. Before we talk about the tryptophan rich foods you need to know that increasing your tryptophan levels is more than just eating foods high in this amino acid.… Read the rest
This is a wonderful time of the year. We get a few days off work, but we run around frantically buying gifts, visiting friends and family, cooking the traditional feast(s) and maybe even eating and drinking more than we normally would.
The weekend is coming and you get a few days rest before its back to work on Monday. This is a time when we start to contemplate our New Year’s Resolution. If your waist-line is a little rounder than it was a week ago, with the New Years feast still around the corner, you are faced with that dreaded four letter word – diet.
But it doesn’t have to be as bad as you think. You can do it a lot smarter this year and ensure the wellness of your family at the same time.… Read the rest