Why we want junk food!

Calories = Survival

Bingeing on rich food is a genetic holdover from the days of hunter-gatherers. Our brains are hardwired to fixate on foods with tons of calories. It’s a survival mechanism. Eating as many calories as possible, whenever possible, allowed our ancestors to store calories for lean times. That approach worked well for 2.4 million years, but today it’s making us diseased and fat.

That’s because our brain related eating behavior has not evolved much over the last 2.5 million years, but our food environment has evolved into a junk and agriculturally unhealthy processed and junk food culture. With the exception of the last 10,000 years, people only ate animals they could hunt and wild-plants they could gather. Imagine if you could only eat what you caught or picked! The variety of foods hunter-gatherers ate paled in comparison to the 40,000 different food items we can buy in the average big-box grocery store today.

And while we have easy access to food 24/7, hunting and gathering was hard work. Early humans exercised enormously when acquiring their food, so they needed to eat high-calorie foods to offset the loss. The average hunter-gatherer got up to 60 percent of his calories from animal foods, such as muscle meat, fat, and organ meat, and the other 40 percent from plants.

That balance between protein and carbohydrates in the diet is where the problem lies, but it’s not what you think. Plant foods that more closely resemble what our ancestors ate are the Only Carbs you can eat in a healthy diet. Hunter-gatherers ate fruit, tubers and seeds and nuts, full of vitamins and minerals, and disease- and weight-busting colorful phytochemicals. Whole foods have all the right information and turn on all the right genes.

During the last 10,000 years we saw the advent of both agriculture and industrialization. And today, 60 percent of our calories come from things that hunter-gatherers wouldn’t even recognize as food. The bulk of those items—cereal grains, fizzy drinks, refined oils and dressings—are simple carbohydrates. The result is a obesity and diabetes.

When you eat simple carbohydrates, within seconds,blood sugar starts to rise. To counter the increase in sugar, the body releases insulin which unlocks the cells and allows sugar to enter. Eventually, from eating too much sugar, the cellular locks get worn down from overuse and insulin loses its ability to easily open the cellular door. And this cycle leads to a dangerous condition called insulin resistance. Insulin resistance—at the root of diabesity—causes you to gain belly fat, raises your blood pressure, causes cholesterol issues, makes you infertile, kills your sex drive, makes you depressed, tired, and demented, and even causes cancer.

Luckily there are ways to rewire the primitive parts of your brain by making good food choices. Here are 3 ways to get started.

1. Eat regular small protein and good fat based healthy meals to balance blood sugar.

Blood sugar highs and lows drive primitive food cravings. If you get famished between meals, that’s a sign that your blood sugar is crashing. When blood sugar is low, you’ll eat anything.

2. Eliminate fizzy drinks and artificial sweeteners.

Try sticking to green tea which contains plant chemicals that are good for your health. And, last but not least, don’t succumb to the artificially sweetened diet drinks. The artificial sweeteners in diet drinks fool the body into thinking it is ingesting sugar, which creates the same insulin spike as regular sugar.

3. Drink a high-quality protein shake at breakfast.

Ideally, you’re eating quality protein at every meal, but, if you need to prioritize one meal, choose breakfast. Studies show that waking up to a healthy protein, such as a protein based smoothie help people lose weight, reduce calories and burn calories.
Ultimately, you may not control your genes, but you do control what and how you eat. Taking control and changing your diet, means your brain will no longer cave into the cravings and urgings.

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Fighting Stress Away

stressThere is a well-established connection between elevated stress levels and a compromised immune system. That can too easily translate into more incidences of illness, disease and infection for individuals who have too much stress in their lives.

In traditional healing circles, the received wisdom is that minor infections such as the common cold and influenza should be left to run their course because they are the body’s way of imposing an enforced break on an individual until the condition has subsided. It’s an interesting proposition and one that supports the general view that stress is responsible for more than its fair share of illness and days off work.

If we accept the premise that stress can seriously compromise the immune system, we would be wise to heed the conclusion that reduced stress levels will reduce the burden on our body’s defences. We can certainly learn to control our reactions to stress. We can develop the all-important mindfulness that teaches us to be aware of our reactions and behaviours, offering us a choice of better, healthier and less stressful responses to the daily challenges that confront us. We can also draw strength and support form the ancient traditions of herbalism that thoroughly explored and identified the advantages of using certain plants and health to support our well being. These traditions date back thousands of years and have been a familiar characteristic of natural medicine since before the earliest invention of writing. Some of these traditions have been successfully tested in modern research labs and the conclusions support the original purposes of herbal medicine. IMG_4429There are, of course, plants and herbs that can boost the immune system and these can be especially useful when the patient needs to avoid the unpleasant side-effects of many modern, synthetic pharmaceuticals. This does not mean that we should abandon our relationship with prescribed drugs, even though our over-use of anti-biotics has created disturbing new strains of highly-resistant bacteria, yet we need to recognise that there are valid and valuable alternatives to the doctor’s readiness to issue a prescription.

Diet and exercise will always play a major role in promoting good health and a robustly effective immune system. So will adequate rest. There are many things we can do to alter the balance of stress in our lives and learning to relax, perhaps to meditate, to incorporate the right kinds of herbs and supplements into our daily diet, can all contribute to an enhanced level of well being. Ultimately, our bodies will always find a way to communicate to us in the clearest possible terms that we’re neglecting our health and wedllbeing needs. Take the right steps today and your body will reward you with levels of health, vitality and joy that will absolutely amaze you.

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Improve Your Immune System

10feb 61PGBjqEzHL._SX398_BO1,204,203,200_Have you thought about how much pressure your body is under these days? When you consider the additives in our food, the chemicals in our drinking water, the pollution in the air we breathe – the list can seem pretty daunting. When we add the pressures of daily living, the emotional and mental stresses that exhaust and fatigue us, we can begin to understand how easily the body can exhibit worrying signs of stress and distress.

One of the more disturbing aspects of modern living is the widespread increase in adrenal stress that is affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Adrenal stress was more commonly associated with people in middle age but now it’s just as likely to affect people in their teens and early twenties. We have to accept the fact that we are living in highly-stressed times and that things are not getting better. So why is this a problem for our health and wellbeing?

The affects of environmental pollution, food additives, inappropriate food choices and emotional stress can compromise the immune system and leave the body vulnerable to disease, infection, allergies and imbalances in the hormonal and metabolic systems. The result is a reduction in the quality of life, an increase in the possibility of serious disease, an impairment of the mental faculties and a shorter lifespan. I know. It doesn’t make for very pleasant or uplifting reading but our purpose is to flag the potential problems so that you are fully prepared to take the right steps to neutralise them. And the great news is that there’s plenty you can do to improve the situation before the imbalances ever get a chance to challenge your health. And some of the answers are probably growing unnoticed in your garden.

The long and noble traditions of using herbs and natural treatments to assist with health and wellbeing issues has seen a recent and welcome revival as more and more people express their concern about the effects of relying too much on anti-biotics and prescription medication. Herbalists and naturopaths favour prevention more than cure and this holistic approach to fostering better health can go a long way in countering the effects of all forms of stress. If you suffer from insomnia, there are natural herbal supplements you can take that will encourage you to sleep better and enjoy a restful night’s sleep. That’s one simple remedy that can make a substantial difference to the quality of your life and reduce the stresses and pressure that often interfere with the normal working of your immune system.

Learning to relax and unlock the physical tension that often reflects the stresses and frustrations of work and family life can revolutionise your ability to handle stress effectively. This is an entirely natural process that enhances both physical and mental function. It’s also one of the keys to maintaining a healthy and robust immune system.
Nutrition needs to be considered too. Diet will always play an important role in affecting health and we need to eliminate products and substances that may be harmful to our health. This is just common sense but, if we ignore the dietary advice and continue to consume products that provoke intolerances or allergies, we know we will pay the price at some point. It’s so easy to avoid these issues by maintaining a diet of fresh and natural produce, concentrating on food types that support our health and wellbeing and avoiding anything that could cause a problem, either now or in the future.

We may not be able to change the world and make it a less stressful place but we can do so many things to control the way we respond to the daily challenges around us. We can learn to use the most natural ways possible to boost our health and fully appreciate the methods that lend themselves to a calmer, more productive and more enjoyable way of living. It’s your life. Make it the best. You deserve it!

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Free Your Body from Its Toxic Deposits Forever

cover (3)There’s a great deal of interest these days in the concept of detoxing the body and an increasing amout of public awareness in the benefits of removing harmful substances from the body. One of my more recent experiences amply demonstrated the dangers of having harmful elements in the body as well as the advantages of flushing them out of your system.

A year ago, on the advice of my doctor, I had my amalgam fillings removed and replaced with a material that would not compromise my health. Despite the care and skill of the highly-experienced dentist who undertook the work, some of the mercury from the eight amalgam fillings inevitably escaped the confines of my mouth and took the direct route south into my digestive system. The story becomes more interesting when I undertook a major detox exercise later that year, a cleansing programme that resulted in some very uncomfortable and distinctly unpleasant detoxreactions. I felt very unwell and, respecting your sensitivities, that’s putting it as mildly and politely as I can! The reaction became so severe that I was obliged to visit my doctor who initially suspected that I might be suffering from some kind of cardiac disorder. A thorough examination eliminated all the usual suspects and the doctor concluded that I was suffering from mercury poisoning – probably a result of having all of my old fillings removed in two sessions in the space of a few days. The fact that my body had reacted so strongly to the presence of this harmful material made me wonder what else might be lurking in the deeper fatty deposits where so many nasty materials tend to congregate. On a positive note, it’s true that I dropped a lot of weight during the course of the three-week detox and that I felt much healthier and energised at the end of the programme. I also felt reassured by the knowledge that I’d eliminated the source of a lot of potential trouble for my body by enduring the gruelling programme. But then my dear doctor was kind enough to inform me that I had failed miserably to prepare for my de-tox and that my reactions would’ve been much milder if I’d consulted him first and taken some very simple precautions. He recommended a course of vitamins and micro-nutrients to assist my body in dealing with the sudden emergence of all these potentially harmful substances and told me that I should’ve added these supplements to my daily diet for a couple of weeks before entering the detox arena. I’ll know better next time!

Fruitsandveggies1So, whilst a de-tox programme can produce astonishing benefits in terms of health and wellbeing, it is always wiser to prepare in advance for the possibly unpleasant side-effects of releasing these harmful substances from your organs and deeper fat reserves. That means we can enjoy all of the benefits of cleansing our bodies without the completely avoidable reactions that I suffered during my own encounter with the nasty substances that had been hidden for decades in the uncharted depths of my body. The good news is that once you release this debilitating garbage, your body can be free of its influence forever. And rather than undergoing a three- or four-week programme of radical detoxing, you can approach the issue with a series of shorter sessions and that’s where the famous five-day detox plans can prove to be extremely useful, effective and unobtrusive. If you want to enjoy better health, more energy, better skin condition and a whole new level of wellbeing, check out the Real Five-Day Detox Plan and free your body from its toxic deposits forever.

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Best Detox Ever 5 days minus 5 pounds

IMG_7645The festive season is a period when we tend to over-indulge – just a little bit! – and put aside the rules and conventions of healthy eating. It’s just a short lapse, a week or so off the wagon, a forgivable respite from the rigours of following a healthy routine. But, despite the smiles on our faces and the alcohol-fuelled glow in our cheeks, our bodies can easily suffer from this lapse of common sense and that’s when we easily pile on the pounds and consume a cocktail of harmful toxins that end up in our over-loaded digestive IMG_7647systems. So, we’re going to need some help to clean up the mess. It isn’t just those pesky Christmas tree needles that cover the floor, the spilled food and drink, the stains on the carpet and the pile of dirty dishes that need our attention. Our bodies need to be scrubbed and cleansed too and we’re talking about scrubbing and cleansing on the inside. And how do we do that? Easy. You can use the amazing five-day detox cleanse that will put a serious dent in the problem and get you back on the right track to health and wellbeing in under a week.

Not bad, eh? Just five days to turn your health around. Sounds like the bargain of the year. The method focuses onIMG_7648 using herbs and smart nutrition to take the load off your strained digestive organs and flush the harmful material out of your body. It’s painless. It’s easy. It’s effective. And it’s also an efficient way to tame those extra pounds and get you started on the natural pathway to burning the belly fat. Whilst everyone else is complaining that their waistbands are too tight after all the feasting and celebrating, you’ll be smiling at the way the pounds start to drop off. And stay off.

We usually advise everyone to follow the best dietary advice during the holiday season and avoid the foods that cause the most damage. But we know that there will be moments of temptation when all the good advice falls on temporarily deaf ears and that the day of indulgence will dawn with all the traditional feasting and celebrating IMG_7646that inevitably follows. It happens. But at least you can neutralise the effects of these lapses and get yourself back into optimum condition with a truly effective five-day detox plan. Keep the plan handy and be ready to put it into action at the earliest possible opportunity. It’s a life-saver!

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Seasonal Health Blog

Cure-HangoverHave you ever woken up with a hangover? OK. Maybe more than once? Well, if it’s a regular occurrence, it might be time to follow the example of a former colleague who quit drinking because he could no longer face the ordeal of waking up feeling that he must have died in the night and been embalmed in preserving alcohol! And the holiday season provides the perfect excuse to enjoy the fruits of the grape and the grain with a little more enthusiasm than usual. But we need to reflect for a moment on the potential damage we’re doing to our bodies during the celebrations. You know that your body can’t handle an excess of alcohol, don’t you? Of course you do! That’s what that awful hangover is all about: your body has been poisoned. So the absolute best way to avoid a hangover is to cut down on your alcohol consumption. It puts a huge strain on your body and getting intoxicated is rarely a pleasant experience either for you or for your companions. Being drunk means that you’re effectively out of control and humans don’t function very well when they’re intoxicated. That’s just a fact. So feel free to enjoy a glass or two of seasonal cheer and then switch to soft drinks. Your body will appreciate the reduction in stress and you’re more likely to wake up with the certainty that you had a great time, hangover-free, and not needing to apologise to anyone for your behaviour! You might be surprised to know how long it can take for your body to process all the alcohol you consume. It can take days! So, if you happen to over-indulge on one occasion, it would be extremely helpful if you avoid any more booze until your body has fully recovered.

coverOne of the answers to this kind of unhelpful over-indulgence is to set up a de-tox diet that will speed up the process of flushing the garbage and harmful elements out of your system. This can involve eating lots fresh, green, leafy vegetables and replacing any lost Vitamins and minerals that might have been depleted during the celebrations. Drinking plenty of pure, fresh water can make a very useful contribution to the de-tox programme too. So can moderate exercise. The idea is to help the body to recover and regain its optimal functioning as smoothly and quickly as possible. Despite the undpubted usefulness of a de-tox diet, the best answer always lies in prevention rather than cure. Happy holidays and cheers!

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