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What you put on your plate is as important as breathing.

What you put on your plate is as important as breathing.

Studies indicate that asthma and allergies are second only to lower back pain in the United States of America.  There are many symptoms, but they are only outward manifestations of something much more serious and internal.  Mostly people are concerned with the discomforts that these symptoms cause.

Having an allergy is one of the major signs of toxic build-up in your Immune system.  So the focus ought to be balancing the Immune System.

What most people do not understand is this:  Digestion is absolutely at the foundation of your health

Keeping your Immune system healthy and strong is vital for your protection from disease.

To strengthen Your Immune System:

1.  Have a Positive Attitude

2.  Eat a diet that consists of fresh raw fruits and vegetables as well as fiber for roughage, for example, wheat bran

3.  Avoid simple carbohydrates–foods processed with refined ingredients such as in pre-packaged foods

4.  Ample Sleep and Relaxation

5.  Moderate Exercise to combat fatigue and stress

The Gut is the Key to Overall Health

Certain medications can irritate or damage the lining of your intestines causing a serious problem such as Leaky Gut:

Antibiotics are one of the biggest offenders and can annihilate your friendly gut flora.

Radiation, chemotherapy steroid drugs, aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen and other NSAIDs can increase intestinal permeability.

Other health issues besides Leaky gut that may show up are:  Parasites, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome–these all are traced to food intolerance.

For information on Wholistic Ways to Prevent Allergies, please contact Healthy Life Institute at 801-358-4777.

You might also be interested in Sarica Cernohous’ 7-week on-line course at http://www.funkykitchenfresh.com

Sarica will teach you simple tried and true methods of preparing healthy food for your family without staying in the kitchen for endless hours.  It is a wise investment you ought to take advantage of.  Tell her you were invited by Healthy Life Institute in Orem UT — thanks, G & C Larsen

Getting in Touch With Your Body

Getting Rid of Belly Fat?

shutterstock-belly-fatIt is a new year and most everyone is trying to work on their New Year’s Resolutions to improve themselves.  Right?  My guess is that you consider yourself physically fit and eating the right portions.  

Recently I got a hold of a book, actually two books, by the same author.  One is a cookbook and the other is a history and information about a food that is just about in everything we buy at the grocery store or in the restaurant.

What I’m talking about is WHEAT!

Foods made partly or entirely of wheat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks has become the rule by the following:

  • USDA
  • The Whole Grain Council
  • The Whole Wheat Council
  • The American Dietetic Association
  • The American Diabetes Association
  • The American Heart Association

Perhaps that is why cold cereals and even hot cereals have gotten on the band wagon of advertising about their “whole grain goodness”.  Bread is a nearly universal staple  of diets including:  India, Greece, Middle East, Denmark, Burma, and United States.  Bread and other foodstuffs made from wheat has been deeply ingrained in our human experience.

Today’s bread has little resemblance to the loaves that emerged from centuries previous.  Today’s bread is made from hybridized wheat –more than 25,000 varieties as a result of human intervention.  Modern commercial wheat production has delivered such features as:  increased yield, decreased production costs, and large-scale production of a consistent commodity.  NO QUESTIONS WERE ASKED about whether these features are compatible with human health.

“Because hybridization experiments did not require the documentation of animal or human testing, pinpointing where, when, and how the precise hybrids that might have amplified the ill effects of wheat is an impossible task.  Nor is it known whether only some or all of the hybrid wheat generated has potential for undesirable human health effects.”  Dr. William Davis, M.D.

Dr. William Davis, M.D. found a small organic farm in western Massachusetts.  The owner’s name is Elisheva Rogosa, an advocate of sustainable agriculture and founder of Heritage Wheat Conservancy (www.growseed.org), an organization devoted to preserving ancient food crops and cultivating them using organic principles.  Ms. Rogosa cringes when she speaks of the yield-increasing, profit-expanding agricultural practices of the past few decades as the source of adverse health effects from wheat.  She grows einkorn and emmer [original grasses] under organic conditions and views them as the solution to the health of individuals.

WHOLE GRAINS, HALF-TRUTHS

Whole grain, endorsed by USDA, as a “heart healthy” ingredient that suppliers of food stuff agree that you should eat more of–makes us hungry and fat–hungrier and fatter than any other time in human history.

During the first two centuries of inhabitants on this North American Continent, few were overweight or obese, according to data collected on BMI comparisons prior to 20th century came from the US military.  Weight of individuals grew at a faster pace once the USDA and other advisors in the food industry started telling people what to eat.  Obesity grew gradually from the 1960s, but the acceleration of obesity started in the mid-1980s.  For instance:

Studies conducted in the 1980s and since have shown when processed white flour was replaced with whole grain flour there was a reduction in colon cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.  However, when taken a step further, when something like white flour (which is bad for you) and replaced  with something like whole wheat flour (which is less bad for you), then the thinking is that “lots of that less-bad thing must be great for you” philosophy.  Common sense will tell you that this reasoning is flawed–but is used to justify the increased quantities of grains in your diet.

WHEAT and Your Health

  • Wheat has addictive properties that affect such things as MoodFor example: people struggling  with schizophrenia should abstain from it because of the effects on the brain
  • Wheat is one of the culprits to gaining weight–ObesityFor Example:  It is one of the 1st signs of High Blood Pressure, Insulin Resistance, Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, Heart Disease, and Cancer
  • Wheat disrupts the health of the Intestine–For Example:  Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, Celiac Disease, etc.
  • Wheat disrupts pH Balance–For Example:  Wheat is Acidic and drives pH down which makes the body compensate by drawing from the alkalinity in the blood stream and the bones.  Your body will sacrifice bone health to keep pH stable.
  • Wheat and Accelerated Aging–For Example:  High Blood Glucose Levels, Dementia, Cataracts, Atherosclerosis, Sagging Skin and Wrinkles, Arthritis, etc.
  • Wheat and LDL Particles–For Example: Small LDL particles are, in fact, an exceptionally common cause of heart disease which show up in heart attacks, angioplasty, stents, bypass, etc.
  • And so Much More!

Reference:  Dr. William Davis, MD, Lose The Wheat, Lose the Weight!, Rodale Inc., 2012

A Workshop at Healthy Life Institute will be held on this subject on Tuesday, January 14th

Come as early as 6:30 p.m. to reserve your seat for this presentation and try some wheat-free recipes.

Food Intolerance or Allergy

Image“Stop Feeling Sick” was the title of an article I read recently.  It was basically about ‘How to Sleuth Out a Food Intolerance or Allergy — and Return to Full Health’.

The human body is a magnificent machine–with intelligence–not just from the brain in your head but the brain in your Gastrointestinal Tract.  [They are connected–believe it or not!

Are you more concerned with the symptoms you are experiencing rather than wanting to get to the cause of your health issues.  The answer is simple:  What’s on your plate? what do you consume?  Where you need to look for most of your health problems that arise is right there in front of you.

For example:  You have recently eaten at a restaurant, and later on that evening or even most of the next day, you are experiencing a migraine headache with most or all of the classic symptoms:  pain behind one eye, noise bothers you, light bothers you,  and you feel nauseated.  Your immediate response is to grab some medicine to ease the pain.   What if, the next time you write down what you ate, and watch for those symptoms again and repeat the process?  But is that the answer?  Partially!  You need to be proactive and pay attention to what is causing this type of reaction so that you can avoid that particular food or it’s ingredients.

Does your stomach get upset or do you have sinus congestion often after you eat?  Do you have asthma attacks, feel dizzy or just don’t feel right?  Do you ever get pneumonia and can’t seem to shake it?  Do you experience diarrhea often or irritable bowel syndrome?

It is no fun being sick or having to postpone an activity you were looking forward to, right?

Most Common Offenders Are:

Allergies

Shellfish – shrimp, crayfish, lobster and crab

Peanuts

Tree nuts

Fish such as salmon

Intolerances

Wheat and other gluten-containing grains

Sugar found in fruits and honey

Dairy products

Corn products

[Source is National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, American Gastroenterological Society]

What You Can Do:

If you suspect certain foods are ‘hijacking’ your health, it’s important for your long-term health and wellness to contact one of our personal health consultants.  He can help you find out what foods trigger a reaction by doing a personalized, computerized health analysis.  Call Healthy Life Institute for a consultation at 801-358-4777.

If you live in Utah, along the Wasatch Front, we hold “free” healthy lifestyle workshops to keep people like you informed.  These workshops are currently being held on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at our clinic.  It just so happens that our next topic “The Gut-Brain Connection – Dysbiosis” is scheduled for Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Next, avoid those foods that cause havoc on your body.  Keep your eye on the labels of such foods as flours, syrups, sugars, prepackaged foods.  Remember, continued exposure can cause chronic GI Inflammation and long-term problems such as Autoimmune disorders where your body attacks itself causing you great discomfort.

Finally, ask your favorite restaurants for a list of their ingredients so you can avoid those foods that cause problems.

Source:  Excerpts from “Stop Feeling Sick!”, Delicious Living, May 2013, p 30-3

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Probiotics

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“yeo valley” recyclable “limited edition” cherry probiotic yogurt (Photo credit: osde8info)

Probiotics for Your Health!

What are Probiotics?  – from pro and biota meaning “for life”

They are live microorganisms which may provide a health benefit to you.  Bacteria have a reputation for causing disease so you might wonder why tossing down a few billion microbes of bacteria a day is good for your health.  We’re talking about Good Bacteria!” 

Why are Probiotics beneficial?

Scientific research suggests that probiotic bacteria can:

Improve digestive function

Help with side effects of antibiotic therapy

Help reduce the risk of certain acute and common infectious diseases

Improve tolerance to lactose

Enhance immune function

Probiotic supplementation are being recommended by digestive disease specialists because of the frustration from conventional medicine, such as irritable bowel syndrome.  Probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and treat and prevent vaginal and urinary tract infections in women.  The best cases for probiotic therapy has been in the treatment of diarrhea by shortening the course of infectious diarrhea in infants and children.

Probiotic therapy may also help people with Crohn’s disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.  Because many disorders are so frustrating to treat in conventional medicine, many people are giving probiotics a try before opting for surgery.

Video from Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) examining probiotics launched today. Sponsored in part by CDRF, “Germs with a Positive Attitude” features Drs. Todd Klaenhammer and Mary Ellen Sanders.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any gastrointestinal issues, weakened immune system, allergies, infections, or chronic headaches, please call Health Life Institute at 801-317-1647.  We can help!

Sources:

California Dairy Research Foundation, usprobiotics.org

David Knight, Health Point Productions, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403, microwarriorsmovie

The Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide, “Health Benefits of Taking Probiotics,” 2000–2006 President & Fellows of Harvard College