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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

What’s Good For You?

Healthy Foodsspinach

We are told to eat a lot of raw dark green & red leafy vegetables.  Just how much is a  lot?  Americans think that if a little is good for you then a lot must be much better for you.

What about “Green Smoothies” that are all the rage?

If you put in a lot of Spinach or beet greens, for example, you get a lot of oxalic acid.  What does it do?  It causes a great deal of pain in your joints (inflammation).  In addition, too much raw spinach can affect your thyroid.

kaleThen, there is kale, for example, your urologist loves you because you have kidney stones, and that keeps him/her in business.

All foods should be eaten in moderation instead of obsessively because you also don’t want to avoid all the nutritious foods–then you would become deficient in your nutritional needs.

What about “Whey Protein” in your smoothies?

“The most common protein sources used in commercial powders include soy, egg, whey, & wheat gluten. An intelligent consumer must be very suspicious of these. Soy and gluten containing proteins (wheat, barley, rye, oat, kamut, & spelt) are highly allergenic and promote inflammatory reactions within the body.

Soy protein is an anti-nutrient that should be avoided for several reasons. Soy contains phytic acids that bind and pull major minerals such as calcium, magnesium, & zinc from the body. High processed soy consumption is linked with deficiencies in these major minerals. Soy also contains enzyme inhibitors that turn off natural enzymes needed to perform critical cell functions. Goitrogenic substances that block thyroid hormone are highly prevalent in soy foods as well.”

Non-denatured, grass-fed whey protein concentrate (not isolate) from organic pastures is the highest quality protein source for most individuals. This form of whey protein contains beta-glucans, lactoferrins, & immunoglobulins that enhance immune function. Additionally, non-denatured whey contains all the branch chain amino acids and optimal ratios of essential amino acids. Finally, non-denatured whey protein is one of the best food sources for boosting cellular anti-oxidants such as glutathione.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031979_protein_powder_inflammation.html##ixzz2v7AGaVX1

Too much whey protein or animal protein including some kinds of fish, like cod, can cause gout to form.  It causes inflammation and can swell up your feet and is very painful.  One advises you to drink a lot of water.  Gout goes in a cycle lasting from 7 to 10 days generally.  Soaking the foot also helps alleviate the swelling and pain.  Avoid foods high in uric acid like bananas, pumpkin, apricots, etc.  Eat instead cherries, even frozen, or grapes, and other berries.

Exercise

we are told to exercise to get fit, to lose weight, to improve your heart, increase your muscle mass, etc.  Too much exercise or exercise for long periods of time can age a person faster than doing short interval or “burst” bursttraining1exercises for a few minutes a day.

Americans are too sedentary.  They sit to watch too much television or movies or read to relax and unwind.  Work causes too much sitting because the majority of us use computers in our work.  What can you do?  It was suggested to me to get up from sitting at my computer about every 15 or 20 minutes and do another activity before going back to the computer.  I think that’s wise advise and I’m passing it on to you.  If you lose track of time, set your alarm clock for 15 minutes–maybe this will help you get up and move.

Water

What is it about alkaline water that makes it so healthful?

The body is perfectly capable of maintaining its own pH balance provided it receives the proper nutrients. When the body is not getting enough alkaline minerals from food and water, it must rob calcium from its own bones to neutralize acidity. This is not ideal and once the body’s readily available alkaline mineral supplies are depleted, it becomes overly acidic.

It is important to note that water can be either naturally alkaline or artificially alkaline. Why? Naturally alkaline water contains the alkaline minerals the body needs to combat acidity. Artificially alkaline water, such as water from a typical alkaline water ionizer machine, has a pH that is artificially increased and does not have any more alkaline minerals than the original water used to supply the machine. Artificially alkaline water has also been proven to cause side effects, and from a chemical perspective, such a water cannot be found anywhere in nature.

What is Kangen Water®?

Kangen Water® is delicious water created from Enagic’s innovative water technology. Not only do these devices filter your tap water, but they also produce ionized alkaline and acidic waters through electrolysis. These waters can be used for various purposes, including drinking, cooking, beauty, and cleaning.

Problems With Commonly Used Waters

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Tap water is a healthier option than soft drinks. But according to the Environmental Working Group, there have been 315 pollutants found in America’s tap water since 2004, and over half of these pollutants are completely unregulated and can legally exist in any amount.

At the current levels of contamination, the public is starting to question the quality of tap water and wonders if it is safe enough to drink. Based on these facts, it’s no wonder that the demand for Kangen Water® is constantly increasing.

Reference – EWG

Bottled water

Bottled water

Bottled water is not necessarily healthier than tap water and yet it costs much more! Although associated with healthy water, bottled water is not guaranteed to be any healthier than tap water. Often the only difference is the added minerals which have no proven health benefits.

A four-year study by the Natural Resources Defense Council shows that 1/3 of the bottled water tested contains levels of contamination which exceed allowable limits. Bottled water can also be slightly acidic, which may affect your body’s pH balance. Finally, the environmental impact caused by the production and disposal of plastic bottles is harmful to our ecosystem.

Reference – NRDC | Contaminants Found in Bottled Water

Reverse osmosis water

Reverse osmosis water

Reverse Osmosis is a filtering process which may be effective in areas that do not receive municipally treated water and is commonly used in bottled water facilities. The problem with this process is that dangerous chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine are molecularly smaller than water and can pass freely through the filter. Reverse osmosis removes healthy, naturally occurring water minerals. These minerals not only provide good taste, they also serve a vital function in the body’s system. When stripped of these minerals, water can be unhealthy. Also, 2-3 gallons of water are wasted for every gallon of purified water produced.

Here is one person’s opposition to Alkalized Water:

” . . . alkaline water, like any clean water, is a far better choice for hydrating than soda or an additive-filled sports drink. If you choose to see an expensive machine as a gateway to a healthier lifestyle or to give you an edge when competing in sports, then jump right in. It’s part and parcel of an alkaline diet, . . .”  http://www.takepart.com/article/2013/09/25/alkaline-water-not-fountain-youth

Whole Body Vibration Benefits

Ten minutes a day on a whole body vibration machine = 1 hour workout in the gym!  This is a great way to do 10-minute “Burst Training” exercises as well as warm-ups and cool-downs.

Whole Body Vibration

Appaloosa Whole Body Vibration Machine

Whole Body Vibration benefits all age groups.  It is especially nice for people who are sedentary or who are wheelchair bound because it gets the circulation moving throughout your body.  Whole body vibration is used in physical therapy as well as sports training.

Go to our website:  www.vibratebacktohealth.com for more information about many of the benefits to using whole body vibration as well as pricing.

Ultimate Body Cleanse (Part II)

What Organs Detoxify and What is Their Purpose ?

  • The KidneysIllu spleen.jpg
    • Form urine from bloodplasma
      • Major regulator of water, electrolytes and acid-based content in the blood
  • The Liver
    • Secrets bile
      • Bile emulsifies fats in the small intestine
    • Produces enzymes
      • Converts toxic substances into less harmful ones
  • The Spleen
    • Forms red and white blood cells
    • Filter for lymphatic system (important part of immune system)
    • Reservoir of blood in times of emergency
    • Macrophages, in a healthy spleen, remove pathogens from the circulating blood
  • The Lungs
    • Excretes toxic gases out of the body when exhaling
  • The Skin
    • Excretes toxins out of the body, sometimes forming rashes or blemishes, etc.

What Can You Do to Eliminate Toxins Naturally?

It is an incredible cleansing process:

  1. Divide your weight in half and drink that many ounces of pure, filtered, non-acidic water
  2. Replace lesser quality foods (recreational) with higher quality foods:
    • Decrease cooked foods to no more than 50%
    • Consume raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts
    • Consume naturally-processed sea salt
  3. Exercise to stimulate blood circulation which improves all organs
    • Whole Body Vibration (Go to:  www.vibratebacktohealth.com )
    • Ground-bearing exercises i.e. walking
    • Stretching and deep-breathing exercises (Yoga) provide great benefit for a weakened liver
  4. Cleanse the Colon to remove self-poisoning from putrid, unevacuated waste
  5. Cleanse the Liver
    • Too vital an organ to leave polluted and congested
    • Performs more than 500 functions in the body
    • After the heart and lungs, it is the most important organ
  6. Cleanse the Kidneys to remove toxins
  7. Cleanse the Skin – the largest organ of the body

What Happens When Toxins are Stored in an Unhealthy Liver?

  • Toxins remain unchanged when leaving liver
  • Toxins are stored in tissues
  • Stored toxins are re-circulated in the blood
  • Re-circulated toxins may contribute to long-term, poor health conditions

Studies on Musculoskeletal Effects of Whole Body Vibration

Those people directing the studies are so convoluted [long-winded, complex,  or elaborate] that they don’t show whether the whole body vibration is effective [some studies show a minor additive effect on body composition and neuromuscular performance when using whole body vibration.   However, the following study indicates whole body vibration and the use of weights versus no weights, making the use of load [weights] as an increased benefit to the workout:

Evaluation of muscle activity for loaded [weights] and unloaded [no weights] dynamic squats during vertical whole-body vibration 

Hazell TJ, Kenno KA, Jakobi JM. Exercise Nutrition Research Laboratory,SchoolofKinesiology, Faculty of Health Sciences, TheUniversityofWestern Ontario,London,Ontario,Canada.

The purpose of this investigation was to examine if the addition of a light external load [weights] would enhance whole-

This exercise and others using dumbells can safely and effectively be performed on a whole body vibration machine.

body vibration (WBV)-induced increases in muscle activity during dynamic squatting in 4 leg muscles. Thirteen recreationally active male university students performed a series of dynamic squats (unloaded with no WBV, unloaded with WBV, loaded with no WBV, and loaded with WBV). The load was set to 30% of body mass and WBV included 25-, 35-, and 45-Hz frequencies with 4-mm amplitude. Muscle activity was recorded with surface electromyography (EMG) on the vastus lateralis (VL), biceps femoris (BF), tibialis anterior (TA), and gastrocnemius (GC) and is reported as EMGrms (root mean square) normalized to %maximal voluntary exertion. During unloaded dynamic squats, exposure to WBV (45 Hz) significantly (p < 0.05) increased baseline muscle activity in all muscles, except the TA compared with no WBV. Adding a [light external load without WBV increased baseline muscle activity of the squat exercise in all muscles but decreased the TA. This loaded level of muscle activity was further increased with WBV (45 Hz) in all muscles. The WBV-induced increases in muscle activity in the loaded condition (approximately 3.5%) were of a similar magnitude to the WBV-induced increases during the unloaded condition (approximately 2.5%) demonstrating the addition of WBV to unloaded or loaded dynamic squatting results in an increase in muscle activity. These results demonstrate the potential effectiveness of using external loads with exposure to WBV. [Brackets, italics, and font color were added for emphasis]

J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Jul;24(7):1860-5.

PMID: 20543737 [PubMed – in process]

In the following study, 3 groups of women over the age of 65 were examined.  The group that used the whole body vibration with training (VTG) had the most effective workout, especially concerning muscle strength and power.  Compared to the Controlled Group (CG) who did not use whole body vibration, the VTG group training resulted in a significant increase of leg and trunk flexion [bending of joints] strength:

Effect of whole-body vibration on neuromuscular performance and body composition for females 65 years and older: a randomized-controlled trial.

von Stengel S, Kemmler W, Engelke K,KalenderWA. InstituteofMedicalPhysics,Friedrich-AlexanderUniversityErlangen-Nuernberg, Erlangen,Germany.

Whole Body Vibration Technology (Oscillation Model is Most Effective Type)

We examined whether the effect of multipurpose exercise can be enhanced by whole-body vibration (WBV). One hundred and fifty-one post-menopausal women (68.5+/-3.1 years) were randomly assigned to three groups: (1) a training group (TG); (2) training including vibration (VTG); and (3) a wellness control group (CG). TG and VTG performed the same training program twice weekly (60 min), consisting of aerobic and strength exercises, with the only difference that leg strength exercises (15 min) were performed with (VTG) or without (TG) vibration. CG performed a low-intensity “wellness” program. At baseline and after 18 months, body composition was determined using dual-X-ray-absorptiometry. Maximum isometric strength was determined for the legs and the trunk region. Leg power was measured by countermovement jumps using a force-measuring plate. In the TG lean body mass, total body fat, and abdominal fat were favorably affected, but no additive effects were generated by the vibration stimulus. However, concerning muscle strength and power, there was a tendency in favor of the VTG. Only vibration training resulted in a significant increase of leg and trunk flexion strength compared with CG. In summary, WBV embedded in a multipurpose exercise program showed minor additive effects on body composition and neuromuscular performance.

Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2010 May 24. [Epub ahead of print]

PMID: 20500555 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

The best way to find out if whole body vibration is effective for your health and well being, is to try it out for yourself.  If you don’t have this technology in your home or business, and would like a demonstration, please call Healthy Life Institute  at 801-358-4777 or 801-317-1647, to schedule a no-obligation appointment.  

Good News!  Healthy Life Institute is holding a Whole Body Vibration Workshop on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 11 am.  Call 801-358-4777 to reserve your seat today.  The Workshop is Free!  

Location:  Healthy Life Institute, 1156 S State Street, Suite 206, Orem, UT 84097 (building behind Arby’s).

Cold and Flu Season Precautions

The cold and flu season is upon us once again.  A lot of people are worried, confused and wondering what they can do to limit their own and their family’s susceptibility to these illnesses.  Everywhere we turn there are commercials or signs of one form or another telling us to get our flu shots.  But for some of us, a vaccination is not the preferred option.

Humankind has been fending off the ever-changing influenza virus for a long time.  The best advice is to keep calm!  Your immune system can be very effective in fighting off infection.  There are many ways you can boost your immune system and respiratory function naturally so you are less likely to contract a flu virus.

Some common-sense precautions to defend against inflammation and infectious diseases are:

  1. Frequent hand-washing  with plain soap and water is still one of the best ways.
  2. Clean hands top the list for prevention of spreading disease.
  3. Person washing his handsDon’t waste your money or time on antimicrobial soaps because they don’t work on viruses such as colds or flu.  Antimicrobial soaps can be a contributing factor to the spread of new resistant strains of bacteria.
  4. Keep your hands off of your face.  If you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth without first washing your hands, bacteria (germs) can enter your body causing you to become infected.
  5. Use proper hygiene etiquette when you are sick and around others.  It simply means that you cover your mouth or nose with a tissue (not your hand) when coughing or sneezing and throwing the tissue away.  You may also cough or sneeze into your sleeve at the elbow (not your hands).
  6. You cannot shield yourself all of the time from the general public.  Allowing a sense of fear to prevail is not good for your immune system or overall health.
  7. Do keep your children home if they seem to be coming down with something or have obvious symptoms–likewise for adults!  Tuck the sick person away from others and cleanse common surfaces such as bathrooms, doorknobs and kitchen appliances, dishes, utensils and faucets with a straight solution of white vinegar to keep the virus from spreading.
  8. Wash the sick persons linens in hot water and wash their clothing separately from the other family member’s clothing.
  9.  Wash your hands after handling laundry or other materials handled by sick person.

Preparing Immune System:

Food is Medicine.  Eating wholesome, home-cooked meals is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself year-round.  Certain foods and herbs support your immune system and protect your respiratory health.  Sipping herbal teas or gargling with warm salt water help to make your mouth unfriendly to microbes and reduces your risk of contracting flu even after direct exposure.
Avoid Inflammation Promoters.  Some culprits are:  alcohol,  tobacco, and sugar.  Excessive stress promotes inflammation and affects the immune system’s ability to respond.  Chronic stress accelerates the normal aging process.  Helpful to minimize your stress to preserve your immunity.
Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels.  Connections between vitamin D insufficiency and infectious diseases go back to the 1800’s, when people noticed how tuberculosis patients improved when they traveled to a warm climate and had more sun exposure.   Molecular geneticists study vitamin D’s capacity to stimulate “antimicrobial innate immunity” to learn how it regulates the genes that control your innate immune responses. To determine your Vitamin D dosage requirements, if you live in northern latitudes you need at least 1000 to 2000 IU/day (professional grade quality**) during winter months to protect you from the flu.
Support Your Intestinal Flora.  Chronic inflammation starts in the gut so you will need some herbal formulas to reduce incidence, severity, and duration of respiratory tract illnesses and symptoms as well as lessen the chances for viruses and bacteria.
Sleep!  Adequate sleep fortifies the immune system while sleep deprivation taxes it.  When you feel something is weakening your system, it’s only natural for you to want to sleep more.  This intuitive mechanism can help lower the seriousness of your infection or help you recuperate faster.
Exercise Regularly.  Overdoing your exercise routine or strenuous physical exercise can compromise your immune system and possibly set the stage for infection.  It won’t hurt you to keep up your walks, sprints (not long runs or jogs), bike rides, weight lifting or swimming.
Indoor Atmospheric Conditions During Winter.  Consider purchasing indoor plants that purify the air of toxins, reduce dust accumulation, and support respiratory health.  If you live in a dry climate consider investing in a humidifier to work with your furnace or place a pan of water on your kitchen stove or your wood-burning stove to put moisture into the air you breathe.
Your Health is Your Choice ~ Contact one of our lifestyle coaches at Healthy Life Institute by calling 801-358-4777 for your personal consultation.  
Sources:
*Dixie Mills, MD, FACS, Natural Flu Prevention, http://www.womentowomen.com, Accessed online 8-20-2010

 

**Systemic Formulas

Adequate Exercise

Walking is a benefit to everybody!

  • Strengthens your heart and lungs
  • Improves circulation
  • Reduces obesity
  • Reduces high blood pressure
  • Boosts metabolic rate
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Improves muscle tone
  • Reduces tension and stress
  • Reduces arthritis pain
  • Lessens the deterioration of bone tissue

You don’t need to be a natural-born athlete to enjoy this type of exercise. It can be fun!  Walk with a partner, whether it’s your spouse, a friend, or your dog.  Walk in a nearby mall during the cold winter months.  Enjoy walking around the beautiful surroundings in pleasant and warm spring or autumn weather.  When the weather is unbearably hot, take advantage of early morning walks or hikes up mountain trails. 

Rebounding (Mini-Trampoline)

“Rebounding is the most efficient, effective exercise devised by man,” Albert E. Carter stated in his book, The New Miracles of Rebound Exercise.

Benefits of Rebounding:

  • Develops coordination, rhythm, timing, dexterity and kinesthetic awareness
  • Proven effective in building bone mass and preventing osteoporosis
  • Bouncing creates resistance
  • Works legs, buttocks, and abdominal muscles as they become toned
  • Rebounding for 20 minutes is equivalent to running 3 miles
  • Rebounding is easy on joints
  • Rebounding is a great cardiovascular workout
  • People with back or knee problems benefit
  • Energizes every cell in your body with fresh oxygen and nutrients
  • Low-impact stimulates drainage from the lymphatic tissue
  • Keeps blood pressure down
  • Burns calories efficiently

Start with a “healthy bounce” which uses the flexibility of the springs to move up and down without having the feet leave the mat. This level (low-impact) can increase lymphatic flow in your body.

Use Caution:  If you have lower extremity instability you could get hurt because the surface is unstable when bouncing.  There is an option, however, to purchase a bar for support and balance.

Balance Ball

Exercise or “Balance Balls” are beloved of physical therapists because they are versatile, fun, and easy-to-use.  Using this form of exercise causes you to pay more attention to your body’s balance.

Benefits of Balance Ball Exercise:

  • Great way to become more fit
  • Naturally improves posture and body awareness
  • Improves balance
  • Builds overall strength and endurance
  • Provides strength to muscles, abdominals and back
  • Increases flexibility

If you are a beginner:

Be slow and gentle–be patient!  If you are serious about fitness you will have a blast doing this type of exercise.

Use Caution:

If any exercise causes you to hurt–stop!  Don’t push too hard or attempt too much.  Gradually, you will build up strength and endurance.

If you are serious about your health and vitality . . .

and you’ve never tried exercising with a Rebounder (Mini-Trampoline) or a Balance Ball (Exercise Ball) . . .

give Healthy Life Institute a call at 801-893-1190 for a demonstration!

Try it for free before you buy!

Sources:

“The Bounce that Counts — Rebounding”, Options Magazine, For a Healthy Mind, Body and Spirit, August 2002, pg. 12

http://www.reboundair.com (Mini-Trampoline)

http://www.gaiam.com (Balance Ball)