Top 7 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

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When most people think of pumpkins, they think of Halloween. Perhaps it’s time to change this perception and start thinking of pumpkins as a year round thing. Pumpkins are a highly nutritious-dense food that is rich in both minerals and vitamins, and low in calories. There are a number of different ways to introduce pumpkin into your daily nutrition including;

Click here to get our recipe for “Vegan Protein Bars” containing pumpkin seeds.

Here are some of the health benefits of eating pumpkin.

High in Vitamins

According to Maggie Michalczyk, a cup of pumpkin contains 200% recommended daily intake of Vitamin A, which is an essential vitamin for night vision and eye health.

Pumpkins orange color of concentration is carotenoid and is what similarly gives carrots, corn and tomatoes their colour and provides a host of health benefits. Beta-carotene, a type of carotenoid and precursor to vitamin A, helps improve cognitive function and decrease risk of type 2 diabetes.

Helps In Regulating Blood Pressure

Taking pumpkin is essential for a healthy heart. Pumpkin supports good health due to the presence of fiber, vitamin C and potassium. An increased intake of potassium is associated with a reduced risk of stroke.

Additionally, it helps protect muscle mass loss. Even more, studies suggest that consuming potassium is equally essential as decreasing your intake of sodium.

Reducing The Risk Of Cancer

A platter combo of iron, Vitamins A and C and other nutrients make pumpkin a natural armor against cancer cells. Notably, studies indicate that pumpkin helps in decreasing the risk of breast, prostate and colon cancer. Taking antioxidants present in food like pumpkins and beans can lead to reduced oxidative stress, which is a significant factor in decreasing cancer risk.

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Helps In Combating Diabetes

Pumpkin squash is low in calories. Following a low carb diet and losing weight is key to keeping away from type 2 diabetes.  This makes pumpkin a popular food for people suffering from or at risk of developing diabetes.

Research indicates that the phytochemicals present in the fruit help in controlling blood sugar levels; in turn, it helps lower the risk of diabetes. If you want to lose weight, you need food rich in fiber that can help in maintaining blood sugar levels.  That is precisely what you got when you included pumpkins into your diet.

Helps In Digestion

Pumpkins are known to be a good source of fiber. A fiber diet helps in keeping one full, therefore, promoting healthy digestion. Besides making you complete and satisfying your stomach, it helps in lowering the risk of obesity while at the same time supporting an increase in nutrient absorption such as iron and zinc.

Additionally, just like other hydrating fruits, pumpkins have a huge water content, which promotes healthy bowel movement, improved digestion, with fewer stomach grumbles.

Boosts Muscle Function

Pumpkin seeds are a good source of amino acids. Amino acids are known to be responsible for muscle building. So if you’re looking to gain muscle mass, it is recommended that you take pumpkin seeds. Besides, the presence of potassium in pumpkin can help improve muscle function.

Promotes Healthy Skin

Pumpkins contain compounds that can promote healthy skin. It’s rich in carotenoids in which the body can turn into Vitamin A. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains 245 percent of RDI for Vitamin A. Research indicates that carotenoids can act as natural sun blockers.

Let’s get started!

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How To Include Pumpkin Into Your Diet

There are different ways to eat pumpkin. Here are some tips to help incorporate this nutritious vegetable into your diet.

  • Use canned pumpkin in any baking recipe instead of butter or oil
  • Combine Greek Yoghurt, cinnamon, honey, and canned pumpkin to make pumpkin smoothie or yogurt
  • Consume pumpkin seeds to gain more muscle mass

Click here to read, “Breakfast On The Go – Mixed Berry Smoothie”.

Final Thoughts

Too many people simply look to pumpkins for its decorative purposes. Nonetheless, its true value lies in its significant health benefits when included in your diet. If you are looking for a great low carb food, start consuming pumpkins regularly.

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Fibromyalgia Symptoms Affect Mostly Women

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fibromyalgia symptoms women

Fibromyalgia Symptoms Women – Fibromyalgia is a chronic syndrome known by symptoms of musculoskeletal pain in specific anatomical sites. However the identifiable physical or physiological causes are unknown.  In addition, this diagnosis is considerably more common in women than men.

Why Does Fibromyalgia Affect Women More Than Men?

Think You Might Have Fibromyalgia?  Take Our Fibromyalgia Test

The Fibro Pain

The pain is also described as;

  • Sharp or achy
  • Spread out
  • Severe
  • Pounding
  • Stabbing

Some will have fairly consistent symptoms while others may experience periods of remission and then flare ups. When it’s at its worst they can be accompanied by heart palpitations.

Fibromyalgia Symptoms Women

Fibromyalgia symptoms in both woman and men can overlap into psychosomatic disorders  starting first from;

  • Pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Seep disturbances

Which can turn into depression and anxiety.  Are we saying that Fibromyalgia is a mental problem?  No but it can lead to one.

It has more commonly been categorized as a central nervous system disorder.  One that can be chronic. However, research suggests a strong correlation between Fibromyalgia and mental health.

Fibromyalgia affects approximately 4% to 6% of the population.  Affecting 1 million people in Canada alone.  Interestingly enough, 70% to 90% of the diagnosed cases are women.

That doesn’t mean that men can’t be affected obviously.  However, it is clearly a condition affecting more woman.

Click to read, “The Dos and Donts of the Fibromyalgia Diet” to find the  best diet for fibromyalgia. 

No Fibromyalgia Lab Tests

Unfortunately there are no lab tests to diagnose fibromyalgia.  Determining the syndrome is by confirming a list of symptoms (see above).  Mainly the symptoms of pain and fatigue, assessed by a qualified doctor.

Why this is so important is because other conditions need to be ruled out.   Sadly, this condition can be used as a label to acknowledge a problem without any other known cause.

fibromyalgia symptoms woman

A fibromyalgia diagnosis can be considered if no other known cause is determined.  Presence of tender points in 18 possible sites on the body must also be present.  These points produce pain when pressure is applied.  A person must have 11 or more of these tender points among other symptoms if a diagnostic conclusion will be made.

Think You Might Have Fibromyalgia?  Take Our Full Fibromyalgia Test

References:

Amanda MacMillan / Health. (Sep. 2017). Lady Gaga Has Postponed Her Tour Because of Her Fibromyalgia. Here’s What to Know About the Painful Disorder.
Retrieved from http://time.com/4946983/lady-gaga-fibromyalgia-disorder/

(Jul. 2018). Fibromyalgia. Britannica
Retrieved from www.britannica.com/science/fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia – Doctors Discussion

Dr. Morgan:

Are you suffering from fibromyalgia or the severe symptoms of fibromyalgia?  Or symptoms that are associated with fibromyalgia, like chronic pain?  Are you suffering from things like numbness and tingling?  Headaches?  Lack of energy?  Chronic fatigue?  Brain fog?

Dr. Casey:

Some people who have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia also experience other symptoms like;

  • Digestive problems
  • Back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

There’s all sorts of different symptoms associated with fibromyalgia.  What’s worse then the actual symptoms is how they affect your life.  For a lot of people they find it very difficult to go out and enjoy the day with their family and friends when they’re suffering from fibromyalgia.

Do these mild to severe fibromyalgia symptoms resonate with you?  Do you want to know if you may have fibromyalgia?  Take our full Fibromyalgia Test

Dr. Morgan:

It’s really difficult to just be a part of your family.  If you have children, it can become difficult to take care of them which obviously puts a huge burden on relationships.  Sometimes you feel like a burden because you’re in chronic pain and not able to participate in family activities.

Dr. Casey:

And some people feel that they are a burden because sometimes there’s so much chronic pain and they have such severe fibromyalgia symptoms, they have a difficult time being able to work or support the family.  These symptoms can also be frustrating because it limits your ability to play sports and enjoy hobbies.

Dr. Morgan:

Some of our patients explain that they feel like getting out of bed in the morning is the biggest task in the world.  Others have so many symptoms that it limits them from being able to drive or it takes away the confidence to do so safely.  As a result, they are often left feeling isolated and hopeless.

Dr. Casey:  

Eventually they get to a point where they want to seek help.  A lot of sufferers will go out and seek a doctors help.  They want to figure out what’s going on with their body.  They want answers.

Some people have gone to doctor after doctor, after doctor and are left frustrated.  Often times, even though they are experiencing all of these symptoms, the doctor reports there’s nothing wrong or that they have Fibromyalgia.

Dr. Morgan: 

What is frustrating for most people about the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is people always wonder what caused it?

Dr. Casey:

Exactly, and quite frequently doctor’s say there’s no cause.  Or even worse, there’s no cure.

So you get this diagnosis but it’s of very little help.  There are so many questions but the diagnosis offers little to no answers.

Dr. Morgan: 

If anything it offers a feeling of being shackled to a diagnosis and feeling more helpless than you did when you went in to see the doctor.

Dr. Casey:

Typically if you go the medical route, there are approved medications that are prescribed to fibromyalgia sufferers such as;

There are people that do experience some benefit from these medications.  However on the whole, the fibromyalgia community are unhappy with this being the only solution.

First off, medications can be dangerous. Secondly, in most cases, they are not effective.

I know that people are looking outside of the medical world and they’re looking for a solution to the actual underlying problem.

Dr. Morgan:

When someone is diagnosed with mild to severe fibromyalgia they often feel helpless.  They maybe have a medication that might be giving them some relief or no results.  This can be frustrating.  However, even more frustrating is telling their family;

“I’ve been diagnosed with fibromyalgia”

And hearing crickets.  Having nobody understand you.  Even worse, having people think it’s all in their head.

Dr. Casey: 

Here’s the problem.  You can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia but you look good or you look “normal”.  Just look like everybody else.  Thus, people can’t really identify with the fact that you’re suffering with all these different symptoms.  In many cases your own friends and family don’t believe you and say it’s all in your head.

Dr. Morgan:

Imagine this; You have a condition you’ve been diagnosed with.  You don’t know what the underlying cause is.  Don’t have a straightforward cure or solution for it.

You are given a medication that gives you little to no results along with potential side effects.  Your family doesn’t understand and you’re feeling alone and helpless.   At this point you’re desperately looking for answers.

If you go to the bookstore there might be a handful of books on fibromyalgia.  When searching online, you don’t know which information you can trust and what resources you should use.

This is why we have created an online community for people affected by fibromyalgia.

Hey Dr. Casey, I guess at this point we should let them know who we are!

Dr. Casey: 

I’m Dr. Casey, I’m a doctor of Natural Health.  This is my sister, Dr. Morgan. We’ve been practicing together over the last 10 years so we have years of experience dealing with patients with mild to severe fibromyalgia.

The reason why we are starting this community and filming videos is because fibromyalgia is one of the most frustrating, misdiagnosed and misunderstood conditions people are dealing with today.

People are searching for answers.  A lot of our patients are asking us to help people they know located around the globe because they have had great results in our office.  As a result, we have created a community where people can join in and be with other people who are in a similar situation.  At the same time provide a resource for people to get help from us and other doctors we work with all over the world.

Dr. Morgan:  

So that is one of the reasons why we created the Family Health Advocacy community.

Dr. Casey: 

Family Health Advocacy is a natural health website and social community with loads of original content from contributing healthcare practitioners around the world.  Our goal is to help you and your family get healthy.  However, today specifically we’re here to talk about Fibromyalgia.

Dr. Morgan: 

I think what really draws us to fibromyalgia is that in practice we’ve helped so many people affected by it.  We have handed them Kleenex while they open up and tell us about their lives.  We’ve had people very close to us experience chronic pain and fibromyalgia.  Sadly, we’ve also witnessed lives be destroyed.

On the other end of things, through our care, resources and tools that we’ve been able to provide, we’ve seen many lives be restored.  That is what absolutely fulfills us.  This is why we are so excited to provide resources worldwide and not just to our local community.

Dr. Casey:

And, it’s important that we start helping people worldwide because this is a condition that crosses all borders!

Dr. Morgan:

The statistics around fibromyalgia are jaw-dropping.  2 out of every 100 people here in North America experience fibromyalgia and chronic pain.  That’s 6% of people worldwide.

Dr. Casey: 

Which equates to 450 million people suffering with fibromyalgia world wide.  It is a fact that women tend to suffer the most.  At least 70 % of fibromyalgia sufferers are women.  And what’s crazy is that because everything is online now, we know that over a million people are Googling fibromyalgia online every single day.

Click here to read, “Fibromyalgia Symptoms Affect Mostly Women”.

Clearly there’s a lot of searching for answers and this is what we plan to provide for everyone.

Dr. Morgan: 

It’s confusing because fibromyalgia is also coined the “copycat” diagnosis. One statistic I’ve came across reported that two-thirds of mild to severe fibromyalgia diagnoses are actually misdiagnosed.

It could be misdiagnosed with other conditions like;

So we’re here to help clear up some of the common misunderstandings.  Help people find the help that they need.

We have the experience to help point people in the right direction and provide the right tools.  We have started putting out Facebook live videos discussing different aspects of the condition.

Suffering From Fibromyalgia? You Have To Acknowledge This One Thing

Dr. Casey: 

The goal being to provide information that you can sink your teeth into right now.  To start making some changes to improve your health.  We will continue to offer you helpful information and guidance moving forward.

Dr. Morgan: 

We encourage you to engage with us.  Click like!  Click share!  Feel free to ask us questions or give us feedback as we’re here to support you.  We are here as a community we want to help each other and that’s our real promise to you.  So stay tuned and keep checking in.

Click to read, “The Dos and Donts of the Fibromyalgia Diet” for the best supplements for fibromyalgia.

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can be an incredibly frustrating condition and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Treatment can be even more frustrating if looking for a natural solution.  The syndrome frequently disrupts a person’s ability to;

  • Get quality sleep
  • Perform at their job
  • Do simple daily activities that at one time many took for granted

Frequently, this condition is characterized by pain in the wrist area.  However, symptoms can include pins and needles or numbness and tingling.  This sensation usually occurs in the hands and fingers, or in the arms up to the elbow.  When the condition gets really bad, some people even have difficulty grabbing objects such as holding a glass of water.

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elbow pain

The Source Of Carpal Tunnel

Symptoms of Carpal Tunnel can be caused by potential nerve entrapment sites.  This includes the wrist and elbow and need to be examined by a qualified healthcare practitioner.

The most commonly overlooked source of Carpal Tunnel symptoms come from nerve roots in the neck.  In fact, a study in in the Journal Lancet showed that up to 75% of carpal tunnel patients had a nerve problem in their neck.  As, such, it’s for this reason I strongly suggest that anyone displaying these symptoms should have their spine and nervous system assessed by a chiropractor.

I have helped countless patients who were diagnosed with, or demonstrating symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Those who sought help are now living pain free.  Unfortunately, too many people are quickly told by their medical doctor that they need medication or even surgery.  With many Carpal Tunnel Syndrome cases reportedly being mis-diagnosed,  in most cases these procedures offer little help.  Furthermore, they have the potential to make matters worse!

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What Does Food Have To Do With It?

There is a strong possibility that there is a nutritional component to a patients Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This potential evidence should not be ignored.  In fact, the symptoms could be due to nutritional deficiencies or heavy metal toxicity.

For example, a number of studies have linked people deficient in vitamin B6, to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  So if you are deficient, this is something that definitely needs to be addressed.

To reverse this condition, patients normally take 1-3 Vitamin B6 200 mg 1-3 times day, for a couple months.  Also, consider getting tested for zinc deficiency, as this can prevent the conversion of B6 into its active form.

Click here for tips to avoid surgery and medication. 

If all of this fails, its time to consider having your levels tested for heavy metal toxins.  This can be resolved with a heavy metal detox program.  A naturopath or certified practitioner of functional medicine can help you with this.

A "Not So" Known Cause Of Wrist Pain

Get To The Root Of It!

First off, the important thing is that you get to the root of the problem.  Find the cause in order to avoid further suffering.  If you do, you should be able to get your life back in a matter of weeks.  Once again enjoying all that life has to offer.

Second, whatever you do, DO NOT neglect the problem.  Too often I have seen people wait 4-6 weeks (or more) hoping the symptoms will just go away on their own.  Only, instead of them going away the problem has now turned into a chronic one.  So, take action now!

Click here for information on a natural muscle pain relief product FHA approved!   

These steps should provide a clear action plan in the case that you are experiencing any of these symptoms.  I hope this is helpful to anyone suffering with symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  Also to anyone that knows someone who is suffering from it.

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Numbness or Tingling

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If your life is afflicted by numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, fingers, legs, feet or toes then you will be interested in this clinical study that showed…

How Patients Significantly Improved Their Sharp Pains, Grip Strength, and Eliminated Numbness and Tingling Without Drugs or Surgery

Numbness, tingling, and pain affects all parts of your life

Numbness and tingling is a huge problem which affects every part of your life from sleeping, sitting or walking.  The thought of getting a good night sleep or playing with your kids or grandchildren may seem like a pipe dream because your arms or legs are in too much pain and may even be weak.

Maybe you’re frustrated because you’ve been told that you have to live with it as all the medical testing indicates that you shouldn’t have a problem. Or maybe you’re even fearful because the only options left are drugs with heavy side effects or surgery.

I can tell you one thing…… you are not alone. Millions of people suffer from some form of peripheral neuropathy which can be caused by different things. It is described by webmd.com as a condition that results when nerves from the brain and spinal cord which carry messages to and from the rest of the body are damaged or diseased.

This condition obstructs the nerve signals that control your muscles, joints, connective tissues and organs and if ignored could lead to more serious complications.

“I feel like I’m 30 years older than I actually am.  I can’t walk great distances without pain.  My hands go numb while doing the simplest activities like watching tv or lying in bed.  I am tired of living this way.”

More Pills Are Not the Solution

There have been many clinical studies which have demonstrated the benefit of chiropractic and nerve conditions:

Patients showed an 85.5% resolution of the nerve symptoms after only 9 chiropractic treatments. – Journal of Chiropractic Medicine 2008

With chiropractic care, patients had “significant improvement in perceived comfort and function, nerve conduction and finger sensation overall.” – JMPT 1998

“Significant increase in grip strength and normalization of motor and sensory latencies were noted. Orthopedic tests were negative. Symptoms dissipated.” – JMPT 1994

What these studies mean is that there is hope for you to get your life back.

Where should you start?

Finding the cause of your neuropathy is where you should start.  The doctor of chiropractic is trained to identify the causes of neuropathic conditions and if your case is beyond the scope of chiropractic you would be referred to the appropriate health professional.  However, often these conditions are caused by a degeneration or misalignment of the spine which can press on the roots of the nerves.  This pressure can arise from the bones or intervertebral discs anywhere on the spine from the base of the head down to the tail bone.

Whether you have been to a chiropractor before or this would be your first experience, you may be wondering what to expect with us.  We want you to understand everything about your case and our procedures before we get started.  Our exams are thorough and our patients describe our techniques as “gentle and effective”.  We have many techniques that we can use to ensure that you are comfortable without hindering the results of your care and progress.

The goal is to release pressure on the nerves to allow your body to heal.

“I wish I had found you sooner”

The first step is to help you find the right practitioner in your area.  We know that you may have tried everything else without success but we could help you find the answer to your nerve problems.  We hear this from many people…

We want to make it easy for you to explore if we can help which is why we’re extending this opportunity to you.   We have a network of doctors in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom and have let us know that they will provide an examination for you for over 65% off so that you can get the answers to your questions…. finally.  We will connect you with them for an appointment

You would receive all of what is included with our full initial consultation:

  • A thorough examination exploring all potential causes of your condition
  • A complete neuromuscular examination
  • Specialized testing which may include x-rays if necessary. This can help to determine if any spinal problems are contributing to your condition
  • An in-depth review and analysis or your findings
  • A detailed plan of the course of action
  • We’ll really listen to all of your concerns, answer all your questions and let you know how we can help and what to expect.

The goal of this evaluation is to help find the problem and then correct it.  Imagine what your life could be like without these frustrating nerve problems.  In no time you could be feeling normal again.

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Foods to Avoid with Fibromyalgia

foods to avoid with fibromyalgia

Fact Checking Review Process

The Family Health Advocacy team is committed to delivering content that adheres to the highest standards for content accuracy and reference. Articles with the “Fact Checked” stamp will adhere these standards and will be reviewed using guidelines from the American Medical Writers Association (AMWA) and all the reviews conducted are subject to the AMWA code of conduct https://www.amwa.org/page/Code_of_Ethics in line with the medical industry’s best practices in health communication.

Our medical review team will ensure the following criteria is met:

1. Is it original writing? Does the article contain significant portions of plagiarized materials?

2. Are the main concepts well and clearly defined?

3. Are the articles central tenets backed by adequate evidence?

4. Are there any gaps or inconsistencies?

5. Is the writing clear and easy to understand?

6. Does it advance knowledge?

This is a list of foods that you should avoid if faced with Fibromyalgia symptoms:

  • Sugar
  • Bad Fats
  • Grains
  • Caffeine
  • Aspartame & Artificial Sweeteners
  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • MSG

Believe it or not, what you eat has a major impact on how you feel.  Do you believe or have been told that you suffer from fibromyalgia?  Whether you think you have mild or severe fibromyalgia symptoms, consider following a proper fibromyalgia diet in order to manage your condition successfully.

At Family Health Advocacy we always promote addressing the underlying cause of your symptoms as the ultimate goal however when you’re stuck in a chronic pain cycle we understand that sometimes you need a little help to break free.

Join our Facebook Support Group for FREE and get instant access to the Truth About Fibromyalgia Video Series available within the group.

foods to avoid with fibromyalgia

Fibroyalgia Diet – Foods That Help Fibromyalgia

This is a list of foods that may help with Fibromyalgia symptoms:

  • Foods rich in Magnesium
    • Spinach
    • Quinoa
    • Almonds
    • Cashews
    • Peanuts
    • Dark Chocolate
  • Foods rich in B12
    • Grass Fed Beef, liver, and chicken.
    • Fish and shellfish
    • Eggs
  • Turmeric
  • Water (Lot’s of it!)
  • Avocados
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Other healthy fats
    • coconut oil
    • grapeseed

The Best Diet for Fibromyalgia

When it comes to fibromyalgia and diet, it’s more about what you shouldn’t eat then what you should.  I think nearly everybody who has the slightest interest in health or nutrition knows how bad sugar is.  Not only is it responsible for the obesity epidemic in North America, but it is also one of the main culprits for disease and lowered immunity.  Sugar consumption has been linked to diseases ranging from metabolic syndromes, chronic fatigue, diabetes and headaches to cardiovascular disease, ADHD, cancer, emotional problems (ie. depression) and of course inflammation and chronic pain syndromes.

The Simple Truth About Sugar

Sugar has no nutritional value.  Consider this, sugars and simple carbohydrates may be easy go-to foods when you are on the run or too tired to prepare a meal.  However, that little bump of energy will result in a sugar crash which will cost you more energy in the long run.

Remember, high glycemic index foods will raise your blood sugar fast and then drop it quickly.  Thus, resulting in reactive hypoglycemia.  Also note, there is no vitamin, mineral, or fiber value in sugar.  When you consume sugar, you are depleting nutrients that have been stored because your body needs to use energy to heal from the havoc sugar creates in your system.

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Sugar Addiction

Just like cocaine, people can have a strong addiction to sugar.  Most people don’t even know it.  Some researchers believe in order for people to deal with their sugar  addiction, they should be treated in the same way as people addicted to drugs.

Sugar metabolically shifts your body from a fat-burning machine to a sugar-burning, energy-saving machine.  It shifts your body into a starvation mode.  Even though you have plenty of energy stored, your cravings for more sugar remain.

The Effects Of Sugar On Leptin & Insulin Levels In Your Body

High glycemic index foods or sugary foods raise insulin and leptin levels significantly.  Eventually leading to insulin and leptin resistance.  Eliminating sugars allows for your body to heal from the resistance and return to homeostasis or a balanced state.  In fact, a nutrition plan eliminating sugars for a period of time is necessary to allow for leptin and insulin levels
to be regulated and receptors to heal.

Eventually, you will be able to re-introduce “healthier” natural sugars in moderation.  When
leptin and insulin levels are restored, your body will shift back to a fat-burning and energy-using machine. Also, your appetite will regulate.  This means you will have more energy.  The fatigue associated with your fibromyalgia will decrease.  Your muscles will be stronger and your cravings will be minimized.

Hidden Sources Of Sugar

It’s easy to point out sources of sugar in the convenience store like candy, soda, chocolate bars, and sugar-coated cereals.  However, there are a lot of hidden sources of sugar we consume regularly.

Examples Of Food Items With Hidden Sources Of Sugars include:
  • crackers
  • bread
  • energy bars
  • yogurt
  • pizza
  • fruit drinks

Even foods promoted as “healthy” or “natural” are layered with sugars.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average consumption of sugar per person, per year in 2015 was 94 grams per day or 76 pounds per year—which is more than a five-pound bag of sugar each month.  This is crazy!

It’s difficult for consumers to truly understand the sugar content in food sources due to lax labeling guidelines.  The Nutrition Facts label does not list “added sugars” due to the manufacturer’s difficulty in determining the amount of added sugars in a food or drink.

Common Sugars & Their Aliases

During processing, some sugars are converted to other ingredients.  You can now see how the “Nutrition Facts” on the label can be misleading.  More important than the Nutrition Facts is the “Ingredient List.”  Added sugars are only listed in the Ingredient List.

Ingredients are listed in the order of weight, from most to least.  Manufacturers can also easily disguise the layers of sugar in the product by listing them as different names.  There are at least 57 different names for sugar that they can use.

Common Sugars Or Aliases Found In Ingredient Lists Include:

  • high fructose corn syrup
  • sucrose
  • evaporated cane juice
  • barley malt
  • fructose
  • honey
  • dextrose
  • raw sugar
  • maple syrup
  • invert sugar maltose
  • white sugar
  • rice syrup
  • sugar syrup
  • rice malt
  • corn sweetener
  • agave
  • nectar
  • Maltodextrin
  • fruit juice concentrates
  • glucose
  • lactose
  • cane crystals
fibromyalgia and sugar

So, if the manufacturer list the sugars as separate ingredients, the overall quantity of sugar is divided.  Therefore it will be spread throughout the ingredient list to appear less offensive.  Don’t run off and buy “sugar-free” products either!  It’s a trap!

Read the label as aspartame is often added to “sugar-free” products.  Aspartame is a neurotoxin that has a major impact on your health.  Stay away from sugar and even farther from Aspartame.

Helma’s Chronic Pain Story

“Over 15 years ago, I suffered from back pain.  It was so painful that I was unable to go to the gym.  Something I loved doing!  I was constantly tired and always reaching for food, hoping it would increase my energy.  Essentially I became a sugar addict.

I was sedentary, tired, making bad food choices, and spiraling into poor health.  The pain never went away.  In fact it was getting worse. 

I was frustrated and tired of it.  I was diagnosed with high blood pressure and
high cholesterol and started taking medication ten years ago.  To top it all off, I was also diagnosed with depression.

The idea that I would have to suffer like this for the rest of my life gave me anxiety.  Even my career was at stake.  I was frequently calling in sick and inconsistent with my quality of work.

I watched as my colleagues got promoted within the company as I was essentially left behind.

Luckily, at the age of 55, my friend referred me to a Family Health Advocacy practitioner who is a functional medicine practitioner.

I followed their protocol, improving my nutrition.  Making practical changes.  I
was given guidance on exactly what to eat and not eat.  It was explained to me why and how certain foods serve my body well and their benefits.

With accountability and a better understanding of how my body works, I started to see changes after week one.  I found making changes to my food choices to be simple. Within four weeks, I had more energy and had lost 15 pounds.

Of course with the weight loss and feeling the energy I desperately craved, my mood changed.  I could see my relationship with my husband start to strengthen.  We started to become more active together and enjoyed each other’s company on evening walks.

My entire family embraced the change in my food and lifestyle.  We no longer had pop, chips, chocolate, sugary cereals, and granola bars in our kitchen cupboards.  My counter and fridge came alive with the colour of live fresh foods.

One year after I started the program, I had lost 58 lbs and I was still losing weight. 

Last weekend my entire family went on a ski trip.  This would have once been a distant
unreachable dream, and now I feel like I’m living again.

Without my friend’s help, I would still be in that dark place.  I am grateful he pointed me in the right direction.  By giving me guidance and a personalized plan that actually worked, my functional medicine practitioner brought me back to life.”

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Gluten and Fibromyalgia

Processed Grains Are Taking Over North America

Grains are rarely found as whole grains anymore in the Western world.  Grains are now highly processed for convenient human consumption.  This results in the loss of their nutritional value.

In North America, consumption of processed grains is higher than ever before!  Grains are cheap to manufacture and they hold a long shelf life.  Compare the five- to seven-day shelf life of an organic whole grain loaf of bread, free of artificial preservatives, to that of pre sliced white Wonder Bread at 13+ days of shelf life.  It’s easy to see how someone who doesn’t understand the negative health impact of consuming processed refined grains can
be swayed by the long shelf life and thin price point.

Consumers love processed or refined grains because they are easy to prepare.  Because of this, they have now a cultural staple in our meals.  Refined and processed grains typically have a higher glycemic index and turn to sugars in your digestive tract.  This contributes to the sugar cascade resulting inflammation.

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Are You A Glutton For Gluten?  Consider This!

Symptoms of gluten sensitivity can be different for each individual and can present themselves in varying degrees and are similar to those of fibromyalgia.

Symptoms Of Gluten Sensitivity And Fibromyalgia Include:

  • fibro-fog or brain fog
  • weight loss resistance
  • migraines/headaches
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • mood changes
  • depression
  • lack of muscle control
  • chronic muscle pain
  • digestive problems like bloating
  • widespread inflammation leading to increased pain

In our clinical experience, we have observed many patients who have had a noticeable decrease in pain when they eliminate gluten from their diet.  Furthermore, a study in Rheumatology International found that patients with Fibromyalgia achieved significant improvements when they went on a gluten-free diet.

How Nutrition Affects Your Overall Health

Countless studies and research support the fact that your nutrition affects your overall health.  Consuming sugar, processed grains, and other inflammatory foods wreak havoc on your body.  Gluten (wheat) actually damages the lining of the digestive system leading to a lack of nutrients being absorbed.  For example, vitamins such as B12 and all fat-soluble vitamins, are often deficient in fibromyalgia sufferers, resulting in further inflammation.

Symptoms Of Gluten Sensitivity Causing Inflammation:
  • Digestive problems (bloating, constipation, diarrhea)
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Brain fog (“fibro fog” sound familiar?)
  • Weight gain
  • Widespread pain
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Yeast infections
  • Acid reflux/GERD

All of the gluten sensitivity symptoms are very similar to those of fibromyalgia.  Is it becoming more clear how important nutrition is to your health and well-being?

Fibromyalgia Diet Mayo Clinic Facts

Although the Mayo Clinic doesn’t offer much guidance for patients when it comes to Fibromylgia and diet, check out this article from WebMD to see what they’re saying:  Fibromyalgia Diet Plan

Remove Bad Fats and Add Good Fats

Fat has gotten a bad rap!  Not all fat is bad!  In fact, we need good fats in our diet as they have many health benefits.  Good fats deliver fat-soluble vitamins to our body.  Support metabolism, cell communication, immune function, and hormone regulation.  Good fats are important for proper brain function, decreasing symptoms of depression, and improving memory.

‘Bad fats’ such as hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats, also known as trans fats, cause cellular congestion and inflammation.  Bad fats are strongly linked to heart disease and diabetes.  Two of the many chronic diseases due to inflammation.

Bad fats causing cellular congestion and oxidative stress to the cells result in the development of symptoms associated with widespread inflammation, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia.  Bad fats result in decreased nerve transmission and decreased focus, memory, and brain function.

Why Are We Consuming Bad Fats?

Just like refined and processed grains, they are cheaper and have a longer shelf
life!  They are used in many packaged foods.  As a result, most people are consuming too much omega 6 and trans fat and not enough omega 3.  There is a ratio imbalance.  Most people eat a lot of trans fat without even realizing it.

Although it may be easy to spot the obvious bad fat foods that are fried and battered, the majority of our bad fat intake is hidden.  Most people look at the big square label on the side or back of a food box titled Nutrition facts.  This part of the food label
is confusing and misleading.  If the amount of trans fat in one serving size of that item contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat, the product can then be labeled with “0 percent” trans fat.  The trick of the industry is to decrease the serving size so that they can manipulate the label to look like a cleaner product than it is!

Because of this, the next time you read the serving size, we are confident you will be feeling both frustrated and betrayed.  It is essential to read beyond the Nutrition Facts.  Dig deep into the ingredient list when grocery shopping, find the hidden sources!  Look for the words “partially hydrogenated” in the ingredient list.  If you see it, then the product contains bad fats!

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Why Do Manufacturers Use Bad Fats Or Trans Fats In Their Foods?

Trans fats are used to make liquid vegetable oils more solid (like margarine) which increases shelf life and helps maintain the perceived “freshness” of the food.  That’s why you will find “hidden” sources of bad fats in packaged food items.

Examples Of Foods That Contain “Bad Fats” included:
  • crackers
  • coffee creamers
  • cookies
  • chips
  • doughnuts
  • frozen meals
  • pizza crust
  • margarine

If You Are Looking To Heal & Decrease Inflammation, Crank Up Your Essential Fatty Acid Intake!

It’s time to increase our good fat intake!  Good fats are the number one deficiency in North America and are essential for good health.

Examples Of ‘Good Fats’ Include:
  • avocados
  • coconut oil
  • olive oil
  • flax
  • fish
  • healthy meats
  • nuts
  • seeds

Meat can be healthy if you choose to use quality sources.  In fact, meat provides nutrients and amino acids, which are beneficial to healing fibromyalgia.  If you are a meat-eater, it’s important to consume only healthy meats.  These include grassfed or pasture-raised organic meats.  Choose free-roaming, hormone and antibiotic free.  These sources contain good fats in the ideal ratio.

Commercially Raised Animals VS Grass-fed Animals

Commercially raised animals are grain fed, which mean they are fed food that they don’t naturally eat.  Grain-fed animals have an altered fatty acid ratio and as a result, saturated fats become bad fats.

Grass-fed and pasture-raised animals contain essential fatty acids like arachidonic acid and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).  A proper omega 3-6 ratio and helps detoxification.  CLA is great for people with fibromyalgia because it helps decrease stored fat that accumulate as a result of the inability to exercise.  It also helps to improve muscle mass.

Omega 3 has a powerful anti-inflammatory action.  This is the reason why it is the most common supplement for fibromyalgia patients.  When the omega 3-6 ratio is out of balance and there is more omega 6, it can result in increased inflammation and pain.

Best Supplements for Fibromyalgia

Quality meat is loaded with good fats but also contains other important nutrients.  Vitamin B12 being one of them.  Deficiency may appear similar to those symptoms of fibromyalgia.

  • dizziness
  • numbness
  • brain fog
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • anxiety/depression
  • aches and pains
  • digestive issues
  • decreased coordination and balance

A simple blood test by your health practitioner can identify a deficiency.  A B12 supplement is one of the solutions to deficiency.

Creatine is found in meat and fish which helps with muscle function which is crucial when dealing with fibromyalgia.

Zinc is found in a variety of foods from meat, seafood, beans, seeds, lentils, and peas. It improves cognition and helps with “brain fog,” improves your mood and immune system.  Zinc is important because it is also on the anti-inflammatory team.

If you’re struggling to include these foods or are a vegetarian then you can always supplement to ensure you’re getting enough.  Always consult a registered health professional before adding any supplementation to your diet.

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Thinking of trying a vegetarian diet? Well it’s All In The Meat!

Meats are rich in Selenium.  This helps decrease inflammation, reduce free radicals and oxidative stress while increasing blood flow and circulation.  There are many benefits to eating quality meat.  However, they can be outweighed if they are highly processed commercial grade.  Not only are commercially raised animals being fed foods they don’t naturally eat but they are given antibiotics in order to stay disease free in the cramped unsanitary pens they live in.

These antibiotics are found in the end product, meat.  Hormones are also given to commercially raised animals to help “beef” them up.  Not something you necessarily want or need in your food! So, avoid processed meats as they often contain preservatives like sodium nitrite and salt which aggravates pain and swelling.

The bottom line: You aren’t what you eat…you are what you eat ate.  Choose your meats wisely.  Meat is top of the food chain and worth investing in.

Water

Coffee, tea, and soda are not thirst quenching.  In fact, they all contribute to dehydration and require you to drink more water.

Signs Of Dehydration Include:
  • thirst
  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • headache
  • feeling faint and dizzy
  • strong smelling and dark urine

Your bodyweight is made up of 60 percent water with 75 percent of muscles being made up of water.  You can see how water intake is important for proper function and health.

How Much Water Should I Consume On A Daily Bases?

You have probably read that, as a general rule, you should consume eight eight ounce glasses of water a day.  It’s referred to as the 8X8 rule.  8X8 is a start!  However, everybody is different in size and has different requirements.  Sweating, breathing, offsetting the drinking of diuretics, and getting rid of waste in your system requires more water intake.

When demands are high, you lose more fluid than you take in and become dehydrated.  You will want to adjust your water intake depending on how often and for how long you work out.  Also, you will need to adjust that rule if you are living in a hot climate since you are expelling water when you sweat.

Recommended water intake can be much more individualized.  There are a lot of different ways to calculate how much water you should consume.  Although the calculations may vary slightly, they all drive home the same undeniable fact.   Water is essential for good health and staying energized.

Additional Benefits Of Drinking Water Include:
  • controlling your body temperature
  • aiding digestion
  • carrying nutrients around your body
  • cushioning organs and joints
  • gets rid of waste
  • keeps your bowels regular

Tips to Increase Water Intake

1. Drink two cups of water before every meal.  Even breakfast!  We often think that we are hungrier than we are because we confuse hunger with dehydration.  Drinking before a meal will curb your appetite and help you with portion control.

2. Use a water container.  We both have water containers we use in our treatment rooms at the office.  Our team ensures that our water containers are full before our shift of seeing patients begins.  They refill the containers at least twice during a three-hour shift.  Water consumption is so important, however often forgotten about until signs of dehydration set in.

Not everyone has a team encouraging them to drink water and refilling their container throughout the day.  So, find a container you love and set a goal for how many refills you will need during that day.

3. Flavor Please!  We absolutely love water.  Some people don’t.  I get it.  Have no fear, infusion is near!  Add fruit like strawberries, watermelon, lemon, limes, cucumber, and berries to make your water more exciting to drink.  Be creative and have fun.  Be careful not to add artificial flavorings.

4. Start a morning and night routine.  Begin the day with a large glass of water and end the day with a small glass of water.  We drink a glass before bed each night.  We also put a glass next to the bed to quench thirst in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning.

5. Fizz or carbonation can cause some digestive issues like heartburn, gas, and irritate ulcers.  Carbonation also causes a change in bone density.  Drinking carbonated water should be done in moderation and as an alternative to the soda, coffee, tea, and beverages you are looking to wean off of.

Inflammation

Inflammation is the initiating cause of chronic disease as it disrupts hormonal signaling throughout the body.  Inflammation is also linked to chronic pain.  When you are in a healing mode, it’s important to remember not all fruit are created equal.  Some fruits have a high glycemic index and are high in acidity.

When focused on healing, you want to minimize sugar spikes.  Stick to low glycemic index foods in order to help re-regulate leptin and insulin levels.  While placing emphasis on reducing widespread inflammation in the body, stick to eating fruit in the morning and mid-day.

Intermittent Fasting

Fasting or intermittent fasting is gaining popularity and becoming trendy in the health and fitness world.  Mostly because of the results people are raving about.  However, humans have used fasting methods for thousands of years for many reasons .  Reasons such as food availability, religious reasons, and sickness.

Intermittent fasting involves alternating cycles of fasting and eating.  The focus lies on when you eat rather than what you eat.  Combine the two and the results are even better!  There are many different intermittent fasting methods but all of them divide the week into “fasting periods” and “eating periods.”

While you are sleeping, you are fasting.  Intermittent fasting can be as simple as extending that fast a little longer by:

  • skipping breakfast
  • eating your first meal a little later in the day
  • finishing your dinner earlier in the evening

The most popular intermittent fasting method is called the 16/8 method.  Restricting your eating window to eight hours and having a fasting window up to 16 hours.  Many people report they have increased levels of energy during the fasting periods.

Intermittent fasting is easier than most people would assume.  This is one of the reasons why it’s gaining popularity.  Although it’s popular as a weight loss method, there are many people who fast for general wellness including metabolic health and disease prevention.  Numerous studies underline the health benefits of fasting.

Benefits Of Fasting Include:
  • cellular repair
  • hormone regulation
  • increased metabolism
  • weight loss
  • reduced insulin resistance
  • decreased risk of type 2 diabetes
  • reduced oxidative stress and inflammation
  • reduced blood pressure
  • decreased risk of cancer
  • reduced cholesterol
  • improved brain function
  • extended life-span

Research has also demonstrated that fasting improves the symptoms of fibromyalgia.

Paula’s Fibromyalgia Story

I was overweight and feeling constantly tired.  I really did not feel good
about myself at all.  Weighing in at 141 pounds at 5’3, I disliked looking at myself
in the mirror.  I just felt embarrassed. 

Not being very tall made my weight gain extremely noticeable and quite frankly it was uncomfortable for me both physically and socially.

I was tired and feeling sluggish.  Unfortunately, I caught myself eating more and more and I was becoming less active. I was eating to feel better emotionally. 

The more I ate, the more I wanted to eat.  I was eating throughout the day.  It was a vicious cycle.  I thought eating three times a day, plus snacks, was the better way to stay healthy and maintain an appropriate weight for my height but it wasn’t helping me.

Initially I started intermittent fasting without actually intending to do so.  As a teacher, I worked in a high-needs busy classroom.  I learned more about intermittent fasting and started to make better food choices. 

I lost 16 pounds and now weigh 125 pounds.  Now, feeling better about myself, I don’t feel like I need to eat all the time.  I eat when and if I’m hungry but it’s usually in the evenings.  I’m now energized and feel more alive.

Orlando’s Fibromyalgia Story

Prior to starting intermittent fasting, I had gotten up to 289 lbs standing at nearly 5’10”.  That is a lot of weight! 

In my late 30s and early 40s, I was going to the gym for 4 hours at a time and I wasn’t really losing weight.  I would just bulk up with muscle.  My metabolism was slow.
The extra weight was really tiring me out and making me feel exhausted all the time.

I suffered from various strains, including a knee injury that made me slow down at the gym and the extra weight gain began.  That is when the doctors taught me about intermittent fasting. 

Everything made sense to me.  Being busy at work, making time to meal prep, shop, cook, and eat became stressful.  Once I started the intermittent fasting, I found that I had much more time on my hands and less stress.

Instead of feeling heavy at the end of my 9 to 5 work day, I actually felt lighter and had more energy.  I have now refined what I eat in the eating window and the positive results keep coming.

In four months, I had lost 45 lbs.  In a full calendar year, I had lost 65 lbs.  I feel much better.  My health has improved.  I have more energy later in the day.  Sleep better, and feel stronger.  I get sick less often.

Dr. Morgan and Dr. Casey have helped me deal with the damage I had done to my body over the many years of neglect.  I definitely get more done in my day.  My mind works better.  I feel better and have more energy all thanks to Dr. Morgan, Dr. Casey, and intermittent fasting.  It is a new way of life!

Why You Should Be Drinking White Tea Everyday!

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White tea is known for its delicate fragrance and subtle flavor.  Most people love it because it’s natural.  However, it is often overlooked for more popular teas like black and green tea.  Once reserved for royalty, this tea is currently regaining prominence.  Indulge in this tea, and it will dazzle your senses!  So perhaps it’s time to awaken to a world of tea discovery.  If you are looking to try something new, experience what this tea has to offer.

What Is White Tea?

White is made from the leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant, similar to other tea’s including oolong, green or black tea.  It is not oxidized and is made only from the young leaves of the tea bush.  It is typically harvested in early summer and late spring.  The leaves are always harvested before they are fully open which are characterized by white hairs that line the sheets.  It’s one of the most minimally processed tea that exists today.

The most popular types of white tea include;
  • Bai Hao Yin Zhen (commonly referred to as Silver needle tea)
  • White peony tea
  • Long-life eyebrow (Shou Mei)
  • Darjeeling white tea

The Top Health Benefits Of White Tea

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1.Weight Loss

The current obesity epidemic has become a leading contributor to a shorter life span.  For many, weight loss SHOULD be one of their main priorities if they care about their health. Statistically, weight loss is a struggle for most people.  However, research indicates that drinking white tea can help you with achieving your weight loss goals.  It helps your body absorb nutrients more effectively.  Speeding up your metabolism to shed pounds more quickly.  In addition, the catechins found in white tea helps your digestive system function- thus  contributing to weight loss.(1)(2)

Click here to read, “Coconut Oil – Secret To Losing Weight & Preventing Diabetes”.

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2. It improves Focus, Calmness, and Alertness

White tea is known to contain the highest concentration of L-theanine- an amino acid that is known to improve focus and alertness.  It does this by inhibiting some excess stimuli, which can lead to over-activity in the brain.  In other words, it calms the brain and helps you to relax in addition to increasing your ability to concentrate.

L-theanine is also known to reduce anxiety by encouraging the production of GABA.  Neurotransmitters that have a calming effect on the body.  Worried about side effects?  Don’t be!   You can enjoy your tea without any drowsiness unlike some other types of tea. (3)(4)

To read, “A Natural Approach To Hyperactivity & Focus In Kids” click here.

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3. Oral Health

White tea contains high levels of fluorides, flavonoids, and tannins.  These all promote healthy teeth!  Fluoride has long been considered to prevent tooth decay.  In addition, flavonoids and tannins help prevent plaque buildup.  Above all, white tea boasts antibacterial properties which help keep the gums healthy.  Aim to take two to four cups a day for maximum benefits. (5)(6)(7)(8)

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4. Hair Health

Not only is this tea good for your teeth, but it also helps build healthy hair.  The epigallocatechin antioxidant available in white tea enhances hair growth.  Also, it can prevent premature hair loss. (9)

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5. Cancer Prevention

Studies indicate a strong tie between pure teas and the potential to prevent cancer.  Growing research show the benefits of white tea due to the presence of antioxidants and polyphenols found in the tea.  Antioxidants help build RNA.  Preventing the mutation of sporogenous cells that can lead to cancer. (10)(11)(12)

To read, “Don’t Pull Out That Weed! All About The Cancer Fighting Medicine That’s Growing in Your Yard” click here.

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6. Skin Health

Most people at one point or another struggle with skin irregularities such as;

  • Discoloration
  • Acne
  • Redness and blemishes

Although these skin conditions are not dangerous, they’re annoying.  Due to its antiseptic properties, drinking white tea can help you achieve the complexion that you desire.   (13)(14)(15)

To read, “Are you Listening to your Skin? It’s Telling Your Health Story”, click here.

Coconut Oil – Secret To Losing Weight & Preventing Diabetes

Coconut oil health benefits

Coconut oil is made from pressing copra of fresh coconut meat.  To make this oil, you can use both wet and dry methods.  The milk and oil from the coconut are pressed, and then the oil is removed.  At room temperatures, coconut oil has a firm texture because the saturated fats in the oil are made of smaller molecules.  Coconut oil health benefits vary depending on the type of oil you use.

Types Of Coconut Oil

There are different types of coconut oils, with each having its own benefits.  The 2 main types of coconut oil include: 

Virgin Coconut Oil

This is the least refined.  It has many benefits compared to others. Virgin coconut oil has a sweet and nutty flavor. 

Refined Coconut Oil

This has gone through a refining process that involves deodorizing and beaching the oil. Unlike Virgin coconut oil, refined coconut oil does not have an aroma or taste. 

Coconut Oil Health Benefits

1.  Alzheimer’s Natural Disease Treatment

The digestion of this oil by the liver helps in creating ketones that are easily accessible by the brain for energy.  Ketones are known to supply the brain with energy without the need for insulin to process glucose to energy.  For Alzheimer’s patients, the ketones in coconut oil can help create an alternative source of energy that helps in repairing the brain. (1)   

Click here to read, “Diabetes – The Hidden Cause Of Alzheimer’s?”

2. Prevents High Blood Pressure & Heart Diseases

Coconut oil is rich in saturated fats.  These fats are known to increase HDL cholesterol; healthy cholesterol in one’s body.  Additionally, it helps in converting bad cholesterol into a good one.  By increasing your consumption of HDL, you increase the chances of a good heart health while lowering your risk of heart diseases.  Also, coconut oil is known to benefit the heart by lowering high triglycerides. (2)(3)

Click here to read, “Stroke And Heart Attack Linked To Drinking This!”

3. Aids In Digestion

Coconut oil helps with food digestion.  It does this by aiding the body in processing soluble fat components like magnesium and vitamins.  Also, it helps in eliminating toxic bacteria, which fights stomach inflammation and poor digestion.  Elimination of candida and bacteria helps prevent stomach ulcers as well. (4)

Click here to read, “6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Gut Health”.

4. Used To Treat Wounds & Burns

Coconut oil is ideal for skin care.  Especially in the treatment of burns, dermatitis, and injuries.  Additionally, it acts as a sunblock and a moisturizer for the skin.  This is all thanks to lauric and caprylic which are the primary fatty acids found in coconut oil to team up and reduce inflammation under the skin and promote better healing. (5)

Click here to read, “Are you Listening to your Skin? It’s Telling Your Health Story”.

5. Assist In Weight Loss

Compared to other fats, the triglycerides in coconut oil speed up the rate of energy consumption in our bodies.  Coconut oil is easy to digest, and it helps in healthy functioning of the endocrine and thyroid system.  Additionally, coconut oil is known to increase the bodies metabolic rate.  It does this by removing stress on the pancreas.  Therefore, the body can burn more energy! (6)

Click here to read, “How To Lose Weight – 3 Beliefs That Make Us Fat”.

6. Preventative For Type 2 Diabetes

At times, the body’s cells can be insulin resistant.  Thus the body can no longer take in glucose for energy, and when the pancreas pumps out insulin, it leads to an overproduction cycle.  Insulin resistance is a precursor to diabetes type 2.  However, with the intake of coconut oil, the MCFAs helps balance the cells and promote a healthy digestive process.  With taking the strain off the pancreas, it provides the body with a consistent energy source that is not dependent on glucose reactions.  Assisting in the prevention of insulin resistance and diabetes type two. (7)

Click here to read, “The growing number of children with Type 2 Diabetes”.

7. Improves Energy & Endurance

In addition to coconut oil being easy to digest, it also produces long sustained energy that increases your metabolism.  MCFAs are sent to the liver directly and converted into energy. During training and races, most triathletes use coconut oil as their number one source of fuel. (8)

Additional Commentary

Misleading news headlines about coconut oil will tell you that its high saturated fat content makes it bad for you.  It will raise your cholesterol, drastically increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality.  The American Heart Association (AHA) consistently spreads this fabled link between saturated fat and heart disease.

Research demonstrates that saturated fat can in fact raise your cholesterol.  However, this is a good thing!  LDL cholesterol contains too many small but thick particles and when your triglycerides are high, this paves the way to heart disease.  Those particles are the result of a high carb diet that is low in fat.  Reducing your carb intake is imperative.  Consuming more fats is not bad if they are high quality healthy fats.  This will recover your cholesterol particle ratio.

When your LDL cholesterol contains large particles that are soft, and your triglycerides are low, your risk of heart disease reduces significantly.

The dietary concern here should not be about the amount of fat and cholesterol being consumed but the amount of sugar!  The average person is consuming approximately 20 teaspoons of sugar each day!  It is in fact sugar that raises you LDL cholesterol and lowers your HDL cholesterol.  This increases your triglycerides, leads to increased insulin resistance and inflammation.  It is the over consumption of sugar that is the main culprit linked to heart disease above all other risk factors!

Saturated fat is good if it is from a healthy source like coconut oil.  Coconut oil has several health benefits and is recognized as having antibiotic, anti-microbial, and anti-viral benefits.

Coconut oil health benefits are plentiful, so lets go nuts for coconuts!

You’re one step closer!

 

References
  1. https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/26667739
  2. https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2013/629329/?&sa=u&ei=dhzbvicjctl9oat5xihoba&ved=0cmcbebywhg&usg=afqjcnefq2a2i3g8dyich8zu-1wgri97eg
  3. https://academic.oup.com/nutritionreviews/article-abstract/74/4/267/1807413?redirectedFrom=fulltext
  4. https://globalnews.ca/news/725764/coconut-oil-a-fat-packed-gut-helper/
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20523108
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3226242/
  7. http://www.ijp-online.com/article.asp?issn=0253-7613;year=2010;volume=42;issue=3;spage=142;epage=145;aulast=Kochikuzhyil
  8. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5805166/

This Mysterious Mushroom Can Kill Cancer Cells

lion's mane mushroom

Lion’s mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) is a type of mushroom that is known for its wide range of impressive health benefits.  As its name suggests, this mushroom physically looks like the mane of a lion.  This long, shaggy and white mushroom has been used medicinally for thousands of years, all over the world.  Numerous studies have shown it’s a powerful natural remedy for so many health concerns.  Here are some of the amazing health benefits of lion’s mane.

Regenerates & Improves Brain Function

Researchers have found that people who had mild and chronic cognitive dysfunction found relief after taking lion’s mane mushroom extract for several weeks.  Also, it is suggested that older people who have cognitive impairment can use lion’s mane mushroom to improve on their brain function. (1)

Additional research has shown this particular mushroom to improve brain function in children, adults and the elderly.  Similarly, people who have experienced brain damage due to trauma or accidents can use lion’s mane mushroom to regenerate their brain function. (2)

Click here to read, “5 Ways to Keep Your Brain Healthy”.

Improves Memory & Focus

If you are looking for a natural way of improving your memory, look no further!  You’ll find the results quick and incredible.  Within days to a few weeks of taking this extract, within, you will begin experiencing improved memory. (3)

Also, lion’s mane mushroom can improve focus in individuals who have difficulty concentrating.  With age, the brain’s ability to develop is reduced.  Mental functioning for older adults typically worsens.  However, this problem can largely be avoided by taking lion’s mane mushroom regularly, to improve focus and memory.

Click here to read, “Diabetes – The Hidden Cause Of Alzheimer’s?”

Relieves Depression & Anxiety

Depression and anxiety affects millions of people worldwide affecting an individual’s quality of life as well as their daily productivity.  Those who use lion’s mane mushroom have been shown to experience relief of these symptoms. (4)(5)

It helps regenerate brain cells that are responsible for emotional responses.  The mushroom can be taken in the form of an edible such as healthy homemade cookies.

Improves Heart Health

Studies have revealed a strong connection between this mushroom with improved heart health.  It is estimated that a third of the world’s population have heart issues.  Since Lion’s mane mushroom extract can lower cholesterol levels, it can also help with heart problems that are linked to cholesterol. (6)  Thus, taking this mushroom extract daily can help reduce the chances of getting heart-related problems.

Click here to read, “Calcium without Vitamin K2 is a Heart Breaker”.

Promotes Digestive Health

Lion’s mane is known to aid in digestive system functioning.  It enables the stomach and the liver to do their job in the digestion of food.  People who have gastric inflammation, ulcers, and stomach pains have found relief with using this mushroom. (7)(8)(9)

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Prevention & Treatment Of Cancer

Lion’s Mane mushroom has antioxidant properties which play a huge role in the prevention and treatment of cancer.  For example, studies demonstrate that this particular mushroom can help kill leukemia cancer cells.

Similar studies have shown that the mushroom can help in fighting colon cancer, liver cancer, and gastric cancer cells.  It works by stimulating NK cells and macrophage activity. It inhibits angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels) involved in fighting cancer cells.  Thus, reducing tumor size.  It has also been found that when this mushroom was combined with doxorubicin (a chemotherapy drug), a known drug resistant human liver cancer became treatable.  To prevent and treat the cancer cells, one should take lion’s mane mushroom extracts daily for maximum results. (10)(11)(12)(13)

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Enhances The Immune System

Since it contains both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties (which enhance immune system function) taking lion’s mane mushroom extracts regularly will reduce your risk of bacterial infections and inflammation. (14)  It can also provide healing for wounds when applied to the skin.

Also, this mushroom helps in nervous system recovery by encouraging the growth of new nerve cells.  Thus, in turn will assist your immune system. (15)

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Anti-aging

A lot of the popularity surrounding lion’s mane Lion’s Mane mushroom has to do with its anti-aging properties and its ability to improving your well-being.  This extract is great for repairing damaged skin cells giving you that healthy glow!

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Lion’s mane mushroom is available in different forms, which include capsules, liquid, teas, tablets, and powder form.  The dosages vary from one form to another.  It is essential to take the correct dosage to avoid over consumption.  This mushroom is generally safe with no serious side effects reported.  However, if you do experience any side effects, you should consult your healthcare practitioner immediately.

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CFS – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms & Natural Solutions

CFS

What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)?

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a complex chronic disorder characterized by extreme fatigue and isn’t typically relieved by rest.  The cause is not explained by any underlying medical condition.  People with CFS are frequently unable to perform their daily activities.  In some of the worst cases, some are confined to their beds.  The condition affects millions of people all over the world.  Although it affects both children and adults, women appear to be affected the most (1).

There is no known “cure” for CFS.  Primarily because the underlying cause can be different from person to person. However, many people have resolved their condition or significantly reduced their symptoms by employing several natural solutions.  CFS can last anywhere from months to years.  Especially true when no action has been taken.  There are a number of factors that are associated with this condition.

Causes Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The exact cause of CFS is unknown to each individual person.  However, research has shown many contributing factors to this condition which includes;

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Symptoms

The symptoms of CFS will vary from one individual to the next.  The symptoms will also range in severity.  The most prominent symptom will be fatigue.  A frustrating factor for many is that the fatigue doesn’t get relieved by rest.  This results in a noticeable decrease in one’s activity level.  Episodes of fatigue can last for months or years.  Other CFS symptoms my include;

  1. Sleep Disorders (5)

People with CFS may experience sleep disorders such as:

  • Insomnia
  • Hypersomnia
  • Restless legs
  • Night sweats
  • Light sleep
  • Fragmented sleep
  • Lack of refreshing sleep

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2. Pain (6)

People with CFS may experience different types of pain such as:

  • Muscle pains
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain and swelling
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen and painful lymph nodes on the neck and armpits.

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3. Cognitive Impairment (7)

This can range from:

  • Memory loss
  • Reduced concentration
  • Dizziness
  • Numbness
  • Panic attacks

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4. Additional Symptoms

Other symptoms that some people may experience include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Body temperature changes
  • Stress

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Diagnosis

Diagnosing CFS can take time.  The symptoms can mimic other medical conditions.  Doctors must rule out all other illnesses in order to diagnose you with CFS.  Be sure that you see your healthcare practitioner if you have experienced chronic fatigue or any of the above symptoms for more than six months, and you do not feel refreshed after sleeping.

CFS affects many people.  Most of which are unaware they have the condition.  It is important that you understand all the symptoms.  Inform your healthcare practitioner of them.  A review of your full health history including any medications you may be taking should also be discussed.  It’s important to be through as any missing information may hinder your ability to uncover the underlying cause of your condition.  This can lead to depression and a restriction of physical activities.

Natural Solutions For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

There is no specific cure for CFS.  However, there are various natural solutions that patients use to eliminate the symptoms.  In some cases, even resolve their condition.  It is always a good idea to discuss your natural approach with your healthcare provider.

1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

The treatment involves helping patients manage CFS.  The therapy focuses on helping one accept the condition, be able to manage the symptoms and change their attitude towards the condition.  This will allow the you to gain a better understanding of how to overcome the symptoms.  The treatment is offered on a one to one basis; hence you need to have an experienced practitioner (8).

2. Physical Activities

The best natural remedy for chronic fatigue syndrome is physical exercise.  It’s especially important to engage in exercises that raise your heart rate.  Exercises such as swimming, walking, and climbing stairs should not add to the fatigue you already have.  Always start with just a few minutes of exercise and gradually increase.  If you lack confidence or are unsure where to start, consider consulting your healthcare practitioner or personal trainer (9).

3. Lifestyle Changes

Lifestyle changes involve resting and relaxing more.  If you are facing difficulties with sleep, stress and pain, you should rest and relax during the day.  Make sure that you do not sleep too much during the day.

4. Decrease The Consumption Of Caffeine & Alcohol

If you have chronic fatigue syndrome, you should eliminate caffeine and alcohol.  The remedy is for those people who have difficulties sleeping at night (10).  For more information click here to read, “Are you Addicted to Caffeine? How to Detox without Withdrawals”.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a condition that affects many people.  It is important to understand the causes, symptoms and how to treat it naturally.  Working with a health care provider will help you recover faster.

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