Holistic Healing: Living With Type II Diabetes

I noticed in the mid 1990’s that I began to have increased thirst and need to go to the bathroom. I had been drinking too much soda especially orange flavored drink. I had no clue at the time, that this may be a sign of high glucose or diabetes. I knew something was up with my body but I was not sure what was going on until I read a book about low carbohydrate eating.Image converted using ifftoany

Diabetes is a condition where the pancreas does not release enough insulin, or the pancreas produces insulin that does not function as it should. The presence of too much glucose in the blood stream causes the kidneys to react by trying to expel the excess glucose. Why do we call diabetes the sticky illness? If you have ever put sugar on your hand and got it wet you know what happens right? It becomes sticky.

Furthermore, imagine making candy or fudge. The sugar melts with extreme heat and hardens when cooled. The hardening of sugar is just like what happens in our blood stream when there is too much sugar. Our blood becomes sticky. Modern medicine has warned that too much fat in a diet is the cause of obesity and disease. It is my opinion that sugar in foods is the most deadly weapon in the arsenal of ill health.

There are many steps you can take to reduce glucose in your blood which may prevent medical intervention. If you do have diabetes or symptoms, please do consult your doctor. First, go out and by a cheap glucose monitor and just see if your levels are normal. This is the first step to the awareness of what your body is doing.

Eating sugar increases your glucose. I know that may seem a bit simple, but it is true. If you eat sugar your blood glucose increases. Therefore the first step in healing yourself with natural remedies, is to stop eating anything with pure sugar in it like cake, candy and sweet soda. Also step eating bread, pasta and rice. Even stop eating fruit until your pancreas has a rest.

By removing carbohydrate rich foods from your diet you give your pancreas time to rest and rejuvenate. You also give your kidneys time to clear out toxins from having too much sugar in your body. As obvious as it may seem, sugar makes sugar.

Diabetes is often the result in an imbalance of minerals in your body. A daily multi-vitamin can replace nutrients your body needs and is certainly lacking. Chromium is also a mineral which has been known to lower blood sugar levels.

Finally, water and walking are the two friends you must make. Drink 1/2 your body weight in PURE water, not Kool-Aid or Gatorade. Water is electric and is from source. From a Spiritual standpoint, water is like GOD. It is the conduit between you and the best health you can imagine.

Meditation can help with releasing stress that causes the body to become a beaver dam, so take some time today to feel and listen to your body. Increased thirst and need to urinate are two signs that you may be diabetic.

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How To Keep Active Mentally and Physically After Retirement

Keeping active daily and learning new things can make for a stimulating retirement with little boredom. If you didn’t lead an active life, now is a great time to start since nothing is in the way to hold you back.Exercise class

Hanging out with other seniors that are active will help you stay active, too. You may not keep at it unless you are motivated, and having friends join you in an activity helps you keep doing it. If you are starting a new activity, have a spouse or buddy join with you.

Doing aerobic exercise increases your endurance which increases your heart rate and breathing capacity. Some examples are:

  • brisk walking
  • swimming
  • dancing
  • biking

Strength exercise, which includes lifting free weights, increases muscle mass and strength. You can also accomplish this by using resistance bands. It is also good for maintaining your bone density which prevents any falls from doing a lot of damage. The weights don’t need to be too heavy to do the job, and you can fit in short series of repetitions throughout the day.

You really want to work on keeping your muscles working well. This will help you stay functional in all areas of your life. Plus you will be less likely to suffer a serious break if you fall. It will be easier to carry in your groceries and even lift up your new grandchild.

Stretching exercises keep you flexible. Yoga is a great exercise for seniors because it is low impact and the stretching is slow and gentle. There are also at home stretching workouts using a ballet barre. And doing balance exercises with it will increase your balance and help prevent falls. Being limber will help keep you active around the house which can make living on your own safer. If you don’t have a bar to hold onto you could use a stable chair, table edge or countertop.

As a senior, you have more time to spend on hobbies and other activities.

If a certain hobby has interested you throughout the years, during retirement you can take classes to immerse yourself and get to the next level or skill. You can even travel to distant cities to take courses for more intensive training, if you feel inclined to do so.

You can learn a skill you didn’t have had time for in the past. If learning the piano was always out of reach, it is something you can learn now and in less than a year you can play your favorite music easily.

Giving yourself challenges is important to keep you looking forward. Keeping active mentally and physically helps you maintain your memory and your muscle mass while doing the things you love. There really is nothing you can’t do if you put your mind to it. Make your retirement a time to bloom.

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How Cooking Can Change Your Life

Michael Pollan is an author, activist, journalist and professor of journalism at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He mainly focuses on the industrial food chain with regards to his research.

He emphasises how cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health, build communities, help fix our broken food system and perhaps most importantly, break our growing dependence on corporations. 

In the video below he illustrates how McDonald’s insists on using Russet Burbank Potatoes, a potato in America that is unusually long and difficult to grow. They further insist that their potatoes have no blemishes at all, which is hard because these potatoes commonly suffer from what is referred to as Net Necrosis, which causes unwanted spots and lines on the potatoes.

If they have this, McDonald’s won’t buy them and the only way to eliminate this is through the use of a pesticide called methamidophos (Monitor) “that is so toxic that the farmers who grow these potatoes in Idaho won’t venture outside and into their fields for five days after they spray.”

When McDonald’s is ready to harvest their potatoes, they have to put them in giant atmospheric controlled sheds the size of football stadiums because they are not edible for six weeks. “They have to off gas all the chemicals in them.”

Michael Pollan is a food activist and you can find out more about him and his work by clicking here.

 

 

Awesome Homemade Almond Milk

A handful of almonds makes a perfect mid-day snack. Studies have also shown that eating some almonds right before a high glycemic index food helped lower the GI index. almond_milk

Almonds contain manganese, vitamin E, magnesium, tryptophan, copper, vitamin B2, and phosphorus.

Studies have proven almond’s LDL (the bad cholesterol) lowering effects and reduces heart disease risk. 

Here is the recipe (drum roll please):

1. Soak 2 cups almonds in some filtered water overnight or for at least for 4-6 hours. The almonds will expand in the water.

2. After soaking the almonds overnight, strain the soaked almonds and put it in your blender or juicer. Add 4 cups fresh pure water.

3. I like my almond slightly sweet and my preferred sweeter is dates. It makes the almonds that much creamier and I have tried other sweeteners but the taste of dates is simply so much better. I add about 6-8 small dates or 4 of the larger ones. Otherwise you can use about 1 teaspoon or 2 of agave nectar. Honey is a bit too strong so I tend to stay away from that.

4. Add 1/2 a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract. Add 1/4 a teaspoon of sea salt.

5. Blend in the Vitamix/blender for a few minutes on high. 

6. Take a large bowl and a strainer. Place a cheese cloth or nut bag on the strainer. Pour the almond milk into the cheese cloth. Let it sit in the cheese cloth for a few minutes then slowly and carefully squeeze the cheese cloth until all the liquid is in the bowl.

The almond milk in the bowl is ready for you to consume! you can put the milk in bottles and enjoy throughout the next couple of days.

You can use almond milk in smoothies. I just love the creamy taste so much that I tend to drink it as it is.

You can definitely buy almond milk from stores but the commercial almond milk does not even compare to the homemade version. Once you start making it, you won’t be able to stop, it’s simply that good.

A word about the pasteurized versus truly raw almonds

The major almond farmers are located in California in the US. I buy my almonds directly from a California farmer because they are truly raw and organic (and cheaper than buying organic almonds from a store).

In 2007, almonds sold in retail markets were required to be pasteurized which is really unfortunate as you are destroying key nutrients in almonds when you pasteurize them. The law does not require almonds to be labeled as “pasteurized” so most consumers don’t even know that the current almonds in the market are actuarially pasteurized.

In order to buy truly raw almonds (without being pasteurized), you will need to buy directly from a California farmer which is actually a good thing. You get fresh raw un-pasteurized almonds at a great price and you are supporting the farmers directly.

I get mine close to $7 to $7.50 per pound and they are organic and truly raw. I get 25 pounds at a time which lasts me for about 9 months and enough to make lots of almond milk through-out the year and enjoy the raw almonds as a snack.

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She is a blogger for all things healthy and non-toxic. She is dedicated to empowering others to achieve holistic health for them and their families through their food choices, cleaning products and personal care products. Examples of topics she writes about are home remedies for various ailments, super foods that pack the most nutritional punch, natural and alternative therapies, non-toxic and truly natural products for your home, beauty skin and hair products.

 

Flush the Fat With Smart Food Choices 

Flushing the fat? As crazy as the concept might sound, the Fat Flush Plan can help you reshape your body while detoxifying your system.Soy-whey-protein-diet

This low-carbohydrate, three-phase diet regimen was created by nutritionist Ann Louise Gittleman, Ph.D., C.N.S. 

Phase 1 of the plan, called The Two-Week Fat Flush, lasts 14 days and is designed to jump-start weight loss.

Phase 2, The Ongoing Fat Flush, helps you continue to lose weight, and Phase 3, The Lifestyle Eating Plan, focuses on maintenance. 

The Fat Flush Plan was designed to increase metabolism, flush out bloat and to boost the fat burning process.

At the core of the plan is the commitment to promote a balanced lifestyle and encourage simple healthy habits that seem to have gone by the wayside in our modern and hectic everyday life.

Every aspect of each phase of the plan is focused on accomplishing this goal: helpful essential fats, amounts of protein, antioxidant-rich vegetables, moderate amounts of fruits, calorie-burning herbs and spices, cleansing diuretic beverages, exercise, journaling and even sleep are addressed. 

The Two-Week Fat Flush is based on an average of 1,100 to 1,200 calories daily, and is designed to jumpstart weight loss for dramatic results.

It will transform your shape by accelerating fat loss from your body’s favorite fat storage areas – your hips, thighs and buttocks. 

The Ongoing Fat Flush is the next step for those individuals who have additional weight to lose but who also want to pursue a more moderate cleansing program and enjoy a bit more variety in food choices while still losing weight.

This part of the program is designed for ongoing weight loss, with approximately 1,200 to 1,500 calories each day. This is the phase that will be followed until you reach your desired weight or size.

The Lifestyle Eating Plan is your maintenance program for lifetime weight control. This phase offers over 1,500 calories daily, providing a basic lifelong eating program designed to increase your vitality and well-being for life.

You’ll add up to two dairy products and up to two additional friendly carbs.

Phase 3 friendly carbs include more choices from a variety of starchier veggies and non-gluten hypoallergenic grains.

Foods are always introduced one at a time to make sure there are no allergic reactions and you’re your body tolerates the food well. 

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You Really Are What You Eat

Recent dietary research has uncovered 14 different nutrient-dense foods that time and again promote good overall health. 

Coined “superfoods,” they tend to have fewer calories, higher levels of vitamins and minerals, and many disease-fighting antioxidants. 

Beans (legumes), berries (especially blueberries), broccoli, green tea, nuts (especially walnuts), oranges, pumpkin, salmon. soy, spinach, tomatoes, turkey, whole grains and oats, and yogurt can all help stop and even reverse diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, and some forms of cancer.

And where one might have an effect on a certain part of the body, it can also affect the health of other body functions and performance, since the whole body is connected. 

With these 14 foods as the base of a balanced, solid diet, weight loss gimmicks and other fly-by-night programs can become a thing of the past in your life.  

Conversely, the ill-effects of an unbalanced diet are several and varied.

Low energy levels, mood swings, tired all the time, weight change, uncomfortable with body are just a few signs that your diet is unbalanced. 

An unbalanced diet can cause problems with maintenance of body tissues, growth and development, brain and nervous system function, as well as problems with bone and muscle systems. 

Symptoms of malnutrition include lack of energy, irritability, a weakened immune system leading to frequent colds or allergies, and mineral depletion that can trigger a variety of health concerns including anemia.   

And since the body is connected, realizing that an unhealthy body will result in an unhealthy spirit only makes sense. 

When we nourish our body with these superfoods and complement them with other nutrient-dense and healthy fresh foods, our spirit will be vitalized and healthy as a direct result. 

Many modern diets based on prepackaged convenience foods are sorely lacking in many vitamins and minerals, which can affect our mental capacities as well, and cause irritability, confusion, and the feeling of ‘being in a fog’ all the time.  

Superfoods can be the basis of a sound, healthy, nutritious solution to curing many of these ailments and more. 

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Top 4 Ways to Naturally Lower Cholesterol

People often request for ways to reduce high cholesterol levels and to lead a healthy life, but are unaware that the solution to their problems usually start with themselves.

Besides medication that may contain side-effects, there are some natural ways where people can reduce their cholesterol levels. In comparison to prescribed drugs, these natural ways are risk-free, do not have side effects and will almost definitely improve one’s health and life.

Something more fatal than prescribed drugs would be to totally ignore one’s cholesterol levels and with time, their worsened condition would lead to a stroke, or even a heart attack.

Here are 4 great ways to improve your life and health while maintaining a healthy cholesterol level with the use of medication.

A Healthy Diet

It sounds almost impractical for one to have a healthy lifestyle unless one becomes a vegetarian. In a modern society where fast-food has almost become the staple food for youths and where unhealthy food is available almost everywhere, even if we are watchful over our diet, one still is unable to escape the fate of ingesting more cholesterol than they should.

However, having a low fat and low cholesterol diet is often the first step to lowering one’s cholesterol level. Consumption of fiber and spices also have beneficial effects on the body to reduce cholesterol levels in the body. 

Exercise

Getting out of the couch and to start moving is often one of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle! Through exercise, running, cycling, swimming, basketball, one can improve their cardiovascular health and strengthen their heart and circulatory system.

Though exercise may not directly reduce one’s cholesterol; but the strengthening of the circulatory system can help reduce stroke or heart attacks chances. Moreover, exercise can help one reduce their weight which also helps reduce the cholesterol levels in a person’s body. 

Stop Smoking

Smoking builds up the plaque in one’s arteries causes by high cholesterol much faster. As a result, a smoker’s heart has to work much harder to pump blood through those clogged up arteries to provide oxygen for the whole body.

This extra work forced onto the heart can actually cause heart failure, or when the arteries are completely blocked, there is a high chance a stroke or heart attack would occur.

Learn to relax

High levels of stress can also cause one to have high levels of cholesterol. When a person is constantly placed under stress, even when he is under a low cholesterol diet, the result of lowered cholesterol would be very limited.

To achieve a lower cholesterol level, we must first to learn to stay relaxed despite under stressful conditions, only then would the other steps to reduce cholesterol be more effective. 

You need not wait very long to observe the results of lowered cholesterol. In a few weeks, you can sense an improvement in your health and have your cholesterol level lowered significantly.

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Type 2 Diabetes – Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Sugar

If you have Type 2 diabetes, eating a healthy diet can help reduce or even eliminate your need to take medications. As you probably know, reducing simple sugars from your diet is important.

But there are also certain foods you can add to your eating plan that are especially good at reducing your blood sugar. Some of these foods are:

1. Whole Grains. You don’t need to be scared away from all carbohydrates. Processed grains, like white bread, are quickly turned into glucose, causing a spike in blood sugar.

But whole grains take much longer for the body to convert to energy, so they help control blood sugar over time.

Eating whole grains is also beneficial because they contain fiber, which helps keep you full longer and can help with weight loss.

Losing weight, if you need to, will also help control blood sugar.

Good whole grain choices include…

  • oats,
  • barley
  • quinoa
  • rye
  • rice
  • wheat

2. Non-Starchy Vegetables. Vegetables have lots of health benefits. For people with Type 2 diabetes, it’s best to eat more of the non-starchy vegetables, like leafy greens, beans, carrots, tomatoes, and many more.

Starchy vegetables such as corn, peas, and potatoes, still contain many healthy nutrients but they do contain more carbohydrates so they should be eaten in smaller amounts.

Non-starchy vegetables help lower blood sugar by containing smaller amounts of carbohydrate along with fiber. The fiber helps you feel full longer and prevents overeating.

3. Berries and Cherries. Strawberries, blueberries, and cherries are naturally low in calories and carbohydrates.

They make a delicious snack that can satisfy a sweet tooth without added sugar. They are also low in fiber and contain antioxidants, which help protect the body from free radicals that contribute to early aging and chronic disease.

Blueberries may even be able to increase insulin sensitivity through bioactive ingredients they contain.

4. Last but Not Least – Exercise. Exercising helps lower your blood sugar as the sugar is moved out of your blood to fuel your body. Exercise also helps balance insulin levels.

Work with a dietitian to figure out how to manage blood sugar so you can safely exercise. As you exercise more, you’ll figure out how your body responds to exercise and whether or not you need to make adjustments to what you eat and how much insulin you take.

Regular exercise can also help you lose weight, which will get your blood sugar under control even more.

For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body. Go to http://DrugFreeType2Diabetes.com to learn about some of those secrets.

Top 5 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Brain

As we grow older our bodies age slowly on the outside and the inside. Depending on how you take care of yourself, one side might age faster than the other.

A perfect example is the brain. It stores everything we learn throughout our lives, and the older we get the harder it is to remember.

However, there are certain things we can do that will slow the ageing of our brain and the memory loss that accompanies.

Below I have listed five things you can do that will help keep your mind sharp and prevent memory loss as you age.

Play Games

Playing games that trigger your memory helps your mind stay in shape. Practicing to remember is like exercise for the mind.

Games like crossword puzzles, Sudoku, and matching games are all proven to delay brain decline.

Nutrition

Certain nutrients are known to help the brain preserve memory. For example, Omega 3 fatty acids repair our brain cells.

You can buy Omega 3 supplements online or eat the foods that they occur in naturally. Foods like oatmeal, brown rice and salmon all contain Omega 3’s.

Also, vitamin B12 promotes healthy brain function. Good sources are shellfish, beef, and milk products.

Get Enough Sleep

When we sleep our bodies heal and repair at a faster and more efficient rate than when we are awake.

Not getting enough rest and having irregular sleeping habits slows this process down and we lose our edge.

Exercise

Working out keeps you looking good on the outside but exercise does even more for us on the inside.

By doing cardiovascular exercises such as swimming, running, or cycling and mixing in strength training three to four times a week you will get much-needed oxygen to the brain. This optimizes brain function and performance.

No Smoking & Drinking

Drinking kills your brain cells and studies have shown that cells killed by drinking do not replenish.

Furthermore, smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol puts you more at risk for developing dementia as compared to those that don’t do one or the other.

Memory loss is typically something that naturally occurs as we grow older. By putting forth the effort and taking care of yourself you can lessen and delay the effects of age.

However, conditions such as Alzheimer disease and dementia are not something that naturally occur with aging.

If you experience any symptoms related to these conditions you should see a doctor as soon as possible. Dementia is treatable and the rate of Alzheimer disease slowed, if treated early.

Primal Fitness – Reveal Your Inner Caveman!

If you look back at old portrayals of Caveman times you don’t tend to see images of overweight thirty-somethings sitting around all day doing nothing!

Cavemen and women were strong, healthy and energetic. Compare this to the adult population of today that are generally overweight, inactive and constantly tired.

Diet has a lot to do with our generations’ problems but lets focus on the exercise habits of our ancestors to see if we can learn from their activity patterns.

There were no sophisticated treadmills, heart rate monitors or Power Plates back in those days so what did they do to stay in shape?

Without the help and guidance of Jane Fonda, our ancestors simply used primal movement patterns to achieve their fitness levels.

Many theorists have categorised primal movements patterns into different terms but they generally agree that there were seven:

  • push
  • pull
  • squat
  • lunge
  • twist
  • bend
  • locomotion

Fitness trainers are now realising the importance of incorporating primal movements into workouts and you will see primal circuits popping up around the country over the next few years.

Why not design your own primal circuit that you could easily do at home?

Here are a few exercise ideas for each movement category, then simply put them into a circuit format of one minute of each primal movement and repeat the circuit 3 times.

PUSH – press ups or triceps dips.

PULL – pull ups (if you have a chin up bar!) or any sort of rowing action (holding onto a steady base such as a headboard or stair bannisters).

SQUAT – basic squats or burpees with a squat jump.

LUNGE – stationary lunges on each leg or travelling lunges around the room.

TWIST – woodchops (use a heavy object or weights to provide resistance) or sit on the edge of a chair and simply twist your body round touching the back of the chair with the opposite hand.

BEND – deadlift a heavy object from the floor or plunge lunge (lunge forward whilst bending and touching your front foot as you perform the exercise).

LOCOMOTION – jogging, crawling or sprinting across the room.

So now that you have some exercise ideas, why not give your primal circuit a go at home and release your inner caveman or cavewoman!

Helen Ttofa runs the community based fitness company nogymrequired in the UK. The aim of nogymrequired is to create community and not competition. For more information visit http://www.nogymrequired.co.uk