Boost the antioxidants in your diet!

We’ve all been told to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants for optimal health and wellness. But what are antioxidants and how does this work?

Here’s how it goes…

Our bodies just by producing energy everyday create what are called “Free Radicals” so it is quite a natural process but Free Radicals can also be produced by toxins in the environment like diet, stress, smoking, alcohol, exercise, inflammation, drugs or exposure to sunlight and air pollutants.

A Free Radical is an atom or group of atoms that has an unpaired electron and is therefore unstable and highly reactive.

When the body is overwhelmed by too many “Free Radicals” the chief danger comes from the damage they can do when they react with important cellular components such as DNA, or the cell membrane around them. Cells may function poorly or die if this occurs. To prevent free radical damage the body has a defense system of “Antioxidants”.

Antioxidants are molecules which can safely interact with free radicals and terminate the chain reaction

Protect your skin and repair cellular damage by adding more deeply colored, antioxidant rich vegetables and fruits to your diet.

The 5 best antioxidant-rich foods

1. Berries
In addition to being deliciously sweet, berries such as raspberries, blueberries and strawberries offer an abundance of antioxidant capacity. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are rich in proanthocyanidins, antioxidants that can help prevent cancer and heart disease. Eat them frozen in a morning smoothie, toss a handful over soaked nuts or enjoy them as an afternoon snack.

2. Broccoli
Broccoli definitely takes the gold medal for most nutritious vegetable. This cruciferous vegetable contains more vitamin C than an orange and has more calcium than a glass of milk. In addition to minerals and vitamins, broccoli is filled with disease-fighting chemicals called phytonutrients. Sulforaphane, a phytonutrient found in broccoli, has been shown to lower the risk of many types of cancers. Try steaming your broccoli to retain most of the nutrients and seasoning with basil, lemon or salsa for a delicious side dish. This powerhouse vegetable is a perfect addition to omelettes, salads or stir-frys.

3. Garlic
Garlic is used around the world as a delicious flavouring agent for any dish. The health benefits of garlic have been well touted for centuries, and raw garlic has been used as a natural antibiotic to kill off some strains of harmful bacteria. Garlic is also useful for decreasing blood pressure and cholesterol, removing heavy metals from the body, preventing cancer and acting as an antifungal and antiviral agent. One clove of garlic contains vitamins A, B and C, selenium, iodine, potassium, iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium.

4. Green tea
Green tea contains high concentrations of catechin polyphenols. These compounds work in the body with other chemicals to heighten levels of fat oxidation and thermogenesis (a state created in the body by burning fat as fuel).  You should try to consume a cup of green tea per day or more to help with weight loss. Green tea has also been shown to be preventative against cancer, heart disease and high cholesterol.

5. Tomatoes
Tomatoes (make sure they are organic to avoid GMO) are by far the richest source of a powerful anticancer agent called lycopene. In fact, research has shown lycopene to be an even more powerful disease fighter than vitamin E and beta carotene. Lycopene needs fat for optimal absorption to occur. Therefore, putting a healthy fat like virgin cold-pressed organic olive oil in your spaghetti sauce is an excellent trick to increase your lycopene levels. Start including more tomatoes in your diet in the form of sliced, whole, canned, stewed or sauced tomatoes or tomato paste.

In addition to the list above, red grapes, spinach, carrots and citrus fruits also offer plentiful antioxidant content.

NOTE:  While it is interesting to learn what different foods can do for you, don’t forget that the general rule  is “the more vegetables you eat in a wide variety the better”.   Too much of a good thing is still not the recommended route, always diversify and rotate between types and variety of vegetables.   And limit the amount of fruits consumed for two good reasons:

You need room for the more necessary protein & fat providing foods everyday

And to limit sugar consumption to a minimum.

BioChemistry

Blood is to the human body what soil is to the plant.  It is common knowledge that poor, exhausted soil will produce only weak, sickly plants.  In the same way, poor blood, lacking in essential constituents (which comes from well digested traditional wholesome foods) will produce weak, sickly bodies, prone to disease.  By enriching the soil, the ill-conditioned plant can be made to recover and flourish.  The recovery of the ailing human body can best be achieved by a similar process – by restoring to the blood the constituents in which it is lacking.  This is Biochemistry – The Chemistry of Living Tissue.

Quoted from Dr. Schuessler, London 1959 (Cellular Therapy)

(My own notes in parenthesis)

“It is a well-established fact, although it may not be widely known, that the invisible natural force within us (our life force) is the most effective guardian of our health. But even this great natural force is unable to keep the complicated human structure in good working order for long if the blood does not contain the materials required for the building of new, healthy cells.

Water and organic matter (which means coming from plants or animals) such as sugar (referring to the sugar that comes from the breakdown of food – not the refined man made kind), albuminous (like the white of an egg) and fatty substances make up the greater portion of the body.  The inorganic (mineral) elements, however, although present in very small quantities, are the really vital elements, the active workers which utilize the inactive organic substances in building the millions of cells of which the body is composed.

The life of the cells is of short duration:  Millions of them are constantly breaking down and new ones are just rapidly being built up, the necessary material for this continuous rebuilding is supplied from the blood-stream.  Hence it can readily be seen that if the blood lacks the necessary quantities of these active, life-giving, inorganic elements (which comes from well digested traditional wholesome foods) the rebuilding process cannot occur in a normal orderly manner, and the resulting disturbance of the bodily rhythm gives rise to what is called “disease” in one of its many and varied forms.”

I am of the belief that we all need to regain a knowledge of the traditional foods our ancestors had the wisdom of preparing for thousands of years which they understood  kept their bodies in good working condition well into old age.   I am committed to sharing some of this wisdom.  We need to reconnect ourselves with the farms where the food gets produced and support our local producing farms in order to get the best and freshest goods.   We can return to a sustainable way of life.

In my clinic I will work with you to restore your body’s balance and get you to your optimum health level while educating you on various health issues and share old remedies.

Your Skin and Cosmetics

Nothing beats the look of healthy skin.  No amount of cosmetics can compare.

Want healthier looking skin?   READ ON…..

Most Cosmetics contain harsh toxic chemicals that undermine your health and the result is dull, patchy, irritated skin.  And with cosmetics there is frequently a problem of cross-contamination.  This means that there could be some remnants of another ingredient(s) in the product that is not listed because it was not intended as an ingredient but got in because it was produced in the same facility using the same equipment.  Typically the ingredients that make their way into the product  insidiously are very toxic.

Go to http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/search.php  to check the safety of the ingredients and to see if there’s a risk of cross-contamination which they would list at the bottom of the page as IMPURITY.   This site will inform you and ensure that you do not use products containing harsh and harmful chemicals.  You type in the ingredient name at the top in the search box.  The ingredient will come up with a color code – Green for safe, Yellow for a warning, somewhat safe but could be a problem with daily or frequent usage and Red for extremely toxic.  It will list at the very bottom the possibility of contamination where it will list IMPURITY.   If any of the ingredients are color coded RED stay away from that product.  I would not use the product anywhere on my skin or in my hair.

It is very difficult to find a product that lists only products that you recognize and know about.  Most have something listed that you wouldn’t really know about other then it could be very common and listed on a majority of products which could give you the feeling that it is safe but not necessarily true.  Not so long ago we heard about the side effects of “Sodium Laureth Sulfate” which was found in almost all cleansing product like soap, shampoo and even toothpaste.  It creates the bubbles when mixed with water and it is cheap to make.  It is one of those products that are at high risk of contamination with two other ingredients that are extremely toxic and can cause cancer.   Sodium Laureth Sulfate on its own is moderately toxic and can cause eye and skin irritation.    We do not see that ingredient in products as much anymore.  They’ve changed it to another sulfate or lauryl ingredient that is similar.   So READ LABELS, and CHECK the ingredients always.   Why expose yourself?

Here’s some information about the Industry that makes these Cosmetics.  You deserve to know this.

For detail information read the book Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal-Care Products Endanger Your Health… and What You Can Do About It written by Dr. Samuel Epstein who is well known for researching cancer causing agents.   It might totally change your viewpoint and be an eye opener.  Here’s some of the data.

  • There are over 10,500 personal beauty and cosmetic products available in North America
    • 99% of them contain at least 1 ingredient that has never been tested for safety
  • Products stipulating “For Professional Use Only” that are supposedly higher quality products allows manufacturers to remove harmful ingredients from the label, not from the product but from the label.
  • The designation “Allergy Free” or “Hypoallergenic” or “Safe for sensitive skin” can be placed without actual testing and without any proof of their claim
  • Unless it is intentionally placed in the product, harmful chemicals do not have to be listed.  This is where cross-contamination comes in.  It is not intended to be in the product it gets in because the intended ingredient was made in the same facility as the other and the unlisted ingredient finds itself in the product.

WHY CARE?

Our skin is a vital organ of our body.  It has specific functions and in fact the skin is often referred to as the 3rd kidney.

  • Both excrete liquid to eliminate waste
  • The health of the kidney is reflected in the health of the skin

If you have skin problems like Psoriasis, acne or eczema, we must look to your kidneys as part of the strategy to clean things up.

Skin is also absorbent so anything we put on our skin soaks into our bodies to some degree.  That’s why the nicotine patches work.

Deodorants often contain aluminum to stop perspiration and propylene glycol as a drying agent.  Aluminum has been associated with many chronic health conditions.   Propylene glycol is the main ingredient of anti-freeze.  The material safety data sheet warns users to avoid skin contact with propylene glycol as this strong skin irritant can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

Women who have hormone imbalances should look largely to cosmetics and beauty products as a major factor.  This is because many of them contain estrogenic chemicals, essences or soy.  And soy is full of estrogenic chemicals.   Your face creams, lipsticks and body lotions could be undermining the function of your thyroid, ovaries and adrenal glands.   Do you have menstrual irregularities or stubborn menopausal symptoms?  Do you battle irritability, blue moods, dry skin, thinning hair and fatigue?  Any one or more of these symptoms can be the result of self-poisoning over days, months or years.

All of this should send the ordinary human being scurrying to use natural products.  Unfortunately, many natural products still contain unwanted ingredients like alcohol.  They also contain herbs or herbal essences that can cause problems for the autonomic nervous system’s regulation.   For example Lavender is known to stimulate the thyroid gland.  The same is true for peppermint and other mints.   It can be good if you need to stimulate your thyroid but if it’s already over active, you need to test the effect Lavender will have on your thyroid.

So what to do?

READ THE LABELS!!    And GET TESTED to find out which are working against you and which are working for you.