Friday, August 30, 2013

TOP 3 Supplements: Krill, Probiotics, Ubiquinol

Why do you need supplements? The reason is that most of us are deficient in nutrients (due to our modern lifestyle, method of food production, distribution and sale of food, and (over)-processing of food) and to compensate for this we need to eat large amounts of many foods to get optimal nutrition which is impossible to do so.  That is why even the experts are agreed on the need to supplement, but you need to do so carefully and wisely! 
Health Tips: Krill Oil, Probiotics and Ubiquinol are three of some of the nutrients that are recommended. "These antioxidants will help maintain your great overall health and support your IMMUNE SYSTEM."

For Krill Oil (it is best to get your Astaxanthin from supplements) select a reliable source

CoQ10 & Ubiquinol - Boost Energy & Overall Health

For probiotics - make your own yoghurt or else purchase from the supermarkets; select a natural and UNADULTERATED version, viz. no sugar, 'flavours', colorings or preservatives or any other ingredients that are not natural. Nothing more than the whole milk or skim milk it was made from, plus the good bacteria - in fact you will only see about 2 or 3 ingredients on the label.

Natural youghurt is not 'creamy' or gooey in texture - ensure there are no addition of cream, etc. to get it to taste 'creamy'.  Plain yoghurt tastes better and is a healthier substitute than say cream for your stewed apple, baked apple pie or other desserts - give it a try and see what you think?  If you need a thicker consistency, try adding some cottage cheese, blended smoothly - it will add extra protein and calcium. Test the ratio of cottage cheese to yoghurt to get the 'right' taste and texture - the one your family likes best. Once your family gets used to these recipes they will just love the fresh and lighter taste of your cooking style and additionally that discerning, food-savvyness will carry through to the next generations' 'food-psyche'. Or else make creamy yoghurt using other alternative ways.**

Similarly pickles and fermented foods such as kim chi, sauerkraut, etc. are good probiotic sources. You don't need large quantities - just a spoonful a day is all that is required. Same with the yoghurt - you don't need to consume large amounts; a small but regular (preferably daily) amount is all that is needed to keep your immune system ticking along.  You can feel it's good for you almost immediately as you don't get a bloated feeling after you have eaten these foods.  The good news is these foods are so palatable ... with the added bonus that they are relatively inexpensive!

Or you may prefer a formula that includes fiber, probiotics plus nutrients that's essential to boost your digestive system - "a formula that helps with a BROAD spectrum of issues and alleviates problems such as stomach discomfort, constipation, diarrhoea, indigestion and much more."

Interesting Reading:
What's really in Yoplait yoghurt?
Choosing milk for making yoghurt
(list of different milks and the outcomes using these for making yoghurt)
Make creamy yoghurt this way (without adding cream)**
(or this way: check the comment re adding powdered milk before eating)
FAQs Greek Yoghurt: difference between Greek and 'fake' Greek yoghurts.
(Farmers markets @ Newfarm, Manly, Rocklea, Noosa - Qld, Australia) The great thing about greek yoghurt is that the good bacteria does not all perish when you freeze it and will be thawed out when you thaw the frozen yoghurt.          

Take Good Care of Your EYES: The VITAL Benefits of Astaxanthin

The Importance and Benefits of Astaxanthin

What Krill Looks Like - Pink, Tiny & Shrimpy:

The colour of these shrimp-like crustaceans which feed mainly on phytoplankton, is due the presence of carotenoid pigments such as Astaxanthin.  Astaxanthin is in fact a Super-carotenoid, and labelled "King of the carotenoids", and a Super-antioxidant (cf. video below.)

Krill Oil is Rich in Astaxanthin

Health Tips Summary: As a general rule consume plenty of green vegetables and also antioxidants to mop up the free radicals, for skin, eye health, and to keep younger longer, etc. Astaxantin is 6000x stronger than Vitamin C and 550 times stronger than Vitamin E in its "singlet, oxygen quenching capacity" ... in other words Astaxanthin is very powerful as an antioxidant and outperforms Vitamin C, E and other antioxidants by a long shot, which is why it is SO GOOD for your body.

Make sure it is sourced from marine algae, extracted using toxic-free processes, and also that oxygen is not introduced during the whole process because that would negate its powerful benefits. In other words ensure the manufacturer has applied the highest quality standards when manufacturing Krill Capsules. By the way, 1000 mgs of Krill oil provides a generous and reliable source of Astaxanthin for people who are deficient in antioxidants, so this represents very good value.

FAQ's: Astaxanthin (Super-Carotenoid) - VG Video!

More Health Tips: Astaxanthin provides many other benefits in the areas of brain-care (cf. dementia, Alzheimers), heart-care (cf. heart disease), joint-care (cf. inflammation), eye-care (cf. cataracts, macular degeneration) - in other words, it is associated with a whole host of health benefits! Watch the excellent video-interview with Dr. Robert Corish above, as he replies to the FAQ's on Astaxanthin.

Astaxanthin is cumulative, so you can always decrease future doses once you have treated your immediate deficiency in antioxidants (which many people suffer from, without knowing). Nb: Regularly eating salmon does not guarantee your intake of Astaxanthin because you need to know where your salmon is coming from - farmed salmon is NOT the same as wild salmon! Experts will advice you to eat WILD salmon if you are going to use salmon as a source of Astaxanthin. The best source of Astaxanthin is unquestionably - Krill Oil

My personal experience: I started Krill Oil about two months ago, taking two or more capsules a day and I find that my hair is glossier.  It's fishier than fish-liver oil capsules only if you burp, but that's not a problem at all, given its huge benefits. I take one capsule at bedtime to maximise cellular repair and will report back further changes later. (Blog author - 30/8/2013). 

Thursday, August 1, 2013

DETOX: How to End Constipation?

How to End Constipation?
Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, CK, RHN & Amy Coates, RHN, BSc.

Constipation is a big problem in the western world.

According to the medical community, constipation is defined as having 1 bowel movement every 2 to 3 days. But as holistic health care professionals, we know that's absolute nonsense!

For optimal health, you should be passing 2-3 bowel movements each day! Anything less is considered constipation. If you've ever had a colon cleanse, good for you. If not, you need to read the following important information regarding constipation and colon health.

What Causes Constipation?

Constipation is usually a result of years of abusing your digestive system through poor food choices and not listening to your body. Chronic intake of foods that irritate your digestive and intestinal system eventually causes them to function at a sub-optimal level. For instance, non-foods like coffee, refined sugar, alcohol, and other processed foods stress your colon and digestive system and eventually hinder their function.

For optimal colon health, the goal should be to remove these irritating foods and provide your system with nutrients that will allow it to heal and function as it should.

Being constipated can also come about by resisting the urge to do your "business". At a very young age, we simply 'went' when we needed to go - no problem except for the clean-up our parents were subjected to. But as we age, we tend to suppress our body's natural urge to defecate. Whether it be class or work schedules or travel commitments, we've started to ignore our body's many cries to head to the toilet.

In the end, we have instructed our body that we will have a bowel movement (or at least try to) on our terms, when we're willing and ready. However, it isn't that simple because your body knows when it needs to go. Passing a bowel movement is not a logical decision, it is a primal need your body is destined to satisfy.

So it is our fault, our lifestyle, and our poor dietary choices that has led to being constipated.

Why is Constipation Dangerous?

This could quickly turn into a very lengthy discussion but we'll give you the essentials. The problem with being constipated is that your body's waste does not get to its final destination - the toilet.

Rather, it sits in your colon, putrefying and expelling more toxins back into your body. This is called autointoxication and is a serious health concern if it persists over time.

Think about it. If you were to let garbage pile up in your home for weeks, months, or years can you imagine the type of disgusting and toxic environment you'd be creating?

Well, the same thing happens in your body if your "garbage" is not regularly removed.

Over time, these endogenous toxins will be stored in your fat tissue which includes your fat cells, brain, and nervous tissue. It's no wonder there's a considerable correlation between constipation, autointoxication, and degenerative diseases!

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Natural Constipation Remedies

The first thing is to listen to your body. If you need to go, then go!

Second, remove the irritating foods that we spoke about above.

Third, drink plenty of water. Constipation can also be a result of being dehydrated. Provide your body with more water and it will assist your waste removal.

Fourth, eat more fiber. The goal (from an overall health perspective) is to hit 35 grams of fiber per day. But really, are you going to count? Probably not. Therefore, simply by eating more whole foods or even following a raw food diet will greatly assist you.

The goal is to get both soluble and insoluble fiber. Ground flaxseeds are a great source of balanced fiber and a terrific source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Fifth, getting more essential fatty acids (omega-3s) will provide the lubrication required to allow your colon to pass along the waste smoothly and effortlessly. If you strain to pass a movement, that's a good indication you could use some more lubrication.

Finally, you need to follow a detox diet that will cleanse your body. If you've been constipated for some time, then you need to face facts and realize that your body is a toxic feeding ground! The only way to better your health and prevent future problems is to get the waste out of your body through regular bowel movements and other means that will detoxify your body.

You don't have to be a prisoner to constipation any longer. Allow us to show you the light...

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Yuri Elkaim is a renowned fitness, nutrition, and weight loss expert. He is a registered holistic nutritionist and the co-creator of the Total Wellness Cleanse - a 30-day food-based cleansing program that has helped thousands of people lose weight, cleanse their bodies of toxic overload, and restore incredible health.

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