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Revving Up Your Metabolism To Lose Weight

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

It’s encouraging to know that with a good healthy diet and exercise we can turn our health around and lose those unwanted pounds.

In contrast to losing weight we know that if we consume the same amount of calories per day that we are burning we will maintain our current weight.

The question some of us have is how do we revv up our metabolism so we can lose?

For us to lose weight, we have to reduce calories taken in, and burn more calories.

One of my favorite ways to eat to see results is low glycemic fruits, like berries and green apples, lots of veggies, good protein, low starch, and if you’re going to eat cheese I suggest string cheese it is low fat, and to keep calories on track don’t eat added sugar.  Check labels before purchasing your food.  Being consistent with this will definitely work.

One pound of body fat equals 3500 calories, so to lose 1 pound per week it would take eating 500 calories less per day.

That’s 52 pounds per year.  Of course losing weight doesn’t work exactly like that because some weeks we may lose more than one pound and some weeks no lose.  If you stay consistent the weight will come off and it will stay off if you keep with the plan.  It’s a great way to lose weight, steady and slow.

It’s something to think about before you decide on what you put in your mouth.  Think about the calories you are going to consume and pick an alternative if you want to lose weight.

Rid your home of junk food, high fat, high sugar and processed foods.  Go for whole natural foods, rich in nutrition.  No need to be eating empty calories which equals empty nutrition.  Three Oreo cookies are 160 calories, there are 75 calories in 20 Lay’s Light Original Potato Chips, in one McDonald’s BiG Mac there are 576 calories, and 670 in Burger King’s Whopper, 350 in the Taco Bell Fresco Chicken Burrito Supreme.

A lot of us have stopped eating this way and have decided long ago to eat healthier, low sodium, low fat, high fiber, fish, chicken and less red meat.

It really is 80% of what we put in our mouths that makes the difference.  So to lose one pound per week we need to limit our intake and exercise.

Exercises like weight training, walking, running, push ups, sit ups, swimming, hiking or biking are pretty easy ones to do.  These exercises really are the ones that we all know and have done many times.  It is not hard, it is just making a decision to do it everyday. Once you do you will be glad you did.

Increase Your Basal Metabolism

“Metabolism is somewhat a function of genetics”, but you can increase basal metabolism by building muscle. Muscle cells are up to eight times more metabolically active than fat cells, and muscle burns more calories than fat. Adding weight-bearing or resistance exercise – such as weightlifting or exercise bands — is one of the only ways to increase basal metabolism.

An efficient metabolism also requires the smooth running of many complex body processes that rely on sufficient antioxidant vitamins such as vitamin C and the B vitamins.

Finally, dehydration can contribute to an inefficient metabolism, by affecting body temperature. When you are dehydrated, your body temperature drops slightly, and causes your body to store fat as a way to help raise or maintain the temperature. Making sure you drink enough liquids, preferably at least 64 ounces of water per day, to avoid this metabolic pitfall.”

Increase the Thermic Effect of Food

“Resting metabolic rate typically increases as much as two to three times more after eating proteins versus carbohydrates and fats. Complex, high-fiber carbohydrates — like high-fiber vegetables and cereals, however — burn more calories than simple carbohydrates. You can increase the thermic effect on metabolism by focusing on quality protein, high-fiber fruits and vegetables, with an occasional high-fiber grain.”

High Fiber Foods aids in weight lose

Limit Complex Carbohydrates such as a baked potato is a complex carb, isn’t it interesting that if you eat a potato by itself it will digest quickly which as we know will

Slow digesting carbs are natural here are Eight Facts About Carbohydrates that I find very informative and important for us to know if we are going to boost our metabolism by eating the proper food.

The Slim & Sassy® Trim Kit – is how I have changed my metabolism.

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Easy Ways to Slim Down Fast In 2011

Friday, January 7th, 2011

These are proven ways that will slim you down in 2011.

Eat a minimum of 2 oz of protein for breakfast, and a minimum of 3 oz of protein for lunch and dinner.

Eat a minimum of 1/2 cup of veggies for breakfast (try no sugar added veggie juice), and a minimum of 2 cups of veggies for lunch and dinner.

If you find yourself still hungry after you’ve eaten this go back for seconds of veggies first and then the protein.

Eat whole grains like quinoa, organic brown rice, millet, barley

1  Use green leaf lettuce leaves instead of bread for your sandwiches

2 Eat two snacks a day; fresh berries or a Granny Smith green apple with 1 oz or 15 almonds, 1 oz or 15 walnuts or 1 cheese stick.

3 Switch to spaghetti squash instead of pasta

4 Drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day

5 Use Appetite Tamer by the oilMD

6 Start your day with veggies and protein instead of starches

7 Cut your portions down

8 Eat only 3 servings of 1/2 cup of starch per day

9 Limit cheese to 1 to 2 oz per day (one cheese stick is an ounce)

10 Eat a 1/3- 1/2 cup serving of beans per day as part of your veggies (make your own or buy organic from your grocery store or Trader Joe’s.  Here beans are not added as a starch per day but instead a veggie.

11 Use no sugar added peanut butter and limit it to two tbsp per day

12 Use 2 tbsp of salad dressing per meal that has less than 2 grams of sugar, or make your own using organic apple cider vinegar, Spike, water and EVOO.

13 Skip the butter or margarine totally

14 Choose foods with NO added sugar

15 Fats: mayo 1 tbsp, 2 tbsp of salad dressing that has less than 2 grams of sugar,  1/4 avocado, and use organic PAM cooking spray or extra virgin olive oil

16 As a quick snack have air popped popcorn 3 cups per day (it is 1 of your 3 starches), or you can have up to 3 cups of plain fat free and sugar free yogurt. Add agave or Stevia with fresh berries and nuts to your yogurt for a delicious dessert

17 Do not eat any highly processed foods, white rice, white potatoes, ( use small red potatoes) white bread, white sugar or fructose corn syrup, aspartame or any laboratory chemical they say is sugar free.

18 Switch from unlimited sugar to 75 calories of a sweet treat per day. Use stevia  (no calories) as your sweetener or agave (2 tbs = 60 calories)

19 Keep adding organic foods into your diet until you are eating all or mostly organic

Understanding Brain Chemicals to Lose Weight

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

“Eating sugar and other simple carbohydrates can alter your mood, lead to cravings, compulsive eating, cause wide swings in your blood-sugar levels, and cause weight gain in most people. In addition, a high consumption of sugar can lead to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms when you finally decide to improve your diet and forgo the sweets.”

I’m sure you’ve experienced mood altering after having a meal, I know I have. That can get us into trouble, spelled weight gain if we allow moods to control our eating plan.

Here is where a good exercise plan comes into play and why.  We need to balance the chemicals that drive behavior.

Neurons continuously communicate in between themselves so that our bodies are functioning properly.

These chemicals affect behavior, thoughts and emotions.

This is why when we control our thoughts we can have the desired results we are looking for.

To understand a bit more, here is a brief description.

Neurotransmitters are endogenous chemicals which transmit signals from a neuron to a targeted cell.

Dopamine is a chemical that drives motivation and stimulation. Low levels are associated with depression, low motivation and concentration.

Foods that increase Dopamine naturally are found in these foods. Apples, bananas, beets, chicken, cheese, cottage cheese, eggs, fish, watermelon, wheat germ, beans and legumes.

Serotonin is the chemical that makes us feel good, it’s called the feel good hormone. When it is low it’s associated with depression, anxiety and moods. Exercise greatly increases your serotonin levels.

GABA is an amino acid that helps to regulate brain functioning properly, which will result in harmony, a sense of well being and control.

Scientists in Boston identify another piece of the weight-control puzzle.

“In the August 10 on-line issue of Nature Neuroscience, a study led by scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) identifies another piece of this complex puzzle, demonstrating that the neurotransmitter GABA –one of the master communicators among neurons – plays a role in controlling energy balance.”

GAD (generalized anxiety disorder) requires vitamin B6 which can be used to regulate the levels of GABA.   A balance in GABA may suppress your appetite.

Endorphins are chemicals associated with the feeling of pleasure. They are the bodies own pain killers.

Endorphins can also be identified as the chemicals that cause addiction and lose of control.

There are several natural ways to increase and release Endorphins.

Exercise releases endorphins, sexual activity increases endorphins, watching a good comedy will increase endorphins, eating spicy foods will boost endorphins, all of these are natural ways to enhance your mood.

This is a clear and concise healthy way to stay in control of your weight since an imbalance can cause lose of control.

We get into the habit of eating for pleasure a lot of the time.  If we would stop and think before we eat, our lives would take on a different shape.

Motivation, inspiration, love, imagination, passion, thoughts and feelings all begin in the brain.

Finally, watch for some of the emotional situations that can rob us of our best intentions.

  • Not enough sleep
  • Low blood sugar (Your brain parts shut down its operation so that you become very weak and tired)
  • Bad eating habits
  • Poor self esteem
  • Giving in to too much pleasure
  • Denial
  • Lack of exercise




A Solution to the Obesity Epidemic

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

What is it going to take to stop this epidemic? It is a serious problem and only getting worse.  This epidemic is causing diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

Shouldn’t this be a wake up call?  Why are people plugging their ears to this call for change, when it is for their own benefit?

A sports trainer at my gym once told me it is 80% of what we put in our mouths that is the difference between fit or fat.

There is a new book out from an acquaintance of ours called, “Die Fat or Get Tough” by Steve Seibold.  It talks about the different ways people think.  Taking charge of our thinking is a part of the solution.

It really is no different than seeing a red light and deciding whether we are going to go through it or stop.   If we know that going through it may cause a huge accident or even death we are going to stop, right?

Are these health risks reversible?  Yes!

Look closer at the solution before a health accident or an early death occurs.

When we eat processed foods, foods that are dead, we aren’t satisfied, therefore our bodies are continually hungry, and the cycle continues without the proper nutrition disease is inevitable.

According to a new study released by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, three-fourths of Americans will be obese or overweight by 2020. That puts America in first place for the world competition to see which nation can create the most obese population.

We may get caught up on the merry go round of life and get in the habit of a quick fix for hunger.  Instead may I recommend planning, planning your meals for 7 days at a time.  If you plan your meals it will not only be healthier for you but you will also be able to save money.

Instead of high starch, high fat and high sugar content foods, eat quality proteins, low glycemic fruits and whole grains.   Being on the South Beach plan has shown me that 3, 1/2 cup servings of starch and low glycemic fruits per day is satisfying and most importantly, I don’t feel cheated in any way.

If you have ever had a pancake breakfast and then been hungry an hour later and wondering why, it’s because starches and sugars cause cravings.  To eliminate these cravings once and for all, be in charge of what goes in your mouth.  You will be pleasantly surprised.

Will it be easy at first, no, you just have to get past that craving mentally, saying no for about two weeks before you will be in charge again.  Two weeks is nothing when you are considering a life of longevity.

It will be wonderful having “no regrets” because you took charge of your life.

The scale and how your clothes fit will show the change, and you will begin to see the new healthier you.

Eating the South Beach Diet Way Part II

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Eating the South Beach Diet Way for the past three months has been fantastic and here’s why.

Number one is because I have lost 12 pounds.  Secondly I have stopped eating all flour products.  Thirdly, I have gained a new respect for my body and fourth I have gained a plan for eating the foods that my body needs every single day, and fifth is that it is fairly simple.

I will touch on these aspects briefly in hopes of helping someone else out there who is looking to lose unwanted “fat”.

The SB diet is a lifestyle, it is not a diet (abstinence from food) otherwise I wouldn’t be doing it.  I’ve never had to diet in my life.  I started gaining weight after having children in my mid thirties into my 40’s, yes in my 40’s and therefore never quite kept it off.  Even if it has been 20 lbs, 20 lbs of fat is not healthy.  Have you ever lifted a sack of 5 lbs of sugar? Well quadruple that and imagine if your body had to carry the 20 extra pounds or more if you have more to lose.  This plan is a way of life that once you get the hang of it is simple.  I’ve lost 12 pounds of fat.  Woo Hoo is all I can say.  Those 12 pounds of fat has given me a lighter step in my walk and a lighter burden on my heart.

Fat gives off toxins to the body, which is a big topic for another time, therefore the goal is to lose the bad fat.  People say to themselves “I need to lose weight”, frankly that doesn’t say it with enough emphasis in my mind.  It is “fat” that we are losing, too much extra fat that may cause disease.  We need to do it once and for all.  Some people get on these roller coaster diets which are very unhealthy for your body.  Make a decision today for the rest of your life, you will be happy you did.

Deciding to stop eating flour products didn’t just happen over night.  Years ago I knew that yeast and flour were probably not the best items to put into my diet. Then I found out that I am actually allergic to them, that is why I have a new found appreciation for my body, not giving it the items that it is allergic to.  Which has caused unwanted weight, unwanted inflammation etc.  Growing up and into adulthood I ate bread, and pasta these were foods that I loved and ate them frequently.  I even ate them at the same meal.

Learning more about my body has given me more respect for it.  I don’t eat any flour products.  I just say no and the other phrase I tell my mind is that “I don’t eat that anymore”.  It isn’t a struggle just a friendly reminder to old habits, the old way of thinking that I’m changing.

The other food if it is really a food….is sugar.  I’ve eliminated added sugar. Before I purchase a food I look to see if it has added sugar if it does I don’t buy it.  Even organic and healthy foods have added sugar, so beware.  Instead,  on most days I have agave, 75 to 100 calories per day is my limit, this is my personal sweet treat added to Greek yogurt with fresh berries and nuts.  I eat low glycemic fruits such as berries, green apples and sometimes grapefruit or pears.  I don’t feel deprived one bit.   On the SB plan there are lists of fruits to enjoy, personally these are the only ones I’ve chosen to have.

In studying foods and what are in the foods we eat I’ve learned that low sodium most of the time if not always means more added sugar, or low fat is also more added sugar.  So all the years of the low fat food rage meant more sugar, higher glucose in the diet.  Is that why low fat really didn’t help us lose the weight that we thought we would lose by switching to low fat foods?

The South Beach Diet Phase I is where you don’t eat any starch or sugar for 14 days.  It may sound scary but it is so worth it.  The hardest part is the thought of not having these items before you even start the diet.  Once you decide to do it, go for it you will be so happy you did.  You will lose all your cravings and you will also lose weight.

The next Phase, Phase II  is where you will stay until you lose your desired weight. There are lists of foods, meal plans with recipes from Phase I that you will eat for the first two weeks and there are lists of foods, meal plans and recipes that you will be adding in to Phase II for the remainder of Phase II in other words until you lose your desired weight.

Remember this is a new way of eating, a new lifestyle.  You could call it a new beginning.  I love new beginnings.  They give me a new energy, a newness of life.  Life can get stale, which means old, decayed, overused, out-of-date yes these are the meanings of this word so adding a newness to your everyday life can spark creativity, it can spark a new passion, it can spark a new zeal for the fullness of life that you can have for the rest of your life.

Phase II of the SB Diet is adding certain foods back in at a very slow pace, the foods that you have eliminated for the first two weeks.  The key here is huge, you watch for cravings after you eat a fruit or a starch.  If you feel a craving you switch that particular food to a different meal next time and again watch for cravings.  For instance if you have oatmeal for breakfast and you have a craving soon afterwards, the next time you have your starch have it later in the day.

This is the part that you could either sink or swim.  The first time around, 2 plus years ago I lost the weight but didn’t get this part of it.  I didn’t watch for cravings and I eventually added back in too many starches and sugars which only made me gain back the weight I had lost.  Even though these foods were organic or natural I still gained it all back.

So this time around I have a new appreciation for the plan and the guidance that I’ve gleaned from others who have succeeded.  Therefore I have taken their advise and now I’m staying focused to reach my goal.

One of the suggestions was to stay with one fruit and one starch for the first two weeks of Phase II.  Then I added another fruit and starch for another 2 to 3 weeks and so forth.  Knowing myself and my habitual eating of extra starches this was necessary for me.  This part is very personal.  Some people who start on the SB plan are vegan or partial vegans.  You make the plan work for you and you can even have a South Beach nutritionalist help you out for a while if you need the extra help which I did.  I had so many questions that got answered which helped me stay on track.

On the South Beach Diet Plan there is no counting calories except for your sweet treat calories and really a very small amount of measuring.  I measure my starches and I keep track of the fruit and nuts but that’s it.  I know the amounts of food that I need to eat daily, so eating is a pleasure and  I can accomplish this now with ease and planning.  It definitely takes planning.

One very important key to losing weight that I’ve noticed is that if you eat too much or you eat too little you will not lose weight.  Interesting isn’t it?

I continued to learn so many key points being part of the SB  on line community that when I got to Phase II I knew exactly when I would add these foods back in.  I had my one serving of fruit at around 3 pm with a few nuts and my starch 1/2 cup of rice or another grain at dinnertime.  I did this for 3 weeks.

After the first 3 weeks I added another fruit and another starch to the plan and so forth.  I’ve kept losing weight.  It has been steady although once or twice I’ve been at the same weight for 3 weeks but I haven’t given up or lost sight of my goal.  Remembering that it is a new way of life a new respect for the way my body works best.  One person who has really encouraged me has lost over 100 pounds and she continues to help those on the SB plan to stay focused and to stick with the plan.  You need to stick with the plan.

Rewarding yourself after you have lost weight or have done well for a week, two weeks two months and so forth doesn’t mean you get a cheat meal, reward yourself with something else, a massage, a new item of clothing, or just the satisfaction that you have reached another milestone.

This healthy lifestyle consists of a protein, and a healthy fat, and veggies for breakfast; 2 oz of protein, 1 cup of veggies and a healthy fat, which in my case I like avocados.

My sample Breakfast Menu:  Eggs, turkey bacon, one 6 oz glass of organic carrot juice or 1/2 cup of oatmeal, soy sausage, 6 oz of carrot juice, or one egg, 1/2 cup of sweet potato (the only potato that is SB legal), and carrot juice, or a veggie omelet with soy sausage and carrot juice.

Lunch and Dinner consists of 2 tbsp of good fat ( from EVOO) 2 cups of veggies and 3 oz of protein.  (you may add a starch at these meals)

The SB Phase II plan is to eventually add back in 3 fruits and 3 starches per day.

My starches consist of ( 1/2 cup is a serving) Basmati rice, oatmeal, millet, or quinoa.  Those eating wheat can add in 100% whole wheat breads and pasta items.

Extras items for my daily consumption are 15 almonds or 15 walnuts or 30 pistachios.  Dairy is 2 to 3 cups of low fat, fat free milk or low fat or non fat yogurt a day and it addition is 3 fruits a day.  One ounce of low fat cheese; such as string cheese, plus beans and legumes, 1/2 cup daily.  The variety of protein and veggies in this plan is huge.

There is such an abundance of knowledge to learn from the SB plan for a healthy lifestyle and in turn healthy aging that it is exhilarating.  Why you might say, it’s invigorating because you change your body, your body no longer has more fat that muscle.  Your body image changes, you look in the mirror and see the “new you”, the healthier you.

Fat takes up more room in the body than muscle so when you start to lose the fat you actually see the muscle coming through.  This is inspiring, it adds a fire to your soul to keep you moving forward for the rest of your life.

It is a bit more complex than this so you will need to check out the full plan but I’ve tried to make it brief to show you the basics.

I love Phase II, for me it is the perfect place to be, and I’ve just shared most of the basics.

If you are interested in a trial run of this way of eating you can go on line to southbeachdiet.com, there is a SB book and cookbooks available as well.

One of my mottos is to eat to live not live to eat.  A motto I hope I have helped you decide on as well.

Eating the South Beach Diet Way

Monday, March 1st, 2010

A couple of years back I wanted to lose the weight I hadn’t been able to lose since I had my last child, so I decided to check out the South Beach Diet.

The First Phase of this diet is to stop cravings, it is fourteen days without bad carbs, bad fats, baked goods, alcohol, fruit or sugar.  The purpose again is to stop cravings.

The Second Phase you gradually add some foods back in, SB has daily meal plans to help you.  They also have lists of foods that you can enjoy on each phase and foods to avoid.

Phase III is designed for maintenance, and designed to last the rest of your life.   It worked for me.  Unfortunately over a two year period the weight crept back up.  It’s because I was unaware of a few food allergies that I had and adding these foods back in brought the weight back up.  I could probably live with this extra weight for the rest of my life but a few pounds off will definitely be better for healthy aging.

I just read an article from Real Age and just a mere 4 pounds can have huge benefits.

This new study “showed that dropping a mere 4 pounds could cut hypertension risk by 8 percent in middle-aged people and by 11 percent in the 50-plus set.”

“Of course, bigger weight loss had even better blood pressure benefits in the 8-year study. For example, losing 15 pounds reduced high blood pressure risk by 21 percent in the middle-aged folks. Better yet, people 50 to 65 who were 15 pounds thinner enjoyed an even more impressive 29 percent risk reduction. And isn’t it great to know that a realistic mini goal of 4 pounds will still bring big health benefits on the road to 15 lbs.”

I’ve never had to diet so thinking of a diet kinda spooked me, a week without fruit or bread, potatoes, rice and pasta?  As if the world would come crashing down after 14 days without these foods.  It is crazy the way we think isn’t it?

Healthy Aging is my theme here on the Ideal Scents Blog and I have come to the conclusion after starting this new way of eating again that it is truly a great way of eating.  I once heard this and totally agree; eat to live, not live to eat.  Makes perfect sense to me.  Since I eat mostly natural and organic foods anyway it may seem strange that those of us who do eat very healthy may still need to lose weight but we do.  We can still eat too many natural grains or sugar, even if it is honey or organic sugar.  It still adds pounds.

In the South Beach Diet Book it talks about emotional eating, this is a whole other topic but one that is crucial in our thinking if we are going to succeed, so I highly recommend reading the book if you are planning on starting this new phase of your life.

So I started this new plan again 8 days ago and it is remarkable what I have discovered for myself.  I have discovered that the fiber in the vegetables is what fills me up, plus the protein I eat at each meal.  The sweet treats that you can have with this first phase are also new for me.  For the past couple of months I had decided to make my after meal sweet treats fruit, low glycemic fruit, so I’m looking forward to phase two so I can add those back in.

What definitely has helped this time around is the on line support from the South Beach community.  It is fantastic to be able to ask questions and get answers within hours of asking.  You get support from those who have lost any where from 5, 10 or even  100+ pounds.  They help you stay on track with encouragement, experience and great ideas.  It’s a win win situation.

So is the South Beach Diet a diet or a new way of living?  It is definitely a new way to eat.  Eating this way keeps the balance that we need without over doing it.

It has been so successful because people lose weight, stop cravings and learn the healthy way to eat,  live healthy food.

Ideal Scents has always taught that we need to eat properly to live a long healthy life and this support from the South Beach Diet, I guarantee can change your life.

Adding exercise to this program can get you on track for a new you, a brand new life with a healthy outlook.  Free from the diseases that being overweight can bring.

I would consider this a preventative medicine lifestyle.

In his book James Geiger MD, The oilMD discusses Worldwide Wellness, he speaks about obesity.

I like this quote that he mentions in the beginning of chapter three.

“The art of healing comes from nature and not from the physician.  Therefore, the physician must start from nature with an open mind.” Paracelsus

There are many diets out there, the problem I see with some of those diets is that you are eating pre-packaged food, its processed. We need live healthy fresh food daily.

Even with these good fresh foods we still need to use supplements because of the depletion of nutrients in our soil, so it is crucial for preventative living that we eat sensible, not just for satisfaction. Eating for satisfaction will just keep us over weight and in risk of disease. Remember our goal is healthy aging.  Imagine at 80+ enjoying your life with friends and family.

Here’s to healthy aging, a new way of living for more energy, feeling good in your clothes, and the satisfaction that you are in control of your life.

Your Digestive System: Probiotics & Prebiotics

Friday, February 12th, 2010
What is a Prebiotic?
Prebiotics can be defined as nutrients and constitutes of food which our gut flora feeds upon.
Prebiotic is a kind of an odd term, fairly recently coined to refer to food components that support the growth of certain kinds of bacteria in the colon (large intestine). At first it was thought that oligosaccharides were the main prebiotics, but it turns out that resistant starch and fermentable fiber also feeds these bacteria. We’re learning now that a whole other digestive system is happening in the colon, with important influences on the rest of the body.

What are the health benefits of Prebiotics?
The bacteria that feed on fermentable carbohydrate produe many beneficial substances, including short-chain fatty acids and certain B vitamins. Additionally, there is some evidence that they may promote further absorption of some minerals that have escaped the small intestine, including calcium and magnesium.

Other possible benefits include: Lowering cholesterol, lower triglycerides, improved insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism, and improved immune system function.

Where Can I Get More Oligosaccharides in my Diet?
Along with legumes and the vegetables, plants with large amounts of oligosaccharides include chicory root, Jerusalem artichokes, onions, leeks, garlic, legumes, wheat, asparagus, and jicama.  In addition to legumes and vegetables, food additives are also a source – Inulins are a group of naturally occurring polysaccharides produced my many types of plants.  They belong to a class of fibers known as fructans.  (Inulin is used by some plants as a means of storing energy and is typically found in roots and rhizomes (horizontal stem of a plant that is found underground). Most plants that synthesize and store inulin do not store other materials such as starch.and oligofructose are the most common. However, if you don’t eat many of these foods, you can also get the prebiotic benefits of oligosaccharides by getting more fermentable fiber in your diet, including resistant starch. I will be discussing these carbohydrates in the next two sections of this series.

Probiotics are live strains of good bacteria.

“A probiotic is an organism which contributes to the health and balance of the intestinal tract. A probiotic is also referred to as the “friendly”, “beneficial”, or “good” bacteria which when ingested acts to maintain a healthy intestinal tract and help fight illness and disease.”
Probiotics are live microorganisms. They are Lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria. One of the foods that contain these microorganisms is yogurt.
I have found a probiotic product by Nature’s Way called Primadophilus Reuteri
one capsule contains 5 Billion CFU’s (A colony forming unit or cfu is a cell or cluster of two or more attached sister cells capable of multiplying to form a macroscopic colony.

You and Your Digestive System Part II

Friday, February 12th, 2010
Digestive Health is important at any age but I have found it to be true that the older we get the harder it is to digest foods, so I’ve come to the conclusion that we may need to add enzymes, probiotics and prebiotics to our diets.
In studying the intestines we learn that we have bacteria that lives in the gut. The ones I want to discuss here are the ones that are the friendly bacteria.  The friendly bacteria keep away the overgrowth of yeast and keep the bad bacteria restrained.
Having a healthy digestive system is having the good bacteria working to keep your immune system strong.
Keep your body happy by keeping your dietary choices smart, as I mentioned in Part I, a recommended diet of free range chicken, turkey, wild fish and lots of vegetables, fruits with some grains and legumes is another way to eat your way to healthy aging.
Something I’ve done in the past 3 years is that I add to my diet ACAI and Mangosteen, these two super fruits are rich in so many nutrients.  In this day and time our soil is depleted so we do need to supplement our diets in my opinion.
The function of our digestive system is simply this; to break down the food we eat and provide nutrients that can be absorbed.
Our goal is healthy aging and one way this is possible is through a healthy immune system.   A healthy digestive system ensures that the body has the ability to absorb the nutrients from the foods we eat.
What is Dysbiosis?
It is when yeast becomes overgrown in our intestinal tract as well as bad bacteria.
When this happens our doctors may tell us that we have a yeast infection, or a syndrome called irritable bowel and even arthritis.
Many people who use antibiotics on a regular basis can conclude that killing an infection also kills good bacteria in your digestive tract, that is why you will be encouraged to eat yogurt while on an antibiotic to keep the good bacteria alive.
What causes Dysbiosis?
Many situations may cause Dysbiosis.  Our daily dietary habits, stress, and prescription drugs.
Obesity and Dysbiosis
Have you ever heard that malnutrition can be  linked to obesity?  Malnutrition can be defined as having an inadequate or unbalanced diet, problems with digestion or absorption, and some medical conditions.
Undernutrition occurs when one or more vital nutrients are not present in the quantity that is needed for the body to develop and function normally. This may be due to insufficient intake, increased loss, increased demand, or a condition or disease that decreases the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients from available food. While the need for adequate nutrition is a constant, the demands of the body will vary, both on a daily and yearly basis.”
When this happens you aren’t satisfied with the meals you are eating because your body is being depleted of the essential
nutrients for healing and growing.  Therefore you keep eating thinking that this will help the body to be satisfied.
The importance for a diet rich in nutrients is vital to a healthy body.  In contrast to this a body that is malnourished will
take longer to heal if you get sick or in and of itself (malnutrition) may cause disease.

You and Your Digestive System Part I

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Eating Healthy For Your Digestive System

A study that I read said “Although it is counter intuitive to what some people think, vegetarian digestion time is actually longer – significantly longer – than that of meat eaters. The reason is simple. Plants require a lot more work by your digestive system than do meats. Most of the food we eat is digested in the intestines rather than the stomach, and scientists believe the length of our intestines was determined by the fact that humans have always tended to eat a combination of meat and plant based foods in their diet. The reason is simple. “Plants require a lot more work by your digestive system than do meats. If your diet is made up largely of processed foods, then the digestion time is sped up significantly.”

Does it really matter?

Yes and here’s why these benefits are undeniable, but in the long run, most experts agree that the difference in digestion time for vegetarians is really not that important. Most people who are vegetarian by choice live in a place where food is not hard to come by, and they have access to a wide variety of food choices. In real terms, slow digestion may protect from some minor annoyances, but there are not significant health benefits to slower digestion.

So, who cares who digests food the slowest?

  • The slow and steady supply of energy that vegetarians get from a lengthy digestion process saves them from the peaks and crashes of energy that some meat eaters get. (Again, this counts for plant based food eaters. Processed foods will give vegetarians that late afternoon crash just like anyone else.) It is in fact rumored that vegans have the most energy of all.
  • Slow digestion speed makes you feel full for longer – debunking myths that vegetarians feel hungry all the time.

Whether you are a vegetarian or not,  having a healthy digestive system is important.

If you are not a vegetarian you can still benefit from this information as I have.

If your aren’t a vegetarian, a recommended diet of free range chicken, turkey, wild fish and lots of vegetables, fruits with some grains and legumes is another way to eat your way to healthy aging.

Are you noticing that digestion is not the same as when you were younger?

If you find that as you are aging and even if you eat healthy you are still bloated and notice that digesting food is becoming more difficult, this is because “we all make Digestive and Metabolic enzymes as needed, and it is a proven fact that as we age we make less with each passing year.” Study enzymes to learn about:

*Enhancing your blood

*Breaking down fats

*Shedding excess weight

*Enhancing your mental capacity

*Improving aging skin

Enzymes promote a healthy pH in your digestive tract.

I personally recommend the company Bio Essence, Full Spectrum Enzymes.

Important Health Information- Water or Coke?

Friday, June 5th, 2009

When you are thirsty  which beverage will you choose Water or Coke?

This information about water is so important I have to share it with you.

WATER

#1.   75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.
(Likely applies to half the world population)

#2.     In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak
that it is mistaken for hunger.

#3.    Even MILD dehydration will slow down one’s metabolism as 3%.

#4.   One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs
for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of
Washington study.

#5.     Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6.    Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of
water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain
for up to 80% of sufferers.

#7.    A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term
memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on
the computer screen or on a printed page.

#8.   Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of
colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast
cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop
bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water
you should drink every day?

Coke

#1.    In many states the highway patrol carries
two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from
the highway after a car accident.

#2.     You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke
and it will be gone in two days.

#3.    To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the
toilet bowl and let the ‘real thing’ sit for one hour,
then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes
stains from vitreous china.

#4.    To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers:
Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds
Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5.    To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour
a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble
away the corrosion.

#6.   To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola
to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7.    To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into
the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake.
Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix
with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

#8…   To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke
into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run
through a regular cycle. The Coca-Cola will help loosen
grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your
windshield.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION:

#1     the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid.
It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric
acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major
contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2.   To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the
commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place
cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3.    The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean
engines of the trucks for about 20 years!
Now the question is, would you like a glass of water?
or Coke?



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