What is health?

It looks like health is becoming more of an issue nowadays. While we are the most medicalized culture in the history of humanity, we are also the sickest. We are constantly being bombarded about health and about what being healthy is or is not. But do we really know what health is? Do we even know our own body? Whether you answered yes or no to those questions, you might want to know that health can be simple… if we understand some basics about how our body works.

First of all, the body needs some essential nutrients, without which it cannot do the work of growing and repairing itself. Without these basic nutrients, we will  be headed down the road of degenerative disease, which is simply the body falling apart for lack of raw materials. Just like a car that doesn’t have the right maintenance would stop working . Ironically, most of us know more about how our car works than how our own body works.

Fortunately , we can reverse the process of degeneration with a little bit of diligence on our part. In simple terms, the body needs protein, fats, vitamins and minerals , which all work together as a team. Deficiency in one of them can cause the rest to not work properly. So let’s break it down.

First, protein is so essential to the body that our need for it is hard wired in our brain, meaning, if we don’t get enough, or good quality or our body cannot digest it, our brain is going to send us on an unstoppable quest for food which will manifest in the form of uncontrollable cravings. Now, if our purpose is to take control our body so we can control our health , this situation doesn’t look very appropiate, does it?.  Specifically, our bodies need around 1/2 a gram to 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. You do the math, but above all , observe your body as you give it the protein it needs, because once the body gets what it needs the brain will signal satiety to the body. Only when this happens you will be able to avoid the millions of food tempations in the tv comercials, the food smelling malls and new pizza flavors and combinations that will not only wreck your appetite but your health.

Second , but not less important is fat. Like with protein, our need for fats are hard wired in our brain. High quality fat is essential, we will go into details in the next blogs,  but for now you need to know that EFAs (essential fatty acids) are like the name says, ‘essential” Your brain is fat and each of the 100 trillion cells in your body has an outer membrane that is made of fat. What is more, deficiencies in EFAs are associated with a long list of health problems including skin issues, degenerative disease, impaired mental health and heart pathology to name just a few. There are many products in the market , so it can be confusing, but the  ones I recommend are Udo’s blend, which you can find here http://udoerasmus.com/products/oil_blend_en.htm, Youngevity’s EFA Plus  http://pharmacistben.com/youngevity/ or BiOptimizer’s Protein Breakthrough product which will give you also 17 grams of protein in every serving, more than 8 grams of fiber, and 3.7 grams of essential fatty acids. You can find it here: https://www.proteinbreakthrough.com/ordering/orderpage.php?a_aid=lifeforce&a_bid=7ec1292a or https://bioptimizers.com/?a_aid=lifeforce

Any of these three products are the ones I know are the best quality. Make sure you keep the oils in the refrigerator and away from sunlight to keep them fresh, and never consume an oil that smells rancid. Also, make sure your body is being able to digest the oils. Nowadays is not uncommon to have digestive disorders, and since fats can be tricky to absorb, you need to make sure your body is able to digest them and assimilate them. You will know you have problems digesting fats if they give you digestive discomfort like nausea, or even headaches, or you ‘burp’ the oil. This is a sign of malabsorption, which can create more problems than benefits. If this is the case, get some digestive enzymes, lecithin and/or bile salts, take the fats with food instead of an empty stomach. Also, drinking some apple cider vinegar at the end of meals will help with absorption.

Third, vitamins and minerals.  Both of them work together and deficiencies can create havoc in our health. We will go into more detail in the weeks ahead, but for now you need to know the body needs a constant flow of both, specially the water soluble vitamins (B and C) which are excreted from the body when we urinate. So it is a good idea to replenish them afterwards, this will ensure you are not running low on a daily basis. The ones I recommend are Youngevity’s Beyond Tangy Tangerine , you can find it here: http://pharmacistben.com/youngevity/ or BiOptimizers Primergen V and Primergen M which you can find here : https://bioptimizers.com/?a_aid=lifeforce  Either of them are high quality supplements in liquid form which makes them highly absorvable by the body as opposed to pills.

Last but not least, water. Water is essential to health mainly because our body is mostly water. This is why good quality water, without chemicals and pollutants is essential. You might want to check your city’s/town’s water report to know about toxic overload, but mostly all tap water is high in contaminants. A good water filter is a good idea and although it might require a small monetary investment, it is well worth it. Either this , or you may want to move to the Hunza Valley in Pakistan whose mineral-rich clean glacier water irrigates the crops allowing their food to be so high in nutritional value that their inhabitants live to be more 100 years old, they have no sickness, no jails, no hospitals and even the trees live to be over 100 years old! How do you like that ?!

To sum up, we can take our health in our own hands. Knowing how our bodies work is an essential first step , then knowing what we put in our bodies. If this is overwhelming at the beginning, start step by step. Incorporate one thing at a time and see how your body responds. Remember, our bodies are very wise and they talk to us constantly. Let’s learn to listen to our body.

Thanks for reading. Till next time.

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The 7 pillars of good health

It looks like health is becoming more and more of an issue nowadays. While we are the most medicalized culture in the history of humanity, we are also the sickest. We are constantly being bombarded about health and about what being healthy is or is not. But do we really know what health is? Do we even know our own body? Whether you answered yes or no to those questions, you might want to know that health can be simple… if we understand some basics about how our body works.

First of all, the body needs some essential nutrients, without them, it cannot do the work of growing and repairing itself. Without these basic nutrients, we will be headed down the road of degenerative disease, which is simply the body falling apart for lack of raw materials to build itself. Just like a car that doesn’t have the right maintenance would stop working . Ironically, most of us know more about how our car works than how our own body works.

Fortunately , we can reverse the process of degeneration with a little bit of diligence on our part. In simple terms, the body needs protein, fats, vitamins and minerals, all of which work together as a team. Deficiency in one of them can cause the rest to not work properly. So let’s break it down.

First, protein is so essential to the body that our need for it is hard wired in our brain, meaning, if we don’t get enough, or good quality or our body cannot digest it, our brain is going to send us on an unstoppable quest for food which will manifest in the form of uncontrollable cravings. Now, if our purpose is to take control of our body so we can be in control of our health , this situation doesn’t look very appropriate, does it?. Specifically, our bodies need around 1/2 a gram to 1 gram of protein per pound of body weight. You do the math, but above all , pay attention to your body as you give it the protein it needs, because once the body gets what it needs the brain will send signals of satiety to the body. Only when this happens will you be able to avoid the millions of food temptations in the TV commercials, the food smelling malls and the new pizza flavors and combinations that will not only wreck your appetite but your health as well.

Second , but not less important is fat. Like with protein, our need for fats is hard wired in our brain. High quality fat is essential, we will go into details in the next blogs, but for now you need to know that EFA’s (essential fatty acids) are, like the name says, “essential”. Your brain is fat and each of the 100 trillion cells in your body has an outer membrane that is made of fat. What is more, deficiencies in EFA’s are associated with a long list of health problems including skin issues, degenerative disease, impaired mental health and heart pathology to name just a few. There are many products in the market , so it can be confusing, but the ones I recommend are ‘Udo’s blend’, which you can find here http://udoerasmus.com/products/oil_blend_en.htm, Youngevity’s ‘EFA Plus’ http://pharmacistben.com/youngevity/ or BiOptimizer’s ‘Protein Breakthrough’, which will also give you 17 grams of protein in every serving, more than 8 grams of fiber, and 3.7 grams of essential fatty acids. You can find it here:https://www.proteinbreakthrough.com/ordering/orderpage.php?a_aid=lifeforce&a_bid=7ec1292a or https://bioptimizers.com/?a_aid=lifeforce
Any of these three products will give you quality nutrition. Make sure you keep the oils in the refrigerator and away from sunlight to keep them fresh, and never consume an oil that smells rancid. Also, make sure your body is being able to digest the oils. Nowadays it is not uncommon to have digestive disorders, and since fats can be tricky to absorb, you need to make sure your body is able to digest them and assimilate them. You will know you have problems digesting fats if they give you digestive discomfort like nausea, or even headaches, or you ‘burp’ the oil. This is a sign of mal absorption, which can create more problems than benefits. If this is the case, get some digestive enzymes, lecithin and/or bile salts and take the fats with food instead of an empty stomach. Also, drinking some apple cider vinegar at the end of meals will help with absorption.

Third, vitamins and minerals. Both of them work together and deficiencies can create havoc in our health. We will go into more detail in the weeks ahead, but for now you need to know that the body needs a constant flow of both, specially the water soluble vitamins (B and C) which are excreted from the body when we urinate. So it is a good idea to replenish them afterwards, this will ensure you are not running low on a daily basis. The ones I recommend are Youngevity’s ‘Beyond Tangy Tangerine’, you can find it here: http://pharmacistben.com/youngevity/ or BiOptimizers ‘Primergen V’ and ‘Primergen M’ which you can find here : https://bioptimizers.com/?a_aid=lifeforce Either of them are high quality supplements in liquid form which makes them highly absorbable by the body as opposed to pills.

Forth, water. A big glass of clean water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach will give you unbelievable energy, plus, it will dilute blood sugar if you have elevated blood sugar. Water is essential to health mainly because our body is mostly water. This is why good quality water, without chemicals and pollutants, is essential. You might want to check your city’s/town’s water analysis report to know about toxic overload, but mostly all tap water is high in contaminants. A good water filter is a good idea and although it might require a small monetary investment, it is well worth it. Either this, or you may want to move to the Hunza Valley in Pakistan, whose mineral-rich clean glacier water irrigates the crops all year long, allowing the food to be so high in nutritional value that their inhabitants live to be more than 100 years old, they have no sickness, no jails, no hospitals and even the trees live to be over 100 years old! How do you like that ?!

Fifth, deep breathing. Breathing right is such an easy, quick and un expensive way to regain our health that it cannot be overlooked. It can be done any time of the day, specially when you want to relax and slow down your heart beat. To do it , inhale from the nose as you feel your chest go up. Do it for as long as you can , 10 seconds or so, then exhale with force from your nose for 10-11 seconds as your belly goes up. Don’t worry if you can’t do it this long at the beginning, but make sure you practice this on a regular basis, specially the exhale, as that is when the body releases carbon dioxide. This kind of deep breathing will also move the lymphatic system as the movement of the chest pushes the blood forward and backward. Take time during your day to do deep breathing and learn to relax, you would not believe how this single thing can help you feel better and add years to your life!

Sixth, exercise. Eating a high protein diet without exercising can elevate your blood sugar. According to 3-time Canadian Natural Bodybuilding Champion Wade Lightheart, we all need exercise, our bodies are made to move. You don’t have to do long strenuous exercise, which would be counterproductive, all you need is 10 minutes of your day and a rebounder. According to Wade, this is the best exercise there is. Rebounding moves the lymphatic system so the blood can circulate properly and it also moves the 100 trillion cells in your body, plus, it is easier on the joints than running on a hard surface. You will feel great after moving your body and everybody can do it.

Last but not least, good attitude. Attitude can be everything. Even in sickness we can choose to have a positive attitude. A good attitude can release chemicals of well being in the body. If you don’t believe me try smiling! It is a proven fact that the physical act of smiling will make you feel better!

To sum up, we can take our health in our own hands. Knowing how our bodies work is an essential first step , then knowing what we put in our bodies. If this is overwhelming to you at the beginning, go step by step. Incorporate one thing at a time and see how your body responds. Remember, our bodies are very wise and they talk to us constantly. Let’s learn to listen to our body.

Thanks for reading. Till next time.

What are the dangers of lowering cholesterol in the body?

We have been seeing how cholesterol is very important in the body. Where does the term bad cholesterol come from then? Well, that is kind of a mystery , because from a biological point of view there is not such a thing as “good” or  ‘bad’ cholesterol. HDL and LDL are not even cholesterol, they are transport molecules that carry cholesterol, among other things, through the blood. Both of these substances carried around by HDL and LDL transport molecules are exactly the same but HDL is said to be “good” because it delivers cholesterol to the liver and LDL is said to be “bad” because it carries cholesterol from the liver to the arteries.

This ‘bad doggie, good doggie’ explanation sounds pretty simplistic if not misleading. Udo Erasmus asserts “refined sugars, refined starches, hard fats and refined denaturated oils from which vitamins, minerals, fiber and protein have been removed should…correlate with cardiovascular deaths at least as highly as do serum cholesterol levels” In other words, refined sugars, starches etc are as much to blame for cardiovascular death as cholesterol forming plaques in the arteries.

It looks again more like a lifestyle problem and a lack of nutrition thatlead to more dangerous health issues involving cholesterol. But instead of making this known to the public, we have been bombarded with cholesterol lowering drugs and tremendous fear has been put in the hearts (no pun intended) of uninformed people. Dr. Joel D Wallach goes as far as to say that lowering cholesterol is THE cause of alzheimer’s disease. He refers to alzheimer’s as a “physician-caused disease produced by lowering cholesterol and saturated fats in the patient’s diet, prescription of statin drugs and the directive to avoid the sun and mineral supplementation”

Similarly, Udo Erasmus points to statistics proving that indiscriminately lowering cholesterol increases death rate from suicide and cancer. “Increased suicide may result from increased aggression, supported by the finding that low cholesterol levels reduce the number of receptors for serotonin on our brain cell membranes. Serotonin, a hormone and neurotransmitter, suppresses aggressive behavior. Lack of receptors might result in decreased suppression of aggression and violence. Increased cancer may be due to lack of oil-soluble anti-cancer anioxidants: vitamins E, A and carotenes. These are transported to our cells by the same LDL transport vehicles that bring fats and cholesterol and may become deficient when LDL levels in our blood decrease. Before embarking on a cholesterol-lowering program, one should first supplement with these antioxidant nutrients and vitamin C for two weeks. After all, it makes no sense to be saved from a heart attack only to be fed to cancer”

When it seemed like the war on fats was over, the FDA has just approved a new version of cholesterol lowering drugs, which seems to be even more devastating than the former statins. You can read all about it here:

http://healthimpactnews.com/2015/fda-approves-potentially-disastrous-cholesterol-lowering-drug/

Whatever you do, do not make a decision based on fear. Stay informed and know what your alternatives are.

Udo Erasmus has a PhD in Nutrition and two years of post graduate studies in genetics  and biochemistry. He has pioneered technology for pressing and packaging healthful oils.

Dr Wallach has dedicated his life to identifying connections between nutritional deficiencies and a range of maladies generally thought to be hereditary, including cystic fibrosis and muscular distrophy. This nexus between nutrition and the genetics of disease and birth defects has been observed in both humans and animal pathology and is the central theme of “Epigenetics”.

Thomas E Levy, MD, JD is a board certified cardiologist and the author of “Curing the incurable:  vitamin C, Infectious Diseases and Toxins” plus 3 other ground breaking medical books. He is one of the leading vitamin C experts in the world and frequently lectures about the proper role of vitamin C in the treatment of a host of medical conditions and diseases to medical professionals all over the globe.

How does cholesterol work in the body?

As we have been discussing the previous weeks , cholesterol is a very important player in health and well being. We have seen it plays a role as an antioxidant when other antioxidants are not present in our diet. We have also seen ways we can keep our arteries from forming dangerous plaques. Let’s look at the other ways the body needs cholesterol for health and repair.

According to Udo Erasmus one very important role of cholesterol is to help each of the 100 trillion cells in the body keep their membrane fluid. This means the cholesterol made by our cells can be “added to stiffen a membrane that is too loose, or removed to fluidize a membrane that is too stiff” Also, cholesterol is used by the body to:

1.   Make steroid hormones (testosterone, estrogen and progesterone, among others)

2. Make adrenal corticoesteroid hormones: aldosterone (regulates water balance), cortisone (synthesizes glucose, suppresses inflammation)

3. Make vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin that regulates calcium and phosphorus metabolism.

4.  Make bile acids to help in our digestion and absorption of fats and fat-soluble vitamins.

5. Cholesterol is secreted by our skin glands to protect it from dehydration, (any ladies reading this?…) cracking, wind , water, excess sun, helps skin heal and prevents infections by foreign organisms.

It looks like cholesterol is pretty important in the body. It might interest you to know that our brains are mainly…cholesterol! What could be the results and dangers of indiscrimately lowering cholesterol in the human body? To find the answers please tune in next week as we delve into the polemic side of cholesterol.

Thanks for reading.

How can you lower your cholesterol?

Following last week’s discussion on cholesterol and the ways to lower it naturally, we can quote Udo Erasmus as he mentions other ways to lower cholesterol:

1. “Chromium, though not an antioxidant itself, can be combined with vitamin B3, to lower cholesterol in 50% of people with high serum levels. The combination of chromium with niacin (B3) molecules has been patented as a cholesterol-lowering agent”

2. Fiber can help lower cholesterol. He explains that cholesterol is “unique in the body in that , unlike other substances like amionacids that can be broken down, once its made , it cannot be broken down, thus it can only be removed from our body through our stool in the form of bile acids and cholesterol molecules. Fiber helps with excretion . If fiber is low the cholesterol is reabsorbed and recycled. this is why low fiber diets increase cholesterol levels”

3. Furthermore, it has been proven that the more cholesterol we eat, the less the body has to manufacture. This is because cholesterol production is tighly regulated in the body,  “Increased cholesterol consumption decreases cholesterol production”

4. Finally, diet low in refined carbohydrates can lower it. “A diet high in refined carbs and calories forces the body to make a lot of cholesterol”

All this points to a lifestyle issue that can be modified as a preventive method to avoid cholesterol plaques from forming. Udo Erasmus pinpoints “When ascorbate levels (vitamin C) in our blood increase, apo (fat) levels decrease, because less repair protein is necessary when there is enough vitamin C to keep the connective tissue in our arteries strong…While it holds a major key to preventing cardiovascular disease, vitamin C is not the whole answer. Other keys are held by sulphur-containing amino acids, vitamin B3, coenzyme Q10, and for peripheral arterial disease, carnitine and lysine. W3 fatty acids keep platelets from becoming sticky, and have other benefitial effects on arteries. Ultimately, all essential substances must be present in optimum amounts for healthy cells, tiisues and organs”

As we have seen so far, cholesterol is fairly important in the body, so much  that our body makes its own: our cells, liver, intestine, adrenal glands and sex glands all make it. (During pregnancy, the placenta also makes it to make progesterone, which keeps pregnancy from being terminated) But we can also get it from food: fatty acids, sugars (not refined sugars) and amino acids are the raw materials our body uses to make cholesterol. The main food sources of cholesterol are the animal sources: eggs, meat, dairy, fish and shellfish. One egg, 1/4 lb of liver or butter each contain around 50 mg of cholesterol. for every pound of body weight 1/3 is cholesterol which is found in membranes, around 7 grams is carried by the blood.

We can conclude now that we can consume cholesterol without having to be afraid of it. Making sure at the same time that we have a balanced diet where vitamins mineral amino acids and antioxidants are present.

To learn more about the important roles cholesterol plays in the body and how it is needed , please tune in next week.

Thank you for reading.

What is cholesterol?

There is no topic that has been more the subject of controversy, manipulation, fear and scandal than cholesterol. We all have heard about it, bad cholesterol, good cholesterol, high cholesterol, low cholesterol, cholesterol free, cholesterol is good, cholesterol is bad. Hopefully, we can begin to dissipate the clouds of misinformation that have lingered for so long.

But what is cholesterol exactly?  From the ancient greek ‘chole’ meaning bile and ‘stereos’ meaning solid, simply put, cholesterol is a fat. Dr. Joel Wallach describes it as: “a member of a large group of fats known as sterols“. While similar sterols are found in plants, cholesterol is only found in animal tissue. It is literally the difference between being a vegetable and being a human being. The fact is that cholesterol is essential to life and it is made by the body. According to Dr Wallach, it is an ‘essential part of the structure of cell walls, brain and spinal cord’ .

So where does all the ‘cholesterol is bad” idea come from? To answer this question let’s look at a  widely accepted medical explanation on cholesterol:

What Makes LDL Cholesterol Bad? Here’s how high amounts of LDL cholesterol lead to plaque growth and atherosclerosis. Some LDL cholesterol tends to deposit in the walls of arteries…white blood cells convert the LDL to a toxic (oxidized) form. More white blood cells and other cells migrate to the area, creating steady low-grade inflammation in the artery wall. Over time, more LDL cholesterol and cells collect in the area. The process creates a bump in the artery wall called a plaque. Plaque is made of cholesterol, the body’s cells, and debris. The process continues, growing the plaque and slowly blocking the artery. An even greater danger than slow blockage is a sudden rupture of the surface of the plaque. A blood clot can form on the ruptured area. And that can lead to a heart attack”

To the uninformed, this might sound fairly logical…and scary. Let’s break it down: “Cholesterol tends to  deposit in the arterial walls creating a bump called plaque” This widely accepted medical explanation doesn’t specify why cholesterol deposits may happen in the first place. It does not mention proteins, other fats and minerals are present in the plaque deposits as well, it just singles out cholesterol. It would be fair to look for alternative explanations for why this is happening in the body. Dr. Thomas E Levy in his book “Stop America’s #1 killer!” explains: “Vessel walls physically thicken over areas that had been depleted of collagen, in the form of atherosclerotic plaque. This thickening is the body’s way of focally fortifying the blood vessel wall in the absence of normal collagen formation, as the eventual consequence of vitamin C deficiency in that specific location…Advanced lesions known as fibrous plaques, can subsequently become sites of hemorrhage, complete blood vessel blockage and/or calcification”.

According to Dr. Levy then, the blood vessels, like any other connective tissue, maintain their elasticity with vitamin C. On the contrary, when they are defficient in vitamin C , they become weakened. Cholesterol travels to the vessel in an attempt to reinforce the area. This points to an important issue: vitamin c deficiency. Who could be a candidate for being defficient in vitamin C?, could it be those that follow the RDA (ridiculous deprivation allowance) for vitamin C which is less than 1 gram? ( It might interest you to know that a rat makes 10 grams of vitamin C every day, even more when they are stressed) It looks like we need to pay more attention to why the blood vessel becomes weak in the first place and that would help us keep cholesterol from having to patch up the weakened blood vessel and creating a thickening on the artery.

In this sense, we can see that one of the jobs of cholesterol in the body is being an antioxidant in cases of antioxidant deficiency. Udo Erasmus, in his book “Fats that heal, fats that kill” says cholesterol can act like an antioxidant when our level of mineral and vitamin antioxidants is low, and adds ” High levels of oxidized cholesterol are found in low density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL) transport vehicles when our body lacks food-borne antioxidants. Some of these antioxidants like vitamin C, E, B3 and carotene as well as selenium, sulphur, and zinc/copper, can lower cholesterol” He also quotes Dr. Rath and Pauling, the Nobel Prize winner, known for turning the orthodox cholesterol dogma on its head with their simple assertion that “thickening arteries and casdiovascular disease revolve primarily around lack of vitamin C”

Again, it seems that antioxidants like vitamin C are very important both to prevent atherosclerosis in the first place and to lower cholesterol. “Lack of vitamin C, he says, results in weakened tissues…Tissue like arteries which are constantly under pressure require vitamin C to stay resilient…Lack of vitamin C results in weakened arteries and bleeding into tissue spaces”.

To learn more about ways to lower cholesterol naturally please join in next week.

Thanks for reading.