Archive for November, 2011

The end of raw milk as we know it… Act now to secure it’s availibility..

For those of you who have been following my movements on facebook you will know that last week I went down to Wellington with a couple of New Zealand’s top dairy producers to meet with Federated Farmers, MAF and the Policy maker for the government, regarding the upcoming law changes around raw milk.

Although, the outcome from the meeting was essentially positive, the ball was put firmly back in our court…

If the consumers do not speak up and tell MAF what they want, they will assume that consumers do not want to be able to buy raw milk and essentially it will be unavailable to most.

So, here’s what you need to do…write a letter (submission), at the top have 3 or 4 bullet points of what you want and why, with some explanation in the main body…really simple.

15 minutes of your time now, could seal a legacy for your children and grandchildren to access raw milk.

Yes, it’s a great time to be involved with raw milk as this is our best opportunity to increase the availability of this superfood.

By talking to the head of MAF who will be reading the submissions and making the recommendation to the Minister I was able to get insights into what you should be talking about in your letter…here are some keys questions to be answering…

How would you like to be able to purchase raw milk in the future?
How long have you been drinking raw milk?
Have you ever got sick from drinking raw milk?
What health benefits have you noticed since drinking raw milk (include personal testimony and photos if available). How do you feel about your rights as a consumer to make educated choices around food.

Simply mail your letter (submission) to:

Food Policy Team
Biosecurity & Food Directorate
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
PO Box 2526
Wellington 6104
New Zealand

 

You can also email your submissions to:  MAFfoodpolicy@maf.govt.nz

Submissions need to be made before the 5th December and so we haven’t got long… I’m still preparing my submission which will be much more extensive than most as I wish to dissolve MAF’s main concern which is the associated risk of drinking raw milk.  I’ll post my submission to this blog when it’s complete so you can see the fully referenced benefits of drinking raw milk.  If you wish to know more about the benefits of drinking raw milk click here…

Please take the 15 minutes to secure this legacy…  God speed.

 

In health and happiness

Ben


 

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Top 10 tips for improving liver function…

Your liver is an incredible organ..stabilising blood sugar levels, storing nutrients, regulating and even making cholesterol (if you are on a low cholesterol diet) and processing toxins to name a few of it’s roles.

Therefore great liver function is critical for anyone who wants to lose body fat and have incredible health.  Many people don’t think about liver function for fat loss, but it’s critical.  Considering many toxins are stored in fat in the body – if you can’t get the toxins out of your body your going to store them in fat and no matter how much exercise or calorie restriction you place yourself under you will not be able to lose the fat without improving your liver function.

O.K so here we go…my top 10 not in any particular order, as always with nutrition they are all important and for different people the priority will change…

 

1) Eat fat, yep you heard me!  If you don’t have enough fat in your diet you’re not going to be able move much bile out of your liver and without bile you won’t have decent bowel movements – plus our liver dumps many of our toxins into the bile.  Therefore if the bile is not leaving your liver it gets backed up and usually ends up in emergency gall bladder removal.  If you’ve already lost your gall bladder you’ll want to take Ox Bile with high fat meals to help you absorb the fat soluble vitamins and to help with clearing out the bowels.  Obviously, the quality of the fat is a major issue – this is too long a subject for a blog post but I get into it fully in my online programme.  However, if it’s a natural, undamaged fat then get into it! You’ll also want to consume fat to your macronutrient profile (register here for free to take the online test).

 

2)Fibre – Fibre indirectly helps liver function as it absorbs the old bile and carries it out of your body.  Insufficient fibre and the bile and toxins can re-absorbed and taken back to the liver!! Major problem…So eat plenty of fibrous vegetables and correctly prepared grains like soaked quinoa.

 

3)Protein – Protein is comprised of amino acids.  The liver uses many amino acids in the enzyme pathways used in detoxification.  Not enough amino acids…not enough detoxification…simple.  Make sure you are eating right for you macronutrient profile to make sure you are eating the right amount of protein your body needs.  The best sources of protein are from animals – think meat!  That’s why it’s very common for some vegetarians to be fatigued, as their livers run short on key amino acids to function optimally (that’s not to say that you can’t get enough amino acids from non-animal sources, it’s just that a lot of vegetarians don’t).

4) Cruciferous vegetables.  These are vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, collard greens, radish, bok choy, brussel sprouts and water cress.  These support the liver and are especially rich in di-indolylmethane (DIM).  DIM helps speed up the second phase of liver function, which is often too slow in many people.  Try and eat some of these foods at least once a day and to get maximum impact eat organic broccoli sprouts (they must be organic as many commercial seeds are treated with insecticide, and then you eat a whole bunch of 3 day old seeds and you get a massive insecticide hit).

5) Zinc and selenium.  There are over 300 enzymes that are dependent on zinc.  Many of the enzymes in the liver are zinc dependent to work.  High zinc foods are oysters, beef, New Zealand Lamb (as many NZ farmers give zinc to their stock), sesame seeds.  Your daily supplement should have chelated zinc (that’s what I got put in BePure ONE) for increased absorption and so not to compete with other minerals in your diet.  Selenium is used to de-activate many active chemical substances in your body, therefore directly and indirectly making things easier on your liver.  Eating brazils, the nuts – not the people,  is one of the best sources of selenium.

 

6) B vitamins, B2, B3, B5 and B9 are all directly and heavily used in the liver as part of the detox process.  While B6 and B12 are used indirectly.  The problem with B vitamins is that in there most common forms (fruit and vegetables) they are unstable and degrade due to their exposure to light and heat.  It has been shown that fruit and vegetables that is 4 days old has lost up to 80% of their B vitamins.    The average age of fruit and vegetables in the supermarket is 2 weeks old and so even if you are eating lots of fruits and vegetables you will still want to supplement a B vitamin supplement like BePure ONE.

7) Minimise Heavy metal exposure – Heavy metals like lead and mercury block other minerals like zinc and selenium and therefore reduce enzyme reactions in the liver.  The biggest sources of lead in our diet is from plastics – one of the worst cases of lead poisening I have heard of was from someone drinking cask/boxed wine – the acidic wine was eating away the plastic bladder in the box releasing lead into the wine.  Mercury is coming primarily from dental work and I have grave concerns about cheap  fish oils that are laden with heavy metals (please make sure your fish oil is molecularly distilled for purity).  The best foods to help chelate heavy metals is coriander (cilantro in U.S).  Another great natural substance that I’ve used clinically for heavy metal detoxification is chlorella, and that’s why I put 35mg of Chlorella in BePure ONE.

8) Avoid simple carbohydrates – Simple carbohydrates load your liver as it has to work overtime to process and store the excess energy.  This is a major contributor to fatty liver and liver dysfunction.

9) Bolster stomach function with lemon juice or apple cider vinegar.  If your stomach is not working very well (not producing enough hydrochloric acid) you won’t be able to break apart the proteins you are eating into their component amino acids – which means your liver will run out of these amino acids.   By having half a lemon squeezed in water in the morning and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in water in the afternoon.  The two acids help support hydrochloric acid production and break down of proteins.  (Bye the way – many people who are on ant-acid medication, simply don’t have enough hydrochloric acid as the pylori valve does not open until the PH in the stomach gets low enough)

10a) Take extra antioxidants – The phase one detoxification pathway in the liver generates a large number of free radicals.  We need to minimise damage by maximising antioxidants for protection.  Look to include carotenes, vitamin C and E and anthocyanins and polyphenols.  Colours in food are going to provide the best source of these, particularly deep orange colours as found in pumpkin, and carrot.  Again broad spectrum antioxidant supplementation can also be beneficial such as found in BePure ONE or bio quench.

10b) Reduce alcohol consumption – Alcohol is very hard on your liver.  Your liver converts it to citrate, which then makes you store fat very quickly – this is why heavy drinkers suffer from fatty liver and liver dysfunction.

10c) Reduce caffeine consumption – Caffeine upregulates and loads the first phase of liver detoxification which then can produce more free radicals if the second phase is not working as well as it could (which is the case in most people!).  The antioxidant and specific amino acid profile of green tea outweighs the caffeine.  But coffee, is a NO, NO, when it comes to improving liver function (unless you are inserting it in your backside for an enema and that’s a whole different conversation!), sorry you coffee fans out there…

 

O.K, O.K that’s 12 – Just couldn’t get it done in 10!  As you can see good liver function is multifactorial, like many things in the body…there’s no magic bullet.  It’s more about consistently doing things well…so pick three items to improve this week…make a deal with yourself to try and do at least 3 of these consistently better this week…

Look after your liver and your gonna have a much healthier life, which your kids (hopefully) will be thankful for…

In health and happiness

Ben Warren

 

P.S You can also always use a good liver tonic to give your liver a boost… make sure that it includes milk thistle, dandelion, artichoke and astagalus – something like this one…


 

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