Archive for July, 2013
Drop the breakfast cereal and eat this instead….
As you know I’m not a fan of people eating breakfast cereal, or even muesli for that matter. The reason being is that:
– The grains have lost most of their minerals and vitamins in processing
– Unless the grain has been soaked prior to eating it will contain nutrient binding enzymes and phytic acid.
– They are pretty much straight carbohydrates that lead to weight gain and type 2 diabetes for most people (unless you are genetically an African Tribesman.)
Plus in a study looking at the diets of 121,700 nurses, over a 10 year period in America. The researchers found that eating high glycemic foods like breakfast cereals was the biggest risk factor for heart disease. Yep you’ve got it, the nurses that ate breakfast cereal had the highest risk of heart disease. So, lets drop the cereal and eat one of these alternatives instead…
So depending on your macronutrient profile (click here to take the macronutrient profile test) I recommend eating one of the following breakfast options, remembering to eat fresh and seasonal as much as possible…
Breakfast ideas for Carbohydrate types/ African Tribesmen
Quinoa*, buckwheat*, rolled oats, millet or polenta porridge (soaked overnight before cooking in the morning) with a smaller amount of butter, desiccated coconut, and chopped walnuts, add a little honey (if needed) and fruit (such as berries or banana).
Dairy free smoothie – Put 2 tablespoons of flaxseeds and 8 almonds in a blender, whiz till a fine powder, then put one can of coconut milk (or raw milk/kefir/yoghurt, if dairy tolerant), one banana, frozen berries, some cinnamon powder, 2-4 BePure ONE capsules (opened and contents emptied) and a little water for thickness to taste..
Breakfast ideas for Mixed types – halfway in between African Tribesmen and Eskimo
Bacon chopped into small pieces, chopped leek, green peas, (lightly fry ingredients, adding to the pan in the order as listed) serve with a poached egg on top and sauerkraut.
Organic free range greens omelette with what ever you have in the fridge at the time i.e. mushrooms, tomato, capsicum, spinach, rocket, cheese, ham, salami, corn etc.
Breakfast ideas for Protein Types/Eskimos
Lightly fried (in coconut oil) Chicken Liver, chopped pieces of bacon, and mushrooms, add cream to the pan at the end if you want. Serve with poached eggs on top of fresh rocket leaves.
Smoked salmon, with poached eggs, steamed asparagus or seasonal greens, sauerkraut, hollandaise sauce (Hollandaise sauce: Melt approx. 25 grams of organic butter. In a small bowl, mix two egg yolks with 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice. Add melted butter to bowl and stir well.)
In health and breakfast bliss,
Everyone should be concerned about heart disease as we get older…. Vitamins help protect you….
In fact it really annoys me when people don’t take a high quality Multi like BePure ONE as the nutrients have been shown to be so beneficial…You see the modern nutritional explanation of heart disease is that it’s caused by damage to the endothelial cells (click here to read a past blog on what causes heart disease). The trouble is there are so many things that can cause the damage… So I thought I’d share with you some of the research showing how the nutrients found in BePure ONE are protective of heart disease…
I’ve been talking a lot about vitamin D recently for total body health, and vitamin D is also vitally important for heart health, in the Framington Offspring Study they found 28% of people had very low vitamin D levels (below 37nmol), the people with low vitamin was associated with a 63% increase in cardiovascular events over a 5.4 year follow up period (1). In another study supplementation of a maintenance dose of 528 IU of Vitamin D daily revealed a 7% reduction in deaths from cardiovascular disease. (2).
Is one of the primary nutrients that protect us from damaged fats in our diet, which in turn protects the endothelial cells (the cells that line your arteries) from damage. The nurses health study, which was observational in design, concluded that women to took vitamin E for at least 2 years had a 34% reduction in cardiovascular events. (3)
B3 – Niacin
Niacin has been shown to decrease triglycerides (bad fat in the blood), decrease LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) and raise HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) (4).
B6, B9 and B12
These three key nutrients help regulate a product of metabolism called homocysteine. The relationship between homocysteine and cardiovascular mortality is well documented (5). An analysis of the research showed that the vitamin (B6, B9 and B12) treated group had a 25% reduction of stroke than the non-vitamin treated group.
So, if you are not currently taking a high quality multi- vitamin then get on it! And if you are already taking something like BePure ONE, congratulations!
And to learn more about what to eat to protect yourself from heart disease join the BePure Health Revolution for free and get the Ancestral Eating Solution (worth $97). Go to www.bepure.co.nz for join….
In health and happiness
1- Vitamin D supplementation and total mortality: A meta analysis of randomised controlled trials. Autier, P and Gandini, S. Journal of Internal Medicine 2007:167:1730-1737.
2 – Vitamin D deficiency and risk of cardiovascular disease. Wang et al. Circulation, Jan 2008; 117:503-511.
3 – Vitamin E consumption and the risk of coronary heart disease in women. Stampfer et al. New England Journal of Medicine. 1993, May. Vol 328. No 20. 1444 – 1449.
4 – Effect of low dose Niacin on High-density Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Total Cholesterol/high density Lipoprotein Cholesterol. Luria, Myron,H. Journal of Internal Medicine 1988;148(11):2493-2495.
5 – Homocysteine Studies Collaboration. Homocysteine and Risk of Ischemic Heart Disease and Stroke: A Meta-analysis. JAMA. 2002;288(16):2015-2022.
Are you cold a lot? Weight doesn’t shift? Or have no response to exercise?
Then you might have an under active thyroid. Other symptoms include decreased metabolism, slow transit times (a tendency towards constipation) and increased cholesterol levels. If you’ve got these symptoms then I would recommend you go to your GP and get a basic thryoid (TSH) test as a starter…. However, the lab range in New Zealand is 0.27 – 4.2 mIU/L and I want you to be in the lower end of that range… from 0.27 to 2 mIU/L as this means your are optimising your metabolism which means you have more energy and find it easier to maintain your weight….
One of the best ways of seeing if you have a sub-clinical low thyroid is through measuring body temperature if body temperature taken before rising in the morning is below 98.2F/36.77C (oral) or 97.2F/36.22 (underarm), then you could well have a low thyroid.
So What to do about it? Natural treatment for an under active thyroid… A three step approach…
Step 1 – Increase iodine and other nutrients required by the thyroid to make thyroid hormones.
Last week I was talking about iodine deficiency and as you know nearly everyone in New Zealand is deficient. This is a major problem for the thyroid gland as without adequate iodine your body cannot make thyroxine your main thyroid hormone, leaving you tired and overweight… Iodine is primarily one of the most important nutrients for thyroid function, especially seeing that most people are heavily deficient… BePure ONE will also have all the micronutrients for thyroid function, including iodine, selenium, zinc, manganese, boron, choline and B vitamins. But for extra support in for the thyroid I recommend a Natural Thyroid Support Supplement (click here to view), it also contains thyroxine (which is heavily used in the formation of thyroid hormones) and also the herb ashwaganda to support thyroid health. We have Natural Thyroid Support on special this week for only $24 for 60 capsules.
In fact when iodine is deficient for a period of time a goiter can develop, It’s not uncommon to see women whose thyroid glands have enlarged (although not to this extent!) The great news is that it’s reversable once iodine intake is increased slowly over time, we’ve had a number of people report to us that their neck has shrunk and necklaces get bigger when they’ve introduced iodine into their diet. When increasing iodine content I would recommend slowly.. start with between 150mcg and 300mcg and stay on that for a couple of months before introducing more iodine in the form of seaweeds… And if on thyroid medication please consult your GP.
A secondary role of the thyroid gland is to stop bacteria/viruses and other antigens tagged by your immune system from getting to the brain. This is where food intolerances play a large role, although any food intolerance can cause this I have found that most often poor thyroid function is also associated with gluten intolerance. As such I recommend that anyone with thyroid issues look to eliminate gluten from the diet to minimise load on the thyroid gland.
Step 3 Support adrenal function….
Cortisol one of the main hormones produced by the adrenal glands helps the conversion of the thyroid hormone T4 to the more active form T3. When your adrenal glands are fatigued your body might not be making enough cortisol to effectively allow this conversion. Supporting the adrenal glands with diet, lifestyle changes and the Adrenal Regenerator can help this siuation, click here to take the Adrenal Fatigue Questionnaire.
In health and happiness
I’m writing this three part series as I truly believe that if you don’t have enough of these nutrients you are not going to experience the health and vitality you want. And it’s my job to tell you… So,
Last week I was talking about Vitamin D, this week I want to talk about a mineral that, if you don’t have enough of in your body you are again, STUFFED!!
Over a third of people I’ve tested have been deficient in this….
I’ve tested over 3,500 people for Zinc status and over a third of the people I’ve tested have come up deficient. Let me explain just a few of the reasons you’re stuffed if you haven’t got enough zinc…
Without Zinc you can’t make hydrocloric acid and break down your proteins… You’re stuffed….
Without Zinc wound healing is seriously compromised…. You’re stuffed….
Without Zinc you can’t make your feel good hormone serotonin…. You’re stuffed…
Without Zinc you can’t make your sleepy time hormone, melatonin…. You’re stuffed….
Over 300 enzymes are Zinc dependant, without adequate Zinc… You’re stuffed….
You get the picture….
Just like vitamin D I recommend everyone do a Zinc test. And you know what? It’s really easy… No blood test this time… Just a taste test, yep, just swill round the Zinc in your mouth for 10 seconds and swallow… How easy is that!
Zinc taste tests are available at the BePure store (click here to view) for only $25, and there’s enough to test the whole family. If you’ve not done a Zinc taste test and you have ANYTHING WRONG WITH YOU I RECOMMEND YOU GO AND GET THIS TEST! Seriously…. ANYTHING WRONG WITH YOU!!!!
You get it
Why you might need Zinc….
Next week I’ll talk about a nutrient that if you haven’t got enough off, you’re not going to be able to lose weight no matter what you do!
In health and happiness,
84% of New Zealanders are deficient in Vitamin D!
If you haven’t got enough vitamin D… You are STUFFED! Seriously it controls the DNA of every cell and in one study vitamin D was shown to reduce the incidence of cancer by 77% in a four year study conducted at Creighton Medical School. The latest research shows that 84% of New Zealanders were found to have an insufficiency in Vitamin D. I used to recommend to everyone that when they were at their Doctors they should ask for a vitamin D test. But recently Doctors (in Hawkes Bay) have lost the funding for this very important test and so they are now no longer able to order them for you. The good news is that you can walk into Southern Laboratories and pay $30 and get your own blood test done…. The range will come back 50-150nmol but you want to be above 80nmol and above 120nmol if you are diabetic. If you have ANYTHING WRONG WITH YOU I RECOMMEND YOU GO AND GET THIS TEST! Seriously…. ANYTHING WRONG WITH YOU!!!!
Recently after one of my weekends where I told everyone to go and get the test… Some of the results that have come back have been really frightening, people whose vitamin D levels are on the floor… Really frightening… But fortunately they now know and can do something about it.
Vitamin D – The winter blues, overeating and craving carbohydrates…
It’s actually called Seasonal Affective Disorder and it’s symptoms may consist of difficulty waking up in the morning, tendency to oversleep, as well as to overeat, and especially a craving for carbohydrates, which leads to weight gain. Other symptoms include a lack of energy, difficulty concentrating and completing tasks, and withdrawal from friends, family, and social activities. All of this leads to the depression, pessimistic feelings of hopelessness, and lack of pleasure which characterize a person suffering from this disorder.
It is known that this Disorder occurs mostly in winter when people are not getting exposure to sunlight and Vitamin D. Let’s face it Seasonal Affective Disorder should be called Seasonal Vitamin D deficiency – hey we know that 84% of New Zealanders are deficient at the best of times, let alone in winter! Luckily, if you are following the BePure nutritional programme you will be maximising your exposure to vitamin D through foods. (Plus, as you know I recommend everyone getting their vitamin D levels checked – this is a MUST for anyone with Diabetes.)
We know that traditional cultures ate between 3000-6000 international units (IU) of Vitamin D daily – this is actually quite hard to do, in winter we cannot make Vitamin D from the sun, so I supplement my diet with 2000IU of vitamin D daily to beat the winter blues. There are two main sources I get this extra nutrition from, the first being BePure ONE, (I had extra vitamin D put in BePure ONE) to help maintain blood levels. The second source is BePure THREE capsules, is a super high strength Omega 3 supplement and also contains 800 IU of vitamin in each daily dose. Click here to learn more about BePure THREE.
Even if you are taking BePure ONE and Blue Ice you might still be deficient as these products are only designed for maintenance of an already healthy level. If you are deficient you are going to want to supplement with a practitioner range vitamin D. Research has shown that 4000 International Units is the optimal amount to raise serum (blood) levels of vitamin D. Click here to view the vitamin D and to learn how long you will need to supplement for based on your blood result. Click here to view the practitioner vitamin D I recommend.
Learn more about vitamin D by clicking on the image below…