What we’re going to tell you is there are a few things you can do taken from the rich resources of the healthiest people in the world. Much of the content comes from one of our learning channels we’ve produced over the last several years, the Alternative Health Tools podcast. These interviews with healthcare practitioners resulted in rich gifts to us and we’re now “paying it forward” to you with suggestions to improve your health and quality of life.
We also closely follow Dr. David Perlmutter and suggest you do the same. Dr. Perlmutter is a board-certified Neurologist and he is so much more. He is one of the most respected doctors in the field of health and nutrition as well. So we’re going to cite him almost exclusively on this page.
Here’s the quick summary of “5 Simple Things You Can Do . . .”
Oops. In the title we said “easy.” Okay. It may not look easy so . . . take small steps first. Experiement and make small shifts. It takes the body at least a full-year to change it's memory" of how-to-be.
By Dr. David Perlmutter
Whether it’s questions about organic maple syrup, or honey from organic bees, there’s a big push to understand the “right” kind of sugar in the diet. Just know this:
at the end of the day, sugar is sugar. Organic or otherwise, sugar in the diet is still going to have harmful impacts on the body.
A few years ago I read his book Grain Brain which was on the New York Times bestseller list. I decided to put myself on a little experiment as often I do to “try out” the impact on my health when I’ve researched and discovered something new or old and which might have an effect on my health. For about 5-days we completely took gluten out of my diet to see what would happen. On the third day I woke up with such mental clarity. It was obvious the impact gluten was having on my brain function. Here’s a testimonials from one of Dr. Perlmutter’s patients:
Over a period of twenty years, and seventeen doctors, I sought in vain to find help for chronic diarrhea and severe joint pain. Along the way I could only find partial relief through medications that caused numerous side effects. No MD ever tested me for allergies. Then my feet went completely numb. When I asked the neurologist why (since I did not have diabetes), he told me at least 40% of people never discovered why they have peripheral neuropathy.
Then came the MIRACLE of Grain Brain and Wheat Belly. After only two weeks of being grain-free, I had feeling back in my feet, no more joint pain, and my diarrhea was much improved. Invigorated, I searched until I found a marvelous integrative medical doctor who used the Cyrex Lab tests, for food allergies, that Dr. Perlmutter had written about. Testing proved that I am severely allergic to all dairy and grapes! Now, at the age of 83, with no joint pain or diarrhea, and feet that want to dance, I have been reborn! -Sheila H.
We recommend that you do the same. Experiment. Become your own researcher. Don't go on some ‘new for you’ thing for 30 days. Just give it a week and “feel” your body. Take gluten out of your diet for just one week and see if you don't feel better.
Please visit Dr. Perlmutter’s website to do your own research and find out what you may not know about gluten and how it can affect your health.
Darn the media and industry who’s made us all believe the low fat, high carbohydrate diet was healthy. It’s not. The research is now overwhelming about this. An alkaline diet of 70% vegetables and 30% of everything else acidic or not is the way to go. Cassie Bond, co-founder at Alkaway has been walking and talking the Alkaline Lifestyle for years. She’s written about her experience extensively on her blog the Alkaline-Paleo Diet. Go read about her experience. Again, do your own research about the Paleo Diet and the Alkaline Diet. Take small steps and experiment.
Long term stress can have these impacts on your health: Mental health disorders like depression and anxiety, Obesity, Heart disease, High blood pressure, Abnormal heart beats, Menstrual problems, Acne and other skin problems.
Here’s an interesting read . . .
It appears that chronic stress may stimulate production of a protein that then goes on to block an enzyme that breaks down body fat. Its role in stress brings new attention to the protein, called betatrophin. This protein was once hailed by researchers as a breakthrough therapy for diabetes, but later deemed ineffective.
While the latest properties of betatrophin have yet to be tested in a clinical setting, researchers say the findings have potential implications for humans.
“Betatrophin reduces the body’s ability to break down fat, underscoring a link between chronic stress and weight gain,” says Li-Jun Yang, professor of pathology, immunology, and laboratory medicine at the University of Florida.
In the study, mouse models experiencing metabolic stress produced significantly more betatrophin, and their normal fat-burning processes slowed down markedly. Such observations are significant because they shed new light on the biological mechanisms linking stress, betatrophin, and fat metabolism, Yang says.
Betatrophin set the scientific world abuzz in 2013, when a Harvard University study suggested it could increase the number of insulin-producing beta cells in people with diabetes—but later studies concluded that it had no such effect.
Now it seems that it has an important, if less celebrated, role: The results provide experimental evidence that stress makes it harder to break down body fat.
As reported in the study, betatrophin leads to less fat burning because it suppresses adipose triglyceride lipase, an enzyme that breaks down stored fat.
While short-term mild stress can help people perform better and get through difficult situations, long-term stress can be far more detrimental.
Experiments on cells derived from mice and humans were first used to establish betatrophin’s role in body fat regulation, Yang says. Next, researchers studied how betatrophin levels increased as mouse models experienced environmental and metabolic stress. Both types of stress boosted betatrophin production in fat tissue and the liver. That finding established betatrophin is a stress-related protein.
While researchers have yet to test betatrophin’s effect on fat metabolism in humans, the new findings, published in BBA Molecular and Cell Biology of Lipids, offer another reason why reducing stress can be beneficial: While short-term mild stress can help people perform better and get through difficult situations, long-term stress can be far more detrimental.
“Stress causes you to accumulate more fat, or at least slows down fat metabolism. This is yet another reason why it’s best to resolve stressful situations and to pursue a balanced life,” Yang says.
Researchers at the Second Hospital of Shandong University in Jinan, China collaborated on the study that was funded in part by the Lupus Research Institute and the China Scholarship Council.
Ian: Of course here at AlkaWay, we have also seen over the years that there are definite links or ‘circles’ of influence involved as well. For instance,
-High acid/carb/sugar diet causes high and low insulin levels and consequent mood swings, part of which is stress.
-Inflammation also causes metabolic acidosis, while metabolic acidosis contributes to inflammation.
-Stressed people eat to overcome the stress. The they get stressed about the result of their over eating!
With thanks to Doug Bennett University of Florida.
(Source: ufl.edu; January 13, 2016; http://tinyurl.com/gmsqzqt)
It's been said that most Americans are dehydrated. About 75% of us. I've not yet been able to find out an exact figure that's defendable. But when I started hydrating 4 years ago at the request of my nutritionist, my health immediately got better. Of course I was drinking from the UltraStream which is rich in molecular hydrogen and is alkaline. That had something to do with it but it made it really easy for me to drink good clean water. Most people don't drink enough water cuz quite frankly the water is terrible. The body may not even recognize that has nutrition. You'll hear us say over and over that water isn't everything. But when you consider it's the second nutrition we take into our body (after air) to sustain life, it becomes pretty important.
My Benchmark for good clean water came from being a kid, hiking and fishing with my father in the Oregon mountains. We drank out of the fresh mountain stream water. Something I probably wouldn’t recommend doing in today’s world. I realize that most people don’t have that reference point. They may have just been used to drinking bottled or tap water which is just processed water. It's not clean fresh energized water like you find in a fresh mountain stream.
The nice thing about the UltraStream is that it puts minerals back into the water. I found this out after hydrating for about 2 weeks - my leg cramps I had suddenly disappeared. My nutritionist told me the UltraStream was putting minerals back into the water and I was probably magnesium deficient , like most all Americans.
Get hydrated. Stay hydrated. Drinking coffee, tea, beer, wine, sports or energy drinks is not the same as drinking fresh ‘live’ clean water. With clean water, you’ll gradually detox over time. Drinking the above beverages, you’ll be re-toxing - depending on what you’re drinking.