Heart Health For Women

Posted on September 25, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss | Tags: , , , , , , |

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Many women do not even think about their heart, unless it is feeling a little broken. But heart disease is becoming one of the most prevelent causes of death in women. Why?

Once upon a time, it was men who had to worry about their hearts, not women, what has happened to women to change that? One of the reasons is hysterectomies, which have become more and more common over the past 40 to 50 years. Did you know that the hormones produced by your uterus help protect the heart? This is so that women can carry a baby to ter, a huge strain on the heart without this special protection, which continues (in a reduced way) as long as she has her uterus.

Our high starchy carbohydrate diets (anything made of white flour or sugar), are causing something called WAT (White Adipose Tissue), tummy fat. This type of fat is completely different from the fat that accumulated in your thighs, which is BAT (Brown Adipose Tissue) because it is harder to shift and accumulates around your organs. Your heart is especially vulnerable to WAT, as it puts enormous strain on your heart to pump and to push the blood through the other organs surrounded by WAT.

What do you need to know to reduce your risks of heart disease?

Know your waist size: If it measures more than 80c, your risk begins to rise. Measure it every 2 weeks. This helps you keep an eye on how much WAT you are accumulating. More information HERE

Know what and how much you are eating: Make sure you eat little or no white stuff (products made from white flour or sugar), and keep your kj’s down around the 7550kj or 1800 calories per day.

Know your blood pressure: Normal blood pressure is around 120/80 and anything over 140 is considered high. Keep a special eye on the distolic rate (the second number) which needs to stay under 90.

Know your cholesterol: Cholesterol is necessary for you to make hormones, including the ones that protect your heart, so do not eat a fat free diet. It is not fat that is dangerous to your health it is the type of fat. Olive oil and other vegetables oils are actually good for you and your heart and will not make you fat. Good cholesterol is called HDL and bad is called LDL, so get yours measured and then increase your good cholesterol by adding in vegetable sources of HDL like olive oil, avocados, nuts and other sources of vegetable fats.

Know your triglycerides: These come from eating the wrong kind of carbs and fats. Aim for yours to be around 2mmol/l.

Know your blood sugar levels: The very same things that result in WAT also result in diabetes, Insulin and Leptin Resistance, so have your glucose levels measured and cut right down on any white stuff, and live longer and healthier.

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Cholesterol is it Really so Bad?

Posted on May 7, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , |

Take a look at this great video from Dr Rosedale, he is such an amazing doctor and right on the cutting edge of the medical research that is debunking so many old myths of medicine and health that have not even been proved, yet have influenced generations of people and their health habits.

As I have said in my eBook Cholesterol is not your enemy, without cholesterol your body cannot make hormones, nor can the cells maintain health, so why do doctors tell you  that it is?

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Manage These Common Conditions Without Meds

Posted on March 31, 2008. Filed under: health, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

News of managing your conditions using natural health is slowly filtering into the medical field, and this article is a breakthrough – I have added a few of my own tips through out just to give you a little more knowledge.

ScienceDaily (Mar. 26, 2008) — We’ve gotten used to taking pills for everything that ails us, but medications have side effects and cost money. The April 2008 issue of the Harvard Health Letter takes a look at how to manage seven common conditions without taking medication. It takes some discipline, but in many cases, the nonpharmacological approach can do as much as pills.

Here’s a brief look at the conditions and treatments.

Arthritis

There’s a good chance that losing weight will make arthritis less painful. Combine weight loss with exercise and you may have less pain and more mobility. Even for those who don’t need to lose weight, exercise that doesn’t put “load” on the joints reduces pain. Annie says: taking 6 Fish Oil and using some Magnesium, Calcium and Vit D wouldn’t hurt either, along with whatever targeted supplement you elect to use.

Cholesterol

Your LDL level may drop by 5% or so if you keep foods high in saturated fat off the menu. Additional soluble fiber may reduce LDL levels as well. So can margarines fortified with sterols. Annie says, I have to say I am not impressed with margerine, and your cholesterol levels are greatly added to by your intake of refined grains, so eat more vegetables and fruit and dress your salads with yummy olive oil dressings to cut the cholesterol.

Cognitive decline

Memory training and other “brain exercises” seem to help healthy older people stay sharp. But physical exercise may benefit the brain more than mental gymnastics. This is a great idea and Fish Oil feeds your brain along with sunshine (yes 15 mins a day in the morning is good for you) and choline a derivative of B vitamins.

Depression

Studies have shown that regular physical activity can have a potent antidepressant effect. Studies prove this to be true and for those who are just too depressed to be bothered a Vibration Platform may be the answer, along with Meditating on what you have in your life to be grateful for (see previous article)

Diabetes

Regular physical activity is a powerful brake on blood sugar levels as well, because exercised muscle becomes more receptive to the insulin that helps it pull sugar in from the bloodstream. Eating fewer sweets and easy-to-digest carbohydrates also helps control blood sugar levels. This is so true and my eBooks “A Rainbow On My Plate” and “Sick, Tired & Overweight” deal with this very issue.

High blood pressure

Losing weight, getting more exercise, and eating less sodium all lower blood pressure.  As does meditation, and learning to think creatively, eating more vegetables and fruit (more alkaline foods),

Osteoporosis

Weight-bearing exercise puts stress on bones, and bone tissue reacts by getting stronger and denser, fending off osteoporotic processes. Extra vitamin D and calcium top the list of dietary recommendations. This is good advice, I would add in a little Fish Oil but essentially this advice is perfect.

Adapted from materials provided by Harvard Health Letter, via Newswise.

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Are You Insulin Resistant?

Posted on February 26, 2008. Filed under: health, weightloss, wellbeing | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

insresist_w300_h2401.jpg Do you have the signs of being Insulin Resistant? Are you pre-diabetic?

Do you have heart disease, high blood pressure or high cholesterol levels?

Are you gaining weight around your middle even though you’re dieting?

Are you depressed or chronically tired?

Do you have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome?

Do you have non-viral Chronic Fatigue or Fibro-myalgia?

If you have one or more of these symptoms, you just might be Insulin Resistant.

What is Insulin Resistance?

Insulin is a hormone that is produced by your pancreas to help the body to utilize sugars in your diet, it helps the glucose (sugar) pass from your blood into your cells. Once it is in your cells, it is either used to fuel muscles or stored as fat for future needs.

Insulin resistance happens when a diet high in carbohydrates forces the cells to resist the flood of carbohydrates and all that glucose just stays in the blood, and not only do you now have high blood sugar which is the forerunner to diabetes, the pancreas continues to produce more insulin and you now have insulin overload as well.

What are the symptoms of Insulin Resistance?

  1. Fatigue.
  2. Brain fogginess and inability to focus. Sometimes the fatigue is physical, but often it’s mental.
  3. Low blood sugar. Mild, brief periods of low blood sugar are normal during the day, especially if meals are not eaten on a regular schedule. But prolonged hypoglycaemia with some of the symptoms listed here, especially physical and mental fatigue, are not normal. Feeling agitated, jittery, moody, nauseated, or having a headache is common in Insulin Resistance, with almost immediate relief once food is eaten.
  4. Intestinal bloating. Most intestinal gas is produced from carbohydrates in the diet. Insulin Resistance sufferers who eat carbohydrates suffer from gas, lots of it.
  5. Sleepiness. Many people with Insulin Resistance get sleepy immediately after eating a meal containing more than 20% or 30% carbohydrates.
  6. Weight gain, fat storage, difficulty losing weight. For most people, too much weight is too much fat. The fat in IR is generally stored around the midsection in both males and females.
  7. Increased triglycerides.
  8. Increased blood pressure. It is a fact that most people with hypertension have too much insulin and are Insulin Resistant. It is often possible to show a direct relationship between the level of insulin and blood pressure: as insulin levels elevate so does blood pressure.
  9. Depression. Because carbohydrates are a natural “downer,” depressing the brain, it is not uncommon to see many depressed persons who also have Insulin Resistance.**

What can be done?

First of all the good new is Insulin Resistance can be controlled by diet, this is a whole new lifestyle, not a diet that you do for a few weeks or months. A whole new way of eating and exercising is needed. If you need more help there are some drug treatments and supplements that can greatly help with the challenge of getting your insulin and blood sugar under control. The great new is that once you have changed your lifestyle, most if not all of your previous health challenges will often disappear completely.

For more information on Insulin Resistance and the Lifestyle choices you need to make please see my eBooks “Sick, Tired and Overweight” and “A Rainbow on My Plate” on http://www.health-fitness-videos.com or click the link to Wamuran Fitness and Wellbeing in the left sidebar under the heading “Blogroll”.

**This is not a guide to the various types of depression and in no way constitutes a medical diagnosis or recommendation.

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