Primary Nutrition

Now it is time to talk about what nutrition really is. What is your definition of nutrition? If you look it up chances are the definition will be something about food and eating it.

There are two descriptions of nutrition that make sense to me and have changed the way I look at what I eat and most importantly how I act.

The first is from The Integrative Nutrition Institute of New York, which talks about nutrition coming from two places; food and life. More specifically they break it down into the following;

PRIMARY NUTRITION = Spirituality, Career, Physical Activity  & Relationships

SECONDARY NUTRITION = Food

Their philosophy is that if we fill up on primary nutrition, our cravings and need for food, or secondary nutrition, will diminish to more natural urges.

My other favorite definition of nutrition comes from Dr. Gabriel Cousens who explains in his book “Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet” that nutrition can be thought of as; all types of energy available to us.

Dr. Cousins states “…nutrition is what we absorb into our overall body, mind, and spirit from the different density levels that have precipitated from our cosmic force.” And he adds that these density levels, or energy sources are;

1. Cosmic energy, universal consciousness, God, etc.

2. Sunlight (least dense energy)

3. Oxygen

4. Sexual energy

5. Earths geomagnetic fields

6. Food (most dense energy)

 

We absorb these energies through various locations (portals) in the body, most importantly1;

1. Crown of the head

2. Seven chakras

3. Nose (oxygen)

4. Mouth (food and oxygen)

5. Eyes and skin (sun)

6. Sexual organs

7. Feet or any other part touching the earth (earth’s geomagnetic fields)

The functioning efficiency of our energy receiving areas/portals is directly related to our mental, emotional and spiritual health. Furthermore, the more “in-tune” these components are, the more energy/nutrients we can assimilate into our system.

Because meditation creates harmony within, it has been said that “meditation is the key digestive process through which the life force is taken into the system. 1

DON’T WORRY, this is not a philosophical speech! Rather an educational piece on the many possibilities for improving health. If you’ve made it this far, you are definitely interested in improving your health and that is what this journey is all about; learning as many different ways to be healthy as possible and choosing which ones feel right for you.

I encourage you to keep an open mind and practice all of these components for at least one month. Our weaknesses often lie in the shadows of our doubts.

Here is a summary of the two definitions of nutrition.

 

Primary Energy

 

 

Secondary Energy

  • Sun
  • Fun
  • Love
  • Family
  • Career
  • Friends
  • Oxygen
  • Sexual energy
  • Earth’s energy
  • Physical activity
  • Spirituality/God/etc.
  • Food
 

 70-90% Total Energy Source

 

 

10-30% Total Energy Source

The main issue people face with food and energy comes from focusing on food to fulfill a lack of energy. This lack of energy or hunger for fulfillment is however usually stemming from inadequate energy from the primary nutrition components, which leads us to fill up on secondary nutrition, food!

Three keys to reaching an ideal body weight and being healthy are:

1. Making sure our primary nutrition is taken care of

2. Education about eating right

3. Commitment and discipline towards eating to live, not living to eat

 

Goal # 1 = Increase Primary Nutrition!

Write down three things from each energy source (primary and secondary) that you want to work on. Use the examples listed here to get an idea of where you need the most work.

Have fun with this, it can have long lasting effects which encourage new and healthy habits for the future.

Primary

Secondary

  • Get outside (sun)
  • Practice giving hugs, support, etc. for no reason (unconditional love)
  • Spend more qualitytime with friends or family
  • Go for meditation walks (earths energy & exercise)
  • Abstain from sex for a week in efforts to harness that energy into love
  • Practice eating less (spiritual)
  • Focus on your faith and purpose
  • Mend or end unhealthy relationships
  • Hiking, walking barefoot, going to the beach, etc. (earth’s energy)
  • Breeaathe (oxygen)
  • Carbs/protein/fat(balance)
  • Vitamins  and Minerals (need more)
  • Water (need more)
  • Omega 3’s (need more)
  • Anti-oxidants (need more)
  • Sugar (need less)
  • Caffeine (need less)
  • Alcohol (need less)
  • Drugs (need less)
  • Red meat or pork(need less)
  • Fruits and veggies(need more)
  • Any other food derivative
1. Dr. Gabriel Cousens –  “Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet

Digestion Stretch

Perform this stretch throughout the day to encourage proper digestion and spinal health. The organs that digest food are wrapped and suspended in fascia, which also wraps around the muscles and can be tight and restrictive to movement and digestive flow.

There are many stretches that can help digestion, this one is my favorite.

Hold each pose for 30-60 seconds with relaxed breathing. These should be gentle stretches, do not push them to your limit.

*if you have low back pain or other injuries that prevent comfortable stretching, then PLEASE LISTEN TO YOUR BODY and skip them =)

How to Optimize your Inflammation with Food and Habits

Here is where food can truly become medicine. Inflammation builds up in us from our food, chemicals, etc. and turns into free radicals that terrorize each blood cell and makes them unable to fight disease, which leads to early signs of aging.

While we cannot completely eliminate inflammatory foods from our nutrition plans, we can definitely eliminate and limit some of the unhealthiest, as well as fight them with antioxidant-rich foods.

The best way to keep inflammation down and your blood healthy is to be in balance with the foods that cause inflammation.

Other big factors are:

  • Environmental toxins
  • Positive attitude
  • Anything else that affects your immune system

 

Eat/Do these Limit these

 

  • Processed foods
  • Deep fried foods
  • Allergy foods
  • Night shade vegetables
  • Wheat and gluten
  • Breads
  • Alcohol
  • Meats

 

Top 10 Allergy Foods

These 10 allergy foods make up over 90% of all food allergies. Stay away from them for at least a two weeks and then reintroduce them one at a time to test for sensitivities.

  1. Milk
  2. Eggs
  3. Strawberries
  4. Tomatoes
  5. Peanuts
  6. Tree nuts and butters
  7. Soy
  8. Fish
  9. Shellfish
  10. Wheat

Food Alkalizers

These alkalizers really are super, and everyone should have at least two go-to foods. They are your ultimate health enhancers and can be used to combat highly acidic meals and balance the blood.

These meals are alkaline by nature and are ideal for balancing highly acidic meals. Remember, disease cannot live in an alkaline environment.

            Raw veggies (except for eggplant, asparagus, pickled green olives, Jerusalem artichoke, for example) and salads with natural, unprocessed alkaline dressings

            Natural green powder and probiotic mixtures. You can find these at health food stores or online

            Fresh Juice. If you are serious about your health, then start juicing fresh veggies and fruit ASAP.

            Olive oil and Coconut oil

 

Here are some of my favorite juices;

  • Handful spinach or lettuce, ½ lemon, 1 piece celery, 1 sprig parsley, cucumber sliver, ½ apple, 4 carrots (optional chard and kale leaf)
  • Handful spinach or lettuce, ½ lemon, 1 piece celery, ¼ of a beet, ½ apple, 3 carrots
  • ½ pear, apple, cucumber and lemon

 

       I Balance Blood Acidity by… 

Having 2-3 servings of SUPER ALKALIZERS…

…for every serving of the following Highly Acidic foods

 

  • Meats
  • Fish/shellfish
  • Dairy*
  • Cheese*
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Black teas
  • Processed foods
  • Sweeteners
  • White flour*

*= processed

  • Aspirin
  • Tobacco
  • Drugs
  • Sodas
  • Junk food
  • Fried foods
  • Chocolate*
  • Pastries
  • Sugars*
  • Rice*

 

 

Antioxidants

Please note there are many more foods, these just have the most per serving.

 

 

Berries (especially blueberries)

Green leafy veggies (especially kale)

Raw cacao

Sea veggies (seaweed)

Beans (red, kidney, pinto, black)

Quinoa

Apple (red, gala, green)

Sweet cherry

Pecan

Prune

Cranberry

Artichokes (cooked) 

Turmeric

 

Coconut oil

Olive oil

Walnuts

Kiwifruit

Soybeans (cooked)

Tofu (raw)

Cauliflower (boiled)

Broccoli (steamed)

Winter squash

Summer squash

Green tea

Papaya and Pineapple

Ginger

Food Layering and Combining

What is Food Combining?

Food combining is the art of giving your stomach the right foods at one meal so that it has the ideal combination of digestive juices needed to break down whatever is in the stomach.

Sugars, proteins and fats all need different digestive juices in order to be properly digested. If they are all mixed together, then each digestive concoction becomes diluted and unable to fully break down its specific food. This leads to improper assimilation, bloating and more.

 

What is Food Layering?

 Food layering is the art of giving your stomach the right foods in the right order so that it has the ideal combination of digestive juices needed to break down whatever is in the stomach.

As food layering expert Dr. Stanley Bass puts it;

Any quick digesting foods must wait till the slowest digesting foods leave the stomach before they can leave – a process which can take up to 6 or 8 hours. While waiting, the fruit, cooked and raw vegetables, and some of the starches undergo some decomposition and fermentation, producing gas, acid and even alcohol along with indigestion. …..2

 And.. 

….. If there are 5 different types of food in the stomach at one meal, each eaten separately and in sequence, there will be 5 different kinds of digestion going on at the same time, each layer having different enzymes digesting each food, according to the needs of the food contained in that layer.
But when say 5 different foods are eaten at a meal, where each mouthful or bite is taken of a different food, then the entire stomach is filled with the same mixture……
2

 stomach layering blog color
Image of ideal food layering; each food has its own digestive sack or layer and is able to fully break down its specific food without interference from antagonistic digestive juices. Layer 1 in this case was eaten first, followed by 2-6 sequentially.

So what’s the difference between food combining and layering? With layering, one can basically eat whatever foods they  want at a meal, as long as they are eaten in the proper order, i.e. the most watery foods first and proteins last. This tends to work very well, although not as well as when coupled with proper food combining guidelines.

 

Why Combine and Layer Food Properly?

Because most food cannot be assimilated in its natural state and needs to be converted into easily absorbable micro particles; our delivery mechanisms (how we eat, cook and store foods) are the secret to optimum health through nutrition.

Correctly combining and layering foods is essential for optimum digestion and assimilation. Improper food combining, layering and poor nutrient absorption contribute to and can even be the main reasons people have bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, gas, upset stomach, arthritis, asthma, allergies, chronic fatigue, aches and pains, poor memory, disorganized thoughts and more.

Without proper digestion, nutrients in even the most wholesome of foods cannot be fully extracted and used by the body.

The goal is not to be a perfect food combiner, at least not at first. There are many things to learn and practice with this topic, so looking at it as a self-experiment in eating and health will make sure a person gets the most out of it.

With a little practice and awareness one will save their gut a lot of discomfort, get the most out of their food, lose weight if needed, and most importantly stop flooding the blood with waste bi-products from all the food that is spoiling in their stomach from being combined or layered wrong.

 

Do not believe any of this info,

simple try it and judge for yourself.

 

Basic Guidelines for Food Combining and Layering

  1. Follow the food combining and layering rules whenever possible (see next pages and links). Layering is most important and should be done even when following proper food combining rules.
  2. When ideal food combining can’t be had, focus on layering the foods properly.
  3. When neither can be followed, make sure indigestion, bloating and gas are acceptable for the following hours to come =)

 

Basic Rule of Food Layering:

  1. Eat the most watery food first, followed by the second most watery, and so on.

 

Basic Rules of Proper Food Combining:

Here are 5 tools to start with. You can find more here  which includes extensive charts on food combining. Remember, these are tools to improve digestion, see which of them make the biggest impact on your health and use them as often as possible. ~

1. Do NOT eat protein foods and carbohydrate foods at the same meals. Protein foods require an acid medium for digestion while carbs/starches require the opposite. Food layering modification; eat the starches first, then the protein.

2. Eat fruits alone on an empty stomach and wait 20–30 min before eating again.Food layering modification; eat the fruit first, then the heavier foods.

3. Have desserts and sugars by themselves as a whole meal, not after a meal

4. No cold water or more than 4 ounces of liquids with meals. Try to use 4 ounces of  warm tea or water,  kombucha or apple cider vinegar  as liquids to aid digestion, otherwise no more liquid fifteen minutes before or until 60 minutes after a meal.

5. Eat high fat foods and proteins at separate meals, or keep the fats to a very small amount. Some foods, especially nuts, are over 50% fat and require hours for digestion, which slows all other digestion.

Like I always recommend, don’t believe science until you try it for yourself and notice the difference.

Check more out here: http://www.drbass.com/sequential.html

Blood Types

Let me make one thing clear: I am not a follower of the blood type diet. I am, however, very impressed at how accurate the blood type food lists are for certain people, especially in terms of who does well with meat. That said, I use the blood type food lists as guidelines for finding the best foods for people to thrive on when they aren’t doing so well, rather than use these lists as rules to follow for everyone.

Science* has shown that each of the four blood types, A, B, O and AB have different capabilities when it come to breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

As usual, I didn’t believe it until I tried it. But once I did, I realized that my intuitions about many foods were right on. All of the foods that made me congested and bloated were on my “avoid” list for my blood type.

Once I started following most of the ideal and avoid foods for my blood type, my health and energy instantly shot up and I had never felt better. And this is coming from someone who already ate healthy, just the wrong healthy foods.

I encourage everyone to give these lists a try and see if you notice any differences. I have yet to have a client that these lists did not work very well for.

You can check out each blood type here: O, A, AB, B

 PLEASE NOTE:

*The Blood Type Diet is a registered Trademark of Peter J. D’Adamo, N.D. and this book and blog are not affiliated with or sponsored by Dr. D’Adamo.

** These blood type lists, recipes and meal plans are based in part on the work of Peter D’Adamo, N.D.

Are You Causing Your Own Allergies? Learn How to Beat Alleriges Naturally without Medication

Is there really such a thing as allergies? 1 out of 5 people in the U.S. are now “allergic” to allergens such as tree pollen, dogs, cats, foods, grass, molds, dust and more while reacting with itchy eyes and skin, rashes, wheezing, coughing, sneezing, congestion and the like.

By the way, allergens are anything that cause allergies.

While reading all of this, please keep in mind that a weakened immune system is considered a precursor to many other diseases and even cancer, and therefore this subject demands our utmost attention, especially those of us with children.

To break it down, by definition, “allergies” are an abnormal immune response to a generally harmless substance.

Okaaay, so, in other words, 1 out of 5 people have abnormal immune responses to substances that don’t bother most of us.

That number would be much higher if you included asthma and other immune disorders. But moving on.

Calling something an allergy is really only helpful to those trying to sell you something to fix that allergy and not interested, at all, in your overall health. Or at least they don’t grasp the concept of holistic or functional medicine. Because really, what are the two most marketed ways to beat allergies? Stay away from the allergen or take drugs.

Back to the immune system – why is it reacting abnormally in someone who has “allergies?” Because chances are, if it acted normally, they wouldn’t have “allergies.”

Let’s pretend for a minute that you don’t have allergies. Instead, you have an IRS disorder; I know, I just made that up, and it sounds like you owe money, but bear with me for a second.

IRS Disorder = Immune Response Sensitivity Disorder

Since we now know that everything from antibiotics to stress and poor nutrition can suppress the immune response in our body, it would make sense that we could be creating our own “allergies” by the way we live our lives, and what we did in the past.

This means that it’s not the dog or trees fault for making us cough and itch; it’s our lifestyle and/or history.

IRS Disorder is a weakened immune system that is incapable of responding appropriately to foreign invaders or simply managing day to day chores. Over time this leaves the body vulnerable to a long list of possible diseases and symptoms, all varying based on a person’s own bio-individuality and history.

In other words, when the body is abused for long enough or in the “right” ways, the immune system becomes weak and the body vulnerable to allergies and other diseases.

This long list of maladies resembles exactly what is seen today in America’s doctor’s offices and all over the world, but unfortunately, many of them go misdiagnosed because so much of health care is focused on trying to treat symptoms without finding the cause, holistically.

Also, “it seems that the likelihood of developing allergies is inherited and related to an irregularity in the immune system, but the specific allergen is not.”[24]

This means, that while allergies are common in the same family, what they are allergic to is not the same. In other words, a weak immune system can be passed down, or merely developed via a similar environment, and cause vulnerability to different allergens based on one’s own bio-individuality.

JUST TO BE CLEAR, OVER 80% OF OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM FOR THE ENTIRE BODY LIVES IN OUR GUT, AND ITS VIGOR IS DEPENDENT ON THE WINNER OF THE BATTLE; GOOD BACTERIA VS. BAD BACTERIA.

Many holistic and functional medicine doctors believe that when the battle is won by the bad bacteria, the flood gates for uncountable diseases open. Read what one of Functional Medicine’s leading doctors, Dr. Mark Hyman, thinks about this battle here.

bad bacteria

If the bad bacteria are winning (outnumber the good), then the following can occur;

(These are your CLUES and symptoms to losing the battle of the gut and IRS)

  • “Allergies” or “intolerances” to dairy and milk (not enough good bacteria to digest it)
  • Diarrhea
  • Sinus infections
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Malabsorption
  • Cancer
  • Candida overgrowth
  • Leaky gut syndrome
  • Foul smelling stool
  • Puffy, white tongue or bad breath
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Immune disorders
  • Brain fog and inability to concentrate
  • Poor short-term memory
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Poor sleep
  • Dark circles under the eyes
  • Depression, paranoia, irritability and anxiety
  • Personality changes and mood swings
  • Sore throat
  • Asthma
  • Dizziness or balance problems
  • Eye sensitivity and problems
  • Menstrual problems
  • Numbness, tingling and/or burning sensations in the face or extremities
  • Chronic athletes feet
  • Painful gas and bloating
  • Allergies and sensitivities to odors, chemicals, foods, environment and sounds.
  • Ringing in the ear
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Arthritis
  • Acne
  • Dandruff
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn
  • Low sex drive
  • Rectal itching
  • Yeast infections
  • Cravings for sweets and alcohol
  • There’s plenty more but you get the point

What CAUSES the BAD BACTERIA to outnumber the good?

  • History of antibiotic use (also found in the foods you eat, if not organic)
  • History of  birth control use
  • Cortisone or other steroid (hormones) drugs (also found in the foods you eat, if not organic)
  • Immune suppressing drugs
  • Synthetic estrogen
  • Diabetes
  • Diet based on simple and refined sugars
  • Alcohol or drug abuse
  • Exposure to bacteria from poorly prepared foods, especially in foreign places
  • Weakened immune system from anything (stress, over-exercising, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, and more)

HOW TO INCREASE GOOD BACTERIA in the gut

HOW TO DECREASE BAD BACTERIA in the gut

  • Do everything possible to increase the good bacteria (see list above)
  • Aloe vera juice
  • Garlic pills or raw garlic
  • Occasionally flush them out with a natural, high fiber concoction, Perfect 7 is my favorite.
  • Chamomile tea
  • Use essential oils, especially oregano, clove, lemon grass, melaleuca, cinnamon and thyme on the body as a massage, but also therapuetic-grade oils can be ingested – Inner Defense is my favorite product
  • Avoid processed sugars and excessive carbohydrates
  • Decrease unhealthy fats in your diet
  • Eat coconut oil

HOW TO BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

  • Make sure you are getting enough selenium, magnesium, vitamin B, C and D, potassium and any other vitamins or minerals you may be deficient in
  • Take echinacea
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Manage stress and the urge to overwork
  • Relax and enjoy the finer things
  • Avoid the No-No List and refined carbohydrates
  • Eat foods high in antioxidants
  • Avoid overeating
  • Make sure you are not over-electronified (too much exposure to electronics, microwaves, etc.)
  • Get fresh air and exercise
  • Practice earthing to balance electromagnetic energy  in the body
  • Avoid foods high in unsaturated fats, especially vegetable oils
  • Follow normal sleep/wake cycle (10pm-6am) with the sun
  • Get to your ideal weight
  • Bone broths
  • Surround yourself with good, nurturing people who make you laugh and smile and socialize with them
  • Be kind to others
  • Know my Top 50 Health Tips
  • Eat a lot of alkaline foods
  • Reset your metabolism

In closing, I understand that there are certain circumstances that require severe treatment and occasional drug intervention, like peanut allergies and others, but these are rare and not what this post is about. This post is about what you can do for yourself to create an environment inside your body that will make it so healthy, allergens cannot cause allergies.

So, still think you have “allergies”, or do you have an IRS disorder?

I would love to hear your thoughts and stories!

Either way, I hope this helps you get back on track to optimum health and longevity, and avoid any problems with IRS =)

High Cholesterol May be Helping You Fight Off Disease and Inflammation

Big thanks to Chris Kresser, Ray Peat, Dr. Mercola, Weston A. Price and Chris Masterjohn to name a few for all of their research and information they have educated us with. I read, listen and take notes;  this is my short, short version on the latest and greatest regarding cholesterol and heart disease – the biggest killer around the globe, still.

Important note: understanding and utilizing this information is highly dependent on your belief that saturated fats are healthy and that unsaturated fats are creating a lot of our current diseases. Read here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here & here if you would like to get current on this concept.

For those of you with high cholesterol and on medication, or thinking about taking medication for it, this information may change your life. Not only do statin drugs not help you, they hurt you! Read about that here and here.

Let’s just get right down to it: most doctors these days don’t know a damn thing about cholesterol, period. If they did, they would never put you on drugs without first testing for the causes of your high cholesterol.

Did you know that cholesterol acts as an antioxidant and helps fight inflammation and infectious disease in your body? See here, here and here for more info.

So WHAT CAUSES HIGH CHOLESTEROL? Or another way to put it – WHAT DOES HIGH CHOLESTEROL POINT TO?

Here are Chris Kresser’s top 6 influences (from his 2012 Paleo Summit talk with Sean Croxton).

1) Leptin resistance (LDL can’t get into the cell and therefore increases in blood)

2) Hypothyroidism (LDL receptor inhibition causes same problem as #1)

3) Infections (LDL protect against infection)

4) Inflammation (cholesterol is anti-inflammatory)

5) Micronutrient deficiency (iron, copper, zinc, iodine)

6) Genetic (familial hypercholesterolemia)

This is a bit different than  most of us are told; which is that “cholesterol clogs your arteries and is one of the main causes of heart disease”. This old hypothesis is so full of holes and misinterpreted data that it is shameful to even call it science or research (kind of like the China study- hmmm, we sure are quick to believe whatever is posted in the main media…) yet we all believed it for years, wait, decades, and stopped eating eggs, red meat and saturated fat because of it.

Look where that got us. Heart disease is still the number one killer in the world and showing no signs of improving.

Thankfully there are some AMAZINGLY smart people out there in search of the truth, and they have a different hypothesis, which says that it’s not the cholesterol that’s the problem (especially not from our food), but what happens to the cholesterol and other lipids that is the problem. In other words, cholesterol is only a problem when it oxidizes and degenerates, which then causes it to infiltrate into the arterial wall and create problems in the heart.

SO HOW DOES CHOLESTEROL OXIDIZE & WHAT IS OXIDATION?

Go here for the skinny on oxidation.

Cholesterol that is attached to LDL (don’t worry if you don’t know what an LDL is; it’s not important for getting the idea here) is prone to oxidation because the LDL membrane contains PUFAs (polyunsaturated fats) which are extremely vulnerable to degeneration and oxidation. This doesn’t mean that LDL cholesterol is bad but it does mean that it can be bad if it gets a chance to oxidize.

BTW, antioxidants prevent oxidation, while PUFAs promote oxidation; oxidation is BAD and thought to be a main cause of aging “symptoms” and disease.

So how can you protect your cholesterol from oxidizing??

In his Paleo Summit talk, Chris Kresser pointed out 4 main influences that affect the chances of your cholesterol oxidizing, and therefore increase your chances of heart disease and premature death.

1) PUFAs and omega 6 & 3 oils. These are fragile and prone to oxidation; therefore, by eating too much of them, your blood will contain enough free radicals, inflammation and other reactionary symptoms from oxidation to continually perpetuate more and more oxidation of lipids, cholesterol and everything else that can oxidize in the blood.

Solution = eat less PUFAs and eat more saturated fats – all natural of course. The H2 Nutrition Program will help you choose foods that naturally balance these ratios and keep the blood healthy. Read more here for specifics on how to balance your fats.

Unfortunately, you have been told to eat PUFAs on a regular basis and probably do; like vegetable oils, avocados, beans, nuts and seeds to name a few. So changing your perception and then diet is going to take some time and effort.

Don’t worry, they are not all bad as long as you balance your ratios of fats. The veggie oils on the other hand, well, they are bad. The main problem is that most restaurants and processed foods use these oils because they are cheap, so it is up to you to learn which foods are ideal, and which are not.

Go to the H2 Nutrition Program to get a quick and easy look at how to balance your foods and cholesterol levels.

2) Antioxidant levels. The present state of your own health and amount of antioxidants in your blood determines how much protection your cholesterol (LDL) has from oxidizing. If you don’t eat many foods rich in antioxidants, plus you eat a lot of PUFAs and unhealthy foods, your chances of oxidation are very high.

Solution = eat your antioxidants and skip the PUFAs often.

3) Oxidative risk factors. 1. Toxins 2. Inflammation 3. Infections 4. Chronic stress 5. Sedentary lifestyle. Manage these and you will be on your way to optimum health.

Solution = rid yourself of toxins, eat and cook naturally, manage your stress and exercise regularly.

The best way to rid yourself of toxins is to support your body’s ability to cleanse itself; you can learn more about this process in my cleansing book.

4) Amount of time that LDL is in the blood. Certain factors mentioned above (poor diet, inflammation, etc.) can lead to poor LDL receptor function, which means that the LDL and cholesterol are out in the blood stream for longer periods of time and therefore exposed to increased oxidative stress factors.

Solution = follow guidelines for #s 1-3.

THINGS TO BE AWARE OF

As mentioned by Chris Kresser in his Paleo Summit talk.

  • Knowing your LDL particle size is an unreliable prediction of anything because the methods used to measure its size are extremely inaccurate.
  • There are natural HUGE VARIATIONS with cholesterol numbers in the blood on a weekly basis for no apparent reason: as much as 35 each way, so 70 possible difference! This means that you need multiple tests (more than two) over a period of time to assure a true reading of your cholesterol.
  • Similar variations are true with LDL, HDL and triglycerides.
  • Mainstream medicine (i.e. pharmaceutical companies) has changed the standards recently to make you believe that your cholesterol should be under 200. It is considered mildly high at anything above that and therefore often requires statin drugs to lower it. Many holistic practitioners don’t consider cholesterol high until it reaches 250.

THE BEST PREDICTOR OF HEART DISEASE seems to be…

(mentioned in the same talk as above)

– Total cholesterol/HDL ratio: preferably less than 3.0, ideally less than 2.0

WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE HIGH CHOLESTEROL

You want to investigate those top 6 factors mentioned at the beginning. Here are some ways to do that, as recommended by Chris Kresser.

1) Screen for infections, inflammation, micronutrient deficiencies, etc.

2) Order thyroid panel: TSH, free Ts & T4, reverse T3 TPO and TGB

3) Iodine/Bromide (24hr loading test)

4) Check for leptin resistance and metabolic syndrome

5) Screen for genetic pattern if all the above did not lower the cholesterol

SUMMARY

Follow the H2 Nutrition Program and you will NATURALLY lower your cholesterol and improve your health.

Good luck with your journey towards optimum health!

Please feel free to contact me for direction.