Hey! I know it’s been a while, but hopefully you understand why my posting has been a little sporadic with trying to adjust to a new work schedule. Fortunately, I think I’m getting back to something manageable and I get to work 8-4 all week, which means I get off with plenty of time for errands, working out, and of course, blogging.
As part of my job, I went to a health fair this weekend to promote the club. It was located at a medical institute, with several doctors lecturing throughout the course of two days. I got to talk to the doctors, many patients, and the makers of a line of homeopathic medicines that get back to basics of what the human body needs.
Today’s Tuesday’s Tips is a little random, focusing on several things I learned or heard about at the health fair. I haven’t researched all of these claims, and some of these are just other people’s opinions, but they all made some sort of sense to me, so I wanted to share them with you.
1. Detox During Fat Loss
Many toxins are stored in your fat cells, so when you lose body fat, your fat cells shrink and the toxins have to go somewhere. Whenever you’re losing weight, you should do a cleanse or detox to get rid of the chemicals and toxins released from your fat cells to prevent them from circulating in your system and traveling to other parts of your body.
I never thought of this before, but now I’m thankful that I did the Amazing Liver and Gallbladder Flush twice during my year of weight loss.
2. Drinking From Aluminum Cans
I’ve been hooked on these Starbucks Refreshers for a few weeks. They’re made with stevia leaf and green coffee bean extract, which beats my usual double dose of sugar coffee, but I got a reality check from one of the doctors who saw me drinking it.
“It has ascorbic acid and citric acid, both acids necessary to break down the aluminum. You’re ingesting something proven to cause Alzheimer’s.” Well, I thought I was being smarter buying these, but it makes sense. I guess I’ll just stick to good ‘ole water.
3. Healthy Eating Doesn’t Cut It
In 1936, a group of doctors provided the effects of a study to Congress that proved the quality of minerals in our soil had greatly deteriorated. With most of our fruits and vegetables being grown on over-farmed soil, they have only a fraction of the nutrients they used to provide.
According to the Institute of Food Research, food from common grocery stores loses up to 45% of its nutrients from the time it’s picked to the time it reaches your table. Add that to the already diminished quality of soil, and your body isn’t getting nearly the amount of vitamins and minerals we’re hard wired to need in order to function properly. It’s no wonder there’s an organic garden growing at the White House!
Unfortunately, what this means for us is an ever-increasing need to supplement. There’s less iron in spinach and kale, and less Vitamic C in oranges and sweet peppers than there was a century ago. This brings me to my next fact…
4. All Vitamins Are Not Created Equal
The doctors’ philosophy is “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” They think many of our country’s health problems, such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes, can be remedied with healthy lifestyles and supplementation, rather than using pharmaceuticals to mask symptoms. That’s why they recommend the highest quality vitamins in the correct quantities to actually make a difference.
I’ve been taking a generic women’s multi from The Vitamin Shoppe, but the doctors mentioned that many of the vitamins included don’t even meet the threshold to make a difference.
They mentioned that the cocktail of vitamins looks nice on the label. It gives the consumer the impression that they’re getting all the necessary vitamins and minerals, but the common consumer isn’t educated on the quantities they need to meet to receive a benefit.
For example, you can safely consume 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D, but 600 IUs isn’t enough to fuel your body. These multivitamins also don’t include the minerals our ancestors used to get from the soil and from unfiltered water.
They mentioned strontium, which helps calcium bind to the bones. According to Health Guidance, too much calcium can actually travel in our blood stream and increase the risk for cardiovascular problems, and bind to the brain, inhibiting cognitive function. Good to know, considering my recent purchases.
5. All Protein Is Not Created Equal
Another danger the doctors mentioned is in certain whey proteins. Since the use of Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) is not regulated in America, and whey protein is made from milk, there is no way to really know what kind, or what quantity, of hormone is in your whey.
Also, there’s the issue of antibiotic residue remaining in the milk and then making its way into whey. The doctors recommended protein from grass-fed cows in New Zealand, where the use of rBGH and antibiotics is regulated, and you’re likelier to get a healthier, purer protein. This is definitely one piece of advice I’m looking into and thinking of making the switch to grass-fed whey.
6. Probiotics Counter Antibiotics
Did you know that 80% of America’s antibiotics are consumed by our livestock? Since we consume dairy from cows treated with antibiotics, we are killing off the good bacteria in our guts. It’s helpful to consume a probiotic daily, whether in pill form, from organic yogurt, or my preferred method, Kombucha.
I drink 1/4 to 1/2 a cup of Kombucha each morning with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to settle my tummy and keep things moving. So far, so good. I’ve been using this combo for about two months, and I rarely have stomach aches or digestion problems anymore.
I learned a lot this weekend, and I’ll definitely be doing my research now. All these things are worth looking into, especially since my goal is to live the healthiest lifestyle I can live. Of course, I take all health advice with a grain of salt, since everyone’s an expert, but when I hear something that sounds plausible, I have to go out and research it. I’ll definitely let you know what I find and what changes I decide to make as a result of my findings.
Have you ever heard of these claims? What are your thoughts on them?
What’s the biggest health-related tip you ever received that made you completely change the way you were doing things?