YOUR KID ON SUGAR
Studies find most children with ADD and ADHD respond positively to decreased sugar consumption, and increased essential fatty acid supplementation (especially EPA and DHA) suggesting these conditions may be associated with nutrient deficiencies. Consider decreasing sugar intake and increasing fish or flax oils in children with ADD or ADHD.
HOW CURE THE COMMON COLD
A study by CW Crampton published in 1944 in the NY State J Med found that 82.1% of 112 patients given cod-liver oil containing 150,000 IU’s of Vitamin A and 15,000 IU’s of Vitamin D were cured or mostly cured of cold symptoms in one day (30.3% symptom-free and 51.8% almost symptom-free). Study protocol gave the full dose on day one, 1/3 the dose on day 2, and 2/3rds dose on day 3 if symptoms remained. No side effects were reported and the study concluded that “Using this treatment, many patients avoided colds by stopping them in their prodromal stage.” Although many fear the use of high dose vitamins, this study suggests that very short term use of high doses may indeed have powerful and significant healing effects.
INCREASE STAMINA WITH SELF-TALK
New research found that men and women who do self-talk, do better on endurance exercises than those who don’t. The use of self-directed statements like, “Come on, you can do it!” made an improvement in time to exhaustion by 18%.
CHEW YOUR FOOD… UNTIL ITS LIQUIFIED
Philosopher Frances Bacon was right when he wrote “It’s not what we eat, but what we digest that makes us strong.” One simple way to improve digestion is to chew food well, preferably until liquified. Chewing time will vary with food texture, but taking smaller bites and chewing slowly will help. Another helpful strategy is to blend foods into smoothies to break down particle size for easier absorption. To maximize digestion and nutrient absorption, make sure your food is well broken down.
YOUR EMOTIONS AND YOUR HEALTH
The energy we create through the negative emotions (anger, fear, jealousy etc.) and stress has a tremendously negative affect on our health. These emotions trigger the fight or flight response in the brain, which prepares the body for action by cutting off digestion, reproduction, and healing. It also sends sugar into the bloodstream, increases cortisol, raises blood pressure, and increases insulin (causing fat storage). Since we rarely actually fight tigers or chase deer anymore, these physical reactions take quite a toll on our health when repeated daily. Minimize negative emotions to maximize health.
ALWAYS ASSUME THIS WITH FRIED FOODS
Unless stated otherwise, assume that almost all fried foods are processed in hydrogenated fats (trans fats), due to the stability and long shelf life of the oil. Studies show consumption of trans fats are correlated with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease so it is best to minimize fried foods in a healthy diet.
FASTING FOR BETTER HEALTH
In a healthy person, fasting one day a week allows the digestive system to rest, rejuvenate, and detoxify. It also reduces caloric intake, but not enough to significantly reduce metabolism. Consider fasting (water and juices allowed) for one day a week (or even one day a month) if not contraindicated by illness or weakness to maximize health.