Cholesterol plays a very important role in our body. The primary use of cholesterol (60-80%) is to make bile for the digestion of fats. Cholesterol is also necessary to make your sex hormones and adrenal hormones. It is the source of transportation for the hormones to their correct receptor sites on the cells.
Cholesterol is the messenger telling you that something is wrong in the body. Normal cholesterol ranges should be 175 to 275 with Blood Type A people running at the lower end and Blood Type O people at the higher end, because of the way their body utilizes protein.
–Low cholesterol = inability to transport hormone in the body
–High cholesterol = not enough hormones in the cells
As you can see, a balanced cholesterol level is crucial for your health. However, medications are NOT the answer! How many people around you are put on such medications? A healthy diet and lifestyle are the keys for maintaing a healthy cholesterol level. Fiber and good fats are the first, and most important, approaches to regulating high cholesterol.
There is a Chinese saying, "The body temperature decides life and death." Your body temperature is a good indication about your metabolic rate, thyroid function, and current health condition.
Basal body temperature is the lowest temperature attained by
the body during rest (usually during sleep). It is generally measured
immediately after awakening and before any physical activity has been undertaken.
1.The night before, shake down the thermometer (an oral glass thermometer only), and set it on the night stand next to the bed.
2. Immediately upon waking, without raising your head from the pillow, place the thermometer under the arm.
3. Leave thermometer under arm for 10 minutes.
4. Move as little as possible in this process; you must remain flat on your back during this entire time otherwise the thyroid gland will be activated and a false reading will be taken.
5. After ten minutes, remove thermometer and record temperature.
6. The test is invalidated if you expend any energy just before recording the temperature, i.e. getting up for any
reason, shaking down thermometer, etc.
7. Do this consecutively for 5 days. Add all 5 temperatures and divide total by 5 to get the final result.
8. An average temperature between 97.8 and 98.2 is considered normal.
If your basal body temperature is below 97.8, you might have an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism); if it's over 98.2, you might have an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism).
See products about thyroid in Supplements - Remedies.
According to studies, food alone may not provide sufficient micronutrients for preventing deficiency.
The American Dietetic Association (ADA) has stated that the best nutritional strategy for promoting optimal health and reducing the risk of chronic disease is to wisely choose a wide variety of foods. Seventy diets were computer analyzed from the menu of athletes or sedentary subjects seeking to improve the quality of micronutrient intake from food choices. All of these dietary analyses fell short of the recommended 100% RDA micronutrient level from food alone.
Based on this study from the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition that analyzed the 70 athlete diets, every single diet was deficient in at least three nutrients. Some diets were missing up to
fifteen nutrients! Another study they performed showed that people following one of four popular diet plans (including Atkins, South Beach, and the DASH diet) were also very likely to be micronutrient deficient, particularly in six key micronutrients: Vitamin B7, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Chromium, Iodine, and
The United States Department of Agriculture says the majority of Americans are deficient in many of the same nutrients and are not meeting the required daily amount of things like vitamin E, folate, calcium and magnesium.
So how do you know if you're defiecient? First of all, if you're not eating A LOT of fruits and vegetables,
especially greens, then you are probably deficient in many of these areas. Do you currently have any health issues? The symptoms might also indicate you are dificient in some critical nutrients.
For a complete guide about vitamins and minerals, go to Supplements.
Digestive system: set of organs involved in the digestion of food.
Pharynx: part of the digestive tract between the mouth and the esophagus.
Esophagus: part of the digestive tract between the larynx and the cardia of the stomach.
Stomach: pocket-like part of the digestive tract, where food is mixed and stored.
Pancreas (tail): gland connected to the digestive tract which produces digestive enzymes.
Duodenum: beginning of the small intestine.
Small intestine: part of the digestive tract between the stomach and the large intestine.
Descending colon: part of the large intestine in which food travels downward.
Sigmoid: last part of the descending colon.
Anus: end of the large intestine, through which the human body expels solid waste.
Rectum: last part of the large intestine, between the sigmoid colon and the anus.
Appendix: hollow diverticulum fastened to the caecum.
Cecum: blind gut formed by the part of the large intestine between the small intestine and the ascending colon.
Ascending colon: part of the large intestine where food travels upward.
Transverse colon: part of the large intestine where food travels horizontally.
Gallbladder: small sac that contains the bile.
Liver: digestive gland that produces bile.
Tooth: organ set in the jaws and used to cut and crush food.
Tongue: organ of taste.
Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What’s your typical breakfast like? Many Americans choose cereal as a fast and convenient breakfast.
Most cereal is a combination of wheat, oats, corn and other grains, which are usually genetically engineered ingredients, plus high-fructose corn syrup, sugar, artificial color and flavor, and toxic preservatives such as cancer-causing BHT. Cereals marketed to children are the worst offenders.
I don't recommend eating grain carbs for breakfast, even if it doesn't have any added sugars or food additives. Instead, I recommend focusing on protein for breakfast, such as easily-digested plant-based protein shakes. Do you know protein is needed within 30 minutes upon rising in the morning to activate your thyroid? Look for high quality complete protein derived from whole foods that've been minimally processed. This ensures it still contains all the beneficial amino acids and other nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, prebiotics and antioxidants.
A complete protein (or whole protein) is a source of protein that contains an adequate proportion of all nine of the essential amino acids necessary for the dietary needs of humans or other animals. Some incomplete protein sources may contain all essential amino acids, but a complete protein contains them in correct proportions for supporting biological functions in the human body. Apart from some exceptions such as quinoa or soybeans, the majority of plant proteins are incomplete because they lack at least one essential amino acid. However, you can combine complementary plant sources to create a nutritionally complete protein. Consuming a mixture of plant-based protein sources can increase the biological value of food.
Generally, proteins derived from animal foods (meats, fish, poultry, cheese, eggs, yogurt, and milk) are complete. But they might be the wrong type of foods for you depending on your nutritional type. Animal proteins are also much harder to digest because cooking destroys the enzymes, and most likely you've already have enzyme deficiency if you take medications, eat a poor diet or over age 40. Supplement with Food Enzymes will help with the digestion.
Some people prefer to eat raw eggs, meat or seafood to get more nutrients and enzymes. Just be aware, these foods are usually high in parasites. According to studies, 90% of Americans have parasites in their body, including children. That's why I recommend periodic parasite cleanses.
Being healthy doesn't have to be complicated. Everyone of us was born with a brilliant body that knows how to stay healthy. All we need to do is feed our body real nutrients so that we can feel balanced and dis-ease free!
For generations, it seems, parents have been telling their children that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Now it's more than just a saying, according to OnlineColleges.net. Their reports say eating breakfast boosts success in the classroom, at work, reduces cravings for sugary food and raises your metabolism.
•93% of Americans think breakfast is the most important meal
•44% say they eat breakfast every day
•168 million Americans skip breakfast at least 1 day/week
•Half of Americans spend more time thinking about their outfit than breakfast
•Average American adult spends 67 minutes a day eating and drinking
•43% spend less than 4 minutes on breakfast
•27% spend less than a minute on breakfast
•1 in 4 Americans can't remember what they ate for breakfast in the last 3 days
How important is breakfast?
Studies show people who skip breakfast tend to crave more carbohydrates later in the day.
•40% who skip breakfast crave more sweets
•55% who skip breakfast crave more soft drinks
•45% who skip breakfast eat 45% fewer vegetables
•30% of those who skip breakfast eat 30% less fruit
•Half of regular breakfast skippers are obese
People who eat breakfast every morning are:
•34% less likely to develop diabetes
•40% less likely to develop fat around the belly
How breakfast affects your thinking (study of 6,000 students)
•61% showed improvements in English and math tests
•Hand eye coordination improved
Are you going to eat a healthy breakfast?
Helen Fu is a board-certified Doctor of Natural Health, certified nutritionist, Chinese herbalist, speaker and writer.