Is Salt Really Bad For You?

Is Salt Really Bad For You?

Refined table salt has gotten a justly deserved bad reputation because of concern about hypertension and heart disease.  Having the correct potassium to sodium balance influences the risk for hypertension and heart disease much more than high sodium alone.  Most Western diets are lacking in potassium.

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Is Salt Bad For You?

Potassium Level Impacts High Blood Pressure More than Sodium

To be healthy, the nutrients in cells must be in proper balance.  Our diets have changed dramatically increasing the amount of sodium and decreasing the amount of potassium in our diet, therefore reversing the natural balance.  Modern food manufacturers add lots of salt (sodium chloride) to their products, while modern diets do not include enough potassium-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes.  Eating an apple a day provides only 1 mg of sodium and 80 mg of potassium.

Sodium/Potassium Balance is Necessary for Strong Muscles and Relaxed Arteries

Salt-rich diets force excess sodium into cells, disturbing the healthy sodium/potassium balance.  Excess sodium interferes with cellular energy production, causing fatigue.  Sodium attaches itself to water molecules, so when more sodium goes into the cells, so does more water.  Water retention elevates blood pressure and cases weight gain.  dietary salt contributes to higher risk for cancer, cardiac disease, stroke, kidney disease, bronchial problems and kidney stones.  By avoiding processed and packaged foods, dietary sodium can be avoided.

When Using Salt Make Sure it is Unrefined

A diet that uses mineral-rich sea salt medicinally will help restore the body’s balance.  Small amounts of sea salt with help alkalize the body.  Sea salt should be added to grains and grain-like seeds to make them less acid-forming.  When cooked for 10 minutes or more, salt chelates, blending with other foods and does not cause such a “salty” reaction to our body.  Celtic sea salt is great for cooking, while Hawaiian sea salt is excellent to sprinkle over your food at the table.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

 

 

 

Exercise for Healthy Living

Exercise for Healthy living

Exercise for Healthy Living

Exercise is like an essential nutrient; without it, our body malfunctions.  Our biological ancestors were very active, engaging in hours of vigorous physical activity every day.  They walked or ran everywhere they went, and they needed to work hard, physically to meet their basic needs.

Unlike our hunter-gatherer ancestors, most of us now engage in little physical activity.  The Industrial Revolution changed human existence.  Machines and technology perform work formerly done by hand.  We no longer hunt or farm, our work is done sitting at a desk or standing behind a counter, and we meet our daily needs with a Quick Trip on every corner.  We read books, play video games, and watch movies ans television.  We seldom walk or run; instead, we use automobiles, trains, taxis, and buses.

Exercise for Healthy Living

Sixty percent of our adult population is sedentary, and one out of four people engages in absolutely no exercise whatsoever.  Lack of activity contributes to our epidemic of physical problems such as low back pain and spine problems, fatigue, arthritis, osteoporosis, obesity and a host of chronic diseases.  Exercise is good because it promotes the health of cells.  Exercise prevent  the two causes of disease; Deficiency and Toxicity by promoting efficient nutrient delivery to the cells and stimulating the lymphatic system, vital for removing toxins from cells.

Exercise for healthy living is great for body and mind; it slows the effects of aging, reduces pain and helps to improve mood, clarity, balance, and coordination.  The body has almost seven hundred different muscles; without physical activity, these muscles quickly waste away and lose their strength.  When certain muscles are weak, others will compensate to do the work, which can cause painful physical damage to the body with long-term wear and tear.  A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association in 1996 found that physically inactive people are up to twice as likely to die prematurely as those who are physically fit.

Lack of exercise actually may be a greater health risk than smoking.  People who exercise regularly and also smoke typically live longer and healthier lives than people who do not smoke but also do not exercise.  Consider what happens to bedridden people-bodies that do not move or exercise at all.  Their cells become increasingly more deficient and toxic.  Unused muscles lose 10 to 15 percent of their strength per week and half their strength in just three to five weeks.  Meanwhile, the bones and joints become weak, brittle and susceptible to fracture or breakage.     Exercise is important to brain function, and helps to engage and clear the mind.

  •      Releases brain chemicals that alleviate feelings of anxiety, depression and  mental stress.
  •      Enhances the immune system (by increasing natural killer-cell activity) and improves the body’s ability to fight infections.
  •     Slows the onset of aging effects, such as slowed nerve impulses and bone demoralization.
  •     Reduces the risk of developing Type II diabetes by about 25 percent and decreases insulin resistance.
  •     Helps lower blood pressure.  Regular exercise can lower blood pressure by ten points or more.
  •     Helps prevent cardiovascular disease by blocking the buildup of plaque in the arteries.
  •     Dissolves blood clots and reduces the risk of stroke.
  •     Reduces cancer risk; just four hours of exercise per week lowers a woman’s risk of breast cancer by almost 60 percent.
  •     Tones and conditions the entire body and helps prevent obesity.                                       Set your goals today and start to MOVE!

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

Habits of Happy People

Habits of Healthy People

Habits of Happy People

For most of us we have many habits that do not require much thought  or discipline.  We wake up and start processes that are routine.  Forming good habits makes things easier, and it is possible to create ones that can increase positive emotions.  Here are some habits of happy people you can incorporate to make you happier and healthier.

  •      Give Thanks.  In his book The Happiness Equation, Neil Pasricha says, “If you can be with simple things, then it will be simple to be happy”.  Train your brain to look for positives instead of negatives.
  •      Say Something Nice. A shift in how you communicate can help you to get in a more positive mindset and create contagious optimism, causing the person you’re speaking with to share something more positive as well.
  •      Limit checking your email to a couple of times a day and deactivate alerts on your cell phone; unplug from all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed.  Choose one day a week to take a complete break from email and social media.  Do something once a day without your phone.
  •    Be Mindful. Stop worrying about the past and worrying about the future.  Mindfulness is being aware of your thought, feelings at the moment.  You can reduce stress and increase positive emotions.  Focus your attention on your breathing and senses, and be fully present in the moment a few times a day.
  • Get Things Done. Start with first things first.  If you’re feeling overwhelmed and ineffective about the things you need to accomplish, just take one step today.  If you are paralyzed by your inability to make a decision, remind yourself that often, one choice isn’t that different from another.  Make a decision and move on.
  • Get Some Exercise. Exercise is good for us physically and mentally.  It helps keep weight in check and makes you feel like you are rewarding yourself.  In Happiness  is a Habit, author Michele Phillips says doing something that moves your body every day, but not just for the sake of exercising.  “It will be boring, tedious and you won’t stick to it”, she writes.  Think about doing things you love, such as gardening, hiking, swimming, biking or dancing.  Find a friend to partner with.  Make it fun.
  • Know What Makes You Happy. Take time to reflect on what gives you joy (like your family, hobbies, and interests).
  • Schedule Time for Happiness. If you have an hour free, so you spend it doing something fun?  Or, do you spend it doing housework, or tackling an extra work project?  The latter is a “minor form on insanity”, according to happiness researcher Robert Biswas-Diener, PhD.
  • Socialize, Even with Strangers.  Find little ways to connect with others, including strangers, on a daily basis.  The more you mingle and chat with people around you, the more cheerful and brighter your mood is likely to be.
  • Do Acts of Kindness. When people make it a point to conduct one act of kindness a day, something magical happens… they become happier. Simple acts of kindness such as a compliment, letting someone ahead of you in line, etc. – are contagious and tend to make all those involved feel good.

The best part of habits of  happy people is the feeling of happiness-whether you feel optimism, joy, well-being.personal achievement, or all of the above. People who are in good spirits have a better out-look on life. Generally they eat better, exercise, and sleep better than those who are not.   Positive thoughts and attitudes are able to strengthen your immune system decrease pain and chronic disease, and provide stress relief.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

How Toxins Affect Your Health!

How toxins affect your life

How Toxins Affect Your Health!

Since the mid 20th century, we have manufactured tens of thousands of toxins and they have been created and released into the environment without much thought about the consequences.  Unfortunately, with so many toxins, thinking of your body as impenetrable fortress  is very naive. Here are some things to consider on how toxins affect your health.

The Center for Disease Control published a report in 2015 that makes it clear that every human on the planet carries a chemical burden in their system.  The Presidents Cancer Panel even stated “To a disturbing extent, babies are born “pre-polluted”.  As the suspected and proven health risks tied to industrial chemicals rise, chemical companies put their money where it matters, not on the safety testing or research to develop non-toxic products, but on lobbying to keep their toxic products in wide spread use.

Chemicals can be found in dust, vapor, gas, fumes, mists, liquids and solids.  There are chemicals in the water we drink and many of the foods we eat.  We bathe in chemicals and rub them on our skin.  They are all around us and we usually haven’t been warned what they are.

Roughly 13,000 chemicals are used in cosmetics, of which only 10 percent have been evaluated for safety.  It is thought that 1 in 5 cancers may be caused by exposure to environmental chemicals.

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which took effect in 1976, allows high-production volume chemicals to be launched without their chemical identity or toxicity information being disclosed.

It’s not only chemical companies that are poisoning Americans and the environment.  Industrial agriculture is another top polluter that, in many cases, is actually worse than the chemical industry. It’s become clear that environmental chemicals, even at low doses, cause disturbances to hormonal, reproductive and immune systems.  Chemicals that have accumulated and persist in the environment- in our food, water, air and household goods – have been linked to cancer, birth defects, learning disabilities, asthma, reproductive problems and more.

How Toxins Affect Your Health

With all the potential sources of toxic chemicals, it is virtually impossible to avoid all of them, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit silently while corporations use your home, your water, your air and your body as a convenient toxin dumping ground. You can significantly limit your exposure to toxins in your life by keeping these key principles in mind.

  •     Eat a diet of locally grown, fresh and ideally organic whole foods.  Processed and packaged foods are a common source of chemicals.
  •     Choose pastured, sustainably raised meats and dairy to reduce your exposure to hormones, pesticides and fertilizers.  Avoid milk and dairy that contain genetically engineered recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST).
  •      Eat fish that is wild caught versus conventional or farm-raised fish, which are often heavily contaminated with PCB’s and mercury.  Supplement with a high-quality krill oil.
  •      Buy products that come in glass bottles rather than plastic or cans, as chemicals can leach out of plastics and plastic can lining’s.  Be aware the even “BPA-free” plastics typically leach endocrine-disrupting chemicals.
  • Store your food and beverage in glass and avoid using plastic wrap.
  • Filter your tap water for both drinking and bathing.
  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter to remove contaminated house dust. This is one of the major routes of exposure to flame-retardant chemicals.
  • Use natural cleaning products or make your own.
  • Switch over to organic toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, antiperspirants, and cosmetics.
  • Replace your vinyl shower curtain with a fabric one or use glass doors.
  • Look for fragrance-free products.  One artificial fragrance can contain hundreds-even thousand-of potentially toxic chemicals.  Avoid fabric softeners and dryer sheets.

It is important to educate yourself and make informed choices on the products we buy and bring home and how toxins affect your health.

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

Digestion: How Food Combining Matters

Digestion:  How Food Combining Matters

Millions of Americans are plagued with heartburn, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, nausea, bowel difficulties and other digestive problems.  Much more than inconvenient, these are telltale signs of poor digestion-result in in deficiency and toxicity.  To eliminate these problems, follow a few simple guidelines, which will support healthy digestion.  You can choose digestion habits that will bring nutrients into your cells and let wastes out of your body efficiently.

The basic steps for food combining that matters are:

Eat the right combinations of foods, because certain foods digest better together than others.

Chew your food well, to assist in the digestive process.  Nutrients must be absorbed properly through your intestinal walls and transported throughout your body to all the cells that need them.

Wastes must excrete from the body.

Deficiency may occur if food is not properly digested and absorbed.  Toxicity occurs when undigested food “sits” too long, either in the stomach or in the intestines, where  it rots, ferments and putrefies, creating toxins.

Although eating a variety of foods is a great idea, we are not designed to digest them all at the same time.  Learning which foods go well with each other is what “food combining” is all about.  Our digestive system has adapted and evolved over thousands of years; until recently humankind did not eat the combinations of foods that are now “normal”.  Our hunter-gatherer ancestors often ate one food at a time directly from the source.  They had no way to preserve or store them.

When we are young, our digestive systems are working at peak performance and indulging in digestive indiscretions may be possible.  As we age, digestive capacity diminishes.  Forcing the body to digest incompatible foods which results in improperly digested food that produces dangerous toxins.

Proteins digest in an acid environment, but starches digest in an alkaline environment.  You cannot create both at the same time.  Fruit has special digestive requirements and should be eaten alone.

Food combinations that work well together and those that do not, consider a few simple food categories: proteins, starches, vegetables, and fruits (sweet, acid and melons).

Vegetables with proteins, okay.
Vegetables with starches, okay
Eat fruit alone.

Not certain which food fall into which categories? Here are examples.

Protein: Eggs, meat, fish, fowl, nuts, seeds, avocado, sprouts, milk  products.

Starch: Corn, wheat, barley, rice, buckwheat, millet, oats, beans, potatoes, yams, squash, flour products, sugar

Vegetables: Asparagus, tomatoes, okra,  green beans, green peas, broccoli, bell peppers, brussels sprouts, cabbage, lettuce, celery, cucumber, beets, eggplant, spinach, mushrooms, zucchini, radish, artichoke, beets, carrots, cauliflower, chives, ginger, garlic, leeks, onions

Sweet fruits: Bananas, currants, figs, dates, raisins, prunes, dried fruits, grapes

Acid fruits: Lemons, oranges, grapefruits, other citrus fruits, kiwi, plum, pineapple, mango, papaya, all berries, nectarines, apples, cherries, pears, apricots, peaches.

Melons : Cantaloupe, watermelon

Many of our traditional meals are comprised of wrong combinations.  What we think of as a “good meal” are typically a harmful combination of starch and protein.  We make the problem worse by accompanying meals with sugary drinks and desserts; these combinations cause the food to ferment and putrefy in the digestive system.

So remember HOW FOOD COMBINING MATTERS!

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.

What is Your Stress Level?

What is Your Stress Level?What is your stress level?

How often do you practice the power of appreciation and an “attitude of gratitude” throughout the day?

How often do you practice a stress management method, meditation, etc?

How often do you feel “stressed out”?

Stress is your response to unusual demands made on you.  What is Your stress level?  You can respond positively or negatively, which is distress.  The effects of stress depend on your response to the demands.  Sometimes, you are your own worst enemy when it comes to stress.

Stress causes hormones in your hypothalamus (an are of your brain stem) to be secreted.  This causes the pituitary gland to stimulate the production of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH).  ACTH travels through the blood stream from the pituitary gland to the adrenal gland.  The adrenal gland stimulates the release of cortisol.  Cortisol activates your brain’s reward center and increases levels of insulin in the blood stream, stimulating the desire for high-fat high-sugar foods.

Here are some ways to be more productive and help life to run smoother.

1.  Ask for help.  It’s OK to ask family and friends to help you out.  You do not get a Super Man award for trying to do it all.  In fact, you may be so overwhelmed that staying committed to your healthy lifestyle is much harder than when you have others to help you along the way.

2.  Keep exercising.  This can be tough when you feel as though you are being pulled in a thousand different directions.  As you are aware, exercise is a big stress reliever.  Even if you can’t keep up with your normal exercise routine, go for a quick walk or stair climbing.

3.  Rest is important.  Sleep and rest help us recharge our batteries.  This is when our body does repair work we need so much.

4.  Breathe.  Deep breathing seems like such a simple act, and it can do wonders in helping relieve stress and tension we hold in our bodies.  Just 3 short minutes of concentrated breathing can help lower stress levels and release tension and anxiety.

5.  Be sure to eat.  Remember food is fuel for the body.  It is what gives us energy especially when our meal time schedule is off.  Sugary foods and junk food from the vending machine can leave you drained, you can bring healthy snacks as a great option.  I keep nuts and protein bars in a special pack along with pure bottled water for those times when you are not expecting your schedule to be changed.

6.  Talk with others.  While it may seem you have an overwhelming situation, sharing your concerns with others you may find comfort that others may have had a similar experience.

7.  Accept that you cannot do it all.  This is by far one of the most difficult areas to accept.  As a type A perfectionist, I do not like when I am forced to shorten my workout sessions, maybe not eat as well as I should, and get upset with the way things are not done, but this is life.

8.  Trust.  Stephen Covey’s book Speed of Trust, says people must be able to trust before they feel it.

9.  It’s OK to let things slide.  I love an immaculate home, but when circumstances present themselves (which is often in life) we accept that there is only so much time in a day.  It’s OK to not get EVERYTHING done.  It will still be there when things settle down.

10.  Recognize when are being inefficient.  Do you get stuck answering e-mails for two hours at the expense of higher-value items?  Ask yourself, what’s my ultimate outcome that I want and will this achieve it?

I’m Shirley Noah, I teach the 9 pillars for health.  A step-by-step approach to good health.  Let’s connect to see how I may best serve you in the near future.