Enzymes

An enzyme is a substance produced by a living organism that acts as a catalyst to bring about a specific biochemical reaction.  They are very important in maintaining good health.

There are digestive enzymes, which help aid the digestion process and systemic enzymes, which help with overall health and healing.  Our body makes some, but it is an exhaustible resource that should be replenished through food and supplementation.

Enzymes are temperature sensitive, and should be stored and consumed thusly.  Typically fruits and veggies contain the correct amount of digestive enzymes to digest itself.  This is why you should eat a good percentage of raw foods, (NOT all raw).

Dr. Edward Group:

“Whether breaking down foods or healing from injury, nearly every process in the human body involves chemical reactions. Enzymes are proteins that act as the catalysts for chemical reactions. Every cell in the body uses enzymes for building, maintenance, and repair. Enzymes are available in food, and the human body produces many enzymes on its own. However, natural production of enzymes begins to decline as early as age 25. Joint pain, circulatory problems, slower healing, and an increase in the incidence of disease are all too common with people who are enzyme deficient and suffering the effects of aging.”

So, enzymes are very important to our life process, and should be a priority for you to get what you need!

To Your Health

Manuka Honey – Help with Antibiotic Resistant Bugs.

For those that are unfamiliar with the great health benefits of honey, and/or specifically with Manuka honey, here’s some good information.

From http://www.realfoodforlife.com:

Health Benefits of Honey

1. Prevent cancer and heart disease
It contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit.

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
“All honey is antibacterial because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance 
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

5. Reduces a cough and throat irritation
It helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 105 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

6. Balance the 5 elements honey
It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

7. Blood sugar regulation
Even though it contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some kinds of honey do have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar.  Watch this video Sweetener Comparisonwhere I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses, and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.

8. Heal wounds and burns
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s antibacterial nature combine to create this effect. Studies have shown it to be very successful in healing wounds.

9. Probiotic
Some varieties possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”

10. Strengthen the immune system
Manuka Honey has been found to stimulate the production of immune cells according to a study at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK. Manuka is a favourite of mine.

Manuka honey comes from bees that feed on the Manuka plant in New Zealand, and it is a “super honey” because it has high amounts of methylglyoxal (MG) which is very therapeutic.  All honeys have MG but Manuka has much higher amounts.  Also found as UMF honey (Unique Manuka Factor).  The honey is rated by the level of MG in the honey.  Anything over 10 is considered having therapeutic effects.  It can be as high as 20 percent from higher quality sources.

Manuka is effective against MRSA!  So maybe it should be the go to “antibiotic” of the future!

To Your Health! 

 

Hearing loss is caused by various things…However, nutrition helps!

Hearing loss is usually associated with seniors, but it can be an issue at any age!

Our ears are like any other organ in the body, they need good nutrition to function at their best. If good nutrition is lacking hearing will be affected just as much as any other organ functions!

Inflammation and free radicals (caused by various factors) are the main culprits in most chronic diseases, and the best way to mitigate them is through proper nutrition via good food and supplements.  The B vitamins (particularly folate, B9 and B12)  play a large part in mitigating hearing issues.

Whether you, or a loved one, is suffering from hearing loss, please heed this advice and put more of a priority on nutrition as something that helps in ALL diseases, and without the “side effects” of pharmaceutical drugs!

To Your Health!

Coconut Oil Controversy

Coconut oil as a healthy food has come under controversy again due to recent article in USA Today.  Unfortunately this article is completely off base!

It is based on the false premise that fats, especially saturated fats, are unhealthy.  This could not be further from the truth.  Our bodies need fats (good fats) to survive.

My wife and I have been using coconut oil for many years, and found the least expensive to be Costco brand (pictured above).  84oz. for around $20 bucks!

We ingest it in our smoothies each day, use it in cooking, and apply it externally to areas of our bodies that need a little help.

It can help with various health conditions, as it is an anti-fungal:

Coconut oil contains 3 different fatty acids (Caprylic Acid, Capric Acid, Lauric Acid) that have each been found to be effective against the Candida yeast (see the research studies here and here). Caprylic acid in particular is a popular and effective antifungal, which you can buy in supplement form.

And also antiviral:

The antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of the medium chain fatty acids/triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut oil have been known to researchers since the 1960s. Research has shown that microorganisms that are inactivated include bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses.

Dr. Hardick has a great article on heart benefits: http://drhardick.com/coconut-oil-heart-disease.

And consuming good fats can help you lose weight!

So it would seem that coconut oil is a VERY good food to use to regain and maintain our good health!

To Your Health!

Fermented Foods

fermented1Fermented food?  Many think that’s what happens when food goes bad.  Well that’s not true in all cases.  An example of fermented food are Sauerkraut, kimchee, kombucha and kefir (not so bad).

Why eat fermented food?  Mainly they help re-supply our gut microbiome with the quantity and variety of flora that help manage our health.  And our environment and lifestyle wreak havoc with the microbiome!

The amounts of probiotics and enzyme available to us in our food supply has been severely dwindled over  the decades.  Many things are pasteurized, and devoid of many life-giving components!

modern-lifestyle-microbiome

From The Wellness Mama (https://wellnessmama.com/2245/health-benefits-fermented-foods/):

Why Eat Fermented Foods?

Besides the fact that they taste great and really grow on you, there are several great reasons to start making and eating fermented foods:

  1. Probiotics– Eating fermented foods and drinking fermented drinks like Kefir and Kombucha will introduce beneficial bacteria into your digestive system and help the balance of bacteria in your digestive system. Probiotics have also been shown to help slow or reverse some diseases, improve bowel health, aid digestion, and improve immunity!
  2. Absorb Food Better– Having the proper balance of gut bacteria and enough digestive enzymes helps you absorb more of the nutrients in the foods you eat. Pair this with your healthy real food diet, and you will absorb many more nutrients from the foods you eat. You won’t need as many supplements and vitamins, and you’ll be absorbing more of the live nutrients in your foods.
  3. Budget Friendly– Incorporating healthy foods into your diet can get expensive, but not so with fermented foods. You can make your own whey at home for a couple of dollars, and using that and sea salt, ferment many foods very inexpensively. Drinks like Water Kefir and Kombucha can be made at home also and cost only pennies per serving. Adding these things to your diet can also cut down on the number of supplements you need, helping the budget further.
  4. Preserves Food Easily– Homemade salsa only lasts a few days in the fridge- Fermented homemade salsa lasts months! The same goes for sauerkraut, pickles, beets and other garden foods. Lacto-fermentation allows you to store these foods for longer periods of time without losing the nutrients like you would with traditional canning.

My wife and I just started to make sauerkraut (we have to wait another month before it’s done).  We will most likely post the results.  And we’ve been making and drinking “water kefir” (very easy to make, quicker and easier than kombucha).

Our microbiome is larger than us (10 times the number of bacteria than the number of human cells) and does a LOT for us!  It’s our immune system’s first line of defense!  And the microbiome affect many other aspects of our lives, including who we wind up with a mates!

monkeysSo, to stay healthy and find the right mate – put more fermented foods in your diet!

To Your Health!