Gelatin has a long history of use in Chinese Medicine as a medicinal substance for a variety of conditions. Let's take a look at some of the ways gelatin has traditionally been used.
- as a "blood tonic" to treat dizziness accompanied by a sallow complexion and heart palpitations.
- to stop bleeding of any type, including excessive menstruation, mid-cycle spotting, nosebleeds, injuries, or blood in the sputum (coughing up blood) or stool.
- to nourish and moisten the "yin" in cases of irritability and insomnia after illnesses with fever, and to moisten the lungs in cases of chronic dry cough
One traditional way of consuming the gelatin is to combine it with other herbs and cook the mixture into a decoction that is supposed to be sipped throughout the day. The typical dosage is 3 - 15 grams of gelatin per day. The other way of using gelatin is as a medicinal food. In the Shandong province of China, gelatin is combined with almonds, sesame seeds, jujube dates, and wine, and eaten as an energy bar to supplement blood
.The best quality of gelatin has traditionally been considered to be black gelatin made from the skin of the black donkey. Gelatin made from beef, pork, camels, or horses is typically considered to be inferior. This is likely because foods that are black in color have traditionally been considered by the Chinese to be highly nourishing to what they call the jing or essence
, which is related to fertility and longevity.It is also typical in Chinese Medicine to assign a temperature and taste to every herb or food as well as an energetic meridian and organ that the herb enters more readily than other parts of the body.
Gelatin is said to be of neutral temperature (neither warming nor cooling) and sweet taste, with a tendency to enter the kidney, liver, and lung meridians of the body.Bones and bone broth have also been used medicinally in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years, but they are not used for the same conditions as indicated for gelatin. Tomorrow, I will write more about the Traditional Chinese Medicine usage of bones and bone broth as a medicinal substance. If you don't want to miss a post, sign up for the newsletter. I hate spam more than you do, so I promise you will not receive any spam from me! Click this sentence to sign up.
This is part 2 of a 2 part series. To read the first part of the series, click here: 11 Diet Mistakes You Don't Know You're Making (Part 1) 6. Avoiding salt While avoiding highly processed iodized sodium chloride is definitely a good idea unless you intend to go around retaining water and looking bloated all the time, a mineral-rich salt from land or sea can be beneficial to you in many ways. Salt can actually help pull your body out of a fight-or-flight stress response by causing you to increase levels of the "feel-good" neurotransmitter and hormone, dopamine. Increasing your dopamine levels can reduce pain, high blood pressure, anxiety, fibromyalgia symptoms, and apathy, among other things. It can also cause you to feel more social and extraverted.
7. Eating only egg whites and avoiding the egg yolks Egg yolks contain a rare nutrient known as phosphatidylcholine, which is needed by your brain and liver for optimal function. A deficiency in this nutrient can cause lowered IQ, ADHD, fatigue, eye diseases, liver cancer, and a variety of other undesirable illnesses.
8. Overeating and then trying to burn off the excess calories with lots of cardio exercise Chronic cardio exercise can cause your stress hormones to stay elevated, which will cause you to lose muscle in your arms and legs while depositing fat on your abdomen, back, and neck. You may also experience hair loss, infertility, heart disease, osteoporosis, and extreme weight gain (despite doing lots of exercise). It's best to avoid situations that may cause you to overeat, and don't do types of exercise that involve prolonged strenuous activity. That means choosing to run a 5K instead of a 10K, or doing high intensity interval training and yoga instead of spending hours at the gym. 9. Skimping on sleep
Lack of sleep not only elevates your hunger hormone and reduces your ability to make smart choices at mealtime, it also directly slows down your metabolism! If you have to choose between getting up an hour early for a trip to the gym and getting at least 8 hours of sleep at night, by all means skip the gym and choose getting enough sleep! The work you get done at the gym by skimping on sleep will not be enough to cancel out the ill effects on your blood sugar, metabolism, and hunger hormones caused by sleep deprivation. 10. Quitting caffeine While large amounts of caffeine found in energy drinks and some diet pills can be extremely dangerous, small doses of caffeine naturally found in coffee, tea, and chocolate can increase your mental acuity, physical performance, and motivation, and it can lift your mood. More than just a substance to help you get things done, caffeine may also help prevent a wide variety of diseases from diabetes to Alzheimer's. When you titrate your caffeine dosages throughout the day, consume 200 - 300 mg per 24 hour period, and put a stop to your caffeine consumption several hours before bedtime, you can reap the health benefits of caffeine while preventing the adverse effects of caffeine overdose. 11. Avoiding high cholesterol foods Some of the foods highest in cholesterol include shrimp, oysters, liver, lobster, butter, and cheese, which are common foods in the Mediterranean diet. People living in the Mediterranean region of Europe have long enjoyed low rates of obesity and heart disease, and high rates of longevity. Dietary cholesterol supports learning and memory, production of sex hormones and adrenal hormones, and the production of vitamin D in response to sun exposure. A lack of dietary cholesterol may be one of the factors behind age-related cognitive decline, hormone imbalances and infertility, cancer, and clinical depression. These are just a FEW of the diet mistakes you don't know your making! In The Nourished Metabolism, Elizabeth Walling covers all the bases and gives clear guidelines to help you raise your metabolism by NOURISHING, rather than STARVING, your body. If you have a goal to have more energy, lose weight, or put an end to yo-yo dieting, The Nourished Metabolism is the book for you. Elizabeth explains how achieving your ideal weight is simply a side effect of having a healthy body and a healthy metabolism. You can also enter to win a free copy of The Nourished Metabolism by signing up for the Superhero Healthcare mailing list and "liking" the Superhero Healthcare facebook page. (Follow the instructions below to enter to win.) The winner will be chosen and announced on June 1, 2013.
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If you have ever read any book about health, nutrition, fitness, or weight loss, you are probably aware that the market is saturated with information about these subjects. But frustratingly, every new book that comes out conflicts with the previous ones. One day you read that carbs are bad, while the next day you read that carbs are good and fats are bad! Then you pick up another book that says eating too much protein is bad and we should all become vegetarians if we want to be healthy, lean, and live a long life.
It is exceptionally rare for me to pick up a book, read it from cover to cover, and actually agree with 99% of the content. It is even more rare for me to find an ebook that I would actually recommend to my friends and family. But The Nourished Metabolism, written by Elizabeth Walling, is one of those books.
In the book, Elizabeth explains how common diet & exercise advice ultimately leads to failure by destroying your metabolism. This is one reason why the diet industry is so profitable! Instead of recommending all the tired advice that just doesn't work for anybody (calorie counting, measuring and weighing everything, avoiding fats, avoiding carbs, sacrificing sleep and rest for exercise, etc.)
, Elizabeth gives you a clear plan for healing your metabolism and becoming healthy. When these means are achieved, you eventually reach your ideal weight as a side effect of having a healthy metabolism.
In this 2 part series, I will outline just a few common mistakes many individuals make in trying to achieve a healthy diet. Elizabeth explains these and more in her book, The Nourished Metabolism. 1. Choosing whole grains
Whole grains are difficult to digest and are high in enzyme-inhibitors and anti-nutrients. This terrible combination can wreak havoc on your metabolism by causing chronic inflammation, slowing down your body's ability to metabolize fats, and blocking absorption of nutrients your thyroid needs in order to function properly. Choose a baked potato, white basmati rice, or butternut squash instead of that "healthy" bran muffin or cardboard-tasting "whole grain" bread. Your body (and your skinny jeans) will thank you later.
2. Eating veggie burgers
Soy protein in veggie burgers blocks production of thyroid hormone, which can leave you with a sluggish metabolism, low body temperature, infertility, and memory problems. Real beef hamburgers, on the other hand, are packed with B vitamins and other nutrients that promote athleticism and optimal brain function. Most people would probably also agree that real beef hamburgers are very satisfying and keep you feeling full longer than a veggie burger. (Without the need to snack between meals, you'll probably end up eating fewer calories overall by indulging in the beef burger instead of the tofu burger!)
3. Cooking with olive oil
Olive oil is a very healthy anti-inflammatory oil that is high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids. However, exposing olive oil to high heat causes rancidity which can slow down your metabolism, contribute to heart disease and cancer, and even make you age faster by gunking up your system with free radicals.
4. Replacing real butter with margarine
Butter is the slimming secret of slender French women! Real butter made from grass-fed cows is high in a rare type of fat known as CLA or conjugated linoleic acid. This is not only a heart-healthy fat, but also one clinically proven to raise your metabolism and burn belly fat. Margarine, on the other hand, is high in polyunsaturated fats which can contribute to chronic inflammation 5. Cutting out sugar or going very low carb While high fructose corn syrup, excessive amounts of fruit juice, and agave nectar are no good because they are metabolized by your liver in the same way as alcohol (which puts you at risk for developing fatty liver disease or cirrhosis of the liver), natural sugars found in whole fruits, sugar cane, organic (non-GMO) sugar beets, milk, vegetables, mushrooms, maple syrup, coconut water, honey, and kombucha, for instance, are beneficial when used wisely and in moderation. If your diet is too low in sugars and other forms of carbohydrates, your body will sense that you are in a famine. Even if you are consuming enough calories from fats and proteins, if you are not eating enough carbohydrates your body will slow down your metabolism to "protect" you from a famine. Elizabeth explains in The Nourished Metabolism exactly how you can calculate the optimal number of grams of carbohydrate that is right for YOUR body.
These are just 5 of 11 common mistakes that I will be outlining in this 2 part series. Check back later for the second part of the series! You can also enter to win a free copy of The Nourished Metabolism by signing up for the Superhero Healthcare mailing list and "liking" the Superhero Healthcare facebook page. (Follow the instructions below to enter to win.) The winner will be chosen and announced on June 1, 2013. If you want to purchase a copy of The Nourished Metabolism, click here.
A variety of health conditions including hypothyroidism, seasonal allergies, asthma, fatigue, depressed mood, infertility, low back pain, and high or low blood sugar are often associated with having alow basal body temperature. A low basal body temperature is usually a result of an imbalance in one or several hormones (low thyroid, estrogen, testosterone, LH, and FSH), a nutritional deficiency, or both. The good news is that oftentimes you do not have to know exactly which hormones are out of balance or exactly which nutrients you are missing to correct the imbalance, raise your basal body temperature, and restore optimal health.
How to Raise Resting Metabolic Rate and Basal Body Temperature If you incorporate these 5 foods into your diet, and strive to eat at least one of these foods at each meal, you will likely notice a rise in your basal body temperature within a few weeks. If you have had an imbalance for a very long time, expect that it may take longer to see any results. What is the optimal basal body temperature? While the optimal basal body temperature for you will not be the same as the optimal temperature for someone else, most people tend to feel their best when their basal body temperature (measured as soon as you wake up in the mornings, before you even get out of bed) is AT LEAST 98.0 F. To see what a basal body temperature thermometer looks like, click here.
Now on to the list of 10 foods that raise basal body temperature...
1. Trout Trout is a freshwater fish high in omega-3 PUFAs, DHA, EPA, and purines. According to East Asian Medicine, trout is considered both a qi tonic (energy booster) and a yang tonic (body temperature enhancer). 2. Oysters Oysters are also a good source of omega-3 PUFAs, DHA, EPA, and purines. In addition, oysters are a rich source of iron, zinc, calcium, vitamin A, B12, selenium, cholesterol, and amino acids, which are all vital for optimal steroid hormone production and thyroid health. 3. Egg Yolks Egg yolks are high in the rare nutrient choline, which is used in the process of methylation to remove dangerous homocysteine from the blood and "turn off" promoter regions of genes that cause inflammation. Choline is also used to make phosphatidylcholine and sphingomyelin, two fat-like molecules that make up the majority of your brain's mass. Therefore, if you are deficient in choline, you may suffer from high homocysteine and chronic inflammation, and that means you're at risk for developing heart disease, diabetes, chronic pain, brain shrinkage, dementia, obesity, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (cirrhosis), and other postmodern diseases. Over 90% of Americans are likely choline deficient, mostly because our main source of choline is egg yolks, and we've been lead to believe the myth that egg yolks contribute to heart disease.
So what does all this have to do with raising your metabolism? Chronic inflammation is known to cause adipocyte dysfunction. Dysfunctioning adipocytes (fat cells) slow down metabolic rate and ultimately lead to problems with appetite regulation, metabolic syndrome, and obesity.
4. Durian Fruit Durian is a large, spiky fruit that grows throughout Southeast Asia. It is very high in fat, carbohydrates, and calories, and a durian fruit can make a person feel warm immediately after eating it. Eating an entire durian can cause intense sweating! The taste of a durian is often described as either addictive or repulsive. With a smell similar to a mixture of stinky cheese, garlic, and wine, and a firm, buttery texture, you will either love it or hate it! You may be able to find fresh durian fruit at your local Asian foods store, or you can order vacuum freeze-dried durian online. 5. Cod Liver Oil
Cod liver oil is very high in vitamin D, which is important because low vitamin D may cause low thyroid function, as well as low production of steroid hormones. If you don't live in the tropics, or spend most of your days outdoors in the nude, you are probably deficient in vitamin D if you don't use a supplement such as cod liver oil. Raising your vitamin D levels to the optimal level for you will raise your metabolism and body temperature. You may also experience relief from seasonal allergies, chronic fatigue, pain, and other conditions since vitamin D affects every body system and at least 200 different genes.
If you tend to feel too warm in a room in which everyone else seems comfortable, sweat easily, or get overheated during exercise, a simple change in the foods you choose to eat can make a real difference. Try the foods listed below before or after exercise, at meals, or as snacks to cool you down and stop excessive sweating. These are also the foods you need to avoid if you are trying to raise your basal body temperature. 1. Banana Mash up a banana with a dash of vanilla extract or a tablespoon of cocoa powder, and freeze in an ice cube tray for a healthy frozen treat. 2. Avocados
Blend a slice of avocado into your breakfast smoothies, or make homemade guacamole to put on sandwiches, burgers, burritos, chips, or salads. Even if you eat guacamole with spicy salsas, it will help you stay cool on a hot summer day -- especially if you add a squeeze of lime to your drink or dish!
3. Lemon/Lime Add a squeeze of lemon or lime to a liter of cold water, sweeten to taste with stevia and/or about 2 ounces of orange juice, and drink any time you feel overheated, dehydrated, or unsatisfied by plain water. 4. Mango One of the tastiest ways to enjoy a mango is to slice it up and season it with sea salt, cayenne pepper, and lime juice. This blend is great for lunch to help cool you down on a hot day! Eat it with some cottage cheese, soft goat's milk cheese, or a white fish such as cod or hake. 5. Dandelion Greens Throw these in a blender with a banana and frozen berries for a fruit smoothie, or add to a salad just as you would spinach or lettuce. Dandelion greens are also great steamed with a little lemon juice.
6. Coconut Water
Drink coconut water instead of sports drinks to help replenish your electrolytes and lost calories after an intense workout or a day of sweating under the hot sun. Coconut water is also an excellent choice if you've lost a lot of fluids due to illness.
7. Asparagus Asparagus has been used as part of the dietary treatment of inflammatory bowel conditions, hot flashes, and diabetes in Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. You can eat young asparagus stems raw and saute the more mature stems in broth.
8. Watermelon Enjoy a slice of watermelon to stay cool on a hot summer day. Watermelon can lower your blood pressure while also replenishing lost electrolytes. It has traditionally been used as a treatment for a condition known as "summerheat" in Chinese Medicine.
To learn more about how to balance your body temperature and improve your health using traditional wisdom and enticing recipes, read this book written by my teachers at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine called Ancient Wisdom, Modern Kitchen: Recipes from the East for Health, Healing, and Long Life.
Did you know that how long you will live (and whether you will be mentally and physically healthy up to age 100 and beyond) is largely a result of social, environmental, and lifestyle factors? Genetics plays a role in whether you will live to the age of reproduction, but beyond that, you can actually control how quickly (or slowly) you age. Here are some quick tips that will help you to look, feel, and perform as if you were years or even decades younger than your chronological age would suggest.
1. Get 7 - 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night and fight cognitive decline with time-releasemelatonin supplementation. (Melatonin is a hormone that your body begins producing less of after around age 25.) If you are getting enough sleep at night, you should be able to wake without an alarm and feel alert for the duration of the day.
2. Walk 4 - 5 miles (around 10,000 footsteps) per day and avoid sitting for longer than an hour at a time without standing up and contracting the muscles in your glutes, quads, hamstrings, and calves. When these muscles are flaccid for long periods of time, deleterious changes occur that are not reversible by exercise. These changes can increase your risk of death from all causes of disease.
3. Activate the longevity gene (Sirtuin 1) in your own body, regardless of what kind of genetic code you inherited. Some rare plant compounds such as resveratrol (found in small amounts in red wine, cocoa, and black mulberries) can change the way genes are expressed in your body (a growing area of discovery known as epigenics), thus preventing a wide variety of diseases that are often associated with aging. Buy 3 bottles of resveratrol, get 1 free.
Tortilla de Patatas (Spanish Omelette)
While conventional nutritionists and sports trainers tell athletes to carb-load before a race to optimize their performance, you might want to ignore their advice and leave the pasta to the competition. The truth is that the actual sports and nutrition science clearly shows that a high-fat race training diet -- including a high-fat meal four hours before athletic performance -- is the key to achieving your personal best.This study on 12 male and 13 female runners found reduced performance when the athletes consumed a low-fat diet of 16% fat, and increased performance on a high-fat diet consisting of 44% fat. Both the high-fat diet and the low-fat diet contained the same number of calories and about 15% protein. And this study found that athletes on a 70% fat diet had an enhanced resistance to fatigue during low to moderate intensity endurance exercise.Yet another experiment found that time to exhaustion increased by 21% in athletes consuming a diet of 44% fat during a 1 month period, in comparison to their time to exhaustion when consuming a diet of 18.4% fat for a one month period.Some skeptics argue that without enough carbohydrates in the diet, moderate to intense endurance exercise will deplete glycogen storage in the muscles. However, this study conducted on duathletes found that when the athletes were consuming a low-carb diet consisting of 53% fat, muscle glycogen storage was not depleted after a half marathon and 20 minutes of high intensity cycling.So what percentage of fat is optimal for endurance training and performance? One recent study conducted in June of 2012 compared performance results of a high-fat meal of 55% fat to a low-fat meal of 20% fat (both meals containing the same amount of calories and protein). These trained athletes ran to exhaustion, and each athlete was able to run longer on the diet of 55% fat.
To spare you from having to do the calculations to come up with a pre-race meal with the optimal ratio of macronutrients, I came up with a couple of meal ideas with approximately 55% fat and 18% protein in each meal. Both meals have 630 calories with the portion sizes given. (You can increase or decrease the portion sizes if you need more or less food than this for your meal.)
*Note that both of these meals are classified as anti-inflammatory by nutritiondata.com. To learn more about how chronic inflammation affects your body, and how anti-inflammatory foods can prevent disease, see this link.
Bacon & Eggs with Baked Sweet Potato
- 4 strips of bacon
- 2 eggs
- 1 large sweet potato with skin (about 1 cup or 200 grams of potato)
- 1 tbsp butter
- Optional: cinnamon, nutmeg, sea salt, and stevia for the potato
Fry the bacon in a cast iron or ceramic skillet. Then fry the eggs in the bacon grease. Bake or boil the sweet potato. Add the butter to the sweet potato.
- 1 white potato with skin (about 1 cup of potato)
- 4 eggs
- 1 small onion
- 1 bell pepper
- 1.5 tbsp olive oil
Boil the potato until soft. Then slice the potato into 1/2 inch cubes. Dice the onion and bell pepper. Mix all ingredients with 4 eggs. Heat the olive oil in a ceramic skillet, and then add the mixture to the skillet. Stir with a wooden spoon and cook until golden brown on the bottom. To flip the omelette to cook the top half, place a lid over the skillet and turn it upside down. Just don't drop your tortilla! Cook until firm in the middle. Then slide it onto a plate for serving.
Choose Locally Grown Foods!
When your food is shipped hundreds or even thousands of miles to its final destination, and then kept in storage for weeks, months, or even years, the vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients decrease substantially while total macronutrient content (fat, calories, protein) remains constant. This means that when you eat foods that are out of season, you may still be getting the same number of calories, but you are getting fewer micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, and other important compounds). When you eat foods that were grown locally and in season, you'll obtain more nutrition from fewer calories of food. You will not only feel more satiated after a meal of locally grown, seasonal foods, you'll be healthier and may possibly even live longer (without spending the last decade of your life in a chair and diapers).
Your body has increased requirements for particular nutrients and decreased requirements for others according to the seasons and local climate. For instance, during the wintertime you may need to get more vitamin D from your food since you'll be getting less of it from the sun. You may also need more dietary fats and fewer simple sugars in order to feel satiated, calm, and energized during the cold winter months, while during the summer months fresh fruits and raw salads help you stay hydrated and cool. Interestingly, the foods that are more abundant during one season tend to be high in the nutrients our bodies require more of during the respective season.
Since the current season is winter, I've made a list of some of the foods we should be eating more of this season for optimal health. By including at least one of these foods in each meal or snack you eat this winter, you will easily "crowd out" the unhealthy foods that can make you more susceptible to cold & flu viruses, seasonal affective disorder, muscle and joint aches and pains, lethargy, and winter weight gain.
1. Sweet Potatoes - While store-bought candied sweet potatoes can wreak havoc on your blood sugar and prevent you from ever seeing your abs this winter, cutting fresh sweet potatoes into 1/2 inch slices and then boiling or steaming them for 7 minutes with a sprinkle of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves and a small pat of real butter can do quite the opposite. Eating sweet potatoes cooked this way actually increases your blood levels of adiponectin, a "fat-burning" hormone that sensitizes your body to insulin, keeps your blood sugar levels even, and makes you feel full. Blood adiponectin levels tend to be higher among centenarians and skinny people, and very low in overweight individuals and the chronically ill.
2. Collard Greens - Steamed collard greens help the body to detoxify from metabolic waste by binding to bile acids (made of cholesterol) in the digestive tract for excretion, thus excreting potentially harmful small dense subtypes of low density lipoproteins. Steamed collard greens have a much greater ability to bind to bile acids than raw collard greens and other cruciferous veggies such as kale, mustard greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage. Collard greens also contain anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer compounds that are activated by lightly steaming the greens. Just one cup of collard greens three times per week may protect you against a variety of inflammation-related conditions, including diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, metabolic syndrome, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic pain.
3. Pasture-raised eggs - Eating eggs (including the yolks) can literally assist you in reaching your genetic potential because they contain a rare nutrient known as choline, which is involved in the cellular process of methylation. The process of methylation switches your genes on and off, and helps your cells communicate with eachother. Choline is also used to make fat-like molecules and neurotransmitters that account for most of your brain's total mass; a lack of choline in the diet may cause brain shrinkage and low levels of important neurotransmitters.
4. Bone Stocks - Bones are not just for the dogs! You can make a broth out of those chicken and beef bones by slow cooking them with some chopped up leftover celery, carrots, and onions, and a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar. Bone stocks are high in glucosaminoglycans such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and hyaluronic acid that help promote healthy joints and stop chronic joint pain. Broth also boosts collagen levels to promote youthful skin and healthy hair and nails. Another unique component of bone stone is gelatin, which can heal a damaged gut lining, saving you from IBS, diarrhea, ulcers, and even flare-ups of autoimmune diseases. Also, if you are feeling a little sluggish and thinking about doing a detox diet or a cleanse, drinking bone stock might be your best bet. It's rich in the amino acid glycine, which is crucial for optimal liver function and detoxification.
5. Hard Cheeses - Cheese helps prevent gout, which is a type of arthritis caused by eating too much sugar and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. Cheese also increases your body's ability to burn fat, due to its high calcium content. Hard cheeses, in particular, contain a rare nutrient known as menaquinone (vitamin K2) that prevents heart disease and cancer.
6. Heirloom Apples -- Apples contain substantial amounts of flavonols quercetin, kaempferol, myricetin, as well as many other types of polyphenols such as epicaechin, mostly concentrated in their peelings. (Apple juice and applesauce are missing these potent phytonutrients!) This special class of nutrients helps protect your skin from UV-B radiation from the sun, thus acting as "nature's sunscreen" to protect your skin from signs of aging and melanoma. While it may not be surprising that whole apples alter the types of bacteria found in your large intestine (thus keeping your bowels more regular), researchers have also found that eating an apple a day can help keep asthma away! (This makes sense in Chinese Medicine because the large intestine and the lungs are paired together as the organ system associated with the metal element and the Autumn season.)
If you are a fairly health-conscious person, you are probably already aware that a bad night's sleep can lead to grogginess, poor work performance, driving accidents, moodiness, headaches, and sugar cravings.
However, the consequences of sleep deprivation go far beyond fatigue and diminished performance. Decades of clinical research document that a good night's rest supports nearly all systems of the body, including:
- Skin health and youthful appearance (J Invest Dermatol. 2005 Mar;124(3):587-95.)
- Healthy collagen formation (Nat Rev Neurosci. 2009;10(3):199-210.)
- Insulin levels/trim waistline (Science. 2010 Dec 3;330(6009):1349-54.)
- Lean body composition (Obesity (Silver Spring). 2009 Apr;17(4):767-71.)
- Blood sugar levels (Int J Obes (Lond). 2009 Jan;33(1):46-53.)
- Blood pressure (Am J Hypertens. 2010 Dec;23(12):1286-91.)
- Cancer prevention/healthy cell division (Chronobiol Int. 2011 Feb;28(1):76-80.)
- Cardiovascular health (Prog Cardiovasc Dis. 2009 Jan-Feb;51(4):294-302.), and a good mood (Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2003 Jun;57(3):265-70).
Scientists attribute sleep-related difficulties to the unprecedented levels of stress most of us endure in today's fast-paced world. And to add insult to injury, sleep quality and duration decline as we grow older — at a time when we need the health benefits of a good night's rest more than ever.
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- Bioactive Milk Peptides (Lactium®) are a cutting-edge nutrient complex consisting of patented bioactive peptides found naturally in milk. Used widely in Europe to promote sustained and restful sleep patterns, published studies reveal that these bioactive milk peptides also promote relaxation, help with stress, and support daytime cognition. A group of 63 women reporting a variety of sleep-related difficulties experienced as much as 65.6% improvement in their symptoms with just 150 mg per day of these bioactive milk peptides. In another study, the same 150 mg dose induced substantial improvements across 27 markers of sleep quality and stress response in 165 healthy adults. And in a third study, a group of healthy men and women taking 150 mg per day of these bioactive milk peptides for one month experienced a 50% improvement in sleep quality after two weeks and needed 30% less time to fall asleep after 4 weeks. (So Ken Study: Effect of Lactium® on sleep disorders. October, 2006.)
- Melatonin (very low dose). A compound produced in the brain to regulate the sleep-wake cycle, melatonin levels naturally decline with age and adversely affect sleep patterns in many people. In both immediate and time-release form, melatonin has been shown to support sustained and restful sleep. So much so that time-release melatonin has been licensed since June 2007 in Europe and other countries for promoting optimal sleep. (BMC Med. 2010 Aug 16;8:51.)
- Sendara® is a proprietary nutrient complex consisting of ashwagandha and Indian gooseberry extracts. Prized in traditional cultures for their ability to promote healthy skin function and appearance, these plant-based compounds have since gained substantial clinical validation. Indian gooseberry provides broad-spectrum antioxidant support and has been used to preserve youthful skin health and appearance in many skin care products. (Skin Pharmacol Appl Skin Physiol. 2002;15(5):374-80.) Ashwagandha also promotes a healthy response to stress, yielding 62% relaxation support compared to placebo with just 125 mg per day in one clinical study. (JANA. 2008;11(1):50-6.)
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Amount Per Capsule
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Casein decapeptide† (Bioactive Milk Peptides) 150 mg
Melatonin (immediate release) 0.75 mg
Melatonin (timed release) 0.75 mg
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Few people saw it coming, but Hostess brand has officially gone out of business thanks to unions. As you are probably aware, Hostess is the maker of Twinkies, Wonder bread, and a variety of other sugary snack cakes known to elevate blood sugar levels and contribute to diabetes, heart disease, and belly flab in every Wal-Mart and Piggly Wiggly near YOU! I have fond childhood memories of devouring tasty peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on Wonder bread, only to feel hungry and sick at my stomach an hour later. And Twinkies? I ate my last one of those in journalism class back in 1997. It sent me home with a massive migraine headache, joint pain, and a tummy ache. People bought Hostess products because they're cheap and loaded with addictive flavors and textures. It's no "wonder" the company couldn't afford to pay their workers a living wage, which is why the workers formed a union, went on strike, and eventually lost their jobs as the unions directly contributed to the demise of the Hostess brand.
In a much better scenario, Hostess would have strived to meet the demands of the well-informed, health-conscious consumer by formulating a line of products that still taste great but don't leave their consumers in need of insulin injections, bypass surgery, and Jenny Craig. They could subsequently charge a bit more for these healthy products, pay their workers more, and offer a more exciting workplace by allowing the workers to assist in new product formulation and innovation. In my opinion, Wonder bread has already been replaced by a product called The Paleo Bread: http://www.paleobread.com/. What if Hostess had tried to compete with that by hiring new workers with a background in holistic health (and perhaps letting go of unproductive workers who were simply clocking in and clocking out just to receive a paycheck)?
And what if Hostess had created a healthy Twinkie? It looks, smells, and tastes like one woman already has. And you can "borrow" her recipe to create your own healthy Twinkies at home. (Breathe a sigh of relief. You now have no need to hoard Twinkies in your basement in case of a craving.) Here's the recipe: http://www.elanaspantry.com/gluten-free-twinkies/