Why I Use Sunblock All Year Round

Astaxanthin, nature’s sunblock has a host of potent health benefits, and can help athlete’s and arthritis sufferers alike…

I’ve found skin benefits start at 2mg a day, and anti-inflammatory properties start at 8mg day.

In my first video on astaxanthin I explained why I took it in summer, and D3 in winter. Now with the knowledge that ataxanthin has unique abilities to keep all our cell membranes healthy I’m choosing to take it all year.

Pop in to the clinic if you are near us in Brookmans Park. You’ll get a free healthy coffee for your troubles.

Don’t forget to read my last blog post about how to be part of the World Peace solution, rather than feeling helpless, or hoping somebody else will deal with it:

World Peace, We Can All Make A Difference

 

 

 

September 15, 2017

World Peace, We Can All Make A Difference

International World Peace Day Is A Real Thing

     … so why is there not much fuss about it?

After watching Professor Brian Cox’s program for the BBC ‘The 21st Century Race for Space’ I was inspired to make a video on Facebook last week. I’ve now uploaded it to Youtube:

Then 3 days later I was at a conference called ‘Fast Forward Your Business’ (FFYB) which really could have been called Fast Forward Your Consciousness. It would take me half an hour to explain why, so I’ll shorten it to these two snippets

  1. FFYB is the flagship event of Roger James Hamilton.  Roger is helping lead the entrepreneur movement towards creating a better world – eradicating poverty is part of his mission. He is very reminiscent of Richard Branson. His main business is worth about 30 million dollars, yet you’ll find him at festivals, expanding his horizons of human expression, in the middle of the desert.  Here he is at ‘Burning Man’ with some of his family. Roger in under the tophat.
  2. Another man making a huge impact on the FFYB movement is Paul Dunn. Paul has done 4 TEDx talks, and set up ‘Buy 1, Give 1’ a fantastic concept on how business can be a force for good. So far over 115 million gifts given! If you have a business and you want to give: https://www.b1g1.com/businessforgood/

Let’s just say I got home on Sunday even more eager to get this peace process hurried along.

That’s when I stumbled again across International Peace Day, which I remembered I’d read about last year. It’s on the 21st of September.   Every year since 1981, set up by the United Nations. You’d think there would be more publicity.

There are plenty of ways to get involved with this, and link up with others, ready to do something about World Peace, which I’ll cover in a moment.

The BIG problem with World Peace, is that it is such a huge issue, that most people can’t even seriously entertain the idea of doing something about it. It’s scary, and seems ridiculous to entertain such thought. It’s taken me 45 years to realise that ‘I’d like to see world peace’ has to be more than ‘a nice idea that I’d love to something about, but I really don’t know what to do, so I won’t even look’.

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The Benefits of Ketosis

Epilepsy, Endurance, Energy and Weight Loss

Did you know that a cure for epilepsy, discovered in the 1920’s is now the ‘new big thing’ in the health and fitness industry? Learn more in the video, including the ‘1 hour keto cheat’

It’s called the ketogenic diet and it was originally developed to treat epilepsy.  The strict ketogenic diet consists of about 90% fat, however a well research, much more sustainable ‘Modified Atkins’ version is

  • 70% fat
  • 20% protein
  • 5% carbs

At first glance, you may think all that fat is a bad thing, and it certainly will be if you are eating rubbish, processed fats. It’s a lot of effort, and a big change, but if you can stick with it and you are eating good quality healthy fats though, this is the list of possible benefits:

  • Weight Loss
  • Reverses diabetes
  • Starves cancer cells
  • Treats heart disease
  • Reverses non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Cures polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)
  • Helps MS
  • Helps Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Helps Parkinson’s’
  • Decreases inflammation (which improves acne, arthritis, eczema, psoriasis, IBS, pain, etc…)
  • Up-regulation of brain mitochondria and mitochondrial enzymes: Focus, memory, clarty,
  • Mood
  • Hormone control
  • Improved fertility
  • Improved energy
  • Better sleep
  • Assisting gastrointestinal and gallbladder health (less heartburn and acid reflux, less risk for gallstones, improved digestion, less gas and bloating)
  • Muscle strength, building and endurance
  • Ketosis turns on the SiRT-1 gene that helps extend life

Pretty impressive, and the really good news, is there is now a way to get into ketosis, within an hour, without having to change your diet.

I share some more facts, including the cheat method in the video.

If you’d like to try the ‘exogenous ketones’ I spoke about then call the clinic on 01707 662 704 for more details.

How to Fix IBS, Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Are your bowels causing you upset?

Key Points

  • Irritable bowels can progress to inflammatory bowels, so it’s worth finding the cause and getting it fixed, rather than ‘drugging it’ or putting up with it.
  • The NHS website is a good place to start, and gives information on the FODMAP diet
  • Use bone broths and Restore to heal the gut
  • Control your stress
  • Get your spine checked

Mindset: Philosophy to Prosperity

Are you trying to use ‘Willpower’ to change?

purpose prosperity

Are you ‘Most People’ or are you YOU?

Most people are unaware of their belief systems and innate values and this is what often leads to depression, anger, etc.

Most of our modern world’s dissatisfaction, depression, anger and irritability comes from a mismatch between our core values and our beliefs

Most people have belief systems based on advertising and marketing.

Most people believe how they feel is random chance and believe they can not choose for themselves.

What do I think, why do I think it, what should I do about it?

Think Well, Be Well.

Related Post – https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/fixed-v-growth-mindset-oww-v-wow/

Fixed v Growth Mindset, ‘Oww’ v ‘Wow’

Are You ‘Oww’ or ‘Wow’ When it Comes to Health?

I first encountered the concept of Fixed and Growth mindsets thanks to Todd Herman, a performance expert (in business and sport).

Todd called these ‘Oww’ and ‘Wow’.

More on Brain Chemistry:
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/brain-chemistry/

Here’s some cool graphics for summary:

ow v wow oww-brain wow-brain

If you would like to interact with the conversation on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/BodyInBalanceUK/

Exercises

Exercises For Back Health

If there is one exercise to start doing to prevent back pain, this is my current favourite:

More advanced versions:

Then Add In These ‘Golf Exercises’
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/golf/

Or some Chi Kung:
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/5-yin/

For Disc Pain and Sciatica Relief
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/exercises-for-sciatica-relief/

For Sacroiliac Joint Pain
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/sacroiliac-joint-exercises-for-low-back-pain-relief/

More Back Pain Relief from Foundation Training

The rest of my Spinal Hygiene Videos:
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/spinal-hygiene-exercises-for-natural-back-pain-relief/

A ‘Move Every Joint’ Workout

Nitric Oxide Boosting Routine

My Morning Exercise Routine – Summer 2017 – With Guest Interruptions From My Youngest

Methylation: Why Stress Turns You Toxic, (and alters your genes)

R5: Re-Establish Methylation

Many people still think genetics determine our health.  The fact is, genes only really determine what happens if WE don’t do enough of the right things, or too much of the wrong thing.

Understanding methylation is critical to this.

The short version of this article is ‘nutrition influences your genetics, and stress influences it too’. And the good news is nutrition and how you respond to stress IS UNDER YOUR CONTROL

“Nutrients can reverse or change epigenetic phenomena such as DNA methylation and histone modifications, thereby modifying the expression of critical genes associated with physiologic and pathologic processes, including embryonic development, aging, and carcinogenesis”  – http://advances.nutrition.org/content/1/1/8.full

Increase methyl donors and you will also increase glutathione

Methyl depletion also depletes glutathione which will drive inflammation.

Stress depletes methyl donors and can cause mood swings, sleeping problems, anxiety and irritability.

You need methyl groups to remove toxic oestrogen metabolites.

Methyl protects DNA.

Optimal methylation pre-conception (in mother and father)  turns off ‘crap’ genes for next generation.

 “The Methylation Priority Principle”

Dr. Alan Vinitsky, a researcher and doctor, theorized that due to the importance of methylation in the body and its multiple functions, there must be a prioritization of the valuable methyl groups it uses in the many life-sustaining functions.

Your body needs methyl groups to activate cortisol and adrenalin (the 2 most important stress hormones), and if there is a lack of methyl groups it will take them away from other uses to activate the hormones needed to adapt to stress. If your body does not adapt to stress it dies, thus it adapts to survive. The problem is that now the other needs are not met and new problems will arise such as DNA damage (cancer) or genes of susceptibility being turned on. This is a new understanding of how stress can lead to a host of different diseases.

Stress is the number one way methyl groups become depleted. Remember, your body does not know the difference between physical, chemical or emotional stress. The body’s response is the same, and its use of methyl groups to adapt to the stress is the same. Yes all of your worrying is costing you valuable methyl groups and putting your DNA at risk.

If you would like help decreasing stress then, we have a free video series on Youtube: How to beat stress, or  call us on 01707 662 704

More on Methylation from my live training on Facebook in early 2017:

Dr Pompa’s PDF:

R5-Reestablishing-Methylation-030616

Related Article

Stress, Insulin, Cholesterol, Hormones and Your Brain.

How to Defeat Depression

How to Defeat Depression

“By 2020 depression will rank second only to heart disease as the leading cause of disability worldwide.”
–   The global burden of disease, Cambridge, Murray and Lopez

Here are my notes for the above video on chronic depression:

Psychoneuroimmunology – goes both ways

3 months – therapy, drugs

Inflamed brain feels no pain! Not like a muscle or a joint – signals with psychiatric symptoms

Inositol 4g x3 /day  for 4 weeks
ECGC – green tea extract

Diet – sugar!

Toxins!

Your gut!

No Grains

No Dairy

You Are Enough

Brain Based Wellness

Boost DHEA, serotonin, GABA, melatonin and beta-endorphins – the hormones that are the brain’s defence against stress.

Restore the body’s natural pH balance

Rid the body of toxins

Balance the immune system

The neurochemicals in the limbic system mediate all of one’s feelings and emotions.

A direct connection exists between the nocioceptive reflexes at every level of the spine and the limbic system. Every spinal level has an intimate relationship with the proper functioning of the limbic system. [Blum and Holder 1997]

And other relevant blog posts:

https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/glutathione-pollution-health/
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/brain-based-wellness/
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/walking-is-the-ultimate-exercise/
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/brain-chemistry/
https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/i-am-enough/

If you would like help implementing any nutritional strategies then you can book a consultation, either in person, or if you are not local, via phone or skype:  01707 662 704

 

Glutathione, Pollution, and Your Health

Glutathione, Pollution, and Your Health

A 2017 update on more ways to boost glutathione, decrease body pollution, and help achieve better weight and World Peace too (I dare you to help)

 

Ageing can be thought of as a form of rusting.

Rusting is exacerbated by oxidation – which happens naturally when you exercise, and as part of life,  and it is accelerated by pollution and toxins in the air we breathe,  the water we drink, the food we eat, and even the 200 chemicals in our bathrooms and cleaning products.

Of all the molecules our body makes to protect us against this onslaught, glutathione is arguably the most important.

But even glutathione itself is under attack by medicine we think of as safe – paracetamol and Calpol.

Watch the video and read the article for more information:

Your glutathione levels fall, by about 10% to 15% per decade!

Decreased glutathione levels result in accelerated aging, low energy, higher inflammation, and a greater vulnerability to cell damage and disease

Glutathione is the body’s master antioxidant .

It functions both as an antioxidant and an antitoxin and is a major defence against illness and aging. Our glutathione levels indicate our state of health and can predict longevity. There are more than 60,000 published papers on the beneficial effects of glutathione.

Low Glutathione Graphic

 

Possible warning signs you have low glutathione:

  • abdominal pains
  • diarrhoea
  • headaches
  • joint pains
  • depression
  • rashes
  • lack of energy
  • frequent colds
  • shaky hands after exertion

Some of the many functions of glutathione:

  • required to get rid of heavy metal toxicity (included are mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium)
  • boosts white blood cell formation, which helps boost immunity/immune system
  • used by the body to neutralize/remove things like formaldehyde, car exhaust chemicals, cigarette smoke, and certain pharmaceuticals, pesticide and industrial chemicals, steroids, bacterial produced toxins, and alcohol
  • plays a role in DNA repair
  • anti-viral properties
  • positively affects insulin production and control by the pancreas
  • can help decrease/reverse cataracts

And most importantly for energy production: glutathione is the only anti-oxidant inside mitochondria, which are the energy producing factories in our cells.

If you have a sedentary, non-stressful life then you should be getting enough nutrients to make glutathione if you eat plenty of organic nuts, seeds, avocados, eggs, lentils and lots of veg, some high quality grass fed meat.

If you are under stress, have any of the symptoms listed above, or exercise, then it would be advisable to take at least a good multivit/mineral with HIGH amounts of B vitamins in,  and whey protein from organic, grass fed cows.

We can give you more advice on the products we use at the clinic on your next appointment.