Category Archives for "Diet and Nutrition"
Do you have cravings for sugar?
At it’s worst, you may already have diabetes – so read this and get checked by your doctor:
At best – you could be on your way to diabetes, so start making some changes.
I have 2 resources for you.
The first is this video:
These are the supplements (click on the link to go to one of the companies I use)
The second resource is my ebook, which you can download after clicking on the picture:
Antibiotics are being massively over-prescribed, and that is bad news for a number of reasons, the most devastating is that they cause long term damage to our cells.
There are lots of things we can do to boost our immunity with no downsides.
One is to increase our use of particular ‘superfoods’.
There are many superfoods that get plenty of mentions on the internet, and you may already be using some – such as turmeric, aloe vera, chlorella and spirulina.
They all have great health properties and I recommend them all.
Here are some others, less well known:
Noni, a fruit from Australia and India combats inflammation and boosts immunity, and may be good for cancer pain relief
Mangosteen: a small purple tree fruit grown in Southeast Asi.
In the 19th century, the mangosteen was given the nickname “the queen of fruits,” due to a rumour that they had been particularly sought by Queen Victoria.
It’s health effects are possibly down to a group of chemical called xanthonoids. Effects include immune boosting, improved pancreatic and cardiovascular function, decreased inflammation & antibacterial properties.
Bonus, it’s an AMPK activator like ganoderma (the mushroom in the green tea & coffee I drink) – see this video https://youtu.be/cyhyFbuA3pM
Acerola Cherry – stops the growth and spread of lung cancer.
Japanese Knotweed – this one is a real surprise.
We know it as a weed, but it has more than 100 chemical compounds that may have beneficial uses.
Boosts the immune system and may be effective against the deadly flesh eating MRSA
May help with Asthma, and protect the liver, heart and brain from stroke, Alzheimer’s’ and Parkinson’s.
May also help improve sleep.
So should you get all of these in your diet?
It would certainly seem like a good idea, and I do so almost every day, because the ‘Fruits & Greens’ powder we sell at the clinic contains everything I’ve mentioned above and far more.
You can pick some up on your next visit if you are not already using it. Or we can post it to you anywhere in the UK (and probably the USA too).
Why Does Detox Beat Diet?
Detox beats diet due to a number of reasons.
For starters – most people are already deficient of a number of vitamins, minerals and micronutrients, and when they restrict calories by eating less food, they also deplete other nutrients.
As well as all I mention in the above video, detox is also better than diet as it helps reset your ‘Set point’ . Your Set Point is the weight your body thinks it should be, and it will try to maintain that weight even if you decrease or increase calories. Changing your set point is the key to long term weight loss (or weight gain if you want more muscle).
Detoxification also has a huge positive impact on your mental health and emotions.
Part 4: Sepsis – only available in our Facebook Group.
Part 5: Detox Beats Diet for Diabetes
So, if you are ready to reboot your system, give us a call on 01707 662 704.
According to Dr. Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology, microbiome expert, researcher, and one of the top 1% of most cited scientists in the world, genetics only account for 20% of your health. Even though this is still a decent chuck of your health factors, we can only test about 5% of those genes. This means that even the most comprehensive genetic health test only accounts for 1% of your health.
Among other things Dr Spector is director of the British Gut Microbiome project and leader of the ‘Predict’ study. This, combined with his work looking at 13,000 twins has lead him to some simple and significant dietary recommendations:
My Cheat Method:
Get some great polyphenol rich recipe ideas in my Nitric Oxide Diet pdf – https://nitric.gr8.com/
Get your hands on my 28 Day ‘Health Challenge’ inspired by the findings of the Predict Study
And learn more directly from Dr Tim Spector:
Hello, this is Chris Pickard at Body in Balance in Hertfordshire, and this is the Superfood series. And when I’m speaking about superfoods, I’m talking about plants. So these are plant superfoods.
What is a superfood? Pretty much a superfood is any particular plant that seems to have either much higher levels of a specific nutrient than most other plants or it’s got some unique benefits or some unique chemicals inside it that give it amazing properties. So I’ve already covered a few and we’ve got more to come. And today talking about something that a lot of people have heard of. Kelp. Now kelp is a seaweed. It’s actually a brown seaweed, but most kelp tablets seem to be green. And it comes from the coast of Japan and Korea mainly. It’s very rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium and iron. So pretty much good for the heart, the nerves, the blood and the bone.
But most people seem to take kelp because of a particular constituent, iodine. Now iodine is really important for the thyroid gland, and the thyroid gland is really important for producing energy. So lots of people think iodine, if you’ve got low energy, take some iodine. Also, often people think of iron as well. So kelp can help with both of those. But iodine isn’t just good for the thyroid. I will come to the side effects at the end as well. Iodine is also really good for proper brain health. It’s critical for the development of brains. And it’s critical for the brain to think properly as well. It’s also very beneficial for your immune system, so a lot of alternative cancer experts really, really want to check that you get enough iodine, if you have a serious immune problem.
Now in recent years we’ve found other things inside kelp that tell us why it’s so amazing and why there are so many other things that are attributed to having lots of Kelp. One is a protein called fucoxanthin. And fucoxanthin seems to help aid weight loss, it helps liver function, and it seems to also decrease the resistance to certain chemotherapy drugs. So if you have cancer and you’re put on chemotherapy, and chemotherapy can kill you, well when you take it alongside fucoxanthin it seems to actually make the cancer cells much less resistant to resisting the chemotherapy drugs. So you need less of the chemotherapy drug to have the same effects, which means it’s safer for you. There’s also something called fucoidan, which is a glyconutrient. And fucoidan seems to have antiinflammatory properties, seems to maybe have anti-herpetic, so anti-herpes as well, and seems to also help lower cholesterol.
Now there is a danger with kelp. There’s two. One is if you have too much of it, you could get too much iodine, and too much iodine is linked with an overactive thyroid which can cause health problems. So don’t go eating bags and bags and bags of kelp and having lots and lots and lots of iodine, unless you know you have a massive deficiency. But small amounts, absolutely ideal.
Now the other thing with lots and lots of kelp is where it’s grown, especially off the coast of Japan. It can be full of heavy metals, pollution and now radioactive material, thanks to the Fukushima disaster. But the kelp grown off the waters of Korea seem to be actually pretty healthy, pretty clean. And I only tend to use kelp, and in fact all of the superfoods, as you find out at the end, I use lots of them but only in small amounts so I get no side effects, just all the benefits.
Thank you very much for watching and stay tuned for the next one. If you missed the previous ones, look in the description below. I’ll have a link to all the other superfood series and subscribe to make sure you get the next one, or look out to see if the actual video’s already up and then you can go and watch the next video in the series.
Thank you very much for watching. Be magnificently healthy.
You can watch the rest of the superfood videos here:
This series of videos on ‘superfoods’ should convince you that eating a wide variety of pants is one of the keys to a long and healthy life.
Many people ask me which the best, and the answer is ‘variety’.
This first video is all about my favourite blend, and if you wish to try it then you can click on the picture to the right, or the one just below the video. The best of the videos are all about individual superfoods (which are all in the blend I use which you can get here)
Research reviews have shown that a lack of fruit and vegetable intake is a major risk factor for a myriad of health complications. In fact, a recent analytical study of over 142 research publications found that the largest reductions in health risks were associated with individuals who ate roughly 10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
This perennial plant gives curry dishes their distinctive taste and golden color. Turmeric has been used in traditional medicine throughout Asia for thousands of years, thanks to its unique compounds called curcuminoids. Curcuminoids act as antioxidants and support the immune system. Research also suggests that curcumin can help maintain healthy circulation and support joint health.
Chlorella is an exceptionally nutrient-dense algae containing plentiful amounts of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and B6. It is also a rich source of vital minerals, such as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. Recent clinical trials suggest it may also support healthy blood pressure, blood lipid levels, enhance the immune system function, and wound healing.
Also known as the Lycium berry, this fruit contains more iron than spinach and more vitamin C than oranges (per serving). Goji is also rich in zeaxanthin, a chemical closely related to lutein that supports healthy eye function. Moreover, Goji has been shown to have positive effects on the immune system and inflammation.
This antioxidant-rich fruit is high in vitamin C, vitamin K, polyphenols, and potassium. Research has shown that pomegranate consumption can support healthy blood pressure and cardiovascular function by promoting healthy endothelial function.
This tall evergreen and flowering tree shrub has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries as a means of supporting gastrointestinal function. Noni contains a large amount of alkaloids, compounds that help lower blood pH and maintain an alkaline state; in turn, alkaloids have a variety of beneficial properties in humans, especially with regards to vascular and immune function.
The raspberry contains a multitude of potent phytochemicals with therapeutic properties in the human body. Such phytochemicals include ellagic acid, catechins, and quercetin, which have been shown to support healthy inflammatory response. Furthermore, raspberries are rich in essential micronutrients, such as vitamin C, folic acid, iron, copper, and magnesium.
This variety of cabbage contains astonishing amounts of micronutrients,with over 100% of the daily value of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K per 100 grams. Kale also contains a class of rare compounds called glucosinolates that help detoxify the body by activating important enzymes.
This berry may be small in size, but it packs a punch of anthocyanins that is unmatched. Anthocyanins are a class of antioxidants found in plants that have been shown to support healthy blood lipid levels. They also help with digestion, weight loss, immunity, energy levels, and longevity
Kelp is a large brown seaweed rich in micronutrients such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, and iron. It also a large amount of iodine, and support digestion.
This white, fleshy fruit is renowned for its refreshing taste and bounty of micronutrients, particularly magnesium and manganese (which are commonly lacking in typical Western diets).The polyphenols (called xanthonoids) have been shown to support healthy immune, pancreatic, and cardiovascular function.
I first learned the Magnificent 7 health strategies from Dr Bob Rakowski, an internationally renowned functional medicine practitioner and teacher.
Dr Bob’s ‘Mag 7’ have helped ordinary people optimist their health, aided Olympic Athletes achieving Gold, and even saved the lives of people sent home from hospital with no hope.
I teach the full version of the Magnificent 7 to my coaching clients, and to those on my ‘7 Weeks to a New You’ program :
And I’ve created an introduction series for everyone here:
More help on sleep: https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/sleep/
Most people in the West die of preventable causes, like diabetes and heart disease.
However, you can only prevent these chronic diseases if you
a) know what you are doing to cause them
b) take steps to address the cause.
With diabetes type 2, if you ask most health experts like GP’s and nutritionists they will probably tell you its all about sugar and poor food choices.
They may also say there’s a link to obesity.
We certainly know that an extreme ultra-low calorie diet will reverse a ‘fatty liver’ caused by a poor diet, and that this then leads to a reversal of diabetes. (I reported on the Fast Fix back in 2012 – https://www.thepainreliefcentres.co.uk/meditation-and-diabetes/)
However, it may be that it’s not the sugar itself that caused the fatty liver, it may actually have been something else..
Studies done a number of years ago revealed that it was toxicity and not obesity that was related to diabetes development.
Certain toxins increase the likelihood of diabetes by a huge 37.7 x
The good news though is that this fatty, toxic liver can be cleaned up:
If you would like our help on cleaning up your liver, and lowering your sugar levels, call us on 01707 662 704 to schedule a free 10 minute ‘Metabolic Screening’.
Here’s some of my other videos about diabetes and blood sugar control you may find useful:
Protein – specifically glutamine
If you’re reading this then I’m 100% certain that this article is of prime importance to either you, or someone very close to you.
There is a large body of evidence that suggests inflammation is the root cause of cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, arthritis, Alzheimer’s and many other chronic diseases.
It can even be behind the inability to lose weight.
Before watching my training video inspired by Dr Pompa, and originally part of www.Mi365.me, here’s a personal story as told by a colleague of mine in the USA:
And here’s my longer training (you may want to get cup of the anti-inflammatory coffee I recommend):
This is a more recent video, going into some depth at the importance of anti-oxidants and a bit about the good side of inflammation:
Inflammation of the cell membrane that affects the way the cell communicates, detoxes and will ultimately change gene expression, leading to a diseases of genetic weakness.
There are 3 main contributors that always need to be addressed in order to down-regulate inflammation.
Keeping tight control of your glucose intake is of paramount importance for any anti-inflammation program to be effective as it is a driving force that cannot be remedied by any supplementation or drug protocol. For example, diabetics do not die from diabetes, but from other degenerative conditions. Despite being on medication, 68% of all diabetics die from heart disease, and 50% of diabetics end up with dementia or Alzheimer’s as they age rapidly from the inside out.
This is directly due to the oxidation/inflammation from uncontrolled glucose and insulin.
By the way, grains, not sugar, are the #1 contributor to elevated glucose. Yes, even whole grains. Did you know that 2 pieces of whole grain toast or a bowl of oatmeal raises glucose the same as a can of Coke? This is why a Cellular Healing Diet eliminates ALL GRAINS from the diet UNTIL cellular inflammation is corrected.
What are ‘bad fats’? Well it may surprise you to know that the worse culprit is probably omega 6 fats from all the processed vegetable oils we’ve been told to consume! All the sunflower and rape seed oils we buy in supermarkets to cook in, and that are added to all baked goods.
These oils are causing massive imbalance in the oily make up of our cell membranes and are a major cause of inflammation and artery damage.
You need no worry about eating sunflower seeds though – it’s just the processed oils.
Another inflammatory fat (no surprises) is that found in processed meats and beef from non-grass fed cows.
On the other hand, limited fats from grass fed cows are fine (and contain the beneficial omega 3 oils).
You can learn more by downloading Dr Pompa’s ebook, The Cellular Healing Diet, here:
Lastly, toxins, in my opinion, are the biggest driving factor of inflammation today. We have discussed this in every ‘R’ of cellular healing, so I will not get into it here but I will say this: if you do not remove the hidden sources of toxins within your body, the chronic inflammation will NEVER be resolved.
For example, personal care products you use every morning contain, on average, 518 chemicals that are known “hormone disruptors”.
There are also the pollutants and toxins in the air we breath (which kills between 20,000 and 240,000 people in the UK every year), the tap water we drink (a known cause of male infertility) and all the pesticides and herbicides on our fruit and veg.
Here’s Dr Pompa’s pdf on inflammation:
If you have not already started, know would be a good time to ask us about detox!
The body has an innate ability to heal.
One of the most important things we need to do as therapists is remove the interference, remove the source of the problem/toxicity.
Toxins like mercury leach into the hypothalamus and pituitary.
Once we can impact the cell we can impact so much more going on in the body.
Making ATP (energy) creates waste – must be removed trough membrane like smoke through a chimney.
One main pathway – Glutathione.
Reduced Glutathione removes toxins and down-regulates inflammation.
500x stronger than vit C
Oxidized glutathione needs to be recycled which is ‘expensive’ metabolically
Inflammation is linked to a root cause of cancer, diabetes, thyroid disorders, arthritis, ALZHEIMER’S
And even the inability to lose weight
Its all because of cell membrane inflammation which then effects your DNA
Inflammation of the cell membrane affects the way the cell communicates detoxes and will ultimately change gene expression, which leads to a diseases of genetic weakness.
You can learn more in this document: