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Are you struggling with just a few extra pounds that you can’t seem to lose? You’ve followed a fairly strict diet and workout daily. Why could this possibly be happening?
Well, those few extra pounds might be toxins! If your gut is burdened with extra pounds of toxic waste, you will have difficulty losing weight and keeping it off! Clean-eating and fitness are not the only things that go into the total weight-loss package! Your gut is one of the most important organs in your body when it comes to losing weight.
Have you completely removed all processed foods from your diet? This includes processed meats (most sausages), cereal, crisps, fizzy drinks, ice cream, french fries & chips, burger buns, pizza, pasta, most bread, and sweets! Processed foods aren’t natural. They are in fact loaded with chemicals and produced in a lab that has profit in their best interests! Junk food rewards our brains, not our bodies. The best thing you can feed your body is whole, fresh, green food. Ditch the fried chicken and tacos to-go!
Consuming processed foods at any amount can cause a gastrointestinal disruption which in turn leads to bloating, trouble losing weight, and insulin resistance. The long-term effects of processed food consumption can lead to heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Why risk it?
The key is to have readily available whole foods at your fingertips. Snacking on processed foods is usually the result of not planning meals ahead of time, having convenient access to a vending machine, or eating out.
Head to your local health food store and pick up some organic strawberries, blueberries, bananas, or almonds. Plan your meals to be as raw and hearty as possible! Try adding dried dates to your dinner salad for a sweet addition that doesn’t wreak havoc on your body! The possibilities are endless! Don’t settle for processed foods. Settle for a happy, healthy life free of diseases due to poor diet. Achieve your weight-loss goals and say goodbye to processed foods today!
Your health coach,
– You can join the 5lb Detox Challenge Here –
Where you born before 1976?
…before you start any dramatic weight loss, you may want to watch my last video:
You’ll learn that fat has all kinds of unexpected disrupting effects on health, and also the surprising downside of rapid weight loss – the release of toxins.
What I don’t mention in the video is that those born before 1976 have 5x the amount of specific man-made toxins now no longer available (due to their proven poisonous nature), and when you lose weight you will release them into your blood stream.
This is why it’s so important to include plenty of protein, and toxin binders into a weight loss program…
…which is why I’ll be running a 5 day ‘5lb’ ‘toxin loss’ challenge from Jan 4th.
I’ll release more details closer to the time.
When you watch the video you may also be surprised to see just how big 5lbs of fat is.
Every fat cell creates inflammatory chemicals, and lowers your immunity
Loosing just 5lbs decreases all those risk factors.
While you wait for the 5lb ‘toxin loss’ challenge pick up a copy of my Beat Cravings Guide:
The primary reason I like to know the Omega3: Omega 6 ratio of people in pain is because omega 6 is needed to start the inflammatory process, but omega 3 is needed to resolve it (which is why we also we use Resolvins)
There are more benefits:
Adequate omega 3 levels are also related to immune health, brain health and heart health.
Indeed Your omega-3 index has a greater impact on risk of heart disease than does your cholesterol level!
The right omega 3 oils also improve blood pressure, reduce inflammation and help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s.
This article is part of one from Dr Mercola.com …
Balance Your Omega-3s and Omega-6s to Protect Your Health
To enjoy optimal health, you must address your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Unfortunately, in the past 100 years, an imbalance in that ratio has grown and likely plays a significant role in the skyrocketing rates of disease. Omega-6 fats are found in abundance in processed vegetable oils, processed foods and restaurant fare.
In combination with too little animal-based omega-3, this sets the stage for the development of chronic disease. Omega-6 fatty acids are also essential to good health, so they are not the problem. The problem is that most people get far too much omega-6 and not enough omega-3.
An ideal ratio is in the range of 4-2-to-1 of omega-6 to omega-3 fats. If you’re regularly eating processed foods or dining out at restaurants this is nearly impossible to achieve. Seek omega-6 fatty acids in unprocessed forms from plant seeds, tree nuts and other plant-based foods. Aim to reduce your intake of damaged omega-6 by avoiding processed foods and those cooked in vegetable oil at high heat.
Raise your intake of marine-based omega-3 fat from small fatty fish such as sardines, anchovies and herring, along with wild-caught Alaskan salmon. If fish are not your fare, consider supplementing with krill oil.
Optimizing your levels of omega-3 fatty acids is truly a foundational strategy to attaining and maintaining good health. The best way to determine if you’re eating enough food with omega-3 is to get tested.
I firmly believe an omega-3 index test is one of the most important annual health screens that everyone needs.
The test I now use retails at £116
This is what you will learn:
YOUR PROTECTION (FATTY ACID PROFILE VALUE)
This factor relates the profile of 11 fatty acids in your blood. It is calculated from an equation combining all the long chain essential fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-3), the Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) level and the Omega-6 (AA)/Omega-3 (EPA) Balance. The scale goes from 0 -100 and the goal is to help your customer achieve 100 on their second test after 120 days. This does not tell anything about the health status of the person, only the fatty acid protection level.
OMEGA-6 (AA) TO OMEGA-3 (EPA) BALANCE
Omega-6 (AA)/Omega-3 (EPA) Balance is measured as the ratiobetween C20:4 the “vegetable” omega-6 arachidonic acid (AA) and marine omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). This ratio is an approximate expression for the distribution between vegetable fatty acids and fish fatty acids in the diet consumed. A surplus of vegetableomega-6 fatty acids will make a diet unbalanced and pro-inflammatory.The ratio of Omega-6 (AA) and Omega-3 (EPA) should preferably be below 3:1. If this ratio is above 3:1 you will benefit from a change in your diet. A low balance of omega-6 and omega-3 is important for maintaining normal cell and tissue development (homeostasis) and help body control inflammation.
OMEGA-3 LEVEL (EPA+DHA)
The ‘Omega-3 (EPA+DHA) Level’ is the combined percentage value of the marine omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA out of the total valueof fatty acids found in the blood. Omega-3’s have many benefits because they are the primary building blocks in you cells. EPA is dominant in blood, muscles and tissue, while DHA is dominant in brain,sperm and eyes. In the test report the ideal range is 8% or more. European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claims that EPA and DHA are contributing to the maintenance of normal heart function. DHA alsocontributes to the maintenance of normal vision and maintenance of normal brain function.
CELL MEMBRANE FLUIDITY INDEX (for more on WHY this is so important watch my video – https://youtu.be/ZSyOVI5niCE )
The ratio between saturated fatty acids and the marine omega-3essential fatty acids eicosapentaoenic acid (EPA) and docosahexaoenicacid (DHA) is indicative of cell membrane fluidity. The more saturated the fats are in a membrane, the more rigid is the membrane. Conversely, the more polyunsaturated the fats are in a membrane,the more fluid is the membrane. Cell membrane composition and structural architecture is critical for the health of the cells and hence the body. On the one hand, the membrane needs to be rigid enough to provide sound cellular structural architecture. On the other hand, the membrane needs to be fluid enough to allow nutrients in and waste products out. This Index should be below 4:1.
MENTAL STRENGTH – DIETARY INDEX
This is the balance between Omega-6 (AA) and Omega-3 (EPA+DHA).A sufficient supply of marine Omega-3 fatty acids, DHA, in the diet contributes to the maintenance of a normal brain function. Daily administration of 3 g of marine omega-3’s EPA and DHA for 3 months significantly decreased feelings of anger and anxiety among users compared with placebo group in a study. Several other clinical studies show that cognitive performance improves with increased anti-inflammatory consumption of marine omega-3 EPA and DHA.Childhood and old age are two critical and vulnerable stages and Omega-3 deficiency is associated with learning and memory deficits as well as mood. This Index should be below 1:1
ARACHIDONIC ACID (AA) FORMATION EFFICIENCY
This shows the efficiency by which your body convert Omega-6 (LA) fatty acids, from food in your diet into the essential fatty acids Omega-6 (AA) in your body. If you have less than 30% efficiency you are recommended to include food in your diet that is high in AA, like chicken, turkey, pig and farmed salmon.
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:
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