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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.
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:
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:
According to an article in the Guardian on 10/10/2017 ‘obesity threatens to bankrupt the NHS’.
Figures compiled by the World Obesity Federation reveal the current cost to the UK is £14.38 billion and will rise to £23.47 billion by 2025.
Currently, or should I say in 2014, 27.3% of the UK population where classified as obese. If current trends keep going, then we can expect 33.9% by 2025.
In my opinion there are a number of things to blame for this global trend:
In the end though, none of the above really matter, as it’s YOU that choses what to eat, and how to exercise.
So what can be done?
Learning about health in general is a great start, and I’ve written and vlogged a great deal about this already.
As I know that many, many people need an easy answer, here’s 3 videos to help:
And finally, as bonus, the origins of ‘Are you digging your grave with your teeth?’
If you would like to learn more about any of the supplements, or be coached to health and wellness call the clinic on 01707 662 704.
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: