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The Important Need For Glyconutrient Supplements

4 Oct

“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore the physician must start from nature, with an open mind.” – Paracelsus

There’s something many people in the sophisticated, developed world fail to realise: managing pain and suffering is not the same as treating health problems.  And yet, our ‘healthcare’ systems are flooded with people experiencing conditions that the medics make no pretense of attempting to cure.  Instead, medications and therapies are offered to mask physical symptoms.

Wellness does not come from pharmaceutical drugs.  It does not come from invasive surgeries or intense therapies.

Wellness comes from a body that has been given all of the substances it needs to function correctly.  And wellness starts at the smallest level; with our individual cells.  These are the key to our health.

Our cells require many things in order to function correctly:

  • 26 vitamins
  • 72 trace minerals
  • fatty acids
  • amino acids

All of these things must be supplied by the diet.

But there are other things that our cells need, and it is these I want to focus on today because of their grave importance.

These things are a group of 8 monosaccharides, that combine with protein strands to form glycoforms.  Glycoforms coat each individual cell in the body and exchange information.

They have many roles, including:

  • Preventing viruses by blocking entry to the cell
  • Holding on to enemy cells until immune system cells arrive to remove them
  • Allowing the cells to identify other cells, preventing attacks on friendly cells and tolerance of enemy cells
  • Support the structure of the cell
  • Allowing healthy cell growth
  • Assisting sperm with fertilisation

These glycoforms are, basically, allowing cells to work as they are designed to.

The problem is that only 2 of the 8 monosaccharides are provided from our diet; glucose and galactose (and most people are receiving too much glucose and not enough galactose).

Now, if you’re familiar with the topic of monosaccharides, you may have heard somewhere that the body can produce all eight of them.  And that’s strictly true, however, while the liver can produce them, that is an emergency function – not a long-term option.

Research and validation about the importance of monosaccharides and the need to supplement them has been growing since the 1980s, when these glycoforms were first discovered.

The MiT named glycomics as one of 10 emerging technologies that will change the world.  They said, “The reason for the excitement around glycomics is that sugars have a vital, albeit often overlooked, function in the body. In particular, sugars play a critical role in stabilizing and determining the function of proteins through a process called glycosylation, in which sugar units are attached to other molecules including newly made proteins.”

While pharmaceutical companies are investing millions of pounds attempting to develop a synthetic glycomic product, an all-natural health supplement has been developed, validated and patented.

It is this product that I personally use and recommend to all clients – not to treat any illnesses, but to give the body’s cells the tools they so desperately need to function correctly.  You can order this product at a great discount – with a 100% money back guarantee – here.

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How To Instantly Lose 4 Pounds In Weight!

20 Jun

I don’t usually write about instant weight loss, because I always thought such a thing didn’t exist.

Well, I’m wrong.

I just found out about the most amazing way to lose 4lbs in just a few moments.

[If this is sounding like an awful sales pitch, just trust me… keep reading.]

I can’t take credit for the discovery though, that has to go to my better half Steve, who weighed himself today using the scales in our bathroom.

For some reason, he then decided to carry the scales into the en suite, and weigh himself again in there.

Lo and behold, he had lost 4lbs.

Wow.

What does this mean for the weight loss industry?!

Now, we have 2 choices here, either carrying scales is the most intense workout in the world and nobody’s ever realised, or bathroom scales aren’t that reliable.

And it isn’t just our bathroom scales.

Generally speaking, digital scales are more reliable than analog types, but both can provide incorrect weights and can vary depending on where in the house you use them.

What can you do about it?

  • Always weigh yourself in the same place – don’t move your scales around from room to room as this will affect their reading
  • Keep them out of the bathroom – I know, you’d imagine bathroom scales should be kept in the bathroom, but the moisture in there actually weakens their readings
  • Don’t get obsessed – weigh yourself once a week maximum, on a regular day of the week and at a similar time of day if you are trying to lose weight
  • Choose a good quality brand – go for a digital scale, and use this article to help you choose the best brand

Sorry to tease you a little with the headline to this post, I had to share this story – you won’t seriously be seeing any of those ridiculous claims from me, I promise!

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Has Oprah Really Won Her Food Battle?

19 Apr

I’m a big Oprah Winfrey fan.  I watch her chat show sometimes, read her O magazine, and just generally admire the success she’s achieved and the things she stands for.

And, let’s be honest, she’s done very well for herself!  What an inspiration she is in terms of business success, financial freedom, standing up for what you believe in, and much more.

And yet there’s always been one thing that I’ve found curious about Oprah; despite her wealth, her success, her adoring fan base and her strong belief in personal development and growth… she’s never seemed to get her weight under control.

There are some people who believe that looking good and staying in shape is easy when you have money – you can afford delicious high-quality meals that are also good for you, and even afford a team of people to cook those meals for you.  You can have nutritionists and personal trainers on call 24/7 to make sure you’re eating and exercising as you should be, and there’s always lipo if that’s too much work.

And yet Oprah proves all of those people wrong, and proves my own personal and professional belief: weight loss is usually not about food, but about mindset.

Oprah herself would agree with this.  She’s an open fan of The Secret, a book and DVD that promotes a belief that what you focus on, you attract into your life.  Everything happens for a reason.  Everything that happens to you is happening to serve some purpose.

And with such an outwardly perfect life, Oprah has still battled with yoyo weight loss.  She’s heavier, then she’s thinner, heavy again, thin, gaining, losing…

And now, in her new edition of O magazine, she has made a bold claim that her battle with food is over.  She says this because of reading Women, Food and God by Geneen Roth:

“The way you eat is inseparable from your core beliefs about being alive. Your relationship with food is an exact mirror of your feelings about love, fear, anger, meaning, transformation and, yes, even God. But it doesn’t stop there. Geneen shows how going beyond both the food and feelings takes you deeper into realms of spirit and soul to the bright center of your own life.”
(Amazon.com book description)

I read Oprah’s bold statement and asked myself an obvious question:

Do I believe that Oprah has now ended her battle with food?

Well, I clearly can’t answer that question as I’m not psychic.  What I can say is that she’s on the right track by taking the focus away from food and looking inward.  My own clumsy guess, as someone who hasn’t (yet – it’s on my goals list) met Oprah, would be that she is carrying scars from her difficult childhood and has somehow transferred dealing with those issues on to food.

But I didn’t write this post to solve Oprah’s problems, or predict whether she will fall off the healthy eating wagon… I wish her well and take her at her word, as I do every client of mine who may or may not have attempted weight loss before.

Instead, I wrote those blog post to say yet again that weight loss is almost never about knowledge.  If you are overweight and are telling yourself that you just don’t know which foods to eat and which to avoid, you’re most likely kidding yourself.  We all know that apples are better for you than chocolate, we all know that fizzy pop is less healthy than water, and we all know that fast food isn’t a vital food group.

The truth is: you don’t need an amazing diet programme to lose weight.  You don’t need a miracle exercise class.  You don’t need magic slimming pills.  You don’t need surgery.  You don’t need that amazing new book.

You already know everything you need to lose weight.

Everything you need to succeed is within you.  And for many people, the journey to weight loss lies in confronting emotional issues and breaking the habit of comfort eating.

You can do it.

I wish you, and Oprah, the best of luck for fighting those food demons.

How To Eat Healthy When On Holiday

14 Apr

I’m writing this blog post today from a secluded cottage in South Wales, where our only neighbours are sheep. We’ve been blessed with good weather and I’ve managed to get a sun tan on one side of my face (don’t ask…)!

Being here, and planning this holiday, made me think of the impact that holidays often have on good intentions for healthy eating.

And yet it is possible to stick to a balanced diet while on holiday, without it spoiling your holiday enjoyment.

Here are my top tips for healthy, fun holidays:

1. Avoid all you can eat buffets – this is especially dangerous if you’re staying in a hotel, where breakfast, lunch and dinner might all be buffet style. These type of meals inevitably lead to people eating more than they would usually, so unless your will is iron-strong, avoid them.

2. Self-cater – choosing a self-catering holiday in accommodation with cooking facilities gives you control over ensuring that some of your meals are nutritionally balanced. If you don’t want to spend your holidays cooking, opt for a hotel where your meals aren’t included. This again gives you the freedom to choose from several places to eat each meal, and takes away the cost factor; many people go on full-board holidays and eat heavy meals they don’t really want because they have already paid for them.

3. Eat breakfast like a king – most people have heard of eating their largest meal for breakfast, and this works especially well on holidays when you’re likely to be out and about for most of the day. Fill up with tasty breakfasts and you’ll probably be happy grazing for the rest of the day, meaning less calories overall.

4. Prioritise – part of visiting a new place is immersing yourself in the culture, including the local cuisine. So instead of having a fried breakfast every morning, ‘treat’ yourself with authentic foods you can’t find at home. In Greece, for example, find an authentic Greek restaurant and maybe you’ll enjoy some plate-smashing and dancing as well as a new taste experience.

5. Get active – offset any unhealthy treats with exercise by exploring the place you are staying and throwing yourself into local activities.

6. Include drinks – remember the calories in alcoholic drinks. Often, people return from holiday unsure how they have gained weight, until they tot up the amount of alcohol they drank while away.

7. Moderation is key – as always, the key is all things in moderation. Choose your treats wisely and don’t eat just for the sake of it. Stop when you’re full, even if it means leaving some food that has been paid for.

Hopefully these tips will be of use to you for your next holiday – they’re helping me have a wonderful time here in Wales.

I’ll be back home, and posting regularly, by the weekend… and I have an interesting post planned about Oprah Winfrey.

Speak to you soon!
Katie

Food Labels: Changes To Nutrient Profiling Are Dangerous

25 Mar


Consumer campaigners Which? have warned that if votes to ditch nutrient profiling on foods and drinks are passed, this will spell bad news and will allow unhealthy foods to make bizarre – and untrue – health claims.

At present, nutrient profiling is commonly seen on food and drink labels, and provides information about the nutritional content of the item in question.

A vote on the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee has backed deleting nutrient profiling entirely, while Which? not only wants the profiling to continue being used but also to be tightened to ensure that unhealthy foods cannot make outrageous health claims.

The more lenient proposals would allow foods containing medium or even high levels of fat, sugar and salt to make health claims.

Which? chief executive, Peter Vicary-Smith, said: ”When foods like jam doughnuts can make health claims, then it’s time to go back to the drawing board.”

Vitamin C: Clinical Uses of Vitamin C

25 Mar

Vitamin C has been consistently shown to stimulate the immune system as well as offering antioxidant protection.

For these reasons, Vitamin C can help in the prevention and treatment of many infections and diseases, including:

  • Anaemia
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Bruising
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer prevention
  • Cataract prevention
  • Cervical dysplasia
  • Chemical exposure
  • Colds
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Flu
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gingivitus
  • Glaucoma
  • Gout
  • Hepatitis
  • Herpes
  • High cholesterol
  • High triglyceride levels
  • Hypertension
  • Immune suppression
  • Infertility
  • Peptic ulcer
  • Periodontal disease
  • Skin ulcers
  • Surgery recovery
  • Varicose veins

The Truth About Swine Flu

16 Mar

If you watch any kind of news, the swine flu pandemic will likely be something that you have worried about, maybe even lost some sleep over.

And yet, the media are not telling the whole story.

So here it is: The Truth About Swine Flu

Firstly, the fact that our media is reporting the H1N1 virus as being so dangerous is in direct contrast with the evidence based on the number of people contracting the virus and the effects the virus is having on these people.

Let’s examine some of the unreported facts about swine flu, and then discuss which people are more at risk of contracting the virus.

  1. Studies are revealing that those people who have, in the past, received ‘flu shots’ may actually be at more risk of contracting the H1N1 virus and developing complications
  2. While it is true that 36 children unfortunately died from the H1N1 virus last summer, 30 of them were facing chronic health conditions and the others had co-occurring bacterial infections
  3. Statistically, 99.99% of people who contract the H1N1 virus are experiencing very brief and mild effects

And so, assuming you are in a state of good health and taking the precautions discussed below, you should not become overly concerned about the virus.

Some people are at greater risk of contracting the virus and suffering complications, namely those who:

  • Are obese.
  • Are already suffering chronic health problems, such as asthma or immune deficiency disorders.

All people should take the following precautions:

  • Supplement Vitamin D
  • Avoid sugar and processed foods, which weaken the immune system
  • Rest – without adequate rest your body will be unable to fight any virus
  • Exercise – to improve your immune system
  • Supplement Omega 3

Still concerned? Just contact me for reassurance and further advice: