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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Sports Nutrition: What To Eat When Before And After Exercise

1 Oct

A client told me recently, when I asked what exercise they did, that they longed to begin exercising but that they couldn’t.

Something was stopping them.

They didn’t know how to change their diet in response to, and how to fit food in around, their workouts.

I figured that this client couldn’t be the only person feeling that way.  And it’s no surprise.  We tend to make everything sport-related a little difficult, confusing, and complicated… everything from selecting the best pair of running trainers, to the correct whey protein, to the sports drink bottles is a little like working through a minefield.

Hopefully this blog post can explain what to eat, and when , before and after you exercise.  [If it doesn’t answer your questions, feel free to drop me a line and I’ll be happy to help.]

So, here goes…

Before Exercise

The Importance of Pre-Exercise Eating

Eating shortly before you exercise has several benefits, including:

  1. It helps to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) which interferes with exercise performance and causes symptoms including lightheadedness, needless fatigue, blurred vision and indecisiveness
  2. It helps settle your stomach, absorbs gastric juices and abates hunger
  3. It fuels your muscles by providing stored glycogen
  4. It gives you the peace of mind of knowing that your body is well fueled for the exercise

Pre-Exercise Foods

Remember that this is general advice, and some people will find that this advice does not suit their metabolisms.  However, as a general rule, the majority of people see good results when they eat 0.5g carbohydrates for every pound of their body weight, one hour before beginning moderately hard exercise, and 2g carbohydrates per pound of body weight four hours before.

This might sound a bit technical – and sometimes people imagine that this works out at a huge amount of food – but it’s pretty easy to work out.

For a person weighing 150 pounds, this is 75g of carbohydrate an hour before they exercise, which can easily be obtained from a small bowl of cereal and a banana.

However, it’s worth remembering that if you are doing intense, very hard exercise, any pre-exercise food is likely to remain undigested – typically, the body will only digest food during a workout if you are exercising at a pace that you can maintain for more than 30 minutes.  Therefore, when you are planning your meals around your physical activity, take into consideration the pace of your exercise and, for intense activities, have a hearty meal as calculated above four hour before the exercise but don’t have the smaller, pre-exercise snack an hour before.

There are several other factors to consider when deciding whether to have the small, pre-exercise snack, including:

  • Experience – novices tend to experience more gastrointestinal problems following pre-exercise snacks
  • Age – younger athletes often do not handle pre-exercise snacks as well as older counterparts, perhaps because of the older people’s experience
  • Gender – gastrointestinal problems during exercise affect women more, especially around the time of menstruation
  • Emotions – food will remain in the stomach undigested longer when you are tense
  • Caffeine – caffeine intake before exercise increases the incidence of gastrointestinal problems (remember that caffeine is not just found in coffee, but also in energy drinks, some tablets and chocolate)

After Exercise

Generally speaking, if you are a recreational exerciser perhaps using the gym or swimming a few times a week, your post-exercise diet shouldn’t be a cause for concern, simply because your body has sufficient time to refuel before your next workout.

If you are an athlete doing 2 or more workouts a day, however, your post-exercise diet is crucial, and your first priority should be replacing the fluids lost during the workout.  Good options for doing this are low GI sports drinks, water, and watery foods such as watermelon or soups.

Tip: To calculate how much fluid you have lost during a workout, simply weigh yourself before and after.  Ideally you should have lost no more than 2% of your body weight during the exercise.  And you’ll know when you have replaced the lost fluid because your urine will be clear or pale yellow and you will be urinating frequently – this can take up to 48 hours.

Next, to replenish your muscle glycogen, you should consume carbohydrate-rich foods within 15 minutes of completing your workout.  This is to ensure you catch the period when the enzymes responsible for making glycogen are most active and will most rapidly replace the depleted glycogen.

You should aim for 0.5g of carbohydrate per pound of body weight every hour, consumed at 30-minute intervals for four to five hours.

Your body will naturally want this amount, if not more, but note that consuming above this calculation will not hasten the recovery process.

But what about protein, I hear you cry.

You don’t have to avoid protein in your recovery diet and a small amount can in fact enhance glycogen replacement (although this is disputed).  The amino acids provided from the protein may also assist with building and repairing muscles.

Through sweat, you will also have lost electrolytes, minerals in the body such as potassium.  These will easily be replaced from your recovery diet – good sources of potassium include potato, yoghurt, orange juice, banana, pineapple juice, and raisins.

For more information about sports nutrition, pre- and post-exercise foods and healthy sports drinks just contact me.

12 Top Food Facts: Bananas

27 Sep

  1. Bananas actually don’t grow on trees, but the Musa sapientium, the world’s biggest herb, which can grow up to 35 feet tall
  2. Bananas are a great source of potassium, containing 400mg per 100g of banana.  Potassium helps lower blood pressure, provide energy, aid muscle growth and prevent muscle cramps
  3. Bananas contain all 8 amino acids (the molecules that make up protein) that the body cannot produce itself
  4. The word banana most likely originates from banan, an Arabic word meaning finger  Continue reading

How To Choose A Good Quality Multivitamin and Mineral Supplement

21 Sep

Learn how to choose a good quality multivitamin and mineral supplement in this video.  Enjoy!

To try the multivitamin I personally use and recommend, at a great discount – and with a 100% money back guarantee – click here.

20 Scary Statistics: Obesity

8 Sep

20 Scary Statistics: Obesity

  1. Over 67% of US adults are overweight, and 33% are obese
  2. This means that only 33% of US adults are at a healthy weight
  3. Obesity is higher in black and Mexican populations, especially for females.  79% of blacks, and 73% of Hispanics, are overweight or obese
  4. More than 30% of children in the US are overweight
  5. Women who are obese when they conceive are 10 times more likely to develop high blood pressure.  Their babies are more likely to be born with spina bifida and heart defects
  6. Women who are overweight or obese before becoming pregnant are more likely to develop gestational diabetes
  7. Babies born in the US in 2009 had a 1 in 4 chance of being obese by the age of 4
  8. Obese children have a 70% chance of being overweight at age 25
  9. Only 25% of high school students do even moderate activity (30 minutes x 5 days a week)
  10. 80%-90% of newly diagnosed diabetics have Type II, and over 80% are overweight or obese
  11. 1 in 3 people born in 2000 will develop Type II diabetes as an adult
  12. 41 million Americans are estimated to have pre-diabetes
  13. For adults, a weight gain of 11-18 pounds doubles risk of Type II diabetes
  14. Obese men are twice as likely to suffer a stroke as a man of a healthy weight
  15. As many as 80% of cancers have a nutritional link, meaning that they can be avoided or treated to some extent through diet (or; said another way, that diet has contributed to their development)
  16. Gallbladder, pancreatic and ovarian cancers are linked to obesity
  17. Obesity and lack of physical activity count towards 30% of colon, breast, kidney and throat cancer
  18. Women who gain 20 pounds since the age of 18 double their risk of developing post-menopausal breast cancer
  19. 42% of Americans eat less than 2 portions of fruit and vegetables a day
  20. 42% of children aged between 2 and 11 drink at least 1 sugar-sweetened soda daily

Children Who Eat Vending Machine Food Prone To Chronic Health Problems

7 Sep

School children who consume vending machine food are more likely to develop poor diet habits, leading to obesity and a greater risk of chronic health problems including diabetes and coronary heart disease.

In a study by the University of Michigan Medical School, 22% of children studied purchased a vending machine snack on a typical day.

This study is the first to focus on vending machines amongst this age group, rather than on the USDA lunch program and found that vending machine users had higher sugar intakes and lower intakes of fibre, B vitamins and iron than non-consumers.

Interestingly, there was no significant difference in vending machine consumption based on family income, face or ethnicity.

Even more interesting, and worrying, is how commonplace vending machines have become within the school setting.  The study found that vending machines were present at 16% of elementary schools, 52% of middle schools and 88% of high schools.

Simply by being present and offering a food alternative that is popular, highly marketed, and a poor nutritional choice, schools are assisting children – and teenagers – in developing unhealthy diet habits.  And, as we know, the bad habits formed in childhood can take a lifetime to break.

As a parent to a daughter who is just a few years away from school, this topic scares me.  I work hard to instill a good diet for her, and her tastes at 18 months are directed towards healthy foods – don’t you dare eat a grape without offering her!  But, I have to wonder: how effective will this good start be when she begins school and sees friends choosing soda and crisps?  Why are our schools not helping educate children about the importance of good diet, and instead are facilitating access to unhealthy snacks?

I would love to hear your views on this!

How To Achieve Acid-Alkaline Balance Through Diet

6 Sep

Personal trainer, Jill Gardner, asked me recently about the acid-alkaline balance and whether there is any merit to this ‘diet’.  (I use diet in this sense meaning the food you eat, not as a weight loss diet.)

It’s a great question, so here’s my answer for everyone:

Our body tissues and blood are slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.4 – just above neutral, which is a pH of 7.0 (like water).  This means that we need to eat a diet containing more alkaline foods.  The residue of all foods we consume influences the body’s pH level – note that pH is determined by residue, not the food’s taste.

The way foods break down, however, is not the same as their pH – the pH level does not reveal how the body breaks that food down.

The acid-alkaline balance, therefore, refers to the body’s response to the food, not the food in isolation.

I recommend a diet of 70% alkaline and balanced foods.  Otherwise, the body system becomes acidic, congested and mucousy.  This is bad news for the body as it creates extra pressure to remove the unwanted residues using the colon, kidneys, and then even the skin and sinuses.

Generally, to achieve this acid-alkaline balance, your diet should be rich in fruits and vegetables, some whole grains, sprouts, fewer animal foods and refined foods kept as an occasional treat.  Also remember the importance of receiving vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids – I recommend supplements to provide vitamins and minerals and essential fatty acids.

To help you maintain an acid-alkaline balanced diet, here’s an overview of acid-alkaline foods:

Alkaline = all vegetables, most fruits, millet, buckwheat, sprouted beans, sprouted seeds, olive oil, water-soaked almonds

Balanced = brown rice, corn, soybeans, lima beans, almonds, sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, honey, most dried beans and peas, tofu, non-fat milk, vegetable oils

Acid = wheat, oats, white rice, pomegranates, strawberries, cranberries, breads, refined flour, refined sugar, cashews, pecans, peanuts, butter, milk, cheese, eggs, meats, fish, poultry

I hope that helps, Jill!