Tag Archives: Holistic Nutrition

We truly are what we eat digest and absorb, but there is no question we are also what are mothers ate, digested and absorbed – good and bad.

Digestive Enzymes…Yes Your Health and Happiness

Digestive Enzymes…..Happy Place? Huh?

Digestive enzymes, digestion….health and happiness….

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Digestive Enzymes Best In Health RadioPoor nutrition is the epicenter of virtually every disease. We are what we eat, digest & absorb. An error many make in health is thinking because we ate something – we absorbed the nutrition, a very unreliable assumption.

Age, poor food choices, certain medications, alcohol, smoking, lack of physical activity are all too common – and sabotage the body’s potential for full digestion & absorption. A misdiagnosed use of antacids, popping them haphazardly & incorrectly is another serious culprit with digestive health. The symptoms of high stomach acid that make people irresponsibly chug antacids are very similar to the sensation felt by low stomach acid. Antacids are not to be taken flippantly, our stomach acid is another critical step to proper digestion.

Digestive Enzymes – the magic?

Digestive enzymes break down our foods into absorbable & utilizable components. Each enzyme has a very specific function – it is necessary we get all the enzymes – they are not interchangeable. Poor digestive health is rampant, and unfortunately undetected & underemphasized, & dare I say under appreciated in western medicine. Digestive health is critical to disease prevention & recovery.

Think of digestive enzymes as a tummy rub from the inside!

We have 2 main ways of getting our digestive enzymes: The food we eat: cooking denatures enzymes, so we need to eat plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. Another issue here is soil depletion – our foods can be filled with toxins which destroy enzymes & because the soil is over tilled can be depleted in precious nutrients. Good foods to eat for digestive enzymes: Pineapple, papaya, sea vegetables, greek yogurt (un flavoured please), mango, wheat grass, shitake mushrooms, sprouts, cabbage, apples, cherries, peppers, unpasteurized honey, apple cider vinegar – which is great as a salad dressing!

Our body makes enzymes in the mouth, stomach, intestinal tract & pancreas. Enzymes are made with proteins, which have been broken down into their building blocks called amino acids. With poor protein absorption & an over burdened pancreas from years of poor lifestyle choices, enzyme production is compromised. Drinking too much water (fluids) with meals – dilutes digestive enzymes. The body is reliant on protein availability to form digestive enzymes – and we emphasize the importance of getting sufficient protein in our diets for our bodies to be able to perform its thousands of functions. With poor protein bioavailability we decrease our ability to make digestive enzymes, and with insufficient enzymes, we can’t break down the nutrients to their usable form – a cycle of bodily breakdown.

Digestive Enzymes Best In Health RadioAs I have spoken about in many articles on line and in speaking engagements- – never forget the belly brain – our gut produces the vast majority of our happy hormone serotonin. The amino acid Tryptophan has a leading role in the production of serotonin. Healthy digestive enzyme levels are very necessary for serotonin. We now know that digestive enzymes serve many critical roles in the body – beyond digestion. They are now thought to be key in ridding the body of toxins, reducing autoimmunity (diseases such as arthritis & lupus) & inflammation, and speed the healing of the body after injury or surgery. More and more research is uncovering the importance of digestive enzymes in the anti aging process, and they are now being used to boost cancer treatment.

I think where I get most frustrated with western medicine is the massive sweeping of symptoms into a category called IBS – Irritable Bowel Syndrome. There is no one treatment and again unfortunately pushing antacids is often the answer – which could easily exacerbate the situation. This is why I insist we all need a good M.D. and N.D. – Naturopathic Doctor. Naturopathy respects the GI tract as holding the keys to the Magic Kingdom. Yes, some Medical Doctors do as well, not enough. Often the answer becomes rote, forgive me regurgitated solutions such as eliminating certain precious foods, or popping meds.

And please do not pop digestive enzyme supplements either – your gut deserves far more respect. Please don’t just accept “age” as the answer as a necessary doomsday, irreversible diagnosis. There is much that can be done. Some of the symptoms of poor digestive enzyme activity include:

  • Trouble digesting foods
  • Hives!!!!!!!
  • Headaches
  • mood swings (serotonin)
  • Bloat – we all just love that!
  • Cramping
  • Trouble with central adiposity (lovingly aka Belly fat)
  • “allergic reactions” that really aren’t allergic reactions

Long Term digestive enzyme depletion can be serious. Get it checked. It is just that easy to modify, prevent disease, and feel really good!

Malnutrition In Utero- Nutrition of Little Girls

Malnutrition In the Womb – The Nutrition of Our Little Girls Dr. David Barker

Malnutrition is not restricted to third world countries – there is plenty in North America.

Your are what your mother ate……

Malnutrition In the Womb David Barker Best In Health RadioDavid Barker MD PhD FRS was a physician, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Southampton, UK, and Professor in Cardiovascular Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, USA.

Twenty-five years ago he showed for the first time that people who had low birth weight are at greater risk of developing coronary heart disease and diabetes. This is now widely accepted. It has led to a new understanding that chronic adult diseases are “programmed” by malnutrition in the womb. Dr. Barker’s work is relevant around the world. In the Western world many babies are malnourished because their mothers eat diets that are unbalanced and monotonous, or because their mothers are either overweight or excessively thin. In the Third World many babies are malnourished because their mothers were chronically undernourished when they were young.

When you educate a Mom – you educate a family.

Simply put – by feeding our daughters properly from the moment they are born – we are setting the stage for our grandchildren’s health. So you are not mothering just your daughter – you are mothering your grandchildren.  We know that by feeding our daughters properly from the time they are born – we are setting the metabolic stage so to speak for our grandchildren.

Dr Barker has lectured and written extensively on nutrition in the womb and its life-long consequences. He has received a number of international awards including the Danone Nutrition Award, the Prince Mahidol Prize and the Richard Doll Prize.

Most unfortunately, Dr. Barker has since passed away since I had the privilege of recording his. In his last public speech he said:

“The next generation does not have to suffer from heart disease or osteoporosis. These diseases are not mandated by the human genome. They barely existed 100 years ago. They are unnecessary diseases. We could prevent them had we the will to do so.”

We pledge to keep the work of Dr. Barker alive. An Incredible, approachable, brilliant, lovely man.

 

Epigenetics -Mom’s Metabolic Health Dr. John Kral

Epigenetics –  Effects of Mom’s Metabolic Health During Pregnancy with  Dr. John Kral
epigenetics: changing our genetic destiny with our lifestyle choices
Cancer is thought to be 90% lifestyle choices. Epigenetics how we change our DNA for better or for worse

Epigenetics:  The Power of Nurture of Nature……how our environment & lifestyle choices (nurture) can change our genetic code (nature). This is a fascinating,powerful demonstration of how our lifestyle choices – good and bad – change our DNA.

The good news is…we are NOT helpless against our perceived genetic doom!

How a mother’s level of body fat impacts the gestational environment – the amniotic fluid – and can alter the developing baby’s DNA – yet another aspect of obesity. How obesity in pregnancy could affect “fetal programming” of adult disease.

 

DNA Methylation is an epigenetic mechanism that can turn up or turn down so to speak gene expression.

DNA was studied from siblings born to the same  parents – older sibling before the mother had weight loss surgery, younger siblings after mother had the surgery.

Children born before surgery had a higher risk for heart disease, diabetes & less insulin sensitivity – poorer metabolic health.

However – it must be noted this is not a hopeless situation –  by adopting a healthier lifestyle – these offspring can happily lead a healthier life.

Dr. John Kral, Professor of Surgery and Medicine at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY received his M.A. degree in Psychology in 1961 from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, where he then attended medical school, completed specialty training in Surgery and subsequently defended a Ph.D. thesis entitled Surgical Reduction of Adipose Tissue in 1976.

In 1972, Dr. Kral participated in establishing the program for surgical treatment of obesity at the University of Gothenburg as project coordinator

 

In 1980, Dr. Kral was recruited to St. Luke’s Hospital Center, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons to develop a program of surgical metabolism and anti-obesity surgery where he investigated eating behavior and continued studies on severe obesity and effects of long-term maintenance of significant weight loss on body composition after malabsorptive and gastric restrictive operations.  He was a member of the American Society for Clinical Nutrition Task Force that developed guidelines for surgical treatment of obesity 1982-85 was a co-founder of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery in 1983, and was the driving force behind the 1991 NIH Consensus Development Conference entitled Gastrointestinal Surgery for Severe Obesity.

Dr. Kral’s contribution to our understanding of the metabolic influence on genetics & epigenetics over the years is truly astounding & my hope is we  all get a much better, deeper appreciation of the impact of the lifestyle choices we make  – for ourselves & for those we love.Because as complicated as so much of this sounds – please keep in mind – choices we tend to not really think about – food choices, saying I dont have time for exercise, smoking, drinking alcohol……all work at a much more omnipotent level than just our clothing size.

Emotional Eating |Promiscuous Eating

Emotional Eating….Promiscuous Eating with Dr. Andrew Siegel

Emotional eating, how many other descriptions do we have about our relationships with food?

Our world is obsessed with fad diets & gadgets, empty promises of “6 weeks to a bikini body”, overwhelming people with minutia & confusion – but perhaps one of the most real saboteurs of our health – our relationship with food – is ignored. Yes we have a relationship with food – not just the pop cliche of emotional eating – its understanding the complexities of why, when, how & what we eat.

Many of these relationships we just don’t notice – they were the “normal” of our upbringing, or it could be the way we cope with out hectic schedules & lifestyle. -Fact is, these habits can easily be problematic to our health, undermining our efforts, and yes be very frustrating to cope with!

“Promiscuous eating is the wanton, reckless, unselective, casual, & indiscriminate consumption of foods without regard to the potential consequences of this “indiscretion”.

Emotional Eating Promiscuous Eating on BestInHealthRadio.comIt is characterized by an unhealthy relationship with food & without a long term commitment to quality foods and eating for the right reasons & in the right manner. Promiscuous eating involves consistently & knowingly making poor food choices that are hazardous to our health & consuming foods for purposes other than satisfying genuine hunger.”…Can you relate?

Dr. Andrew Siegel received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School, where he was elected to the AOA Honor Medical Society. He completed a residency in general surgery at the North Shore University Hospital, an affiliate of Cornell University School of Medicine and pursued residency training in urology at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. Thereafter, he did a fellowship in female pelvic reconstructive surgery at the UCLA School of Medicine prior to joining Bergen Urological Associates in Hackensack, New Jersey, where he has been in practice since 1988.

Dr. Siegel is an avid believer in remaining young, healthy and fit through the practice of exercise, nutritional conscientiousness and intelligent lifestyle choices. He is the author of FINDING YOUR OWN FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: The Essential Guide to Maximizing Health, Wellness, Fitness and Longevity, published in 2008. His second book, PROMISCUOUS EATING— Understanding and Ending Our Self-Destructive Relationship with Food, was published in 2011. He is passionate and enthusiastic about wellness advocacy and his goal is educating the community about healthy lifestyles and preventative measures that help ensure maximum fitness, nutrition, disease avoidance and longevity.

Obesogens: Programmed to Be Fat with Bruce Mohun

Obesogens – Chemicals Not Just Calories for Obesity

Obesogens – chemicals that are making us fat unknowingly – and our unborn children fat.

Bruce Mohun – Dreamfilm Canada – Science Journalist

Bruce is a science journalist who has produced, directed, hosted and written hundreds of hours of television. His most recent award is a Gold Medal from the New York Festivals for “The Downside of High”, named best health & medicine documentary.  His programs have aired on CBC, Discovery, Knowledge, TVOntario, Access, and SCN.   His documentary Deciphering Dyslexia won a 2008 Freddie Award (the Oscars of health & medical media), and the Helen Hayes Award for best consumer program at the 2008 Freddies.  Hiding from the Wind, about the world’s fastest bike, won a Leo Award for Best Science and Technology Documentary in 2003, and his documentaries have been screened at the New York Film Festival and the Image and Science Film Festival in Paris. He won the 2003 Science Council of British Columbia’s Eve Savory Award for Science Communication and the 2004 Canadian Federation of Biological Sciences’ Gordin Kaplan Award for Science Communication.

Obesogens On the developing Fetus Interview Best In Health RadioToday we will be discussing Bruce’s latest documentary on David Suzuki’s the “Nature of Things” – “Programmed to be Fat”. Understand the term “obesogens”. A new scientific theory points the finger at chemicals in our environment that are setting humans up for obesity before they’re even born. Exposure to environmental chemicals such as Bisphenol A, pesticides and herbicides during fetal development may be changing our physiology forever. That, say some scientists, could explain the alarming statistics on obesity – like the fact that the number of overweight infants rose 74% in just twenty years. And not to be overlooked at all – we will be discussing the award winning “The Downside of High” – helping people understand the serious health impact of using marijuana.