Monday, February 8, 2016

The Amazing Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

,Mercola summarizes the research on the benefits of the many polyphenols in Cacao.  I drink plain hot cocoa nearly every day. That's cocoa powder & hot water.  I love it, although it was a bit of a transition. At first I added milk. And maybe sweetener, I don't recall. But I gradually began to prefer it plain. I've always been a fan of bitter dark chocolate. And not a fan of many sweetened drinks.





The Amazing Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate:



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Thursday, January 28, 2016

8 Vital, Anti-aging Things Magnesium Does for You

Balances hormones, aids sleep, stress, lowers blood pressure, boosts energy, helps vitamin D, lenghtens telomeres & fights inflammation. The best sources are seeds & greens.



8 Ways That Magnesium Rescues Hormones:



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Friday, August 7, 2015

Big Food and "The Secrets of Sugar"


You must watch this 45 min doc from Canada's CBC news.  About the evils of sugar & the evils of the big food corporations that produce processed foods.  Much like to tobacco industry in that they both new the dangers, and took steps to discredit scienests, defund research as Americans became sicker and more obese,

While not emphasized in this documentary, sugar affects your skin as well.  It elevates hormones involved in acne formation. It's pro-inflammatory which is involved in acne formation. And it ages your tissues including your skin.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xDaYa0AB8TQ

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Better Pancakes

Pancakes!!

Oladyi : Russian Yogurt Pancakes in which the flour is fermented overnight in yogurt.

Grain Free Swedish pancakes. Just cream and eggs.
http://ibelieveinbut...edish-pancakes/
Low-carb, grain-free Swedish pancakes
Ingredients:
1/2 cup heavy cream (ideally raw)
4 eggs
1 tbs butter, melted
pinch of salt
Tools:
1 Swedish pancake pan or regular pan
Spatula
Melt the butter and the cream and add the eggs to it. whisk briskly and add salt.

Coconut flour crepes: http://www.freecocon...ut-flour-crepes
ervings: 4
Preparation Time: 3 minutes
  • 1 cup coconut milk*
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • dash of salt
  • coconut oil for griddle or pan
    Mix all wet ingredients together then add all dry ingredients. Mix until there are no lumps.
    Spoon onto greased pan or griddle to about 6" in diameter. Batter is runny, so they will be very thin. Coconut flour always takes a while to cook. Flip when the top appears dry and edges are brown. These are quite fragile, so flip carefully. But, they are well worth the effort.
    * For the freshest coconut milk make homemade coconut milk. (See video at this link.)
A commenter said to add another egg and supplied a topping recipe
1 package mixed frozen organic berries
1 tbsp tapioca flour
1 dropper full of liquid stevia
1 teaspoon honey (or more to taste)
1/3 cup water
whipped creme

Heat the berries over low heat. Mix tapioca flour and water until dissolved. When berries are thawed add stevia, honey and water mixture. Stir while bringing to a boil, for about one minute, until mix thickens. Turn off heat.
Add a generous spoon full to top of crepe and a dollop of whipped creme.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Alternatives to NSAIDS

Alternatives to NSAIDS

Non-steroid Anti-inflammatory (NSAID) pain releivers like aspirin, acetaminophen & ibuprofen have many negative side effects. One of which is that they inhibit thryoid function which has many negative affects. Energy, weight gain, hormone balance. And skin function.

As alternatives, try consuming foods high in anti-inflammatory substances. Such as ginger, turmeric, fish, fresh fruits & vegetables.  Some, like omega-3 oils, even inhibit the same pro-inflammatory processes that NSAIDs do.

For more information, including how acetominophin has been shown to be ineffective for back pain, see this article:  http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/04/16/tylenol-acetaminophen-pain-relief.aspx?e_cid=20150416Z1_DNL_NB_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art2&utm_campaign=20150416Z1_DNL_NB&et_cid=DM72347&et_rid=917519618

My grandmother is told to take acetaminophen for her back pain. And it doesn't work.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Does Sugar = Acne?

Does Sugar = Acne?


A frequent Question.  To over simplify. Yes sugar equals acne. It also equals bad health. 

Glucose floating through the bloodstream is very damaging and the true cause of heart disease, not cholesterol.  So the body produces insulin to get it out of the bloodstream and into the cells.  When you consume more glucose than your cells can take in, it keeps trying with the insulin but if the cells are full they aren't going to take in more.   If we hadn't invented added sugar and refined grain junk and sedentary work, this would rarely happen.  

Eventually your cells will become resistant and your pancreas exhausted and you will get diabetes, like about half our population these days.  

In the meantime, both the sugar and the insulin are inflamatory (and acne is an inflammatory condition as are many other health conditions). And the insulin stimulates other hormones such as  IGF-1 and the sex hormones involved in acne. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Statin Drugs Will Harm Your Skin and Accelerate Aging

Statin Drugs Inhibit Enzymes Needed for Healthy Skin

 
Quote
The regulation of epidermal lipid synthesis by permeability barrier requirements.
Source Metabolism Section (111F), VA Medical Center, San Francisco, CA 94121.
Abstract
A major function of the skin is to prevent the loss of fluids. The barrier to fluid loss resides in the intercellular lipids (primarily sterols, fatty acids, and sphingolipids) of the stratum corneum. The epidermis is a very active site of lipid synthesis and when the permeability barrier is disrupted by topical solvents or detergents a marked stimulation of sterol, fatty acid, and sphingolipid synthesis occurs. Essential fatty acid deficient mice, with a chronic disturbance in barrier function, also have an increase in epidermal lipid synthesis. When the defect in barrier function is artificially corrected by occlusion with a water vapor impermeable membrane the increase in epidermal lipid synthesis is prevented, suggesting that water flux may be a regulatory factor. The activity of the key rate limiting enzyme in cholesterol synthesis, HMG CoA reductase is increased following barrier disruption due to both an increased quantity of enzyme and an increase in activation state. Similarly, the activity of serine palmitoyl transferase, the rate limiting enzyme in sphingolipid synthesis is also increased following barrier disruption. Occlusion prevents the increase in HMG CoA reductase and serine palmitoyl transferase activity. When the increase in epidermal lipid synthesis is inhibited by occlusion the characteristic rapid return of stratum corneum lipids and recovery of barrier function is prevented. Moreover, when epidermal cholesterol synthesis is inhibited by lovastatin, an inhibitor of HMG CoA reductase, the rate of recovery of barrier structure and function is delayed. Similarly, B chloroalanine, an inhibitor of serine palmitoyl transferase and sphingolipid synthesis, also impairs barrier recovery. Thus, disruption of the barrier stimulates epidermal lipid synthesis which provides the lipids necessary for the repair of the barrier. The signals that initiate and coordinate this response are yet to be defined, but the understanding of this process may allow for pharmacological interventions that will specifically disrupt the barrier and allow for the transcutaneous delivery of drugs.

Note the bolded line. An example of how the statin drugs they want everyone to take will harm your skin and accelerate aging.  And your epidermis isn't the only tissue it does this to. Tissues inside and out.

Also, this study is about how the necessary lipids are stimulated after the your skin is harmed.  Which would of course be a part of healing. But is this an example of how are medical and pharmaceutical researchers think?  What we need is to damage ourselves in order stimulate healing?