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Following The Herd

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Did you know that U.S. cattle farmers used to feed cows coconut oil to get them fat quickly, but it had the direct opposite effect? The cows became extremely lean, toned, and healthy. This is because coconut oil actually burns fat as fuel, instead of storing it for later.

Coconut oil also helps to regulate blood sugar, improve skin complexion, & boost the immune system, as this oil contains many anti-viral & anti-microbial properties. Who knew that eating fat can get you thin?

(Side Note: Today, cattle are given corn/vegetable oils to get them fat and weak so that their meat is much more tender and palatable for consumers. Yet these are the very oils that we are told are "heart healthy" in America, and we are fatter and weaker than ever....just some food for thought.)

Snack Time

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Looking for a clean, power snack? 

Jackson's Honest Potato Chips contain organic potatoes, coconut oil, and sea salt. That's it. No preservatives, no harmful oils, no artificial anything.
These babies trump anything that's been processed and coined as "gluten free". 

Potatoes contain high amounts of potassium, which actually aids in blood sugar regulation, lowering blood pressure, and muscle building. As well, sea salt helps to lower adrenalin, regulate hormones, absorb nutrients, and lower blood pressure. And finally, coconut oil is a natural anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial agent that helps fight disease. It also tends to burn immediately as fuel, rather than store as fat on your body. In addition, it is perfect for people with no gallbladders, as it does not need bile to be emulsified. (I'm talking nerdy to you).

Enjoy!

G-e-l-atin....It's Alive

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Gelatin is an anti-inflammatory protein that's good for reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia, joint pain, tissue degradation, inflammation, asthma, hives, hyperventilation, the size of cancerous tumors, high blood sugar, insulin resistance, strokes, seizures, insomnia, and more.  It also helps to promote weight loss and the health of hair, skin, nails, tendons, and the gut. 
 

Add a dash to your food, smoothies, and/or post workout recovery drink, and reap the benefits.

You can order Great Lakes Gelatin here www.kinectionholistichealth.com/products

Coconut Water Yourself

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Coconut Water contains fructose and potassium, which balances blood sugar, replenishes electrolytes, regulates blood pressure, normalizes cholesterol levels, improves mood, increases energy, and helps conduct nerve impulses and muscle contractions.

It's a wonderful post workout recovery drink and mid-work-day boost!

Bath in the Ambiance

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The magnesium in Epsom Salt help you alleviate cramps of any kind, a headache, muscle and joint soreness, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, a slow metabolism, high blood pressure, swollen legs, thyroid and blood sugar issues, and so forth.  It's known as the original "chill pill".

Baking Soda (Sodium Bicarbonate) helps to reduce hardening of the organs and arteries, while it also softens and protects the skin.

Before bed, it's best to take an Epsom Salt & Baking Soda bath.

Put 1-2 cups of each in a bath and soak for 15-30 minutes. If your heart rate increases, the bath water is too hot. Adjust the temperature or drink orange juice with sparkling water and a dash of pickling salt to lower adrenalin and stabilize your blood sugar.

Enjoy!

What is Holistic Health, and is Kinection Holistic Health for me?

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Contrary to all of the misconceptions surrounding holistic health, I don't prescribe ginkgo biloba and medicinal marijuana.  In fact, I don’t prescribe anything at all.  This is the beauty of holistic health.

I don’t ring a gong over your head while singing kumbaya either, although who couldn't benefit from that? 

Holistic health involves viewing the body as a whole, including mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects. Each of these affects one another, making up your entire experience and leading you up to this point of your current condition of health. 

If you have high blood sugar, for example, what stressors are being placed upon your body throughout a given day and over time?  Maybe you eat cakes and cookies and/or processed carbohydrates, but what is driving you to do so?  The root of the problem could be metabolic in nature, but maybe we should look deeper. 

What do your sleeping patterns look like?  Are you sleeping soundly between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.?  Are you consuming enough magnesium and potassium?  Do you know what food sources contain these nutrients?  Are you wondering what these nutrients even have to do with high blood sugar?  What about your eating patterns?  Do you skip breakfast?  How often do you feel the sunshine hit your body?  Are you happy?  Do you enjoy life and have fulfilling relationships with others and yourself?  How often do you speak or think negatively?  Do you have a constant babble or to-do list in your head?  Do you ever feel fully rested or relaxed? How much do you move your body?  Do you sit for most of the day?  How many breaths do you take within 60 seconds?  Is it more than 8?  Are you hyperventilating and don’t even know it?  Are these questions making you hyperventilate?

Sure, I can look at your pancreas, liver, and hormone levels, and they would tell me exactly what they are telling you: YOU NEED TO CHANGE.  These aspects are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your health. 

If you’re looking for a quick fix, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not the one for you.  I’ll also admit that some people probably refer to my business as, “Holy Sh*t Kinection”.  I'm not going to lie to you: It’s hard work.  But if you’re looking for an overall better quality of life, an entire lifestyle change is required. 

My job is to assist you in creating the health that you desire through real food, as well as behavior and lifestyle modifications.  I will teach you how to keep up with the demands you are placing upon your body, how to listen to your body, and how to respond accordingly.  This can help reverse the aging process, repair the metabolism, and regenerate your health and well-being.

I should give you some warnings: If you’re looking for someone to tell you that it’s okay to drink a bottle of wine or whiskey every night before bed, I’m not the one for you.  If you want someone to tell you that your current lifestyle and destructive behaviors are conducive to creating the health that you desire, and the answer is that you have a pharmaceutical drug deficiency, I’m not the one for you.  If you’re looking for someone to not see through your exterior into the depths of your interior, I’m not the one for you.  If you’re looking for someone to spend 5 minutes with you and not know your entire background and current lifestyle, I’m not the one for you.  If you’re looking for someone who will give you a pill, a cleanse, a detox, and a quick fix, I’m not the one for you.  If you’re looking for someone to do the work for you, I’m not the one for you.  I cannot help you more than you are willing to help yourself.

I can, however, promise you that this journey may be frustrating, but will be extremely rewarding.  If you’re up for the challenge, I am with you every step of the way and will be your biggest cheerleader.  So if you’re looking for someone who will invest in you as much as you’re willing to invest in yourself, I’m your person.  The fact is that YOU are in control of your health.  You will no longer need to look outside of yourself for the answers that you already have within you.  You will know your body better than anyone else, simply because that’s the way it was always intended to be.

Pre-eclampsia is a Mother

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Pre-eclampsia or Eclampsia may have nothing to do with lacking blood pressure medication and everything to do with lacking proper nutrition.  In pregnant women, blood volume needs to increase by over 40% to ensure efficient circulation to the developing fetus and mother.  

Eating a LOW PROTEIN diet or a HIGH CARBOHYDRATE diet can activate the stress response, causing estrogen to rise.  High estrogen and low protein can cause the blood to clot and/or thicken.  Furthermore, estrogen destroys the liver's ability to produce albumin, which is a key factor in allowing the liver to rid the body of toxins.  When the body does not produce enough albumin, it creates hypothyroid issues, and with hypothyroid issues, comes a loss of sodium in the body.  

The loss of sodium and lack of albumin allows for TISSUE EDEMA (or swelling/bloating). Estrogen pulls out water from the blood, and pushes it into the cells, which gives you puffiness and increases HYPERTENSION (high blood pressure) due to the decrease in blood volume and the increase in viscosity (or thickness) of the blood.  

In addition, if the mother is not eating enough of the right kind of carbohydrates (i.e., too many grains/processed carbs/above-ground vegetables and not enough tropical fruits and root vegetables) the body will start to break down protein to produce the glucose that it is lacking (another stress), which exacerbates the low level of protein in the mother.  

Overall, improper eating can create low protein and high estrogen in the body, which may lead to hypertension and pre-eclampsia or eclampsia issues during and after pregnancy. 

As always, it's best to address the cause, rather than the symptom of a deeper dysfunction. 

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Low Carb Diets: A Recipe For Health Problems

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LOW CARB DIETS are particularly bad for the hormonal system of females.  Cutting out carbs is not necessarily the best option, and here's why:

A particularly useful thyroid hormone (known as T3) is responsible for converting cholesterol into the hormone Progesterone, which is the "youth-associated, protective hormone" known to help with hair growth, clear skin, and overall hormonal balance.  The key is that this entire process depends upon glucose or sugar that largely comes from carbohydrates.  Without carbs, the body becomes stressed and produces more estrogen, which ages the body and causes a myriad of other health effects when it's dominant.

Thus, going on a low carb diet can lead to breast tenderness, PMS, headaches, an increase in fat tissue, a decrease in muscle tissue, hair loss, wrinkles, cravings, high blood sugar (yep!), a damaged metabolism, and hormonal chaos. 

If you're thinking low carb is the best, you may want to change that misconception to a "no processed foods" lifestyle.  Processed foods are much worse for the body than real, wholesome carbs like fruits and root vegetables (i.e., carrots, potatoes, turnips, beets, peppers, squash, etc.).  Fruits and roots contain real sugar that the body recognizes and prefers in order to operate efficiently and not have to age and break down the body.

So do yourself a favor and avoid anything processed, rather than avoiding real carbs that are nourishing to your body.

Go Bloat Yourself

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Beans, beans, they're good for your heart; the more you eat them, the more you...create a sluggish metabolism.

When it comes to eating the right protein sources, grains, lentils, soy, and beans tend to be low quality nutrients and contain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which can greatly slow down energy production in the body.

These "protein" sources lower protein digestion, reduce mineral (i.e., calcium, zinc, etc.) absorption, decrease oxygen intake in your cells (decreased energy), and contain phytoestrogens, which increase your level of estrogen in your body. 

Increasing your estrogen levels (whether you're male or female) causes edema (swelling/bloating), increases cortisol (stress hormone), creates blood sugar instabilities, and much more.  So your body isn't bloating just for sh*ts and giggles...it's telling you something.

Although eating the right kind of protein decreases estrogen and many other anti-metabolic factors, it does not mean to increase your animal protein intake by 10.  Consuming high-quality, non-inflammatory protein plays an essential role in the body; however, too much protein, not enough carbohydrate, and vice versa, all contribute to blood sugar instabilities.

The key is to keep meals balanced and frequent to normalize blood sugar, stabilize hormones, decrease inflammation, increase absorption and nourishment, and create a healthier metabolism for increased energy.

So you can tell your grains, soy, lentils, and beans to go bloat themselves.