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Mental Health

Amberleigh CarterComment

As May comes to an end, I'd like to touch on mental health, as this month is Mental Health Awareness Month! So, here are some tips for your mental health:

Did you know that there are more neurons in your gut than in your brain?! Mental health is just as important as physical health--your mind & body hold hands. So if you suffer with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, suicidal tendencies, obsessive compulsive disorder, and the like, nutrition is largely a wonderful way to help! 

1) Salt water lowers histamine and adrenalin levels, which can greatly help to reduce anxiety and the incidence of panic attacks. (Sea salt or Morton Canning & Pickling salt).
2) Fruit is a wonderful mood-booster and helps to clarify thoughts, as it contains a sugar off of which the brain solely runs.
3) Meat & bone broth are also helpful in building neurotransmitters that are responsible for mood.
4) Staying hydrated with water helps to clean out neurotoxins that could be affecting the way that you think.

5) Low levels of cholesterol are associated with increased levels of depression.  Saturated fat, fruit, and lifestyle changes like meditation, rest, sunshine exposure, and exercise (even if it's walking outside) all help to normalize cholesterol levels and are all excellent ways to get back in touch with yourself, find your center, boost your mood, balance emotions, and empower you to conquer your day!

Always be mindful of what's in your food (& lifestyle), as what you eat (& how you live) can manifest into how you view the world!

Coconut Water Yourself

Amberleigh CarterComment

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!

Butter is Better

Amberleigh CarterComment

Real BUTTER contains life, so it will attract life.

Butter does not have fake chemicals, like engineered margarine, that would make it resemble the properties of plastic.  If you place real butter next to margarine, you'll notice that living insects avoid the margarine, but try to feed off of the nutritious butter. 

This is because butter contains the following vitamins and other beneficial properties:

1) Lauric acid- helps fight fungal infections and candida

2) Conjugated linoleic acid- a potent anti-cancer agent, immunity booster, and muscle builder

3) Anti-stiffness factor- prevents hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland (which helps with levels of motivation, creativity, and sleep)

4) Butter helps promote fertility and contains strong anti-tumor and anti-cancer properties

5) Butter is a quick source of energy, so it's not stored as fat tissue on the body

6) Butter protects against gastrointestinal infections in the young and elderly 

7) Butter is rich in the most easily-absorbent form of Vitamin A necessary for thyroid and adrenal health.

8) Lecithin- essential for cholesterol metabolism

9) Anti-oxidants- protects against free radical damage and weakening of the arteries

10) Selenium, Vitamins E, K, and D- all help with vital metabolic functions, like absorbing calcium and much more
 

It takes life to give life, so do yourself a favor and dump the plastic margarine in the trash...the flies won't come near it.

(Note: If you're concerned about butter raising cholesterol, know that 80% of your cholesterol comes from your liver, not your diet. Cholesterol is an anti-stressor in the body, so if you have high cholesterol, it is a sign of having too much stress in your life: metabolic stress, emotional stress, physical stress, spiritual stress, social stress, financial and work stress, and so forth. It's more effective to address those issues, rather than blaming it on butter and other healthy saturated fats.)

We're All on Drugs

Amberleigh CarterComment

After recognizing the undeniable evidence supporting the healthy effects of coconut oil, the FDA wants a piece of it. This is only the beginning...

Dr. Bronner's Coconut Oil label: "Clinical research confirms that the saturated medium chain fatty acids (MCT's) in [Virgin Coconut Oil], such as lauric acid, actually improve blood cholesterol by increasing the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol."
The FDA's stance: This simple statement suggests that extra-virgin coconut oil is a "drug", as only drugs are capable of affecting human health. Dr. Bronner's is engaging in the sale and distribution of an illegal drug.

Dear, FDA,

This isn't a statement; it's a peer-reviewed, scientific fact. Coconut oil has many amazing benefits on the body, as does organic, real, whole foods. If everything that affects the body/human health is considered to be a drug by the FDA, then I guess we're all on drugs. 

Moral of the story: if it's not FDA-approved, there may be a high possibility that it's good for you.

For more information, please visit http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/13680-fda-dr-bronner-coconut-oil.html

FDA


I Love Cholesterol...Said No One Ever, But Maybe You Should

Amberleigh CarterComment

The increased production of cholesterol is your body's anti-stress system kicking into gear. Cholesterol is actually a large anti-oxidant to help fight stress and inflammation in the body.

So why may your cholesterol levels be high?
It could be a number of reasons.  One reason could be not eating enough fat.  Yes, it is a myth that the fat you eat is directly responsible for the amount of cholesterol in your body. 

As much as 80% of cholesterol comes from your liver, NOT the food you eat.  So when you are given the suggestion to go on a "low fat" diet because you have high cholesterol, expect your cholesterol levels to increase, as the body sees this deprivation of fat as a famine or crisis.  During that time, insulin activates an enzyme in your liver to overproduce cholesterol from the carbohydrates that you eat.  So not eating enough of the right fats can increase your cholesterol!

The truth is, your nutrition and lifestyle are not adequate enough to keep up with the demands you place on your body throughout the day and over time. 

Eat well, sleep well, hydrate well, move well, and love well.  This is what your high cholesterol is really trying to tell you.

a + b = High Cholesterol

Amberleigh CarterComment

Allow me to shed some fat on the current situation:

In the 1940s, the oil and seed industry was collapsing and needed a new market for their products, besides the use for producing paints and plastics.  The only other biological effect of unsaturated fat/vegetable oil, next to sterility, dementia, and lowering the immune system, was its influence on lowering blood cholesterol.  In a "research study", cholesterol was found to dissolve in the presence of unsaturated vegetable oils.  This opened the door to campaign that since cholesterol is found in the walls of blood vessels, and cholesterol levels contribute to heart disease, then unsaturated fats lower your risk for heart disease.  It was taken one step further in proclaiming that saturated fat is the culprit in causing elevated cholesterol levels that increase your risk for heart disease. 
 

However, to this day, there has never been a study that demonstrates high blood cholesterol, from the consumption of saturated fats, causes heart disease.  But there are studies that show the stressful effects of polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) on the body, and stress levels are a main contributor to heart disease. 

According to Diana Schwarzbein, MD, "When you do not eat cholesterol, your body sees this deprivation as a time of "crisis" or "famine".  During this "famine", insulin activates an enzyme in your liver called HMG Co-A Reductase that begins to overproduce cholesterol from the carbohydrates you eat."

As you can see, there are many factors that go into the cause of heart disease...vegetable oil being one of them.  Eating the right quality of foods, in the right quantities, at the right time of the day, can exponentially improve your health.  Deprivation is not the answer, nor is a chemical alternative.

My suggestion is to truly understand your body's physiology, and not put your trust in a lab chemist claiming that a+b=high cholesterol.