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Snack Time

Amberleigh CarterComment

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!

Stay Salty

Amberleigh CarterComment

Salt helps produce energy efficiently, boost the metabolism, and protect against inflammation and degenerative stress.

Salt restriction actually increases blood pressure and damages the metabolism. 

Add a pinch of canning and pickling salt or a white Celtic sea salt (NOT table salt) to your liter of quality water to lower adrenalin, alleviate headaches and stomach cramps, create hormonal balance, and inhibit fat-storing stress hormones. Your mood, skin, hydration, and health will all improve.

You're welcome.

PMS is not a birth control deficiency. Period.

Amberleigh CarterComment

I don’t usually partake in reading “health” magazines, since the information in there is typically laughable, but I came across the cover of one particular magazine that caught my eye with what was spelled out on the cover:

“BURN FAT ALL DAY: Surprising ways to boost your metabolism”. 

Needless to say, it spiked my interest as to what they could possibly say…nothing of which I am an advocate, I was assured in my head.  Feeling as if I was spying on my opponent, I opened up “Women’s Health”, their September 2014 issue.

I started aimlessly flipping from back to front and came across something much more intriguing than burning fat.  The article was entitled, “Hellish Period?  Not Anymore”, which displayed women’s “mysterious, wackier woes”, or their personal experiences surrounding their menstrual cycle:

“My knees ache like I’m developing arthritis.”-Reanna L.;

“I get a severe throat infection every month!”-Ainey J.;

“I always crave steak, even though I’ve been a vegetarian for two years.”-Monica R.;

“Hot flashes and heart palpitations.”-Pamela M.;

“I get really cold—for two weeks I just freeze.”-Marie L.;

“My toes cramp up every time.”-Heather B.;

“I get random bruises!”-Christine L.;

“I feel as if I could sleep for a week.”-Trisha L.;

“I have insatiable cravings. I want to eat everything in sight.”-Melissa B.;

and on goes the list. 

I’m sure if you are a female reading this, you may be able to relate. 

The thoughts running through my head?  It sounds like these women have symptoms of fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, and anemia, but what’s screaming out to me even more is the fact that these women are malnourished and hypo-metabolic (have a slow and/or damaged metabolism).

My next thought flashing in my head: So what is this pop-culture, health bible going to suggest? 

Here is one genius solution “Women’s Health” provides women everywhere:

          “CAN YOU OUTTHINK PMS? Imagine if some symptoms were all in your head.” 

Oh. No. They. DIDN’T.  I was enraged.  It was an instant reminder of why I do not read mainstream magazines.  Their suggestions were even worse than I had imagined.

They continued to explain: “Controversial new research has found that there’s little scientific evidence behind some PMS symptoms.  Rather, America’s ‘period hysteria’ culture could be to blame, making women anticipate a meltdown in the days before their flow begins.  ‘The idea that hormonal fluctuations lead to negative moods for all women is a socially constructed one,’ says Gillian Einstein, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the University of Toronto.  In other words, a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

If I didn’t have PMS symptoms before, I did at this moment.  Not knowing how to cope with my murderous thoughts, I uncontrollably busted out with hysteric laughter, and then the depression set in….what has our society come to?  All of the women reading this nonsense are going to be told once again by our culture that we are crazy. 

Hormonal fluctuations leading to mood swings for women is merely a socially constructed idea?  How amazing would it be for it to simply be a figment of our imaginations?  That would be the easy way out, and PMS would be magically eradicated if women could just mentally accept the fact that what we think and how we feel isn’t real.  

I felt the shame of women all over the country reading this….and then I realized: I do not need a research study or an “expert” with the last name Einstein to tell me whether or not my body’s experiences are real according to scientific evidence.  What IS real, however, is that PMS is not solely an American thing known as, ‘period hysteria’.  It’s the female body’s natural reaction to being nutrient and mineral-deficient, and it can happen to women from all parts of the world.  

Needless to say, like an onlooker at the scene of an accident, I couldn’t look away.  I was captivated by the ignorance of the entire article.  The nonsense continued....

Problem: “The bloating is horrible; it’s like this massive pressure.”-Laura H.

“Women’s Health” Explanation: “Some 73 percent of women reported unpleasant gut symptoms before and during their periods.  Surprisingly, no one knows exactly what triggers this monthly spike in water retention, but it’s known that salt and alcohol can make it worse….”    

FACT: Someone who understands physiology knows what triggers this monthly spike in water retention.  Just because you may not understand it, does not mean that NO ONE understands this “phenomenon”. 

Here’s what the article SHOULD have said, from a PHYSIOLOGICAL standpoint:

Dear women,

The body can bloat when you are not fueling your body efficiently with quality food.  Since your body will find some way to compensate and get the energy it needs to survive if you are not feeding it properly, it can cause a bloating reaction, and here’s one reason why.  Typically, if your body does not have food coming in, it will ask your liver to release stored sugar (glycogen) in order to keep up with your energy demands throughout the day.  Your energy demands go up during this time of the month when your body is preparing to shed tissue. Therefore, you should be eating and resting more to cope with this stress.  If you're not eating and resting adequately, your body will react.

With a less than optimal amount of food intake, the liver is essentially asked to go into survival mode, so your body starts eating itself (causing muscle tissue loss and fat tissue gain).  This stresses the body, making it difficult to produce energy the proper way.  The most efficient way for the body to produce energy is if the body is fed well.  Carbon Dioxide (CO2, like what’s in carbonated drinks) is supposed to be produced, along with water, and ATP (energy).  If the body does not have fuel because of food deprivation, lactic acid is produced instead of carbon dioxide, and the oxygen from water molecules in the body are soaked up by your tissues to get the oxygen that it needs.  This is edema, commonly known as bloating and swelling.  If there is a lack of oxygen, your cells will swell with water in order to breathe.   

Boom.  Yes, hormones play a role in this, but for brevity purposes, we'll stick with the basics.

The article carried on:

Problem: “I have cramps that feel like I’m giving birth to the spawn of Satan.”-Millarie K.

“Women’s Health” Solution: “There’s a reason it feels like you’re in labor—your uterine muscles are contracting….Using a heating pad for 10 to 15 minutes can help dilute uterine blood vessels….If OTC anti-inflammatory painkillers aren’t helping and you’ve exhausted all natural options—including yoga and acupuncture—see an ob-gyn….The first line of treatment is typically the Pill or another hormonal contraceptive, which can reduce your overall amount of uterine tissue.”

FACT: A heating pad, Advil, yoga sessions, and some therapeutic needles are not what I would call anyone having “exhausted all natural options”.  Furthermore, the Pill or another hormonal contraceptive is setting your body up for catastrophe and is a less-than-stellar suggestion.  If you have painful menstrual cramps, it’s not because you have a birth control pill deficiency.  You have a compromised immune system and a mineral and nutrient deficiency from a lack of eating properly.  Skipping meals and eating processed 100 calorie packs, salads, veggie burgers, and slim fast does not equate to adequate nutrition.  Your body is in desperate need of magnesium to alleviate painful cramps, but it also needs other nutrients and minerals for magnesium to work its magic.

More “Women’s Health” Solutions:  “While you’re at it, stick with snacks that include some calcium; for unknown reasons, the mineral can reduce a handful of PMS symptoms.”-Toby Smithson, R.D.N., of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Ummmm, you’re a Registered Dietitian, a person who is supposed to be an expert in understanding the fundamentals of how food chemistry works inside the human body, and you have no idea how calcium can help alleviate symptoms of PMS??  The intelligence level of the "experts" we are supposed to trust today is quickly diminishing.  This concept is the equivalent of nutrition 101.

FACT: Calcium happens to be the most abundant and important mineral in the human body.  99% of the calcium in our bodies resides in our bones, and the rest is in other tissues and the blood.  The 1% that is found in the blood is critical for life. When a diet is low in calcium and/or magnesium, the body’s soft tissues and organs steal the calcium that it needs from the bones.  This leads to osteoporosis and the calcification (hardening) of organs and soft tissues, like arteries. 

The excess of calcium in the cell tissue causes swelling (bloating), alkalinity (lower immune system), and the cells convert glycogen (sugar) into lactic acid (slowing down the metabolism, causing you to feel tired and sluggish).  It also causes a loss in potassium and magnesium, two vital minerals in helping alleviate cramps and balancing hormones and electrolyte levels.  This can, furthermore, lead to headaches, acne, changes in appetite, hormonal and libido swings, and other PMS problems.  Also, in order to maximize the absorption of calcium and the body’s ability to use calcium efficiently, the following are needed:

            -Adequate Vitamin A, C, and D

            -Adequate magnesium

-Adequate protein and fat consumption [tip: listen to your food cravings, like steak (grass-fed and organic is preferable) and chocolate (organic and dark—Enjoy Life brand—is optimal)]

            -Adequate HCl (stomach acid)

So no, it’s not in your head.  It’s physiology.  Which also happens to be backed by research.

The truth? 

These vitamins and minerals that you’re lacking should be coming from your food. 

That’s right. 

Ladies:  You have to eat and eat well—dump the processed garbage and the hormone pills.  They aren’t helping. 

Periods are not supposed to be painful.  Actually, they are supposed to be pretty seamless.  You shouldn’t have to shudder at the thought of your cycle, feeling like it’s biblical karmic backlash for tempting Adam in the Garden of Eden. 

You are a goddess; it’s time to start eating like one. 

For more information on how to combat PMS, feel free to contact me.

Pre-eclampsia is a Mother

Amberleigh CarterComment

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. 

pre-eclampsia

Low Carb Diets: A Recipe For Health Problems

Amberleigh CarterComment

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.

Guess What's SOY Annoying....

Amberleigh CarterComment

Let's talk about what's soy annoying:

To be frank (or should I say, Frances), Soy is an estrogen bomb. 

It's not just in soy milk, it's in soy protein powder (yes, your "muscle-building" post workout shakes), edamame, soy sauce, soybean oil, and is hidden in many other products, from frozen pizzas to crackers--so make sure to read the label!

The following are reasons to avoid soy:
1) Soy inhibits absorption of vital minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, & zinc.
2) It decreases thyroid function, leading to a slower and damaged metabolism.
3) It increases tissue growth and accumulation, which can lead to tumor growth and an increased risk of cancer, as well as man boobs.
4) It lowers sperm count and decreases testosterone, which can lead to infertility, fat storage, and hair loss/balding.  Oh and man boobs again.
5) It is harmful to the intestines and digestion.

So do yourself a favor and just avoid the soy, if not for you, for the sake of saving testosterone in this world.

Why Not Organic?

Amberleigh CarterComment

I recently had a conversation with a gentleman who said, "All of this Organic hype is just a selling tactic.  Why pay more for something, when you can pay less for the same thing?  I figure if it's not immediately making me sick and giving me the sh*ts, then it's fine to eat."
 

Although I admire the man a great deal, this is a common misunderstanding that many people have today. 

My question is, "Why not eat Organic?"

Clean food must be made a priority.  Yes, the man has a point--you can eat conventional and processed foods and may not immediately experience adverse effects.  However, it will creep up on you.

The chemistry from the food that you eat makes up your cells in your body, which makes up tissues, which makes up organs, which determines how efficiently you function, the way your body looks, etc.  You actually are what you eat, and no one I know of dreams of being jacked up on hormones that beef you up to be fatter, quicker--like so many of those cows out there.

So if you're wondering why all of a sudden, after years, you have developed "allergies", food "intolerances", headaches, hormonal imbalance, acne, and/or other health issues, question how your food is grown and processed. The answers may lie in that genetically-modified, hormone-laden, chemical-preservative-laced "food" out there.

Always try to choose organic, even if you don't believe in it--it can make a serious difference in your life.

Go Bloat Yourself

Amberleigh CarterComment

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.

Count Ingredients, Not Calories

Amberleigh CarterComment

Pay attention to the quality of your food, rather than the number of calories it provides you.

If the body does not recognize an ingredient, it could lead to a decrease in energy production, an inefficient metabolism, and more stress on the body.

The continued consumption of fake ingredients can lead to the following:

  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Irritability
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Slow reflexes and speech
  • Hair loss
  • Lower immune system
  • Impaired hearing
  • Muscle weakness,
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Psychological depression
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Dry skin
  • Menstrual problems
  • Constipation,
  • Hormonal fluctuations
  • and so on.

If you are suffering with any "ailment", it could be your body telling you something.  Maybe all you need is a change in diet.  Organic, real ingredients are what your body is trying to beg you for, not deprivation through less caloric intake.

Listen to your body, and feed it the nutrients it craves through real food.