12 Top Tips for Health

Avoid Toxins by starting to clear out your toxic household cleaners,personal hygiene products, air fresheners, fly sprays, lawn pesticides, and insecticides and replace them with non-toxic alternatives.  Also look at others.

Mercury – eliminating mercury as far as possible from your life should be part of your goal of healthy living. Mercury is found in the amalgam fillings in your mouth, and is in fish like salmon and tuna.   Now mercury is also found in High Fructose Corn Syrup, used in ‘fast’ foods.

Fluoride – found in toothpaste, fluoridated water, and non-organic food due to the widespread use of fluoride-based pesticides. For example, conventionally-grown iceberg lettuce can contain as much as 180 ppm of fluoride – 180 times higher than the recommended level in drinking water.

EMFs. Electromagnetic field exposures are becoming increasingly pervasive. They can disrupt your natural bio-rhythm preventing restful sleep. The effect of mobiles, computers, dirty electricity to name but a few, is cumulative. The more you are subjected to EMFs, the worse the health hazards that poses.

Bisphenol-A (BPA) and Bisphenol-S (BPS) – Used in the manufacture of polycarbonate plastics, bisphenols are estrogen mimicking chemicals that can leach into food or drinks from the plastic containers holding them. These chemicals are known to be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children and are implicated in carcinogens. This applies to bottled water in plastic as well.

Phthalates – found in soft plastics such as polyvinyl chloride (PVC), as well as many toiletries, including shampoo, toothpaste, and cosmetics. Phthalates are one of the most pervasive type of endocrine disrupting chemicals discovered so far, and have been linked to a wide range of developmental and reproductive “gender-bending” effects. A healthy endocrine system is fundamental to long term good health e.g. the thyroid.

Add Sprouts to Your Diet

Sprouts allow your body to extract more vitamins, minerals, amino acids and essential fats from the foods you eat. During sprouting, minerals such as calcium and magnesium bind to protein making them more bio-available. Pea and sunflower sprouts provide some of the highest quality protein available. Sprouted sunflower seeds also contain plenty of iron and chlorophyll, the latter of which will help detoxify your blood and liver. Sprouts have an alkalinizing effect which is thought to protect against disease including cancer (many tumours are acidic). Sprouts support cell regeneration, fight viruses and bacteria which cannot survive in an oxygen rich environment.

If you can’t manage sprouting for whatever reason, then try ‘superfood’ powders like Wheat Grass or Acai Berry available from Indigo Herbs of Glastonbury. Look for more information on the Homepage of www.thehealingtouchtherapy.co.uk and click through to buy.

Other ideas for healthy eating

Eat organic apples, they contain Pectin which is good chelator (something that binds with toxins (especially mercury toxins) to help eliminate them from the body.

Add Lecithin to food to help the breakdown of fats and to balance hormones. Flax seed is rich source of omega 3 & 6 and is available from Holland and Barrett.

 

Garlic is a great blood purifier so consume as much as you can, lightly cooked.

Coriander leaves are good chelators so eat as much as possible with your meals.

Cinnamon is a wonder spice because it contains the mineral chromium for blood sugar control. Turmeric is also another fabled spice, with anti inflammatory effects and arthritis relief. Eat sprinkled over food or added to soups and casseroles.

Avoid Aspartame [which is a neurotoxin] and ALL artificial sweeteners.

Avoid cow’s milk and soya products. Also Corn and corn syrups – high fructose aggravates insulin production. Reducing sugars and grains also helps insulin balance.

Optimize Your Vitamin D Levels with Appropriate Sun Exposure

Vitamin D is now recognized as a major factor in overall human health whereas before it was primarily recognised as only being linked to bone diseases such as rickets and osteoporosis. There are only 30,000 genes in your body and vitamin D has been shown to influence over 2,000 of them. That's one of the primary reasons it influences so many diseases, including diabetes, depression, heart disease and cancer. The ideal way to optimize your vitamin D level is from appropriate sun exposure.

If you decide to take a high dose vitamin D supplement, you also need to boost your intake of vitamin K2, either from food or a supplement, in order to maintain the proper ratio. These two nutrients work in tandem, and vitamin K2 deficiency is actually what produces the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity, which includes inappropriate calcification that can lead to hardening of your arteries

Sunlight is superior to supplements for a number of reasons:

·              It is natural. Our ancestors optimized their vitamin D levels by sun exposure, not by swallowing it in foods. Although vitamin D is in some animal foods, it is in relatively low quantities and to my knowledge there are no known ancestral populations that thrived on oral vitamin D sources

·              When you expose your skin to the sun, your skin also synthesizes high amounts of cholesterol sulphate which is very important for cardiovascular health. In fact many doctors now believe that high LDL (the so called ‘bad cholesterol’) and associated heart disease may in fact be a symptom of cholesterol sulphate deficiency. Sulphur deficiency also promotes obesity and related health problems like diabetes

·              Suntan creams have known carcinogens within their formulas and should be avoided wherever possible. It is better to sit in the shade than in full sun with suntan lotion/cream all over your skin. The skin is a porous membrane and can absorb up to 60% of whatever is rubbed onto it.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting helps shift your body from burning sugar/carbs to burning fat as its primary fuel. Research has also shown that fasting can boost your body's production of human growth hormone (HGH) by as much as 1,300 percent in women and 2,000 percent in men. Other health benefits of intermittent fasting include normalizing your insulin and leptin sensitivity, which is key for optimal health, reducing inflammation and improving other biomarkers of disease.

Other health benefits of intermittent fasting include:

Normalizing your insulin and leptin sensitivity, which is key for optimal health

Improving biomarkers of disease

Normalizing ghrelin levels, also known as "the hunger hormone"

Reducing inflammation and lessening free radical damage

Lowering triglyceride levels

Preserving memory functioning and learning

A simple way to incorporate intermittent fasting into your lifestyle is to simply time your meals to allow for regular periods of fasting in between. To be effective, the length of your fast must be at least eight hours long. This means eating only between the hours of 11am until 7pm each day, as an example. Essentially, this equates to simply missing breakfast and making lunch your first meal of the day instead.

Get High Quality Sleep

Sleep is such an important part of your overall health that no amount of healthful food and exercise can counteract the ill effects of poor sleeping habits. Poor sleep has been linked to a number of health ailments, including short-term memory loss, behavioural problems, weight gain, diabetes, increased risk of heart disease and cancer. Sleep deprivation also prematurely ages you by interfering with your growth hormone production, normally released by your pituitary gland during deep sleep. Growth hormone helps you look and feel younger.

Most people need somewhere around seven to eight hours of sleep per night, but sleep needs are highly individual, and tend to vary depending on your current state of health and stress levels as well. If you still feel sleepy upon waking or feel like you need a nap during the day, you’re probably not getting enough.

Some of the factors influencing your quality of sleep may be the bed that you sleep on (metal frames are not conducive to restful sleep), being surrounded by electrical equipment like a radio alarm clock, your mobile phone, television and electric blankets. Having fresh oxygen rich air is also conducive to restful sleep, as are certain foods like turkey and dark chocolate which contain tryptophan to help the productions of serotonin and then melatonin.  An organic baked potato eaten with its skin on last thing in the evening has a serotonin-producing effect, leading to better production of melatonin in the pineal.

Check out if your room is too bright especially in the light summer days. If it is, invest in black out blinds to create a dark room. Avoid discussions, watching television programmes and try a warm bath with lavender oil, or sprinkle some on your pillow.

Get Grounded

Did you know the energy from the Earth can help you live a healthier life? The concept is known as earthing or grounding, which is nothing more than walking barefoot; grounding your body to the Earth. You can connect any part of your skin to the Earth, but one is especially potent, and that's right in the middle of the ball of your foot; a point known to acupuncturists as Kidney 1 (K1). It's a well-known point that conductively connects to all of the acupuncture meridians and essentially connects to every nook and cranny of your body. Compelling research shows that lack of grounding has a lot to do with the rise of modern diseases.

When you're grounded, there's a transfer of free electrons from the Earth into your body. These free electrons are probably the most potent antioxidants known to man. Any free radicals they encounter in your tissues will immediately be electrically neutralized. This occurs because the electrons are negative, while the free radicals are positive, so they cancel each other out.

Another very important discovery, and one of the most recent, is that grounding thins your blood, making it less viscous. This can have a profound impact on cardiovascular disease, which is now the number one killer in the world. Virtually every aspect of cardiovascular disease has been correlated with elevated blood viscosity. It can also help protect against blood clots.

Go walking barefoot on the beach close to or in the water. Sea Water is a great free electron conductor because your body contains mostly water, so it creates a good connection. If you can’t get to the beach, try walking on grass, especially if it's covered with early morning dew. Materials like asphalt, wood, and typical insulators like plastic or the soles of your shoes, will not allow electrons to pass through and are not suitable for barefoot grounding.  Exercising barefoot outdoors is one of the most wonderful, inexpensive and powerful ways of incorporating earthing into your daily life and will also help speed up tissue repair and ease muscle pain due to strenuous exercise.

Drink Pure Water

Your body requires a constant daily supply of water to fuel all the various waste filtration systems nature has designed to keep your body healthy and free of toxins. Your blood, your kidneys, and your liver all require a source of good clean water to detoxify your body from the toxic exposures you come into contact with every day.

When you give your body water that is filled with toxins leached from plastic (see below) or by-products from chlorination, or volatile organic compounds, or water that is contaminated by pesticides, fluoride, or prescription drugs, you are asking your body to work twice as hard at detoxification, because it must first detoxify the water you are drinking, before that water can be used to fuel your organs of detoxification!

If you could only afford one filter, there is no question in most experts' minds that the shower filter is the most important product to buy for water filtration, even more important than filtering your tap water. This is because the toxins you absorb through your skin and lungs far surpasses the toxins absorbed by drinking water (which at least gives your body a fighting chance to eliminate those toxins through the organs of elimination, the liver and kidneys). These are available from www.healthy-house.co.uk using code PC165.

Filter drinking water through an alkaline water jug from Dream Tree Pitcher www.bobbyshealthyshop.co.uk   and if you bathe rather than shower, add an inexpensive vitamin c to the bath water, or magnesium flakes from Holland and Barrett. This will reduce the toxicity of the chlorine in the water.

Limit Processed Foods and Replace Non-Veggie Carbs with Healthy Fats

Two of the most powerful dietary interventions I know of are limiting or eliminating processed foods and replacing non-vegetable carbohydrates and excess protein with healthy fats. Beneficial fats include avocados, coconut oil, olives, olive oil, butter and nuts. Wild Alaskan Salmon is also a powerhouse of nutrition, providing critical omega-3 fats. As a general rule, when you cut down on carbs, you need to increase your fat consumption. Both are sources of much-needed energy, but fats are a source of energy that is far more healthy than carbohydrates. Replacing carbs with more protein is not a wise choice as it can produce similar adverse hormonal changes as burning non-vegetable carbs.

Generally speaking a healthy diet has ideally organic and/or locally grown, unprocessed foods. Processed foods are notoriously high in fructose, not to mention artificial additives. All forms of sugar (but fructose in particular) have toxic effects when consumed in excess, and drive multiple disease processes in your body, not the least of which is insulin resistance, a major cause of chronic disease and accelerated aging. Replacing non-vegetable carbs with healthful fats will also optimize your insulin and leptin levels, which is key for maintaining a healthy weight and optimal health.

Most people eat far too much protein. Like many areas of health there is a “Goldilocks” dose that provides most of the benefits and minimal side effects. Possibly the ideal amount is about one gram per pound of lean body weight unless you are pregnant or doing competitive athletics. It’s a level that will more than supply your body’s amino acid needs without sacrificing your health.

Have Ways to Address Your Stress

Research has linked emotional stress to a wide variety of health problems, including physical pain, chronic inflammation, stillbirths, lowered immune function, increased blood pressure, altered brain chemistry, increased tumor growth and more. Even the ultra conservative USA Centre for Disease Control reports that 85 percent of all disease has an emotional element.

It is not possible or even recommended to eliminate stress entirely. However, you can work to provide your body with methods to compensate for effects of emotional stress. By practicing Meditation or Mindfulness you can reprogram how your body responds to stressors of everyday life.

Exercising regularly and getting enough sleep are also important “release valves” that can help you manage your stress.

Another important and often overlooked factor is the subtle energy circuits of the body that hold the resonance of past memories and experiences. Chakras are the entry gates of the human aura, the subtle energy that surrounds each person. Chakras and the subtle anatomy of the person affect every sphere of our lives – emotions, thoughts, physical aliments. They are the portals that link us to Eternal Energy – the pulse of the Universe. They are vital for our health. When one or more of the chakras is blocked, the result is an imbalance that manifests itself in every area of your life – the mind, the body, the soul.

Kinesiololgy with Chakra harmonizing gives you a profound experience. It’s a powerful way to help a person become the ‘best version of themselves’ by dissolving the emotional chords that tie us into stressful situations and stressful people.

Replace Drugs with Natural Alternatives that Address the Cause

Last but certainly not least, replacing drugs with natural alternatives and addressing the lifestyle factors that are causing your health problems are important if you want to avoid becoming a disease- or pharmaceutical-mortality statistic. Drugs are known to cause well over 125,000 deaths per year in the US when taken correctly as prescribed. This is not so surprising when the average drug label lists over 70 adverse reactions. Overall drugs are 62,000 times more likely to kill you than nutritional supplements. According to the US National Poison Data System the following drug categories are among the most lethal:

Analgesics, sedatives, hypnotics, and antipsychotics

Cardiovascular drugs

Opioids

Acetaminophen combinations

Antidepressants

Muscle relaxants

Anti-inflammatories

Antacids

Anticoagulants

Antihistamines

The vast majority of health problems are responsive to appropriate lifestyle changes, the most important of which have been covered above. An important part of becoming aware that your health is in your hands and a commitment by you to begin to make changes, however small, will result in a healthier you. Change is ALWAYS hard, and we are hard wired to resist taking difficult decisions that reflect personal responsibility for being the creator and force in your own life. A commitment to attend appointments, will sustain you when your healing isn’t happening fast enough! It also can be that for a while you may feel a lot worse! My role is to keep you on track, and to support you through those difficult times.