Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Are You Addicted?

Today we shall continue our discussion on nutrition, which is the basis for the sustenance or downfall of our health. You may have heard the saying, “You are what you eat”; although that is not true in the literal sense, however, what we place within our mouths will result in either good or evil.

There are three things that were recently re-introduced to me, as being horrific foods to ingest; the reason for this is because they produce morphine in the gut, causing an addiction to that type of food, as well as creating additional digestive issues. What three foods can this be? Wheat, dairy and white processed sugar!

Researchers have known since the 1980s that cheese actually contains small amounts of morphine—yes, the very same drug given in hospitals as a hardcore pain relief. Milk also contains the protein casein, which provokes similar effects to opiates when it's turned into cheese, due to the casomorphins (peptides produced from the breakdown of CN and possess opioid activity) being greater concentrated. Consequently, you can become addicted to cheese and other dairy products!

Plant geneticists have isolated the gene in the plant that carries out the last unknown step in converting glucose and other simple compounds into codeine, morphine, etc. according to Science Magazine. Hence, the eating of white sugar – glucose- when it reaches the gut, turns into a type of morphine, which is one of the reasons why most people can’t stop eating sugar.

We will talk about wheat next time. Until then, watch what you eat! Bye

Monday, June 19, 2017

Ump, Ump Good!

Most people enjoy holidays, celebrations, anniversaries, parties, festivities, etc. and the reason they enjoy them is not just for the fellowship associated with it, but for the food. Usually, it is ump, ump good!

Well, as we introduce our next item, on the “Big Eight” list, nutrition – understand that it is more important to consume the correct foods into the body, and to maintain a healthy PH balance than it is to satisfy the palate, only! However, as you seek to obtain or maintain this balance, you will find that you won’t necessarily need to change all of your foods, but rather to consume them differently.

The PH chart to which I am referring has a scale from 0-14, which measures acid and alkaline; the most important numbers for us to remember range from 6.0 – 8.0 – 7.0 being neutral. Our stomachs are slightly acid and range around 6.5. However, most of the foods that we eat should range between the 6.0 – 8.0 levels, so that our bodies can average a 7.2 – 7.4 range.

I was interested to learn that sickness cannot abide in an alkaline state; it only exits when we allow our bodies to become acidic. When that happens, we develop acidosis: a condition in which there is too much acid in the body fluids. Metabolic acidosis happens when a problem in your cells throws off the chemical balance in your blood, making it more acidic. (Bing)

When we overdo our alkaline intake, we develop alkalosis, which is just as bad as acidosis, only on the opposite end. We need to be careful and try to maintain this delicate balance. In order to be sure, there are PH test strips that you can buy to test your urine or your saliva; two indicators that will show you your body’s PH balance.

Rather than try and list the do’s and don’ts of what to eat, here are some links you can check out, to see the acid/alkaline state of foods, then you can choose those that you like. Roughly 70% of your daily diet needs to be alkaline. If you keep that in mind, you can make good nutritional choices.

We will discuss this further in the next post.

Friday, June 16, 2017

I'm Good, Are You?

Hebrews 11:1 describes faith, as “…the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Verse 3 states, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” So, get this, if God can form the world and everything in it, by his Word, out of things that we can’t see with the naked eye, yet they exist, then He must be really AWESOME, in the truest sense of the word. He sounds like someone you can truly trust.

But in verse 6, it says, “…without faith it is impossible to please Him (God).” Therefore, in order to experience the wonder of such a magnificent being, you will need to trust in Him. However, with power like that, it is pretty easy – for me anyway; He has never, ever failed or forsaken me. He is worthy to be praised and trusted.

Lastly, Paul makes a thoughtful and provoking statement in Romans 8:32: “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” What Paul is saying is that God gave the world, the very best that heaven had to offer – His only unique Son, Jesus, to die on our behalf, while we hated him.

Now think about that! What on earth could you ever need in this life that God would not supply? He has already proven His marvelous love for you, by allowing His son to die on your behalf, which gives you the opportunity to escape the horrors of this life and to spend eternity with Him, in a place far too wonderful for me to describe in this short space. Therefore,” trust in the Lord with your whole heart and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

I just wish that I could have a one-on-one with each of you personally, so that I could tell you how great and loving the God that I serve is.  He is worthy to be praised and trusted. Therefore, I’m good; are you? There is so much that could I remember in my days of youth, quite often you might hear someone say, in the course of conversation, these words especially if there had been some disagreement and one party was seeking to make amends with the other – “I’m good, are you good?” if the other person replied in-kind then they could part as if nothing had happened. But if there was no positive reply to the question, they would part in anger or frustration.

However, I want to put a twist on this saying, as I introduce to you another of the items on the “Big Eight” list “Trust in God.”  I usually save it for last, but I’m in a worshipful mood, so I felt to share. Worry is blind and cannot see the future, but if you trust in God and seek His will, then whatever is troubling you can be dispelled.

be said to embellish your faith; and if for some reason you do not presently enjoy the wonders of a relationship with Jesus, then pay close attention, hopefully you will be tempted to consider starting one. 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What's Good?

Today we shall talk about a subject that is grossly overlooked in today’s world. The item under discussion is “Temperance”.  One other highly used synonym for this word is “self-control”. However, I shall define it, for our purposes, as “refraining from all things that are bad for you, and using ‘moderately’ those things that are good for you.”

According to Dr. Barbara O’Neill, Naturopathic doctor there are certain things that should be avoided at all costs, when it comes to your health. A few of these are: sugar, hybridized wheat – (WHEAT BELLY – by William Davis, is said to be quite an ‘eye-opener’ on this subject); – caffeine, mercury (as in tooth fillings and fish), alcohol, tobacco, drugs including medications, MSG (monosodium glutamate), and chemicals (cleaning ones, toothpastes, etc.), although they are socially acceptable, they are all deadly, because they negatively impact your brain – all of them.  

Moderation should include: all good things, which include work, and play. Also included in the list of moderation are your rest/sleep hours. Again, Dr. O’Neill highly suggests that the best rest hours are 10 pm -3 am. She calls these your “power hours”. If you awaken at 3, “Just get up and plan your day”, she says, but by all means, have a good attitude about waking up. I would like to add, spend some time with God and soon you’ll go back to sleep and wake up refreshed.  

In closing, I would like to add that going to bed on an empty stomach will greatly enhance your rest and increase your energy level. Sleeping on a full stomach causes the body to work all night and that zaps your energy, as well.

I certainly hope that you are taking note of this good information; I have been as I’ve watched her DVDs. Take care of yourself, in the meantime and we’ll chat more in our next post. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

On Your Mark, Get Set

How many times have you awakened from an all-night sleep and was still tired? How many times have you struggled throughout the day, to just get through it, because you were so exhausted? Well, I just might have the answer to your problems – Exercise!

Exercise is the greatest energy booster, you could ever want and is among the “Big Eight”.  Gathering air into the lungs, causing the heart to beat faster and the blood to move more fluidly is the best thing a person can do for his/her cells.  Since the body is made up of millions of cells, when they engage in exercise, they thrive!

Of the various types of exercises there are on the planet, the very best type of exercise is “interval training exercise; this incorporates running, lifting weights or some other type of physical activity for a short period of time, then ceasing the activity for a recovery time, but doing this for a specified number of cycles.

According to Dr. Doug McGruff; you can “lower cholesterol, increase the metabolism, optimize cardiovascular health, improve flexibility, increase insulin sensitivity, shed fat, increase bone density and manage arthritis and chronic back pain. “  

He explains all of this in his book: Body by Science - where he incorporates a high intensity activity for 20 seconds, with a 60 second recovery time for six cycles, and promises that all of the above things can be accomplished in 12 minutes a week with consistency. Although, the better one for cardio vascular patients is 30 seconds IT, 90 second recovery for six cycles.

Beginners should “play around with the intervals” says Dr. Al Hugh, in his book: PACE.  However, he initially recommends a seven second IT, followed by 14 second recovery time for seven cycles.

If all of this sounds too good to be true, then prove it wrong by trying it for one week; you have nothing to lose but fat, high cholesterol, back pain, etc. Whatever you decide to do, may I suggest that you just “move it”. Any exercise, if it is no more than walking is better than none.

Until next time, on your mark, get set, get ready, now GO!

Friday, June 9, 2017

The Need of Prayer

Please allow me to apologize to each of my loyal readers, for missing blog deadlines, as well as for some of the skimpy blogs; today will be another one.

Right after my “Times Series”, I had a medical procedure. Unfortunately, I believe that there are some unknown complications, which have negatively impacted certain of my cognitive abilities and as such, I have been struggling to keep my blogs fresh and timely.

I solicit your prayers and ask for your patience. It will be my determined effort this weekend to do the necessary research that will allow my blogs to be what you have expected them to be on a regular basis.

Thanks to several of my devoted readers, who have sent me private messages inquiring about my status, because they realized some changes relative to my posts.  Therefore, to them, I send a very special thank you and ask that you continue to keep me on my toes.

The next post should be on target; until then, each of you, please take care of yourself.

Monday, June 5, 2017

How Dry I Am

The next item on our list is “Water”. Next to air, water is the most important physical element, in our list of items to be discussed.

Follow the link, to learn some fascinating facts about water and its importance. There is much more that could be said, however, the information mentioned here is quite breathtaking.

Lastly, don’t forget to drink lemon water; it is one of the most alkalizing drinks one can consume.

Until next time, stay hydrated; summer is near.