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Live in the Moment? Really?

rosesThere is a popular expression which encourages us to “Live in the Moment.” At one time even I thought, sure sounds good. Live for today, live like you would die tomorrow! Then I saw what “living in the moment” actually is.

As I saw my mother slip further away in her mind, she began to live in the moment. At first it was the communication “loop.” She mentioned the same thought over and over again. Gradually she lost track of time. I heard repeatedly how she found a $5 bill on the ground just last week, even though I knew it was two years ago. Eventually over time she didn’t recognize her family and forgot any had called or visited previously. Once time passes, so do the memories.

My mother left a strong, independent legacy for me. If I complained she instructed me, “Now say two good things.” She’d never allow me to live in self-pity. If I complained about our material possessions, she’d mention that there were children without (food, shoes, homes) and be content with what we had. I learned to look for the bright side of any situation and took pro-active actions to encourage others because of her positive personality.

Memories have purpose!

Good or bad we never forget our childhood experiences until we suffer from dementia. How would we feel if we didn’t remember the faces of our childhood friends, family vacations, birthday parties or senior prom? That’s what living in the moment means. There is no past. Sure it might be great to cease to remember a painful break-up, failed test or a school humiliation. There have been times life when I simply wanted to crawl into a hole until the pain dissipated. Let time pass.

Is there anything good about bad memories?  Yes, because weren’t they turned into learning experiences? The trials allowed us to discern a faithful relationship, strive for more study discipline and overcome stressful situations. When we know better we do better. That’s only accomplished thru time and experience. God has a purpose for everything He does.

God gave us our memories for a reason. Memories mold, comfort, teach and encourage us. Memories are my most cherished treasure. We either learn from our mistakes and better ourselves or wallow in our misery, holding on to regrets and grudges. Why drag that baggage around for eternity?

God loves us just as we are but please strive to represent Him, building memories of excellence, for this world is NOT our home! Remember it is only what we do for our Lord that matters in life.

What would it feel like to wake up one morning and not remember your past? Not recognize your spouse, children, friends anymore? That’s what living in the moment really means. But your loved ones will remember you well after you are gone. What legacy of memories did you leave them? Leave Godly ones and they will meet you there!

 “For, All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the word that was preached to you.”  (1 Peter 1: 24,25)

 

 

 

A Tribute to a Remarkable Woman: My Mom

My mother went to be with the Lord last Saturday. She will be greatly missed but never forgotten. Having  a kind heart, she thought of others before herself. Even in death she donated her body to science. As a remarkable woman, she taught her children the value of many things, not the least among them were courage, resolve and integrity.1949 ~ Mom about age 20

When I was seven, our family went to the fair. I walked alone with my brother and watched as he played carnival games. The attendant wondered why I wasn’t playing. “I have no money,” I said but promised to come back. As we approached mom and dad, I told them what I had vowed. My father was furious because we were dirt poor farmers and even a quarter was a lot of money. But my mom knew I had given my word. “A person’s word is their bond,” she protested. So we promptly went back, I gave the man a quarter and quickly lost it on a stupid game. But the lesson I learned stayed with me. She taught me integrity. When one says they’re going to do something, follow through.

In life, she overcame many personal challenges. She was born in Brooklyn, NY, yet never saw the top of the Empire State Building. She had a fear of heights. That fear was rectified when she earned her pilot’s license. In 1976 she viewed that top of the Empire State Building as she piloted her grandchildren and me to JFK to reconnect  with my husband in Germany. “Can’t means won’t try!” still resounds in my memory!

My mom grew up as the daughter and granddaughter of ministers dating back to Jonathan Edwards. But when she married, she converted to my father’s religion. That violent, abusive man wouldn’t know love/charity if it bit him. She stayed for us but when I was 13 he deserted the family. It was the only good gift he ever gave. Mom was never a quitter. Adjusting to her circumstances, she taught us to make the best of ours. My brother and two sisters are all successful because of this determined, faithful, Godly mother.

Our mother worked three jobs to keep us together and off welfare. I resented that at the time; feeling abandoned once again. I didn’t know until much later why she did it; she and her siblings were separated after her father died. Families stayed together! With determination and a knack for turning challenges into opportunities, three jobs became one when she eventually became a Broker/Realtor and practically owned that small town. She patiently took challenges one step at a time.

When asked why God allows such horrible events to happen to the innocent, it concerns me. Why not us? God didn’t even spare His own Son. Jesus endured pain, betrayal, heartache and everything we experience on Earth to be a Savior for us. If our father hadn’t abandoned us, mom wouldn’t have come back to her Christian roots and we wouldn’t have been saved. Lastly, we can either endure/overcome trials, crumble or develop a sense of humor. (Boy could our mom tell a joke! In fact she wore an Energizer Bunny costume for a variety show.) I prefer humor.

My mother is at peace now after facing one challenge she couldn’t conquer, dementia. But I rejoice that she is having the best reunion with the saints in Heaven! And when I see her again, it’ll be as the young beautiful spirit she once was. God is Good.

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she laughs at the time to come.”  (Proverbs 31:25)

Cholesterol and Fats – The myths and the legends!!

Sally Cronin is one of the most knowledgeable and practical nutritionists I know. There is a ton of information in her article and I simply had to pass this along. Enjoy and take heed, blessings

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine

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This week the focus has been on cholesterol and the nutrients that maintain a healthy balance in the body. Cholesterol is not a random substance and is essential for many of the major functions in the body including the production of hormones. I cover that function tomorrow in the serialisation of my book Turning Back the Clock.

Today I wanted to focus on fats which also play a massive role in the balance of LDL (potentially unhealthy cholesterol) and HDL (healthy cholesterol) See yesterday’s post. B3 and cholesterol

It can be tricky because the good fats are fairly easy to spot but the harmful fats tend to be hidden and disguised in the packaged and processed foods we buy. Responsible manufacturers have mainly moved away from using the highly toxic ‘trans fats’ but unfortunately the cheaper your processed family meal for four is, the more likely it is to have…

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Combating the Common Cold with Common Sense Choices

thOW2HVFS5Winter is just around the corner and with it comes the cold and flu season.  Not fun, so how do we build up a resistance to the common cold, or even worse, the flu?

“Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually.” (3 John 1:2)

First, build a strong immune system with exercise. Get out into the fresh air and walk. Not only does this release healthy endorphins but it raises your body’s resistance to infection and gets one closer to God while strolling through His beautiful world.

Secondly, find ways to relax and reduce stress. Stress will actually make you sick. Stress releases toxins throughout your body and changes body pH into a dangerous acidic environment. Therefore find ways to reduce stress with exercise again or with tranquil music, reading, bubble baths, massage therapy or any relaxing hobby that you enjoy.

Then of course there is food.  As Hippocrates stated sometime around 400 B.C., “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”  Start eating better now!

Colds and flu are viral infections. When one has a cold, the throat, lungs and lining of the nose become inflamed. Anything that will make your nose run will open up your bronchial passages. Hot, spicy foods like cayenne pepper, horseradish. salsa or spicy oriental food should be on the menu as a perfect decongestant.

Garlic is my favorite healthy food. It contains antibiotic, antifungal, antibacterial, anti-carcinogen properties among others. In fact, it has at least 25  germ-destroying properties that combat infections!  Now that’s what I call a Super Food!

Homemade chicken soup has been a staple for fighting a cold since Noah’s time.  I always make mine spicy with lots of garlic and red pepper. The hot, savory broth loosens phlegm and of course the garlic is amazing for strengthening the immune system. Chicken soup also contains cysteine, an amino acid that helps thin mucus and relieves congestion.

Any tangy tomato sauce loaded with garlic and chili pepper will clear out your sinuses, acting as natural decongestants. Perhaps Shrimp Diablo should be calling your name tonight?

Foods with zinc will combat viral infections and shorten colds if taken early enough. Good sources of zinc are shrimp, oyster and other seafood, lean red meat pork and lamb, pumpkin seeds, wheat germ and beans.  Warning:  Don’t over imbibe on zinc. Various studies have shown that too much zinc is harmful but here’s where expert findings vary. Some say as much as 40mg over a long time is detrimental, while others declare 100 mg would be too much. I say, use common sense. 60 mg. seems like a reasonable compromise.

Consume foods which are high in vitamin C.  Of course everyone knows about the orange, but red peppers actually have more vitamin C than an orange. A nice spicy pepper steak might be just what the doctor orders.  Other foods high in vitamin C include:  Cantaloupe, mango, grapefruit, broccoli and cauliflower.

Get plenty of fluids. Of course it should be obvious that fluids move dangerous toxins out of your system faster, so whenever you pass the faucet, grab a glass. If 8 glasses of purified water is tough for you, consume herbal or green tea, or consume a good quality orange, grape, cranberry or other juice with pure seltzer water. Avoid caffeinated drinks due to dehydration factors.

Avoid sugary foods. Sugar lowers the immune system and that’s certainly not what you’d like right now. The only sugar you should consider are fruits with lots of nutrients.

Remain healthy this season!

Debunking the Debunkers of Supplement Myths

Experts on nutrition wrote an article recently proclaiming that most supplements are not as beneficial as you believe. They decreed that we receive all the vitamins and minerals we need through our daily diet. True, in a perfect world. When I grew up on a dairy farm, we obtained our beneficial nutrients from a fresh garden and livestock. th3LFKKNLW

In today’s world however, in our over-processed soil with chemicals, it’s not always true. When produce is purchased at the grocery, stored in the fridge for weeks, you aren’t receiving the same active benefits as something fresh-picked from the field.

These experts advocated that supplements are a waste of money. Also true, if misused. But there was no clarification or detail within this piece. I’m filing this under a “little knowledge is a dangerous thing.”

I felt compelled to expound on their partial claims:

Claim: A multi-vitamin is unnecessary but vitamin D is essential so the body can absorb calcium.

True, especially in the rainy areas of the country where sunlight isn’t prevalent. But beware: this article never addressed how much to take! Caution: D is a fat soluble vitamin and too much festers in the fat cells. AND the provided stock photo showed at least seven vitamin D pills in a hand! The average reader might believe the more vitamin D the merrier . . . not so!

Simply popping a vitamin D capsule doesn’t activate all its properties. It requires a physiological conversion in the liver and kidneys before it is totally utilized. That is why eating as cleanly as possibly is essential to total health.

Claim: Skip probiotics. Consume yogurt and other fermented foods instead.

Yes unless you are taking an antibiotic which kills ALL bacteria, good as well as bad. This would leave the body open to infection or other illnesses. Fermentation assists in the digestibility of foods in the gut, thus preventing the build-up of toxins, preventing disease.

There was also no common-sense advice to consume only good quality yogurt with “active cultures” and no fillers like artificial sugars (no “lite” yogurts please!) high fructose corn syrup or starches.

There were no recommendations as to of what constituted “other” fermented foods like sauerkraut, cottage cheese, anything pickled, and kefir which also contain probiotics.

Claim: Zinc – take it!

This supplement was highly recommended because it attacked cold symptoms. True, but again, it never once advised how much to consume. A balanced intake is important. No more than 100 mg. is recommended per day because more will depress the immune system.

Zinc works in conjunction with vitamin A and E, both fat soluble vitamins to maintain proper blood balance.

Practical Biblical Application:

I see a Biblical principle within this and I bet many pastors will too. Simply reading a health article does not make one a nutritional “expert” any more than someone reading one Scripture passage makes them an “expert” on a certain Spiritual subject.

Despite years of seminary training and continual study, I surmise pastors have in their congregation, one who has read a bible verse and believed they knew more about it than you did simply because they read that particular passage and interpreted it for their own benefit!  A wise reader most look at the whole picture and cross-reference knowledge or they will be led astray.

For wisdom will enter your heart And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; Discretion will guard you, Understanding will watch over you,…”  (Proverbs 2:10, 11)

God gave us two ears to listen and one mouth to speak for a reason. Crave knowledge, discern and wisdom will follow. Never stop learning.

The Value of Protein in Weight Control

Protein is a well-known component for overall health.  But how does it work and how much does one need? Frankly not as much as some diet gurus proclaim.

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Some new diet plans encourage the dieter to consume 40%+ of their daily diet in protein, mostly meat protein. Why? Unless one is a body builder, this is not only unnecessary but dangerous! Meat is acidic and too much produces a dangerous pH level that is susceptible to chronic illnesses such as heart disease and various cancers.

Most dieters should be aware that vegetables, legumes, beans, corn, wheat, nuts all contain beneficial protein. As many know, rice or corn with beans is considered a complete protein with no saturated fat.

Protein foods only last in the body for 2-4 hours. Fatty meats, such as spare ribs, bacon, prime rib, rib eye and bratwurst are very high in saturated fat and are considered more of a fat than a protein. Of course there’s protein but the body is also absorbing 60% of fat with every bite.  Visualize that as pure lard and suddenly it’s not so enticing.

Remember anything is acceptable in moderation, meaning “once in a while,” as is professed in 1 Corinthians 10:23. Select wisely. Pair higher fat choices with a high fiber baked potato, baked apples, corn on the cob, baked beans or a salad rather than coleslaw, macaroni or potato salad. These high fiber foods help escort fat out of your system faster. (Fat lasts in your system for 5-7 hours.)

As in any metabolic functions, balance is key. Some form of protein should be eaten at each meal for ultimate weight control but 6-8 ounces of meat is all anyone needs daily. Consume too much protein and it affects the kidneys and liver.  Too little and the body breaks down muscle tissue for energy. Protein builds muscles, repairs tissues and promotes good mental health. But of the three major food groups of protein, fats and carbohydrates, protein is the lesser one we need, about 15-20%. Surprised?

Protein can factor into weight loss metabolism if one uses common sense. Let me give you an example. Yogurt is a packed with protein but full-fat yogurt contains 50% fat. Low-fat (1%)  yogurts has only a 20% fat content. The body doesn’t need to work as hard to break down the fat before it utilizes that valuable protein.

Protein helps burn up fat in three important ways:

  1. When you consume a protein food, you’ll use 25-35% of caloric energy to digest it.
  2. Protein helps to suppress the appetite simply by the fact that it stays in your system longer (2-4 hours) than sugary carbs (1-2 hours) and thus slows down glucose metabolism. When insulin levels remain steady, it reduces hunger. You’ll have fewer cravings, remain in control and eat less.
  3. Then, of course, protein builds muscle and muscle burns fat. It’s like a car engine that produces energy while you drive it or even as it idles at a stop sign.

So what are the best high protein foods?  Try these for maximum health: Spinach, avocado, baked beans, broccoli, white cheese, asparagus, carrots, chicken, beef filet, fish, cottage cheese, low fat milk, tofu and peanut butter.  But you also might be surprised to find potatoes, coconut, whole wheat bread, pasta, hummus, nuts, oranges, eggs and bananas on the list! Supposedly “off-limits” food!

God gave us an abundance of quality food for an enriching life. Enjoy a healthy life!

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31)

Coming soon: How specific nutrients found in protein burn fat.

Want to Live Longer? Be an Optimist!

happy peopleRecent studies have shown that those who live the longest have usually embraced life with an optimistic view. As Christians, that should be no surprise to us; after all, didn’t Paul actually profess,  “For to me, to go on living is the Messiah, and to die is gain”  (Philippians 1:21)

Being a Christian has no down side. Either way, we exist with HOPE.  It might be tough going now but we only exist here on Earth for a short while and our eternity is so much brighter. We live in a world of Grace and get to choose whether we’ll walk in the Light or grasp onto decadent darkness along the way. During my curious youth, sometimes I made foolish choices but quickly learned that Light is Better!

How we individually approach life is up to us, but wouldn’t you rather choose JOY? Are you an optimist? Here are some of the characteristics that optimists display:

1.  Optimists embody the present. I can personally attest that my patients who continually lived in the past, never outgrew the pain and sorrow they experienced. Those thoughts only provided a pathway of sorrow because they never dropped their heavy chains of memory, which they dragged behind them. But those who have accepted the fact that their past trials made them stronger as well as smarter, went on to achieve most goals they set out to accomplish.

2.  Optimists can shrug off stress more easily. Stress kills! It increases heart rate while releasing toxins which creates a acidic pH causing the possibility of debilitating diseases such as diabetes and cancers. On the other hand, smiling can boost one’s mood. By being an approachable personality, you’ll also create supportive and proactive friendships.

3.  Optimists are always growing, learning something new and different. They don’t live in a rut but are usually curious people and would rather experience, in moderation, all the great bounty the world has to offer. They don’t limit themselves to a ritual of “good” and “bad” food choices, believing the lies of diet gurus, but rather believe God’s Word of Genesis 1:29 an Genesis 9:3.

4.  Optimists look younger! They know what to eat and choose to eat as cleanly as possibly, without chemicals, dyes and artificial preservatives which ages. They’ll consume more garlic, onions,  legumes, high fiber whole grains and omega-3 fatty acid foods such as olive oil and fish than fattier alternatives because it offers a less aging lifestyle. They’ll avoid artificial sugars such as Splenda, choosing either less sugar or natural Truvia or Stevia instead.

5.  Optimists are “take charge” individuals and will discover a way around a challenge. They not only have a Plan B but a C and D as well! They experience life as one big chess game, becoming proactive rather than wallowing in self-pity. You’ll rarely hear a Christian state: Why did God do this to me? Rather, convicted by Faith, they accept personal responsibility and attempt to  live honorably. Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven. Remember, as Christians our bodies house the temple of the Holy Spirit and we should adhere to the commitment we made to our Lord: “For it is written, “You must be holy, because I am holy.”  (1 Peter 1:16) 

6.  Optimists rarely make the same mistakes twice. Which brings me to this point: We live on Earth once, which coincidentally is the only time we can either accept God’s eternal Salvation or choose Hell. Please choose an Abundant, Happier Life: Choose Christ, Choose Joy!

Don’t Settle!

The other morning as I was feeding our two dogs, I placed a normal potion of food into our Lhasa’s bowl and since there was a bit left in the cup, I placed that leftover amount into our Cocker Spaniel’s bowl, intending to fill it up with more.  He immediately began chowing down, not waiting for me to finish giving him all he required.

When I attempted to replenish it with the rest of his food, he gave me a warning growl.  Whoa! . . .  that wasn’t like him at all, he’s not the territorial one! So, giving him the “desires of his heart,” I simply let him enjoy that little bit, oblivious to the bounty he had lost out on.

thD2J7L93NI believe when we kneel before God, our eyes will be opened and all will be revealed. And with it, I suspect we will understand all we could have achieved, how joyfully and abundantly we could have lived,  if we had only followed God’s Divine Plan for us instead of resisting His wise counsel and following our own. We’ll discover how rewarding our life would have been if we had simply allowed Him to replenish our “life’s bowl.”  Instead, we tell God that we’re happy with less than what He desires for us.

“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way;” (Psalm 37:23)

Don’t Settle!

That is one of the recurring themes of my book. “Life’s Too Short to Eat Bad Cheese . . . ”  We settle for less. Instead of choosing God’s vibrant life filled with wholesome foods, we select chemically-processed, dyed and less-than-nutritionally-beneficial products.  As we learn in 1 Corinthians 10:23, “Everything is permissible,” but not everything is helpful . . . “ any food is fine in moderation, but if I only gave my dogs treats, they wouldn’t be as vibrant and happy at their age as they are now. Since I love and care for their well-being, it hurts me if they become ill.

Therefore, isn’t it reasonable that God cares as much about us? He loves us enough to have designed us with Free Will. We get to choose if we follow His nutritionally- sound guidelines or some advertiser’s false claim that “you can lose 16 pounds in a week!” by following an unhealthy diet plan. How it must grieve Him to see us suffer from these foolish, unhealthy, personal choices we make!

His Plan gave us a bounty of highly nutritious foods and yet we choose junky, processed foods or quick-fix diet plans more often than not. Does the world’s chemically-created bounty tastes better than God’s to you? We can become toxic from these acidic food choices, which establishes a breeding ground where chronic illness will fester, destroying our earthly temple. It’s a Free Will choice but if He had wanted us to eat only processed foods, He would have placed Adam in a McDonald’s, not a garden!

When we choose convenience over nutritiously-dense foods, we also settle for a world of mediocrity. Why go through life within a sluggish existence when we could live the focused, energetic, vibrant one our Lord wants for us? He wants to fill our bowl with energetic, bountiful JOY but some choose to go through life with a cup either half-full or on empty! a vibrant life

Nutrients were created to allow our brains to work like well-run computers and our bodies to run like a well-managed machine. Choose daily 80% wholesome grains, vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts and seeds and enjoy a little dark chocolate along the way. Discover for yourself how abundantly God wants us to live!

The Non-fat, High Carbohydrate Diet Fantasy

Julia was a lovely patient who was desperate to lose 125 lbs. I had asked her to keep a food diary for a few weeks. A food diary allowed me to view eating habits and nutrient consumption.  Honesty is the best policy here or you’re only hurting yourself. Remember, just like salvation, Truth is Absolute.

th41IT1JJDI noticed she had listed six cookies as one snack. I asked her why, and she sighed, “But Ellie, they’re fat-free!”

Unfortunately, fat free doesn’t mean calorie free and if you consume more calories than your metabolism burns off, you’ll still gain weight.  Cookies are fine once in a while in moderation, just select one that contain nutrients; such as fig newtons, oatmeal raisin, macadamia nut or even dark chocolate cookies.  What’s my mantra?  “Eat for nutrients!” We need balance to stay healthy. Skip a vital nutrient and we become unbalanced, mentally and physically! Don’t believe hype!

 “Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them.” (Hebrews 13:9)

The Dangers of A Non-Fat Diet  (basically an extremely low (10-15%) or fat-free diet, with little added protein.)

  • Without fat, the body breaks down muscle tissue to use as protein for energy. “Danger, Danger Will Robinson!!” THE HEART IS A MUSCLE! Heart disease and lower HDL protective cholesterol is a distinct possibility!
  • Everyone has something called brown fat which cushions and insulates our vital organs. Born with all the brown fat we’ll get, it generates heat and regulates metabolism. It’s never reproduced through food intake but is lost on low-fat diets.
  • A fat-free diet increases insulin production, upping the chances of diabetes, anxiety attacks, depression and personality changes.
  • Carb dieters seem to forget the “simple versus complex” carb difference. Complex carbs offer vital fiber, vitamins and mineral nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Simple carbs are usually processed goodies such as donuts, candy, cookies and other sugary foods without substantial nutrients.
  • Many dieters then use artificial sugars. Sugar has only 16 calories per teaspoon and there are no artificial chemicals in sugar. Use real sugar for your coffee or baking, just use less of it. Note: I’ll have a blog on the dangers of Splenda soon.
  • Dieters have a mentality of “if it’s-fat free, I can eat more of it” and will lose sight of self-discipline.
  • Non-fat processed foods usually increase sodium for added flavor which raises blood pressure.

Basic Benefits of Fat:

  • Fat is a necessary component for transport of vitamins A, D, E and K throughout your system.
  • Most adults need 44 to 78 grams (11-19 tsp or 2/3 to 1 cup) of good fat per day. Remember, 4 grams = one teaspoon. 3 tsp. = 1 tablespoon = 120 pure fat calories. (Visualize 20-50% of a piece of meat as fat) A little goes a long way. Keep nuts, avocados, olives, flaxseed, tuna, salmon, olive, canola oil, and other good fats loaded with nutrients, in your diet.
  • Cutting out fat is crazy!  Our skin would look sallow, we’ll get colder, have little energy, our hair would lose its luster and even fall out.
  • Without fat, you’ll feel unsatisfied and your brain will nag for any fat until you give in to a greasy burger or bacon.

As for me and my house, I’ll listen to my God as he told Noah in Genesis 9:3, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.” and not to false diet gurus who say what our “tickling ears” want to hear.

Have Thyroid Challenges? Please Read:

Have you tried everything to lose weight; dieting, exercise, denying sweets, but are still unsuccessful?  Perhaps you need to detoxify a tired system. As we grow older, the second law of thermodynamics kicks in; body functions start winding down. But we can live more vibrantly by enacting certain age fighters.

thJ82R282UThere are three vital areas of our bodies that could be affected through years of abusive eating habits.  If the above sounds like you, on your next physical, specifically discuss your thyroid with your doctor.

First, it’s amazing to me, how some believe that all of our complex bodily functions simply occurred by accident! The more I studied, the more I learned how intricately we were designed! But according to certain non-believers, two organisms coincidentally developed at the exact same time, over “billions” of years of history at the precise location in this huge worldbecoming male and female at specifically the right time.  Sorry, it takes more faith to believe that crazy theory than to believe a Godly Designer created us! As for me and my house, we’ll believe in God’s Divine Design.

Psalm 139: 13-14, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”

Thyroid hormones control the body’s major metabolic systems. If our thyroid is sluggish, (Hypothyroidism)  it will affect our mood, weight, cholesterol levels, as well as produce low energy, dry skin, arthritic conditions, cold hands and feet.

Hypothyroidism also affects:

  • The speed at which  organs function and metabolize food, causing digestion problems and constipation.
  • Pancreatitis, an illness of decreasing insulin production. Insulin is the hormone which processes sugars.An imbalance with the body’s ability to thermogenetically burn fat.
  • Feelings of fatigue or weakness.
  • Possible muscle aches which discourages exercising.

As you can see, this is a downward spiral of thermodynamics. We live in a more toxic environment than ever, so how do we counter this? Processed foods, hormones added to meat, pollution, everyday stresses, lack of scheduled exercise, certainly add to the challenges. It can be discouraging but fear not, you can take steps to fight back.  God gave us brains for a reason! Use them!

Fighting Back:

  1. Change your diet to one that reduces hormone-added, meat protein in your system. Ever wonder why little girls are ‘budding’ earlier? Increased hormones in food sources is one answer.
  2. Find ways to de-stress with massages, warm baths, aromatherapy, music, exercise and fresh air. These reduce adrenaline and cortisol, the stress hormones.
  3. Protect yourself when exposed to x-ray radiation.  Request and insist on a thyroid shield to block thyroid radiation exposure.
  4. Lightly steam cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage to kill thyroid suppressing elements.
  5. Add Kelp (inexpensive tablets) in moderation to your diet which adds iodine.  It is also found in seafood such as shrimp, cod, halibut and other saltwater fish.
  6. Add foods containing A, C, B Complex and E which strengthens the thyroid gland.
  7. Add zinc (25mg but no more than 60mg) and 3mg of copper.  Foods containing zinc are crab, shrimp, low-fat beef, wheat germ. Dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, oysters and lobster contain both.
  8. Increase fiber and water to rid the body of toxins.

Usually a sluggish thyroid begins for women at the onset of menopause but I caution; hormones are nothing to fool around with!! Speak to your physician or implement strategies gradually! We’ll discuss how the other systems affect us later this week.