Physical and Mental Strength


Courage and Determination

I’m fortunate because my work involves physical and mental coaching and training, which is a lot of fun and gives me variety from day to day. I also have the huge privilege of seeing my clients lives change over time and sometimes in a very short space of time, which is amazing to see.

I had a suggestion given to me just recently about offering virtual live training via Facebook use their Live Streaming facility and this really intrigued me as to how I can make this work. So, I set up a closed FB Group to keep it completely private for everyone that subscribes and have posted videos of two circuits so far that include lots of little psychological tips.

These days I find shorter more intense physical training suits me better than long drawn out sessions. Partly because I get bored easily and can’t be bothered with spending a long time training, unless it’s out for a long walk in the hills. Also because my body can’t hack it either, I really struggle with long training sessions. So, the other day I recorded a demo session of a full body circuit that I concocted that ticks all the boxes for me. It takes about 20 minutes to complete, it involves muscular strength and stamina, it gets my heart rate up providing me with a good cardiovascular workout and it’s intense, it hurts and it forces me to push myself when it hurts to stick to the time limit I set myself for it.

I’ve tarted the video up so it’s not just the raw basic video from my phone camera and I hope you find it useful and that you test out the circuit for yourself too.

This is one of my favourite circuits at the moment, it is a real test of determination to get it finished within the time frame and it works your entire body, and I can still do it with my limited range of movement in my left shoulder.

Be prepared to sweat, a lot when you do this. It is my favourite Friday circuit because it means I empty my tank before the weekend starts and I can eat a little bit of all the things I may have craved throughout the week and eat them guilt free.

Try it out and let me know how you get on and how you adapt it with your own interesting additions.

Hypnosis and Arthritis


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Arthritis is something known to most people, either through direct experience or knowing a family member or friend who suffers with it, and it can be highly debilitating through loss of mobility and function of joints as well as the pain involved.

My wife and me both have osteoarthritis so this was personally very interesting to read and research. As a result I am working on reducing my own pain and joint inflammation in order to improve the functioning of my hands (in particular both of my thumbs), knee and shoulder.

This paper was oriented to Rheumatoid Arthritis, however, pain and inflammation are constant across all forms of arthritis and my continued self application of hypnosis for this is relieving my pain symptoms and I have an improved mobility and functioning of my thumbs at present.

As always I welcome any comments and feedback from your personal experiences and any ways that you feel I may be able to help you.

Below is a link to a good presentation about arthritis:

https://www.emaze.com/@AIRILLOZ/Arthritis–tahliyah-joyner

Study 1: Hypnosis for Arthritis Symptoms
The effect of hypnosis therapy on the symptoms and disease activity in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22175264

Results: Results indicate that the hypnosis therapy produced more significant improvements in both the subjective and objective measurements, above relaxation and medication. Improvements were also found to be of clinical significance and became even more significant when patients practised the hypnosis regularly during the follow-up periods.

Notes: The present study aimed to assess the effectiveness of clinical hypnosis on the symptoms and disease activity of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). Sixty-six RA patients participated in a controlled group design. Twenty six patients learnt the hypnosis intervention, 20 patients were in a relaxation control group and 20 patients were in a waiting-list control group. During hypnosis, patients developed individual visual imagery aimed at reducing the autoimmune activity underlying the RA and at reducing the symptoms of joint pain, swelling and stiffness. Subjective assessments of symptom severity and body and joint function, using standardised questionnaires and visual analogue scales, were obtained. Objective measures of disease activity via multiple blood samples during the therapy period and at the two follow-ups were also taken. These measurements were of erythrocyte sedimentation rate. C-reactive protein, haemoglobin and leukocyte total numbers.

Psychol Health. 2000 Nov;14(6):1089-104
By: J. R. Horton-Hausknecht, U. Mitzdorf, D. Melchart, Institute of Medical Psychology, Ludwig-Maximilian-University, Goethestr, 31, 80336, Munich, Germany

Hypnosis and Anti-Aging


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This is an interesting topic not just from a hypnosis perspective but also from a nutritional stand point also. My business is about mind-body health and I regularly work with clients to whom I teach the importance of good nutrition and positive mindset. The combination of what goes into and out of our minds is as important as the food we put into our bodies on a daily basis, and these two key areas can have a hugely negative or positive effect on our ability to cope with stress and the effects that stress hormones can have on our skin and our internal systems.

As always I will leave you to read and make your own conclusion based on the findings below.

Study 1: Self-Hypnosis Can Lower Stress-Related Hormones and Increase Anti-Aging Hormone
Stress Reducing Regulative Effects of Integrated Mental Training With Self-Hypnosis on the Secretion of Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEA-S) and Cortisol in Plasma: A Pilot Study
http://www.foundationforpositivementalhealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/contemporary-hypnosis-stress-reducing-DHEA-2006.pdf

Results: At the end of the study it was shown that the hypnosis group had increased their DHEA-S levels by 16% and reduced their cortisol levels by 12.3% when compared to the control group. It was also noted that those in the hypnosis group now had DHEA-S levels equivalent to someone who was 5 to 10 years younger. The authors conclude that frequent application of a self-hypnosis program several days a week was successful in changing the adrenal secretion of DHEA-S and cortisol – and can have a beneficial effect on stress reduction, emotional stability, performance and health outcomes.

Notes: This study looked at whether or not self-hypnosis could be used to lower the stress-related hormone cortisol and raise the anti-aging hormone dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-S). Twelve healthy subjects were recruited and randomly assigned to a control and a self-hypnosis group. Those in the self-hypnosis group were brought together and taught self-hypnosis and mental training to reduce cortisol levels and increase DHEA-S. They were then asked to integrate these techniques into their daily life for the next six-months. The study authors note that: (a) the most important and quantitative dominating stress hormone in the body is the adrenal hormone cortisol; (b) DHEA-S has been considered as a marker for biological aging; (c) falling concentrations of DHEA-S have been observed in both mental and psychological stress and physical illness; (d) low concentrations of DHEA-S in blood have been correlated with many age-related diseases; (e) increased plasma DHEA-S has been connected with a reduction in age-related diseases and alleviated chronic stress-load. Participants in the self-hypnosis group were taught basic relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques.

Contemporary Hypnosis, May 2006, Vol. 23(3):101-11024
By: Johansson B, Uneståhl LE. 1 Scandinavian International University, Sweden, 2 Örebro University, Sweden

The Positive Physical and Psychological Effects of ProArgi9 Plus: L-Arginine and Nitric Oxide


Proargi9+     Enhance Your Health With Synergy

We’ve known about the health benefits of nitric oxide for a long time, even before scientists were aware of its presence in the human body. Nitroglycerin, a drug that works on nitric oxide pathways, was adopted as a medical therapy for angina and high blood pressure in the 1880s, yet another century passed before we really understood how and why it worked.

The discovery of nitric oxide and its biological activities was so astounding that the 1998 Nobel Prize was awarded to the three pharmacologists who identified and furthered our understanding of this dynamic molecule and turned our understanding of the cause of cardiovascular disease upside down. Nitric Oxide performs a number of different tasks and has numerous benefits and I also want to explain how you can increase its production to improve numerous aspects of your own health.

Nitric Oxide’s Effects and Benefits
Nitric oxide is a key signalling molecule throughout the human body, without it we would die. It is produced by the endothelial cells lining the arteries, it penetrates the underlying smooth muscles and acts as a potent vasodilator that relaxes the arteries. Therefore, nitric oxide plays a critical role in blood pressure and overall circulation. It also keeps the endothelium in shape by curbing inflammation and oxidative stress.

Unfortunately, atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of heart disease and other vascular disorders, is characterised by endothelial dysfunction and a limited capacity to produce nitric oxide. It’s a vicious cycle. Diseased arteries can’t generate enough protective nitric oxide, and low nitric oxide levels set the stage for further damage, hypertension, and increased risk of cardiac events.

This explains why nitroglycerin is such an effective therapy for angina. It triggers nitric oxide production, which dilates narrowed coronary arteries, improving circulation and delivering much-needed oxygen to the heart muscle. Restoring nitric oxide availability also lowers blood pressure and helps treat erectile dysfunction. In fact, the popular erectile dysfunction drugs Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra work on nitric oxide pathways to increase blood flow to the penis and substantially improve erections.

How Nitric Oxide Helps
Additionally, this essential compound is generated in the brain, where it’s involved in neurotransmission. That’s why nitric oxide benefits also include protection against dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders. Nitric oxide is synthesised in the white blood cells as well and is used as a weapon against bacteria, fungi, parasites, and aberrant cancer cells.

In the gastrointestinal tract, it relaxes smooth muscle cells and helps regulate intestinal peristalsis and the secretion of mucus and gastric acid. Nitric oxide is also involved in insulin signalling, bone remodelling, respiratory function, ATP (energy) utilisation, and mitochondrial biogenesis, or the creation of new cellular “energy factories.” Since there are so many benefits of nitric oxide, it makes sense for all of us to boost our production of this essential compound.

Original source: http://www.drwhitaker.com/boost-nitric-oxide-levels-to-improve-health/

Goodbye Heart Disease, Diabetes and Strokes

The nitric oxide derived from L-Arginine is both directly and indirectly implicated in practically every cellular response and health condition imaginable, from the cardiovascular system to the immune system, and hormone function to nerve function. Although this is not an exhaustive list of possible applications for this amino acid, the following are the primary scientifically backed reasons that anyone, even healthy people, must consider adding L-Arginine to their health and wellness routine.

From a personal perspective, I have been taking ProArgi9 Plus for almost three years now and  began taking it as I had recently been diagnosed with a minor heart condition. Now almost three years on I hardly notice it at all, whereas previously it was very evident at numerous points through the day as my heart randomly tried to escape through my chest and caused shortness of breath and dizziness.

Also my father, who is now 70, has had heart trouble and been prescribed Warfarin etc and Statins. After about 12 months consistently taking ProArgi9 Plus he no longer requires Warfarin and has stopped taking the Statins. In combination with smaller food portions, healthier food, regular exercise of 20-30 minutes max, 5 times per week he is in better shape than he has been in quite a few years.

Proargi9+ & PDR

I am optimistic that the GMC will some day recognise the validity and efficacy of ProArgi9 Plus as has the AMA, because in the USA ProArgi9 Plus is the only non-pharmaceutical health supplement to be included in the Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) and GP’s there can prescribe it to their patients

  1. ProArgi9 Plus is one thousand times more powerful than any naturally occurring antioxidant in the body. L-Arginine`s antioxidant properties support various body systems and may protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, as well as slowing premature ageing. [1, 2 ]
  2. ProArgi9 Plus offers wide-ranging cardiovascular support, including controlling blood pressure [3, 4] and plaque formation. Nitric oxide keeps arteries relaxed and pliable for normal blood pressure, preventing hypertension and angina. [5]
  3. ProArgi9 Plus enhances memory, [6] particularly long-term memory, and may help to reverse the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. [7]
  4. ProArgi9 Plus boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production, which has anti-ageing properties. [8]
  5. ProArgi9 Plus enhances communication of messenger cells between nerves and the brain. [9]
  6. ProArgi9 Plus may help improve immune function [10] and fight bacterial infections. [11]
  7. ProArgi9 Plus may help in the treatment and prevention of diabetes since many disease complications, including poor circulation and blindness, are vascular in nature. L-Arginine is also found to regulate insulin secretion in the pancreas. [12,13]
  8. ProArgi9 Plus may inhibit the division and proliferation of cancer cells. [14,15]
  9. ProArgi9 Plus helps with cholesterol control by lowering serum and LDL cholesterol levels. [16]
  10. ProArgi9 Plus enhances male sexual performance by treating vascular erectile dysfunction (ED). [17]
  11. ProArgi9 Plus anticoagulant abilities reduce clotting to lower heart attack and stroke risk. [18]
  12. ProArgi9 Plus reduces pregnancy-related hypertension, a risk factor for both the expecting mother and the unborn child. [19]
  13. ProArgi9 Plus is useful in the treatment of asthma by opening pulmonary pathways for easier breathing and the treatment of lung disorders. [20, 21]
  14. ProArgi9 Plus relaxes hypertonic sphincter muscles, preventing and healing haemorrhoids. [22]
  15. ProArgi9 Plus boosts lean muscle mass and preserves bone density by encouraging HGH production, [23] which also leads to a reduction in fatty tissue. Because of these properties, it may be useful in weight management and strength training.
  16. ProArgi9 Plus can help offset cardiovascular and lung damage caused by tobacco use,[24] since nitric oxide levels in smokers are less than half of those found in nonsmokers. [25]
  17. ProArgi9 Plus helps to accelerate wound healing [26] and post-surgery recovery. [27] Research has shown it is useful in treating burn wounds [28] and stimulates wound healing in the elderly. [29]
  18. ProArgi9 Plus may be useful in enhancing athletic performance due to its ability to boost exercise tolerance, [30] its beneficial effect on the lungs, and its effect on HGH levels. Which helps with building lean muscle tissue.
  19. ProArgi9 Plus may be used to improve the function of the prostate. [31]
  20. ProArgi9 Plus may prevent and possibly reverse the effects of osteoporosis by positively affecting bone mass. [32]
  21. ProArgi9 Plus has been used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome [33} and to reduce the occurrence of ulcers, particularly stress-related, without affecting gastric acid production. [34,35]
  22. ProArgi9 Plus may improve renal function and slow the progression of renal disease and age-related chronic renal failure. [36,37] Arginine`s protective effect on the kidneys may also benefit those with diabetes.

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  3. Brown, M.D., Dengel, D.R., Supiano, M.A. Nitric Oxide Biomarkers are Associated with the Blood Pressure-Lowering Effects of Dietary Sodium Restriction in Older Hypertensives. Circulation (Abstract I). 1997; 96:I-539.
  4. Rosano, G.M.C., Tanina, G., Cerquetani, E., Leonardo, F., Pelliccia, F., Bonfigli, B., and Chierchia, F.L. L-arginine Improves Endothelial Function in Newly Diagnosed Hypertensives. The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (Supplement A). 1998; 31:262a
  5. Moncada, F., Palmer, R.M.J., Higgs, E.A. The Discovery of Nitric Oxide as the Endogenous Nitro vasodilator. Hypertension. 1988; 12:365-72.
  6. Pautler EL. The possible role and treatment of deficient microcirculation regulation in age-associated memory impairment. Med Hypotheses. 1994 Jun; 42(6):363-6.
  7. Tarkowski E, et al. Intrathecal release of nitric oxide in Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. Dement Geriatric Cogn Disord. 2000 Nov-Dec; 11(6):322-6.
  8. Ghigo E, Arvat E, Gianotti L, et al. Hypothalamic growth hormone-insulin-like growth facto-1 axis across the human life span. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab.2000; 13 Suppl 6:1493-502.
  9. Fried R, Merrell WC. The Arginine Solution. New York, NY. Warner Books, 1999.
  10. Efron D, Barbul A. Role of arginine in immuno-nutrition. J Gastroentol. 2000; 35 Suppl 12:20-3..
  11. Korting GE, Smith SD, Wheeler MA, Weiss RM, Foster HE. A randomized double-blind study of oral L-arginine for treatment of interstitial cystitis. J Urol. 1999 Feb; 161(2):558-65.
  12. Piatti PM, Monti LD, Valsecchi G, et al. Long term oral L-arginine administration improves peripheral and hepatic insulin sensitivity in type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2001 May; 24(5):875-80.
  13. Mohan IK, Cas UN. Effects of L-arginine-nitric oxide system on chemical induced diabetes mellitus. Free Radic Biol Med. 1998 Nov 1; 25(7):757-65.
  14. Heys SD, et al. Dietary supplementation with L-arginine: Modulation of tumour infiltrating lymphocytes in patients with colorectal cancer. Br J Surg. 1997 Feb; 84(2):238-41.
  15. Brittenden J, et al. Dietary supplementation with L-arginine in patients with breast cancer (> 4cm.) receiving multi-modality treatment: report of a feasibility study. Br J Cancer. 1994 May; 69(5):918-21.
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  30. Bednarz B, Wolk R, Chamiec T, et al. Effects of oral L-arginine supplementation on exercised induced QT dispersion and exercise tolerance in stable anginapectoris. Int J Cardiol. 2000 Sep 15; 75(2-3): 205-10.
  31. Aikawa K, Yokota T, et al. Endogenous nitric oxide-mediated relaxation and nitrinergic innervation in the rabbit prostate: the change with aging. Prostate. 2001 Jun 15; 48(1):40-6.
  32. Fini M, et al. Effect of l-lysine and L-arginine on primary osteoblast cultures from normal and osteopenic rats. Biomed Pharmacother. 2001 May; 55(4):213-21.
  33. Sahin AS, Atalik KE, Gunel E, Dogan N. Nonadrenergic, noncholinergic responses of the human colon smooth muscle and the role of K+channels in these responses. Methods Find Exp Clin Pharmacol. 2001 Jan-Feb; 23(1):13-7.
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Free Places in My Lifestyle Change and Weight Management Program


I’m offering 3 free places in the next group of my Lifestyle Change and Weight Management Program. This works in groups of ten which is fantastic for developing group support and motivation and also for sharing previous experiences as well as the new ones as you work through the 90 Day Program.

90 Day Programme includes the following:

1. 90 days worth of 100% natural health supplements (this is the only thing you pay for at wholesale price, everything else is completely free) and Nutritional advice based on your current BMR and identifying your Macro needs based on your personal goals

2. Food diary and individual review

3. Recipe guides with shopping ingredients based on your macros

3. Exercise and training advice (training is optional extra for 1 to 1 or small groups)

4. Private Facebook Group for constant mutual support and additional resources

5. Members only bonuses and discounts

6. Psychological support to overcome emotional issues and habit changing, belief change etc: 1-2-1 and group

7. Copy of my ebook: Brain2Body Lifestyle, Nutrition and Exercise Manual

8. Training in individual plans utilising the Goal Setting section of my book

9. Weekly planner template and training in how to use it effectively

10. 2 meetings each month to keep you focused, on track and motivated to achieving your personal best

11. 2 Group calls each month to keep you focused, on track and motivated to achieving your personal best

12. 24/7 SOS text support

13. 10 week email coaching course to help develop your mental strength and resilience

Keys To Successful Fat Loss Part 4: Emotions


This fourth instalment looks into how our negative emotions can interfere with our ability to lose fat through excessive levels of Cortisol and other stress hormones present in our bodies.

Links and References:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16353426

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10023725

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11259858

http://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/stresscortisol.html

References
1 Jones, T.L. Definition of stress. In J.J. Robert-McComb (Ed.), Eating Disorders in Women and Children: Prevention, Stress Management, and Treatment (pp. 89- 100). Boca Raton, FL: CRS Press, 2001.

2 Henry, J.P. Biological basis of the stress response. NIPS 8: 69-73, 1993.

3 Ely, D.L. Organization of cardiovascular and neurohumoral responses to stress: implications for health and disease. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (Reprinted from Stress) 771:594-608, 1995.

4 McEwen, B.S. The brain as a target of endocrine hormones. In Neuroendocrinology. Krieger and Hughs, Eds.: 33-42. Sinauer Association, Inc., Massachusetts, 1980.

5 Rosmond, R., C. Bouchard, & P. Bjorntorp. A C-1291G polymorphism in the _ 2A-adrenergic receptor gene (ADRA2A) promoter is associated with cortisol escape from dexamethasone and elevated glucose levels. Journal of Internal Medicine 251: 252-257, 2002.

6 Vicennati, V., L. Ceroni, L. Gagliardi, et al. Response of the hypothalamic- pituitary-adrenocortical axis to high-protein/fat and high carbohydrate meals in women with different obesity phenotypes. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 87(8) 3984-3988, 2002.

7 Wallerius, S., R. Rosmond, T. Ljung, et al. Rise in morning saliva cortisol is associated with abdominal obesity in men: a preliminary report. Journal of Endocrinology Investigation 26: 616-619, 2003.

8 Epel, E.S., B. McEwen, T. Seeman, et al. Stress and body shape: stress-induced cortisol secretion is consistently greater among women with central fat.
Psychosomatic Medicine 62:623-632, 2000.

9 Tomlinson, J.W. & P.M. Stewart. The functional consequences of 11_- hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase expression in adipose tissue. Hormone and Metabolism Research 34: 746-751, 2002.

10 Andrews, R.C., O. Herlihy, D.E.W. Livingstone, et al. Abnormal cortisol metabolism and tissue sensitivity to cortisol in patients with glucose intolerance.The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology 87(12): 5587-5593, 2002.

11 Morris, K.L. & M.B. Zemel, 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 modulation of adipocyte glucocorticoid function. Obesity Research 13: 670-677, 2005.

12 Epel, E., R. Lapidus, B. McEwen, et al. Stress may add bite to appetite in women: a laboratory study of stress-induced cortisol and eating behavior.Psychoneuroendocrinology 26: 37-49, 2001.

13 Cavagnini, F., M. Croci, P. Putignano, et al. Glucocorticoids and neuroendocrine function. International Journal of Obesity 24: S77-S79, 2000.

14 Mariemi, J. E., Kronholm, S. Aunola, et al. Visceral fat and psychosocial stress in identical twins discordant for obesity. Journal of Internal Medicine 251: 35-43, 2002.

15 Rosmond, R., M.F. Dallman, & P. Bjorntorp. Stress-related cortisol secretion in men: relationships with abdominal obesity and endocrine, metabolic, and hemodynamic abnormalities. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
83: 1853-1859, 1998.

16 Heyward, V.H. Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription. 4th ed.
Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2002.

Hypnosis Has Many Benefits That Can Help You Lose Fat and Keep It Off


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Maintaining your optimal composition is very important for your overall health and well-being. Being overweight or obese can have detrimental effects on your physical health, mental health, and lifestyle. As important as losing fat is for your health, for some people it is one of the most difficult things to accomplish. The healthiest methods for losing excess fat involve natural methods such as diet and exercise. Research has shown that hypnosis is an effective tool to use in order to lose excess fat and continue to lose that fat and keep it off in the long-term.

Carrying extra pounds has a negative effect on your health and can to lead to life-threatening problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, stroke, and diabetes. Losing excess fat can also help improve joint health, reduce your risk of getting certain kinds of cancer, and improve your ability to sleep (Life Clinic).

Many studies have been conducted to study the effect that hypnotherapy has on a person’s ability to lose excess fat and their ability to keep it off in the long-term. In 1998, a study involved 60 obese participants. The patients were randomly divided into one of three groups. One group received hypnosis that focused on stress reduction; another group received hypnosis that focused on energy intake reduction, and the third group received only dietary advice.

Researchers studied the percent of body weight lost at 7 different follow-ups from 1-month to 18-months after the treatment. At the 3-month follow-up, all participants in the three groups had lost 2-3% of their baseline body weight. However, at the 18-month follow-up, the group that had received hypnotherapy and stress reduction reported continued significant fat loss compared to no change in the other two groups. This study shows that when hypnotherapy is used in combination with stress relief suggestions, fat loss is significant in the long-term (Stradling, Roberts, Wilson, & Lovelock, 1998).

In a meta-analysis of two studies involving hypnotherapy and fat loss, Kirsch (1996) found a significant difference in amount of pounds lost comparing participants who received hypnosis and those who did not receive hypnosis. The initial follow-up showed the average fat loss to be 6.00 pounds in the non-hypnosis group and 11.83 pounds in the hypnosis group. The last follow-up conducted with the studies showed that the non-hypnosis group lost an average of 6.03 pounds and the hypnosis group lost an average of 14.88 pounds. This meta-analysis showed that use of hypnotherapy greatly increased amount of fat lost over time.

These studies show that hypnotherapy is a valid form of fat loss treatment and has lasting effects in the long-term. Hypnosis takes only a few sessions and has a long-term effect that helps patients continue to lose excess fat through addressing the psychological issues related to the excess fat gain. This is an effective and natural method of losing fat and keeping it off.

Sources

“benefits of losing weight.” Life Clinic Health Management Systems. Retrieved on July 6, 2009:http://www.lifeclinic.com/focus/nutrition/losing-weight.asp

Kirsch, I. (1996). Hypnotic enhancement of cognitive-behavioral weight loss treatments: Another meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 64(3), 517-519.

Stradling, J., Roberts, D., Wilson, A., & Lovelock, F. (1998). Controlled trial of hypnotherapy for weight loss in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea. International Journal of Obesity and Related Metabolic Disorder, 22(3), 278-281.

For information on my Hypnosis & Nutrition Weight Management Program using my Brain2Body System, drop me an email on simon@simonmaryan.com

A Natural Approach To Treating Gut Disorders


phytolife-webHaving struggled with IBS for a number of years and not found anything that really helped to any significant degree, I was fortunate enough, almost 3 years ago now, to be introduced to a natural nutritional supplement called Phytolife that helps to restore the bodies PH to a neutral and healthy alkaline state, which has had a hugely positive and beneficial effect on my condition, to the point that I no longer have any issues. The main concerns for me and anyone else who suffers with IBS or any other digestive disorder is, Leaky Gut Syndrome.

Leaky gut syndrome is the name given to a very common digestive health disorder where the intestinal lining becomes more permeable (porous) than normal. The abnormally large spaces present between the cells of the gut wall allow access to toxic material into the bloodstream that would, in a normal healthy gut, be repelled and eliminated.

The gut becomes leaky in the sense that bacteria, fungi, parasites and their toxins, undigested protein, fat and waste normally not absorbed into the bloodstream in a healthy state, pass through a damaged, hyper-permeable, porous or “leaky” gut. This can be identified through specific gut permeability urine tests, microscopic examination of the lining of the intestinal wall as well as the bloodstream with phase contrast or darkfield microscopy of living whole blood.

WHAT IS IMPORTANT ABOUT LEAKY GUT SYNDROME?

The leaky gut syndrome is generally associated with autoimmune disease and reversing autoimmune disease depends on healing the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Any other treatment is just symptom suppression. An autoimmune disease is defined as one in which the immune system makes antibodies that fight against its own tissues. Diseases in this category include lupus, alopecia areata, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Sjogren’s syndrome, vitiligo, thyroiditis, vasculitis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, urticaria (hives), diabetes and Raynaud’s disease. Physicians are increasingly recognising the importance of the gastrointestinal tract in the development of allergic or autoimmune disease. Understanding the leaky gut phenomenon not only helps us see why allergies and autoimmune diseases develop but also helps us with safe and effective therapies to bring the body back into balance.

Due to the enlarged spaces between the cells of the gut wall, larger than usual protein molecules are absorbed before they have a chance to be completely broken down which is what happens when the intestinal lining is intact. The immune system starts making antibodies against these larger molecules because it identifies them as foreign, invading substances. The immune system starts treating them as something to be destroyed. Antibodies are generated to fight against these proteins derived from previously harmless foods.

Human tissues have antigenic sites (areas of the body that produce antibodies) very similar to those on foods, bacteria, parasites, candida or fungi. The antibodies created by the leaky gut phenomenon that fight against these antigens can get into various tissues and trigger an inflammatory reaction when the corresponding food is consumed or the microbe is encountered. This results in Autoantibodies being created and inflammation becomes chronic. If this inflammation occurs in a joint, autoimmune arthritis (rheumatoid arthritis) develops. If it occurs in the brain, myalgic encephalomyelitis (a.k.a. chronic fatigue syndrome) may be the result. If it occurs in the blood vessels, vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels) is the resulting autoimmune problem. All these conditions cause pain, inflammation and fatigue.

If the antibodies end up attacking the lining of the gut itself, the result may be colitis or Crohn’s disease. If it occurs in the lungs, asthma is triggered on a delayed basis every time the individual consumes the food which triggered the production of the antibodies in the first place. It is easy to see that practically any organ or body tissue can become affected by food allergies created by the leaky gut. Symptoms, especially those seen in conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, can be multiple and severely debilitating.

The inflammation that causes the leaky gut syndrome also damages the protective coating of antibodies of the IgA family normally present in a healthy gut. Since IgA helps us ward off infections, with leaky gut problems we become less resistant to viruses, bacteria, parasites and candida. These microbes are then able to invade the bloodstream and colonise almost any body tissue or organ. When this occurs in the gums, periodontal disease results. If it happens in the jaw, tooth extraction or root canals might be necessary to cure the infection.

In addition to the creation of food allergies by the leaky gut, the bloodstream is invaded by bacteria, fungi and parasites that, in the healthy state, would not penetrate the protective barrier of the gut. These microbes and their associated toxins, if present in large enough amounts, can overwhelm the liver’s ability to detoxify. This results in symptoms such as confusion, memory loss, brain fog or facial swelling when the individual is exposed to a perfume or to cigarette smoke that he or she had no adverse reactions to prior to the development of leaky gut syndrome.

Leaky gut syndrome also creates a long list of mineral deficiencies because the various carrier proteins present in the gastrointestinal tract that are needed to transport minerals from the intestine to the blood are damaged by the inflammation process. For example, magnesium deficiency (low red blood cell magnesium) is quite a common finding in conditions like fibromyalgia despite a high magnesium intake through the diet and supplementation. If the carrier protein for magnesium is damaged, magnesium deficiency develops as a result of malabsorption. Muscle pain and spasms can occur as a result. Similarly, zinc deficiency due to malabsorption can result in hair loss or baldness as occurs in alopecia areata. Copper deficiency can occur in an identical way leading to high blood cholesterol levels and osteoarthritis. Further, bone problems develop as a result of the malabsorption of calcium, boron, silicon and manganese.

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COMMON CAUSES OF LEAKY GUT SYNDROME

The leaky gut syndrome is basically caused by inflammation of the gut lining. This inflammation is usually brought about by the following:

• Antibiotics because they lead to the growth of abnormal flora in the gastrointestinal tract (bacteria, parasites, candida, fungi) · Alcohol and caffeine (strong gut irritants)
• Foods and beverages contaminated by parasites like giardia lamblia, cryptosporidium, blastocystis hominis and others
• Foods and beverages contaminated by bacteria like helicobacter pylori, klebsiella, citrobacter, pseudomonas and others
• Chemicals in fermented and processed food (dyes, preservatives, peroxidized fats)
• Enzyme deficiencies (e.g. celiac disease, lactase deficiency causing lactose intolerance)
• NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ASA, ibuprofen, indomethacin,
• Prescription corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone)
• High refined carbohydrate diet (e.g. sweets, chocolate bars, cookies, cake, soft drinks, white bread)
• Prescription hormones like the birth control pill, mould and fungal mycotoxins in stored grains, fruit and refined carbohydrates.

Leaky gut syndrome can cause the malabsorption of many important micronutrients. The inflammatory process causes swelling (edema) and the presence of many noxious chemicals all of which can block the absorption of vitamins and essential amino acids. A leaky gut does not absorb nutrients properly. Bloating, gas and cramps occur as do a long list of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Eventually, systemic complaints like fatigue, headaches, memory loss, poor concentration or irritability develop.

Broad spectrum prescription antibiotics, especially when taken for extended periods of time, wipe out all the gut friendly bacteria that provide protection against fungi and amoebic (parasitic) infections, which help the body break down complex foods and synthesise vitamins like B12 and biotin. Since this friendly bowel flora is killed off, the body has now lost its local defence against the parasites or fungi that are normally held in check. This ultimately causes an inflammatory reaction leading to the leaky gut syndrome. Food allergies quickly develop and these may trigger the signs and symptoms of arthritis, eczema, migraines, asthma or other forms of immune dysfunction. Other common symptoms of this bowel flora imbalance and leaky gut syndrome are bloating and gas after meals and alternating constipation with diarrhoea. This set of symptoms is usually labelled as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) or spastic bowel disease and treated symptomatically by general practitioners and gastroenterologists with antispasmodic drugs, tranquillisers or different types of soluble (psyllium) and insoluble (bran) fibre.

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LEAKY GUT AND IBS

The mainstream thinking on IBS is that it is caused by stress. Irritable bowel syndrome is the number one reason for general practitioner referrals to specialists. In well over 80% of the cases, tests like the intestinal permeability test (a special urine test involving the determination of absorption rates of two sugars called lactulose and mannitol), CDSA or livecell darkfield microscopy tend to reveal the presence of an overgrowth of fungi, parasites or pathogenic bacteria. The one-celled parasite, blastocystis hominis and different species of candida are the most common microbes observed in IBS. The only stress associated with IBS is that which is generated by infection and the leaky gut syndrome. If allowed to persist without the correct treatment, IBS can progress into more serious disorders like the candidiasis syndrome, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome, many autoimmune diseases and even cancer. If treated medically, IBS is rarely cured. To treat it correctly, natural treatments work best and must include the removal of the cause, improvement of gastrointestinal function and healing the lining of the gut. Synergy Worldwide’s Phytolife does exactly this by re-balancing your body’s PH back into neutral and healthy alkaline state.

HOW TO REVERSE LEAKY GUT SYNDROME

Band-aid treatments with corticosteroids, prescription antibiotics and immunosuppressive drugs may be temporarily life-saving for acute episodes of pain, bleeding or severe inflammation as occurs in lupus or colitis. In the long term, none of these treatments actually do anything to heal the leaky gut problem. To reverse the leaky gut syndrome the diet must be completely changed to one which is as hypoallergenic as possible. Sugar, white flour products, all gluten-containing grains (especially wheat, barley, oats and rye), milk and dairy products, high fat foods, caffeine products, alcohol and hidden food allergies determined by testing must all be eliminated for long periods of time (sometimes for several years in the most severe cases).

Treatment might also include the use of natural antibiotics (echinacea, colloidal silver, garlic), anti-parasitics (cloves, wormwood, black walnut) and anti-fungals (taheebo, caprylic acid, grapefruit seed extract) depending on the type of infection which shows up on objective tests. It is rare that victims require prescription drugs for these infections and they should be discouraged. The drugs are usually expensive, have unpleasant side effects and are best reserved for life-threatening conditions.

Leaky gut syndrome patients can help themselves by chewing their food more thoroughly, following the basic rules of food combining, eating frequent small meals rather than three large ones and taking more time with their meals. Gastrointestinal function can be improved with a juice fast or a hypoallergenic diet and supplements like lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidus as well as FOS (fructooligosaccharides) derived from Jerusalem artichoke, chicory, the dahlia plant or burdock root. Also taking Phytolife twice per day enables your gut to reduce the internal acidity level, allow the gut to heal and therefore prevent further leakage of nutrients out and toxins in.

BENEFICIAL SUPPLEMENTS FOR LEAKY GUT SYNDROME

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Natural digestive enzymes – from plant (e,g, bromelain, papain) or pancreatic animal tissues (porcine, bovine, lamb) and aloe vera juice with a high MPS concentration (good brands are International Aloe, Earthnet and Royal) stomach acidity enhancing supplements – betaine and pepsin, glutamic acid, stomach bitters, apple cider vinegar amino acids – L-glutamine, N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG) essential fatty acids – milled flax, flax seed oil, evening primrose oil, borage oil, olive oil, fish oils, black currant seed oil soluble fiber – psyllium seed husks and powder, apple or citrus pectin, the rice derived gamma oryzanol, antioxidants – carotenoids, B complex, vitamin C, E, zinc, selenium, germanium, Coenzyme Q10, bioflavonoids, especially quercetin, catechin, hesperidin, rutin and proanthocyanidins (pycnogenols, grape seed extract, pine bark extract, bilberry) herbs and plant extracts – kudzu, and a high chlorophyll containing green drink such as Pyhtolife (http://www.synergyworldwide.com/EN-GB/Content/Products/V3Nutrition)

Due to the increasing recognition of chronic fatigue syndrome, the leaky gut syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivity, a number of supplement companies have been marketing powdered hypoallergenic formulations containing most of the nutrients mentioned above in one convenient package. Synergy Worldwide created Phytolife, which is in liquid form and is sourced from mulberry leaves and alfalfa, Synergy’s PhytoLife is a rich combination of chlorophyllin (sodium copper chlorophyllin) and peppermint oil which contributes to normal digestive function and helps turn ordinary water into a great tasting drink that you can enjoy throughout the day. This, along with the fresh taste and liquid form, makes PhytoLife a great companion to your food supplement regime.

If you suspect you may be suffering from leaky gut syndrome, the most important thing to do is get yourself tested by a natural health care practitioner. A personalised natural program of diet and supplements can then be recommended to help you reverse this debilitating condition.

For more information and to arrange a consultation with me, email me on: simon@simonmaryan.com

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Why Getting Your Nutrition Only from Food is Poor Advice


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If you have followed the standard government health advice all your life then you’ve been eating a so called “healthy” diet.  You’ve followed the NHS Eatwell Plate (1) from the beginning, and were always told supplements were unnecessary as long as you ate a balanced diet (whatever that means).

Perhaps though you’re wiser now, and are following a diet with a much higher nutrient content. Whatever you’re doing, one of the most repeated beliefs among health conscious people is that you can – and should – get all of your nutrients from food.  With over fifty percent of the population taking some form of vitamin/mineral supplement this clearly isn’t a universal belief.  However, the flip side of this is that some people think that because they take the supplements they can eat what they want, which isn’t exactly productive and potentially harmful, (2)

Some people are shamed into avoiding supplements by friends and family with statements like “So you’re too lazy to eat real food?  You think you can fix everything with a pill or a powder?”  We all have those health conscious friends, with no real knowledge, who decry supplementation as a waste of time and money.  They are confusing drugs with nutrients.  They absolutely are not the same thing.

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10 Reasons You Should Take Supplements

1. You Eat the Standard 5 a Day Diet
Grains, legumes, and most forms of modern dairy are not nutrient filled foods. The purpose of consuming food is to nourish the body and mind and these foods do the opposite. For starters, all grains, legumes, and standard dairy are nutrient deficient as they contain extremely small amounts of nutrients, many of which are malabsorbed.   Grains and legumes actually deplete nutrient stores (3) and interfere with your bodies ability to absorb nutrients (4)  They are toxins in themselves, which increases your nutrient needs.  Grains and legumes both cause intestinal damage which further decreases your bodies ability to absorb nutrients (5).  Even if you’ve stopped eating these foods, you may be in nutrient debt or have lingering intestinal damage which is interfering with nutrient absorption.

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Due to inflammation caused by other food, toxins, dairy protein is often inflammatory.  Standard dairy also contains mycotoxins which again cause considerable damage to your gut (6). The following link explains a nutritional supplement system that combats the effects of stress, nutrient depletion and toxins: http://www.synergyworldwide.com/EN-GB/Content/Products/V3Nutrition
More on damaged, inflamed, leaky gut syndrome in another post and ways to manage the painful symptoms of digestive disorders with self hypnosis.

2. Daily Exposure to Toxins
Your body needs nutrients to deal with all the toxins you are exposed on a daily basis.  When more toxins are present, you need more nutrients.  Back when we lived in caves it was less of a concern because the air and water was not polluted like it is today. Sadly you’re exposed to a multitude of toxins in the air, water and food on a daily basis.

Here are just some of the things your body has to contend with:

  • Xenoestrogens (plastics, BPA, some moulds, petroleum products).
  • Industrial solvents and cleaners.
  • Wheat products
  • Alcohol
  • Prescription medication

Our bodies aren’t designed to deal with these toxins using only nutrition from food, in fact they’re not designed to deal with them at all as they are negative by products of our scientific evolution in mass production to meet the demands of a growing population. So if you plan to get your nutrition only from food, you should plan to get used to ingesting and absorbing toxins on a daily basis. Good luck with your health of that’s what you decide.

Here are probably the top 3 sources of toxin build up in our bodies:

  1. Unnatural lighting.
  2. Food toxins (not a problem if you’re eating the Brain2Body System and using Synergy nutritional supplements).
  3. Stress and lack of sleep.

These two natural nutritional supplements are made from plant, fruit and herb sources, Phytolife helps you return your body back to a PH neutral, healthy alkaline state and Mistify is a high powered antioxidant that boosts your immune system and fights the effects of free radical damage.

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There are hundreds of other sources of unnatural stress that increase the body’s need for proper nutrition.  Even if you’re doing everything you need to be doing – it’s almost impossible to get all of your nutrients from food, because they lack the nutrients we need these days.

3. Human Nutrient Absorption Declines With Age
There are numerous studies that have shown that children need more nutrients to support their continuous growth, and older people need more nutrients due to malabsorption.  As people age, they often begin taking medications which again can interfere with their nutrient absorption.  This means that as you get older you need to take more nutrients in the most absorbable form possible in order to maintain your optimal nutrient levels on a daily basis.

4. Soil Depletion
Modern farming practices deplete the soil of nutrients.  When plants are repeatedly grown on the same land, the soil loses nutrients faster than they can be replaced.  Over time, the plants have fewer nutrients to grow.  Fertilisers contain just enough nutrition for the plant to survive until harvesting, but not enough to support human health.  This results in plants that have 75% fewer micronutrients. (“Not On The Label“, p213.[7]) And in addition, most plants are not harvested fresh and they sit on trucks, shelves, and counters for weeks before being eaten.  Over time, the nutrient content of these plants decreases.

Most modern fruits and vegetables are grown to increase their sugar content as opposed to their nutritional value (8).  This then results in most of the common fruits and vegetables being artificially high in fructose and sugar and ultimately lacking in the basic , key nutrients and (9), when plants contain fewer nutrients, the animals that eat these plants also become malnourished.  A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Health found copper levels in the UK have dropped by 90% in dairy, 55% in meat, and 76% in vegetables.

5. Water is Depleted of Nutrients
Water is also depleted of its mineral content due to modern production methods.  There is a massive variation in the mineral content of bottled and tap water and surprisingly, tap water generally has more (10).  Water filters remove important minerals such as magnesium (11), which was a main source of magnesium for early humans.  If you don’t use a filter and you don’t have a well, it’s likely you’re consuming dangerous amounts of fluoride and/or are deficient in magnesium. This could explain why people who drink water higher in calcium than magnesium develop more myocardial infarctions (12) and ischaemic heart disease (13).

6. Low Calorie Diets Are Unhealthily & Low in Nutrients
This may sound slightly mad, but starving yourself is bad for your health.  Consuming a diet that is too low in calories means you’re consuming too few total micronutrients.  Humans are designed to consume a large amount of calories (14), and that doesn’t necessarily make you fat.  When you eat less (as we are regularly told we should), it’s easy to become malnourished.  When you’re consuming low quality foods, you have to eat even more to obtain the right amounts of nutrition.  This is one more example of why food quality matters.

What do we mean by low calorie?  According to a study (15) by the US National Institute for Health (NIH) most diets require 27,575 calories to supply all the essential micronutrients.  If you’re eating less than that, and are following something like the USDA diet or the South Beach Diet, you’re deficient in nutrients.

Animal foods are generally higher in calories and nutrients, so it’s no surprise that this is where the majority of calorie intake came from in early human development (16).  Now the modern trend is to reduce the consumption of animal foods, people are consuming fewer nutrients.
Pesticide-treated vegetables are lower in phenolics than organic ones.  This is because polyphenols are produced as a defence against bugs and pathogens.  When there is no reason to defend themselves, the plant stops producing polyphenols.

There are pesticides and this is despite sometimes being contaminated anyway (17).  It should be mentioned that many studies show organic foods are not higher in nutrients.  However, that’s going by the Government definition of organic – not “organic” that you would find in your back garden or allotment.  Fresh fruits and vegetables grown at home in well fertilised soil are going to be far higher in nutrients than shop bought organic versions.
Plants treated with pesticides are also lower in phenolics than organic ones (18).  This is because polyphenols are produced as a defence against bugs and pathogens.  When there is no reason to defend themselves, the plant stops producing polyphenols.
There is also evidence that glyphosate chelates minerals in crops on which it is sprayed (19). It remains to be seen (20) how much of an impact this effect has, but it’s safe to avoid GM foods for a variety of reasons.

Unfortunately, organic is not always possible due to financial or logistical reasons.  Even when you can find organic foods, they aren’t necessarily better.

7. Grain-Fed vs Grass-Fed Meat & Standard Dairy Products
Compared to grass-fed meat, grain-fed meat is considerably lower in its natural content of antioxidants, micronutrients, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals (21).  Grains are not the ideal food for humans or herbivorous animals.  When herbivores are fed grains, they become malnourished, just like humans.  Grain-fed meat and farmed seafood can also serve as a carrier for more toxins, which increases nutrient needs.

Raw, un-pasteurised, unprocessed, full-fat dairy can be good for you (22), but the kind most people buy at the grocery store is not healthy.  The majority of nutrients in milk are found in the fat (cream).  When you remove or reduce the fat, you are removing and reducing the nutrient content.  Pasteurisation destroys some of the nutrients in both skim and full fat milk.  Standard dairy products are also high in aflatoxin and other mycotoxins that were in the cattle’s feed (23). So, if you eat grain-fed meat or standard dairy products, then supplementation is a very good idea.

8. Exercise Increases Your Nutrient Needs
There is a common misconception that lots of exercise is the key to a long and healthy life (it’s not). And there are many people out there, some athletes included who denounce supplementation as unnecessary, often with the idea that exercise is the best medicine. Unfortunately this is extremely misguided.  I don’t recommend high quantities of exercise for the bulk of my clients (24), unless they are training for something in particular, and this is an important point.  If you’re doing enough exercise to substantially deplete energy reserves, you’re also burning more nutrients for energy production and recovery afterwards.  As a result, athletes and busy professionals in particular are at an even higher risk of nutrient deficiencies.  Since many up and coming athletes eat a low nutrient, high toxin diet – this is a serious concern for their development, performance and overall health.

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With todays fast paced lifestyle, us mere mortals are also at risk as we eat fast and on the move, cope with much more stress, often sleep less and poorly, as well as committing to regular exercise all add up to poor nutrient intake and absorption which has a massive knock on effect on our overall health. This is why supplementation is an absolute must (25).

9. Using High Quality Nutritional Supplements May Help You Live Longer

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Ageing is a natural process, and it’s not always fun.  If there were supplements that could delay this process for you, why would you not take them? (26).  As long as there isn’t an undue risk of harm, it’s hard to justify avoiding a substance simply because our ancestors didn’t have access to it.  There is good reason to believe a higher intake of nutrients may prolong life.  Our hunter-gatherer ancestors may have been malnourished at certain times which is not beneficial.  If supplements can buy you a few more years of quality life, why not take them? I have been taking supplements for over 30 years now and ironically I have gone full circle. I started out using Natures Sunshine products and then tried out other companies, on recommendation fro friends etc. I have now come back round to Natures Sunshine and their subsidiary company Synergy Worldwide, whose products I tried and tested over a two year period, and I can hand on heart say that I have not found a more ethical nutrition company with the same standards of researching, sourcing, testing and production quality assurance that Synergy and Natures Sunshine employ.

10. What Price Do you Put On Your Health
Whether we like it or not, sometimes supplements are cheaper than real food.  Sometimes with something like fresh salmon, it can often be healthier for you both physically and financially to supplement with a high quality fish or krill oil than to settle for a farmed variety, because farmed salmon is frequently much lower in its omega-3 content and high in toxins. Farmed salmon are also have higher concentrations of parasites and bacteria.  In order to hide the sickly appearance of farmed salmon meat, the fish are fed a pink pigment to change their tissue colour, so just like fruit and vegetables, it’s our own perception of colour and shape that dictate what we buy. If it doesn’t look like we think it should, we won’t buy it and this is all down to the food industries advertising and marketing.

Farmed salmon contains about 16 times more PCB’s and pesticides than its wild cousin.  Wild salmon is often more expensive than grass-fed beef, and presents more of a health risk than benefit.  Grass-fed beef has enough omega-3’s by itself (28), but supplementation may be a good idea for some people (like children and older adults).

We live in a stressful, toxin riddled world, and it’s a perfectly normal, healthy,and totally acceptable behaviour to wants to understand what the toxins are in our food and water and how you can counteract their effects whenever possible. Hiding your head in the smoke and mirrors of the government and food industry advertising and also of the diet industry won’t make the effects of these toxins go away. Neither will eating some fruit and vegetables.

The idea that you can get all your nutrients from food is fine in theory, but sadly in todays environment it is virtually impossible in practice. Soil and water depletion, food and environmental toxins, poor absorption, pesticides, exercise, stress, poor sleep and a lack of calories can all cause nutrient deficiencies.  There is evidence that consuming nutrients from food is more beneficial than supplements (29), which is why you need to focus on a nutrient rich diet first and foremost.  However, it’s rarely enough these days.

If you want to be at your best both physically and mentally, supplementation is a fantastic start. Restricting yourself by “only getting your nutrients from food” is not a good idea, even on the Brain2Body System (30).

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References for: Why Getting Your Nutrition Only from Food is Poor Advice

Adapted from an Original article by:
Bullet Proof – The State of High Performance

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