DIGESTION BLOOD SUGAR FATTY ACIDS MINERALS HYDRATION
Enjoying a life that is vibrant and full of health and vitality is in your power. By educating yourself and making good choices each day, both in nutrition and lifestyle, you will be on your journey to your best you.
Our bodies are a beautiful combination of systems that work together for optimal health and vitality.
Just as a strong foundation is important for the strength of a home, a strong FOUNDATION for our bodies is where we start.
By healing and strengthening the FOUNDATIONS we can live a life that is health-filled and vibrant. This can include getting off prescription medications, lose weight, lower blood pressure and blood sugar, sleep better, balance hormones, improve auto-immune diseases, your moods…..and so much more
"Enjoying a life that is vibrant and full of health and vitality..."
At the base of our foundation is DIET. We believe in properly prepared, nutrient dense whole foods that are delicious, nourish our bodies, and restore good health.
This includes: Grass-fed, pastured beef, chicken, eggs. Wild caught cold-water fish (salmon, sardines….), Good quality fats like olive, coconut & avocado oil, avocados, grass-fed butter, olives, nuts like walnuts, almonds (preferably raw and soaked), organic non-starchy vegetables in volume.
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Digestion is the Superhero. Every cell in your body that makes up every tissue that makes up every organ and how they all function depends on your digestive system to provide the nutrients it needs. You can be eating the most perfect, whole food, delicious diet and if your digestion is not working properly you are not getting these nutrients.
Your digestion is fascinating! Get to know it by learning just how it works with everything you eat and drink.
Digestion is a north to south process. It starts in your brain and ends at your bottom….with all kinds of good stuff going on in between. Here is a summary of what that is:
You know how you see or smell something delicious and your mouth starts to water?! That is your brain hitting the start button on your digestion. Along with the saliva getting started, your stomach starts producing more hydrochloric acid (HCL) and your brains tells your pancreas to get ready with insulin.
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The mechanical and chemical breakdown of your food happens here. Did you know that your saliva actually contains a digestive enzyme, called salivary amylase that does the chemical breakdown of carbohydrates right away?! Here is an interesting test to do…as much as we don’t promote eating pretzels or bread…chew a small piece and pay attention to how it actually turns sweeter. Carbohydrates breakdown to sugar.
Once you swallow your food it is called Bolus and travels down your esophagus, through the cardiac sphincter and into your stomach.
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Here is where the churn and burn happens. Picture the bolus ball of food entering your stomach. Your brain has already told your stomach it is on it’s way and the mucous lining of your stomach starts secreting a gastric juice that contains: mucous, pepsinogen/pepsin and hydrochloric acid. The HCL and pepsin breakdown and digest the protein you eat - that big bite of steak or chicken! This is just one reason a good amount of HCL is needed. It is important for the stomach acid to be strong enough to properly digest that hunk of steak. The other thing strong HCL does is insure that any bacteria or parasite that is on our food gets killed here and does not get passed on further into our body.
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If not, a couple things can happen:
Once that ball of chyme’s PH level reaches the correct acids level it can then move into the Small Intestine. The first part of the small intestine is called the Duodenum. So much awesome stuff goes on here. One thing it does is that it kicks off some hormones to tell some of your other organs to do their part:
The 3 other organs come into play are: Liver, Gall Bladder & Pancreas
By the time chyme leaves the duodenum part of the Small intestine, your food has been completely digested!
All this glucose, amino acids and fatty acids are then absorbed through villa in the small intestine and sent into our bloodstream.
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Once the chyme in the small intestine reaches the proper PH level (less acidic) it gets moved on to the Large Intestine.
Here any water gets recycled, waste gets recycled and nourishes your colons cells and any leftover nutrients, with the help of good bowel flora gets converted to important Vitamins K/B1/B2 & B12.
….and finally gets expelled as feces!
Never before in the
history of mankind
have we had the emergency need to lower blood sugar. This has come about since we started consuming large amounts of sugar and refined flours. Type 2 diabetes is no longer an adult disease, 1 in 3 of those diagnosed today are under age 18
Blood sugar levels are a measure of how effectively our body uses glucose. One of the benefits you experience with balanced blood sugar levels is sustained energy throughout the day and good sleep at night.
We have 3 key organs that are involved in blood sugar handling: pancreas, adrenals and liver. Our body’s blood sugar regulation system is a beautiful system when working properly.
How our blood sugar handling system works:
These two hormones work in balance. You can see that when we are eating a balanced diet, low in sugar and refined carbohydrates this balance can work smooth.
Consider a common diet today high in sugars….sugar laden drinks, sugary desserts, refined flour products like pasta, breads….can you picture the back and forth your blood sugar regulating system has to go through.
What happens is that eventually some of this process and organs gets tired and either sluggish or resistant. A condition called insulin resistance is when there is so much continuous insulin in our bloodstream, the cells become numb and stops taking the glucose up to use as energy and it stays in the blood stream, leading to high blood sugar.
All serious diseases/conditions that have a huge affect on your health and quality of life
Symptoms of poor blood sugar regulation, that is reason to step back and see what in your diet/lifestyle needs to change are:
The number one way to help control your blood sugar is by what you eat and drink. You can manage insulin surges by adjusting your macronutrients ratios (less carbohydrates, higher good fats, moderate protein) so your body will use fats and ketones for energy instead of glucose. We call this being a fat-burner rather than a sugar-burner.
Fats have received a lot of bad publicity, and it’s true that eating large amounts of fried foods and eating poor quality fats cause health problems. However, fats are essential to the body and have a number of important functions.
Fats that are necessary for good health and cannot be manufactured by the body are called Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs). They are called essential because they must come from our diet.
Good fats in our body provide the following for us:
The essential fatty acids we are focusing on are:
A balance, 1:1 of these essential fatty acids is needed for good health. Unfortunately the average American diet is out of balance. With all our processed foods, proteins that come from poor meat/fish sources, use of vegetable oils, etc we are getting an excess of Omega-6 and few omega-3 fats. This results in the ongoing inflammation underlying most chronic diseases seen today.
Omega 6 fats are needed and help with brain function, muscle growth, and hormone production, but they also cause inflammation, and they compete with omega 3s in the body. You need both, but because of the inflammation factor, it’s optimal to maximize omega 3s and minimize omega 6s.
Keep in mind that inflammation is necessary for us for the healing process. When you get an infection or get injured, our amazing body jumps into gear to sends the forces to promote healing in the form of inflammation - the good inflammation, until healing has occurred and then the body anti-flames.
Essential Fatty Acid deficiencies can lead to a variety of issues: musculoskeletal, like arthritis, cardiovascular issues, immune issues, allergies, skin problems, depression to name a few.
You can work to balance your Omega 3 : Omega 6 simply by cutting back on all vegetable oils and processed foods, which are loaded with vegetable oils, and begin consuming sources of high-quality omega-3 fats daily. You can do this through foods or supplementing.
Foods that containing Omega-3: Cold-water/Wild-caught - Salmon, sardines, anchovies, mackerel….flaxseeds, walnuts, chia seeds, egg yolks, grass0fed meats and butter to name a few.
Although minerals only compose about 4% of our body they are essential for a variety of bodily functions. We consider minerals the “spark plug of life”.
Minerals are key to building strong bones and teeth, blood, skin, hair, nerve function, muscle and for metabolic processes such as those that turn the food we eat into energy.
Here are some of the awesome things minerals do in our body:
On the top of the list of minerals is Calcium. Calcium makes up 50% of the mineral content of our body! 99% of calcium is stored in bones. The other 1% is in your blood.
The workings of your bones and calcium are so much more. Your body is constantly working hard to maintain homeostasis - balance. Calcium is released from your bones and deposited into your blood when the blood is too acidic and conversely calcium is deposited into bone from the blood when your blood is too alkaline. Potential problems occurs if it gets deposited in inappropriate places.…think bone spurs.
It is important to know that we CANNOT produce minerals, we must get them from our food or supplement where needed. By eating a whole food, nutrient-dense diet, eliminating processed foods & sugar, sipping bone broth and incorporating de-stressing practices into your diet is important.
Equally important is insuring that your digestion is working properly with adequate hydrochloric acid (HCL) so you are ingesting the minerals in your foods. Balanced fatty acids are needed to transport the minerals across cells. And good hydration means your blood is fluid enough to efficiently transport minerals thought your body and tissues.
Water is the most important nutrient in your body and makes up 55-60% of your total body mass. Proper hydration is key to your overall health!
Some of the amazing things water does for us are:
Did you know you can go 8 weeks without food but only days without water?
So just how much water should you be drinking? A good rule of thumb to strive for everyday is to drink the following in ounces.
Drinking 8 oz. any of the following diuretic beverages will add 12-16 oz more water to your day.
This is important because many people are walking around thinking they are drinking enough water and they are actually in a dehydration state. Some early signs of dehydration are:
If dehydration continues your conditions will become more sever and progress to:
When we talk about hydration it is important to talk about our body’s electrolytes. Water depends on electrolytes for proper absorption and we want our electrolytes to be in balance. The major electrolytes found within the body include calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, phosphate and chloride.
To help get these electrolytes, you would benefit from making sure your diet includes some vegetables such as: leafy, green vegetables & lettuces; broccoli raab; celery; sweet potatoes or squash and avocados (technically a fruit) that have a higher water content and provide potassium and magnesium.
Adding some good sea salt or pink himalayan salt that contains over 84 minerals and trace elements, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron to your diet does more for you than just make your food taste better!
The last very important thing to take a look at is your quality of water. Do your research. If you use tap water, have it tested to see what you are ingesting. Better yet research some good filtration systems for both your drinking water and your shower.
So let’s raise a glass of good, pure water and say “cheers” to good health!