A Good Feeling in Your Gut…

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Ever since probiotics became popular, the market has been FLOODED with products that are weak, under-spec’d and often barely effective.

We subscribe to Consumer Labs, an independent testing laboratory, which recently ran a test on 43 different probiotic brands. And of the 43 probiotics they tested, many of them contained only HALF of the amount of live bacteria that the label claimed. So you might be paying $40 for a probiotic, but only getting half the value you thought!

Maybe it would be better to source natural, full-strength probiotics by regularly eating fermented foods…?

Here’s a list of the 10 healthiest fermented foods and vegetables that will get your gut biome really working well (in no particular order – they’re all good!):

1.  Kefir. Kefir is a fermented milk product (cow, goat or sheep milk) that tastes like a drinkable yogurt
2.  Kombucha
3.  Sauerkraut
4.  Pickles
5.  Miso
6.  Tempeh
7.  Natto
8.  Kimchi
9.  Raw cheese, made with goats milk, or un-pasteurised sheeps milk
10.  Bio-live unsweetened yogurt

There’s more information, discussion and strategic action points for optimising your gut health in our latest book“The Wealthy Body in Business” out now. Order your copy HERE

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Are You Torching Fat – or Muscle..?

By Tim Bean –

If you have a sedentary job and thinking of introducing exercise into your daily routine – that’s a great move. But it’s important to get the right balance.

New research has added strength to the case for adding strength to your frame, by lifting heavy weights…

Dude, you’re doing that wrong …

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By Anne Laing –

When travelling abroad we still see business people at the hotel breakfast buffet loading up with their morning fruit juice, in the mistaken belief they’re making a healthy choice. For sure it’s healthier than a soda, but not by much…

For a day of high productivity, performance and concentration most juices are no help to your brain health. Commercial juices contain a large amount of refined carbohydrates guaranteed to give you a concentration slump. Each 12-ounce glass of juice has about the same amount of sugar (8 teaspoons) as a 12-ounce glass of soda, even if no sugar is added.

According to Dr Mercola, international health expert, these juices may also be contaminated with mould and should best be avoided.

Sports drinks, such as Gatorade, should also be left well alone, as one of their main ingredients is high-fructose corn syrup, and others may contain large amounts of caffeine per serving.

To fire up your neurons eat a piece of whole fruit or half a cup of dark berries, which appear in their own natural, high-fibre package. Alternatively go for green or purple fresh-made smoothies, tomato juice, fresh-squeezed lemon juice with sparkling water, coconut water, mineral water, or herbal teas…!

Planning ahead, you can also grab an apple or banana from the buffet to slip in your briefcase as emergency rations for later in the day!

Keeping Your Electrics Charged…

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By Anne Laing

In the cut and thrust of corporate life we often forget that our business body is actually an electric collection of cells.

Nerve impulses are electrical energy signals creating energy fields and electrical signals all around the body.

In the brain alone there are around 100 billion and we need these to be in top condition for business.

We need good electrics….

  • For thinking.
  • For relaying information to and from our environment.
  • For controlling the internal functions of the body.
  • For muscle movement.

At the heart of every cell there is a nucleus in the centre – positively charged – and the outer cell membrane is negatively charged.

Dr Johanna Budwig* discovered that commercial processing of fats and oils destroys the field of electrons the cell membranes (60-75 trillion cells) in our bodies must have to fire and function properly, thus damaging or shutting down the electrical field of the cells and allowing chronic diseases to take hold.

A proper balance of minerals and electrolytes make up the electrically charged ions that help regulate our electrical signals. Without doubt good electrics require good food. A good place to start is by eating less C.R.A.P. (Carbonated drinks, Refined Sugars, Artificial sweeteners and chemicals, Processed grains and fast foods.)

These foods cause abnormal concentrations and imbalances of our blood mineral profiles – which can affect energy, vitality and psychological functions (such as emotions, memory, perception, learning and behaviour) – just to name a few.

You could also eat more F.O.O.D. (Fruit and Veggies, Organic protein, Oils (like unprocessed organic coconut oil, avocado oil, organic butters, macadamia or nut-based oils and butters, organic olive oil), and Drink more water.

Other external electrical stressors to our electrical circuits include:

  • Microwaves. Use only when absolutely necessary.
  • Wi-Fi, turn off at night or get your connections hard-wired into the home and office.
  • Mobile phones. Carry them away from your body and don’t keep them in your bedroom at night.
  • Cell towers. Don’t live near cell towers or heavy-duty power lines.

To make you feel fantastic, discharge regularly and shed some of that excess electromagnet pollution, try barefoot walking or running along the beach or find some grass, kick off your shoes and do a few breathing squats, or jog around a slightly damp park…!

 
*Dr Johanna Budwig (1908-2003), was a pioneer and top European Cancer Research Scientist, Biochemist, Blood Specialist, Pharmacologist and Physicist. She was a seven-time Nobel Prize nominee. http://www.cancertutor.com/budwig/

Where Have All The Oranges Gone…?

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Orange segments are a healthy and easy-to-eat snack for children during rugby half time break (or any sport for that matter).  Oranges are loaded with vitamin C, which helps counter the effects of oxidation and stress. This marvellous fruit has fibre and carbohydrates in the right mix, and provides children with fuel and stamina.

Eating orange halves at half time will also help keep your child hydrated, as oranges have high water content – unlike lollies.

Sadly we now see coaches of junior sports teams handing out sweets and candy bars like confetti.  Concentrated sugar in the body, such as in sweets, always come with adverse biological reactions in a child’s body, whether it is obvious or not.  Visible reactions can go from a hyper-active sugar “high” – through to irrational and violent behaviour, often ending in extreme lethargy and fatigue.  Not what a coach wants to see in his or her team!

Chemical ingredients in sweets and sweet drinks (as many so-called ‘sports’ drinks are) will also cause certain children to have adverse and uncharacteristic reactions to the preservatives, colourings, flavourings and stabilisers they are laced with.

If a child’s overall diet is well balanced, there should be no adverse dental issues with eating oranges at half time – which seems to be the main argument for this shameful change.  This is one area where dentists seem united, indicating that children are far better off eating oranges or other healthy snacks rather than sweets, soft drinks, sports drinks, etc, during and after the game.

Prof. Grant Schofield explains, “I’d say most professional sports teams are now at least [consuming] low sugar or low carb. That’s not always high fat, but it’s healthy fats. Nutrition for sport is really changing fast.”

If the All Blacks have shunted sugar aside, deleting it from their training foods, why can’t this filter down to our children, the most damaged by these pseudo-foods..?

Alternative Snack Ideas for the Sportsground…

Ryvita & Peanut Butter

Almonds, Walnuts, Brazils – or trail mix (careful of children with nut allergies).

Fig Bars

Oatmeal biscuits

Organic Yogurt and berries

Bananas

Orange slices

Clementines/Mandarins

Melon skewers and slices (watermelon, cantaloupe, etc)

Apple slices

Strawberries

Apricots

Peaches

Kiwi fruit

Carrot sticks

– even Hard Boiled Eggs..!

Racing Through History…!

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Evolutionists estimate we’ve been on this planet nearly 2.5 million years. We have been healing ourselves and living on a ‘hunter-gatherer’ seasonal diet of ‘primal’ foods, such as meat, fish, eggs, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, since the dawn of our species.

Only relatively recently – about 10,000 years ago – did we start to settle in communities to grow crops of grains such as wheat and corn.  Now if you condense the whole of human evolution into just one year, it turns out we started eating grains only about a day and a half ago. The pharmaceutical and drug industry started from its roots in botanicals (yes, really) in the mid-1800’s, then left this behind for the more lucrative synthetic compounding in the early 1900’s.

These are just a blink of an eye in our history, yet now we’re taught to scorn the old, natural, bio-identical methods of keeping the body healthy, which has sustained us over these millions of years.  Genetically we are virtually identical to our ancestors and are best adapted to these primal foods. Unfortunately, much of what passes for ‘food’ that we now end up ingesting (courtesy of the agri-chemical, pharmaceutical and factory-food industries) is largely unrecognised by our ancient, but highly efficient, biological systems – or our genes.

It is ironic that our bodies are surviving longer now through a combination of better hygiene, advanced trauma treatments and a notable absence of sabre-toothed tigers, yet here we are getting older, slower, sicker, fatter and weaker as we age than ever before in our long history.

So let’s go back and nourish ourselves on whole, unprocessed foods, free of chemicals, additives and mankind’s meddling. Let’s go back to growing and buying food that looks like it’s supposed to, and support ethical and sustainable farming. And let’s go back to eating food that’s made in a kitchen, rather than in a lab.

Something to Chew On…

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I became aware, quite recently, that life has taken on a much faster pace than ever before.

It seems there is more and more to be achieved in less and less time. Faster cars, faster internet, faster travel. We have less time to spend with family, less time to sleep and even less time to eat. We multi-task around our meal times, and our food is bought pre-prepared, heated in an instant, and quickly devoured.

Bite-swallow, bite-swallow, bite-swallow.

Have you ever noticed; we never take the time to CHEW anymore..?

It may seem boring, but it’s true – chewing (mastication) is the mechanism installed by nature to break food down in our mouths from large chunks into a more easily-digested paste.

This makes it easier for your intestines to absorb nutrients from the food particles as they pass through, and therefore offer better supply and support to all your bodies operational systems.

In addition, when you chew your food thoroughly, your mouth releases a chemical called Hypothiocyanate [OSCN]−, a natural – and powerful – antibiotic, helping protect you from uploading various bugs and germs that may have attached themselves to your food.

There are other obvious advantages to chewing your food more thoroughly – The longer you chew, the more time it will take you to finish a meal, and eating slowly may help you to eat less, thus avoiding the chances of weight gain.

Of course it’s best to eat in a relaxed, non-distracted environment; eating on the run or while you’re working – or watching TV – is not conducive to proper break-down, digestion or absorption of your food.

Try these simple suggestions:

  • Always eat at the dinner table where you’re sitting upright, ‘disconnected’ from the noise around you, and are mindful of what is on your plate.
  • Take smaller bites of food to begin with (it’s easier to chew smaller morsels).
  • Chew slowly and steadily, some suggest chewing each mouthful up to 32 times – once for each tooth in your head..!
  • Chew until your mouthful of food is liquefied or has lost all of its texture.
  • If your food liquefies in your mouth instantly, or you’re able to swallow it in less than 5 chews, it’s either over-processed or over-cooked and probably not the wisest choice of nourishment. (Obviously this wouldn’t apply to a green smoothie or bowl of fresh wholesome soup…).
  • Finish chewing each mouthful and swallow completely before taking another bite of food.

Aside from the potential health benefits, chewing your food rigorously and thoroughly forces you to slow down, savour each morsel, and could also be regarded as a CBO™ (Calorie-Burning Opportunity)

There you go – “Face Fitness from Your Food.”  I feel a new Weight-loss Video coming on….

(Photo by Mark Taylor/Rex Features)