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Best Carbohydrates to Eat for Great Health

Although there are different opinions on how many carbohydrates are needed per day and which types of foods contain the best carbohydrates, from my research over the years, here is a list of what I feel are the best carbohydrates to eat for great health. Before I mention the list, some folks do very well on a very low carbohydrate diet (ketosis) and some folks do not. A lot depends on the health of your endocrine system, especially your adrenal glands. Another interesting point is that if you engage in anaerobic exercise, such as sprinting, intense cross fit or other quick and high intensity movements, your body has to be able to access energy from carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates provide good energy for the body and mind and carbohydrates help with brain focus, digestive health and hormonal health. Once you are in touch with your body and mind, you will know how many carbohydrates and which ones to eat on a daily basis. 

What are the best carbohydrates to eat for great health.?

  1. Fresh vegetable juice: Use celery or cucumber as the base and add some carrots, beets, parsley, ginger root, etc. Fresh vegetable juice contains a lot of vitamins and minerals and it will provide for good energy levels and oxygen. Buy a good juicer and make your own juice.
  2. Fruit: Fruit is a fun food to eat and it contain a good amount of vitamins and minerals. Strive to eat fruit in season and buy fresh when possible. Frozen berries are acceptable. Eat fruit with some protein or fat to keep your blood sugar balanced.
  3. Raw Honey: Packed with enzymes and vitamins and minerals, raw honey is a super food, if eaten in small amounts. Eat anywhere from 1tsp to 2tbs a day. Raw honey aids in healthy digestion and a healthy immune system.
  4. Raw or lightly steamed or sautéed vegetables: salads, broccoli, kale, collards, etc. Drizzle with olive oil, pastured butter or coconut oil, add good sea or celtic salt and other spices. Vegetables are packed with vitamins and minerals and other phytonutrients.
  5. Potatoes: for when you need a starch, potatoes are great. They are much easier to digest than grains, beans or bread. Eat russet, yukon gold, red, sweet, etc. Add plenty of pastured butter or coconut oil and enjoy. 

 

Circadian rhythm

Circadian rhythm is becoming more popular and for great reasons. When you strive to follow circadian rhythm you will begin to feel better. You will have more energy, a stronger immune system, a better working mind, a better sex life and a happier outlook on life. 

By following Circadian rhythm your hormones, especially leptin and melatonin, will become more effective in helping you feel amazing. Most folks are bathed in artificial lights too much and for too many hours after the sun sets. This throws off the production, timing and effectiveness of leptin and melatonin and a host of other hormones and neurotransmitters such as insulin, cortisol, dopamine and serotonin.

A huge health issue in the world is the lack of quality sleep. With staying up way past dark in artificial lights, melatonin will be greatly affected and it will not be sufficiently produced. The blue light from the cell phone, computer screen and light bulbs blocks the enzyme that converts serotonin to melatonin. Insomnia sets in and major immune problems can come into play because melatonin is the body’s main anti-oxidant and the body needs sleep to repair and to rebuild. Another hormone, that is a major anti-oxidant, is prolactin. Prolactin will only turn on if there has been sufficient production of melatonin. No wonder so many people have compromised immune systems. 

Strive to do your best in following the sun and circadian rhythm around the year and the four seasons: winter, spring, summer and autumn. 

Here is a video of mine on the benefits of wearing blue light blocking glasses

Blue Blockers

Here is another article from the Weston A. Price Foundation.

Weston A. Price

Following Circadian Rhythm will truly improve your health: physically, mentally and emotionally.

Primal Radiance

Primal Radiance is about getting back to the way we were born to live, with amazing health, energy and vitality. In order to live with awesome health, we have to re-learn how to live in harmony with ourselves and with Mother Nature. As a whole, we have lost our way and we are greatly suffering with an overall unhealthy society. The rate of illness and disease is staggering, but it does not have to be this way. 

Primal Radiance is a revolution to bring health and healing to the world, through healthy food, seasonal eating, circadian rhythm, primal movement and exercise, barefoot walking known as Earthing, deep conversations, deep connections with others, meditation, deep breathing, more play, less stress, more energy, less material goods, more soulful and spiritual experiences, more emotional living and expression, more laughter and an overall shift in thinking and living to make the Earth and ourselves to become more joyful and healthy. 

Gillette Nutriton inspires and motivates people from all walks of life to live with awesome and amazing health, well into their golden years. Primal Nutrition and living with Primal Radiance is the best prevention and cure for illness and disease. 

Here is the link to my Primal Radiance Show on Zeno Radio. Primal Radiance

Listen to my archive on Primal Radiance!  What is Primal Radiance? 

Take small steps on a daily basis on your journey to living with amazing health: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

 

Energy!

Would you like more energy? Would you like to wake up refreshed and have all the energy needed to achieve what you need and want to do for the day? Of course, you do! Why are most people struggling with a lack of energy and vitality?

Stress is probably the biggest factor in zapping your energy. Modern society is stressful. Too much stress can raise cortisol levels, which causes a host of issues, such as weight gain, insomnia, high blood sugar and a compromised immune system. Too much stress can put you in the sympathetic nervous system, which puts your body and mind in a heightened alert state, known as the flight or fight response. This can cause the production of too much of the excitatory neurotransmitters and hormones such as Dopamine, Epinephrine, and Norepinephrine; leading to increased heart rate and blood pressure and poor digestion. Over time, this can lead to what is known as “Tired, but Wired.” After the Tired but Wired state has run its course, major fatigue will set in as the majority of your hormones and neurotransmitters will be in a very low productive state and your energy will be zapped. 

The big key to stress management is to find that proper balance for yourself.  We need some stress in our lives in order to reach goals and to continue to learn and move forward in life. What we don’t need is chronic stress that brings us down and our energy down. Chronic stress consists of the following: unhealthy relationships and jobs, unhealthy eating, lack of or too much exercise, lack of connections and friendships, working too much, lack of sleep and too much blue light after the sun sets.

The goal to sustained energy is to have the proper balance in being in your parasympathetic nervous and in your sympathetic nervous system. This balance will bring about a balance in hormone and neurotransmitter production. The calming and good feel effect of GABA, Serotonin and Endorphins will be in proper balance and the focus and energizing effect of Dopamine, Epinephrine, and Norepinephrine will be in proper balance. Cortisol will also be in proper balance and your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and immune response will be humming along happily. 

Here is a list of the best things to do to ensure heathy energy levels.

  1. Eat a high fat, cholesterol rich diet with moderate protein and moderate to low carbohydrates.
  2. Meditate every day for 10-30 minutes. Focus on relaxing your body and mind and breath deeply.
  3. Do some strength training such as weight lifting, body weight exercises or yoga.
  4. Do some interval training such as sprint for 30 seconds, rest for 90 seconds, and repeat for a total of 15-20 minutes.
  5. Do not over do the cardio workouts. Concentrate on walking 3-4 miles or running at a slow to moderate pace for 2-3 miles. Monitor how you feel after exercising. You should feel slightly energized. If not, reduce that type of exercise or stop doing it. 
  6. Sleep for 8-9 hours a night and sleep in a dark room. Wear a sleep mask if needed. 
  7. Get off the computer and cell phone and stop watching TV, at least on hour before bed. If you are unable to do this, buy some blue light blocking glasses. 
  8. Express yourself emotionally and set safe boundaries for yourself. This may take some time, but it’s worth it. 
  9. Find an activity that brings you joy such as dancing, hiking, singing, writing, painting, poetry, frisbee golf, stand up paddle boarding, etc. 
  10. Strive to eat when you are actually hungry and stop when you are full. The key is to get into the rhythm of hunger and satiety. Overeating zaps your energy, while following the signs of hunger and satiety boosts your energy.
  11. Strive to Let Go of everything you cannot control.
  12. Laugh as laughter is good medicine

Conversation

 Has the ability to spark a true soulful conversation been forgotten by the majority of people who are too caught up with materialism and their own inner world? As a whole, the art of conversation is lost, but for the brave and concerned few, we must revive the art of soulful conversation to the forefront to save our society.

Deep down, everyone longs to express their emotions and their dreams; and everyone, deep down, is a beautiful spiritual being. But how can we revive our ability to engage in soulful conversation? You must instill in yourself a wholehearted interest for your fellow human beings and have the courage to go beyond the norm and ask big questions. Granted, you cannot have a soulful conversation with everyone, but you can begin with good intentions and a willingness to share ideas and see what happens.

With most people you come in contact with, you will have to begin with the usual pleasantries of how are you, what do you do, where do you live, etc. Then you can bring forth the questions of what are you passionate and curious about. Ask the deeper questions like, how do you feel about the state of this country or the world? Are you doing what you want to do? What do you dream about? What are your spiritual beliefs?

Some people may not know what do say because they never hear these questions. So be ready for some possible awkward moments and remember that the biggest gift you can give someone is listening.

The easiest way to test your boldness is to talk to the people you come in contact with every day, such as the local store clerk, cashier or waitperson. Ask an interesting or funny question. Try these and see what happens: Have you had any interesting dreams lately? Do you really like your job or would you rather be doing something else? What’s your favorite color and why? What’s one thing that you want to do that you have not done yet? You may learn something new or make a friend. At the very least, you may just brighten up their day.

Our society has become too mundane and superficial. It’s time to strike out and get people out of their boxes. Life is about mystery, connections and lighting sparks of fire to awaken society and to engage people in compassionate communication and deeper relationships

I leave you with a passage from Goethe’s “The Fairy Tale of the Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily.”

“Where do you come from?” asked the King.

“From the subterranean passages where gold is found,” said the snake.

“What is more precious than gold? Asked the king.

“The light,” answered the snake.

“What is more precious than light?” asked the king.

“Conversation,” said the snake.

Follow the conversation! 

Oysters for Health!

One of the most nutritious and powerful foods are oysters. Oysters for health! Growing up near the coast in Virginia, I ate a lot of seafood, including oysters from the Chesapeake Bay. Back then, I had no idea how heathy oysters were. I do now. 

Oysters are known as an aphrodisiac in some cultures. Perhaps it’s the shape and texture that make them an aphrodisiac, but the real reason is the powerful nutritional value of oysters. Oysters are packed with healthy protein and fat, both of which are needed for hormonal and neurotransmitter production and assimilation. Oysters for health! Oysters contain the most zinc of any food and zinc is the most important mineral for the immune system. White blood cells need zinc to be produced and to work properly. Zinc is needed for a healthy prostate and many men need a boost in their prostate health. Zinc is also needed for healthy muscles and healthy bones. Besides zinc, oysters contain the following nutrients: vitamin D, vitamin B12, iron, copper, manganese, and selenium. Oysters also contain high levels of niacin, riboflavin, thiamin, vitamin C, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Finally, oysters are a huge source of beneficial cholesterol, antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids and water. Oysters even contain a small amount of vitamin A and vitamin B6. Oysters for health!

Another awesome benefit of zinc is its ability to keep testosterone levels at healthy levels. Men have much more testosterone than women, but women need that small amount of testosterone at healthy levels or women will see a decrease in muscle tone, energy and libido. Oysters for health!

The best way to obtain all the nutrition from oysters is to eat them raw, like I do. Squeeze some lime or lemon juice on the oysters and add some good cocktail sauce, preferably organic and homemade. If raw is not your style, roast, sauté, bake or grill the oysters. You will still obtain a huge benefit from the oysters if they are cooked. 

One last note of the benefit of oysters is their ability to absorb toxins and to assist in ushering the toxins out of your body. Your liver, which does most of your body’s detoxing through its phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification pathways, will love it if you start consuming some oysters. Oysters for health!

Here is some more fantastic information about oysters from the Weston A. Price foundation. Oysters

 

Hormones!

Do you know what your hormones do for your body and mind? Hormones are chemicals made by the glands that act to control certain actions of cells and organs. They are the messengers and they work in a lock and key mechanism.

Your hormones have a huge effect on many of the bio-chemical actions that take place in your body and brain, on a daily basis. Some of the actions that depend on hormones include: sugar metabolism, brain function, sexual health, cellular communication, immune response, bone health, muscular health, energy levels, sleep patterns and emotional health.

When your hormones are in a healthy balance, you feel wonderful, but when they are out of balance, you can feel down right lousy and experience many unhealthy side effects.

Most adults, and even some children, have hormones that are way out of balance. What is the reason? The main reasons for out of balanced hormones are an unhealthy diet, chronic stress, too little or too much exercise and emotional problems and or trauma.

In addition to correcting the reasons I started in the above paragraph, a very important action to take is to take a blood test and salvia test to see how healthy or unhealthy your hormones are. I offer a salvia test through Alcat Labs to test the adrenal glands and two of the main hormones that the adrenal glands make: Cortisol and DHEA. I offer a blood test through SpectraCell Labs to test the male hormones, the female hormones and the thyroid hormones.

These tests are very affordable and very important. By knowing the results of your test, I can more affectively set a course of action to guide you to better health and healthier hormones. I can have the test kits shipped to you at no extra cost.

Be sure to search my blog for other articles on healthy hormone health!

Nutrition for Athletes

The right nutrition for athletes and for anyone who exercises is very important. Food needs to provide fuel and energy. It also needs to help the body to recover and rebuild and to lubricate, nourish and protect. Many athletes do not put enough emphasis on healthy food. Healthy nutrition for athletes should be a top priority.

The right foods are also very important when healing from injuries and most everyone will experience an injury from time to time.

Watch the video below for an in-depth look and wonderful information about nutrition for athletes and healing from injuries.

Sugar from Head to Toe

Sugar is everywhere and it’s a contributing factor for a host of health issues and diseases. Sugar from head to toe means that sugar can adversely affect any part of your body. The following article is from http://www.fix.com/ and the author is Charlotte Hilton Andersen. http://www.fix.com/blog/authors/charlotte-hilton-andersen/

Sugar is so delicious that it can be easy to forget it is essentially a drug 1 that acts on every system in our body. Scientists have consistently found that eating too much of the sweet stuff is not only bad for our waistlines and teeth but can actually harm our bodies from head to toe. Consider this the next time the cookies in the break room are calling your name.

Brain:

Our brains are the most complex organ in our body and keep everything else in line, so it makes sense to keep them in top form. A 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found a significant link between high blood sugar and dementia 2. The researchers examined 2,067 older adults and found that the higher a person’s blood sugar levels, the greater the risk of dementia. A separate study published in the Journal of Neurology found that even people whose blood sugar was on the higher end of normal still showed memory loss and cognitive impairment compared to their less-sugared-up counterparts 3. When they looked at brain scans of the participants, the scientists found shrinkage in the hippocampus and the amygdala – areas of the brain associated with memory and cognitive function.

Eyes:

Did you know your eye doctor may be able to spot the early signs of diabetes? According to Brian Francis, an ophthalmologist at the Doheny Eye Center, high blood sugar causes retinal vascular changes and can cause blood vessels in your eyes to hemorrhage. Left untreated long enough, it could cause you to go blind.

  Normal Eye VS. Diabetic Pupil

Face:

Too many slices of birthday cake can make you look far older than the number of candles on the cake, according to a surprising 2011 study from the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. Pictures of 600 people were shown to independent observers and those who had higher blood sugar levels were consistently marked as looking older – even when factors like sun exposure and smoking were taken into account. The researchers said it was because sugar inhibits the production of collagen and elastin, the stuff that gives our faces that youthful glow.

Heart:

No matter how many miles you run to burn off last night’s dessert, the sugar is still taking a toll on your heart. “Studies suggest that sugar causes the liver to produce more uric acid, and this leads to high blood pressure – the leading cause of death globally because it raises the risk of heart disease and stroke. Sugar also seems to raise cholesterol,” explains cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra 4. “What people don’t realize is that you can develop these problems and have a normal body mass index (BMI). I see it all in the time in my clinic – people aren’t overweight and don’t have diabetes, yet they’ve had a heart attack. I think sugar is one of the main culprits.”

  Rate of Avoidable Heart Disease by State

Liver:

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) may sound like an obscure illness but thanks to rising consumption of sugar and refined carbohydrates, it now accounts for over 75 percent of all chronic liver disease 5 and affects about 25 percent of people in the U.S. According to Malhotra, if left untreated the liver can become damaged to the point where cirrhosis – irreversible liver damage – begins. Not only can liver failure be fatal, but having NAFLD also increases the risk of dying from cardiovascular causes 6.

Bowels:

Diets high in sugar-sweetened beverages and snacks were found to be a risk factor in developing bowel cancer, said researchers in a 2012 study from the University of Edinburgh 7. In addition, that pint of ice cream may be the cause of your constipation, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal issues as sugar has been shown to worsen the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome 8.

Bladder:

Answering the call of nature more times than is, well, natural? If you haven’t upped your water intake, you might want to get your blood sugar levels checked, says Muhammad Shamim Khan, MD, a urologist at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. “If a patient consumes more sugar than the body can handle, it will be passed out in the urine and it may affect their frequency.” He adds that it is one of the first symptoms of diabetes.

Vagina:

A yeast infection won’t kill you but it can definitely ruin your day, and high sugar intake has been shown to increase your susceptibility to the itchy infection 9. Just like brownies make the perfect welcome gift for your new neighbors, eating a brownie creates the perfect welcoming environment for the bacteria that cause yeast infections.

Legs:

Gout, that the painful condition caused by uric acid build-up in joints, isn’t just for the elderly anymore. A 2009 study published in the British Medical Journal found that the illness, which can lead to full-blown arthritis, is linked to sugar consumption. The researchers found that even a few sodas a week was associated with an increasing risk of gout10.

  Sugar from Head-to-Toe
 

RAW EGG POWER!

 

Once deemed healthy and then not, the egg is back, even with approval from modern medicine, not that modern medicine ever influences me when it comes to nutrition.

Fried in coconut oil, scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, omelet style, with avocado, on your head (a great moisturizer and conditioner), raw in fresh squeezed orange juice, raw in a fruit smoothie, raw in raw milk, raw on top of a cooked bowl of rice, millet or quinoa, raw in a glass (a la Rocky style), on your skin for sun burn, bug bites and rashes, in a casserole, deviled, or even green eggs and ham, eggs are back and eggs are a wonderful and healthy food.

The biggest myth is the cholesterol contained in eggs. Yes, eggs contain cholesterol, but cholesterol from raw or properly cooked food does not raise cholesterol levels and it does not cause heart disease. Your liver produces cholesterol every day and cholesterol is needed for cellular health, especially cellular membrane function, hormone production, brain function, vitamin D conversion and a strong and effective immune system. Most of us need some cholesterol food, found in eggs and other animal products, to aid the liver in effectively doing its task; plus, the best sources of Vitamins A, D, K, and B12 and the minerals zinc and iron are found in eggs and other animal fats.

Eggs are best raw if you want every ounce of nutrition it offers, but anyway you want them, they are a healthy part of a good diet. Packed with 60% fat and 40% protein, lecithin, iron, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, selenium, magnesium and many other nutrients; eggs are a powerhouse.

If eaten raw, eggs aid in cellular structure and permeability, hormone production and balance, toxin removal, energy production, increased immunity, increased brainpower and focus and increased libido. From my experience and observation, raw eggs are most effective in removing toxins from the body and improving brain function. The reason eggs are so powerful for brain health is choline, a key component of the neuro-transmitter acetylcholine that helps with memory and intuition. It also helps with skeletal muscle movements. The reason eggs are so effective in removing toxins is cholesterol, protein and sulfur. These three components are very important and needed by the liver to perform its detoxifying actions.

Of course, eggs that are from healthy farms that allow the chickens to have access to the great outdoors to eat grass and insects are far superior to the factory-farmed eggs. If you buy local eggs, take notice of how the yolk changes from a yellow color to an orange color as the summer approaches and the chickens can feast on grass and insects. Factory farm yolks are very pale yellow in comparison and do not change color as the chickens stay indoors year round and eat industrial chicken feed. Yay to the local egg and here in Denver we have lots of local farmers with healthy eggs from healthy chickens. Go local and support your local egg farmer at the various farmers markets and the many community-supported agriculture partnerships.