Type II Diabetes is becoming a global epidemic with 1 in 10 Canadians currently diagnosed and an estimated 3 out of 10 considered borderline or at risk for developing the disease. While drugs seem like a quick fix for handling the condition, the side effects caused by these drugs can leave unpleasant and unnecessary secondary conditions.
With the main cause for Type II Diabetes being an unbalanced diet, it only makes sense that incorporating a highly balanced diet can ease the symptoms and prevent many people from crossing over the borderline. Diets in highly processed, refined and starch rich foods are fuel for a diabetic prone diet, since all of these foods quickly convert to sugar in the body. While many “true foods” still convert to sugar; whole foods rich in complex carbohydrates and true compounds have many more nutrients to provide, offering the body a balanced intake of nutrition sources.
Education and becoming familiar with food groups is the most effective way to manage proper blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates provide fuel for the body in the form of glucose. Most glucose is converted from the food you eat, while the remainder is produced by the body itself. Controlling the intake of proper foods with a special concentration on the amount of carbohydrates consumed, will help manage blood sugar and prevent diabetes.
What is a carbohydrate?
Simple carbohydrates are found in refined white sugar, sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, white flour, enriched flours, and sweets. All these ingredients convert directly to glucose and can...
Food additives have been used in food preparation for as long as people have needed to store food.
Pickling, smoking, and salting foods were all common ways of preserving and preventing food-borne illness. With increasing technology, our modern food industry has devised many alternate ways of preserving our food and making it look more appealing. Food additives are regulated by Health Canada, who defines a food additive as “used in food to: maintain its nutritive quality; enhance its keeping quality; make it attractive; aid in its packaging, processing or storage.” 1
Though food technology in regards to additives and processing may seem to have advanced over the decades, there is much in question as to the effects on our health and even the safety of some of these chemicals. Many additives have been withdrawn from use or even banned by some governments. For example, tartrazine, an additive used for colour, is banned in Norway, Austria and Finland because it can increase hyperactivity in children. However, it is used in many processed foods and drinks in Canada (e.g. Kraft dinner, orange cheese, many soft drinks and candy, jarred pickles).
Though our government claims that most additives are safe, we know that it is healthier to eat a diet consisting of whole, fresh foods, while keeping processed foods to a minimum or even better, completely out of our diet. Many processed and prepared foods have become a staple for us, as our lives have become busier and more hectic. There are many lists available explaining possible...
Curamin contains a super-absorbable curcumin called BCM-95 that can be up to 10 times stronger than regular curcumin products. Known for its ability to balance the body’s natural inflammatory response, curamin contains four ingredients that work synergistically to remove pain.
- BCM-95® has been proven in published clinical studies to provide consistent and long-lasting effects.
- BosPure® boswellia is enhanced by removal of pro inflammatory compounds commonly f ound in this plant.
- DLPA (DL-phenylalanine) has been shown to help maximize the effects of endorphins and enkephalins, the body’s own powerful pain relievers.
- The enzyme nattokinase not only boosts healthy circulation, but also has a direct impact on muscle pain via its ability to balance fibrinogen levels in the body.
The main thing with Curamin is that it works!
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You are 90% bacteria Let that sink in for a second… Just think: for every cell in your body, you have 9 cells of bacteria living in and on your body. It can be a little creepy if you think about it too much. Most of your bacteria is living inside your intestinal tract, otherwise known as your “gut”. The health of this organism is paramount to the health of your body. Why you ask?
80% of your immune system spends most of its time around your gut. The health of your gut bacteria and the health of your immune system are vitally linked. When your gut bacteria is balanced, your immune system is also balanced. But when it’s out of balance, so is your immune system. Signs that your immune system is out of balance are: food and seasonal allergies, chronic inflammation, chronic sinusitis, and colds and flus that linger for weeks.
Food sensitivities are a major sign and cause of an immune system imbalance. Food, specifically undigested protein, looks just like a virus or bacteria and our immune system creates an antibody to it. We see this in life-threatening reactions like anaphylactic shock to nuts or shellfish. We can also have a much quieter, non-life threatening reaction to a food (undigested protein), which can over-stimulate our immune system and lead to seasonal allergies, eczema, and many inflammatory conditions. These are usually referred to as food sensitivities. What I’ve seen over and over again in my practice is that once we...
It is not news that the average North American diet is in serious decline and that obesity, Type 2 Diabetes, and heart related illness are at an all-time high. What might be news is that the mainstream treatment for these conditions, especially those related to cholesterol control may be causing more damage than good.
It is estimated that 3 million Canadians take a daily statin drug for lowering the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and raising the percentage of good cholesterol (HDL). As this class of prescription drugs is one of the fastest growing on the market, it is important to draw attention to the long term and potentially devastating side effects of their long term use.
In 2006 Health Canada began requiring the manufacturers of statin drugs to include warnings of potential muscle damage, pain, and a potentially fatal muscle-wasting disease called rhabdomyolysis. Now, 5 years later, statin drug intake is at an all time high and side effects are increasing. Along with the less frightening list of side effects including nausea, diarrhea, and constipation, statin drugs have been found to cause severe memory and mental awareness problems, sexual dysfunction, anemia, pancreatic dysfunction and suppressed immune function in some patients. Additionally, new research is now showing a correlation with Type II Diabetes.
How do statins cause these side effects?
Type II Diabetes: Statins may increase your insulin levels, which can be extremely harmful to your health. Elevated insulin levels lead to a plethora of potential health concerns. Statins also increase the risk...
A recent Nationwide survey revealed that increased energy, improved sleep, increased immune function and weight management are the top four health goals. Read below for more information on these goals and how to manage them for best results.
1. Increase Energy!
Sustained energy is crucial to a productive life, but many of us are lacking in the energy department. Basic energy production starts with a proper diet. The body needs a steady supply of nutrient dense foods to maintain optimal function; eating small snacks every 3 hours not only balances blood sugars but maintains energy levels. When you start to feel a low DO NOT reach for caffeinated or sugary foods and beverages to pull you through. These only work for a short period of time and in the end leave your energy reserve lower than it was.
If you are finding yourself chronically energy depleted here are some areas to consider:
• Is stress a big factor in your daily life? If so, pay attention to the adrenal glands as they are not only the glands responsible for many hormonal
balances they are also the first to suffer from prolonged stress, resulting in low energy among other common health worries.
• For women especially, get your iron tested. If supplementation is needed, concentrate on a whole food iron such as MegaFoods Blood Builder that
is easily assimilated and will not cause stomach upset.
• Add B vitamins to your diet, especially B12 as they are involved in the production of energy at a cellular level and play...