Wed 17th October 2012
Welcome to the first issue of Discover The Power of Healing Foods! newsletter.
This is what we will discuss in this issue:Fatigue, Fed up with it?
Do you wake up full of energy every day? Or are you one of those who need to fight tiredness with adrenaline boosts to get you started, either in the form of strong coffee or through a run around the block? Do you often feel tired?
Between demanding jobs, busy family life, or hectic lifestyle it's hardly surprising that we so often flag under the strain of it all. And if you suffer from any condition, fatigue it's often at the top of the list of symptoms.
So you may well wonder: Why do we feel tired all the time, even after a night sleep? Our bodies were created with in-built mechanisms that allow us to cope with a huge amount of stresses and strains, so what's wrong?
Feeling fatigued all the time is often a sign that you've gone beyond your body's abilities to cope and your body is telling you - sometimes even screaming loudly - that it cannot function at full capacity. It's like having a car with a low battery and yet expecting it to perform as usual.
What could cause this depletion? Well, any number of things, from toxin overload to nutritional deficiencies. After all, the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe are far from ideal and put the body under an enormous amount of stress.
Plus, we all add to that through our less than perfect lifestyles, relying on coffee, cigarettes or sugary or salty snacks to get us through the day.
Obviously, it will depend on what causes your fatigue in the first place. But the are things you can do regardless of the reasons behind your lack of energy.
1 - Make sure to keep your blood sugar even by eating the right type of carbohydrates. Carbs are essential for energy production, but the wrong type of carbs can actually deprive you of energy. They give you a boost to start with followed by an almost immediate slump. The lower the level of sugar in your blood, the more fatigued you become.
I've just written a series of articles on the importance of including whole grains in your diet, so please follow the link to select a topic that might interest you.
2 - It's also important to eat the right type of proteins, mainly ones without a lot of saturated fats, as they have been associated with serious health problems, which would rob you of your energy. So choose lean meats, fish, and vegetables proteins such as beans and whole grains.
3 - It has been demonstrated that the popular trend of choosing low-fat foods is not doing us any good, so include the right types of fats - olive oil, avocado, fatty fish, such as sardines, mackerel, wild salmon, and krill oil.
4 - Include in your diet a rainbow of colours, using the vibrantly coloured fruit and vegetables as well as roots that contain a host of anti-oxidants.
These important compounds protect our tissues, cells and DNA from damage, hence providing our body with the energy it needs to carry out all its functions.
5 - Don't forget to drink good quality water, 6 to 8 glasses a day. Even if you become slightly dehydrated you immediately start to feel tired, you find it difficult to concentrate and your memory suffers. Water is needed to allow important enzymes to work throughout your body, assisting in the proper digestion of food for energy.
6 - Do you tend to rely on caffeine to give you a boost? Did you know that experts believe that caffeine can actually sap your energy? It's true that you get an immediate rush of energy after a cup of coffee, as you do when you eat sugary foods, but it's followed pretty quickly by a caffeine crash. So avoid caffeine and caffeinated drinks for a while to give your adrenals a chance to recover.
7 - Vegetables rich in magnesium are essential if you want to charge up your life. Without magnesium, we simply cannot extract the energy we need from the food we eat. When we have enough magnesium in our cells, they can make the energy needed for thousands of processes. Researches agree that our diets are very poor in magnesium, which explains why lack of energy is so widespread.
Look out for these magnesium-rich foods and include them in your every day diet:
If you decide to take magnesium supplements, make sure you choose a good quality one that can be easily absorbed, such as magnesium citrate.
It's so important to start up your day with the right food. How do you know whether your body responds better to and gets more energy from carbs, protein or fruit in the morning?
The best way is to alternate between several options and see which one sustains your energy for longer.
For each one of these options, take note of how your energy levels are affected during the morning. Once you've established which one suits you best, expand on that category and try a variety of foods.
But you can go one step further and have a look at the next article to see how an alkalising diet can give you even a bigger boost.
I'm sure you've heard a lot about alkalising diets. Maybe you know all about them or perhaps you have a vague idea of what they are.
Your body is finely tuned to maintain the right pH balance, and any variation from the "norm" is immediately dealt with. So acidity created by natural metabolic processes and the stress response can be easily rebalanced by mechanisms in our bodies. But, again, these mechanisms can be overwhelmed.
Guess what? Modern diets and day-to-day living can make our cells more acidic. Diets poor in vegetables and too high in proteins, damaged fats, table salt, additives, pesticides and other chemicals, are responsible for tipping the balance towards acidity.
This acidic environment will interfere with all the fundamental chemical activity in our body and everything from digestion to brain function will be affected.
If you feel tired, achy or itchy, chances are that you're too acidic. And if you have any kind of illness or condition, such as eczema, IBS, osteoporosis or fertility problems, you're more than likely over acidic.
A more alkaline environment will allow all the processes in your body to function efficiently, your cells will be able to make more energy, produce more enzymes and hormones, clear toxins and generally keep you healthy. Also, you'll be able to digest and utilise all the nutrients from your food and any supplements you may take, which will also boost your energy.
Enter the supergreens! What are they? They are chlorophyll-rich powders such as barley grass powder, sea kelp and spirulina. These are among the most effective alkalisers.
Magnesium is found in chlorophyll as well as in the green foods, and the latter are also rich in potassium. Both these minerals actively clear acidity and toxicity from the cells, while helping to create energy for all metabolic processes.
This creates a cleaner, revitalised and more alkaline environment in your cells, which means a happier, healthier and more energetic you.
It's easy to bring more supergreens into your diet. So, first of all, eat your greens!
Then, if you have a good masticating juicer, you can have a green juice a day. You could include watercress, rocket, celery, kale, mint, parsley and cucumber, with perhaps an apple, carrot or beetroot to sweeten and add extra anti-oxidants.
It's even easier to add in a supergreen drink each day using a ready made supergreen powder. You can stir supergreen powders into water, juice or milk - be it goat's, almond, rice, coconut or cow's milk - or blend it into a smoothie for a delicious breakfast or snack.
Try the Almond and Nut smoothie below and see the tremendous amount of energy you will experience once your body begins to achieve a more alkaline environment.
This delicious smoothie will fill you up as well as sustain your energy levels, so make a fantastic breakfast or mid-afternoon snack.
It's rich in proteins and essential oils that will help balance your blood sugar.
It also provides key ingredients to keep you alkalised, hydrated and nourished enough for vitality on every level, from your adrenals up.
I've put together all the products mentioned in this article on the next page. Please read more about them to see whether they can help YOU charge up your life!
I hope you have enjoyed reading this newsletter. The next issue is going to be about Inflammation and Chronic Pain - Which Healing Foods can help and which ones you should avoid.
Plus, I'll include a recipe for "The Healthiest Cookies in the World" that can actually help you fight inflammation. You don't want to miss it!
Also, I would like to answer any of your questions regarding inflammation, so don't hesitate to get in touch with me.
The next issue will be sent out on Wed 14th November 2012.
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