My 4 Month Transformation by B. Smith II

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From the second week of July (2015) until (11-14-2015), I have been on a very special food diet that completely changed the way I look at dieting. I am 42 years old, 6’4, and weighed in at 256.6 pounds on average. In this four month experiment, I noticed some astounding changes. I went from 256.6 pounds to 230.0 pounds. I am back to a size 34 from size 36-38. I am healthier than I have ever been. I do not get the acid reflux at all anymore. My skin has never looked better. I am not plagued with headaches like I used to be. My body is no longer in the “Acidic” stage and has moved into the “Alkaline” stage (More on that later). I do not feel tired and run down halfway through the day anymore. Even my teeth are a lot whiter. On the day of this writing (11-29-2015), I am 225.4 pounds from the original 256.6 pounds when I started. That is a total loss of 31.2 pounds in this time frame.

So, you want to know what my secret is? It’s nothing new really. I experimented with all the research I had done over that last few years dealing with health, nutrition, nutrients, vitamins, minerals, diet, etc. and put together a little regimen that anyone can do if they want to get healthier and stay that way. Are you ready… Here it goes:

Read food labels

It’s vitally important to read the labels of the foods you buy and eat/drink and understand what they mean. What you eat/drink matters greatly. Chemicals and GMO’s are placed in most processed foods and instant foods. Why would you want to eat something that has a very long list of ingredients? Most of the world’s corn and soybean supply are GMO’s. GMO’s are a big thing and most people want to avoid them if possible, but they can be hidden in the labels. For example High Fructose Corn Syrup is made from GM corn (Genetically Modified corn) and therefore is a GMO. If corn and/or soybean is listed in the ingredients, then there is a good chance they are GMO’s. Obvious GMO’s are Modified food starch, Modified corn starch, etc. Another hidden baddie is trans fat, even though the nutrients label says 0 trans fat, if you read the ingredients, a lot of the time there will be something called hydrogenated, well hydrogenated, or partially hydrogenated ingredients. These are trans fats and trans fats cause so many health problems.

For more information on GMo’s visit:
GMO’s The Scary Truth
GMO Facts: The NON-GMO Project

Remove the Bad

I completely avoided all foods and drinks that had anything hydrogenated or modified, high fructose corn syrup, corn, soybean, or a ridiculous amount of sodium in the ingredients. If the sodium was above 200mg per serving I wouldn’t buy/eat/drink it. (Too much sodium is another problem I will explain a little later). Also if there is a ridiculous amount of sugar and/or fake sugar (AKA: artificial sweeteners) I avoid it like the plague. No fast food at all, no packaged meals, no instant foods, no sodas, and no instant meals. I even gave up most breads, crackers, and cereals because of the bad stuff listed in their ingredients.

Replace with the Good

I replaced these bad foods with fresh local, organic raw fruits and veggies (including the honey). These foods I ate every couple hours. I mainly had fruit in the morning ( I drank lemon water or cherry water as well, but I didn’t do that every morning, and I filter my own water using a Brita filter pitcher I will not ever drink tap water unless it is properly filtered first). I chose which veggies I was going eat throughout the day and ate them every couple hours mixing in some fruit like tomatoes and cucumbers. (Yes, these are actually fruits because they produce seeds inside like other fruits). Then in the afternoon I have one large baked potato every day (sometimes two if I am hungry in the evening) and after it cools, I eat it like an apple with mustard one each bite. Mustard is also vital in maintaining a healthy body (More on that later). Added to all this… coconut oil. Coconut oil has multiple health benefits when eaten every day. I have been eating 2-3 spoons of it every day. I will also melt it down and pour a little bit over my veggie bowl instead of store bought salad dressing. I love coconut so I put it on everything especially when cooking and baking. (If you do not like coconut, then you can get the refined that removes the scent and taste, but make sure it is still cold pressed NON-GMO, and only one ingredient: Organic coconut oil).

The foods I cook like steak and pork steak I use olive oil or coconut oil cooking spray (lightly) and then pour some water into the pan and cook with water. I do not use butter (which is really fake butter anyway and filled with chemicals and GMO’s) grease, or any of those fake oils like corn oils or vegetable oils
(see the article Frying with Water by B. Smith II on this site for more information).

About the Author:

Bernard E. Smith II

Bernard E. Smith II is a published author and has a certificate in Applied Sciences concentrating in therapeutic massage from Baker College and is working on his Bachelor’s Degree for Health Services Administration. He wants to share with the world all the knowledge he has acquired and his own personal experiences as far as nutrition, reading food labels, real weight loss and how to achieve it, good and bad foods , and a host of other topics. His vision is to help others that want to be healthy and feel better achieve their goals as he has.

 

 






Hydration: Why It’s So Important? by: familydoctor.org editorial staff

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Why is it so important to stay hydrated?

Your body depends on water to survive. Every cell, tissue, and organ in your body needs water to work correctly. For example, your body uses water to maintain its temperature, remove waste, and lubricate joints. Water is needed for good health.

How does my body lose water?

Water makes up more than half of your body weight. You lose water each day when you go to the bathroom, sweat, and even when you breathe. You lose water even faster when the weather is really hot, when you are physically active, or if you have a fever. Vomiting and diarrhea can also lead to rapid water loss. If you don’t replace the water you lose, you can become dehydrated.

How do I know if I’m dehydrated?

Symptoms of dehydration include the following:

Little or no urine, or urine that is darker than usual
Dry mouth
Sleepiness or fatigue
Extreme thirst
Headache
Confusion
Dizziness or lightheaded feeling
No tears when crying

Don’t wait until you notice symptoms of dehydration to take action. Actively prevent dehydration by drinking plenty of water.

Who is at higher risk of dehydration?

People are at higher risk of dehydration if they exercise at a high intensity, have certain medical conditions, are sick, or are not able to get enough fluids during the day. Older adults are also at higher risk. As you get older, your brain may not be able to sense dehydration and send the signals for thirst.

You may need to increase the amount of water you are drinking if you:

Have certain medical conditions, such as kidney stones or bladder infection
Are pregnant or breastfeeding
Will be outside during hot weather
Will be exercising
Have a fever
Have been vomiting or have diarrhea
Are trying to lose weight

How much water should I drink each day?

You may have heard different recommendations for daily water intake. Most people have been told they should drink 6 to 8 8-ounce glasses of water each day, which is a reasonable goal. However, different people need different amounts of water to stay hydrated. Most healthy people can stay well hydrated by drinking water and other fluids whenever they feel thirsty. For some people, fewer than 8 glasses may be enough. Other people may need more than 8 glasses each day.
Here’s a good tip to follow: go by your body weight. Divide your body weight by 2 and that’s how many ounces of water to drink a day. For example: if a person weighs 50 lbs, then they should drink 25 ounces of water a day. If a person weighs 100 lbs, then they drink 50 ounces. A 200 lbs person drinks 100 ounces.

If you are concerned that you are not drinking enough water, check your urine. If your urine is consistently colorless or light yellow, you are most likely staying well hydrated. Dark yellow or amber-colored urine is a sign of dehydration.

Good Health Tips

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Maintaining a healthy body and lifestyle with bring a lot of good fortune in the future. People that stick to strict healthy lifestyles end up looking younger than they normally are and remain healthy and active many years after. It can be tricky for younger folks to stay motivated in being healthy because many people already feel healthy and just want to do what they are most comfortable in doing. But slowly applying some of the small tips for good health doesn’t hurt.

In fact, some health tips are actually easy to implement than others and once the benefits of these small health tips surface, people will be far more interested in trying out more methods to live even healthier. Here are some of the basic tips for good health that everyone can try out without much difficulty.

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Why Juicing Works: A Cardiologist Explains by Dr. Joel Kahn

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Tonight my head is spinning like a centrifugal juicer after attending a lecture by Joe Cross, star of the documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. The movie, which chronicles one man’s journey to health through juicing, moved me a few years ago to purchase my first juicer. It began what is now a regular practice of making fresh green juice several times a week and purchasing fresh cold pressed juice around town regularly.

Joe’s presentation on both using juicing as a method to “reboot” a sick body and mind and also as a supplement to an overall plant-based, whole foods diet was inspiring and medically very accurate. But why is it that juicing is an effective means of redirecting one’s health—whether the goal is vitality, weight loss, or even disease reversal?

Cells in the body require nutrients (i.e. vitamins and minerals) to function optimally. Many of these are referred to as micronutrients, to distinguish them from the macronutrient classes of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. When cells receive adequate micronutrients, you feel energized and full. On the other hand, many foods provide calories from macronutrients, but are devoid of the essential micronutrients cells crave. These are calorie-dense, nutrition-poor foods and this characterizes most processed foods.

Let’s look at a few more reasons why vegetables, legumes, seeds, and nuts are so powerful. They provide:

1. Fiber.

This is the indigestible portion of plants. Diets high in fiber are associated with lower risks of heart disease, colon cancer, diabetes, and obesity. In the Nurses Health Study, one of the longest-running studies of women’s health, women who ate more fiber were more likely to live longer. There is fiber in broccoli, beans and other members of the vegetable and fruit families, but none will be found in bagels, burgers and almost all other processed foods.

2. Phytonutrients.

These are a family of chemicals found only in plants that often give the color to v vegetables but also confer many health benefits. Many of these plant-based chemicals are anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer, such as the sulforphane found in broccoli. There are perhaps 10,000 of these health-promoting chemicals in the edible plant world. (You’ll never find phytonutrients in a bagel.)

3. Antioxidants.

Many chemicals found in plants confer a resistance to the damage that can occur to the human body from oxygen and the process of metabolism. Just as rust can destroy metal, oxidation can lead to diseased arteries or brain cells, and contributes to diabetes and other conditions. Within plants are chemicals such as carotenoids, polyphenols, and flavonoids that are natural antioxidants.

4. Omega-3 fatty acids.

These essential fatty acids, including DHA and EPA, are taken into cell membranes and used for the internal workings and repair of cells throughout the body. While seafood can provide Omega-3 fatty acids, they’re typically absent from other animal products. Flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, algae and soy are some of the plant-based foods rich in this nutrient class.

So …. how does this get us back to Joe Cross and juicing?

The USDA recommends five or more servings of vegetables and fruits daily while Canadian authorities set the bar higher, saying 10 servings a day is optimal.

In order to consistently ingest this large amount of plant-based material, we need to do some planning.

Some ideas to get your greens: preparing large salads, adding greens in soups, and blending smoothies with berries and greens for a power breakfast or a snack. Juicing is just one more tool you can use to build a plant-based nutrition program rich in phytochemicals, and it can make it easier to reach your goal of 5 to 10 servings a day of vegetables.

As Joe Cross said, “If you let people in white lab coats design your food, you’ll see people in white coats to treat your disease.”

Happy juicing!

DrJoelKahn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the Author: Dr. Joel Kahn

Dr. Kahn is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Medical Director of Preventive Cardiology at the Detroit Medical Center. He is a graduate Summa Cum Laude of the University of Michigan School of Medicine. He lectures widely on the cardiac benefits of vegan nutrition and mind body practices.