Well it's the government but still I wish they would just stay out of peoples' business...
There were positive moves in the recently published 2015 Dietary Guidelines including exonerating the egg. There has been research for some time that intake of dietary cholesterol did not affect blood serum levels of cholesterol. Still the egg and many other foods got a bad rap for being "unhealthy". Well, the egg is back in the good graces of the government. I'm sure eggs everywhere are expressing sigh of relief!
Of course, the egg still has one bad mark against it: saturated fat. The panel responsible for the guidelines still believe that saturated fat is a key component to promoting heart disease and obesity. While I agree that trans fats (mostly man-made, processed fats and oils) are harmful, the naturally occurring saturated fats from eggs, (raw) dairy, nuts, avocado, (unrefined) coconut and other nut oils, and grass-fed meat are essential to maintaining healthy weight and metabolism. Current (non-government) sources recommend that we get 50-80 percent of calories from healthy fats while the guidelines are still recommending to keep this number below 10 percent.
My personal experience using a modified Paleo diet which suggests deriving 85+ percent of calories from fats is that these healthy fats are the key to dietary success and long-term changes to my eating habits. Specifically, I changed from a carb/sugar satisfaction diet to a fat satisfaction diet. I eat less and don't gain weight (I actually lost 30 pounds at the beginning before leveling at a healthy weight level). My resting blood sugar has leveled between 85 and 95 and my blood pressure runs around 115/75...all without prescription drugs!
One other positive change in the Dietary Guidelines was regarding artificial sweeteners. They panel finally agreed with predominant research that artificial sweeteners do not promote weight loss. But they said that they were OK in moderation. Why?...just drinking the high fructose sugar water is probably healthier! Aspartame has the highest number of complaints of any product the FDA oversees and there has been research of the negative neurological effects of the artificial sweetener.
I use stevia as my sweetener of choice. It's natural and has no known side effects including no negative effects on blood sugar levels. I use the liquid drops to sweeten my iced tea (a Texas food group!) and make my own sodas by adding the flavored drops to a natural seltzer such as Blue Sky. They even have a cola flavor.
If you want to know more about the 2015 Food Guidelines from the natural health perspective, click here.
Our resident naturopath is an herbalist at her core when working towards healing the body at the source. Her favorite herbal manufacturer is Nature's Sunshine even though they are a multi-level. We have always sold NSP at member's prices without having our customers become members. This means less hassle and better shipping for you!
NSP recently posted a blog on the 4 top reasons to buy their herbal products along with good video. Here's a list of their reasons along with a link to take you directly to their article.
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Dr. Brownstein MD is a cardiologist who understands how to use food before prescription drugs to restore and maintain long-term health...and has the scientific background to support his beliefs. In his recent blog, he recollects an email debate he recently had with another cardiologist regarding actual benefits that statin drugs provide using the current scientific evidence. It's a great read...(click here).
Health Freedom Alliance recently posted an article asking this question: Food vs. Medicine: Should Diet Changes Come Before Prescription Drugs? It was a short article but it summarized how current American lifestyle choices are creating a sick population and the expense that this inflicts on all of us. Here's some quick facts:
While I don't have all the answers, my personal experience reflects my belief that correcting nutrition and exercise habits can bring these numbers into healthy ranges. At the end of last year, I was obese, had blood pressure in the pre-hypertensive levels, and high blood sugar...as well as low energy, vision problems, and other "old age" problems. I took the bad news to heart and change to a strict Paleo diet, started exercising more, and taking a supplement regime recommended by Margaret. In 3 months, I had lost 25 pounds (back to my high school weight!), brought my resting blood sugar consistently into the 90s, and my blood pressure well into the normal range. Pretty good for a 54 year old "old guy" without the use of drugs!
The key to my success was diet. A form of Paleo worked best for me. Transitioning my body from carb satiation to fat satiation, getting a majority of my calories from fats), was key. I have worked hard at eating smaller portions and choosing healthy proteins and more veggies. And I'm not hungry!
I'm not advocating to refuse all drugs but rather I'm suggesting that we look at the personal habits we each have and make corrections there first. Maybe a better title for my post is Food Before Prescription Drugs. Of course, the big questions is why don't our doctors steer us in this direction...
Recent research positively links multivitamin intake with a younger biological age. Here's a brief excerpt from the article and link to the full article. As you may have noticed, I added (Good) in front meaning a multi of good quality from a reputable manufacturer who test their raw ingredients and products (which precludes any products from the major box stores).
"New research shows the cells of multivitamin users may have a younger biological age than cells from non-users.
Researchers led by Honglei Chen, M.D., Ph.D. from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, a division of the National Institutes of Health, looked at the length of telomeres, DNA sequences at the end of chromosomes that shorten as cells replicate and age.
The ageing and lifespan of normal, healthy cells are linked to the so-called telomerase shortening mechanism, which limits cells to a fixed number of divisions."
I just read several articles that report that dietary cholesterol is no longer a "dangerous food"! For the past 50 years, cholesterol has been touted as a "grave health hazard". However, the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for America has removed cholesterol as a food to avoid. In fact, research has not found a correlation between high dietary cholesterol and heart disease.
Other research has shown that not only is dietary cholesterol not a cause of heart disease but essential to good health including it's role in vitamin D production.
It may turn out that the original guidelines on low (good) fat and low cholesterol intake may have been the biggest contribution our current obesity epidemic. As it turns out, trans fat and fructose (including HFCS) are the most dangerous food to a health body!
Bacon, eggs, and butter are the new health food!
"The body produces fat to protect its organs from the damaging effects of acids. A balanced pH, combined with a high-alkaline, low-carbohydrate diet and exercise may help you lose weight where other programs have failed."
This is a quote from an excellent article on the benefits of maintaining an alkaline body from our favorite herbal company, Nature's Sunshine. Click here to read more.