Monday, June 5, 2017
Recently, I attended a continuing education class titled “Cardiovascular Health, Inflammation, and Nutrition” sponsored by Institute for Brain Potential. The following are a few excerpts from that class. According to the instructor, about 80% of the foods that are consumed today have been modified. There are serious questions and concerns pertaining to the organic labeling. USDA organic is the preferred choice. Hopefully, the FDA entity that certifies food has the necessary police force with actual consequences for the cheaters. It was stated that heredity likely accounts for about 20 to 30% of who we are with the environment, drugs, chemicals, diet, temperature, light, stress, and lifestyle, determining the rest. In the future, epigenetic research will likely suggest just what foods are the best for us. Because of the GMO’s and drugs produced by the food and drug industries, it’s no wonder why we have such a high cardiac mortality rate. Roughly, 25% of teens and 25% of individuals over 65 have prediabetes. This means that someone born today, more than likely will have a shorter life span. With the GMO’s, faulty labeling, and numerous drugs, it’s obvious why we have a problem with obesity in our country. When I was a teen, I did not recall that we had this obesity issue. Remember, genetically engineered foods began somewhere in the 60s. It’s simply not better living through chemistry. Only exercise is not enough for good health. Cortisol receptors are located throughout our central nervous system and are found in abundance in the hippocampus- limbic system structure. This receptor is involved in learning, memory, mood as well as our critical thinking. Cortisol affects our body’s ability to regulate our thyroid, mood, blood sugar, digestion, immunity, sleep, exercise and recovery. It is our body’s own anti-inflammatory. However, inflammation leads to metabolic issues. High levels of the hormone cortisol, accompanied by stress is associated with the dramatic increase in death from cardiovascular disease years later. We are born with stress. We experience stress throughout our lives. To defend against heart disease, grow your own food. Only then will you know what you are consuming .if you are out there tilling the soil, picking your fruit along with the other farming functions, you are receiving enough sun [Vitamin D], and movement. More than likely after a hard day of physical work, you’ll sleep like a well fed baby. If you’re not going to grow your own food, consume like a vegan, or work at becoming a well-conditioned runner, consider adding 100% organic soy products, curcumin, iron, magnesium, CoQ10, flaxseeds, 100% organic cinnamon and green tea to your diet. To evaluate supplements, Google consumer lab.com. Hope to see you around.