Pour Me A Glass of Coconut Water!

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When was the last time you sipped on a glass of refreshing coconut water?

Coconut water was used in the 2nd World War as a blood substitute when blood plasma was low.  Believe it! It’s colony of liquid cells make it a healing liquid with living energy.  Its filled with vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes and is a great immune system enhancer.

Coconut water not only alkalizes your digestive system and aids in digestion but it is also beneficial for diabetic patients! It balances blood sugar levels because it contains an amino acid named arginine, which helps to moderate sugar absorption.

Coconut is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal;  fighting yeast overgrowth!  So drink up if your fighting a cold or bug!  Additionally, it can also lessen eczema and balance hormones.

Know any balding friends?!  Coconut water promotes hair growth!  That’s pretty amazing if you ask me.

So next time your at the market, pick some coconut water up!  Your body will be feeling like paradise in no time!

To your health and happiness,

Health Coach Autumn

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Could You Be Diabetic?

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Type 1 diabetes is a disorder of the immune system in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin. Insulin allows our body to convert sugar from food into nutrients for cells. Type 2 diabetes is a condition in which the body resists insulin or doesn’t make enough insulin to maintain a normal glucose level. Prediabetes is a condition in which a person’s blood sugar levels are higher than normal; but it is not high enough to be considered type 2 diabetes.

To find out if you are at risk for diabetes, take the online screening test available through the CDC Diabetes Prevention Program at: http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/prevention/factsheet.htm. Early detection can prevent serious problems caused by diabetes such as loss of eyesight, strokes and kidney damage. Untreated, type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes can be life threatening. If the test shows you could have prediabetes, make an appointment with your health care provider as soon as possible.

Everyone, especially those over 45, should know their numbers for the fasting glucose test and the hemoglobin A1c test. The fasting glucose test measures blood glucose in people who haven’t eaten in at least eight hours. Anyone with levels of 100-125 mg/dl indicates prediabetes.  They are also at a high risk for developing type 2 diabetes. The hemoglobin A1c test measures the amount of glucose in red blood cells. An A1c value of 5.7-6.4% indicates prediabetes.

Consistent daily low to moderate intensity exercise is our best “insurance” against developing prediabetes and diabetes. High intensity exercise is beneficial also, but don’t overexert yourself. Our bodies are more fragile as we age. Stick to a healthy diet. Diet affects weight, blood sugar and hour to hour glucose levels. Consume more fruits and veggies and stay away from junk food and sugared beverages. Studies prove that type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed by prediabetic patients who lose 5-7% of their weight, eat healthy and increase physical activity.

Doctors learn more about how our bodies regulate blood sugar each year. Exercise and food choices will always be crucial, but we can expect to see new medications and more sophisticated diabetes treatments in the future. Technology will also improve; providing a more convenient and comfortable way of testing blood glucose.

I care about your health and your future! Take the online screening test today!

Autumn (check me out at www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Want to Lose Weight? Take A Nap!

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Ever feel like taking a nap mid-day?  Want to bite someone’s head off after a night of no sleep?

Get some zzzzz’s!

Our bodies are designed to receive at least 6 hours of sleep a night; and getting any less can affect mood, energy, alertness and weight loss results.

When you sleep your body recharges and repairs itself from your muscles to your cells.  During sleep, your body also releases hormones that allow major functions to take place.  Lack of sleep lowers leptin levels and increases cortisol in your body.  When leptin is lowered, your appetite increases.  Furthermore, increased amounts of cortisol in the body stimulate glucose production and hunger.

Lastly, lack of sleep makes it hard for your body to metabolize carbohydrates.  This increases your blood-sugar and insulin levels and in turn tells your body to store extra food as fat.

That’s enough to make me want to go take a cat nap.  What about you?

For more tips on weight loss and health, stay tuned to my blog!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

The Hidden Source of Cravings

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Are your cravings making you gain weight?  Do your cravings make you feel guilty?  Are your cravings driving you crazy?

You are not alone!  There are millions of people who cannot control their cravings and cannot figure out why they have them.  The confusing part of the “craving” equation is that there are many causes of cravings, and they differ for everyone.  In order to get to the bottom of yours; you must be willing to do some detective work.

So what do you need to know?  Here are some questions to ask yourself when you are having a craving:

-Am I thirsty?  Lack of water or dehydration can cause cravings.

-Am I hormonal?  Am I experiencing menstruation, pregnancy, menopause, fluctuating testosterone or estrogen levels?

-Am I self-sabotaging?  Sometimes when things are going great in our lives, we literally self-sabotage ourselves for a number of reasons.  Low blood sugar can make us go into self-sabotage mode.  Also, the feeling we don’t deserve something can create the same effect.

-Am I craving a seasonal food?  We often crave hot, warm and “grounding” foods like potatoes in the winter time and sweet, light foods like sorbet in the summertime.

-Am I lacking nutrients?  When your body is starving for nutrients; it produces an unusual effect in our body.  This may make us crave salty foods, processed foods, caffeine or alcohol.

I know this will get you started on deconstructing your cravings.   Stay tuned for more of my blogs about the hidden sources of cravings!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

 

The Super-Powers of Superfoods

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Ever want to have a superpower like Spiderman, Catwoman or Superman?  I do!  Well, this is as close as you can get.  These foods all support your immune system and promote longevity among other health benefits.  Here are a few of my favorite Superfoods on earth–I recommend you give them a try!

1. Goji Berries– Goji berries are one of the most nutrient dense
foods on earth, containing 18 kinds of amino acids and up to 21 trace minerals.
They can be found growing on vines in desert regions from America to Asia. Loaded
with antioxidants and phytochemicals; they are believed to be one of the richest
sources of Vitamin C on the planet. Goji berries are known to curb appetite,
fight inflammation and improve sleep. They are prized for their anti-aging,
mood boosting and immune building effects on the body.

2. Maca– Grown high in the mountains of Peru, maca is a
root plant noted for its energy and stamina increasing properties. Aiding the
nervous and digestion system, it is composed of 55 different phytochemicals and
20 different fatty acids. Maca regulates hormones, reduces stress and has an
anti-depressant effect. This amazing plant also enhances one’s memory and
learning ability.

3. Chia Seeds–  Chia seeds are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B complex, calcium, potassium and fiber.  They regulate blood sugar levels and help you stay hydrated.  They taste great in smoothies, sandwiches, salads and dressings.

To your health!

Sincerely,

Autumn