A Few Good Reasons To Drink Wine

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I’m in the mood for a little glass of merlot! Why do you ask?  Because when wine is drank in moderation it is actually good for us! A 5 ounce glass of wine daily can reduce your risk of heart disease by increasing your HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) and lowering your LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol).  Wine also has one of the earth’s most important natural phenols called resveratrol.  Phenols fight infections by bacteria and fungus, which help protect your immune system and fight off invaders. Lastly wine contains catechins which protect our artery walls.  Now that’s a good reason to drink up!

To our long and great health!

Autumn

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Ten New Ways To Stay Young!

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Want to feel young forever?  Here are ten new anti-aging tips!

  1. Be Positive
  2. Have a Strong Social Circle
  3. Create A Life of Balance
  4. Counteract Inflammation by Consuming Omega 3’s (found in walnuts, salmon and avocado)
  5. Forgive Others
  6. Volunteer
  7. Develop a Skin Care Routine
  8. Get Involved in Your Community
  9. Juice Everyday
  10. Live in the Present

And here’s your bonus tip: Find a Big Purpose for your Life!

Let’s live the lives we were meant to live!  Be healthy, Be happy, be well!

Health Coach Autumn (www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

A Deeper Look Into Vitamin O

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Excerpted, in part, from The Slow Down Diet by Marc David

Author: Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating

People often talk about burning calories but few realize that a calorie is simply a measure of heat released when something is burned. Food scientists determine the caloric value of a food by placing it in a special apparatus that essentially torches it to a crisp and measures the heat given off. It shouldn’t surprise you, then, that just about everything has a measurable caloric value. A fortune cookie contains about 30 calories. A page of a typical book you read has at least 60 calories. The chair you’re sitting in has upwards of 200,000 calories. And all of these calories need oxygen if you want them to burn. So if you’re interested in maximizing metabolism, breathing is one of the most effective tools because the greater your capacity to take in oxygen, the higher your metabolic “burning power” will be.

Breathe in more oxygen and you burn food more fully.

It’s really that simple. The digestive system is hungry for oxygen. Certain parts of the stomach lining consume more oxygen than any other tissue in the body. The intestinal villi, our site of primary nutrient absorption, are charged with the job of extracting large quantities of oxygen from the blood during the breakdown of a meal. When the blood lacks oxygen for the villi to pick up, absorption decreases.

The more we eat, the more the body naturally wants us to breathe. After a meal, the parasympathetic nervous system generates synchronous changes in breathing, blood circulation, and oxygen uptake. In other words, the brain automatically increases air intake to accommodate the need for more oxygen. Breathing more if you eat a lot is the same as exercising more if you eat a lot. If you interfere with the body’s natural switch to deeper breathing because of anxiety or overstimulation, you limit your ability to burn calories. The simple rule here is this: If you eat more, breathe more.

To further examine the relationship between oxygen and calorie burning, have you ever had the experience of going on a low-calorie diet and not losing any weight, or dieting and losing weight with the first week but leveling off despite continuing your low-calorie fare? Many people are perplexed by this mysterious phenomenon, but the reason is quite simple. Your metabolism changed. The body learned to tolerate the meager portions of food you served it by lowering oxygen uptake—decreased oxygen means decreased metabolism. In many cases, weight loss diets actually teach the body to need less oxygen. So by going on a low-calorie diet you may think you’re doing what’s right for shedding pounds, but you’re actually working against yourself.

Another way to think of this phenomenon is to consider that the act of eating creates a “demand” on metabolism. Just as lifting weights puts a demand on your muscles to grow bigger and stronger, eating puts a demand on your metabolism to grow more powerful and efficient. Food is literally like a weight that your body lifts. So it’s not just the nutrients in the food that determines the nutritional and metabolic value of a meal; the value is also determined by the process your body goes through to break the food down.

Indeed, the simple act of eating, by itself, raises metabolism. If we looked at one of the most common measures of metabolism—body temperature—we’d see that each time we eat, body temperature automatically rises. That’s the reality behind the old folk-medicine adage to “starve a fever”—if you already have a high body temperature, don’t eat because that will raise it even more.

It should come as no surprise that if chronic under-eating can lower the amount of oxygen we use, and hence lower metabolism, then eating more food for such individuals could increase metabolism. Indeed, many people I’ve worked with who honestly had weight to lose and were on a long-term, low-calorie diet without success lost their weight once they ate more food. Do you know someone who’s had this unusual experience? Eating more food literally created a demand for metabolic force and hence for oxygen uptake. The resulting increase in calorie-burning capacity far “outweighed” the extra food on their plate.

Certainly, many of us gain weight simply because we eat too much food. But when we shift to the opposite extreme—eating too little food—we will likely slow down our calorie-burning capacity. On any given day approximately 80 million Americans are on a diet. If low-calorie diets—meaning 1,400 calories a day or less—were truly effective in the long-term, then we’d see a lot more success and a lot less dieters. The point is not to overeat and expect to lose weight. The point is that neither extreme—too much food or too little—will take you where you want to go.

So if you truly want to achieve your optimum weight and metabolism, you can’t get there by denying yourself and going against biology. Losing weight means gaining life. Eat while relaxed and breathe while full generosity and you access nature’s plan for greater health and inner satisfaction with food.

Hope you enjoyed this article!  To your health!

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

Five Ways to Live to Be 100

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“No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us, and new beauty waiting to be born.” -Dale E. Turner

Want to live to be 100?  I do!  Here are some tips to get you there:

1. Eat at least one egg per day.  Eggs are full of protein and they don’t increase cholesterol.  Plus they are cheap to buy!  Add a boiled egg to your daily salad for make an omelette in the morning for breakfast.

2. Check your heart rate daily.  A healthy heart rate is a rate of 60 beats per minute or less.

3. Eat Beets!  They are one of the world’s healthiest foods.  Beets cleanse the body, are a natural energy booster, fight depression, lower blood pressure, and are high in many vitamins and minerals.

4. Give yourself a massage!  Self massage increase circulation and reduce stress.  Now that will make you feel good!

5.  Participate in stress-reducing activities such as yoga, mediation, Pilates and walking.

I hope you’ll still be reading my blog when you’re 100, because I’ll still be writing about health, happiness and living better lives!

To your health!

Autumn (check me out at http://www.pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Living To Be 100 Years Young

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“No matter what our age or condition, there are still untapped possibilities within us, and new beauty waiting to be born.” -Dale E. Turner

What would it mean to you to live to be a hundred? In 2004, the world’s best longevity researchers set out to explore the places around the world where people lived extraordinarily long and healthy lives. Coined “Blue Zones—,” these longevity hot-spots are home to larger populations of centenarians than anywhere else. On average, Blue Zone residents reach age 100 at rates ten times greater than people living in the United States.

The most famous and well-studied Blue Zone area in the world is Okinawa, Japan. Okinawa is not only home to the world’s longest recorded life expectancies, but also to the world’s healthiest documented elders, and to the highest concentration of verified centenarians in the world. Studies show that Okinawan residents’ low-calorie plant-based diets undoubtedly play a key role in the health they have attained. Other Blue Zone communities around the globe include Sardinia, Italy, Ikaria, Greece, Loma Linda, California and Nicoya, Costa Rica.

“By improving their lifestyle, people can look and feel better at every age and add twelve years to their life expectancy. Something called the Danish Twin Studies established that less than 25% of how long the average person lives is dictated by genes. In other words, most of how long and how well you live is up to you…-” states bluezones.com.

So how can you age successfully? There are nine common characteristics that Blue Zone residents share, which can assist you in living a long and healthy life. Belong to faith–based communities and social circles where healthy behaviors are supported.  Have a strong sense of family and lead a purpose-driven life. Practice routines such as prayer, meditation and yoga to deal with stress. Follow the eighty percent rule – also known as eating until you are eighty percent full- which aids in digestion and weight maintenance. Consume lots of beans, drink wine in moderation, and eat your smallest and last meal of the day in the early evening.

Lastly, be very active—whether you are gardening, walking, doing housework or playing with your grandchildren. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, “If you can’t fly, then run. If you can’t run, then walk.  If you can’t walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, keep moving.”

To your health!

Autumn @ pacificnorthwesthealth.com

I found the fountain of youth!

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I once had a dream. I dreamt I was at a beautiful enchanting resort and the resort was throwing a pool party.  A few of my tight knit friends were there and we decided to go wait in line for the high dive.  There were several people already waiting in line and it took awhile for the line to move.  Finally, after waiting awhile I approached the steps to the diving board.  I slowly climbed the steps and walked out to the ledge to take my leap.  I looked down at the water and suddenly realized how magical and sparkling it looked–this was no ordinary pool…

It was the fountain of youth!!  I happily dove into the warm and bubbly pool, filled with healing minerals and vitamins.  The water  was crystal clear like it is in the islands of the Caribbean. The pool almost felt fuzzy–it was like swimming in an expensive glass of champagne!

I awoke feeling refreshed and alive, the best kind of feeling in the morning.  How I would love to dream that dream every night! It got me thinking– Does the fountain of youth really exist?

It does!  I found it and  you can too.  It’s not a skin care regime here and there, or a supplement, or a diet– it’s a lifestyle.  Through the years I’ve found some amazing keys to staying young.  Here is my first longevity secret:

Stay hydrated!  Drink lots of water–when you feel thirsty your body is already dehydrated. Drinking good quality water; filtered or alkaline (ionized) preferably.  Alkaline water penetrates your cells with hydration while balancing and restoring them.   If you can’t afford a Kangen machine, (great machines but very pricey) then try out a brand called “Penta” or another brand named “Essentia.”  Trust me, one afternoon on Alkaline water and your body will tell the difference.

Stay tuned to my upcoming blogs for more longevity secrets!

To your health and happiness,

Autumn

Stay tuned to my blog for more longevity secrets!

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