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)

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Digestion: At the Forefront of Good Health

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Digestion: At the Forefront of Good Health

by Autumn Pappas, Contributing Writer

Did you know that at least seventy percent of our immune system resides inside our digestive system? Digestive disorders have plagued our society, affecting an astounding 70 million Americans. Our once healthy digestive tracts have become compromised due to infections, undigested food, parasites and the overuse of antibiotics. Unhealthy diets of constant yeasts, carbohydrates and sugars have impaired our mucus lining and created chronic inflammation in our bodies. Chronic inflammation is the root cause of problems like heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and strokes. Inflammation also affects our cells and damages our organs. With our immune systems so largely dependent upon a flourishing digestive system; we must take control of these issues and fight back.

How can we help our digestive systems? Take a probiotic supplement. Our small intestine contains natural probiotics, or beneficial bacteria, that populate our digestive tract. They fight off invaders like toxins and bad bacteria.  Probiotics detoxify our bodies as well. However, when our digestive systems become imbalanced these probiotics diminish; thereby creating holes in our mucus lining. This is known by alternative doctors as “Leaky gut syndrome.” Leaky gut syndrome is apparent when harmful substances inside our bodies are leaked into our blood stream. This can create aches, pains, food sensitivities, gas and bloating.

Contrary to popular belief, yogurt does not contain enough probiotics to fight off bad bacteria for most people. For maximum results, buy a probiotic supplement that needs to be refrigerated and contains billions of microorganisms. There is no one size fits all when it comes to probiotics.  What probiotic may work for your body, may not work for someone else’s. Natural forms of probiotics can be found in kefir; a drinkable yogurt. They can also be found in sauerkraut and kimchi; a fermented Asian vegetable mixture.

Additionally, dine on foods containing prebiotics. Prebiotics are natural substances found in food that encourage probiotics to grow. They mostly come from oligosaccharides, or carbohydrate fibers. Prebiotics can be found in many fruits and vegetables like bananas, berries, asparagus, tomatoes and onions. Garlic, honey, legumes and whole grains also carry them.

Consume enzyme rich foods. Enzymes are proteins that speed up chemical reactions. Metabolic enzymes are made in our bodies and are responsible for all of our processes. They literally sustain our bodies and our lives. Enzymes are essential to the digestive process because they help breakdown molecules in our food. Therefore, our bodies can use them as an energy source.  Juicing is a great way to take in enzymes since enzymes occur naturally in fruits and vegetables. Papaya, pineapple, nuts, seeds and sprouts are ideal enzyme sources. It should be dually noted that there are only enough enzymes in raw food to breakdown the molecules of that food.

Be conscience and take time to chew food slowly and completely; in order to get the maximum amount of enzymes from that particular food.  Furthermore, undigested food can harm the body and cause inflammation.

Our metabolic enzymes diminish at a faster pace than many would think. Our enzymes weaken as we age. For that reason, we cannot depend solely on our bodies to create all the enzymes we need. The best way to solve this ongoing problem is to take an enzyme supplement, in capsule or powder form. Enzyme supplements are extracted from different sources; including plant, animal and microbial. Plant and microbial enzymes are optimal because they are supportive to pH levels and they are not easily affected by stomach acids. In order to assist with the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates choose a supplement that contains a mix of different enzymes. Pay attention to the potency of the product you are purchasing, as different products contain varied amounts of enzymes. To our benefit, enzyme supplements also aid in weight loss.

Inflammation can be counteracted by taking an Omega-3 supplement daily. Omega-3’s boost brain activity and reduce cardiovascular disease. Look for high quality fish oil that contains Omega-3’s, DHA, and vitamin D3. Interject Omega-3 rich foods into your diet like flax seeds, walnuts, beans, olive oil, salmon, tuna and halibut.

Stick to an anti-inflammatory diet by avoiding high fructose corn syrup, sugar, processed foods, saturated fats and partially hydrogenated oils. Limit your intake of animal proteins with the exception of fish. Fill your plate with fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fiber. Use herbs and seasonings with anti-inflammatory values such as turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, rosemary and basil.

Ask your doctor about taking probiotic, enzyme and Omega-3 supplements; to make sure they are right for you. If approved, implement each supplement one by one. A healthy digestive tract is essential for a thriving body and immune system. The abbreviated version of this article appears in the February 2013 issue of the Port Ludlow Voice.

To your health!

Autumn (check me out @ pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

How Important is it to buy Organic?

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All food used to be organic– grown without herbicides, hormones, chemical fertilizers and synthetic pesticides. Although, when large-scale farming began in the 1940’s this all changed.  Large scale farming worked against the earth’s natural cycles; therefore farmers had to rely on chemicals to produce large quantities of crops. Over the years the bombardment of chemicals into our food supply has not only made our soil and crops extremely nutrient deficient, but has also polluted our bodies and weakened our immune systems.

How important is it to eat organic foods? According to the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, organic fruits and vegetables contain 50-60% higher levels of cancer-fighting antioxidants than non-organic. Organic foods have more nutrients, taste better, meet stringent standards and are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organic meat and dairy products are free of antibiotics, hormones and pesticides. Livestock is given organic feed, clean housing facilities, has access to the outdoors and rotated grazing areas. Additionally, organic farming works in synch with our earth and is considered a long-term sustainable method of farming.

Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) ranks produce, according to its levels of pesticide residues, based on the results of thousands of tests. The produce we consume that has the most pesticides residues is labeled the Dirty Dozen, while the Clean Fifteen refers to the produce we consume with the lowest levels of pesticide residues. According to the 2013 list, the Dirty Dozen are apples, celery, strawberries, peaches, spinach, imported nectarines, grapes, sweet bell peppers, potatoes, hot peppers, cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. The EWG added summer squash, kale and collard greens to this list also this year. The Clean Fifteen are onions, sweet corn, pineapples, avocados, asparagus, frozen sweet peas, mangos, eggplant, cantaloupe, kiwi, cabbage, papayas, sweet potatoes, grapefruit and mushrooms. Simply stated, try to buy the organic version of the produce listed on the Dirty Dozen list. If you are going to buy any non-organic produce, stick to the Clean Fifteen list. Always remember to rinse all your fruits and vegetables; it does not eliminate pesticides but it does reduce them.

It is also extremely important to understand labels when buying organic products. Single-ingredient products, like fruits and vegetables, may be labeled organic if they meet the USDA standards. Multi-ingredient products labeled “100% Organic” are truly all organic, but products that just say “Organic” can contain 5% or lower non-organic ingredients. The two best labels to look for on meat packaging are “USDA Organic/Certified Organic” and “American Grassfed Certified”. The term American Grassfed Certified means that livestock are only fed grass or hay. Cattle tend to be healthier and leaner when they eat this way, since it is a part of their natural livelihood. Grassfed beef has more healthy Omega-3 fatty acids as well. Other labels such as “natural”, “free range,” “antibiotic free” and “no hormones added” can imply things that are not always the case.

To your Health!

Autumn (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)

Oh Omega 3’s — How I love you!

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Have you had your daily dose of Omega 3’s yet today?

Omega 3’s are essential for every cell in your body!  We don’t produce them naturally, so we must eat food sources that are rich in Omega 3’s or take an Omega 3 supplement.

Why do we need Omega’s 3’s?  Omega 3’s promote brain function and reduce inflammation in our body.  They also improve memory, boost mood, decrease depression and anxiety, decrease eye dryness and make skin glow.  They can lower your chance of heart disease by 1/10th if you consume them regularly.  Furthermore, they assist your metabolism and weight by improving you body’s ability to respond to insulin.   Additionally, they are a key component of keeping a healthy digestive tract.

There are some fabulous foods that are rich in Omega 3’s!  Walnuts, flaxseed, fish, Grass Fed Beef and Tofu are on the list.  Trout, sardines, mackerel, and wild salmon all have high levels of Omega 3’s. 

What conditions indicate a need for more Omega 3 foods and/or fish oil??  Fatigue, Type 2 Diabetes, Depression, Cardiovascular Disease, Joint Pain, Brittle Hair and Nails, those who have trouble concentrating, and those with dry skin.   Don’t take Fish Oil if you have a fish allergy or if you are on blood thinners (it can thin the blood).

Omega 3 Supplements are also available at the store.  I recommend looking for high quality fish oil in a dark bottle (so it doesn’t go rancid) with at least 600mg of DHA.  Store it in your refrigerator.

To your health! 

Autumn  (check me out at pacificnorthwesthealth.com)