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)

How to Significantly Lower Your Risk of A Heart Attack and Type 2 Diabetes

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I heard a great speech by Dr. Walter Willet while studying health and nutrition at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He discussed two very important epidemics plaguing our world– Coronary Heart Disease and Type 2 Diabetes.  Here is something important he discussed that caught my attention:

How can you significantly lower your risk of coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes?

1.  Don’t smoke

2.  Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 25.

3.  Exercise moderately to vigorously for 30 minutes or more a day.  Brisk walking is considered moderate exercise.

4.  Stick to A Good Diet.  Eat fiber and fish.  Consume folate rich foods such as dark leafy greens, sunflower seeds, asparagus and beans.  Stay away from trans fats and foods that have a high glycemic load like pasta, breads, sugary cereals and potatoes.

5. Drink at least 5 grams of alcohol per day; but drink in moderation.  (Now that’s something to smile about)  Bring me a glass of red wine please!  (it’s full of antioxidants!)

Following these 5 rules will reduce your chance of coronary heart disease by 82% and Type 2 Diabetes by 92%!

Those are some odds I like!  I hope you will think about taking these suggestions into consideration!

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)