Fasting to Kick-Start Your Weight Loss

dreamstime_m_5546688Fasting can play an important part in getting you started to lose weight and is beneficial for overweight and obese individuals. A fast can last as little as 12 hours or can be extended to a period of 7 days.

Intermittent fasting has been embraced by many religions as a form of cleansing and great ancient personalities like Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Pythagoras promoted water fasting as a way to remove toxins and impurities from the body.

Research has shown that fasting may reset your immune system and in the process, increase mental clarity.  It is, however, important to stay hydrated during the fasting period and drinking lots of water is recommended.

One of the easiest ways to get started is with a 24 hour fast, starting at noon after lunch, skip dinner that day and breakfast the next morning and you can eat lunch again after the 24-hour period. Drink lots of water – stay occupied or meditate and you will benefit by having better focus, more energy and a great start towards a weight loss program and a healthier lifestyle..

Seasonal Affective Disorder

dreamstime_m_35188315-Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD primarily affects people during the fall and winter season. It is a form of depression, with periods of being sad, angry or irritable and may leave you feeling more tired than usual.

The shorter days and the lack of sun light, especially in areas located far from the equator can disturb your internal clock and you may feel the need to sleep more than usual.

Presumably, food was scarce during most of human prehistory, and a tendency toward low energy during the winter months would have been adapted by reducing the need for calorie intake. Hibernation is an extreme example, but even species that do not hibernate often exhibit changes in behavior during the winter months.

In the fall cravings for carbohydrates to prepare for the season ahead are common and weight gain is often experienced during these times of low energy and with less time spent outdoors it is getting progressively worse as the winter season continues.

Seasonal mood variations are believed to be related to light. Treatment with a light box (Bright Light Therapy) has been proven to be effective and should be started in the early fall and continued throughout the long winter months. Once the days get longer towards the spring and summer the symptoms usually fade away gradually and healthy eating and outdoor activities will prevent the weight gain to become permanent.dreamstime_m_35188315-

If You Have A Heart Attack – Insist On This

dreamstime_m_21122666-If you end up in the emergency room with a heart attack, make sure you insist on a 2 cc injection of magnesium sulfate.

In double-blind, placebo-controlled scientific study, they looked at 273 patients who were admitted to the hospital for a heart attack. The study published in one of the most prestigious medical journals revealed that after 4 weeks, the people who received the magnesium, only 7% died versus 19% who did not get the magnesium. That means magnesium cut the death rate a walloping 63%.

What was interesting is the fact that the study indicated that the people in the study were given far less than the 2 cc of magnesium recommended above.

Furthermore, the injection of magnesium decreased arrhythmias by 55%. Remember having a heart arrhythmia is one issue doctors are seriously concerned about following a heart attack.

In another study in the same medical journal approximately ten years later revealed that magnesium produced a 24% reduction in the number of deaths in one month after the heart attack.

Besides the proven benefits for victims of a heart attack, another study showedpeople who were given IV magnesium had a 76% reduction in death from a fatal blood clot.  And by the way this same study showed that aspirin made no difference.

It is in your best interest to insist that your doctor check your magnesium levels. However, don’t settle for the serum magnesium commonly ordered by most physicians. This test only evaluates the extracelluar magnesium which makes up only 1% of the magnesium in your body. You want your doctor to order the goal standard “intracellular magnesium test” which gives you the “real” picture of your level of magnesium in your body.

Your best protection is to keep your magnesium level high enough to possibly prevent having a heart attack in the first place. Considering that government studies show the average American diet only provides 40% of the magnesium that we need in a day, your best protection against a heart attack is to keep your magnesium level high enough. The best absorbed form of magnesium I’ve seen in 31 years is Magnesium Chloride Solution 200 mg/cc, and use half teaspoon once or twice a day.

 

 

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S

References:

Rasmussen HS, et al, Intravenous magnesium in acute myocardial infarction, Lancet, 234-5, Feb. 1, 1986

Woods KL, et al, Intravenous magnesium sulfate in suspected acute myocardial infarction: Results of the Second Leister Intravenous Magnesium Intervention Trial (LIMIT-2), Lancet, 339: 1553-8,1992

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Carbs and Sugar

dreamstime_m_53705203 (1)-xCarbohydrates consist of complex long-chain and short-chain carbohydrates or sugars.  All the cells – the cells in the brain – more than the rest – depend on glucose for energy and to function properly. The body makes glucose by splitting complex sugars and carbohydrates into their basic units – mostly sugar.

This process begins in the mouth when saliva is added to the food. The enzymes in the saliva hydrolyze carbohydrates into simple sugars and the process continues until inhibited by the acid in the stomach – only to begin again in the small intestines after pancreatic juices are added.

Glucose is essential, but provided in pure form could be dangerous. Only the slow release of glucose from foods in conjunction with other nutrients is safe

The level of toxicity of carbohydrates depends on the degree of refinement. Excessive consumption of carbohydrates, such as rice, grains and potatoes is known to cause obesity and to produce a metabolic imbalance and is further associated with an inadequate digestion of fats and protein.