Why do I recommend green juice? Quite simply for the chlorophyll, which is the product of plants turning light into energy for insects and animals to eat. Chlorophyll has powerful detoxifying properties especially for the liver. More importantly chlorophyll can also improve our blood quality, increase red blood cell count and increases the movement of oxygen throughout our blood.
Basically, pick what you like, clean it and juice it. Here's my current favorite recipe.
- 2 apples - 1/2 cucumber - 1/2 lemon (peeled) - 1/2 cup of kale - 1/2 cup of spinach - 1/4 bunch of celery - 1/4 bulb of fennel - 1″ of ginger - 1/4 head of romaine lettuce
Often our mood changes and slower mental perception are attributed to aging but they may be the first symptoms of Vitamin B12 deficiency. B12 nourishes our myelin sheaths that protects the nerves. A B12 deficiency can lead to issues with reflexes, sensory perceptions and even alter how you walk and talk. Nerve and spinal degeneration bring about symptoms such as tingling/shooting pains, particularly in the lower body. Its not uncommon to see restless leg syndrome.
Those with a Vitamin B12 deficiency often feel tired or fatigued and tend to use stimulants such as caffeine and sweets to help them through their day. Vitamin B12 should be stored in the liver, pancreas, brain, bone marrow, blood and kidneys then be free to be circulated round the body.
I see a lot of people who are suffering from a B12 deficiency, its a common issue and often one that is hard to overcome through diet alone.
Benefits that B12 may have on your health:
Plays a vital role in melatonin (sleep hormone) production, and is responsible for letting you get a good night's sleep.*
Provides support for your memory, mental clarity, and concentration.
B12 is almost exclusively found in animal tissues so is perfect for vegetarian & vegans alike!
Essential for supporting your immune system and helping to regulate the formation of red blood cells.
Helps folic acid regulate the formation of red blood cells, andhelps your body use iron.
Needed for proper digestion, food absorption, carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
Helps to keep your nervous system healthy by assisting the nerves of your body to function and communicate in an optimal manner.
Supports female reproductive health, and promote normal nerve growth and development by maintaining the fatty sheaths.
Critical to your circulation and adrenal hormone production.
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We Are Change had this great picture on their facebook page. Many of us are disgusted by Monsantos tactics in which they try to own agriculture. Take a look at the companies they own and have think about where you spend your money from now on. For more great info click the link and visit the We Are Change Page.
Well its my birthday, but what the hell has that got too do with the periodic table. Not a lot, other than the table above is seriously cool (nerd cool) and if any of you are hunting for a last minute gift then there is your inspiration.
Introduction to the Periodic Table
Man has known about elements such as carbon and gold since ye olde ancient time. Each element has a unique number of protons. If you examine samples of iron and silver, you can't tell how many protons the atoms have, but, as they different properties we can tell they are different. Iron and silver share more similarities than iron and oxygen for example. Dmitri Mendeleev was the scientist responsible for the first periodic table of the elements. Mendeleev's original table from 1869 shows that ordering the elements by atomic weight gives us a pattern in which the elements repeat periodically. This periodic table is a chart that groups the elements according to their similar properties. Today's Table
The most important difference between Mendeleev's table and today's table is that the modern table is works by increasing atomic number, not atomic weight. Why was the table changed? In 1914, Henry Moseley learned you could experimentally determine the atomic numbers of elements. Before that, atomic numbers were just the order of elements based on increasing atomic weight. Once atomic numbers had significance, the periodic table was reorganized.
Periods and Groups
Elements in the periodic table are arranged in periods (rows) and groups (columns). Atomic number increases as you move across a row or period.
Rows of elements are called periods. The period number of an element signifies the highest unexcited energy level for an electron in that element. The number of elements in a period increases as you move down the periodic table because there are more sublevels per level as the energy level of the atom increases.
Columns of elements help define element groups. Elements within a group share several common properties. Groups are elements have the same outer electron arrangement. The outer electrons are called valence electrons. Because they have the same number of valence electrons, elements in a group share similar chemical properties. The Roman numerals listed above each group are the usual number of valence electrons. For example, a group VA element will have 5 valence electrons.
Representative vs. Transition Elements
There are two sets of groups. The group A elements are called the representative elements. The group B elements are the nonrepresentative elements.
What is on the Element Key?
Each square on the periodic table gives information about an element. On many printed periodic tables you can find an element's symbol, atomic number, and atomic weight.
Elements are classified according to their properties. The major categories of elements are the metals, nonmetals, and metalloids.
You see metals every day. Aluminum foil is a metal. Gold and silver are metals. If someone asks you whether an element is a metal, metalloid, or non-metal and you don't know the answer, guess that it's a metal.
What are Properties of Metals?
Metals share some common properties. They are lustrous (shiny), malleable (can be hammered), and are good conductors of heat and electricity. These properties result from the ability to easily move the electrons in the outer shells of metal atoms.
What are the Metals?
Most elements are metals. There are so many metals, they are divided into groups: alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, and transition metals. The transition metals can be divided into smaller groups, such as the lanthanides and actinides.
Group 1: Alkali Metals
The alkali metals are located in Group IA (first column) of the periodic table. Sodium and potassium are examples of these elements. Alkali metals form salts and many other compounds. These elements are less dense than other metals, form ions with a +1 charge, and have the largest atom sizes of elements in their periods. The alkali metals are highly reactive.
Group 2: Alkaline Earth Metals
The alkaline earths are located in Group IIA (second column) of the periodic table. Calcium and magnesium are examples of alkaline earths. These metals form many compounds. They have ions with a +2 charge. Their atoms are smaller than those of the alkali metals.
Groups 3-12: Transition Metals
The transition elements are located in groups IB to VIIIB. Iron and gold are examples of transition metals. These elements are very hard, with high melting points and boiling points. The transition metals are good electrical conductors and are very malleable. They form positively charged ions.
The transition metals include most of the elements, so they can be categorized into smaller groups. The lanthanides and actinides are classes of transition elements. Another way to group transition metals is into triads, which are metals with very similar properties, usually found together.
The iron triad consists of iron, cobalt, and nickel. Just under iron, cobalt, and nickel is the palladium triad of ruthenium, rhodium, and palladium, while under them is the platinum triad of osmium, iridium, and platinum.
When you look at the periodic table, you'll see there is a block of two rows of elements below the main body of the chart. The top row has atomic numbers following lanthanum. These elements are called the lanthanides. The lanthanides are silvery metals that tarnish easily. They are relatively soft metals, with high melting and boiling points. The lanthanides react to form many different compounds. These elements are used in lamps, magnets, lasers, and to improve the properties of other metals.
The actinides are in the row below the lanthanides. Their atomic numbers follow actinium. All of the actinides are radioactive, with positively charged ions. They are reactive metals that form compounds with most nonmetals. The actinides are used in medicines and nuclear devices.
Groups 13-15: Not all Metals
Groups 13-15 include some metals, some metalloids, and some nonmetals. Why are these groups mixed? The transition from metal to nonmetal is gradual. Even though these elements aren't similar enough to have groups contained within single columns, they share some common properties. You can predict how many electrons are needed to complete an electron shell. The metals in these groups are called basic metals.
Nonmetals & Metalloids
Elements that don't have the properties of metals are called nonmetals. Some elements have some, but not all of the properties of the metals. These elements are called metalloids.
What are Properties of Nonmetals?
The nonmetals are poor conductors of heat and electricity. Solid nonmetals are brittle and lack metallic luster. Most nonmetals gain electrons easily. The nonmetals are located on the upper right side of the periodic table, separated from metals by a line that cuts diagonally through the periodic table. The nonmetals can be divided into classes of elements that have similar properties. The halogens and the noble gases are two groups of nonmetals.
Group 17: Halogens
The halogens are located in Group VIIA of the periodic table. Examples of halogens are chlorine and iodine. You find these elements in bleaches, disinfectants, and salts. These nonmetals form ions with a -1 charge. The physical properties of the halogens vary. The halogens are highly reactive.
Group 18: Noble Gases
The noble gases are located in Group VIII of the periodic table. Helium and neon are examples of noble gases. These elements are used to make lighted signs, refrigerants, and lasers. The noble gases are not reactive. This is because they have little tendency to gain or lose electrons.
Hydrogen has a single positive charge, like the alkali metals, but at room temperature, it is a gas that doesn't act like a metal. Therefore, hydrogen usually is labeled as a nonmetal.
What are the Properties of the Metalloids?
Elements that have some properties of metals and some properties of nonmetals are called metalloids. Silicon and germanium are examples of metalloids. The boiling points, melting points, and densities of the metalloids vary. The metalloids make good semiconductors. The metalloids are located along the diagonal line between the metals and nonmetals in the periodic table.
Common Trends in Mixed Groups
Remember that even in mixed groups of elements, the trends in the periodic table still hold true. Atom size, ease of removing electrons, and ability to form bonds can be predicted as you move across and down the table.
The second link to my birthday, well its my birthday and I want to indulge in some 36 year old geekery!!!
Clients are easy to read, your health is written in the state of your physiology. So, when I look at you I see your health history laid out before me. I can also read peoples diets often before they even realise they have actually eaten something themselves. I'm not talking whether you had cornflakes or porridge for breakfast but the finer parts of your diet that you don't really pay any attention to.
Last nights case was an interesting one, I told a client that they had consumed a vegetable oil, probably sunflower oil, despite them telling me they hadn't. They've eliminated it from their diet previously. I knew she wasn't trying to deceive me as she is always honest about what she's eaten. It didn't change the fact that somehow it had contaminated her. This morning I got an email from my client stating;
I know where the oil came from, its sunflower oil and it came from some Tuna.
I made a mistake and got tuna in sunflower oil rather than spring water. I did drain it and wash it through but that must be it."
So, the tiniest bit of oil and I manage to read my client like a book when even they weren't aware of it...
In the past month I've been able to spot two new people who work for dentists or have partners that do, even though one hadn't even started their employment yet. I sat at my hairdressers and knew one of the girls was about to hurt her neck and shoulder. Then confused the hell out of her when I fixed it instantly after she asked if I could sort it out. I'm pretty handy at working out which side people sleep on...am I a mystic, a mind reader, Derren Brown, or am I just watching? Theirs no mystery to it, I'm simply looking at things rather differently, watching for the things others ignore.
Oh and I'm not too bad at guessing the correct card either
Not a lot has happened since my last update, as I said last time its small almost unnoticeable steps now that I'm back up and running. It can almost feel like I'm back to normal. Last weekend (19th Feb) I took part in the Wallace Trophy, my first national since I snapped my Achilles back in May. While I've been riding competitively for quite a while now, they have all been short closed circuit events, so this was a big test for me.
From a riding perspective I felt good, I'm still making a few mistakes but then I'm still adapting to the Pidcock Montesa 4rt so its hard to pin it all down to the injury. I noticed it most when walking the section, towards the end of the day I was noticeably limping and was beginning to walk up hills sideways to lessen the stress on a very tired achilles. No real pain, just that I knew I'd pushed it hard.
Hopefully over the next few months these nationals will help me get back to my previous strength, maybe in time to ride again at the scene of my injury!?
Heroin in a health blog, surely I'm over stepping the mark this time. I know heroin chic was all the rage in the 80's but I'm not suggesting it as a viable option for those seeking slenderness.
For years I've studied eating disorders and I have often been shot down for stating that exercise compulsion can be an indicator of an eating disorder. And in my years working in globogym it wasn't uncommon to see someone switching from a typical eating disorder to becoming a gym bunny. In the era of social media we now see people decrying their former dietary restraint only to be publicly displaying their rampant exercise regime. We hear it all the time, exercise is good for you blah blah blah... Most people, trainers, boot camp leaders, and all those aerobics queens, assume that exercise is good for everyone, all the time. The more the better, feel the burn, insanity, sweat is just your fat crying.
For a start, how the hell can a group class be aimed at everyones personal physiology? It can't, and 99% of the people in the classes would probably benefit more from a walk in the park or a little gentle activity. Training rather than draining should be the name of the game. Yes there are trainers that talk about good nutrition, but frequently they still push you in the gym and restrict your diet. #eatcleantrainmean, more like #eatcleanbecomemean.
Would you build your house without first sorting the foundations? No because the planning inspector would stop the build. That is my job, to convince you to stop wasting valuable energy on something which is not helping you reach your goal...good health.
The second scandelous statement that frequently upsets dieters and gym bunnies is that I think "most people have some degree of eating disorder/disordered eating." Check your Facebook timeline or your Instagram feed and it's pretty clear that disordered eating is rife amongst our "health" obsessed world.
You may be a lifelong calorie counter
A health food obsessive
An exercise obsessive
A clean eater
The list is endless with mad, bad and sad diets with which to cause self-harm...
Before you attack me, I've been there and tried lots and lots of diets and exercise plans. Typically anorexia is regarded a psychological condition, (I should know I'm doing an MSc Psychology, and I keep finding research papers about it) that is linked to body image issues triggering the desire to under eat/over exercise.
For years I've lectured about addiction, and the links to both exercise and diet. Those engaged on long term weight cycling (usually referred to as dieting) can literally crave the miserable feeling of abstinence, and it always interested me in my early PT days that people would deliberately highjack their progress. Why would they do that when eating food was working so well for them? Read on and I'll explain further the chemical reactions that occur to hook us into a diet or exercise "addiction".
Years ago I thought that exercise addiction was the perfect habit, I believed exercise was good for me, and I was determined to ensure I did it everyday. Remember, back in 2001 I exercised for 4 hours, every day for 395 days (yes even christmas day) and I ended up fatigued and frustrated. So I really have been there "feeling the burn", and can empathise with the symptoms of exercise and diet withdrawal symptoms.
Catabolism has been a favourite term of mine since 2001 when I first began studying health, spurred on by the apparent lack of understanding for both the members and the fellow staff members at globogym. It confused me as to why other staff at my workplace insisted on pushing clients hard, (although that is the media impression of PT) while simultaniously cutting back on energy intake. To me it made no sense. Logic and indeed human physiology shows us that this is not the way the body works, yes it will survive, but trickery is not the way to real longterm results. Catabolism is a set of metabolic pathways that breaks down tissue (molecules) into smaller units that are either oxidized to release energy, or used in other anabolic reactions.
To do this we need catecholamines which cause physiological changes to prepare our body for physical activity (often referred to as fight-or-flight response). With this we see increases in heart rate, blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and a general increase in the sympathetic nervous system. One of the handy ways to create this catabolic state in which the body becomes stressed enough to utilise catecholamines is hunger, or a drop in blood sugar.
catecholamine |katəˈkōləˌmēn Biochemistry Any of a class of aromatic amines that includes a number of neurotransmitters such as epinephrine and dopamine
norepinephrine | ˈnȯr-ˌe-pə-ˈne-frən\ Biochemistry A monoamine C8H11NO3 that is a neurotransmitter in postganglionic neurons of the sympathetic nervous system and in some parts of the central nervous system, is a vasopressor hormone of the adrenal medulla, and is a precursor of epinephrine in its major biosynthetic pathway
epinephrine |ˌepiˈnefrinBiochemistry Hormone secreted by the adrenal glands, esp. in conditions of stress, increasing rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and preparing muscles for exertion. Also called adrenaline.
norepinephrine ˌnɔːrɛpɪˈnɛfrɪn,ˌnɔːrɛpɪˈnɛfriːn/ noun noun: norepinephrine dopamine |ˈdōpəˌmēn| noun Biochemistry Compound present in the body as a neurotransmitter and a precursor of other substances including epinephrine.[Alternative name: 3,4-dihydroxyphenylethylamine; chem. formula: C 8H 11NO 2.]
So those I've consulted with over the years that have been catabolic are in effect running on adrenaline. Along side this is a natural increase in dopamine (a precursor to adrenaline) and endorphins (a powerful pain suppressor that allows us to feel less negative effects of stress). So the two coupled together mean you get a natural buzz, (ask any vegan marathon runner and they'll tell you they feel amazing) alongside an absence of pain due to the endorphins. It's no wonder you can get an aerobics teacher that looks like **** yet claims to be pain free and absolutely buzzing (have you noticed how hyper aerobics instructors often are? The crazed 1000 yard stare is often evident.
Take a while to think about those times when you've not gone into the gym for a few days, or you've skipped a week. It's not uncommon to hear people saying that they can't wait to go back as they feel terrible etc. Yes the gym gives you a natural high and magically makes pain disappear but it is certainly not always healthy nor is it guaranteed to help you attain that lean look you're promised when you sign up.
Sadly the buzz and lack of pain is somewhat addictive, and so the obsession with undereating, over exercising can begin. Fuelling your body with endorphins is quite a roller coaster ride as they are opiates, yes thats right you have your own little heroin factory happening right inside your body. Holy **** you're a smack head!!
In simple terms the more you supply these chemicals to your brain the more you become hooked on them, you feed the receptor sites, gain more receptor sites and need ever increasing amounts of which ever chemical your hooked on. (see Molecules of Emotion by Candice Pert in my store) If you fail to provide these chemicals (by missing the gym or eating more and avoiding the endorphins and adrenaline, then you feel sluggish, depressed, in pain, and ready for an argument (if you have the energy). Solomon H. Synder along with the infamous Candace B. Pert stumbled upon opiate receptors in the brain which allowed opiates (opium, morphine, and heroin) to affect the both mood and behaviour. If you're in pain, opiates will reduce that feeling often creating a feeling of euphoria called the "high". Endorphins are you're natural heroin, often labeled as a natural "feel good" drug.
Endorphins are stress relieving hormones which act in the same way as opiates in relation to stress. In turn the elicit either a fight or flight syndrome and/or the reward system, which is why addiction is possible. Endorphins allow you to either fight or run away, enhancing your survival chances within nature.
So, you either starve yourself, over exercise, take drugs or maybe all 3 which causes the rise of adrenaline, endorphins, and phasic dopamine levels that give you that buzz, making you feel fantastic. Do this regularly enough and there my dear Watson is your possible route to addiction...(potentially depended on your tonic dopamine levels but for the sake of argument we will assume these are low in the chronic dieter/exerciser).
When you get picked up as ill (poor ECG readings, anxiety, depression etc etc and someone like me identifies that you are under-eating/overexercising then the withdrawal fun begins. Once you begin eating normally, you miss out on your chemical fix and the comedown kicks in making you feel terrible much like the heroin addict feels when they cannot get a fix. So despite all the best intentions you continually relapse, often even when you don't want to.
The key to recover is knowing what you are dealing with, the above should go someway to helping you formulate a plan. I feel however it is important to very slowly re-feed, sudden eating will obviously cause greater withdrawal risking failure. Gradually building up meal sizes and timings will allow less harsh withdrawals from the chemicals your craving. I suggest taking it slowly and ensuring support is available while building up to "normal eating."
Toenail problems are a common occurrence, ingrown ones, split ones, thin ones, brittle ones, ones with ridges, and ones with white spots.
Nails are composed of phosphate that we can't use in our bones. However when we start slowly degenerating our body needs to get enough to keep the organs and muscles working. So, the first place it decides to rob is the nails. Once this source has been depleted we begin to leach from the bones.
We've all seen an elderly relative thats shrinking or has lost their teeth. So while it may not seem hugely important that our nail health is declining, it is indicative of some serious health issues that we may face in the future.
Phosphate is stored in sugar, so any sugar naturally has phosphate. Now this is where I start to alienate those amongst you that are Doctor's or Dentist's who recommend the avoidance of sugar because it will "rot your teeth."
Now we've discussed sugar before, by sugar I mean carbohydrate. The avoidance of carbs frequently leads to nail problems. So, to improve the strength of our nails we need to eat more carbohydrates. However it is essential that we are able to metabolize it in order to have the desired effect. Luckily thats where I can help.
If your a fellow health nerd check out the coolest interactive periodic table ever. Click the photo or visit http://www.ptable.com/ after you've finished reading the post and have retweeted or facebook liked it :)
I have been taking colloidal minerals for quite a while now, ever since I ruptured my Achilles and realised "health" foods were not all they were made out to be. Sure, I agree its important to eat natural foods but its effectivness depends upon if we can;
Metabolize and absorb it
The quality of its mineral content
The variety of minerals we get from the lack of food variety we eat
Firstly, we must know how well we are able to absorb various minerals, for example we know that our pH range has a dramatic effect upon what we are able to absorb and use.
As can be seen from the picture above, it is quite a delicate matter to be in the correct zone to pick up and utilize iodine. As you may also notice, hydrogen, carbon, oxygen etc are all for easier to pick up and use due to the broader range. If you went without them you'd certainly know about it. As we go up the chart we tend to find vitamins and minerals that when we lack them lead to chronic health conditions. So you may still be confused, surely supplementing is of little effect if the individual is in the wrong range? Many years ago I did a post on pH about flu, colds, and sore throats which showed you how to avoid them. This was posted way back in 2006, and while my research has changed, the concept is still a valid one. We can assess our pH, either by testing, or even in the case of my old post using our current health to guess our pH. From there we can then use foods and supplements to move our pH into range (this is a tricky task that require a fair bit of knowledge).
By using of colloidal size particles which are rich in 66 minerals including phosphate, calcium, iron, and other traces minerals they are readily available to the body. Minerals cannot be assimilated directly into the human body unless in the correct pH range because the particles are too big. They become 100% available regardless of your pH meaning that you can begin remineralizing while we work on correcting your pH balance using other methods.
How would you know if you were deficient in minerals? A big indicator is our bones, teeth, and fingernails. Tooth decay,cavities, and clear almost see through areas on your front teeth indicate a possible deficiency in certain minerals. Ridges on your fingernails points us towards the thinking that you are lacking in the phosphate form of calcium. If your pregnant you are obviously using extra minerals hence the free dental care in the UK for anyone that is pregnant.
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