In This Issue:
By Stan Gardner, MD
It pervades our lives, infiltrates our food supply, changes our behavior, interferes with our brain and body function, and can ultimately lead to aches, pains, and disease — with early death as a side effect. Yet this subtle deceiver is featured at every party and every holiday, given as gifts to loved ones, and paraded before our eyes in an enticing panorama of tempting tastes.
You guessed it — I’m talking about sugar.
If you want to jumpstart your energy, enhance your overall health, and strengthen your immune system, you’ll want to pay careful attention to how you can get off of sugar simply and painlessly.
Researchers recently reported at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 1 that sugar induced a reaction in the brain of rats similar to the reaction of morphine and other drugs. This may be the first scientific evidence of what we have suspected for years — sugar is addictive. When I reported this finding on my website, I was flooded with hundreds of pleas for help to get off sugar addiction.
Even knowing the harmful effects that sugar has on our bodies does not stop the cravings and the addictive behavior. One reader wrote, “Please hurry, I need to get off the sugar roller coaster… and get healthy again.”
Another writer said, “I have always wanted to be free of my sugar addiction… It just feels like I (and my family) would have to be in a bubble to avoid all that sugar. I was in the store yesterday and passed by a big display of Easter candy. I just got through Valentine’s. Help!”
We find sugar or its manufactured counterpart, high fructose corn syrup, in almost all processed food. That is, all food placed in a can or a box. It’s even added to ketchup! Soda pop is one of the most pervasive sources of sugar in America.
In order to understand the effects of sugar on our bodies, we need to first understand the normal metabolism of carbohydrates in our bodies. There is no known “minimum daily requirement” for carbohydrate ingestion into our bodies like there is for proteins and fats. All carbohydrates eventually break down into glucose.
Unlike complex carbs (from natural fruit and vegetable sources), which take more effort to digest, and release their sugar load more slowly, simple carbs (including foods containing refined sugar or high-fructose corn syrup) break down quickly, with immediate absorption of glucose into the bloodstream.
This immediate release of blood glucose initiates the production of high levels of insulin to help the cells absorb the glucose. And with this reaction, another set of problems arises. High insulin levels increase fat formation and storage, while inhibiting fat breakdown to be used as energy. This makes it easy to gain weight, and VERY difficult to lose weight.
High insulin also enhances sodium (salt) re-absorption from the kidneys, thus promoting water retention and hypertension. High insulin levels can stimulate certain ovarian hormones that result in elevations in free testosterone, which can lead to male sex characteristics in women.
If you want to get off the sugar roller coaster and permanently improve your health, here are some tips to help you on your way.
Give it time and realize you are making important, lifelong changes. Perhaps soon, you’ll be writing me a message similar to this one:
“I have known for some time that I am addicted to sugar. In September I cut out (for the most part) white refined flour and white refined sugar. I weigh myself every six weeks. Last time I weighed, I was down 20 pounds in 18 weeks. I look better, but more importantly, I feel better. This whole experience has made me want to learn more about sugar and its addictive nature.”
To your dynamic health and energy!
Stan Gardner, MD
[ Ed. Note: Stan Gardner, MD, has practiced energy and alternative medicine for over 10 years. He believes that many diseases could be prevented entirely, healed more quickly, and cause less damaging results through the application of proper nutrition. To visit his website and sign up for his free daily health secrets, click here. ]
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Cutting Edge Fitness:
How to Look Half Your Age
By Vince Palko
The other day I was reading an article from some fitness “guru” giving great advice on the numberof reps and sets of exercises to gain certain muscles and burn fat.
Although great information, this information is useless if someone has no motivation to move. At the end of the day, or beginning of the day, what counts is if you are moving or not moving and if you have the motivation to move or not.
If you’re not motivated, what good would all that other information be? Well, about as useful as a car with no gasoline.
Then I began thinking of ways that I have kept myself moving through the years while friends and former football players lost the desire to stay fit. These simple yet powerful ideas kept me moving year after year and now I want to share them with you.
That is why a few months ago, I sat down to write a series of Secrets to Stoke Your Fat Blast Furnace. Yes, they will help you move away from the flat screen television or up from your computer chair to move your body. If you are thinking these Secrets are only for the super motivated — think again, because I wrote the book and I still have trouble staying motivated!
Every morning I wake up feeling like a semi collided with me — my back and shoulders ache.
This is the result of the thousands of tackles I made over the course of my career, now catching up with me. If these motivators help me to move — as sore as I am — then they’ll surely work for you.
Before you know it, your pants will feel a few sizes too big and your face will look like it did ten years ago.
So let’s take a look at one of the many secrets to blast fat.
Variety isthe Spice of Fitness. Any mountain climber will tell you there are multiple paths to the top of any summit. The same is true for getting fit. Don’t learn one way to get the job done. Use many. The more you know and understand, the more options you’ll have to implement into your daily diet of fitness.
Artists are great at staying engaged. Typically, most artists know more than one style of art. An illustrator has had experience painting at least in college. A painter most likely is also a photographer. Having all these interests allows the passion to be as fresh as the first day you began.
The same is true for fitness. You never get bored when you have multiple ways to exercise. Plus, you reduce your chances of injury by not doing the same movements over and over again. The tendons and muscles are well developed, but less likely to break down from repeating the same exercise. So the key is variety; a variety of exercises and a variety of instruction.
For example, I have a 60-year-young client, Henrique, who looks half his age. He has invested in multiple fitness programs besides mine, all with different and unique angles meant to sizzle the fat cells.
Henrique used three exercise programs to effectively reduce his weight. These provided the variety he needed to keep his routine fresh and effective in order to hit his ideal weight loss goal. Here is a summary of how his varied exercise program achieved the results he wanted.
If Henrique can do it, so can you. Use a variety of exercises and coaches to get you lean and mean. Variety is the spice of life and the spice of burning fat. It’s one great idea to blast you off your chair or couch and into fat burning.
Now it’s your turn. Think of three personal motivators that fire you up. Write them down on a 3×5 card and use them to heat up your fat blast furnace. And I’ll be back next time to fill you in on a few more ideas.
[ Ed. Note: Vince Palko is the author of Linebacker Fitness and creator of The Super Body Blitz and Triple Your Endurance. Vince has been enshrined in both his college, Bowling Green State University's and his high school's Hall of Fame for his performance on the football field. Vince has a FREE fitness newsletter you can sign up for at www.VincePalko.com.]
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Should you choose to read this entire letter… here’s what you can expect:
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Grilled Wild Shrimp with Red Pepper-Agave Sauce
By Kelley Herring
Keep your brain young with this delicious seafood recipe! Recent research found that thedifference in cognitive scores between those with the lowest levels of selenium and those with the highest levels was equivalent to a 10-year age difference. 1 You’ll enjoy 62% of the recommended daily allowance for selenium in each serving of this recipe.
Time To Table: 20 minutes
[ Ed. Note: Kelley Herring is the founder of Healing Gourmet – the world's leading website on the power of foods to promote health and protect against disease. Her latest work is a revolutionary health transformation program called, Your Plate, Your Fate. In this 7-part program you'll learn how to protect your health and optimize your weight by maximizing the nutrients in your food. Learn more here. ]