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  • 15 Apr 2019 7:41 PM | John Erickson (Administrator)


    Weight Watchers is irresponsible for telling their estimated 4.5 million subscribers that fruit is free (August 6, 2018 CNBC). Fruit does not have “zero points” as Weight Watchers would say because some fruits are good and some are bad.

    Whether you burn fat or store fat has to do with the glycemic index/load of the fruits are eating. Fruits that absorb quickly command a higher amount of insulin, which is the only known fat-storing hormone and slow-absorbing fruits give you the right amount of insulin. Your goal is to have perfect amount of insulin levels 24 hours per day -not too high and not too low. Insulin is both good and bad -too much will cause fat storage and too little will disintegrate muscle.

    Instead of blanketing society with misinformation, my Fat Loss Express book and Grocery Guide tell you exactly which fruits are good for maximum fat loss and which are good for the basic plan. I've done all the work for you.

    People forget, Weight Watchers was founded by an IRS agent, not a nutritionist. The truth is that your body does not have a built-in accountant that tracks the calories you consume. Your body does, however, track the carbohydrates you consume via the pancreas, molecule for molecule.

    Furthermore, the Core Fat Loss plan has a limit on fruits. You are supposed to limit fruits to no more than two per day (three max) because fruit has fructose, which is low glycemic, however, its the most lipogenic fat (when consumed in high amounts), meaning it'll make your liver produce fat. Therefore, fruit is not "free" as weight watchers would say.

    Members: Click here to see the list of fruits


  • 15 Mar 2019 10:48 AM | John Erickson (Administrator)

    The traditional establishment introduces a bean as a notable protein source and places them in the “meat and beans” group. Meanwhile, the Core Fat Loss system views beans as a carbohydrate because they contain mostly carbohydrates. For example, even though beans contain protein, they are 70% carbohydrates and therefore only considered a carbohydrate source.

    The digestibility of the protein in beans is another fact to consider. The protein derived from animal sources like eggs is easily digestible (90-100% digestible) whereas the protein found in beans is 70% digestible. Protein from grains can be as low as 60% digestible, however softening foods through various cooking methods improves the digestibility of these proteins that are normally deeply embedded into the plant fibers. Animal protein from milk and egg sources are the highest biological values because their protein digestibility is 100% (all the absorbed protein is retained). The digestibility and quality of selected protein sources are as follows:

    Beef 92%
    Chick peas (canned) 66%
    Egg whites 100%
    Kidney beans (canned) 68%
    Lentils 52%
    Milk protein 100%
    Peanuts 52%
    Peas 69%
    Soybean isolate 99%
    Rolled oats 57%
    Whole wheat 40%

    The Core Fat Loss plan categorizes nuts as a fat source when creating a main meal. Since nuts contain much more fat than protein, a person can not extract a significant amount of protein out of a nuts without drastically increasing the amount of fat they are consuming at the same moment. Nuts can be considered both a protein and a fat source when eating a snack, however. For example, nuts and a piece of fruit is a balanced Fat Loss snack.

  • 15 Mar 2019 10:45 AM | John Erickson (Administrator)

    SALT

    Salt could be a problem if you are already salt-sensitive, however if you are following an insulin-stabilizing diet, salt poses less threat. Too much insulin causes water retention and controlled insulin promotes water release from the kidneys. Salt may only a problem if someone is salt sensitive or already has high blood pressure. Insulin causes water retention by activating aldosterone, a hormone that causes the kidneys to hold onto salt. Since water follows salt, you will retain more water by eating a diet excessively high in carbohydrates. Insulin also acts on steroid hormones, resulting in high blood pressure and weight gain.

    Cholesterol

    Food labels constantly state “cholesterol free.” This subliminally transforms into a collective belief that makes people think there’s something wrong with cholesterol. Even food items derived strictly from plant sources frequently state “cholesterol free.” If the public was more nutrition savvy, they would automatically know that cholesterol only comes from animal based products.

    There are still medical posters being produced and hanging inside hospitals that state “Heart disease is a consequence of high cholesterol.” This perspective has already changed in the medical field, yet it takes decades for posters to be taken down.

    Maintaining high amounts of insulin (from too many carbohydrates) is what causes the overproduction of cholesterol by the liver. The link between cholesterol and heart disease has been overthrown years ago due to lack of evidence. Half of the people who have heart disease do not have high levels of cholesterol. The initial onset of heart disease is now said to be from inflammation of the artery walls, not from elevated cholesterol. Cholesterol only creates a problem if it becomes damaged by free radicals and then becomes lodged in the already inflamed arterial walls. Cholesterol acts as sort of a band-aid and adheres to the vascular wall only after the initial onslaught of inflammation.

    Cholesterol is a waxy substance that holds every cell in your body together. Without cholesterol, your body would fall to pieces. Limiting cholesterol from the diet only causes the liver to produce cholesterol at a faster pace because there is a direct feedback loop. 80-85% of the cholesterol in the human body is made by the liver and the other 15-20% comes from the diet. The main simulator of cholesterol in the body is insulin, which is released in response to incoming carbohydrate. Insulin causes the liver to chemically transform carbohydrates directly into cholesterol.

    CALCIUM

    Calcium is only one substance and bone is made of many other things. Bone consists of other minerals like phosphorus and magnesium and also contains the protein “collagen,” the same ingredient used to make gelatin. Most people do not realize that many whole foods like meat, cheese, fruit, vegetables, grains, legumes are good sources of calcium. There are many other factors that determine bone health than calcium alone. The best way to prevent weak bones is to stabilize your blood sugar, perform daily exercise, reduce stress, and take a daily fish oil supplement each day.

  • 15 Mar 2019 10:40 AM | John Erickson (Administrator)

    Old style nutritionists advise athletes “load up” on excessive amounts of carbohydrates before an event because they feel this will fill the body with long term energy. The tactic behind carbohydrate loading is to jam-pack muscle and liver cells with stored carbohydrates (glycogen), a strategy that feeds the muscles and starves the nervous system.

    Hormonal eating advocates have a different perspective because as soon as insulin ushers glucose into muscle and fat cells, it can not escape back into the general circulation. Taking glucose out of the bloodstream is detrimental for the brain and central nervous system, a function which precedes physical movement and athletic ability. The body can move your body after the command of the nervous system.

    Another reason extreme carbohydrate loading is not recommended by Core Diets philosophy is because of the accompanying increase in insulin levels which will prevent the release of stored body fat. Fat release provides an immediate high octane fuel source for hard working muscles. The typical fat reserve contains enough energy to supply 119 hours of running whereas carbohydrate storage could only produce 1.6 hours of running. The goal is to burn fat first and save the glycogen for later.

    Fat is both energy dense and light in weight, making fat easier for an athlete to carry around when compared to the bulkiness of glycogen (carbohydrate storage). Bloatedness and weight gain always accompany a meal that contains a high glycemic load. For every one unit of carbohydrate that gets stored, the body requires 3 water units.

    A forth argument against carbohydrate loading is that elevated insulin instantaneously decreases blood flow by activating certain hormones (eicosanoids) that promote vasoconstriction, decreasing the circumference of the arteries that carry and transfer oxygen to all the cells of the body. Less oxygen equals less endurance.

    American marathons runners are often criticized for doing poorly against foreign runners because Americans follow the advice of the event sponsors. Sport drink companies use advertising propaganda, causing athletes to worry more about electrolytes than blood sugar control. The average sports drink contains 56 grams of carbohydrates and is no different than having Kool-aid with added electrolytes (sodium, potassium and chloride). The types of carbohydrate (sugar) found in sport drinks have an extremely high glycemic index (95), which is almost as high as if someone was to drink pure glucose (100). Consuming high glycemic foods and drinks prior to an athletic event causes reduced sports performance as soon as a half an hour into the event. On the other hand, eating low glycemic meals prior to exercising increases stamina, promotes fat burning and causes muscle and liver cells to use up glycogen at a slower pace.

    Hormonal Eating does advocate glycogen loading; however we take the moderate approach. There are other ways to fill your glycogen without the use of extremely high glycemic carbohydrates such as sports drinks, power bars and performance gels.

    Instead of eating meals dominated by too many high glycemic carbohydrates, Hormonal Eating advocates suggest athletes eat larger-than-normal meals leading up to the event as a way to increase glycogen without driving insulin levels through the roof. Each meal should consist of a balanced ratio of protein, carbohydrate and fat to stabilize blood sugar and maximize performance. Your protein should be an easily digestible source such as eggs or fish.

    Recommending high fiber carbohydrate sources (such as whole grains, oatmeal, fruit) would be a mistake because high fiber foods draw water out of the body and into the intestines. To fuel your body for endurance events, Hormonal Eating concepts recommend low glycemic, low fiber food with a potentially high glycemic load. Examples include pasta, Uncle Ben’s® converted rice, sourdough bread, English muffin, or Red Bliss (or New) potatoes. This way you can ride a little higher with the insulin response without going over the edge.

    Endurance athletes are also advised to increase the amount of monounsaturated fat in their bloodstream prior to an event as a way to increase fat availability. This can be accomplished by snacking on nuts before the race. You can only fat-load as soon as insulin levels get too high, they will block the availability of fat. The goal of hormonal eating is to maximize endurance is to burn fat first and glycogen later. A balanced 200 calorie snack is also recommended an hour before an athletic performance to act as a blood sugar touch up. In addition, it is advised to allow at least two easy or rest days pre-event to keep muscle glycogen stores as full as possible.

  • 12 Mar 2019 11:35 AM | John Erickson (Administrator)

    How many carbohydrates are right for you?

    Carbohydrate recommendations vary depending on the diet.

    Atkins and Keto diets are 5-10% carbohydrates.
    The Core Fat loss plan is 30% carbohydrates.
    The Zone Diet has 40% Carbohydrates.
    A standard Registered Dietitian recommends 55% carbohydrates.

    In terms of grams, the table shows you how many carbohydrate each diet plan recommends.

    Extreme low carb diets offer too few carbohydrates, a situation that may cause quick results in the beginning at the expense of your metabolism.  Read more Dangers of an extreme low carb diet 
    The Core Fat Loss plan provides you just enough carbohydrates to burn fat without sacrificing your brain function or muscle metabolism.
    The Zone Diet also provides a moderate level of carbohydrates, whether or not you burn fat on moderate-carbohydrate diets depends on the quality of your carbohydrates (i.e. the glycemic index).
    For decades, Registered Dietitians that worship government standards have always recommended a diet high in carbohydrates to complement their fat phobia. Meanwhile, too many carbohydrates triggers insulin, which ushers both carbohydrates and fat into fat cells for long term storage. Insulin  blocks fat loss by telling muscles to eat carbohydrates (as opposed to fat).

    In conclusion, you are walking a line every time you eat. To get the best results humanly possible, your carbohydrate intake should not be too high nor too low. The Core Fat Loss plan sets up the perfect metabolic scenario in which your brain happily burns carbohydrates, protein is utilized wisely (instead of being wasted), and your muscles will actively burn fat for energy. 

    The Sunny Side of Carbohydrates

    The sun is responsible for all carbohydrate production on planet earth. Every carbohydrate source, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, is made of condensed sunlight. Through the process of photosynthesis, plants miraculously transform sunlight into starches and sugars. Plants breath in carbon dioxide (carbo) from the air and take in water (hydrate) from the ground to form carbo-hydrates.

    The colorful nature of fruits and vegetables seems to be Mother Nature’s way of telling humans that carbohydrates are the staff of life. It turns out carbohydrates are the only source of fuel for the brain and central nervous system. In fact, going without carbohydrates for just 10 seconds will result in unconsciousness and ultimately physical death. Carbohydrates should no longer be feared, but respected as the main source of life force energy.

    Carbohydrates are also beneficial since they stimulate insulin, a pro-metabolism hormone that keeps protein inside your muscles, thus preventing muscle loss. Carbohydrates only become a problem when processed or eaten in excessive quantities.

  • 14 Feb 2019 2:02 PM | John Erickson (Administrator)

    Treadmills or charts cannot tell you what type of calories you are burning while you exercise. Your body can burn protein, carbohydrate or fat and what you burn depends on your last meal.

    For example, if you eat a fat-free muffin before you exercise, you will burn the fat-free muffin while exercising (as opposed to body fat!) and this would defeat the purpose.

    Eat you drink too many carbohydrates, such as Gatorade before you exercise, you will burn Gatorade while you exercise.
    Eat too few carbohydrates before you exercise (such as the Atkins diet, keto diet or fasting diets), then you burn muscle while exercising.
    If you have a balanced Core Fat Loss meal prior to exercising, your muscles will burn fat as their primary source of energy.

    To strengthen your body and to turn yourself into a fat burning machine, food is the most important factor to consider. Food controls your hormones which are the traffic controllers that determine which nutrients (protein, carbohydrates or fats) get thrown into the energy fire of the body. Are you burning fat at the gym? This is a question you have to ask yourself every time you eat. Each meal holds the power that determines which nutrients are thrown into the energy fire or not.

    The only thing your body cares about is moment to moment blood sugar control, from the time you are born to the time you die, you must have a constant level of carbohydrates feeding your brain and central nervous system. If not, your body will turn to protein. Its important to note, the brain cannot burn fat.

  • 16 Jan 2018 5:26 AM | John Erickson (Administrator)

    Just one Core Fat Loss meal is powerful enough to focus your mind, cure your hunger, and best of all, shift your body into the fat-burning mode. The Core Fat Loss plan offers a wide range of benefits, without deprivation. Compared to commercialized diets you see on TV, the Core Fat Loss plan is healthy, plentiful, and delicious.

    While following the Core Fat Loss plan, you must eat a balanced ratio of protein, carbohydrates, and fat at each meal. This perfect combination of the three food groups works to stabilize your blood sugar on a moment to moment basis. Blood sugar levels are extremely important because sugar (glucose) is the main source of fuel used by your brain and central nervous system. In fact, going without blood sugar for more than 10 seconds will result in unconsciousness.

    Once you experience what it’s like to be on the Core Fat Loss plan, you will never look at food the same way again. Within only a few days of starting the Core Fat Loss plan, you will experience increased mental focus, greater physical energy, decreased food cravings, and weight loss. These benefits are mainly attributed to the intricate connection between food and your blood-chemistry.

     When we eat carbohydrates, they are digested into simple sugars, pass through the wall of the small intestines and then enter into the bloodstream. The pancreas senses this rise in blood sugar and secretes the hormone insulin. Insulin drives blood sugar down by pushing it into muscle, fat and liver cells. This effect is counterbalanced by eating protein, which directly causes the secretion of the hormone glucagon. Glucagon raises blood sugar by causing the liver to release its stored sugar (glycogen) into the blood. The simultaneous interaction of these two hormones (insulin vs. glucagon) keeps your blood sugar at a constant level throughout the day.

    The concepts of the Core Fat Loss plan require that most of your daily carbohydrates come from low glycemic, or slow absorbing fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These types of food are beneficial because they take a longer time to convert into blood sugar, and subsequently less insulin is needed to bring the sugar back down to normal levels. This sustains the availability of blood sugar and ultimately extends the time between meals. Fast absorbing carbohydrates, on the other hand, absorb quickly, command greater amounts of insulin, and bring about greater blood sugar swings. In short, low glycemic carbohydrates leads to a stable mind and consistent fat loss and high glycemic foods put you on a blood-sugar roller coaster and make you store fat.

    Like protein and carbohydrates, fat also acts as a potent hormonal regulator within the body. Dietary fat causes the small intestines to release the hormone cholecystokinin (CCK). CCK travels to the brain where it provides you with a feeling of fullness. Feeling satisfied is essential for long term dieting success. Most of your fat should be in the heart-healthy, monounsaturated form. Examples include almond butter, avocado, extra-virgin olive oil, guacamole, nuts, and natural peanut butter.

    A fish oil supplement is strongly suggested while following the Core Fat Loss plan because it contains two types of fat that amplify the effects of a balanced diet. The primary omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil are eicopentanoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). These fats are essential to life and can not be manufactured by the body. Scientists initially called these fats “vitamin F,” (for fat) an old term that shouldn’t be lost. Benefits of omega-3 fats include improved skin and hair, improved cholesterol profile, improved sleep and a decreased risk for inflammatory conditions like heart disease, arthritis and auto-immune disease.

    Exercise is a major component to the Core Fat Loss lifestyle plan and meal timing strategies need to be followed during times of activity to enhance performance and to maximize fat loss. Treadmills and stationary bikes tell you how many ‘calories’ you burn while performing a physical activity for a given amount of time, yet they cannot tell you what types of calories you are burning. Muscle cells can burn carbohydrates or fat and what they burn depends on your hormonal levels.  A person who exercises moderately for longer than 20 minutes begins to use less glucose and utilize more fat as fuel. But what did this person just eat? A high carbohydrate meal eaten before the gym will cause insulin to rise in the bloodstream. Insulin causes muscle cells to burn sugar instead of fat. This will increase the amount of time it takes to shift your body into a fat burning mode. If you show up at the gym with stabilized blood sugar (and therefore stabilized insulin) you can start burning fat right away. You may not have to wait 20 minutes to achieve fat loss!

    The Core Fat Loss plan will give you an education about food that will last a lifetime. The Core Fat Loss lifestyle plan will give you lifelong control of your blood chemistry, which will lead to anti-aging benefits worth its weight in gold.

  • 14 Jan 2018 3:10 AM | John Erickson (Administrator)

    A quick drop in pounds makes an extreme low carb diet a tempting strategy for weight loss. However, this fixation on numbers is a poor way to judge results because the scale cannot tell you what kind of weight you are losing. If someone loses 7 pounds in 2 days on an extreme low carbohydrate diet, only 1- 2 pounds of this will be fat and the remaining 5-6 pounds will be in the form of lean muscle, water and minerals. Losing more muscle than fat is the least desirable thing to do while dieting because muscle is what burns the fat in the first place.

    Any diet too low in carbohydrates will bring about a response similar to fasting. Some “extreme” low carb diets restrict your carbohydrate intake to 50 grams or less per day, a situation that shifts your body into the starvation mode, decreases your metabolism, and gives you a rotten temper. While drastically cutting out the carbs, these extreme low carb diet organizations go as far as suggesting liberal amounts of protein and fat. There is something unhealthy about eating high amounts of bacon and grease.

    Your body has many vital functioning systems whose cells require a steady supply of carbohydrates, your brain being one of them. In fact, your entire central nervous system,  retina cells, cells lining your small intestines, red blood cells which carry oxygen to all parts of the body, kidney tube cells and the cells of the pancreas, all absolutely require a steady supply of glucose. These cells can not store sugar and therefore must constantly draw it from the bloodstream.

    If your body doesn’t obtain carbohydrates from the diet, they must come from somewhere else. In the first few days following an extreme low carb diet, the liver’s stores of sugar are depleted and the body has no other choice but to feed upon its muscles. Stress hormones trigger muscle cells into giving up their very own protein in an effort to provide the brain with fuel. The protein inside muscle cells is literally broken down and released into the bloodstream. The liver metabolizes these proteins into carbohydrates which the brain needs to remain consciously aware and awake. During the first few days of following an extreme low carb diet, your body gets 90% of its energy from protein. Burning your muscle is as useful as burning up the wood that makes up your house.

    Your liver doesn’t only take protein from the muscles; it also takes it from blood proteins, immune system cells, as well as liver, heart and lung tissue. Since these organs are all made of protein, they must go too. Burning protein is a dirty process for the since it leaves behind toxic end products, which does not make protein a good energy source to fuel the activities of your body. Instead of specifically targeting fat cells, extreme low carb diets cause your body to break down as a whole. If this process continues, both muscle metabolism and fat loss will come to a halt.

    Carbohydrates also need to be present when your body burns fat. Without enough carbohydrates, the fragments of fat metabolism combine with each other to form ketone bodies. Some nervous system cells are able to burn these ketone bodies as a backup fuel source, a process that allows you to live 6-8 weeks into fasting. When the levels of ketone bodies build up, your body is said to be in a state of ketosis. Ketosis will decrease metabolism, suppress appetite, add a fruity smelling odor to your breath and make your body quite acidic. Besides giving you bad breath, the nastiest consequence of an over-acidic body is that bacteria, fungus, molds and yeasts thrive in this type of atmosphere. To prevent ketosis your body requires at least 50-100 grams of carbohydrates per day.

    The best way to understand what constitutes a carbohydrate is to define them as “anything that grows from the ground.” This includes fruits, vegetables and whole grains. The colorful nature of these foods seems to be nature’s way of telling us to eat these things. Carbohydrates only become a problem when they are manufactured away from their most natural state or when they’re eaten in excessive quantities.

    Carbohydrates should no longer be feared, but respected as the main source of energy for the brain and central nervous system. Carbohydrates are also beneficial since they stimulate insulin, a pro-metabolic hormone that keeps protein inside your muscles, thus preventing muscle loss. By feeding your body the correct amount of carbohydrates, you will be able to maintain muscle metabolism in your body’s inside as you simultaneously shed the fat on the outside.

    The Core Fat Loss plan recommends the perfect level of carbohydrates -not too high and not too low. The goal is to give yourself just enough carbohydrates to fuel your brain and central nervous system and to provide just enough insulin to prevent muscle breakdown.

  • 12 Aug 2016 3:49 AM | John Erickson (Administrator)

    You can reverse your biological age and obtain good complexion by eating the correct diet. A healthy and balanced diet will increase the quality of your hair, skin, and nails no differently than the way nutritious soil will produce a beautiful plant. 

    HEALTHY HAIR
    The best way to feed your hair is from the inside-out. Protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats work synergistically to increase blood flow to your scale (by effecting your eicosanoid hormones) and thus, your hair follicles will be provided with a steady flow of nutrients.

    IMPROVE SKIN COMPLEXION
    The amounts and types of proteins, carbs, and fats recommended on the Core Fat Loss plan will restore the structural integrity of your skin, improve suppleness, and increase the renewal rate of skin. Your skin is constantly renewing itself and fully replaces itself once a month. This process is regulated by newly discovered hormones called “eicosanoids.” There are many different types of eicosanoids that oppose each other to maintain a state of balance between the various functions of the body. This coexisting of opposites is in agreement with the traditional Chinese “yin vs. yang” concept. For example, your skin’s oil production is regulated this way. Some eicosanoids promote oil production and others decrease oil production. Too much skin oil causes acne and deficiencies lead to excessively dry skin. A balanced combination of eicosanoids keeps your skin at a healthy state. Both diet and fish oil supplements have a strong influence on the modulation of eicosanoids. Within a few weeks of changing the kinds of fats in a diet, there will be a noticeable change in the overall smoothness and elastic quality of the skin.

    ETERNAL YOUTH
    Calories can be lowered without depriving the body of its life energy force. Dr. Roy Wolford, M.D., author of the famous book “Maximum Life Span” pioneered the studies that linked low calorie diets to age reversal. Reduced calorie diets have been shown to promote health, lower the risk of disease and extend life span. The Core Fat Loss plan is considered a low calorie diet compared to most other popular diet plans, yet people are frequently surprised of how much food they are allowed to eat. Consuming the high quality foods recommended by the Core Fat Loss Plan will play an extensive role in age reversal by rebuilding the structural integrity of your entire body. This will eventually translate into a healthier mind.

    ENHANCE BRAIN FUNCTION AND MENTAL FOCUS
    The Core Fat Loss plan will increase norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine, brain chemicals that keep you alert, attentive and productive during the day. Adequate dietary protein provides the raw material needed to make beneficial mood chemicals like serotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. Fish oil supplements also aid in brain function by providing DHA, an essential fat that’s highly concentrated in the brain, assuming this nutrient is provided by the diet or obtained by taking a fish oil supplement.

    PHYSICAL STAMINA AND ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
    A balanced diet favors the production of specific eicosanoid hormones that dilate blood vessels and therefore increase blood flow to all parts of the body. Every cell in the body will have greater access to oxygen and other essential nutrients. A balanced diet will also stabilize insulin levels. Moderate levels of insulin induce a physiological state in the body that allows muscle cells unlimited access to stored body fat

    MEAL SATISFACTION
    A balanced diet decreases food cravings in at least three ways:
    1. A constant blood sugar level keeps your brain cells content and there will be no need for them to cry out for more fuel.
    2. Eating fat at every meal causes the release of chemical called CCK (cholecystokinin) from the intestinal wall. CCK then travels to the brain where it gives you a feeling of satisfaction.
    3. The high fiber foods recommended on this diet plan add volume to your meals and cause stretch receptors in your stomach to cause the physical sensation of fullness.

    FREEDOM FROM STRESS
    Cortisol is the hormone produced in response to either emotional or nutritional stress. An example of emotional stress is a bad day at work and nutritional stress is when you deprive yourself of sugar, your brain’s primary source of fuel. Cortisol is the chemical correlate to both situations. Cells of the brain and central nervous system totally rely on a steady flow of sugar just like a car engine always needs gasoline. When blood sugar levels fall, cortisol is secreted to help bring blood sugar back up to normal levels. Cortisol raises blood sugar by breaking down your very own muscle. Muscle cells will release its protein into the bloodstream in the form of amino acids. These amino acids travel to the liver, where they are transformed into glucose. Glucose is used to keep the brain consciously aware and awake. Burning muscle is an inefficient way for your body to operate since lean muscle is what’s needed to burn body fat in the first place.

    During mental stress, cortisol is secreted to help raise blood sugar. The strategy for your body is to provide enough fuel to handle whatever problems exist in your mind. Chronic high levels of cortisol can cause high blood pressure, increased heart rate and many other negative side effects. A balanced diet works to stabilize your blood sugar throughout the day, therefore preventing the need for cortisol. Meditation is also recommended as a way to reduce cortisol.

    DECREASED BODY FAT AND A HEALTHY METABOLISM
    The Core Fat Loss Plan recommends a carbohydrate level high enough to fuel the metabolic functioning of your brain and body, but not high enough to cause excess fat storage. Carbohydrates stimulate insulin, a hormone that pushes both sugar and protein into muscle cells. The sugar is burned and the protein serves as the raw material needed for the metabolic functions of a cell. This looks promising at first, but as your insulin pushes nutrients into muscle cells, it also pushes nutrients into fat cells. Insulin causes both fat and sugar to enter into fat cells where they are both transformed into long term fat storage. Carbohydrates are a double edged sword; too many will cause fat storage and too little will cause muscle breakdown, fatigue and loss of cognitive ability.

  • 12 Aug 2016 3:37 AM | John Erickson (Administrator)

    1. The best way to feed your hair is from the inside-out. To optimize your hair health, you must follow the core nutritional principles which involves obtaining adequate levels of protein, eating low glycemic carbohydrates/stabilizing insulin, and consuming essential fats. Recognizing the importance of balanced nutrition is realizing the most effective way to feed a tree is through the sap. Protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats work synergistically to increase blood flow and to provide your hair follicles with steady flow of nutrients.

    Balanced nutrition control hormones (called eicosanoids) that dilate the blood vessels at the surface of your skin. For example, when a mosquito sticks their needle into your skin, they inject you with a chemical that opens your capillaries and facilitates blood to rise to the surface of your skin. Balanced nutrition effects these same chemicals.Vitamins such as vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folic acid, B12 and iron are also essential for good blood circulation.

    Hair health can be also be attributed to unregulated testosterone or estrogen levels. Testosterone and estrogen need to be regulated because too much free (or active) testosterone or estrogen at once is not healthy. Estrogen and testosterone are fat soluble and thus require a binding protein to be carried throughout the bloodstream. This acts as control-release mechanism that prevents these hormones from overloading your system. You must eat protein at every meal and consume low glycemic carbohydrates to help regulate testosterone/insulin levels.

    2. Avoid stimulants in excessive amounts such as caffeine. Stimulants decrease blood flow to the outermost surface of your skin and shunt flow to muscles. Caffeine also depletes minerals from the body that are important for hair health.

    3. Do not smoke. The healing and quality of skin is compromised when you smoke. For example, people who have surgery are told not smoke because it prevents skin from healing properly.

    4. Get upside down. To increase blood flow to the scalp, use an inversion machine (hang upside down), perform a headstand up against the wall, or do an upside-down yoga pose. Gravity will force open the fine capillaries that feed the scalp.

    5. Perform daily cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise. Aerobic exercise opens sweat glands, stimulates natural stem cell production, and sends blood to the outermost surfaces of your body. Exercise will also reduce stress/cortisol levels.

    6. Take an omega-3 fish oil supplement each day. The recommended intake is 4 capsules per day of a high quality pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement. Fish oil increase blood flow, regulate your immune system, and prevent inflammation.

    7. Engage in a quick towel rub or scalp massage once or twice a day. Rubbing your head with your towel as you dry your hair will increase blood flow to the surface of your skin. Hair grows on the body where there is movement, such as under the arms and between the legs so it would make sense towel rubbing would work in a 'use it or lose it' type of way. Scalp massage on the sides of your head in particular can be beneficial in calming the muscles of your scalp to increase blood and nutrient flow.

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