Dr. Norman Walker, the American raw food and natural healing pioneer, recommended to his patients to drink a super green juice every day. He was one of the first people to write about the healing properties of raw juice and the benefits of detoxification. Incidentally, Dr. Walker lived to the age of 106.
Diabetes is a number of diseases that involve problems with the hormone insulin. Normally, the pancreas (an organ behind the stomach) releases insulin to help your body store and use the sugar and fat from the food you eat. Diabetes can occur when the pancreas produces very little or no insulin, or when the body does not respond appropriately to insulin. As yet, there is no cure. People with diabetes need to manage their disease to stay healthy.
Fatty liver disease itself usually causes no symptoms. But it raises your risk of developing liver inflammation or scarring (cirrhosis). It’s also linked to an increased risk of liver cancer, heart disease and kidney disease.
With the recent launch of AMPED™ Nitro, the most frequent questions are, 1) how it compares to AMPED Power and, 2) whether you should choose it over AMPED Power. As it turns out, the two preworkout products do have differences, and the right choice for you can depend on your needs. Continue reading →
Even small amounts of physical activity can help. Experts suggest that you aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity 5 days of the week.3 Moderate activity feels somewhat hard, and vigorous activity is intense and feels hard. If you want to lose weight or maintain weight loss, you may need to do 60 minutes or more of physical activity 5 days of the week.3
According to Dr. Ross, most of us are deficient in one neurotransmitter or another. In fact, she tells use that many things can set off a deficiency… stress, job, pregnancy, death in the family, whatever!
Taking 200 micrograms of chromium picolinate three times daily with meals can help improve insulin sensitivity. A review published in Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics evaluated 13 studies that reported significant improvement in glycemic control and substantial reductions in hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia after patients used chromium picolinate supplementation. Other positive outcomes from supplementing with chromium picolinate included reduced cholesterol and triglyceride levels and reduced requirements for hypoglycemic medication. (12)
We have an increasing number of clients coming on our retreats with type 2 diabetes, and also those with metabolic issues and pre-diabetes (which tends to go undiscovered until people develop the full clinical disease). We now incorporate a Diabetes Detox Retreat programme into our long running Mind / Body Detox Retreats in Spain. If you have blood sugar problems, are over weight, obese or already diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, this retreat could help you overcome your condition for good.
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Also, make sure that you are eating sulfur-rich foods (e.g. organic eggs, fish, cruciferous vegetables, allium vegetables), because sulfur helps your cells to absorb nutrients, fight bacteria and build your connective tissues. This is especially important when you have reached “the wall” — that is, you have lowered your blood sugar, but, you can’t lower it any further or you can’t keep your blood sugar stabilized without increasing your exercise regimen.
Insulin-dependent athletes may need to decrease insulin doses or take in more carbohydrates prior to exercise, but may need to take an extra dose of insulin after exercise (stress hormones released during exercise may increase blood glucose levels).
You can do strength training with hand weights, elastic bands, or weight machines. Try to do strength training two to three times a week. Start with a light weight. Slowly increase the size of your weights as your muscles become stronger.
Studies show that inflammation triggers blood sugar imbalances, insulin resistance, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The most common source of inflammatory foods other than sugar, flour and trans fats are hidden food sensitivities. The most common culprits are gluten and dairy. We often crave the foods we’re allergic to. Without them we feel lousy and want more. Quit gluten and dairy for ten days. Getting off them isn’t diabetic cleanse but after just two to three days without them you’ll have renewed energy, relief from cravings, and will see many of your common symptoms disappear.
Richard K. Bernstein is critical of the standard American Diabetes Association diet plan. His plan includes very limited carbohydrate intake (30 grams per day) along with frequent blood glucose monitoring, regular strenuous muscle-building exercise and, for people using insulin, frequent small insulin injections if needed. His treatment target is “near normal blood sugars” all the time.
If you have any diabetes risk, are currently suffering from type 2 diabetes, or want to reduce your chances of colon cancer, add raw potato starch to your diet. You can buy it from any grocery store or health-food store, and it costs close to nothing.
As for the rest of your meals, make sure they are full of protein (eggs, cage-free organic chicken/turkey), healthy fats (nuts, avocado, fish oils), and natural sugars (fruits and carrots). Nothing out of a bag, even if it does say sugar-free, fat-free, diet, organic, or all-natural. All foods should be raw or very lightly cooked. No carbs for the first 60 days. If you “slip up”, make sure it’s very small. Sugars spur all disease to a more dangerous level (IE Stage-1 cancer become Stage-2, disease symptoms begin to show, or chronic conditions don’t want to go away [daily migraines]).
Detoxing for a day or even a few days is probably not too harmful…if you’re in good health. However, detox diets aren’t recommended for anyone with chronic conditions, like diabetes, or heart, liver, or kidney disease, or for certain populations, like pregnant women, children or teenagers, and older adults. Short-term side effects of detox diets include fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, lightheadedness, and swings in blood glucose levels. Longer-term, and more serious, effects include loss of lean muscle mass, irregular heartbeat, heart or kidney damage, bowel perforation (if enemas are involved), infections, and severe dehydration. So, resist the temptation to detox and remember that any benefits you might derive from it will be very short lived. As the saying goes, slow and steady wins the race!
If you want to further accelerate the detoxification process, you should drink at least 1 cup of raw vegetable juices (with 1 tbsp. ground flaxseed or wheat grass powder), preferably 30 minutes before meals.
When you’re craving something sweet, make tracks to the melon aisle, where you’ll find many varieties including watermelon, cantaloupe, muskmelon, honeydew, casaba, crenshaw, Persian, and pepino. While all of these are bursting with healthy nutrients, the most common types contain some unique properties: