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Lowering Blood Pressure Naturally

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE PATIENTS ARE often told that they must stay on their medication for life.

That’s like telling you once your car burns oil, it always will and you should buy more oil every week. There is a conflict of interest.

The late Dr. Robert Mendelssohn said every good physician should be in the business of putting himself out of business by teaching his or her patients how to stay healthy.

That should especially be the case with hypertension.

While some people may actually require medication to keep their blood pressure under control, most can lower it through losing weight, consuming optimal levels of blood-pressure-lowering nutrients, and stress management.

The scarceness of physicians who know how to manipulate blood pressure through natural means often creates the need for nutritional self-care.

Foods and supplements that lower blood pressure are quite safe, but don’t neglect to have your blood pressure checked regularly by a qualified health professional.

You cannot let high blood pressure persist, and it may take time for natural therapies to work. Physician supervision is always recommended.

You may need medication until you know how nutrition and lifestyle changes affect your blood pressure.

High blood pressure is unknown in primitive cultures that eat a diet of unprocessed foods.

Hypertension is another ailment that we bring upon ourselves with refined grains, sugar, refined oils, margarine, overeating, inactivity, stress, and smoking.

If you are overweight, begin a program of gradual weight loss. Even beginning to lose weight will lower blood pressure.

Keeping weight off is one of the most important strategies for controlling blood pressure. Even losing a pound a week is a significant stride in the right direction.

In fact, for hypertensives, slow weight loss of one to two pounds a week is ideal. Anything faster may deplete important blood-pressure-regulating minerals such as magnesium and potassium.

High blood pressure is often accompanied by high blood levels of insulin. High insulin levels may cause high blood pressure. High levels of insulin will also make weight loss more difficult.

A diet high in carbohydrates may not be ideal for hypertensives, for it will perpetuate high insulin levels. It will also worsen food cravings.

Hypertensives who are overweight should restrict carbohydrates-grains, beans, legumes, and fruits – to no more than 40% of their diet in an effort to get their insulin levels back to normal.

Foods that must be eliminated from the diet of hypertensives:

  • Salty foods or processed foods high in sodium
  • Caffeinated coffee
  • Caffeinated tea
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • Margarine and fried foods
  • Refined white flours and supermarket oils
  • Stimulants such as ephedra (ma huang) and kola nut
  • Regular aerobic exercise such as walking can help lower blood pressure. It should be done only with your physician’s approval.

Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease ?

YOU TURN ON THE TELEVISION and see the governor holding a news conference. He is announcing that electricity will be banned immediately.

The recent death of three children due to a downed electrical wire has outraged everyone. “Enough is enough,” he says. “For complete safety, we have no other choice.” Then, due to the loss of power, your set goes off.

Wait a second, you say – I like electricity. I use it correctly. and it doesn’t cause any problems. This is ridiculous!

That is precisely what researchers say in response to those who blame cholesterol for causing heart disease.

Cholesterol is entirely beneficial until a lack of insulating nutrients causes it to be mishandled by the body.

Not only is cholesterol harmless when consumed as part of a healthy diet, it is beneficial.

Cholesterol is a high-molecular-weight alcohol known as a sterol. It is found in every cell in the body.

Without it, the body could not make hormones, vitamin p, and the membranes of our cells. Cholesterol is so vital that if you eat none, your body will manufacture it.

THE GREAT NUTRIENT-DEPLETING EXPERIMENT

We like to believe that in all areas of human endeavor, things are constantly improving. However, the quality of food eaten in civilized countries took a turn for the worse in the twentieth century.

The great nutrient-deprivation experiment occurred. In this century, as never before, our health has been devastated by removing essential nutrients from our food supply, adding back potentially harmful ones like vitamin D and iron, creating new toxic foods like hydrogenated shortenings and margarine’s, and eating too many refined polyunsaturated vegetable oils.

The dramatic increase in sugar consumption that also occurred in this century has also been detrimental. An epidemic of degenerative diseases has resulted.

It is no surprise that the epidemic of coronary artery disease began a few years after this nutrient-deprivation experiment began. Coronary artery disease, which will hereafter be referred to as heart disease, is largely a twentieth-century phenomenon.

It appeared in the medical literature for the first time in 1912 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Even in the teens, the degeneration of arteries was so rare that the famous cardiologist Dr. Paul Dudley White spent ten years looking for it and found only three cases.

413 Today over sixty million Americans have some degree of coronary disease. One in three persons will die from it.

The imbalance in nutrients that occurs due to our modern deprivation experiment upsets the ability of the body to handle cholesterol correctly.

CHOLESTEROL OXIDATION

Cholesterol is an innocent and essential substance that is always traveling down the highway of your bloodstream.

Then, out of nowhere, a drunk driver known as a free radical slams into it. Careening out of control, cholesterol slams into your artery wall.

The body then covers up the whole accident scene with plaque. If the artery is not strengthened where it had been weakened by the accident, it might rupture. Result?

Your arteries are thinner. When a clot from platelets that are too sticky comes down the highway, it gets stuck where the road is too narrow.

Depending on which artery gets blocked, you will either have a heart attack, stroke, or a dangerous cutoff of circulation somewhere else in your body.

The whole thing begins with free radicals. Cholesterol is merely part of the process because it is ubiquitous.

Free radicals cannot do their damage as long as we get enough of the antioxidants that neutralize them. If cholesterol doesn’t oxidize, it is harmless.

Top ten Water Facts

1. Drink six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.

Pregnant and lactating women and athletes need more. Coffee, tea, and sodas do not count toward your daily water requirement.

These drinks act as diuretics and lower the amount of water in your body.

2. A lack of water can significantly decrease work performance. It can also cause constipation, and can increase the risk to kidney problems and urinary tract infections.

3. Don’t drink unfiltered tap water. Chlorine is the most dangerous element in most water supplies. It has been implicated in cancer causation, heart disease, and other health problems.

Fluoride may also increase cancer risk. Dr. John Yiamouyiannis’s Fluoride: The Aging Factor discusses the dangers of fluoride in depth. Other undesirable elements found in tap water include nitrates, radon, lead, and other toxic chemicals.

The best forms of water filtration are distillation, or a reverse osmosis filter combined with a solid carbon filter. If there is no fluoride added to your water, then a solid carbon filter alone will suffice.

Taste is no indication of water’s safety. Make sure to get a filter for your shower. Taking a shower in chlorinated water is as bad as drinking it.

4. Highly sweetened drinks are not absorbed and used by the body as quickly as plain water. Cold water, between 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit, is absorbed best.

5. Drink water regularly throughout the day. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to replenish your body’s water supply.

6. Fresh fruits and vegetables contain a lot of water. People who eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables can drink less water.

7. Switching to a diet higher in fiber increases your need for water.

8. Athletes should not consume high-fiber foods such as whole grains, whole grain cereals, or apples right before exercise, as high-fiber foods can pull water from the body into the intestinal tract.

9. Older Americans have decreased thirst and need to pay special attention to drinking enough water.

10. Drinking more water does not increase your tendency to bloat. In fact, drinking water will decrease bloating.

Salt and sodium-rich foods, imbalanced female hormones, and poor cardiac function are the most common causes for bloating.

Top Ten Things to put on Your Shopping List

1. Fresh fruits and vegetables, organic if possible. Fresh produce has more nutrients per calorie than any other food. They should be juiced, eaten raw, or lightly steamed.

2. Fermented dairy products like yogurt. Buy plain, sugar free varieties that are free of artificial sweeteners. Add your own fruit for flavor.

3. Organic virgin flaxseed, canola, or olive oil.

4. Spring or distilled water if you do not have a high quality water filter in your house. Don’t buy bottled filtered tap water. Read labels.

5. Dried beans, lentils, and black-eyed peas. Precooked varieties may also be used for convenience.

6. Raw nuts, especially almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, and brazil nuts still in their shell. Avoid raw peanuts. Organic nuts are best.

7. Whole-grain pastas, breads, and snacks. If it doesn’t say “whole” on the ingredient listing, as in “whole wheat flour” or “whole durham flour,” it isn’t.

8. Unfermented green tea, Cafix, Celestial Seasonings’ “Iced Delight,” or any other natural herbal drink mix that does not contain sugar or artificial sweeteners.

9. Salsa, mild or spicy, as a replacement for sugar-laden ketchup.

10. Herbs and spices, including garlic, ginger, thyme, rosemary, basil, cayenne pepper, and turmeric.

 What is Hypoglycemia ?

HYPOGLYCEMIA OR LOW BLOOD SUGAR refers to the. body’s inability to maintain normal levels of sugar in the blood.

Sugar is the main source of fuel for the body, and sugar levels must remain steady. Otherwise, the brain and other organs cannot function normally.

When sugar levels become undesirably low, as can occur between meals or soon after sweets are eaten, the following problems can occur:

  • Food cravings, especially for sugar and starchy foods
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Anger
  • PMS
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Arrhythmias
  • Inability to concentrate .
  • Panic attacks

Most of us at one time or another experience a degree of low blood sugar. If we are tired or moody because we have not eaten for many hours, it is a sign that our blood sugar is low.

Yet chronic hypoglycemia is more than mere moodiness associated with a lack of food. It is a sign that the organs that help balance blood sugar, such as the adrenal glands and the pancreas, aren’t doing a good enough job.

Fortunately, the symptoms of hypoglycemia can be eliminated with a diet of whole foods, frequent meals, and carefully chosen nutritional Supplements.

The Glucose Tolerance Test

How do you know if you have hypoglycemia?

One way is to have a physician administer a four hour glucose tolerance test. In this test, you arrive at the physician’s office in the morning without having eaten anything.

You then drink a solution of sugar that assaults your body with more sugar than you are likely to consume in a day.

Your blood is then taken every hour for at least four hours and the sugar levels are recorded.

If your blood sugar goes too high or too low or there are steep dives between readings, your body is showing it cannot control blood sugar well.

Your symptoms during the glucose tolerance test are just as important as your blood readings.

If you are fainting, have a headache, or feel dizzy or nauseous during the test, you can be sure you have hypoglycemia no matter what the blood readings are.

Many physicians pronounce a patient free of low blood sugar based on the blood sugar readings even though the patient has fallen asleep or fainted. Are they treating a person or a test?

An easier way to determine whether you have blood sugar instability is to examine your symptoms.

This may not be as definitive as a glucose tolerance test, but many do not have access to a physician who administers such tests.

Since the treatment for hypoglycemia is a healthy diet and lifestyle, which often effectively removes the symptoms, many have found this an effective way of assessing and treating their blood sugar instability.

The following are signs of low blood sugar:

  • I get headaches or feel weak, shaky, or like fainting if I haven’t eaten for three or more hours.
  • I often crave sugar.
  • My energy levels are more stable when I eat meals higher in protein.
  • Sometimes I notice that I get angry when I haven’t eaten for more than three hours.
  • I get very moody or tired when I eat sugar.
  • I feel best when I eat small meals throughout the day.

Saying yes to any of these questions does not classify you as a hypoglycemic. Agreement to most or all of them, however, is a sign that, you need to change your diet to one that is more effective at balancing blood sugar.

Low blood sugar comes in varying degrees of severity. Many who can pass a glucose tolerance test are often told, “You do not have low blood sugar.

Yet they may have mild blood sugar problems that only come up after many hours without eating or when they are under stress.

They need to change their diet as well. They cannot expect their energy levels to remain constant without eating small meals that contain protein at regular intervals throughout the day.

Cardio and Yoga

Cardio

Sometimes, it is gross how some people simply say, “this exercise burns muscle” or “if you exercise on an empty stomach your body is forced to burn fat”. They really don’t know a thing about cardio, let me cut the bull out of it and tell you what.

Cardio is short for cardiovascular exercise, which encompasses any exercise that benefits the heart. This was used mainly to refer to aerobic training but research suggests that weight lifting also benefits the heart so it’s not isolated in those colorful dances anymore of bygone years. To put is simply, Cardiovascular exercise means that you’re involved in an activity that raises your heart rate to a level where you’re working, but can still manage to talk.

The reason why cardio is so important is because it’s one way to burn calories and help you lose weight as wells. At the same time, it makes your heart strong as well as increases your lung capacity. In line with this, you are bale to reduce risk of heart attack, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes and it will also make you feel good. On the side, this type of exercise will help you sleep better and reduce stress, and so on, I could go on all day.

Aerobic Exercise

Now, let me go to technicalities here. An Aerobic exercise is any sustainable activity that utilizes oxygen and thus the burning of fat. Now, this definition is a little ambiguous because you can have weight training which more aerobic especially when people aren’t using a heavy load but have longer sets that actually use more oxygen.

To contrast it with cardio, think just think about the rests in between and any activity can be potentially one. If your heart rate is allowed to lower between the intervals followed by maximum output then you are more in the anaerobic range. However, if you are only doing intervals but the heart does not really drop substantially then you are going to be in more of a cardio range. Clear?

In a nutshell, anything lasting just a few seconds is going to be primarily anaerobic which includes maximal bouts of output and active rest between repetitions with actual rest between the sets. Examples of this are 50 yard-dash, weight lifting, Olympic lifting, and power-lifting. Meanwhile, anything lasting a few minutes is primarily the glycolytic system where there are prolonged bouts such as Basketball and Soccer. Now, anything beyond that first few minutes and you are in the aerobic zone.

Outside Exercise

This would include longer runs, rowing, and hiking. Its all about how your heart rate drops somewhat but doesn’t drop a lot and is still elevated in its output so that oxygen must fuel the process.Bottom line is, when it comes to cardio exercise, anything that gets your heart rate up minus long rests, fits the description. It’s not really what you do, but how hard you work cause any exercise can be challenging if you make it.

So while you’re at it, do something you enjoy where you can see yourself doing at least 3 days a week. Also, be flexible and don’t do the same thing all the time because it’s boring. More importantly, really make the time for it for people who workout don’t have more time than people who don’t, they’re just better at it. If you have to, pay someone to make you exercise, like a good personal trainer to take care of all the stuff on motivation, goal-reaching, etc.

If you are compressed for time, do high intensity which will burn more calories in a shorter period of time and will also continue to burn calories afterwards. On the other hand, this high impact and places more stress on your joints and musculature than moderate cardio so just be careful.

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