Saturday, November 24, 2007

5 Steps To Perfect Health

5 Steps To Perfect Health
By: Anna CooganSource: http://www.independent.ieNovember 24, 2007

How healthy are you? According to TV nutritionist Patrick Holford, probably not very. But there is hope for us all yet with this simple guide

‘I'd describe 100pc health as waking up full of energy, with a sharp mind, great mood, no aches and pains, no digestive problems, no weight problems and nothing that would indicate a risk of disease – in other words, perfect blood pressure and cholesterol," says TV nutritionist Patrick Holford, who is currently touring Ireland with the aim of getting us in shape.

“So far, over 5,000 Irish people have completed my questionnaire on diet and lifestyle and the nation's health is not looking good,” he says.

“In my questionnaire, participants are asked about diet, sleep patterns, general health, and allergy symptoms. The average score is around 40pc,” says the founder of The Institute for Optimum Nutrition in London.

“I believe that by following my five steps to better health, people can increase their score in less than three months.

“Celebrity Big Brother contestant Danielle Lloyd is a case in point. The 23-year-old scored 37pc on the test with low energy, bloating and stomach pains, irregular periods and weight gain as her health issues.

“However, she followed my five steps for six weeks and her health score more than doubled to 76pc.

“If you optimise your nutrition and possibly take supplements along with an improved diet, then most people can achieve a score of 80pc or more,” he says.

Holford believes there are five key processes in our bodies – and keeping these in tune are the five golden secrets of

having 100pc health.

1. Balance Your Blood Sugar

Holford says: “It's not fat that is causing the epidemic of weight gain, diabetes and heart disease, it's sugar and refined or processed carbohydrates.

“When you eat too much sugar and refined carbohydrates, you get a quick burst of energy followed by a lull.

“And when your blood sugar is too high you convert the excess to fat. You not only need to eat fewer carbohydrates, but also the right kinds.

“But now there's an exciting new science called glyconutrition, which recognizes that the body needs several different kinds of sugars to make a variety of glycoproteins. An example is glucosamine, which keeps your joints healthy.

“Another example is beta-glucans, carbohydrates that can be found in foods, such as mushrooms, oats, barley, and yeast. These clever sugars help control diabetes, promote weight loss and lower cholesterol.”

Holford's bestselling Low GL Diet is based on these food principles.

2. Eat Fats that Heal, Not Fats that Kill

‘Fat isn’t just the stuff we store too much of. There are intelligent fats too, the omega 3 and 6 fats that control everything from our mood to our risk of heart disease.

“For example, omega 3 fats will do more to reverse arthritis than any pain-killer drug, while six out of eight trials show they are highly effective as anti-depressants.

“The UK's National Institute of Clinical Excellence recommends that all doctors prescribe one gram of fish oil to patients who have had a heart attack. The trouble is, most of us don't eat nearly enough omega 3 and 6 fats.

“I have oily fish three times a day and also have a tablespoon of ground seeds such as flax and pumpkin seeds. And I also take both omega 3 and omega 6 supplements every day too.

“The worst fats are from deep-fried and processed foods high in hydrogenated fats. They make brain membranes thicker and less flexible. They make people thicker too.”

3. Bump up Your B's

‘Alzheimer's is a preventable disease, but the older you are the more B vitamins you need to keep your mind sharp. Many people over the age of 60 need 100 times the basic RDA to keep their memory sharp and protect their brain. B vitamin supplements are essential.

“A toxic substance in your blood, called homocysteine, will predict your risk for heart disease and stroke better than cholesterol, plus your risk of losing your memory. If you have enough B vitamins your homocysteine level is low. If you don't have enough, it goes high.

“Women with high homocysteine levels have 20 times the risk of pregnancy complications or of children born with birth defects.

“There is also a process called methylation that happens a billion times every few seconds in your body and brain. It keeps everything in balance and makes you feel ‘connected' and it depends on B vitamins, especially B6, B12 and folic acid.

“I believe eating wholefoods, fruit and vegetables, and staying away from white, refined foods is essential. I also supplement B vitamins every day, taking BioCare's Optimum Nutrition Pack containing an antioxidant multivitamin, extra vitamin C and essential fats.”

4. Antioxidants Are a Girl's Best Friend

‘The secret to staying young is to up your intake of antioxidants. These are nature's anti-ageing nutrients, high in fruit and vegetables, but highest in berries and dark green vegetables such as kale, spinach and broccoli. Red wine and red grapes contain one of the most potent antioxidants of all, called resveratrol.

“I always advocate eating a multi-coloured diet, with something green, something orange such as carrots, something blue/red such as berries, and something yellow every day – and the odd glass of red wine. The yellow spice turmeric, and also mustard are potent anti-inflammatories.”

5. Water – the Body's Most Essential Nutrient

‘Water is freely available but most people just don't drink enough. You literally need at least eight glasses of water a day. Your brain and body is two thirds water. If you only drink when you’re thirsty, your body is already dehydrated.

Not drinking enough makes you tired and dries out your skin and your joints. It's a major cause of constipation. The long-term effects of not drinking enough are more serious – including kidney stones. Hunger is often confused for thirst, so when you're hungry drink a glass a water. Dehydration also causes a loss of concentration. Drinking water needs to become a habit if you want 100pc health.”


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I hate the outdoors. To me the outdoors is where
the car is.
-- Will Durst

We are inclined to believe those whom we do not
know because they have never deceived us.
-- Samuel Johnson

All that is human must retrograde if it does not
-- Edward Gibbon

Whenever I dwell for any length of time on my own
shortcomings, they gradually begin to seem mild,
harmless, rather engaging little things, not at
all like the staring defects in other people's
---Margaret Halsey
To commemorate her 69th birthday on October 1,
> actress/vocalist,
> Julie Andrews made a special appearance at
> Manhattan's Radio City
> Music Hall for the benefit of the AARP. One of the
> musical numbers
> she performed was 'My Favorite Things' from the
> legendary movie
> 'Sound Of Music.'
> Here are the actual lyrics she used:

> Maalox and nose drops and needles for knitting,
> Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,
> Bundles of magazines tied up in string,
> These are a few of my favorite things.
> Cadillac's and cataracts, and hearing aids and
> glasses,
> Polident and Fixodent and false teeth in glasses,
> Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,
> These are a few of my favorite things.
> When the pipes leak,
> When the bones creak,
> When the knees go bad,
> I simply remember my favorite things,
> And then I don't feel so bad.
> Hot tea and crumpets and corn pads for bunions,
> No spicy hot food or food cooked with onions,
> Bathrobes and heating pads and hot meals they bring,
> These are a few of my favorite things.
> Back pains, confused brains, and no need for
> sinnin',
> Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinnin',
> And we won't mention our short, shrunken frames,
> When we remember our favorite things.
> When the joints ache,
> When the hips break,
> When the eyes grow dim,
> Then I remember the great life I've had,
> And then I don't feel so bad.

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The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
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Order shall return.

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If I had to live my life again, I'd make the same
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Sure there are dishonest men in local government.
But there are dishonest men in national
government too.
-- Richard M. Nixon

The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even
-- William Faulkner

The man who writes about himself and his own time
is the only man who writes about all people and
all time.
-- George Bernard Shaw
Woman's Vocabulary

1.) FINE: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up.

2.) FIVE MINUTES: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five Minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house.

3.) NOTHING: This is the calm before the storm. This means something,and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in FINE.

4.) GO AHEAD: This is a dare, not permission. Don't Do It!

5.) LOUD SIGH: This is actually a word, but is a non-verbal statementoften misunderstood by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and wonders why she is wasting her time standing here and arguing with you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of nothing.)

6.) THAT'S OK: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That's okay means she wants to think long and hard before deciding how and when you will pay for your mistake.

7.) THANKS: A woman is thanking you, do not question, or faint.
Just say you're welcome.

8.) WHATEVER: Is a women's way of saying- well- you know!

9.) DON'T WORRY ABOUT IT , I'LL GET IT: Another dangerous statement,
meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking "what's wrong", for the woman's response refer to # 3.

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I wish for you the best life has to offer and your own personal best, may you be blessed to overflowing.

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