• Masters Human Nutrition, Chiropractic Kinesiologist, Applied Clinical Nutritionist.

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Fats and Essential Fatty Acids in the Diet

There is the great deal of controversy around the truth of including fats and oils in our diet. Many people say that fat and oil cause some common degenerative diseases. The reality is that unhealthy oils create unhealthy people and healthy oils build health in people. Our brain, nervous system and every cell in our body contains come form or fat or fatty acids. Therefore, we need the correct amount and type for our body in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Just like protein is comprised of amino acids, fats are comprised of fatty acids. Some fatty acids are essential to our diet, without which life cannot be sustained and can’t be made by our body, hence the name EFAs (essential fatty acids). They are vital especially to hormone production and healthy development of every cell in our body. When we use trans fatty acids that have been hydrogenated (bubbled with hydrogen gas to increase shelf life in processed foods) this destroys the structure of the EFA’s. When this occurs, this creates a host of health issues such as pain and inflammation and even preventing the cells to do their jobs properly.

But what about natural healthy oils? Of primary concern with fats and oils is the condition of rancidity. When oxygen and light are allowed to penetrate, the oil is then broken down and becomes rancid. For this reason great care must be taken with unsaturated fats and oils to prevent oxygenation, heat and light from damaging the molecules. In general rancidity contributes to premature aging and poor skin health, and subsequent loss of membrane health affecting every cellular function in the body.

So what should we eat? We must consume the naturally occurring oils and fats that are properly protected from light, heat and oxygen. When buying oils, make sure they are in dark glass containers and are stored in cool, dark, dry conditions. Organic olive oil, butter, coconut oil and sesame oil are especially good for our health. Non-food source oils (such as cotton seed, borage, and canola or rape seed) as well as hydrogenation oil should, ideally, be avoided completely. .

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Blood Pressure and Regulation

Idiopathic Hypertension is the name of elevated blood pressure with no explainable etiology/cause. The elevation of systolic and diastolic blood pressure represents an increase in vascular tone for the purpose of increasing blood pressure.

There are a number of speculated mechanisms that may contribute to this reaction and adaptation body. The adrenal and kidney responses result from increased stimulation and stress resulting in increased tension of the vascular tone. Oftentimes elevated blood pressure is a body response high levels of inflammation and allergy in the environment or diet. The body interprets all stress as a wild animal trying to attack it, and so stress that comes from eating certain foods has a reaction of stress that is similar to societal stress, or that comes from truly being in peril. It registers the same on the endocrine system, making no distinction between psychological stress and biochemical stress and circumstantial stress.

As we reduce the stress of our lifestyle and our diet we significantly reduce the adrenal responses to stress attempting to elevate its metabolism and prepare itself for fight or flight responses. A most subtle but consistent factor that should be explored in high blood pressure situations is the presence of chronic food allergies. Most typically corn, soy, milk or wheat can influence the inflammatory levels, creating chronic inflammation resulting in elevation of corticosteroids. Often simply by eliminating the food allergies within three days the blood pressure will be falling and within two weeks it is within the normal range.

It is always best to correct high blood pressure by determining the cause of the elevation, rather than to suppress the symptom only. Magnesium and organic potassium and minerals significantly relax the body. Ionic calcium reduces acidosis and thus reduces tension. When the natural interventions fail reduction of food allergies should always be employed to correct the possible cause of the elevated blood pressure.

Blood pressure medication is very difficult to reduce and discontinue once the body has become accustomed to. Oftentimes blood pressure medication will require subsequent drugs as we get older. It is always desirable to avoid the need for medication until it is absolutely necessary. Oftentimes blood pressure medication will interrupt other functions of the body such as energy level ability to respond to stressful situations and libido, especially in men.

High blood pressure is an intelligent body response to imbalance. The difficulty is to determine what the imbalance is. Blood pressure may naturally be balanced bringing about the elimination of symptoms, instead of symptom suppression. Many are herbal remedies being employed are simply natural approaches to tactics of suppression of blood pressure, and are still symptom-based therapy. The only real correction is to assist the body back into balance and eliminate its need to elevate the vascular tone.

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