How To Prepare Your Eggs (Why You Are Probably Eating Them The Worst Way Possible)

Go to any breakfast restaurant and 9 times out of 10 you’ll see someone ordering scrambled eggs. “How would you like your eggs?” “Scrambled!”. I’m here to tell you that scrambled eggs are the WORST way to eat eggs, I’ll explain in more detail below.

As we discovered in one of my previous articles, not all eggs are created equal. To find out the best way to shop for eggs, click this link for some prerequisite reading.

Whites Only!

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One thing a lot of people like to do is eat the egg whites only, especially people who are trying to “lose weight”. When you eat the whites only you can actually create a biotin deficiency. Most people who do this usually don’t consume the yolk because they think that it will raise their cholesterol, give them heart disease and kill them; this is inaccurate (you’ll learn below).

So how does this biotin deficiency happen? There’s a substance called avidin in egg whites which strongly binds on to the biotin, which is also known as vitamin b7 or vitamin h. It turns out that when this process happens your body cannot absorb it, which is how you create a deficiency.

Some of the symptoms of a biotin deficiency are hair thinning, brittle nails,  hair loss, lack of appetite, it affects growth, and also dermatitis. Now doesn’t all of that sound just lovely?

Scramble Your Good Health Away

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When you eat scrambled eggs you are setting yourself up for some health problems. The process of cooking scrambled eggs oxidizes the cholesterol in the yolk, also the iron that is in the yolk further oxidizes the cholesterol. You want to avoid this because our blood vessels don’t have receptors for cholesterol but they do have receptors for oxidized cholesterol. What does this mean? This means that you could eat as many raw eggs as you’d like and it would not affect your cholesterol in any way, but it’s when you introduce it to heat is when you start getting problems with your cholesterol and potentially heart disease.

When you heat eggs up, or any foods for that matter, it affects their nutritional value. In eggs there are two highly perishable nutrients called lutein and zeaxanthin that are destroyed when you cook the eggs. Lutein and zeaxanthin are antioxidants that play a crucial role in eye health, antioxidants in general play a huge rule in our overall health, two of it’s bigger roles are the prevention of cancer and heart disease.

So definitely don’t scramble your eggs especially if you already have cholesterol issues as this can and probably will make matters worse.

What Is The Best Way To Eat Eggs?

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You are not going to like the answer but you’ve probably already guessed it; the best way to consume eggs are raw. The whole thing, the whites, the yolk, uncooked. I know, I know that sounds disgusting.

A lot of people are convinced that the cholesterol in our diet will affect the cholesterol in our bodies but this is not the case at all.

I personally think eating raw eggs are disgusting, so I just crack 3-4 open everyday and throw them in my Shakeology shake. Honestly, I don’t even taste the eggs and I’m getting all of the benefits. Just make sure to drop the eggs at the last second and don’t blend them more than 3 seconds to preserve it’s nutritional value.

If raw eggs are simply not an option for you because it will make you puke, then I suggest you cook your eggs with low heat sunny side up; this isn’t as beneficial as raw eggs but at the same time this isn’t as bad as scrambled or overheated eggs.

 

Skip Breakfast And Turn Your Body Into a Fat Burning Machine! Why Intermittent Fasting Works

I remember back when I was in grade school, my mother would never allow me to head out in the morning without eating “the most important meal of the day”, breakfast. We literally would not leave the house until I ate something. Sometimes I negotiated with her by telling her I’ll take my food with me and eat it in the car on the way to school. It worked, sometimes.

Mother may know best about some things, but when she tells you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it turns out she is WRONG. Skipping breakfast can actually be one of the most profoundly powerful strategies you can have to optimize your health. There is now a good deal of research supporting the health benefits of intermittent fasting.

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One of the primary reasons for this is because it helps shift your body from burning sugar/carbs to burning fat as its primary fuel. For optimal effectiveness, in the case of daily intermittent fasting, the length of your fast must be at least 16 hours. 

Essentially, this equates to simply skipping breakfast, and making lunch your first meal of the day instead. This is because it takes about six to eight hours for your body to metabolize your glycogen stores; after that you start to shift to burning fat. However, if you are replenishing your glycogen by eating every eight hours (or sooner), you make it far more difficult for your body to use your fat stores as fuel. With that being said, there have been studies that show some benefits starting at the 12 hour mark of your fast; but if you are looking for optimal benefits aim for 16-18 hours.

Proper nutrition becomes even more important when fasting, so you really want to address your food choices before you try fasting. This includes minimizing carbs and replacing them with healthful fats, like coconut oil, olive oil, olives, grass fed butter, pastured eggs, avocados, and nuts. It typically takes several weeks to shift to fat burning mode, but once you do, your cravings for unhealthy foods and carbs will automatically disappear. This is because you’re now actually able to burn your stored fat and don’t have to rely on new fast-burning carbs for fuel.  According to Brad Pilon, author of ‘Eat Stop Eat’

“Health care practitioners across the board are so afraid to recommend eating less because of the stigma involved in that recommendation, but we are more than happy to recommend that someone start going to the gym. If all I said was you need to get to the gym and start eating healthier, no one would have a problem with it. When the message is not only should you eat less, you could probably go without eating for 24 hours once or twice a week, suddenly it’s heresy.”

Aside from removing your cravings for sugar and snack foods and turning you into an efficient fat-burning machine, modern science has confirmed there are many other good reasons to fast intermittently. For example, research presented at the 2011 annual scientific sessions of the American College of Cardiology in New Orleans showed that fasting triggered a 1,300 percent rise of human growth hormone (HGH) in women, and an astounding 2,000 percent in men!1

Fasting triggers stem cell regeneration of damaged, old immune system

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A new study published by the University of Southern California states “In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage — a major side effect of chemotherapy — but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.”2

 

 Other health benefits of intermittent fasting include:

  • Preserving memory functioning and learning3

  • Reducing inflammation and lessening free radical damage

  • Improving biomarkers of disease4

  • Normalizing your insulin and leptin sensitivity, which is key for optimal health

  • Normalizing ghrelin levels, also known as “the hunger hormone”

  • Lowers risk of coronary artery disease and diabetes5

  • Lowering triglyceride levels

Why not give it a try? Consider skipping breakfast, make sure you stop eating and drinking anything but water three hours before you go to sleep, and restrict your eating to an 8-hour (or less) time frame every day. In the 6-8 hours that you do eat, have healthy protein, minimize your carbs like pasta, bread, and potatoes and exchange them for healthful fats like grass fed butter, pastured eggs, avocado, coconut oil, olive oil and nuts. This will help shift you from carb burning to fat burning mode. Once your body has made this shift your desire for sweets and junk food significantly decreases if not disappears entirely.

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Remember it takes a few weeks, and you have to do it gradually, but once you succeed and switch to fat burning mode, you’ll be easily able to fast for 18 hours and not feel hungry. The “hunger” most people feel is actually cravings for sugar, and these will disappear, as if by magic, once you successfully shift over to burning fat instead.

 

References and Sources:

1. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-04/imc-sfr033111.php

2. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/06/140605141507.htm

3. http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0066069

4. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-04/imc-sfr033111.php

5. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130426115456.htm

Simple Aids To Digestion (6 TIPS TO IMPROVE DIGESTION)

You see it all the time, friends and family burping and farting at the dinner table; it’s become so commonplace that people don’t even say “excuse me” anymore. People are even carrying around antacids like it’s a pack of gum. Popping them with every meal. There’s a huge problem with taking antacids as you will discover later in this article. 

Acid reflux, gas, bloating, burping out of the ordinary, stomach distention, irregular bowel movements, headaches, muscle/joint aches, these are all signs of poor digestion.

The #1 cause of poor digestion.

Stress. Commonly called “The Silent Killer”. Many people run around looking for pills to fix everything, but instead of medicating the cause you should be looking at the cause which is usually diet and lifestyle factors.

“Stress is not a state of mind… it’s measurable and dangerous, and humans can’t seem to find their off-switch.” These words of warning come from renowned author and award-winning neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky in the documentary Stress: Portrait of a Killer.

Poor Food Quality and Overcooking Food

Even if you have high quality food, if you overcook it you will kill the food, kill the enzymes, you’ll destroy too much of the nutrition in the food, and the benefits gained in cooking foods like high fiber in some meats that need to be cooked can be lost when you overcook it. For example when you eat red meat you should cook it as little as possible, searing each side but leaving the inside raw is the healthiest way to consume your red meat. If you eat  a well done steak you’re just eating dead carcass.

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Food quality has to be high or you’re not going to have adequate enzymes and nutrition. Always buy organic when possible.

Eating Too Fast

Absorb more nutrients and energy from foods. Chewing breaks your food down from large particles into smaller particles that are more easily digested. This also makes it easier for your intestines to absorb nutrients and energy from the food particles as they pass through, while also preventing improperly digested food from entering your blood and causing a wide range of adverse effects to your health.

Saliva contains digestive enzymes, so the longer you chew, the more time these enzymes have to start breaking down your food, making digestion easier on your stomach and small intestine. One of these enzymes is lingual lipase, an enzyme that helps break down fats, for example. Saliva also helps to lubricate your food so it’s easier on your esophagus.

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The chewing process predigests your food into small pieces and partially liquefies it, making it easier to digest. Digestion is actually a very demanding task for your body, requiring a great deal of energy, especially if forced to digest improperly chewed food. Chewing properly allows your stomach to work more efficiently and break down your food faster.

When large particles of improperly chewed food enter your stomach, it may remain undigested when it enters your intestines. There bacteria will begin to break it down, or in other words it will start to putrefy, potentially leading to gas and bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, cramping and other digestive problems.

Constipation

Being constipated is a great way to be tired and sick! When you are constipated dangerous bacteria have time to come out of spore form and proliferate in your intestinal tract, as do parasites. Once they have time to hang out in your intestinal tract, they begin migrating through your body to their favorite organs. Once there, they begin eating into your tissues to lay their egg (doesn’t this sound lovely?), producing high levels of inflammation. As inflammation increases, so does the stress hormone cortisol, which will exhaust your adrenal glands typically within as little as 4-6 months.

The most common cause of constipation is dehydration, when this happens toxins concentrate in the colon. Since the colon is the first place the body tries to harvest additional water in a dehydrated person, as the body squeezes water from your stale old poop, it also takes in very toxic liquid that puts a huge burden on the liver and detoxification systems in general.

If you’re eating 3 meals a day but are only pooping once every 3 days, or even once a day could be a problem, this means you have a lot of backup in the system.

Regularity is so important for your health because without it, toxins accumulate and are recirculated in your bloodstream. Constipation can also increase your risk of hemorrhoids or fecal impaction, in which your stool must be removed manually.

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If you want to learn more about this, I’d suggest you read “Dr. Jensen’s Guide To Better Bowel Movements.

Poor Food Combination Sources

The all-american diet consists of protein and starches at the same meal. Everybody does it; meat and potatoes, hot dogs in a bun, hamburger in a bun, spaghetti and meatballs, macaroni and cheese. Do you see anything wrong with this diet? You do not want to mix proteins and starches in the same meal.

“Starches require an alkaline digestive medium to digest. If you put your fist in your stomach while it’s digesting steaks and all that, chances are, you wouldn’t have a hand anymore. The acid is intense… When you mix them both together – an acid-type of food and an alkaline – basic chemistry shows that they don’t digest. They neutralize. Then what happens? If the food is not digesting… it’s going through your body [undigested], throwing it into all kinds of turmoil.” – Dr. Wayne Pickering

If the food you eat is not digesting properly, not only can painful gas, heart burn, acid reflux and other stomach problems arise, but your body will also be deprived of critical nutrients.

The short definition of digestion is: you put food or liquid into your mouth, swallow it, and then your body breaks these molecules down into a size it can absorb. What your body doesn’t use is excreted as waste. These are the four processes listed above—digestion, absorption, assimilation and elimination. But food is actually broken down in a number of different areas, including in your mouth, stomach, and the first and middle sections of your small intestine, called the duodenum and jejunum respectively.

The truth is, your body is infinitely wise, with a natural inborn “instinct” toward health, and by following certain natural principles, you allow your body to do what it does best, which is to maintain an equilibrium of health. Dr. Pickering’s three basic principles of health are:

  1. You are automatically healthy, by design, and sick only by default

  2. You don’t catch disease; you “earn” it, as it stems from “crud in the blood from being drunk with junk,” as he says

  3. You get well by what comes out of you, not by what goes into you

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The Three Commandments of Food Combination

Dr. Pickering lays out three basic commandments of eating that he recommends you not deviate from:

1. No proteins and starches at the same meal, as they neutralize each other and prevent proper digestion of either food. To ensure proper digestion of each food, wait two hours after eating a starch before eating protein. And wait three hours after eating protein before eating a starch.

2. No fruits and vegetables at the same meal. Fruits are either a single or double sugar, whereas the starches are a triple sugar. Fruits mechanically break down in your stomach, but chemically, they don’t break down until they reach the third and fourth stage of your digestive system, which are in your small intestine. Starches, again, are broken down in three different stages, starting in your mouth.

According to Dr. Pickering, this is also why it’s crucial to not eat dessert after a meal. When you do, it gets trapped in your stomach with all that other food, where it starts to rot as it’s not being chemically digested there. Therefore, eat fruit 30-60 minutes before dinner. The same applies if you want to eat another piece of fruit. Acidic fruits, such as lemons for example, also do not combine well with starches. Lemon and banana is but one example of a combination that is sure to lead to gastrointestinal upset…

Many people consider tomatoes a fruit, yet it’s commonly added to salad. Dr. Pickering classifies tomatoes as a “fruit-vegetable,” because even though they don’t have the sugar like most fruits, they’re still an acidic fruit-vegetable. As such they’re okay to combine with other vegetables. He suggests the following recipe for an excellent salad:

“Any kind of vegetable that has seed in it; for example summer squash, zucchini, eggplant, cucumbers, bell peppers, and okra—those are all fruit-vegetables. Your tomatoes go well with those. And since lettuce and celery have a neutral effect, as far as the breakdown of food, the celery and the lettuce combine very well with all of that. You can also add avocados.”

3. “Eat melon alone, or leave it alone, or your stomach will moan.” In short, melons do not digest well with other foods and will frequently cause problems unless consumed by itself.

Medical Drug Side Effects

This could cause a ton of trouble with digestion. So anybody who is taking prescribed or even over the counter drugs who has digestive troubles should take the time to do a little research to find out if your medical drug is causing your compromised digestion. A great book to look at is Drug Facts & Comparisons. 

Popping Antacids Like Skittles

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The problem with popping antacids is that acid reflux is almost always caused by a lack of hydrochloric acid, and even though the antacids alleviate the discomfort of burping up stomach acid, they actually make the situation worst in most cases. Being low in hydrochloric acid is very common these days, and if the body cannot effectively break down foods the stomach will hold on to them longer so while you keep eating meals your stomach literally backs up to where your burping it into your mouth.  The answer is that most people need digestive support in the form of hydrochloric acid or digestive enzymes, not an antacid. Be careful taking antacids because it is a very common way to get parasites in the body.

TIPS FOR IMPROVING DIGESTION

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 #1 TIP: Slow down and really chew your food!

Do you value yourself enough to be present with yourself, and present with your food? Don’t eat in stressful environments such as business meetings, allow yourself some quiet down time to enjoy your food. Some people eat so fast they don’t even taste the food! They are in such a hurry to guzzle down their food and rush off to their next appointment. All of which fall into the category of stress.

#2 TIP: Herbs!

There are a number of herbs that can be used to support digestion. Herbs you can cook with, take as a supplement, you can add to salad dressings. Some examples are ginger, garlic, licorice, cider, lime juice, peppermint, fennel seed.

#3 TIP: Digestive Enzymes!

As mentioned earlier, instead of taking an antacid you should experiment with digestive enzymes. You aren’t what you eat, but you are what you digest and absorb.

If your body does not break down and absorb nutrients optimally, the effects can go far beyond the occasional abdominal discomfort you’re feeling. In fact, it’s been said that a healthy digestive system is at the root of all health. That’s logical — your digestive tract is the basic source of the nourishment every cell in your body needs. I want you to eat the healthiest, most nutritious diet possible. But if your stomach and intestines aren’t working efficiently, even the ideal diet won’t do as much for your health. You’re not going to be able to optimally extract and absorb the chemical building blocks your body depends on. To help your digestive tract do its all-important job, you’ve got to understand some of the chemical wizardry that goes on inside your stomach and small intestine.

Make sure you are taking a high quality enzyme. We recommend Nutrilite’s Digestive Enzyme Complex.

#4 TIP: Avoid Chewing Gum!!

Chewing gum interferes with the coordinated digestive tract reflexes that I just described above. Every time you put a stick of gum in your mouth and start to chomp, your brain thinks you’re eating food. So it sends signals to your stomach, pancreas, and other digestive organs to get them ready for the digestive process. Your pancreas is fooled into manufacturing a batch of the digestive enzymes your brain thinks you’ll need. If you keep this pattern going month after month, your pancreas gets exhausted from the repeated over-production. Then it won’t be able to produce the digestive enzymes you need when you actually require them.

#5 TIP: Hydrate!

If you look at the book “Your Body’s Many Cries For Water” by F. Batmanhelidij, he explains that when we are dehydrated, and because the mucus membrane of the stomach is largely water we then can extract water from the stomach to support central nervous system and core survival functions which then decreases the functionality of the mucus membrane which can lead to irritation in the release of your own hydrochloric acid. This is so easy to fix, just drink plenty of high quality water (artesian water).

Do the pinch test. Grab a piece a skin on the top of your hand, pinch the skin then let go. It should return back to normal in less than one second. If not, this means you are dehydrated. Ideally you want to drink a couple glasses of water at least 20 minutes before each meal. Try not to drink a lot of water with your food because you can dilute the enzyme strength.

#6 TIP: Parasite Cleanse

Many digestive problems could be the results of parasites. Anybody with some type of parasite infection usually has some form of digestive disruption along with it.

To learn more, a great resource is “Healing Parasites and Fungal Infections by Paul Chek.