Hemp Seeds – Amazing Crunchy Goodness

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I’ve been eating hemp seeds for awhile now. They taste great and they provide a blast of nutritional power that far exceeds almost any food available today. I’ve written about the benefits of hemp before, but hemp seeds need their own special shout out, because they are truly one of nature’s powerful foods. Here are 5 reasons that you need to be adding hemp seeds to your healthy diet.

They are a superior source of vegetarian protein. This high protein percentage strengthens the immune system and fends off toxins in the body.

Hemp seeds improve cardio vascular health. They contain the highest source of botanical fatty acids and a perfect balance of omega 3 and omega 6 linolenic acids.

Hemp seeds are the richest known source of essential polyunsaturated fatty acids. They contain phytonutrients that ward off disease throughout the body.

Hemp seeds contain all essential amino acids for our body including 9 amino acids that our bodies don’t produce.

Hemp seeds will lower your cholesterol. They produce phytosterols which helps remove fat from your arteries.

Yes, hemp seeds are a member of the cannabis family, but there is no need to be concerned that they will get you high. Hemp seeds contain a very low amount of THC, plus they contain a substance that counteracts THC.

If you’re looking for an excellent source of protein and healthy fats, then hemp seeds are the way to go. Here are some delicious ways to add them to your diet.

-Sprinkle them over salads.

-Add them to scrambled eggs or pancakes for breakfast.

-Put them in your smoothie.

-Throw a handful in your mouth.

This is just one way to take advantage of the power of hemp. I hope you find other ways to use this amazing plant in your healthy life.

Have more questions? “Contact me” for an “Empower Your Health” strategy session.

Make it a great week!

Namaste,

Bruce

My Experience With Intermittent Fasting

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I’m not a diet guy. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever been on a diet in my life. But the science behind intermittent fasting has intrigued me to take a look at it for my own health and the health of my clients.
Fasting has been around for thousands of years as a spiritual practice. so this is not a new diet fad. Now science has the data to back it up. So what is intermittent fasting? It’s really just another form of calorie restriction, but with more healthy benefits than just weight loss.

Here are some healthy benefits of Intermittent Fasting:

*Your body was built for periodic cycles of feast and famine-Constant feasting causes the body to skip it’s natural repair an rejuvenation process, therefore increasing the chance of disease.

*It’s the most effective way to shed unwanted fat and reduce sugar cravings-Fasting provokes the secretion of the fat burning hormone HGH. Your body burns fat instead of sugar as it’s primary fuel and reduces sugar cravings which normalizes your insulin levels.

*Reduces oxidative stress-Fasting reduces the accumulation of free radicals in the cells which can increase the chances for cardiovascular disease and cancer.

*Fasting slows down the aging process-Fasting increases energy levels, it lowers the risk of chronic disease, it repairs genes and increases longevity. It has also been linked to the prevention of aging diseases like dementia and Alzheimers.

These are just a few of the benefits of intermittent fasting. The list of benefits is a long one and I encourage you to learn more.

Most Common types of Intermittent Fasting:

16/8-This is the one I like because it’s so simple. You simply set your eating window to 8 hours. The easiest way to do this is to stop eating at 8pm every evening. Instead of breakfast, you have your first meal at 12pm. You then continue a healthy diet until 8pm in the evening. Rinse and repeat.

24 hour-Stop, eat, stop. You simply fast for 2 non-consecutive 24 hour periods per week.

Intermittent fasting is a healthy process for most people, however, diabetics and people who are hypoglycemic should exercise caution. I always encourage you to consult your doctor when beginning such a process.
Are you interested in learning more? Why not “contact me” for a complimentary Health Strategy session.

Have a healthy and happy day!

Namaste,

Bruce

Cholesterol: What Is The Real Story?

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The cholesterol discussion seems to get more muddled every day. The American Heart Association and most doctors continue to tout cholesterol as the enemy. However, the WHO and many scientific journals say, “Not so fast”.
I’ve struggled with high cholesterol and inflammation my entire adult life. My most recent screening still showed high levels of bad cholesterol(LDL). My doctor says it’s genetic and I need a statin. New studies don’t support this. So what’s a 53yr old healthy male to do? I’m going with my gut. Here are a few facts.

-Cholesterol is a substance vital to the cells of all mammals.

-High cholesterol foods don’t raise your cholesterol. Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat a little cholesterol and decreases when you eat a lot.

-Statin drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life. Statins disturb the functions of the muscles, heart and brain. They’ve also been shown to cause cancer in rats.

-People with high cholesterol live longer. At least fifteen studies found that total mortality was inversely associated with either total or LDL-cholesterol, or both. This means that it is actually much better to have high than to have low cholesterol if you want to live to be very old.

So there you have it. Sort of.
I’ll admit it, I don’t know where to go with this. Do I listen to my doctor and go back on my statin? Sorry doc. Not gonna happen. I need a second opinion.

So what are your thoughts? Is the danger of high cholesterol a myth? And if it’s a myth, where lies the truth? I need your help with this.

I hope to hear from you on your cholesterol thoughts. Let’s have this discussion!

If you’re currently battling cholesterol issues and would like to chat, please “Click Here” for your free “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”

In good health,
Bruce

- See more at: http://bruce-anderson.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2014/01/cholesterol-what-is-the-real-story#sthash.qwVEXNui.dpuf

Inflammation-The Real Silent Killer

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Dr. Weil’s Anti Inflammatory Food Pyramid

If you saw my last post regarding cholesterol then you know that it’s not the enemy that’s it’s been perceived to be. So the next question is, if not cholesterol then what is the real enemy?

Inflammation is actually Mother Nature’s way of protecting our bodies from bacteria and viruses. As we heal, our body goes back to it’s normal state and inflammation recedes. So we need inflammation. The problem arises when we constantly expose our bodies to stress, and a poor diet of foods that our bodies are not designed to process ie. trans fats, sugar, refined foods. Chronic inflammation occurs in the arteries and other parts of the body and health issues like heart disease and Alzheimer’s are prevalent.

So what is the remedy? There are two steps, reduce stress in your life and eat real food. It’s that simple.
There are many ways to reduce stress and improve diet such as exercise and eating fruits and vegetables. So what are you doing to prevent inflammation? What are your thoughts on chronic inflammation? I would love your feedback.

Would you like to learn more about chronic inflammation? Is it possibly effecting your health? Do you need help reducing stress and improving your diet?
Contact me for a free health consultation at www.kriyaliving.com. Together we will tackle your health challenges.

Healthy trails,
Bruce

What Is Your Statin Really Doing For You?

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You’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol so you should go on a statin drug right? How many of you have had this conversation with your doctor?
The first questions you may want to ask your doctor is, “How will lowering my cholesterol improve my health?” and, “why should I be on a statin?”
It’s in our nature to trust our doctors and to follow their diagnosis, but are they sometimes to quick to provide treatment before they have determined the actual cause?
Here are some facts about that statins that you should know:

-There is no evidence that statin drugs improve cardiovascular health. In fact, more evidence suggests that cardiovascular risk can be increased with the use of statins especially in women, diabetics and young people.

-Statins do not decrease the risk of heart attack.

-Statins are designed to lower cholesterol. Studies have shown that low cholesterol levels are associated with an increase in cancer, neurological disorders and muscle disorders.

-Statins poison crucial enzymes in the body like CoQ10.

-Studies have shown that older people with higher cholesterol levels have increased longevity. Every cell in the body needs cholesterol for optimum functionality.

Statins are the most widely prescribed pharmaceutical today and Big Pharma is making millions of dollars off the marketing of these drugs. They will be the last to come clean about health risks.
If you’re concerned about your cardiovascular health, have a conversation with your doctor. Discuss natural alternatives like a healthier diet and introducing anti inflammatory foods like fish oil, turmeric and ginger.
Don’t fall into the medication trap. Prevention is the cure.

Just say no to statins!

If you’re interested in learning more about healthy living through nutrition and exercise, “Click Here” for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.” Together we will put you on the path to great health.

Stay healthy my friends.

Cholesterol, Your Friend, Not Your Enemy

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Recently I’ve seen a lot of articles about how cholesterol is no longer the enemy when it comes to cardiovascular health. The low fat/high carb diet is out and healthy fats are now touted as the fuel that are bodies need.

Cholesterol is actually helpful, not harmful. It plays a critical role in protecting the arteries from inflammation, which is the real culprit. Where does inflammation come from? From the low fat/high carb diets that we’ve been told are good for us.

Even though they should know better, the healthcare industry continues to tell us that saturated fat and cholesterol are silent killers, thus depriving us of necessary nutrients and allowing us to consume unhealthy oils, trans fats, sugars, and chemical ridden low fat junk foods.

Our bodies require saturated fat and cholesterol for proper metabolism, healthy brain function(the majority of your brain is made of cholesterol) hormone balance and cell formation. Without these two nutritional components major health issues such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s can arise.

I’ve had high cholesterol my entire life and have been told by my doctor that I’m at high risk for a heart attack or stroke. But is cholesterol really the issue? I’m having that conversation with my doctor. What about you? Where do you stand on the great cholesterol debate? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

I will continue this important discussion on cholesterol and inflammation in future posts.
In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about how your cholesterol and diet may be effecting you, please “click here” for your “Empower Your Health Strategy Session.”

Have a great day!

Bruce