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No Energy? Lack Of This Vital Nutrient Could Be The Reason…

by February 13, 2019
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In this blog, we’re going to focus on a nutrient that has gotten a lot of attention in the last 5 or so years. Why? Because this nutrient is vital to ensuring that your body can produce enough energy. If you haven’t already guessed, we are talking about CoQ10 – which is short for Coenzyme Q10.

CoQ10 is not only vital for energy production, but you also need an adequate amount for good overall health and proper body function.

Mitochondria and Energy

Looking back, you might remember the term mitochondria from science class. It was most likely (and rightfully) described as ‘the powerhouse of the cell’. Mitochondria are referred to as the ‘powerhouse’ because they are the structures in your cells that produce energy. If your mitochondria are healthy and functioning well, you’ll tend to have more energy.

However, as most people get older and/or start suffering from chronic diseases, their mitochondria do not function properly. This is the main reason people tend to have less energy as they get older, and also why most people with chronic diseases tend to have very low amounts of energy.

How CoQ10 + Mitochondria = Energy

Mitochondria actually have their own DNA – separate from the DNA that you think of when you think of your own. This DNA is called mitochondrial DNA.

The nutrient CoQ10 is critical to supporting the health of mitochondrial DNA and, in fact, it can even repair damage to it, which is vital to the continued healthy function of mitochondria.

Where Do You Get CoQ10?

CoQ10 comes from two places:

  1. Your body can make it – This happens mainly when you’re young and your body is in better health. However, even for those of us that are in pretty good health, the amount of CoQ10 our body produces starts to significantly decline by the age of 35 or 40.
  2. Through diet and supplementation – As we age and make our way into our mid-thirties and later years, it’s critical to ensure that we’re getting enough CoQ10 through our diet.

Three Things That Deplete CoQ10

  1. Aging: For most people, internal CoQ10 production declines with age.
  2. Statin drugs (Lipitor, Crestor…): These drugs seriously interfere with your body’s ability to make CoQ10. In fact, anyone taking a statin drug needs to be taking at least 100 milligrams of CoQ10 per day – possibly closer to 200 milligrams.
  3. Poor dietary choices: If you’re not eating foods that contain CoQ10, then you’re relying on your body to produce what you need and, as most people age, it simply isn’t enough.

You May be Deficient in CoQ10 if…

Some pretty good clues that you might be deficient in CoQ10 and would probably benefit from increasing your intake are:

  • You’re over 35 years of age
  • You’re on statin drugs to treat high cholesterol
  • You’re suffering from a chronic disease
  • You often feel like you don’t have enough energy

Foods That Contain High Levels of CoQ10

  • Pasture raised meats
  • Organ meats – particularly liver, heart and kidney
  • Wild caught fish
  • Pasture-raised eggs
  • Grass-fed butter
  • Avocados
  • Olives and olive oil
  • Broccoli and cauliflower
  • Nuts (my favorite are walnuts and hazel nuts)

A Sure Way to Get Enough CoQ10

As you have read, CoQ10 plays a huge role in the health of your mitochondria. Unfortunately, with the quality of food steadily decreasing, it is extremely hard for most people to get the proper amounts.

That is why I included it in my product called Super Energy Boost.

Super Energy Boost is like a multivitamin for natural energy. It includes a hundred milligrams of CoQ10 – for all the reasons that we discussed earlier, as well as 30 other nutrients that support energy production. A few of them are: B vitamins for energy production, Vitamin A, E and C for antioxidant support, licorice root for adrenal gland support, and amino acids to support mental energy and clarity.

I have included all of these because, although it is a critical element, there’s a lot more to energy than just your levels of CoQ10.

In addition to dietary supplements, which I think just about every person really needs to take in order to fill in the missing nutrients left behind by our food choices, the actual foods you eat are the most important factor when it comes to healthy mitochondrial and an overall healthy body.

See you in the next blog!

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What Is Food?

by January 9, 2019

We talk a lot about nutrition and what you should and should not put into your body. Of course, that is very important, but to fully understand, it is vital to look at something more fundamental – mainly, what is food?

If you ask people that question, as I have, you’ll get some very interesting answers. And it’s impossible for all to be right because many of them are going to be different, and some of them are actually conflicting. So here are some answers I’ve actually gotten…

So I asked the question, “What is food?”

“Well, Dr. Huntington, food is …what I eat when I’m hungry.” Well, that doesn’t really tell us too much, so we’ll look at another one…

“Dr. Huntington, food is whatever I like to eat!” Alright, well, that would get me in trouble, so let’s look at another one…

“Food is anything that my body can use for energy.” Now that definition is a bit closer, but it is still missing the mark, just a little bit.

I’ve also gotten this one, “Food is cheese fries and a coke, or a hotdog and potato chips and fried chicken and…” I don’t want to know what else he was going to classify as food, so I had to stop him.

So, What IS Food?

Let’s look at the actual definition of food. By the way, why are we looking up definitions? The reason it is a good idea to use a dictionary to help figure out what food actually is, is because there are so many things that people consume that are not food. They are something else, but not food.

Food: A material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy.

Okay, let’s take a closer look at the first part of the definition: A material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat

That, in itself, just eliminated a whole bunch of stuff people are cramming into their mouths and calling “food”. Things like artificial sweeteners, MSG, synthetic trans fat (margarine and vegetable shortening), artificial colorings, common preservatives… That’s just a short list of some of the things that are non-foods that people are eating every single day.

The next part of the definition of food is: to sustain growth, repair and vital processes…

So, what does this mean? It means what you put in your mouth and swallow needs to sustain growth, repair and vital processes. In order for something to be food, it must contribute to the function or the growth of your body. Just to be clear, it does not mean the growth of your waistline. Here, growth means the development of new or enhanced tissue.

For instance, your body creates new cells every day, and your body needs food in order for those cells to grow. Those cells are made up of parts. Where does your body get those parts? Well, primarily from the food you eat.

Your body also needs food to repair damaged tissue. For example, every cell in your body is made up of the cell membrane. It actually separates the outside area of the cell from the inside area of the cell. Remember, you have about 37 trillion of these in your body – and the basic building blocks to each cell wall is mainly protein, carbohydrates and fats. These things need to be pulled from your diet in order to create, or repair cells.

Every cell in your body is made up of what you eat. Evert time a cell needs to be repaired, it’s repaired with tissue from the food you eat. Have you ever heard the phrase, “you are what you eat”? It’s pretty spot on.

The last part of the definition of food: …to furnish energy.

You may be thinking, “I know sugar can be burned as energy.” You are right. Sugar can be a source of energy. But it’s like dirty fuel and is a bad source of energy. Whereas healthy fat in your diet is a much cleaner source of fuel.

How Do You Apply All Of This?

Make sure that when you decide to eat something, first of all, that it is actually food and not something else. And just as important, make sure you eat for the right reason. You should eat to fulfill the actual definition of food – to sustain growth, repair, vital processes and to furnish energy.

You do not eat to fill your stomach, you do not eat to please your taste buds and you do not eat to calm your nerves. You eat to help your body grow, function and repair itself so you have the energy in life to do the things you want to do.

Once you have that down, then you can move to more detail. For instance, what, exactly, are the best foods to eat.

Weight Loss Mistakes to Avoid at Work

by December 18, 2018

Waking up, going to work, spending eight or more hours there, and traveling home can have a large impact on our diets, our sense of wellbeing, and our ability to lose weight. Because work often involves stress along with unusual and/or tight scheduling, it can be a place where our weight loss efforts begin to unravel.

If you live a busy life – and who doesn’t? – check to see if you’re making any of these weight loss mistakes at work. Being aware is the first step toward avoiding them crushing your weight loss dreams.

1. Not Packing Snacks

To get through the day, you need proper meals and snacks that provide you with the right nutrition to keep you going. If you don’t pack your own snacks, you’re likely to get peckish and feel your energy or concentration flagging. When that happens, the vending machine or the snack cart can look very tempting. You might think you’re only having one treat. After all, what’s wrong with one? But if you’re not bringing appropriate snacks to work, that one indulgence can easily become one every day, which will torpedo your weight loss program.

If you can manage it, store some snacks at work and restock each week.

2. Buying Lunch

You promise yourself each day that you’ll buy a healthy lunch. How often does that really work out? Honestly…

Just as grocery shopping when you’re hungry almost guarantees you’ll indulge at the store, looking for lunch when you’re ravenous and pressed for time is a pathway to grabbing a diet buster meal.

Adopt a balanced nutritional routine of planned meals in order to achieve meaningful and lasting weight loss.

3. Eating at Your Desk

Sometimes working through lunch is unavoidable. Problems arise when you eat and work simultaneously. With your attention focused on work, it’s too easy to lose track of how much you actually consume.

If working during lunch is unavoidable, do your utmost to plan and pack your lunch each day. The time when you’re most motivated about a healthful lunch is in the morning before you leave for work. Use that time.

4. Staying Late Means Indulging

Having to work late is common. But just because you stay late doesn’t mean you have to make bad choices about what you eat or automatically agree to the pizza that your colleagues want to order. Working late disrupts your body’s routine. That goes double if you eat quick ‘junk’ because the combination of changed routine and poor food can cause digestive problems and weight gain. Your simple solution is to ensure that you carry extra snacks – just in case – and have some prepared meals at home in the freezer. Or else keep a couple of those meals in the freezer at work for when an unexpected late session arises.

5. Stress Eating

No matter what line of work you’re in, stress is often a part of it. Work stress is a leading cause of overindulgence and weight gain. When you’re stressed, your body produces a natural steroid called cortisol, which is “public health enemy number one”. Avoid making the typical weight loss mistake at work of reaching for the nearest convenient ‘comfort’ snacks. Those are usually in a vending machine and are loaded with sugar. Sugar, along with caffeine, can become a ‘crutch’ for getting through times of stress. The sugar hit releases dopamine in your brain, which makes you feel better and ‘happier’ – temporarily, until your elevated blood glucose level crashes down again, creating a desire to eat more sugary junk. Thus the cycle of stress eating goes.

Avoid these weight loss mistakes when you’re at work by being prepared. Follow a proven weight loss program, prepare your meals and snacks in advance, and be confident knowing you’ll be ready to tackle any situation without killing your weight goals.

Seven Habits for Healthy Body, Mind, and Spirit

by December 17, 2018

Remember when it was considered weird or even ‘whacko’ when people would talk about becoming one with the body, mind, and soul, particularly through meditation, tai chi, yoga, vegetarian diet, or organic food? Not anymore. These approaches are no longer ‘alternative’. They are healthful and helpful.

It’s a simple truth that a healthy body promotes a healthy mind and a healthy mind promotes a healthy body. And connected to both is the spirit. Think of the people you consider most balanced, relaxed, and best able to cope with life. They are the ones who have learned to connect and coordinate the health of the body, mind and spirit.

For you to do the same will involve adopting some habits of healthy living.

1. Go Organic

Switching to all organic food will reduce the toxins entering your body and affecting your digestion, organs, immunity, and mental health. Pesticides, antibiotics and GMOs cause inflammation and attack autoimmune functions, which will affect your wellness, energy, sleep, attitude, and mental health. Eat certified organic food to benefit not only you, but your local farmers as well. Knowing where your food comes from and what is not in it will make you feel better on many levels, which is always good for the soul.

2. Use Pure Supplements

Organic food is wonderful, but make it even more so by ensuring your body receives the best balance of nutrition daily. Supplements should be free of all inflammatory ingredients: sugar, dairy, gluten, artificial flavors, artificial colors, harsh chemical preservatives, and ingredients unnecessary to your wellbeing. Choose supplements designed specifically to support and enhance particular areas of your body and mind: gut health (closely connected to your mental health), autoimmune function, mental acuity, bone integrity, heart health, energy levels, and organ health.

3. Change Stressful Thinking

Stress can promote overeating, diminish sleep quality, weaken immunity, cause inflammatory reactions, and depress mood. Mere negative thoughts can cause adverse reactions in your body.

Removing stress from our modern lifestyle can be a challenge. Regular physical activity, meditation, human touch, enjoyable hobbies, and positive, healing mantras are most definitely habits of healthy living and can benefit your mind, body and spirit. At the very least, take a few deep, cleansing breaths before reacting to anything and look at every stressful situation as an opportunity to learn, cleanse, and grow. Even better is to foster a belief system that your actions every day benefit other people.

4. Ditch Caffeine and Feed the Soul

Many cultures use herbs and spices as a spiritual connection. Stop drinking coffee and switch to herbal and green teas infused with things like ginger, hibiscus, chamomile, calendula, and fennel. They have a calming effect on mental and physical stress. Cinnamon is also an excellent one to add – it tastes wonderful and is extremely helpful in managing blood sugar, diabetes, and pre-diabetes.

5. Pure Water

Water is life to human beings. Make sure yours is pure and untainted.

Too many municipalities in America have water that is not entirely healthy to drink. Perhaps Flint, Michigan, is the most extreme example, with lead in its water supply affecting every part of people’s physical, mental and spiritual health. Some towns and cities add chemicals like fluoride and chlorine to water in a bid to keep it ‘fresh’. Meanwhile, fracking, dumping, pesticide runoff, and other destructive practices put even more toxins into water.

If you cannot drink pure spring water or rainwater, ensure you have a high-quality filter. Your body and mind will thank you.

6. Smile and Laugh

Sadness cannot exist without happiness. Despair cannot exist without joy and laughter. There is a balance. It is easy to allow the negativity of news, work, relationships and social media to tip the balance heavily toward despair, even anger. Smiling and laughing will release endorphins, which are hormones that transmit ‘feel good’ reactions through your brain and nervous system. The ability to smile and laugh regularly is a sure sign of health. Science has indeed proven that smiling makes you feel better.

7. Embrace the Different

The one constant we can expect in life is change. Accept it. Embrace it. When your brain absorbs new experiences and knowledge, you grow. Openness to better food, nutritional supplements, and stress relieving practices is a hallmark and habit of healthy living. Openness to new experiences, knowledge and mental pathways will help you in your journey to improve your health in body, mind and spirit.

Breaking Bad Eating Habits and the Hold They Have On You

by December 17, 2018

The comedian Louis C.K. said it: “Food is supposed to be fuel, not a disgusting, debilitating vice.”

We need food every day. Sadly, much of our western diet is based around ‘taste sensations’ than providing the ideal fuel for functioning at our best. Of course, we all love a treat. And why not? The problems arise when we have treats on offer all the time and keep accepting them. So many are loaded with sugar (especially high fructose corn syrup) which is addictive and the root cause of inflammatory ailments like obesity, cancer, heart disease, organ problems, and diabetes. Then there all the foods with complicated ingredients – additives and preservatives. They’re everywhere. Before we know it, we are eating poorly almost all the time. We don’t realize we’re snacking on a candy bar or some chips every day. We aren’t aware that the bread we eat contributes to excessive sugar consumption. We forget that sauces on our entrées all contain sugar or that energy drinks are brimming with toxins.

So, how do we break bad eating habits? We’re here to help. You don’t have to starve yourself, that’s for sure. Nor do you have to eat ‘boring’ food or go ‘cold turkey’. Follow these steps and you’ll be on your way to a better and healthier day, every day.

Keep Notes

Breaking bad eating habits can begin gently. An effective technique is to write down everything you eat and drink each day. Make a chart for seven days. Keep a list on your phone. And be honest. If you grab a secret snack, include that. No cheating; you’re only cheating yourself.

When you see a week’s worth of items, you might be surprised. The following week, you may find yourself questioning if that donut is worth it and thinking you should have a banana instead.

That small change in mindset can be the first step. A journey of 1,000 miles starts with one step.

Reduce Stress

Stress is a primary cause of bad eating. When you’re stressed, certain foods can trigger good memories or release dopamine in your brain (the ‘feel good’ hormone). Those foods become associated with comfort.

Go for a 5-minute walk. Take deep, regular breaths and repeat positive words to yourself. Start a new hobby or enjoy your existing one better. Join a gym. Engages in physical touch with a loved one. Meditate. Try a little yoga or tai chi.

Then praise yourself for doing this instead of snacking.

These are all easy to do and proven to help reduce stress and food cravings.

Reduce Sugar

Our nation is addicted to sugar.

Cutting back a little at a time is more manageable than going ‘cold turkey’ and then giving into cravings. But it’s up to you to decide how fast you want to change. Remember to keep notes of your daily consumption.

  • Look to fresh snacks. Pick up some blueberries or strawberries. They’re delicious and high in antioxidants.
  • Find a different reward. Look to fresh fruit, nuts, and seeds. Cacao nibs are a really good and yummy substitute.
  • Water instead of grocery store fruit juice. Lots of water every day. If you want flavor, add some lemon or lime juice.
  • Raw organic honey instead of refined sugar. It’s delicious in coffee and tea. Organic honey has superb antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, along with enzymes, vitamins and minerals.
  • Cut down on breads. That includes pastries, pizza dough, hotdog buns, even sliced bread from the grocery store. They all contain added sugar.

Other Mindful Changes

  • Plan your weekly food. Write down the meals and snacks you intend to eat for a week, then shop for those things and nothing else. If you have better food choices in your house, you’ll want to eat them before they spoil
  • Never shop when you’re hungry! Eat (well) beforehand.
  • Use healthful supplements. Boosting your intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes and phytonutrients will make you feel better, physically and mentally. But remember that supplements do not take the place of a good diet. They assist. Get the best supplements that are free of sugar and other inflammatory ingredients and have been formulated by proven health experts with no agenda other than your wellness.
  • Absent-minded eating. Do not multitask when you eat. It’s too easy to eat more than you intended. Eat mindfully and purposefully.
  • Portion control. Don’t overload your plate and don’t graze out of packages.
  • Eat breakfast. Skipping breakfast slows your metabolism and makes you crave and ‘load up’ on unhealthy foods later.
  • Skip dessert.
  • Avoid long ingredient lists. If a package or jar on the supermarket shelf has more than five or six ingredients, especially ones with long and strange names, go for whole foods instead.

Finally… Don’t Be Too Hard On Yourself

If you have a bad day or indulge in an ‘evil’ snack once in a while, it’s not the end of the world. Beating yourself up and feeling guilty are the kinds of reactions that can diminish enthusiasm for your goal of breaking your bad eating habits. Guilt eating can be a continuous cycle.

Remain positive. Keep your eye on the eventual goal(s). As you work steadily and methodically, praise yourself for your achievements, no matter how big or small. And remember that this is for you. You deserve improved health and vitality!


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