Let’s clear the smoke in the air regarding what a well-balanced breakfast should consist of; beginning with business ladies in Europe & the US. Instead of eating a healthy breakfast of cereal, cottage cheese or eggs; they end up with cup of coffee and two cigarettes on empty stomach. This is so not a wise choice in the long run and can be detrimental to one’s health. Generally, for healthy people, a cup of coffee is a good drink. It is good energizer and has many valuable antioxidants. Accordingly to the multiple researches when consumed in moderation (and is not very strong), it will NOT raise your blood pressure unless you are sensitive towards coffee. It is recommended not to drink coffee on empty stomach, as it is too acidic and can irritate the stomach lining that can cause digestive ailments. It is best to drink coffee AFTER breakfast and WITH a little milk or half-and-half, which neutralizes coffee’s acidity and its negative effect on your stomach.
Another important tip: Don’t drink instant coffee. It is usually of much lesser quality and thus not very tasty. Coffee manufacturers use heavy chemicals to make coffee instant and not get glued into one piece due to moisture. Don’t drink coffee dripping through the white paper filters in the corner store. First – it is of low quality and bad taste, secondary – the paper filters are bleached with highly cancerous chlorine and the coffee becomes unhealthy. If you love yourself, and we know you do; purchase good coffee beans, grind them and make your own coffee in the coffee pot or espresso machine. When not at home, better drink espresso/cappuccino-type coffee. They use safe metallic filters and usually coffee tastes good.
Smoking & Fitness = A FitLife?
The negative health effects on smoking is going to require an article on its own; as many fitness enthusiasts believe it helps to keep them lean. Our FitLifer, Courtney Douglas (seen photographed with a cigarette) was a frequent smoker. He proudly announces that he has quit smoking since 2009! The truth is that the carbon monoxide in the blood reduces the amount of oxygen that is released from the blood into the muscles. The inhalation of smoke impacts the respiratory system and can increase the airway resistance, changing lung volume. It is will greatly improve any one’s physical endurance and performance to be smoke-free!
We hope we’ve made you hungry for a healthy breakfast! Here are a few suggestions to get your morning off to a good start! Eat a bowl of oatmeal or gluten free cereal, cottage cheese/plain yogurt with a handful of berries; or our personal favorite – 2-3 hard-boiled eggs. Yes, EGGS! They are healthy, satisfying, inexpensive and easy to prepare.
One of the longest-living myths is that eggs are not healthy food. Before getting to scientific gibberish let’s apply some logic: whatever is good for a tiny, chicken embryo – should be good for people too. The egg white has better absorbable proteins than any meat. The yolk, which has been long considered by the pseudo-scientists or the employees of the Big Pharma industry as the main culprit for the high and unhealthy cholesterol levels, IS PERFECTLY HEALTHY UNDER ONE CONDITION – eat hard-boiled eggs instead of scrambled.
Is a Yolk Just a YOLK? NO!
When the cholesterol in the yolk is oxidized with high temperatures, especially when it is in contact with the frying pan and very hot oils (as scrambled eggs); such oxidation contributes to chronic inflammation in your body, which is definitely associated with increased risk of plaque formation and heart disease. But, with hard-boiled eggs, the cholesterol is NOT oxidized and is not dangerous! It is in fact the opposite: accordingly to the latest INDEPENDENT researches. The egg yolk has all (even the rarest groups) of the natural vitamins your body needs and craves! Also, vitamin E and Lecithin which are generously present in the egg yolk have been long used by dietitians to LOWER CHOLESTEROL level.
Thousands of bodybuilders, weight-lifters, wrestlers, track-and-fielders as well as other professional athletes, who need a lot of clean proteins for their bodies to grow; eat sometimes 5-10 hard-boiled eggs a day for many years and have normal cholesterol/ratio levels.
The Smoking Truth!
Recently, news headlines were ablaze with startling information that eggs are nearly as bad for your arteries as cigarettes. After surveying more than 1,200 seniors, the researchers concluded that eating egg yolks on a regular basis is approximately two-thirds as bad as smoking with regards to the build-up of arterial plaque. That’s an incredible claim. The rest of the story is this: the “study” is based on interviews of stroke patients and their recollection of egg intake and admission of smoking history.
The authors do acknowledge that the results are weak because they’re dependent on the patients’ self-reporting, memory, and honesty. They also say the finding that people with heart disease shouldn’t consume eggs is just a hypothesis and should be tested further. That hasn’t stopped the conventional media from running with it though, without any further scrutiny.
The EGG-Factor is EGG-cellent!
There is a major misconception that people must avoid foods like eggs and saturated fat to protect the heart. While it’s true that fats from animal sources contain cholesterol, this is not necessarily something that will harm an individual. Cholesterol is in every cell in your body, where it helps to produce cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps in the formation of memories and is vital for your neurological function.
Data studies have shown that egg consumption actually promotes health; as egg consumption above a certain level, shifts the size of the LDL particles from small to large, making them harmless. Maybe eggs contain nutrients that promote overall health, leading LDL particles to “behave” and do what they are supposed to do. Maybe it is a combination of these and other effects.
Other research has found no link between eggs and heart disease.
Additionally, while the subjects were reportedly asked about medications, drug use was not evaluated to see if there were any correlations between drugs and an increased risk of arterial plaque build-up. After all, these subjects were all stroke patients, and are therefore likely to be on cholesterol drugs. Statins, as we now know, are associated with an increased risk of diabetes, and heart disease is the number one killer of diabetics. Accordingly to many Chinese researches anti-cholesterol drugs damage kidneys, pancreas and liver, causing irreversible and dangerous side effects. So is the increased plaque build-up really caused by egg consumption, or is it related to drug-induced diabetes?
Overall, the idea that eggs are unhealthy is a complete myth, one that’s easily debunked if you look at the evidence.
For example, previous studies have found that:
• Consumption of more than 6 eggs per week does not increase the risk of stroke and ischemic stroke.
• Eating two eggs a day does not adversely affect endothelial function (an aggregate measure of cardiac risk) in healthy adults, supporting the view that dietary cholesterol may be less detrimental to cardiovascular health than previously thought…
• Proteins in cooked eggs are converted by gastrointestinal enzymes, producing peptides that act as ACE inhibitors (common prescription medications for lowering blood pressure, thus they are good for your healthy blood pressure).
Heart Disease is one of the easiest diseases to prevent & avoid; just like type 2 diabetes BUT, you simply must be proactive!
Risk Factor NOT: Cholesterol/HDL Ratio?!
Contrary to popular belief, Alexandr Choklin of Healing Treasure Inc. says, “the total cholesterol level is just about as worthless in determining your risk for heart disease, unless it is close to 300 or higher.” Perhaps more importantly, he adds that “people need to be aware that cholesterol is not the CAUSE of heart disease.” He believes that “if you become overly concerned with trying to lower your cholesterol level to some set number, you will be completely missing the real problem.” Interestingly enough, clinical doctors may not all agree with the following statements, due to an individual’s possible hereditary background. However, according to Dr. Qiqing Li, who is a Herbalist & Acupuncturist; notes that he has seen a number of patients with levels over 250 who were at lower risks for heart disease, due to their HDL levels. Conversely, patients who had cholesterol levels under 200 were at a very high risk of heart disease based on the following additional tests:
• HDL/Cholesterol ratio: This percentage is a very potent heart disease risk factor. Just divide your HDL level by your cholesterol. Ideally, it should be above 24 percent. Below 10 percent, it’s a significant indicator of risk for heart disease.
• Triglyceride/HDL ratios. You can also do the same thing with your triglycerides and HDL ratio. This ratio should be below 2.
So rather than taking a statin drug, you really need to focus on your diet to reduce the inflammation in your body, which is aggravated by eating:
• Oxidized cholesterol (cholesterol that has gone rancid, such as that from overcooked, scrambled eggs)
• Sugar and grains
• Foods cooked at high temperatures
• Trans fats
Cheers to eating eggs, drinking good coffee, staying active & healthy! For more information please visit the Doctors at Healing Treasure Inc: www.HealingTreasureInc.com
Never forget to Watch Your Mouth & Get a FitLife!