How to Recharge Your Cell…

The early days of nutrition dealt mostly with what we needed to survive by focusing on diet as prevention of visible diseases. Today, because of the advancement in technology, we are able to dig deeper into the body and see how nutrition works on a cellular level. As a result we are better able to understand how nutrition can affect energy, attitude, aging, mood and many diseases. So what exactly is a cell? A cell is a fundamental unit of life. The average adult has about 75 trillion cells, within our body, with millions replicating and constantly replacing the old worn out cells. It is the smallest living organism of the body. Our cells are in constant communication with each other.  Cells allow nutrients to pass in and out via their outer membrane. It is within the cell that food and oxygen combine to produce energy. They in turn react to how all our senses respond to our environment. Of all the different functions that our cells perform, providing energy and keeping our DNA safe from damage are their primary roles. Your DNA is stored in the nucleus of each cell. Proper nutrition and limiting exposure to toxins can prevent the cells from dying prematurely and causing unnecessary inflammation in the body. Although not all cells resemble each other, their composition is basically the same while each has a specified task in the body. This in turn means that there are at least 200 specified functions of different cell groups performing their actions simultaneously.  Cellular health is greatly affected by how much physical, emotional and energetic stress we endure. Since our bodies have a great capacity to self heal, learning how to manage stress levels is of utmost importance. In so doing our cells can repair, regenerate and rebuild as opposed to becoming dysfunctional. Proper nutrition is of prime importance. Including a sufficient supply of good quality protein, whether it come from animals or vegetarian sources, is greatly needed since protein is the main source for recovery and repair. Checking with your physician to see if you are deficient in any vitamin may call for changes in diet or as a last resort, supplementation. This is easily determined through a blood test. Learning to listen and become aware of our bodies and what they are saying can help us determine if our cellular health is suffering. Low energy, aches, skin irritations, digestive issues, disruptive sleep, infection are some of the indications. If this is the case try eliminating some of the sugars and unhealthy fats from your diet. Are you using to many strong chemicals in the form of cleaning supplies or personal hygiene products? Are you exercising enough so as to encourage deep relaxing sleep? Take the time to check in with yourself and make sure you are feeling physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.

Roasted Red Pepper Pesto…

Ingredients:
-1/4 cup slivered almonds
-1 roasted red pepper
-1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in olive oil
-1 tbs. red wine vinegar
– 1 cup fresh parsley leaves
– 1/4 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp. black pepper


Directions:
– Put all ingredients in a food processor

– Add slowly to your cooked pasta along with some of the water from the cooked pasta (for thinning and for spreading evenly
– Never cook it
– Add it to pasta right before you are ready to serve.

Alternative use: Try it as a topping for fish  or chicken or use a grain to replace pasta

Recipe courtesy of Kate Sherwood from Nutrition Action Newsletter

Chestnuts…

The chestnut has been cultivated in China for almost 3000 years. It is unlike most nuts that are high in fat and calories. The chestnut is extremely rich in fiber which is necessary for keeping cholesterol levels in check. They raise sugar levels slowly which is great for diabetics. Although they are high in starch they are also high in minerals and phytonutrients. Chestnuts are high in potassium important if you are an extremely active individual. They can be eaten raw, boiled or roasted (which I prefer). They can be treated like a vegetable and used in soups.   

Fitness Tip-Switch Your Exercise Order…

If you enjoy strength training with weights as part of your fitness regimen, try this suggestion. Take your normal routine and do it in reverse. After you have properly warmed up take what you would do as your last exercise in your normal routine and begin with it. You will be stronger while performing these exercises because you will not be pre-fatigued. This will enable you to target new muscle strength in these parts of the body exercised first allowing you the ability to work these muscles in a way they are not usually accustomed to. As a result this will stimulate the growth of new muscle fibers. This is beneficial whether strength or size is what you are aiming for.  

No Stitches and Staples after Surgery:


   The Idea of using glue as a replacement for stitches or staples has long been explored. However up to now there is no adhesive that has been found to be strong enough. Researchers are now considering snails and slugs as a possible answer. It seems that the sticky goo, a combination of calcium and iron that is excreted, can be converted to a powerful adhesive. The fact that this residue from both slugs and snails is able to resist being pried off of rocks by birds even when they are underwater has attracted the attention of scientists. Creating a glue with this amount of strength can be extremely useful in healing since it would be able to accommodate both movement as well as any liquid that might come in contact with the skin.

How to deal with Fatigue…

Put quite simply fatigue is a weariness brought on by either physical or mental exertion or both. Is it good to feel fatigue? What is the purpose of fatigue and can it be a beneficial warning sign? Not to be confused with weakness, fatigue is a totally different sensation. Weakness may be a lack of physical strength whereas fatigue is more of a feeling of exhaustion resulting in lack of energy. So what are the benefits of knowing if you are suffering from fatigue?  First it is of utmost importance to determine whether it is the result of something physical or mental. Lifestyle factors can be responsible for physical fatigue. Physical fatigue is a way of the body putting the brakes on things. If we have exercised to our limits it is a sign that we need to step back and let the body rest and recover which is classified as muscle fatigue. This type of fatigue is the failure to maintain the required and expected force of  multiple muscle sites during physical exertion. It is your central nervous system kicking in to prevent you from causing yourself injury. Warning signs can be either soreness, burning or a tingling sensation. This brings us back to the importance of  having a night of sound sleep. Sleep being the most beneficial way of restoring the body back to a feeling of vitality. Although the symptoms for mental fatigue are identical to physical fatigue the causes are totally different and can be completely opposite. Psychological problems can be the cause of mental fatigue.  Unlike physical fatigue from exercise, mental fatigue can be brought on by lack of exercise. Mental fatigue is a little more challenging. The root can be as simple as worrying, boredom or overwork but can in some cases occur from depression, anxiety or grief. Of course depression, anxiety and grief are severe medical problems that require a doctor’s care.   I, however, am writing about the feelings of fatigue that you can take simple steps and recover quickly from. If you feel it might be physical, try to determine if you are exceeding what your body is capable of in the form of exercise. Then determine if you are taking in sufficient nutrition especially electrolytes to accommodate your needs. Evaluate the amount of alcohol, caffeine and sugar you are consuming.  If you feel it is more of a mental fatigue start moving. Most symptoms of fatigue will disappear quite quickly if you listen to your body’s needs but if it is long term you should definitely talk with your physician.