Fruit

Research: Dietary Sugar from Fruit Enhances Mineral Balance

An interesting study (abstract Iinked) that compares the effect of dietary starch and fructose on mineral balance in humans.

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/49/6/1290.abstract

I will quote the words of Josh Lamaro, Paleo Osteo  from a Facebook post of his on this this study:

“Did you know the ingestion of fructose can help the body retain magnesium, copper, calcium and other minerals? Glucose alone did not have this effect.
This is one of many reasons why carbohydrates that contain fructose (sugars, fruits, juice, honey, fruit vegetables) are superior to carbohydrates that contain only glucose (starchy grains.)
The war on sugar needs careful contextualisation.”

Definitely some food for thought 🙂

And lends weight to the idea of eating a diet similar to that of our hunter gatherer ancestors – from whom we inherited the bodies in which we habitate. Sugars from fruits are safer than those from starchy grains. Makes sense…

Whilst fructose, is also in table sugar, agave syrup, molasses, fruit juice and honey, stepping back 40,000 years or so, most of these were not available, so we can use this study to compare the sugar we were ‘built’ to eat from fruit, to that we a majority of now from starch. As such, from the evolutionary perspective, it is no surprise that fructose sugars enhance mineral balances whereas sugars from starch (gains etc.) do not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Juice Fasting

Fasting As a Solution To Optimal Health

Introduction to Fasting

Fasting is a process that allows us to see from direct experience the incredible innate healing and restorative powers that our bodies possess as well as the incredible inherent capacity for health that we all possess as our birthright – a capacity for which most people only ever experience a fraction of its ultimate potential.

In his book ‘Staying Healthy With Nutrition’, Dr Elson, M Haas M.D. describes fasting as nature’s ancient, universal “remedy” for many problems and the single greatest natural healing therapy. Animals instinctively fast when ill. It is the oldest treatment known to us, the instinctive therapy for many illnesses, nature’s doctor and knifeless surgeon and the greatest therapist and tool for preventing disease.

Further, Dr Haas calls fasting, or the cleansing process, the “missing link in the Western diet”.

Most of the conditions for which fasting is recommended are ones that result from the discord to the human system created Western diet and lifestyle. Conditions which are best described as resulting from “chronic sub-clinical malnourishment” (despite having more choice than ever before in human history) in the face of severe “over-consumption or over-nutrition”. In other words, we consume excessive amounts of toxic nutrients such as refined sugars, saturated and trans fats, and chemicals, yet receive inadequate amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and essential fats.

These conditions are the chronic degenerative diseases including:

  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Allergies
  • Chronic immune system disorders or deficiencies.
  • Weight Loss – via intermittent fasting only.

Over 90% of deaths in Western countries result from these chronic degenerative disorders. Indeed, ignorance (of how to live in accordance with nature) may be our greatest disease.

Fasting is therapeutic and, more importantly, preventative of many of these diseases.

The term fasting here is used to describe the avoidance of solid foods and the intake of liquids only and we offer mainly juice fasts. Juice fasts support the body nutritionally by providing some of the essential nutrients it requires whilst offering a deep and profound cleansing and detoxification of the system.

Dr Haas describes detoxification via fasting as an important “corrective and rejuvenating process in our cycle of nutrition” (balancing and building being other processes), and a time when we allow our cells to “breathe out, become current and restore themselves”.

It was through the use of fasting to heal a very chronic and debilitating illness that I became involved in natural medicine and nutrition. It literally changed my life and gave me a completely new outlook on food and the incredible innate capacity our bodies have for health if we only take a step back and live our lives naturally in accord with how our evolutionary history has modelled our systems’ to function optimally.

Instead of suffocating my cells and organs via overconsumption of processed and refined foods and ‘new to nature’ chemicals, I simply started eating and living naturally. As such, I have continued to fast occasionally and have continued to enjoy the preventative, healing and transformative benefits that this beautiful and natural cleaning process avails.

Intermittent fasting, or fasting over smaller intervals, but more regularly, has been heavily researched and implemented as an extremely effective solution for reducing weight and inflammation (that contributes to most of the chronic degenerative disorders we suffer and die from).

We now offer a variety of fasting options to clients as a fantastic way of enhancing wellness, slowing down ageing, treating a variety of illnesses and increasing resistance to disease.

Contact me via email, tim@timaltman.com.au or 0425 739 918 to book in or discuss what type of fast would most suit you. I offer consultations in Melbourne and Torquay, or online via Skype…

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February 2015 Detox and Juice Fast

 

Starting in early February I will be offering a group (or individual) juice fast and/or clean food driven detox as a way of eliminating the toxins accumulated throughout 2014 and the festive season, and cleansing from the inside out to improve energy levels, digestive function, mental clarity, sleep quality and the immune system to prevent the 2015 winter colds and flus and spring hayfever – amongst other benefits.

There will be 5 different juice fast or clean food driven detox options offered.

I will monitor all participants along the way, including using Bio-Impedance testing which will offer measures of biologocal age, cellular energy production, toxicity and inflammation levels and muscle and fat mass levels.

As an introduction, I will be offering a free talk at Surfcoast Wholefoods on Thursday 29th January at 7pm, where I will discuss the benefits of fasting and outline  all of the details of the 5 fast or detox options. And the differences between each option.

Give your body a fresh start and a head start for 2015. It will love you!!

Below is a testimonial from a client who has previously conducted my longest juice fast on offer.

 

“I would absolutely recommend to anyone to do the 2 week fast followed by the 4 week detox which Tim recommends and supports you through.

You must be mentally prepared. Fasting is not an easy challenge, it is breaking all habits and living a very clean and simple life with minimum intake. Fast = juicing + herbal teals…THAT IS IT for 2 weeks!!!

Therefore some days are extremely tough and you just want to throw it all in…however you get past day 3, coffee cravings have gone as have the thirst for wine!

Day 4 is onward and upwards. Certainly not the energy you are use to but a lighter feeling indeed and not just because you are losing weight (which was not the reason I signed up to do this!!) but there is a sense of feeling very clean…cleansed!

Fast is finally over and onto the detox program, reintroducing simple, fresh, raw foods. Eating small meals, regularly. Not too dissimilar to the way I was eating but no wine, less socialising but a great new outlook on life.

My new outlook was you can socialise without food, without alcohol. You can sit around a pot of herbal tea of veggie meal and have an amazing time with your friends.

The process was to cleanse my body, which it did, then reintroduce whole foods which I did, and gradually bring back meat, poultry, fish, etc.

My partner and I did this together, his support was crucial, very much leant on each other. We didn’t exercise throughout the fast for obvious reasons, but once we started getting our energy back from our food intake we had healthy minds and so much energy. We achieved so much personally and physically throughout this program.

We met Tim weekly and had our tests done, I decreased weight, lost necessary fluids, lost inches and gained my youth. I am 33 years of age and came out as a 29 year old!! Got to love that.

Tim would talk us through the different stages, the feelings we were having, encourage us when we were at a low and reassured us we were on the right track.

Tim has been through the fast/detox many times and can help you through the feelings of doubt and can share the celebrations at the end of each week’s measurements.

Almost 3 months on and I still very much feel the benefit of the program.

My mind is clearer, I don’t feel the need to have a wine with dinner, eat a lot of raw, organic food, a lot of juices.  I don’t crave sugar like I use to and I just simply feel great, healthy and full of energy.

Good luck!”

Melinda Cummins