Live Blood Cell Analysis at Island Healthworks

What is your Blood Really Telling you?

Oxygen Carrying Red Blood Cells are visible in Live Blood Cell Analysis

Red Blood Cells Distribute Oxygen throughout the Body, Maintaining Tissue Health. Image Source: Health Innovations.org. Published under Creative Commons Licence ShareAlike 3.0 unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.en )

A healthy blood stream makes for a healthy body. Our blood nourishes our cells, all tissues, organs and glands. Clearly, just having enough blood is not enough. It must be in great shape if you want to be healthy! Live Blood Cell Analysis at Island Healthworks gives us a window into the person’s nutritional needs, helping us to design a program and healthy lifestyle plan. A live blood sample gives valuable insight into the attributes of the blood terrain.

In the Live Blood Cell Analysis process, we use our state of the art microscopy equipment to conduct both a wet and dry blood cell analysis. To obtain the samples, we simply take a pinprick blood sample from your finger and place the drop of blood on a slide, and then place 8 separate drops on another slide to dry. Using a specially designed compound microscope, we magnify and project the image of the wet blood sample and the dry blood sample onto a computer screen, where we view the specific characteristics of the sample.

With the bloodstream underpinning every function of our body, a microscopy examined sample of the blood itself offers an invaluable look at our current lifestyle and nutritional needs. The health of your blood is central to the health of your cardiovascular system, but also relates directly to all other aspects of your health. When anomalies are noticed in a live blood sample, the observations give us relevant information to build a nutritional program tailored to the needs reflected in the blood terrain. The findings help to support improved health and lifestyle decision making.
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Healthy Fats and Your Health

Just Like Low Blood Sugar, Low Healthy Fat Levels Do Harm

Avocado Oil, along with Coconut oil are examples of naturally healthy, nutritious fat choices for an improved diet

Avocado Oil properly prepared is one vibrant source of Healthy Fat based nutrition

We may worry about getting fat, but what if the bigger problem is actually a deficiency in dietary intake of healthy fat? Cutting down on fat from our diet may be a knee-jerk response to weight gain, yet, what if we are actually starving ourselves through a lack of proper fat intake while making ourselves sick with a diet full of trans-fats and other unnatural forms of fat? Bad fats include such surprising sources as starchy carbs. Every time you eat a meal devoid of healthy fat, you are getting full, but not getting the nourishment you need to survive and thrive! And healthy fat deficiencies can make you feel sick and irritable just like low blood sugar.

In her more than 30 years of practice and research, Yvonne Dollard Perc of Island Healthworks has seen firsthand the effects of improper fat intake and researched the subject in great depth. Yvonne stresses that fats come in two forms, healthy, non-adulterated fat, and harmful forms of fat, including the starchy carbs and infamous trans-fatty acids, alien to the human body and capable of causing biochemical disruption. If we take in the wrong forms of fat, the physical structures of our body may be malnourished, while toxic effects from the wrong fats can weaken our tissues and cells. Starchy carbs turn to a sticky fat which clogs the arteries, setting the stage for trans-fats to stick and bind to the walls of these blood vessels. Healthy eating is thus never as simple as saying “cut out too much fat” it is about finding the right fats and actively including them in our diet. The wrong fats can be overly acid; the right fats build our health by supporting a proper PH balance.

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Ketosis: Weight Loss Through Metabolic Recovery

Ketosis Involves Switching from Carb Burning to Fat Burning for Better Health!

 

Island Healthworks discusses the weight loss benefits associated with ketosis, plus key nutritional & lifesytle considerations.

Ketosis enhancing diets contain protein, healthy fats, vegetables, nuts, seeds and low carbs to encourage the body to run on ketones, not simple carbs.

You are not just what you eat – what you eat affects how your body processes energy. How you process energy profoundly affects your physical condition. Healthy cells and organs, weight loss and vital energy are all defined by the state of your metabolism.

Most of us have adapted in a sort of personal evolutionary process to become dependent, read ‘hooked’ on carbs. As a result, we accumulate fat while relying on carbs, driving both weight gain, unstable blood sugar levels read ‘highs and lows’ in both mood and energy, and even stress on the nervous system and the creation of mental health pressures.

To improve your overall health, you can try a diet that raises ketone levels in your body and reduces carbohydrates  such as potatos, white rice, bread, buns, cookies, refined sugar and other simple carbohydrates. This approach causes the body to burn fat as your fuel instead of glucose for your energy source.  Island Healthworks recommends 70% fats and proteins, plus 20% mixed vegetables, and finally, 5% fruit, 5% carbs, since these last two items are so high in sugar. Fats should consist of non trans-fat, clean fats such as coconut oil, avocado, olive oil, olives and organic butter. Proteins intake should be comprised of nuts, seeds, beans and peas, eggs, fish, especially wild salmon and poultry. Carbs can consist of healthy foods such as organic potatos, quinoa, rice and millet in moderation.

Keep in mind that you should try to find organic products to the extent possible for your diet.

In a state of ketosis, the body burns fatty acids instead of carbs to create ketones as a replacement fuel for the liver glycogen stores that are being depleted. Deriving the name from the old German word Aketon, meaning acetone, ketones are organic compounds containing carbon and oxygen molecule groups. Their presence indicates alternative source of fuel is being utilized as a switch is flipped to enable a pure “fat burning for fuel mode” as discussed by health author and diet expert Kevin Geary.

Island Healthworks discusses the benefits of ketosis as a way to support weight loss, increase energy and stabilize blood sugar levels. Increased performance when exercising is a potential benefit of ketosis.

Ketosis increases energy & performance while supporting weight loss. The right protein shakes are an appropriate performance food compatible with a shift toward ketosis.

Running on ketones through the burning of fat, the body is able to operate both physical and mentally without relying on addictive, blood sugar destabilizing carbs and depending on glucose to such a detrimental extent.

There are three primary factors to consider when transforming your metabolic processes through ketosis.

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Nutrition & Detox Supports Balanced Biochemistry

Biochemistry Determines Cellular Health. Learn more about Nutrition & Detox with Island Healthworks!

Island Healthworks features biochemical roots of health at cellular, tissue & organ levels. Learn the basics of nutrition & detoxification.
Proper organ function starts at the cellular level. Macronutrients & micronutrients from a healthy diet must be available to each cell.

What does biochemistry mean for wellness?

Biochemistry is a big part of integrative health care! Our bodies are made up of water, minerals and many organic compounds that form our cells, tisues and organs while controlling the function of our body systems. Keeping our body’s chemistry in balance by limiting exposure to toxins and ensuring nutrient availability and absorption is essential. This is also achievable to a greater degree than we might expect.

The biochemistry of the human body is based upon the activity of countless chemicals including amino acids, proteins, catalyzing agents such as enzymes, sugars, ketones, major nutrient minerals, trace elements and vitamins. Core biochemical processes in the human body affect all of our organ systems and body fluids, affecting everything from skin health, energy levels and blood sugar levels to cardiovascular health and brain function. An imbalance in any nutrient level or a toxic exposure can cause a chain reaction that affects multiple body systems.

Integrative health care looks closely at biochemical imbalances, interruptions in metabolic processes, deficiencies, and toxicity in the human body in the interests of improving our health. Understanding several essential factors at even a layman’s level offers us a significant advantage in making proactive health care choices. Island Healthworks now features 6 key principles of environmental and dietary health and wellness in light of nutrition, detox and biochemical function.

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Bone, Joint & Muscle Health Explained!

Healthy Bones & Joints Call for Fitness, Nutrition & Hormonal Balance

 

Island Healthworks features the true facts about bone health, muscles, tendons and nutrition

In order to support the body, the musculoskeletal system requires proper nutritional support

Form and function are interconnected. The adult human body structure is built out 206 bones and countless muscles, ligaments and tendons that support our shape and form joints to enable all our activities.

Supporting the body, the bones depend on proper nutrition for health and resilience. The bones also juxtapose with our connective tissues, muscles,  and cartilage to form joints,  which are areas of special strength and vulnerability in day to day life. Working together, the components of our musculoskeletal system support the physical framework of our body yet they depend on the biochemical support of multiple body systems. The health of our entire musculoskeletal system is influenced by nutrition, genetics, environmental factors, and injury related considerations. Bones require minerals and biochemical nourishment, joint require proper nutrient assimilation, collagen and macronutrients, and muscles depend on protein among the many factors in the health of these body components.

There are many factors that your daily choices can influence when it comes to the health of your body’s essential supporting and moving framework.  According to research published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, rising rates of osteoporosis stemming from multiple factors point to an urgent need to develop nutritional strategies that may relate to concerns affecting bone health. The bones are living and dynamic systems linked to many aspects of your body systems. While calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin D are essential for proper bone health, there is a bigger picture at work in how these solid, apparently static framework pieces are living, breathing parts of your body that tie in with dynamic biochemical processes

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Diabetes Risks from Sitting & High Calories

Sugar, Lack of Exercise and Obesity all Relate to the Diabetes Epidemic

Learn about Diabetes - Island Healthworks

Diabetes may be closely related to diet & lifestyle

According to a recent article in the Vancouver Sun, rates of Type 2 Diabetes occurrences has noticeably increased in young people. Studies of those between 5 and 29 years of age found increased calorie consumption and low diet quality food combined with excessive sitting and inactivity in urban environments were core risk factors. The health care cost of diabetes and personal impact is enormous, but something can often be done to somewhat mitigate diabetes related risks.

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Liver Health: What Does the Liver do & How Can we Protect It?

The Liver: Your Largest Internal Organ Controls Metabolism, Detox & Synthesis

The Liver is more than a detox organ. Learn about the blood sugar, digestive and amino acid functions of this organ.

The Liver Controls a Wide Range of Vital Body Functions. Diagram by Jiju Kurian Punnoose October 12, 2007

The liver is both a hardworking organ and a vulnerable body system component. Located just below the diaphragm in the abdominal cavity, the liver is composed of two specialized cell types.

Often viewed purely as a detox organ, the largest solid organ in the body after the skin has nearly 500 roles in the body! Linked to the heart, gastrointestinal tract, spleen and pancreas by major blood vessels, the liver contains specialized lobules.

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The Acid & Alkaline Balance in Your Body

Learn About Acid & Alkaline Body Conditions with Island Healthworks!

A healthy diet helps reduce excess acid forming chemicals in the body

Increased Vegetable Intake Helps Maintain Alkalinity in the Body

A vast range of chemical compounds can be measured in terms of their relative acidity or alkalinity. Acidity and alkalinity are measured on the PH (percent hydrogen) scale. The higher the concentration of hydrogen ions, the more acidic a given compound becomes. A PH of seven is neutral, while lower numbers are acid and higher numbers are alkaline.

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Health Care Economics & The Holistic Lifestyle: Special Feature!

Healthy Living Investments Could Cut Rising Medical Costs

Learn about the economics of health and lifestyle choices

Investing in Health Now reduces Medical Expenses Further Down the Road.

Island Healthworks Special Feature – The Economic Challenges of Public Health

Economics may be considered a dark art, but the connections between our economy and public health are strikingly clear!  The language that includes terms like rates of return, loss prevention, cost avoidance, wise budgeting and investment are applicable to public health.

A quick review of nutritional education opportunities shows growth potential for public learning and  lots of professional development in these areas. A glance at health care expenditures shows staggering expenses in the billions dedicated not only to the construction of new hospitals across North America, increased use of emergency treatments and  rising medication expenses. Individual diseases such as diabetes are costing billions of dollars, including conditions that may have genetic roots, but seem to be linked to addressable public health matters such as exercise, alcohol overuse or high refined sugar intake. Dr. Preston Maring, Asociate Physician in-chief for the Oakland, California based Kaiser Permanante East Bay Medical  Center,  sees much of North American Health care “as a sort of pyramid”.

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