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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Acidity & Alkalinity Explained – For Human Health

Acidity & Alkalinity Can Determine the Condition of the Human Body

Acidity and alkalinity must be balanced for proper health - acid rain harms forests, and excesss body acidity harms health

Acid rain is bad for the planet; excessive acidity is most harmful to the body.

The human body depends on a proper biochemical balance for health. Key to our health is a balance between body acidity and alkalinity. Acidity and alkalinity has a profound impact on physical health. Many different kinds of acids influence the body, being produced as waste and existing as essential nutrients and digestive juices.

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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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Weight Management, Body Types & Exercise Ideas!

Encourage Weight Loss by Matching Health Choices with Body Type!

Learn about fitness, body type and how to harness and accomodate your natural adaptations through healthy lifestyle practies with Island Healthworks.

Fitness is about keeping our body in a state in line with our natural form for optimal function. Genetic factors, body type and lifestyle are core considerations for your physiological health.

Fitness is a big subject! Our muscles, organs and joints all benefit from proper weight management, while weight management can be supported by dietary choices that consider our individual metabolic traits. Our genetic makeup plays a huge role in our weight related predispositions.

As summer approaches, exercise comes to many people’s minds as a hot topic. The vacation season brings us a chance to start new patterns of activity that support our health. But exercise needs to be pursued one step at a time to avoid overuse injuries, in conjunction with proper nutritional choices to facilitate healthy living. Human potential is maximized by removing limits from ourselves rather than necessarily developing some significant new ability. What we tell ourselves is important as it is a potent form of self-feedback, affecting our body image and how we act.

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Lung Health, Genetics & Environmental Factors

  Environmental & Lifestyle Factors Affect Lung Health by Triggering Genetic Weaknesses

Island Healthworks Discusses the importance of the lungs in providing oxygen, & genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors in lung health

Trees are the lungs of the Earth, while our lungs link us to our atmosphere, in turn being affected by atmospheric conditions.

Sensitive yet hardworking, your lungs are the organs by which you receive access to the most immediately critical source of sustenance – a steady supply of fresh air.

The importance of your lungs stands out after a moment’s reflection. Without food, survival is measured in weeks, without water, in days, but without air, seconds or minutes. We are generally aware of these acute concerns, but less familiar with the chronic impacts of poor pulmonary function on our overall health. Due to the interconnected nature of our body, lung health and air supply is intimately connected to the health of multiple body systems. Fortunately, much control over lung health can be gained through factors ranging from diet to your personal breathing style.

If your lungs are not functioning well, you are not getting enough oxygen delivered to your cells, tissues, organs and glands. Oxygen is essential as a component of healthy blood flow as it performs the vital functions of nutrient delivery and detoxification. Many causes are involved in the rising rates of lung health complaints we are seeing worldwide. Infection, cancer, emphysema, tissue inflammation, asthma and many related lung conditions all contribute to concerns for both the lungs and the rest of the body. Lung health and heart health is closely linked, meaning that taking care of the lungs reduces stress on the heart and vice versa.

As previously mentioned in our story on lung health basics, genetics may lie at the root of numerous lung conditions. Asthma, allergies, and a predisposition to pulmonary inflammation along with several lesser known lung diseases may have genetic roots. However, genetic weaknesses do not necessarily mean you are destined to experience these problems. In many cases there is only a potential weakness that may be brought out through variables including environmental stressors, physical and psychological stress plus diet and lifestyle choices that lead to nutrient deficiencies or toxic exposures. Inflammation lies at the root of all disease and lung health is no exception.

By taking an integrative view of your health and making the right choices, a wise investment in the health of the lungs can be made for the benefit of your entire body. Yvonne at Island Healthworks has noticed lung health improvements after certain concerns detected in an iridology consultations have been addressed. Among the many lung conditions seen today, asthma, allergies, bronchitis and other common conditions as well as rarer complications are linked to diverse aspects of health and body system strength.

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Harnessing the Healing Power of Nature

Nature Can Lift your Mood & Boost Your Health: So Ensure You Experience the Earth!

 

Island Healthworks discusses the ways humans benefit from time in nature at a physiological and psychological level - Purple Funch - Simon Pierre Barrette photo - May 22, 2011 - Used under CC licence BY-SA 3.0

Birdwatching engages the mind while bringing great relaxation and memories that last a lifetime. Purple Finch – Simon Pierre Barrette photo, May 22, 2011 – Used under CC licence BY-SA 3.0

Humans are part of nature and we exert a profound influence on the natural world. While much concern has focused on human impacts on forests, bird populations, water quality, air quality and endangered species, we ourselves are endangered in a different way. Without the proper access to nature that comes hand in hand with proper respect for nature, we face a variety of health challenges relating to a loss of benefits from the natural world.

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The Gut Brain Connection & Digestion Explained

Digestion and gut health affect brain function through nutrient distribution and toxic metabolism

Special feature with scientific article links! Learn how the gut and brain are interconnected through nerves, friendly bacteria, digestion, nutrition and waste metabolism!

Digestive Health affects brain function - Island Healthworks

Digestion offers a prime example of how our body systems interconnect

The human body is made up of cells, tissues, organs, and glands that work together in harmony to carry out a vast range of essential functions. Our interconnected functions illustrate the foremost importance of an integrative view and approach to health.

The digestive system processes food into two necessary components, one vital for our health and the other requiring effective elimination. These are nutrients, and waste. Optimal digestive function first and foremost extracts as many nutrients as possible from our food. Optimal digestive function then prepares waste for elimination and then removes the waste. Finally, optimal digestion depends on both the health of the Digestive System, and what is put into this magnificent system. We must keep in mind the level of interconnection between the digestive system and other body systems.

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Weight Loss, Diet and Human Adaptations

Understanding Human Needs & Adaptations Helps Guard Against Weight Gain

The right diet & exercise may bring your weight into harmony with your body type

The right diet & exercise may bring your weight into harmony with your natural body type

 

Weight Gain and Obesity is an epidemic, especially in North America. The problem drives millions of dollars of investment in weight loss, but successful reductions in weight can be elusive when the underlying causes are not addressed. Conflicting information is daunting to the average person and may add further uncertainty to the mix.

As explained in our previous article on environmental adaptations, “Human health is closely related to a range of adaptions that we have developed in order to live in our environment. Many health challenges occur when conflicts arise between our natural adaptations and what we have come to expect from our bodies.” Obesity is a rising concern due to the comprehensive set of pressures the condition places on the body, while at the same time, multiple root factors contribute to obesity.

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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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Lung Health Tips for Living Right!

Respiratory illness is widespread, while a surprising range of chronic conditions affect the lungs

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Lung Health is tied to a surprising range of environmental, pathogenic and physiological factors. Mikael Häggström photo – public use

The lungs are among the organs most intimately connected to your daily experience. Just as you can experience vision or feel touch on your skin, the sensations and actions associated with breathing stand out to human beings.

That said, it is surprising how little attention many people actually pay to the health of their lungs. This season, people are becoming more aware of the importance of maintaining the functionality of these organs that form the link between the atmosphere and your inner organ function and oxygen absorption.

The lungs are affected by the quality of the air you breath, the strength of the circulatory system, and by the absence or presence of bacteria and other contaminants in the air, and in the lungs themselves. Least known is how significantly the lungs may be affected by structural health within the body. Anyone with a rib injury or apparent misalignment knows how painful it can be to get a breath.

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