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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Why Herbs? When Botany Meets Human Health

Herbs Have Great Potential When Understood & Used Correctly!

Herbal Formulations are subject to increasing scientific attention. Humans are adapted to benefit from many aspects of nature.

Herbs contain active ingredients that may consist of tannins, alkaloids, flavonoids and carotenoids. Chosen correctly, Adaptogenic and synergistic properties may be harnessed! Denis Prévôt Photo, March 20, 2011
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Human health and natural resources are closely linked.  As living beings well adapted to life on this planet, we have come to depend on sunlight, nutrients, fresh air and quality food with a proper nutrient balance. We are also adapted in a way that allows the use of natural herbs to support our health.

While food plants form an essential source of nutrients and life supporting natural compounds ranging from enzymes and minerals to chlorophyll and fiber, more concentrated nutrients, biologically active plant components and ingredients from herbs have exceptionally valuable applications. Herbs may deliver nutrients in a concentrated form, or catalyze beneficial processes and support human health through specific actions linked to their botanical makeup.

Given the importance of herbal health care considerations, Island Healthworks will take the opportunity to give you a proper snapshot of how herbs work and why it is so important to ensure they are used correctly. A herb is not just a herb, there are key factors that lead to potential benefits instead of a wasted opportunity if considered.

Herbs come from a diversity of plant types, including those familiar from gardens, forests and fields, species used in cooking, and lesser known wild crafted specialty herbs. Roots, leaves, stems, berries and juices are all among the plant parts may serve as the sources of herbal formulations. Originating from all over the world, herbal formulations have been central to traditional health care methods in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia, covering temperate and tropical environments alike. Each plant offers a specific biochemical makeup and set of properties. First Nations uses of herbs are paralleled in many modern formulations.

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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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Inflammation: The Underlying Cause of Most Illness

Chronic Inflammation Often Remains Undetected, but Has Serious Implications

Inflammation is a serious underlying cause of illness

As the Sun benefits human health, so does inflammation as an essential body process, but excess is dangerous.

If you look at any disease, health concern or medical condition, you are likely to find inflammation at the root as an underlying cause.

According to some of the most interesting and progressive health writings by medical doctors, inflammation in of itself is actually a good thing in many cases. However, too much of a good thing is sure recipe for problems down the road, and excessive inflammation drives serious illnesses and even apparently terminal conditions.

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Heart Health & Physiology! Physical Alignment and Cardiovascular Health

Part 2 of Our Heart Series! Island Healthworks Explains The Relationship Between Heart Health & General Physiology

Heart Health is related to stomach alignment, pressure and even posture

Good Heart Function depends on Proper Body Alignment & Organ Function

The heart is an especially vital organ that we may take for granted. The heart can also be interfered with by other areas of the body due to misalignment. The stomach can affect the health of your heart and lead to pressure on the heart.  The mechanical structure of the stomach may become positioned too high, which may impede the proper function of the heart within the chest cavity.

The stomach’s position may therefore interfere with normal heart function by pressing on the lower chambers of the heart. This misalignment and tension is due to a stressed stomach which can result from emotional, physical or neurological conditions.

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Weight Loss Explained: Essential Health Facts

Weight Loss is Important, But the Root Causes of Obesity Must be Addressed in the Right Manner

 

Island Healthworks discusses the true facts about weight loss.

Healthy weight management balances muscle, bone and fat in the body.

Humans are natural y suited to carrying an optimized balance of that bone and muscle that contributes to strength, endurance, good health and safety.

Excessive weight, caused by inactivity, poor diet or metabolic factors or other health related challenges are threats not only to looks, heart health or energy but may lie behind a wide range of other health conditions including circulation or muscle strength complaints. At the same time, the way we approach weight loss warrants a closer look as we bring some lesser known facts to the table. Weight loss is a billion dollar industry comparable to a yoyo with rapid, counterproductive fluctuations in diet that interfere with healthy metabolism.High levels of stress also trigger cortisol production, which contributes to weight gain.

Yo-yo dieting causes your body to go into starvation mode and allows the body systems to begin storing fat for energy conservation purposes. The main cause for the epidemic of obesity in America, is not because people are being indulgent but because they are being fooled.

The best thing people can do is get their digestive system functioning properly ensure that absorption in the small intestine is functioning properly, large intestine and elimination properly. Knowing what to eat, in the form of a lower refined sugar diet and how much to eat is important a false sense of fullness due to the adulterated content of many processed foods may be responsible for overeating in a number of cases.

After the 1973 passing of a new farm bill subsidy by the U.S. Congress, specifically planned corn subsidies led to increased production of high fructose corn syrup nationwide. As a result, the product is used in a variety of widely available foods to enhance the flavor.

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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.

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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Alfalfa Herb – The Legume Superfood with Specific Nutritional Benefits

Alfalfa is a Legume Derived Food Herb with Great Targeted Nutritional Potential!

Island Healthworks features Alfalfa Herb as a dietary supplement.

Alfalfa Herb Provides Numerous Nutritional Benefits

Island Healthworks has recently featured several articles covering Heart Health, Inflammation, and Alkaline Diets for your improved health.

Inflammation is a primary cause of disease, including cancer, circulation problems and digestive distress. Any herb that has inflammation reducing potential may prove useful as part of a nutritional plan to reduce the chance of long term health complications. Prevention through nutrition is a growing field of medical research and herbs and foods such as Alfalfa may come to increasing prominence through further studies.

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Heart Health Part 2! Your Heart, Organ Position & Skeletal Alignment

Part 2 of Our Heart Series! Island Healthworks Explains The Relationship Between Heart Health & General Physiology

Heart Health is related to stomach alignment, pressure and even posture
Heart Function Is Related to Proper Body Alignment & Stress Management

The heart is an especially vital organ that we may take for granted. The heart can also be interfered with by other areas of the body due to misalignment. The stomach can affect the health of your heart and lead to pressure on the heart.  The mechanical structure of the stomach may become positioned too high, which may impede the proper function of the heart within the chest cavity.

The stomach’s position may therefore interfere with normal heart function by pressing on the lower chambers of the heart. This misalignment and tension is due to a stressed stomach which can result from emotional, physical or neurological conditions.

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Planet Earth, Human Adaptions & a Healthy Diet – Learn with Island Healthworks

A Special Feature Article to Explore Human Ecology, Traditional Diet & Healthy Lifestyles

Learn about Human Ecology & Health - with Island Healthworks - Yvonne Dollard Perc

By Understanding our Environment, We can Understand our Bodies

Evolution, adaptation and tradition are part of human culture and the lifestyles of many other species. When we take walks in the forest and observe animals, we see them using resources in both traditional and innovate ways. We also observe animals with a long history of adaptation to their environment, their daily routines and life cycles.

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. In an extreme sense, lack of sleep, injuries and nutritional deficiencies may occur when we live in a manner contrary to our natural adaptations. We are set up to require varying levels of sleep and certain dietary nutrients, while our responses are programed to respond immediately to environmental conditions. In order to promote better health, wellness and longevity, a big picture look at our bodies and our environment from an ecological perspective may be helpful.

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