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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Electrolytes, Minerals & Your Health

Minerals & Electrolytes for Body System Stability

 

Minerals have many important roles in the body. Island Healthworks discusses proper nutrition & electrolytes for better health.

Minerals are essential for proper cellular health & organ performance.

The human body is mostly water, and the rest appears to be tissue and bone made from a variety of components, which of course include water themselves.  There are many carbon, hydrogen and protein based organic compounds making up the human body, with organ functions and metabolic processes involving aldehydes, ketones and other organic chemical processes. Amongst these complex reactions, metallic elements and minerals scattered all across the periodic table interact and assimilate in the human body to carry out a wide variety of roles.

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Diabetes Risks from Sitting & High Calories

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

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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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Blood Pressure Management & Your Health

Blood Pressure Affects many Body Systems. Learn with Island Healthworks!

Blood Pressure is affected by Blood Vessel & Blood Condition - Island Healthworks

Blood Pressure is influenced by Many Health & Lifestyle Factors

Blood pressure issues are increasingly well known conditions that affect a significant percentage of adults in North America. Unlike some conditions, it is hard to point to a single cause of high blood pressure, which is known as hypertension, or the rarer condition of hypotension, which involves excessively low blood pressure.

Blood is a fluid that delivers nutrients to different parts of the body, and also carries waste products away so they can be efficiently eliminated. The behavior of the blood in the circulatory system is akin to the behavior of water in a pipe. Without proper water intake and nutrients, blood flow patterns and blood pressure may be affected over time.

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Lyme Disease a Topic of Increasing Medical Concern in North America

 

Sifting out Concrete Facts from Conjecture is Essential

Learn the facts about Lyme Disease & take steps to protect yourself

Learn the facts about Lyme Disease & take steps to protect yourself

Lyme Disease is a growing subject of concern in both mainstream and natural healthcare as an established and potentially serious form of Zoonosis (disease transmitted from animals to human beings).  Among the controversies generated by overdiagnoses and potential misunderstandings of the disorder, it is essential to sort out reliable facts among ambiguous or conflicting sources of information. A clear understanding and recognition of the limitations in current knowledge regarding the disorder is essential. Rapidly rising rates of Lyme infection  may be related to increased human contact with natural areas without due precautions, animal transport of ticks and climate change. In the past year, over 30,000 new cases of Lyme disease were transmitted in the US alone.

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New Year’s Health Resolutions That Work!

Why Do Weight Loss and Lifestyle Programs Fail?

Discover the secrets of succesful health plannning

You can set effective & actionable health goals for 2015!

At Island Healthworks we wish you a Happy New Year and lots of success and discovery in 2015! We are pleased to be able to take  the opportunity to answer some of the leading questions relevant to health related New Year’s resolutions as our contribution to your year.

Looking and feeling the best they can is what most people want. But to take the right action to achieve that is another matter.

Of all the New Year’s resolutions we make one can make, health and lifestyle are at the top of the list for most people.

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Keep Moving: Addressing Joint Health & Arthritis

Balanced Lifestyle, Good Diet & Supplements Optimize Mobility & Comfort

Access to Nature improves health

A walk on a forest path refreshes the mind and body. N. Tonelli photo.

The human body is quite a piece of mechanical engineering. That lithe ability to move into a multitude of positions is enabled by a multitude of joints ranging from the obvious knee, hip foot and arm joints, to semi-mobile joints that make up the spinal column, rib cage and even ear regions.

Our joints are what give us free mobility as we flex and bend.  Although amazingly resilient, arthritis is a potential complication associated with nutritional deficiencies and daily wear and tear as well as traumatic injures. Joints in the human skeleton must be made of softer materials than the rest of the skeleton and therefore present a biomechanical trade-off that balances flexibility with resistance to injurious movement and tearing. Continue reading