Fiber First!

Dietary Roughage Prevents a Rough Time in the Bathroom

Dietary roughage is essential for effective digestive tract function. Island Healthworks discusses whole food dietary componants for healthy digestive tract function.

Whole foods like the green vegetables, root vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits and legumes pictured deliver fiber and nutrients, supporting healthy digestive tract function.
Weller, Keith. USDA ARS, Public Domain Image because of origin. Licencing: Cc-zero.

Humans evolved to eat whole foods. Attempted reliance upon refined foods robs us of essential fiber and nutrients in our diet, while taking up space in our bodies and wasting valuable digestive resources. Whole foods, in contrast provide valuable fibre that assists in their digestion, while being equipped with vitamin, mineral and essential fatty acid bearing components that ensure they are not just taking up space in our body, but giving us the nutrition we require.

Roughage is needed to maintain momentum in our gastrointestinal tract. Some of the most popular processed foods are challenging for the digestive system to eliminate and may clog our digestive tract, slowing down digestion due to a lack of roughage. Then, the food may decompose due to the length of time taken to pass through our intestines. This same clogging effect may occur with any food when we lack adequate fiber intake in our regular diet. Furthermore, many processed foods have been stripped of essential nutrients through refinement and simply take space without providing the nutrients that whole foods contain.

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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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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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Protected: Ketone Supplementation Event in Nanaimo BC – August 20, 2015

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Protected: Ketosis for Better Health Discussion with Yvonne Dollard Perc

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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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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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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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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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