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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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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Fat, Your Diet & Your Health Explained!

Healthy Fats Affect Weight, Cardiovascular, Skin & Brain Health

 

Olive Oil - a Healthy Fat source

Olive Oil is a Source of Healthy Fats & Nutrients. Public Use file – Creative Commons Licence

 

 

We may try to generally limit fats as a threat to our beltlines. However, a selective approach must be taken to optimize health. Some fatty compounds must be welcomed, as they are required in abundance for strong tissues, healthy skin and sound brain function.  These fats are key to healthy metabolism, heart health and vibrancy. The wrong fat types can pose noteworthy threats to our health.

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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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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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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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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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Inflammation: The Underlying Cause of Most Illness

Chronic Inflammation Often Remains Undetected, but Has Serious Implications

The Sun, like inflammation, has a role, but too much may cause damage

Like the Sun, Inflammation has a Role, but too much is Harmful.

Island Healthworks is pleased to showcase this special feature extended article on inflammation. This is one of the most significant public health issues we face today.

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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