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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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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Anxiety, The Stress Response & Your Health

Island health Works Discusses Natural Approaches for Reducing Anxiety

Island Healthworks discusses natural approaches to Anxiety

Quality Time in Nature May Reduce Anxiety Levels.

Anxiety is an increasing problem in our modern society. Humans are programmed to respond to stress in our environment through a variety of biochemical and psychological processes. A number of physical complaints may result from the physical effects of anxiety in the long termHowever, an increasing rate of health challenges associated with rising environmental stressors and limits on our ability to deal with stress is leading to what some sources have called the anxiety epidemic.

Anxiety  includes  physical and emotional symptoms of stress that may manifest as an increased heart rate, racing thoughts,  an inability to focus  or a general feeling of fear or intense stress. Anxiety  has its roots in our way of  protecting ourselves  from perceived danger.  However, an overly sensitive stress response  does us no service and may lead to the introduction  of toxic body chemicals including cortisol into the bloodstream with a variety of negative health effects.

Anxiety may have environmental causes that create stress as a direct response to our conditions. However, biochemical imbalances may also lead to anxiety that is a false alarm triggering stress responses and chemical releases that lead to further anxiety symptoms. A number of physical complaints may result from the physical effects of anxiety in the long term. Excessive intake of legal stimulants including caffeine may heighten anxiety, while alcohol use may induce temporary relaxation at the expense of longer term peace as a result of toxicity and nutrient depletion. Proper water intake boosts nutrient delivery and toxin removal, while regular exercise flushes the body systems and cells and disperses tension.

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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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Blood Movement – A Closer Look At Circulation!

Proper Body Fluid Movement Maintains Organ Health

Island Healthworks Discusses Circulation

Support Organ Systems That Maintain Circulation

Circulation is vital to health and maintenance of body systems. To bolster circulation, there are several important considerations. Our previous article on joint health focused on the importance of physical exercise for  the entire body system. Exercise promotes strong blood flow, temperature regulation, oxygenation of cells, nutrient transport and waste elimination. Working out properly with balance and moderation is essential for preventing strain, by the same token.

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A Closer Look At Circulation

Proper Body Fluid Movement Maintains Organ Health

Island Healthworks Discusses Circulation

Support Organ Systems That Maintain Circulation

Circulation is vital to health and maintenance of body systems. To bolster circulation, there are several important considerations. Our previous article on joint health focused on the importance of physical exercise for  the entire body system. Exercise promotes strong blood flow, temperature regulation, oxygenation of cells, nutrient transport and waste elimination. Continue reading

Beauty is Not Skin Deep: Inner Health for a Vibrant Appearence

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Natural Health Care Supports Vibrant Looks

To Look Your Best, you Must Also Feel Your Best

   Beauty is certainly not skin deep. The relationship between health and beauty is clear, but all too often overlooked. Those seeking to look and feel the best in a visible manner must look to the health of the inner organ systems first. This is our longest blog article, but it makes an interesting read!

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