The keys to build true physical power.
July 18, 2018 By Billy
The keys to building your physical power are so very important, and there being some real substance to them, they can’t be summarized in just one paragraph with a few bullet points. So give yourself the ten minutes it will take because these are essentials for your overall health and longevity. (Note: this is content that can be found in my book, “Infinity Health Manual“)
You only get one body in this life, so need I convince you of the value in what we’re going to talk about here? The reality is we’ve steered way off course in this modern day and age with what constitutes a truly powerful body. First, when I’m talking ‘power’, I’m talking about far more than just strong biceps, quads, and abs! Ha! It’s about a deeper strength that’s infused with an incomparable life-force that today is seldom experienced. The fact is, the majority of modern exercise is completely missing the big picture. I would like to explain why, and most importantly supply you with the essential keys to fix it; building your true physical power, that is.
Where we got off course
First, let’s consider that we humans have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, but it’s only been relatively recently in our history, with the development of agriculture, that we’ve settled ourselves into villages and, ultimately, cities. Before that, we were nomads, traveling by foot around the countryside in search of food and moving with the seasons. As a result, our bodies adapted to this kind of physical activity. Today, with our modern lifestyles, we’re far less active than we previously were. The bottom line is we do a heck of a lot of sitting, both at work and at home. The modern way of life is not what our bodies were adapted for. And today we see the effects: a commonality of obesity and a host of other issues like heart disease.
The Big Picture
As I’ve always focused on in my articles, our diets are vitally important for keeping our bodies strong. Eating healthy is an essential start, but putting fuel in is only half of it. You’ve gotta pump the handle!..and in just the right way.
Building a fit body through the right exercise does extraordinary things for many aspects of our overall health. Improved strength supports joints and bones and, especially, the spine. The spine, after all, is a pillar of the neurological “superhighway” through which the brain exchanges vital information with the rest of the body, and, in turn, is how the body takes care of the brain. Strong body and posture keep that superhighway healthy.
Other benefits? The obvious one is that exercise boosts our metabolism, thus reducing the amount of fat stored in the body. Leanness alone is worth the moderate effort it takes. Exercise also circulates nutrients and oxygen-rich blood to organs and every part of the body, essentially making everything stronger and more resistant to injury.
Furthermore, strengthening your body helps to eliminate everyday aches and pains. Your body heals faster. It’s ironic, isn’t it? Many people shy away from exercise because of aches and pains, and yet there’s no better way to avoid physical discomfort in the long-term than by strengthening the body! Exercise fortifies the parts of the body around those everyday aches and pains, creating an incubating environment for the healing of the weak areas. Building core strength can lessen back pain, for instance. The increased oxygen-rich blood flow reduces inflammation so the body’s restorative healing life-force can get in there to work its magic. Done properly (as we’ll discuss), exercise essentially becomes physical therapy. I never stopped being amazed when I would witness this at the Ashram Health Retreat where I worked as a trainer for many years. People would experience six days of intensive exercise and leave with their everyday aches and pains gone, or at least substantially reduced.
I’ve experienced it firsthand myself. Years ago, I suffered from a variety of aches. Due to inflammation, I had plantar fasciitis in the arches of my feet, carpal tunnel in my wrists, and pain in my shoulders (thoracic outlet reduction). I went to a series of specialists, some of whom recommended various surgeries. At the time I was wearing braces on my wrists and doing virtually no exercise other than limping around my living room. Finally, a doctor said something startling. “You need to take those stupid things off your wrists and get to the gym!” I took his simple advice and worked with a professional trainer and my aches and pains all went away within a few months. I didn’t need surgery; I just needed to make my body stronger. The impact blew my mind. What a lesson!
Need more reasons to exercise? The data are overwhelming that exercise is a great stress-reducer—quite unlike anything else. Plus, it gives you a sense of achievement, helping to build your self-esteem. How’s that for true power? Not to mention that you’ll pick up some peace of mind just by getting outdoors for fresh air and sunshine, something tried and tested for millennia.
Most people who decide they’re not going to take the time to stay physically active through some kind of consistent exercise have no idea how powerful it can be reflected in the mind and body and what they are missing out on. They lack the comparative experience. But for those who engage in it, they know the benefits can be enormous. Bottom line? The value of exercise is in its ability to significantly enhance life-force, longevity, and happiness. Priceless, wouldn’t you say?
As many of us know, there are two general categories of exercise: aerobic, also known as “cardio,” and anaerobic which is generally load-bearing or the expenditure of energy in bursts, like sprints. You need to get the heart rate up with sustained aerobic activity, but you need to build muscle via anaerobic activity, too. By building muscle with load-bearing exercise, your body naturally burns more calories on a consistent basis. You’re building a bigger engine which requires more fuel! So the priority isn’t necessarily losing weight, it’s building power which produces a leaner body.
There’s one particular exercise that, for the money, is the most efficient in combining both cardio and load-bearing activity: hiking. After all, trekking up and down hills is just what our ancestors did. The distances we are capable of hiking are commonly underestimated. During the one-week program at the Ashram, we’d hike with the guests ten to fifteen miles a day for six days straight! And not everyone was always the most fit. But again, hiking this kind of mileage is what we are adapted to do.
Of course, generally speaking, we don’t have the time to hike for hours every day. But even going a few miles at a sturdy pace two or three days per week can have a tremendous impact. You’re getting your heart rate up and lifting your body weight as you trek up and down hills, making hiking the perfect cardio and load-bearing activity, all in one. Plus, you’re exercising the largest muscles in your body— namely your gluteus muscles and quads in your legs—which therefore has the most effect on your metabolism. And you’re strengthening your core, too. When you’re hiking over uneven terrain, you’re also exercising your smaller, stabilizer muscles—lots of little muscles that all add up. There’s a lot you can cover by just walking up and down hills.
Popular ways that people try to replicate this kind of physical activity are in the gym via stationary bikes or treadmills. These are obviously much better alternatives than not exercising at all. But when doing only the same repetitive motion that’s offered by stationary bikes or treadmills, you can’t really get the same kind of workout provided by hiking and navigating hills. Essentially, all of those stabilizer muscles aren’t working so hard. And, you’re not getting outside which is always the place I prefer to do at least a portion of my exercise. Do you live somewhere flat? No worries. A brisk walk, followed by doing a few sets of squats while holding a dumbbell to your chest, qualifies as an awesome workout.
As for load-bearing exercise, remember that the gluteus muscles and quads should be your highest priority for enhancing your metabolism and building your overall strength. The seldom-done squats and deadlifts are hands down the best gym exercises you can do because of the emphasis on these bigger muscles as well as your core strength. Deadlifts have an undeserved negative reputation (the name doesn’t help—better would be “life-force lifts” or “anti-death lifts”!) that comes from too many people doing them inappropriately, with too much weight and with the wrong form. Just like hiking, bending over or squatting to pick up heavy objects is an ancient exercise; thus our bodies are well adapted to do them. But don’t risk an injury. Do them right. Your best bet? Work with the theme “less weight, more reps.” Also these lifting exercises don’t necessarily need to be committed to with a bar. Using dumbbells or kettle-bells is a great, low-risk way to get started. And why not work with a trainer? I do, and I can’t recommend it highly enough!
Remember to maintain stretching as a part of your physical activity. Maintaining elasticity of muscles is vital for a whole host of reasons, the most important of which is prevention of injury, inflammation, and those everyday aches and pains. It’s important for maintaining good posture, too. A full body stretch doesn’t need to take more than a few minutes. Actually, a common mistake can be over-stretching, which can make muscles weaker. Of course muscles can be re-strengthened, but why put your body through unnecessary stress? If you choose a yoga practice, the idea is to hold the stretching poses for only seconds. It’s the strengthening poses that can be held for longer. There is some reasoning however for holding the stretching poses longer, and it’s for the releasing of deeper tension. So in a sense there can be a benefit to this. My suggestion if you do the longer stretching poses is to do them only on an occasional basis, especially if building strength is what you’re going for.
As mentioned, I highly recommend working with a fitness trainer. What you learned in PE class just isn’t going to cut it if a deeper power for the sake of your longevity and life-force is what you’re going for. And going to the gym on your own and doing the same routine day in and day out only does so much. It’s much more effective and time better spent to shake things up. The variety of fitness activities is endless, and changing up the exercises you’re doing on a regular basis will make you stronger faster. A trainer knows best how to do this, and it needn’t be time-consuming. With the right kind of intensive exercise, you can get a lot out of a single hour, or even less. Believe me, I’ve seen the results firsthand through trainers I have worked with, and by my own experience as a trainer at the Ashram. I’ve witnessed incredible transformations in people of all body types and starting out at all different levels of fitness.
Find the trainer who believes in sticking with the free weights. Free weights have exponentially more impact than machines. Remember that core and lower-body exercises are the most important since, as we discussed above, they’re the biggest muscles. Men especially tend to get preoccupied with upper body workouts, partly because they’re easier overall since the upper body muscles are smaller relative to the muscles in the legs. It’s a matter of balance between lower and upper-body exercises, but placing more of an emphasis on lower-body is the way to go. And of course we’re not talking body-building here. Again, we’re talking about ‘power-building’.
Keep in mind you don’t have to work with a trainer every day. Why not start with just two days a week? Of course a good trainer will teach you how to work out on your own, too. I’m confident you’ll be very impressed with what you get out of it.
The other days of the week? Hike or go for power walks! I am very much a believer in fast-paced walking. Too easy for you? Try carrying three to ten pound dumbbells (or water bottles) and pump your arms like you mean it. Now we’re talking. Or maybe you’ve got other athletic pursuits—sports that you like to play. Being physically active should be enjoyable, something you look forward to. Yoga, soccer, pottery (well maybe something a little more strenuous), swimming, and biking—they’re all good. Need I share my opinion of the contact sports like football that invite injury and wear and tear on the body? Get creative. Join a softball team. Take up tennis. Play ultimate frisbee. Dance! (This one is among my favorites.)
Exercise is certainly neck and neck with diet, in terms of importance for overall health. They’re both critical links in the chain of well-being. On the note of diet, I recommend a sturdy dose of easy-to-digest protein following your workout. Naturally, and for the sake of purity and potency, I’m a fan of my post-workout smoothie with Infinity Protein, which is a blend of organic hemp and brown rice protein infused with muscle-enhancing herbs. And of course the Infinity Protein Bars too, which are hands down, the best bars in terms of both pure ingredients and flavor. Remember that when we neglect our diets, we lose the energy and enthusiasm we need to be physically active. It becomes hard to exercise even if we want to. So create the right chemistry with your diet and then pump the handle with exercise, with the restorative nutrition to follow.
As a motivating factor, it’s always helpful to remember your physiological health is intimately connected with your mental health – that’s your peace and happiness. No question a strong body is one of the foundational elements for a strong mind, only to make us more fit to better navigate through the world of modern-day stressors and still maintain a general sense of wellbeing. It’s the strong mind and body together that build true power, and there’s no moment like the precious present to jump onboard. I say we go for it.
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Yours truly, and at your service always,
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Water: The critical elements for getting it right.
May 7, 2018 By Billy
* Take ten minutes for yourself to read the essentials for getting it right with the water you’re drinking since it’s vitally important for your health. And if you find this useful, then please send it to a friend.
This topic is thought to be an easy one and taken for granted which is why it never gets the attention it deserves. But the fact is, water is one of the pillars of life. Without water, we sure wouldn’t last very long. And because it’s what we put the most of into our bodies, it warrants some serious consideration. After all, our bodies are seventy-percent water! Water that is clean and pure is vital for so many things, some of the most notable being the proper functioning of our organs, a strong immune system, maintaining energy and vitality, mental clarity, and yes, even longevity. Thankfully, getting this right isn’t hard! But there are a few key factors.
The Problem with Water Today
Unfortunately, pure water is not all that easy to come by. Most water available today (tap and bottled) is far from pure and is not the same water we were drinking a hundred years ago (or even ten years ago, for that matter). Much of it is contaminated with chlorine, fluoride, lead, mercury, pesticides, and bacteria (to mention just a few). In urbanized areas where recycled water is used, testing reveals even trace amounts of pharmaceuticals due to them passing through the user’s body. Yikes! Impure water might well be why we get sick more than we think we should, or develop allergies due to a weak immune system, or often feel just ‘okay’ instead of energized and really alive.
So where can you find the cleanest, purest water? It may be no surprise that it turns out that fresh spring water, assuming it’s free of contaminants, is the best water. Well water is a close second to fresh spring water, again purity being the determining factor.
Filtering is a Start
The problem, however, is that we don’t all have access to a fresh, pure spring or a well. So what to do? Well, an inexpensive first step would be a filter. A simple carbon filtration system will remove large sediment and chlorine. These carbon filters are the filters that attach to your faucet or come inside the common pitchers. You might want to consider a carbon filter even if you have well water. Well water can sometimes be a little over-mineralized, creating a kind of metallic taste. A carbon filter should take care of that.
You can go a step further and get a whole house carbon filtration system where all of your water is filtered before it runs through any of the faucets in your home. Any plumber can install one for you.
However, where recycled water is used in more populated areas, carbon filtration is definitely not adequate for the healthy lifestyle we’re going for. Sure these systems can take out sediment and chlorine (chlorine is a large molecule which a carbon filter has no problem trapping), but they are inadequate for filtering out most of the other contaminants. This is very important. The filtration of both the commonly used pitchers and refrigerators is nowhere close to sufficient. The only ways to thoroughly filter your water are with a reverse-osmosis filter or a distiller.
A reverse-osmosis filter works by squeezing the water through a pressurized filter membrane. The pores in the membrane are the size of a water molecule, allowing virtually only pure water molecules to pass through. The filters typically need to be changed once a year; otherwise, the system doesn’t really require any maintenance. These, too, are units that any plumber can install for you under your kitchen sink, and they’re generally no more than a few hundred bucks. Or you can rent one for the sake of maintenance that is typically included.
The distiller option works by having the water steamed and then pressed through a filter. These are more expensive than reverse-osmosis systems, but the filtration is a little better, too. Both reverse-osmosis systems and distillation filters are generally installed under the kitchen sink with a separate faucet on the countertop. At a minimum, I believe a good quality reverse-osmosis system should be considered a basic household amenity.
Mineralizing and Ionizing
Reverse-osmosis systems and water distillation systems do present one minor issue. The filtering process, being as thorough as it is, filters out trace minerals. Trace minerals include over 70 minerals that are found in spring water. What’s the role of these trace minerals? They make the water more absorbable, and they’re beneficial for the body on their own account, too. There are trace mineral products available at most natural food stores for adding to your water after filtration, which I feel are only fair, at best. Of course you can get these minerals in food, as well, which are naturally better.
There’s another thing that sets spring water apart: ionization. In springs or streams or rivers, water rushing and churning over rocks creates a bonding of water molecules into hexagonal structures (this is why snowflakes are hexagonal shaped). This helps explain the surface tension of water—the way water holds itself together. Think of how you can fill a glass slightly higher than the top of the glass without the water spilling over. It’s this ionization that makes it more absorbable by the body. With municipal water, you actually have to drink more of it to quench your body’s thirst, since much of it passes right through, due to the lesser absorption.
There are also such things as water ionizers. These are units that sit on your countertop. They filter the water and add minerals and use electricity to create an ionization comparable to the churning of flowing spring water, creating the bonding of water molecules. The drawback, besides cost, is that water ionizers only use carbon filters, so you’ll still need a reverse-osmosis filter or distiller for the water to pass through first, for the purpose of getting the water free of small contaminants. If money is a factor, don’t sweat it. I do feel these products are a little over-hyped, the emphasis being that they make the water alkaline forming. The notion that people feel better using them is likely because they are simply drinking more water since the ionizers do improve the taste with minerals. And you can alkalize your body with a healthy diet anyway. The most important thing here is water purity. And of course drinking enough of it.
What about bottled water? Can you really get the purity that the bottling companies advertise? Well, maybe. Most bottled water is reverse-osmosis filtered. Some companies advertise natural spring water, which should theoretically provide the minerals, but it’s worth noting that the structured water ions begin to dissipate after sitting for about a month. The more critical factor is the purity of the spring which, to the consumer, is really unknown.
Then there’s the bottling itself: plastic versus glass. Plastic is made of petroleum which inevitably leaches its own contaminants, especially if the water’s been sitting in the bottle for months (and invariably it has) – even those boasting that their containers are ‘BPA free’. If you’re out somewhere and you’re dehydrated and you grab a plastic bottle of water, no big deal. But for your everyday drinking water, opt for water sold in glass. And if you’re on the go throughout your day, then take water with you in a glass or steel bottle rather than plastic. If you’re using a delivery that provides spring water to your home in five-gallon containers, I suggest a service that will provide glass containers instead of plastic. Just be careful muscling around what adds up to about fifty pounds of water and glass! (Tip: wrap a slightly damp towel around the glass container first. Then, with the towel wrapped around it, pick it up with a bear hug. You’ll get a better grip.)
Keep in mind that not all municipal water is bad. If you live in smaller towns and more rural areas, for instance, your local water may, in fact, be sourced from a well with only light chlorination added. Like I mentioned, just chlorination alone can be removed via a carbon filter. Or even just filling a pitcher and letting it sit for a few hours does the trick since chlorine is a gas that quickly evaporates out of the water. It would also be worth getting your water tested. There are home test kits you can purchase on the web, but it only takes a couple hundred dollars to send it to be lab tested.
Some Notes on Hydration
Okay, so now we know the importance of pure water. Make sure you’re getting the best available. And plenty of it. How much water should you be drinking? Listen to your body. Most people are consistently in a state of mild dehydration without even being aware of it. It’s kind of the norm. And when you think about it, this just might be a function of our inferior tap water. The most common water often doesn’t taste that good. So we don’t go out of our way to drink it. It’s instinctual—the body doesn’t want it the same way it wants pure water.
If you find yourself craving cold ice water, it’s likely an indication you’re dehydrated. Dehydration produces a slightly higher body temperature and the body wants to cool down, hence the craving for something cold. If your urine is consistently a darker yellow color, that’s another sign that you’re not getting enough water. Migraines are often caused by dehydration, too. And daytime sluggishness generally comes with it. The body is wrapped in a thin layer of facia that aids in your body parts moving smoothly. When dehydrated, cells in the facia shrink, and things don’t move as well, often giving the body a chronic mild ache. Also the body’s ability to remove toxic waste from cells becomes stagnant which is reflected by everything slowing down and becoming weaker. As always, pay attention to what your body is telling you. Everything works better when you’re properly hydrated.
Ironically, a lot of dehydration is caused by other things that we’re drinking. Coffee is dehydrating. So is alcohol. Even sports drinks can be because they’re full of sugar. After all, what does it take for your body to detoxify all that sugar? Water! (Water is the universal solvent for any toxin in the body.) Sports drinks are overhyped, false-advertised products. Even ‘natural’ juice products need to be red-flagged for important reasons that’s covered in the Infinity Health Manual. The bottom line is to quench your thirst with what’s worked best ever since humans began to populate the earth: water. Make the majority of your hydration with unadulterated pure H2O! I can guarantee you that it will make a noteworthy difference in your health, including how you feel, if your hydration has not been raised to this caliber already. You’ll see.
A side note about when to drink the majority of your water (which we delve into in the Infinity Health Manual), it’s important to drink one to two cups of pure water when your feet hit the floor first thing in the morning. Naturally, the body is in a state of mild dehydration after a night’s sleep. Tea and coffee are acceptable to have after your water. And then of course the idea is to stay hydrated throughout the day. Because of the variables of body type, body size, and climate, it’s hard to put a number on exactly how much water to drink. A general rule is one to two liters per day. Naturally if you’re hiking all day in a dry climate you’re going to drink more. Whilst drinking water that’s adequately pure, trust your body’s instincts and continue to satisfy your thirst exclusively with water rather than bottled drinks. A helpful gauge is the color of your urine. Light yellow is what we’re shooting for. Note – if you’re having to get up numerous times throughout the night, this being a gauge of over-hydration might be something to consider. This we cover in the ‘Sleep’ chapter in the Infinity Heath Manual.
You know what’s also good at helping you to stay hydrated? High-water content foods. Just another reason to consume fresh fruits and vegetables. Grapes, apples, pears, berries, cucumbers, watermelon, and celery are just a few of the excellent sources of hydrating foods. Now that’s pure water!
A note about hydrating during meals: it’s less than ideal for the majority of hydrating to be with your meals which has interestingly become the norm. The key is to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day rather than hydrating when you sit down to eat. In the ‘digestion’ chapter of the Infinity Health Manual I break down how water can dilute, however slightly, your digestive enzymes. Try to leave a window of thirty minutes before and after your meals to curb your water intake. If you’re hydrating properly all day, that shouldn’t be a problem. Try it. You’ll find this becomes the body’s natural preference. Of course if you’re already thirsty when you sit down to eat, then drink up. Hydration is a bigger priority than enzymes.
A note about the water from your shower: when unfiltered hot (municipal tap) water is sprayed from a faucet, the chlorine instantly turns to gas which is then inhaled. More chlorine can be absorbed by the body during a ten minute shower than by drinking chlorinated water all day! Filtering your drinking water is vital, but don’t forget to filter your bathing water. A simple, inexpensive (less than thirty bucks) carbon filter from your local home improvement store can solve this problem for you. The shower head screws off, the filter screws onto the pipe, and then the shower head screws onto the filter. Easy. The whole-house water conditioner mentioned above also takes care of the chlorine for your showers, and all of your other faucets as well.
Okay, this all might seem like a lot of information for something as basic as water. But it’s truly so important to give your body the best water possible, and taking a few easy steps towards making this happen has definite rewards. Plus, it gives you just that much less to worry about. Whatever you do, find a way—within your budget—to do something for the sake of this vital element of your health. Bottom line: being well-hydrated with pure water ultimately makes everything in your body work far better – not to mention last longer too. So drink up!
Yours truly, and at your service always,Comments to this post
The essential for ‘spring cleaning’ and weight-loss. Plus a gift!
March 29, 2018 By Billy
Dear Health Enthusiast,
Please allot ten minutes to read this! It’s a vitally important excerpt from my book, ‘Infinity Health Manual’ that nails down a dietary essential for weight loss and even more importantly, general health and longevity. When I say ‘essential’, this means that you’re not going to be your healthiest without implementing this information into your everyday diet. And you definitely won’t get very far if weight loss is something you wish to achieve.
And now for the drumroll….
…Plain and simple, it’s green foods!
We’re talking about foods like kale, arugula, chard, mustard greens, collard greens, parsley, cilantro, spinach, basil, broccoli, and blue-green algae. (Algae? Yup! I’ll explain shortly.) What makes these foods vitally important for a healthy diet? There are two reasons, and one might surprise you. The first is commonly known: yes, green foods are rich in nutrients, especially the ones that help the body to maintain its youth and vitality.
But the second reason often gets overlooked. Green foods are essential for eliminating toxins from the body. And this is a bigger deal than you might realize. Think about it. Our bodies are bombarded with toxins every day, especially here in the twenty-first century. In the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, we’re exposed to impurities that people never had to worry about before. This is wear and tear enough. Add to it the normal everyday stresses from life itself, and you can readily see why the cleansing goodness of greens is so important to our diets and health – more than ever. Quite simply, their impact is huge!
The Magic Behind Greens
What specifically is it about greens that gives them the unmatched power to cleanse and restore our bodies from toxins? A little some- thing you might remember from high school biology: chlorophyll. This is the magical element in green foods. (It’s also what makes them green.) It’s the chlorophyll itself that bonds to toxins in your body, enabling them to be eliminated via the gastrointestinal system. This is indeed a critical means of avoiding the buildup of toxins in your body. Consider that it’s the buildup of toxins that’s a primary instigator of disease, as well as aging.
The Weight-Loss Connection
Interestingly, bodily fat attempts to protect the body from toxins, too. This is a little-known reason that losing fat can be so challenging. Collectively, fat cells absorb toxins from the bloodstream for the sake of protecting vital organs. It’s a temporary form of self defense. The problem is that when the body needs to later burn this “toxic fat-fuel” for energy, it becomes reluctant to do so because that means toxins would go back into the bloodstream (which would then cause wear and tear on other things in the body). So let green foods fulfill their vital role of removing toxins, making way for fat to be burned as fuel.
Additionally, green foods are very low calorie, and this factor coupled with the nutrient density makes way for satisfying the appetite with fewer calories. Naturally, this enhances the potential for weight loss (which, statistically, should be a priority for more people than not). Fat reduction: yet another reason for adding more green foods to your diet!
And vitamin K! Kale, spinach, chard, collard greens, mustard greens and broccoli are the most vitamin K rich foods. Vitamin K is important for a lot of reasons, but the most critical is blood clotting and repair of damaged tissues in the body. Talk about a healing food!
Keep it Simple
So from a dietary standpoint, think “clean and green.” Introduce more dark green foods into your diet to get your chlorophyll and vital nutrients. How about salads? Well, sure. But don’t make the common mistake of fooling yourself into thinking a salad of lettuce with a couple of wedges of tomato covered with packaged salad dressing is going to do the trick. We’re talking unadulterated dark greens. And keep it simple. Why not go hand to mouth? That’s what I do. Grab a few large leaves of kale or chard or a couple handfuls of spinach or arugula or any other leafy greens and chow down. You can eat greens just as they are.
Personally, I find greens to be tasty (they most certainly don’t taste bad) and see little reason to add anything to them. But if you want to toss a little homemade healthy salad dressing into the mix, have at it. Olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, and cayenne. Simple. A tried and true classic. (Please don’t even bother with the packaged salad dressings which are nothing more than unhealthy entertainment. What the heck is ranch dressing, anyway? Ever read the ingredients of those dressings? Straight up junk food! Even the “natural” ones.)
And then there’s green sauce! This is one of my favorite recipes and one that we should all be making. You put the same salad dressing ingredients (olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt, and cayenne) into the blender with raw greens like spinach or kale. An advantage of this is it makes these foods easy to digest. At times, the coarser green foods can actually be a little hard for the body to break down. It’s cellulose that gives plants their rigidity so they don’t just op over in the dirt. Blending them essentially breaks down the cellulose walls which makes them easy to digest and maintains the chlorophyll. This recipe tastes amazing and is brilliant as a sauce over other cooked foods, or as a dip. (See my recipes here.)
Cooked greens still provide all of the minerals, but it’s good to keep in mind the chlorophyll will likely break down, depending on how heavily they are cooked. When greens are bright in color post-steaming, that means there’s still chlorophyll. Cooking them, similar to blending, also breaks down the cellulose—another reason to mix it up between cooked and raw.
Another factor to consider is that green foods like kale, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, collard and mustard greens, when raw, and in large quantities, can actually have a mildly suppressive effect on the thyroid, which controls our metabolic rate. A weak thyroid is somewhat common. (The main culprit today is fried food and other cooked unsaturated oils that I talk about in Chapter 2 of Infinity Health Manual. Processed soy products can do the same too.) Then again, some people have an overactive thyroid, so turning it down mildly with these green foods isn’t necessarily bad. It’s a matter of balance, having them both cooked and raw. Personally I cook my greens about half of the time. Steam them, sauté them, put ‘em in soups. Again, you’ll lose some of the chlorophyll, but when cooked (or blended), the minerals actually become more easily absorbable. For raw greens, have the majority of these as the “baby greens” that are softer, making them easier to digest.
As for how much green food to have in your daily diet, definitely more than just a sprits of greens on your sandwich. A simple and reliable gauge is the “large handful.” This is another thing with which your instinctive wisdom can play an outstanding role. There’s memory of green foods in our genes since these foods have been in the human diet for many thousands of years. So your body knows. Trust those instincts.
Even among the healthiest green foods, there’s one group worthy of extra mention. Based on my nutrition research and experience, I rank algae at the top of the ladder of the most health enhancing foods. Interestingly, algae were the very first life on earth—beginning three and a half billion years ago. Essentially, algae are the ancient foundation of our food chain. It’s fascinating that now we’re turning back to the very first food on earth for nutritional support.
There are thousands of different algae, most of which can’t be consumed. However, edible varieties of algae have been in the human diet as far back as recorded history will take us—and all over the world—except for the last few hundred years in the Western world. Only recently have we begun hearing a lot more about the nutritive attributes of algae. Why this recent interest? Because algae have the highest concentration of chlorophyll of any food you can name. This is what makes algae so green!
It’s also worth mentioning that algae produce over sixty percent of the oxygen in our atmosphere and are the most powerful photosynthesizers on our planet, harnessing directly the energy of the sun. Sun plus water and minerals miraculously creates algae—then poof!—oxygen, which is among the more important elements of life, wouldn’t you say? This magical process happens in the body as well. Algae oxygenate the blood which naturally has a tremendous impact on our energy and overall health, especially in conjunction with the chlorophyll.
Among the different types of algae, it’s Klamath algae, spirulina, and chlorella that have the most remarkable health forming qualities.
Numerous blind studies have proven the significant nutritive and restorative value of these algae. Here is a brief summary of what makes each of these three algae truly worthy of our attention.
Klamath algae is recognized for its extraordinary support of the nervous system. Klamath algae metabolizes nitrogen in the body which stimulates the production of more neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are the link that carries messages from the brain to the body and then from the body back to the brain. In addition, anecdotal reports consistently attribute Klamath algae consumption to an increase in mental alertness and memory retention.
Spirulina is among the few richest sources of beta-carotene, which is reputed to be an important anti-cancer antioxidant. Beta- carotene is also an anti-inflammatory. Natural anti-inflammatories are a vital part of disease prevention simply because strong circulation throughout the body is how organs are nourished and detoxed. Spirulina is also notably high in iron, calcium, zinc, potassium, magnesium, selenium, and phosphorus, all of which play a tremendous role in our overall health and longevity.
Chlorella shines in its ability to enhance detoxification. Of all algae, chlorella is at the very top of the totem pole in terms of chlorophyll content. Along with detoxification, the high chlorophyll content supports oxygenation of our blood and consequent energy production in all cells (O2 = life-force). So, naturally, chlorella enhances physical stamina and energy. Studies have also proven chlorella reduces blood pressure and lowers cholesterol. Interestingly, the causes behind these benefits of chlorella have not yet been fully understood. Oh, the mysteries of nature!
I truly feel algae can play a significant role in our diet, and I’m confident the world will better understand why these foods are so important in the near future. Bottom line—gram for gram, algae have concentrations of nutrients unmatched by anything else. Naturally, all of the reasons above are part of why I am so partial to my Infinity Greens, of which algae are the biggest part.
I truly believe algae are literally the antidote for us overfed, yet undernourished, modern humans. It is worth noting that today, even unprocessed plant foods do not have the same nutrient content they did just a few decades ago because of the soil depletion from mass agriculture. However, this is not the case for algae! It’s the same extraordinary nutrition that it was three and a half billion years ago.
I believe that before long, algae will be a much better under- stood and more utilized food on a global scale. As for how to introduce algae into your diet, start by adding it to your smoothies. Already, smoothies should have a role in your diet if they’re made with genuinely healthy ingredients. And I’ll share my favorite smoothie recipes with you here.
It should be noted that in the 1970s, grass supplements like wheat grass and barley grass came about as a low-budget green food. The theory was “greens for pennies.” But unfortunately the pretty price of grass supplements comes with drawbacks. Yes, grasses have some chlorophyll but nothing even close to that of algae. What many people are unaware of is that wheat grass (even juiced) is hard to digest and can be weakening for the gastrointestinal system. I say “pass” on these products. Algae and all other green foods are superior to wheat grass.
To sum it all up, introducing the right greens into your diet, ones that are high in chlorophyll and nutrients—especially kale, spinach, or algae—is about much more than just weight loss. You know, it’s interesting how our modern diets focus so heavily on getting the “right” calories and nutrients. But think about it. Getting the calories and nutrients in is only half the picture. The other half is getting the toxic funk out! Removing the wear and tear from your internals makes it well worth the small effort of adding more chlorophyll-rich green foods to your diet. The main idea here is, we are honing a diet to enable our body to rejuvenate faster than it would break down. That’s the ultimate key for longevity, life-force, and protection from disease.
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the power of the mind
March 21, 2018 By Billy
I’d like to share with you the ‘Power of the Mind’ chapter from my book, ‘Infinity Health Manual‘. For me, it’s the content that really is the most valuable. Let me share why…
First, it’s interesting to contemplate that among the greatest reasons for keeping your body healthy is to best take care of your brain. In turn, your healthy brain reciprocates by taking better care of your body. It’s the brain that tells the body how to function and tells the organs what to do. The neurological system truly is a core of our health. All that I talk about in the ‘Infinity Health Manual’ is correlated with the idea that everything works better with a healthy neurological system.
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And let’s also consider that a healthy neurological system supports a healthy mind, naturally including a greater sense of peace and happiness, among other things such as our memory and mental acuity. It makes us nicer, too! And better able to cope with the stresses of everyday life. Essentially, the brain is the seat of the mind—your very self. Let a strong, healthy mind be a motivating factor behind keeping a healthy body. Sturdy connection between these internal facets is an invaluable perspective to bear in mind.
As for what defines a healthy mind, let me say that I’m presenting my thoughts here with a lot of humility. I don’t pretend to have all of life’s answers. I see my perspective on life and the universe as just a tiny drop of water in an endless ocean of knowledge. There are many brilliant philosophical minds that have pondered the mysteries of life going back thousands of years. Yours included! No question you have a unique message about reality, making you an irreplaceable wealth of knowledge.
For me, it was when I was in the midst of my brain condition, which I explain in the Introduction of the Infinity Health Manual. During this time I found myself contemplating life, and what’s behind it, as never before. Nothing focuses the mind quite like the sudden realization of life’s brevity. There was one specific year within my healing journey in which I struggled especially hard with my condition. Significant bleeding in my brain caused many more seizures. Even the entire left side of my body would go numb. The whole experience dramatically shifted my attention. Mostly, it shifted my attention away from all the smaller day-to-day worries like work, money, running errands, where I needed to be, etc. In a sense, my condition was, ironically, stress-reducing!
Breathing and Meditation
During this period, I spent much more of my time outdoors in stillness and quiet. One thing that played an especially large role for me with gaining a deeper peace of mind was the practice of improving my breathing. The extraordinary healing and restorative powers of oxygen can be easy to forget. If it sounds simple, that’s because it is. It’s something we all instinctively know, yet underestimate. I highly recommend taking some time each day, preferably early, to sit quietly and practice your breathing. Make it a part of your daily lifestyle. Purposeful breathing has the effect of training your body to breathe correctly, even in times of stress. Under stress, breathing becomes relatively shallow. Nevertheless, your brain is like a muscle, with muscle memory. Practice on a daily basis and your brain will respond. You’ll breathe better all day long, helping you maintain a more peaceful, less-stressful frame of mind—and stronger body, too. And let’s look at it from a purely physiological standpoint. Oxygen is the most essential life-support we know. We can go for days without water. Without food, a few weeks. Without oxygen, we can only go for a minute or two. Upping our intake of this vital element has an influence on our health and life-force unlike anything else. Deep breathing has even been proven to lower blood pressure! That’s a big deal and very much worth our attention. (It’s interesting to ponder the idea that the subtler things in life like the air we breathe, things that can’t be seen, heard, or felt, are yet among the most profound. I take this as a brilliant message from the universe.)
A tip to significantly increase effectiveness of this practice: relax your lower abdomen and gently let it expand out as you inhale— we’re talking the belly rather than the chest. Then fill your chest after your belly. Think of it as filling your lungs from the bottom up. This is commonly referred to as diaphragmatic breathing. You can actually increase the volume of your lung space by fifty percent with this simple technique! And now you’re using your diaphragm to breathe, like the body naturally did before the commonality of modern day stress.
During this practice breathe through your nose. This by nature is the body’s preferred way to breathe. The nasal pathway filters and balances the moisture of the air, optimizing it for maximum absorption in the lungs. Note: if your nose is often blocked, then lay off wheat and dairy for a couple weeks. Try to keep your living environment as low-dust as possible. If this doesn’t help then get an allergy test. And experiment with a neti-pot which has proven to be an effective remedy in Ayurvedic medicine for millennia. As for the pace of your breath, relax and let your body breathe at the rate it wishes. This is part of your body’s wisdom and you can trust it. There are many breathing exercises which can offer great meditative value, but this is the one that really does the trick for training the body and is beneficial for anyone to practice. This is essentially going straight to the finish line and breathing exactly the way the body is meant to.
Take note of how you’re breathing right now, and give this a shot for just a minute. In doing this, you’ll not only be saturating your bloodstream with valuable oxygen, you’ll be mobilizing stale blood from organs and expelling built-up carbon dioxide from the body. You’ll also be retraining yourself for proper breathing, resynchronizing this vital process. You’ll end up breathing more oxygen throughout the day, making this one of the best things you can do for yourself. And it’s one that’s easy to get into the habit of doing. For me, it’s become a very joyous part of my day. I suggest devoting at least ten minutes daily to this practice.
The setting with this plays a significant role. Create a quiet environment free of stimulation, although some soft background music is okay. Just be sure it’s up-lifting. I almost always couple this practice with time outdoors, typically early in the morning. Nature is a powerful force for the mind. Sit tall and hold your spine erect. Seated in a chair is fine but on the ground is better. Sitting on a cushion so your pelvis is higher off the ground than the knees will be helpful for maintaining a good posture. If sitting this way feels uncomfortable, try it for a few days and it will quickly feel more natural. After all, this is the way we were born to sit. As for what to think about, that’s up to you, but the aim is to keep it positive. Even better is to allow the mind to relax and be still. This happens naturally when focusing on abdominal breathing.
Remember in the chapter about digestion I explained how the majority of the body’s serotonin resides in the gut. It’s the reason that the notion of “using your gut instinct” has some legitimate truth to it and is also why this practice is largely about tuning in to a different layer of our consciousness from the thinking mind. I do believe this strengthens the intuitive senses, such as when to go right and when to go left. The value of this is tremendous. Focusing on your breath is part of what helps you get ‘there’.(We’ll delve further into this topic in my next book, ‘Be your Healer’.)
A gentle smile throughout this practice helps enrich the mood of the experience. You may not have moments of ecstatic revelation (although you may!), but you will be training your mind and body to become better fit to receive positive inspiration throughout the day. I’ve taken to keeping a journal for thoughts that come to me through my quiet moments. Occasionally I read through old journals, and often I’m surprised by the valuable content I had written even years before. It seems to help make such material more familiar in my everyday thought.
During times of practiced stillness, I work to contemplate the things I’m grateful for. Gratitude is a practice of rewriting a better script in the consciousness. I liken gratitude to a breeze on a flame inside us. In my daily journal I record at least two things that I am feeling grateful for. I recommend doing this. It’s a proven means of making us happier. I also see it as a way of clearing the cobwebs to connect with a more steadfast sense of appreciation that life is truly brilliant. And like everything else, a feeling of gratitude is something that can become stronger, especially when making it part of a daily practice.
There’s another meditative technique of simply standing tall. All it involves is standing with your feet at shoulder width, spine erect, shoulders back, and chin up with your gaze fixed on the horizon. And, as with a sitting meditation, wear a light smile. Your hands can be positioned however you prefer, but I like placing my hands on my hips. It’s somewhat of a “superhero” posture. Let’s call it “the poise of power.” If this stance doesn’t match your mood then it’s a good reason to do it. It’s essentially taking the concept of “fake it till you make it” up a level to “practice it till you become it.” Modern psychology has proven that the body performs as a compass for the mind. From a metaphysical sense, healthful postures can serve as an antenna for the mind. This is part of the philosophy behind yoga. The word yoga means “unify.” Ancient yoga came from the philosophy that holding specific postures opens the way for the consciousness to connect with and receive divine energies. And such influences as lengthening of hamstrings were, to the yogis, just side-effects, as great as they are.
As part of your meditative practice, I feel the need to emphasize once again the benefit of spending at least some of this time in beautiful places outdoors, the setting being a significant element for our state of mind. Mountains, oceans, canyons, and sunsets. They’re restorative for the consciousness. They can support us in ways nothing else can. If you live in an urban environment, make time for a weekend drive out into the country to enjoy the natural elements. And visit your local park. Often!… Take a blanket, your journal, and a thermos of chai, known for millennia to be an ancient elixir of the soul. It’s restorative for the human spirit, and is, in my opinion, among the best therapies, especially with that hot drink in hand.
Make some time in your life for the meditative moments of quiet. I’m confident you will gain something from it. Our minds weren’t designed to spend their time caught up in today’s busy world. In a culture of unhealthy products and entertainment, it’s a challenge to not fall victim to the spells of mass-distraction that modern media can put upon us. For the sake of protecting our consciousness from weakening stimulation, let’s steer clear of the propaganda that brings us down or lures us into anything unhealthy. Rather, let’s dedicate some time each day to non-stimulation and self-reflection. In the stillness, there’s a special magic to be found that cleanses the mind and resets our attraction toward the better things in life.
A Larger Perspective
I believe that deep in the mind we all have an intuitive knowing that there’s an unwavering excellence to the universe and our place in it. We can see perfection from the micro scale of the atom, up to the grand cosmic scale of the stars and galaxies. I see us as the link where the two meet. We’re a part of it. We’re in this universe, and this universe is in us. Today, the thread of perfection inside us can often be easy to forget, making a good reason for taking the time to step back and quietly contemplate our place in the cosmos. I’ve found that working to maintain this perspective gives a sense of being connected with a greater source of life. Why not call it a metaphysical sense?
Naturally, the question arises: could there be a consciousness behind it all? An invisible hand involved with everything that we do? A God? This is something that I approach with deep humility. In the past, my faith has wavered as my boat has been rocked over the years. It’s a question that I pray about daily. My wish with all of this is very much to have a clearer sense of a Great Spirit. What a wonderful path of discovery to be on together.
Of course if you feel called, choose a spiritual practice—yoga, qigong, shamanism, or a religion— something that resonates with your soul, and go deep with it. Honestly, I’m partially reluctant to be emphasize religion since many of them argue with each other, the irony being that they are all trying to get to the same place. But any religion that influences its people to become nicer and more understanding toward everyone, regardless of ethnicity or religion, has my deepest appreciation. The main criteria to search for are finding a path that reveals to you a deeper sense of your strength and joy, and a genuine wish for the same in others.
Nevertheless, I believe that already we ourselves have undiscovered metaphysical powers, some that can override the seeming limitations of the physical world. We are so much more than seemingly limited minds and bodies. The fabric of reality has proven to be malleable depending on the activity behind the eyes of the beholder. I work to view life in the context of participation with the unlimited. The fact is, we are derivatives of an imperishable universe of limitless possibility. Faith within this frame of thought can be an antidote for developing a deeper sense of faith in ourselves. It can be a means of dissipating the veils of self-doubt and fear, making us better able to see our lives rich with capability and magic. This sense is the part of ourselves that is also able to help us during times of fear, grieving, heartbreak, illness, pain, and other trials in life. This is not to say we can bandage all of life’s problems with light. Nor is it always easy to find these powers in ourselves. For me, a sense of this selfhood can become out of reach during the toughest moments. This is where the love from friends and family can demonstrate its healing powers. For the same reason, we’re here for our friends and family. But also deep inside there is a place we can be held in repose that can carry us along the journey of healing and restoration. The view that I work to maintain during these periods of feeling stretched and cracked, is that ripples from the challenge travel out to then be received down the road in life as accumulated wisdom and power. It’s then that our problems become relatively smaller as our strength becomes greater.
The Greatest Element
The programming of the heart knows the greatest treasure in life to be love. It’s the iridescent diamond of the Universe—all the way from true romance to the love for family and friends. After all, it’s from where we all have come. Extending love toward others (strangers included), through acts and words of kindness is what makes us happier and stronger. It makes those others happier and stronger, too. Loving affection is an unparalleled remedy for both the giver and receiver. More love in our community can begin with us. Improving our cultivation of genuine, non-egotist love is a lifelong journey we are all on together. Have faith in yourself that you can and will walk this path. Love’s extraordinary powers make it the ultimate medicine for the human spirit of which you are a vital part. I believe that there will be a day when the willfulness to harm will be wiped away from our planet by this very force, including every bullet to battleship, to make way for greater expression of our enlightened nature. I dare say this time is not distant. May the world come home to this place in its consciousness. Our genes are programmed to know that kindness unveils a magical very special joy unlike anything else.
Carrying forward in our day-to-day lives from the perspective of service and looking out for one another brings a sense of satisfaction unlike anything else. Also within this frame of thought comes a refined sense of our unique abilities of how to make the world a better place, as well as the powers around us from which we are becoming more fit to receive. Essentially, the universe is looking to express its power and intelligence by means of you. And you are one of a kind that can support humanity in ways that no one else can.
While we’re on this subject, think about just who it is you’re spending your time with. Do they make you happy or bring you down? And are you making them happy? Cultivate a lifestyle that for much of the time surrounds yourself with positive people you truly enjoy. But have patience with others that you come across in life that aren’t quite there. Remember that we all get stressed out from time to time and if you find yourself on the receiving end of someone’s negativity, it might just be that they’re having a bad hair day. Do your best to not take it personally. “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Let that be you.
Remedy of Forgiveness
This is an act of kindness that helps you as much as the person you need to forgive. We’ve all experienced grudges to be profoundly unhealthy. Thankfully, we’re built with the capacity to forgive. It’s the expertise of the heart. And hey, don’t forget to forgive yourself, too. It’s not healthy to go around being your own worst critic. How we think about ourselves and life on earth is equally, if not more, important than diet (the good news is the two work hand in hand).
This brings up the topic of self-esteem. We all have our challenging periods of criticizing our own weaknesses. But negative thoughts about ourselves do not have to loom over our consciousness. Viewing thoughts of self-criticism and worry as passing clouds is a practice. A reality to be considered is that it’s the weak places in us that are also where we have the greatest potential to grow. The big questions to ask ourselves are: “What are my strengths?” (Having trouble of thinking of any? Ask a friend.) And “How can my strengths support the weaknesses?” The answers to these questions can help clear the way for a new view of your previously underestimated positive qualities. And here is another concept to practice—choose to make happiness a cause in life rather than waiting for it as an effect. The idea is to view happiness as a substance rather than a state of mind that comes and goes. Taking ownership of peace, joy, wisdom, and power is a natural ability of the human spirit and is something I work for every day.
I also work to remember that periods of feeling weak or down are only temporary, and the growing that takes place throughout these times has the potential to yield a tremendous esteem-building sense of achievement. It’s the nature of personal growth—a course of action that never ends. Building self-esteem and casting aside shame and similar types of stagnation is a life journey we are all on together. Thankfully, for all of us, the feeble myth of an undeserved guilt is a dying paradigm. Rather we are living a way of life dedicated to clearing the cobwebs and establishing a stronger identity with a steadfast sense of joy to be a more permanent trait of our consciousness, rather than a temporary state of the mind—both for our own wellbeing as well as for the wellbeing of those whom we influence. Lastly, I can assure you that incorporating the everyday healthful lifestyle information that I discuss throughout the Infinity Health Manual plays a tremendous role in how we feel about ourselves, our joy, and our mental wellbeing, and our overall sense of success. And vice-versa! A healthy mind supports living a more intelligible way of life. The wellbeing between mind and body is a brilliant synergy and will only come to be more impressive.
Awe is a state of mind that can have great value when maintained in daily thought. Marveling at the expanse of reality, the universe, and our place in it can provide a powerful state of mind, and there are ways to stir it up. One of my favorite ways is to ponder, especially outside at night while gazing at the stars, the unimaginable vastness of the universe. Consider that the nearest star, Proximus Centauri, is four light-years away. This means that it takes four years for light from this star to reach us. And light travels at 700 million miles per hour. Here’s a mathematical way to put that into perspective (and to me this one never gets old): the fastest humans have ever traveled is 25,000 miles per hour in a space shuttle entering our atmosphere…. That’s fast! If we were to travel that fast towards Proximus Centauri, it would take 112,000 years to get there. Now think about this: the farthest stars we’ve identified are over fifty million light years away! Want more to ponder? Think of what’s beyond those stars. Now compare such miracles of reality to our very selves. Fundamentally we are time-traveling emanations from the beginning of the universe, alive and infused with majesty, order, and intelligence. Awe—I consider it an invaluable state of mind that we can readily stir into action. It’s a capacity that arouses receptors in our consciousness for the mystical and magical. And it’s to be discovered by you.
The Magic of Dance
On the quest to connect with ourselves, the universe, and the moment, there’s a tried and true practice that goes back to the ancients: dance. Dance is a significant part of cultures all around the world, from the distant reaches, going back many thousands of years. To these cultures, dance was, and is, an invaluable part of life. It’s in the human genes,… yours included, whether you know it or not.
In much of the Western world, the scope of dance has become narrow and limited with the theme often being of noisy, unnatural nightclubs and bars. Even music festivals—lined with booths doling out burgers, processed sugar, and alcohol—aren’t exactly nurturing, relative to what’s possible. But there’s a revival of late towards more meaningful dance—dance that takes place in outdoor settings in untainted, natural, beautiful environments, within a real sense of community, much like it was for millennia.
I’d like to share that I’m a part of this new-old tradition. I’ve become involved in StarTribe (www.StarTribe.org), an organization that provides very special outdoor dance gatherings in northern New Mexico. These events have become quite an attraction. The setting is amazing and a big part of the experience high on a desert mesa, next to the Rio Grande Gorge and in view of the southern Rocky Mountains. Thousands of people have participated in these events, and for the real spirit of dance. There’s something especially moving and powerful about an entire community of people coming together to participate, and you are warmly invited!
Attendees often report feeling a sense of deeper awareness, a clearer view of who they are, a special joy, and a feeling of that awe. I view dance as a martial art of the consciousness, as it has unquestionably helped defend my mind from stress and negativity. It’s certainly a mood elevator. In a metaphysical sense, dance is participation with harmony in the Universe. Maybe this is why civilizations all over the world have dance as part of their culture. It’s ancient and its benefit is proven. Plus dance is exercise! Ecstatic movement gets the heart rate up for sure. I’ve made dance a significant part of my life and I can’t recommend it highly enough. After all, since we were children, we’ve been singing the “hokie-pokie” is “what’s it all about.” Wisdom sometimes has creative ways of making itself known.
Humor is a medicine. Learn to laugh—especially at yourself. Remember to use the gift of humor in your everyday life. The work is to maintain a thread of humor somewhere in your thought. Use it in your dialog with the intention to lift up the atmosphere around you. And like everything else you practice, your ability to do so will become stronger.
Studies show that people who have pets live longer! They provide a sense of purpose. And even more. When it comes to unconditional love and forgiveness, my golden retriever, Arbear has been among my few greatest teachers. And dogs in particular give you one more reason to go for a walk, which for you equals more exercise and sunshine!
Neatness is an important part of maintaining a healthy mind. I’ve found that un-cluttering my mind and creating a sense of clarity sometimes starts with un-cluttering my home. To a degree, they are intertwined. And I like to add simple things around the house that emphasize positive energy. I have a number of small picture frames visible throughout my living space with little nuggets of wisdom and mini-prayers. The classic, “Be still and listen” is one that I have sitting on my kitchen counter. “I am a master of my consciousness,” “You are wonderful,” “Gratitude works magic,” and “Your life is a treasure,” are a few more examples. Get creative and write your own. Little reminders such as these will have great value. And flowers! Studies have proven that flowers can have a physiological influence on the nervous system due to pigments that are unique to a real flower only. These are colors that cannot be fully replicated to have the same effect as the flower itself. We all know the mood enhancing nature of flowers. The fact is, flowers help improve our mental and emotional health. I love contemplating the possible reasons behind it. I suggest always having them in your home.
Stress is commonly thought of as the boss riding us hard to meet deadlines. But stress is essentially anything that puts strain on the mind or body. This includes many things such as lack of sleep, anxiety, poor diet, anger, sadness, and guilt—essentially anything that makes the mind or body feel less at ease. The reality is that this is all naturally part of life to a degree.
Stress releases hormones that, short term, aren’t such a big deal, as the body knows how to remedy this. But on a regular basis they create as much wear and tear as junk food. And ultimately stress can make the mind and body weaker. In general, stress is proven to be the primary source of all illness. Prevention of illness is what I talk about in the chapter about Healing. I talk about how the first thing stress weakens is the immune system, the body’s capability of restoring itself. Removing stress so the neurological and immune system can function better is what we’re going for.
The idea is how we handle stress, like taking action to remove the common stressful circumstances that come up in our daily life. Another vitally important part of reducing the effects of stress is exercise, and more than most people realize. Here’s why: stress produces adrenaline. Adrenaline unused leaves the body weaker and the mind irritable and more vulnerable to low moods. So the idea is to “exorcise” the adrenaline, booting it out of the body to leave everything stronger at the end, including your natural ability to cope with stress in the future. This is what makes exercise an essential thing for a long life of true well-being. We talk all about this in my chapter on Exercise. The big picture here is to live a life that reduces the stressors and incorporates restorative anti-stress elements such as a healthy diet, time in the outdoors, exercise, esteem-building activities, and spending time with joyous companions. A positive shift of perspective comes with it. The sense of burden of navigating through the daily ‘to-do’s’ will naturally lighten as the mind becomes stronger.
As we talked about, the mind and the body go hand in hand. A happy body supports a happy mind. Take care of your body so that it can better take care of your mind, and take care of your mind so that it can better take care of your body. You’ll be a healthier, happier person. Start thinking of success and prosperity in life in terms of a healthy mind and body. I know we don’t like to think of our psychological health being limited by the quality of our lifestyle, but it can be. Do I necessarily think you need to eat healthy to be successful? No. But the mind and body are deeply connected and will empower one another if you make way for it. Besides, soda and fast food weren’t around during the days of the ancient mystics and leaders. I’m curious what they would have to say about it, although I have a hunch.
Bottom line: enhanced well-being will be reflected in all facets of your life—energy, longevity, memory, relationships, stress management, general happiness, and more. Let this motivate the full realization of your potential. And what potential is that? Well, when it comes to the power of the mind, the potential is still being uncovered. This is a big question, worthy of contemplation, and imagination too. How about we really ponder it together. What’s behind our eyes really is a whole universe. And in merely scratching the surface of the inside universe, science can’t say exactly what is possible and what the limits might be. Bars are lifted every day as we reveal new intelligence and innate abilities that are discovered within us. Let’s call it a responsibility, meaning responding by fulfilling a way of life relative to what we know will reveal our greatest yet to be. I sense, as you probably do, that collectively, the momentum is building. It’s a journey greatly magnified because of the simple reason that we’re in this together. Could a new era be born? Could we be on the brink of overriding the notion of impossibility? Let’s nurture ourselves (and inspire those around us to do the same) to become great thinkers with ever-strengthening hearts, and use our superhuman (hero) powers to see just where we can steer this mighty earth-ship – with the Great Spirit filling our sails!
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Yours truly and at your service always,
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Finally, Infinity-C is back and better than ever! Plus a special…
February 3, 2018 By Billy
** WINTER SPECIAL UNTIL MONDAY! **
I am very excited to announce Infinity-C is back in stock, and it’s better than ever! We have run out temporarily in the past due to the high demand since winter is a vital time of the year to have more vitamin C in your diet. As we all know, vitamin C is a vital pillar of the immune system. And it’s Infinity-C that is comprised of the highest vitamin C superfoods in the world, including Amla Berry, Camu, and Acerola Cherry – plus other immune boosting herbs to give it an extra potency.
It’s also important to note here that vitamin C is a powerhouse antioxidant that provides more than just immune support. Vitamin C is right there with the antioxidants vitamin E and beta carotene for the vital purpose of eliminating free-radicals from the body that can be the primary perpetrators of aging. This is what makes vitamin C an essential nutrient for longevity!
AND, if you’re new to Infinity-C then now is the time to jump onboard by taking advantage of this one time special for getting an eight ounce bottle for only $25.95! (Note! This special offer expires Monday!) I am confident you will be totally impressed by the immune boosting powers of Infinity-C. In fact, I guarantee it.
Here I would like to emphasize what makes Infinity-C unlike the other more common vitamin C products –
1) Infinity-C is made of 100% real foods and is free of ascorbic acid. Ascorbic acid in other products is made from corn glucose – that’s not food. Believe it or not, studies have proven long-term use of the common ascorbic acid to actually do more harm than good. A truly healthy immune system is all about getting real vitamin C from the very superfoods that comprise Infinity-C.
2) Each serving of Infinity-C provides 1400% daily value of vitamin C. That’s the same amount of vitamin C in 14 oranges!
3) All ingredients are organically grown or harvested from the wild. That’s what makes Infinity-C so pure.
4) The amber glass bottle with rubber sealed metal lid locks in the full potency of the invaluable superfoods. Plastic containers used by other products leach toxic gas, significantly compromising the purity and potency of ingredients. Protected purity is essential for maximum potency, and is part of the philosophy I live by.
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Yours truly and at your service always,
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How not to get fat with fat in your diet.
October 29, 2017 By Billy
I know this may be shocking, but eating fat does not necessarily make you fat. Furthermore, dropping fat from your diet doesn’t necessarily make you lose weight. In fact, it can even have the opposite effect! As many people know, there are healthy fats and unhealthy fats. But since “fat” is too often regarded as a cause of our obesity problem, we don’t differentiate between the two in the way that is absolutely vital. All fat is inherently seen as bad by many of us. But fat is essential to health! And the good news is for maintaining a healthy weight (and many other pluses) it’s only a matter of understanding how to get it right.
Like carbohydrates, fat is fuel. And many vitamins and minerals are fat soluble which means that fat is required as the catalyst to break these nutrients down for the body to absorb. If you’re on a low-fat diet for even just a couple weeks, you’re likely to feel some negative effects, ironically including weight-gain. And you can eat all the right nutrients, but if you don’t have the right amount of fat to act as the catalyst to absorb the nutrients, you can actually become deficient in them.
Fats are also needed for healthy joints and connective tissues. And here’s another plus: fats satisfy an appetite quickly to help prevent overeating. Ever sit down with a bag of low-fat chips and, before you know it, you’ve polished off the whole bag? You keep eating them because the body never feels satisfied. It’s the same with all “low-fat” foods like crackers, bread, cereal, pasta, and other starchy foods. It’s easy to overeat them. And then what does your body do with the overflow of the starchy calories? It stores them as…fat! One-hundred calories of the healthy fats (what you might find in an avocado, for instance), tend to be more satisfying to the body than one-hundred calories of carbohydrates, like found in grains. Same amount of calories, much different level of satiation.
Finally, did you know that the human brain is eighty percent fat? Not only have we become a nation of people getting fatter with our low-fat diets, we’re potentially compromising our neurological health.
The answer is not to remove fat from your diet. The answer is to eat more healthy fats while avoiding the unhealthy ones. It’s the unhealthy fats that are responsible, to a large degree, for obesity and its attendant diseases. Heart disease and diabetes are on the rise and unhealthy fat is a big culprit.
Unhealthy fats are everywhere. A little history lesson: back in the 1980s, food manufacturers came out with cheap ways to cook things. Suddenly we were all eating foods cooked in inexpensive oils like corn, canola, or safflower oil. These are expeller-pressed oils that become rancid even before you buy them, and they are guaranteed to make the thyroid, which governs your metabolism, weaker. These oils are what you find in common snack foods, bread, cereal, and similar processed foods.
Even worse is hydrogenated vegetable oil. Hydrogenated vegetable oil is produced by heating vegetable oil to 700 degrees and then filtering hydrogen gas through it. The oil becomes unstable at such high temperatures, thus allowing the hydrogen atoms to bond with the oil. The oil then cools to become a solid at room temperature, like butter. The process has a dangerous side effect: free radicals. What are free radicals? These are unstable molecules that roam around the body chipping particles from cell walls, which then create more free radicals. As you may know, eliminating free radicals is a vital role of antioxidants, found primarily in raw fruits and vegetables, which we’ll talk about in the Infinity Health Manual (coming out soon!).
Most people consume too many unhealthy fats that contain these free radicals. And an excess amount of them can be costly to one’s health in several ways. The deteriorating nature of free radicals is among the primary causes of aging. And they can also be a cause of mutated cell growth and a weakened immune system making the body vulnerable to cancer. Plus, free radicals almost always suppress the body’s thyroid function and that, right there, is a big cause of obesity. You zap your thyroid and you zap your metabolism. Slow metabolism = weight gain.
To offset this, once oils like hydrogenated vegetable oil hit the market, we started reducing our intake of all fats. We started looking for low-fat alternatives and starving ourselves of the needed healthy fats and buying into the calorie-counting protocol as a discipline. That’s a recipe tailor-made for failure.
Fats come in two categories: saturated and unsaturated and it’s easy to tell the difference. Saturated fat is solid at room temperature, unsaturated is liquid at room temperature. You need both. Yes, contrary to what you might have heard, you need even the saturated kind, as we’ll discuss.
Unsaturated fats can be found in avocados, raw nuts and seeds, and oils that are liquid at room temperature, like olive oil. All processed oils should be cold-pressed. Cold-pressing means what the name implies: the oil is extracted under cool temperatures, thus protecting the potential health-creating qualities of the oil. But these are oils you don’t want to cook with. Unsaturated fats break down when cooked. (This is why fried foods aren’t good for us even if they’re cooked in olive or similar quality oils.) By the way, since unsaturated oils like olive oil break down eventually, even at room temperature, no oil has a shelf life longer than a few months once it’s opened. After such time the oil will be rancid, although undetectable by smell.
The omega-3 essential fatty acids are worthy of extra attention. These are oils found in nuts and seeds like flax and chia, as well as fish. While I wouldn’t necessarily consider these fatty acids “essential,” they do have great nutritive value. Omega-3 oils can lower cholesterol and are also blood thinning which naturally can be good for many of us. But again, like all other unsaturated fats, heating these oils destroys the health-producing effects. This is part of why you don’t want to overcook fish. It’s also why roasted nuts and seeds—as opposed to raw—aren’t exactly healthy. Flaxseed oil can be a good product, but the raw seed as a whole food is how you get those omega-3s as fresh as possible. With fish oil products, there is a lot of debate as to whether they truly retain any beneficial value since the processing involves heat and oxygen. The data pertaining to the fatty acids being preserved for the sake of a long shelf-life is weak, and I believe the whole fish to be the superior option.
If you want to cook with oil, then it’s important to use oils that are saturated fats which are more heat stable: butter or ghee (oil extracted from butter that is less likely to burn) or coconut oil for example. Ghee made from butter is completely heat stable making it perfect for any high-heat cooking. Ghee has been in the Ayurvedic diet of India for many years and is generally available at any natural food store. Coconut oil deserves special attention as well as a place in every kitchen pantry. In addition to being very heat stable, it has a healing effect on the thyroid. If you suspect that you’re overweight due in part to a suppressed thyroid, then try taking raw, cold pressed, organic coconut oil (not palm oil which is unhealthy). It may sound counterintuitive that a saturated fat such as coconut can help with weight loss, but it can. Try it for yourself. Take one tablespoon daily in a smoothie or melt it into warm foods. Another benefit is that saturated fat like coconut lubricates the joints and bowels, helping them both to move a little better. Also the brain is made of saturated fat, making a supply of it important for the maintenance and regeneration of vital brain tissues.
Okay, I know what you must be thinking. Saturated fat? Butter? Really? Sure, it might be eyebrow-raising, but trust me. The key with saturated fats is moderation. Too much saturated fat will raise your cholesterol (even cholesterol-free oil like coconut oil). But is a tablespoon a day of these oils going to raise your cholesterol? Most likely not.
A lot of questions that people seem to have about fats center on animal fats in particular. So let’s consider a few of these.
Meats. Meats such as beef and chicken should represent only a small part of one’s diet, if any part at all. These saturated fats can increase cholesterol and set a chain reaction towards heart disease and weight gain. The leaner (and less frequent) of these products the better.
Eggs. Bad for you, right? Actually, no. Eggs can be an excellent food. Sure, they’re high in cholesterol, but it’s not a cholesterol that raises yours. There is saturated fat in eggs, but only to the tune of less than one gram per egg.
Dairy. This is a tradeoff. For protein and fat, milk isn’t bad in moderation, but its main drawback is the presence of lactose (milk sugar) which is mucous-forming, making milk a little bit of a challenge for the body to digest. Yogurt’s a little better than milk in this regard because the friendly bacteria partially break down the lactose making it more digestible. Note: stay away from pre-sweetened yogurt, which unfortunately represents ninety-percent of yogurts on the market. Most of them use processed sugar. Even the ones that brag about having real fruit still add extra sugar. Go with unsweetened yogurt, and then add the elite sweetener, such as honey or fruit. Raw, unpasteurized dairy is growing in popularity because the idea is that it’s less mucous-forming from maintaining the original enzymes which help digest the lactose.
If you do drink milk, it’s best to go with skim milk, right? Wrong. The whole low-fat dairy thing has been problematic. Two-percent and skim milk should just be called what they are: lactose concentrate. They’re hard to digest and a big part of why lactose sensitivity is becoming more common. Our bodies are rebelling. If you wish to have milk, then drink whole milk—just less of it. And you’ll drink less of it because it’ll satisfy much quicker than the milk sugar stuff.
Better still, make your own milk! If you have a high-powered blender (a fantastic investment), here’s an easy alternative for milk: blend raw hemp seeds with water. Voila! No straining necessary. Add in a sprinkle of coconut sugar and cinnamon. Homemade almond milk, while more labor intensive, is terrific, too. Boxed almond or soy or other nut milks in the store are less than ideal. Like all nuts and seeds, these are unsaturated oils that go rancid once heated and then packaged. Plus, these milks are often augmented with binders and thickeners to keep the water and oils from separating. Just more food processing that you don’t need.
Bottom line: integrate healthy fats into your diet with primarily plant foods. As you can probably guess I am quite partial to sprouted almonds and pumpkin seeds because of their awesome nutritive value. Other raw nuts and seeds such as walnuts, pistachios, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and brazil nuts are great too. I recommend steering clear of peanuts that have no nutritive value. Remember that the right fats can satisfy your appetite, thus helping to avoid overdoing carbs and sugars that everybody’s been doing due to the lack of satiation from the low-fat diet. (For ways to include healthy fats in your diet check out my recipes here, which in my humble opinion are extraordinary.)
Yours truly and at your service always,Comments to this post
This is essential for keeping your skin young…
August 8, 2017 By Billy
The buzz about what can keep our skin looking youthful is on the rise. But it’s most often sought after via the use of topical skin products. It’s often forgotten that most importantly it’s about eating the right foods. I can assure you, nurturing the skin from the inside far outweighs smearing creams all over ourselves that are comprised of bizarre sounding ingredients. Are you wishing to minimize wrinkles? Or reduce acne? Well good news. The best remedies are right in the produce section at your local natural food store. Yup, raw fruits and vegetables!
So what foods are the most effective? There are many foods that are supportive of the skin, but the most important are foods high in antioxidants. Why? Because the primary causes of wrinkles are free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that travel rapidly through the body leaving wear and tear in their path. The chain reaction is the free radicals cause inflammation below the surface of the skin. This inflammation essentially blocks nutrient-rich blood that would otherwise come to the rescue to perform its everyday repair work.
The big picture here is to eliminate the root cause – free radicals. How antioxidants perform this vital role is by lending electrons, making the free radicals complete and healthy molecules once again.
So let’s go for the high-antioxidant foods! There are many types of antioxidants but the most important for elimination of free radicals are Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Beta-carotene.
Vitamin C is the powerhouse antioxidant that provides far more than just support to the immune system! This antioxidant is where superfoods like camu-camu berry and acerola cherry can play an outstanding role. Other well-known foods include oranges, grapefruit, kale, broccoli, red and green peppers, and strawberries.
For Vitamin E, excellent sources include almonds (number one), spinach, sweet potato, avocado, sunflower seeds, butternut squash, olive oil, and cotton candy (just kidding).
Beta carotene is also abundant in the produce section. The best sources include sweet potato, carrots, peas, squash, all dark leafy greens, broccoli, and red peppers. Sound familiar?
The good news is these are widely available foods. Need some recipe ideas? Well preparing such foods is my expertise! And the criteria for all of my recipes is they’re easy and a joy for the taste buds. Here you go: www.infinitygreens.com/recipes/
Give em a try!
Naturally the other side of the equation for keeping yourself shining with youth and vitality is to remove foods from your diet that cause the inflammation in the first place – foods that interfere with antioxidants working their magic. Know what they are? Yup, you guessed it – processed sugar, fried food, and too much animal protein. These are the biggest culprits. Of course these are just a few, and we will single out more of these ‘wear and tear’ foods, as well as the solutions, in my new book. See below!
One more note – I mentioned in the beginning how we can get caught up with what to put on our skin. Want a good anti-aging skin-care product? Try olive oil, high in that vitamin E – a superior upgrade from other skin ‘sort of care’ products. The key is the way in which you apply it. In the shower, rub about a tablespoon of olive oil all over your body, head to toe. Rinse for another minute, and then towel dry. Your skin won’t feel oily when done this way. It’s hand down the best topical skin-care product out there.
I hope you will bring this information into your lifestyle. I am so very confident it will make a big difference – no, not a subtle one!
Please share this information with your friends and family. Spreading the word about our health and vitality is something we all need to work on together!
Yours truly and at your service always,
Billy MerrittComments to this post
Part Two on how to get sugar nipped in the bud.
March 4, 2017 By Billy
Part Two on how to make sugar a life-force enhancing ally!.. You ready to get this hot topic nipped in the bud?
First, in Part One we covered the primary do’s and don’ts with sugar. We identified what qualifies as processed sugar, the harms of processed sugar, and the way to remedy the whole situation. We named FRUIT to be the key ally for keeping that all-too-familiar sweet tooth happy, helping us steer clear from the processed stuff that makes us weaker in the name of entertaining taste-buds. So let’s jump right in and talk more about fruit.
First, not all fruit sugar is the same! Some are indeed more health enhancing than others. Let’s cut to the chase and identify the elites! Drum roll…yup, you guessed it – the elite fruits are berries! We’re talking blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, to name a few. Color is generally reflective of a plant food’s nutrient content. We’re talking vitamins and minerals. And another great thing about berries is that they’re generally low-glycemic. This means the sugar in these foods is slower burning and therefore slower to raise and lower your blood sugar. Processed sugar, by contrast, is extremely high-glycemic, quickly burning and sending your blood sugar up and down and all over the place.
There are some higher glycemic fruits, too. Tropical fruits like bananas, pineapple, papaya, and mango are high glycemic, relative to berries. But that doesn’t necessarily make them bad. These tropical fruits still have nutrients and are in no way comparable to the processed stuff. In moderation, they can serve an excellent role. I find them to be perfect as sweeteners in smoothies. Somewhere in the middle of the glycemic scale you have the other fruits you might think of: pears, apples, oranges, watermelon, etc. They’re all good for you.
The key here is that having fruit in the morning and again in the afternoon will keep your sweet tooth happy throughout the day. You’ll be a lot less tempted to grab a donut from the break room or order a sugar-filled dessert at lunch. We all know the problem with trying to have just one cookie or one small slice of chocolate cake. Generally, the struggle for disciple turns into a landslide of overdoing it.
With whole unprocessed fruits, it’s hard to overdo it and the margin of error is wide, especially with those berries. But many fruits, like anything in life, require some degree of moderation. What qualifies as moderation is different for everyone, but I believe in our body’s instincts when it comes to healthy unprocessed plant foods. Deep down we have an instinctive sense of nutrition, a sense that unfortunately becomes distorted over time by too many processed foods, sugar being a primary example. But once you’re journeying down the path of healthier food choices, you’ll quickly rediscover this brilliant intelligence of the body. It’s there for you.
What about fruit juice? Well, the whole fruit is better. Juicing eliminates some of the nutrients and all of the fiber. Beware especially of the common pasteurized juices at your supermarket, as most are. And don’t be fooled by the bottled “superfood” or “health” drinks with overdose amounts of pasteurized fruit juice. Besides the high sugar content, the pasteurization process in and of itself isn’t good. Pasteurization is necessary for long-term shelf life; bottled juices might be on the shelf for weeks or even months. Without pasteurization, they’ll ferment in just a few days. Pasteurization means essentially cooking the juice, torching the nutrients, eliminating the otherwise awesome health benefits. If you’re going to drink fruit juice, stick with raw and fresh-pressed juice. Even still, fruit juice of any sort without the original fiber of the whole fruit is going to give you a burst of glucose. So unless you become physically active soon after drinking it, your body will store that fuel someplace that will be less than flattering. Thus my preference for the whole fruit.
Among fruit drinks, my top pick is a smoothie using whole fruit with its fiber and nutrients —an especially great choice in the morning. You need fuel first thing in the morning and your body will react especially well to a smoothie which is easy to digest as the gastrointestinal system is just revving up. Here’s my favorite: put a frozen banana in the blender with pure water and a round tablespoon of raw almond butter. Here’s where you can add in your Infinity Greens. (Very truthfully I am not intending to brag about Infinity Greens in this newsletter. Nevertheless the superfoods in Infinity Greens are nothing less than awesome, as you may have already experienced.) The energy from the fruit and superfoods will be sustained with the protein fats from the almond butter for a slow burn that will last for hours. A blend like this is ideal because the balance between sugar, fat and protein smoothes out the natural ups and downs of your blood sugar. Fruit sugars are infinitely better than processed sugars, but they still affect the level of your blood sugar. What goes up must come down. But a well-balanced smoothie with the right fruits and protein-fats can be the perfect low-calorie, energy-sustaining, nutrient-dense breakfast!
Now let’s revisit the processed sugars. Some aren’t so bad! Here are my top pics. Maple syrup—tree sap —not the Aunt Jemima kind. She may have been a sweet lady, but her syrup is little more than high-fructose corn syrup which is in the same category as white sugar, and is no better than ‘terrible’. High fructose corn syrup is especially common in bottled drinks. It’s a high-consequence processed sugar, particularly with obesity, and ironically makes up a significant portion of the average American’s daily calories. Real maple syrup on the other hand is rich in minerals and is perfectly fine when used in moderation. Raw honey has my golden stamp of approval. Unheated honey has an immune boosting, health-enhancing value of its own. Coconut sugar is up there, too. Like maple syrup, coconut sugar is tree sap. Like with fruit, you can mix any of these healthier sugars with protein fats. Honey and yogurt, for example, is a great combination.
Other middle of the road processed sugars include brown rice syrup, yacon syrup, and lucuma berry syrup. The once-popular agave nectar and sucanat are further down the totem pole. Sucanat is a whole cane sweetener that retains the original molasses, making it better than processed sugar. Molasses separated from the sugar is actually mineral-rich and is the one perk of cane plants. Sucanat isn’t as popular as processed sugar, because not everyone is fond of the taste of molasses. Plus it’s triple the cost of white sugar. Although it’s better, it’s still high-glycemic and not exactly health-forming. What about brown sugar? Brown sugar has a spritz of molasses added back to the processed sugar, making it no better than white sugar.
If you’re looking for a zero-calorie sweetener, try stevia (not Splenda). Stevia is a natural leaf with a sweet flavor and no unhealthy qualities. I recommend green stevia powder which is simply the whole ground-up stevia leaf. The common bleached stevia with maltodextrin isn’t necessarily bad, but the less processed product is always better.
What about Aspartame? Marketed as NutraSweet, Equal, and other innocent names, it’s been shown to be chemically addictive. During my years of teaching nutrition at the Ashram Health Retreat, I would always watch the diet soda drinkers have a rough detox experience. Diet soda is really among the worst things you can put into your body. It’s entertainment, not worth the damage from toxicity that comes with it. Xylitol – beware of it as a sweetener. This is sugar alcohol extracted from corn through an award-winning amount of processing. It might be okay as a flavor in toothpaste, but it shouldn’t be ingested as a sweetener, for the simple reason that it draws water from the body into the intestines, which is obviously not good for more than just a few reasons. Same goes with sorbitol.
Making it Easy
Your body needs natural sugar and now you know the right places to find it. First thing tomorrow, make yourself a smoothie. Throw the glazed donut away. Along with the “natural” junk food. (Read the ingredients before you munch on it.) Have some of that healthy sugar in the afternoon, too. Feed your sweet tooth with nutrient rich fruit. Why not have a pear, a slice of watermelon, or a peach? How about berries with lunch? So many options! Eliminate the sugar-filled desserts. Forego sweet drinks—soda, energy drinks, bottled fruit juices, pre-packaged smoothies, sweetened teas, etc.
Remember from Part One last Saturday what I strongly recommended? – For two weeks, completely cut processed sugar from your diet. Detox your pantry. Throw everything away that has processed sugar or “evaporated cane juice” or “high-fructose corn syrup”. And while you’re at it, toss the stuff with artificial sweeteners too. And please remember my fair warning: processed sugar, just like Aspartame, is addictive! That means that giving them up won’t be easy. No one knows how hard it is because few people try. But try it yourself and see. Believe it or not, your body will go through a kind of withdrawal. So it’ll take some discipline, but hang in there. It will be among the few best things you did for yourself. After the two weeks, any urge you have for processed sugar will likely be gone, or at least substantially reduced. And following our protocol of replacing processed sweets with the goodness of sweets from fruit will make the whole thing very doable. I promise you’ll be glad you did this for yourself! You’ll see.
In addition to simply eating healthier, you’ll discover something amazing. As with any healthy protocol, when you give your body what it truly wants and you begin to feel the benefits, you’ll notice that you’ll start to naturally gravitate towards those things that make you feel great. Don’t be surprised if you don’t find cake and ice-cream as appealing as you used to. Once you’re on the healthy, energetic, dynamic path, you’ll find it easy to stay on it. Such is the brilliance of your body’s natural intelligence. Pretty sweet, eh?
Yours Truly and at your service always,Comments to this post
Getting sugar nipped in the bud for life-force and longevity.
February 11, 2017 By Billy
Dear Health Enthusiast,
The truth is, when it comes to sugar in our diet there is a huge amount of conflicting information out there as to what truly qualifies as ‘healthy’. It’s truly a vital question that is largely unanswered. In this article we will nail down the essential facts and the how-to’s on how to get your sugar intake on the right track for truly enhancing your health. At first, applying this information to your diet may not be easy, but I promise it’s not too difficult either, especially when you have the facts at hand! Believe that you can do this, and I’m confident you can. So, let’s jump in and start with the upside of the topic.
The Drum Roll…
Sugar is important for our health! It’s fuel—aka glucose. And a big reason it’s important is that it’s fuel that is quickly available to the body. While complex carbohydrates and fats can take hours to break down into fuel, sugar is put to use almost instantly. Now for the bad news. As a society, we’ve gone way down the wrong path with sugar. The sugar most people are ingesting today is refined sugar. This kind of sugar creates a scary amount of wear and tear on the body.
The Proof is in the Over-Sweetened Pudding
The seriousness of this state of affairs can’t be overstated. Sugar, as it’s found in many foods these days, is much worse than people think. Since it’s so prevalent, most people just take the presence of sugar without concern for how harmful it really can be. The fact is, modern media have done an extraordinary job of making sugar look innocent. Showing attractive looking people drinking soda is deceitful irony.
The weakening effect sugar has on the body really deserves a book of its own. The data is abundant, and very real. Do an online search yourself. Let’s spotlight a few of the most common detriments. Obesity—stuffing fat cells with high-glycemic calories is the body’s natural defense to remedy the dangers of spiking blood sugar levels, from which come…diabetes—the body’s intelligence with managing insulin levels can essentially be wiped out by sugar. Cancer—sad but true, processed sugar speeds the production of mutated cells. Osteoporosis—the body attempts to remedy the extreme acid-forming nature of sugar with calcium, and, yup, it’s the precious calcium that comprises our bones. Digestive disor- ders—growth of fungus that can cause holes in the intestines? Ew, who wants that?! Numerous emotional and behavioral issues (especially with children) have clinically been linked to sugar. As for other vitally important mechanisms of the body such as hor- mone balance, the immune system, and the neurological system, they can all be compromised by processed sugar. And the familiar energy-crash that sugar creates essentially reflects all of the above maladies, making sugar a life-force depressant. This is a reflection of the simple fact that sugar makes the body weaker, thus more susceptible to disease.
What it is that Makes All of this Difficult? (And the Solution)
The big challenge in all of this is that processed sugar is in seem- ingly everything. You’ll even find it in all those “natural” foods, such as cereal, crackers, yogurt, baked goods, and all the “low- fat” snacks—aisle after aisle of them and, sad to say, even at yournatural food store. Even worse are the sweetened packaged drinks such as soda, energy drinks, sport drinks, and bottled tea. The manufacturers of these foods and drinks are clever, though. You won’t necessarily find the word “sugar” in the ingredients. Whatyou’ll see instead is something like “evaporated cane juice.” What’s evaporated cane juice? You guessed it: sugar.
What really seals the deal on qualifying sugar as disastrous is the simple fact that it’s chemically addictive. The common thought is no, not for me, but it’s true, and there’s no way around it. If you have sugar more than occasionally, I dare you to quit 100-percent cold-turkey. A few days into it, tell me you’re not feeling an intense craving. Just a heads up: withdrawal symptoms, such as fatigue and headaches, are likely to come with it. Essentially the liver, kidneys, and the gastrointestinal system are detoxing. (If you take this dare, by the way, this would be a great time to detox your pantry, too, by tossing out all processed sugar.) In most cases, the sugar detox runs its course in about two weeks. At the end of it, it’s likely you’ll never want to go back. That’s your body’s wisdom kicking in now that the sugar spell is broken!
The Good News
Okay, with all that said, let’s revisit the good news. Then we’ll find a way to overcome the bad news. Your body needs sugar, so let’s give it sugar. Let’s feed that sweet tooth of yours. We all have one. It’s a law of human biology. But let’s be smart about how we do it. A craving for sweets can be friend or foe. We don’t need to give up sugar; we just need to use the right sugar—the elite sugar. It’s about getting the sugars that come with benefits. We’re talking nutrients—vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes!
Where can we find elite, truly healthy sugar? That’s easy: the pro- duce section of your local grocery store. Fruit! This is where the elite sugar hangs out. Matching your sugar intake primarily with fruit is the fundamental solution behind getting the whole dilemmaresolved! It’s fruit that’s the key ally for keeping that sweet tooth of yours happy, helping you steer clear of the processed stuff that makes everything weaker in the name of entertaining taste-buds.
There’s a bit more to it though. First, not all fruit sugar is the same. Some fruits are indeed more health enhancing than others. Let’s cut to the chase and identify the elites. The elite fruits are primarily berries. We’re talking blackberries, strawberries, andblueberries, to name a few of the most common ones. Color is often reflective of a plant food’s nutrients. Another great thing about berries is that they’re generally low-glycemic. This means the sugar in these foods is slower burning and therefore gentler in raising and lowering your blood sugar. Processed sugar, by contrast, is extremely high-glycemic, quickly burning and sending your blood sugar up and down and all over the place.
There are some higher glycemic fruits, too. Tropical fruits like bananas, pineapple, papaya, and mango are high glycemic, relative to berries. But that doesn’t necessarily make them bad. These tropical fruits still have nutrients and are in no way comparable to the processed stuff. In moderation, they can serve an excellent role. I find them to be perfect as sweeteners in smoothies. Somewhere in themiddle of the glycemic scale you have the other fruits you might think of: pears, apples, oranges, watermelon, etc. They’re all good for you.
The key here is that having fruit in the morning and again in the afternoon will keep your sweet tooth happy throughout the day. You’ll be a lot less tempted to grab a donut from the break room or order a sugar-filled dessert at lunch. We all know the problem with trying to have just one cookie or one small slice of chocolate cake. Generally, the struggle for discipline turns into a landslide of overdoing it. With whole unprocessed fruits, it’s hard to overdo it and the margin for error is wide, especially with those berries. But many fruits, like anything in life, require some degree of moder- ation. What qualifies as moderation is different for everyone, but I believe in our body’s instincts when it comes to healthy unprocessed plant foods. Sure, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend eating three bananas, but when we’re talking sugar, it’s more a matter of quality than quantity. (Of course the same goes for complex carbs, protein, and fat too.) Between the sugar in fruit and processed sugar, there’s no comparison. When it comes to whole foods like fruit, we have an instinctive sense as to what the right amount is, a sense that unfortunately becomes distorted by processed sugar that is nowhere in the scope of the body’s instincts. Thankfully we’re on our way to restoring this wisdom of the body!
What about fruit juice? Well, the whole fruit is always better. Juicing eliminates some of the nutrients and all of the fiber. Beware of the common pasteurized juices at your supermarket, which is most of them. And don’t be fooled by the bottled “superfood” or “health” drinks with overdosing amounts of pasteurized fruit juice. Besides the high sugar content, the pasteurization process in and of itself isn’t good. Pasteurization is necessary for lengthening shelf life; these refrigerated and bottled juices might be on the shelf for weeks or even months. Without pasteurization, they’ll ferment in just a few days. Pasteurization means essentially cooking the juice, torching the nutrients, and eliminating the otherwise awesome health benefits. If you’re going to drink fruit juice, stick with raw and fresh-pressed juice. Even still, fruit juice of any sort without the original fiber of the whole fruit is going to give you a burst of glucose. So unless you become physically active soon after drinking it, your body will store that fuel someplace that will be less than flattering. Thus my preference for the whole fruit.
Among fruit drinks, my top pick is a smoothie using whole fruit with its fiber and nutrients—an especially great choice in the morning. You need fuel first thing in the morning, and your body will respond especially well to a smoothie which is easy to digest as the gastrointestinal system is just revving up. Here’s my favor- ite: a frozen banana in the blender with pure water and a round tablespoon of raw almond butter. This is a perfect opportunity to use Infinity Greens. The energy from the fruit and superfoods will be sustained by the healthy fats from the almond butter for a slow burn that will last for hours. A blend like this is ideal because the balance between sugar, fat, and protein will smooth out the natu- ral ups and downs of your blood sugar. Fruit sugars are infinitely better than processed sugars, but they still affect the level of your blood sugar. What goes up must come down. But a well-balanced smoothie with the right fruit, protein, and fat together can be the perfect low-calorie, energy-sustaining, nutrient-dense breakfast!
The Right Combination
As with smoothies, here’s a great thing to do with fruit: combine it with protein-fats, like nuts and seeds. As we talked about, sugar produces the quick energy, and protein-fat sustains it. Think up your own combinations. A banana split? Hmm…think a little harder. How about strawberries and yogurt? Much better. Raw sprouted almonds and prunes? Perfect. Apples and raw almond butter? Now you’re talking. Of course fruits don’t necessarily have to be eaten with anything else (and are still great to have by themselves), but when combined with protein-fats, you’ll satisfy your appetite much longer. Note: it’s better for fruits not to be combined with other complex carbohydrates, like grains and vegetables. This combination produces fermentation in the gastrointestinal system which isn’t good if done on a routine basis. Once in awhile, no big deal. Best to have your fruit first, which digests in just minutes, then the bigger meal shortly after.
Now let’s revisit the processed sugars. Some actually aren’t so bad. Here are my top picks. Maple syrup. We’re talking tree sap,not the Aunt Jemima kind. She may have been a sweet lady, but her syrup is little more than high-fructose corn syrup which is in the same category as white sugar and is no better than terrible. High fructose corn syrup is especially common in bottled drinks. It’s a high-consequence processed sugar, particularly with obesity, and ironically makes up a significant portion of the average American’s daily calories. Real maple syrup on the other hand is rich in min- erals and is perfectly fine when used in moderation. Raw honey has my golden stamp of approval. Unheated honey has an immune boosting, health-enhancing value of its own.
Coconut sugar is up there, too. Like maple syrup, coconut sugar is tree sap, only dried. It’s mineral-rich and low-glycemic. The brilliance of coconut sugar is you can use it gram for gram in recipes where you would otherwise use processed sugar, only the flavor is better and the calories are fewer.
Other middle of the road processed sugars include brown rice syrup, yacon syrup, and lucuma berry syrup. The once-popularagave nectar and sucanat are further down the totem pole. Sucanat is a whole cane sweetener that retains the original molasses, making it better than processed sugar. Molasses separated from cane sugar is actually mineral-rich and is the one perk of cane plants. Sucanat isn’t as popular as processed sugar, because not everyone is fond of the taste of molasses. Plus it’s triple the cost of white sugar. Although it’s better, it’s still high-glycemic and not exactly health-forming. What about brown sugar? Brown sugar has a sprits of molasses added back to the processed sugar, making it no better than white sugar.
If you’re looking for a zero-calorie sweetener, try stevia (not Splenda). Stevia is a natural leaf with a sweet flavor and no unhealthy qualities. I recommend green stevia powder which is simply the whole ground-up stevia leaf. The common bleached stevia with maltodextrin isn’t necessarily bad, but the less processed product is always better.
What about Aspartame? Marketed as NutraSweet, Equal, and other innocent names, it’s been shown to be chemically addictive. During my years of teaching nutrition at the Ashram Health Retreat, I would always see the diet soda drinkers having a rough detox experience. Diet soda is really among the worst things you can put into your body. Xylitol: beware of it as a sweetener. This is sugar alcohol extracted from corn through an award-winning amount of processing. It really shouldn’t be ingested for the simple reason that it draws water from the body into the intestines which is obviously not good for more than just a few reasons. Same goes with sorbitol.
A Note about Chocolate
As I would be talking about sugar in my nutrition classes, there would inevitably be someone wearing a look of mild despair whowould ask for my thoughts about chocolate. Well cacao in chocolate products can actually have beneficial nutritive properties, including the presence of soluble fiber, magnesium, healthy saturated fats, and antioxidants. Theobroma in chocolate is a stimulant, making it something to enjoy only in moderation, but all in all, the right chocolate can be a healthy food. This would always make every- one in the class breathe a sigh of relief. But are we talking about chocolate cake here? Nope, definitely not. The wear and tear from the over-saturation of sugar and flour unquestionably outweigh the pluses of the chocolate. And sorry, we’re not talking chocolate candy bars, either. Your average chocolate candy bar, loaded with sugar, hypnotizes those taste buds, making you eat the whole thing, and more. In dark chocolate (labeled eighty-five percent cacao), a one ounce serving has only three grams of sugar. This level of sugar almost qualifies more as a “flavor” than a sweetener, making it less of a big deal in my opinion. However, if you search enough at your local natural food store, you can likely find dark chocolate sweetened with coconut sugar or honey. Now we’re talking.
Another plus of dark chocolate is that it satisfies that sweet- tooth craving, even with a very small amount. One ounce generally does the trick. Better than dark chocolate is the original chocolate bean. These are generally available at your local store crushed up into nibs. With most high-quality brands, the nibs are raw and unheated, preserving the antioxidant value. There are plenty of ways to enjoy them, like in oatmeal or a smoothie. Try them with dried fruit. Even by themselves, I think nibs are tasty. Raw unsweet- ened chocolate is also available in the form of powder. Why not create your own chocolate dessert using only premium ingredients? I’ve shared a few in the Appendix.
Making it Easy
Your body needs natural sugar and now you know the right places to find it. First thing tomorrow, make yourself a smoothie. Throw the glazed donut away, along with the “natural” junk food. Have some of that healthy sugar in the afternoon, too. Feed your sweet tooth with nutrient rich fruit. Why not have a pear, a slice of watermelon, or a peach? How about berries with lunch? So many options! Eliminate the sugar-filled desserts. Forego sweet drinks— soda, energy drinks, bottled fruit juices, pre-packaged smoothies, sweetened teas, etc.
Here is my humble yet hearty recommendation: go for the two- week challenge and completely cut processed sugar from your diet. If weight loss is at all a priority for you then this is an especially important thing to do (this will only be one benefit among many). And again, detox that pantry. Throw everything away that has pro- cessed sugar or “evaporated cane juice” or “corn syrup.” And while you’re at it, toss the stuff with artificial sweeteners, too. Please remember my fair warning: processed sugar (and Aspartame) is addictive! That means that giving it up won’t be easy. It’ll take some discipline, but hang in there. It will be among the best things you do for yourself. After the two weeks, any urge you have for pro- cessed sugar will likely be gone, or at least substantially reduced. Life is simply better without it, for both the body and mind. Trust me. And following our protocol of replacing processed sweets with the goodness of sweets from fruit (have two to four pieces a day) will make the whole thing very doable. I promise you’ll be glad you did this for yourself!
In addition to simply eating healthier, you’ll discover something amazing. As with any healthy protocol, when you give your body what it truly wants and you begin to feel the benefits, you’ll notice that you’ll start to naturally gravitate towards those things that make you feel great. Don’t be surprised if you don’t find cake and ice cream as appealing as you used to. Once you’re on the healthy, energetic path, you’ll find it relatively easy to stay on it. Such is the brilliance of your body’s natural intelligence. Pretty sweet, eh?
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January 25, 2017 By Billy
Dear Health Enthusiast,
Woohoo!.. we’re already ten days into 2017! Any chance you made some resolutions for living a healthier lifestyle? If yes, how’s it going? If no, then it’s not too late! Resolving in the mind to take better care of body, mind and spirit has a power often underestimated.
I have something I’d like to share with you. It’s a perspective that has been of tremendous value for helping me stay on course with a truly health-enhancing way of life. First, I’d like to say that I’m sure on some level you are acquainted with the understanding that for the most part the modern diet and life-style in the western world is nuts. Full of processed and unnatural foods, the common diet has led to obesity, weakness, and disease. The all too common sedentary lifestyle hasn’t helped either.
Because you are reading my newsletter, you likely know far more of what constitutes a genuinely healthy way of life than the average person. What an advantage! You are fortunate to know that it’s really all about having the tools of knowledge and then experiencing the life-enhancement that comes with them. You know that it’s about living a life that supports a strong selfhood. All that we do between diet and exercise (or lack of) makes us either weaker or stronger. Manifesting the latter with our lifestyle is not a “sometimes” thing. It’s your way of life, and the influence it has on your life-force, your very health and longevity, your ability to fend off or heal from disease, and the strength of your mind is nothing less than extraordinary.
I’ve always said that there’s no silver bullet for health, but, you know, on second thought, maybe there is. Diet, exercise, fresh air, sunshine—all of these things collectively are the silver bullet. Again, if you’ve read this newsletter, you’re already way ahead – you have the priceless notion about what constitutes true health!
What is the vision you hold for yourself for 2017? If you’re concerned about the time and effort it takes to live healthier, I would like to remind you that living by the principles of great health actually gives you time, rather than takes it. Not to mention the quality of life-experience that comes with it.
Can you survive on a poor diet with little exercise? We all know people who seem to defy the laws of nature; who maintain a healthy weight yet eat poorly; people who outwardly appear healthy, yet pay little attention to what they put into their bodies. Nevertheless, nature always seems to win out in the end, with compromised health down the road. It’s a matter of maintaining youth and vigor throughout a long life.
The limted access to education about healthy living, coupled with the advertising of such things as unhealthy soda and fast food, gave us today’s state of affairs—someday soon to be trumped by wisdom like yours, thus removing this burden from humanity. (Our planet will have it’s sigh of relief too!) Collectively, we will turn away from unhealthy products and entertainment. Let’s give ourselves some credit here. We are too intelligent to be carried away by ethically weak businesses that attempt to lure us into indulging in unhealthy lifestyles. Business that creates weakness will someday no longer exist. So goes Darwin’s theory of evolution. I have a hunch this day is not so far away.
It’s just been a case of not having the proper comparative perspective, living less-than-optimal lifestyles with no experience of what it’s like to live a lifestyle of great well-being. Once you live a healthier lifestyle it’s hard to go back to anything less. And it’s not just because you feel better and have more energy. It runs deeper than that. It’s because you’re tapping into that which your body and mind intuitively want—the life-force you were destined to have.
This year, enhancing your overall wellbeing requires only a little determination and discipline to get started. The brilliance of it is the discipline over time, morphs into desire. Do it for longevity. Do it for vitality and vigor. Do it to reduce stress and protect your health. Do it for joy, memory, and intelligence. Do it to discover your greatest self and manifest your full potential. Do it to be in your power. The wisdom how is ancient and in our genes.
Another marvelous aspect of your shining health is it will be noticed by those around you. Life-force is something that others pick up on, and it’s very attractive. Naturally you will be a wonderful influence on those around you, making you a light unto a world that needs healing. And it’s people like you that help usher it in. We’re all into this together, and having more participation in a healthy way of life will very definitely tip the scale of making the world better too, largely because we will all be better thinkers and problem solvers. And kinder, too. Could we ask for better? This is where outcomes are magnified—things always go better when we work together, especially in the name of well-being.
Let the life-force we co-generate be the wind in our sails for 2017. Life-force has also been been referred to as the human spirit, which collectively is a symphony of power and intelligence. Excellence of human spirit is written in our destiny, doorways to which can be found within your own mind, body, and spirit. There’s no better time to rise to the occasion than now. You in?
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Thank you from Infinity Greens!
November 24, 2016 By Billy
The Infinity Team and I want to express our deepest gratitude to be serving you as a customer. You mean so much to us – truly! We look forward to serving you more of what we believe to be the best Superfoods on earth – all in the name of longevity and life-force!
Yours Very Truly,
Billy and the Infinity Team
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November 17, 2016 By Billy
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An ESSENTIAL yet underestimated food to be in our diets every day.
August 12, 2016 By Billy
Dear Health Enthusiast,
When I say ‘essential’, I consider this one to be among the few most important categories of food to be in our everyday diet.
And it’s green foods! We’re talking about foods like kale, arugula, chard, mustard greens, parsley, cilantro, spinach, basil, broccoli, and blue-green algae. (Algae? Yep. We’ll be talking about this subject shortly.) What makes these foods so important for a healthy diet? There are two reasons and one might surprise you. The first is obvious: green foods are rich in nutrients, especially the antioxidants that help the body to maintain its youth and vitality.
But the second reason often gets overlooked. Greens are vital for removing toxins from the body. And this is a bigger deal than you might realize. Think about it. Our bodies are bombarded with toxins every day, especially here in the twenty-first century. In the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, we’re exposed to impurities that people never had to worry about before. This is wear and tear enough. Add to it the normal everyday stresses from life itself, and you can readily see why the cleansing goodness of greens is so important to our diets and health. Quite simply, their impact is huge!
The Magic behind Greens
What specifically is it about greens that gives them the unmatched power to cleanse and restore our bodies from toxins? A little something you might remember from high school biology: chlorophyll. This is the magical element in green foods. (It’s also what makes them green.) It’s the chlorophyll itself that bonds to toxins in your body, enabling them to be eliminated via the gastrointestinal system. This is indeed a critical means of avoiding the build-up of toxins in your body. Consider that it’s the build-up of toxins that’s a primary instigator of disease, as well as aging.
The Weight-Loss Connection
Interestingly, bodily fat attempts to protect the body from toxins, too. This is a little-known reason that losing fat can be so difficult. Collectively, fat cells absorb toxins from the bloodstream for the sake of protecting vital organs. It’s a temporary form of self defense. The problem is that when the body needs to later burn this “toxic fat-fuel” for energy, it becomes reluctant to do so because that means toxins would go back into the bloodstream (which would then cause wear and tear on other things in the body). So let green foods fulfill their vital role of removing toxins, making way for fat to be burned as fuel.
Additionally, green foods are very low calorie, and this factor coupled with the nutrient density makes way for satisfying the appetite with fewer calories. Naturally, this enhances the potential for weight loss, which statistically should be a priority for more people than not. Fat reduction: just one more reason for adding more green foods to your diet!
Keep it Simple
So from a dietary standpoint, think “clean and green.” Introduce more dark green foods into your diet to get your chlorophyll. How about salads? Well, sure. But don’t make the common mistake of fooling yourself into thinking a packaged salad of iceberg lettuce with a couple of wedges of tomato covered with salad dressing is going to do the trick. We’re talking unadulterated dark greens. Keep it simple. Why not go hand to mouth? That’s what I do! Grab a few large leaves of kale or chard or a couple handfuls of spinach or arugula or any other leafy greens and chow down. You can eat greens just as they are.
Personally, I find greens to be tasty (most certainly don’t taste bad) and see little reason to add anything to them. But if you want to toss a little homemade healthy salad dressing into the mix, have at it. Olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and cayenne. Simple. A tried and true classic. (Please don’t even bother with the packaged salad dressings which are nothing more than unhealthy entertainment. What the heck is Ranch dressing? Ever read the ingredients of those? Junk food! Even the “natural” ones.) And then there’s green sauce! This is one of my favorite recipes we should all be making! The same salad dressing ingredients (olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and cayenne) into the blender with raw spinach or kale! This tastes amazing and is brilliant as a sauce over other cooked foods or as a dip! Click here for my green sauce and salad dressing recipes.
For getting your chlorophyll, slightly steamed greens can be okay, too, so long as the bright green color is still maintained. Greens more heavily cooked still provide minerals which can be excellent, but keep in mind that the chlorophyll becomes compromised. The point needs to be made, though, that when preparing greens, it’s good to mix it up with cooked versus raw every now and again. Raw greens are obviously good for you. And greens like kale, collard greens and chard, are especially nutritious. They contain chlorophyll as well as enzymes and antioxidants. However, in a raw state, these few greens do have a mildly suppressive effect on the thyroid, which controls our metabolism. A weak thyroid seems to be a common theme in our culture (although the main culprit is fried food). Then again, some people have an overactive thyroid, so foods that mildly suppress the thyroid’s metabolic function aren’t necessarily all bad. It’s a balance. The bottom line is that it is possible to go overboard with these particular green foods for some of us, when consumed raw. So it’s good from time to time to cook them. Steam them, boil them, put ‘em in soups. Again, you’ll lose some of the chlorophyll, but you’ll still get the minerals. In fact, when cooked, your body is actually more able to absorb the minerals.
As for how much green foods to have in your daily diet… definitely more than just a small handful of greens on your sandwich. What I feel is a simple and reliable gauge is ‘the massive handful’. This is something with which your instinctive wisdom can play an outstanding role. There is an ancient memory of green foods in our genes since these foods have been in the human diet for tens of thousands of years. So your body knows. Trust your instincts.
Even among the healthiest green foods, there’s one group worthy of extra mention. Based on my nutrition research and experience, I rank algae at the top of the ladder of the healthiest foods that have the greatest impact. Interestingly, algae were the very first life on earth—beginning three and a half billion years ago. Essentially, algae are the ancient foundation of our food chain. It’s fascinating that now we are turning back to the very first food on earth for our nutritional support.
There are thousands of different algae, most of which can’t be consumed; however, edible varieties of algae have been in the human diet as far back as recorded history will take us—and all over the world—except for the last few hundred years in the Western world. Only recently have we begun hearing a lot more about the nutritive attributes of algae. Why this recent interest? Because algae have the highest concentration of chlorophyll of any food you can name. This is what makes algae so green!
It’s also worth mentioning that algae produce over sixty percent of the oxygen in our atmosphere and are the most powerful photosynthesizers on our planet, capitalizing directly on the energy of the sun more than any other food. Sun plus water and minerals miraculously creates algae—then poof!—oxygen, which is among the more important elements of life, wouldn’t you say? This magical process happens in the body as well. Algae oxygenate the blood which naturally has a tremendous impact on our energy and overall health, especially in conjunction with the chlorophyll.
Among the thousands of different types of algae, it’s Klamath algae, Spirulina, and Chlorella that have the most remarkable health forming qualities. Numerous blind studies have proven the significant nutritive and restorative value of these algae. Here is a brief summary of what makes each of these three algae truly worthy of our attention.
Klamath Algae is recognized for its extraordinary support of the nervous system. Klamath Algae metabolizes nitrogen in the body which stimulates the production of more neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are the link, which carry messages from the brain to the body and then from the body back to the brain. The nervous system and brain communicate with everything in the body every second of every day, which defines the value of Klamath algae. In addition, anecdotal reports consistently attribute Klamath algae consumption to increase in mental alertness, short and long term memory retention, and enhanced mood. What’s not to like about that?
Spirulina is among the few richest sources of beta-carotene, which is known to be the most important anti-cancer antioxidant. An antioxidant is a substance that inhibits the oxidation (breaking down) of molecules, essentially protecting the body from wear and tear by free radicals. It’s the wear and tear in the body caused by free radicals that sets off a whole host of health problems, the inevitable one being aging. Another role of beta-carotene is to reverse inflammation. Natural anti-inflammatories are a vital part of disease prevention very simply because strong circulation throughout the body is how organs are nourished and detoxed. Spirulina is also notably high in iron, calcium, zinc, potassium, magnesium, selenium, and phosphorus, all of which play a tremendous role in our overall health and longevity.
Chlorella truly shines in it’s ability to enhance detoxification. Of all algae, Chlorella is at the very top of the totem pole in terms of chlorophyll content. Along with detoxification, the high chlorophyll content supports oxygenation of our blood and consequent energy production in all cells (O2 equals life-force). So, naturally, Chlorella enhances physical stamina and energy. Studies have also proven Chlorella reduces blood pressure and lowers cholesterol. Chlorella has even been shown to help increase the intestinal bacteria that are the very foundation of healthy digestion. Interestingly, the causes behind these benefits of Chlorella have not yet been identified, and there are more benefits still being discovered today. Oh, the mysteries of nature!
I truly feel algae can play a significant role in our diet, and I’m confident the world will better understand why these foods are so important in the near future. Bottom line—gram for gram, algae have concentrations of nutrients unmatched by anything else in nature. Naturally, all of the reasons above are part of why I am so partial to the Infinity formulas, of which algae are a big part. Truly. I believe algae are literally the antidote for us overfed, yet undernourished, modern humans. It is worth noting that today, even plant foods that are certified organic do not have the same nutrient content they did just a few decades ago because of the soil depletion from mass agriculture. However, this is not the case for algae! It is the same extraordinary nutrition that it was three and a half billion years ago. I feel that before long, algae will be a much more understood and used food source on a global scale.
And how to introduce algae into your diet? Start by adding it to your smoothies. Already, smoothies should play a key role in your diet if they’re made with genuinely healthy ingredients. And you’ll find some truly extraordinary smoothie recipes here!
To sum it all up, introducing greens into your diet that are high in chlorophyll – whether kale, spinach, or algae – is about much more than just weight loss. You know, it’s interesting how our modern diets focus so heavily on getting the “right” calories and nutrients. But think about it: getting the calories and nutrients in is only half the picture. The other half is getting the toxic funk out! Removing the wear and tear from your internals makes it well worth the small effort of adding more chlorophyll-rich green foods to your diet. At the end of it all, we are honing a diet to enable our bodies to rejuvenate faster than they break down. That’s the ultimate key for longevity, life-force, and protection from disease. You in?
At your service always,
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** I receive many questions about why Algae is the primary ingredient in Infinity Greens. As you probably already know, Infinity Greens is a symphony of 33 different medicinal plant foods. Among these ingredients, I consider these three Algae – Klamath Algae, Spirulina and Chlorella – to be the most important. The nutritive data on these Algae is truly mind-blowing, and I’ve personally witnessed the health transforming benefits of algae during the eight years I worked as a trainer and nutritionist at The Ashram Health Retreat. Even today, algae is utilized as a big part of the program. Algae has dramatically enhanced the health and longevity of many people, and my wish is for you to be included!
Also a fresh batch of Infinity Green Bars just came in! Each Infinity Green Bar contains 4000mg of the Infinity Greens formula! Organic life-force never tasted so good!
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Vitamin D deficiency and the solution
June 27, 2016 By Billy
Dear Health Enthusiast,
As you may know, Vitamin D deficiency has become a serious health issue. This is a health topic that I have become very passionate about to which I have dedicated a tremendous amount of time to research both the problem and the solution.
The Importance of Vitamin D
So first, why is vitamin D important? For a whole host of reasons! For starters, its deficiency can be linked to today’s prevalence of osteoporosis. Vitamin D metabolizes with calcium in the body helping to maintain sturdy bones. And did you know that vitamin D deficiency can significantly increase your risk of heart disease? A growing number of studies have shown a correlation.
It’s also a vital part of the immune system: one of the lesser-known but critical attributes of vitamin D is that it provides essential support in helping the body to remove toxins from your cells, effectively enhancing the life cycles of them, strengthening your body’s defenses against autoimmune diseases and even cancer.
Now here’s the issue – Sunshine is, by far, the most generous source of vitamin D available. However in an attempt to avoid skin damage and potential cancer, we slather sunscreen containing toxic chemicals (that enter the bloodstream) all over our bodies which ultimately ends up preventing the intake of Vitamin D, a vitally detoxifying vitamin! We call it sun block, but let’s call it what it really is: vitamin D block! How’s that for irony? But it gets even worse. To make up for our lack of vitamin D from the sun, we take unnatural, chemically manufactured supplements (which have become linked to a host of other problems that we will discuss). Something is definitely wrong with this picture.
Moderation and the Right Protection
The keys are moderating your time under the sun as well as the timing of your exposure to it. The target scenario is a short time in the sunshine with broad skin exposure. To get your vitamin D, five minutes in the middle of the day in shorts and a tank top is more than adequate for fair-skinned people. Or up to twenty minutes if you’re darker-skinned.
The timing here is very important. Sunshine comes to us in both UVA and UVB rays. It’s the UVA radiation that causes wear and tear of the skin. It’s in the UVB radiation where we get our vitamin D. In the middle of the day when the sun is highest in the sky, UVB rays are plentiful. But when it’s lower on the horizon, in the morning or late-afternoon and evening hours, when the rays come in at an angle, the atmosphere filters out most of the Vitamin D forming UVB rays.
For that short period (5-20 minutes) in the middle of the day, it’s vital to take advantage of direct, unscreened, unadulterated, pure sunshine. Let the sun’s rays do their job, interacting with tannins in your skin to form vitamin D which will then be absorbed into your bloodstream. Important side note: Vitamin D is formed both within the skin cells as well as in the oils on the surface of the skin. It can take up to two days for vitamin D in the oils on the skin to be absorbed into the body. So stay away from using abrasive soaps on the arms and legs and shoulders which can literally wash the vitamin D away. Rinsing is okay. Use soap where you need it and don’t worry – you’re not going to stink if you don’t use it on your arms and legs and shoulders! By the way, younger people produce more vitamin D on their skin than older people, one reason that osteoporosis generally shows up later in life. Older or younger, the key is both timing and maximum surface area of skin exposed to the sun. Hence, my suggestion of shorts and a tank top. Or why not a little topless sunbathing in the backyard for five minutes? Seriously.
Ah, but what if you’re planning an activity that’s going to involve being out in the sun all day? On the beach, maybe, or out on a boat? Sunscreens are necessary then, aren’t they? Not necessarily. First, there are better options than chemically made sunscreens. Know what’s in those chemically made ones? How’s this for an ingredient list: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. What?? These chemicals have been linked to skin allergies and hormone imbalances. Yup. They’re toxins that seep into the skin and accumulate in the body. No thanks. Go mineral rather than chemical. Use zinc oxide sunscreens. Yes, this is the sunscreen that goes on leaving you a bit white, so maybe it’s not as fashionable. But it’s more natural, safer, and very effective. Hey, something else to keep in mind: most people don’t realize that the chemical sunscreen ingredients listed above are in a lot of everyday skin ‘care’ products. You may be using sunscreen without even knowing it!
Incidentally, did you know that when manufacturers of sunscreens rate their product by SPF (Sunscreen Protection Factor), they’re assuming you’re rubbing tons of it on you? Outside of the laboratory, nobody is putting on the amount of sunscreen necessary to reach the advertised SPF. A sunscreen with an SPF of 30 (meaning it theoretically provides 30 times the protection that bare skin provides) might, in reality, only be about a 5 or 10 given the amount most people use.
Really your best sunscreen is shade, like a beach umbrella or a straw hat that shades your face and neck and even shoulders. When you’re at the beach and you want to take a dip in the water, jump in, get your sun exposure, then jump out and hit the shade again.
If you spend a lot of your time out in the sun, it may be worth considering investing in some SPF clothing, kind of a new thing. An average cotton t-shirt has an SPF factor of between only 5 and 10. Fine if you’re not out in the sun all day. But if you’re constantly exposed to long hours in the sun, it may be worth checking out the lines of “sun safe” clothing on the market these days, many made from cotton woven with zinc oxide. This clothing can provide all the SPF you would ever need.
Other Sources of Vitamin D
In the winter months, depending on where you are, it’s often not as easy to get the vitamin D we need from the sun. Even on a sunny day, the sun is going to be lower in the sky, comparable to where it is in the mornings and evenings during the summer. Don’t despair. Vitamin D is fat soluble, meaning that it can be stored for months in your fat cells. Plus, there are other ways to get vitamin D. Eggs and salmon (and other oily fish) are good sources of vitamin D. But note that farm-raised salmon only has about a fourth of the vitamin D that wild-caught has.
Winter, by the way, reveals another important attribute of the sun’s rays. When the eyes interact with sunshine, the body produces serotonin, improving mood. Yup, the “winter blues” is a real thing. But you can get the winter blues at any time of year if you’re indoors all the time and your eyes are not exposed to sunshine. The rays of the sun necessary to produce serotonin don’t pass through glass. So even sitting next to a sunny window won’t help. (Plastic, however, is conducive to the production of serotonin. This is one reason glass lenses have been replaced by plastic lenses in eyeglass wear.)
To compensate for whatever vitamin D you may not be getting in the winter, I don’t recommend resorting to supplements. Did you know that vitamin D3 supplements are made from a waxy substance called lanolin that’s taken from sheep’s wool and skin? Doesn’t sound like anything I’m very keen on ingesting, how about you? And like with other supplements, it’s easy to take too much vitamin D. An excess of manufactured vitamin D in the bloodstream has proven to be harmful for the heart and kidneys. You don’t have to worry about vitamin D toxicity if you’re getting your vitamin D naturally – from the sun or from foods. Overdosing on vitamin D can only happen through man-made supplements. Just another reason to stick with that which Mother Nature has already provided.
Back to Nature
So take that brief midday walk in the sun. Interact with nature. It’s a nice break in the day anyway, helping you manage your stress levels. And that’s a good thing where vitamin D is concerned because cortisol, the “stress hormone,” actually blocks the absorption of vitamin D. A nice little nature walk is a twofer. It reduces your stress and it allows the intake of a very valuable vitamin.
If you’re vitamin D deficient, then take it seriously by dedicating some time in your day for sunshine. Make it a solid and defined part of your lifestyle. Do it for a couple of months. Vitamin D can be tested with a blood test. Why not get tested before and after and see if you don’t get some definitive results showing the benefits of sunshine.
Of course you don’t want to get sunburned, but remember this: when you consider the way we’re blocking the health-essential powers of vitamin D with the toxic chemicals of sunscreen, together with the way we’re compensating for our vitamin D deficiencies with man-made chemical supplements, it’s a safe bet that life force and longevity are compromised more by lack of sunlight than by too much. However the key to getting it right, as always, is striking the right balance.
Yours Truly, Billy MerrittComments to this post
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10 Year Anniversary for Infinity Greens
May 13, 2016 By Billy
I am very excited to annouce that today is the 10 Year Anniversary for Infinity Greens, the flagship formula of the Infinity Superfoods!..10 years! Can you believe it?! The health enhancing properties of Infinity Greens have proven to be extraordinary, and I am more dedicated than ever to continue serving you the very finest superfoods on earth! Thank you for believing in me and the Infinity Superfoods! As many of you know, Infinity Greens originally came from the Ashram Health Retreat in Malibu, California. So big thank you to the Ashram too!!
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The impact that diet, exercise and other elements of a healthy lifestyle have on our wellbeing (both physical and mental) is very underestimated and have rather proven to be awesome. My wish is to be a positive influence and provide the powerful tools and information to help you along your way.
Yours Truly, Billy Merritt
A newly innovated recipe!
March 31, 2016 By Billy
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Drum roll for the new recipe called ‘Infinity Peeps’ –
…Behold, a deviled egg with extra mayonaise, garnished with an Easter marshmallow.
This genius recipe was created by myself and my siblings over the Easter Holidays!!
Note – to negate the toxicity of some of these ingredients, it is recommended to follow up with with an extra serving Infinity Greens. This new recipe was never actually sampled so we can not offer an accurate taste review.
PS…April fools!! Haha!! You knew I was joking, right? I hope this inspired at least a chuckle, making the small sacrifice of sounding like a goof-ball worth it. If so, then pass the ‘peeps’ to the peeps who would do well to smile 😉
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PPPPS…Last thing!! … Great news!! There is in fact a ‘silver bullet’ for achieving extraordinary health!! ~ It’s your lifestyle!! Yup, tried and tested. And the impact that diet, exercise and other elements of a healthy lifestyle can have on our wellbeing (both physical and mental) is very underestimated. The possibility of what can be acheived has been known (but not by many) to be awesome. My wish is to be a positive influence and provide powerful tools to help you along your way.Comments to this post
March 30, 2016 By Billy
There’s a lot of confusion about carbohydrates. We hear about simple and complex carbs, but what’s the difference? What do these terms even mean? In its most basic sense, a carbohydrate is a compound of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. They’re present in the foods we eat and our body breaks them down into glucose that then can be used as energy.
Simple Versus Complex
Simple carbohydrates are, essentially, just sugar. They’re found in our diets predominately as processed sugar, such as cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup. Most of the simple carbohydrates in the modern diet are unhealthy, although there are exceptions, including honey and pure maple syrup (in moderation, as always). Fresh-pressed (non-pasteurized) fruit juice is essentially fructose or fruit sugar, thus making it a simple carbohydrate, but can be relatively healthy, too. A better alternative to juice is often the whole fruit itself, which contains the original fiber and nutrients. Whole fruit can be made into a smoothie, which is why I prefer a smoothie over juice.
Generally, complex carbohydrates are a combination of starch (chains of sugar) and fiber (non-caloric plant matter). This is why whole fruit, because of its fiber, is actually a complex carbohydrate, although it’s often thought of as simple carb because of the sugar. Besides whole fruit, complex carbs include vegetables, rice, beans, bread, pasta, and all grains such as oats, rye, quinoa, millet and wheat. However, some complex carbohydrates are healthier than others. Essentially, the healthy complex carbohydrates are unprocessed plant foods and whole grains. As we’ll discuss later, these unprocessed complex carbohydrates give you the most fiber and nutrients.
The Perils of Processed Foods
Okay, so let’s first talk about the unhealthy complex carbs: processed complex carbohydrates. These are among the greatest culprits of weight gain (and many other health problems) today. Most of the processed complex carbohydrates are essentially grains that have been robbed of their fiber and nutrients, becoming concentrates of starch. Examples of foods high in processed carbs include most cereal, most bread, pasta, white rice, bagels, crackers, chips, most baked foods (among the worst of the worst of processed foods are the “low-fat” snack foods), and basically anything with flour, including wheat and other grain flours. When flour is made, the grain is stripped of the fiber husk and pulverized into a fine powder, leaving nothing but the caloric starch element. These foods are quite abundant, even at your natural food store – and I dare say, make up the majority of products sold.
And here’s the problem – what happens with these “starch concentrates” is that they behave similarly to processed sugars – because of their processed nature, they are digested too quickly, causing an overdose of glucose that the body has no choice but to store as energy for later, which, you guessed it, is stored as fat. Yup, that’s how it works. This is why processed foods, even in smaller amounts, are such major weight gain foods. What’s worse is that they’re extremely easy to overdo since, without the original fiber and nutrients, they don’t satisfy the appetite. So, it’s a double whammy. They’re fattening in and of themselves, and you eat more of them to boot. Doh! Additionally, you gotta keep in mind, even a small amount of processed food goes a long way – directly around the waist line.
Distressingly, these foods are a predominant part of the modern diet. It’s hard to get away from them. For most people, their intake begins first thing in the morning with a seemingly innocent bowl of cereal. Some of the cereals in your grocery store appear to be healthy, but do you always remember to check the ingredients? The front of the box may say “natural,” “organic” and “whole grain,” but look at the side of the box. Most cereals, despite what they say on the front, have flour in them. Furthermore, “evaporated cane juice” which, as you’ll recall from earlier, is just straight-up processed sugar disguised by the natural sounding name. Not good.
So, what can you use as a breakfast cereal instead? How about oatmeal? No, not instant oatmeal and granola. Instead, use whole rolled oats! (The ‘how-to’ – simply cook in water. If you add oil, remember to use a healthy, heat-stable option such as ghee, butter or coconut oil. Add raw nuts, seeds, and unsweetened yogurt. You can even get some of your healthy sugar with sliced berries and a drizzle of honey. Now, that’s a balanced breakfast!). If you want to stick with cereal, look for the brands that don’t contain sugar or flour. There are a few out there. Ezekiel brand is approved, since it is only the whole-wheat berry. For bread, same thing – simply stay away from flour. Unfortunately, that’s 95% of the breads out there. Ezekiel brand also makes a good option for bread. (You owe me one, Ezekiel). Manna Bread is also a decent brand. All of these options are flourless and Billy-approved.
The key is to remember: more unprocessed foods. Simple, yes, but not necessarily easy. Like we talked about earlier, the processed grains without the original fiber and nutrients are merely unsatisfying, fast-digesting calories. Bottom line: enhance your diet to include more unprocessed complex carbohydrates (plant foods, whole fruit, whole grains). This will dramatically improve anyone’s health on all levels, especially long-term. An added bonus is that your days of calorie-counting are almost over. This is because it’s pretty hard to overeat foods such as broccoli. Incorporating more of these foods in our diet enables us to much more easily reduce our calories, if need be (which applies to most of us). What’s more is that fibrous foods are good for the digestive tract and have countless other health benefits. It’s also worth mentioning, that when making choices, green foods are generally the best: broccoli, cabbage, kale, spinach, mustard greens, collard greens, and green beans, to mention a few. These have the most fiber and nutrients, relative to the starch content. These are the foods that satiate the appetite the most per calorie. I would also like to comment that among the complex carbs, white potatoes are less than ideal since they have loads of starch and very little fiber and nutrition (not to mention that they are often dressed up with loads of sour cream and bacon bits. Ha!)
Coming full circle, I understand that a complete dietary overhaul for some of us may be a bit overwhelming. Cereals and breads and snacks have become dietary staples for us. But if you make a conscious effort to start substituting healthier, unprocessed foods, you’ll notice a funny thing start to happen. The processed junk will actually begin to feel unappetizing to you. Very truthfully, the processed foods including bread, crackers, chips and other snack foods are totally and completely repulsive to me. Why? Because of something we’ve discussed earlier: the body recognizes nutrient-rich foods, and if given a steady supply, will naturally gravitate towards the good stuff and away from all the junk. It’s true. Believe me. I saw it countless times during the 8 years of teaching nutrition at the Ashram. During the course of their time there, guests would develop an improved taste for good, healthy, nutritious, lower-calorie, natural, unprocessed food. They’d come back a year later looking and feeling like different people. The difference? They successfully incorporated the Ashram dietary principles into their lives. Furthermore, they reported that it was less-than-difficult for them to do, and that they had no interest in going back to their old dietary ways. Try it yourself and see if the same thing doesn’t happen to you. I have a hunch your body’s instinctual wisdom may just tip the scale in your favor.
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How diet has become a primary cause of Autoimmune disease and what we need to do about it.
February 18, 2016 By Billy
We’ve got an important one here. Recently I’ve been getting many questions about Autoimmune Disease, which is very definitely a critical health topic. This is so very important and deserves everyone’s understanding. Here is the shortest and clearest explanation of the disease, and what I feel are the most essential factors to know in order to protect your health.
First, let’s define Autoimmune Disease. The reality is, many people don’t know what it is. It’s often confused with AIDS, when Autoimmune Disease and AIDS are completely different. AIDS, of course, is a transmitted virus that attacks the immune system. Autoimmune Disease is when the immune system turns on and attacks the body itself. Essentially, the immune system gets a mind of its own and goes after its own organs. This is something that is brought on by an unhealthy lifestyle and is not transmittable between individuals.
Where all of this is happening in the world is a very noteworthy point – Autoimmune Disease exists almost exclusively in developed countries. In 3rd-World Countries, it is virtually non-existent. Such a fact makes this topic very deserving of our attention. While we don’t need to fear Autoimmune Disease, we do need to educate ourselves on it. Essentially, we need to pay attention to the basic facts and adjust our lifestyle accordingly – the simplicity of it all may surprise you. However, the bottom line is that it is so very important. You’ll understand why, below.
Autoimmune Disease affects at least 25 million people in the United States. That’s 8 percent of our population. And it’s rapidly increasing. In comparison, cancer affects 9 million, and heart disease affects 22 million. While this is one of the more common nation-wide diseases, it is one that Americans are least aware of. Just 40 years ago, Autoimmune Disease was virtually non-existent, so what the heck is going on?!
Next, let’s address that there are many types of Autoimmune Disease. There are 80-100 known strains of the Autoimmune Disease, and more are coming out all the time. In all of these strains, the immune is system attacking its own body. The specific Autoimmune Diseases are better known than the general class (the name ‘Autoimmune Disease’) itself. These include some well-known diseases including Type-1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Multiple Sclerosis, Thyroid Disease, Asthma, Eczema, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Psoriasis, Celiac Disease, Thyroid Disease, and more. Some examples – Psoriasis is the immune system attacking the skin, Rheumatoid Arthritis is the immune system attacking the joints, and Multiple Sclerosis is the immune system attacking the brain. The most common side effect on the attacked area of the body is inflammation, the swelling of tissues, making it unreachable for nutrient rich blood that is trying to come to the rescue.
It’s worth mentioning – the most commonly used medical “solution” is medication. Medication may not always be bad, and more often than not Autoimmune Disease medicines relieve the symptoms, but unfortunately Autoimmune Disease medication is among the worst in terms of their side effects. Therefore, medication should, at best, be considered a very short-term solution, especially since the ultimate solution to curing the disease is changing your lifestyle. Unfortunately, Autoimmune Disease medication focuses on the symptom rather than the cause. These medications are intended to suppress the immune system and weaken it’s attack on the body. It’s like trying to clear the smoke out of your house rather than just putting out the fire – it’s a temporary solution that allows you to catch your breath at best. Medication eases the symptoms at best until the cause is discovered and the lifestyle is modified.
The reason the disease-treatment relationship with Autoimmune Diseases deserves our attention is because it is greatly correlated with diet and lifestyle – much more so than most other diseases. If you wish to cool the inflammation, it boils down to finding the source. Some Autoimmune Diseases are genetic, but still, they are most often propagated by one thing – your lifestyle! What is it in the victims’ diet or lifestyle that is wreaking the havoc?! That can be difficult to identify, but the good news is, that’s one of the specialties of natural medicine. There are very many cases of Autoimmune Disease being healed in the realm of functional, holistic, and alternative medicine.
The very next (and actually easy) step is taking the reins of the out-of-control immune system. The immune system is wreaking havoc, but it doesn’t need to be laid to rest forever. Essentially, it’s like an untrained Mustang bucking and kicking. We don’t want to abandon the horse altogether, but rather take back the control we know we should have over it. It’s the same with Autoimmune Disease. We don’t want to annihilate our immune system completely, bur rather take control of it once again. Believe it or not, adding a few things to your diet and removing a few other things is what most often saves the day. It’s all about adding vital nutrients that heal the immune system. Fortunately, there are two that are the most important. Want to take a guess? Vitamin C and Vitamin D!! Yep. Let’s touch on that. Some might think “boosting the immune system” would be bad if it’s already attacking itself, but that’s not right. Instead, you’re putting a head back on its shoulders and restoring your body’s instinctive healing wisdom.
High Vitamin-C foods: I feel making a list here of Vitamin C foods would be preaching to the choir. You know where to get your Vitamin-C!
Vitamin Sunshine (D): Now here is something interesting – over-exposure to UV radiation is sometimes known to exacerbate symptoms of Autoimmune Disease. So it’s a matter of timing to get your vitamin D without it costing any harm! Nutshell solution: get your unprotected sun exposure (no sunblock) for 10 minutes in the middle of the day, at least a couple days a week! This is often a misunderstood concept. It’s the middle of the day when you get the important Vitamin-D generating UVB radiation. And the 10 minutes of UV radiation that you’ll receive at the same time isn’t going to hurt you (a couple hours, different story)! Here is an article I wrote about it. It’s a critical subject – Vitamin D, the problem and the solution. It has been discovered that Vitamin-D is very involved in the recovery of all Autoimmune Diseases. There are actually many functions of the immune system, one of which is the removal of debris from cells in the body, which is Vitamin D’s most critical job.
There are a number of other very helpful things to put in your body such as high Zinc foods and foods that help your intestinal flora. The healthy bacteria in your gut is a pillar of your immune system and this is often the hole in the fortress through which harm can work its way in. Because the average appetite is composed primarily of processed junk food (It’s true, the average American has a primarily processed-food diet, and the tough thing is they don’t even know it), many people think they are eating healthily, when in reality, they are not. Over time, the unhealthy foods in one’s diet are slowly but surely chipping away at his or her health. And again, it’s tough to watch the grass grow – and it’s also hard to watch it die. So, eat your fruit and veggies yo! And cut out the junk!! You know the drill. The gains will be worth it, I can promise you that.
The food culprits: processed salt (sodium chloride), sugar and other heavily processed food create a toxic atmosphere in your body, especially your digestive system. Salt in most food is a heavily processed form of sodium chloride, which is a completely different thing from Celtic Sea Salt and Himalayan Salt, which in moderation, are totally brilliant, for most of us (there are health cases that low salt is important regardless of its from – another newsletter down the road). Low-fat snack foods are the worst because most are GMO and add this toxic salt to make up for lack of flavor. GMO foods are linked to causing food-allergies and food allergies are another known causative factor for Autoimmune Disease. Artificial sweeteners are just as bad as sugar (and maybe worse), just in a different way and they deserve their own article. Fast food is pretty much the very worst, the end.
Another huge factor? Toxic chemicals. Air-fresheners, heavy metals, and other toxic household items are proven to exacerbate autoimmune disease. Unquestionably, these are original causatives, at least to some degree, and over time they cause more wear and tear, thus increasing the immune system’s vulnerability.
Another big red flag: antibacterial soap and hand sanitizers are taking on the role of your immune system and doing a much worse job. In December of 2013, the FDA proposed questioning soap companies to address the potential risks of using such products daily. Well, guess what? It has been over two years and nothing has been answered. The active antibacterial ingredient has already been proven to be toxic and on top of this, there is currently no evidence that antibacterial soap products are any more effective at preventing illness than washing with plain soap and water. This is nuts! For your reference, here’s the article on the FDA website that confirms this: FDA Questions Antibacterial Soap Companies. Such products pave the way for Autoimmune Disease development down the road. It’s scientifically proven. Rubbing toxic liquids that kill everything under the sun all over your hands (or even worse, your body) is both nuts and counterintuitive. The scary thing is that no one knows this!! Now is the time to detox your house of such dreadful products. Playing in the dirt, being a little dirty, and being exposed to bugs and minor infections train your immune system to be stronger. Please, let the immune system continue to do its job.
Big note: Antibiotics and Vaccines are now linked as great causes for Autoimmune Disease. Google it! The data is real. These culprits kill the bad bacteria while also killing the good bacteria we need to survive. Antibiotics are to be used when the situation is desperate and life threatening. Once utilized, there needs to be some follow up damage control with a healing diet. Most important is replacing intestinal flora, which are killed with the use of antibiotics. Again, digestive health is a pillar!
Alright friends, please know that diet and lifestyle has a greater impact than most are aware of. Everything you feed into and put on your body creates a change in the internal atmosphere, sometimes irrevocably. It’s so very true. Nutrients make our body function how its built to. Conversely, the processed foods that compose the majority of Americans’ diets have a severely weakening effect on your natural immune system. Essentially, they are paving the way for a precarious – not to mention inconvenient and very expensive. Beating this takes awareness that we are inundated with unhealthy choices surrounding us every day. The curative is discipline to keep these toxic ingredients away – both in your diet AND your lifestyle. Discipline comes naturally when the substantial nature of what we’re dealing with is realized, and it quickly turns from “discipline” to a genuine desire for self-improvement. We simply need to remember to spend our time and resources on enhancing our wellbeing rather than providing it with unhealthy entertainment. You’ll be saving yourself from the misery of the latter. These bodies we are given are far too precious to waste.
If someone reading this has already battled Autoimmune Disease, let me say to you that the only true curative is your lifestyle. Is does seem that for some, 100% healing may not happen, BUT at the very, very least, the symptoms will be reduced and may eventually go away entirely. There have been many cases where toxic foods were identified and removed, ultimately healing the body of Autoimmune Disease. These stories point us in a very clear direction, right?! For those of you who have beaten Autoimmune Disease, you may very well have some stories to share! If yes, then congratulations, let’s keep it up and please, spread the word with those you care about while you’re at it!
It’s the potential good in all of this that has my attention. I say we use this information to make better decisions for our bodies while holding the vision that it is not impossible to enhance the quality of our health and even discover new layers excellence. Are you in?
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January 16, 2016 By Billy
The Infinity-C Bars are back and better than ever!!
What makes the Infinity-C Bars so awesome is actually simple!! Each Infinity-C Bar has 1000mg of real Vitamin C from 100% Organic and Wild-Crafted superfoods! That’s the equivelent Vitamin C in 14 oranges…14!….not to mention the Infinity-C Bar is less than 200 calories, comprised solely of other health enhancing foods including raw almond butter, honey, flax seeds and cranberries – all organic!
There is tons of scientific data that high doses of Vitamin C are greatly health enhancing in many significant ways (especially with the immune system)! And on top of it all, the Infinity-C bars taste absolutely amazing!!
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A greater degree of health and happiness is to be yours this year!! It boils down to just including more health enhancing elements in our lifestyle – healthy diet, exercise, nature, postive thinking, healing arts, friends…you know the drill! It’s doesn’t have to be hard! Rather I say we make it fun! The level of reward may just be beyond the expected. You in?
PS!!… I very much consider the outdoor dance events I have been producing here in Taos to be among the most health enhancing things we can do for ourselves! Truly, I do!! Come and you’ll see why!!
Well good news!….February 14 a StarTribe event is on the radar!! Ott is coming!…a musician loved by hundreds of thousands!! This will be a classic StarTribe outdoor bonfire dance event! I promise this will be very much worth the drive or flight to be here! And anyone visiting Taos for the first time…prepare to blown away!! The natural beauty of the Northern New Mexico landscape is truly extraordinary – a vital part of what makes a StarTribe event so amazing and unlike anything else! This event also lands on a holiday weekend making the journey all the more worth it!
Visit www.StarTribe.org for details! If you’re coming then get your presale early because tickets are limited to 500, and this StarTribe event will very likely sell out!Comments to this post
Boosting your immune system.
November 25, 2015 By Billy
In this video I talk about a few keys to boosting your immune system this winter!! It’s just a matter of a few adjustments to your lifestyle. It’s not hard and it’s so very worth it!
And because VitaminC is scientifically proven to significantly enhance the body’s immune system we’re doing a special of including a free large bottle of InfinityC and a C-Bar with your purchase of a 12 ounce bottle of Infinity Greens (a $33 value for free)! No need to add InfinityC to your cart. Just enter this code on the checkout page and the free 8oz InfinityC and C-Bar will automatically be included! This is how much I believe in the importance of high Vitamin C plant foods. It boils down to the simple fact that it’s health enhancing, and I want everyone to have some!!
Code – FreeInfinityC
I this video I also talk about another potentially powerful element to be added to our lifestyle for enhancing our well-being (and life-force!) that I very much want you to know about!
I say we go for it this holiday season to live the healthy life between diet, exercise, spending time in the outdoors with friends and family and not over-working&stressing. It’s no doubt a part of raising bars and discovering our potential.
Wishing you excellent health and happiness this special season – to be yours by nature. It’s just a matter of life-style. We are all capable of living great. What is to be revealed I suspect may be extraordinary.
Yours Truly and at your service always,