Understanding Fats in Our Foods

Fats are vital to good health and we should take in a variety on a daily basis for our body to function effectively. It’s an essential nutrient for utilizing the fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K). Furthermore, our diet contains fat that assists with the development and growth of the brain as well as the skin, nerve function, and bone structure.  They also act as security and a cushion for the vital organs of the body. However, not all fats are identical or offer comparable health and wellness advantages. Food consisting of them have a differing combination of saturated, monounsaturated as well as polyunsaturated.

Whether the fats you consume are liquids such as oil, or solids such as margarine, they end up being broken down by your body and transformed into fatty acids and glycerol. The human body takes these and converts other lipids in the body. The remaining lipids are stored as a triglyceride.

Differentiating between saturated fats, trans fats or unsaturated fats?

Good-Fats-Vs-Bad-FatsFats  are classified as either saturated or unsaturated. This is determined by the number of hydrogen atoms connected to each carbon in their chemical chains. The more hydrogens connected to the chain, the more saturated the fat is. Should there be hydrogen atoms missing, the fatty acid is referred to as unsaturated.

Saturated Fats

Saturated fat is related to causing the liver to produce more cholesterol in addition to LDL cholesterol.

Food Sources: Meats, Butter, Whole milk, Poultry, Coconut oil, Palm oil

Unsaturated Fats

There are two categories of unsaturated fats; monounsaturated and polyunsaturated. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated are regarded as being the healthier and more useful as opposed to saturated fats or trans fats. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs) are related to reduced LDL cholesterol, total cholesterol, but concurrently raising the production of the “good” cholesterol, HDL cholesterol. Fats in this category normally are in liquid form and at room temperature.

Food Sources: Sunflower oil, Canola oil, Olive oil, Peanut oil, Hazelnuts, Macadamia nuts, Avocados

Polyunsaturated fatty acids

This type of fat activates lower blood/ serum cholesterol in addition to lower levels of LDL production. Interestingly, these fatty acids tend to reduce HDL production. Similar to monounsaturated fats, they can be found as liquids at room temperature.

Food Sources: Flaxseed oil, Corn oil, Sesame oil, Sunflower seeds and sunflower oil, Fatty fish, i.e. Salmon, Walnuts

Omega 3 and Omega 6 Fatty Acids

Omega-3s are specific polyunsaturated fatty acids found in meat sources. In non-meat sources, our bodies’ process alpha-linolenic acid into usable omega-3s. This fat is to be specifically healthy and beneficial the body due to the fact of their linkage with enhancing the immune process, rheumatoid arthritis, vision, brain function, and heart health. They’ve are known to reduce both triglyceride and total cholesterol levels. Most experts recommend the consumption of foods rich in omega-3s on a daily basis.

Food Sources: Seafood including High fat mackerel, albacore tuna, sardines, salmon, lake trout

Seed, Nut, Vegetable, and other Oil Sources: Flaxseed oil, Walnuts, Pumpkin seeds, Peanuts Soybean oil, Canola oil, kale, spinach, brussel sprouts, watercress and parsley

Vegetable oils offering Omega-6 fatty acids

Omega 6 rich foods also fall into the category of polyunsaturated fatty acids. Omega 6 fatty acids are identified with lowering heart disease risk by reducing LDL cholesterol levels. Likewise, they’ve been known to also reduce HDL levels.

Food Sources: Most vegetable oils, Sunflower seeds, Pine Nuts, Trans Fats

Trans Fats

Trans-fats are those we must avoid. Manufacturers use trans-fats to prolong the shelf life of foods such as breads, cookies, crackers, chips and other processed foods. Trans fats include hydrogen in their chemical makeup. Hydrogen causes the fat in the food to be firmer and more saturated, this causes a postponing of the rancidity and prolongs freshness. The adverse effect is that the hydrogens cause the food to become more saturated and hydrogenated resulting in trans fats. This additive is cheap – which is why manufacturers use it. But it is also very unhealthy.

Avoid trans fats! If we all stop buying food laden with trans fats, manufacturers will have to rethink and will have no choice but to start producing healthier foods for our families. Read labels on packaged foods to ensure they are free of transfats. Stay healthy.


The Beauty of Beta-Carotene

You’ll notice that beta-carotene is one of the ingredients in our Ultimate Age-Proofing Complex (our top moisturizer) and our Beyond CP (nightly serum for oily skin or those with broken capillaries and scars). There are many skin and health benefits of this colorful red-orange pigment, also found in plants, fruits, and colorful vegetables.

Our bodies transform beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol). Vitamin A can be derived from beta-carotene-rich foods or with supplements. The benefit of the dietary form is that the human body only modifies the amount it requires as needed. Vitamin A in excess quantities can be toxic. Toxic Vitamin A amounts can arise by ingesting a large quantity of the supplement form. If your source is from food, toxicity is preventable. We require Vitamin A for beautiful skin, a healthy immune system and vision, and to produce mucus membranes.

beta-caroteneWhy beta carotene is essential?

Beta-carotene is regarded as an antioxidant and is also a predecessor to vitamin A. This compound promotes healthier skin while is also crucial to the overall health of the lungs, heart and eyes. In fact, beta-carotene consumption can help decrease coronary artery disease, strokes, macular degeneration, and other age-associated conditions.

Other health benefits of beta carotene:

For skin wellbeing, there is proof that beta-carotene, itself or combined with other carotenoids or antioxidant vitamins can safeguard the skin from damaging UVA/UVB sun rays. However, it is always recommended to apply a broad spectrum sun screen daily (snow, rain or shine). I like Evenly Radiant Day Crème. It’s nano-particle-free so it refracts harmful rays away from the skin. Find it at my shop in the sunscreen section.

Studies reveal that eating at least 3-5 servings of veggies and fruits loaded with beta carotene could help reduce lung cancer. See a list of foods below. It is not apparent if these results can be associated to beta-carotene by itself. For heart health, a variety scientific research studies have connected high blood levels of dietary beta-carotene and alternative carotenoids with a reduced danger of developing illnesses which affect the heart or blood vessels.

For eye health, research indicates that foods containing high levels of beta-carotene and other carotenoids could assist in reducing the advancement of age-associated macular degeneration (degradation of the macula, a portion of the retina responsible for central vision) and cataracts (which cause the eye lens to cloud) leading to loss or reduction of vision if untreated. Also be sure to wear polarized sun glasses to help prevent the onset of cataracts.

For a healthy immune system myriad scientific studies note that beta-carotene and carotenoids, can help prevent some infections.

Which foods are rich in beta-carotene?

Apricots, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, kale, Chinese cabbage, chives, dandelion leaves, grapefruit, sweet potatoes, ketchup, onions, peas, peppers, plums, pumpkin, spinach, squash, herbs and spices including chili powder, oregano, paprika, parsley.

Conquer Depression & Prevent Alzheimer’s with DHA

DHA Article

Did you know that poor memory and depression may be a sign that you are lacking in DHA? In fact, several studies have revealed that DHA can offer many additional health benefits.
Consuming a daily supplement of DHA can:

– lower anxiety and anger and help uplift mood,

– help reduce post-partum depression, bipolar illness and schizophrenia,

– prevent brain shrinkage (which occurs as we age)

– help fight off brain plaque. Brain plaque is associated with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and brain fog.

If you are challenged with any of these issues, check with your doctor about taking DHA which is found in fish oil. However, as you may have read in my AGE-PROOF book, I have not been a fan of fish oil supplements for quite some time since discovering that many fish oils can cause inflammation. Many studies, including one from Yale University researchers and alternative health physician, Dr. R. Rowen, uncovered some startling facts about fish oil in early 2010. They revealed that many fish oil supplements were tainted with mercury and other toxins (prior to packaging). While several others, when exposed to oxygen or heat, became rancid!!

Did you know that ingesting rancid fish oil triggers many serious health issues?! They include weight gain, high insulin levels, blood clots, sore joints and inflammation. And we all know that Inflammation causes us to age faster and look older and is associated with many diseases.

In addition, omega 3 fish oil supplements are high in unsaturated fat and not easily absorbed by the body. By taking fish oil in the amounts noted on most supplement bottles, many women and men have experienced a weight gain of 10 or more pounds as well as cravings for simple carbohydrates such as breads and sweets. Eating these types of carbs also cause inflammation, rapid aging and disease. In addition, many individuals report that they feel ‘blue’, look older than their years, and have been experiencing joint pain. Rancid fish oil may be the reason.

DHA/Omega 3 Alternative

We know it’s important to consume omega 3’s (fatty acids). They help support our respiratory and heart health. So taking them daily and especially during cold and flu season is very important. The good news is you can get DHA/EPA Omega 3s in a much safer, non-rancid form. It’s called Vectomega®. It’s a whole food that offers omega 3 DHA/EPA with unique bioactive salmon peptides for superior brain and heart health.

Vectomega is:

– not a fish oil therefore will not cause fish burps,

– cold processed salmon – extracted without chemicals, solvents or excessive heat,

– omega-3 from salmon as nature intended, never chemically altered so is the best form for brain health,

– offers five types of heart and brain healthy phospholipids (great for brain support and especially good for those challenged with Alzheimer’s, dementia, or brain fog,

– offers zero rancidity

– third party tested for purity – no concerns with toxins, heavy metals or contaminants,

– hexane-free

– just one tablet a day

Find it at your local health food store or contact me if you need a source.

What is the Glycohemoglobin Test?

The glycohemoglobin test was designed to tell people about their blood sugar levels for the past two to three months. Firstly, you need to get an understanding of what hemoglobin is.

Hemoglobin is a protein located inside red blood cells whose main function is to carry oxygen from the lungs to all cells in the human body. When it joins with other sugars such as glucose, glucohemoglobin is created.

Did you know that once glucose and hemoglobin join, they are linked until they are completely broken down. This process and the life span of a red blood cell is about four months.

The glycohemoglobin test is performed by a lab. Here are some of the important things the glycohemoglobin test can do:

  • Tell you about your blood glucose levels for the past 2-3 months.
  • Allows you to check how effective your blood glucose control has been in this period.
  • Provides a baseline for other blood glucose tests that have been completed.
  • Gives info to enable you to evaluate if your diabetes plan is working.
  • Let’s you decide if any changes in the plan are working.

How do you measure the glycohemoglobin test?

There are both many ways to measure and many types of glycohemoglobin tests. It’s also possible to have one kind of glycohemoglobin measured by many different tests. Another issue is the number of labs used. It’s possible to get different results based on the criteria from different labs.

Glycohemoglobin test

Glycohemoglobin Blood Draw

Normally higher glycohemoglobin test results reflect higher blood glucose levels.

When do you need a glycohemoglobin test…

  1. When you are diagnosed with diabetes mellitus.
  2. If you use insulin you will need a glycohemoglobin test performed four times yearly.
  3. If you don’t take insulin, it is as recommended by your endocrinologist.

The glycohemoglobin test cannot replace your self checks each day. Self checks are designed to help you decide how to treat your diabetes on a daily basis.

Please refer to our other articles on diabetes and the associated pathologies.




Facts About Type 1 Diabetes

What is Type 1 Diabetes?

type-1-diabetes genetics photoType I Diabetes and what causes it are still somewhat of a mystery. We do know that the human body either stops making insulin or manufactures only a very small amount. When this takes place, glucose has no way of being broken down in your cells.

Why do your cells need glucose?

Glucose and energy are inter-related. Our cells require glucose to create the energy that we use to get through a regular day.

Without the ability to be broken down in cells, glucose can accumulate in the blood. This is bad news. Here are several things that can be affected.

  • Eyes
  • Nerve tissue
  • Kidneys and renal function
  • Your heart
  • Blood vessels

What causes Type 1 Diabetes?

While this type of diabetes generally occurs in people under 30 years of age, it can happen at any age. Hereditary roles play great significance in this disease because people inherit the genes for Type I Diabetes. Another suspected cause is an unusually high auto-antibody level in the blood before primary diagnosis.

What are antibodies?

They are proteins whose sole purpose is to protect the human body by destroying bacteria, viruses, and foreign tissue. If this is the definition of an antibody, what is an auto-antibody? In simple terms, they are antibodies which have gone against your own native tissues. They attack your own cells like they attack those of bacteria. With people that have auto-antibodies, insulin is the target.

What are some of the signs of Type 1 Diabetes?

  • Urinary frequency
  • Hunger
  • Thirst
  • Weight-loss
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Type 1 Diabetes Treatment

As previously mentioned, there is no cure for Type I Diabetes, but there are several precautionary stps you can include in your daily routing. These include:

  1. Take insulin to replenish that which has not been produced.
  2. Create a healthy diet routine that you can follow.
  3. Keep physically fit. This enables your cells to take in more glucose.
  4. Check your blood glucose and urine ketone levels.
  5. Regular check-ups with your endocrinologist.

Why is diet important in controlling Type 1 Diabetes?

Quite simply, a proper diet could enable an individual with Type 1 Diabetes to reduce their dependence on insulin. Studies have shown that vegetarians have significantly lost weight and improved their glucose control. There are all factors relating to insulin dependence.

Proper vegetarian diets would include a balanced diet of plant foots such as fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes (beans, peas, and lentils), plus some nuts and seeds. The major advantage of plant foods is the lack of cholesterol, low fat, and calories. Plus, all are high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

Other advantages of the vegetarian diet include lower cholesterol, less high blood pressure, and lower weight standards. Additionally, studies have shown vegetarians are less likely to get heart diease, vascular damage, color or lung cancer, or osteoporosis.

Type I Diabetes and Skin Conditions

Just like any other problem, Type I Diabetes can have a ripple effect to other organs of the human body. In this case, it can cause bacterial, and fungal infections, usually of the proximal extremities. With this comes a severely decreased ability for the body to heal itself in these areas.

There are three bacterial infections that people get which include sties, boils, and carbuncles. These are caused by staphylococcal infections.

Four fungal infections affection people with diabetes include jock itch, athlete’s foot, ringworm, and vaginal infections.



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