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Amino Acids Therapy “Study” ≈ Week 2

Written by: Rebecca Baird, July 8, 2010

The second week of my amino acid therapy study brought with it some interesting discoveries. The first discovery was that my energy levels are way up; no afternoon sleepies, more than enough energy to go above and beyond the call of duty, and no afternoon or evening chocolate cravings. This is indeed a miracle and I thank God every day for this revelation which He has shown to me.

The second discovery was that I was beginning to feel over energized so that meant that I needed to lessen my L-tyrosine supplementation. I never thought I would see the day when I had too much energy, but there it is.

The third discovery was that my husband is feeling better than he has for many years. He has been taking the amino acid supplements as well and has a much better outlook on life. Many people have described him as stoic and serious, but since he has been taking the amino supplements he has brightened up and is excited about life. One of our sons remarked that he had never seen him so happy; this, again, is a miracle to thank God for.

One of the things which I have a great deal of trouble with, is worrying about how many calories I am consuming. I have to retrain myself that calories are not the enemy; they are the fuel my body needs to maintain metabolic equilibrium (homeostasis). The enemy is simple carbohydrates and sugar which need to be deleted from our diets. Simple carbohydrates are refined foods such as white bread, cakes, soft drinks, canned fruits, puddings, and any other item made with refined sugar, sugar substitutes like saccharin or aspartame, or white all-purpose flour. I am really concentrating on making all our foods from scratch and using whole grain and unrefined sugars like honey or unrefined cane sugar.

I have increased my breakfast to include 3 scrambled eggs, toast (made with homemade bread) or pita bread (homemade as well), melon slices or apple slices, and half caf coffee (I am really working on weaning myself off of this). This increase in breakfast has really made a difference throughout the day. I am feeling less drained by mid morning; I get up at 4:30am so mid morning to me is about 8:30am. I have a healthy snack of carrots or celery and humus (homemade) or peanut butter in between meals so that I am not putting myself in starvation mode. Lunch consists of homemade soup or a sandwich made with ham (no nitrates), tuna, chicken (home roasted), or egg salad and a green salad. Dinner usually is variable, but basically consists of a protein, lots of veggies, and cottage cheese. (I will be posting recipes for the homemade menu items in the coming days.)

Food For Thought ≈ Nutrition Enlightenment

Written by: Rebecca Baird, July 3, 2010

If the diseases, which plague millions of people in the world today, are preventable, then why are so many people dying from them? I think we all want to preserve our lives as long as possible, so what is the secret to living a long and healthy life? The answer to this question is that we need to be free from the diseases which have been proven to be preventable. The diseases I am speaking of are diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, cancer, depression, thyroid disorders, Alzheimer’s, and many more. In many cases, people are turning to modern medicine to help them control the symptoms of these diseases, which in turn causes many harmful, and in some cases deadly, side effects. Most of these diseases were nonexistent during the time of our ancestors, which is why I began researching to see what the difference is between then and now. From this research, I have found that many of these diseases are caused by poor diets and others are caused by missing ingredients or nutrient deficiencies in the food we eat. For instance, diabetes is caused by eating simple carbohydrates and refined foods like sugar and white flour which are devoid of any real nutrients and are responsible for an increase in insulin levels causing the pancreas to become exhausted.  Many studies have shown that diabetes can be controlled and sometimes cured by eating exclusively whole foods; whole grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, organically grown meats, eggs, and dairy products, and unrefined foods. Many health studies have also shown that hypertension, heart disease, high cholesterol, cancer, depression, thyroid disorders, and others are also controlled by the same formula used to control, or cure, diabetes. (1)

Experts have also proven that certain amino acids, which are lacking in processed foods, can prevent or cure Alzheimer’s disease. According to Prescription for Dietary Wellness by Phyllis A. Balch, studies suggest that acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) may delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Russell L. Blaylock, author of Health and Nutrition Secrets states that acetyl-L-carnitine (ALC) ALC may have a “significant capacity to slow, and even reverse, the effects of aging on the brain. Dr. Ray Sahelia states that these benefits are a result of the ability ALC has of traveling through the blood-brain barrier; the ability to keep mitochondria working efficiently by clearing them of toxic fatty-acid metabolites; and the way it helps regenerate neurons damaged by free radical damage. According to the Woman’s Encyclopedia Of Natural Healing, studies suggest that mental deterioration in Alzheimer’s patients can be slowed by supplementation of iron, vitamins B6 and B12, coenzyme Q10, and acetyl-L-carnitine.

You see the nutrition which is present in whole, unrefined foods, grown without pesticides and artificial fertilizers, are nutrient rich and contribute to the nutritional needs of the body whereas foods grown using chemical pesticides and fertilizers lack in nutrients because the land used to grow these foods has been sapped of all the naturally occurring nutritive substances. (2)

Since proper and complete nutrition is the key to a long and healthy life, then where do we get the foods needed to ensure proper nutrition? We can get most of the nutrition we need from whole foods, but we will need to add nutritional support in the form of supplements in order to reverse the effects of poor nutrition. Some of the nutrients which may spare us from preventable diseases are alpha-lipoic acid, acetyl-L-carnitine, vitamins B1, B6 and B12, coenzyme Q10, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, zinc, and a complete amino acid supplement (3). Mark Hyman MD and Mark Liponis MD, authors of Ultra prevention, state that the antioxidant alpha-lipoic acid and amino acid acetyl-L-carnitine increase the body’s healing mechanisms, as well as prevent disease and improve symptoms for a wide range of conditions, including diabetes, neuropathy, liver disease, hypertension, hearing loss, and nerve damage in the brain associated with conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

(1) Fallon, S. (1999, 2001) Nourishing Traditions. New Trends Publishing, Inc, Washington, DC.
(2) Hunter, B. (2006) A Whole Foods Primer. Basic Health Publications, Inc. Laguna Beach, CA.
(3) Ross, J. (1999) The Diet Cure. Penguin Group, New York, New York.

Amino Acids Therapy≈“Study” Week 1

Written by: Rebecca Baird, June 30, 2010

Well, I have officially completed week one of my amino acid therapy “study” and I am here to report that I feel better than I have in years. When I first began to take the amino acids, L-Glutamine, L-tyrosine, DL-phenylalanine, GABA, and 5-HTP, I wondered if this would work for me. I have always been super sensitive to any type of supplement, so this was indeed a huge step for me. I had no adverse side effects to any of the supplements. What I did have was more energy, not jittery energy, but real “feel good” energy. For the first time in years I was able to clean the shower myself without getting muscle spasms in my legs, also there was no muscle soreness the following days. I also don’t have lower back pain any more, amazing! That is miraculous to me.

I also found that my attitude improved greatly. I had been having trouble with depression, especially in the mid afternoon; likely caused by the fact that it was in the mid afternoon that I got the call that my daughter Kelly had been murdered. Anyway, the depression ceased, completely.

The other thing that is really intriguing is that I have a much better appetite, but the appetite is for good food, not chocolate, sweets, or bread. When faced with a sweet treat, I feel like I could maybe have a taste, but I am not all that interested, which also intrigues me. I am able to eat eggs, which is new, before now they tasted really nasty to me, but now they really are delicious (my husband can’t believe this).

I have started taking the thyroid supplement as well and will see how that goes. For years now I have had symptoms of low thyroid, and have gone to mainstream physicians only to get the blood test and no help whatsoever, but I had many of the symptoms of low thyroid. Some of my low thyroid symptoms “were” depression, forgetfulness, fatigue, weight gain, inability to lose weight when doing heavy exercise, intolerance to cold, dry scaly skin, and tingling hands and feet. I say were because most of the symptoms are gone, in just a few days of taking this thyroid supplement. Click here to see a complete list of low thyroid symptoms.

I will post an update to this amino acid therapy “study” so that you will know how it is working. ***If you would like to be part of the study, please let me know by posting a comment below or by contacting me on Facebook.

Healthy Choices ≈ First Steps

Written by: Rebecca Baird, June 15, 2010

Lifestyle changes can seem daunting and fearful to some individuals, especially if they have eating habits which are somewhat unhealthy. To ease the burden of making dietary changes, one should always start by adding items to the diet rather than taking away. An easy addition to the diet is increasing the amount of whole foods consumed daily; fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains . The daily recommended amount of fiber needed is 30 to 40 grams. This will help to satisfy the appetite, increase nutrient consumption, add fiber, slow digestion, reduce cholesterol, and give a sense of accomplishment to the individual. Find more recipes, ideas, and other healthy ideas by going to http://www.whfoods.com/foodstoc.php. Below is a list of foods which will increase nutritional intake:

FRUIT AMOUNT FIBER (grams)
Apples with skin 1 medium
5.00
Apricot 3 medium
0.98
Apricots, dried 5 pieces
2.89
Banana 1 medium
3.92
Blueberries 1 cup
4.18
Cantaloupe, cubes 1 cup
1.28
Figs, dried 2 medium
3.74
Grapefruit 1/2 medium
6.12
Orange, navel 1 medium
3.40
Peach 1 medium
2.00
Peaches, dried 3 pieces
3.18
Pear 1 medium
5.08
Plum 1 medium
1.00
Raisins 1.5 oz box
1.60
Raspberries 1 cup
8.34
Strawberries 1 cup
3.98
VEGETABLES AMOUNT FIBER (grams)
Avocado (fruit) 1 medium
11.84
Beets, cooked 1 cup
2.85
Beet greens 1 cup
4.20
Bok choy, cooked 1 cup
2.76
Broccoli, cooked 1 cup
4.5
Brussels sprouts 1 cup
2.84
Cabbage, cooked 1 cup
4.20
Carrot 1 medium
2.00
Carrot, cooked 1 cup
5.22
Cauliflower, cooked 1 cup
3.43
Cole slaw 1 cup
4.00
Collard greens, cooked 1 cup
2.58
Corn, sweet 1 cup
4.66
Green beans 1 cup
3.95
Celery 1 stalk
1.02
Kale, cooked 1 cup
7.20
Onions, raw 1 cup
2.88
Peas, cooked 1 cup
8.84
Peppers, sweet 1 cup
2.62
Pop corn, air-popped 3 cups
3.60
Potato, baked w/skin 1 medium
4.80
Spinach, cooked 1 cup
4.32
Summer squash, cooked 1 cup
2.52
Sweet potato, cooked 1 cup
5.94
Swiss chard, cooked 1 cup
3.68
Tomato 1 medium
1.00
Winter squash, cooked 1 cup
5.74
Zucchini, cooked 1 cup
2.63
CEREAL, GRAINS, PASTA AMOUNT FIBER (grams)
Bran cereal 1 cup
19.94
Bread, whole wheat 1 slice
2.00
Oats, rolled dry 1 cup
12.00
Pasta, whole wheat 1 cup
6.34
Rice, dry brown 1 cup
7.98
BEANS, NUTS, SEEDS AMOUNT FIBER (grams)
Almonds 1 oz
4.22
Black beans, cooked 1 cup
14.92
Cashews 1 oz
1.00
Flax seeds 3 tbs
6.97
Garbanzo beans, cooked 1 cup
5.80
Kidney beans, cooked 1 cup
13.33
Lentils, red cooked 1 cup
15.64
Lima beans, cooked 1 cup
13.16
Peanuts 1 oz
2.30
Pistachio nuts 1 oz
3.10
Pumpkin seeds 1/4 cup
4.12
Soybeans, cooked 1 cup
7.62
Sunflower seeds 1/4 cup
3.00
Walnuts 1 oz
3.08

University of Michigan Food Pyramid vs USDA

Written by: Rebecca Baird, May 26, 2010

My initial response to comparing the University of Michigan to the USDA Food Pyramid, was “wow, UM’s food pyramid begins with water” what a concept! On the USDA Food Pyramid there is no mention of water. There is also a difference between how much water a woman needs (9 cups per day) and a man needs (12 cups per day). Then, I noticed, where it talks about exercise on the UM food pyramid and how much, and on the USDA food pyramid (FP) there is a section which speaks about exercise but no fluids are mentioned there. The UM also includes how much extra water would be needed in different climates, if someone has diarrhea, or a cold; this information is missing on the USDA FP. The UM FP also gives the signs of dehydration, how to know if you have consumed too much water, whether your water may be contaminated by chlorine, lead, or Bisphenol-A; this information is missing on the USDA FP.
The second level, and most important daily food need mentioned on the UM FP is Fruits and Vegetables. On the USDA FP the first item, is Grains. The UM FP also puts emphasis on what each colored vegetable or fruit contains for nutrients which is missing on the USDA FP.
Grains is the next level on the UM FP and goes into great detail about the difference between whole grains and processed grains which is not available on the USDA FP.
The next level up on the UM FP is legumes, which on the USDA FP is lumped in with the meat section. The UM FP gives detailed information about legumes and states that even though legumes provide some protein, they lack the amino acids to create a complete protein so they need to be pared with whole grains; this is not mentioned on the USDA FP.
Healthy fats are not on the USDA FP but are on the UM FP with examples of good fats and serving sizes.
Seasonings are also on the UM FP which are not on the USDA FP.
Eggs are not mentioned on the USDA as part of nutritional requirements but are mentioned and given a place of their own on UM’s daily nutritional requirements.
The dairy section of the UM FP mentions many benefits to consuming dairy products and which dairy products are the best; the USDA has no information except that people should get 3 cups of some kind of dairy per day.
Lean meats, fish and seafood are items which are consumed on a weekly basis and not a daily basis. Lean meats are recommended as 1-3 servings per week and seafood is recommended as 2-4 servings per week, this is different than the USDA which states that we should eat 5 1/2 ozs per day.
So there are clear differences in the food pyramids, but the University of Michigan Food Pyramid definitely gives more information and puts more importance on nutritional needs.
University of Michigan Food Pyramid Link: http://www.med.umich.edu/umim/food-pyramid/index.htm
USDA Food Pyramid Link: http://weight-loss-programs.us/food-pyramid.html