SuperHealth Challenge Tip!

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Posted on 10th January 2012 by admin in Super Health

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The extremely high sugar intake in the modern American diet—an average of more than 150 pounds a year per person as compared to an estimated five pounds a year a century ago—has been found to directly relate to numerous degenerative diseases.

America is locked into the sugar cycle of destruction. But it isn’t just plain table sugar that has this destructive effect on one’s health. A high glycemic (or high sugar) biochemical response can also be created in the body by eating foods that rapidly convert to sugar in the bloodstream.

KC Craichy
Author
The Super Health Diet


SuperHealth Challenge Tip!

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Posted on 4th January 2012 by admin in Super Health

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Glucose (sugar) is the fastest carbohydrate in terms of speed of uptake into the bloodstream and given a value of 100—all other carbs are given a number relative to glucose. For the best health results, consume a diet where most of your foods have a Glycemic Index of less than 45.34 The impact a food will have on blood sugar levels depends on many other factors, such as ripeness, cooking time, fiber and fat content, time of day, blood insulin levels, and even recent activity.

KC Craichy
Author
The Super Health Diet


Holiday Health Challenge Tip!

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Posted on 26th November 2011 by admin in Holiday Health Challenge

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In my book Super Health, I said that I believed that in five years glycation might be as well known as oxidation. Now, five years later, few people are aware that as you age your structural proteins are typically being slowly damaged by a process known as glycation, which is another damaging factor of equal standing with free radicals in oxidation and inflammation. To gain a basic understanding of glycation, consider that proteins are formed from amino acids and are essential for life, because they serve two critical roles. First, proteins provide structure for the body, such as collagen, which accounts for approximately one-third of your body’s total protein. It is found in skin, muscles, organs, and vascular structures and provides elasticity and cohesion to these structures. Second, proteins provide function in the form of enzymes that enable all life-sustaining biochemical reactions to occur within your body. Meanwhile, sugar, a simple carbohydrate, provides needed energy for your cells. When properly controlled and running smoothly, proteins and sugars interact without causing damage to the body.

Unfortunately, though, if during this process a sugar molecule (carbohydrate) attaches itself or cross-links with a protein molecule, the result is the formation of a nonfunctioning glycated protein structure called Advanced Glycation End products, or AGEs, which significantly alter the structure and function of proteins. It is ironic that the acronym is AGE, because it really is an accelerated aging process. This process is known as the Maillard or browning reaction and was first noted during the heating of foods in the presence of sugars. AGEs bind to a specific receptor for advanced glycated end products (RAGE), which is located on cells of the immune system (macrophages and T-cells), cells lining the blood vessels (endothelium), and vascular smooth muscle cells. The binding of AGE to the receptor, RAGE, results in damaging effects on those cells.

While AGEs are destructive enough on their own, their interaction with free radicals causes even more havoc in the aging human body. Many researchers suggest that oxidative stress may be involved in AGE formation and that, in a vicious cycle, AGEs may induce even more oxidative stress. In fact, most AGEs that accumulate in proteins are produced under oxidative conditions. As these AGEs and free radicals accumulate in cells and tissues, molecular damage and degradation down to the level of DNA increase, leading to many of the conditions associated with growing old. A growing body of scientific evidence theorizes that AGEs and similar molecules, such as advanced lipoxidation end products, or ALEs (the products of lipids cross-linking with sugars), are significant contributors to many common pathological processes leading to conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, kidney disorders, atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, stroke, visual impairment, and skin disorders.

Because proteins are present throughout the body, it makes sense that the destructive capacity of AGEs is vast. Understanding how to prevent the formation of AGEs is critical to slowing the aging process and reducing the risk for degenerative diseases.

KC Craichy
Author
The Super Health Diet


KC Craichy’s SuperHealth Podcasts: The Sugar Flip Flop

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Posted on 2nd November 2011 by admin in Super Health |SuperHealth Podcasts

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KC Craichy talks with elite fitness trainer Andy O’Brien about the impact of sugar on the human body.

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KC Craichy SuperHealth Podcast – Reversing Diabetes and Controlling Blood Sugar

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Posted on 18th July 2011 by admin in SuperHealth Podcasts

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Diabetes and blood sugar conditions such as insulin resistance and hypoglycemia are commonplace in the discussion of health in modern society.  We are barraged by products, magazines, websites and books that attempt to teach how to “manage” or “live with” your diabetes as if it was something you owned or cared for.  We’ve long taught that Type 2 Diabetes (formerly known as adult-onset diabetes) is reversible with diet and lifestyle changes.  And these same changes can radically speed your journey to Super Health and to your optimal body weight.

Today in our SuperHealth Podcast, Monica and I continue our special series on my new book The Super Health Diet: The Last Diet You Will Ever Need! In The Super Health Diet, I explore the connection between blood sugar and weight optimization which we discuss today.  Discover how you can use strategies and tools from the diabetic “community” to help accelerate you to Super Health!

KC Craichy


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KC: Welcome to Living Fuel TV. I’m KC Craichy. This is my wife, Monica. So, what’s the big deal with your blood sugar? Does it really matter? Well, those of you with diabetes, or metabolic syndrome, or hypoglycemia, it matters to you. But why should it matter to the rest of us? Well, there’s an implication of blood sugar and longevity, and blood sugar and weight optimization that we want to talk to you about today.

Monica: Now, you’ve said before that everybody should treat themselves as if they were a diabetic, meaning what they eat and their lifestyle choices.

KC: Yes, they should treat themselves as if they were a diabetic in the proper manner, not the manner that conventional medicine talks about. It is not okay to eat a piece of cake and just offset it with insulin or diabetic medication. It is not okay if one is hypoglycemic to just eat sugar. It is really a very kind of a barbaric idea that’s wearing people out, frankly.

Monica: So what are some of the things that people should do as if they are treating themselves as a diabetic with their diet choices? What do you mean by that?

KC: Well, I’m talking minimizing the sugars. I’m talking taking the sweet drinks really out of the equation, the sweetened drinks that are carbohydrate or sugar-sweetened drinks. To actually not eat all the time, the contrary, the six meal a day thing that we talk about all the time is that six meals a day will cause your endocrine system to work, and your adrenals to work, and multiple insulin surges a day. You don’t really allow your body to do what it’s designed to do. I mean Grandma really did get it right, three square meals a day and no snacks.

Monica: Okay. In your new book, KC, Super Health Diet, on page 199, you say for one of the 14 new reasons for losing weight, reason number 12 says, “Lifestyle changes can prevent or delay Type 2 diabetes.”

KC: I am fully convinced that diabetes is reversible through diet and lifestyle. The literature suggests it. I have seen numerous cases happen. So, you should have hope. If you’re dealing with Type 2 diabetes or metabolic syndrome, you should have hope.

Monica: Or even hypoglycemia and all those other blood sugar issues. Yes.

KC: All the blood sugar issues, even Type 1 diabetes. You can optimize your blood sugar levels and not overuse insulin, which will shorten one’s life. There’s a huge connection here between diabetes and all these blood sugar issues and optimal weight as well as longevity and energy levels and the whole thing, so getting this under control. This system that we outline in the Super Health Diet is a diet that will clearly optimize blood sugar in most people. If you stay with the live foods and the four corners of super food nutrition and you have the right levels and the kinds of proteins and so on, you really will make a radical change in your life. I have seen people lose 50 and a 100 pounds following this kind of program that their main issue was diabetes. So, in diabetes it’s high insulin levels all the time. High insulin levels store fat signals in the body. What you really want is to start out with lower blood sugar. As you eat have the blood sugar levels rise and fall over an optimal period of time, which is five or six hours. Then after about three hours, glucagon rises and starts the maximum metabolic mode. That’s a lot of detail. We outline this in the book. You can read more about it there. But the net of it is, allow your body to work how it is designed, and you will have a radical change in your life.

Monica: Okay. Something else I want to bring up from your book on page 196. In your point number eight of 14 new reasons for losing weight, you say, “Type 2 diabetes in young adults.” Let’s talk about that for a second.

KC: This is a huge issue. Children are running around with things that they perceive as healthy. Some of you parents even think they’re healthy. They’re drinking sports drinks and juices and juice boxes and soft drinks. They are so loaded with sugar.

Monica: They’re not really drinking water anymore, even.

KC: Which is one of the keys to health, frankly. So this is on top of eating all the pizza and school lunches and things like that. It is a huge problem, bringing a disease that was often known as an adult-onset problem into children, which is really setting them up for a lifetime of disease. The good news is that this is reversible. If we have to go back to the fundamentals of health, we lay them out clearly in the Super Health Diet. We’re going to go over the details in how to do a lot of this stuff over the coming weeks. If you want to read ahead, the book is available everywhere books are sold or at livingfuel.com.

We just hope this was helpful to you and we hope it inspires you. God bless you, and have a great day.


HealthAlert: Surviving the Candy Mine Field

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Posted on 28th October 2010 by admin in Health Alerts

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Dear Living Fuel Family,

Once a rare treat, sugar is now a dietary staple in modern society. Today, mountains of research clearly show that sugar suppresses the body’s immune system, spikes insulin levels, surpresses the release of growth hormones and triggers hunger, weight gain and dental cavities, just to name a few of the ways that sugar can be destructive to your family’s health.
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LivingFuel HealthAlert: Is Sugar Essential?

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Posted on 8th April 2010 by admin in Health Alerts

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Dear Living Fuel Family,

The average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar annually! While we may not be eating such a huge quantity of sugar each year, others are making up the difference!

Sugar was a special treat 100 years ago, a dietary micronutrient, but today sugar has become a staple in the American diet, a macronutrient. Sugar is literally everywhere – in soft drinks, cookies, cakes, crackers and most processed foods, even in breads and often disguised in many “health” foods. So exactly what role should sugar play in your family’s diet? Is sugar an effective workout fuel? Is sugar really addictive? What about carbo loading before a big event?

We answer these questions and more with elite strength and conditioning coach Andy O’Brien today on LivingFuelTV.

Click here to join the conversation.

Here’s to your SuperHealth,

KC & Monica Craichy
Founder & CEO
Living Fuel, Inc.


LivingFuel HealthAlert: Sugary Sodas Linked To Pancreatic Cancer

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Posted on 11th February 2010 by admin in Health Alerts

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People who drink at least two sugary sodas a week have an increased risk of developing cancer of the pancreas, and researchers suspect the culprit is sugar, a study published this week shows.

Analyses of data collected on 60,524 Singapore Chinese adults showed that people who drank two or more sugar-sweetened soft drinks a week were at greater risk of developing pancreatic cancer compared with individuals who did not, the study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention says.

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Regular Cola Drinking Linked To Diabetes In Pregnancy

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Posted on 14th December 2009 by admin in Health Alerts

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New research suggests that women who drink sugary cola drinks regularly could be at higher risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy.

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Vinegar Can Help Tame Sugar Spike from Big Meals

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Posted on 27th November 2009 by admin in Health Alerts

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Thanksgiving marks the start of a season that poses particular hazards for people with diabetes and others who are sensitive to the blood-sugar spikes that can follow big meals.

But several studies have revealed a possible way to reduce the impact of a carb-laden dish.

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