Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Weight Loss

Greetings LIFEers! Dr. Chase Hayden returned after his fascinating lecture on omega 3 fatty acids to talk to us about weight loss, and why most of us are not having success with our diets and various weight loss programs. Statistically speaking, over two thirds of Americans are overweight and one third are obese. So weight loss is a big issue (no pun intended) for many of us. But why do we fail, and fail repeatedly? Dr. Chase gave us some answers today.

One issue surrounding weight loss and diets that we are beginning to hear more about is our blood type and our blood pH. These two factors are crucial in many of our bodies' functioning, and yet many people know little about it. A diet plan for a blood type A won't necessarily work for a type O, and vice versa. Our blood types developed over thousands of years due to people living in specific environment surrounded by different types of food sources. Eskimos have different blood types than Australian Aborigines, who differ from the ancient Maya who differ from Pygmies. Our blood types have mixed over time as humans crossed the globe, but we are still tied to our ancient DNA. Knowing your blood type can help you determine which foods to avoid and what foods to eat in your quest for health.

Another issue is your blood pH, or potential of hydrogen. Go back to high school chemistry. Remember the pH scale? The scale ranges from 0-14, with 1 being the most acidic, 7 being neutral and 14 being the most alkaline. Our blood wants to be about 7.2-7.4. But the western diet is heavily acidic, which lowers our pH. So our body has to pull alkaline minerals like calcium, iodine, potassium, magnesium and others out of our bones, organs and tissue to help balance our blood pH. As a result, our bones are more brittle and our organs function more poorly simply because of our diets. The answer is what you've been told all along: eat more fruits and vegetables (mostly vegetables) and very lean meat. Fruits and vegetables are alkaline, and don't require our bodies to sacrifice any nutrients to balance our blood pH. But wait, aren't lemons and limes and tomatoes acidic, you ask? In their natural, uneaten form, yes. But, once we've digested them, they function as alkaline in our bodies. Cut out processed foods, alcohol, dairy and grains and you will see a dramatic improvement in your health. Of course, you should never begin a weight loss program or diet without consulting your doctor, but if you went to your doctor and said you wanted to eat mostly veggies and lean meat, he or she will probably be thrilled.

Check out Dr. Chase's slide show below. Below that is a link to a YouTube video explaining more about our blood pH and how our foods impact our health. Stay happy and healthy my friends!

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