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Healthy Food Lover's Newsletter, Issue #40 - Are you "Feeling the Burn"?
March 23, 2017
Hello Healthy Food Lovers,

Are you "Feeling the Burn"?

Bernie isn't the only one "feeling the burn" these days - as more and more people find out the truth!

Which is kinda like rubbing salt into your open wounds, but while we are on the subject - if you are eating a lot of salt, you are definitely going to be "feeling the burn".

As well as eventually shutting down your circulatory system which is not going to be good for your heart.

Salt is starting to make a big comeback these days, so I thought that it was time to go into this very controversial subject.

And you might start taking a pass on that "Salt Shaker" - especially when you find out how it negatively affects a very important molecule.

This molecule actually won a Noble Prize in the late Nineties because of its importance to your blood flow.

The "Salt Shaker"

There is no doubt, that your body needs a certain amount of sodium to function properly, but what is in doubt is....

Do you need Salt or Sodium Chloride?

Shocking Video on the "Salt Shaker"

Sodium Chloride is thought to be toxic to the human body and is responsible for:

  • Upsetting your Fluid Balance
  • and
  • Debilitating your Circulatory System

Sodium chloride is in your common "table salt" which is found in a lot of the "Salt Shakers" around America.

And it also makes up the majority of the more expensive Sea salts, Grey Celtic salts, and Pink Himalayan salts.

Symptoms of Too Much Salt

  • Hypernatremia or Too Much Sodium in Your System
  • Bloating
  • Excessive Thirst
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Hypertension
  • Stomach Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Helicobacter Pylori Bacteria

In the book - Salt is a Drug by Ron Brown PhD. He states that the human body requires sodium as a micronutrient.

Salt is not a nutrient - it's a drug.

And approximately, 80% of your sodium consumption comes from sodium chloride added to your foods.

Sodium chloride is a toxic and inorganic compound formed by the union of sodium and chlorine - which is totally unusable by your body.

Unlike natural foods that contain organic sodium, sodium chloride can't provide your body with any free sodium ions - no matter how much it dissolves in water.

As sodium ions will remain electrostatically attached to chloride ions even in an aqueous state.

Therefore, sodium chloride is consumed, circulated, and excreted as sodium chloride - without ever changing its chemical structure.

Regardless of how much it changes between an aqueous and crystallized state.

This type of inert chemical reaction never occurs with a nutrient that is metabolized by your body, but commonly occurs with a poisonous drug that is consumed and eliminated.

Sodium chloride retention and excretion by your body places a large strain on your kidneys and other organs - damaging tissue and raising blood pressure as your body retains water in extra-cellular tissue to dilute this salt.

Chronic heart failure is often a result of the left ventricle of the heart giving out from forcing against the resistance of high blood pressure in the arteries due to increased blood plasma volume.

I remember Aajonus Vonderplanitz being totally against the consumption of sodium chloride and he stated that this type of salt will actually blow up your red blood cells which is needed to carry oxygen to your tissues.

He also said that the amount of nutrition that would enter your cells would be greatly compromised by consuming this type of salt. Therefore, you would need to eat more.

He highly recommended getting your sodium from your foods instead.

I thought he was going a bit overboard with this recommendation, until I started testing my own reaction to sodium chloride or salt.

And I have noticed dry skin, hypertension, thirst, burning sensations, and mental fatigue right after the consumption of foods that contained too much salt.

Organic Sodium

The majority of Americans are deficient in the good type of sodium that the body really needs.

True organic sodium is essential, beneficial, and needed by your body in moderate amounts every day.

The alkalinity of organic sodium helps to neutralize acids that result from "acidic" situations.

The human body needs an estimated 200 to 280 mg of organic sodium daily to carry on essential functions.

And more if you are constantly depleting organic sodium by the use of diuretics (coffee, soda, alcohol, etc.) or sweating.

However, unlike "salt", an excess of organic sodium is easily excreted from your body.

Organic sodium is essential for proper calcium absorption, fluid balance, bile production, digestion, gastric secretions, cellular functions, and metabolism.

Organic Sodium Deficiency Symptoms:

  • Gallstones
  • Kidney Stones
  • Hardened Arteries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Gout
  • Heartburn
  • Acid Reflux
  • Nerve Problems
  • Indigestion
  • Headaches
  • Bacterial Infections
  • Poor Memory
  • Diabetes
  • Weight Gain
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Restless Legs

You will find an ample amount of organic sodium to fulfill your daily needs from a variety of whole foods.

Sources of Organic Sodium

  • Coconut Water
  • Turkey
  • Raw Goat's Milk & Raw Cow's Milk
  • Crabs & Lobster
  • Clams
  • Scallops
  • Seaweed
  • Wild Eastern Oysters
  • Shrimp
  • Anchovies
  • Rainbow Trout & Salmon
  • Whole Eggs
  • Beef Cuts & Liver
  • Chicken & Duck
  • Pork
  • Venison
  • Celery & Beets
  • Carrots
  • Kale & Spinach
  • Spirulina

For some people, giving up "salt" will be like giving up coffee and you are going to have to figure out the best compromise for your own health.

However, one of the biggest reasons for ditching the "Salt Shaker", is that it will affect Nitric Oxide in a very negative way.

Nitric Oxide

The many roles that Nitric Oxide (NO for short) plays in your body are so impressive that it was named "Molecule of the Year" by Science magazine in 1992.

And was followed by a 1998 Nobel Prize in Medicine for its discovery as a signalling molecule in the cardiovascular system.

Nitric oxide signals the smooth muscle cells in your blood vessels to relax so that your vessels expand and your blood flows more freely.

Which has an added benefit of lowering your blood pressure.

Because this most essential molecule signals your blood vessels to relax and expand creating greater efficiency in your body - this means greater nutrient delivery and greater oxygenation to every system, organ, and tissue in your body.

Think about it, if your blood is flowing freely - then nearly every physiological process will likely function better.

Because if your blood becomes sluggish, important messages and nutrients will not reach the areas that need them the most.

Interestingly, nitric oxide is actually a gas and was first discovered in the endothelial cells which are located in the endothelium (a thin layer of tissue that lines your circulatory system).

Nitric oxide helps keep endothelial cells healthy and healthy endothelial cells helps produce more nitric oxide.

Nitric oxide is produced in every tissue and organ of your body. And it appears to operate as a signalling molecule in your brain and in your immune system as well.

Systems Affected by Nitric Oxide:

  • Cardiovascular System
  • Respiratory System
  • Immune System
  • Nervous System
  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Sexual Organs
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Mitochondria

Nitric oxide is at the foundational core of your being. Because without proper circulation, none of your body's other systems would work properly.

It can increase your strength, improve sleep quality, and reduce inflammation.

Even though nitric oxide is abundant in your body's systems - it's unstable and gets depleted. Therefore, nitric oxide requires constant replenishment.

What Depletes Nitric Oxide?

For one, the over-consumption of salt can impair Nitric Oxide or NO production! And this has been researched and proven.

Salt inactivates endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase or NOS in your endothelial cells.

Futhermore, this salt-induced reduction of NOS may contribute to the development of hypertension.

Several lines of evidence suggest that high salt intake is related to impaired nitric oxide generation.

And as usual - when you start to age there will be a decrease in nitric oxide production. Studies show that by age 40 only 1/2 or less of nitric oxide is being produced compared to the age of 20.

Some Other Reasons for Decreased Nitric Oxide Production:

  • Alcohol & Cigarette Abuse
  • Caffeine Abuse (prevents dilation of blood vessels)
  • Food Toxins like Acrylamides
  • Trans Fats
  • Plague Build-Up in Blood Vessels
  • Overworking & Stress
  • Lack of Exercise & Being a Couch Potato
  • Obesity
  • Illnesses & Diabetes
  • Kidney & Liver Problems
  • Malnutrition
  • High Carb Diets & Fructose
  • Diets Low in Protein
  • Not Adequately Digesting Proteins
  • Consuming High Levels of L-Lysine compared to L-Arginine
  • Having Low Antioxidant Levels
  • Too Much Free Radicals
  • Diet Low in Nitrates or Nitrites
  • Medications & Antacids that Neutralizes Stomach Acid
  • Low Stomach Acid
  • Mouthwash that Destroys Good Bacteria
  • Toxic Environments

A nitric oxide deficiency can affect you in so many ways because it affects every cell in your body.

In your brain, nitric oxide improves blood flow and makes available more oxygen.

Nitric oxide also has a role in neurotransmission and poor focus, poor memory, and even depression could be a result of a deficiency.

Many cases of asthma (particularly asthma that starts in adulthood and is exercise induced) may be the result of insufficient nitric oxide production.

Insufficient levels of nitric oxide in your intestinal tract can lead to a range of digestive disorders and even constipation.

Nitric oxide promotes peristalsis or a rhythmic motion that leads to complete digestion of your food and healthy elimination.

Because nitric oxide is a gas, you can't really just expect to pop a pill - it has to be made in your body.

You will need other amino acids, co-factors, and enzymes like NOS to create a sustainable supply of nitric oxide.

What Increases Nitric Oxide?

Nitric oxide is a molecule that your body produces to help the 50 trillion cells communicate with each other by transmitting signals throughout your entire body.

And you are somewhat dependent on your body's ability to synthesize this gas from the raw materials that you take in through your diet.

L-Arginine (an amino acid) was identified as an important precursor for NO or nitric oxide production.

An enzyme called Nitric Oxide Synthase or NOS found in many of your body's cells is able to take the amino acid L-Arginine and use it to help produce this very small molecule of gas.

  • Therefore, nitric oxide enzymes are very important, so eating foods that contain antioxidants that help to protect these enzymes is important.
  • The interior surface or endothelium of your arteries is one of the main places that produces nitric oxide and antioxidants will help to protect your endothelium as well.
  • Also, cutting down or eliminating sodium chloride or salt from your diet will help NOS.

Beets and greens like arugula, celery, and spinach rich in dietary nitrates and nitrite compounds stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the body.

  • Nitrite reduction to nitric oxide or NO can be carried out by numerous metalloproteins, enzymes, and compounds with redox potential including your hemoglobin.

And you can increase nitric oxide in your body the old fashioned way by exercising with weights or by running - when you exercise nitric oxide will be released into your body.

This happens because the endothelium releases nitric oxide into your bloodstream to widen your blood vessels so that your heart can pump more blood into your muscles.

The Benefits of L-Arginine

L-Arginine is the only known nutritional substrate in your blood vessel lining available to endothelial cells for nitric oxide production.

Studies show that L-Arginine helps the endothelial cells in your endothelium create enough nitric oxide to promote optimal blood flow and cardiovascular health.

This outstanding amino acid also plays a number of other important roles in your health as well - with benefits stretching far beyond your heart and blood.

Some Roles of L-Arginine:

  • Helps your body get rid of Ammonia - a toxic waste product from the metabolism of protein.
  • Helps produce important amino acids like Creatine (needed for energy), L-Proline (assists collagen synthesis), and L-Glutamate (neurotransmitter needed for learning & memory).
  • Helps reduce healing time of injuries, especially bone injuries as it increases collagen. Also reduces the healing time of damaged tissue.
  • Helps promote respiratory health.
  • Offers kidney and liver support.
  • Lowers cortisol levels and reduces anxiety.
  • Supports your gastrointestinal tract and function.
  • Promotes healthy sexual function in both men and women.
  • Helps your Endocrine System - promotes release of important hormones like Human Growth Hormone.

L-Arginine is derived from dietary intake, body protein breakdown, or endogenous (produced from within) L-Arginine.

Your need for L-Arginine will vary depending on your overall health and a variety of factors which includes your diet.

A healthy person can make enough L-Arginine within the body for necessary functions. However, people with inadequate protein in their diet or rapid growth may need additional L-Arginine.

  • Your body's ability to produce L-Arginine declines even as early as your 30's. By the time your 50, if you are the typical adult - you're already somewhat deficient and diet becomes even more important.
L-Arginine can also be synthesized in the body from the amino acid L-Citrulline. L-Citrulline is an important precursor for L-Arginine and consequently for nitric oxide production.
  • Watermelon (flesh & rind), liver, garlic, chickpeas, and peanuts are good food sources of L-Citrulline.

Video L-Arginine The Miracle Molecule

L-Arginine Competes with L-Lysine

L-Arginine and L-Lysine are amino acids that co-exist in many protein rich foods. And both are needed for optimal health.

L-Arginine and L-Lysine have multiple functions, some of which may be better served when they are consumed together.

As their combined effects are desirable in some situations - such as increasing growth hormone levels or strengthening your bones.

However, the amino acid L-Lysine uses the same transport system as L-Arginine for intracellular transport, so intracellular L-Arginine availability can potentially be affected by excess L-Lysine.

L-Arginine and L-Lysine have an antagonistic relationship with one another that results in L-Lysine being able to reduce L-Arginine's ability to help synthesize certain proteins.

In other words L-Lysine competes with L-Arginine for transport into your cells. And a good marker for excess L-Arginine or excess L-Lysine could be an increased or reduced production rate of NO or nitric oxide.

L-Arginine is a key nutrient for promoting efficient blood flow and overall cardiovascular function.

L-Arginine is necessary for muscle building and proper functioning of the heart and blood vessels, along with most other organs in the body.

Symptoms of L-Arginine Deficiency:

  • Hair Loss
  • Poor Wound Healing
  • Constipation
  • Skin Rashes
  • Fatty Liver
  • Hypertension
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Sleeplessness
  • Memory Problems
  • Erectile Dysfunction

If you are facing a noticeable deficiency of either amino acid, eating equal amounts of L-Lysine or L-Arginine could cancel each other out, so either L-Lysine or L-Arginine should be favored depending on what you need.

L-Lysine Functions:

  • Ensuring Nitrogen Metabolism
  • Enzymes for Digestive Systems
  • Produces Endocrine Hormones
  • Activates Pineal Gland and Mammary Glands
  • Ensures Assimilation of Amino Acids

L-Lysine is needed to digest food proteins and without enough L-Lysine whole protein metabolism is upset.

L-Lysine helps to prevent osteoporosis and impaired lipid metabolism. And a lack of L-Lysine may decrease the amount of your hemoglobin.

Strength and elasticity of ligaments and tendons depends on L-Lysine, as well as bones. L-Lysine promotes the absorption of calcium and its incorporation into bone tissue.

L-Lysine builds proteins of muscle and collagen (the connective tissue component).

Symptoms of a L-Lysine Deficiency:

  • Hair Loss
  • Poor Growth
  • Appetite Loss
  • Anemia
  • Mood Changes (agitation)
  • Fatigue
  • Reproductive Disorders
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Poor Concentration

Unlike L-Arginine, L-Lysine cannot be synthesized in your body and must be obtained from your diet.

Foods with a Close L-Arginine to L-Lysine Ratio

Fruits: Bananas, Cantaloupe, Guava, Lime Juice, Pumpkin, Strawberries, Sweet Peppers

Vegetables: Beet Greens, Carrots, Corn, Endive, Leeks, Lima Beans, Sweet Potato

Animal Foods: Butter, Egg Yolks

Seafood: Clams, Crab, Crayfish, Lobster, Scallop, Shrimp

Foods with a Higher L-Arginine to L-Lysine Ratio

Fruits: Blackberries, Blueberries, Cranberries, Cucumbers, Deglet Noor Dates, Elderberries, Grapefruit, Grapes, Oranges, Ripe Olives, Hot Peppers, Plantain, Tangerines

Vegetables: Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Collards, Common Cabbage, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Peas, Onions, Mustard Greens, Okra, Radish, Rutabaga, Swiss Chard, Watercress, Yams

Nuts & Seeds: Almonds, Brazil Nuts, Chestnuts, Coconuts, Hazelnuts, Hickory Nuts, Macadamia Nuts, Pecans, Pine Nuts, Pistachio, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Tahini Paste, Walnuts

Legumes: Cashews, Chickpeas, Peanuts & Peanut Butter, Soybeans

Grains & Pseudo Grains: Barley, Buckwheat, Quinoa, Brown Rice, White Rice, Rye, Spelt, Teff, Oatmeal, Wheat

Misc.: Snail Meat, Chocolate, Chives, Collagen Protein Powders, Gelatin, Spirulina

Foods with a Higher L-Lysine to L-Arginine Ratio

Fruits: Apricots, Avocados, Cherries, Most Dried Fruits, Figs, Mango, Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Pineapple, Starfruit, Tomato, Watermelon, Zucchini

Vegetables: Asparagus, Beets, Cauliflower, Celery, Ginger Root, Kale, Most Lettuces, Potatoes, Spinach, Turnips, Turnip Greens

Legumes: Lentils

Animal Foods: Bacon, Various Cuts of Beef, Buttermilk, Cheese, Cottage Cheese, Cream Cheese, Heavy Cream, Chicken, Duck, Goat Milk, Ham, Liver, Lowfat & Whole Milks, Pastrami, Pork, Salami, Turkey, Yogurt

Seafood: Catfish, Halibut, Mackerel, Mussels, Octopus, Oysters, Salmon, Sardines, Snapper, Tuna

Misc.: Parsley, Kelp Seaweed

The Land of Milk and Honey

We are now facing another great historical moment in time like the Israelites did in the story of Exodus from the Bible.

The celebration of Exodus which for millennia have alluded to the "land flowing with milk and honey" that divine destination of a people fleeing slavery - the Promised land.

"Milk and Honey" is a metaphor meaning all good things.

Raw milk happens to be one of my favorite foods and comes with many health benefits.

And honey has a long history in folk medicine as being a cure for many conditions - especially those involving skin.

I had actually cut off a tip (almost completely) of one of my thumbs using a mandolin. I understood that honey had some sort of healing power, so I just stuck the tip back on and applied some raw honey with a bandage.

My thumb completely healed (in a short time) and today you wouldn't be able to tell which thumb was injured.

A scientific study found that a 3 oz. dose of honey significantly increased the level of NO or nitric oxide - which could explain some of honey's healing properties.

And nitric oxide activity was also measured in the saliva and urine - which suggests a real whole body effect.

However, honey does contain a lot of sugar and I would be careful of using too much internally at one time.

Once in a while, I'll use raw honey in my raw smoothies or in raw desserts which also contains a decent amount of protein and fat.

The Dark Side of NO

Before anyone goes out and downs 3 ounces of honey, you should know about the dark side of nitric oxide or NO.

Too much nitric oxide - believe it or not - can cause severe problems.

Nitric oxide can be a potent nitrogen free radical and it actually has the ability to kill neurons and is thought to cause much of the degeneration that occurs after people have strokes.

Nitric oxide is a powerful vasodilator which could lead to severe blood flow instability.

Supplementing L-Arginine in excess could potentially over-stimulate metabolism via enhanced production of nitric oxide.

These Situations Can also Increase NO to Unsafe Levels:

  • Poor Iron Status
  • Hypoxia (oxygen deficiency)
  • Carbon Monoxide Exposure
  • Excess Estrogen or Estrogen Dominance
  • Allergies

These situations create a stimulation of nitric oxide production which is most likely a defense or survival mechanism in the body which produces NO or nitric oxide to relax the blood vessels - in order to supply more oxygenated blood to the tissues.

Remember, balance is key!

The American Dream

Rocky is the rags to riches American Dream story about an uneducated but kind-hearted working class man who turns his whole life around.

Symbolically, this movie represents creating your own luck with good old fashioned perserverance and determination.

This movie still brings tears to my eyes and I can still remember the inspiration that it brought to my life. Stallone was able to capture the human spirit at its best.

And who can forget this scene - Breakfast of Champions

Little did I know at the time that I would one day eat raw eggs to build up my own strength.

Its actually become a staple of mine for the last decade or so. Lately I usually start my day with 2 raw eggs (Rocky style). I also use raw eggs as a quick snack and in other meals.

I believe that its helped me to take the punches that life seems to give and why I'm still standing after what can only be described as the most "challenging" years of my life! Favorite Movie Clip of Rocky

Be a Champion,

Kathryn

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